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Peacy, George D. (28 Dec. 1927 – 18 Jan. 2004)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Tuesday, 20 Jan. 2004

WASHBURN - George D. Peacy, age 76, of Washburn, died Sunday, January 18, 2004 at his residence. He was born December 28, 1927 in Ashland, the son of George and Pauline (Meyer) Peacy.

George attended school in Ashland. He served in the U. S. Army during W. W. II. He married Frances Zovickroy on August 9, 1953 in Superior. After the service, George sailed on a Great Lakes ore boat for 13 years with the Columbia Steamship Company. He then worked as a dairy farmer in the Town of Bayview for the rest of his life. George was a good husband and a good father. He enjoyed watching ball games and stock car racing on television and also enjoyed remodeling houses and watching birds.

He is survived by his wife Fran, of Washburn; two sons: Donald (Margaret) Peacy of La Veta, Colorado and Richard “Dick” (Deloris) Peacy of Springdale, Arkansas; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Ted, three brothers and three sisters.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn with Father John Eaton O. F. M. officiating. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Spring burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Washburn.


Howard J. Pearson (11 Jan. 1911 – 20 Feb. 2000)
Source: Daily Press (Ashland, WI) Wednesday, 23 Feb. 2000

Howard J. Pearson, 89, of 701 E. Lake Shore Dr., Ashland, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at his home. He was born Jan. 11, 1911, in Ashland, the son of James and Agnes (Mulvey) Pearson.

Howard was a lifelong area resident. He married Laura McKinnon on July 8, 1940, in Bessemer, Mich. He worked as a printer for The Daily Press for 47 years. He also was very involved with the City Council and County Board in Ashland for over 40 years. He served 12 years as president of the City Council. The Park, which is located beind City Hall, was dedicated to Howard for his many years of service. He was a director of the Senior Center. He was chosen Man of the Year in 1979 by the Chamber of Commerce. He was a charter contributor of the Chequamegon Theatre Association. He was vice-president of the Rod and Gun Club. He was a director and historian of the Historical Society. He was a Legislative Representative and past president of AARP. He was a member of the Eagles Club and he played baseball on several area teams.

He is survived by his wife, Laura, Ashland; daughter, Donna (Gene) Maday, Spring Lake Park, Minn.; two grandchildren, Scott Maday and Jill Lopez, both of Coon Rapids, Minn.; six great-grandchildren, Jaimie Lopez, Jenna Lopez, Jaycee Lopez, Jacob Lopez, Ryan Maday, and Erik Maday, all of Coon Rapids, Minn.; a sister, Mary (Larry) Tannheimer, Middleton, Ky.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter; two brothers, James Jr. and Donald; and a sister, Ruth Langdon.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Frost Home for Funerals, with Fr. Conan Mitchell, O.F.M. officiating. Interment will be in the St. Agnes Cemetery, Ashland.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home today.


Pearson, Irene Lillian (14 June 1923 – 26 Dec. 2006)
Source: Spooner Advocate (Spooner, Washburn County, Wis.) Wednesday, 3 Jan. 2007

Irene Lillian Pearson, 83, of Silver Spring, Maryland, died Tuesday, December 26, 2006, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Marie Pearson, in Columbia, Maryland.

Her early life and schooling were in Owen, Wis. After graduating from Owen High School in 1942, she attended business school, and then worked as a secretary in the Chicago area, primarily for the United Auto Workers union.

She married Harvey Pearson on July 3, 1960 in Chicago, Ill. They lived in Chicago, River Grove, Ill., and Westland, Mich., prior to moving to Butternut, in 1975. She moved to Silver Spring, Md. in 1994 to be near her son Douglas and his family.

While in Butternut, Irene was active in a variety of community service activities. She served as vice-chairman and chairman of the Ashland County Housing Authority and was a strong advocate for the Brookside elderly housing development in Butternut. She was also active in the American Legion Auxiliary in Butternut, the Butternut Lioness Club, the Butternut Area Park Association, and the Flambeau Area Sportsman's Club.

She is survived by her son, Douglas (Marie) Pearson and grandchildren Katelyn and Emily of Columbia, Md.; nephew Paul (Mary Jo) Laakso of Minneapolis, Minn.; niece Shirley Marie (Michael) Reisbeck of Fairplay, Colo.; stepdaughters Marcia Pearson of Johnsburg, Ill., and Laurel Herman of Mundelein, Ill.; and cousins, step-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander Halme and Lempi Halme (Rauha); her husband, Harvey Pearson, in 1980; her son, Jeffrey Pearson, in 1988; her infant brother, Oliva Halme, in 1925; her brother Wilho Halme, in 1988; and her sister Ingrid Laakso, in 2001.

Services will be held on January 13, 2007, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Butternut, with Pastor John Deitz officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Butternut.

*** Note: Her date of birth is from the Social Security Death Index.


Park, Harry (1857? – 23 Apr. 1910)
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Sunday, 24 Apr. 1910

ASHLAND, April 23. – Harry Park, one of the best known loggers in the northwest and a resident of Ashland for over 10 years, died this morning at a Chicago hospital where he was taken about two weeks ago. Death was caused by heart disease. The remains will be brought to Ashland Monday morning where the funeral will occur. Mrs. Park has been constantly at the bedside of her husband since he was taken ill. Besides his wife he leaves four children to mourn his loss, Alberta, Grace, Lillian and Harry, Jr.

Harry Park was born in Sutton, Canada, 53 years ago, but at an early age moved to Oscoda, Mich., where he was engaged in logging. About 10 years ago he came to Ashland with his family and has resided here since, although his duties kept him in upper Michigan most of the time, where he had an immense logging contract which will require several years to complete. Messrs. Moore & Sharp of Snell Drake are interested with him in this contract.

Ashland loses a valuable citizen in the passing of Harry Park. He was liked by all who knew him and always had a pleasant word for everyone. No appeal to him was in vain and among his employees he was a prince and they could not do too much for him.


Peck, Samuel F. (? – 14 Jan. 1905)
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Sunday, 15 Jan. 1905

ASHLAND, Wis., Jan. 14. – Samuel F. Peck, for twenty years a respected citizen of Ashland, died this morning at 9 o’clock after a long illness. Mr. Peck for a number of years conducted the city drug store but sold out on account of ill health. He leaves a wife and one daughter. Mr. Peck is the last of three well known druggists to die at Ashland within the last week.


Peepo, Jerome A. (16 Mar. 1962 – 23 May 2003)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Wednesday, 28 May 2003

Jerry A. Peepo, 41, of West Valley City, Utah, formerly of Wausau, died May 23, 2003, at home in the loving care of Hospice and his family. 

Jerry was born March 16, 1962, to Jerry and Eudora (Juoni) Peepo in Ashland. He graduated from Wausau West High School. Jerry served in the U.S. Navy for three years and worked as a machine operator on construction in a number of states. 

Jerry is survived by his wife, of 19 years, Debra (Lane) Peepo of West Valley City, Utah; two daughters Jessica and Crystal, and one son Isaac all at home; his parents of Highbridge; one sister Mitzi (Peepo) Dawson, and one brother Russell Peepo, both of Sedalia, Mo.; grandmother Helen Peepo of Ashland; and aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents George and Ann Peepo, Aale and Annie Juoni; one uncle Elton Juoni; one aunt, Carol Carbon; and one cousin Michael Juoni. 

A Memorial Service will be held June 3, 2003, in West Valley City, Utah. 


Paul A. Peltonen (23 Mar. 1942 – 10 Feb. 2000)
Source: Daily Press (Ashland, WI) Friday, 11 Feb. 2000

Paul A. "Peepsight" Peltonen, age 57, of Cable, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at the Memorial Medical Center Ashland. He was born March 23, 1942, in Milwaukee, the son of John S. and Norma (Bates) Peltonen.

Paul attended Ashland High School. After high school, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959-1965 as an infantryman. In 1965 be began work as a firefighter for the Milwaukee Fire Department He worked in Milwaukee as a firefighter for 29 years before retiring in 1994. After his retirement, he moved to the Lake Namakagon area and had worked at the Telemark Resort in Cable for the past few years He enjoyed snowmobiling and had his own private pilots license.

He is survived by a son; Mark (Kim) Peltonen, Virginia Beach, Va.; a grandson; Mark Peltonen Jr., two brothers; George (Dolores) Peltonen, Pennsylvania; and Gordon (Carolyn) Peltonen, Milwaukee; a sister, Norleen (Ron) Pergler, Mokena, Ill.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday at the Roberts Funeral Home - Ashland with Rev. Carl Doersch officiating.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the Roberts Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Drummond Emergency Services.


Peltonen, Roger N. (2 Apr. 1926 – 22 Dec. 2009)
Source: The Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Monday, 28 Dec. 2009 
(Transcribed By Sandra Wright)

Roger N. Peltonen, age 83, of Marengo, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Mellen Manor in Mellen.

He was born April 2, 1926, in Marengo, the son of Samuel and Hilma (Heikkila) Peltonen. On Aug. 2, 1952, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Kruzan. She preceded him in death on Feb. 21, 1955. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Army.

Roger was a carpenter by trade, retiring from Schraufnagel’s of Marengo after many years of working for them. He was united in marriage to Jennie Marie Nortunen-Starr at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, on Feb. 19, 1982. The couple loved to travel and attend the grandchildren’s sporting events. He was a very talented cook who liked his food good and spicy. He enjoyed a traditional hot sauna, Sunday drives and playing “boom body” with all small children, bouncing them on his foot while he sang “Yankee Doodle.” He had a soft spot for kittens and was well-known for his sense of humor and his favorite sayings. He enjoyed bird watching, hunting, fishing, watching sporting events and working in his garden. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife, Jennie, Marengo; children Dean (Kathie) Peltonen, Spring Creek, Nev.; Debra (David) Schultz, Marengo; and David (Terrice) Starr, Mellen; grandchildren, Derek (Karen) Schultz, Tessa (Jason) Campbell, Lynsi (Matt) Peterson and Deanna (Mike) Jaeger; great-grandchildren, Jace and Tia Campbell, Mason Peterson, Braedon Schultz, Brent, Cody and Josie Jaeger; a sister, Dolly Zeller, Menomonie Falls; a brother, Harold Peltonen, Glidden; and nieces and nephews.

Besides his first wife Marjorie, he was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Olga, Ellen, Ruth, Lila and Esther; and four brothers, Moose, John, Billy and Elmer.

A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, with Vicar Scott Holoubek officiating.

Interment will take place in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Highbridge.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Mountain Funeral Home in Mellen and continue from 10 a.m. until the hour of service on Monday at the church in Marengo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Marengo.

 Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Mellen and Ashland.


Pendergast, William F. (11 Dec. 1921 - 21 Oct. 2009)
Source: The Star News (Medford, Taylor County, Wisconsin) Thursday, October 22, 2009

Transcribed By: Robert Lipprandt --- Email: rloss@bellsouth.net
 
William "Bill" F. Pendergast, 87, Town of Richmond, died Wednesday, Oct. 21 at his home.
 
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church in Shawano, with Rev. Len Evers officiating, and military
rites conducted by the Shawano American Legion Post No. 117.
 
Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake on Saturday, Oct. 24.
 
Swedberg Funeral Home of Shawano assisted the family with arrangements.
 
Source: The Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wisconsin) Thursday, 22 Oct. 2009
 
William F. "Bill" Pendergast, age 87, of the Town of Richmond, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at his home.
 
Born on December 11, 1921 in Ashland, he was the son of the late Raymond Emil and Florence (McLellan) Pendergast.
 
After graduating from high school, Bill enlisted with the United States Army
and served his country for more than three years during World War II.
 
On November 30, 1946 he was united in marriage to Stella Bieniek in Rib
Lake.
 
Bill lived all of his life in Wisconsin where he worked for Hurd Millwork in
Medford and later at Buckstaff Furniture Company in Oshkosh.
 
After retiring, Bill and Stella moved to the Shawano area in 2000. Bill was
a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano and the Disabled American Veterans. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing the concertina.
 
Bill is survived by: his wife of nearly 63 years, Stella; 8 children, Dan
(Theresa) Pendergast of NC, Judith Pendergast of Wausau, Kathleen (Tom) Klein of Harshaw, John (Lisa) Pendergast of Cedarburg, Mark (Diane) Pendergast of Omro, Carol Pendergast of Oshkosh, David (special friend, Lisa Lecus) Pendergast of Shawano; Kris (Alan) VanNatta of Eagle River; 24 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 2 great great-grandchildren. Bill is further survived by 5 brothers: Archie Pendergast of Plover, Robert (Virginia) Pendergast of Wausau, Kenneth (Delores) Pendergast of CA, Francis Pendergast of Stevens Point, Patrick Pendergast of Menominee, MI; 3 sisters, Elaine Marschke of Stevens Point, Rita (Ray) Stepaniak of Stevens Point, Grace Brown of TX; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by: his parents; and 3 brothers, Keith, Ray Jr., and Richard.
 
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2009 at
the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano with the Rev. Len Evers
officiating. Visitation will be held at the Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano on Friday from 10 a.m. to the procession leaves for the church. Military Rites will be conducted by the Shawano American Legion Post #117 at the church following the service. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake on Saturday, October 24, 2009. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 17, 319 Shorelane Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901.


Joseph Carl Perkovich (20 Nov. 1914 – 31 Jan. 2000)
Source: Daily Press (Ashland, WI) Wednesday, 2 Feb. 2000

Joseph Carl Perkovich, 85, of 712 6th St. W., Ashland, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Court Manor Health and Rehabilitation Services, Ashland. He was born Nov. 20, 1914, in Duluth, Minn., the son of Matt and Mande (Borich) Perkovich.

He was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from Luther L. Wright High School, Ironwood, Mich., in 1932. On June 25, 1938, he married Margaret Frances Sertich in Dauby. She preceded him in death on March 17, 1998. Joe farmed with his wife in the Benoit area for many years. He worked at DuPont in Barksdale as a driver and Nitromix man for 23 years. He also worked as maintenance man at Memorial Medical Center, Ashland, for over 20 years until his retirement. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Dauby, and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Ashland.
He is survived by four daughters, Fran Luoma, Adele (Ralph) Korbein, Kay (Gene) Tolliver, and Rosie (Mike) Hagene, all of Ashland; three sons, Jerry Perkovich, LaCrosse; Tom (Linda) Perkovich, West St. Paul, Minn., and Ron Perkovich, Moorpark, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Judy Perkovich, Ashland; three brothers, John Perkovich, Los Angeles, Calif.; Anton (Mammie) Perkovich, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and Roden Perkovich, Columbus, Ga.; two sisters, Ann Harris, Madrid, Iowa, and Rose Catron, Altoona, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, Margaret, he was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; a daughter-in-law, Jacquie Perkovich; a sister, Mary Rourke; and an infant brother, Tom.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon Thursday at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Ashland, with Fr. Vernon Olmer, OFM officiating. Spring burial will be in the Dauby Cemetery, Town of Keystone.

Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Renovation Fund or to St. Peter Cemetery Fund, Dauby.

Arrangements are by the Frost Home for Funerals, Ashland


Pero, John H. Jr. (14 Nov. 1945 – 24 Jan. 2004)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Tuesday, 27 Jan. 2004

ODANAH - John H. Pero, Jr., age 58, of Odanah, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2004 in the town of Sanborn. He was born November 14, 1945, in Milwaukee, the son of John H. and Mary A. (Denny) Pero, Sr.

John was in the U. S. Marines from 1963 to 1969. On May 14, 1975, he married Marilynn Fuhs in Culver City, Calif. For several years he worked as a roofer and for over 20 years he worked as a commercial fisherman. John was an avid woodsman and loved to be on Lake Superior.

He is survived by his wife, Marilynn, Odanah; five children: Christina Pero, Ashland, Mary (Duane) Garness, Aberdeen S. D. , Mark Pero, Marquette, Mich., Joan Pero, Ashland, Frank Pero, Odanah; three grandchildren: Julia Mae, Annemarie, and Rebecca; seven brothers: Michael (Cherie) Pero, Robert (Christina) Pero, Donald (Barbara) Pero, Timothy (Pamela) Pero, Gary (Valerie) Pero, Alan (Cheryl) Pero, and David Pero; seven sisters: Carol (William) Boettcher, Linda Neveaux, Donna (Dennis) Hudson, Patricia (Bernard) Sharp, Mary Beth Bigboy, Cherie Pero, and Kristine Pero; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wed. Jan. 28 at Bad River Community Center in Odanah, with spiritual leader Lee Staples officiating.

Interment will take place in Odanah Cemetery.

Visitation will be held after 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, until the time of the service on Wednesday at the Bad River Community Center.

Arrangements are by Frost Home for Funerals in Ashland.


Pero, Mary A. (18 Sept. 1926 – 14 Nov. 2003)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Tuesday, 18 Nov. 2003

ODANAH - Mary A. Pero, age 77, of Odanah, passed away and united with her husband and loved ones, on Friday. November 14, 2003. She was at her home with her loving family by her side. She was born September 18, 1926 in Odanah, the daughter of Aaron and Margaret (Bouregard) Denny. 

She is survived by 15 children: John (Marilyn) Pero Jr. of Odanah; Carol (William) Boettcher of Ironwood; Michael (Sherry) Pero of Waukesha; Robert (Christine) Pero of Watertown; Donald (Barbara) Pero of Odanah; Linda Neveaux of Virginia, Minn.; Timothy (Pamela) Pero of Watertown; Donna (Dennis) Hudson of Ashland; Gary (Valerie) Pero of Fort Atkinson; Patricia (Bernard) Sharp of Hayward; Alan (Cheryl) Pero of Odanah; David Pero of Odanah; Mary Beth Pero of Bloomington, Minn.; Cherie Pero of Ashland; and Kristine Pero of Green Lake; 44 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister Leola Douyette of Milwaukee; and nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Pero Sr. in 1985; parents, Aaron and Margaret; four grandchildren: Noel, John, Gary and Aaron; three brothers: Bernard, Earl and John; and a sister Evelyn. Private family graveside services and inurnment will be held in the Odanah cemetery. 

Arrangements are by Frost Home for Funeral in Ashland. 


Peterson Family Obituaries Ashland County Wisconsin


Petinson, John (? – Dec. 1914)
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Thursday, 1 Jan. 1914

ASHLAND, Wis., Dec. 31. – John Petinson died at St. Joseph’s hospital two hours after being taken there. He received a fractured skull in an accident which occurred in a lumber camp near Saxon.


Petrack, Jerome J. (16 Dec. 1927 – 28 May 2003)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Friday, 30 May 2003

Jerome “Romie” J. Petrack, age 75, formerly of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2003, in Oshkosh. He was born Dec. 16, 1927, in Marshfield, the son of John and Celia (Schneider) Petrack. 

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland.

Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Saturday, 31 May 2003

Jerome “Romy” J. Petrack, age 75, formerly of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at Park View Health Center in Oshkosh. He was born Dec. 16, 1927, in Marshfield, the son of John G. and Celia M. (Schneider) Petrack.

Romy is survived by one brother, Emeran (Arlene) Petrack of Oshkosh; three sisters, Carol (Jack) Ronning of Mishicot, Marion (John) Jarecki of Ashland, and Sandy (Tom) Barkei of Arden, N.C.; one aunt, Norma Schneider of West Allis; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Shirley Petrack, and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 2, at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland with Fr. Bill Rooney, O.F.M. officiating.

Interment will take place in Saint Agnes Cemetery in Ashland.

Family and friends may call at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland on Monday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.


Petrack, Shirley M. (8 June 1935 – 15 Aug. 1999)
Source: Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Saturday, 21 Aug. 1999
(Transcribed By Sandra Wright)

WINNECONNE -- Shirley M. Petrack, 64, of Winneconne, died unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at her home.

She was born June 8, 1935, in Springbrook, the daughter of Lawrence and Myrtle (Olson) Emerson. She graduated from Ondossagon High School in Ashland in 1953.

She married Emeran Petrack on June 20, 1953, and lived in the Milwaukee area until 1968. They have made their home in the Winneconne area for the past 30 years. She was an active member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church, Oshkosh, and spent time as a volunteer with the church. Shirley dedicated her life to God, to her loving husband, her sons and daughters-in-law, her grandchildren and many friends. Baking and caring for family and friends was a large part of her life. She enjoyed vegetable gardening and taking care of her many flowers, and spent many evening hours playing cards. Shirley was involved for 10 years with the Adult Foster Care program.

She is survived by Emeran, her husband of 46 years; three sons, Randy (Laura), Larsen; David (Susie), Winneconne, and Greg Petrack (special friend Lisa), Kimberly; six grandchildren, Jon, Jenny, Karen, Justin, Lindsay, and Shannon Petrack; one brother, John (Joan) Emerson, Shawano; three sisters, Beverly (Tom) Potocnik, Aurora, Minn.; Mary Ann (Merle) Melling, Sommerville, S.C., and Betty (Bill) Kirkpatrick, Ione, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Lawrence Emerson; two daughters, Anna Marie and Mary Jane Petrack; and three sons, Timothy James, Jeffrey Jerome, and Brian Joel Petrack.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 830 Westhaven Drive, Oshkosh, with the Rev. Dan Felton, Rev. Paul VandenHogan, and Rev. Mike Koch officiating. Interment was in Winneconne Cemetery.


Petrin, Joseph W. (30 Oct. 1911 – 8 Feb. 2003)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Monday, 10 Feb. 2003

Joseph W. Petrin, age 91, of Route 4, Ashland, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2003 at Court Manor Health and Rehabilitation Services in Ashland. He was born October 30, 1911, in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, the son of Joseph and Anka (Sokolich) Petrin. 

Joseph came to the United States at the age of nine and was raised on the family farm in Sanborn. He worked in the lumber camps in Michigan and drove truck for the town of White River. He was a licensed cheese maker for the Sanborn Cheese Factory. He also served as supervisor for the Town of White River. 

He married Mary J. Polich on October 30, 1937 in Mellen. They built their family farm in Sanborn, where they resided until 1967 when they moved to Cedarburg. Joe worked for ten years at Ataco Steel in Grafton. In 1977, he retired and moved back to Sanborn. He was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church of Sanborn. He was an avid wood worker and loved to go hunting with his grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Irene (Norman) Holly, of Sanborn, and Donald (Sandra) Petrin of West Bend, Wis.; nine grandchildren: Jody, Mari Jo, Robin, Robert, Laurie, Dawn, Don, Wade and Michael; 23 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson; a sister Ann Krause of Highbridge and numerous nieces and nephews. We will all miss you “Pa Pa Joe.” 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mary on December 19, 1994; an infant daughter Pauline in 1942; a brother John, and two sisters Pauline and Mary. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 11, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Sanborn with Father Jozef A. Barszcz officiating. Interment will be in the St. Agnes Cemetery in Ashland. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Roberts Funeral Home in Ashland.


Petroski, Breanna Elaine (24 Feb. 1992 - 16 Aug. 1999)
Source: Price County newspaper, date unknown

Breanna Elaine Petroski, 7, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, as the result of an accident.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 19, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Butternut; Rev. Michael Paholke officiating.

Visitation is at the church today from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.

Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Glidden.

She was born Feb. 24, 1992, in Ashland. Her parents are Faith Wagner of Butternut and Robert Petroski of Glidden.

She attended Butternut School and would have been in second grade this year.

She is survived by her parents; three brothers, Bobby, Steven and Jordan; her maternal grandmother, Marlene (Chuck) Reeder of Glidden; her paternal grandparents, Paul and Elsie Petroski of Glidden; her maternal great-grandparents, Elaine Wagner of Glidden and Ted and Shirley Lawver of Glidden; her paternal great-grandmother, Caroline Jamieson of Butternut; and by many aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Clifford Glen Wagner.

Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Wednesday, 18 Aug. 1999 (Transcribed By Sandra Wright)

BUTTERNUT -- Breanna Elaine Petroski, 7, died as a result of an accident on Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. She was born Feb. 24, 1992, in Ashland, the daughter of Faith Wagner and Robert Petroski. She attended school in Butternut and would have started the second grade this year. She will be sadly missed.

She is survived by her mother, Faith Wagner, Butternut; her father, Robert Petroski, Glidden; her three brothers, Bobby, Steven, and Jordan, all of Butternut; her maternal grandmother, Marlene (Chuck) Reeder, Glidden; her paternal grandparents, Paul and Elsie Petroski, Glidden; her maternal great-grandparents, Elaine Wagner of Glidden, and Ted and Shirley Lawver, Glidden; her paternal great-grandmother, Caroline Jamieson, Butternut; and many aunts, uncles, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Clifford Glen Wagner. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday from St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Butternut. The Rev. Michael Paholke will officiate.

Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Glidden.

A visitation will be held today from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the church, and on Thursday, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service at the church.

The Novitzke Funeral Home in Park Falls is handling the arrangements.


Pflanzer, Eugene R. (18 July 1938 – 7 June 2004)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Wednesday, 9 June 2004

Eugene R. “Gene” Pflanzer, age 65, of Oshkosh, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 7, 2004. He was born in Ashland on July 18, 1938, a son of the late Frank and Martha (Zier) Pflanzer.

Gene leaves behind his children, Leon “Ben” (Tammy) Smith, Thomas (Michelle) Smith, Bonnie (Michael Rost) Pflanzer, Angela Pflanzer, Jim (Donna) Davis and Wanda Mathison; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by his siblings Carl (Patricia) Pflanzer, Lois (Joseph) Bochinski, David (Lucy) Pflazner and Judy Bumgarner, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jerry and Frank, as well as by his parents. A celebration of his life will be held at 7 p.m. this evening, Wednesday, June 9, at the Seefeld Family of Funeral Chapels, 1025 Oregon St., with the Rev. Arnold Stilwell officiating. Family and friends may gather at the Seefeld Oregon Street Chapel beginning today at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Interment services will take place at St. Agnes Cemetery in Ashland on Thursday, June 10, at 1 p.m. Military honors to recognize his service to our country in the Air Force will be held.


Pflug, Carole Ann (19 Nov. 1946 – 13 Mar. 2002) 
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Saturday, 18 Mar. 2002  

Carole Ann Kozar Pflug, age 55, of Denver, Colo., passed away on March 13, 2002, at her home. She was born November 19, 1946, in Ashland, the daughter of John A. and Elfrieda A. (Wendt) Kozar. 

Carole graduated from Ondossagon High School in 1964 and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northland College in 1971. She taught school for several years in Denver before working in business promotions and marketing, and most recently as a self-employed consultant. 

She married Steve in Ashland on June 30, 1973, and Denver was their home for 25 years. Carole loved a good joke, enjoyed the Colorado mountains, music, gardening, delicious food and traveling. Her beautiful smile and contagious laugh will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her loving husband, Stephen G. Pflug of Denver, her mother Elfrieda Kozar, Minneapolis (formerly of Benoit and Ashland), her sisters Kathryn (Bill Keefer) and Jeanie (Bill Wood) both of Minneapolis, her brother Jerry (Judy) of Milwaukee; along with wonderful relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her father. 

Friends are invited to celebrate Carole's life at a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashland. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Carole Pflug Memorial Fund established at Northland College.


Philaya, LeRoy Edward Rev. (18 May 1930 – 27 June 1999)
Source: Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Wednesday, 30 June 1999
(Transcribed By Sandra Wright)

WALKER, Minn. -- Rev. LeRoy Edward Philaya, 69, of Walker, Minn., passed away Sunday, June 27, 1999, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids.

Pastor Philaya was born May 18, 1930, in Ashland, the son of August and Sophie Philaja. He graduated from high school there and also attended Northland College in Ashland. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Ill. He was married to Sylvia Palomaki on March 29, 1952, in Ironwood, Mich. He served as vicar in Superior and as pastor in Westminister, Mass., Fort Williams, Ontario, Sebeka, Minn., Palatine, Ill., Virginia, Minn., Sabin, Minn., and was currently serving as interim pastor in High City, Minn.

He served as a senior companion at Ah-Gwah-Ching Nursing and with Meals on Wheels, both in Walker, Minn. His hobbies included gardening, hunting, fishing and his love of visiting and sharing with people. Rev. Philaya is survived by his wife, Sylvia; three daughters, Jane (David) Kellerman, Milwaukee; Ruth (Steven) Breiland, Fargo, N.D., and Lynn (Robert) Johnk, Moorhead, Minn.; two sons, Dr. Luther (Tara) Milaca, Minn., and Matthew (Jennifer), Ottertail, Minn.; eight grandchildren; one sister, Helen (George) Ekstrom, Ashland; one brother, Wilbur (Evelyn) Philaja, of Alabama; and many other relatives and a host of wonderful friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. today at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Walker, Minn. A prayer service will be at the church at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sabin, Minn. There will be a visitation in Sabin 2 hours before the service at the church.

Interment will be in the Trinity Lutheran Church cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Thomas-Dennis Funeral Home of Walker, Minn.

 


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