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Nemec, Gerald F. (17 Oct. 1932 – 9 Sept. 1999)
Source: Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Friday, 10 Sept. 1999 (Transcribed By Sandra Wright)

Gerald F. Nemec, 66, of 109 15th Ave. East, Ashland, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. Jerry was born Oct. 17, 1932, in Ashland, the son of James F. and Elda M. (Kanack) Nemec.

He was a US Army, Korean War veteran. On Sept. 24, 1955, he married Della L. Brown in Ashland. Jerry owned and operated Nemec Insurance, Real Estate in Ashland for over 47 years. He was a member of the Elks, the Eagles and was a Forester. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church as well as the North Wisconsin Rod and Gun Club. At one time he was very active in the old Triple A baseball league. He enjoyed spending time with his family, whom he loved very much.

Jerry is survived by seven children, Mary (Jerome) Majetich, Diane Nemec (Charles), Chris (Holly) Nemec, Tom (Tammy) Nemec, Tim Nemec, Pat Nemec and Peter Nemec all of Ashland; 16 grandchildren, Sarah, Isaiah, Mariah, Garrett, Allison, Jarred, Nick, Sam, Alicia, Seth, Courtney, Danika, Beau, Jake, Casey, and Paige; one sister, Rita Jean Stilin of Mellen; mother-in-law, Della Brown of Boynton Beach, Fla.; sister-in-law, Darlene Brown; brother-in-laws, Ed (Joan) Brown and Dan (North) Brown all of Ashland; Dennis (Linda) Brown of Stevens Point, Mike Brown of Boynton Beach, Fla.; sister-in-laws, Jackie Nemec of Wausau and Helen Nemec of Ashland; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Della in 1994, son, Danny Joe in 1979, two brothers, James and Kenneth, father-in-law, Leo Brown, brother-in-laws, Robert Stilin and Thomas Brown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland. Father Conan Mitchell, O.F.M. will celebrate the mass.

Burial will follow in Saint Agnes Cemetery, Ashland.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday with Military Honors by the Chequamegon Area Veterans at 7:15 and a prayer service at 7:30 led by Father Conan Mitchell, O.F.M. at the Schafer-Mountain Funeral Home, Ashland.


Nemec, Paul D. (28 Nov. 1945 – 20 Mar. 2002) 
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Sunday, 24 Mar. 2002 

EAGLE RIVER - Paul D. “Spud” Nemec, 56, of Sayner, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at his home.

He was born Nov. 28, 1945, in Ashland. 

He married Ida L. Bainbridge. Paul retired in 2001 from teaching Social Studies and History at Northland Pines Middle School. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He coached the Northland Pines High School and Middle School basketball teams and was a founder of the Sayner basketball program. Paul was a past president of the Northland Pines Education Association. One of the great joys of Paul’s life was to breed and train golden retrievers of which Penny, Emmet and Ned survive. Sayner has been home for the past 36 years. Paul was active and played in the Ashland City Softball and Basketball Leagues. He is survived by his wife, Ida L. Nemec, Sayner; Hilda “Red” Nemec, Ashland; two daughters, Lori Nemec, Green Bay, and Cheri Nemec, St. Germain; a son, Kevin (Nicole) Nemec, Washington, Ill.; four brothers, John Nemec and Joseph D. (Pat) Nemec, both of Ashland; and Marvin (Mary) Nemec and Phillip (Sandy) Nemec, both of Minneapolis, Minn.; and two sisters, Virginia (Chuck) Huber, Minneapolis, and Rose Mary (Ken) Young, Sebring, Fla. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph, and a brother, Thomas “Tommy.” 

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. The Rev. Michael Hayden will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Cremation and burial will be in the Plum Lake Cemetery, Sayner. 

A memorial will be established in Paul’s name.


Sylvester Keith Nemec (15 Dec. 1919 – 17 Mar. 2000)
Source: Daily Press (Ashland, WI) - Tuesday, 21 Mar. 2000

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Sylvester "Babe" Keith Nemec, 80, a Los Alamos resident of 53 years, passed away Friday, March 17, 2000. He was born on December 15, 1919, in Ashland, the son of Joseph J. and Victoria Nemec.

He served in General MacArthur's headquarters of the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II. He was also a veteran of the Korean Conflict. In 1947, he came to work in Los Alamos as a police officer with the Atomic Energy Commission, retiring as a Lieutenant after 35 years of fulfilling service to the Police Department and the Community of Los Alamos. He also worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, EG&G and Bechtel. He lived his life to the fullest, being quite the entertainer, enjoying his family and friends, dancing, fishing, woodworking and many other activities. He was admired for his compassion towards all. He was a dedicated Christian, loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed sorely by his family and many others who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Vada Bridges Nemec; his five children: Cheryl Nemec of San Diego, California, Ronald Nemec and wife Mary of Los Alamos, Vada Margaret Donathan of Rio Rancho, Alyce Elliott and husband Keith of Los Alamos, Maria Stratman and husband Greg of Cedaredge, Colorado; and 13 grandchildren: Shanda, Von, and Jamie Helm, Brenda, Michelle, and Donny Nemec, Tania, Valerie, and Mike Donathan, Dawna and Dana Elliott, Dylan and Lynzie Stratman; and great-grandchildren: Victoria, Treeana and Adrian. He is also survived by his step-mother, June Nemec of Ashland, Wisconsin, Aunt Clara Hanson of Scottsdale, Arizona, Uncle Charles Ludack of Three Lakes, Wisconsin, brother-in-laws James Kilcrease and Edwin Kull of Las Cruces, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Joseph E. Nemec.

A rosary was recited Monday evening, 7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10: a.m. today with interment following at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis TN 38105.

The Santa Fe Funeral Options, 417 E. Rodeo Rd., Santa Fe, N.M. is in charge of arrangements.


Nemetz, Josephine Dorothy (29 July 1910 – 27 Oct. 1999)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Thursday, 28 Oct. 1999 (Transcribed By Sandra Wright)

Josephine Dorothy Nemetz, 89, 29425 Hagstrom Rd., Ashland, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at the Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ashland. She was born July 29, 1910, in Bay City, Mich., the daughter of Rank and Josephine (Strumel) Fliseck.

She was a charter member of the Highland Extension Homemakers Club. She was a 30-year leader of the Sunny Highlanders 4-H Club and a member of Our Lady Crafters Quilting Group. She made over 200 ABC baby quilts. She owned and operated the Pine Grove Farm Nursery/Green House for over 30 years.

She is survived by a son, Paul, Ashland; two daughters, Dorothy (Dale) Olson, Ironwood, Mich.; May Whetley, Whitewright, Texas; five granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; a lifelong friend, Louis (William) Celinsky, Herbster; and a special niece, Ruth Hagstrom, Ashland. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bart Syl Nemetz; and two brothers and two sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Ashland, with Fr. Vernon Olmer, OFM, celebrant.

Interment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Ashland.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday with a prayer service at 7:30 a.m. at the Schafer-Mountain Funeral Home, Ashland.

Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Friday, 29 Oct. 1999 (Transcribed By Sandra Wright)

Josephine Dorothy Nemetz, 89, 29425 Hagstrom Rd., Ashland, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at the Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ashland. She was born July 29, 1910, in Bay City, Mich., the daughter of Frank and Josephine (Strumel) Fliseck.

She was a charter member of the Highland Extension Homemakers Club. She was a 30-year leader of the Sunny Highlanders 4-H Club and a member of Our Lady Crafters Quilting Group. She made over 200 ABC baby quilts. She owned and operated the Pine Grove Farm Nursery/Green House for over 30 years.

She is survived by a son, Paul, Ashland; two daughters, Dorothy (Dale) Olson, Ironwood, Mich.; May Whetley, Whitewright, Texas; five granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marian Koski, Ashland, and Ann Duclon, Milwaukee; a lifelong friend, Louise (William) Celinsky, Herbster; a special niece, Ruth Hagstrom, Ashland; and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bart Nemetz; and two brothers and two sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Ashland, with Fr. Vernon Olmer, OFM, celebrant.

Interment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Ashland.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Schafer-Mountain Funeral Home, Ashland.


Nemetz, Walter A. (4 June 1928 – 3 May 2004)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Thursday, 6 May 2004

Walter A. Nemetz, age 75, of Ashland, passed away Monday, May 3, 2004 in the hospice unit at the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. He was born June 4, 1928 in Kewaunee, the son of Julius and Rose (Blazei) Nemetz.

Walter married Esther Doperalski in June, 1946. He later married Hazel Dietz in January 1962. Walter previously worked as a police officer in Kewaunee. He also worked as a prison guard at the Waupun State Prison for four years.

He is survived by five children: Diane (Dick) Genske of Madison, Walter (Terri) Nemetz of Luxemburg, Mary Ann (Gary) Dennis of DeForest, Chester Nemetz of Ashland and Tina (Paul Couming) Nemetz of Minneapolis, Minn.; seven grandchildren: Yvette (Don) Westbrook, Natalie Genske, Brian Nemetz, Steven Dennis, Lucas (Kate) Dennis, Hannah Rose Couming Nemetz and Jacob Nemetz; two great-grandsons: Donny and Blake Westbrook; a sister, Evelyn Borowicz of Skokie, Ill.; a cousin, Joe Blazei of Kewaunee, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius Nemetz and Rose (Blazei Nemetz) Selner and his wife, Hazel.

A visitation will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday May 6, at the Roberts Funeral Home in Ashland There will be no funeral service held at this time.


Neveaux, Hunter Dillon (21 Jan. 2002 – 21 Jan. 2002) 
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Wednesday, 23 Jan. 2002  

Hunter Dillon Neveaux of Ashland passed away on Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. 

He was born Jan. 21, 2002, in Ashland, the son of Paul and Kara (Hunter) Neveaux. 

Private family services will be held. Arrangements are by the Frost Home for Funerals.


Neveaux, Margaret C. (4 July 1910 – 20 July 1999)
Source: Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Friday, 23 July 1999
(Transcribed By Sandra Wright)

Margaret C. Neveaux, 89, Odanah, died at her home among her loving family, on Tuesday, July 20, 1999, in Odanah. She was born July 4, 1910, in Odanah, the daughter of Charles and Susanna (Dakota) Bennett.

Margaret graduated from St. Scholastica College where she received a degree in Business. She worked as legal secretary in Milwaukee for several years. She married Leonard Neveaux on Nov. 28, 1931, in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on July 12, 1968. In the late 1970s she moved to California where she worked with several senior citizen groups. She enjoyed traveling, reading, writing, crocheting, playing piano music, crossword puzzles, playing scrabble, and spending time with her family. She was an independent and free-spirited person who will be deeply missed by her family and friends

She is survived by her daughter Dolores M. Heim, Odanah; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard; infant brother, Dominic; daughter, Ruth Fox; sister, Catherine Koontz; granddaughter, Roxanne Miller; and great-granddaughter.

Memorial services are set for 11 a.m. Monday at the Frost Home for Funerals, Ashland.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home on Monday.

Inurnment will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee.


Lloyd William Neveaux Sr. (14 Oct. 1922 – 29 Mar. 2000)
Source: Daily Press (Ashland, WI) Friday, 31 Mar. 2000

Lloyd William Neveaux Sr., age 77, of Odanah. passed away into the spirit world Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at his home. He was born Oct. 14, 1922, in Odanah the son John N. Sr. and Margaret (Blackbird) Neveaux.

Lloyd was a lifetime resident of Odanah and a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. He attended the St. Mary's Catholic School in Odanah. At the age of 17 he entered the US. Army serving from 1941-1945. He was a W.W. II veteran having served in Southeast Asia, Luzon, New Guinea and the Philippines. He was awarded several medals including the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, the Distinguished Unit Badge, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star and six Overseas Service Bars. After leaving the service he attended cooking school for one year at WITC in Ashland. He worked at the BIA Government Garage in Ashland for many years, at the Hot Point Company in Milwaukee and also had many part time jobs in Ashland over the years. Some of his other jobs included working for the Bad River Tribe, as a night watchman for the sawmill in Odanah. He also delivered meals to the elderly and had his own taxi service. He had also been a commercial fisherman on the Great Lakes and was a trapper.

He is survived by and was the beloved father of Lloyd Neveaux Jr., Odanah; and a daughter, Laverne Neveaux , Odanah; the grandfather of and the apple of his eye to his granddaughter, Jackie; a most special friend Martina Neveaux Pufall; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Margaret, Beatrice and Isabelle; four brothers. Joe, Edward, Leonard "Boots" and John, Jr.; and an aunt, Sister Cordula.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Odanah United Methodist Church.

Interment will be held in the Odanah Cemetery.

Visitation will be held after 5 p.m. today at the church. The Bad River American Legion Post No. 25 will be conducting a veterans service tonight as part of the visitation at the church.

Arrangements are by the Frost Home for Funerals, Ashland.


Neville, Laura C. (16 Feb. 1984 – 16 Oct. 2006)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Wednesday, 18 Oct. 2006

"Our Angel has winged her way to heaven"

Laura C. Neville, 22, Wausau, died on Monday, October 16, 2006 at St. Joseph's Palliative Care, Marshfield, after fighting a valiant battle against cancer.

Laura was born on February 16, 1984 in Ashland, to Richard J. and Sharla (Tuszka) Neville and resided in Drummond, until 1988. She then lived in Marshfield and attended Spencer School through 7th grade. In addition to participating in school activities, Laura worked at the family business, the Charolais Supper Club. She attended DC Everest School, Wausau, from 8th grade, graduating in 2002. While at DCE she played volleyball, was on the school newspaper, in Clown Troupe, and active in the volunteer group for community events. She enjoyed bowling and was a member of the DCE High School Bowling Club and in her Junior and Senior years of high school, the girl's team took third and fourth place at the state high school tournament. She also assisted with the Badger State Winter Games with speed skating. Laura attended North Central Technical College and was in the Criminal Justice program. Laura worked in a variety of jobs in Wausau, many times working two and three jobs at a time. Her employers were: Grand Avenue Auction House and Antique Mall, Hollywood Video, Yonkers, Sunglasses Hut, Zales, and her current employer CellCom in the Wausau Center Mall.

Laura was a people person and her schooling and jobs enabled her to meet people from all walks of life. She loved people and she loved life. She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, biking, swimming and hanging out with her family and many friends. She also took pleasure in drawing, painting, sculpting and appreciating works of art.

Laura is survived by her parents, Richard and Sharla (Tuszka) Neville, Marshfield; a brother, Wade and his fiancee Daniele Dvorak, Marshfield; a sister, Lana (Jassim) Mohammad, Kuwait; and her grandmother, Eleanor Neville, Neillsville. She is also survived by aunts and uncles, Bill Neville, Brenda and Vern Garagiola, James Neville, Terry and Jackie Neville, Rodney and Shelly Neville, Bob Neville, Dallas and Rebecca Neville, Larry and Frances Syck, and Don and Mary Steinnes. Laura enjoyed spending time with her numerous cousins and their families.

She was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Frank and Olga Tuszka and her paternal grandfather William Neville.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Marshfield. The visitation will be held on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Rembs / Kundinger Funeral Home, Marshfield, and on Friday from 10 a.m. until service time at Our Lady of Peace Church. The burial will take place on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Drummond Cemetery in Drummond.

Laura was a very special young woman and touched the lives and hearts of many people. The family wishes to thank all the people who have prayed for Laura throughout her medical problems, especially three young women who went out of their way to set up a wonderful benefit for Laura, Sarah Langhoff, Katrina (Kat) Peontke, and Laurie Green. Even though Laura could not be there she felt the love of all those who attended. Thanks to everyone who helped and supported Laura in any way.

Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 18 Oct. 2006, page 2A; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

WAUSAU – Laura C. Neville, 22, of Wausau, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, at Saint Joseph’s Palliative Care, Marshfield, after fighting a valiant battle against cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Marshfield. The visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home, Marshfield, and from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at Our Lady of Peace Church. The burial will take place at noon Saturday at Drummond Cemetery in Drummond.

Laura was born Feb. 16, 1984, in Ashland, to Richard J. and Sharla (Tuszka) Neville and resided in Drummond until 1988. She then lived in Marshfield and attended Spencer School through seventh grade. In addition to participating in school activites, Laura worked at the family business – Charolais Supper Club. She attended DC Everest School in Weston from eighth grade, graduating in 2002. While at DCE she played volleyball, was on the school newspaper, in Clown Troupe and was active in the volunteer group for community events.

She enjoyed bowling and was a member of the DCE High School Bowling Club and in her junior and senior years of high school, the girls team took third and fourth place at the state high school tournament. She also assisted with the Badger State Winter Games with speed skating.

Laura attended Northcentral Technical College and was in the criminal justice program. She worked in a variety of jobs in Wausau, many times working two and three jobs at a time. Her employers were: Grand Avenue Auction House and Antique Mall, Hollywood Video, Younkers, Sunglasses Hut, Zales and her current employer CellCom in the Wausau Center Mall.

Laura was a people person and her schooling and jobs enabled her to meet people from all walks of life. She loved people and she loved life. She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, biking, swimming and hanging out with her family and many friends. She also took pleasure in drawing, painting, sculpting and appreciating works of art.

Laura is survived by her parents, Richard and Sharla (Tuszka) Neville, Marshfield; a brother, Wade and his fiancée, Daniele Dvorak, Marshfield, a sister Lana (Jassim) Mohammed, Kuwait; and her grandmother, Eleanor Neville, Neillsville. She is also survived by aunts and uncles, Bill Neville, Breanda and Fern Garagioloa, James NevillTerry and Jackie Neville, Rodney and Shelly Neville, Bob Neville, Dallas and Rebecca Neville, Larry and Frances Syck, and Don and Mary Steinnes. Laura enjoyed spending time with her numerous cousins and their families.

She was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Frank and Olga Tuszka; and her paternal grandfather, William Neville.

Laura was a very special young woman and touched the lives and hearts of many people. The family wishes to thank all the people who have prayed for Laura throughout her medical problems, especially three young women who went out of their way to set up a wonderful benefit for Laura, Sarah Langhoff, Katrina (Kat) Peontke, and Laurie Green. Even though Laura could not be there she felt the love of all those who attended. Thanks to everyone who helped and supported Laura in any way.


Eskil William Newman (11 July 1909 – 5 Jan. 2000)
Source: Daily Press (Ashland, Wis.) Saturday, 8 Jan. 2000

Eskil William "Bill" Newman, 90, of the Chicago area, formerly of Ashland, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at a nursing home in Roselle, Ill.

He was born July 11, 1909, in Ashland, the son of Erick and Anna Newman, formerly of 2410 E. Front St. He graduated from Ashland High School in the class of 1927. He was manager of the company store for Western Electric in Cicero, Ill., for most of his life, retiring in 1973. He had spent most of his summers in the Ashland area since then. He was married in April 1937 to Adele Lawnicki in St. Paul, Minn.

He is survived by four sons, Lawrence (Christine), Wheeling, Ill.; Ralph (Rose), Las Vegas, Nev.; Don, Tampa, Fla., and Roy (Cheryl), Round Lake Beach, Ill.; one daughter, Gail (Dennis) Zimmerman, Medinah, Ill.; 12 grandchildren, Paul (Donna), Scott, Ron, Pam (David) McGee, David (Carol), Tammy (Daniel) Hernandez, Lauren, Blake, Brett, Eric, Sean, and Ryan; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 12 noon - 4 p.m. today at Michael's Funeral Home, 800 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, Ill.

A funeral service and interment will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Sylvan Gardens, Clearwater, Fla.


Newman, Lillian Cecelia (1913 – 2003)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Saturday, 17 May 2003

WASHBURN - Lillian Cecelia Newman, age 90, of Washburn, passed away, Thursday, May 15, 2003 at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. She was born on Easter Sunday, March 22, 1913 in Ashland, the daughter of Leander and Ellen (Svedin) Johnson. Lillian spent her childhood years in Ashland and the Ondossagon areas, graduating from Ondossagon High School in 1931. She always loved music and played violin throughout high school. On February 27, 1932 she married Lester Newman of Washburn and was honored with a shivoree by the Washburn City Band, of which Lester was a member. He preceded her in death on October 10, 1987. Lillian worked for a short time at the DuPont Box Factory in Barksdale during W.W. II, and later at the Herring Shed in Bayfield. She also worked at the Betzold apple orchard and berry farm for many years. 

Lillian was a founding member and recording secretary of the Washburn Women of the Moose. She was a member of the former Washburn Swedish Lutheran Church, serving for many years as a Sunday School teacher, choir member and women's club member. 

From childhood to early adulthood, Lillian was a skilled dancer in Swedish dance as well as dances of the 1920s and 1930s eras when her husband Lester played in a house band. She was sought out by friends and neighbors for her "green thumb" with house plants. She played on the women's softball team and earned bowling trophies in her 70's, at the Washburn Bowling Lanes tournaments. She was a formidable cribbage player in her golden years. Lillian always had a tenderheart for animals and had pets - dogs, cats, a horse, and a pet pig "Rosy" throughout her life. Everyone who knew her remembers her wonderful sense of humor, generosity, kindness and positive outlook on life. Survivors include two daughters: Phyllis (Robert) Garland of Mountain Home, Arkansas and Teresa (Joseph W.) Jarecki of Eau Claire; a son, Kenneth (Theresa) Newman of Ashland; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson; a sister-in-law, Dorothy (Johnson) Svetlecic; many nieces and nephews; and many cousins in Sweden and America. 

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Arthur Johnson and a grandson. 

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 20 at the Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn with Rev. Jon Arneson officiating. Interment will follow at the Woodland Cemetery in Washburn. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday.

 


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