Lantern Project: Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities. We know the list of stories we post here is incomplete. We strive to learn about and share these stories but know that there are some that we and the media miss. If you see a news story of a death in WI related to domestic violence and don't see it posted here, please feel free to let us know about it here. Thank you.
Obituary: "Patricia 'Patty' Hope Sturm, age 62, died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, February 28, 2016. She was born October 3, 1953 in Merrill to the late Lawrence and Martha Hope (Ward) Euler. Patty and Mark Sturm were united in marriage on October 13, 1973 in Wausau. Patty attended Wausau High School, now known as Wausau East. Patty and her family operated the family dairy farm until 2001. Patty then worked at the United States Department of Agriculture in the FSA department. Among many things, she enjoyed sewing, gardening, baking, camping and watching NASCAR racing. Patty was a warm, welcoming person who was always there for everyone. She was a great example for her children and grandchildren. Patty was a loving mother and grandmother whose grandchildren were very near and dear to her heart. She was very involved with her grandchildren and their many activities. She was a well-liked, outgoing and personable woman. Patty was a teddy bear collector and a big John Deere fan. She enjoyed family gatherings and always organized holiday get-togethers, preparing wonderful meals for all to enjoy. Patty was a great cook who enjoyed trying out new recipes. Patty was very active with Grace Lutheran Church and expressed her strong faith by teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir and helping organize the annual Christmas program"...Read more
News Story: "A 62-year-old town of Berlin man suspected of homicide in connection with his wife's death told an emergency dispatcher during a 911 call that his wife had a history of seizures and died, but did not mention the gunshot wound to her head.
Mark Sturm was arrested Feb. 28 on a probation hold after Marathon County deputies found his wife, 62-year-old Patricia Sturm, dead with a gunshot wound to the left side of her head. Mark Sturm called 911 at 1:25 p.m. that day and reported his wife had been suffering from seizures and had died at their home...He will make an initial court appearance Wednesday on an anticipated charge of first-degree intentional homicide.
Police already have interviewed with family, friends, coworkers and others involved in the case, Bean said, and they continue to analyze evidence and talk to people who knew those directly involved in the case. Police have no other suspects in the case and the public was never in any danger, Bean said.
The only person at the Marathon County home at the time of the shooting besides the victim was Mark Sturm, according to court documents"...Read more