In remembrance of WFDA members and spouses who have passed.
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Thomas Rueckl died Wednesday, February 20, 2021, at a South Florida Hospital at 80 years old.
Tom was born on January 31, 1941, in Luxemburg to the late George and Mildred (Novak) Rueckl. On November 24, 1960 he married his high school sweetheart, Linda (Van Drisse) Rueckl, at St. Mary Church in Luxemburg. Tom attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from the 8th grade in 1955. He was a 1959 graduate of Luxemburg High School, where he earned multiple letters in many sports. He was Homecoming King with his “forever” Queen, Linda (Van Drisse) Rueckl. After high school, Tom attended UWGB for 2 years, then finished his education at the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science (Milwaukee) and became a licensed Funeral Director in 1963.
Kenneth “Ken” O. Mannel, 94, of Rib Lake, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Rib Lake Health Services.A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Ken was born on July 28, 1926 to Erwin and Viola (Dreier) Mannel in Wilton. He graduated from Wilton High School in 1944. He entered into the Navy in 1944, during World War II, and served on a Destroyer Escort in the Pacific. He married Ruth Shaw on June 11, 1950 at the United Methodist Church in Sparta; she preceded him in death on March 5, 2020. He was recalled to the Navy during the Korean War. He then attended Mortuary School in Milwaukee.
On Saturday, December 5, 2020, at the age of 62, Gregg Juleen passed away peacefully at Ascension Columbia St Mary’s Hospital on North Lake Drive. Gregg will be lovingly missed and remembered by his husband of 23 years, Steven Bruggink. Gregg is also survived by his sister, Lynn Penikis, brother, David (Mary) Juleen; nephews Todd (Emily) Penikis, Nicholas (Brenda) Juleen, Danny (Missy) Juleen; and cousins Peggy Check, Pam Bliss, Dawn Pisors , Leslie (John) Tianen, Alan Durant and Candy(Tom) Smolik. He is also survived by a special group of friends that were like family to him and made his life very fun. Gregg was predeceased by his parents, Milton and Dorothy (Czecholinski) Juleen, step-father Richard Sobczak, brother-in-law Ojars Penikis and niece Kristen Penikis. Read more.
“Sandy” Jean Jack, age 77, of Onalaska, formerly of Blair, died on Sunday, December 6, 2020 in her home. Wife of WFDA Past President Denny Jack, and Sister of WFDA member Charlie Mantey, Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Homes, Portage.
Sandy was born on September 15, 1943 in Chicago, IL to Godfred and Cordelia “Corky” (Kauth) Mantey. She married Dennis “Denny” L Jack on July 18, 1964 in Wisconsin Rapids. They raised two daughters in Blair, WI.
Sandy loved spending her free time relaxing with her dog, going for long drives in her classic car, and being there for every event in her grandchildren’s lives. Sandy enjoyed hosting guests in her home and treating them to snacks, beverages, and stories about her grandchildren. She will be missed dearly for her caring, lighthearted, larger than life attitude, along with her love of doing anything she can to help those around her. She was known in the community for dressing up as the Easter Bunny or Frosty the Snowman for children’s and family events. Sandy also organized and hosted cut-throat family easter egg hunts. She enjoyed all of the time she spent with the residents and staff of both Havenwood and Springbrook senior living homes. She was known for her generosity and not taking life too seriously. She was always ready to lend an ear and laugh. Read more.
Brian D. Pickett, 66, Spencer, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Marshfield Medical Center.
A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Spencer, with Rev. Barry Saylor officiating. The service will be streamed online at www.facebook.com/rembsfuneralhomes. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Brian was born on January 4, 1954 in Marshfield, to Jack and Sylvia (Beaver) Pickett. Brian was a 1972 graduate of Spencer High School. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1979. As a funeral director, Brian was employed at funeral homes in Spencer, Colby, La Crosse, and Bloomer. In 1993 he became owner of Community Funeral Homes in Spencer and Colby. In later years he was a CNA at The Waterford at Colby Senior Living, and also provided home care for a favorite teacher until his death. Read more.
Clifford Andrew (Andy) Crandall II, passed away October 15, 2020 at Cottage Care Circle in Mauston after a brief battle with liver cancer. “Andy” was born to Bonnadean A. (Olson) and James C. Crandall on December 27, 1948. Andy attended school in Mauston and was active in the Mauston High School Band. He graduated from Mauston High School in 1967. He then graduated from St. Olaf’s College in Northfield, MN in 1971 and continued his education at the Minneapolis School of Morturary Science. Upon graduation, he joined the family business as the third-generation owner of Crandall Funeral Home, Inc. He worked with that business until health issues required his retirement. Read more.
Warren L. Wachholz, age 82, of Princeton, left his earthly life on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at the Barrett House in Ripon, to be with his Savior in heaven. He was born in Ripon, WI, on October 29, 1937, a son of Herbert L. and Beatrice (Giese) Wachholz.
Warren grew up in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School in 1955. After high school, he attended mortuary school in Milwaukee, graduating in 1959, as a licensed funeral director. He married Roberta Schwarze at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, WI, on August 23, 1958. Warren was a third generation funeral director. In 1959, he began working full time with his father, Herbert Sr., and his brother, Herbert Wachholz Jr. at the Wachholz and Sons Funeral Home and Furniture Store in Princeton. Read more.
Patricia M. Langendorf, 93, passed away in her sleep, at Ridgewood Health and Rehabilitation Center, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. She was born in Burlington, WI on March 19,1927 the daughter of the late Adam “Bob” and Mary (nee: Hahn) Arnold. Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Mary Sue Langendorf, of Racine; three grandchildren, Brian (Lissette Rivera Fuller) Langendorf, Michael and Leigh Ann Langendorf, all of Racine, Mark and Alison Langendorf, of Camp Lake; great-grandchildren, Mallory Langendorf, of Chicago, Lucy Langendorf, Andrew Langendorf, and Adam Langendorf, all of Racine. Her nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends also survive her. Read more.Read more.
Frank R. Pisarski, Sr, 88, devoted husband of Dorothy (Prais) Jakusz peacefully passed away on Friday August 14, 2020, surrounded by his family at The Lodge at Whispering Pines in Plover.
Born; July 22, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois. He was one of three sons of the late Frank and Mary Ann (Koza) Pisarski. He graduated from St. Salomea Catholic grade school and Mount Carmel Catholic high school in Chicago. While in high school he enjoyed playing the drums in a band that played throughout the Chicago area and thoroughly enjoyed music his entire life. Frank was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks and dedicated his life to serving the people of his community, which he avidly loved. Read more.
The WFDA is saddened to report the loss of Shirley G. Haase, age 92, of Genoa City, WI. She passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, July 4, 2020 at the Aurora Burlington Medical Center in Burlington, WI.
Shirley married her husband David E. Haase on November 17, 1948. They lived in Madison, WI and Dubuque, IA before moving to Genoa City in 1951 and purchased the Klement Funeral Home in 1953. This is when the Haase Funeral Home was started. They were longtime WFDA members and David served as WFDA President in 1972. Shirley worked alongside David for many years to build the business to what it is today.
“Kay” Katherine Ellen Saether, age 84 of Blanchardville & Juneau died on Wednesday evening, June 17, 2020 at the Upland Hills Nursing and Rehab Center in Dodgeville. Kay was born on April 29, 1936 in Chicago to Arthur & Katherine (Meyer) Droegemueller. Kay grew up in Winnetka, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) where she graduated from New Trier High School in 1954. She attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville for two years and then transferred to Michigan State University in East Lansing where she earned a degree in education in 1958. Kay is survived by her two children, Heidi (Mike) Ewell of River Forest, Illinois, and longtime WFDA member Paul (Julie) Saether of Blanchardville; five grandchildren, Zachary, Alex and Grace Ewell and Sarah and Jeff Saether; and two nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Tom, and her sister Joan Wilke.
Richard Emil Daniels, 92, of Burlington, passed away Friday, May 29, 2020 at his home. Born in Brighton on October 24, 1927, he was the son of Emil and Molly (nee Ketterhagen) Daniels. His early years were spent in Brighton, where he attended St. Francis Xavier Grade School and graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Class of 1945. He is a former member of the National Guard Battery “A”, 126th Field Artillery Battalion, 32nd Division. Read more.Read more.
Ted W. Westgor, of Neenah, WI and Naples, FL, peacefully passed away with his wife by his side on Saturday, November 9, 2019, in Naples, FL. . Ted joined his father and mother in the family funeral business in 1973. Ted established the family's Menasha funeral home in 1998; he retired from funeral service in 2009. Ted always received considerable satisfaction by helping families in their greatest time of need for over 36 years. Read more.
Thomas L. Skubal found Peace on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the age of 70 years. Beloved husband of the late Constance "Connie" (nee Makal) for 45 years. Loving father of Benjamin (Jaclynn) Skubal, Stephanie Skubal and Amy (JC) Muehlenberg. Proud grandpa of Gavin, Riley, Jake and Andrea. Brother of Sharon (James) Van Roo. Tom is also survived and will be missed by other family, friends and colleagues. He was preceded in death by his parents Margaret (nee Fries) and Albert Skubal, Jr. Read more
Patrick Jason Mayo, a fisherman, age 46 of Stevens Point, left this world too soon on Monday, September 23, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by family and lots of love. He was born on August 17, 1973, in Antigo, WI to Michael and Christine (Henricks) Mayo.
Pat attended St. John Catholic Grade School and Antigo High School, graduating in 1992. He completed the funeral service degree program at Milwaukee Area Technical College and received his funeral director’s license from the state of Wisconsin. While completing his apprenticeship at Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Service in Milwaukee, Pat would meet his future wife, Amanda Zanchetti and they were married on March 18, 2000. Patrick considered Mandy one of the greatest blessings he received in his life and to him, she will always be known simply as “Pumpkin”. Pat was the key to keeping Mandy motivated and focused in the pursuit of academic and professional goals. Read more
Martin R. Dable, longtime Waukesha funeral director died on Thursday, September 19, 2019 surrounded by his family at AngelsGrace Hospice at age 83. He was born in Waukesha on June 7, 1936 the son of the late Clarence Russell and Anna Catherine (nee Schipp) Dable. Martin attended Duplainville Elementary School, a one room schoolhouse, before attending Catholic Memorial High School and graduating from Waukesha High School. He then studied at MATC before attending the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science. Martin proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1955 until 1959. Martin was a dedicated funeral director working for Borgwardt Funeral Home, Molthen Bell Funeral Home and John J. Walloch Funeral Home. Read more.
Passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019, age 81 years. Best friend and longtime partner of Dan Nicholson. Brother of Robert “Bob” (Marge) Lee. Dear friend of Gregg, Dennis, Daryll, John, Michael, and Jackie. Preceded in death by his parents George “Abner” Lee and Celina C. Lee(Nee Olson) and his aunts Ina and Gunheld. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, September 4th, from 10-2 at Milw. Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church, 1853 N. 75th St. A Funeral Service will follow at 2PM. Private Entombment Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. Read more.
Larry J Skogen, 77, passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Oakridge Care Center in Union Grove. He was born in Sun Prairie, WI on February 24, 1942, the son of the late Theodore and Wanda (nee: Uphoff) Skogen. Larry was a funeral director for over 50 years.
He was a long time member of Racine Bible Church. Larry enjoyed classic cars, motorcycling, and collecting electric toy trains. He was a member of the Classic Car Club of America, Wisconsin Region for many years. Read More
Entered into Eternal Life on June 3, 2019 at the age of 81 in The Villages, Florida. Born Oct. 3, 1937 in Wilton, WI, the son of Camillus & Edythe (Mitchell) Wiseman. Preceded in death by his young daughter Terri Jo from cancer in 1970, his brother John, and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Barbara and Tom Likely. Survived by his beloved wife Marlene (Heilman) of 58 years, daughter Susan (Michael) Hauke, and grandchildren Matthew and Anna. Further survived by sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives. Read more...
Marjorie Dame “Marge” Gnewikow, age 92, passed away May 31, 2019, at Maplewood Nursing Home. She was born at home in Ontario, Wis,. on Aug. 15, 1926, the only child of the late Sidney Irl and Margaret Ruth (Tedrick) Downing. She was united in marriage to Ortwin E. Gnewikow on July 19, 1946.
They purchased the Mazomanie Funeral Home in 1952, and later purchased funeral homes in Sauk City and Prairie du Sac. They then built a new funeral home on Water St., in Sauk City in June 1974. Read more...
Harold M. Wiecki, 91, died peacefully early Sunday morning, May 26, 2019 at his home at Patriot Place in Berlin. He had been a resident there for 10 years.
Harold was a graduate of Berlin High School with the class of 1944. He served in the U.S. Navy from April 1945 - July 1946. Harold became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer graduating from The Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science (WIMS} OF Milwaukee and worked at and later owned the Wiecki Funeral home (established by his father John R. Wiecki in 1919). Read more...
John A. Ritchay Sr, age 89, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Marshfield Medical Center. John was born on June 29, 1929 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin to the late Aaron and Ethel (O'Brien) Ritchay. He graduated from Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School, Lincoln High School- Class of 1947 and St. Norbert College in 1951. During high school and college, John excelled in athletics. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 - 1953 during the Korean War where he served overseas for 14 months. John married Mary A. Weix on October 29, 1955 in Merrill. She died April 28, 2014. Following his military service, John attended the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee. He purchased the Krohn and Berard Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids in 1957 and the Feldner Funeral Home in Nekoosa in 1981. He was a funeral director in the Wisconsin Rapids area for over 50 years. Read more...
Harvey Dean Anderson, 68, New Franken, died early Sunday evening, April 28, 2019, at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Green Bay. He was the husband to Kathey Anderson, Funeral Home Director of McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg. He was born in Iron River, MI, February 25, 1951 to the late, Carl Rudolph “Rudy” and Stella Marie (Kisiel) Anderson. On May 20, 2000, he married Kathleen Mary Lea Peters at St. Kilian Church, New Franken. Harvey owned and operated Anderson Building and Remodeling, leaving his legacy of handywork in several states. He worked hard and played hard, giving of his talents to many people his entire life, including serving as The Town of Scott, Town Constable from 2011 to 2014. He loved to be social, and enjoyed a “sociable” with friends at his home or the cottage. He loved being outdoors, early morning coffee, reading newspapers, watching Western movies, car trips and spoiling his little great niece, Carli (which he truly adored!). He ran the business until he was given the news of bone cancer, stage IV. He fought hard and as he stated, the cancer was not going to win, however an infection did. Harvey is the real winner, now witnessing eternal life. Read more...
Richard Eugene "Dick" Peterson, age 86, of Monona, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 29, 2019. He was born on Sept. 22, 1932, in Viroqua, the son of Arthur and Julia (Jackson) Peterson. Richard graduated from Viroqua High School in 1950 and Madison Business College in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, spending 18 months at the 7th Army Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Following his military service, Richard graduated with a BBA Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1958. He married Nancy M. Ryan on Sept. 12, 1959, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Monona. Richard graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee in July of 1962, and became a licensed funeral director on Jan. 1, 1963. He spent the last 22 years of his full-time employment at Gunderson Funeral Home, retiring in 1998, so he could spend more time as a caregiver to his wife, Nancy. Read more...
Coriann M. (nee: Alonge) Martin of Mt. Pleasant, died on Jan. 30, 2019, at the age of 44. Born in Milwaukee on July 23, 1974, she was the daughter of Joseph and Patricia (Schwarten) Alonge. Coriann was a 1992 graduate of Hamilton High School in Milwaukee and attended M.A.T.C./Milwaukee Area Technical College, where she received her degree in Mortuary Science. For eighteen years, Coriann dedicated her time and knowledge to funeral service at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home. She leaves behind a gracious legacy of service and dedication to the Kenosha community. Read More.
Edward (Bucky) Hanson, 88, formerly of Racine, passed away at Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest, IL on Monday April 8, 2019. Bucky was born on July 21, 1930 in Racine to Steven and Katherine (Jensen) Hanson. He was united in marriage to Nancy (Sorenson) Hanson at the home of her parents (Harry and Emma Sorenson) on July 22, 1950. Bucky was a 1948 graduate of Washington Park High School. He remained a member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church even after having moved to Minnesota with Nancy beginning in May of 2013 and living outside of Racine until his passing. Bucky served the Racine community as a Funeral Director and owner of the Hanson Funeral Home for over 45 years. Read More.
Carla Hamre Thoftne, age 62, passed away on Sunday, March 10,2019 surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born December 17, 1956, the daughter of the late Alice (Gray) and Edward Hamre. Carla was a lifelong Lodi resident and was the owner and operator of the Hamre Funeral Home until her retirement in 2011.
Carla is survived by her husband, Tory Thoftne; daughter, Amy Thoftne; daughter and son-in-law, Ali and Shawn Reinen; two brothers, Howard and Doreen Hamre and Bill and…Read More
Thomas P. O’Connell, affectionately known as Tucker, age 91 of Hudson, died peacefully Saturday March 2, 2019 at the Christian Community Home in Hudson. Tom was born January 7th, 1928 in Hudson, Wisconsin to Richard Joseph & Margaret (Grace) O’Connell. He grew up in Hudson and attended college at UW-River Falls as well as the University of Minnesota where he earned his degree in Mortuary Science. Following high school, he enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guards where he developed many lasting friendships. Always being an entrepreneur, Tom was a small business owner, as well as a successful paper goods and pharmaceutical sales rep. On Aug. 25, 1951, he was united in marriage to Janet Marie Smisek at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson. This union would be blessed with four children; Thomas, Kathleen, Daniel, and Michael.
Barbara Ann Forbes, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Sunday morning, Jan. 13, 2019. She was born May 24, 1936, in Sturgeon Bay to Martin and Ella (Schultz) Kust. In 1954, she graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School as salutatorian. After graduation, she worked for several years at the Door County Court House. On February 10, 1962, she married Harold R. Forbes at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Together they raised three sons.
As a young mom, Barb kept very busy raising her three boys and attending all their activities. In addition to the full-time task of mothering, she also volunteered as a Vacation Bible School teacher, served as a den mother for cub scouts, and helped to run the concession stand at the little league fields. She always tried to make every birthday and holiday a memorable occasion for her boys.