Wednesday, February 14, 2007 1:38 PM CST
Obituaries from the week of February
Lorraine “Rainy” L.
Lorraine “Rainy” L. Alderton, age 86, of
King, formerly of Wabeno and Laona area, passed away at
the King Veterans Home on Monday, February 5, 2007.
Lorraine was born in Soperton (Town of Wabeno) on July
23, 1920 to Leon and Myrtle (Grant) McEwen.
Lorraine married Joe Alderton in 1961
at Waukegan, Ill. Through life Joe and Rainy worked in
the Milwaukee area until retirement and moved to
Kewaunee and then to Laona. She was a member of the
V.F.W. and the Ladies Auxiliary. Lorraine enjoyed
knitting, traveling, and crocheting.
survived by son, Ralph (Chris) LaFountain, Wind Lake;
stepchildren, Joanne Graves of Blackwell, Sandra Johan
of Neosha, Hurley Alderton of Milwaukee, William
Alderton of Crivitz; grandsons, Jason (Susan) LaFountain
of Hales Corners, Grant (Debbie) LaFountain of
Louisiana, Clint LaFountain of California; six
great-grandchildren; sister, Jeanne Pitzland of Green
Bay; brother, Robert (Karren) McEwen of
She was preceded in death by her parents
and husband, Joe Alderton.
will be announced in the Spring. Weber-Hill Funeral
Home, Crandon, assisted the family with the
Leone Chrisby Bailey
Chrisby Bailey, age 96, of Crandon, passed away at the
AGI Health Care, Crandon on February 10, 2007, under the
care of Dr. Kate Hospice. Leone was born in Crandon on
December 3, 1910, the daughter of the late John Wesley
and Mayme (Macauley) Agin.
On June 23, 1937 , in
Waukegan, Illinois, Leone married Zach Taylor Bailey. He
preceded her in death on March 13, 1978.
was a member of the Range Line Sunshine Club, the VFW,
the Ladies Axillary and was a youth leader for the 4-H
Club. Her hobbies included sewing, cooking, canning,
gardening and she was also an amateur
She is survived by her daughters,
Dorothy Wurtinger of Antigo, Audrey Zold of Monico,
Jeannie Childers and Archie Sparks of Crandon; her sons,
Bill Bailey of Crandon and Michael (Carolyn) Bailey of
Crandon; and her sisters, Grace King of Crandon and
Edith Bradle of Crandon. She is also survived by 32
grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and 23
In addition to her
parents and her husband, Zach, she is also preceded in
death by two sons, Donald and O. James Evans; a sister,
Lydia Ford; and two sons-in-law, Rick Zold and William
Visitation will be held on Saturday,
February 17, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Praise Chapel
Community Church in Crandon. Funeral services will
follow at 1 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Don Dewing
officiating. Interment will be at Crandon, Lakeside
Honoring Leone as pallbearers will be
Weber-Hill Funeral Home, Crandon,
assisted the family with arrangements.
Justice Jerome Biddell, age 46, of
Stone Lake, passed away unexpectedly at his home on
Thursday, February 8, 2007. Justice was born in Phelps,
on August 3, 1960, the son of the late Ira John Biddell,
Jr., and Lucille Johnson-Brown.
survived by his sisters Thelma Johnson of Crandon,
Theresa Johnson of Crandon, Georgia (Larry) Rank of
Florida, Sue Strugalla of Crandon, Patricia Brown of
Milwaukee and his good friend Donny Cornell. He is
further survived by many other relatives and
He was preceded in death by his parents,
Ira and Lucille; aunt, Dolly Phillips; uncle, D.C.
Phillips; and niece, Malisa Johnson.
was held on Saturday, February 10, 2007 after 3:30 p.m.
at the Lake Lucerne Gospel Chapel in Stone Lake. Funeral
services were on Sunday, February 11 at noon with Pastor
Don Dewing officiating. Interment was at the Potawatomi
Tribal Cemetery in Stone Lake.
Donald Joseph “Joe” Zink, age 77, died
January 26, 2007. He was born in Mishawaka, Ind., on
March 22, 1929 to Helen Bernice Middendorf and Forrest
He spent many summers growing up on
his Grandfather Middendorf's farm in Argonne and working
for his father's construction business in Crandon. He
attended Crandon Grade School, Saint Norbert High School
in De Pere and one year at Saint Norbert
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 and
served aboard the U.S.S. Belletrix; LST 1068 and U.S.S.
Essex CVA 9 during the Korean Conflict; U.S.S. Midway
CVA 41, and the U.S.S. Algol during the Cuban Blockade.
In 1958 he was promoted to Warrant Officer and in 1966
he spent the year in Vietnam. He retired as a CWO-3
Supply Officer in 1968 and settled in West De Pere. He
loved and missed the Navy.
In retirement, Joe
enjoyed spending time at the family cottages on
Whitefish Lake, Oneida County. He and Mary also took
many enjoyable trips across the country. He loved
spending time with his grandchildren. Joe was a fan of
old movies and Louis L'Amour books.
Mary Agnes Rynda on April 11 1953, and had six children;
Forrest (Marsha) Zink, Mary Louise (Rick) Wahler,
Dorothy (Jose) Ferrer, Joseph (Lynn) Zink, Lieutenant
Colonel James (Danielle) Zink, and Katherine (George)
Katsekes. He has nine grandchildren, Michael (Mandy),
Ilia, and Charles Zink; Andrew, Lezlie and Anthony Zink;
George III and Grace Katsekes; James W. Zink;
stepgrandsons, Aaron Wahler and Jacob Sullivan, and one
great-granddaughter, Marian Zink.
He is also
survived by two sisters, Dolores (Joseph) Mazzarella,
Mary Esther (Ben) Walcott, and three brothers-in-law,
Ted (Alma) Rynda, Francis (Edna) Rynda, and Ray
(Phyllis) Rynda and many nieces and
Visitation was held at Our Lady of
Lourdes Parish Family, De Pere, in St. Michael's Chapel
from 3 to 7 p.m. January 30 with a prayer service to
close the evening. Visitation continued after 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday in the chapel until the Mass of Christian
Burial at 10:30 a.m. in the church with Fr. Tim Shillcox
O'Praem officiating, having full military rites
following. Entombment at the Allouez Catholic
Memorials may be made to the memorial
fund, which will be established in his honor. Ryan
Funeral Home assisted the family with
Rev. Walter N. Gehl
Walter N. Gehl, 87, a resident of the St. Francis Home
in Fond du Lac died Monday, February 5, 2007 at the
home. He was born in West Bend on May 19, 1919 the son
of Henry M. and Carolyn Ziegler Gehl. Father began his
studies for the priesthood at St. Francis Seminary in
1932. He was ordained on October 28, 1944 by the Most
Rev. Moses E. Kiley, Archbishop of Milwaukee at the
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee.
Father began his priestly ministry on November 22, 1944
as an assistant at Christ King Parish in Wauwatosa. On
April 25, 1945, he was appointed an assistant at St.
Gerard Parish in Milwaukee. Father Gehl was appointed
pastor of St. Mary Parish in Eden where he served until
his retirement on June 30, 1988. Father retired to the
Crandon area until returning to Fond du Lac a number of
Survivors include his brother Bernard
Gehl of Helena, MT, his sister-in-law Margaret M. Gehl
of Kewaskum, nieces, nephews, other relatives and
friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and
four brothers Clarence, Frederick, Henry J. and Henry's
wife Pearl and William B. and William's wife Margaret
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was
held on Saturday, February 10 at 11 a.m. at Shepherd of
the Hills Catholic Church, W1562 County Rd. B, Eden. The
Most Rev. Richard J. Sklba was the principal celebrant
and burial was in Holy Angels Cemetery, West Bend.
Visitation was Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the
church and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of
mass at the church. Memorials may be directed to
Shepherd of the Hills School, Eden Twohig Funeral Home,
Campbellsport, is serving the family.
Helen P. Kniess, age 76, of Crandon,
passed away Friday, January 26, 2007 at the AGI Health
Care Center, Crandon. Helen was born August 14, 1930 in
Laona, the daughter of the late Charles J. and Marie V.
Helen married Ray Kniess on
November 13, 1948 in Racine. He preceded her in death on
April 19, 1996.
She is survived by daughter,
Susan M. (James) Albrecht of Racine; son, Thomas M.
(Jewell) Kniess of Mosinee; sisters, Doreen (Vernon)
Sheldon of Crandon and Carole (Grant) Sheldon of
Armstrong Creek; brother, Jerry Hupf of Newald; special
aunt, Connie Bradle of Laona; five grandchildren and
In addition to her
husband Ray and her parents, she is also preceded in
death by a brother, Thomas and a sister, Sharon
Visitation was held on Monday, January 29
from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Weber-Hill Funeral Home,
Crandon (715) 478-2322. Funeral mass followed at 12 noon
Monday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church,
Roscoe Lee Churchill
Churchill, age 90, died Friday, February 9, 2007. A
loving father, devoted husband and inspired educator,
Roscoe retained a clear mind and strong commitment to
preserving and protecting the earth until age
Roscoe was born on June 28, 1916 to George
and Arminda Churchill, the tenth of 11 children. He grew
up on the farm, and learned early to work hard and to
love nature. He thrived on splitting wood, riding and
driving horses, and eating berry pies. His proudest
moment was when, as a young man, he was able to purchase
a Model A Ford for his parents with money he earned
cutting and selling wood. He completed County Norman
(teachers' training) in 1937 at the age of 21. In the
same year he got his first teaching position and married
Evelyn Dorothy Haase, the love of his life. He and
Evelyn were happily married for nearly 59 years. Roscoe
was a member and elder of the First Church of Christ in
Ladysmith, and also, later in life, a member of the
Congregational Church in Conrath. He was a member of the
Roscoe's most profound moment of
fulfillment was when he was able to buy back the family
farm south of Ladysmith, which was pioneered by his
parents in 1900 and lost in the Depression. With his
family he enjoyed operating the farm while pursuing his
career as an educator. He raised beef and dairy cattle,
took great pleasure in working with his horses, often
driving his favorite mare, April, in local parades.
Roscoe enjoyed listening to and singing music from the
Big Band era, liked to play the harmonica and took
pleasure in playing the ukulele to waken his kids before
chores in the morning. Other favorite activities
included making maple syrup and playing cribbage with
his friend Bob Bricco, writing poetry and refining his
skill at darning socks.
During his teaching
career, which spanned over 30 years, Roscoe continued
his education and was the first in his family to obtain
a master's degree. He took great pride and pleasure in
nurturing an appreciation of nature in his students.
Through the “Trees for Tomorrow” program, he introduced
many youngsters to a wonder of Wisconsin's forests and
woodlands and to the importance of caring for our
In partnership with Evelyn, Roscoe
worked tirelessly to protect Wisconsin's environment.
They drafted and promoted important legislation to
protect Wisconsin's waters, including the Flambeau
River, from the impacts of mining. Further, Roscoe and
Evelyn provided guidance, support, and inspiration to
countless others across the state and nation who shared
their desire to preserve the environment. Roscoe and
Evelyn received numerous awards and recognition for
their dedicated service and environmental
Roscoe loved spending time outdoors,
planting crops, caring for his animals, and occasionally
hunting for deer. At age 86 he bagged a prize buck,
which he mounted on his living room wall. Thirty-five
years ago Roscoe and his family planted thousands of
pine, spruce and balsam trees on the “back forty” of the
farm. Today those trees stand tall, providing habitat to
deer, bear, owls and other wildlife - a living legacy to
a man who lived his life according to his ideals. Roscoe
will be long remembered - a leader, visionary and
inspiration to all.
Roscoe is survived by his
brother Edwin of Milwaukee; his five children, Arlene
Sellereite of Seattle, Edwin of Augusta, Maine, George
of Conrath, Susan of Madison, and Hazel Ann Jerry of
Ladysmith; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren;
his virtual son Kwabena Amoh of Minneapolis; his special
friends, Laura and Greg Furtmen of Webster. Roscoe was
preceded in death by his beloved wife Evelyn and his
Funeral services will be
Friday, February 16, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the First Church
of Christ, 701 Menasha Avenue, Ladysmith, with Pastor
Donn Schroeder and Pastor Ramon Hunt officiating.
Visitation will be at the Nash-Jackan Funeral Home in
Ladysmith, Thursday, February 15, 2007 from 4 to 7:30
p.m., and a 10 a.m. visitation on Friday prior to the
funeral service. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in
Sheldon. In addition, a “Fond Farewell” memorial will be
held at the Stefan Pavilion at the Grant Town Shops
(south of Ladysmith on Hwy. 27), beginning at 2 p.m.
(following the burial). There will be songs in
celebration of life, sharing of memories, dedications by
Native American Tribal Member and a special Eagle
Memorials may be made to
Northwest Wisconsin Homecare (Hospice) or The Roscoe and
Evelyn Churchill Memorial Environmental Scholarship
Nash-Jackan Funeral Home of Ladysmith
assisted the family with arrangements.
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