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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.