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   Former Laona Resident Obituaries  G - H
Gilligan, Gladys L.  (Suppanz)              (July 2007)

With a strong love for her family and a deep passion for her grandchildren….. Gladys L. Gilligan (nee Suppanz), 88, joined her husband Jerry N. Gilligan to celebrate with our Lord all his blessings shared on earth on July 11, 2007, in her home surrounded by her family.  Following meetings by the rock when their chores were done, Gladys and Jerry wed on July 16th, 1936 in Crystal Falls, MI.  They worked hard together and raised a large family in Laona, Suring, Newald, Popple River, Tipler and Iron River, MI.  She will be remembered most for her hard working, good cooking, loving, caring ways.  The love she shared with everyone in her life was unconditional!  Her knitting was a true labor of love warming thousands of hands and hearts.  She was born October 9, 1918 in Oconto County, Wisconsin, to Frank and Marie (Worska) Suppanz.  She held a variety of jobs but she found the most joy in caring for her family and home.  She was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church of Caspian, Michigan.  She found eternal rest in her home with family at her side. 

She is survived by eleven children, Betty (Kenny) Mertens of Madison, WI; Mary (Mike) Kniess of Newald, WI; Pat (George) Graham of Trego, WI; Dot (Jim) Aschinger of Laona, WI; Nancy (Gene) O’Brien of Janesville, WI; Jerry (Pat) of Long Lake, WI; Jon (Darlene)of Tipler, WI; Barbara (LaVern) Johnson of Iron River, MI ; Jim (Francie) of Laona, WI; and Mike (Sue) of Iron River, MI; and Jonel Calhoun of Laona, WI; two brothers, Lee Johnson of Kelly Lake, WI and Alfie Johnson of Suring, WI; 32 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; one brother, Harry; three sisters, Marie, Francis, and Mabel; and 2 grandchildren, Monica and Dennis.  Funeral Services: Monday, July 16, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Caspian, MI, with Rev Norman Clisch and Rev. Otto Sartorelli to concelebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. 


Hanson, Scott Lewis      (September 2007)

Scott Lewis Hanson, 43, of Tomahawk, died September 30, 2007. On September 23 while riding his motorcycle, he encountered a deer.  The accident resulted in a head injury - Scott did not believe in wearing a helmet.

Scott was born July 20, 1964 in Laona to the late Theo and Lewis Hanson.  He graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1983 and honorably served in the U.S. Army until 1994.  He was a skilled tradesman and a gifted carpenter.  Scott was employed with Wausau Papers in Rhinelander for 17 years.  Scott enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing, hunting, playing poker, golfing, shooting sporting clays and his beautiful lake home.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Larson-Hanson of Tomahawk; daughter, Lorrelle Larson of Chanhassen, Minn.; son, Lief (Amy Zitzmann) Larson of Minneapolis, Minn.; brother, Martin (Amy) Hanson of Kenai, Ala.; and sisters, Katherine (Ed) Chartraw of Carlsbad, Cal. and Karol (Jeff) Mahner of Rhinelander.  Scott is further survived by many nieces and nephews and his beloved black lab, “Girl.”  He was preceded in death by his parents.

During his life, Scott touched the hearts of nearly every person he met.  He will always be remembered as a passionate, thoughtful and confident man.  Scott's friends and family would ask that this tragedy serve as a lesson of the importance of wearing a helmet.

Funeral services for Scott Hanson were held on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Rev. Mark Schoenherr will officiate.  

Hanson, Theo  (Wilton)    (October 2006)

Theo Hanson, age 78, of Rhinelander died Thursday, October 12, 2006, at her home surrounded by her family.  She was born on February 9, 1928, in Wabeno to William and Mabel (Wilton) McLean.  Theo graduated from Wabeno High School and then began her journey as a clerk, businesswoman, mother and volunteer.  She will be fondly remembered for her love of life, sense of style, and the kindness and generosity she extended to her family and friends.

Theo is survived by her two sons, Martin (Amy) Hanson of Kenia, Alaska and Scott (Lynn) Hanson of Tomahawk; two daughters, Katherine (Edward) Chartraw of Carlsbad, Calif. and Karol (Jeffery) Mahner of Rhinelander; six grandchildren, Paul, Jill, Jeffrey, Julia, Monti, and McLean; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Hazel and Cortland.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Ethel and Betty; and three brothers, Norvel, Jack, and Gordon.

Memorial services for Theo were held Sunday, October 15, at the Carlson Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Engen officiating. Inturnment took place privately in Forest Hills Cemetery in Wabeno.

Hoeffs, Marcella M. "Sally"  (Gilligan)    (February 2007)

Marcella M. "Sally" Hoeffs, 82, of Green Bay, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 following a brief illness.  Sally was born April 23, 1924 in Green Bay to John and Lillian (Gilligan) Hoeffs.  She graduated as Valedictorian of Laona High School in 1941 and from Oshkosh State Teachers College (UW Oshkosh) in 1945.  Sally's professional career began at Oconto High School in the fall of 1945.  Professionally, teaching was her passion.  She exercised that passion by teaching Language Arts, Latin and Speech to high school students over a period of time spanning six decades.  She retired in 1995 after spending the final 38 years at Green Bay East High School. Even in ‘retirement', Sally remained involved by helping prepare young adults through programs offered by NWTC.

Outside of school activities, Sally enjoyed traveling, reading, playing Bridge and offering advice freely and abundantly, but her personal passion was her family.  Sally dedicated her life to her family.  Through her support and encouragement she helped them to realize their potential and dreams.  Her passing will leave an enormous void in their lives.  Sally is survived by her sister, Patricia Wilson, Crandon; nephews, John (Marilyn) Wilson, Green Bay; Jeff (Mary Jo) Wilson, Eau Claire; great-nephews and great-nieces, John (Erin) Wilson, Madison; Briana Wilson, Milwaukee; Jacob, Melissa, Josh, and Jordan Wilson, all of Eau Claire.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends called at St. Willebrord Catholic Church, 209 S. Adam St., from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Rev. Kenneth DeGroot O'Pream officiating.