Laura F. Tyree
PARK FALLS — Laura F. Tyree, 83, of Park Falls, died Friday, November 29, 2002 at her granddaughter’s home in Clarksville, Tennessee. She was born on December 25, 1918 in Oakville, Kentucky, the daughter of Forrest and Bernice (Sweatt)) Paisley. Her early life and schooling were in Kentucky. In 1936 she moved to California and worked in the restaurant business. On July 13, 1952 she married Dale Tyree in Reno, Nevada. The couple moved to Park Falls and owned and operated the Town and Country Supper Club until retiring in 1982. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by three daughters: Lois (Jerry) James of Fresno, Calif., Laurie (Mick) Brennan of Ashland, and Penny (John) Campton of Butternut; a son, David (Lois) Sweatt of Milwaukee; sixteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale in 2000, and her brother Charles Paisley.
By Laura’s request, a graveside service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Nola Cemetery in Park Falls. Rev. Scot O’Connor will officiate.
The Novitzke Funeral Home of Park Falls is handling the arrangements.
Alden “Pat” Stoffregen
Alden”Pat” Stoffregen, 86, passed quietly away in his sleep on December 1, 2002.
Pat was a 58-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and until his retirement, was employed by Arrowhead Electric in Duluth. Friends will remember his contributions to his profession. He built a model apprentice program for electricians, established a strong electrical workers credit union and retirement program for the union. Pat was instrumental in the establishment of the Lake Superior College Technical Institute. Following retirement, Pat volunteered his organizational leadership by supporting the snowmobile recreational industry. He helped build the snowmobile trail system in Northern Wisconsin (noted as one of the finest in the Upper Midwest), raising local funds, facilitating the purchase of private lands to public recreational use, and helping to establish the equitable allocation of Wisconsin gas tax dollars to local trail support. He was remembered for his efforts in the town of Iron River, where he retired, with the naming of a snowmobile trail, the Stoffregen Zoller Battle Axe Trail, after Pat and a fellow trail supporter
He is survived by his three children: Lee (Ross) Hardwick, Jane Honigman and Robert (Carole) Stoffregen. Pat’s greatest treasures were his grandchildren: Lee Ann and Patrick Wile, Nick, Nate, Matt, Morgan and Max Stoffregen, Alix Honigman and David Geary and his great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn Stoffregen, Ben, Clay, Lauren and Will Geary.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Irene (Leiviska).
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the 12 noon service Saturday, December 7, in Jarvi-Dowd Chapel and burial in the Iron River Cemetery following the services.
Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral and Cremation Services, Jarvi-Dowd Chapel, 925 East 4th Street, Duluth, Minn.
PARK FALLS — Eugene A. Singer, age 74, of Park Falls, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at his home.
He was born on May 6, 1928, in Park Falls, the son of Harry and Esther (Heise) Singer. His early life and schooling were in Eisenstein. After his schooling he entered the United States Army and served during the Korean War. On Jan. 23, 1953, he married Patricia A. Stein in Park Falls. He was a logger and farmer. He owned and operated the OK Corral Tavern in Park Falls since 1959 and was part owner of E. Singer Logging Company in Park Falls. He enjoyed horseback riding, deer hunting, and managing the Singer’s Cowboy Polo Club.
He is survived by three children, Sharon (Larry) Olson, Susan (Dan) Carden, and Randall Singer, all of Park Falls; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Elmer (Doris) Singer of Park Falls; one sister-in-law, Mary Singer of Park Falls; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Patricia in 1980, his brother Elwood Singer, and his sister Esther Branzell.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, from Peace Lutheran Church in Park Falls. The Rev. John Wilman will officiate.
Burial will follow at Nola Cemetery in Park Falls, with military rites under the auspices of the Park Falls American Legion and VFW Posts.
A visitation will be held at the Novitzke Funeral Home in Park Falls on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m. until the hour of the service at the church.
Ann Marie Matsick
Ann Marie Matsick, 80, Phillips, died in the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Phillips on Monday, December 2, 2002. She was born in Phillips on July 5, 1922, the daughter of Mike and Marie Machak. She was married to Thomas Matsick in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Phillips on June 11, 1946. She was a member of Our Lady of the North Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters, and the Altar Society. In her free time she enjoyed gardening and playing cards.
She is survived by eight children: Thomas Jr. (Barbara) Phillips, Michael (Kathy) of Wausau, Kenneth (Margo), Joseph (Linda), Maggie (John) Obadal, Ann Miller, and James “Farmer” (Marcy), all of Phillips, and Patti Jo (Brad) Swanson, Idaho Falls, Idaho; 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Joe Machak.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, on March 14, 1993; by two daughters, Barbara Gastineau and infant Mary; by a granddaughter, Christine Swanson; and by brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 7, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the North Catholic Church in Phillips with Father Gerald Hagen, Father John P. Slowey, and Deacon James Celba celebrating the Funeral Mass.
Interment will be in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips after 5:30 p.m. on Friday with the Parish Wake service to be held at 7 p.m.
The Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips is in charge of the arrangements.
Emma Lila Treptow, age 92, formerly of Shiloh Suites, 1500 West Tenth St., Ashland, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at Ashland Health and Rehab Center in Ashland.
Emma was born July 26, 1910, in Mellen, the daughter of John and Anna (Nilsson) Hoglund. She graduated from Northland College in Ashland in 1931. She married Raymond Treptow in Chicago, Ill. He preceded her in death. She worked in the public library in Chicago as a library clerk for many years and was a homemaker. She was a member of Saron Lutheran Church in Ashland.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Mudgett of Palatine, Ill.; one granddaughter, Lisa Masopust of Rolling Meadows, Ill.; one sister, Camilla Halderson of Ashland; and two nieces, Anne Hoglund of Mellen and Mary Norma Kramer of Ashland.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; brothers, Oscar, Orville and Raymond; and sisters, Marie, Myrtle and Maghnild.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Saron Lutheran Church in Ashland, with the Rev. James Kasperson officiating.
Private family interment will take place at the Concordia Cemetery in Chicago.
The Mountain Funeral Home, Ashland and Mellen, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061.
Leonard Peter Ripplinger, 91, Ashland, formerly of Glidden Milwaukee, died Thursday, December 5, 2002, at Memorial Medical Center, Ashland. He was born April 1, 1911, in Glidden, the son of Peter and Hannah (Schmidt) Ripplinger.
He grew up in Glidden, attending school and Most Precious Blood Catholic Church. As a young man he worked as a woodsman and sailed on the Great Lakes ore boats. He was an US Army World War II veteran serving as a Staff Sergeant in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre from 1942 - 1945. On October 27, 1949, he married Bonita Tesch in Milwaukee. She preceded him in death on March 8, 1991.
He was an iron and steel worker for over 30 years, working as a foreman for Hufschmidt Engineering out of Milwaukee. The Mitchell Domes, Milwaukee Viaduct, Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, as well as various bridges were some of the construction projects he was part of.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 247 in Glidden, Ironworkers Union Local No./ 8, AARP and a former member of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Glidden.
Surviving are a brother, Sheridan (Cecile) Ripplinger of Oconomowoc; sisters, Joan (Kenneth) Johnson of Ashland and Marcia Bayuk of Glidden; numerous nieces and nephews including two close nephews, Donald (Elaine) Kyler of Milwaukee and Peter Borman of Fairbanks, Alaska, who enjoyed ball games, fishing and hunting with him; other relatives and friends.
Besides his wife he was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Elmer and Norman; a sister, Phyllis Kyler.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2003 at the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Glidden with inurnment in the church cemetery.
Frost Home For Funerals and Ashland Crematory Service in Ashland are assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
Frances “Toots” Kempf
GLIDDEN — Frances “Toots” Kempf, 65, Glidden, died Friday, December 6, 2002 at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. She was born on June 16, 1937 in Mellen, the daughter of Louis and Rose (Windt) Wiener. She was a graduate of Mellen High School. On May 28, 1960 she married James Kempf in Mellen. She then resided in Glidden. Mrs. Kempf was a homemaker, a secretary for Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, worked for Zach’s IGA, a clerk for the Glidden Fire Department and Clerk for the Town of Jacobs. She was also a member of St. Ann’s Sodality and the National Catholic Order of Foresters.
She is survived by three children: Cheryl Kempf of Ashland, Michael Kempf and Jerry Kempf of Glidden; her mother-in-law Rosellen Kempf of Glidden; three sisters: Clarice Schwalbach of Muskego, Joan (John) Coffey of Ashland, and Betty (James) Warren of Mellen; three brothers: Carl (Murlene) Wiener of Mellen, Fred (Eileen) Wiener of Mellen, and Tom (Sue) Wiener of Rhinelander; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James in September of this year, and her sister Mary Ann Wiener.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 10, at 11 a.m. at the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Glidden. Father Jozef Barszcz will officiate.
Interment will follow at Most Precious Blood Catholic Cemetery.
A gathering of family and friends will take place on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. until the hour of the service at the church.
The Novitzke Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Joyce E. Smart
RINGLE — Joyce E. Smart, 72, of the Town of Ringle and formerly of Odanah, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2002 at her residence in Ringle. She was born June 26, 1930 in Odanah, the daughter of Lawrence and Florence (Cloud-Gordon) Madosh.
On October 1, 1952, she married Alton Smart in Ashland.
She enjoyed doing craft, artwork, beading and most of all, taking care of her family and friends.
She is survived by four children: Janice Smart, Cloquet, Minn., Alton “Sonny” (Penny) Smart, Ringle, Sylvia (Scott) Terrapin, Tahlequah, Okla., and Cheryl McCain, Milwaukee; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Genevieve Powless, Odanah and Charlene Madosh, Milwaukee; an aunt, Bernice Lemieux, Odanah and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Alton on January 15, 1975, and a brother Earl Madosh.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the Odanah Community Center, with Lee Staples and Larry “Amik” Smallwood officiating.
Interment will be held in the Odanah Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service today at the Odanah Community Center.
Arrangements are by Frost Home for Funerals in Ashland.
Rolland ‘Ron’ Muelling
PHILLIPS — Phillips resident Ron Muelling, 66, died at his home on Sunday, Dec. 8, after a lengthy battle with emphysema.
Ron was born in Phillips on Sept. 15, 1936, to Levi and Lillian Muelling. He mar ried Judy Norton in Phillips on June 9, 1962.
He is survived by his wife Judy; three children, Patty (Ron) Kearns, Prentice; Carole Zimmermann, Phillips, and Gary (Marci), Pekin, Ill.; four grandchildren, Connor Kearns, Shay Zimmermann, David and Alycia Runyon; siblings, Allen (Lu), Stanley (Kathleen), Kathryn (Leo) Tresemer, Robert (Gloria), Joy (Raymond) Plutschack, Gaylord (Sandra), Barbara (Donald) Thiessenhusen, Victoria , Linda (Robert) Randolph; his mother-in-law and dear friend Marilyn Norton, Phillips.
At Ron’s request, there will be no services. Cremation will take place.
The Heindl Funeral Home and Flambeau Home Hospice assisted the family with arrangements.