Francis 'Fritz' T. O'Neill
Francis 'Fritz' T. O'Neill, 84, Oconto Falls, died Monday afternoon, November 13, 2000, at Riverside Health & Rehabilitation Center in Oconto. He was born March 5, 1916, in Oconto Falls, to Charles T. and Rose Murphy O'Neill. He attended Oconto Falls schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1936. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. Fritz lived all of his life in Oconto Falls where he was employed by the former Scott Paper Co. until retiring in 1976. He was a faithful member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Fritz was also a member of the Oconto Falls American Legion Post 302, a charter member of River Island Golf Club and a charter member of the Falls Paper Employee Credit Union, now NEW Credit Union. For many years, Fritz was an avid HAM radio operator. He is survived by many relatives and special friends, especially Arnie Martin, Al and Sharon LaFave, all of Oconto Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. Friends called at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls after 10 a.m. Thursday until the time of services. Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev. Fr. Harold Beerntsen officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Jones Funeral Service assisted the family.
Caroline Johnson, 80, N. Kelly Lake Rd., Suring, a former Oconto resident, passed away at her winter home in Ocala, Florida, November 16, 2000. Caroline was born November 13, 1920 at Marin-ette, WI to the late David and Ethel Hutchinson Boville. She attended school in Coleman, WI and was a member of the women's state champion basketball team. She was a graduate of St. Mary's School of Nursing and was a long time employee of Oconto Memorial Hospital and Riverside Nursing Home as a RN. Caroline married Donald Johnson December 8, 1956, he preceded her in death. While a resident of Oconto she was active in Ladies Elks, Oconto Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the American Cancer Society. She also served as a board member of the Oconto County Commission on Aging and was a state board member of the WI Spina Bifida Association. She was also active in many charitable organizations at their winter home in Ocala, FL. She was a member of the Sweet Adeline's Association. Survivors include three daughters Roberta 'Bobbie' Skelly, Green Bay; Judith Wayne Conklin, Coleman; Denise Roger Cunningham, Chesapeake, VA; two sons John 'Jack' Jeanne Rysewyk, Green Bay; Donald Gail Rysewyk, Green Bay; daughter in-law Cindy Rysewyk, Oconto; four sisters Dorothy Ralph Walters, Bella Vista, AR; Evelyn Dzurick, Racine, WI; Elizabeth "Toots" Walter Jashinsky, West Allis, WI: Darlene William Perry, Oak Creek, WI; two brothers Dr. David Joan Boville, Sauk City, WI; Rodney Barb Boville, Green Bay; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren. We will all miss her very much. .She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald, stepmother Betty; a brother Kenneth; sons Bernard and Joseph infant; grandson Gregory and former husband John Rysewyk. Friends may call at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Parish wake service will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity Parish with Rev. David Ruby officiating. Burial will be at Coleman Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
Wendy R. Farmer
Wendy R. Farmer, 32, Rockford, IL died Thursday morning, Nov. 16, 2000, at home following a brief illness. The former Wendy R. Knight was born Aug. 22, 1968, at Rockford, IL to the Rev. Robert R. and Nancy McCrillis Knight. Wendy graduated from Faith Christian School at Coleman in 1986 and was valedictorian of her class. She attended Liberty University at Lynchburg, Va., majoring in journalism. Wendy operated a day care center for a number of years, and also was a teacher's aide. She loved children, was an excellent flutist and received national recognition for her scholastic and athletic abilities. She attended First Evangelical Free Church, Rockford. Survivors include her nine-year-old son, Tarek James Farmer of Rockford; parents, The Rev. Robert and Nancy Knight of Colchester, IL; a sister, Kimberly Jaime Martinez, Rockford; two brothers, Kevin Melodi Knight, Cherry Valley, IL and Jason Holly Knight of Birmingham, MI; two nieces and six nephews; maternal grandparents, Wallace and Donna McCrillis and great-grandmother, Hilma Stevens, all of Beloit. Wendy was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Robert E. and Doris L. Knight. A Service of Christian Burial was held at 12 noon Monday, Nov. 20, 2000 at Berean Baptist Church Memorial Chapel, with The Rev. Dr. Melvin Swanson, senior pastor, officiating. Interment was at East Lawn Cemetery, Beloit. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the Church. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be sent to: The Rev. Robert and Nancy Knight P.O. Box 332 Colchester, IL. Ackerman Funeral Directors, Oconto assisted the family. Raymond B. Ackerman, Jr. Funeral Director.
Angel Star Pogrant
Angel Star Pogrant, infant daughter of Stacy Pogrant, Oconto Falls, failed to survive at birth Thursday evening, November 16, 2000 at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee. Surviving beside her mother are a sister Karrie, Oconto Falls; two brothers, Brandon, Green Bay and William, II, Oconto Falls; Maternal Grandmother, Debra Pogrant, Oconto; aunts, uncles, and cousins. Angel was preceded in death by her Maternal Grandfather Kenneth Pogrant. Family and friends will be received at the United Methodist Church 641 Washington Street, Oconto from 12 noon until 1:45 p.m. Sunday, November 19, 2000. Funeral 2 p.m. Sunday at the Church. The Rev. Frederik W. Schulz officiating. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto. Ackerman Funeral Directors & Cremation Service, Oconto is assisting the family.
Mr. Paul Patz
Mr. Paul Patz, 89, of 217 River Drive, Pound, WI died peacefully on Friday, November 17, 2000 at St. Vincent's Hospital of Green Bay after a two month battle with cancer. Mr. Patz, a prominent businessman of Marinette county, was born April 27, 1911 at Pound to the late John and Augusta Tisbusch Patz. He attended White Potato Lake School in the town of Beaver completing fourth grade. He married Mamie Stank on November 20, 1935 at Section Eight Baptist Church with Rev. Samuel Kostreva officiating. Mr. Patz was a faithful, active member of the First Baptist Church of Pound where he served as a deacon and was active in Christian service until his home going to heaven. In 1948, he and his wife Mamie co-founded Patz Sales, Inc., formerly Patz Company, in Pound. In 1960, the couple also co-founded Northland Mission Inc. in Dunbar, WI leading to the establishment of a summer Bible camp ministry in 1961 and a Bible college ministry in 1975. Mamie Patz preceded him in death on March 22, 1994. Mr. Patz then married Sadie Murroch on August 12, 1995. His loving wife survives with seven children: Arlene Sailer of Pound, Mrs. Harold Laverne Grosse of Grand Junction, CO, Clifford Nancy Patz, Howard Valerie Patz and Mrs. Roger Eleanore Gusick all of Pound. Harold Joan Patz of Dunbar and Darrell Jeannie Patz of Coleman; 27 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Agnes Borkowski of Milwaukee, and Hannah Heisel of Texas. He is also survived by stepson Gerald Garnet Murroch of Milwaukee and a stepdaughter, Sharon Paul, also of Milwaukee, three stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his four brothers - Charles, August, Elmer and Harry Patz; and three sisters - Alma Dutz, Harriet Grudda and Gustie Beisel. On Monday, November 20, 2000 friends and relatives called at Coleman High School, Hwy. 141 in Coleman for visitation from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a memorial tribute at 7p.m. On Tuesday, November 21, 2000 visitation was held at the Pioneer Fitness Center on the campus of Northland Baptist Bible College, W 10085 Pike Plains Road, Dunbar, WI from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. with Dr. Les Ollila, President of NBBC, officiating. On Wednesday, November 22, 2000 visitation will be held from 9 a.m. at First Baptist, Pound until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. with Pastor James Frisby officiating. Burial services will be at the First Baptist Cemetery in Pound. The Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home is assisting the family. A memorial fund has been established in his memory at the first Baptist church, POB 3, Pound, WI. Paulbearers are his grandsons, Anthony Sailer, Trevor Grosse, Duane Patz, Jeremy Patz, Peter Gusick, Daniel Patz and spencer Patz. David the psalmist said, 'Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.'
Marvin C. Wiseman
Marvin C. Wiseman, 88, of 9712 Hwy 64, Pound, died Thurs. Nov.16 2000 at Woodland Village Nursing Home, Suring. The son of the late Ward and Gertrude Weber Wiseman was born Aug. 14, 1912 in the Town of Brazeau. He was a veteran of WWII having served with CB's in the U.S. Navy. Marvin was married to the former Florence Brickner on June 17, 1936 in Marinette, He was employed for the Graetz Mfg. Co., Pound from 1945 until retirement in 1978. He was a member of Ss. Francis & Wenceslaus Church, Klondike and the Kalbes- Seewald American Legion Post #280, Coleman. Surviving are his wife, Florence; four children; Cheryl Bob Floriant of Ava, MO; Sandra Wiseman of Atlanta, GA; Dan Marilyn Wiseman of Leesburg, VA; and Herb Wiseman of Berkeley, CA; four grandchildren; Eric Floriano, Amy Floriano Fitzgerald, Aaron and Megan Wiseman; and one sister, Irene Raycraft of IL. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jean Marie and two sisters; Mildred and Frances. Friends called at Rhodes-Charapata funeral home, Coleman, from 5-8 p.m. Monday with a wake service at 7 p.m. There will be visitation from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Ss. Francis & Wenceslaus Church, Klondike. Interment will be in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery, Klondike. Military rites were conducted at graveside
Delbert H. Giese
Delbert H. Giese age 75 Suring died in a Milwaukee Hospital Friday November 17, 2000 following a short illness. He was born in Mountain on September 18, 1925 to the late Louis and Myrtle Ramsdel Giese. Delbert served his country in the Army during WWII in the South Pacific. After the War he married Sally Smith on September 25, 1948 at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Suring. The couple lived and workcd in Green Bay until retiring to Breed in 1983. Delbert was a lifelong hunter and fisherman. During later years,he enjoyed traveling. He was a member of the Suring American Legion Post, and belonged to St. Michaels Catholic Church in Suring. Survivors include his wife Sally, his three daughters and their families. Linda Larry Goddard of Carthage, Missouri, Debbie Mike Forrest of Green Bay, Mary Steve Schuettpelz of Shawano, his two sons and their families, Bob Sharon Giese, Tellico Plains, Tennessee, Tom Debbie Giese of Green Bay, two brothers Elton Giese of Suring, Elmer LaVerne Giese of Green Bay, a sister Agnes Richard Ziereis of Embarrass, a sister-in-law Norma Giese of Suring, loving brother-in-law, Harvey Cal Smith, of Suring, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Delbert was preceded in death by two brothers, Chester and Louis Jr., a sister, Dorothy Ketch, and a grandson Mitchel Goddard. Visitation was held on Monday, November 20, 2000 at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Suring beginning at 4 p.m. until funeral services at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Breed Union Cemetery. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home Suring, in charge of arrangements.
Arthur Schmolinske, age 105, 1119 Superior Ave., Oconto passed away November 18, 2000 at the Veterans Hospital at Iron Mountain, Michigan. He was born June 6, 1895 at Oconto to the late Charles and Bertha Behnke Schmolinske. He married Verna Cerull, April 16, 1931. She preceded him in death December 10, 1975. Mr. Schmolinske operated a Auto Service Center in Milwaukee for 10 years and then moved to the Town of Little River where he operated a dairy farm until his retirement. He was a member of the Oconto Gospel Chapel, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Authur served in the Army in France during W.W.I and was the last surviving W.W.I veteran from Oconto County. March 25, 1999, Arthur was presented the Chevalier National Order of the Legion of Honor France's Highest Honor. He is survived by many niececs, nephews and cousins, He was preceded in death by his daughter Arlene Schmolinske on November 8, 1984; brothers, William, Leonard and Walter age 1; sisters, Ruby Viestenz, Esther Pladsen and Olga age 7. Friends called at the Gallagher Funeral Home, from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and at the Oconto Gospel Chapel from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral service was at 2 p.m.Tuesday at the Ocunto Gospel Chapel with Pastor Bob Schut officiating. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery. Military rites were conducted by the AmericanLegion.