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Arlys Bourdage

Jan 29, 1950 - Oct 12, 2023

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Merrill, WI

Arlys Maria Bourdage, age 73, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at her home. She was born in Duluth, MN in 1950, the daughter of Norman R. and Hattie (Carlson) Bourdage. She and Richard A. Johnson were united in marriage in Merrill on June 30, 1979. After graduating from high school in Two Harbors, MN, and graduating from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, with a degree in Health Information Management, Arlys was employed for seven years at Appleton Memorial Hospital in Apple...Read More

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Earl Harvey Dallman

Oct 06, 1931 - Jan 24, 2024

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Merrill, WI

Earl Harvey Dallman, age 92, of Merrill, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, while under the care of Interim Hospice. He was born on October 6, 1931 to the late Erwin and Martha (Grassberger) Dallman in Merrill. Earl attended Merrill High School and graduated with the class of 1949. He met his soul mate, Andrea Mae Fox, and the two exchanged marriage vows on October 18, 1952 in Merrill. Sadly, she passed away on February 19, 2016.Earl took over the family farm in 1961 and was a dairy farmer for the majority of his life. Before farming, he drove gravel truck and worked in road construction. Earl also had a few jobs to supplement farming by working at the cranberry marsh, a short stint at J.W. Perry and working for the town of Corning, driving the town grader. Earl had a passion for the outdoors. Deer hunting was a priority and he formed bonds with his Buckhorn family that lasted his life. Earl loved making firewood and working in the woods. He made annual trips to Canada fishing. Earl and Andrea traveled after retirement, a 2-week train trip out West and visiting Switzerland, Florida and Branson, MO. He is remembered as a good person, that liked to joke around and always had a story to tell. Earl was a member of the Houndsman Club, AMPI and of Trinity Lutheran Church – WELS. He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.Earl is survived by his daughter: Marge (Gary) Roggenbuck, son: Mike Dallman, both of Merrill, grandchildren: Amy (Steve) Zimmermann of Kennesaw, GA and Mark (Krystal) Roggenbuck, Quentin Roggenbuck (Krysta Koenig), Scott Leo Dallman (Melissa Tremaine) and Travis (Cassie) Dallman, all of Merrill, great grandchildren: Emily Zimmermann, Sarah Zimmermann, Caylee Rose Dallman, Kaisyn Michael Dallman and Addilyn Rayne Dallman, sister-in-laws: Lorraine Dallman, Marion Fox and Linda Fox, brother-in-laws: Wally (Martha) Bahlow, David (Marlene) Fox, Royal (Geri) Fox and Dennis (Earleen) Fox and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law: Ned and Martha Fox, son: Scott Thomas Dallman, great grandson: Jake Roggenbuck, brothers: Myron (Deloris) and Lloyd Dallman, in-laws: Carlos (Carol) Hass, Bill (Edna) Dey, Eugene (Lucille) Fox, Ned Fox Jr. and Alfred (Jimmy) Fox.The memorial service for Earl will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church – WELS, in the town of Berlin. Rev. Andrew DeGier will officiate. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Waid Funeral Home, and again on Friday, February 9, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service, at the church. Inurnment will take place at a later date.Family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Pine Crest Nursing Home for their excellent care and compassion shown to Earl and his family, and to Interim Hospice for their support during his last days.Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are encouraged and may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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Fred Will

Apr 29, 1928 - Jan 30, 2024

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Merrill, WI

Fred Will, 95, of Merrill, embraced his Savior on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, leaving this earthly home.Fred was born on April 29, 1928 in Irma, WI, the son of Godfrey and Anna (Schenzel) Will. He moved to Merrill at the age of 18 to work on the Pope Dairy Farm. As grace would have it, he fell in love with the farmers daughter. Fred and Cora (Pope) were married on June 4, 1953. Fred and Cora purchased the farm soon thereafter and successfully farmed for many years. He then went to tech school for welding and brought his welding skills to a few manufacturers in Merrill, before landing and retiring from what he considered to be his "dream job" at the DNR in Tomahawk, WI. Fred built a number of prototype firebreak implements there, for which he was quite proud; some of the equipment plans he made and produced are being replicated to this day.Fred was a thoughtful and fun-loving person. He enjoyed music, rides on this UTV and chatting about anything and everything. He liked watching the Brewers and Packers. Fred’s love for hunting was unmatched and made evident by the 10-point buck he shot with a bow at the age of 94! He had a joke, saying, or song for every situation and a very special way of making others feel loved. Fred was also skilled in restoring antique cars and tractors, and loved working on his various woodworking projects. Fred had a strong and genuine faith in God and was a grace-loving man. He is remembered as a strong, intelligent and capable person that was a joy to be around. Fred was a member at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ. He is certainly gone too soon and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.Fred leaves behind many nephews and nieces, which include a special niece: Laurie (Mark) Stilwell and their sons: Christopher and Daniel (Angie), as well as 2 special nephews: Dave (Roxie) Johnson and Jim (Sally) Will, along with a sister-in-law: Jean Will and many other extended family members and good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Cora, and infant sister: Edola and infant brother: Alvin, sisters: Laura (Alfred) Johnson, Dorothy (Leonard) Mayville, Viola (Stanley) King, Adeline Huey and Lauretta (Maurice) Tiffany, brothers: Albert (Anna) Will, Raymond (Gladys) Will and Roland Will, and most recently, his sweetheart: Phyllis Frederick.The funeral service for Fred will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Waid Funeral Home. Rev. Mike Southcombe and Mark Stilwell will officiate. The visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Waid Funeral Home, and again on Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service, also at the funeral home. Burial at Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery will immediately follow the service.The service will be recorded for those unable to attend in person, and will be available for viewing under his obituary on the funeral home website.Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are encouraged and may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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Marilyn Kay Maschke

Jan 02, 1952 - Feb 13, 2024

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Merrill, WI

Marilyn Kay Maschke, age 72, of Merrill, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, while under the care of Interim Hospice. She was born on January 2, 1952, to the late Glen and Julia (Tscherter) Buffinton in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Marilyn graduated from Merrill High School in 1971, and began working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Pine Crest Nursing Home shortly thereafter, putting in 40 ½ years until her retirement. Marilyn met Clarence Maschke, and the two were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill on May 28, 1978. He survives. The couple were members at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.Family was first and foremost in Marilyn’s life, especially her grandchildren, they were her everything. She enjoyed reading, and hosting parties for family and friends. Marilyn was an amazing cook and was well-known for her famous caramel bars! She had a huge collection of recipes and always liked to try something new. Marilyn was very passionate about her flower gardens, she loved flowers, especially Calla Lilly’s and Fuchsias. She also would care for her tomato plants and harvest the tomatoes. Marilyn enjoyed watching the hummingbirds visit her flowers. She was a kind and giving woman that always put others first, truly having a servant’s heart. Marilyn will be sadly missed, but will remain with her family and friends forever.Marilyn is survived by her husband of 45 years: Clarence Maschke, son: Jason (Renae) Maschke, daughter: Julia (Pat) Spoehr, her beloved grandchildren: Steven Spoehr, Paige Spoehr and Alex Maschke, brother: Jerry (Cindy) Buffinton, sisters-in-law: Beverly (John) Prentice, Rose (Steve) Macheichok and Linda (John) Gleason, brother-in-law: Joseph (Faye) Maschke, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law: Anthony and Eleanor Maschke, stepparent-in-law: Margery Klammer Buffinton and brothers-in-law: Butch Hendricks and Randy Maschke.The memorial service for Marilyn will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. at Waid Funeral Home in Merrill. Pastor Scott Gustafson will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service, also at the funeral home.For those unable to attend the service in person, a recording of the service will be posted under her obituary on the funeral home website and will be available for future viewing.Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are encouraged and may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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Minnie Pearl Alma Eleanor Sabatke

Feb 04, 1939 - Feb 17, 2024

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Merrill, WI

"Minnie" Pearl Alma Eleanor Sabatke, age 85, passed on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill. Pearl was born on February 4, 1939 and was the daughter to the late Arthur and Elfrieda (Lambrecht) Porath in Wausau, Wisconsin. Pearl married the love of her life, Leslie Sabatke on June 16, 1956, they enjoyed nearly 65 beautiful years together before his passing in 2021.Pearl worked in House Keeping for Merrill Medical, cleaning the doctors’ offices and their homes, Eagle’s Club, Pine Crest and the VFW in Merrill. She also worked at Tiny Tot in Merrill in her younger days.Pearl was involved with Merrill Forward Together, Ladies Aide (Women’s Guild) at St. Stephens Church, Eagles Club, VFW Aux., Church Choir, and Clover Leaf Homemakers of Corning.She proudly joined the Eagles Auxiliary #584 in 1977, where she held several different positions and was President of the Auxiliary for a few different terms. She was State Eagles President from 2004 to 2005, Great Lakes Regional Eagles President from 2008 to 2009 and was inducted into the State Eagles Hall of Fame in 2008. She was also a life member of the VFW since 1996. Of her many achievements, her more recent one was earning her GED in 2014.Pearl enjoyed her flower garden, baking and watching the grandkids events and sports. While at Pine Crest, Pearl played bingo, she learned how to play Bunko, she sang with Elvis and got into Karaoke. She also joined the Choir and Bell Choir there. But her favorite time was happy hour where she was able to enjoy her strong soda on the rocks. "Minnie" Pearl was a witty, good-natured and warmhearted woman. She will truly be missed by all those who knew her.Pearl is survived by her children: Gerald (Patti) Sabatke, Linda (Marty Malzahn) Sabatke, and Craig (Crystal) Sabatke, grandchildren: Andrew (Pamela) Sabatke, Adam (Jackie) Sabatke, Breyden (Shellby Walters) Sabatke, and Bryce Sabatke, great-grandchildren: Drew, Noah, Owen, Ella, Leslie, Corey, and Isabelle Sabatke, siblings: Shirley Olkives and Robert (Bernice) Porath, siblings-in-law, Laverne (Diana) Sabatke, Larry (Lois) Sabatke, and MaryAnn Forster, and good friend and roommate: Florence Schaupp along with many nieces and nephews, some of whom were her favorites, but don’t tell anyone else.She is preceded in death by her parents, husband: Leslie Sabatke, son: Rodney Sabatke, siblings: Otto (Selma) Porath, Lavilla (Albert) Steckling, Grace (Arnold) Raddatz, Lorraine (Victor) Raddatz, Charlotte (Roman) Labarge, Ronald (Phyllis and Veronica) Porath, and Melvin (Pat) Porath, siblings-in-law: Clifford Sabatke, Jack (Ginny) Sabatke, Bernice (Lylas) Berndt, Phyllis (Ray) Schlueter, Don Forster and Allan Olkives.A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 11:30 am at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Merrill. Pastor Michael Southcombe will officiate. A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 9:00 am until the time of service also at the church, with a State Eagles memorial service starting at 11:00 am.For those unable to attend, the service will be live streamed and available for viewing under her obituary on the funeral home website.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Pearl to St. Stephen’s UCC, Eagles Auxiliary 584, and/or to the Pine Crest Nursing Home Activities. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Pine Crest Nursing Home and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice for all the love and excellent care they showed Pearl. The family would also like to thank Waid Funeral Home for all their support, care and planning of mom’s funeral.Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are encouraged and may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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Rose Marie Lakes

Dec 13, 1936 - Feb 24, 2024

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Merrill, WI

Rose Marie Lakes, 87, of Merrill, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024, at her home.Rose Marie was born December 13, 1936, in Merrill, daughter of Rinehardt and Johanna (Hassel) Graap. She married Steven E. Lakes and he passed away on September 15, 2007. Rose Marie worked many years as a registered nurse at hospitals in California and eventually took a position in home care nursing. Rose Marie moved back to the Merrill area about 15 years ago.Rose Marie is survived by her children, Cindy Martinez of Redding, CA, Debbie Guardade of Central Point, OR, and Randy (Regina) Degner of Merrill; 22 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. Rose Marie is preceded in death by her husband, Steven Lakes; parents, Rinehart and Johanna Graap; daughter Mary Degner; grandson, Ricky Degner; and several siblings.Per Rose Marie’s wishes, no formal service will be held. Taylor-Stine Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Merrill, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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Gerald C. Leistikow

Mar 24, 1935 - Feb 24, 2024

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Merrill, WI

Gerald C. ‘Jerry’ Leistikow, 88, of Merrill, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill.Jerry was born March 24, 1935, in the Town of Corning, Lincoln County, son of Clarence Sr. and Minnie (Bartelt) Leistikow. He met the love of his life, Sally Ingersoll, and the two lovingly exchanged marriage vows on January 7, 1956, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. In 1961, Jerry and Sally relocated their family to Fort Lewis Military Base in Washington when Jerry was called to serve in the National Guard during the Berlin Crisis. Thankfully, they only spent a year away from the Merrill area and returned home as soon as they could. In total, he was proud to serve as a Staff Sergeant in the National Guard for twelve years.In younger years, Jerry worked at Laabs Dairy and Page Milk. He then took a job as a millwright at Ward Paper Company in Merrill. After the mill closed, Jerry worked for Wausau Coated until 2000, when he retired. Jerry also owned and operated ‘Jerry’s Small Engines’ for about eight years, worked as a mechanic at Park City Motors for a few years, and did logging work.Serving and providing for his family was where Jerry found his purpose. He could build or fix anything. Jerry built both of their family homes and was always present to help his family with anything, but especially with hands on projects.Above all, Jerry lived his faith and loved his family. He enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; gentle teasing was often his way of connecting. Though Jerry was quiet, he cherished time with his family and friends; camping resulted in exceptionally fond memories. He loved living on the Wisconsin River and watching the wildlife, especially the deer. Jerry and Sally sought many opportunities to travel. They had been to Tennessee, Florida, Colorado, Arizona, California, and Alaska. Their trips also included Germany and Switzerland.Survivors include his children, Vicki (John Kilgust) Leistikow of Merrill, Randy (Ann Bohun-Leistikow) Leistikow of Barron, WI, and Shari (Brian) Samuelson of Merrill; four grandchildren, Kally (Eric) Jehn of Weston, Brianna (T.J.) Morris of Scott AFB, IL, Krista Leistikow (Logan Wardean) of Eau Claire, and Ryan Leistikow of Colorado Spring, CO; five great-grandchildren, Boone, Ryker, Ember, Marceline, and Jeremiah; sister, Lavera Hildebrand of Merrill; brother, Clarence Leistikow Jr. of Merrill; sister-in-law, Cynthia (Mark) Leubner of Superior; and brother-in-law, Stanley Rothmeyer of Merrill.Jerry was preceded in death by Sally Leistikow, his wife whom he dearly missed; parents, Clarence Jr. and Minnie Leistikow; sisters, Geraldine (Lyndon) Oelke and Verna (Edlor) Kleinschmidt; sisters-in-law, Dawn Leistikow and Sandra Rothmeyer; and brother-in-law, James Ingersoll.The funeral service for Jerry will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, March 4, 2024, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. David Szeto will officiate. Interment will take place in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by V.F.W. Post 1638 – Merrill. Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M., Monday, March 4, 2024, at the church. Taylor-Stine Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Merrill, is assisting the family.Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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Daniel F. Johnson

Aug 28, 1948 - Feb 19, 2024

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Merrill, WI

Daniel F. Johnson, 75, of Merrill, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024.Dan was born August 28, 1948, in Illinois, son of the late Harland and Lois (Shea) Johnson. He married Claudette ‘Claude’ Sabatke on February 10, 1968. He was married to the love of his life for 52 years. Claude preceded him in death on December 10, 2020.Dan completed the Millwright course and apprenticeship at N.T.C. in Wausau. He received his Wisconsin Certification of Apprenticeship as a Millwright on September 19, 1989, and worked many years at Wausau Paper Mill in Brokaw.Dan enjoyed watching sports in his home stadium and golfing with friends. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. He was very proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s accomplishments and greatly enjoyed cheering them on from the sidelines. Dan loved spending time with his family, especially being the captain and teaching the kids to co-captain the pontoon while enjoying the day up at the family’s river property. He also enjoyed dining out and socializing with many friends.Survivors include his children, Peggy Boehm of Merrill and Dustin (Rebekah) Johnson of Merrill; grandchildren, Danielle Boehm, Charlotte (Tyson) Krause, Kassandra Johnson, Devon Johnson, Myia Johnson, and Alexander Johnson; great-grandchildren, Eli Boehm, Asher Reinke, Valerie Reinke, Colt Krause, and Cash Krause; brother, Mike (Deana) Johnson of Alabama; and two nephews. Dan was preceded in death by his wife, Claudette ‘Claude’ Johnson; parents, Harland and Lois Johnson; and brother, Scott Johnson.A memorial visitation will begin at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, February 29, 2024, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. A prayer service will be held at 4:00 P.M. with Rev. Michael Southcombe officiatingTaylor-Stine Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Merrill, is assisting the family.Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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Sally Ann Behncke

Jan 09, 1936 - Dec 28, 2023

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Merrill, WI

MERRILL – Sally Ann Behncke (formerly of Fennimore), age 87, found her eternal peace on Thursday, December 28, 2023. She was born on January 9, 1936; the daughter of Walter E. and Carol Behnke. Sally had one brother, Maynard (Judy) Behncke, who was her best friend and a sister, Joan (Bob) Bald. From a young age, Sally was a self-taught artist. She dabbled in painting and carving, but her specialty was pencil drawings. She created over 4,000 pencil drawings of people, pets, and buildings. Sally painted a 175-foot mural depicting the history of Fennimore for the Fennimore Sesquicentennial. It covered the entire side of the old Fennimore Lumber Company building. Sally also wrote a book titled “Soaring Like an Eagle – One day at a time”. This autobiography told of the many struggles she endured throughout her life. Despite her many struggles, Sally always found a way to maintain her positive attitude. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, building, and garage saling. She also went on many trips to the “boat” with her mother. In her later years, Sally enjoyed spending time with her daughter, Jody and her husband Joe and her son Charlie and his wife Sandra. They spent many summer evenings attending concerts in the park and going on strolls through the neighborhood. Sally is survived by three children: Alan (Sally) Millin, Charles (Sandra) Slaght, and Jody (Joe) Malsack; 17 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and brother, Maynard (Judy) Behncke. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Curt Millin; and sister, Joan Bald. Saturday, January 13, 2024 10:00 a.m. Prairie Cemetery Fennimore, WI

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John Giallombardo

Feb 05, 1948 - Feb 17, 2024

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Merrill, WI

In Loving Memory of John Giallombardo February 5, 1948 – February 17, 2024 John Giallombardo, age 76, passed away peacefully at home in Merrill WI on February 17, 2024 surrounded by his loving family with the support of Aspirus Hospice Care. His family meant everything to him, and he found joy in spending time with them, creating lasting memories that will be treasured forever. Early in his career, John wore many hats, from a teacher to a restaurant owner of the Giallombardo Downtowner in La Crosse, and even a prison guard for a brief time. He later earned his Master’s Degree in social work and served as a social worker, counselor and adjunct instructor for Viterbo University, Upper Iowa University and North Central Technical College. A talented artist, John had a passion for painting that he was eager to share with everyone around him. Whether it was to raise funds for charities, such as Pilot Dogs or Lions Club, or to enrich the homes of his friends and family, John enjoyed sharing his paintings at least as much as he enjoyed painting them. But perhaps John's greatest gift was his ability to make friends with everyone he met. From forming a friendship with the person in front of him in line to befriending a stranger that had dialed a wrong number, John’s genuine kindness and warmth endeared him to all who knew him. Whether sharing a joke or offering a listening ear, John had a way of making people feel valued and appreciated. With 7 kids and 12 grandkids, he had plenty of practice at finding humor in challenging situations. His jokes and anecdotes, which you may have heard repeated on occasion, will be remembered fondly by all who had the privilege of knowing him. John is survived by his wife, Dorothy, his children Rick (Cozette), Laura (Ken), Pat, Ed (Marjorie), Tony (Diana), Dominic (Mary Jane) and Joe (Natalia), his grandchildren Vincent, Vanessa, Valerie, VJ, Tyler, Aiden, Lena, Adelynn, Isabelle, Paulo, Margarette, Andrew and Nathan, his siblings Bob Giallombardo, Connie Nightengale-Phillips, Barb Hoffman, Pam Emge, Jacque Jensen, Cathy Georgeson, Fred Nightengale, Bob Nightengale and many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents John Giallombardo, Jacqueline and Gene Nightengale and brothers Georgie Giallombardo, Richie Giallombardo and John Nightengale. Visitation will be held on 3/1/24 at Saint Matthew Catholic Church in Wausau WI starting at 9:30am followed by a funeral Mass at 12pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pilot Dogs (www.pilotdogs.org), Hope Life Center of Wausau, or a charity of your choice in John's memory. John leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and faith. He will be deeply missed by his devoted wife of 50 years, his children, grandchildren, extended family, and many friends. Though John may no longer be with us in person, his spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.

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Sister Loretta Schreiber

May 02, 1928 - Feb 13, 2024

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Merrill, WI

Sister Loretta SchreiberMay 2, 1928 – February 13, 2024Sister Loretta Schreiber, a Sister of Mercy of the Holy Cross, age 95, died February 13, 2024, at Bell Tower Residence Assisted Living in Merrill, Wisconsin.Irene Schreiber was born May 2, 1928, in Athens, Wisconsin, to Bernard and Hattie (Soucek) Schreiber. She entered Holy Cross Convent in Merrill, Wisconsin, on August 12, 1947, and professed her vows on July 2, 1949. Sister Loretta was in her 74th year of ministry at the time of her death.She attended Our Lady of the Holy Cross High School, Merrill, Wisconsin graduating in 1947. She received her practical nursing certificate from St Joseph’s School of Practical Nursing in Dickinson, North Dakota on September 29, 1953. Sister Loretta was a staff nurse (8 years) at St Joseph’s Hospital, Dickinson, ND, Holy Cross Hospital (2 years) Merrill, WI, and St Joseph’s Hospital (27 years) Breese, IL. When she retired from nursing, she continued her service to patients and employees in the Heath Information Services (17 years) at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, IL. In 2013, she moved to Bell Tower Residence in Merrill, WI and joined the small community of sisters living there.Sister was involved in visiting the elderly in their homes and in nursing homes, bringing communion to the sick in their parishes in the Breese area as well as St. Joseph’s Hospital. In her later years she enjoyed yard work and tending to the birds who came to her bird feeder.Preceding her in death are her brothers, Fr Bernard, Clarence, and George, an infant brother, August, and parents, Bernard and Hattie.She is survived by her family of Holy Cross Sisters and associates, as well as by her brother, Roman Schreiber, Abbotsford, one sister-in-law, Marcella Schreiber, Abbotsford, and many nieces and nephews.A Funeral Mass for Sister will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the Holy Cross Chapel in Bell Tower Residence. Father Charles Hoffmann will officiate. Visitation will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, until the time of the liturgy. Burial will follow in the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, Merrill, WI. Taylor-Stine Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Merrill, is assisting with arrangements.Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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