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Sobotka, Theodore A. (28 Nov. 1932 – 28 Sept. 1999)
Source: Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Thursday, 30 Sept. 1999
(Transcribed By Sandra Wright)

Theodore "Saturday" A. Sobotka, 66, of 815 15th Ave. West, Ashland, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland, with his daughter by his side.

Ted was born Nov. 28, 1932, in Ashland, the son of Julius and Mary (Cwikowski) Sobotka. He was a U.S. Marine Korean War veteran. He married Phillis E. Berthiaume in Ashland. After high school graduation, Ted attended Northland College in Ashland for four years and then received his master's degree in science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. He then taught science at Hobart, Ind., for over 20 years, moving back to Ashland, where he was a substitute teacher in the Ashland school system up until the time of his death.

Ted is survived by his daughter, Tassy Ann Sobotka, Wausau; one brother, Raymond J. Sobotka, Hagerstown, Md.; three sisters, Anna Nye, Ashland; Lorraine (Eugene) Madderom, Waterford, and Rita Leren, Milwaukee; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David James; two brothers, Felix and Jerome; and one sister, Lucille Roy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday from Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland. Fr. Conan Mitchell, O.F.M. will celebrate the Mass. Interment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Ashland, where there will be Military Honors by the United Chequamegon Area Veterans.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the hour of service at the church on Friday.

Arrangements are by the Schafer-Mountain Funeral Home, Ashland.

Soderquist, Amy F. (29 July 1906 – 19 Mar. 2003)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Saturday, 22 Mar. 2003

Amy F. Soderquist, 96, formerly of Port Wing, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Court Manor Health and Rehabilitation Services in Ashland. Amy was born July 29, 1906, in Ashland, the daughter of Charles and Mathilda (Johnson) Christenson. 

In November 1933, she was united in marriage to Algot N. Soderquist at Ashland. She was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years, teaching in Port Wing, Benoit and Ondossagon. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Port Wing and she enjoyed reading and her home. 

Survivors include one sister, Mildred Clauson of Port Wing; one brother, Carl Christenson of Port Wing and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Algot on April 10, 1968, two sisters, Eleanor Larson and Mathilda Swanson. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the First Lutheran Church in Port Wing with Reverend Dick Bouton officiating. 

Spring interment will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery, Port Wing. 

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until the hour of service at the church in Port Wing on Monday. 

The Mountain Funeral Home, Ashland and Mellen, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Somppi, Kenneth Raymond (28 Aug. 1925 – 23 Jan. 1999)
Source: Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Monday, 25 Jan. 1999
(Transcribed By Sandra Wright)

Kenneth Raymond Somppi, 73, Ashland, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, at the Memorial Medical Center, Ashland. He was born August 28, 1925, in Marengo, the son of Walter and Olga (Mattson) Somppi.

He attended Ashland High School. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps on Feb. 2, 1944. He served two years in the 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He married Sally Opalich on Oct. 5, 1946 in Bessemer, Mich. He was employed for 25 years as a truck driver for the DuPont Company of Barksdale. He was a member of the American Legion, Disabled Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his wife; Sally, Ashland; daughter; Patricia (William Wiezorek) Somppi, Ashland; a son; Curt Somppi, Ashland; a brother, Milton (Betty) Somppi, Duluth, Minn.; a sister-in-law; Jean Somppi, Greendale; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Marvin.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Frost Home For Funerals, Ashland, with The Rev. Dr. Darrel Robertson officiating.

Spring inurnment will take place in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Marengo.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with a United Chequamegon Veterans Service at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established.

Sorenson, Daryl Charles (7 Mar. 1948 – 1 Nov. 2002) 
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Monday, 4 Nov. 2002 

Daryl Charles Sorenson, 54, of the Town of Orienta, Port Wing, died November 1, 2002 in the Town of Port Wing as a result of an automobile accident. He was born March 7, 1948 in Ashland, the son of Virgil and Edith (Silvola) Sorenson. 

In 1966 he graduated from South Shore High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. He worked for the Town of Orienta for 31 years doing road maintenance and was Captain with the Port Wing Volunteer Fire Department. His hobbies included fishing, hunting and gardening. 

Surviving are his mother, Edith Sorenson of Iron River; five sisters, Dorothy (William) Bliss of Longville, Minn., Arlene (Larry) Helenius of Iron River, Shirley (Eugene) Scheldrup of Lake Nebagamon, Brenda Sorenson of Ashland, and Margie Sorenson of Rhinelander; 13 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nieces; a special friend; Marcy Gefeke of Port Wing; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Sorenson; brother David Sorenson and his grandparents. 

The funeral service will be Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Roberts Funeral Home in Ashland. Rev. Darrel Robertson will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, before the service at the funeral home. 

Interment will follow the service at the Hillside Cemetery in the Town of Orienta. 

Memorials may be made to the Port Wing Volunteer Fire Department.

Sorkan, Michael R. (14 Sept. 1936 – 12 Mar. 2002) 
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Tuesday, 19 Mar. 2002  

Michael “Mike" R. Sorkan, 65, of the Marengo Lake area, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. He was born September 14, 1936, in Milwaukee, the son of Michael L. and Vera (Klemm) Sorkan. 

Mike served in the U.S. Army for six years and was stationed in Japan for two of those years. He married Sandra Brindley on September 22, 1958, in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Mike owned and operated the Mike Sorkan and Son Landscaping and Grading business in Muskego for 25 years. He worked as a Greendale firefighter for 16 years and also served as president of the Local 1777 Firefighters Union for 16 years. He retired from the Greendale Fire Department in 1985. The couple have lived in the Marengo Lake area for the past 10 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working around the yard and doing remodeling projects. 

He is survived by his wife, Sandie; his dog, Ginger; a son, Michael Sorkan - Whitewater, two daughters, Victoria (Brian) McGowan - Oconomowoc and Sherri (Tim) Grenz - Muskego, 8 grandchildren, Jason, Sara, Korinna, Michael, Mark, Ashley, Samantha and Angela, a brother; Jon Sorkan - Port Washington, a sister; Mary Jo (Gene) Schweitzer - Greendale, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister; Sandra Winters. 

A memorial service will be held in Greendale at a later date. 

Cremation will take place at the Ashland Crematory Service. 

The Roberts Funeral Home in Ashland is assisting the family with arrangements. 

A memorial fund will be established for the Patient Advocates for Advanced Cancer Treatments, Inc.

Soshea, Levi (? – Jan. 1918)
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Friday, 1 Feb. 1918

WASHBURN, Wis., Jan. 31. – Funeral of Levi Soshea, prominent Washburn citizen, was held from the Catholic church at Ashland Wednesday and internment was in the Ashland City cemetery.

He died suddenly Friday morning while going from this city to the plant of the DuPont Powder company where he was employed. Death was due to heart disease.

He had been a resident of northern Wisconsin for the past 35 years, the last five years of which he had been residing in this city.

Besides a wife, six children, four boys and two girls survive him.

Sowle, Mary Ellen (7 Oct. 1955 – 3 Dec. 2003)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Friday, 5 Dec. 2003

Mary Ellen Sowle, age 48, of Ashland, died Wednesday December 3, 2003 at her residence. She was born October 7, 1955 in Elkhorn, the daughter of Stuart and Deloris Greeter. 

Mary grew up in the Elkhorn and Lake Geneva area. She moved to Lake Mills and graduated from high school there. Mary attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison for two years. During this time she spent her summers in the North York area of northern Wisconsin with her father. She married Tom Sowle in 1980. In 1984 she moved to Ashland where she worked part time at the Chequamegon Hotel. 

She is survived by her mother Deloris, of Prescott Valley, Arizona; two brothers: William (Janice) Greeter of Burlington, and Stuart (Dorothy) Greeter, Jr. of Columbia, South Carolina; a sister Susan (Bill) O'Donnel of Geneva, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews She was preceded in death by her father. 

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 6, at the Roberts Funeral Home in Ashland with Rev. Carl Doersch officiating. Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Cremation will take place at the Ashland Crematory Service. 

Spanheimer, Howard Albert (22 Aug. 1958 – 9 Oct. 2009)
Source: The Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Monday, 9 Nov. 2009 
(Transcribed By Sandra Wright)

Howard Albert Spanheimer, age 51, passed away Oct. 9, 2009, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born Aug. 22, 1958, in Ashland to Albert Peter Spanheimer and Delores Frances Tutor.

He began taking things apart to see how they worked at about age five and as time went by, he learned to repair just about anything. For 17 years, he worked for G. E. repairing the electric motors in the huge wheels for loaders, trucks, etc., for the coal mines near Gillette, Wyo. He also loved auto body repair and during that same time period, he restored cars in his off hours.

For the past several years he has done mechanic work for businesses in Sanpete County, the last one being Cox Automotive and Sports in Fairview, Utah. He considered Ron, Bonnie, and his co-workers his friends. Thank you to all of them. Some other things he enjoyed were gardening, growing houseplants, rock hunting, studying about UFOs, crop circles, etc. and he especially loved art. His glass engravings on mirrors and car windows are great. When he was young, he enjoyed cartoons so much and would laugh so hard that he would fall down on the floor so it’s no wonder that cars and cartoons figure heavily in his drawings.

He leaves his grandmother, Jessie Tutor; parents, Albert Peter Spanheimer and Larry and Delores Ashworth; siblings, Dale (Teresa) Spanheimer; Jay (April) Ashworth; Joy (Brian) Bailey, and Rebeccah (Kurtis) Davis; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. We all greatly feel his loss.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up at Far West Bank in Fairview.

A funeral service was held Oct. 15 in the Indianola LDS Ward. Interment was in the Fairview City Cemetery.

Spencer, Joanne M. (13 June 1937 – 27 Mar. 2004)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Monday, 29 Mar. 2004

ODANAH - Joanne M. Spencer, age 66, of Odanah, died Saturday, March 27, 2004 at the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. She was born June 13, 1937 in Hayward, the daughter of Angus and Agnes (Rabideaux) Maday.

Joanne graduated from DePadua High School in 1955. She lived most of her life in Odanah. Joanne was an excellent caregiver and always enjoyed doing things for her family, especially her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed crocheting, bingo, gardening and caring for plants. She was also an avid reader and enjoyed feeding birds and going to the casino. She is a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Odanah.

She is survived by six brothers and sisters: Joyce Whitebird of Odanah, Carl (Lois) Maday of Quincy, Ill., Raymond (Karen) Maday of Ashland, Gene (Donna) Maday of Spring Lake Park, Minn., Stan Maday of Odanah and Cheryl (Frank Connors) Karis of Odanah; a sister-in-law, Donna Marie Maday; three special nephews: Travis, Gene and Sam Maday, and other numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Ronald and Marvin Maday.

A private family service will be held at the Frost Home for Funerals in Ashland with prayer leader Cecelia George officiating. Inurnment will be held at the Odanah Cemetery at a later date.

Spessls, Mary (1896? – 21 Mar. 1910)
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Tuesday, 22 Mar. 1910

ASHLAND, Wis., March 21. – Fourteen-year-old Mary Spessls who was sent from Ashland to the industrial school at Milwaukee, died today at that place. The body will be brought to Ashland for burial. The Spessls girl and a companion from Ashland who was sent at the same time, conceived considerable notoriety last winter by running away from the institution and starting for home. They rode the rods of a train for about 25 miles when they were discovered and taken back to the school. They gave as an excuse of homesickness when asked why they ran away. Both girls were ill from the effects of exposure and it is believed that the Spessl girl’s death was partly due to this escapade.

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