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Gloria D. Lewis, 66, Weston, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017. There will be a Celebration of Life at 4:00 pm on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston, WI.


Edna (Braatz) Fletcher, 84, Birnamwood, went into the presence of the Lord on Monday, July 17, 2017. She was at home surrounded by her loving family. Edna was born at her family homestead in the Town of Stettin on December 7, 1932 to the late Emil and Elizabeth (Wolter) Braatz. She married the love of her life, Dalbert Fletcher, on…


Judie Ann (Newman) Morey, 71, of Athens, passed away on July 17, 2017. Judie is survived by her husband, Rodney; her two sons, Lorne Morey of Wheatland, WI and Chris Morey of Pleasant Prairie, WI; one daughter, Glenda Morey of Paddock Lake, WI; along with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and…


Robert Plisch, 96, passed away July 16, 2017 at Stone Crest Residence. He was born June 16, 1921 to the late Walter and Eleanor (Braun) Plisch and grew up on a farm in the Town of Rib Falls. He attended Athens High School and 1st University of Wisconsin Extension classes, held at Horace Mann and staffed by traveling University professors….


David Andrew Raab, 82, of Wausau, passed away on July 11, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born on July 18, 1934 to the late Alfred and Grace (Milhans) Raab. He married Susan Doescher on October 15, 1976 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Wausau. Together they shared 40 years of marriage. Dave graduated from Wausau High…


Louis Carter, 92, of Weston, passed away July 10, 2017 at Pride TLC surrounded by his children. Louie was born on August 4, 1924 at his family homestead in Kronenwetter, WI. Louie was one of nine children of John and Mary Karter. Louie served in the U.S. Army/Air Force during World War II as a mechanic in England, France, and…


Robert “Bob” Rybarczyk, 79, of Schofield, passed away on July 7, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital with his loving family at his side. Bob was born in Wausau on February 20, 1938 to the late Henry and Helen (Letarski) Rybarczyk. He married the love of his life Gloria Oleson on June 24, 1961 in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. Bob served his…


Robert Orville Wunsch, age 88 of Weston passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Aspirus Hospice House on June 30, 2017. He was born to Bernard and Clara (Hayes) Wunsch on April 30, 1929. Bob married Diane (Held) Wunsch on October 21, 1977 in Stevens Point, WI. He worked for JI Case (Drott) until his retirement in 1999. Bob enjoyed…


Beverly Helke, 86, passed away on June 29,2017 at The Atrium, Schofield. Bev was born on August 5, 1930 in Wausau to the late Elmer and Helen (Neumann) Kuether. She married Richard R. Helke in August, 1948 in Wausau. During their marriage, they enjoyed traveling, including trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas, California and several other destinations. Bev also enjoyed golfing,…


Henrietta G. Gaulke, 95, of Wausau, passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 with her loving family by her side. Henrietta was born in Athens, Wisconsin to the late William and Clara (Auner) Schmitt on April 25, 1922. She married John Gaulke Sr. on September 28, 1940. He preceded her in death in 2002. Henrietta was a woman of strong…