Wausau area obituaries, July 8, 2020


Obituaries are a service of Brainard Funeral House & Cremation Middle, with areas in Wausau and Weston.

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Michelle LeBlanc

Michelle LeBlanc

Michelle Ann LeBlanc, 40, died Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at her dwelling after a brief battle with lung illness.

She was born March 17, 1980, in Wausau, daughter of Rodney and JoAnn (Fons) Gavitt.

She labored as a phlebotomist at Marshfield Clinic and later pursued a profession in accounting.

Michelle was a compassionate and loving one that had an awesome love for animals.  She loved crocheting, canning, baking, wine making, crafting and going to the races.  She additionally cherished spending time with household and buddies.  She might be remembered as a really caring one that put different’s wants earlier than her personal and as somebody you might all the time discuss to.

Michelle is survived by her mother and father Rodney (Alicia) Gavitt, JoAnn (Arlin) Soczka; siblings Sherri (Erv) Mielke, kids Sierra, Patrick, Phillip, Bradley; Rod (Judy) Gavitt, kids Britney, Billy, Kali, Lindsey; Brenda (Lee) Weigel, kids Janita, Jenna; Laurie (Kyle) Busko in addition to great-nieces and nephews. 

Michelle can also be survived by Barry LeBlanc, her important different and his mother and father, Brian and Karen; siblings Ashley (Kirk), kids Katie and Kenzie; Cody (Jackie), daughter Harper.

Michelle was additionally a proud godmother to Katie and Phillip.

Particular due to Jennifer Merriam and Jonelle Behnke for all their help and friendship and likewise to the Marathon Metropolis First Responders.

Visitation might be Saturday, July 11, 2020, from 10 a.m. till midday at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral House, Marathon.  Social distancing pointers might be adopted.

In lieu of flowers, please take into account making a donation to New Life Pet Adoption or the Marathon County Humane Society. 


Verna Narlock

Verna Narlock

Verna M. Narlock, 85, Rib Mountain, died Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at her dwelling underneath the care of her household and Aspirus Consolation Care and Hospice Companies.

She was born June 9, 1935, in Edgar, daughter of the late Arthur and Violet (Bast) Kohnhorst.  On the age of seven, Verna moved to Wausau together with her household, the place she was a member of the primary graduating class from Holy Title Catholic College and later graduated from Wausau Excessive College.  On July 22, 1953, she married James A. Narlock at Holy Title Catholic Church, Wausau.  He preceded her in loss of life Dec. 22, 2000.

After elevating her household, Verna went again to high school and acquired her CNA certification and was proud to be part of the Aspirus ICU crew for 28 years the place she devoted her time to offering the sufferers with consolation and kindness.  She usually spoke of the necessity to “really feel it in your coronary heart” as a caregiver in a medical setting.  After her employment, she stayed on at her “second dwelling” as a volunteer.

Particular to her was the time spent together with her daughters and grandchildren, particularly visits together with her women in Arizona.  The journey of touring was amongst Verna’s favourite issues to do and he or she had the chance to go to Poland, Germany and her greatest recollections had been of her journey to the Holy Land.

Survivors embrace her daughters, Kim (Rick) Reyer, Wausau, Michelle (Ken) Gillespie and Jody (Matt) Hobbs, each of Phoenix, Arizona, eight grandchildren and 5 nice grandchildren.

Apart from her mother and father and husband, Verna was preceded in loss of life by three siblings, Hubert, Jerome and Betty.

The Funeral Mass might be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020, at St. Therese Catholic Church, Rothschild.  Rev. Joseph Albert will preside.  Burial might be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.  Visitation might be on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. till the time of companies on the church.  Social distancing precautions might be noticed, and masks are extremely inspired for these in attendance.  In lieu of flowers, memorials could also be directed to Aspirus Consolation Care and Hospice Companies.

The Funeral Mass might be stay streamed at 11 a.m. on the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral House Fb web page.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral House is in command of preparations.  On-line condolences could also be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


Gerald “Jerry” Geiger

Gerald “Jerry” Geiger

Gerald “Jerry” J. Geiger, 82, Wausau, died Saturday, July 4, 2020.

He was born Feb. 17, 1938, in Wausau, son of the late Joseph and Catherine (Pupp) Geiger.  On Jan. 26, 1957, he married Janice Mortenson on the former St. James Catholic Church, Wausau.

Jerry labored for a few years at Wisconsin Public Service as an electrician.  He loved working in his store, gardening, tenting, and touring particularly spending winters in Texas or Arizona.  On Friday he loved a barbeque adopted by some card video games along with his spouse and buddies.  He cherished being along with his kids and grandchildren at household gatherings.  On Saturday and Sunday morning you’ll discover him listening to Polka music.  He was a member of the Central Wisconsin Polka Membership in addition to the Wausau Merrill German Membership holding a number of places of work for each.  For over 15 years, he was an usher and greeter at St. Mark Catholic Church, Rothschild.  Jerry by no means refused a possibility to assist his household and buddies. 

Survivors embrace his spouse, Janice Geiger; kids, Randy (Charlotte Tyskiewicz and household) Geiger, Robert (Deborah) Geiger, Linda (Jeff Smith) Geiger, Jeff Geiger and Rick (Debra Mielke) Geiger; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Joan (Don) Schmidt, Marlene Behnke, Bonnie (Gilbert) Slivicki, Susie (Danny) Fluegge and Beth (Kent) Fluegge; sister-in-law, Stephanie Geiger.

Apart from his mother and father, he was preceded in loss of life by a sister, Gloria Kleman, brother, Dennis Geiger, great-granddaughter, Claire Lemanski and brother-in-laws, Jerry Behnke and Danny Kleman.

Public visitation might be Four to eight p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral House, 3400 Stewart Ave., Wausau.  Social distancing pointers might be practiced.

Non-public Mass might be at St. Mark Catholic Church, Rothschild.  Rev. Allan L. Slowiak will preside.  Burial might be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.

There might be a stay stream of the funeral Mass on the Peterson/Kraemer fb web page at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020.

On-line condolences could also be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


Brett Lucht

Brett Lucht

Brett Michael Lucht, 50, of Wausau, Wisconsin, handed away unexpectedly on July 3, 2020, from an unintentional drowning whereas at a gathering with buddies and his household.  Brett was born in Neenah, Wisconsin, on Jan. 4, 1970, the third baby and first-born son of Larry and Sandra Lucht. When Brett was 9 months outdated the household moved to Gillett, Wisconsin, the place Brett attended Gillett Public Colleges till he graduated as a co-salutatorian with the category of 1988. 

Whereas in highschool, Brett excelled each academically and athletically. He was concerned within the Scott Hello-Q tutorial quiz crew, Scholar Council as Treasurer, Forensic, Yearbook workers, Pictures Membership, and Enterprise Golf equipment.  Brett was a standout three-sport athlete as a quarterback, basketball guard even taking part in varsity underneath his Dad’s teaching, and a catcher on the baseball crew.  Brett was naturally right-handed however labored exhausting to develop a left-handed swing.   Brett acquired many crew and All-Convention awards.  As a senior his class voted him Most Athletic and Greatest Buddies.  Brett had an unparalleled psychological toughness and competitiveness that made him the kind of chief that needed the ball within the ultimate seconds or to be the batter if his crew was down by one within the backside of the ninth.

Brett was a tough employee and discovered that work ethic from his mother and father.  By summer season jobs at Friday Canning or curb and gutter concrete work with Sommers Development and Musson Development, Brett by no means needed to take out a pupil mortgage via 5 years of school.  A number of the curb and gutter work he did nonetheless exists within the very roads in Wausau that he drove on these previous 20 years.

Brett attended UW-Oshkosh graduating in 1993 with a double main in Enterprise Administration and Promoting/ Public Relations.  He spent the final 22 years beginning as a gross sales rep, gross sales supervisor after which promoted to his present place because the VP/ Market Supervisor for Midwest Communications in Central WI the place he helped form 5 radio stations.  Within the office he was seen as an awesome boss; one which his coworkers loved being round.  Brett had the flexibility to see the potential in others and all the time tried to elevate folks up. 

Brett had many pursuits.  He was a life-long reader and loved suspense authors resembling Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy, and John Grisham.  Brett was an enormous Wisconsin sports activities’ fan; Packers, Badgers, Brewers, and Bucks.  Brett performed Modified Softball for a lot of summers with Arbuckles and The Bullpen, generally taking part in along with his brother and future Father-in-Regulation.  Brett participated in Gus Macker 3-on-Three basketball tournaments and was identified to go to the “Y” on his lunch hour to shoot hoops.  He grew to become an avid golfer; his drive so sturdy he broke just a few golf equipment. 

Highschool sweethearts from neighboring cities, Brett married Stacy Braun on June 13, 1998, and so they lately celebrated 22 years of marriage. Collectively they had been elevating three excellent daughters: Natalie, Lindsey, and Emily.   Brett knew the reward he had in Stacy; he cherished her and by no means left for work with out kissing her first. Brett wrote the sweetest messages in playing cards to his spouse. Brett and Stacy had been the kind of couple that seemed at-ease with their arms round one another.  Collectively they loved Nation Fest and spending time with their many family and friends. Brett was “the planner” and was all the time pondering of enjoyable excursions for the household to do whether or not it was touring, climbing up Granite Peak, biking in Seven Mile Park, or lately attempting his expertise at kayaking. 

Brett was the last word “Lady Dad.”  His daughters describe him as loving, enjoyable, goofy, and out-going.  His women have skilled many whisker rubs and wrestling matches on the lounge ground with their “Daddio.” Brett had a robust and pure bond along with his daughters.  As a household, they had been identified to effortlessly cuddle, hug, and genuinely love one another.  Brett relented when his women needed a canine and their Quincy grew to become a fixture on Brett’s lap and was identified to nudge Brett out of the mattress.  Daddy-Daughter luncheons, exercises, film nights, and yard video games had been widespread.  He was an especially proud Dad.  He simply glowed telling others about their tutorial and soccer achievements.  Brett’s goofy humor stored these women laughing after which simply shaking their heads at their Dad.  As soon as in all seriousness he informed them the plural of moose was meese after which he had some explaining to do after their college buddies corrected them.  We are able to hear him laughing even now.

Brett is survived by his loving spouse Stacy, daughters Natalie, Lindsey, and Emily.  Father Larry Lucht, three siblings Lisa (Don) Snyder, Linda Lucht, and Trent (Tracy) Lucht.  Father-in legislation Gary Braun, different in-laws Marc (Karen) Braun, Gina (David) Neumann, Greg (Allison) Braun.  A number of nieces and nephews:  Haylee (Anson) Monestime, Dr. Tatum (Dylan) Scarpato, Cameron (fiancé Hannah) Snyder, Quinn Snyder, Bryn and Eli Lucht, Abbie (Alan) Tomow, Ethan and Evan Braun.  Quite a few Aunts and Uncles together with his Godparents Carl Lucht and June Voss.

Brett was preceded in loss of life by his mother Sandra Lucht, mother-in-law Jeanne Braun, his siblings Brent and Leslie.

Visitation might be held from 9 a.m. to midday, with the service to comply with at midday on Saturday, July 11, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson St., Schofield, Wisconsin. 

Helke Funeral House, Wausau, Wisconsin, is aiding the household.  Service might be stay streamed on their web site.

Particular word:  Mount Olive has graciously opened their doorways to accommodate.  The church’s capability does enable for social distancing.   Face masks are required as company undergo the receiving line and really useful in the course of the service.  Brett and Stacy’s church, Saint Andrew Lutheran will preside over the service.


Irene Schoepke

Irene Schoepke

Irene Ruth Schoepke, 93, of Wausau handed away on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born on Aug. 30, 1926, to the late Albert and Melida (Luetschwager) Golz. Irene stood up as a bridesmaid for a buddy’s wedding ceremony, the place she met Leander “Bud” Schoepke, who was a groomsman on the identical wedding ceremony. It was that night that that they had their first dance, and when their love started. Bud and Irene had been married on Sept. 13, 1947, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Wausau, and celebrated 67 years of marriage earlier than Bud’s passing on March 28, 2014.

Irene went to a rustic college for eight years, earlier than graduating from Wausau Excessive College in 1944. She then labored for the Wipfli Accounting Agency for 42 years and was a lifetime member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, the place she was baptized, confirmed, and married. She belonged to the Girls of St. Stephens and taught Sunday College there. She loved spending summers at her cabin on Fence Lake and vacationing in Florida and Mexico together with her household. She additionally loved dancing and listening to polka music, lunch together with her girlfriends, cooking, studying, and doing puzzles, in addition to creating and attending craft exhibits together with her husband Bud. Most necessary to Irene was her household, she cherished watching each her grand and great-grandchildren take part of their actions and spending time with them every time she may. Her reminiscence will stay on within the hearts of all who knew and cherished her.

Irene is survived by her son, Lee (Lynn) Schoepke; two granddaughters, Nicole (Jeff) Starck and Megan (Wyatt) Thompson and her 4 great-grandchildren, Ethan Starck and Braxton, Sawyer, and Asher Thompson.

Along with her mother and father and husband, Irene was preceded in loss of life by her sister and her husband, Carol (Gene) Thomas; sister-in-law and her husband Evelyn (Kenny) Jaeger; and one brother-in-law and his spouse, Lester (Dorothy) Schoepke.

A graveside service will happen at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau. Pastor Jen Hoffman will officiate. Household and buddies might go to helke.com to depart phrases of remembrance and condolences.


Norman Skare

Norman Skare

Norman O. Skare of Weston, Wisconsin, handed away peacefully on July 4, 2020, at Rennes Well being & Rehab Middle of Weston.  He was born on Feb. 21, 1928, in Merrill, Wisconsin.  He’s the son of Olaf B. Skare and Amelia (Stevenson) Skare.  He met his lovely spouse, Betty (Betz)  M. (Galipeau) Skare, whereas setting pins at her family-owned Gold Arrow Lanes in Merrill whereas they had been simply youngsters.  Norman joined the U.S. Navy as a junior in highschool and Betz waited for him to return dwelling. They had been married the 12 months after on Oct. 7, 1947, in Merrill.  Betz handed away on July 1, 2015.  They had been married 68 years. 

The Lord blessed them with 9 kids.  Norm is survived by Tom and (Joyce) Skare, Sue and (Wayne) Pagryzinski, Don and (Denise) Skare, Ray and (Terri) Skare, Debra and (Joe) Smith, 14 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.  He was preceded in loss of life by his spouse, his mother and father, 4 of his kids: Michael, Joseph, Mary and Ellen, a grandson, Jeff Skare, a brother, Edward Skare, and his sisters Marian Skare, Anna Mae Henrichs and Lois DuBois.  

Norm’s first job was at age 15 as a pin setter on the Gold Arrow Lanes.  He enlisted within the U.S. Navy throughout World Struggle II the place he served aboard two totally different ships and was then discharged to the Naval Reserve via 1950.  He returned dwelling to complete highschool and enlisted within the Wisconsin Nationwide Guard for a interval of six years reaching the rank of Sergeant First Class.  He grew to become a licensed barber working for Norm Raasch in Merrill and did this for a number of years. Most of his profession was spent within the retail and gross sales career.  He’s a previous president of the Wausau Chapter Full Gospel Businessmen’s Affiliation and likewise served as a area consultant for this group.                                                              

As a World Struggle II veteran, he was honored to go on the By no means Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17, 2011, and was accompanied by his son Ray.  Norman mentioned it was the journey of a lifetime and one thing he’ll cherish eternally.  A number of days later following the Honor Flight, he and his spouse appeared on the entrance web page of the Wausau Each day Herald.  He had arrived on the Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee that night the place she was ready for him.  As he acquired off the aircraft, Ray was pushing him in a wheelchair throughout the room shaking arms with the group. They stopped when he noticed his mom standing within the aisle. She leaned over and kissed Norman.  A photographer from the newspaper captured this particular second and printed it. What a wonderful reflection of their love. 

On Dec. 8, 2019, throughout a ceremony held at Rennes, Norman acquired a proclamation from the State of Wisconsin for his service in World Struggle II.  The plaque was introduced to him by Congressman Tom Tiffany.  VFW Submit 1638 and the Girls’s Auxiliary from Merrill additionally introduced Norman with a wonderful hand-made quilt in honor of his navy service as a World Struggle II veteran.  The quilt coated a whole wall because it hung in his room at Rennes. The ceremony was attended by household and buddies. He was very humbled by the displays.  Each channels 7 and 9 from Wausau interviewed him and aired it on tv that night.   

Norman loved taking part in dominoes with household and buddies.  He additionally loved a sport of cribbage with anybody that knew learn how to play the sport, and was prepared to show anybody who didn’t.  He and Betz would get along with Floyd and Sylvia Lemon (from Merrill) usually to play playing cards and socialize. It doesn’t matter what the climate was like exterior, they had been touring to Merrill to play playing cards! 

Norman might be vastly missed by his kids, grandchildren, and buddies.  The Skare household want to thank the fantastic and caring workers at Rennes. Dad felt everyone there was his prolonged household and loved his time with the workers and different residents.  Primarily based on the feedback from all of the workers, they felt the identical manner about him!  The unimaginable care he acquired was an awesome consolation to him and to his household.     

Visitation and Funeral Service might be held on July 9, 2020, at John J. Buettgen Funeral House, 948 Grand Ave., Schofield, Wisconsin.  Visitation might be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and  Pastor Lori Slaughter from Dwelling Properly Religion Neighborhood Church will officiate the service at 11 a.m.  Norman might be laid to relaxation on the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Mosinee, Wisconsin, on Friday, July 10, at 3:30 p.m. with navy honors. 

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the “By no means Forgotten Honor Flight” at: https://neverforgottenhonorflight.com/ 

Condolences could also be directed to:  John J. Buettgen Funeral House in Schofield, Wisconsin or at www.honorone.com.


Norbert Landowski

Norbert Landowski

Nobert was a United States Military veteran serving from 1956 to 1958.

He labored at American Motors Corp. in Milwaukee for a few years till retirement. Norbert loved, fishing, looking, berry and mushroom choosing and cherished watching wildlife in his again yard.

Survivors embrace three kids, Robert (June) Landowski of Theresa, Linda (Brian) Oakley of Watertown and Carolyn (Ronald) Jones of Port Washington; six grandchildren, Adam, Jason, Josh, Stephanie, Tina and Amanda; seven great-grandchildren, Justin, Brianna, Weston, Caleb, Dylan, Autumn and Jasper; siblings, Irene Berti, Margaret Trester, Clara (Raymond) Haugh, James (Linda) Landowski, Clarence (Nancy) Landowski, Delores (Michael) Barth, George (Margaret) Landowski and Betty (Edward) Kolokowski; buddy and companion, Patricia Brzezinski and her kids, Pam Stanczyk, Sandra Bolen, Tricia Wright and Roman (Jodi) Brzezinski and plenty of nieces and nephews.

Norbert was preceded in loss of life by his spouse; mother and father; and siblings Robert, Martha, Ernest, Eugene and David Landowski and Alice Damerau.

A Mass of Christian Burial might be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020, at St. Ladislaus Catholic Church, Bevent. Fr. Augustine Bentil will preside. Burial might be within the parish cemetery with navy rites performed by the Elderon Memorial Submit #8068 Veterans of International Wars. Visitation might be on Friday from 9 a.m. till the time of Mass on the church.

Social distancing might be practiced and the Mass might be restricted to 100 attendees.

Schmidt & Schulta Funeral House, Wittenberg, is aiding the household with funeral preparations. Recollections and messages of help could also be shared at schmidtschulta.com.

Norbert’s household want to thank the physicians, nurses and workers at St. Clare’s for his or her variety and compassionate care.


Vernadean Hubbard

Vernadean Hubbard

Vernadean L. Hubbard, 82, of Wausau died on Monday, July 6, 2020, on the Benedictine Senior Dwelling Neighborhood, Wausau.

She was born on Aug. 31, 1937, in Shawano, the daughter of Reuben and Verna (Tryba) Wichman.

On Nov. 22, 1958, Vernadean was united in marriage to James Hubbard in Wittenberg. He preceded her in loss of life on Dec. 13, 1983.

Vernadean was a contract artist and traveled all through the nation portray murals, carnival rides, billboards and autos. Household was crucial to Vernadean and he or she loved spending time and socializing with them.

Survivors embrace 4 kids, Steve (fiancée Nancy Torigian) Hubbard, Denise Hubbard, Cande (Steve) McGirk and Scott (Priscilla) Hubbard; 5 grandchildren, James (Amber) Hubbard, Jennifer Hubbard, Josiah Dumas, Tyler Brazee and Katie Rathe; 5 great-grandchildren, Parker Ecklund, Kennedy James Hubbard, Lana Rathe, Austin Rathe, and Jaycee Rathe; brother, Robert Wichman; sister, Jeanette (Fred) Wolffe; sister-in-law, Linda Wichman and plenty of different family members and buddies.

Vernadean was preceded in loss of life by her husband; mother and father and a brother Ken.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic a funeral service might be held at a later date. If you need to be notified when the service will happen, please contact Denise at 608-884-2808. Burial will happen at Holy Household Catholic Cemetery, Wittenberg.

Schmidt & Schulta Funeral House, Wittenberg, is aiding the household with funeral preparations. Recollections and messages of help could also be shared at schmidtschulta.com.




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