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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 [...]

Ruth O. Behnke

Nov 20, 1920 - Feb 20, 2018

Ruth O. Behnke, 97, Oconto Falls, died Tuesday afternoon, February 20, 2018.  She was born in the Town of Stiles to Ole and May (Erickson) Fredrickson.  Ruth grew up on the family farm, graduating from Lena High School with the class of 1938.  She graduated from Marinette County Normal in 1942 earning her teaching certificate and in 1966 earned her bachelors degree in elementary education at UW-Oshkosh.  Ruth taught school for 31 years, first in rural schools, then Lena Grade [...]

Karen Dumas

Jul 07, 1938 - Feb 19, 2018

Karen Dumas, 79, Lena, died Monday afternoon, February 19, 2018 at Rennes East in Peshtigo.  She was born July 7, 1938 in Racine to Wilbur and Pearl (Sommerfeld) Jensen.  Karen graduated Oconto High School with the class of 1957. On May 1, 1959 she married Ronald P. Dumas in Arlington, VA.  The couple lived in the Town of Stiles for all of their married lives.  Karen was an avid reader who loved time spent with her family.  She was a [...]

Steven “Steve” J. Wirtz

May 22, 1963 - Feb 07, 2018

Steven “Steve” C. Wirtz, 54, Oconto Falls, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon, February 7, 2018 at home following complications from a recently diagnosed illness.  The oldest of four children born to Chester “Chet” J. and Janice (Hansen) Wirtz was born May 22, 1963 in Oconto Falls.  Steve attended Oconto Falls Public Schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1982. On June 1, 1991 he married Joanne Taycher.  Steve was a self-employed farmer and for the past ten years employed [...]

Michael J. “Mike” Nelson

Jan 07, 1949 - Feb 02, 2018

Michael J. “Mike” Nelson, 69, Green Bay, formerly of Gillett, died comfortably Friday afternoon, February 2, 2018 at home.  He was born January 7, 1949 in Oconto Falls to Alfred “Swede” and Jeannette (Backhaus) Nelson.  Mike grew up on the family farm in the Town of Underhill and attended Gillett public schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1967.  Not long after graduation he was drafted into the US Army and proudly served in Vietnam. Mike lived in [...]

Ida Mae Messenger

Jan 23, 1924 - Jan 21, 2018

Ida Mae Messenger, 93, Lena, died Sunday morning, January 21, 2018 with family present.  She was born on January 23, 1924 in Oconto to Christopher and Grace (Baldwin) Follett.  She grew up in Oconto where she attended school, graduating from Oconto High School with the class of 1942.  On June 24, 1944 she married Harry J. Messenger at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Oconto.  Following their marriage the couple lived in Little Suamico for 29 years before moving to the [...]

Leslie Ann Jossie Suring

Jan 12, 1943 - Jan 08, 2018

Leslie Ann (Jossie) Suring, 74, Kelly Lake, died Monday evening, January 8, 2018 at home.  The only daughter of Clifford and Gladys (Anderson) Suring was born January 12, 1943 in Shawano.  Leslie graduated salutatorian of the class of 1961 from Suring High School.  Following graduation, she attended Lawrence College Conservatory of Music and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Madison while living at Kappa Delta sorority house.  She also earned her MSE from UW-Whitewater.  Leslie was a certified Reading [...]
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