Alissa Marie Perrett
WINTER — Alissa Marie Perrett, 34, of Winter, died in the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield on Sunday, December 15, 2002. She was born in Clintonville on August 26, 1968. She was married to Todd Perrett in Phillips on July 29, 1993. She operated Red’s Flambeau Forest Inn with her family and Flambeau Screen Printing and Embroidery with her husband Todd. She was a 13 year veteran of the U. S. Army Reserves and was a Desert Storm Veteran. She was a member of the American Legion. In her free time she enjoyed hunting and fishing.
She is survived by her husband, Todd; by four children: Lauren and Ben of Winter, Whitney and Ann Kerstyn, of Marshall; by her parents, Louise “Sam” and William “Red” Gilbert, also of Winter; and a brother Kane of Loretta, Wisconsin.
Friends may call at the Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips after 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 19 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Daniel Ahrens officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the Lane Kreiling American Legion Post No. 122 and the Frank and Michael Baran V. F. W. Post No. 5778.
The Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips is in charge of the arrangements.
Richard J. Westemeier
MELLEN — Richard J. Westemeier, 58, of 311 North Main Street, Mellen, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2002 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.
Dick was born March 2, 1944 in Ashland, the son of Arthur E. and Frances L. (Yanko) Westemeier. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Mountain Funeral Home in Mellen.
Richard J. Westemeier
MELLEN — Richard J. Westemeier, 58, of 311 North Main Street, Mellen, passes away Sunday, December 15, 2002 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.
Dick was born March 2, 1944 in Ashland, the son of Arthur E. and Frances L. (Yanko) Westemeier. On October 9, 1976 he was united in marriage to Caroline R. Schultz at Park Falls. He was employed by Columbia Forest Products in Mellen for over 30 years. He enjoyed four wheeling and watching Minnesota Viking football games but above all else, he enjoyed spending time with his family, whom he loved very much.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Caroline, a son Joseph, and a daughter Nikki Westemeier, all of Mellen; a sister Mary Jane Ernest of Glidden; two brothers, Michael (Eileen) of Aiken Minn. and Edward (Pat) of Park Falls; plus several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Lucille Neibauer.
A Christian Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mellen with Father Jozef Barszcz officiating.
Interment will take place in Mount Hope Cemetery, Highbridge.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of the service at the church in Mellen on Monday.
The Mountain Funeral Home, Ashland and Mellen, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Elizabeth “Betty” Williams
Elizabeth “Betty” Williams, 84, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2002, at Memorial Medical Center, in Ashland. She was born April 30, 1918, in Glasgow, Scotland, the daughter of John and Mary (Watt) Buchanan.
On June 14, 1941, she married Fane J. Williams in Detroit, Mich. She worked for Awrey Bakery in Detroit. Betty was a member of Salem Baptist Church in Ashland and enjoyed volunteering at her church in Dearborn Michigan. Betty also liked weaving, crafts, baking, cooking and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Fane J., Ashland; a daughter, Marilyn (Michael) Aillon, Ambrus, Ohio; a son Bruce (Mary) Williams of Bayfield; two granddaughters: Pam (John) White, Frazeysburg, Ohio and Kathy (Michael) Aillon, Boston, Mass.; two step-grandchildren, Jamie Williams, Byron, Minn., and Howard E. Hanson Jr., Bayfield; two great-grandchildren Evan White and Elena A. Aillon; a step-great-grandson John E. White; a sister, Margaret (Richard) Salchow, Huntington Woods, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Steggall.
A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 21 at Frost Home for Funerals in Ashland with Rev. Rodney Larson officiating.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at Frost Home for Funerals in Ashland.
Memorials may be made to Salem Baptist Church in Ashland.
Arrangements are by Frost Home for Funerals, Ashland.
Phyllis M. Podlesny
Phyllis M. Podlesny, 87, of Ashland, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2002, at Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born June 13, 1915 in Ironwood, Michigan, the daughter of Adolph and Maria Rolfsman.
Phyllis was raised in the Ironwood, Mich. area and moved to Ashland when her father started the Ford Garage in Ashland. She graduated from Ironwood High School in 1933 and attended Gogebic Community College for a year. Prior to her marriage, she was employed at lake Superior District Power Company. On March 2, 1943, she married George Podlesny in Manitowoc. Phyllis was a member of Saron Lutheran Church, in Ashland, an early member of the Ashland League of Women Voters, Eastern Star, and the Ashland Garden Club. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and her family.
She is survived by three sons: John T. (Mary) Podlesny, Iron River, James M. Podlesny, Traverse City, Michigan, and Thomas A. (Bobbi Rongstad) Podlesny, Saxon; a daughter Joan M. “Penny” (David) Hershberger, Ocean Springs, Miss., eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and a nephew, Peter Rolfsman of Ashland.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George in 1996; and two brothers Arnold and Gustave Rolfsman.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 24, at Frost Home for Funerals in Ashland with Rev. James Kasperson officiating.
Interment will take place in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Ashland.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Memorial gifts may be made to Northland College or to the Ashland Animal Shelter.
Harriet V. Hmielewski
Harriet V. Hmielewski, 84, formerly of 1415 East Front Street, Ashland, passed away Friday, December 20, 2002 at Court Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Ashland.
Harriet was born February 14, 1918 in Wells, Michigan, the daughter of Louis and Verna (Vaver) Roberts. On May 4, 1937, she was united in marriage to Walter F. Hmielewski at Wells, Michigan. She was a homemaker and worked at the Woolworth Department Store in Ashland for many years. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland and enjoyed crocheting and embroidering, but the joy of her life were her grandchildren, who she loved very much.
Survivors include three sons: Robert (Marjorie) of Ashland; James (Sharon) of Washburn, and Thomas of Ashland; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Birdie Shannon of Gladstone, Mich. and Jerri Wilman of Bark River, Mich., plus several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Walter on September 7, 1998, two brothers and two sisters.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland with Father Bill Rooney, O.F.M. officiating.
Interment will take place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Ashland.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of the service at the funeral home.
Ann M. Lee
Ann M. (Siedlecki) Lee, 88, of Ashland, passed away Friday, December 20, 2002 at Court Manor Health and Rehabilitation Services in Ashland. She was born March 26, 1914 in Ashland, the daughter of Peter and Petra (Cwikowski) Siedlecki.
As she was growing up, she worked at the Ashland paper mill. Ann married Sheldon Lee. For several years, she worked at Woolworth’s in Ashland and also volunteered at the Ashland Thrift Shop. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland.
She is survived by two sons: Eugene R. (Barbara) Lee, Muskego and Richard C. (Theresa) Lee, Farmington Hills, Michigan; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother Jerome Siedlecki, West Allis; a sister Agnes Siedlecki, West Allis; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Sheldon on May 10, 1976; a grandson Timothy on December 3, 1993; and three brothers, Felix, Alex and Edward Siedlecki.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 28, at Our lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland with Father Michael Ewert, O.F.M. celebrant.
Interment will take place in the St. Agnes Cemetery in Ashland.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, with a 7:45 p.m. prayer service at Frost Home for Funerals.
Johanna C. Schloer
Johanna C. Schloer, 90, of Park Falls, died Saturday, December 21, 2002 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. She was born on February 13, 1912, in Butternut, the daughter of Albert and Ida (Andres) Ehmke.
Her early life and schooling were in Butternut. On October 18, 1933, she married Anton Schloer in Chicago. She was a homemaker and member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Park Falls.
She is survived by her son John (Ellyn) Schloer of Park Falls; two daughters: June Kalina and Carol Kane, both of Butternut; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Berlepp and Gertrude Pankratz, both of Park Falls; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Anton in 1984, four sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 26 at 3 p.m. at the Novitzke Funeral Home Chapel in Park Falls. Father James Jackson will officiate.
Burial will follow at St. Cecelia Cemetery in Butternut.
A visitation will be held on Thursday from 2 p.m. until the hour of the service at the funeral home.
Agnes Helen Moore, 55, of 509 High St., Chippewa Falls, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire.
She was born Oct. 23, 1947, in Hayward, the daughter of Hudson and Isabelle (Neveaux) Moore. She had worked as a beautician. She had married Raymond Notbohm and then Robert Kleinsteiber. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.
She is survived by one son, Steven Edward Notbohm of Eau Claire; one daughter, Regina Marie Notbohm of Chippewa Falls; two brothers, William Moore of Gresham and Stanley Moore of Green Bay; four sisters, Lucille Moore, Lorna Bowman, Beatrice Moore and Vivian Barbano all of Odanah; one grandson, Alexander John Rardon of Chippewa Falls; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Hudson William Moore Jr.
Eucharist for the Departed will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Christ Episcopal Church, Chippewa Falls, with the Rev. George Stamm celebrant of the services assisted by the Rev. Fr. Robert Hoekstra. Burial of Cremains will be at the Bad River Indian Reservation Cemetery on Madeline Island at LaPointe.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls, is in charge of arrangements.
BRANTWOOD — Ruth Beatrice Petaja, 81, of Brantwood, died in the United Hospital in St. Paul on Tuesday, December 24, 2002. She was born in Tomahawk on February 23, 1921, the daughter of Percy and Marie Higgins. She attended high school in Tomahawk and also Detroit, Mich. She was married to George Petaja in Paris, Texas, on January 30, 1944. She was employed as a cook for the Prentice Nursing Home, the Prentice Hotel, and in Lake Forest, Illinois. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Prentice. In her free time she enjoyed reading, cooking, and bowling.
She is survived by one daughter, Sharon (Allen) Cummings, Helenville; a son George (Eilene), Beldenville; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a brother John Higgins of Chicago and by two sisters, Myrtle Page, Augusta, Wis., and Jean Streeter, Beloit.
She was preceded in death by her husband George on October 4, 1984 and by three sisters: Margaret Juno, June Fram, and Gertrude Gamache.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 28, at 11 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Prentice with Father Gerald Hagen celebrating the Funeral Mass.
Interment will be in Clifford Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice on Friday after 5 p.m. The Parish Wake Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday evening with Deacon James Celba officiating.