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age 76 years, of Ramsdell St., Marion, passed away Sunday evening, May
30, 2010 at her home.
Carol Mae Sprenger was born on March 4, 1934 in the Town of Dupont,
Waupaca County, to Charles and Ella Sprenger. She was raised in the
Marion area and graduated from Marion High School. Carol was united in
marriage on December 16, 1955 to Joseph J. Gretzinger at St. John's
Lutheran Church in Marion. She worked various jobs over the years while
raising her family. Carol was employed for many years as a teller at
Dairyman's State Bank in Marion and Clintonville, retiring in 1998. Her
husband preceded her in death on February 2, 2009. She is a member of
St. Martin Lutheran Church, Clintonville. Carol was an active church
volunteer, helping to count the collection and she made phone calls to
parishioners to wish them a happy birthday. Her interests included
cooking, baking, craft projects, and watching the birds. Carol
especially enjoyed making stuffed animals and spending time with family
Survivors include three children; Mark (Aggie) of Madison, Beth of
Marion, and John (Donna) of Appleton. There are four grandchildren;
Nathan (Leslie), Heidi, Aaron & David Gretzinger. There are five
sisters-in-law; Pat Sprenger of Manawa, Nancy Gretzinger of Appleton,
Frances Gretzinger of Clintonville, Elaine Hurley of Milwaukee, and
Barbara (Martin) Niemuth of Clintonville. She is further survived by one
brother-in-law, Forrest Barrow of Clintonville, other relatives,
friends, and her Shih Tzu companion, Maddie. Carol is preceded in death
by her husband, Joseph, two sisters, Ruth Preuss & Ruby Wendt, and three
brothers, Walter, Melvin & Bill Sprenger.
Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at the
Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, with Rev. Christian Burg
officiating. Friends may call on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of
service at the funeral home.
The family refers memorial
to the SMART center at St. Martin's Lutheran Church
Joseph J. Gretzinger,
age 76 years, of Ramsdell St., Marion, passed away Monday morning,
February 2, 2009 at his home.
Joseph John Gretzinger was born October 5, 1932 in Clintonville to the
late Charles and Velinda (Posselt) Gretzinger. Shortly after graduating
from Clintonville High School he entered the U.S. Army and served in
Korea. Joe was united in marriage on December 16, 1955 to Carol M.
Sprenger at St. John's Lutheran Church in Marion. He worked at Marion
Body Works from 1958-72. Joe was employed at Miller Electric in Appleton
from 1977 until his retirement in 1996. Joe is a member of St. Martin
Lutheran Church, Clintonville, where he was an active usher. His hobbies
included cutting fire wood, taking care of his yard, feeding and
watching the birds. Joe especially appreciated nature and enjoyed
spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Carol, and three children; Mark (Aggie) of
Madison, Beth of Marion, and John (Donna) of Appleton. There are four
grandchildren; Nathan, Heidi, Aaron & David Gretzinger. There are two
sisters, Elaine Hurley of Milwaukee and Barbara (Martin) Niemuth of
Clintonville. There is a brother, Robert (Nancy) Gretzinger of New
London, a sister-in-law, Frances Gretzinger of Clintonville, and a
brother-in-law, Forrest Barrow of Clintonville. Further survived by many
other relatives, friends, and his Shih Tzu companion, Maddie. He is
preceded in death by two sisters, Rose Howard & Dorothy Barrow, three
brothers, Ronald "Red", James & Charles Gretzinger, a sister-in-law,
Lois Gretzinger, and a brother-in-law, Ken Hurley.
Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, February 5th at 11:00 a.m. at
the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, with Rev. Christian Burg
officiating. Friends may call on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of
service at the funeral home.
The family refers memorial to the SMART center at St. Martin's Lutheran
Portage County Gazette - Portage,
Wisconsin - July 2, 2010 pg38
Edward A. Wanta
Edward Andrew Wanta, 84, Clintonville, a town of Lanark native and
the father of a Stevens Point woman, died Monday, June 28, 2010, at
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 2,
at St. Rose Catholic Church in Clintonville, with the Rev. Larry
Canavera officiating. Interment will be in St. Rose Catholic
Cemetery in Clintonville where military graveside rites will be
conducted by members of the Clintonville American Legion Post 63 and
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 664.
Visitation will be at Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory
in Clintonville from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and at the church from
9:30 a.m. Friday until the Mass. A parish prayer service will be
held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory of Clintonville
assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be offered
online at www.eberhardtstevenson.com.
Mr. Wanta was born Nov. 15, 1925, in the town of Lanark, a son of
the late John Martin and Theodora Veronica (Ostrowski) Wanta.
He attended P.J. Jacobs High School in Stevens Point.
He entered the U.S. Navy Jan. 22, 1944. He served as a coxswain. He
trained at USNTS in Farragut, Idaho. He served on the USN Tadgen,
Shoemaker, California, the USS LSM 32, LSM, Flotilla 3, and the USS
Casablanca CVE-SS. He received the Victory Medal for World War II,
three stars for serving in the Asiatic Pacific, and the Philippine
Liberation Star. He was honorably discharged Feb. 12, 1946.
He was awarded the American Legion Certificate from Legion Post 63
for 50 years or more of service. He was a member of Post 664 in the
Veterans of Foreign Wars. His name and service are included on the
national registry at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington,
He enlisted in the Navy before receiving his high school diploma,
but because of the provisions of Wisconsin Act 73, his family was
able to present him with his high school diploma at his 75th
birthday celebration on Nov. 12, 2000.
He was married to Virginia Marie Sorenson on June 18, 1946, at St.
Stephen Catholic Church in Stevens Point. She died on Nov. 5, 1976.
He was married to Marlene Kuss on Aug. 23, 1986, at St. Rose
Catholic Church in Clintonville.
Two days following his discharge from the Navy, he began a
three-year apprenticeship as a horticulturist, through the G.I.
Bill, with Sorenson's Floral in Stevens Point. In 1951, he and
Virginia bought Clintonville Floral Company. He ran the company
until his semi-retirement on June 2, 1998.
He was a member of Teleflorists, Florafax and a 40-year member of
FTD, and he served as president of the Wisconsin/Upper Michigan
He also served on the Clintonville City Council, the Clintonville
Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years, the Board of Directors at
Dairyman's State Bank in Clintonville, the Clintonville Police and
Fire Commission and as the president of the Clintonville Rotary
He was a former member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point
Church and an active member of St. Rose Catholic Church in
Clintonville. He was a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus.
He was a lifetime member of the Clintonville Curling Club.
Survivors include his wife; six daughters, Linda (Donald) Thompson,
Menasha, Janet (Keith) Haskins, Clintonville, Karen (Jeffery) Sannes,
Stevens Point, Judith Christianson, Brillion, Nancy (Doug) Arndt,
Tigerton, and Amy (Robert) Steenbock, Clintonville; two sons,
Timothy (Sandra), Bear Creek, and Daniel (Sandra Dee), Clintonville;
one sister, Bernice Gomez, Stevens Point; grandchildren;
great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters; Kandi (Marlyn) Sprenger and
Kristen (Stewart) Baker, both of Clintonville; four stepsons, Greg
Kuss, Green Bay, Kevin Kuss, Florida, Erich (Sally) Kuss, Franklin,
and Keith (Lisa) Kuss; stepgrandchildren; and stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Diane Rose; four
sisters, Theresa Zdroik, Mary Wanta, Rose Waisbrot and Helen Nitka;
seven brothers, Stanley George, Theodore, Ernest, Louis, John,
Chester and Henry; and three granddaughters.
Appleton Post Crescent - Appleton, Wisconsin -
March 3, 2006
William M. Wanta Sr.
William M. Wanta, Sr., age 75 years, of Clintonville,
passed away, Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at Appleton Medical Center.
William Martin Wanta was born November 21, 1930 in Town of Franzen,
Marathon County, to Ounfry and Marie (Weller) Wanta. He was raised in
Milwaukee and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On June 12,
1954 he was united in marriage to Irene C. Ploeger at Holy Family in
Wittenberg. The couple lived in Tigerton from 1977 to 1992. William worked
for 10 years at Marathon Electric in Wausau. He was employed at FWD Corp.
in Clintonville as a machinist for 30 years. The couple settled in
Clintonville in 1992. William has resided at the Veteran's Home in King
for the past 8 years.
He is a former member of St. Joseph in Galloway and St. Anthony in
Tigerton. He is a current member of St. Rose in Clintonville. William
interests included fishing, hunting, and bowling.
Survivors include nine children: William (Laura) Wanta Jr. of Rosholt;
Patricia (Wayne) Gauger of New London; Cheryl (Herbert) Pehlke of
Wittenberg; Linda (fiance Duane Brown) Wanta of Clintonville; Michael (Carri)
Wanta of Tigerton; Mary (Terry) Tullberg of Wittenberg; Renee (friend Phil
Bahr) Meyer of Wittenberg; Michelle (Michael) Foth of Clintonville; and
Julie Fry of Clintonville; 25 grandchildren and two great- grandchildren;
four brothers: Robert (Delores) of California; Fredrick (Betty) of Eland;
James (Gail) of Fond du Lac; and Jerry (fiancee Pat Kriesel) of Galloway;
three sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law, Michael Fry,
sister-in-law, Carol Wanta, an infant grandson, Alex, and three
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. at St.
Rose Catholic Church, Clintonville. Fr. Paul Vanden Hogen will officiate.
Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from
4 to 8 p.m. at the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, and on Saturday
from 9:30 a.m. until time of mass at the church. Send condolences via
Beil-Didier Funeral Home
299 S. Main St.
Clintonville, WI 54929
Sr., age 75 years, of Clintonville passed away, Wednesday, March 1,
2006 at Appleton Medical Center.
William Martin Wanta was born Nov. 21, 1930 in Town of Franzen,
Marathon County, to Ounfry and Marie (Weller) Wanta. He was raised in
Milwaukee and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from
1951-53. On June 12, 1954 he was united in marriage to Irene C. Ploeger
at Holy Family in Wittenberg. The couple lived in Tigerton from 1977 to
1992. William worked for 10 years at Marathon Electric in Wausau. He
was employed at FWD Corp. in Clintonville as a machinist for 30 years.
The couple settled in Clintonville in 1992. William has resided at the
Veteran's Home in King for the past 8 years. He is a former member of
St. Joseph in Galloway and St. Anthony in Tigerton. He is a current
member of St. Rose in Clintonville. William's interests included
fishing, hunting, and bowling.
Survivors include his wife, Irene. Nine children; William (Laura) Wanta
Jr. of Rosholt, Patricia (Wayne) Gauger of New London, Cheryl (Herbert)
Pehlke of Wittenberg, Linda (fiancé Duane Brown) Wanta of Clintonville,
Michael (Carri) Wanta of Tigerton, Mary (Terry) Tullberg of Wittenberg,
Renee (friend Phil Bahr) Meyer of Wittenberg, Michelle (Michael) Foth of
Clintonville, and Julie Fry of Clintonville. There are 25
grandchildren; Brian (Nell), David & Jeremy (Bobbi) Wanta, Amanda (Andy)
Kunkel, Wayne Gauger Jr., Paul (fiancé Nancy Kupcho) Pehlke, Tim (friend
Carrie) Pehlke, Ryan (fiancé Jessica Thiex) Wanta, Daniel (fiancé Sarah
Glatz), Brandon, Nathaen & Colby Wanta, Joshua, Jason (friend Sara
Knudsen) & Christopher Malueg, Kyle & Karl Fredrickson, Dalton Parczick,
Jasmine & Austin Meyer, Dylan & Brianna Foth, Joshua, Jordan & Jacob
Fry. There are 2 great grandchildren, Kelsey & Caden. Four brothers;
Robert (Delores) of California, Fredrick (Betty) of Eland, James (Gail)
of Fond du Lac, and Jerry (fiancee Pat Kriesel) of Galloway. Further
survived by 3 sisters-in-law; Marie Rzentkowski of Eland, Ann Cayo of
Neenah and Diane Ploeger of Weston, a brother-in-law, James (Regina)
Ploeger of Caledonia, many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his mother & father-in-law,
James & Cecilia Ploeger, a son-in-law, Michael Fry, an infant grandson,
Alex, sister-in-law, Carol Wanta, and 3 brothers-in-law, Donald & Gerald
Ploeger and Edmund Rzentkowski.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, March 4th at 10:30 a.m. at
St. Rose Catholic Church, Clintonville. Fr. Paul Vanden Hogen will
officiate. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Military honors
will be provided by members of the American Legion Post #63 and VFW Post
#664 of Clintonville. Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
at the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, and on Saturday from 9:30
a.m. until time of mass at the church. Send condolences via
Stevens Point Daily Journal - Stevens
Point, Wisconsin - November 6, 1976
Mrs. Ed (Virginia)
Wanta, 49, Clintonville, a Stevens Point native, died Friday at
She was born in Stevens Point on March 29, 1927, the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sorenson.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Rose
Catholic Church, Clintonville, with burial to follow in the parish
cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday at the Heucr, Sievers and
Funeral Home, Clintonville. and a general rosary will be recited at 8
Survivors include her husband; six daughters, Mrs. Don (Linda)
Thompson, Neenah, Mrs. Gregory (Janet) Mack, Clintonville, Mrs Jeff
(Karen) Sannes, 831 Sommers St , Mrs Rodney (Judith) Christiansen,
Neenah, Mrs. Gayle (Nancy) Suehring, Clintonville, and Amy, Clintonville
two sons, Timothy and Daniel, both of Clintonville; her mother, Mrs.
Johanna Sorenson, St. Petersburg, Fla.; three brothers,
Leonard Sorenson, Highway 10, Stevens Point, and Fred and Jim, both of
Si. Petersburg, Fta.; six sisters, Mrs, Ronald (Mona) Flugaur, 1225
Briggs St., Mrs. Lee (Verna) Brekke, Old Highway 18, Stevens Point, Mrs.
Charles (Shirley) Crokett, St. Petersburg, Fla., Mrs Robert (Florence)
Aldinger, St Petersburg, Fla , Mrs Walter (Joan) Arnold, Denver, Colo.;
and Sister Mary Blaise, Milwaukee, and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Stevens Point Daily Journal - Stevens Point, WI - May 4, 1960
Mrs. James E. Malik (Clara)
Mrs. James E. Malik, Pine St.,
died at St. Michael's Hospital this morning at 9:05.
Ill for the past year, she had been a patient at the hospital since March
1. Mrs. Malik was 70 years old.
Her funeral will be held, Saturday morning at 10:30 at St. Stephen's
Catholic Church, with burial taking place in St. Rose Cemetery,
Mrs. Malik's son, the Rev. John E. Malik of La Crosse, will be the
celebrant of the funeral mass.
Friends may call at the Crosby Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Friday. A general
rosary will be recited there Friday night at 8.
Mrs. Malik, the former Clara A. Berens, was born in Stevens Point on April
12, 1890, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Berens. She
attended St. Stephen's Parochial School, the Stevens Point
High School and the Stevens Point Normal School, and then taught for
several years in Nelsonville and Milladore.
Her marriage to Mr. Malik, a resident of Milladore, took place at St.
Stephen's Church on May 22, 1913. After that, she made her home in
Clintonville until 1930 and in Minneapolis
until 1936.Since then, she had been a Stevens Point
Malik is survived by her husband; two sons, Robert A. Malik, Washington,
D. C, and Father Malik; a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Carol) Henkels, Plaster
City, Calif.; eight grandchildren; a brother, Alex Berens, 525 Church St.,
and a sister, Miss Alta Berens, Oshkosh.
She was preceded in death by two children, James and Dorothy, who died in
childhood; two brothers, and two sisters.
Mrs. Malik was a member of the Altar Society of St. Stephen's Church.
Stevens Point Daily Journal - Stevens Point, WI - May , 1960
Services For Mrs. Malik
Her son, the Rev. John E. Malik, La Crosse,
conducted funeral services Saturday morning for Mrs. James E. Malik. 340
1/2 Pine St., who died last Wednesday.
Father Malik was celebrant of a solemn requiem high mass at St. Stephen's
The Rev. John R. McGinley was deacon, the Rev. James McDonald of La Crosse
was subdeacon, and the Rev. Jeremiah Cashman was master of ceremonies.
Father Malik officiated at burial rites in Clintonville. assisted by
Father McDonald and the Rev. Robert Fellenz of Clintonville. Clergy present
in the sanctuary during the funeral services were the Rt. Rev. Msgr. John
Paul, La Crosse, and the Revs. Floyd Dwyer, George Hinger, Gerald Fisher,
Edwin Stanek, William Petrek, Gerald Gerum and Joseph Grassl, La Crosse:
Robert Sampon, Milwaukee; Raymond Wagner, James Falconer, Bernard McGarty,
Robert Perkins, James Landry and Edwin Thorne, Wausau; Raymond Rucki, John
Milles and Bernard Quint, Schofield; James O'Connell, George Stashek,
Chester Zielinski and Carl Dockendorff, Wisconsin Rapids; Joseph Martinson
and Arthur Redmond, Marshfield; Francis Disher, Thorp; Charles Herbers,
Milladore: Robert McKillip, Rudolph; Michael Geinen, Eau Claire; Francis
Przybylski, Plover; Emil Hodnik, Custer; Hilary Simmons, Belmont; Francis
Brzostowicz, Hull: S. F. Szymczak, Mill Creek: Dennis Babilewicz, O.F.M..
St. Michael's Hospital; Chester Moczarny, St. Joseph's Convent; James
Lodzinski, St. Joseph's Church, and Bernard Nowak and Richard Tomsyck, St.
Peter's Church, Pallbearers were Alex Berens Jr., William Fulton, K. B.
Willett, M. J. Willett, Don Varney and David Varney.
Attending from a
distance were James E. Malik, Minneapolis; Robert A. Malik, Washington. D.
C.: Mrs. William H. Ryan, New Richmond; Mr., and Mrs. George O'Donnell,
Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Malik, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Malik and Frank
Prausa, Milladore; Mr. and Mrs. William Fulton, Appleton; Mr. and Mrs. Don
Varney and Mrs. James Boldig, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Felker. La
Crosse: Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Sampon, Milwaukee, and George Meyer,