Marathon County, Wisconsin

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Shannon, Howard J. (25 Oct. 1929 – 20 Sept. 2008)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 23 Sept. 2008

* ABBOTSFORD -- Howard J. "Bud" Shannon, 78, of the town of Hull in Marathon County, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, at his residence.

Tentative funeral services for Howard will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. The Rev. Kenneth A. Dix will officiate.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home in Abbotsford. Committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, in St. Athanasius Cemetery in Jesup, Iowa, with military honors provided.

Howard was born Oct. 25, 1929, in Fairbank, Iowa, to Paul and Alta (Ohl) Shannon. He attended a country school in Buchanan County, Iowa, until the eighth grade. After that he continued to help with the farming chores on his father's farm. On Nov. 25, 1952, Howard entered the Army and served his country in the Korean War. He was assigned to an engineering division during the war and worked as a heavy equipment operator. He was honorably discharged from the Army on Sept. 15, 1954. On Oct. 25, 1955, he married Rosalyn Zieser in Independence, Iowa.

After his marriage to Rosalyn, Howard returned to farming in Iowa and raised their family there. He was also employed at John Deere Manufacturing located in Waterloo, Iowa. In 1976, they moved to the town of Hull in Marathon County where he continued to farm until his retirement in 2001. Earlier in life, Howard enjoyed playing piano and working on car motors. Later in life, Howard enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and occasionally loved to gamble and give "lady Luck" a try at the various casinos.

Howard is survived by his former wife, Rosalyn of Unity; his children, Timothy (Nancy) Shannon of Colby, Brian (Jenny) Shannon of Independence, Iowa, Maureen (Jack) Graff of Stetsonville, Laureen (Darrell) Underwood of Colby, Jeffrey (Jessica) Shannon of Colby and Peter Shannon of Colby; eight grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren. Howard is further survived by his siblings, Alice Brown of Independence, Iowa, Helen Welsh of Brandon, Iowa, Betty Lenihan of Princeton, Ill., Cecil Shannon of Oelwein, Iowa, Clarence (Alice) Shannon of Fairbank, Iowa, Leroy (Bertha) Shannon of Independence, Iowa, and Joyce (Arnie) Leininger of Waterloo, Iowa. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Shavie, Robert C. (3 May 1949 – 6 Apr. 2008)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 10 Apr. 2008

* Robert C. Shavie, 58, of Marshfield, died on Sunday, April 6, 2008, at his home.

There will be no funeral services or visitations.

Rembs Funeral Home of Marshfield is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Bob was born in Wausau on May 3, 1949, to George and Ruth (Breiling) Shavie.

He was a Web site designer and enjoyed gardening.

Bob is survived by a brother, James (Joan) Shavie, Wausau and a sister, Geri (Paul) Gittings, Phoenix, Ariz.

Sheldon, Daughter (29 Oct. 1888 – 20 June 1889)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 27 June 1889

* The funeral of the youngest daughter of Mr. Sheldon of the town of Unity occurred last Sunday morning. The service was conducted at the house, by Rev. G. R. Chambers. Sermon from Mark 10:14. It was largely attended and quite a long line of teams attended to the cemetery.

*** Note: She is buried in the Brighton Cemetery, Unity, Marathon County, Wisconsin.

Shelley, Leslie Ernest (22 Feb. 1916 – 27 Aug. 1951) 
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 14 Sept. 1951 

* Funeral services were held at the Unity Methodist Church Friday, August 31, for Leslie Ernest Shelley, who passed away Monday evening, August 27. 

The Rev. Fred Smith officiated at the services. The choir sang “I Know He Cares” and “In The Sweet Bye and Bye,” and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Domer sang “Beyond The Sunset.” Mrs. Tom Loughead was accompanist. 

Pallbearers were Rex Garvis, John Widemore, Victor Anderson, Everett Capes, Laurence Neumann and Lester Bruesewitz. 

In charge of the flowers were Mrs. George Drnek, Mrs. Rollin Hibling, Mrs. Gordon Musolf, Mrs. Elroy Shelley, Mrs. Hollis Harmer, Annette Shelley, LaVon Griepentrog, Mrs. Joe Rhodes, Mrs. Phillip Smith, Mrs. John Widemore, Mrs. Rex Garvis and Mrs. Frank Starich. 

Mr. Shelley, son of George and Violet Shelley, was born February 22, 1916 at Unity. He attended school at Unity and Rib Lake, graduating in 1935 at Rib Lake. 

On July 5, 1941 he was married to Julia Fenner of Black River Falls at Spencer and since that time they had lived at Milwaukee where he was employed by the Cornell Paper Board Products Co., as a laboratory technician. 

He is survived by his wife and two small sons, Delbert, 9 and Vernon, 4 ½, his mother, and the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. John Neumann of Spencer; Mrs. E. McCarthy, Milwaukee; Herbert, Milwaukee; William, address unknown; Leon, Spencer; Mrs. Reinie Griepentrog, Pinnconning, Mich.; Dwight and Mrs. Anthony Schuh, Colby. 

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Lyle. 

Friends and relatives from away here for the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. E. McCarthy and son, Mrs. and Mrs. Herb Shelley, and family, Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Hibling and family. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Musolf and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Starich and daughter, Mrs. Rose Shelley, Mr. and Mrs. Elroy Shelley, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Garvis and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Geilfuss, all of Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rhodes, Crump, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Smith, Flint, Mich.; Mrs. Clara Fenney, Albert Fenney, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hibling, Mrs. Clyde Bailey, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Boehnen, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Harmer, Elmer Borreson, of Black River Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Drnek and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Shropp, Chicago; Mrs. Ethel Shelley, Owen; Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Schindler and Louise M. Neumann, Wisconsin Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hildebrandt, Marshfield. 

Sherfinski, Sylvester (22 May 1916 – 16 Apr. 1983)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wisconsin) Tuesday, 19 Apr. 1983

* WAUSAU – Sylvester “Silver” Sherfinski, 66, of Wausau died Saturday evening in a Wausau nursing home.

He was born May 22, 1916 in Junction City, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Peter (Proxeda) Sherfinski. He and Stella Kudla were marred Sept. 7, 1946 in Mosinee.

He was employed at Brokaw Paper Mills for 34 years. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burns Post 388, and the American Legion, Montgomery-Plant Post 10. He was also member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Surviving are his wife; a son, Michael, at home; three daughters, Carol Sherfinski of Bensonville, Ill., Barbara Sherfinski of Green Bay and Mrs. Louis (Kathryn) Petricca of Mount Prospect, Ill.; four grandchildren; a brother, Chester, of Wausau; and a sister, Mrs. Sophie Pearce of Wausau.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church, Wausau. The Rev. Jerome Hoeser will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.

Visitation at the Peterson Funeral Home, Wausau, will be from 4-9 p.m. today and there will be a parish vigil there at 7 p.m. followed by a Catholic Order of Foresters rosary at 7:45.

There will be visitation at the church from 9:45 a.m. Wednesday until time for services.

Helen Kamps Sherman (5 July 1863 – 17 Jan. 1923)
Source: Appleton Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wis.) Wednesday, 17 Jan. 1923

Mrs. Helen Kamps Sherman, 59, wife of John Sherman, president of the Citizens National bank, died at her home at 500 Walnut st. early Wednesday morning. She had been ill since last April.

Mrs. Sherman was a native of Appleton, having been born here July 5, 1863, and lived here all her life with the exception of the first few years after her marriage which were spent in Wausau, where Mr. Sherman was serving as county Judge of Marathon co.

The decedent is survived by her widowed husband; five daughters. Miss Margaret Sherman, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Basil F. McKenzie, Boston: Mrs. Samuel Fomen, Chicago; the Misses Agnes and Marie Sherman. Appleton; one son, Maj. A. Edward Sherman, Hot Springs: two sisters, Mrs. Joseph J. Plank. Appleton; Mrs. Karl Reiss, Ladysmith; three brothers, Herman A. Kamps and Theodore E. Kamps, Appleton; William F. Kamps, Milwaukee.

The funeral will be held at 9:30 Friday morning at St. Joseph church, with interment in St. Joseph cemetery.

Shigley, Yvette (26 Apr. 1908 – 4 Nov. 1958) 
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 7 Nov. 1958 Contributed By: Ron Flink

Funeral services were held at 2 P.M. Thursday at the Jasperson Funeral Home, Spencer, for Mrs. Yvette Shigley, 50, of Marshfield, who died Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield. The Rev. Robert Langseth officiated and burial was made in Trinity Lutheran cemetery here. 

The former Yvette Young was born April 26, 1908 in Browntown. She was married on October 13, 1952, in Unity to Anthony Shigley, who survives her. 

Shortell, George (11 Dec. 1881 – 2 June 1957)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 6 June 1957

* George Shortell, age 75, a former resident of Colby, was found dead Sunday afternoon in a small home he occupied three miles south of Spencer on County Trunk V.

He had been dead for several days, according to Undersheriff Ainsworth Flatter and Coroner Herbert Lambert.

He was found by a neighbor, Albert Gennett, who investigated because he had not seen the elderly man for more than a week.

Burial services were held at the Colby cemetery with Rev. Roger B. Knutsen officiating. Pall bearers were A. E. Messer, Ray Parrett, Rudolph Schweke, Carl Schwantes, Walter Flink and William Weis.

George (Bob) Shortell was born in Colby on December 11, 1881, and spent a great deal of his life here. He never married and when his parents, Richard and Lucy Shortell passed away, he move to Riplinger. From there, he went to Spencer where he lived alone for the past few years. He leaves to mourn his death one sister, Mrs. Lena Eder of Colby.

Attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Eder, Mr. and Mrs. Angus Lamont, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Fred Zassenhaus, Sr., of Colby and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Firnstahl of Loyal. His sister, Mrs. Lena Eder was unable to attend.

Shulta, Anton (1902? – Dec. 1921)
Source: Blair Press (Alma Center, Trempealeau County, Wis.) Thursday, 15 Dec. 1921

Stevens Point – Anton Shulta, aged 19 years, of Marathon county, was fatally shot while hunting in the woods near his home. He was standing in front of a log, with the barrel against his stomach, when the weapon slipped and the charge entered his stomach and intestines. He was taken to a Wausau hospital, where he died a few hours later.

Shultz, LeRoy Lawrence (25 Feb. 1922 – 25 Feb. 1945) 
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 30 Mar. 1945 

* Cpl. LeRoy Lawrence Shultz, a well known young man who had made his home in the Spencer community for ten years with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Elliott, before entering the Marine Corps, was killed in action on Iwo Jima on Feb. 25, 1945, his 23rd birthday, according to word received from the War Department Wednesday night of last week by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Shultz of Lyons, Ill. and then called the Elliott family in Spencer the same evening. 

Cpl. LeRoy L. Shultz enlisted in the Marines Sept. 17, 1942. He took part in the initial landing on Bougainville and Guam, and landed on Iwo Jima on Feb. 21. He received his basic training at San Diego, Calif. and later was stationed at Camp Elliott and then Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Calif. He left from Camp Pendleton for overseas service, landing in New Zealand, Jan. 24, 1943. While overseas he had been in New Zealand, Guadalcanal, New Hebrides, Bougainville, Kwajalein, Eniwetok and Guam before going to Iwo Jima. He saw a lot of tough fighting on Guam where his only unruined possessions were pictures which he carried with him in a tin can. 

Cpl. Shultz lived ten years with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Elliott at Spencer and graduated from the Spencer high school with the class of 1940. After graduation he returned to Lyons, Ill., where he resided with his parents and was employed by the Marsuette Dairy Products Co. at Berwyn, Ill., until enlisting in the Marines. He was proud to be a Marine and kept his spirits high even when the going was tough. He never gave details of his experiences but always said he’d wait and tell them when he got back. In a letter to his girlfriend he referred to and asked that the 25th Psalm be read “if the Lord preferred to take him.” 

The last letter received from Happy was dated Feb. 15. He looked forward to returning to the States in April and enjoying his first furlough. He was an exceptionally good basketball player and was one of the starting five during his four years in high school. This was his favorite recreation in the Service also. 

Happy is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Shultz, one brother who is in the Army Air Corps; a sister and brother at home, and other close relatives. 


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