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Leonard F. Wirkus

Oct 06, 1919 - May 31, 2018

Leonard F. Wirkus, 98, Gillett, formerly of Oak Creek, died Thursday morning, May 31, 2018.  The oldest of three children was born October 6, 1919 in Milwaukee County to Joseph and Helen Wirkus. On May 12, 1945 he married Ruth Wolter in Milwaukee.  The couple lived in the Oak Creek area for most of their married lives where Leonard worked as a fleet maintenance supervisor in the Milwaukee area until his retirement.  They moved to Gillett 14 years ago and [...]

Ralph “Jack” VandenBush

Dec 17, 1927 - Apr 26, 2018

Ralph “Jack” VandenBush, 90, Oconto Falls, died early Thursday morning, April 26, 2018 at Atrium Post Acute Care.  He was born December 17, 1927 in the Town of Morgan to William and Rose (Wood) VandenBush.  Jack grew up in the Oconto Falls area where he graduated high school with the class of 1946.  As a young man he entered the US Navy and was a member of Admiral Byrd’s expedition to the Antarctic Circle in 1947.  Upon his honorable discharge [...]

Shirley Rae Bellow

Apr 24, 2018 - Apr 24, 2018

Shirley Rae Bellow, infant daughter of Reese and Jennifer (Perry) Bellow, Green Bay, died prior to birth on Tuesday morning, April 24, 2018 at Aurora Baycare Medical Center. Survivors include her parents; 2 year old big brother Brantley; paternal grandmother, Mary (Keith Hendzel) Kallies, Green Bay; paternal grandfathers, Edwin Bellow, Oconto Falls and Tim Kallies, Pulcifer; maternal grandmother, Laura Kmit, FL; maternal great grandfather, Matthew Kmit, AK; many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her paternal great [...]

Wayne K. Damp

Jan 23, 1943 - Apr 11, 2018

Wayne Damp, 75, Oconto Falls, died suddenly of natural causes Wednesday morning, April 11, 2018 at the home of his daughter.  He was born January 23, 1943 in Oconto Falls to James and Lorraine (Kitzman) Damp Sr.  Wayne grew up in Oconto Falls where he attended pubic schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1961.  Following graduation, he served in the US Navy in Vietnam and upon his honorable discharge came back to Oconto Falls. On March 12, [...]

Ronald M. Blawat

Dec 10, 1930 - Apr 08, 2018

Ronald M. Blawat, 87, Townsend, died peacefully Sunday evening, April 8, 2018 following a short illness.  He was born December 10, 1930 in Milwaukee to Max and Bernice (Ruszczyk) Blawat.  Ron grew up in Milwaukee and following graduation from high school he entered the US Navy and served as a pilot during the Korean War.  Upon his honorable discharge from the service, he returned to Milwaukee where he went to work for the Ladish Co. and married Elizabeth who preceded [...]

Robert “Bob” Picazo

Dec 14, 1936 - Mar 31, 2018

Robert “Bob” Picazo, 81, Oconto Falls, died Saturday morning, March 31, 2018 at The Cottages.  He was born December 14, 1936 in Kenosha to Richard and Isabel (Garcia) Picazo.  Bob grew up in Kenosha where he attended school and as a young man, entered the US Army.  As a paratrooper, he proudly served his country while stationed at Fort Campbell, KY.  He did tours in Germany and South America and was honorably discharged in late 1956. On October 3, 1959 [...]

Jamie M. Braun

Feb 05, 1976 - Mar 19, 2018

Jamie M. Braun, 42, DePere, died suddenly of natural causes Monday morning, March 19, 2018.  He was born February 5, 1976 in Oconto Falls to Sherri Braun and Robert Konitzer.  Jamie grew up in Oconto Falls and Lena, graduating from Lena High School with the class of 1994. On April 4, 2009 he married Pattie Latvala in DePere, where the couple has made their home and raised their family.  Jamie was employed at Englewood Marketing Group for many years until [...]

Audrey A. Piper

Jun 25, 1932 - Mar 02, 2018

OcontoFalls – Audrey A. (Kramer) Piper died on Friday evening, March 2, surrounded by her family. The youngest of 14 brothers and sisters, Audrey was born June 25, 1932, to Paul and Josephine (Matuzeski) Kramer at the family farm near Lena, WI and graduated from Lena High School. On June 23, 1951 she married Earl Piper at St. Charles (now St. Anne’s) Catholic Church in Lena. Audrey worked at the Oconto Falls High School cafeteria for six years and retired [...]

Ellen M. Lappen

Jun 23, 1942 - Mar 02, 2018

Ellen Mary Marguerite Kiley Lappen, 75, watercolour artist, believed flowers are like a beautiful ballet. Great-grandmother-to-be, devoted mother, grandmother and wife of 57 years, Ellen was called home by the Holy Spirit in the early morning hours of March 2, 2018. In Appleton, Wisconsin, she was born on June 23, 1942 to Dorothy (Van Gorp) and George W. Kiley, parents of six children. Ellen was the third born child and only girl. She attended Catholic grammar school and graduated from AppletonWestHigh School at the age of [...]

Myles H. Wellnitz

Jan 31, 1958 - Feb 22, 2018

Myles H. Wellnitz, 60, Morgan, died Thursday evening, February 22, 2018 at home surrounded by his family following a hard fought battle with cancer.  He was born January 31, 1958 in Oconto Falls to Harvey and Betty (VanDenElzen) Wellnitz.  Myles attended Oconto Falls Public schools, graduating high school with the class of 1976.  Shortly after graduation, he went to work for Mid-Central Tool. On September 13, 1980 he married Dawn Gomber in Gillett.  The couple has lived in the Oconto [...]
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