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Cindy K. Schwanz, 61, died May 18th, 2019
Cindy Kay Schwanz, 61, of Neillsville, died believing in Jesus, the world’s Savior, and was called to her home in heaven during the morning hours of Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Cindy was born in Milwaukee, on October 14, 1957, daughter of Clarence and Gloria (Guetzke) Stier, was born again in the waters of Holy Baptism on November 3, 1957, and confirmed in the Lutheran faith on June 4, 1972.
She met her husband, Jerold “Jerry” Schwanz, at their fathers’ company picnic. The two were married on May 8, 1976, at Trinity Lutheran of West Mequon, and were blessed with three children and 43 years of marriage.
After the children entered school, Cindy went on to receive an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. She worked at MATC’s North Campus, Mequon, in the Business Division and also at MATC’s Workforce Development Center, Grafton. When Jerry took a job transfer to Neillsville, Cindy found work at the Wisconsin Rapids Workforce Development Center and the Clark County Economic Development Corporation. She then went on to be the Executive Director of the Neillsville Chamber of Commerce until she had to step down due to her failing health.
Cindy and Jerry were one of the core families that started a mission congregation in Cedar Grove. She enjoyed sharing her faith with her family, friends and anyone she came into contact with including her doctors and nurses. Cindy was also an active member of Immanuel Lutheran, Waupaca.

Among those who survive her are her mother, Gloria; her husband, Jerry; her two sons and daughter: Brian of Trevor; Craig (Valerie) of Kiel; and Julie (Henry) Berry of Neillsville; four grandchildren, Malachi, Isaiah, Owen and Nora; her six brothers and sisters and many other relatives friends, and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her father.

A service of Christian funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 11 am at Immanuel Lutheran, Waupaca, with the Rev. Ron Siemers officiating.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at from 6-8 pm on May 20 at St. John’s, Neillsville, or at Immanuel, Waupaca, from 9:30 am until the time of the service on Wednesday. There will be a private interment in the Trinity West-Mequon Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Immanuel Lutheran, Waupaca; St. John’s Lutheran, Neillsville; or the ALS Association-Wisconsin Chapter.

“Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.’” (John 11:25, NIV).

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Cindy’s family.
Matthew R. Keller, 31, died May 17th, 2019
Matthew Keller, age 31, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Neillsville.

Matthew Robert Keller was born on August 13, 1987 in Neillsville, WI the son of Larry and Bonnie (Brekke) Keller. He attended Neillsville High School graduating in 2006. Matt worked a few jobs after graduation and then found a connection with Frank and Teresa at Speakeasy Saloon. He followed them from the LA Sports Bar to Behind Bars and finally to Speakeasy, where he became Frank’s right-hand man, doing everything from cooking to helping build the Silver Dome Too. Matt also worked a short time at the dam in Hatfield. He liked that dam job but he loved working for Frank and Teresa and Speakeasy was always his home away from home.
Matt loved being outdoors, he loved the Black River. He enjoyed jumping off the dock and kayaking and canoeing on the Black River. He loved being in the woods at his mother’s house and building dams in the creek. He had a fascination with trains and the Titanic. He loved riding his moped and would ride it to the LA Sports Bar, or LA Sports Bra as he called it. He was proud of his VW Beetle when he purchased it, and he was proud of his home on Hewett Street. He enjoyed doing the HighGround Bike Ride from Hayward to Neillsville for many years. He loved The Beatles and his cat Marley.
Matt made everyone happier just by being around him. He was the class clown that everyone loved. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone just to help. He was one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable and will be forever dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his father, Larry (Rosemary Opelt) Keller of Neillsville, his mother, Bonnie Keller of Neillsville, brothers, David (Tanya) Keller, Bob Keller, Eugene (Tracey) Bieneck, Chris (Nicky) Keller and Joe Keller all of Neillsville, nieces and nephews, Ariel Keller, Tyler Keller, Derek Keller, Isiac Keller, Hallie Bieneck, Brianna Bieneck, Bella Bieneck, Abby Wheeler, Parker McDonald, MacKenzie Keller, Jake Keller and Piper Keller, and his grandmother, Corrine Brekke along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and life-long friend, Brandon Wampole.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Herbert and Velma Keller, his maternal grandfather, Dr. Eugene H. Brekke, an uncle, Kenneth Keller and an aunt, Shirley Simonson.

To celebrate Matt’s life there will be a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Gesche Funeral Home. Pastor Terry Marg will officiate. The celebration will continue after the service at Speakeasy Saloon, where a luncheon will be served.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, the 28th, at the Gesche Funeral Home.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Matt’s family with funeral arrangements.
Ruby D. Luedtke, 85, died May 10th, 2019
Ruby D. Luedtke, 85, of Neillsville, WI died on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Three Oaks Health Care Center in Marshfield, WI under the care of Ascension Hospice.

Ruby Delores Lenox was born on July 29, 1933 in Racine, WI, the daughter of Henry W. and Nellie C. (Hires) Lenox. She attended the Bristol Grade School and Wilmont High School in Kenosha, WI. She was united in marriage to Herman A. Luedtke, Sr. on July 17, 1954 in Sturtevant, WI. Together they farmed and raised 12 children. Ruby loved gardening, canning and raising geese.

She is survived by 11 children; Herman (Lynn) Luedtke of Fifield, WI, William Luedtke of Waterford, WI, Carol (Anthony) Gohde of Columbia City, IN, James (Karlene) Luedtke of Marshfield, WI, John (Denise) Luedtke of Spring Lake Park, MN, Daniel (Cheryl) Luedtke of Granton, WI, Belinda (Darrld) Strigel of Auburndale, WI, Susan (James) Heck of Greenwood, WI, Karen (Neal) Torkelson of Beloit, WI, Deborah Holz of Chippewa Falls, WI and Louise (Steve King) Luedtke of Pittsville, WI, 24 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Herman and a son, Kurt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. Rev. Varkey V. Joseph will officiate. Providing music will be Vicente Cortez, organist and St. Mary’s Choir.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday at the church. Interment will be in the Columbia Cemetery.

Serving as casket bearers will be Herman Luedtke, Jr., William Luedtke, James Luedtke, John Luedtke, Daniel Luedtke and Mark Luedtke.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Ruby’s family with arrangements.
Edward Oblak , 95, died April 27th, 2019
EDWARD OBLAK, age 95, of Loyal, WI, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at his home.

A Celebration of Ed's Life will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal, on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Rev. Varkey V. Joseph will officiate, and burial will take place in the parish cemetery at a later date. Military rites will be conducted by the Loyal American Legion Post #175.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Saturday, from 9am until time service.

Edward Oblak was born on May 27, 1923 in Duluth, MN, the son of Anton and Mary (Henigman) Oblak. He was raised and received his education in Duluth, where he graduated from high school. Ed then attended 2 years of college before entering the U.S. Army Air Force on October 1, 1942. He attained the rank of sergeant, and after his honorable discharge on November 8, 1945, moved to Milwaukee where he worked at Kearney & Trecker. Ed was later employed with AC Spark Plug, in Milwaukee, where he was an inspector and worked on the N.A.S.A. Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects of putting man on the moon. He was united in marriage to Joan K. Meer on April 11, 1953 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, in Milwaukee. In 1972, they moved to Loyal, and purchased the Stein Haus Bar, which he and his wife operated. Ed was also employed at Land O' Lakes in Spencer, WI, in the maintenance department until retiring in 1988.
He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Loyal American Legion Post #175.
Ed had many interests, but especially loved religion, spending time with his family, and watching sports and game shows.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Joan "Ma" Oblak, of Loyal; 6 children: Terry (Chuck) Manthe of Spencer, Edward J. "Chipper" (Sue) of Slinger, WI, Cindy Thaler of Kenosha, WI, John (Cheri) Oblak of Loyal, Julie Oblak of Marshfield, WI, and Jenna (Mike) Wehrman of Loyal; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Annie Purcell of Duluth, MN and Jean Zupanc of Greensburg, PA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter: Heidi Oblak; one son: Greg Oblak; a son-in-law: Gary Thaler; 2 sisters: Fran Steinke and Marion Renko; and 2 brothers: Jim and John Oblak.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ed's name for a memorial to be established at a later date.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Grace Papenfuss, 90, died April 24th, 2019
GRACE F. PAPENFUSS, age 90, of Loyal, WI was born into eternal life on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Marshfield, WI.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Loyal. Rev. Daniel Zimmerman will officiate and burial will follow in the Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Friday, from 10am until time of service.

Grace Florence Price was born on October 19, 1928 in Unity, WI, to August and Erna (nee Schenck) Price. She was raised on the family farm in the Town of Green Grove, rural Unity, received her education at Elmwood School, and graduated from Loyal High School in 1946. After completing high school, Grace attended cosmetology school in Eau Claire. She worked at the Modern Beauty Shop in Neillsville, WI until her marriage to Raymond D. Johnson on September 3, 1949 at the United Lutheran Church in Greenwood. She was a Mary Kay consultant for many years. She married Harold L. Papenfuss on October 12, 1989. Grace and Harold enjoyed traveling and camping at O’Neil Creek campground in Chippewa Falls.
Grace was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal, and the Clark County Homemakers.

She is survived by her husband, Harold, of Loyal; her daughter: Kay (Everett) Stone of Delafield; her son: Keith (Cyndi) Johnson of Billings, MT; 2 grandsons: Patrick (Chrissy) Stone, Justin (Cathy) Stone; 4 great-granddaughters: Kyra, Ashley, Erin and Ava; 2 step grandsons: Brandon Guzman and Christopher Guzman; 2 step great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by 3 stepchildren and their families.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, on March 7, 1985; her parents, 4 sisters and 2 brothers.

The family requests that memorials be given in Grace's name to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Carl Boushon, 58, died April 22nd, 2019
CARL E. BOUSHON, age 58, of Loyal, WI, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2019 at his home.

A Celebration of Life for Carl will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at The Vinyard, in Loyal, starting at 1:30pm.

Carl Edward Boushon was born on November 12, 1960 in Marshfield, WI, to Harry H. and Doreene A. (Jakobi) Boushon. He was raised in Loyal, and received his education at Loyal Public Schools. He enlisted into the Wisconsin U.S. Army Reserves on May 5, 1980. Carl was united in marriage to Julie Jennings in May 1981. They later divorced. He held various jobs in central Wisconsin, including, Lynn Dairy in Granton, Smith Feeds in Loyal, and Stratford Homes. He was united in marriage to Diane M. Newman on August 4, 2001 in Loyal. Carl also worked at Marshfield Door and later Grassland Dairy Products in Greenwood. His wife, Diane, passed on July 1, 2015. Carl married Lynda J. Sheridan on June 2, 2018 in Loyal. He was employed with Grassland Dairy Products at the time of his death.
He had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his family and friends, fishing for Muskie and Bass, being on the water up north in Canada, playing pool, throwing darts, watching movies and landscaping.

Carl will be dearly missed by his wife, Lynda, of Loyal; his son: Dan of Greenwood; his daughter: Brandi Boushon of Mt. Morris, MI; 2 granddaughters: Katie and Lillian; 2 step-daughters: Tammi Giles and Beka Rud, both of Eau Claire, WI; 2 step-grandsons: Jonathon and Christian; 2 sisters: Vickie Lindner of Greenwood, Brenda (Tony) Schoonover of Loyal; 2 brothers: Steven (Carol) of Granton, Joey of Loyal; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Diane.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Patty Steele , 74, died April 20th, 2019
Patricia “Patty” Louise Steele, age 74, of Neillsville, WI, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Marshfield St. Joseph’s Hospital Palliative Care Center in Marshfield, WI.

Patty was born to Woodrow and Phyllis (Aadalen) Cook on February 23, 1945 in Red Wing, MN. She graduated from Red Wing High School (1963) and then went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin River Falls with a degree in Elementary Education and English (1967).
On September 3, 1966, she was united in marriage to Gary Alan Steele at Christ Episcopal Church in Red Wing, MN. They lived in River Falls, WI and then moved to Neillsville, WI where they lived most of their married life, raised a family and operated Heather Ridge Dairy Farm.
While attending University Wisconsin River Falls she was part of the concert choir and a member of Phi Delta Theta. After Gary and Patty purchased and moved to the dairy farm, Patty stayed home with their two children and was involved with the local Home Makers group. When their youngest was in elementary school she took her first job as a librarian at the Neillsville Public Library. She worked there part time for many years until eventually taking a job at the Marshfield Public Library as the Inter-Library Loan Specialist. She worked there for 23 years, from November of 1996 until her passing. She enjoyed her work at the library where she met many wonderful friends and colleagues over the years. Patty had a love for reading, baking, gardening and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends sharing and telling many detailed and engaging stories. Patty also loved to shop for antiques, decorate and made many items or refinished things for their home. They were in the middle of a remodel where she and Gary had spent many hours working together as a team to update and refinish their family home.

She is survived by Gary Steele, her loving and devoted husband of 52 and 1/2 years; son Patrick Steele; daughter Katie Waldal (Scott) and seven grandchildren, Cameron, Colwyn, Carolin, Coleen, Callaghan, Corrigan and Catherin; sister Mary Ann Fish (Bob); brother-in-law Charles Steele (Gail); cousins; two nephews and three nieces.

She is preceded in death by her mother Phyllis Cook (2015), her father Woodrow Cook (1994), brother Geoffrey Cook (1966), her grandparents and many aunts and uncles.

She will be greatly missed by all her family who she deeply loved and cared for, and friends she stayed connected with over the many years from high school, college and those she met and worked with in Neillsville and Marshfield. Her legacy will live on through all of her family and friends. In honor of Patty, tell a story to someone else about her or share a favorite story of your own; donate a book in her memory to a local library, school or shelter; and read to your hearts content.

A Memorial Service for Patty will be held in Neillsville, WI on July 6, 2019 - at the Gesche Funeral Home with a visitation from 3-4, Memorial Service at 4pm and a luncheon to follow at the Neillsville American Legion.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Patty’s family.
Eleanor Mazourek, 84, died March 11th, 2019
Eleanor Jane (Kolda) Mazourek, 84, died peacefully early Monday morning, March 11th at Neillsville Care and Rehab with family by her side.

Eleanor was born March 30, 1934, in Tabor, South Dakota, to Harry and Margaret (Koupal) Kolda. Her father died when she was 3-years-old. Eleanor and her mother moved in with her grandparents Joseph and Mary Koupal. They resided there until her mother married Francis Shaw, who was also a widower. The two families joined and became a blended family of seven and eventually a family of eleven.
She attended school in Tabor, South Dakota. She met her future husband at a school play that she was in. After graduation she worked as a nanny/housekeeper. She was united in marriage on August 20, 1951 to Adolph Mazourek. After Adolph was discharged from the Army, they started farming near Tabor. In the spring of 1958 they moved to Clark County, where they had purchased a farm in Shortville.
Adolph and Eleanor raised their five children on their dairy farm. While the kids were growing up, Eleanor helped out on the farm and ran the household. She also worked at the Neillsville nursing home as an aide.
She was an avid seamstress and quilter, enjoyed collecting fabric, watching birds, gardening, listening to polka music, spending time with family and friends. She often went back to South Dakota to visit many relatives and to see her childhood home, which had been the first school house in Tabor and is now a museum. She was a wonderful cook, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She belonged to: Washburn Homemakers, TOPS club, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and often helped on election days in the township of Washburn.

She will be missed by her five children, Linda (Robert) Canfield, Marshfield; Deborah (Richard) Vine, Granton; Tammy (Paul Sanders) Karlen, St. Francis, MN; Donna (Mike) Kuester, Neillsville; and Mark (Julie) Mazourek, Rice Lake. Sixteen grandchildren Steven (Loretta) Canfield, Ann Krummel, Becky Canfield, Sarah (John) Truetel, Amy (Marty) Gerhardt, Donald Vine, Travis (Ashley) Vine, Andrew (Melissa) Vine, Nikki Karlen, Kaila (Jerry) Hlava, Jon Kuester, David Kuester, Ryan Kuester, Adam Mazourek, Jacob Mazourek, Rachel Mazourek and 23 great grandchildren. Brothers Duane (Lillian) Shaw, San Antonio TX; Donald Shaw, Las Cruces, NM; Bonnie Shaw, Neillsville; Leonard (Myrna) Shaw, Vesper; Kenneth (Ramona) Shaw, Eagle; Dan (Jean) Shaw, Gilbert, AZ; Dave (Linda) Shaw, Mukwonago; brothers-in-law Ben Mazourek, Martin (Joan) Mazourek, sisters-in-law Leona Cwach, Priscilla Mazourek and Mary Tielke all in Yankton, SD; Peggy Mazourek Cottonwood, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband Adolph Mazourek, her parents Harry Kolda, Margret Shaw and step-father Francis Shaw, mother-in-law Tonie Mazourek, sister Delores Vitek, sister-in-law Shirley Shaw, brother Richard Shaw, brothers-in-law Frank Mazourek, Theodore Mazourek, Luvern Cwach, Vincent Tielke and Arnold Vitek.

Sincere and heartfelt thanks are extended to the wonderful staff at Neillsville Care and Rehab and Ministry Hospice team. Eleanor's family will be forever indebted to them for all the loving care with which they blessed her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Neillsville. The Celebrant will be Rev. Varkey V. Joseph.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13th at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.



Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Eleanor’s family with funeral arrangements.
Ed Christensen, 89, died March 8th, 2019
Alfred Edwin “Ed” Christensen of Neillsville passed away on March 8, 2019 to the great sadness of his family and friends.

Ed and Judy Christensen raised three children: RIck (Chris) Christensen Neillsville, Pam (Doug Oudekerk) Saint Paul and Sandi (James) Nemitz of Bloomer. Ed and Judy's grandchildren are Sarah Kranz, Erin Pascarella, Ricky Oudekerk, Joann Oudekerk, Lorna (Glenn) Hall, Nycki Nemitz Wallsch and Jim Nemitz. Ed and Judy's great-grandchildren children are Addisyn Kranz, Ayden and Antonio Pascarella, Dezariah and Coletin Wallsch, and Louie and Lilly Nemitz.

Ed, married his life’s love, Judy (Joann Ruth Gritzmacher, d. 2013) on Sept 1, 1950, and they started their family in Belvidere, Il. Ed and Judy and their three young children moved to Minneapolis in 1962 where Ed continued his life’s career in construction. His commitment to excellence contributed to his mastery in plastering skills. Notable Minneapolis projects include interior construction on the first skyscraper in Minnesota, the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis. His creative drive and unique skills were utilized to restore elements of historical buildings including the State Theater in Minneapolis and the Minnesota State Capitol building. Ed loved football and basketball. He was a passionate fan of professional teams as well as his son's teams and later his grandchildren's. Ed enjoyed season tickets to Vikings football and U of M men’s basketball.
Ed and Judy moved to Neillsville in 1973. Ed and his son, Rick, built a successful drywall and plastering construction company. They earned a strong reputation in medical facilities throughout the Midwest.
Ed discovered a passion for golf and gardening in Neillsville. Ed and Judy enjoyed hosting frequent family gatherings at their house near the HighGround. Their love of family was limitless. Ed’s breakfast potatoes were as legendary as his epic gardens.
Ed loved people. Until his last hours, Ed met life and the people in it with a big smile and a sparkle in his bright blue eyes.

Per Ed's wishes, a private family gathering will be held at a future date.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Ed’s family with funeral arrangements.


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