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Giesela Laatsch, 87, of Wausau, died Monday, September 22, 2014 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Giesela was born March 18, 1927, in Germany, daughter of the late August and Elsie Paul.  She married Robert F. Laatsch on July 16, 1955.  He preceded her in death on February 10, 1983.  Giesela was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Town of Maine, Marathon County.  She enjoyed playing bingo, polka music and dancing, the outdoors, and her pet cats.  Giesela especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia (Bruce) Plautz, of Reedsburg, WI, and Jean (Bill) Wayda, of Merrill; one son, Bruce (Barb) Laatsch, of Merrill; seven grandchildren, Tracey (Mike) Sherwood, of Reedsburg, Tanya (Mike) Copas, of Stevens Point, Dana Plautz (Mark Allbaugh), of Reedsburg, Jacob Laatsch, of Mosinee, Sammy Laatsch, of Kronenwetter, Zachary Wayda, of Merrill, and Joshua Wayda, of Merrill; seven great-grandchildren, Haley, Saige, Ross, Riley, Maya, Sylas, and Kyle; two sisters, Irma Stine, of Merrill, and Joyce (Jerry) Jawson, of Berlin, WI; six brothers, Alfred Paul, of Faircrest, VA, Walter Paul, of Beloit, Herbert (Betty) Paul, of Kimberly, WI, Frederick (Bev) Paul, of Sterling Heights, MI, David (Jan) Paul, of Neenah, and Michael Paul, of Greenville, WI; and many nieces and nephews.  Giesela was preceded in death by her husband, Robert F. Laatsch; one son, Ronald Laatsch; her parents, August and Elsie Paul; and six siblings, Ursula Mueller, Margaret Goehe, Adeline Paul, Donald Paul, Lester Paul, and Robert Paul.

The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M., Friday, September 26, 2014, at Faith Lutheran Church, Town of Maine.  Rev. Kevin Hoogland will officiate.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Town of Maine.  Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., Thursday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 10:00 A.M., Friday at the church.

The family wishes to thank Benedictine Living Community of Wausau and Aspirus Wausau Hospital for the excellent care provided to their mother.

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Ella W. Lembke, age 97, formerly of Merrill, died Friday, September 26, 2014, at Osseo Area Nursing Home, Osseo, Wisconsin.

Ella was born May 20, 1917, in Merrill, daughter of the late Carl and Albertina Luedtke. She married Elmer Lembke, and he preceded her in death in 1962. Ella had been employed at Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren. Ella was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill.

Survivors include her son in law, Victor Menebroeker of Rockland, Michigan; two grandsons, Adam Menebroeker of Wausau, and Tim (Heidi) Menebroeker of Osseo; and her special niece, Gail Lembke, Chatfield, Minnesota. Besides her parents and husband, Ella is preceded in death by her daughter, Kathy Menebroeker.

The funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home. The Rev. Scott Gustafson will officiate. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park. Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. Wednesday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

The Rev. Roy R. Bloomquist, age 95, of Golden Valley, Minnesota, formerly of Merrill, died Monday, September 29, 2014, at Minneapolis North Ridge Nursing Home, New Hope, Minnesota.

Roy was born April 18, 1919, in Merrill, son of the late Elmer and Anna (Neunast) Bloomquist. He married Marjorie P. Langvand on December 17, 1945, in Seattle, Washington. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2007. Roy graduated from Merrill Senior High School in 1937. He then attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois for two years. Thereafter, Roy served with the U.S. Army during World War II, and was stationed in New Guinea, The Philippines. After his honorable discharge, Roy enrolled at the University of Wisconsin – Superior, graduating in 1948. Roy then returned to Augustana  College – Theological Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois. As a student pastor, Roy served the Calvary Presbyterian Church, Iron River, Wisconsin, and Zion Lutheran Church, Superior, Wisconsin. Rev. Roy was ordained in 1951, and from 1951 until 1955, he was the parish pastor at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Berkley, Illinois. Rev. Roy then joined the faculty at Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis for one year. From 1956 until 1961, Rev. Roy served with the faculty at Seattle Lutheran Bible Institute, Seattle, Washington. In 1961, Rev. Roy returned to Minneapolis for a special assignment as Radio Director/Radio Pastor for the ‘Psalm of Life’ radio program, a position he held for 24 years. While Rev. Roy was with the radio ministry he also served a camp director for 11 years at Mount Carmel Camp, Alexandria, Minnesota. He retired in 1985.

Survivors include his daughter, Leila Beth Bloomquist-Sarset, Omaha, Nebraska; his son, Daniel (Terri) Bloomquist, Golden Valley, Minnesota; his granddaughter, Sarah Ann Sarset, Omaha, Nebraska; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Besides his wife and parents, Rev. Roy was preceded in death by two sisters, Lola Dietrich and Ethel Stine, and three brothers, Lester, Carl, and Edgar Bloomquist.

A Graveside Service for Rev. Roy R. Bloomquist will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery, Merrill, Wisconsin. The Rev. Susan Christian will officiate. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Merrill V.F.W. Post 1638 Honor Guard. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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