Bertha F. Lehman, 84, of Iron River, passed away on July 2 at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland.
Bertha was born on January 11, 1917 in Superior, Wis. to Edward and Bertha (Howard) Cheever. She graduated from Superior Central High School in 1935. Four years later she graduated from college in what is now the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Bertha took further credits in elementary education after she graduated. She was a kindergarten teacher in Plymouth, Wis. from 1954 until 1973.
On January 17, 1942, Bertha was united in marriage to Ruben A. Lehman. They later moved to Plymouth. While there she was very active as a Sunday School teacher at Salem Untied Church of Christ from 1950 to 1972. Bertha was also a Campfire Girl leader. She was active in Eastern Star and became Worthy Matron in the early 1970s.
In 1973, Bertha and Ruben both retired and moved to her parent’s property on the Pike Lake Chain near Iron River, Wis. She became very active in Iron River’s Calvary Presbyterian Church, teaching Sunday School and Bible School. She belonged to the Woman’s Association and served as an elder. She was also active in the Iron River Historical Society and wrote a series of articles for the local paper until her eyesight failed.
Bertha’s kind gentle spirit was known by all who knew her. Life was always good and interesting to her. Even as her vision failed she always saw the beauty around her and shared her bright smile and ready laugh with everyone. Her life was truly an example of inner peace and joy. To her family and friends, her life was a wonderful blessing. It gives us great comfort to know that her beautiful blue eyes can once again sparkle without pain.
Survivors included one son, Howard A. (Patty) of Eau Claire, Wis.; two grandsons, Mark and Ryan; sister-in-law, Corrine “Toots” Cheever of Superior; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ruben on July 7, 1984; three brothers, Howard, Walter and Roger.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 5 at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Iron River with Rev. Marilee Olson officiating.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the time of the service at the church on Thursday.
The Mountain Funeral Home, Ashland, Bayfield and Mellen is assisting the family with arrangements.
WASHBURN — Miriam Langerude Larson, 95, 420 Washington Ave., Washburn, passed away January 26, 2001, in Washburn. She was born December 16, 1905, in Norway, the daughter of Jens and Olive (Olsen) Langerude.
She married Walter G. Larson on June 11, 1923, in Duluth, Minn.
She is survived by her three daughters, Gloria Lindstrom of Washburn, Karen (Robert) Puig of Tucson, Ariz.; and Barbara Jonas of Washburn; a son, James (Shirley) Larson of Tucson, Ariz.; 24 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2001, at the Woodland Cemetery in Washburn with Rev. Jerry Lamb officiating. Light refreshments and coffee will be served at the Messiah Lutheran Church following the service.
Arrangements are by Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn.
Albert Peterson Jr.
Memorial services for Albert E. Peterson Jr. (aka Brickyard or Bert), formerly of Washburn, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, at the Calvary Cemetery in Washburn. Mr. Peterson died July 2, 2000.
All family and friends are welcome to attend the graveside services. Luncheon will follow the interment at the Lakeview Terrace Apartments, 320 W. Omaha St., Washburn.
Ralph Blaine Hartmann, 74, Prentice, passed away at the Wausau Hospital in Wausau on Monday, July 2. He was born in Phillips on October 1, 1926 to Albert and Lucinda Hartmann.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served aboard the USS Bunker Hill CV17. He was honorably discharged on August 8, 1946 as a Cox Wain USNR.
On December 13, 1947, Ralph married Lela Jean Stade in Prentice. He has resided in Prentice ever since. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Prentice and of the Southern Price County V.F.W. Post 8491. He worked as a logger, farmer, and did road construction as a member of the Operators Engineering Union. He also served on the Hackett Town Board.
Ralph enjoyed deer hunting and traveling. He never met a stranger, just new people to tell his many stories to. He could always be found at the local ball games, be it basketball, softball, football, baseball, or even volleyball. He always enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play.
He is survived by his wife, Lela Jean; by his seven children: Darwin (Beverly), Dennis (Walda), Duke (Ann), Dale (Diane), and Dorie Anklam, all of Prentice, Darlene Teele of Wausau, and Ralph (Kay) Collins of Missoula, Mont.; and by 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by five brothers: Albert Roy of Plamer, Alaska, John (Bobbie) of Dunlap, Tenn., Charles (Kathy) Newberry of Medford, Wis., William and Clint Newberry, both of Ironwood, Mich.; by three sisters: Ruth Good of Prentice, Hazel (Charles) Schweikert of Superior and Geraldine Rominske of Butternut.
He was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Donna; by three brothers: Arthur James, Gerald David, and infant Daniel; and by one sister, Dorothy Newbury.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 6 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Prentice, with Rev. Randy Feola officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the Southern Price County V.F.W. Post No. 8491.
Friends may call at the Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice after 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 5.
The Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice is in charge of the arrangements.
WASHBURN — Rueben A. Leonhard, 77, of Washburn, passed away Thursday, July 5 at the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. He was born on August 20, 1923 in Colby, Wis. to John P. and Ella (Schoelzel) Leonhard.
He graduated from Walworth High School in Walworth County, Wis. He served in the U.S. Army during W.W.II and was stationed in Germany. He received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantry Badge. After the service, Rueben served in the National Guard for 30 years.
He married Viola Johnston on March 8, 1947. She preceded him in death on January 1, 1982. Rueben worked as a truck diver and cheese maker at the Mountain Valley Cheese Factory for 15 years.
Rueben married Helen Rice on February 24, 1973 in Ashland, Wis. He later worked as a truck driver for Ashland Construction, before retiring in 1980. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed senior pool and bowling.
He is survived by his wife, Helen, of Washburn; 3 sons: John (Judy Beil) Leonhard, Fond du Lac, Wis.; Charles Leonhard, Bailey, Colo.; and Curtiss (Laura) Leonhard, Longmount, Colo.; a daughter, Cindy (Kevin Hogan) Leonhard, Washburn; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five sisters and brothers: Gertrude Oldenburg, Genoa City, Wis.; Marge (Joe) Rodriguez, Buena Park, Cal.; Ellen (Elmer) Norgard, Washington; John R. (Elaine) Leonhard, Pass Christian, Miss.; and Joyce (Richard) Fulton, Pell Lake, Wis.; a niece, Mary Rose Long, Lake Geneva, Wis. and other numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ann and Pearl; and two brothers, Oliver and Eugene.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 9 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Washburn, with Rev. Jerry Lamb officiating. Interment will take place in the Woodland Cemetery in Washburn. A Washburn VFW Post 9665 veterans service will follow.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn and will continue one hour prior to the service, on Monday, at the church.
The Washburn VFW Post 9665 will hold a veterans service on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bratley Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Regional Hospice of Ashland.
Arrangements are by the Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn.
Felix A. Wojcik, age 84, of 1709 East Sixth St., Ashland, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2001, at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland.
Felix was born June 25, 1917, in Ashland, the son of Frank and Serafina Wojcik. On June 29, 1946, he married LaVerne H. Pezackie at Ashland. He worked for the C.C. Camps in the 1930s and later became a barber in Minneapolis, Minn. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1941. As a pilot he flew the China, India, Burma theater of war and received the distinguished flying medal for service to his country. He then worked for the Miller Brewing Company for over 33 years before retiring and returning to Ashland in 1983. His hobbies included fishing, his garden, love for birds and his special pet, Molly the cat. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland, the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and the Retirees Club of Miller Brewing Co.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, LaVerne of Ashland; five sons, Gary (Elizabeth) of Simi Valley, Calif.; Randy (Maryann) of West Bend; Brian (Debra) of Richfield; Allen (Karen) of Menomonie; and Jeffrey of Ashland; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Joseph of Ormond Beach, Fla.; one sister-in-law, Elaine Erwin of Dayton, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frank, and sister, Victoria.
A private family memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 9, at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland, with Fr. Conan Mitchell, O.F.M. officiating.
Interment will take place in Saint Agnes Cemetery, Ashland, with military honors under the auspices of the United Chequamegon Area Veterans.
The Mountain Funeral Home, Ashland, Bayfield and Mellen, is assisting the family with arrangements.