Wausau Area Obituary June 20, 2022

Jason M Rasmussen

Jason M. Rasmussen, 49, Wausau, passed away at home on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

He was born in Antigo on November 1, 1972, the youngest of three sons by Thomas and Diane (Ducette) Rasmussen. Jason is a graduate of Wausau West and is pursuing a degree in Police Science at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau. He is an avid deer hunter, skilled with rifles and bows, and enjoys fishing.

Survivors include one son, Jordan Rasmussen of Elk Hill, Wisconsin; his parents, Thomas and Diane Rasmussen of Wausau; two brothers, Mark (Lisa) Rasmussen of Wausau and Minnesota Terry (Bobbi) Rasmussen of St. Charles, State; and three nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral. Mementos can be used instead of flowers.

Hulk Funeral Home in Wausau is assisting the family with arrangements.

You can leave messages and condolences for his family on helke.com

John P. Kowalski

John P. Kowalski, 58, Rib Mountain, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully with family by his side at Marshfield Medical Center-Weston Hospital on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 due to his long-term multiple sclerosis Struggle, complications after heart surgery with blood disease.

Born April 1, 1964 in Appleton, Wisconsin, John is the son of Daniel and Geraldine (Chojnacki) Kowalski. On September 12, 2009, he married Nancy Martin at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marathon, Wisconsin. John lives for his sons, Justin and Jordan, and he has the pleasure of teaching them and watching them become good people. His eyes light up when he can share their achievements with others.

During his lifetime, John has worked in information technology at American Family Insurance, Wausau Insurance, Wausau Benefits, FiServ, and as a data engineer at Sentry Insurance for the past 15 years. John enjoys coaching basketball and has organized games in the Milwaukee, Madison and Wausau areas. Most recently, he served as coach, board member and president of several Wausau area youth football clubs. John plays volleyball and is known for being a great setter and sneaky diner.

John learned to play the saxophone at a young age with the encouragement of his loving parents and was recognized for his musical abilities. He is an active member of the Mosinee Community Band, CenterStage Band and Performance Choir. Likewise, John served for several years as President of the Wausau West High School Band Boosters.

John is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hunting, fishing, boating and camping. At John’s house, the hunting and fishing season is considered a holiday along with his July 4th fireworks display. He takes great pride in teaching his son to respect and appreciate the outdoors. The Jiuli County Forest offers many hunting stories and some delicious venison. He loves the calming effect of the waves on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage while enjoying a drink and waiting for a big glass.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; two children, Justin Kowalski, of Carbondale, Illinois; Jordan Kowalski, of Miami, Florida; mother, Geraldine Kowalski, Wausau, WI; and sister, Kathy (Bill) Whalen, Wisconsin Krivitz; brother Dale (Judy) Kowalski, Wonder Lake, IL; mother-in-law Sandra Martyn, Athens, WI, brother-in-law Mark (Cathy) Martyn, Athens, WI; sister-in-law Mary Martyn, Colby, WI and many nieces and nephews. John’s father Daniel Kowalski (2014) and father-in-law Edward Martyn (2012) passed away.

Funeral Mass will be held at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Marathon on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 11:00 am. Priest. Joseph Diermeier will moderate the meeting. Visiting hours are Friday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Peterson/Kremer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Avenue, Wausau, Wisconsin, and again Saturday from 10:00 am to church service time. Families are asking to wear masks during visits and funerals.

In lieu of flowers, John has many organizations he supports. Memorial donations will be determined by the family and put to good use in John’s name.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com

Glenn D.Derger

Glenn Duane Draeger entered God’s Kingdom on Monday, June 20 at the age of 87. He passed away peacefully at home, in the company of his family and in hospice care.

Glenn was born on July 1, 1934, to Leona (Beyer) and Frederick Draeger in Little Wolf.

Glenn married Susan Young on April 22, 1954, shortly after he left to fight in the Korean War. Back home, Glenn and Susan had four children: Pamela, Jennifer, Jeffrey and Steven. Glenn and Susan have lived in Rib Mountain for 50 years, spending the last three years at Birchwood Highlands Apartments in Weston before moving to Primrose Retirement Community in March this year. They enjoyed their trips together, the most memorable being the numerous trips to Germany, the Holy Land and the Cayman Islands.

In addition to being a loving father and husband, Glenn was a dedicated businessman who owned and operated Rib Mountain Hardware as a family business from 1962 to 2001. He always has a solution to every problem and is well known in the community.

Throughout his life, Glenn had an unwavering belief in God that he shared with those around him. He is actively involved in his church, serving as president and board member of Mount Lebanon Lutheran Church, and serving as an elder and usher at Mount Olive Lutheran Church.

Glenn has 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Glenn came to heaven with his parents, brothers Frank and Clarence, sister Erin and daughter Pamela Rogers. His wife Susan, Sister Millie, his children Jennifer (Brad) Murphy, Geoffrey (Jane) Dräger, Steven (Susan) Dräger and son-in-law John Rogers and his grandchildren: Brandon (Melissa) Murphy, John (Ashley) Rotgers, Becky (Joe) Serdar, Hannah (Patrick) Arbogast, Amanda (Korey) Sahr, Julie (Michael) Klecker, Alex (Erica) Draeger, Rachel Draeger, Katie (Omar) Herrera and Paul Dräger. He also has 13 great-grandchildren: Maxwell, Brynlea, Isabella, Milo, Harrison, Aubrey, Madelyn, Katie, Olivia, Maverick, Nathan, Leo and Jackson.

Visits will be held at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Weston on Wednesday, June 22 from 4-7pm, and again on Thursday, June 23 from 10-11am, followed by a funeral at 11am. A luncheon will follow.

Carol J.Bliss

Carol J. Bliss, 84, of Wausau, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 17, 2022 at Aspirus Hospice House in Wausau.

She was born in Wausau on January 17, 1938, the daughter of the late David and Anna (Raasch) Wiensch. She is married to Gordan Bliss. He died before her.

Among her favorite pastimes, she enjoys playing Yahtzee, puzzles, playing cards, embroidery and plastic canvassing. Carroll is an avid Green Bay Packers fan and a Milwaukee Brewers fan.

Survivors include brothers Don (Mary) Wiensch and Gary (Karen) Wiensch of Wausau, Florida; four sisters, Barb Dietrich, Portage, Sandy (Tom) Jalinski, Maryland, Sharon O’Brien, Michigan and Gladys (William) Dietrich , Kronenwetter; a sister-in-law, Helen Wiensch, Manitowoc; and many nieces and nephews. Carol’s brother Darold passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2022, one day after her death.

In addition to her parents and husband Gordan, she had six siblings, Richard, James, William, Herbert, Shirley Genrich and Donna Hankelman, who died.

Grave Service will be held at Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 11:30am.

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