Wausau Region Obituaries July 25, 2022


Leslie R. Raboin

Les was born and raised in Goodman, WI. He met his wife Diane during a romantic evening at the ice rink when she was 16 and he was 20. After their marriage on October 10, 1964, they moved to Appleton, WI. There they started their family, having three children before moving to Wausau, WI to raise their family and add another child to the mix. It was in Wausau that they settled and Les began his career as a salesman for Wausau Window and Wall Systems. After all his hard work, he was able to retire and start enjoying all the things he loved full time.

The loved building and flying RC planes, snowmobiles and traveling with the 5th wheel to Gulf Shores for many winters. There, he and Diane were able to make lifelong friends, including all of their plastic flamingo friends. But Les’s favorite pastime was camping. He was able to take the land he grew up on in Goodman and turn it into their northern paradise. Filled with campfires, bears and endless Johnny Cash.

Les’s most important things were his family. He always had a soft spot for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The gentleman of Les loves a smile and the contagious energy would light up any room that we will miss the most.

Survivors include: Spouse – Diane Raboin; Children – Jeff Raboin, Renae Laffin (Lester Reynolds), Chris (Gina) Raboin; Grandchildren – Erica Laffin (Elliott Johnson), Zack, Brendan and Evan Raboin; Great-grandchildren – Ashlynd and Baylyn Laffin Also survived by: Siblings – Beatrice (Stan) Shirfinski, Jean (Dave) Lepp, Ken (Dolores) Raboin, Jim (Kelly) Raboin, Debbie (Steve) Chaney, and de many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and Bailey her best pet dog friend

Preceded in death by – Father and Mother – Norman (Edna) Raboin; Daughter – Shelly Raboin; Stepmom – Myrtle (Kelly) Johnson and her dog Duffer

Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Wausau, WI with Father Robert Thorn officiating. Visitation will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. before services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to family to be named at a later date.

Vernon J. Aird

Vernon Joseph Aird, 78, of Wausau, passed away peacefully at his home on July 20, 2022.

Vernon was born on September 4, 1943, in Antigo, Wisconsin, to Douglas and Katherine (Empey) Aird. After high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served his country during Vietnam. After the service, Vernon married Rosemary Hansen. He held a few jobs in construction, hauling milk and driving snowplows for the township before deciding to drive a tractor-trailer. He became a truck driver and was self-employed for over 38 years. After Rosemary died in 1984, he married Sylvia Rapolz and they spent 35 years together. Vernon was a sports enthusiast, often watching baseball and football. He loved to gamble and often frequented casinos. He will be greatly missed.

Vernon is survived by his daughter Charlene; son Todd; stepson Darryl Rapolz; daughter-in-law Diana Rapolz; grandchildren Tyler and Jessica; brothers Doug and Allen and sister Cheryl. He is predeceased by his first wife Rosemary Hansen; wife Sylvia Rapolz; sister Kathleen; and parents Douglas and Katherine.

At Vernon’s request, no service will be held.

Leona M. Denfeld

Leona M. Denfeld, 94, Wausau passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, while in the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Pride TLC, Weston.

She was born on May 23, 1928 in Milwaukee, the daughter of the late Isadore and Leona (Knippel) Levandoski. She married Edward Denfeld in 1948. He predeceased her on June 24, 2008.

For 20 years, Leona was a real estate agent for Security Realty. She enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowerbeds, travelling, playing cards with her card club, participating in a circle group at church and occasionally going to the casino.

Survivors include his children, Mary Beth Denfeld, Chicago and Stuart (Stacey) Denfeld, Wausau, his stepdaughter, Jean Denfeld, Wausau, his grandchildren, Kristin (Adam) Tuttle, Erica (Matt) Wilhite, Tyler James Denfeld , Thomas Kristian Denfeld, four great-grandchildren, Michael Mark, Benjamin Theodore, Stella Elizabeth and William Jay, two step-grandchildren, Travis Scott (Maddi) Schertz and Tyler Jon Schertz and one great-grandson Tucker Ford Schertz.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her son Mark, a sister and a brother.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at St. Anne’s Parish, Wausau. Reverend Tom Lindner will chair. Interment will be at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau and again Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until time of services at the church. There will be a Parish Rosary Service Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Sixth Street Funeral Home. Online condolences can be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com

Marvin V. Schlais

Marvin “Marv” Schlais, 65, of Marathon, died Saturday, July 23, 2002 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born on December 9, 1956 in Wausau, the son of the late Virgil and Bernadine (Bargender) Schlais. Marv graduated from Edgar High School. He served in the United States Navy. On April 14, 1978 he married Donna Hornung in Edgar, WI. Marv was employed at Greenheck Fan Corporation for over 40 years.

His main love was his family and friends. Marv also loved nature, spending time at the cabin up north, trips to California, his dogs, the Green Bay Packers, his Toyota Landcruiser and adding a touch of humor.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Donna of Marathon, two daughters, Jenn (Justin) Ruplinger of Suamico and Terese (Jeff) Kunick of Minneapolis, two grandchildren, Dax and Laken Ruplinger of Suamico, sister, Janice Springer of Edgar and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law, Leonard Springer.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Highland Community Church, 800 RIVER ROAD, MARATHON. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com

Helen M. Carl

Helen M. (Zdrazil) Carl

March 10, 1945 – July 22, 2022

An avid reader and devoted wife, mother and sister, Helen Carl’s love of life did not end with her death. Helen passed away on July 22, 2022, at the age of 77 after a courageous seven-year battle with cancer, surrounded by her family who will continue to honor her legacy by loving her with all their hearts and living her full life. life.

Born the fifth child of Louis and Rose (Dvorak) Zdrazil, Helen was raised on a small farm in Neva, outside of Antigo, Wisconsin. Surrounded by love, with fun-loving siblings, Helen grew up knowing the value of hard work and the importance of love and laughter. Helen graduated from Antigo High School in 1963 and moved to Wausau, where she enjoyed the single life with her roommates while beginning a lifelong career with Wausau Insurance.

At Wausau Insurance, Helen worked in regulatory administration until her retirement in 1999, then worked as an independent contractor after transitioning to Liberty Mutual. Throughout her career at Wausau, Helen worked with other strong women and mothers who served as role models for women who chose to work outside the home. After retirement, Helen worked part-time at JCPenney, one of her favorite stores in the Wausau Mall.

During her early years at Wausau Insurance, Helen met the love of her life, Jim Carl. In 1968 Helen married Jim and together they raised two daughters, Tiffany (Luke) François of Middleton and Justine (David) Hildebrandt of Eau Claire. Throughout their 54 long and happy years together, Helen and Jim have sought adventures and lived with God at the center of their family.

The simple pleasures of life brought great joy to Helen. Baking Christmas cookies with her grandkids, meeting her siblings for lunch, camping/traveling across the US with her family, traveling around the world after retirement, having dinner at 2510 with friends, doing long walks and sitting with a good book and a cup of hot coffee in his favorite brown mug filled his soul. Helen loved to laugh and had a subtle sense of humor that was often an unexpected surprise. But people always came first for Helen. Whether donating blood to the Red Cross or cooking bohemian comfort food for her family, giving was Helen’s passion in life. Her dedication to family and selfless care for others centered her and that is what we will carry in our hearts.

Besides her husband and daughters, Helen is survived by her siblings Louis (Helen) Zdrazil, Pat Rose, Tom (Marlys) Zdrazil, John (Rose) Zdrazil, Mary Jo Zdrazil, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. darlings. She also leaves to mourn the lights of her life, her five grandchildren: Kennedy (20 years old), Lucas (17 years old), Jacob (15 years old), Matthew (11 years old) and Elliana (6 years old). She was welcomed into heaven by her parents, an older brother, Harry, who died before she was born, her brother-in-law Ron Rose, an infant nephew and countless other relatives.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2022 at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home on 6th Street in Wausau. Reverend Joy Nelson – Jeffers will officiate. Attendees are encouraged to wear cheerful colors to honor the brilliance of Helen’s life. The family will receive friends and family from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Monk Botanical Gardens in Helen’s name. The family would like to thank oncologist Dr Onitilo and the nurses at Marshfield Medical Center – Weston Oncology – she was close to them all; the caregivers at Wausau Manor, especially Chris; and the beautiful people of Our House Assisted Living. Thank you also to the interim hospice and palliative care teams, especially Tim, Bre, Monica and Brianna for their kindness and exceptional care during Helen’s last trip.


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