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Schrader, Dolores A. "Chick" (Henningsen)  
Dolores A, Schrader Dolores A. "Chick" (Henningsen) Schrader, 86, Neenah, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016. She was born on October 28, 1929, to Einer and Myrtle (Peterson) Henningsen in Oak Park, IL. Chick enjoyed needlepoint, crossword puzzles, playing bingo, and watching The Andy Griffith Show. She took delight in taking car rides through parks to enjoy the sites of lighthouses. Chick loved all animals especially cats, dogs and penguins. Dolores is survived by her son Barry Schrader, half sister Carolyn Ward of NV, close family friend Janey (Shermetzler) Schaefer of CA, nieces, nephews and many friends. Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dennis Schrader and her brother Raymond Henningsen. Funeral services will be held at 11AM, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Kessler Funeral Home, 304 S. Commercial St., Neenah, with Chaplain Jordan Kuczwara officiating. Interment will be in Lakeview Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Tuesday at Kessler Funeral Home from 10 AM until the time of service. Thank you to all the 5 center care team at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center of Neenah, RNs: Cara, Kristen, Kathy, Lacey (TC at home), APNP: Jaime, PA: Shannon, Dr. Phillip Yazbak and the Neuroscience Group, Valley VNA in Neenah with a special thank you to: Tabitha, Tiffany, Stacy, Raiza, Camille, Kelly and Amanda.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from June 17 to June 19, 2016
Schwab, Dennis Ernest  
Schwab, Dennis Ernest Dennis Ernest Schwab, 73, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, June 20, 2016, after a courageous battle with ALS. A famous author once said, "you make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give." Dennis gave so much to so many and will be deeply missed by all. Dennis' philosophies in life were simple but held to steadfastly ... he loved his family, he was deeply rooted in his faith and he conducted his business and life with the greatest of integrity. Dennis was born in Bloomer, Wisconsin on March 3, 1943, to Walter W. and Hazel J. (Weinke) Schwab. He graduated from Bloomer High School in 1961 and continued on in his education to obtain his Bachelors of Science in Business and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in 1966. One of Dennis' passions was his profession. His life was a real life Monopoly game and he loved every day he got to play. After graduating from college, Dennis decided to take a temporary position as an instructor of accounting and real estate at Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh. He moved to Oshkosh and fell in love with both the community and the people ... and he never left. Oshkosh and its people were another of Dennis' passions. He worked as a full time instructor at Fox Valley Technical College from 1966 to 1973 and as a part-time instructor from 1973 to 1987. While teaching at Fox Valley Technical College, he met his close friend and business partner, Curtis Gehling. Dennis and Curt struck up a friendship that lasted them a lifetime and provided them with many adventures and stories to tell. Together, they started Schwab Realty, Ltd in 1973. Dennis' career spanned every facet of the real estate industry, from brokerage, to sales, to development, to property management and touched thousands upon thousands of people. In 1977, Dennis graduated from the Real Estate Institute. He became a certified residential specialist in 1978, a certified residential broker in 1986 and a licensed appraiser in 1993. Dennis took great pride in his community, was an advocate for anything Oshkosh and believed that one must give back to the community that had given so much to him throughout his life. By fate, while teaching at Fox Valley Technical College, Dennis met his best friend, soul mate and future partner in life, Gail J. Treu. They began their journey on November 25, 1971, when they were married in Wausau, Wisconsin. They had two children, Kelly J. Schwab and Grant T. Schwab. Dennis took great joy in his family and was the biggest supporter of their hopes and dreams. He taught them that anything could be accomplished with hard work, perseverance and respect. Dennis and Gail took great pride in having the opportunity to work with both of their children in their businesses, First Weber Group and Schwab Properties, their son as a commercial real estate developer and their daughter as a real estate attorney. Dennis always cherished the closeness of his family and the deep love they had for each other, even in the hardest of times. Dennis has four grandchildren, Benjamin Byczek and Taylor, Chace and Harper Schwab, who were the center of his life for the last years of his life. He was more to them then just a grandfather; he was a role model of what a family patriarch should be and showed them an unconditional love like no other. Dennis also had a very large, but very close, extended work family. His work family was no different than his actual family, as Dennis was vested in each and every one of them and took great pride in their success and accomplishments. Many of the employees' and co-workers' tenure spanned over the course of thirty years. Dennis also had many valued business partners throughout his career that were not just acquaintances but truly his closest of friends. He held the utmost respect for them and cherished his relationships with each of them, especially Curtis Gehling, Ronald Detjen, Francis Shefchik, Jeff Kowalik and Nick and Peter Lang. Dennis also had many close friends and acquaintances he met along the way that were so important to him throughout his life. Dennis was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church of Oshkosh and the Knights of Columbus. Dennis held membership positions in the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, Oshkosh Commercial Development Corporation, Oshkosh Citizens Advisory Committee, Fox Valley Technical College Foundation, Oshkosh Noon Rotary, Winnebago Home Builder's Association, Winnebago County Apartment Owner's Association, the Wisconsin Realtor's Association, as well as numerous charitable board of directors positions. Dennis also served on the M&I Bank Board of Directors and the Chase Bank Board of Directors. Dennis is survived by his wife, Gail, their two children, Kelly Schwab and Grant (Kelly) Schwab, his four grandchildren, Benjamin Byczek and Taylor, Chace and Harper Schwab, his sister Barbara (William) Fagerland, several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family, his large business family, and many great friends and business acquaintances. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Hazel and Walter Schwab, and close friend, Curtis Gehling. The family would like to thank Todd, Steff, Taylor and Cindy of Home Helpers, Kent and Julie Belville and Justin Hansen for the impeccable care they provided to Dennis. The family would also like to extend a thank you to Daniel Schwab for his assistance in Dennis' endeavors in Bloomer, Wisconsin, and a special thank you to the employees and staff of First Weber Group and Schwab Properties that loved and respected him to his dying day. You meant the world to him. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 2PM at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 830 S. Westhaven Drive, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The visitation will be held from 10AM until the time of the service. A private burial service will be held at a later date at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Dennis and Gail Schwab Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, 230 Ohio Street Suite 100, Oshkosh, WI 54902-5894, or online at http://www.oshkoshareacf.org/donor_d.cfm?fid=437 . We love you, best friend, Dad and Papa! Gail, Kelly, Grant, Kelly, Ben, Taylor, Chace and Harper
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from June 22 to June 26, 2016
Stapel, Leona  
Stapel, Leona Leona Lindow Stapel, age 83, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2016. She was born at home on June 5, 1933 in the Township of Commonwealth, Wisconsin, to Arthur and Grace Lindow. Leona was the fourth of five children. Leona grew up on her family's dairy farm in Florence county where she was trained to have a good work ethic—both by loving parents and of necessity since her oldest siblings were soon away from home (one to train as a nurse, another to serve in WWII) and her father was then injured so that he couldn't do much of the farm work and it fell to her mother, the three young children at home and wonderful neighbors to keep things afloat. She started out her educational life as the only student in her grade at a one-room school and she completed her grammar school education in a two-room school house. While growing up she attended the Homestead Baptist Church and Sunday School. Leona went to the county-wide Florence High School and graduated as Valedictorian in 1951. She was awarded a full scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin in Madison where she studied nursing. While in training as a nurse she worked in the polio ward at Children's Orthopedic Hospital in Madison. She graduated in January 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and received her license as a Registered Nurse May, 1956. While in school at Madison she met Carl Stapel whose roommate, Del Desens, had married Leona's sister Mary a few years earlier (Carl and Leona were best man and maid of honor, respectively). Leona took a job as a visiting nurse in Neenah, Wisconsin to be closer to Carl. She was baptized at Our Savior's Lutheran in Neenah on March 27, 1957 and married Carl at Our Savior's Lutheran in Iron Mountain, Michigan, on July 12, 1958. Leona continued to work as a visiting nurse until shortly before their first child, Jim, was born in Sept. 1959. Their second son, Bill, followed in Nov. 1962. Leona would often tell people that when she married Carl, she also married the family hardware business. She worked at Kitz & Pfeil Hardware taking care of the accounts receivable and purchasing (as well as pretty much anything else that needed doing). In 2015 she received the Estwing Golden Hammer award for 50 years of service in the hardware industry becoming the 3rd member of the family (the others being her husband, Carl, and father-in-law, Art) to be so honored. Carl wrote the computer programs that made Kitz & Pfeil the first hardware store in the state to be computerized and Leona was his tester to see if they worked properly. They even had a punch card machine in their bedroom in the early 60s so they could do some of the work at home. For the first eight years of their marriage they lived in Appleton, Wisconsin with a daily commute to Kitz & Pfeil in Oshkosh. As Leona started working more hours at the hardware store they moved to Oshkosh where they lived for almost 35 years, before they moved to the Town of Menasha from 2000 - 2015. Leona moved back to Oshkosh in 2015. Leona was also secretary/treasurer of Kitz & Pfeil. In the early 1990s as their son Jim took over the day-to-day operations of the hardware stores, Leona and Carl started leading tours that were to take them to all seven continents and well over 100 countries. Their love of travel started in the 1967 when they accompanied the Oshkosh High School Concert Band and A Cappella Choir (Leona as nurse, Carl as sound recordist and photographer). Over the years Leona's travels allowed her to meet many wonderful and diverse people and have friends all over the USA and world. While in Oshkosh, Leona was an active member of First English Lutheran Church. She served on the boards of the Visiting Nurses Association, the Oshkosh Commercial Development Corporation and OAEDC which was its successor, worked as an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, volunteered with the American Red Cross and with Carl served on the fun-raising committee for Gabriel's Villa. She was one of the first four women in Oshkosh to join Rotary (once they started to allow women to join) and in May of this year received her 9th Paul Harris recognition. Her Christian faith and the values of Rotary (service above self) were the guiding forces in Leona's life. Leona is survived by her sons Jim and Bill (Jackie) and grand-daughter Zoë. She is also survived by her sister Mary Desens and brother Tom (Helen) Lindow, many nieces, nephews, grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl, parents Art and Grace Lindow, in-laws Art and Marie and siblings and their spouses Robert (Marge) Lindow and Carolyn (Denzil) McCain as well as brother-in-law Del Desens. The family wishes to thank the people at Gabriel's Villa and Dr. Stephen Fuller for the excellent and loving care Mom received. Special thanks to the pastors at First English-Oshkosh and Leona's many friends, co-workers and relatives for your cards, emails, calls, letters, visits and especially your prayers. God has answered them with the place he has prepared for Leona in heaven. Funeral services will be at First English Lutheran Church 1013 Minnesota, Oshkosh WI at 11AM on Friday June 24th with visitation at the church from 9AM until the time of the service. Memorials to First English Lutheran, UW-Madison School of Nursing or the charity of your choice would be gratefully accepted.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on June 22, 2016
Strong, Douglas  
Strong, Douglas Douglas L. "Doug" Strong, age 54, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. He was born on December 20, 1961 in New London, WI to the late Ralph and Dorothy (Fields) Strong. Doug was adopted by Gerald E. (Carol) Staerkel. He married Debora "Deb" Tiffany on November 6, 1981 in Oshkosh. Doug, in his early years, worked as a concrete worker until he was disabled. He enjoyed riding motorcycle, fishing, camping, watching the Packers and boxing. Above all however, Doug loved spending time with his family and friends. Doug is survived by his beloved wife, Deb Strong; daughters, Shannon (Lester) Duesterhoeft and Sherry (fiancee James Blanck) Strong; and his grandchildren, Hannah, Heidi, Ava and Alyvia Duesterhoeft, and Alessa and Liam Douglas Blanck. He is further survived by his adopted father, Gerald Staerkel, brothers and sister, Jeff (Darlene) Strong, Kim (Terry) Strong-Buss, Troy (Diane) Staerkel, and Trent Staerkel, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of life will be held for Doug at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the Rainbow Park Pavilion between Rainbow Dr. and Veterans Trail in Oshkosh. Family and friends will gather for a brief service and spend time remembering Doug.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from June 12 to June 17, 2016
Swisher, Alan  
Swisher, Alan Alan Swisher, age 47, of Oshkosh, died Monday June 13, 2016 at his home. He was born in Oshkosh on January 20, 1969 the son of James and Carol Busha Swisher. Alan was employed as a Press Operator at various printing companies in the Fox Valley. Survivors include his parents; James (Carol) Swisher, three sons; Andrew, Jacob, Matthew Swisher, one brother; Edmund (Marie) Swisher, two sisters; Debora Boe, and Colleena Corriagan. Alan is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Funeral services for Alan will be held in Faith Community Church (200 South Church St. Berlin WI 54923) on Tuesday June 21, at 5:00 PM. Family and friends may call at the church on Tueday from 3:00 PM until the hour of services.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on June 18, 2016
Szep, Betty  
Betty Mae Szep, age 91, passed away June 18, 2016 at Bethel Home. Betty was born on May 20, 1925 in Weyauwega, WI to the late Oscar and Elsie (Long) Rothe. She married Robert Szep on July 14, 1945. She was a homemaker and was very dedicated to her family. Betty is survived by her daughter, Patricia Utech; son-in-law, Thomas Eaton; brother, Oscar (Alice) Rothe Jr.; brother-in-law, Roy Roeder; and sister-in-law, Shirley Rothe. Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; daughter, Sharon Eaton; brothers, Merle (Ione) Rothe, Marlyn (Regina) Rothe, Ernest (Delores) Rothe, Ralph Rothe; sister, Vivian (Arbor) Chapin, Joyce Roeder, and Violet (Carl) Anderson. A private service will be held by the family
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on June 21, 2016
Tanner, Edward W.  
Tanner, Edward W. Edward W. Tanner, age 80, of Winneconne, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at home. He was born October 13, 1935, in Eureka to the late Willis and Helen (Diehl) Tanner. Ed attended Omro schools and was a graduate of Omro High School. On January 28, 1956, he married Marlene A. Butt in Omro. For many years he worked for Linnan Construction and Engineering, Brookfield until his retirement. Ed enjoyed fishing, casino trips, traveling, and most of all spending time with family and friends. Ed is survived by three children, Steven Tanner, of Milwaukee; David (Laurie) Tanner, of Oshkosh; Michele (Edgar) Sutta, of Winneconne; companion, Carol Butt, of Winneconne; two granddaughters, Casey Tanner (fiancé, Tim Ahrens), of Winneconne; Kristie Tanner, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; a great-granddaughter, Kinsley; one sister, Mary Wuske; one brother, Chuck (Barb) Tanner; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Along with his parents, Ed was also preceded in death by his wife, Marlene on November 26, 2008; four brothers and two sisters. A visitation for family and friends will be on Monday, June 20, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne, where military honors will be held at 4:00 p.m. Inurnment will be in the Omro Cemetery. If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfuneralhomeinc.com .
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on June 17, 2016
Tews, Joyce  
Joyce Elaine Tews, age 89, of Berlin, died peacefully on Thursday morning, June 16, 2016 being surrounded by the love of her family. She was born December 4, 1926, the daughter of Elmer and Dorothy Byrholdt Bushweiler. Joyce was a 1944 graduate of Omro High School. On June 9, 1945, she was united in marriage to Rubert Tews. Joyce worked at several places. She was a waitress at Heidel House, receptionist for Dr. Gary Eggert, secretary at Berlin High School and Berlin Senior Center. She was especially proud to have served as Treasurer for the Township of Berlin for 9 years and organist for over 30 years. It was her pleasure to currently be working at Traded Treasures in Ripon, where she considered everyone there her family. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Berlin and Berlin Senior Center. She is survived by her 3 daughters, Becky (Ray) Genrich, Julie Tews (Ken Stanzel), and Brenda (Tony) Krause; 7 grandchildren, Lisa (Tony) Eriksen, Matthew (Kayla) Genrich, Nick Krause (Jennifer Rogers), Jake Krause (Chelsey Kafer), Eliott Tews-Schinke, Jocelyn Tews-Schinke (Tony Weinkauf) and Zacary Simpson (Mireya Hernandez); 6 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ruth Coda; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rubert, on March 10, 1999; her parents; a daughter, Patti Tews; and brother, Elwyn Bushweiler. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Berlin, the Rev. Larry Rieck officiating. Interment will be in Nepeuskun Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call on Monday, June 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Barbola Funeral Chapel in Berlin and on Tuesday at the church one hour prior to the services. Online condolences may be sent to the family at barbolafc@yahoo.com.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on June 19, 2016
Williams, Shirley S.  
Williams, Shirley S. FITCHBURG-Shirley S. Williams (nèe Stennis), age 78, of Fitchburg, Wis., passed away on the evening of Monday, June 20, 2016, at her home. Shirley is survived by her husband, Robert C. Williams of Fitchburg, Wis.; sons, Donovan Stennis Williams of Saint Paul, Minn. and Rodger Stennis (Sandy Otto) Williams of Fitchburg, Wis.; sister, Ruth (Homer) Williams of Columbus, Ohio; nephews, Harlan Williams of Houston, Texas and Bretton (Stephannie) Williams of Columbus, Ohio; and niece, LaNelle (Mounir BenBrahim) Williams of Columbus, Ohio; her church family from Mount Zion Baptist Church as well as a host of family members, friends, and colleagues. Funeral services will be held at MOUNT ZION BAPTIST CHURCH, 2019 Fisher St., Madison, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 25, 2016, with the Rev. Dr. Leonard Thompson Sr. officiating. Interment will take place at Oak Hall Cemetery after the conclusion of the service. Visitation will be held at the church from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., on Friday, June 24, 2016, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. A repast will take place at the church beginning at 4 p.m. The family would like to thank the compassionate staff at Agrace HospiceCare during the last few weeks. They would also like to express their gratitude to Dr. Henry Pitot of the Mayo Clinic for his many years of devoted care to Shirley the last two decades. His knowledge and support was invaluable to the family. Flowers and cards are welcome in memory of Shirley. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Shirley F. Stennis-Williams Scholarship Fund, 5738 Schumann Dr., Fitchburg, WI 53711. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com . Gunderson Fitchburg Funeral & Cremation Care 2950 Chapel Valley Road 608-442-5002
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on June 23, 2016
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