Obituary for the region of Wausau December 17, 2021

Eleanor “Reenah” McGil

Eleanor “Reenah” McGill, 82, died on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau. A service of life celebration will take place at a later date.

She was born November 21, 1939 to James and Maude McGill in Onalaska, WI. She had a passion for knowledge and obtained a Master of Arts, a Master of Chinese Medicine, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Oriental Medicine. She still practiced acupuncture.

Throughout her years, she lived in Germany, Georgia, Minneapolis and Los Angeles before settling in the Weston area. She loved to travel to China, Peru, Mexico, cruise the Amazon and travel to so many other countries.

She is predeceased by her parents, James and Maude, and her siblings, Frank McGill and Deb Kropelin.

The memory of Reenah will live on in the hearts of her former husband Donald Peaslee, children, Chris (Deb) Peaslee of Weston, David Peaslee of Fox Lake, Will (Patty) Peaslee of Eurika, CA, Rebecca Peaslee of Fox Lake, Dan (Jenny) Peaslee of Wausau and Joe Peaslee of Fox Lake; grandchildren, Marcy (Steve), Mike, Suzanne, David Jr, Alex, Scott, Donald, Michelle, Emma, ​​Olivia and Bailee; great-grandchildren, Hayley, Carissa, Luke (Liz), Jill, Isaac, Devin, Addi, Julia, Dylan and Austin; special friend, Joe Toth, siblings Mike (Jill) McGill of Minneapolis, Sue (Don) Venner of LaCrosse and Alan (Chris) of Minneapolis, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Virginie L. McNeil

Virginia L. McNeil, 75, of Wausau, died on Saturday December 11, 2021 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born on May 18, 1946 in Antigo, daughter of the late Thomas and Edna (Fischbach) O’Brien. She grew up in the Bryant area where she was nicknamed the “Bryant Blaze” because of her firefighter red hair. Virginia was an elegant, sophisticated and cultured woman who loved to travel to the United States and Europe. She was an art collector and loved a good auction. She also liked working in her rose garden. Virginia was very elegant and glamorous, but still humble. She was charitable and gave of her time and her compassion and kindness will be remembered. She took care of her children wonderfully. Virginia had the kind of laughter that made you laugh and will be sorely missed.

Survivors include her four children, Patrick McNeil of CO, Donna (Michael) Garrison of CO, Thomas McNeil and Shannon McNeil, both of Wausau; grandsons, Michael and Matthew; and one brother, Michael (Linda) O’Brien of Mountain.

She was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Sally (Donald) Mellberg, her grandson, Steve, and her 40-year-old former husband and true sweetheart Ronald “Bucky” McNeil.

A private celebration of his life will take place. Helke Funeral Home, Wausau, helps the family with the arrangements. To share your condolences and memories with the family, please visit

John Z. Moua

John Z. Moua, 28, Merrill passed away on Friday December 10, 2021.

He was born on August 19, 1993 in Fresno, California, the son of Chu Neng Moua and Kia Thao.

For many years John worked for the International Union of Eau Claire Workers. Some of his favorite interests included fishing, hunting, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her mother, Kia (Glenn Isaacson) Thao, Merrill, her father, Chu (Sara Chang) Moua, Minnesota, her daughter, Hazel, her siblings, Joseph (Der Hang) Moua, Mai Chau (Xyou Pha) Moua, Umberto Lo, Dimintri Lo, Peter Lo, Hope Isaacson and Jasmine Isaacson and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022, at the Peterson / Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Avenue, Wausau. Interment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Kronenwetter. Visitations will be held on Sunday, January 9, 2022, from noon to 5 p.m. and again Monday from 9 a.m. until service time, all at the Stewart Avenue funeral home. Online condolences can be expressed at

Gary O. Tessmer

Gary O. Tessmer, 77, passed away peacefully at his home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services with his wife and daughters by his side.

He was born on December 14, 1943 in Wausau, son of the late Marcella Tessmer. On August 1, 1964, he married Susan “Sue” White at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Wausau.

Gary has held several jobs over the years, but his two favorites were at Wausau Container and Pick N Save in Weston. He loved his tractors, worked on small engines, and the time he and Sue spent camping / hosting at DuBay County Park.

He was friends with Bill W for 44 years. He loved all his dogs, especially Snickers and most of all he loved his wife for 57 years, his daughters and all his grandchildren. He cherished the time spent with them.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Tessmer; daughters, Tina Tessmer and Jodi Tessmer; grandchildren, Terek (Holli), Sara and Katie, Gabe and Eli; great-grandchild, Adinca; sisters, Georgia (John) Eichhorn, Gloria Niles, Susan Niles and Cheryl (Chris) Christensen and Sally (Ron) Kleppen.

Besides his mother, he was predeceased by a daughter, Julie Sue, great-granddaughter, Renezzmay Rose and his brothers, Eugene, Christopher, Steven and Rodney.

We would like to thank the amazing staff at Comfort Care and Hospice for the loving and gentle care they provided in our home.

In lieu of flowers, all memorials can be sent to the Aspirus Hospice Comfort and Hospice Fund at 333 Pine Ridge Blvd, Wausau, WI 54401, so they can continue to provide wonderful care to others.

A celebration of Gary’s life will take place in the summer of 2022.

Online condolences can be expressed at

Heather A. Pingel

Heather Ann Pingel, 35 from Bowler, died suddenly on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Heather was born on August 26, 1986 in Wausau, daughter of David Pingel and Tammy Rauch Pingel.

Heather worked for a while at Schroeder Brother’s Potatoes and Mattoon Veneer Mill. She loved to fish and collect rocks. The most important thing for Heather was the time spent with her children.

Heather is survived by her fiancé, Shane Bernarde; her children, Carmen and Damion; two sisters, Nicole Pingel and Shannon (fiancé Nick) Pingel; grandparents, Lloyd (Josephine) Pingel and Ronald and Judy Rauch; nieces, LaShanda and KayLee; nephew, Dezmin and many other family and friends.

She was predeceased by her grandmother, Carmen.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg. Visitations will be held Thursday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral home service.

Memories and messages of support can be shared on

Julius J. Minniecheske

Julius Jon Minniecheske, 13, of Tigerton, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

Julius was born on October 10, 2008, the son of Joshua Minniecheske and Maribeth White Wing.

Julius was a 7th grade student at Tigerton Middle School. He enjoyed playing Xbox and driving a jeep. Julius loved spending time at Eau Claire Dells and especially “jumping shit”. He loved mountain biking, dirt biking and Silverado Sundays and was an amazing artist.

Julius is survived by his parents, Joshua Minniecheske and Maribeth White Wing; grandparents, John White Wing, Pam Hesse, James Minniecheske and Denee Mikesell; siblings, Jazmyn Jade, Jorjia June and Jaxxyn Jett Minniecheske, Clarissa, Emma and Jaden Clark, Kiona Kahalewaike, Archer, Eva and Elia Tech, Trenton Minniecheske and Zander Lang and Alexis and Colton Minniecheske; uncles and aunts, Heather, Andy, Jeremy, Jim, Justin, Jessica, Gloria, George and John and cousins, Cierra, Bailey, Tegas, Barron and Dallas and Cuuwii Georgianne.

All services will take place at the Dallas White Wing Residence, W18076 Witt-Birn Townline Rd, Wittenberg.

Thursday – Meal at 6 p.m., Comfort devotions to follow.

Friday – Visits from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., meal at 6 p.m. followed by devotions.

Saturday – Sunrise devotional service at 7:00 am with meal to follow. Escrow service held at 1:00 p.m.

Mr. Kelly LaMere will officiate. Interment will be in the John Stacy Memorial Cemetery.
Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg helps the family organize the funeral.

Memories and messages of support can be shared on

Wendy K. Brophy

Wendy K. Brophy, 54, passed away peacefully on Sunday December 12e at the Aspirus Wausau hospital.

Wendy was born in Wausau on February 3, 1967 to Bill and Sally Wagner, who predeceased her. She has lived her entire life in the Wausau area and graduated from DC Everest High School in 1985. Wendy has held various jobs throughout her life, and her last job at First Student brought her happiness. help students get on and off the bus safely. In 1990 his son Brandon was born and was his pride and joy. She loved spending time with her son, family, friends and pets. Wendy loved animals.

She is survived by her sisters, Julie Wagner (Jeff Mientke) and Susan (Corey) Sandquist, her nieces, Sarah (Austin) Baar and Melissa Sandquist (Tyler Stenger) and her nephew Matthew (Sarah Kate) Sandquist, as well as her baby longtime friend. Dave Rodman and his children Kaitlyn Rodman (Noah Roberts), Diane Duncan (Kyle), David J. Rodman and Autumn Rodman.

Her parents and son Brandon Brophy predeceased her.

A celebration of life is planned for a later date.

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