Obit: Tunnock, John Franklin (1961 - 2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Tunnock, Springer, Johnson, Seward, Pichelman, Schoepflin, Tyndall, Battisti, May, Bradley

----Source: Cuddies Funeral Home (Greenwood, Clark Co., WI) 7/7/2023

Tunnock, John Franklin (30 Jan 1961 - 30 Jun 2023) With Flag

John F. Tunnock, 62, of Greenwood, formerly of Florida, passed away at his home on Friday, June 30, 2023, with his family and friends at his side.

John Franklin Tunnock was born on January 30, 1961, in Fort Myers, FL to Matthew J. and Edna M. (Springer) Tunnock. He was raised and received his education in Florida. After graduating from high school in 1979, John had two passions in life. He wanted to serve in the U.S. Navy and drive tractor trailer over the road. He did both of them. John served twelve years in the Navy, where he was on the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, U.S.S Yosemite and the U.S.S. Mahan. After the Navy, he drove semi-truck for 25 years until an being involved in a semi-truck accident. He became a transporter after the accident, and hauled campers and trailers.

John had many interests, but especially liked motorcycles, boats, and big toys. He made many friends on his journey through life in the Navy and driving semi.

He is survived by one sister: Bobbie Ann Seward and one brother: Jim (Gail) Tunnock, both of Florida; his fiancée of eight years: Darlene Johnson of Greenwood; nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Close to him were Dave Pichelman, Nikoli Pichelman, Amber Schoepflin, Arron Tyndall, Samanta Battisti, Mike Jr. (Chris) Johnson, Shannon May, Jaidyn Bradley, Sophia Pichelman, and Ryleigh Pichelman. They were all a part of his extended family. John also had many Shipmates and Trucker friends. He will be missed by all. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Per John's request, no services will be held.


Obit: Williams, Jon Jay (1960 - 2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Williams, Wenzel, Hacker, Wendt, Evers, Yates, Krings, Walters, Williams, Phillips, Gutierrez, Bryant, Beukema

----Source: Cuddies Funeral Home Thorp, Clark Co., WI) 7/7/2023

Williams, Jon Jay (24 June 1960 – 5 July 2023)

Jon J. William, 63, of Thorp, passed away peacefully, at home on Wednesday, July 5, 2023.

Jon Jay Williams was born on June 24, 1960, in Friendship, to Robert L. and Shirley J. (Wenzel) Williams. He was raised and received his education in the Adams/Friendship area. After schooling, Jon began driving truck, and drove for several companies over the years. He was united in marriage to Fran (Hacker) Wendt on October 27, 1997, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Thorp. Due to poor health, Jon retired and resided in Thorp until his death.

He had many interests, that included camping, 4-wheeling, hunting, shooting guns, classic cars, riding the Harley with his wife, and especially loved spending time with his family; just being a family man.

Anyone knowing Jon knew he always just told you the way it was and was admired for his humor and goodwill. A God-fearing man.

Jon will be dearly missed by his wife, Fran, of Thorp; with their children: Robert (Cindy) Evers of Dorchester, Jon Jr. (Heather) Williams of Thorp, Mindy (Alberto) Yates of Houston, TX, Ashlyn (Seth) Krings of Wisconsin Rapids, Coty Evers of Fall Creek, Curtis Wendt (Kiana Walters-Williams) of Pulaski, Kayla Williams (Blake Reid) of Cadott, Allison (Marcus) Phillips of Green Bay, and Monica (Edgar) Gutierrez of Ewa Beach, HI; 24 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Kirk Williams (Gail Bryant) of Sorrento, FL, and Robert Williams of Adams; nieces, nephews, stepsiblings, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and stepmother: Robert (Charlotte) Williams, his mother and stepfather: Shirley (Lee) Lang; his sister: Sandi Turenne, and grandson Adrian Williams.

A memorial service will be held at Thorp Funeral Home on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Phil Beukema officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.  Thorp Funeral Home of Thorp, WI is assisting the family with arrangements.


Bio: Williams, David – Honored As Melvin Jones Fellow (Jul 2023)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Williams, Conard

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 19 Jul 2023

Lion David Williams of the Loyal Lions Club was honored as a Melvin Jones Fellow (MJF) at the club’s recent annual awards banquet held at Meadowview Golf Course and Restaurant in Owen on June 28.

Named for Lions Club International’s founder, MJF is Lions Clubs International’s second-highest award. It can be awarded to any Lions Club member or nominated individual in recognition of his or her humanitarian qualities such as generosity, compassion and concern for the less fortunate.

“Lion Dave exemplifies what Lions are supposed to be. He has been a strong advocate for the Lions supporting local charities and causes, a leader in the fight against blindness, an advocate for those with disabilities and needs in our community. I can think of no one who deserves this honor more. I am extremely proud to present this to Lion Dave and welcome him into the ranks of the Melvin Jones Fellows,” said incoming club president Michael Conard.

The Loyal Lions currently have five Melvin Jones Fellows in the club.

More information about the Melvin Jones Fellow award and the current fellows can be found on the club’s website at loyallionsclub.com.


Bio: Hadler, Bruce - Receives Greenwood Quilts of Valor (Jul 2023)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Hadler, Jacobson

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 19 Jul 2023

In a ceremony at the Loyal American Legion July 11, the Greenwood Quilts of Valor awarded Bruce Hadler a quilt to thank him for his service.


Hadler joined the U.S. Army in 1971. He received his basic training at Fort Ord, Calif., and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Riley, Kan., where he was stationed for three years with A Company 1st Battalion 63rd Armor 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One). During his service, he was deployed to Germany twice to participate in NATO campaigns called “Reforger Exercises.” He served as a tank commander. He was discharged in 1974 with the rank of Specialist Fourth Class.

Hadler was nominated by Dawn Jacobson. If you know of a deserving vet who should be recognized, you can nominate them online at qovf.org/ nominations-awards/.

Quilts of Valor is a national initiative whose goal is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Learn more on Facebook at “Greenwood Quilts of Valor” or the Wisconsin site at “Wisconsin Quilts of Valor.”


Bio: Leichtnam, Gorman & Celia 50th - Family Reunion (Jul 2023)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Leichtnam, Rehberg, Vlasic, Schumacher, Holtzheimer, Neider, Heil, Slade, Dombrowski, Korpal, Netzeer, Kaatz, Koehler, Beran, Grambort, Gardner, Suttner, Xitris, Becker, Anderson, Peterson, Ivans, Torrison, Grim, Hock, Marciniak, Frick, Lorenz, Pfeiffer, Scarce, Lange, Boser, Dahl, Szlachciuk, Bach

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 19 Jul 2023

The family of Gorman and Celia Leichtnam held its 50th annual reunion recently at Jellystone Park near Warrens. Eighty-two family members were at the three-day celebration.

Those attending were Bonnie (Leichtnam) Rehberg, Onalaska and her family with Al Rehberg: Jeff Rehberg and Jenny Vlasic, Mauston, Danielle Rehberg and Markus Schumacher, Zayden, Zyree and Zaxtyn, La Crosse.

The family of Don and Juanita (Red) Leichtnam: Donnie and Shirley Leichtnam, Colby, Lori Holtzheimer, Colby, Nancy Neider, Marshfield, Nikki Heil, Marshfield, Taylro Heil, Damian Slade and Trevor Slade, Marshfield, Allison Heil and Steven Dombrowski, Marshfield, Rachel Korpal and Gracie Netzeer, Marshfield and Jeff and Barb Kaatz, Fremont.

The family of Byron (Bumps) and Arlene Leichtman: Jan Koehler and Frank Beran, Abbotsford, Mark and Sherry Leichtman, Dorchester, Garret Leichtman, Athens and Felicia and Stella Leichtman, Athens.

The family of Margaret (Tootie Leichtnam) and Edwin (Snook) Grambort: Susan and Bob Gardner, Eau Claire, Pattie and Dennis Suttner, Abbotsford, Hallie and Lily Xistris, Madison, Jenny, John and Brandon Becker, Greenwood and Matt and Given Suttner, Bloomington, Minn.

The family of Donna (Leichtnam) and John Anderson: Karen, Mark and Dylan Peterson, Hubertus, Kathy Ivans, Jackson, Jordan Ivans, Milwaukee, Kelsey and Cory Torrison, Brooks and Raelynn, Jackson, Kevin and Michele Anderson, Libson, Tony, Chris and Josh Anderson, Milwaukee, Lisa and Charles Grim, Colgate and Paige and Dillon Hock, DePere.

The family of Jack and Joan Leichtnam: Jim Leichtnam, Hartford, Tim and Susan Leichtnam, Gilver, Ariz., Marcus Marciniak, Breckinridge, Colo., Crystynna Leichtnam, West Allis, Dan Leichtnam and Brenda Frick, Sullivan, Darla Leichtnam, Cudahy, Jon Lorenz and Renee Pfeiffer, Cudahy, Jackie and Bryan Scarce, Jennna and Jacob, Mukwonago, Scott and Kathleen Leichtnam, David and Hailey, Mukwonago.

The family of Betty (Leichtnam) and Marvin Lange: Carol Boser, Greenfield, Linda and Stan Szlachciuk, New Berlin, Cindy Dahl, New Branfels, TX, and Mary and Greg Bach, Greenfield.

The reunion included a Friday night outdoor fish fry/potluck dinner with the fish provided by Jeff Rehberg in the decades-long Rehberg tradition. The fish was prepared by Kathy Ivans, Lisa Grim and Charles Grim and deep fried by the entertaining duo of Jim Leichtnam and Mark Peterson. The gathering included a 50-year reunion cake, booklets with memories and photos from the past reunions, a piñata, kamikaze shots and a toast to family. Another potluck dinner was held on Saturday night. The Don Leichtnam, Jack Leichtnam and Donna Anderson families won “Perfect Attendance by Cousins” awards.


Obit: Carlberg, Richard H. Jr. (1950 – 2023)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Carlberg, Hart, Rueth, Roback, Rowe, Medlock

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 02 Aug 2023

Carlberg, Richard H. Jr. (15 Feb 1950 – 25 Jul 2023)

Richard H. Carlberg Jr., 73, Loyal, passed away on July 25, 2023, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minn.

He is survived by his wife, Sally; his sons, Eric (Beth) Carlberg and Michael (Sara) Hart; and his grandchildren, Oliver, Charles and Christina. He is further survived by his siblings: Anna Rueth, Aaron (Sue) Carlberg, Dorothy Roback and Debra (Brad) Rowe; and nieces and nephew: Mary Anne (Walt) Medlock, Jen (Chris) Carlberg-George, Travis Rueth, Shana (Dustin) Kind, Jesse Rowe and Breanna Rowe.

Richard was born in Valparaiso, Ind., on Feb. 15, 1950, to Richard Sr. and Irene Carlberg. Richard attended Boone Grove High School in Boone Grove, Ind., before enlisting in the Army. He served in Germany and Vietnam, where he was severely wounded by a landmine.

Richard married his wife, Sally, on May 19, 1977, in Valparaiso, Ind. They moved around the country throughout the 80s, and eventually settled in Wisconsin in 1987. Later in life, Richard would describe himself as a “truck driver with a serious farming habit.” He retired from driving in his mid-sixties.

A memorial will be held at noon on Oct. 21, 2023, at the American Legion Hall in Loyal, with lunch to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Wounded Warrior Project in Richard’s name.


Bio: LaMarr, Amya Lee – New Business in Loyal (Jul 2023)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Lamarr

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 02 Aug 2023

Amya Lee LaMarr is excited to operate her business out of her own storefront in Loyal. She opened ALL Boutique last week at 132 N. Main St. The boutique offers a variety of women’s clothing and unisex customizable shirts, along with some accessories and home decor items.

Opening her own store was the next step for LaMarr to advance her business. A Greenwood native, LaMarr enjoys fashion and helping people look their best.

“It started during COVID, because everyone was bored and trying to come up with an idea of what to do,” she said. “I had the idea of opening a clothing store.”

LaMarr told her sister, who initially thought she was joking, but soon found out otherwise.

In July 2021, LaMarr’s mom opened Sage Salon and Spa in Greenwood. Later that year, around November or December, LaMarr started putting items in her mom’s store to sell. Eventually, she outgrew that space.

“People wanted more, so I started looking at properties and this one was available,” said LaMarr.

She started moving things into the Loyal location in June, calling it ALL Boutique after the initials in her name. She has women’s clothing pieces such as tank tops, dress shirts, dresses, shorts, jeans and light sweaters that she will change out seasonally. In the fall, she plans to sell things like flannel shirts, leggings, sweatshirts and shackets (a cross between a flannel shirt and a jacket).

“Last fall, I sold a lot shackets,” she said. “Everyone has supported me really well.”

Another unique aspect of her business is her ability to make custom t-shirts and other apparel with the customer’s saying or graphic on it. Although she didn’t really start making t-shirts for customers until this last spring, it’s quickly become a popular service.

“I’ve done group t-shirts for Rock Fest, and track, baseball and softball t-shirts,” said LaMarr. “I also made all the shirts for my grandparents’ business (Rumors on Main in Loyal) and fair shirts.”

She uses the directton film (DTF) method, a process that transfers prints onto fabric or other substrates using a heatpress mechanism. Unlike the direct-to-garment (DTG) method, which only works on cotton fabrics, the printer DTF method can work on cotton and poly blends. DTF printing involves printing an artwork on a special film and transferring said film onto fabric or other textiles. LaMarr works with another businessperson who prints the graphics for her, and then LaMarr transfers the graphics onto the fabric using a heat press.

LaMarr typically submits a shirt order once a week and tries to have the product to the customer within seven to 10 business days. There are 70 t-shirt color choices. She can also print on long-sleeve t-shirts, crew neck sweatshirts and hooded sweatshirts. She has sizes S–5X available in graphic shirts. Typically she carries sizes S–3X in the store, but can order bigger sizes.

“I can do almost any size that anyone needs. It’s important for people to be comfortable,” said LaMarr. She also sells crossbody bags, jewelry, shoes, fashion caps, thermoses, mugs, car air fresheners, laundry detergent scent packs and home decor such as porch signs. Most of these items are made by fellow small business owners. “The signs are made from people in Wisconsin. The tumblers are all small business owners. The laundry soaps and car diffusers are from a lady out east that created a more natural, organic alternative to regular laundry detergent. I’m planning to sell coffee this fall from a veteran-owned coffee company,” said LaMarr. “It’s important to support small businesses.” She also emphasized the value in offering fair prices at a convenient location.

“I try to be affordable for everybody,” she said. “And it’s local. You don’t have to drive all the way to Marshfield — you can stop here and see what we have. Maybe you’ll find something you like.”

Tentative store hours are Monday and Tuesday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. –3 p.m., most Thursdays 2:30–6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.–2 p.m. LaMarr may also have pop-up hours on Fridays.


Bio: Elsinger Family Reunion (Jul 2023)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Elsinger

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 02 Aug 2023

A three-day family reunion was held for the family of John and Anna Elsinger in Loyal on July 21-23 at the Loyal Sportsman’s Club. After five years of farming in Hartford, John and Anna Elsinger moved to Loyal in 1906, where they farmed on 26th Road for another 37 years, raising 12 children, before they moved into the city of Loyal. About 130 attendees participated in this family event, down to the sixth generation. Elsinger descendants came from all over the United States, including Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Maryland, Ohio, South Dakota and many from all over Wisconsin. A meet-and-greet was held Friday night. On Saturday, all throughout the day into the evening, activities were held and ended with a farewell brunch on Sunday.


Bio: Sowieja, Nan – New House of Mercy Coordinator (Aug 2023)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Sowieja

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 09 Aug 2023

Nan Sowieja has recently been named the new program coordinator at the House of Mercy (HoM) in Loyal. A native of Greenwood, Sowieja will replace Judy Morrow, who has retired after serving as the coordinator at HoM for the past several years.

After getting married to her husband, John, in 1985, Sowieja lived briefly in Marshfield and Madison before moving out to Colorado where she stayed raising her family and working for 29 years. While in Colorado, she worked for the Garfield County Housing Authority. As part of the job, she worked with the homeless and low-income families, to help them get out of poverty.

“It was so rewarding to see their faces light up when you are able to help them out,” she said in a press release. “I love the reward that comes with assisting these folks, whether it is a small or big win.”

Sowieja resides in Willard, and she and her husband enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, camping and pickle ball.


News: Granton – New Barbershop Name and Owner (Aug 2023)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Gunther, Lavey, Andrews

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 09 Aug 2023

It had been more than two years since customers walked through the doors of Dave’s Barbershop in Granton, but after some brief remodeling these past few months, the business is open again with a new name, a new look, and a new face behind the chair.

Now named Fades and Foils Hair Studio, the little business at 212 Maple St. reopened for business Aug. 1. Shannon Gunther is operating the studio and will be offering services such as haircuts, facial waxing, hair coloring and other hair-care needs. Already on her first day of business, Gunther saw a good sign of support from the community.

“On the first day, I was fully booked,” she said. “The Granton Rotary even came down to check in and see the building. There were a lot of old stories they were telling that day.”

Though she’s not a Granton native, Gunther is tied up in the legacy of Dave’s Barbershop. After it was built in 1956, the small building was owned and operated by its namesake, Dave Lavey, for more than 40 years before he sold the barbershop to Candace Andrews, who then operated the business with Dave staying on until 2012 when he retired. Andrews continued on for several years afterwards, finally closing down in May 2021 after 65 years of business when no one could be found to continue it. That situation changed after Gunther met her fiancé, who is Andrews’ nephew.

“I met my fiancé and he lives in Marshfield,” she said. “I ended up moving here. I was in Wisconsin Rapids and before that, Appleton, so I’m not from too far from here.”

Before moving to Marshfield, Gunther said she had gained plenty of experience in hair care. She graduated from hair school back in 2012 and from there learned the trade at different salons. She started with women’s hair before graduating to taking care of men’s hair in 2015, which she did for the next several years.

“I started with women’s hair and did that for a few years,” she said. “Then I did just men’s cuts and I did that for six or seven years, and took a few years off of doing hair before coming here.”

The call to work in the hair business again brought Gunther back and drove her to remodel the old barbershop. Creating hairstyles and helping people feel happy about their appearance, as well as the connections a stylist establishes with their customers, are some of the most appealing parts of the job to Gunther.

“I think it’s just like the practice, the connection you get with people. Doing hair and making people feel good. I have always believed that if you look good, you feel good. It’s just kind of bringing your ideas to life and putting your personal touch on stuff.”

As for the future of the business, Gunther said it is her hope that Fades and Foils Hair Studio will be a pillar in the Granton community for years to come, just as Dave’s Barbershop was before it.

“I’m looking forward to just being able to serve the community and being close by for anyone to use,” she said.

Fades and Foils Hair Studio is open Tuesday through Friday each week. On Tuesdays and Fridays, it is open from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. while on Wednesdays and Thursdays, it is open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Appointments can be made by phone at 920-376-4948 or on its website, fadesandfoilshairstudio.square.site/. For more information about the products and services offered, check out the website or Facebook page.


Obit: Hill, Dr. Eldon (1921 - 2023)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Hill, Zamke, Fitzl, Weyer

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 09 Aug 2023

Hill, Dr. Eldon (1921 - 26 Apr 2023)

A Celebration of Life was held at the Loyal Legion Monday for Dr. Eldon Hill, who passed away on April 26 at age of 102 in Redmond, Wash. In 2014, Eldon decided to donate the majority of his estate back to Loyal, the community that raised him. He established the Draper Hills Scholarship Fund, which provides two $12,000 scholarships and at least one $5,000 scholarship to Loyal High School graduates each year; and the Draper Hills Financial Literacy Fund, which provides the salary for a full-time, K-12 financial literacy teacher at the Loyal School District, to teach students how to manage their personal finances. In late 2022, Eldon also provided a $150,000 matching gift to the Loyal Splash Pad, moving the project forward, with construction expected to start next summer.

The Loyal American Legion Post 175 Honor Guard fires a salute at the event, which was followed by the playing of “Taps” and the presentation of an American flag to Eldon’s son, Dr. Carter Hill. Eldon served in the U.S. Navy.

Kids sing in the children’s choir at the Celebration of Life, including Grace Zarnke, Kindyn Fitzl, Alainna Zarnke, Jackson Zarnke, Ellie Adams, Kessa Fitzl, Holden Miller and Kalan Weyer.



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