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Wood County, Wisconsin

* Transcribed By: Marla Zwakman (unless otherwise noted)

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Herman Weber (18 July 1885 – 23 Jan. 1952)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 24 Jan. 1952, page 16; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Spencer – Funeral services for Herman Weber, 66, Town of Brighton, who died Wednesday morning at the County Home at Wausau where he had been admitted a few days earlier, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Christ the King Catholic Church. The Rev. Paul Pitzenberger will officiate and burial will be made in Hillside cemetery, Marshfield.

The body is reposing at the Swarthout Funeral Home.

Mr. Weber, a resident of this vicinity the past 56 years, was born July 18, 1885, in Austria. He came to this country with his parents when eight years old. He was unmarried.

His only survivor is a sister, Mrs. Anton Kohler, Auburndale. Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.


Weborg, Roy Farrell (27 June 1914 – 12 Aug. 1999)
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Friday, 13 Aug. 1999

* PARK FALLS -- Roy Farrell Weborg, 85, Marshfield, formerly of Park Falls, died Thursday August 12, 1999, at St. Joseph's Hospice in Marshfield. He was born on June 27, 1914, in Fosston, Minn., the son of John and Petra (Bagstad) Weborg.

He graduated from McIntosh High School in McIntosh, Minn. and Minnesota State Teachers College. On September 1, 1941, he married Elsa Pearson in Port Wing. He operated businesses in Park Falls for many years and was also employed by the Federal Forestry in Park Falls. Roy was a proud veteran of WW II, serving as corporal in the 172nd Field Artillery Battalion. He was awarded five battle stars for combat. He received the good conduct medal and was honorably discharged from service on November 25, 1945. He was a member of the Park Falls American Legion Post.

"Shall I ask the brave soldier, who fights by my side In the care of mankind, if our creeds agree?
Shall I give up a friend I have valued and tried
If he knell not before the same altar as I?"

He was a dedicated member of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Park Falls. For many years the Weborgs enjoyed being foster parents to 18 children.

He is survived by his wife Elsa, Marshfield, formerly of Park Falls; one son, Rand (Cindy) Weborg, Lake Tomahawk; three daughters: Annette (Steven) McCabe, Marshfield; Kristen (Ken) Kulzick, Waukesha; and Victoria (Charles) Smith, St. Paul, Minn.; 12 much loved grandchildren; two brothers: David Weborg of Florida; and Glen (Virginia) Weborg, Minneapolis; two sisters; Florence Rude, Fosston, Minn.; and Grayce Mathias, Arvada, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Monday from Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Park Falls. The Rev. Peter Ruggles will officiate.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 2 p.m. until the hour of the service at the church.

Burial will take place at a later date at Port Wing Cemetery, Port Wing.

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


Weber Family Obituaries - Wood County, Wisconsin


Week, Deidre (15 Nov. 1983 - 24 Mar. 1995)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 27 Mar. 1995

Death Here
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Deidre Week, 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Week, Vesper, died at 7:34 p.m. March 24, 1995, in the Emergency Room of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

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


Weesner, Mary Margaret (12 Sept. 1951 – 17 Dec. 2008)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 20 Dec. 2008

* Mary Weesner, of Marshfield, 57, died Wednesday in the Critical Care Unit at Saint Joseph's Hospital.

A private family service will be held on a later date. Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home will assist the family with arrangements.

Mary Margaret (Leslie) Weesner was born Sept. 12, 1951, in Oconomowoc, to John and Doris (Deffke) Leslie. She married Yogesh Swarup in 1978 in Nevada. They later divorced. On April 6, 1991, she married Dr. Kenneth M. Weesner in Winston Salem, N.C.

She graduated from high school in Tomahawk and attended North Central Technical College and Madison Area Technical College. Later she worked as a medical transcriptionist and as a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Kenneth Weesner of Marshfield; son Robert Swarup of Marshfield; and numerous cousins.


Weetz, John (20 Oct. 1879 – 11 May 1939)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 18 May 1939

* Funeral services for John Weetz, age 59, who committed suicide early last Thursday morning by hanging, were held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ervin Bitters, in Abbotsford, Rev. E. Hoover officiating. Pall bearers were William Daley, Martin Anderson, Kenneth Ingersoll, Thomas Gibson, Joseph Konecny and John Lindberg. Masonic funeral rites were held at the grave in the Abbotsford cemetery. The members of the Abbotsford chapter of the Eastern Star were in charge of the flowers.

According to authorities, Weetz, who had been in ill health for some time, arose Thursday morning at about 4:00 o’clock, made some coffee and then went into the bedroom of his son, Clarence, woke him up, and said, “Goodbye son, I’m going now,” and left.

A short time later, Mrs. Weetz, who had awakened to build a fire, went in search of her husband when she noticed he had failed to put on his coat. He was found dead in the garage at the rear of his home. He was hanging from a rafter.

The deceased was born October 20, 1879, in Holstein, Germany. He was married in Jackson, Minn., June 10th, 1903, to Miss Emma Steinke, and they moved to Abbotsford in 1921 from Pittsville. He was an insurance agent and a member of the Masonic lodge. Despondency over illness was the cause of his suicide. Surviving are his widow; two children, Mrs. Adeline Bitter, Abbotsford, and Clarence Weetz, at home; a brother, Alfred Weetz, and two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Schneekloth and Mrs. Anthony Doyscher, all of Jackson, Minn


Wegener, Ella (23 Sept. 1905 – 25 May 1989)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 25 May 1989

* Mrs. Ella Wegener, 83, of 109 N. Maple Ave., died at 3:10 a.m. today at Marshfield Living Center, where she had been a patient for the last month.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hansen Funeral Home.

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


Wegner Family Obituaries - Wood County, Wisconsin


Weigel Family Obituaries - Wood County, Wisconsin


Charles M. Weiland (26 Oct. 1918 – 14 Dec. 2001)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 17 Dec. 2001; page A5; Lorraine Markee collection, transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Charles M. Weiland, 83, 3400 N. Frey Road, died at 3:19 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2001 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he had been admitted Dec. 12.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hewitt. Rev. Michael Schelble will officiate. Visitation will be held at Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 and at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.

Burial will take place at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Hewitt. Military rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1856.

Charles was born Oct. 26, 1918 to William and Inga (nee Olson) Weiland in Elroy, Wis. He attended schools in Elroy and Lyndon Station, Wis. He married Marlene T. Snyder Vlassopulos on July 2, 1966 in Chicago, Ill.

Chuck was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II from Jan. 3, 1942 until his honorable discharge on Oct. 19, 1945. He was then employed at Consolidated Freightways in Chicago, Ill.

In 1973 the Weiland’s moved to Marshfield, where Chuck was employed at Sears, Figi’s and for Pinkerton Securities at Weyerhaeuser Co. until his retirement in 1991. He was also a member of the VFW Post 1866.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Gerald Weiland of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kevin (Robin) Weiland of Marietta, Ga.; and two daughters, Cheryl (Joseph) Schmidt of Spencer and Maureen (Dennis) Hart of Unity. He is further survived by one brother, Robert Weiland of Wisconsin Rapids, and nine grandchildren.


Weiler, Calan Lee (26 Dec. 2008 – 8 Jan. 2009)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 10 Jan. 2009

* Calan Lee Weiler, a two-week-old infant of Cory and Tara (Tometczak) Weiler of Wisconsin Rapids, passed away, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

Funeral Services are at 1 p.m. Monday at Saint Luke's Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids. The Rev. Timothy Wenger will officiate. Visitation will be held at Saint Luke's Church on Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of services.

Calan was born Dec. 26, 2008, in Wisconsin Rapids to Cory and Tara (Tometczak) Weiler.

Calan is survived by his parents; grandparents Ed and Tracy Tometczak of Wisconsin Rapids, Jill and Jeff Doescher of Wisconsin Rapids, and Pat (Mary Paul) Weiler of West Bend. Calan also is survived by two aunts: Tori Tometczak and Kristin Doescher, both of Wisconsin Rapids; and uncle Drew Tometczak of Wisconsin Rapids.

Calan was preceded in death by his uncle Cade Tometczak.

Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids is handling all arrangements.


Robert Joseph Weiler (8 Sept. 1931 – 14 Oct. 2006)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 16 Oct. 2006; page 2A; Lorraine Markee collection, transcribed by Marla Zwakman

AUBURNDALE – Robert J. Weiler, 75, 10521 North Road, Auburndale, died peacefully Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, at his home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Auburndale. The Rev. Eric Linzmaier will officiate and Mr. Weiler’s sister, Virginia Becher, will be the organist and a son, Gary, will be a soloist. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Auburndale, where military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post No. 54 of Marshfield. Robert’s grandchildren will serve as pallbearers and assist with other roles in this celebration of Grandpa Bob’s life.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home, Marshfield, and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church. A parish prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Robert Joseph Weiler was born September 8, 1931, to Henry and Elizabeth (Schill) Weiler on the farm he later owned and operated for 36 years. He attended St. Mary’s Parochial School through 10th grade and graduated from Auburndale High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1952 until his honorable discharge in 1956, and he often talked of the friends and travels during that time. Bob was an aircraft structural mechanic.

He married Shirley Margaret Sydow on May 11, 1957, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Marshfield. Bob and Shirley farmed on the farmed on the family farm until April 1992, when they sold the farm and moved to the village of Auburndale. Bob spent his remaining working years at Hub City/Fleming Foods. He retired in 2003.

Bob enjoyed watching the Brewers, Badgers and Packers. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, The Holy Name Society, a 50 year member of the Catholic Knights and the American Legion Post No. 54. In his early years he enjoyed working for fish fries and his bowling night. Bob taught his children how to work hard, be patient and to persevere. The curbside of his home on North Road, Auburndale, always had beautiful flowers planted and cared for by Bob.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and seven children, Cynthia (Ed) Hofacker, Eau Claire; Cheryl (Lee) Peters, Rudolph; Diana (Mike) Berdan, Auburndale; Gary (Sara Hickey) Weiler, Brookfield; Steven Weiler, San Francisco, Ca.; Randy Weiler, Milwaukee; and Kevin Weiler, Mayville. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Karen, Dawn, David, Marc, Kristin, Steven, Jennifer, Jason, Alan, Lauren, Ben and Julia; and six great-grandchildren, Emily, Kaylee, Sidney, Libby, Preston and Zachary. He is further survived by two brothers, John (Sue) Weiler, Nekoosa; Joseph (Arlett) Weiler, Blenker; two sisters, Margaret (Alex) Lobner, Vesper; and Virginia (Tom) Becher, Franklin; a brother-in-law, Philip Lobner, Blenker; and a sister-in-law, Violet (Dick) Zabel, Wisconsin Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Peter, Henry and Nicholas Weiler, and a sister, Lucille Lobner.


Peter Weinert (1871? – 9 June 1952)
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 13 June 1952

Peter Weinert, 81, Marshfield, father of Mrs. Wenzel Hederer, Unity, passed away Sunday afternoon, at 12:40.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at St. John’s Catholic Church, Marshfield with burial at Marshfield.

Mrs. Hederer is one of six living children.


Weinfurtner Family Obituaries - Wood County, Wisconsin


Charner Powell Weir (1943? – 29 Aug. 2006)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 31 Aug. 2006; page 2A; Lorraine Markee collection, transcribed by Marla Zwakman

SANFORD, Fla. – Charner Powell Weir, 63, of Sanford, Fla., formerly of Marshfield, died Aug. 29, 2006, at Sanford.

She had worked out of her home doing marketing with her major accounts being Wiskerchen Cheese and the Marshfield Medical Credit Union. She was active in the PEO Sisterhood, American Cancer Society and National Farm Medicine Center.


Weisenberger, Leander C. (21 Mar. 1918 – 18 Nov. 1996)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) 20 Nov. 1996; transcribed By: Sandra Wright

Leander “Lee” C. Weisenberger, 78, of 613 S. Cherry Ave. died at St. Joseph’s Hospital Hospice Care Unit where he had been admitted on Sunday.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Faith Lutheran Church. The Rev. Gary Hedding, pastor, will officiate. Music will be provided by William Allen, soloist, and Maldon Plank, organist. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends and relatives following the memorial services at the church.

Hansen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Weisenberger was born March 21, 1918, in Marathon City, to Ferdinand and Elizabeth (Fochs) Weisenberger. He married Helen Osborne on Feb. 28, 1942 and she died two years after the marriage. He then married June Beseler on Aug. 3, 1946 at her parent’s home in Marshfield. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Aug. 3, 1996.

As a child he moved to Wausau with his parents. After his education, he was employed as a meat cutter in Tomahawk and Wausau. Following the death of his first wife, he moved to Marshfield and was employed by Felkers as a welder and layout man for 15 years. He then became a partner in Beseler Steel Products until his retirement. Following retirement, he owned and operated a camping and snowmobile shop in Marshfield until 1971. He and his wife traveled throughout the United States, spending their winters in the Southern states.

He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, June Weisenberger of Marshfield; children, Nancy (Elmer) Martens of Hewitt, Ann (John) Weigel of Marshfield and Tom (Sharon) Weisenberger of Pardeeville; 10 grandchildren, Jeff (Irene) Martens of Wisconsin Rapids, Terry (Tom) Kongslien of Hewitt, Tammy (Tim) Burr of Wisconsin Rapids, Heidi Weigel, of Shawano, Scott, Chris, Curt and Corey Weigel, all of Marshfield, and Rebecca and Matthew Weisenberger of Pardeeville; six great-grandchildren, Amanda, Ashlyn, Ross, Tyler, April and Tiffany.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Alex Weisenberger.

Memorials in his name may be designated to the family, who will establish a memorial at a later date.


Herman J. Weissenbeck (12 Dec. 1933 – 2 Nov. 2006)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 4 Nov. 2006; page 2A; Lorraine Markee collection, transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Herman J. Weissenbeck, 72, of M531 E. McMillan St., died at his home on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at St. John’s Catholic Church with Rev. Charles D. Stoetzel officiating. Suzanne Golden will be the organist along with St. John’s Church Funeral Choir.

Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with relatives of the family serving as the pallbearers.

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday at Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home and again from 9:30 a.m. until service time Monday at the church. There will be a combined rosary service with the parish and the Knights of Columbus at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Herman was born on Dec. 12, 1933, to Frank and Hazel (Weigel) Weissenbeck in Marshfield. He was educated at St. John’s Parochial School, Columbus High School and attended Holy Cross Seminary for four years in La Crosse.

Herman was a dairy farmer in the town of McMillan for many years. He was a lay minister at St. John’s and also distributed Holy Communion to home-bound parish members.

Herman was a very religious person. His God and church were of utmost importance in his life. He loved nature and his farm animals, milking cows until 1999 and then raising dairy heifers. He was even attending them the morning God called him to eternal life.

His hobbies were carving, art works and painting. His hand-carved, life-size nativity set was admired by all who saw it, especially his family.

Herman was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, its Holy Name Society, a lector at church, former member of the parish council, Sacred Worship Committee and honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus.

Herman is survived by two sisters, Marge Bredl and Mary (Steve) Forst, both of Marshfield; and a sister-in-law, Thelma Weissenbeck of Milladore. He is further survived by six nephews and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Charles and John Weissenbeck.


Weix, Michael (3 Apr. 1855 – 22 Apr. 1944) 
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 28 Apr. 1944 

Michael Weix Dies At Hospital Friday 
Long Time Resident of Town of Hull and City of Colby; Formerly Partner in Meat Market in Colby. 

* Michael Weix, aged 89 years, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield last Friday morning after having been a patient there for two days. Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Colby Monday morning, with the Rev. L. J. Lang officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. 

Mr. Weix, the oldest of 14 children, was born on April 3, 1855 in LeRoy, Wis. and came to the Colby vicinity at the age of 23. He was one of Colby’s first settlers and occupied a farm in the town of Hull. On August 9, 1880, he was married to Mary Ohlinger at LeRoy. They made their home on the farm until 1908 when he entered in a partnership with his brother, John, in a meat market for a few years. Since then he had made his home in the city of Colby. Mrs. Weix died on August 19, 1917. Surviving are one son, Rudolph J. Weix of Colby; three brothers, John and Lorenz of Colby and Xavier of Oconomowoc, one sister, Mrs. John Budde of Beaver Dam, and two grandchildren. 


Barbara Welch (10 Aug. 1920 – 24 Jan. 1962)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 25 Jan. 1962, page 16; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Mrs. John C. Welch, 41, of route 1, Wisconsin Rapids, died at 6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, where she was admitted the day before. She had been in ill health for several years.

The body will repose at the Hansen Funeral Home in Marshfield until this evening when it will be taken to Osborn Funeral Home in Shreveport, La. Funeral services will be at the Episcopal church there. Arrangements have not been completed.

The former Barbara Hall was born Aug. 10, 1920 in Chippewa Falls. She received her education in Shreveport, La., and lived there until her marriage on Feb. 12, 1950 in Rice Lake to John Welch. Since her marriage, she has lived in Wisconsin Rapids. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wisconsin Rapids.

She is survived by her husband, her mother, Mrs. H. P. Hall, Shreveport, La. and by (Note: the rest of the article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription.)


Welch, Basil (4 Feb. 1911 – 30 Jan. 1990) 
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 31 Jan. 1990 

* EAU CLAIRE – Services for Basil (Bud) Welch, 78, Eau Claire, who died Tuesday morning at the Eau Claire Center of Care, will be at noon Friday at St. James Catholic Church, Eau Claire. 

The Rev. James Hagmann will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Eau Claire.  

Visitation will be at Golden Gate Funeral Home, Eau Claire, from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. 

He was born Feb. 4, 1911, in Wisconsin Rapids, to James and Catherine Welch. He married Dorothy Sigel Sept. 4, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa. 

He had lived and worked in Marshfield before his marriage. 

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Judith Oien of Woodbury, Minn., and Patricia Hallquist of Eau Claire; one son, James F. of Marshfield; one sister, Helen Wilcott of Marshfield; and seven grandchildren. 


Weller, Martha (15 Aug. 1877 – 5 Apr. 1962)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 12 Apr. 1962

* Mrs. Martha Weller of Colby died Thursday, Apr. 5, at the age of 84 years at the Bethel Convalescent Home in Arpin where she had been a resident the past five years. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Zion Lutheran church in Colby, Rev. William Christian officiating, and internment was made in the Colby Memorial Cemetery. Pall bearers were John Marx, Carl Prange, Malcom Lamont, George Kowalk, Ted Baumgart, Otto Baumgart.

Martha Buchholz was born on August 15, 1877, in the town of Colby. She married Henry Weller in Colby on May 23, 1897. After their marriage, they operated a farm in the town of Hull until the death of Mr. Weller in May, 1943, when she moved to the city of Colby. From 1953 until 1958 she lived with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Kanter, in the town of Hull. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Sewing Circle and Zion Lutheran Ladies’ Aid.

Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Herbert (Ella) Kanter of Abbotsford; two sons, Walter of Wauwatosa and Clarence of Abbotsford; nine grand children; eight great grand children and three brothers, August Buchholz of Curtiss and Carl and Arthur Buchholz of Owen. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, a sister and a grand son.


Wellner, Katherine B. (23 Nov. 1896 – 25 Mar. 1979)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 26 Mar. 1979

* Mrs. George (Katherine B.) Wellner, 82, of 809 S. Peach Ave., died at 6:55 a.m. Sunday at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She had been admitted there Friday.

A concelebrated Mass of the Resurrection will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rev. Peter J. Leketas and a nephew, the Rev. John W. Steiner, associate pastor of St. Thomas More Church, La Crosse, will be celebrants. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Maldon L. Plank will be organist and pallbearers will be nephews of Mrs. Wellner.

Friends may call beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday and until services Wednesday at Rembs/Kundinger Chapel. Sacred Heart Christian Mothers Society rosary, combined with Missionary Society rosary, will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday. A parish rosary will be at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Mrs. Wellner, the former Katherine B. Kohlbeck, was born to Mr. and Mrs. John (Katherine Felber) Kohlbeck Nov. 23, 1896, in the town of Marshfield. She attended St. Joseph’s Parochial School in Hewitt.

She did domestic work in Marshfield prior to her marriage to George Wellner March 3, 1919 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hewitt. She had lived in Marshfield most of her life. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Christian Mothers Society and Missionary Society.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Clarence K. (Carol) Kliner of Marshfield; two brothers, Louis and Peter Kohlbeck, both of Marshfield; seven sisters, Mrs. Rose Wellner, Mrs. Caroline Fehrenbach and Mrs. Sophie Steiner, all of Marshfield; Mrs. Clara Anderson of Chicago, Mrs. Elizabeth Wallin of Skokie, Ill., Mrs. Frances Wagner of Wilmette, Ill., and Mrs. David (Gertrude) Hill of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and three grandchildren. Two brothers and a sister are deceased.


Anna Wellnitz (15 Apr. 1895 – Mar. 1967)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 11 Mar. 1967, page 8; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Church of Christ in Arpin with the Rev. James Zwerg officiating. Burial will be made in the Arpin cemetery.

The body will repose at the Hansen Funeral Home in Marshfield from noon Tuesday until 11 a.m. Wednesday, and then at the church.

The former Anna Ballas was born April 15, 1895, at Spencer, and received her education there. Her marriage to Charles Wellnitz, who preceded her in death Nov. 20, 1966, took place March 9, 1916, at Spencer.

After their marriage, the couple farmed in the Spencer area until 1939, and then in the Arpin area until their retirement in 1957. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on March 20, 1966.

Mrs. Wellnitz was a member of the United Church of Christ at Arpin.

Survivors are three sons, Theodore, Vesper; Roy and Donald, Arpin; three brothers, John, Julius and Ferdinand Ballas, Neenah, and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons and three brothers.


Welsch, Sophia (15 Dec. 1849 – 9 June 1934) 
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 14 June 1934 

* Mrs. Sophia Welsch, aged 84, a resident of Colby for nearly twenty-five years, died shortly after one o’clock on the morning of June 9th. She had been in failing health for several months and death was due to the complications of advanced age. 

Sophia Johnson was born on Dec. 15, 1849, in Sweden and came, when a child, to America with her parents, who settled in northern Indiana. On Dec. 6, 1874, she was married to John B. Rossman. In 1887 they moved to Marshfield, where they resided until Mr. Rossman’s death in 1906. In 1909 she was married to Henry J. Welsch of Colby and moved to this city, where Mr. Welsch preceded her in death twenty-two years ago. Surviving relatives are a daughter, Mrs. Jessie Winebrenner and her son, Hubert, and a son, Dan Rossman, of Sand Point, Idaho. 

Mrs. Welsch was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and the Ladies’ Aid and also of the Woman’s Relief Corps. 

Funeral services were held on Monday at 1 p.m. from the Methodist church, the Rev. C. Paul Nulton officiating, and internment was made in Hillside cemetery, Marshfield. The pall bearers were Mr. Wicker, Mr. Forbish, Mr. Loos, Mr. Welsch, Mr. Bushman and Mr. J. Rossman. 

Out of town relatives and friends who were here for the funeral were as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Rossman of Polly, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. George Bushman and daughter, Rocelia, and Mrs. Louis Herman of Gilman, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rossman of Loyal, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rossman and daughter, Inez of Thorpe, Mr. and Mrs. John Stahl of Arpin, Mrs. Ella Huber and Henry Kuntz of Marshfield, Mrs. Drace, Stanley, Mr. and Mrs. Rew Winebrenner and daughters, Beryl, Mrs. Hawse and Iris of Arpin. 


Dale A. Welsh (13 Sept. 1960 - 28 Sept. 2006)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 30 Sept. 2006, page 2A; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Dale A. Welsh, 46, of Ironwood, Mich., and formerly of Kalamazoo, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, in the palliative care unit of Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Internment of ashes will be in Mount Everest Cemetery in Kalamazoo. Hansen Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mr. Welsh was born Sept. 13, 1960, in Kalamazoo, the son of James M. and Eleanor (Prusak) Welsh. He attended Portage High School and received his associate's degree from Grand Rapids ITT Technical Institute.

Mr. Welsh was employed as an electronic technician and most recently worked at Mattson Television in Ironwood, Mich.

He is survived by his wife, Laurie Hedgecock of Ironwood, and two sisters, Deborah (Rick) Shook of Parchment, Mich., and Linda (Brian) Washburn of Vicksburg, Mich.


Wendt, Mirth F. (28 Mar. 1925 – 16 Oct. 2008)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Friday, 17 Oct. 2008

* HEWITT -- Mirth F. Wendt, 82, of Hewitt died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at her home.

Arrangements are pending at Rembs Funeral Home.

Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 18 Oct. 2008

HEWITT -- Mirth F. Wendt, 83, Hewitt, joined her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hewitt, with the Rev. Dean Pingel officiating. Burial will take place in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hewitt.

The visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Monday at Rembs Funeral Home and Tuesday they will receive relatives and friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hewitt.

Mrs. Wendt was born March 28, 1925, in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Percy and Flora (Coy) Cudmore and graduated from high school there. She married Robert C. Wendt on Oct. 6, 1951, and they observed 57 years of marriage. She had worked in nursing care for 30 years.

She is survived by her husband, Robert, and their children, Susan, Bonnie, Beverly, David, Daniel and Sally. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is further survived by a sister, Eileen Dryden; and brothers, Clayton (Jackie) Cudmore and Donald (Irene) Cudmore.

She was predeceased by her parents; a son, Bobby in 1975; and two brothers, Garth and Rolon Cumore.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate memorials.

"To my beloved friends, Pauline Steeves and Pat Vandehey, I will truly miss you." - Mirth


Wenzel, David P. (14 Jan. 1955 – 28 Oct. 2008)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 30 Oct. 2008

* David P. Wenzel, 53, formerly of Marshfield, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at his home in Black River Falls.

Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

David was born Jan. 14, 1955, in Oklahoma to Ronald W. and Marlene B. (Ruder) Wenzel. Surviving are his father, Ronald W. Wenzel of the Fox River Valley area; brothers and sisters, Susan (Dan) Derge, Fond du Lac, Barbara Wenzel, Holmen, Patrick (Stella) Wenzel, Bethesda, Md., Kathy (Joe) Stini, Marshfield, Michael (Colleen) Wenzel, Madison.


Wenzel, William Carl (27 July 1874 – Oct. 1942)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 29 Oct. 1942

* Funeral services for William C. Wenzel, former Colby business man and retired Marshfield business man, who passed away after a lingering illness at his home in Marshfield, were held Friday afternoon at the Immanuel Lutheran church in Marshfield, Rev. G. M. Krueger officiating, and internment was made in the Hillside cemetery.

William Carl Wenzel was born near Berlin, Germany, July 27, 1874, and lived with his grand father while attending school half a day and working the other half until reaching the age of 14. He then entered his vocational training as a butcher under his uncle, the late Albert Wenzel, also a pioneer resident of Marshfield.

After completing his three years of apprenticeship, he worked for two years in Berlin at his trade, and in 1893 joined his stepfather and mother in coming to the United States, landing in Philadelphia, and then coming immediately to Marshfield, where they settled on the Ernest A. Krause farm, later known as the James Chapman place.

He worked in the forests as a wood cutter until spring, then the family purchased a tract of land from the late ex-governor, William H. Upham, 12 miles southeast of Marshfield. For the next two years he worked for Bauer brothers, pioneer Marshfield butchers, then moved to Colby to practice his trade.

On Oct. 27, 1897, he was married to Miss Mary Fleischauer at Colby, and immediately Mr. Wenzel started his own business at Colby, continuing it for four years.

Moving to Marshfield at this time, he stated a market with his uncle, Albert, under the name of Wenzel & Wenzel. When the partnership dissolved, he built the Palace Market building and continued to operate his business there until 1916, when he sold the building to Michael Miedaner.

The next few years were devoted to looking after his several farms. The family lived in Medford the years of 1919-20, the only period spent away from Marshfield. On returning, a market was started in partnership with J. J. Regenfuss, continuing this until 1924, when the firm moved into its own building, the People’s Market location.

Due to poor health, Mr. Wenzel retired from active business in 1926 and sold his part to his partner, J. J. Regenfuss.

Surviving besides his wife are three sons – Harry C. Wenzel of Marshfield, William Wenzel, Jr., of Washington, D.C., and Victor Wenzel of Williston, N.D.


Wepfer, Harold W. (9 Jan. 1901 – 29 Apr. 1957) 
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 2 May 1957 

* Services will be held at Marshfield at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Hansen Funeral Chapel for Harold W. Wepfer, 56, former Abbotsford garage man and a native of Marshfield.  

His death occurred unexpectedly on Monday afternoon at his home in Bethesda, Md., where he had been living the past year with his wife and daughter, Maurine. They had previously lived in Florida since he retired from the garage business in 1955, for health reasons. 

Mr. Wepfer was born in Marshfield Jan. 9, 1901, and at an early age moved to Colby, where he lived here until his marriage to Norma Zahorka May 21, 1929, in Waukegan, Ill. They lived in Eau Claire before moving to Abbotsford in 1934. Two years later he built the Motor Inn Garage, which he operated until ill health forced him to retire. 

Besides his wife and daughter, he leaves his son, Myron, Abbotsford; three grand children, Rodney, Duane and Lou Anne Wepfer, Abbotsford; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Wepfer, Colby, and three sisters, Mrs. Herbert (Altine) Stoltzman, Marshfield; Mrs. Harold (Maydell) Brockhaus, Colby, and Mrs. Delbert (Goldie) Klepzig, Decatur, Ill. 

Beginning Thursday noon, friends may call at the Hansen Funeral Home. William Peterson and Robert Wiseman will conduct the final rites and burial will be made in Hillside cemetery. 

Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 9 May 1957 

Services for Harold W. Wepfer, 56, who died at his home in Bethesda, Md., Monday, were conducted Friday afternoon at the Hansen Funeral Chapel, at Marshfield, and burial was made in Hillside Cemetery. William Peterson and Robert Wiseman were in charge of the rites. 

Serving as pallbearers were LaVern Marcott, Orville Nall, Dwight Balow, Arvid Carlson, Lawrence Carlson and Russell Brechlin. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Dissmore sang the hymns, “Your Father Knoweth,” “God’s Word is Pure,” and “A Little While.” Miss Doris Wilson played the organ accompaniment. 

A host of relatives and friends attended the rites. Those from out of town came from Berlin, Neenah, Ogema, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Dells, Arkansas, Oldfield, Durand, Pittsville, Edgar, Spencer, Mellen, Rocksalla, Appleton, Greenwood, Withee, Neillsville, Catawba, Tigerton, Abbotsford, Colby, Dorchester, Medford, Stetsonville, Milwaukee, Prentice, Phillips, Wausau, Eau Claire, Thorp, Evanston, Ill., and Rice Lake. 

Mr. Wepfer owned and operated a garage in Abbotsford until two years ago. One sister, Margaret, preceded him in death in 1923. 

Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 2 May 1957

* Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 P.M. at the Hansen Funeral Chapel in Marshfield for Harold W. Wepfer, a former Abbotsford garageman. His death occurred suddenly Monday afternoon at his home in Bethesda, Md., where he had been living the past year with his wife and daughter, Maurine. They had previously lived in Florida since he retired from the garage business in 1955 for health reasons.

Mr. Wepfer was born in Marshfield on January 9, 1901, and at an early age moved to Colby and lived here until his marriage to Norma Zahorka in Waukegan, Ill., on May 21, 1929. They lived in Eau Claire before moving to Abbotsford in 1934. Two years later he built the Motor Inn Garage in Abbotsford which he operated until ill health forced him to retire.

Besides his wife and daughter, he leaves a son, Myron of Abbotsford; three grandchildren, Rodney, Duane and Lou Anne Wepfer of Abbotsford; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Wepfer of Colby, and three sisters, Mrs. Herbert (Altine) Stoltzman of Marshfield, Mrs. Harold (Maydell) Brockhaus of Colby and Mrs. Delbert (Goldie) Klepzig of Decatur, Ill.


Wepfer, William (30 Apr. 1878 – 23 Mar. 1960)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 24 Mar. 1960

* William Wepfer of Colby died at his home Wednesday morning at 5:30 A.M. at the age of 81 years after suffering a stroke five days ago. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 P.M. at the Hansen Funeral Chapel and internment will be made in the Colby cemetery. He was a member of the Christian church.

Mr. Wepfer was born on April 30, 1878, in Marshfield. He married Mabel Gray on December 20, 1899, by the late Rev. L. Thom at the home of the bride’s parents in Marshfield. In 1902 the couple moved to Stevens Point where Mr. Wepfer was employed by the Coye Manufacturing Company. Two years later they returned to Marshfield and Mr. Wepfer resumed employment with the Upham Manufacturing Company, where he began working when he was 12 years of age. They moved to a farm west of Colby in 1909, making that their home until 14 years ago, when they moved to the city of Colby.

Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Altine) Stoltzman of Marshfield, Mrs. Harold (Maydell) Brockhause of Colby, Mrs. Delbert (Goldie) Klepzig of Decatur, Ill.; eight grand children; six great grand children; two sisters, Mrs. Albert Bubolz of Pittsville and Mrs. Albert Plat of Port Edwards. A daughter, one son, three sisters and a brother preceded him in death.

Since coming to Colby, Mr. Wepfer was known to everyone who knew him as a kindly old gentleman, friendly in every way.


Wernberg, Ruth M. (19 Oct. 1917 - 22 Apr. 1999)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 24 Apr. 1999

* Ruth M. Wernberg, 81, of 7858 Richfield Dr., Arpin, died at 2:05 p.m. April 22, 1999, in the hospice unit of St. Joseph’s Hospital where she had been admitted on April 21.

Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Hansen’s Funeral Chapel with Pastor Paul Nelson and Pastor Roy D. Williams, officiating.

Burial will take place in the North Arpin Free Church Cemetery in the town of Richfield. Pallbearers will be Karl and Leif Wallin, Torey, Ben and Sam Wernberg, Floyd Schoen, Dennis Wolf and Jerry Mannigel.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and again after 12:30 p.m. Monday, both at the funeral chapel.

Memorials may be designated to the home hospice program of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Mrs. Wernberg was born Oct. 19, 1917, in New Richmond, the daughter of Charles and Minnie (nee Kanbbe) Brey. She received her elementary education in the town of Richfield and was a graduate of McKinley High School in Marshfield. She was married to Roy Wernberg on Nov. 28, 1935. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1985.

After their marriage, the couple lived in the town of Richfield where Mr. Wernberg was employed by the Wood County High Department.

Ruth was a member of the former North Arpin Church and its Ladies Aid and the Specialty Car Enthusiasts Club.

She is survived by her children, Werner (Toni) Wernberg of Clintonville; Gayle Wernberg of Arpin; Lance Wernberg of Arpin; Korlis (Knute) Wallin of Greenwood; Ryan Wernberg of Arpin and Rob (Catherine) Wernberg of Dorchester. She is further survived by her grandchildren, Wendy Crisci, Amy Wernberg, Karl and Leif Wallin, Ben, Sam, Luke and Zachary Wernberg, Stacy Schoen, Torey Wernberg and Josh and Matt Krauter, and her great-grandchildren, Suzanne, Shelly and Dustin Schoen, Evay Roy and Aaron Wernberg and Alexandra Krauter.

In addition to her husband, Roy, who died on March 29, 1989, she was predeceased by a grand-child, Eric Wernberg, a sister, Helen Sell, and a brother, Charles Brey, Jr.


Werner, Edna C. (25 Feb. 1906 – 29 June 1993)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 1 July 1993

* Services for Mrs. Edna C. Werner, 87, a Marshfield resident, who died at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday at Neillsville Memorial Nursing Home, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The Rev. Peter J. Leketas will officiate. Music will be provided by Mrs. Helen Brinkmann, organist, and the Men’s Trio.

Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul, Dennis and Roger Nikolai, Jay Werner, Roger Schumacher, Gregory Schmidt, Gary Vanderhoof and Shane Peterson.

Visitation will be at Rembs/Kundinger Chapel from 4-9 p.m. today and again Friday until service time. A Sacred Heart Parish Council of Catholic Women rosary service will be at 4 p.m. today followed by a parish prayer service at 7, both at the funeral chapel.

She was born Feb. 25, 1906, in Kendall, to the late Frank and Adeline (Geschke) Sotona. She attended rural Kendall schools and helped on the home farm until her marriage.

She was married to Joseph F. Werner May 17, 1937, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Hillsboro. Her husband was a more than 49-year employee for Roddis Plywood Corp., now Weyerhaeuser Co., until retiring in 1963. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1987, and he died March 7, 1992.

She and her husband moved to Marshfield in 1937, and she did domestic work for various families in Marshfield. She continued to reside in Marshfield until she became a resident of Memorial Nursing Home on Dec. 30, 1988.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Parish Council of Catholic Women.

Survivors include one son, Raymond J. of Marshfield; one daughter, Mrs. Patrick (Helen) Nikolai of Stratford; three brothers, Roy Sotona of Racine, Lyle Sotona of Kendall and Harold Sotona of Conyers, Ga.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

She was also predeceased by one foster grandson, Patrick Werner, in 1978.

Memorials may be given to Marshfield Medical Foundation for Alzheimer’s Research and Parkinson’s Disease Research.


Orville Westberg (26 Oct. 1915 – 6 Nov. 2007)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 8 Nov. 2007; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman

UNITY -- Orville Westberg, 92, of Marshfield, formerly of the Colby area, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at Three Oaks in Marshfield.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Unity. Inurnment will be in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Unity. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Maurina/Community Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Orville was born Oct. 26, 1915, in Unity, to Andrew and Annie (Williamson) Westberg. He and Clara Ladwig were married Dec. 29, 1941, in Yuma, Ariz. He farmed most of his life in the Colby area and worked for Modern Sleep, Weyerhaeuser and Berg Equipment. They moved to Florida for 15 years and moved back to Spencer, then to Angelus in Marshfield and then Three Oaks.

Orville is survived by his wife Clara of Three Oaks; his children, Eldon (Kay) Westberg, Phillips, Larry (Carol) Westberg, Milton, Randy ((Dana) Westberg, Green Bay, and Rick (Myra) Westberg, Unity; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; one sister, Delores Bruezewitz, Marshfield; and one brother, Harold, of Oregon.


Westerveld, Beth L. (18 Oct. 1953 – 6 Dec. 2008)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 11 Dec. 2008

* Beth L. Westerveld, 55, of Marshfield, passed away Saturday, Dec. 6 at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

Beth was born Oct. 18, 1953, in Waupun, the daughter of Roland and Ethel (Rehwinkel) Westerveld. Beth and her family lived in the Waupun area for approximately 21 years. After Waupun, she became a resident of the Demes Rehabilitation Center in Green Bay. She then resided at the Norwood Health Center and Aurora group home of Marshfield and the Clark County Health Care Center.

Beth is survived by her parents, Roland (Ethel) Westerveld of Marshfield; two brothers, Paul (Peggy) Westerveld of Holmen and Mark (Mary Jo) Westerveld of De Forest; a nephew, Spencer Westerveld of Holmen; a niece, Kelsey Westerveld of Holmen; and two aunts, Elaine Rehwinkel of Waupun and Marilyn Westerveld of Waupun. She is preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Funeral services for Beth L. Westerveld will be held Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with the Rev. Mark Krueger and the Rev. Daryn Bahn officiating. Burial will follow in Alto Cemetery in the town of Alto. Friends and relatives may call on the family Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun and staff are serving the family

 

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