Obituaries

Thu
12
Sep

Virginia K. Waupochick

Virginia Kathryn Waupochick, 97, of Keshena, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at a local nursing home.

Born on April 16, 1916, in Neopit, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Vernie (Harper) Fredenberg. On Nov. 12, 1935, she was united in marriage to Antoine Waupochick in Keshena. Antoine preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 1984. Virginia worked as the postmaster in Keshena for 20 years before retiring in 1954. She lived her entire life on the Menominee Indian Reservation and was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church, where she was active in the St. Anne’s Society and the 3rd Order of St. Francis of Assisi. Virginia loved the beauty of nature, especially around her Menominee Reservation home. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading and doing creative writing.

Thu
12
Sep

Marian P. “Zhikwes” Perrote

Marian Phyllis Perrote, 95, passed away on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, surrounded by her family.

Marian was born on May 29, 1918 in Arpin, the daughter of Frank and Sarah (Whitepigeon) Young. Marian was one of the original inhabitants of “Pkwakik,” Skunk Hill, or Powers Bluff as it is now known. She was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and one of the last heritage fluent speakers of the Potawatomi language. Her passing marks the end of an era, with her eldest son, Donald, now being the only one left who was born at Powers Bluff.

Marian married Donald Perrote in August 1938. They lived in various places in Wisconsin including the Menominee Indian Reservation for several years. In 1954, Marian became a Christian, and was currently a member of Christ Gospel Church in Antigo. She was a very devout Christian, well-known as a fervent prayer warrior. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, especially cherishing her many grandchildren.

Wed
11
Sep

Alice I. (Kruse) Kabacinski

Alice I. (Kruse) Kabacinski, 79, Green Bay, died peacefully at home Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. She was born Sept. 26, 1933, in Shawano to Grover and Florence (Schultz) Kruse.

Alice was a lifelong member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. She graduated from Green Bay West High School. Alice enjoyed the outdoors, playing cards, socializing in various activities and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children, Alan Kabacinski, Brian Kabacinski and Cheryl (Kabacinski) Berg; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; her siblings, Lila Ulrich, Margaret Ulrich, William Kruse and Robert Kruse; several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Gale C. Kabacinski, her parents and six siblings.

Wed
11
Sep

Sandra M. Wendler

Sandra M. Wendler, 65, Wittenberg, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at the Homme Home of Wittenberg under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

She was born on March 28, 1948, in Shawano, the daughter of the late Clayton Cotter and Sylvia (Jelinski) Cotter, Tigerton.

On Feb. 12, 1972, Sandy was united in marriage to James R. Wendler in Tigerton. He preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 1998.

Sandy and Jim farmed in the town of Wittenberg for many years. Sandy worked for a number of garbage disposal companies and thoroughly enjoyed her job. She enjoyed taking drives and socializing with family and friends, but she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Wed
11
Sep

August F. Janicek

August Frank Janicek, 89, of Clintonville, passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at a local nursing home.

Sat
07
Sep

Donald K. Peterson

Donald K. Peterson, of Napa, Calif., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Queen of The Valley Medical Center in Napa.

He was born Sept. 28, 1921, in Oconto Falls to Frank and Margaret (Kadlec) Peterson. He graduated from Marinette High School on May 31, 1938. He was married on Nov. 4, 1944, in Bonduel to Ione Mitchell, who preceded him in death on Sept. 18, 2005. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napa.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Stephen, on Jan. 1, 2007.

Donald is survived by his son, Thomas, and daughter-in-law, Laura, and two stepgrandchildren, Brian and Dalene Youngblood.

Donald graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1942 with a degree in organic chemistry. From there, he went to work with Shell Chemical Co. in Houston, Texas. With Shell, he worked at various locations, which included Houston (twice), New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York City and San Francisco (twice).

Sat
07
Sep

John Michael Kostrzak

A funeral service for John Michael Kostrzak of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at the Assembly of God Church, Horseshoe Bend, with Brother Shepard and Pastor Berlen Walker officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.

John passed away Sept. 6, 2013, in Mountain Home, Ark., at the age of 82.

He was born April 8, 1931, in Manawa, the son of Louis and Polly Clapps Kostrzak. He married Nancy Lundt on Sept. 8, 1962, at Manawa, and worked as a millwright for Hotz Manufacturing. John was a U.S. veteran of the Korean War. John lived in Horseshoe Bend since 2004, moving from Wisconsin. He was a member of the American Legion and Ham Radio Club, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

John is survived by his wife, Nancy Kostrzak, of Horseshoe Bend, Ark.; daughter, Rebecca (Gus) May, of Shawano; and a brother, Russell Kostrzak, of Tigerton.

Fri
06
Sep

Irene Selle

Irene Selle, 94, of Tigerton, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, surrounded by family at Homme Home of Wittenberg.

The former Irene Rohlinger was born on Feb. 20, 1919, in Edgar to the late Peter and Agnes (Grieten) Rohlinger. On Nov. 2, 1937, she was united in marriage to Walter R. Selle, and they dairy farmed on the Selle homestead in the town of Fairbanks.

During their marriage she worked at the Hanson Glove Factory in Clintonville for 15 years. She was the last surviving member of the 1936 graduating class from Tigerton High School. Irene enjoyed attending the 2009 High School Centennial. Irene was a long-time member of St. John Lutheran Church, was active in the LWML and served as treasurer, attended Bible class and participated in quilt making. She was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards and bowling. Her greatest joy was her family, especially the annual family reunion.

Fri
06
Sep

Steven Lane Emerson

Steven Lane Emerson, 62, died Aug. 26, 2013, in Phoenix, Ariz., after a long illness.

Steven was born on Feb. 6, 1951, in Waukesha. He was raised in Shawano, attending Shawano elementary, junior high, and senior high schools. He served in Vietnam with the USMC in 1969 and 1970. He was employed in the Milwaukee and Fond du Lac areas. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Steven is survived by his parents, John and Joan Emerson, of Shawano; his five children, Samuel (Julie), of Milwaukee, Jessica (Evan) Emerson-Buehler, of Seattle, Wash., Dylan (Samantha) Emerson, of Dayton, Nev., Rory Emerson, of Illinois, and Joseph Emerson, of Florida; his eight grandchildren, Jack Pat, Simon, Jackson, Oscar, Mary, Emily, Miranda, LillyBelle; two brothers, John (Beverly), of Old Town, Maine, and Michael (Marty), of Shawano; and a sister, Lynn Emerson, of Shawano.

Steven was preceded in death by his brother, Patrick Dwayne Emerson, of Shawano.

Thu
05
Sep

Altibel A. A. Reinke

Altibel Adeline Anna “Bonnie” Stern Reinke, 94, of Shawano, formerly of Bonduel, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at a local nursing home.

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