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Billie ‘Clara’ ‘Aletha’ Bruette

Billie “Clara” “Aletha” Bruette, a resident of Clearwater Lake for most of her life, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at her home. She was 88.
Mrs. Bruette was born May 28, 1925, in Eagle River, to Joseph and Clara (née Moses) Peters.
Her interests included  traveling, reading, knitting and helping people. 
She was an active member of the

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:51 AM
 
Michael Burke

Michael Burke, age 36, a resident of Wakefield, Mich., and Eagle River, Wis., died on Feb. 20, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minn.
Mike was born in Iron River, Mich., on Sept. 19, 1977.
He grew up in Eagle River, and graduated from Northland Pines in 1996.
Mike served in the U.S. Army and

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:51 AM
 
Helen Kopanski

Helen Kopanski, a longtime resident of Phelps, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Phelps.  She was 79.
Mrs. Kopanski was born March 7, 1934, in Butternut, to John and Emily Wadas.  
She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Phelps.  
Her interests included  cooking, baking,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:50 AM
 
Dorothy Carberry Freund
1918-2014

Dorothy Carberry Freund, 95, passed into heaven Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2014, in Iron River, Mich. A Memorial Mass was Friday, Feb. 21, at St. Peter the Fisherman Parish in Eagle River, Wis., with burial at a later date. She was born Sept. 16, 1918, in Richland Center, Wis., to Joseph and Margaret Smyth Benton Carberry and raised in Madison, Wis., where she attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Edgewood High School.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:48 AM
 
Walter Spiess

Walter Spiess, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, died Feb. 17, 2014. He was 92.
Mr. Spiess was born Jan. 13, 1922, to John and Anna (née Wiebe) Spiess in Eagle River, where he was raised and attended schools.
He served in U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific, and married his wife, Shirley, Sept. 30, 1950, in Lombard, Ill. They owned and operated Florcraft in Eagle River from 1954 to 1986.
He was an active member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:30 AM
 
Brian F. Ayers

Brian F. Ayers, age 56, of Eagle River, Wis., went to his Eternal Home on Feb. 11, 2014.

Brian was born on Dec. 20, 1957, in Eagle River. He was the son of Forrest and Mary (née Hebert) Ayers.

Brian worked construction for many years in Wyoming before returning to Eagle River. He had been the groundskeeper at Pine Glo Motel for the last six years.

Brian had a great love for the outdoors. He also loved hunting and fishing. He had a tender spot for all God’s creatures.

Brian also loved to cook and share with those he loved. Despite Brian’s gruff exterior,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:36 PM
 
Konrad H. Doepke

The soul of Konrad H. Doepke, 80, of Conover, Wis., passed into eternal life in Heaven on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.

Husband, father, Opa, uncle, friend, mentor — Konrad will be mourned by his wife of 56 years, Arlene, and their three sons, Brian (Melissa) of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Darrell (Lori) of Glendale, Ariz., and Joel of Pulaski, Wis.

Konrad was Opa to Danielle and Ashley Doepke.

He will be missed by sister-in-law Jan,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:35 PM
 
Adeline B. Elverson

Adeline B. Elverson, age 97, a lifelong resident of Phelps, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Country House Phelps Care.

She was born on Nov. 28, 1916, in Phelps, the daughter of Harry and Margaret (Tidd) Somers.

Adeline met and married Carl Elverson in 1939, and they had 57 years together.

She was a kind and gentle person,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:34 PM
 
Janet Froelich

Janet Froelich, age 90, a resident of Sayner, Wis., and formerly of Englewood, Fla., died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at her home.

She was born in Rockford, Ill., on May 1, 1923, to Ernest and Hulda Estwing.

She married James Froelich. They owned and operated “Wah-Wah-Taysee” Resort on Plum Lake from 1950 to 1990.

She also served on the board of

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:34 PM
 
Lucille ‘Lu’ Kunda

Lucille “Lu” Kunda of Three Lakes died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Rhinelander. She was 91.

Mrs. Kunda was born March 18, 1922, in Milwaukee to Andrew and Helen (née Krutzka) Frauenfelder.

She worked as the pastry chef at Oneida Village,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:33 PM
 
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