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Lajcak, Elsie  
Lajcak, Elsie Elsie was born at home on a dairy farm, outside Moquah, Wisconsin, Bayfield County, September 17, 1916, to Frank and Anna Novak Kramolis. Her Babka, Grandmother Rosalie Nowak, was the midwife. Elsie didn't speak English until she went to the Moquah State Graded School. She graduated from Ashland High School, while working four years as a live-in nanny and housekeeper. Surviving the Depression, she worked in Chicago at the Presbyterian Hospital and Western Electric, on Army and Navy radio transmitters. In 1943, "to free a man to fight," Elsie volunteered for the Women's Marine Corps. Her proudest and fondest moments came during her years in the Marine Corps serving in motor transport driving trucks, busses and jeeps. She served in Ewa, Hawaii, and El Toro, California where she transported servicemen and USO entertainers, including Groucho Marx. Elsie was honorably discharged as a Technical Sergeant, in August 1946. After discharge, Elsie and another uniformed gal, hitchhiked up the West Coast, into Canada, across to Alberta, back into the States and home to Moquah. Married to "John the Barber" Lajcak, in 1948, Elsie raised four children along with her sister's son, Steve Bledsoe. Always frugal, Elsie was a stay-at-home mom and used her military discharge money to buy John an airplane, a J3 Cub. Soon after, John and Elsie bought a lot on Pine River, near Saxeville. John built a cabin there from the torn down steeple of the Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Oshkosh. Many, many happy times were spent at "the shack' with family, friends and River neighbors. Finally, Elsie and John bought a house on Nevada Avenue where Elsie lived until 2011, collecting fifty-six years of memories, and serving her community; Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, Blue Bird and Camp Fire Girl leader, and PTAs. A member of the Presbyterian Church, Elsie served as deacon and usher. She taught Sunday School and Bible School, served as President of the Women's Service Guild, member of the Miriam Circle and Missionary Sewing Ladies. She also tutored Hmong and Kurdish refugees in English. As a WWII veteran, Elsie was an active member of the American Legion, Post 70, for over 65 years and was the first woman commander. She always said she liked having 700 men under her! She was commander not once but twice. As the wife a veteran, Elsie was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 65 years. Elsie was a member of the Patriot Council, the Winnebago Detachment 357 of the Marine Corps League, and the Marine Devil Dogs. In 2003, Elsie received the Legion of Honor Award by the Chapel of Four Chaplains in "Recognition of selfless service from the individual who contributes to the well being of their community and to a spirit of interfaith cooperation." In 1997, Elsie also was awarded - Marine of the Year, Winnebago Detachment - Marine Corps League stating "Marine Lajcak's most notable traits are considered to be her HONESTY, CONSIDERATION toward others AND ESPECIALLY HER DEDICATION TO DUTY." Elsie was an active member of the Veterans Patriotic Council, the Women's Patriotic Council, Wisconsin Czechs, Moquah Ethnic Association, USMC Motor Transport Association and a docent at the Veterans' Museum in Oshkosh. Elsie was also Key Holder for the Last Man's Club. In addition, she was a poet and writer, recording her life memories and writing many letters to the editor. She has been preceded by death by; her husband John Lajcak, sisters Marie Kramolis, Rose Bledsoe and Emily Kramolis; and brother Frank Kramolis. Remaining are brother John Kramolis, Bayfield, WI, sons Robert Lajcak (Sandy Czachor) Tucson, AZ, Kenneth Lajcak (Mary), Oshkosh, and daughters Michelle (Michael) Perdue, Renée (Brian Babler) Lajcak, Madison, WI, granddaughters Miranda Perdue, Seattle, WA and Marisa (Ryan) Gibler, Moscow, ID and great-grandchildren, Avi and Loïe Gibler, Moscow, ID. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to American Stroke Association or the Military Veteran's Museum of Wisconsin (in Oshkosh). A service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 110 Church Avenue, Oshkosh, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, with a 12 noon-2:00 visitation. Following the service there will be a meal at the church.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Mar. 31, 2015
Lajcak, Elsie  
Elsie Lajcak.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Mar. 30, 2015
LaPinske, Judith A.  
LaPinske, Judith A. Judith Ann "Judy" LaPinske (nee Saunders), age 76 of Neshkoro, formerly of Milwaukee, passed away late Tuesday evening, March 24, 2015, at the Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital. She was surrounded by the love of her family. Judy was born June 26, 1938, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Clifford and Shirley (Johnson) Saunders. She attended St. Augustine Grade School in Milwaukee, and was a 1956 graduate of Bay View High School (Milwaukee). Judy married the love of her life, James C. LaPinske on May 17, 1958. Judy was employed at and retired from the Wisconsin Electric Co. in Calumet in 1991. Judy was a fantastic gardener. She had award winning perennial and cottage gardens. Her hasta gardens were a sight to behold. Judy was not only a wonderful gardener, but also a gourmet cook. Most importantly, she was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Judy was a faithful member of St. James Catholic Parish in Neshkoro and the Neshkoro Lioness Club. Survivors include her husband, Jim; her sons, Jeffrey LaPinske of Cudahy; and Jerold LaPinske (Jill Mintner) of Watertown; her grandchildren, Andrea, Stacie, Jesse, James R., Charles, Elizabeth, Alyssa, Cassandra; and her great-grandchildren, Annie, Maddison, and Tucker. Judy is also survived by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tom and Janet LaPinske, Pat and Russ Sepanski, and Laura LaPinske; also nieces, nephews, other relatives, and good friends. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Jonathan, and a brother, William Saunders. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Judy will be celebrated Monday, April 6, at 11 a.m. at St. James Place in Neshkoro. Father Dale Grubba will be the Celebrant. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Monday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the Memorial Mass at St. James Place. (St. James Place is located on Main Street in Neshkoro, just North of St. James Catholic Church.) Memorials in Judy's Memory will be appreciated for the Wisconsin Lion's Camp at Rosholt, WI. The Ruminski Funeral Home of Redgranite is assisting Judy's family with arrangements. Ruminski Funeral Home Highway 21, Redgranite (920) 566-2313 Serving the Family
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from Mar. 26 to Apr. 2, 2015
Lueck, Robert O.  
Lueck, Robert O. Robert O. Lueck, age 75, of Las Vegas, NV (formerly of Omro, WI), passed away on March 1, at his home with his family by his side after a long battle with cancer. He was born January 19, 1940, in Oakpark, IL, to the late Roy and Bertha (Jabes) Lueck. On January 28, 1961, Bob married Peggy, the love of his life. They enjoyed 54 wonderful years together. Bob was a man of many talents and he enjoyed multiple hobbies. He was often found tinkering in the garage or fishing off the dock in the back yard. He loved spending time with family and friends. Ask any one of his grandkids what the secret stash, bagornios, woofel powder or "the brain room" are, and they'll be sure to have a smile on their face and many stories to tell. Bob worked as a pest control technician before he began a lifelong career in the paper industry. Bob is survived by his wife, Peggy, two daughters, Linda (Dean) Peters, Holly Puhl, one son, Jason Lueck, five grandchildren, Aaron (Billie Jean) Castonia, Kaylin (Donovan) Peer, Evan Castonia, Danny Puhl, Ryan (Molly) Puhl and 4 great-grandchildren, David, Kevin, Karalynn and Thoran. He is also survived by a special friend of the family, Frank Puhl, three brothers, two sisters and their spouses. Along with his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his son, John Lueck. A private service for family was held in Las Vegas. At Bob's request, a 50's themed Celebration of his Life will be held at The Fountain (3696 Sterns Dr., Oshkosh) on April 4, starting at 1 p.m.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from Mar. 15 to Mar. 29, 2015
Luzenski, Bret  
Bret Luzenski, 55, Neenah, died 03-21-2015. Arrangements: Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Mar. 25, 2015
Meyer, Evangeline H. "Angie"  
Evangeline H. "Angie" Meyer, 81, Chilton, died 03-30-2015. Arrangements: Wieting Family Funeral Home.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Mar. 31, 2015
Pesch, Erma  
Pesch, Erma I. Erma Irene Pesch, age 90, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Omro Care. Erma was born on December 13, 1924 to William and Helga (Olson) Lisney in Richland County, WI. She married Paul Pesch on March 25, 1944 in Oshkosh. Erma is survived by her son, Brian Pesch; daughter Sherry Suenkel; and three grandchildren, Lindsey Rose Pesch, Allison Mary Pesch and Victoria Marie Pesch. Erma was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Pesch; son-in-law, Tim Suenkel; and her brothers and sisters. A private family service will be held at Lake View Memorial Park.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Mar. 25, 2015
Pfluger, Logan  
Pfluger, Logan M. Logan Martin Pfluger, son of Kayla and Matthew Pfluger of Oshkosh, WI, was born into the arms of God at 9:32 PM on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center. He weighed 8 ounces, measured 7 inches long, and was perfect in every way. He is survived by his parents, sister Aili, brother Max, grandparents Linda and Gregg Canniff and Sharon and Craig Pfluger both of Green Bay, WI, several aunts and uncles, and a loving extended family and friends. He was greeted in heaven by his brother Luke and his sister Emma, both lost to miscarriage in 2011. Also preceding him were great-grandfathers Don Pfluger, Ron Daanen, Roger Canniff, and John Keranen. A private funeral service was held on February 15, 2015, at Peace Lutheran Church in Oshkosh. Logan was laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh. "Gone, but not forgotten. Although we are apart, your spirit lives within me forever in my heart."
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Mar. 31, 2015
Propson, Virginia  
Virginia Propson, 90, Chilton, died 03-24-2015. Arrangements: Wieting Family Funeral Home.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Mar. 26, 2015
Robl, Steven  
Robl, Steven Steven E. Robl, age 67, of Oshkosh, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. Services are pending at this time.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Mar. 29, 2015
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