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Local News Monday, November Stevens 9, 1987 Boint Journal 2 Obituaries Insurance claims jump for city In 1985, he came to Stevens Point because of ill health and lived with his daughter, Maggie Smith. He was a 50-year member of the Honolulu Lodge No. 409 including serving as past master of that lodge and past grand inspector general of the lodge. He was a member of the Red Cross of Constantine, Scottish Rite Consistory, the Shriners, the Eastern Star, Honolulu Orchid Society, Honolulu Lawn Bowl Club, and the Central Union Church of Hawaii. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs.

Kenneth (Bonnie) Lindquist, Des Plaines, Maggie Smith, 1541 Church and Roberta E. Edgar, New Iberia, and six grandchildren a and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters. A memorial will be established in his name for the American Heart Association. Granum services Services for Joel Granum will be held at 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Plover. The Rev. U. Luther Siefkes will officiate. The body will be cremated.

A memorial has been established in his name for Good Shepherd Church or Big Sisters. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at Boston Funeral Home. Mr. Granum, 26, died early Saturday morning from injuries suffered in a Racine County traffic accident.

He was born April 5, 1961, in Chippewa Falls, son of Robert and Birdelle Granum, Mosinee. Robert Granum is director the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in Portage County. Mr. Granum attended Holmen: area elementary schools before moving with his family to Pound, Marinette County. The family moved to Plover in 1975.

He attended Ben Franklin Junior High School and Stevens Point Area Senior High School. He was involved in wrestling and the Future Farmers of America at SPASH. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in agribusiness. He worked during the summers at Del Monte Corp. in Plover while attending college.

He was most recently employed as a production supervisor at Foremost Foods. Mr. Granum was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and racquetball. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and was involved with the Big Sisters program. Survivors besides his parents include maternal grandparents, Art and Vera Lysdahl, Chippewa Falls; paternal grandmother, Hazel Granum, Holmen; three brothers, Thomas, Holmen, Steven, Milwaukee, and David, Stone Mountain, two sisters, Mrs.

Donald (Kay) Felmer, 2108 Chestnut Plover, and Mrs. Randal (Sandra) Lee, 311 Walker Stevens Point. An infant brother preceded him in death. Harry F. King Harry F.

King, 83, Bowler, died Saturday at a Shawano Nursing Home. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Wittenberg. The Rev. Claude Zabinski will officiate.

Burial will be in St. Adalbert Cemetery in Rosholt. Friends may call today from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Schmidt-Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg. A parish wake service will be held at 8 p.m.

at the funeral home. Mr. King was born June 9, 1904, in Amherst Junction, son of the late John and Ella Koziczkowski. He was married to Bertha Wanta on Feb. 20, 1928, in Milwaukee.

She died July 1, 1950. Mr. King owned and operated a tavern in Bowler. Before that he was employed at the Harnischfeger Co. in Milwaukee.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. William (Shirley) Dolgner, Milwaukee; two sisters, Adelaine Perkins, Woodruff, and Sadie Fitzgerald, Kent, Ohio; and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Elmer Schmallenberg Elmer Schmallenberg, 81, Waupaca, died Friday evening at the Appleton Medical Center. Services were held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waupaca.

The Rev. James Diener will officiate. Burial will be at the Lakeside Memorial Park Cemetery, Waupaca. The Holly Funeral Home, Waupaca, was in charge of arrangements. Mr.

Schmallenberg was born on June 5, 1906, in Bear Creek, son of the late Len and Ida Schmallenberg. He was married to Ruth Groe on June 16, 1940. She survives. He was a farmer in the Scandinavia area for 20 years, and was the owner and operator of a cheese factory at Stevensville for six years. They retired in Waupaca in 1966.

Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Edna (Rev. Harold) Brauer, Wausau, and Frohnie Martin, Oshkosh; and one brother, Irvin, Shawano. Higher Health insurance for city of Stevens Point employees could cost more or cover less. The city's health insurance claims experience rose 37 percent since 1986, said Paul Adamski, city finance director.

He handles insurance matters. So premiums for its self-funded program through Employers Health Insurance, Green Bay, are targeted to increase by 27 percent for a family plan, which most employees have. That has encouraged Adamski to look at other insurance programs. The Personnel Co Committee will review new plans offered by Wisconsin Insurance Group Board when it meets Tuesday. The state plan pools all municipal claims experience, so Stevens Point may benefit if its claims are higher than other cities.

The city's self-insured program is based on its actual claims experience. The city pays insurance up to individual and aggregate stop loss levels. If those levels are exceeded, its administrator, Employers Health, covers the claim. In years like 1986, claims were "right where we wanted to be," Adamski said, and the city even be- premiums or less gan building a reserve to avoid large changes in premiums. That reserve and more was used this year because more employees filed more health insurance claims.

Claims in 1986 were $417,198, he said. In a 12-month period ending Aug. 31, 1987, claims were $572,805. Claims were projected to be $507,000 this year. So Employers Health, formerly Fireman's Fund, wants to raise premiums.

For employees on a family plan, premiums would go from $272 to $347 per er month. They would increase from $111 to $125 for single employees. Employees on the family plan now pay a $16.26 contribution per month, or 6 percent of their health insurance. The single plan has no contribution. The Wisconsin Group Insurance Board offers fully insured standard and health maintenance plans, both of which cost less than the city's current programs.

The state plan, administered by Wisconsin Physicians Service for public employees, became available to municipalities in July. The standard plan is $219 per month for families and $89 for single employees, Adamski said. The health coverage loom as maintenance plan is $211 for families and $86 for singles monthly. The programs allow no variation in coverage and say all employees must be offered both the standard and the maintenance plan options. Coverage would be different from the existing plan.

Employees now pay a $100 deductible per family. The state plan imposes deductibles per family member for a maximum of two people. The deductible is $150 for the standard plan and $100 for the health maintenance plan. Those who opt for the maintenance plan would have to choose a primary doctor from a list of affiliated physicians. That may be considered a negative factor if an employee's doctor is not on that list, Adamski said.

The current plan and standard option on the proposed plan allow employees to choose any physician. Prescription drug cards would have a deductible of $3 for either of the two proposed plans, rather than a $2 deductible in place now. While the premiums are less, the city cannot automatically change insurance policies. Contracts with union employees lock the city into providing the same level of coverage unless unions agree to negotiate and change that coverage, Adamski said. He said he and personnel consultant Paul Jadin may present the information to the Personnel Committee and ask that they be allowed to discuss it with union representatives before action is taken.

The price of the state plan may be artificially low this year because the new program does not have claims experience that could boost the cost by next year, Adamski said. Even if it increases in 1988 to the level the city's self-insured administrator wants this year, the city will have delayed that increase by a year and will have time to meet with unions, he said. Health insurance has become a major negotiation issue with unions nationwide, he said, including contracts considered for Consolidated Papers' unions here earlier this year. "We're looking at fairly substantial dollars as it relates to medical insurance," Alderman Ralph Olsen said during city Finance Committee budget hearings recently. "I think we have to discuss that in negotiations.

In the past, that's been absorbed. Now it's equivalent to 40 cents an hour." (Journal photo by Doug Wojcik) NATURE'S WAYS are working on the landscape these days. Frigid temperatures created an intricate ice pattern on a puddle along Lee Street this morning. 'U' plans new special ed minors Four programs for special educators will be upgraded to undergraduate minors in the School of Education's curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The UW-SP Faculty Senate voted recently to create the minors in the fields of learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, mild-moderate mental retardation and early childhood-exceptional educational needs.

These currently are areas of specialization that are certified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. However, under newly established DPI rules for elementary schools, teachers in the special education and other areas are required to complete a minor of at least 22 credits in order to be certified by the state. Each of the minors, expected to win easy approval from UW System officials, can be implemented without additional faculty, courses or library materials. In other business: -A report was made that applications from prospective freshmen for the fall of 1988 are being received at a rate of 35 percent ahead of the same time last year. Nearly 1,000 applications are on file, up from less than 700 in 1986.

The number to date represents nearly one-third of all the applications received last year. Chancellor Marshall said he attributes part of the increase to the fact that students are applying earlier than usual. -Steve Cady, president of the Student Government Association, said a survey on the question of installing condom dispensers in residence halls has been completed. Of 1,000 students who have responded, 800 of them favor installation of such a dispenser. Students at UW -Green Bay recently made arrangements to have condoms sold in their residence halls.

Committee aims at metro cooperation A committee designed to promote greater communication and cooperation among area municipal leaders has been proposed by John Leatherman of the Portage County UW-Extension office. A meeting to set up guidelines and objectives for the Intermunicipal Education Committee has been set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Whiting Municipal Building. "The idea is to establish an educational program series targeted toward the interests of Stevens Point metropolitan area public officials," Leatherman said in a press release. The program will be set up similar to the meetings of the Portage County Chapter of the Wisconsin Towns Association.

"My hope with the program series is to foster a greater sense of cooperation among metro area public officials by offering educational programs that focus on the common problems and issues shared by the municipalities," Leatherman said. Possible topics include a joint strategy for economic development, ideas for keeping property taxes down, and options for water well recharge area protection. Participation in the program is open to all metropolitan area public officials. "The programs will be simply informational in nature and are not intended to establish governmental policy," Leatherman said. Thursday's agenda includes discussion of objectives in establishing the committee, establishment of educational topic schedule and setting meeting schedule.

Rad Waste panel meets here Wednesday Transportation and nuclear waste production will be main items of discussion when the Policy Advisory Council of the Wisconsin Radioactive Waste Review Board meets here Wednesday. It will meet at 5 p.m. in the Wright Lounge of the University of WisconsinStevens Point Center. The council will be asked to provide recommendations on a draft bill to establish a nuclear waste transportation inspection and escort program similar to a program in Illionis. The bill would require inspections of high-level nuclear waste shipments for radiation leaks and would escort shipments through the state.

The council also will consider recommendations on how the state can conduct a study on economic, social and environmental risks and benefits of shutting down Wisconsin nuclear power plants when their licenses expire, or sooner. If the Public Service Commission's Advance Plan Proceedings does the study, the council will explore how its Waste Review Board can participate. A June 1986 Review Board resolution said continued operation of nuclear generating facilities contributes to high-level nuclear waste that must be contained in a repository. Veterans Day ceremonies set Area residents have an opportunity to honor U.S. vet- A free lunch for persons 60 years or older will be erans at ceremonies in Stevens Point and Plover held at noon.

The lunch will be followed by a short Wednesday. speech from Tom Pesanka, Portage County Veterans Veterans Day services at the Lincoln Center in Ste- Service officer. He will discuss available veterans provens Point will begin at 10 a.m. with doughnuts and grams. coffee.

The traditional Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 11 with the of the colors. At the Plover Memorial Park Monument, a similar a.m. presenting ceremony will be also take place at 11 a.m. Doughnuts Lt. Commander Robert 1 Sachtschale will be the guest and coffee will be served at the Plover Municipal Censpeaker.

He is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve officer and ter. a veteran of World War II. He currently is a Realtor with Kirschling Realty, Stevens Point. The public is invited to both ceremonies.

possibilities Fabyan Wysocki Sr. Wysocki services Services for Fabyan J. Wysocki Sr. will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St.

Peter Catholic Church. The Rev. Leo Schneider will officiate. Burial will be in the Guardian Angel Cemetery. Friends may call after 5 p.m.

today at the Funeral Home. Elks Lodge 640 will have a ritual at 7 p.m. The Knights of Columbus will combine with the general rosary at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Wysocki, 78, 924 Franklin died late Friday afternoon at home.

He had been in ill health for two years. He was born Jan. 20, 1909, in Stevens Point, son of the late John and Regina Wysocki. As a young boy, he attended County Normal School and Emerson High School. He was married to Tillie Derezinski on May 18, 1931, at St.

Peter Church. They settled in Stevens Point at their present address. She died Nov. 30, 1977. In 1946, he started the Ti-Nee Woodcraft Co.

of Stevens Point. He was owner and president of the firm that manufactured juvenile furniture. He retired in 1980. Mr. Wysocki served on the Portage County Board of Supervisors for 22 years.

He was chairman of the Space and Properties Committee that was instrumental in building the Ruth Gilfry Center and in the renovation of the Portage County Home. He was also active in conservation causes. In the 1940s, Mr. Wysocki was a patrolman for the Stevens Point Police Department. He was also a scout master for Boy Scout Troop No.

90 of St. Peter Church. He was a surviving member of the Wisconsin State Guard during World War II. He attained the rank of sergeant. Mr.

Wysocki was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. McGinley Council 1170, and the Elks Lodge 640 of Stevens Point. He was a former Lions Club member. Survivors include four sons, Fabian (Jack) Wysocki Phoenix, Arthur, 3356 April Lane, Frank, Knowlton, and John, Peplin; four daughters, Mrs. Joanne Armold, Oscoda, Miss Rosemary Wysocki, Wisconsin Dells, Mrs.

Donald (Ramona) Mendyke, Appleton, and Mrs. George (Judy) Lutz, Fond du Lac; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one brother, Theodore, 2525 Jefferson and three sisters, Mrs. Grace Chick, 1300 Briggs Mrs. Marcyne Stepaniak, 2509 Prais and Mrs. Albin (Lucille) Glodoski, 1700 Fremont St.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, one brother and three sisters. Edgar services A memorial service for Robert (Bert) Edgar will be held at the Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Thursday, Dec. 10. A Masonic burial service will be held following the memorial service at the Masonic Cemetery in Nuuanu, Hawaii. Mr.

Edgar, 81, 1541 Church died Saturday morning at St. Michael's Hospital. He moved to Stevens Point from Hawaii in 1985 to live with a daughter. He was born June 20, 1906, in Edinburgh, Scotland, son of the late Mr. and Mrs.

Robert M. Edgar. He grew up in Scotland and was a graduate of the Royal Botanical Gardens of 1 Edinburgh. He emigrated to Hawaii in 1929. He was married to Ethel May Pinnegar on March 18, 1933, in Honolulu.

She had emigrated from Ontario, Canada. They later became naturalized citizens of the U.S. His wife preceded him in death. Mr. Edgar was a horticulturist and was considered a leading authority on tropical plants and orchid culture in Hawaii.

He originated the Lavender Hibiscus plant. He was employed at Damon Gardens from 1936 to 1952. He then began Edgar and Hedemann Associates, a landscape architecture and design business, operating that business until 1957. He then was employed as a civilian by the U.S. Army and was responsible for landscaping and designing all the Army bases on the island of Oahu.

In 1968, he took a position with the Central Union Church Campus as a building and grounds superintendent, retiring in 1971. Plover woman remains critical A 28-year-old Plover woman remains hospitalized today in Milwaukee after the result of a -car accident Friday night which claimed the life of a 26-year-old man who was driving the car. Catherine Thompson, 1403 Wisconsin was in critical condition this morning in the intensive care unit of Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee. She suffered multiple injuries and was flown there from the Burlington hospital. Thompson was a passenger in her car driven by Joel Granum, 2200 Chestnut Drive, Plover, who died of massive internal injuries at Burlington Memorial Hospital early Saturday morning.

Granum's car left Highway 20 in Racine County at 11:40 p.m., struck a utility pole and rolled over. Boy hospitalized for smoke inhalation An eight-year-old town of Hull boy was listed as stable this morning at St. Michael's Hospital after smoke inhalation apparently worsened a case of pneumonia Saturday afternoon. Richard Canales, son of David and Margaret Canales, 2725 Jordan Road, was taken to the hospital several hours after town of Hull firefighters were called to the family's mobile home about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The family called firefighters after the home filled with smoke. Fire Chief Max Rutta said a drapery in the living room began smoldering because it was resting against a light bulb. There was no fire, just smoke. Rutta said the smoke in the house apparently complicated the boy's slight case of pneumonia. Post Office will close Wednesday The Stevens Point Post Office will be completely closed on Wednesday, Veterans Day.

The lock box lobby and bulk mail unit will be closed for the holiday, and there will be no delivery services except for express mail and special delivery. Mail will be picked up from collection boxes following the regular weekday schedule..

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