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Alvin Zvoda, 90, of Rothschild, passed away January 15, 2018. Arrangements are pending at Brainard Funeral Home- Everest Chapel.

Garrett Douglas Peterson, 37, of Wausau, passed away suddenly due to a snowmobile accident, on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Garrett was born in Marinette, Wisconsin to Douglas and Susan (Williamson) Peterson. He met, fell in love and married Jamie Heise on May 7, 2011. Together they had two amazing children, Griffin and Hazel. Garrett was a very loving son, brother,…

William “Bill” E. Hintz, 81 of Wausau, passed away at his home on Thursday, January 11, 2018, with his loving wife by his side. Bill was born in Wausau on March 28, 1936 to the late Herman and Sylvia (Tesch) Hintz. After graduating from Wausau High, Bill joined the United States Army, where he served honorably from 1955 to 1957….

Phyllis Ashton, 91 of Weston, passed away in her home on Friday, January 12, 2018. Survivors include her three children, Lynn (Bill) Spindler, Greg (Deb) Ashton, and Sue (Tom) Stefonik; eight grandchildren, Lisa (Shawn) Thomas and Amy (Erik) Evenson, Naomi (Sasha) Wisnewski, Natasha (CJ) Nichols, and Mikela Zuelsdorff, Trescha Kay (Charlie Giese), Brandon (Suki) Purdeu, Casie (Joseph) Wilcox; and four…

Steve A. Medvecz “Gramps” of Wausau passed away Thursday January 11, 2018 at Pride TLC in Schofield. Steve was born in Wausau at the family farm in the Town of Hewitt on June 23, 1924 and resided there until his marriage to Aldine Violet (Krejci) in 1959. At that time he moved to town taking residence for a short time…

Dale E. Westaby, 78, of Weston, passed away in his sleep at home on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Dale was born in the Town of Stanley on August 24, 1939 to the late James and Gladys Westaby. He married the true love of his life, Eve Mack. She preceded him in death in 2013. Dale ran day runs for Georgia…

Ruth Belke, 97 of Wausau, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Ruth was born August 20, 1920 in Wausau, WI, the daughter of Magda and Alfred Netz. Ruth was a glove buyer for Winkleman’s Department Store and later, a homemaker and beloved wife and mother. She enjoyed entertaining both her family and friends. Survivors include two sons, David (Martha)…

Douglas J. Bergstrom, 76, of Wausau passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood, MN. The family would like to thank the ICU staff at St. John’s for making our father and husband comfortable during his brief time in the hospital. He was born in Stanley, WI, to the late Edward and Anita (Laabs) Bergstrom…

Paula L. Goetsch, 49 of Schofield, entered into the arms of her Savior on January 1, 2018 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was born on May 3, 1968 to Kenneth and Sandra (Kareka) Gilray in Wausau. She married Steven Goetsch on September 14, 1991 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Wausau. Steve and Paula were the proud parents of two sons,…

Arnold “Bud” Hafeman, 89, of Wausau, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Evergreen Place at Northcentral Health Care Center. Bud was born in the Town of Wausau on March 2, 1928 to the late Arnold and Hazel (Kaufman) Hafeman. He married Ruth Ann Zillman on September 22, 1951 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Wausau and together…