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Donald ‘Rusty Bucket’ Duncan
Donald ‘Rusty Bucket’ Duncan

Donald “Rusty Buck­et” Duncan, age 78, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., since 1993 and former resident of Wausau, Wis., died on Nov. 28, 2013, at his home. Donald was born on Dec. 7, 1934, in Chicago, Ill. He graduated from Merrill High School. He married his wife Rosella on Nov. 25, 1971, in Merrill, Wis. He worked for Schneider National for 33 years. Donald enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading and watching football. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and the NRA. Donald served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean conflict. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosella; his parents; and his sister, Dixie.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:55 AM
 
Jim Gottsacker

Jim Gottsacker, a resident of Eagle River since 2002 and formerly of Watersmeet, Mich., died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Woodruff. He was 80.

Mr. Gottsacker was born April 11, 1933, in Sheboygan to Roman and Marion Gottsacker.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and received his bachelor of science degree from Iowa State University in forestry and a master of science degree from Syracuse University in forest economics.

He married Kathleen Bales Sept. 3, 1960, in West Bend,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:55 AM
 
Ellen L. Finch
Ellen L. Finch

Ellen L. Finch, age 77 of St. Germain, Wis., passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. She was under the care of her loving husband and five children with assistance from Hospice.

Ellen was born in Merrill, Wis., to Marjorie and Ernest Sparks on Jan. 2, 1936.

Five children survive her: Julie (John) Olson, West Bend, Wis., Lori Schwartz, Gastonia, N.C., Bruce Finch, Schofield, Wis., Robin (Brian) Bloczynski, Wauwatosa, Wis., and Brook Finch (Christi Malone), Naperville, Ill.; and 10 grandchildren: John (Tracy) Olson, Eric Olson (fiancée, Sara Steger),

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:54 AM
 
JoAnn ‘Jo’ Hennessey

JoAnn “Jo” Hennessey, age 78, a longtime resident of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away on Nov. 28, 2013.

She was born on Aug. 22, 1935, to Lester and Stella Carter.

JoAnn earned her master’s degree in education and had retired from teaching at the Three Lakes School District where she taught special education. Since retirement she had stayed active in the community and had been a member of

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:53 AM
 
R. Hope (Lucas) Herdklotz

In her usual pilot jargon, Hope “flew west” the afternoon of Nov. 21, 2013, with her children bidding her a loving goodbye (b. May 14, 1922, Visalia, Calif.; d. Nov. 21, 2013, Ashland, Ore.).

She is survived by daughter Patt (Kim Yasutake) of Ashland, Ore., son Mykl (Arthur) (Rita Wong Suey) of W. Sacramento, Calif., son Hal T. of Houston, Texas, and grandchildren Tyler Herdklotz, Amy Forth, Allegra and Kira Herdklotz-Yasutake. She was preceeded in death by her husband of 57 years, Thomas A. Herdklotz, parents Leland and Leona Lucas, and siblings June Smith and Gaylord Lucas.

Hope grew up on Jacobs’ Ranch in Visalia, Calif. She started violin in high school and was concertmis­tress

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:52 AM
 
John ‘Johnny’ Pitlik

John “Johnny” Pitlik of Sugar Camp died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. He was 69.

Mr. Pitlik was born Dec. 12, 1943, in Rhinelander, the son of Howard and Emeline (Eddy) Pitlik.

He was raised in Sugar Camp and graduated from Three Lakes High School in 1962.

He spent most of his early years traveling throughout the United States while playing in various bands.

After moving back to the Sugar Camp area,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:48 AM
 
Lois Matson

Lois Matson of Three Lakes died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhine­lander. She was 81.

Mrs. Matson was born  April 20, 1932, in Sheboygan to Chancy and Emma Anderson.

She married Vernon “Finn” Matson Sept. 25, 1948, in Three Lakes, where they continued to reside and raised their family of three children.

She was employed for many years

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:52 AM
 
Doris Rutkowski

Doris Rutkowski, age 85, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., since 1979, formerly of Milwaukee, Wis., died on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.

She was born on Aug. 31, 1928, in Milwaukee, to Frank and Frances Mazurek.

She was active at the Kal­mar Center in Eagle River, and was a member of the quilting club, the card club and the Red Hat Society.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:52 AM
 
Roger Truax

Roger Truax, a resident  of St. Germain since 1997 and formerly of Evansville, died Nov. 23, 2013, in Rhine­lander. He was 66.

Mr. Truax was born April 1, 1947, in Albany to Ralph and Leona Truax.

He retired from General Motors in Janesville after 31 years of service, and was a member of the United Auto Workers.

His interests included woodworking, the Chicago Cubs,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:51 AM
 
Vicki L. Elertson

Vicki L. Elertson (née Hense) found eternal peace while surrounded by her loving family on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at the age of 64.

Beloved mother of Tanya (Rick) Dwyer, Rick (Julie) Elertson and Dawn (Mark) Kaul. Cherished “Brumma” of Tyler, Halligan, McKenna, Alyssa, Luke, Sophia and Hadley. Sister of Tom, Sue and the late David. Aunt of Ashley.

Further survived by other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1:35 PM
 
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