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Wood County, Wisconsin

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Leach, Marian (2 Sept. 1919 – 18 Oct. 2008)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 20 Oct. 2008

* PITTSVILLE -- Marian E. (Yeske) Leach, 89, of Babcock, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at the Wisconsin Rapids Care Center.

Buchanan Funeral Home of Pittsville is assisting the family with the arrangements.

A complete obituary will be published in Tuesday's edition.

Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 21 Oct. 2008

PITTSVILLE -- Marian E. (Yeske) Leach, 89, of Babcock died at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at Wisconsin Rapids Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Buchanan Funeral Home in Pittsville. The Rev. Deb Kunkel will officiate. Burial will be in St. James Catholic Cemetery in Vesper.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

She was born Sept. 2, 1919, in Arpin to Ernest and Marjorie (Alms) Kummer. Marian received her education at Maple Grove School in the town of Richfield. Before marriage she worked on her parents' farm and did housekeeping. She later worked at Vesper Elementary School and Frank Gills Roller plant in Vesper.

Marian and Frank Yeske were married Oct. 21, 1944, at St. James Catholic Church in Vesper. He died Oct. 22, 1970. She married Erwin Leach of Babcock on Feb. 28, 1985, in Harlingen, Texas, where they spent winters. He preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 1992.

Marian enjoyed visiting at Family Heritage and flower gardening. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Babcock and the Babcock Senior Citizens.

Surviving are her son, Donald (Lynn Mitchell) Yeske, Vesper; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Yeske, Wisconsin Rapids; and two grandchildren, Amber (Earl) Taylor, Nekoosa, and Aaron (Rebecca) Yeske, Wisconsin Rapids. She is further survived by her sisters, Viola Miller, Marshfield, and Marietta Kummer, Arpin; and her brother, Herman Kummer, Crystal River, Fla.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Marian was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred and Ernest Kummer; and a sister, Ada Laidlaw.


Ledger, Harold G. (16 May 1919 - 18 Apr. 2009)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 20 Apr. 2009

* Harold G. Ledger, 89, of Marshfield died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the Bethel Center in Arpin.

Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 21 Apr. 2009

Harold G. Ledger, 89, of Marshfield died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the Bethel Center in Arpin.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Suzanne Golden will be the organist along with Sacred Heart Church Funeral Choir. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with Bill, Jim and Tim Braunsky, Rick Grimm, Carl Stoflet and Mark Ledger serving as the pallbearers.

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Rembs Funeral Home and again on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of the services.

Harold was born in Marshfield on May 16, 1919, to Ervin and Myrtle (Leonhard) Ledger. He attended Wisconsin School of the Deaf in Milwaukee, Delavan and Marshfield Schools. He then worked at Marquette University before moving to southern California in 1955. Harold worked in the food industry for over 25 years, retiring in 1980. Harold bowled in two leagues until he turned 80 years old. Even at that age, he had a bowling average in the 170s. He enjoyed following all sports. He was a member of St. Phillips Catholic Church in Fullerton, Calif.

Harold is survived by his sisters, Catherine Schwane of Milwaukee, Lucille Braunsky of Arpin, Mary (Roger) Ertl of Unity, and Dorothy Ledger of Butler; and one brother, George Ledger of Fullerton, Calif. He is further survived by his sisters-in-law, Mildred Ledger of Lake Forest, Calif., Ursula Ledger of Bismark, N.D., Eva Ledger of Elkhorn and Nancy Ledger of Milwaukee and many nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, William, James, Leonard and Gerald Ledger and a sister Lorraine Ledger Burkart.


Beatrice A. Lee (5 Apr. 1916 – 8 Oct. 2006)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 9 Oct. 2006, page 2A; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Beatrice A. Lee, 90, of Marshfield died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, at the Drake House.

Mass of Christian burial is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with a con-celebrated service with the Revs. Don Meuret, James Logan, Richard Pankratz and Henry Lee, who is a brother-in-law. Suzanne Golden will be the organist along with Tammy Nelles and Jim Lee as the vocalists. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with her grandchildren serving as pallbearers.

Visitations will be Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of the services.

Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Beatrice was born April 5, 1916, in Marshfield, to Louis A. and Beatrice (Gotstein) Ley. She attended St. John’s School and graduated from McKinley High School.

She and Lawrence M. “Lorry” Lee were married March 30, 1940, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Marshfield. He died Nov. 25, 1996.

Beatrice came from a family of strong religious faith and continued that tradition in raising her five children. She was charitable in speech and encouraged everyone to use their talents for God’s purposes. With her strong family focus, she was never happier than when all the children and grandchildren were around to celebrate vacations and holidays. In 1964, she and her husband, Lorry, bought a cottage in Lac du Flambeau. For 30 summers, it was a favorite place to have family and friends visit.

Beatrice is survived by four children, David L. (Patricia M. Burr) Lee, of Menasha, Lucinda A. (James) Burk of Shelby, N.C., Patricia J. Lee (Mark Moore, M.D.), of Berlin and Ed M. (Cindy Kolbeck) Lee of Marshfield; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by one brother, Ralph Ley of Waukesha, and a sister, Dorothy (Mike) Bores of Hewitt.

Besides her parents and husband Lorry, she was preceded in death by a son, Michael, on July 7, 1961 and four brothers, Bishop Felix Ley, Raymond Herbert and Norbert Ley.

Memorials may be given in Beatrice’s name to the Tiny Tiger Intergenerational Center for adult companion day services.

Bea’s family would like to thank her many caregivers that she has had over the years. Especially, the following thoughtful and loving women, Barb Christensen, Marion Nelson, Bev Guensburg, Becky Raine and Tammy Dunow.


Lee, Dale E. (29 Aug. 1934 – 10 Mar. 2006)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 13 Mar. 2006

* Dale E. Lee, 71, Arpin, died Friday, March 10, 2006, at the Bethel Center, Arpin.

Memorial services will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home with the Rev. Daniel Behnke.

Family will receive relatives and friends from 4 p.m. until time of the services at Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home.

Dale was born Aug. 29, 1934, in Friendship to Clifford and Hazel (Hays) Lee.

He was united in marriage to Jean Klappa on Feb. 16, 1957, and later divorced.

Dale farmed crops in the Vesper area and operated Dale Lee & Son Trucking. They hauled grain to various feed companies in central Wisconsin.

Dale served in the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed in Duluth, Minn., during the mid 1950’s.

He enjoyed horses, John Deere tractors, cooking and being with his grandkids and family.

Dale is survived by his children, Vicki (Jeff) Wittman, Marshfield; Kathy (Bret) Kastein, Wisconsin Rapids; and Tim (Deb) Lee, Wisconsin Rapids; grandchildren, Andrew Simon, Katrina Lee and Matthew Kastein; and three brothers, Lawrence Lee, Pittsville; Donald Lee, San Antonio, Texas, and Harold (Shirley) Lee, Elliot, Maine.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Duane Lee, and two sisters, Marion Marth and Arthea Carner.


Leffel, Arnold Albert (2 Feb. 1921 - 19 June 1999)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 1 July 1999

* VANCOUVER, Wash. - Arnold Albert Leffel, 78, Vancouver, died June 19, 1999, at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Ore.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel in Vancouver. Internment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel.

He was born Feb. 2, 1921, in Wien. He was a former resident of Marshfield and had been a paint mixer for General Motors.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. Leffel of Vancouver; two sons, Kenneth and William Leffel, both of Vancouver; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur and Elmer Leffel, both of Stratford; and two sisters, Alma Bauman of Marshfield and Ruth Schuckart of Janesville.


Leffel, Mary Ann (16 Oct. 1884 - 5 Sept. 1953)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 10 Sept. 1953

* Mrs. Herman Leffel of Unity died Saturday at 7:00 P.M. in the Marshfield hospital of a heart ailment after a long illness. She was 68 years old. Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Trinity Lutheran church, Rev. Claude Vander Stoep officiating, and internment was made in the March Rapids cemetery.

Mary Ann Splitgerber was born in Germany on October 16, 1884, and came to the United States at the age of seven. She married Herman Leffel, who survives her, on May 21, 1929. They lived in Unity the past 23 years.

The following step children also survive: Mrs. Steve (Elsie) Bezak of Unity; Mrs. Ray (Beatrice) Celimoski, Melvin of Milwaukee, Charles of Wentworth and Daniel and Norman of Cloverland. Also 13 grand children, two great grand children and one brother. Four sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.


Lehrman, Anna (20 Jan. 1877 – 9 Jan. 1961)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 12 Jan. 1961

* Mrs. Theodore Lehrman of Marshfield, a former Colby resident, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, Monday morning at the age of 83 years. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning at the Hansen Funeral Chapel in Marshfield, Rev. G. M. Krueger, pastor of the Immanuel Lutheran church, officiated and burial was made in the Colby cemetery.

Anna Volkmar was born in Erfurt, Germany, January 20, 1877, and came to the United States at the age of seven years with her parents who settled in Colby. She received her education here and was married to Theodore Lehrman on December 25, 1896. After their marriage, the couple lived in Colby for 12 years and then moved to Marshfield. Her husband died on November 17, 1940.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. George (Lillian) Becker of Marshfield, with whom she had made her home the past 16 years, and Mrs. Edward (Selma) Spillane of Middleboro, Mass. Another daughter, Agnes, and two brothers preceded her in death.


Anna R. Leick (25 Nov. 1884 – Feb. 1981)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 2 Mar. 1981, page 5; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Services for Mrs. Anna R. Leick will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Rozellville.

The Rev. Carl A. Wohlmuth is to officiate. St. Andrew’s Men’s Choir will sing the Mass of the Resurrection with Silvan Griesbach, organist.

St. Anthony’s Cemetery will be the burial site. Richard and Kenneth Leick, Henry and Joseph Frodl and Gerold and Donald Hartle are to serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home and beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. St. John’s Rosary-Altar Society rosary will be said at 3 p.m. today, with a parish vigil at 8 tonight, followed by St. Ann Society and Lady Knights combined rosary at 8:15 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Leick, 96, a former Rozellville area resident, died at 7:50 a.m. Saturday at Marshfield Convalescent Center. She had been there since Nov. 12, 1969.

The former Anna R. Frodl was born Nov. 25, 1884 in Austria to Mr. and Mrs. John Frodl. She came to the United States as a child and married Jacob J. Leick in October 1903 in Stratford.

The couple farmed on Route 3, Stratford. She continued to live in the Rozellville area after Mr. Leick’s death on July 27, 1947. In 1953, she moved to Marshfield. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and its St. Ann Society and also was affiliated with the Rosary-Altar Society of St. John’s Catholic Church here.

She is survived by seven children, Anton and Raymond Leick, both of Green Bay, Alois Leick and Mrs. Loretta Bauer, both of Manitowoc, James Leick and Mrs. Kermit (Marie) Hartle, both of Marshfield, and Joseph Leick, Wisconsin Rapids; 20 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Two sons, Simon and Gerhart Leick, and numerous brothers and sisters are deceased.


Leik, Son (1898? - 4 Apr. 1899)
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis.) 6 Apr. 1899

Marshfield, Wis., April 5. - [Special.] -- The 16-months-old child of M. Leik met with a horrible death yesterday by scalding. His mother was out in the yard hanging up the washing and the child upset a tub of hot water onto himself, scalding him so that he died within an hour.


Leinonen, Andrew (1899? – 1 May 1977)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 2 May 1977

* Andrew Leinonen, 78, Ishpeming, Mich., died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Joseph’s Hospital; admitted April 14.


Helen M. Leitner (28 May 1921 – 25 June 2006)
Source: Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 27 June 2006, page 2A; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Helen M. Leitner, 85, of 340 16th Ave. N., Wisconsin Rapids, died Sunday afternoon, June 25, 2006, at Edgewater Haven Nursing Home in Port Edwards.

Family graveside services will be held at a later date at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Helen was born May 28, 1921, in Vinton, Iowa, to William and Nira (Rinker) Yost. She married Allen J. Leitner on Feb. 26, 1945, in Marshfield.

Her family moved to Wisconsin in 1923, and she graduated from Colby High School in 1939.

She was a homemaker and nurse’s aide at Riverview Hospital.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids.

Survivors include her husband, Allen; two sons, Russell (Margaret) and Roger (Linda), both of Wisconsin Rapids; three grandchildren, Dawn Hurner, Ryan Leitner and Nira Fischer; one brother, Marvin (Margaret) of Atlanta; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Harold and Vance.

There will be no visitation.

Taylor, Vollert and Jennings Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids is assisting the family.

Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 5 July 2006; page 2A; Lorraine Markee collection, transcribed by Marla Zwakman

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Helen M. Leitner, 85, of 340 16th Ave. N., Wisconsin Rapids, died Sunday afternoon, June 25, 2006, at Edgewater Haven Nursing Home in Port Edwards.

Family graveside services were held at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in the town of Grand Rapids.

Mrs. Leitner was born May 28, 1921, in Vinton, Iowa, to William and Nira (Rinker) Yost. She married Allen J. Leitner on Feb. 26, 1945, in Marshfield.

Her family moved to Wisconsin in 1923, and she graduated from Colby High School in 1939.

She was a homemaker and nurse’s aid at Riverview Hospital.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids.

Survivors include her husband, Allen; two sons, Russell (Margaret) and Roger (Linda), both of Wisconsin Rapids; three grandchildren, Dawn Hurner, Ryan Leitner and Nira Fisher; one brother, Marvin (Margaret) of Atlanta; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Harold and Vance.

Taylor, Vollert and Jennings Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids assisted the family


Emil Lemke (? – Mar. 1956)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 7 Mar. 1956, page 2; Lorraine Markee collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

GREENWOOD – Funeral services for Emil Lemke, originally scheduled for today, have been changed to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Stabnow Funeral Home here. The Rev. B. F. Matter, of the American Lutheran Church, Wausau, will officiate. Internment will follow in Hillside cemetery at Marshfield.


Lenz, Betty (16 July 1929 – 24 Jan. 2010) 
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 26 Jan. 2010 

GREENWOOD -- Betty Lenz, 80, of Greenwood, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, in the Intensive Care Unit of Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Interment will be in the Marie Louise Chapel Cemetery in Christie. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. today at the Gesche Funeral Home. 

She was born on July 16, 1929. She was united in marriage to Wilbur Lenz in 1950. While Wilbur worked for the Clark County Highway Department, Betty farmed at their home in the town of Weston. She retired from farming in 1975, and then began working for the Nelson Filter Company in Neillsville. She worked there for three years and then went to work at Weyerhaeuser in Marshfield. She worked at Weyerhaeuser until 1994, when at the age of 64 she retired. 

She is survived by three children, Harold Lenz of Greenwood, Mary Jane Boardman of Austin, Texas and Evan Lenz of Greenwood; and two grandsons. 



Lenz, Daryl (2 Aug. 1958 – 28 Jan. 2006)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 30 Jan. 2006

* Daryl Lenz, 46, Neshkoro, formerly of Marshfield, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, in Winnebago County as the result of an automobile accident.

Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home in Marshfield is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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


Raymond Andrew Lewon (1923? – 28 Mar. 1951)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 18 Apr. 1951, page 18; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Blenker – Funeral services for Raymond Andrew Lewon, 28, Blenker, who died Wednesday, March 28, were held at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Killian’s Catholic Church, Blenker, with the Rev. N. C. Kreibich officiating. Burial was made in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers included George Swetz, James Kelnhofer, Robert Schoedel, Kenneth Lang, Robert Koller and Jack Altman.

Eileen Koller, Sandra Blenker, Arlene Swetz, Belva Ashbeck, Eugenia Smazal, Ruth Lobner, Delores Linzmeier, Marlene and Jeanette Lobner, Clara Weinfurtner, Marlene Fruin, and Helen Altman, were in charge of floral arrangements.

Out-of-town people at the services included Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Schroeder and family, Junction City; Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Kimball and Barbara and Mary Jo, Rochester, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Peterson and family, Neenah; Mr. and Mrs. Al Laton, Kenosha; Mr. and Mrs. John Wosseff, St. Paul, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bassuener and family, Sherry; Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Leton, St. Paul, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. George Ebacher and Mr. and Mrs. Percy Ebacher, Rudolph; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bonpinski, Port Edwards; Eva Ebacher, Wisconsin Rapids; Mrs. F. P. Heffling, Viroqua, and Mr. and Mrs. John Cross, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cross and Gregory Cross, Stevens Point.


Ley, Michael Mrs. (1852? – Nov. 1932) 
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 24 Nov. 1932 

* Mrs. Michael Ley, age eighty, mother of George Ley, manager of the Colby Cheese Box Co., died at her home at Marshfield following a stroke of paralysis. Mrs. Ley resided at Hewitt for nearly thirty years prior to moving to Marshfield eight years ago. 

She is survived by her husband and seven children, Mrs. Joseph Gotstein, Kewaunee; Mrs. Nick Spitzer, Green Bay; Mrs. Max Menke, Nekoosa; Mrs. Fred Schinthelm, Louis Ley and George Ley of Marshfield; and Michael Ley of Prentice. She also leaves two brothers, Louis and George Rueckl of Luxemburg. 

Funeral services were held at the Sacred Heart Catholic church Thursday morning, Nov. 17th, at 9:00 o’clock, with Father H. P. Toeller officiating. Burial was made at the Hewitt cemetery. 


Ley, Roman (27 Apr 1920 – 6 Apr. 1945)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 18 Apr. 1946

* Second Lt. Roman Ley, son of George Ley, manager of the Colby Cheese Box Company, who was reported missing in action in his first combat flight over Germany April 6, 1945, has been listed as dead by the War Department, according to word received Saturday by his wife, the former Ruth Alice Juno, who with their 10-month old daughter, Kris Ann, resides with her parents at Marshfield.

The War Department communication stated that due to the circumstances and to the time elapsed since he was first reported missing, Lt. Ley must be presumed to be dead.

Lt. Ley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo, Ley, of Marshfield, entered the Air Forces on Feb. 23, 1943, while a senior at Marquette University. He took his basic training at Fresno, Calif., and then was sent to Grand Fords, N.D., where he attended the University of North Dakota for four months.

He then went to Santa Ana, Calif., for classification and pre-flight training and went to Oxnard, Calif., for his primary flight training. He was graduated and commissioned at Marfa, Texas. Lt. Ley received his wings Aug. 4, 1944, and left for overseas duty March 15, 1945.

Lt. Ley was married to the former Ruth Alice Juno at Marshfield, on August 10, 1944, shortly after he received his commission and wings. He was a pilot of a B-17 bomber.

*** Note: He was buried on March 24, 1950 at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.
 

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