Police identify victims of deadly Oconto house fire

OCONTO, Wis. -- Action 2 News has learned the names of the four people killed in a house fire last Friday in Oconto.

Oconto Police have identified the victims as Katherine DeCoursin, 35, as well as her children, Jeri Schroeder, 15, Dalton Schroeder, 13, and Nicholas DeCoursin Jr., 11.

In a Facebook post on the Oconto Unified School District page, district leaders wrote Nic was a 6th grader at OMS, Dalton an 8th grader at OMS, and Jeri was a freshman at OHS.

Officials added the "entire school district is saddened by this event. It is very difficult to experience the death of our young people. We are providing guidance and counseling services to students, staff and family members as needed. The well-being of our students and staff will remain a top priority as we deal with the emotions surrounding this tragedy. Children may be coming home with questions and worries about this loss. Please feel free to contact the school counselors if you have an issue you would like to discuss."

District officials say their thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the family during the days ahead, and the children will be missed by many.

A fundraiser created on Facebook says all funds raised will be used for funeral expenses.

The fire happened during the early morning hours of Friday, January 17.

Oconto Police tell Action 2 News that Katherine's husband was out of town for work at the time of the fire.

A DeCoursin Fire Fund has been set up at N.E.W. Credit Union locations in Oconto County.

People can donate to the DeCoursin Fire Fund by stopping at N.E.W. Credit Union branches in Oconto, Oconto Falls, Suring or Peshitgo.

You can also mail donations (include a message referencing the DeCoursin Fire Fund) to N.E.W. Credit Union at this address:

301 Jackson Street
Oconto Falls, WI 54154