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Lind, John
JOHN LIND
 
John Junior Lind, age 59, of Redgranite, and Duluth, MN, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at St. Luke Hospital in Duluth, MN.
 
He was born January 4, 1955 in Ripon, the son of Junior and Arlene Meyer Lind. He was a 1973 graduate of Ripon High School, where he was active in sports and F.F.A. John was an avid hunter and lover of the outdoors. He was a member of the Berlin Conservation Club, WI Turkey Federation and Walleyes for Tomorrow.   John was a certified blaster and worked for several companies in the area. He semi-retired from Falcon Blasting in 2012.
 
On September 24, 2004, he was united in marriage to Debra Drover. She preceded him in death on Nov. 23, 2009. On February 27, 2014, he was united in marriage to Jan Belheumer.
 
John is survived by his wife, Jan; his son, John J. Lind Jr. of Las Vegas; and a daughter, Jessica (Jason) Stini of Menasha; one grandson, Crew Stini; his mother, Arlene Lind of Ripon; two sisters, Gail (Joe) Schuldt of Brandon and Karen (Kevin) Stibb of Redgranite; two brothers, Dave (Beth) Lind and Jerry (Julie) Lind all of Ripon; step-son Joshua Nigbor of Berlin; step-granddaughter, Avery Nigbor; step-daughter, Emma Larson; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.  He is further survived by his canine friends Bourbon, Kong and Maggie. He was preceded in death by his father, Junior Lind.
 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Barbola Funeral Chapel, the Rev. Bryan G. Lundquist officiating. Interment will be in Brushville Cemetery in the Township of Bloomfield. Friends and relatives may call on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Barbola Funeral Chapel and on Saturday one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be emailed to the family at barbolafc@yahoo.com
Barbola, Thomas
THOMAS DAVID BARBOLA
 
Thomas D. Barbola, age 85, formerly of Berlin, died peacefully on Monday, February 3, 2014 at home in the Village of Marquette.
 
He was born October 8, 1928 in Milwaukee, the son of Emil and Ella Landry Barbola. Tom was a 1946 graduate of Berlin High School. He graduated from WI State University in Oshkosh with a degree in Business Administration. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954. On December 9, 1954, he was united in marriage to Carole A. Krueger. Together they owned and operated Janet’s Smart Shop in Berlin for many years. They divorced in 1999.
 
In his early years, Tom was active in many sports and was proud of the Class of 1946, winning Conference Championships in five major sports. Tom learned to wrestle under the direction of his dad, Emil, a past World Welter Weight Champion and wrestling promoter. Tom became the Army Wrestling Champion in 1953 and the Wisconsin Heavy Weight Champion in the late 1950s. He and his dad promoted area wrestling matches until Emil’s death in 1961, when Tom retired from the ring undefeated. Tom served on the Berlin Police Department from 1955-1965. He loved to hunt, trap, fish and garden. He was an avid fan of the Packers and Badgers.
 
Tom was a member of United Methodist Church in Berlin, a lifetime member of Berlin High School Alumni Association, Past Master of Berlin Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM, past member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Green Bay, Tripoli Shrine, the Winnebagoland and Mascoutin Shrine Clubs, and O’Connor-Chiers Post 340 American Legion.
 
He is survived by his son, David Barbola (Lisa Lee) of Berlin; five grandchildren, Karissa (Mark) Bowen of Oshkosh, Kylah (Kyle) Russ of Neenah, Thomas Barbola of Appleton, Charles Barbola and Janetta Barbola both of Oshkosh; daughter-in-law, Donita Barbola of Oshkosh; nephew, Allan (Janet) Brooks of Markesan; niece, Marjorie Brooks (Ken Krentz) of Princeton; and his companion of 15 years, Dolores “Del” Schweder of Marquette and her family who he loved as his own, Kristi Green (John Wassong), Jon Schweder, Debra (William) Atwater; Del’s grandchildren, Andrea (Daniel) Klapper, Jon (Amy) Dolgner, and Kristina Dolgner (friend, Joe Violetto); Del’s great-grandchildren, Sean, Aaron, Jesse, Heidi, Tiffany, Andrew, Natalee and Colin; and his canine walking partner, “Gunny”. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; son, William Barbola; and sister and brother-in-law, Janet (Gilbert) Brooks.
 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Berlin, the Rev. Aaron Alfred officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery with Military Honors. Friends and relatives may call on Friday, February 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Barbola Funeral Chapel in Berlin and again at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be directed to Berlin Food Pantry or the Berlin Alumni Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family at barbolafc@yahoo.com.
 
 

 

Bunker, Dawn
DAWN BUNKER
 
Dawn Evelyn Fischer Bunker, of Oshkosh, passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.
 
She was born August 20, 1932 in Oshkosh, WI, the daughter of Otto W. and Evelyn Trumbull Fischer. She was a graduate of Oshkosh High School and attended Oshkosh Normal School. She later graduated from Dance Masters School in Chicago. On August 7, 1954, she was united in marriage to Donald Bunker at First Presbyterian Church in Oshkosh. Dawn was the owner and director of Dawn’s Academy of the Dance in Oshkosh. She was a Past Guardian of Job’s Daughters, Bethel #36 in Oshkosh, and was first Grand Bethel Guardian of the International Order of Job’s Daughters of WI. Dawn proudly attended Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee.
 
Dawn is survived by her daughter, Debra Jean Bunker; her cousin, Roy (Millie) Trumbull; their daughter, Linda (Tom) Polzin; nieces, Jan (Ross) Bannasch, Jean Fischer and Cindy Fischer; nephew, Brian Fischer; and a host of other family and friends throughout the U.S.
 
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald, who passed away on September 28, 1992; her parents; two brothers, Clifford and Clinton; her sisters-in-law, Jeanette Fischer and Eldine Fischer; Don’s parents, Ray and Anna Bunker; brother-in-law, Charles Bunker and his wife, Dorothy; and sister-in-law, Lorraine.
 
Funeral services for Dawn will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Barbola Funeral Chapel in Berlin. Interment will be in Lakeview Memorial Park in Oshkosh. Friends and relatives may call on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral chapel. Memorials may be given to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Crippled Children or the Choral Department at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at barbolafc@yahoo.com.

Betler, Howard

HOWARD  F.  BETLER

 

Howard Franklin Betler, age 96, died peacefully on Friday, January 24, 2014 at Juliette Manor in Berlin.

 

He was born December 22, 1917 in Mayfield, NY, the son of Charles and Ellen Wood Betler.  Howard was a graduate of Gloversville High School.  On May 27, 1939, he was united in marriage to Ellen Heald in Mayfield, NY.  Howard served his country in the U. S. Army in the European Theater during WWII.

 

Howard worked for Mayfield Glove and Midwestern Sport Togs as a glove cutter.  He was a member of 290th Combat Engineers and a past member of Union Congregational Church.

 

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Ellen; four children, Wesley Betler of Norwich, CT, Judith Williams of Berlin, Lincoln “Linc” (Karen) Betler of Berlin and Karen (Ralph II) Thorp of Waterford, CT; five grandchildren, Donald (Dawn) Betler of Berlin, Kathleen (Peter) Blaas of Marion, Paul (Katie) Williams of Eau Claire, Danielle Thorp of Round Lake, IL and Allison Thorp of Waterford, CT; and five great-grandchildren, Makena and Kailee Betler, Kristian Blaas, and Jaden and Gabriel Williams.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Caroline Betler; and brothers, David, Fred, Harvey and Roy Betler.

 

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Barbola Funeral Chapel in Berlin, the Rev. Scott T. Piper officiating.  Inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.  Friends and relatives may call on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.  Memorials may be directed to Agnesian Hospice Hope.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at barbolafc@yahoo.com.