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Corleen Seefeld Oelke, age 91, of Wausau, formerly of the Town of Berlin, Marathon County, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at Sylvan Crossings, Wausau.

Corleen Seefeld Oelke was born in the Town of Scott, Lincoln County, on March 11, 1923, daughter of the late August and Angela (Zastrow) Heldt.  She attended City View and Merrill High Schools and took many courses at the Marathon County Technical School.  On October 16, 1943, she and Robert Seefeld, Jr., were united in marriage.  He preceded her in death on October 19, 1969.  On June 16, 1972, Corleen married Clarence Oelke.  He preceded her in death on December 18, 1987.  For a time, she was secretary of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Ladies Aid and Berlin & Kitchen Kookies Homemakers Clubs.  She loved babies and flowers.  Corleen had been a resident of Sylvan Crossings, Wausau, for the past six years.

She is survived by two daughters, Sally Graap (Steve Radke) and Corleen Olmsted (Gary Bombagi), both of Wausau; four sons, Brian Seefeld, of Athens, Bruce (Sandra) Seefeld, of Merrill, Robert (Marilyn) Seefeld, of Hamburg, and Toby Seefeld, of Wausau; two step children, Marlene (John) Stubbe and Tom (Nita) Oelke, both of Wausau; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mae Boushley, of Merrill.  Corleen was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Seefeld, Jr. and Clarence Oelke; her parents, August and Angela Heldt; one sister, Ena Reger; three brothers, Orlin, August, and Karl Heldt; and her friend, Albert Radke. 

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 13, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.  Rev. Joel Danner will officiate.  Interment will follow at St. Paul’s Church Cemetery - Naugart, Town of Berlin, Marathon County.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.  The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.

The family would like to thank the staff at Sylvan Crossings, Wausau, for their care and compassion.   

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Duane M. Mahn, age 87, of Merrill, died Thursday, September 11, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.

Duane was born February 5, 1927, in Merrill, daughter of the late Louis and Edna (Krueger) Williquette. She married Lorton Mahn on March 26, 1949. He survives. Duane was a graduate of Merrill Senior High School. She was employed at Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill, for 34 years prior to her retirement. Duane worked hard all her life and loved her children with all her heart. She was very proud of her son, Scott, and her daughter Kristine, and also had a very special love for her son in law, Gene. She enjoyed the opportunities to go shopping or visit with her daughter, sisters, and her special godchild, Johann (Stewart) Doty. A special time in the summer of 2011 was when Duane, and her sisters Ruthie, and Elaine were brought together by their daughters, Kristine Eagan, Johann Doty, and Tammi Wiedeman for a joyful gathering of memories. Duane enjoyed animals, especially all her dachshunds. Nature was special to her and she enjoyed a home in the country for many years. Christmas was a very special time of the year for Duane with baking and decorating, and bringing the family together to celebrate the birth of Christ. Duane was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Lorton Mahn, Merrill; son, Scott L. Mahn, Merrill; daughter, Kristine (Gene) Eagan, Prairie du Sac, WI; and one sister, Ruthie Jonas, Wausau. Duane was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Edna Williquette, two sisters, Elaine C. Wendt and Ila Davis, one brother, Lawrence ‘Sonny’ Williquette, and her aunt, Grace Swett.

Duane's family wishes to sincerely thank the staff of Pine Crest Nursing Home for the loving care and generosity they provided to our wife and mother.  

 A private family funeral service will be held. Entombment will take place in Merrill Memorial Park Mausoleum. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.

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William J. ‘Bill’ Hass, age 73, of the town of Rock Falls, Lincoln County, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014, at Asprius Wausau Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born January 4, 1941, in Merrill, the only child of the late William F. and Estelle (Shearier) Hass. He married Judy Lemke on September 28, 1963. She survives. Bill began his career as a firefighter with the Merrill Fire Department in 1966. He worked his way up to the rank of lieutenant, and at the time of his retirement, Bill was the Deputy Chief. Bill was the former owner and operator of both ‘Bill Hass & Sons Fire Equipment, and ‘Bill Hass Excavating’. Bill enjoyed yard work, fishing, buying and selling vehicles, helping his many friends with their projects, and doing anything with his grandson Andy. Bill was always active and was not afraid of hard work. Bill also enjoyed daily conversations with his group of friends. He was a great provider for his family.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Hass, town of Rock Falls; one son, Steve (Lisa) Hass, Merrill; one grandson, Andrew Hass, Merrill; and many friends. Besides his parents, Bill is preceded in death by a son, Bill, Jr., in 2005. 

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 A.M. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. The Rev. Michael McLain is presiding. Burial will follow in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, Merrill. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.

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 Sister Martha Amann, age 80, Sister of Mercy of the Holy Cross, died September 10 in Kettering, Ohio.

Sister Martha was born March 1, 1934, in North Chicago, Illinois, to Herman and Sophia (Tiskus) Amann. She entered Holy Cross Convent in Merrill, WI, on July 16, 1953, and celebrated her First Profession on August 22, 1955.

Sister Martha received her education at Our Lady of the Holy Cross High School in Merrill, WI; College of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois; Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI and Xavier University. Also known as Sister Mary Grace, her 60 years of ministry included teaching elementary school in Antigo, Rhinelander and Menasha, WI and Deer Park and Cincinnati, Ohio. Sister also worked in parish ministry in Cincinnati, Ohio. She became certified as a chaplain and ministered for 22 years at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, until her retirement in 2010.

Sister is survived by her family of Holy Cross Sisters and associates, step-brother Gene Phillips, Beloit, WI; and cousins. The Holy Cross Sisters are grateful for the help during her last illness of Louise Adams, Helen Luksic and many friends from Precious Blood Parish and Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, September 20, at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence in Merrill, WI, with Father Charles Hoffman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Merrill, WI. Visitation will take place from 9 a.m. till time of service at Holy Cross Chapel.

Memorials can be made to the Holy Cross Sisters, 1400 O’ Day Street, Merrill, WI 54452. The Taylor Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, WI, and Baker-Hazel-Snider Funeral Home, Dayton, Ohio, are assisting with arrangements.

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Margaret A. Bennish, age 74, of Merrill, died Monday, September 15, 2014, at her home under the care of her family and Ministry Home Care Hospice.
 

Margaret was born September 13, 1940, in Merrill, daughter of the late Geno and Florence (Knopps) Bosi.  She married Anton Bennish on January 17, 1959, in Rhinelander.  He preceded her in death on April 30, 1983.  Margaret worked at Merrill Manufacturing for over 30 years and retired in 2005.  She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill.  Margaret enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, taking walks, and was a member of the ‘Hattitudes 2.’  She loved her sisters dearly and enjoyed shopping at garage sales and thrift stores with Nancy.  Margaret always welcomed everyone into her home. 

Survivors include her children, David (Serma) Bennish, of Gleason, Barbara (Gregory) Albright, of Gleason, Sherry (Russell) Paukner, of Merrill, and Glenn Bennish, of Gleason; ten grandchildren, Tabitha, Valerie, Brent, Alexis, Amanda, Charlie, Beth, Stephanie, Anthony, and Damon; five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Madison, Bryan, Brooklyn, and Lucas; and five sisters, Jean Goodell, of Bundy, and Nancy (Arthur) Drew, Kathy (Russ) Iwen, Darlene ‘Dolly’ (Lonnie) Tanck, and Karen (Brian) Grund, all of Merrill.  Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Geno and Florence Bosi; and a sister, Laurie Bosi. 

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 P.M., Noon, on Friday, September 19, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill.  The Rev. Michael McLain will preside. Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. Friday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.

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