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Our little angel, Lily RaeAnn Belgram, was called to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
 

Lily is survived by her parents, Eric and Ginger (Geiss) Belgram, of Merrill; her grandparents, John and Sherry Geiss and Tom and Roxy Betchwars, all of Merrill; hergreat-grandparents, Elaine Mittelsteadt and Marcella Geiss, both of Merrill, and John and Jean Slominski, of Wausau; her aunts and uncles, Andy (Michelle) Geiss, Lindsay (Landon) Malzahn, Jaime Belgram and John (Casey) Belgram; and her cousins, Josie and Madie Geiss, Aidan Malzahn, Amber and Darian Woller, and Christian Belgram.  Lily was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers, Henry Mittelsteadt and Edwin Geiss.  

The memorial service for Lily will be at 5:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill.  The Rev. R. Brian Stolarczyk will officiate.  The family will receive family and friends at the church beginning at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday.  The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com/


Mabel R. Johnson, 96, of Merrill, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, under the care of her family and the nursing home staff.


Mabel was born November 15, 1917, in the Town of Birch, Lincoln County, daughter of the late George and Florence (Winchester) Benson.  She married Otto Waldburger on July 12, 1936, and he preceded her in death in 1971.  She then married Adolph Johnson in 1973, and he also preceded her in death.  Mabel had been a homemaker.  She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, and was also a member the church’s Ladies Aid and Dorcas Society.  Mabel enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading and singing.  Mabel was a Red Cross Volunteer years ago.

Survivors include five daughters, Gayle (David) Oberg, Merrill, Mary Hilgendorf, Marathon, Karen (Stanley) Torkelson, Tomahawk, Linda (David) Brown, Merrill and Barbara (Donald) Mikeal-McDowell, Manitowoc; one son, Allan (Kate) Waldburger, Merrill;  25 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Edith (Rev. Jack) Shook, Irma.  Besides her parents and husbands, Mabel was preceded in death by one daughter, Janice Stockowitz; three son-in-laws, Bill Stockowitz, Robert Hilgendorf and Gary Mikeal; one great-grandson, Cody Waldburger; three sisters, Margaret Wilson, Nellie Collins and Ethel Jeske-Griffin; and seven brothers, John, George, Harold, Norman, Clarence, David and Leonard Benson.

The funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill.  The Rev. Joel Hoelter will officiate.  Burial will follow in Chat Cemetery, Town of Birch.  Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 10:00 A.M. Thursday at the church.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Pine Crest Nursing Home for the wonderful care given to their mother and grandmother.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com/


Lula M. VonLoh, age 95, of Merrill, passed away Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.


Lula was born on March 28, 1919, in Milwaukee, daughter of the late Arthur and Louisa (Nelson) Goff.  She married Henry VonLoh on October 27, 1945, in Irma.  He preceded her in death on July 16, 1985.  Lula was a homemaker and helped her husband on their farm.  She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Wegner and Kaye (Jim) Roberts, both of Merrill; two sons, Robert VonLoh and James (Rose) VonLoh, both of Merrill; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great- grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.  Lula was preceded in death by her husband, Henry VonLoh; her father, Arthur Goff; her mother, Louisa (Nelson) Goff Winkleman; her step father, Harry Winkleman; her brother, Arthur Goff; and her son-in-law, Jim Wegner.

The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Pine Crest Nursing Home Chapel, Merrill.  Burial will take place in Chat Cemetery, Town of Birch, Lincoln County.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. Friday at the Pine Crest Nursing Home Chapel.  The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.  

Online condolences may be made at http://www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com/


Alice F. Tewes, age 68, of Merrill, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital, Weston.


Alice was born October 18, 1945, in Wausau, daughter of the late Albert and Alice (Weber) Krause, Sr. She married Maurice ‘Rudy’ Tewes on November 29, 1988. He survives. Alice had been a homemaker and a beautician. She had worked for Ruth Semling and had also worked at Estelle’s Beauty Salon, both located in Merrill. For many years Alice also worked at the ‘Hodag’ Music Festival in Rhinelander. She enjoyed volunteering her time with ‘Haven’ in Merrill, playing bingo, and casino trips. Alice was a ‘foster mother’ for several years. She was proud to be a ‘Jefferson Award’ winner.

Survivors include her husband, Maurice ‘Rudy’ Tewes, of Merrill; two daughters, Michele (Tim) Seiwert and Rhonda (Todd) Knoblock, both of Merrill; two sons, Henry (Tammy) Puphal, of Abbotsford, and James Tewes, of Merrill; ten grandchildren, Steven, Dakota, Dustin, Ashley, Jake, Danyssa, Alyssa, Dallas, Eli and Kyle; two great grandchildren, Akiralexia and Zayne; two sisters, Lois Wold, of Merrill, and Judith (Jerry) Schmidt, of Tomahawk; two sisters-in-law, Joan Krause, of Wausau and Carol Krause, of Merrill; and many nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, Alice was preceded in death by a granddaughter; and three brothers, Albert Krause, Jr., Roger Krause and Warren Dale Krause.

The Funeral Liturgy will be at 1:30 P.M. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Father Michael McLain will preside.  Burial will follow in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Thursday and after 12:00 P.M., Noon, Friday, all at the funeral home.


James D. Hodgson, age 56, of Merrill, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 21, 2014.


Jim was born March 10, 1958, in Merrill, son of the late Lee and Lila (Krueger) Hodgson. He married Marilyn J. Kufahl on June 17, 1978, in Merrill. She survives. Jim had previously worked with Reindl Printing, Merrill, and Endeavor Airlines, Mosinee. He was currently parts manager for Service Motors Company, Inc. of Wausau. Jim enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and gardening. He enjoyed sharing these pastimes and gifts with family and friends. Jim was a member of Bible Presbyterian Church, Merrill.

Survivors include his wife Marilyn Hodgson, Merrill; four children, Amanda Hodgson of Madison, Jeremy (Sarah) Hodgson of Hermantown, MN, Bethany Hodgson of Duluth, MN, and Justin Hodgson of Oak Park, MI; and his siblings, Jerry (Dixie) Karau of Green Bay, Mary (Cliff) Gorman of Kronenwetter, Ruth (Rowe) Zentner of Minocqua, Dan (Karen) Hodgson of Merrill, and Kay (Jon) Schulz of Edgar. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Lila Hodgson, and two brothers, Larry Karau and Bill Hodgson.

A Memorial Service for James D. Hodgson will begin at 3:00 P.M. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Bible Presbyterian Church, Merrill. The Rev. Robert Smallman will officiate. A time of fellowship for family and friends will held after the service is concluded, and will take place in the church lounge. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

William N. Lechelt, age 89, of Merrill, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Artisan Assisted Living Center, Merrill.


Bill was born June 14, 1924, in Lincoln County, son of the late August and Emily (Rusch) Lechelt. He married Florence L. Torzewski on June 9, 1945. She preceded him in death on August 11, 2007. Bill had been a Postal Carrier, in Merrill, for the United States Postal Service. Many years ago he owned and operated ‘Lechelt’s Bar’ on Merrill’s Westside. From 1957 until 1967, Bill tended bar at Club Modern in Merrill, for then owner, Herb Schulz. He continued to tend bar at Club Modern until 1994 for owners Steve and Linda Blake. Bill enjoyed fishing, picking mushrooms and spending time in the woods, and baseball, especially the Milwaukee Brewers. Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was stationed in Germany.

Survivors include his son, Robert ‘Mitch’ (wife, Ann) Lechelt, Waunakee; his granddaughter, Molly Lechelt, Waunakee; son in law, Scott Rucinski, Merrill; and several nieces and nephews. Bill is preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Rucinski, in December of 2002; and two sisters, Frieda Lee and Olga Hohenfeldt. 

The funeral service will begin at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Chaplain Scott Gustafson of the Wisconsin National Guard will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, Merrill, with graveside military rites conducted by the Merrill V.F.W. Post 1638 Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com/
     

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