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    Brian L. Keenan

    Brian L. Keenan,  59, of Stevens Point, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at UW Hospital in Madison.  He was born January 13, 1960 in Milwaukee; son of Patrick and Suzanne (Deuster) Keenan.  On April 24, 1982, Brian married Carol Kramer at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fremont.  He loved nature and wildlife.  Brian especially enjoyed spending time outdoors, fishing and hunting with his cousins, Andy and Jeff.  He always had a special place in his heart, taking care of his dogs, Zoey and Emma.  Brian was fond of animals and occasionally worked on the Kramer family farm.  He enjoyed getting together with family and…

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    Suzanne Pliska

    Suzanne Pliska, 70, of Prairie Farm, WI died Monday, October 21, 2019 at her home.  She was born October 16, 1949 to LaVern & Florence (Gabor) Pliska at Stevens Point & was raised and attended school in the Rosholt area.  She graduated from Rosholt High School & went on to attend UW Stout where she earned her degree in teaching.  She spent her entire teaching career with the Prairie Farm School District where she taught Home Economics.  After her retirement, she worked as a substitute teacher for several area schools.  Suzanne was very active in the 4-H program and served as a judge for many of the area fairs.  She…

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    Kenneth J. Barrington Jr.

    Kenneth J. Barrington Jr. died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, of natural causes at the age of 77, while preparing to enjoy one of his favorite pastimes, taking a boat ride on a beautiful day. Ken was well known for his love of cars; whether it was going to a race in Elkhart Lake, restoring sport cars, car cruises, or locating a perfect car for himself or others. Ken was born to Kenneth J. Sr. and Catherine Barrington on Feb. 8, 1942, in La Crosse, and attended Regis High School in Eau Claire. He married Patricia LeBarron on June 24, 1961, and became a widower in 2008. Upon his retirement from…

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    Clarence H. (Harry) Bruski

    Clarence H. (Harry) Bruski, 91, of Wittenberg, died early Saturday morning, Oct. 19, 2019 at North Haven Assisted Living Center with his loving family at his side while under the care of Heartland Hospice.  Clarence was born Nov. 14, 1927 in Stevens Point to the late Leon and Frances (Frydach) Bruski. Clarence attended schools in the Town of Franzen. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army. His marriage to Dolores Mary “Blondie” Guzman took place on Oct. 14, 1950 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Stevens Point. After their marriage the couple settled in the Town of Franzen in Marathon County where together they owned and operated Bruski…

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    Jennifer “Jenny” Lynn Flagel

    Jennifer “Jenny” Lynn Flagel, age 39, of Plover passed away from this life on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. She was born on Sept. 10, 1980 in Marinette, the daughter of Craig and Cathy (Radenz) Flagel. She attended local schools and was a SPASH graduate. Jenny enjoyed spending time at The Lodge in Spirit Falls and camping at Firefly Lake in Sayner.  She was a competitive game player and especially enjoyed beating many opponents at Cribbage every summer during family camping trips. The Beatles music was some of her favorite. She would wake up the household with their “Birthday” song and insist that everyone get up and dance with her. Jenny…

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    Irene M. Skibba

    Irene M. Skibba, 95, of Stevens Point passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 at Wells Nature View in Marshfield. A Mass of a Christian Burial for Irene will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church – 838 Fremont St. Stevens Point.  Rev. Steve Brice will officiate. A General Rosary will be prayed for Irene at 9:00AM on Saturday at Church. Friends and family may gather to share memories from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday at church. Burial will be at Guardian Angel Cemetery. Irene was born in Stevens Point on April 7, 1924, the daughter of Jacob and Helen (Trzynski) Worzalla.  She attended local schools…

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    Debra Ann Pliska

    Debra Ann Pliska (April 5, 1961 – October 18, 2019), a loving wife, proud mother and caring grandmother, of Stevens Point died unexpectedly Friday morning at her home. Debra was born in Stevens Point on April 5, 1961 as the only child to the late Harold and Irene (Hojnacki) Szymkowiak. Debra attended St. Peters Grade School, P.J Jacobs Jr. High and graduated from Stevens Point Area Senior High School in 1979. On August 11, 1979 Deb married her high school sweetheart, Mark Pliska. Together they built a life in Stevens Point while raising two daughters. Debra had numerous jobs caring for animals and was a postal carrier for the United…

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    Mavis Hartkopf

    Mavis Hartkopf, age 95, of Stevens Point passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Riverview Lodge in Stevens Point. Mavis was born Sept. 15, 1924 in Mount Sterling,  the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Mikkelson) Quamme. She married Gordon Hartkopf on December 4, 1945 in Wausau. They lived there until moving to Stevens Point. Her husband, Gordon died on Oct. 17, 1993. Mavis was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She worked as an attendant at Normington’s Laundromat in Stevens Point for over 30 years. Mavis was preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter; Faith Fellows, two sisters and three brothers. She is survived by her daughter…

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    Charlette A. Lieske

    Charlette A. Lieske passed away October 3, 2019. A memorial service will be at First English Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, October 26.  Visitation will be from 10 am – 11 am with a service to follow. The post Charlette A. Lieske appeared first on Stevens Point News.

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    Fred J. Skibba

    Fred J. Skibba, 89, of Stevens Point,  died Friday, Oct.18, 2019. Fred was born on March 14, 1930, in Stevens Point, a son of the late John and Suzanne (Golomski) Skibba. As a teenager, Fred worked at local farms and was a logger in Idaho and Minnesota. Fred served in the Army from 1951-1953 during the Korean War. Fred later started his own trucking company, often sharing it was faster than rail, safer than mail. He operated his trucking company until his retirement in 2006. Fred would agree that he was infected with life on March 14, 1930 and was cured on Oct 18, 2019; he won his battle after…

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    Lawrence “Larry” Sowatzke

    Lawrence “Larry” Sowatzke, of Stevens Point and formerly of Nekoosa, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at the age of 81.  He was born March 28, 1938,  The son of the late Lawrence and Julia (Grutzik) Sowatzke.  He spent 47 years as an employee of Domtar Paper Co. and retired as a Millwright.  Larry served as a volunteer fire fighter and EMT for Nekoosa. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing sheepshead in City Point and spending summers at his trailer in Woodruff.  As an avid Wisconsin sports fan, if they played it, he cheered them on. In his younger years he played basketball and softball through the paper mill and…

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    Patricia Ann Wnuk

    Patricia Ann Wnuk, age 77, from the Village of Park Ridge, Stevens Point, WI passed away peacefully on October 16, 2019 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Patricia’s life will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (1709 Wyatt Ave.) Stevens Point, WI on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  Friends and family are welcome to gather at the Church to visit and share memories from 9:00 – 10:30 AM.  A Catholic Mass will begin at 10:30 AM, followed by the Burial at Guardian Angel Cemetery. Patricia was born September 12, 1942 in Black River Falls, the daughter of Ralph “Joe” Probst and Helen (Bruggeman) Probst.  She graduated from Maria High School in 1960…

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    Herman L. “Butsie” Steuck III

    Herman Leonard Steuck, 90, a former long-time resident of the town of Eau Pleine, died Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Wausau Manor while under Hospice care. Herman was born May 7, 1929 on the family farm in the town of Eau Pleine to the late Herman and Anna (Lundgren) Steuck.  He attended grade school at the Whitehouse School, town of Eau Pleine, completing the 6th grade.  He then worked on the family farm until his induction into the U.S. Army in the early 1950’s, serving in Germany during the Korean Conflict.  While in the Army, his father passed away.  After completing his military service, he returned home to work the…

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    James “Jimmy” Henry Schroeder

    James “Jimmy” Henry Schroeder, age 58, of Plover, WI, passed into the gates of heaven at Generations Assisted Living October 10, 2019 surrounded with love. James was born July 25, 1961 in Wood County, Wisconsin. Jimmy was fostered by Helen Dannenberg when he was five days old and loved unconditionally by Helen, until her passing in 2003; and the extended Dannenberg family ever since. Jimmy was one of the 49 lucky foster children that Helen was able to care for in her lifetime.  Shortly before Helen’s passing Janet & Norman Steffanus cared for Jimmy by taking over his guardianship, spending special occasions with Jimmy and ensuring he was receiving the best care…

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    Joan “Joanie” M. Mendyke

    Joan “Joanie” M. Mendyke, 87, formerly of 310 Virginia Circle, Stevens Point passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday morning Oct. 11, 2019 at North Crest Assisted Living, Stevens Point. Joan was born on June 6, 1932 in Wisconsin Rapids to Bernard and Agnes (Hentges) Christy. She was the Homecoming Queen and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950. She married James Mendyke Sr., in 1956, the couple was married for 53 years. James Sr. died April 3, 2009. Joan worked as a receptionist, legal secretary, airline stewardess, and school secretary. Joan and Jim raised six children who remember her as a devoted, loving, patient, giving, and supportive mother…

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    Walter L. Kenowski

    Walter L. Kenowski, 57, of Eagle River, WI passed away peacefully from anaplastic cancer surrounded by family on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at the Marshfield Medical Center.  He was born on Feb. 3, 1962 in Stevens Point.  He is the son of Henry J. & Adeline (Gollon) Kenowski. Walter graduated from Mid-State Technical College with a 2-year Associates Degree in Instrumentation.  He was a US Army veteran serving as a Counter Intelligence Specialist. Walter was a kind, loving, generous, gentle, thoughtful son and father.  He enjoyed the company of his two boys, Kyle & Colton, and the bond between his loving feline companion, Carmen.  He also enjoyed photography, fishing, cars,…

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    Harry Frederick ZeRuth III

    Harry Frederick ZeRuth III passed away on October 8, 2019.  He was 37. Harry was born on June 30, 1982 in Easton, PA, the son of Harry ZeRuth II and Gail (Phelps) Punturo.  Harry went to school in Stroudsburg, PA, as well as Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.  He was currently employed by McCain Foods in Plover, WI, where he considered himself to be an expert forklift driver, joke teller, and prankster. Harry met the love of his life, Jolene Raikowski, when she sent him a text message after making up his phone number. Before they met face to face for the first time, she declared that she would marry him.  The couple was married…

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    James A. Britz

    James A. Britz, 55, Rudolph, passed away unexpectedly on October 8, 2019, at home. A funeral service will be held Friday, October 18, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Philip Catholic Church in Rudolph.  Visitation will be held at John J. Buettgen Funeral Home, 631 East Grand Ave. in Wisconsin Rapids, Thursday, October 17, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and an hour before the service at church. James was born on March 20, 1964, in Stevens Point, to the late Anthony and Theresa (Eron) Britz. On April 1, 2000, James was united in marriage to Lynette Linzmeier. James graduated from Assumption High School 1982.  He continued his education attending…

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    John E. Shannon Jr.

    John E. Shannon Jr. (Jack) was welcomed into eternal life on Oct.4, 2019.  Jack was born March 11, 1927 in Milwaukee,  the first of five children of John E. Shannon and Eleanor Mitchell Shannon.  Jack grew up in Milwaukee attending grade school at St. Sebastian’s and high school at St. John’s.  Jack entered the Navy at the tail-end of WWII, serving as a radioman on a destroyer.   When the hostilities ceased, Jack was stationed in Sasebo, Japan.  After his Naval service, Jack returned to Wisconsin.  He attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.  Prior to graduating, Jack married Josette M.…

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    Dorothy Ann Perzewski

    Dorothy Ann Perzewski, 85, passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at the Portage County Health Care Center under the care of Ministry Hospice Home Care.  She was born August 1, 1934 to Max and Johanna (Bluma) Prondzinski in Custer. Dorothy attended Sacred Heart Grade School and P.J. Jacobs High School.  After graduating in 1952, she worked at Normington’s Laundry.  On Nov. 23, 1963 Dorothy married Chester Perzewski at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Polonia. Together they farmed for the rest of their lives.  Dorothy and Chester were later joined by their son, Conrad.  Dorothy liked farming and was always proud of her animals.  She had a riding horse as a…

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    Robert A. “Bob” Wenzel

    Robert A. “Bob” Wenzel, 76, Junction City, passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at Marshfield Medical Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Milladore, with Rev. Gregory Michaud officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery where military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 468 of Milladore, and Bob’s brothers will serve as pallbearers. The visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Wednesday at Martens / Rembs Funeral Home, Junction City and from 10 a.m. until service time at St. Wenceslaus Church. Robert was born on May 20, 1943 in…

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    Darrell J. Parks, Jr.

    Darrell J. Parks, Jr, 78, died early Sunday morning, October 6, 2019, at home. Darrell was born on March 10, 1941, in Stevens Point, the son of the late Darrell Sr. and Emily (Domka) Parks. On May 4, 1963, he married Louise Trzebiatowski at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Polonia. Darrell was employed at Krembs Furniture and then Wolohan Lumber (retiring from Stock Lumber in 2001).  He was a life-long member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Bronislava’s Holy Name Society.  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, bowling, gardening, woodworking, and watching sports, whether it was his grandchildren or on TV. Darrell is survived by his wife,…

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    Lois Carol Koshollek

    Lois Carol Koshollek, 67, of Stevens Point, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point. A Mass of Christian Burial for Lois will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 at St. Bronislava Catholic Church – 3200 Plover Rd. Plover. Rev. Edward Shuttleworth will officiate. Friends and family may gather to share memories from 9-10:30 a.m. A General Rosary will be prayed for Lois at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be held at a later date. Shuda Funeral Services is assiting the family. Lois was born on October 18, 1951 in Stevens Point, the daughter of Charles and Edith (Hickey) Steffanus. She attended local…

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    Mary Kathryn Bunk

    Mary Kathryn Bunk (nee:  Trader), age 61, of Almond, WI, died on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at The Willows Assisted Living in Iola with her family by her side.  She was born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1957, in Stevens Point, WI; daughter of Ralph and Zilpha “Zip” (McConnell) Trader who were very special parents.  On October 1, 1977, Mary married Randy L. Bunk at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in the Town of Lanark. She followed her parents’ footsteps by working at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, WI.  Mary was a CNA and later worked for Ministry Health Care.  She was always a caregiver and loved everyone.  Mary’s whole…

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    Frank E. “Bud” Boettcher

    Frank E. “Bud” Boettcher, age 81, died at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital September 23, 2019. A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Steve Hulke officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Boston Funeral Home and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Frank was born August 10, 1938 to Frank and Nila (Grant) Boettcher in Stevens Point, WI. He attended the River Valley. Frank graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1956. Frank served…

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    Alfred L. (Louis) Prondzinski

    Alfred L. (Louis) Prondzinski of the Town of Sharon, died Sunday afternoon September 29, 2019 at the Atrium of River Pines Nursing Home surrounded by his loving family while under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice. Age 96 Alfred was born April 9, 1923 on the homestead in the Town of Stockton. He was the son of the late Max and Johanna (Bluma) Prondzinski. He attended the Hillcrest and Sacred Heart Grade school in Polonia. His marriage to Theresa Losinski took place on August 3, 1953 at St. Peters Catholic Church. After the marriage the couple settled in Stevens Point. His wife Theresa survives. Alfred worked for Somers Landscaping for…

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    Kenneth W. Olds

    Kenneth W. Olds, 77, Plover, passed away Monday evening Sept. 16, 2019 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, surrounded by his loving family. Ken was born August 29, 1942 in the Town of Carson, the son of Vernon and Virginia (Dean) Olds. He graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1960. Ken began working for Consolidated Papers Wisconsin River Division after high school. Ken entered the United States Army on June 24, 1964 and served his country as a PVT E-1. He was a Military Policeman in Saigon Vietnam. He earned the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, also Marksman, and Sharpshooter. He was honorably…

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    Albin J. Sowka

    Albin J. Sowka, 95, of Stevens Point, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Albin was born in Chicago, IL on March 1, 1924, the son of Arthur and Rose (Wisniewski) Sowka. He attended grade school in Chicago and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in June 1941. He attended Loyola University North Shore campus studying premed.  In 1942 he enlisted in the US Army Reserve and was called to active duty in December 1943.  He served until March of 1946.  He completed medical school at Loyola University School of Medicine in Chicago in 1947, followed by internship and surgical residency at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital in…

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    Timothy John Marko

    Timothy John Marko, 68, of Stevens Point passed away on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Tim was born in Stevens Point on February 23, 1951, the son of John and Lois (Kaiser) Marko. He attended local schools in Stevens Point and graduated from PJ Jacobs High School, class of 1969. He was an all-conference football player, and played varsity basketball and baseball in high school. During the summers Tim helped his grandfather on the farm. After high school, Tim worked for his father’s business, Marko’s Body Shop, as an auto body repairman for many years until the shop closed. Tim had many hobbies and loved sports. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting,…

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    Jack Thomas Longo

    Jack Thomas Longo, four month old son of Joseph and Emilee (Smith) Longo of Custer, passed away at his home on September 27, 2019. Jack was born on May 17, 2019 in Wisconsin Rapids. He was a happy baby who made everyone smile with his special little giggle. He especially loved bathtime with his legs kicking as hard as they could. A busy little guy, Jack had just learned to turn over and his left arm in particular was always on the move, pulling out his pacifier or conducting an invisible orchestra during feedings. Jack is survived by his parents and four siblings: Jasmyne, Jayden, Justen and Jorryn. His maternal…