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Hoffman, William J. "Bill"  
William J. "Bill" Hoffman William Hoffman, Appleton, formerly of Gresham, age 91, passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014. Bill dedicated his life to God, country, and family. He was born on May 23, 1923 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Henry and Gertrude (Forster) Hoffman. Bill grew up in the Appleton area where he graduated from St. Joseph Catholic Grade School, and then from Appleton High School in 1941. Shortly after graduation, Bill joined the Wisconsin Telephone Co. where he spent 41 years until retiring in 1982. A lifelong patriot that flew the American flag every day, Bill answered his country's call to military service on October 14, 1942 and served in the U.S. Army until December 31, 1945, during WWII. On August 21, 1948, Bill married the love of his life, Geraldine "Gerrie" Schabow at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Bill and Gerrie were soulmates, and enjoyed almost 64 years of marriage. Following Bill's retirement, Bill and Gerrie built their retirement home on the Lower Red Lake in Gresham. They enjoyed many seasons in Gresham and winters in Florida. Bill was a staunch Catholic, was a daily communicant for many years, and lived his faith every day. He was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church while in Appleton, where he served on multiple committees, was an usher and one of the first Eucharistic Ministers. Bill was also a member of St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church while he lived in Gresham. He was very proud of the 1930 Model A that he restored, and was a member of the local Model A Ford Club. Bill was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 607, the Allouez Assembly of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the Harvey Pierre VFW Post 2778, the Gresham Lions Club, and the Wisconsin Telephone Pioneers. Bill is survived by "his three girls": Therese "Tese" (Dennis) Pullman of Kimberly, Lynn (Gary) Bayness of Appleton, and Mary Kris "Krisi" (Dan) Burich of Colorado Springs, Colorado; four grandchildren: Tricia Harlow of Little Chute, Nancy (David) Wilcox of Shiocton, MAJ William "Bill" (Crystal) Burich, U.S. Air Force, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Molly Burich of Princeton, New Jersey; seven great grandchildren: Brandon and Stephanie Harlow; Sydney, Cole and Bennett Wilcox; Caden and Hailey Burich; sister-in-law, Elayne Schabow of Appleton, many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by "his bride" as he always called Gerrie, in July 2012, his parents, "his kid sister" Germaine (Carl) Forslund; brothers-in-law: Stuart (Hatie) Schabow, Lloyd "Lefty" Schabow and Arthur Schabow, Jr. The funeral liturgy for Bill will be held at 3:15 pm on Monday, December 22, 2014 at ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH, 410 W. Lawrence Street in Appleton with military honors to follow with the VFW Post 2778. Fr. John Holly, a close family friend for over 34 years, and Deacon C.F. Dedman will be officiating. Burial will take place at the parish cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday at the church from 1:15 pm until the time of mass. Online condolences can be offered at www.wichmannfargo.com . In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be directed to a memorial fund which is being established. We would like to thank the staff and management at Brewster Village for their care and compassion. You were a great Dad and you always said, "Life is like a jug- you get out of it exactly what you put into it". You will live always in our hearts. You were truly a member of the greatest generation.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Dec. 18 to Dec. 21, 2014
Jackson, Lois M.  
Lois M. Jackson Lois M. Jackson, age 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 20, 2014. Born in Appleton to the late Kenneth and Dorothea (Nehls) Welson on November 14, 1925. In 1946, she married Earl W. Jackson. During WWII, she worked for Wisconsin Bell Inc. as a phone operator, but her true calling was as a caretaker to her family. She was a loving mother, and raised four boys while also caring for the home. She also enjoyed gardening, watching the Packers and shopping for clothes and watches. She spent 30 years as a resident at Oneida Heights and enjoyed volunteering and socializing. She is survived by her children: William (Joan), Joseph (Leslie), Gerald (Kathy) and Daniel (Lisa); grandchildren: Brian, Kimberly, Christopher (Lea Ann), Ian (Kristen), Colin, Kelly (Lizz), Nicole, Scott (Aliza Loren), Earl and Cory; great-grandchildren: Dane, Georgia, Reece and Evelyn; her former husband, Earl W. Jackson; along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Evelyn, Aileen, Katie and Don and an infant daughter, Mary. The funeral liturgy for Lois will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH (222 E. Fremont St., Appleton). Visitation will be held at church from 9:30 AM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established. Online condolences may be offered at www.wichmannfargo.com . The family would like to extend a thank you to the nurses and staff at both Affinity Hospice and Rennes Health and Rehab for the care provided to Lois. Also, a thank you to the staff and residents at Oneida Heights for the friendship and love they gave to Lois.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Dec. 21, 2014
Johnson, Neal  
Johnson, Neal A. Neal Allen Johnson, age 60, died on Monday, December 15, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton following a brief illness. Neal was born on November 15, 1954 in Appleton, the son of the late Eugene and Betty (Weinand) Johnson. Following his education, Neal enlisted in the Marine Corps and served his country from March of 1972 until January of 1975. Neal is survived by his son, Ken Kauwale, San Diego, CA; three sisters, Rose (Allen) Horneck, Menasha; Susan (Dennis) Malnati, AZ; and Sandra (Larry) Meidam, Ogema, WI; and by nieces and nephews. Neal was also preceded in death by a brother, Larry Johnson. Per Neal's wishes there will be no services held.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Dec. 21, 2014
Kettner, Robert H. "Bob"  
Kettner, Robert "Bob" H. Bob Kettner, 80, Stephensville, passed away peacefully, on Friday, December 19, 2014. Bob was born on April 29, 1934 in Appleton, to the late Andrew and Rose (Diemer) Kettner. He graduated from Shiocton High School, and received 13 certificates from Fox Valley Technical College over the years. Bob was very proud of his service in the US Army from 1957 to 1959. Bob was an owner/operator driving dump truck frequently for Murphy Construction and Trico Excavating. Bob opened his own shop in 1975 where he dedicated his time to welding, painting, and creative projects. Bob loved gardening and built a beautiful park adjacent to his shop. On April 23, 1977 he married Evie Loret in Stephensville. Bob enjoyed life on the water and spent many weekends on their houseboat on the Wolf River. Many recognized the boat by the custom decorative helicopter Bob built. Bob and Evie opened Mr. and Mrs. K's Family Restaurant in Greenville. Bob is survived by his wife of 37 years Evie, by his children; Rhonda (Sonny Butler) Settergren, Dawn (Mitch) Bessette, Jodie (Tom) Wynboom, and his beloved child still at home Dipstick, by his grandchildren; Justin and Nathan (Jennah Applin) Bessette, Cheyenne, Andrew, and Breeanne Wynboom, and by his grand cats; Gizmo and Reno. He is further survived by his brothers; Jerome (Esther) Kettner and Maynard (Rosie) Kettner, by his sister Kathleen (Leon) Griesbach, and by in-laws; Eugene (Trish) Bushor, James (Shirley) Bushor and Cookie (Bruce) Hardy, and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Claudette (Winslow) Selvig, and Bucky Bushor. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM at Valley Funeral Home 2211 N. Richmond St. Appleton, Deacon Ken Bilgrien officiating, with visitation from 9:30 AM to service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wisconsin ALS Association The family would like to express a special Thank you to the staff at Good Shepherd Services for all their care and compassion
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Dec. 21, 2014
Little, Dorothy  
Dorothy I. Little Dorothy I. Little, 84, passed away on Friday, December 19, 2014 at Theda Clark Medical Center. Dorothy was born on August 30, 1930 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada to Ernest and Lily (Wilson) Pilkington. Dorothy graduated from the Ottawa School of Nursing in Ottawa, Ontario in 1951. On June 4, 1955 she was united in marriage to Jerry Little. Dorothy enjoyed sewing, bridge, reading and her cottage in Canada. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Neenah. Dorothy is survived by three children; Sandy (Jim) Miller, Findlay, Ohio, Scott (Colette) Little, Appleton, Kent Little, Britt, Ontario, five grandchildren; Jeff Miller, Eric Miller, Brian Miller, Nicole Little and Tyler Little, sisters-in-law, Georgie Pilkington and Jenny Pilkington, a brother-in-law, Hugh David Taylor, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerry on January 31, 1998, and her brothers; Fred, Art, and George Pilkington. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM at the FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 200 Church Street, Neenah. A time of visitation will be held on Tuesday from 3:00 PM until the time of the service at the church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hovcremation.com . Memorials may be made in Dorothy's name to First Presbyterian Church.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Dec. 21, 2014
Porter, David  
Porter Sr., David L. David "Dave" L. Porter Sr., Appleton, age 79, died Wednesday, December 17, 2014. He was born in Bird Island, MN on July 14, 1935 to the late William Earl Porter and Olive (Taylor) Porter Stucke. David served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960. He married Annette Larson at Maynard Lutheran Church on April 29, 1961. Together, they moved to Appleton from Dalton, MN in 1967 before settling in Little Chute in 1970. They returned to Appleton in 2009. David worked for Little Chute Elevator from 1968-1985 and Stock Lumber in Appleton from 1989-1999. He volunteered as a Cub and Boy Scout leader and was involved with United Commercial Travelers as an officer for over 10 years. David was a member of Peace United Methodist Church in Kaukauna. David is survived by his wife of 53 years, Annette; daughters: Melanie Porter Kunz and Debbie Plach; sons: David L. Porter Jr. and Randy Porter; grandsons: Jordan Plach and Adam Porter; and siblings: Hazel Richards, William, Allen and James Porter. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his sisters: Ruth Fransen and Helen Ryan and their spouses; and his brother-in-law: Lowell Richards. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 22, from 9:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am at PEACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (2300 E. Wisconsin Ave., Kaukauna). Rev. Lucretia Fehrmann will be officiating. Military honors are to follow. Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery. To sign the guest book, please visit oconnellfh.com The family would like to thank the Fox River Nursing Home staff, the nurses of 7th floor at AMC, and all of the doctors who have helped Dave through his illness for their compassionate care.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Dec. 18 to Dec. 21, 2014
Strassburg, Rose Marie Conradt  
Rose Marie Conradt, 89, died 12-19-2014. Arrangements: Krause Funeral Home.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Dec. 21, 2014
Wyhoski, Gerald  
Wyhoski, Gerald J. Gerald J. "Whosker" Wyhoski, age 66, of Menasha passed away on Friday, December 19, 2014 at his home after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer. He was born on April 17, 1948 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Rosalie (Kinlein) and the late Norbert Wyhoski. After high school graduation, Gary proudly served his country with the United States Army in Germany during the Vietnam Era. He married Susan K. Stahl on November 10, 1973 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Menasha. The marriage was blessed with 41 wonderful years. In 2012 Whosker retired from Bemis Corporation after 38 years of service. Gary was a member of American Legion Post 38 in Appleton. He was a flag man and referee for the American Power Boat Association, Professional Racing Category. Nothing made him more happy during his boat racing career than helping as a Pit Man for his brother-in-law, Marty Stahl's racing team. Besides his love of boat racing, Whosker loved cooking, fishing, hunting, NASCAR, and cheering on the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers. He was a loving, caring man with a great sense of humor. His cooking, and his way of making people happy will be sadly missed by those who loved him. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan; his daughter, Sarah Wilde, Menasha; grandchildren: Alex, Dylan, Rachael, and Ryan; his mother, Rosalie Wyhoski, Wauwatosa; brother, Tom (Terri) Wyhoski, Wauwatosa; his yellow lab, Libby; other relatives, and many friends. In addition to his father, Norbert, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Rachel. A Memorial Gathering for Whosker will be held in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be given to American Legion Post 38 in Appleton. Westgor Funeral Home 1140 Appleton Road Menasha 720-0314 Online Condolences www.westgorfuneralhomes.com The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the ThedaCare team, and the ThedaCare at Home Hospice team, especially his nurse, Bonnie for their dedicated, exceptional care through Gary's illness.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Dec. 21, 2014

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Alft, Carole  
Alft, Carole Carole M. Alft, age 75, of rural Tigerton passed away on Thursday morning, December 18, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, after a lingering illness. The former Carole Mae Brady was born on April 16, 1939 at Birnamwood Hospital the daughter of Melvin and Margaret (Nero) Brady. She was united in marriage on June 7, 1958 to Keith R. Alft at St. John Lutheran Church, Tigerton. Carole helped her husband on the farm for many years and later was employed at North Star Casino and she worked for some time at Premier Community Bank. She is a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Wittenberg. Carole enjoyed dancing, listening to polka music, and working in her vegetable garden. Her other interests included taking care of her flower gardens, watching the birds, relaxing out in her gazebo, and completing all sorts of craft projects. Carole did a lot of canning, baking, and cooking for her family. She will be remembered most as a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a proud grandmother. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Keith, and four children, Keith (Debra) Alft Jr. of Tigerton, Kevin (Suzanne) Alft of Katy, TX, Kenneth (Lisa) Alft of Eagle River, and Colleen (Kevin) Paiser of Kewaunee. There is one daughter-in-law, Judi Alft of Pella, IA. There are 8 grandchildren, Kyle Alft of Tigerton, Heather (Tad) Velte of Marion, Mike (Miranda) Alft of Des Moines, IA, Tiffany (Gavin) Crandall of Pella, IA, Crystal (fiancé Adam Walter) Alft of Cedar Rapids, IA, Jake (Emily) Paiser of Sturgeon Bay, Adam (Allyssa) Alft of Neenah, and Abby Alft of Eagle River. There are two great grandchildren, Lara Paiser and Grant Crandall; and another great grandchild on the way. There are three brothers, Jerry (Connie) Brady of Green Bay, Wayne (Debbie) Brady of Tilleda, and Dave (Faith) Gagnon of Marion; one sister, Diane Herring of Grant, FL; two sisters-in-law, Ginger Brady and Barbara Brady; a brother-in-law, Jerome Alft; a special cousin, Diane Koepke; and many other relatives and friends. Carole is preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, Cheryl Lynn, and two brothers, Don and Buck Brady. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 22nd at 11:00 AM at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 701 S. Home St., Wittenberg. Rev. Michael Larson will officiate and burial will be at Union Cemetery, Tigerton. Friends may call on Sunday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Tigerton, and on Monday from 9:00 AM until time of service at the church.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Dec. 20, 2014
Kenowski, Donna  
Kenowski, Donna Donna Mae Kenowski, 84, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on December 18, 2014. She was born in Milwaukee, WI on January 4, 1930 to Henry and Ruby Hamelin. She married Hubert Kenowski Sept. 30, 1950. Donna worked as a food service assistant at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, WI for many years. After retirement, her favorite place was her chair at the kitchen table. From there she would read, watch the birds, dispense wisdom, lend money and analyze the news. Donna's favorite books were "The Ivory Mischief," "Forever Amber," and "Gone with the Wind." She loved her peacocks, and watching hummingbirds and pileated woodpeckers. Her favorite pastimes were watching "Jeopardy" and doing crossword puzzles. She enjoyed opera, especially "Rigoletto," "La Traviata" and "La Boheme." Donna's sense of humor and zest for living inspired everyone. She would often exclaim, "I can't wait to see what happens next!" She was a loyal and loving wife to Hubert for over 50 years and a wonderful mother to five children. She had twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Each one was her favorite and she offered guidance and encouragement to all. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert, two brothers, Tom and Bruce Hamelin. She is survived by her sons, John (Peggy), Waupaca, WI; Paul (Kris) Oshkosh, WI and daughters Cindy (Larry) Stinnett, Garland TX; Kathy (Wally) Kenitz, Waupaca, WI; and Christine Anderson, Waupaca; also a brother, Joe Hamelin and two sisters, Rose Meyer and Sharon Wunderlich, as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at Victory Church in Waupaca at 11 AM on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014, with Rev. Philip Thompson, officiating. After the luncheon, interment will follow at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Town Stockton, Portage Co.. WI. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4 until 7 PM at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca. She will be greatly missed. Her smile and grace will live on in the hearts and minds of many.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Dec. 20, 2014
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