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Margaret E. Bark

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 25, 2009, A6

Margaret E. Bark, age 95, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Axel; her parents; her brother, Irving; and infant sister.

She was 100 percent Norwegian and proud of her heritage. The coffee pot was always on and there was always room at the table for one more. Margaret loved her Lord, her family, church, beautiful things and celebrations. She was an artist who enjoyed creating beautiful things and planning festive birthdays and coffee parties. She took time to recognize and acknowledge the beauty in nature, people and her surroundings. She was always ready for a new adventure and loved driving, trying new recipes, playing the violin or piano and berry picking.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends; her sister, Herba; her brother and sister-in-law, Arnold and Milly; her children, Linda Bark of Anchorage, Alaska, Margaret (Allen) Hahn of Pacific Junction, Iowa, Michael (Colleen) Bark of Washburn; as well as grandchildren, Kari Lueck, Shane (Karen) Lueck, Bryan (Jill) Johnson, Lorie (Scott) Nielson, Amy (Eric) Nissinne and Matthew Bark; also eight great-grandchildren.

Phil. 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

A prayer service for her family members was held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Margaret E. Bark

Dunn County News, sun, June 6, 2010, A6

Margaret Evelyn Bark, age 95, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, with family by her side, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Margaret was born in Viking, Alberta, Canada, to Eilert and Marie (Aamodt) Solstad on Nov. 5, 1914. She grew up in Viking where she attended elementary school and high school. She then went to Camrose Lutheran College in Camrose, Alberta which she thoroughly enjoyed and made good friends, whom she kept in contact with the rest of her life.

When her family moved to Woodville, and bought a fine farm and home, Margaret went with them. She helped her mother in every way she could to care for the family. They joined Our Savior's Lutheran Church south of Baldwin. Margaret took part in church activities.

Margaret married Axel Bark and together they raised their three children Linda, Margaret and Michael. Margaret thoroughly loved her children and carefully cared for them. After living in Baldwin, where Axel worked in his brother's bakery, they bought a bakery in Glenwood City. Their next move was to buy a bakery in Menomonie which they named Bark's Bake Shoppe. For a number of years they operated it with Axel's cousin, Ernie Markgren, and his wife, Ellen. Margaret and Axel worked very hard to make it a success which they did for more than 43 years.

When they came to Menomonie, they joined Our Savior's Lutheran Church and became active members. Axel helped with a building program, Margaret with teaching Sunday School. Her strong Christian faith and church were important to her. She sang in the choir for many years which was a great and enriching experience for her. Margaret was a member of the Reading Club and Women's Circles. She also worked with Our Savior's Girl Scout groups.

She helped with community groups, such as the Mabel Tainter Historical Society, and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi. Margaret was proud of her Norwegian heritage and culture and became a member of Sons of Norway Solheim Lodge.

When Axel retired, he and Margaret spent summers at their cottage on the south shore of Lake Superior near Cornucopia where Axel grew up. Axel enjoyed fishing and boating while Margaret enjoyed reading and painting scenes of Lake Superior.

Margaret and Axel especially enjoyed their grandchildren and gave them special loving attention whenever they could. Visiting with friends and relatives over a cup of coffee with delicious food she made, gave Margaret a lot of joy. She liked to bake and cook and was very good at it. She liked to read cookbooks and try new recipes. Margaret and her husband welcomed guests, and there was always room for one more at the table. Margaret enjoyed planning lovely birthday and tea parties.

Margaret had a friendly, kind and endearing personality which made her a special person to her family and friends.

When Margaret passed away, a prayer service was held Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, for her family with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating.

Margaret is survived by her children, Linda Bark of Anchorage, Alaska, Margaret Hahn (Allen) of Pacific Junction, Iowa, Michael Bark (Colleen) of Washburn; as well as grandchildren, Kari Lueck, Shane Lueck (Karin), Bryan Johnson (Jill), Lorie Nielson (Scott), Amy Nissinne (Eric) and Matthew Bark; besides eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Herba Solstad of Menomonie; and her brother, Dr. Arnold Solstad (Mildred) of Mission, Texas; besides a number of nieces and nephews and also cousins in the USA and Norway.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Axel; her parents; her brother, Irving Solstad; and an infant sister.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, also in Menomonie.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Charles P. Barnard

Dunn County News, Sun. April 18, 2010, A6

Charles P. Barnard, age 65 of Menomonie, died Thursday, April 15, 2010, at his home in Menomonie after a courageous battle with cancer.

Chuck was born in Superior, on July 23, 1944, to Charles and Madge Barnard. The second of four children, Chuck excelled at football, basketball and baseball throughout his youth. After graduating from Superior Central High School in 1962, he married the love of his life, Marge, and continued playing basketball for the University of Minnesota-Duluth and UW-Superior. He finished his college basketball career by leading the Wisconsin State University Conference (WSUC) in scoring his senior year. Chuck was inducted into the UW-Superior Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.

After receiving his BA and masters degrees from UW-Superior, Chuck and Marge moved to Laramie, Wyo. In 1972, he completed his doctoral studies at the University of Wyoming. Thereafter, the family moved to Menomonie, where Chuck accepted a faculty position at UW-Stout. At Stout he established one of the world's first accredited master's degree training programs in the new profession of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). Chuck was a pioneer of MFT training and he was extremely proud of the program's success and cherished the friendships he had with his colleagues and former students. He retired from UW-Stout in 2003 with the esteemed rank of professor emeritus.

Over the course of his career, he taught many thousands of students, published more than 40 scholarly articles and eight books, presented regionally, nationally and internationally, served on the editorial board of numerous professional journals, and served as a consultant or board member to numerous organizations and associations. He received a number of high honors, including being awarded the prestigious "Fellow Status" in the American Association for MFT and named "Outstanding Educator" by the Wisconsin Association for MFT. Chuck was also the past president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). Most recently, Chuck worked for the Department of Defense in Germany, Spain, and Italy where he counseled returning veterans in their transition back to civilian life.

Chuck's legacy will be his family. He succeeded in creating a family that laughed, loved and had a spectacular time when they were together. Their strong relationships were forged during annual vacations and summer weekends at the cabin. In recent years, family trips to Mexico, Germany, France, Spain, Florida, the Caribbean and Massachusetts provided opportunities for his grandchildren to appreciate the family he and Marge created.

Chuck thoroughly enjoyed life and a good chocolate malt.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Margaret "Marge;" three children, Jayne (Patrick) Barnard McCoy of St. Paul, Minn., Matt (Lori) of Boston, Mass., Clare (Frank) Barnard Schmitz of Lanstuhl, Germany; six grandchildren, Brittney, Alex, Mathew, Sean, Aiva and Stella; two brothers, Arthur of Madison and Dave (Pam) of Castle Rock, Colo.; one sister, Barbara (Adrian) Barnard of South Padre Island, Texas; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie. Rev Don Gribble will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Church of Menomonie or the Prostate Cancer Foundation (www.pcf.org).

Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Menomonie. Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.

Helen K. Bartel

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 12, 2010, A6

Helen K. Bartel, 83, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at Morningside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Sheboygan.

Born Nov. 12, 1926, in Wilmette, Ill., Helen was a daughter of the late Henry and Emma Saretsky Koll. She was a graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., class of 1944.

On Oct. 7, 1950, she was united in marriage to Darrel Bartel at Trinity United Methodist Church, Wilmette.  The couple was married for more than 45 years before Darrel preceded her in death on Sept. 26, 1996.

Helen was employed by Lakeland Mfg as a seamstress for more than 20 years, retiring in 1989.

She was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church since moving to Sheboygan in 1952. Helen was a member of the Friday Night Ladies Bowling League at the Sheboygan Elk's Lodge # 299 for many years. Following the death of her husband, the members of the Elk's Lodge became like a second family to her and she always appreciated the friendships she made there. Helen was a former member of the Shoreline Women's Club. She enjoyed bowling, reading, word-search puzzles and Friday night dining with her friends at the Elk's Club.

She is survived by her three children, Cheryl (Ken) Tucker, Racine, Chuck (Jen) Bartel, Sheboygan, and Chris (Ted) Statz, Menomonie; four grandchildren, Ken Tucker, Jr., David Statz, Trina Heyrman, and Elizabeth, Heyrman; one sister, Betty (Frank) Smith, Northbrook, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Lee Ellen (George) Stolp, Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Rhea, Hazel and Myrtle.

A celebration of Helen's life will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, at the Lippert-Olson Funeral Home, 1132 Superior Ave., Sheboygan. Relatives and friends are welcome at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until the time of the celebration.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of St. Nicholas Home Health and Hospice and Morningside Health and Rehabilitation Center for the loving care they gave Helen.

A memorial fund has been established in her name. Condolences may be emailed to the family at helenbartel@lippertfuneralhome.com.
Betty Bartko (Bowell)

Dunn County News, Wed. Dec. 7, 2011, A6

Betty Bartko, age 60, of Menomonie, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire after a battle with cancer.

Betty was born Dec. 15, 1950, to John and Vera (Glampe) Bowell in Baldwin.  She grew up in Cady Township where she attended Cady Lane and Cady Wilson Schools.  She attended Spring Valley High School and graduated with the Class of 1969.

On Aug. 4, 1972, Betty married Fred Bartko in St. Paul.  They were blessed with two children: Chad and Amy.  They lived in St. Paul for about four years and then moved to Menomonie. 

Betty did day care in her home for a number of years while raising her children.  She worked at the hospital in Menomonie for 24 years.

Betty had a variety of hobbies and enjoyed reading and puzzles.  She liked to crochet and spend time in her garden growing flowers and enjoying the cardinals.  She was also an avid Packer fan.  Betty loved spending time with her family, and especially enjoyed their outings at Yellow Lake and at her mother's in Balsam Lake.  She spent many hours going to flea markets, going to thrift sales and attending the Cranberry Fest in Warrens.  She always took things in stride and always had a smile.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her brother, Bill Bowell; and sister, Bonnie Wilk.

Survivors include her husband, Fred, of Menomonie; one son,  Chad (Katie) Bartko of Spring Valley and their children, Ryan and Caleb; and one daughter, Amy Bartko of Menomonie; one brother, Charlie (Sharon) Bowell of Knapp; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Deanne Bowell of Wilson, Gerald Wilk of Hudson, Bill Bartko of Menomonie, and Betty (Maynard) Ziehme of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley.  A memorial service will be Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Wilson Lutheran Church, Wilson, with Rev. Douglas Brandt officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Cancer Care Center, the fourth floor nursing staff at the hospital and Dr. Nambudiri for their care and concern.  Also, a special thank you to Pastor Doug Brandt for his many visits to Betty while she was at home and in the hospital.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements. See www.keehrfuneralhome.com.

Evan Julius Bartos

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, A6

Evan Julius Bartos, infant son of Kerry and Donna Bartos, was called home to the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.

Private family services are being held. Burial will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Charles L. Bates

Dunn County News, Sun, April 4, 2010, A6

Charles L. Bates age 85 of Elmwood, died  Monday, March 29, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Charles was born Dec. 15, 1924, on the home farm in the Township of Weston, rural Elmwood.  He was the son of Edward and Mabel (Denning) Bates, and grew up and lived his entire life on the family farm. 

Charles married Juanita A. Smith June 27, 1944, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood.  After marriage, they farmed on the home farm and raised their nine children, retiring in 1996. 

Charles was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where he was very active over the years, serving on various boards.  He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. What was most important and meaningful to Charles was being a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He was very proud of and enjoyed being a farmer.  He enjoyed his work farming, spending time with his family and friends and fishing.

Charles is survived by his wife of 65 years, Juanita; nine children, John (Jean) of Eau Galle, Joan (Bruce) Everson of Eau Claire, Dick (Janice) of Durand, Patricia (Bob) Hawkins of Fredericksburg, Va., Jeanne Bates of Menomonie, Peggy (Rich) Snyder of Durand, Steven (Cindy) of Elmwood, Tom (Lori) of Fall Creek and Janet (Dan) Jorstad of Chippewa Falls; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, James (Ilene) of Elmwood; a brother-in-law, Grant Styer of Menomonie; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, LaVerne, Clarence and Lawrence; and three sisters, Agnes Fueker, Marie Styer and Angeline Wolf.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday April 5, 2010, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Varkey V. Joseph officiating.  Burial will be in St. Henry's Cemetery in Eau Galle

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and also one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Online Condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhome.com. Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Elmwood is serving the family.

Gordon C. Bauer

Dunn County News, Wed. Sept. 21, 2011, A6

Gordon C. Bauer, age 52, of Hudson, died unexpectedly at his home in Hudson on Friday, Sept.16, 2011.

He was born May 5, 1959, in St. Paul, Minn., to Charles and Shelby (Baxter) Bauer. 

Gordon had previously worked as an over-the-road truck driver and since 2008 was working security for the St. Croix Marina in Hudson. 

He is survived by his special friend, Juanita "Chick" Drury; daughter, Holly Jean Bauer; mother, Shelby Bauer, and her friend, Stanley McIntyre; sister, Yvonne (Bruce) Mast; brothers, Wesley and Dale Bauer; as well as other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles.

A memorial service will take place on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Boyceville United Methodist Church with Pastor Tim Mathaei officiating.  Burial will take place at Teegarden Cemetery, Lucas Township, Dunn County.  A visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Lois Styer Beauchamp

Dunn County News, Sunday, October 18, 2009, A6

Lois Lorraine Helena Catherine Styer Beauchamp, age 92, died Sunday, October 11, 2009.

Lois Beauchamp was born March 25, 1017, in the town of Weston to Benedict and Bessie (Liddy) Styer. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1933. She attended Stout Institute (now University of Wisconsin-Stout) for four years, graduating in 1936 with a degree in home economics.

She married Clarence Joseph Beauchamp on Aug. 23, 1938, in Weston. Lois and Clarence Beauchamp then moved to Snowhill, MD, where they both taught school.

Lois and Clarence lived and taught school in many different places, including Michigan State University, Chrysler Institute of Technology, Southern Illinois University and then in 1972 moved to Dhahran, Saudi Aravia, for what was supposed to be two years. Lois worked as a dietitian there while Clarence taught engineering. They stayed for 11 years, calling it the "best time of their lives," taking advantage of the many opportunities for travel in the area.

In 1984 Lois and Clarence retired in Issaquah, Wash., where she remained until her death. Clarence preceded her in death in 1988.

Lois Beauchamp is survived by two daughters, Lois Ann Beauchamp Bradfield (William Bradfield) of Blaine, Wash., and Ellen Beauchamp (Michael Mustafaga) of Woodinville, Wash.; a son, James Beauchamp (Jean Norton) of Westby; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, Jan Styer and Mary Styer Zukowski, and nephews, Randy Styer and David Styer of Menomonie; and nephew, Dale Styer of Elmwood.

In addition to her husband, Clarence, Lois is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Elwood, Bruce and Donald, and infant sister, Betty.

Services were Thursday, oct. 15, 2009. The rosary began at 9:30 am and the funeral mass followed at 10 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 220 Mt Park Blvd SW, Issaquah, WA 98027. Burial was in Lower Hillside Cemetery, Issaquah.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to either pancreatic research or to Alzheimer's research. Friends are invited to share memories, view photos and sigh the family's online guest book at www.flintofts.com. Arrangements by Flintofts Funeral Home and Crematory.

Oscar Beckwith Jr.

Dunn County News, Sun. Jan. 9, 2011, A6

Oscar Beckwith, age 93, formerly of Menomonie, died, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at The Baldwin Care Center in Baldwin.

He was born Sept. 25, 1917, in Fridley, Minn., the son of Oscar and Alimena (Terry) Beckwith. He married Winona Joles on Oct. 30, 1939, and she died on Sept. 15, 1991.

Oscar was inducted into the Army on May 14, 1943, to Camp Grant in Illinois and served during WWII. He owned and operated Oscar Beckwith Septic Service for 35 years.

Survivors include four daughters, Ann (Mervil) Heins, Sissy (Chuck) Kindschy, Bonnie Stouff (Beckwith) and Linda Kirschbaum (Lenny); one sister, Helen Peterson; 10 grandchildren, Winona Beckwith (John), Monica (Eric) Timm, Tessica (Christopher) Johnson, Alicia Stouff, LaTasha (Kevin) Crandall, Larry (Shanna) Lange, Lenny (Christina) Lange, Geraldine Heins, Kevin (Wanda) Heins and  Darrin (Elizabeth) Kirschbaum; 23 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Winona; one son, Larry; three sisters and three brothers.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor LeRoy Nelson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday and two hours prior to the service at Olson funeral home.  Burial will take place following the service at Forest Hill Cemetery, Eau Claire.  Military Honors will be provided by American Legion Post #53 of Eau Claire.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com
Ervin Beguhn

Dunn County News, Wed. Sept. 21, 2011, A6

Ervin Beguhn, age 87, of Menomonie, passed away Monday, Sept.19, 2011, at Dunn County Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011,  at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating.  There will be visitation at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Thursday.  Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Ervin H. Beguhn

Dunn County News, Sun. Sept. 25, 2011, A6

Ervin H. Beguhn, age 88, of Menomonie, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

He was born May 6, 1923, in Menomonie, to Paul and Grienhulin (Mittelstadt) Beguhn.  He attended Iron Creek Elementary School and Menomonie High School. Ervin married Joyce Goodremote on Oct. 15, 1952 in New Auburn.

Ervin farmed the family dairy farm near Elk Mound for many years and enjoyed working with his hands especially woodworking.  He was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church and was a loving husband and father.

Ervin is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Joyce; a daughter, Michele Schulz of Greensboro, N.C.; his brother, Richard (Betty) Beguhn of Colfax; and he is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Gwen Beguhn; and a sister, Marlene Bremmer. 

Ervin's family would like to thank everyone at the Dunn County Health Care Center for their loving care.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011,  at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating.  There will be visitation at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Thursday.  Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Laura B. Beguhn

Dunn County News, Wed, April 21, 2010, A6

Laura B. Beguhn, 80, of Elk Mound, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie, under the care of NW Hospice.

Laura was born Sept. 4, 1929, on the family farm to Hugo and Alice (Hallstein) Singerhouse in Menomonie. She attended Aggie High School in Menomonie, graduating in 1947.

Laura married Theodore (Teddy) C. Beguhn on April 28, 1949. She could not resist the handsome young man in his Marine Corp dress blues. Teddy couldn’t resist the beautiful young woman who made the thickest chocolate milkshakes at Lee’s Drug Store. Laura and Teddy lived and worked on the Beguhn family farm their entire life. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last April. They have two children, a daughter, Vicki,and a son, Mickey.

Through her life, Laura worked side-by-side with Teddy on the family farm, she was a school cook for St. Paul’s Lutheran School, and also worked for Dunn County Human Services as a Homemaker I and II. No matter what she was involved in, Laura touched the lives of the people she met. Her job with Human Services took her into people’s homes, often to the neediest of clients. She had the gift of seeing beyond their limitations. Laura was able to help families meet their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter while always treating them with respect and dignity.

She started a food pantry out of a front room in the human services building. Along with her sister, Irene, they also started a clothing room. She served on the National Mutual Benefit Board. She was awarded Career Woman of the Year by Indianhead Business & Professional Women in 1983.

Laura was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Her strong and unwavering faith in God helped her through the difficult times in life: “When in doubt, look up.” She was devoted to her family, friends and neighbors, always there to help when needed. She loved to garden, do crafts (known for her aprons) and bake. She was famous for her cut-out sugar cookies and ginger snaps. Laura was also a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees.

Laura is survived by her loving husband, Teddy; a daughter, Vicki (Jeff) Dueringer of Eau Claire; a son, Mickey of Elk Mound; grandsons, Chris (Tina) Dueringer of Oconomowoc and David (Kelly) Dueringer of Eau Claire; great-grandsons, Colin, Brandon, Jordan and Ethan; a sister, Doris (Wayne) Klinkhammer; brothers, Robert (Mary Jane) Singerhouse and Ron (Jean) Singerhouse; and brothers-in-law, Wallace Brunn and Carroll (Marlys) Beguhn.

Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Hugo and Alice Singerhouse; sisters, Helen Cunniff and Irene Brunn; nephews, Roger and Randy Brunn and Steve Garnett; and a niece, Rhonda Hoyt.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Steve Schmeling officiating. A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Spring Brook.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Francis William "Frank" Beighley

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 12, 2009, A6

Francis William "Frank" Beighley, age 67, of Spring Valley, died Sunday evening, Aug. 9, 2009, at Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

His wife and family were by his side when the "Lord called him home."

Frank was born on Dec. 11, 1941, the son of John and Rosetta (Harbit) Beighley in Chippewa Falls. Frank spent his childhood in Chippewa Falls and Sycamore, Ill.

He graduated in Sycamore High School in 1960. On Sept. 27, 1967, Frank married Betty Lou Hanson in Sycamore, Ill. They lived in Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota for numerous years before settling in Wisconsin.

Frank was a devoted husband and loving father. He loved to spend time fishing and was an avid bird watcher.

Frank was a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church where he leaves behind many friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Spring Valley; four daughters, Teresa (Bob) Rosendahl of Menomonie, Lorri (Michael)( Morin of Missoula, Mont., Tammy (Larry) Sauer of Bloomington, Minn., and Eva (Jim) Hipp of Eau Claire; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be 3-5 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at Calvary Assembly of God Church, Wilson, with Funeral service following at 5 pm at the church. Pastor Rick Mannon officiating. burial will be Friday in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells, Mich.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, handled the arrangements.

Archie "Buck" Belch Jr.

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, A6

Archie "Buck" Belch Jr., age 68, of Boyceville, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Archie was born June 12, 1941, in the Township of Poplar Branch, Currituck, N.C. to Archie Sr. and Cora (Jones) Belch. He moved to Boyceville in 1960 and lived with Mildred and Harry Nelson and operated the Standard Service Store. Archie took correspondence classes through Boyceville High School and received his high school diploma. He was the first to ever attend those classes.

Archie married Carol Butler in April of 1965 in Menomonie. They had two children.

Archie was an avid bowler, and he loved fishing, hunting and family outings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Gladys Butler; brothers, Horace, Linwood and Raymond; sisters, Ann and Louise; and great-granddaughter, Nicole Haglund.

He is survived by his wife, Carol of Boyceville; daughter, Cherie Haglund and husband, Patrick, of Durand; son, Rodney Belch and wife, Carrie, of Menomonie; grandchildren, Stacey Belch and husband, Josh, of Durand, Patrick John Haglund of Menomonie, Corey Haglund and wife, Jen, of Durand, Shawn Haglund of Eau Galle, and Ashton White, Hunter Belch and Remington Belch, all of Menomonie; great-granddaughters, Bethanie Uecke of Durand, Lucy Haglund of Durand; great-grandson Aiden Haglund of Durand; brother, Charles R. Belch of Chesapeake, Va.; three sisters, Doris Dockery and husband, Stan, of Currituck, N.C., Judy Aubery and husband, David, of Chesapeake, and Mary Vanvleek and husband, Herbert, of Galax, Va. He is further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City, with Reverend Terry Dorenbush officiating. Interment of cremains will be in the Glenwood Cemetery in Glenwood City. Friends may visit with family one hour prior to services Thursday.

James S. Belden

Dunn County News, Wed. Sept. 21, 2011, A6

James Scott Belden passed away on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the age of 58, after a difficult battle with cancer. 

He was born in Red Wing, Minn., on Oct. 28, 1952.  He grew up in Menomonie, and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1970.  He played in the Navy Band for four years following high school and spent the last 10 years of his life working at Traditional Wood Builders in Rochester, Minn.

James was well known for his love of music, his love of the smell of wood, waterskiing, Charley, Eileen, family and friends.  He will be missed dearly by all who came to know and love him. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Belden. 

He is survived by his loving partner of 10 years, Eileen Montemurro, and her family; his daughter, Charley Belden, Rosemount, Minn.; his mother, Marjorie Belden, Eau Claire; two brothers, Mike (Linda), Menomonie, and Tom (Jackie Guthrie), Casa Grande, Ariz.; two sisters, Julie (Mark) Wood, Stevens Point, and Jeanne (Guy) Brown, Eau Claire; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and a great-niece and great-nephew.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., as they were an integral part of his care and support.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept., 21, 2011, at  Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Doug Stolhand officiating.  Visitation will be from noon until the time of service at the funeral home.

To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Mary 'Beth' Bennett

Dunn County News, Wed, April 7, 2010, A6

Mary "Beth" Bennett, age 52, of Menomonie, and formerly of New Iberia, La., died, Thursday, April 2, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Beth was born Sept. 22, 1957, in New Iberia, to Joseph and Mary (Judice) Bennett. She attended Mt. Carmel Academy, graduating in 1975 and then went on to The University of Southwestern Louisiana. She took other classes throughout the years, but also had her education in "true life experiences."

Beth moved from Louisiana to Minnesota to Florida and finally to Wisconsin, where she found her true love of nature, loving to go camping and fishing. (Of course the DVD player had to go with her.) She enjoyed her flower gardening and her love of animals was very evident: bringing home numerous "pets."  Having grown up in Louisiana, she enjoyed preparing and cooking her "cajun" delicacies for her friends. Her friends and the camaraderie she had with them were very important to her.

She is survived by her companion, Terri Evans of Menomonie; two sisters, Jodie Pecoraro of Louisiana and Rebecca Gaidosz of Illinois; three nephews, Jason, John and Joseph Pecoraro; two nieces, Sylvia Gaidosz Jarecki and Eileen Gaidosz; other relatives, many, many friends and her dog, Scout.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Donna J. Benson

Dunn County News, Sun, July 4, 2010, A6

Donna Jean (Miller) Benson, age 68, passed away at her daughter's home in Haymarket, Va., on Thursday, April 8, 2010.

Donna was born Dec. 7, 1941, in Lucas Township, Dunn County to Henry and Eda (Thompson) Miller. She graduated from Menomonie High School in 1959.

Donna married Duane Benson, but later divorced. She worked at numerous places. The last place was Menomonie Fleet Farm before moving to Haymarket to live with her daughter.

Donna is survived by one daughter, Kris (Paul) Oduro; two sons, Kurt Benson of Omaha, Neb., and Cody Benson of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Josh, Peter and Sara Oduro; her ex-husband, Duane Benson of Omaha, Neb.; two sisters, June Wisner of Somerset and Carol (Marvin) Saxton of Menomonie; three brothers, Arlo (Dorothy) Miller of Luck, Don (Sue) Miller of Racine, and John (Ruby) Miller of Menomonie; three sisters-in-law, Faye Miller and Janice Miller of Menomonie, and Gerry Miller of St. Paul, Minn.; and one brother-in-law, Raymond Nielsen of Luck. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Virgil, Marvin, Lester and Roger; two sisters, Betty Nielsen and Doris in infancy; one brother-in-law, Swede Wisner; and sister-in-law, Betty Miller.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 9, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Chaplain Dale Freberg officiating. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Wilson Lutheran Cemetery in Cady Township, St. Croix County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Eileen B. Berg (Helstern)

Dunn County News, Sun. Dec. 11, 2011, A7

Eileen Barbara Berg,  age 84, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, surrounded by her beloved family members. 

Eileen Barbara Helstern was born Oct. 22, 1927, to John and Anna (Lamatsch) Helstern in St. Paul, Minn.   She grew up in Amery, Balsam Lake, and Milltown, graduating from Milltown High School in 1946. 

On Easter Monday, April 7, 1947, Eileen married Lloyd Raymond Berg at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Centuria. In July of 1951, they moved to Menomonie, where Lloyd worked for 33 years at The Dunn County News, while Eileen raised the couple's five children.  Eileen began working at the Menomonie Police Department in 1968, retiring in April of 1994.

Eileen Barbara Berg is survived by her five children,  Clare Ann (Alan) Carlsen of Barrington Hills, Ill., Judith Foust of Menomonie, Susan Herbach of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Gary (Judy) Berg of St. Cloud, Minn., and Karen (Todd) Moessner of Brooklyn Park, Minn.  She also leaves behind the seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren in whom she took much pride,  Kristin (Jon) Meek, Anna and Ben, Erik (Nicole) Carlsen, Julia and Lauren, Jessica Nickelsen, Matthew, Jonathan (Petra Eweg) Herbach; Nathan Berg, and Stefanie and Mackenzie Moessner.  In addition, Eileen is survived by a dear sister-in-law, Norma Helstern of Shell Lake, and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Eileen was preceded in death by her husband,  Lloyd; her parents; her three brothers; and her son-in-law, Max Herbach.

Those who knew Eileen will remember her for her kindness, her loving nature, her sense of humor, her pride in her family, and her strong faith in God.  Her legacy is the richness of unconditional love that she so readily shared with all who knew her.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m.  Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.  Visitation will also be one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Condolences and memories of Eileen can be offered online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com. Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.

Marilyn Bernarde

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 21, 2010, A6

Marilyn Bernarde, 70, Pulaski, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at her home. The daughter of the late Marvin and Nina (Hendrikson) Behling was born Oct. 6, 1939, in Dunn County.

She graduated from UW-Stout, where she earned her bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences. She began her teaching career at Bonduel High School and Deerfield High School.

On July 10, 1965, she married Richard "Joe" Bernarde at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. The couple moved to Pulaski in 1970. Marilyn worked as a teacher at Pulaski High School for more than 25 years, retiring in 2002.

She was an active member of the community. She served on the Brown County Commission on Aging. She piloted the Toys for Children toy drive in the Pulaski area. Marilyn was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Pulaski, where she served on the Board of Worship and the Stained Glass Committee, and participated in Bible studies, the Prayer Chain, the Quilters and the choir.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Alma Lee (Steve) Anderson, Little Suamico and Sarah (George) Serigos, Hales Corners; three grandchildren, Aristomenis, Nina and Elizabeth Serigos; two brothers and sisters-in-law, DeWayne (Joan) Behling, Menomonie and Keith (Dorothy) Behling, Richland Center; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends. In addition to her husband who died in 1992, Marilyn was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Behling.

Friends may call at Marnocha Funeral Home, 186 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski, from 2 to 6 p.m. today, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010. The visitation continues after 10 a.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church, 910 S. St. Augustine St., Pulaski. The funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at the church, Pastor Jeffrey Dobratz presiding with burial in Elm Grove Cemetery, Laney. A memorial fund has been established. Online condolences may be expressed at www.marnochafuneralhome.com.

Richard A. 'Dick' Bertelson

Dunn County News, Sun. Aug. 15, 2010, A6

Richard A. "Dick" Bertelson, age 69, of Maple Lake, Minn., passed away Aug. 7, 2010.

He is survived by longtime life partner, Cathy Anderson; children Debra (Kelly) Fries and Richard Anderson; grandchildren, Taylor and Jacob Fries; sisters, Anita (Eldon) Larson and Janet (Vaughn) Husby; and many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all.

Memorial service is set at 2 pm on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel, Robbinsdale, Minn. Visitation is one hour before services. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery in Menomonie, on Aug. 15 at 3 pm.

Edith L. Biesterveld

Dunn County News, Wed, June 30, 2010, A6

Edith L. Biesterveld, age 85 of Durand, died June 27, 2010, at the Dunn County Health Center in Menomonie. She was born Sept. 3, 1924, to Arless and Ruth (Brewer) Gunter in Pemiscot County, Missouri.

Edith spent her early years in rural Missouri and Natchez, Miss. After high school, Edith worked as a secretary at Camp Van Dorn in Centerville, Miss. It was there she met Ted Biesterveld, who was serving in the Army. They married May 1, 1943. In 1945, when Ted returned from Europe and serving in World War II, Ted and Edith moved to the Menomonie area, where they owned and operated a dairy farm until Ted's death in 1990.

From 1992 to 2005 Edith lived in Durand, and in 2005 she moved to Potter's Country Home. She spent the last few years at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

One of her greatest joys was attending any events involving her grandchildren. She was their biggest fan.

She is survived by her children, Ruth Patterson of Beaverton, Ore., Georgia (Walter) Gilde, of Vancouver, Wash., Jerry (Carol), of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. , Jim (Pam), of Menomonie, and Mike (Barb), of Durand; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Iris Stanley, of California.

Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; and a sister, Marie.

Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand. Rev. David Rybicki will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Menomonie. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Durand.

Gertrude M. Bird

Dunn County News, Sun. Dec. 26, 2010, A6

Gertrude M. Bird, age 89, of Menomonie, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Gertrude Marion Setter was born Jan. 28, 1921, in the Town of Tiffany, Dunn County, to Louis and Velma Ruth (Bartle) Setter.  She was raised in the Wheeler and Boyceville area and graduated from Dunn County Normal School.

Gertrude married William E. Bird on Dec. 20, 1941, in Wheeler. Together they farmed in the Wheeler and Menomonie area most of their lives.  After her husband passed away in 1973, Gertrude returned to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for her teaching degree.  She taught in elementary schools in Dunn County until her retirement in 1986. 

Gertrude was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie and was also a volunteer at the hospital.  She moved to The Oaks in 1999 and enjoyed several years there before going to the Dunn county Health Care Center, where she has resided the past four years.

Gertrude is survived by a son, William C. (Loretta) Bird of Salida, Colo.; a daughter, Kathleen (Todd) Knusta of Baldwin; four grandchildren, Robin, Angela, Jennifer and Clinten; and also survived by other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband,  William E. Bird; a brother, William Setter; and a son, Donald Bird.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Don Gribble officiating.  Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County.  There will be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com
Raymond A. Bird

Dunn County News, Wed. Oct. 5, 2011, A6

Raymond A. Bird, age 90, passed away Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Ray was born Dec. 11, 1920, to William and Iva (Shafer) Bird in the Township of Otter Creek, Dunn County. He attended Hawthorne Grade School and graduated from Boyceville High School, having achieved perfect attendance.

In 1938, he moved with his family to a farm in rural Boyceville.  On March 25, 1961, he married Florence Larson in St. Paul, Minn.  The couple worked together on that same farm for the next 50 years.

Ray enjoyed working in the woods.  He worked tirelessly in his sawmill cutting lumber from those woods and building many of the buildings that stood on his farm.  He enjoyed playing cards and loved to eat out, especially enjoying breakfast at the Downing Café.  Ray also loved baseball, whether it was a local or traveling team.  If he wasn't at the game in person, his radio was always tuned in so that he wouldn't miss out on the action.  He was also an avid Packer fan.

Ray is survived by his loving wife, Florence of 50 years; sisters-in-law,  Lorraine Bird and Elaine Larkey; and also by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Fred (Ann), Dean (Eleanor), and Kenneth;  and two sisters, Florence (Vern) Holmgren and Rosalie (Jim) Wright.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011,  at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Nancy Diller officiating.  Burial will take place in Sherman Cemetery, Dunn County.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Walter Bjornson

Dunn County News, Sun, March 28, 2010, A6

Walter Bjornson, of Menomonie, was at home under hospice care when he passed from this earth on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, after a six-week struggle with cancer.

Edward Walter Bjornson was born Sept. 23, 1923, to Edward and Minnie (Sobottka) Bjornson near Plum City.

Known as Walter, he grew up in and around Spring Valley. He graduated high school in 1941. He began to work in the family lumber business at a young age and continued there for most of his life.

He married Nancy Jacobson on Oct. 23, 1943, at United Methodist Church in Glenwood City, just before leaving for basic training in the United States Army. He served with the Seventh Army 40th Engineers Battalion and was in the invasion of southern France in 1944 and active in the European Theater of Operations until the end of the war in 1945. He re-entered the family business after his discharge and spent several months training at the National Lumber Graders School in Memphis, Tenn. After the sale of the business, he and Nancy retired to Menomonie, where they lived for 30 years.

Walter was preceded in death by his son, Joel; parents, Edward and Minnie Bjornson; step-mother, Emma Bjornson; and brothers-in-law, George Breitinger and Norris Larson.

He leaves to mourn, his wife, Nancy; children, Teresa (Claire) Stein of Baldwin, Wendy (David Gonzales) Bjornson of Portland, Ore., E. Jon (Joan Carruthers) Bjornson of Bushkill, Pa.; four grandchildren, Steven (Tammy) Gerber of White Bear Lake, Minn., Elena (Mike Foley) Gerber of Minneapolis, Minn., Sarah (David) Weiske of Baldwin, Corey (Sarah Lynn) Stein of Spring Valley; six great-grandchildren, Cailey, Alexander and Samuel Weiske, Aivery, Jackson and Isabella Stein; three sisters, Betty Breitinger of Racine, Mary Ann (Gerald) Peterson of Baldwin, Lois Larson of River Falls, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Roy Harrisville III officiating. There will be visitation Friday March 26, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will be at 5 p.m. in St. John's Cemetery in Spring Valley with military honors by Spring Valley American Legion Post 227.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, local food pantries or Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

George M. Blauvelt

Dunn County News, Sun. May 8, 2011, A6

George M. Blauvelt, 62, of Wisconsin Rapids, died Monday, May 2, 2011, at his home.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. William Menzel officiated. Burial was at Pioneer Cemetery in the town of Saratoga.

Visitation took place Friday, May 6, 2011, from 4  to 7 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home and at the church Saturday for one hour prior to the service.

George was born April 4, 1949, in Portsmouth, Va., to George D. and Catherine (Lee) Blauvelt. George was an attorney in Menomonie for the past 20 years. Prior to being an attorney he worked six years in manufacturing and two years teaching in high school.

George is survived by his father, George D. Blauvelt, of Wisconsin Rapids. He is predeceased by his mother, Catherine; and brother, Ralph L., who died in Vietnam.

Higgins Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids assisted the family with  funeral arrangements

Rodney Blodgett

Dunn County News, Wed. Aug. 24, 2011, A6

Rodney Blodgett, age 5, of Wilson, died accidentally on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011.

A funeral service for Rodney will be on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at 4 p.m. at the Wilson Lutheran Church, Wilson, with visitation from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, is handling arrangements.

Lawrence 'Bub' Bock

Dunn County News, Wed, April 7, 2010, A6

Lawrence “Bub” William Bock, age 94, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin, died at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood, on March 30, 2010.

Lawrence, named after his uncle Charlie Lawrence, was born on Aug. 27, 1915 to Wilhelm (Fredrick) and Della (Dewitz) Bock on the family farm. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Hatchville where he remained a lifelong member. In his youth, Lawrence rode his pony to Spring Valley to attend school, stabling his pony during school at his namesake’s barn.

Due to his father experiencing a farm accident, Lawrence needed to withdraw from school in the eighth grade. Lawrence, along with his father, maintained the farm, and he also worked for the Elmwood Creamery hauling milk. While at the Elmwood Creamery, Lawrence met Ruth Betterley, the accountant for the creamery, and after a courtship of dancing their way around Pierce County ballrooms, they were married on June 12, 1939, at the Elmwood Methodist Church. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, David (Jerome) and Jeffrey (Glen).

Following the marriage, Lawrence focused on the business of the farm — tilling lots of soil, raising cattle, hogs, chickens and cooking maple syrup. Along with other neighboring farmers, he participated in the community threshing of grain for harvest. Lawrence was also very active his church, serving as a board member and singing in the choir.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Ruth; sister, Esther (Jack) Kuss; brothers-in-law Noah Mondor, Jack Kuss, Melvin Betterley and Ralph Betterley; sister-in-law, Jane (Emke) Betterley; and nephew, Joe Betterley.

Survivors include his two sons, David (Lori) Bock of Minong, and Jeffrey (Nona) Bock of River Falls; three grandchildren, Jeremiah (Cassidy) Bock of Asbury, Iowa, Jessica (Nick) Sargent of St. Louis, Mo., and Jenny Bock of Minneapolis, Minn.; sister-in–law, Alice Betterley of Iowa City, Iowa; four nieces, Nola (Clarence) Schuch of Fitchburg, Sandra Mrozek of Long Prairie, Minn., Ann (Betterley) Donia of St. Charles, Ill., and Nancy (Betterley) Maxwell of Bellingham, Wash.; one nephew, Richard Betterley of Boynton Beach, Fla.; two great-grandnieces, Michelle (Ray)Wocepka of Madison and Tracie (Maurice) Poulin of River Falls; five great- grandnephews, Mike (Amy) Schuch of Oregon, Steve (Alica) Schuch of Brooklyn, Tony (Bernice) Traynor of Hudson, Tim (Lisa ) Traynor of St. Croix Beach, Minn. and Tom Traynor of Long Prairie, Minn.; and many other relatives and friends.

Services held at the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hatchville on Saturday, April 3, with visitation from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and funeral at 1 p.m. Reception following the services at the church. Burial at St. John’s Cemetery.

Honorary bearers were, Lawrence Hulback, Leonard Fuhrman, Irvin Wentlandt, Joe Zdon, and Mike Kern. Pallbearers were Jeremiah Bock, Mike Schuch, Steven Schuch, Tony Traynor, Tim Traynor and Tom Traynor.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled the arrangements.

Capt. Arland R. Boettcher

Dunn County News, Sun, August. 22, 2010, A6

Captain Arland (Betch) Roy Boettcher USN (Ret.) died at age 88, of cancer at Naval National Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. He was born in Chippewa Falls on Dec. 3, 1921, and lived in Eau Claire. He attended Eau Claire High School and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Arland was a Navy pilot during World War II and was stationed at many Navy bases all over the world and within the United States.

Arland worked with the Pentagon for the Navy until his retirement and was recalled to work for the Pentagon as a civilian, and lived in McLean, Va., until his death.

He is survived by his wife, Peggie (Curtis) Boettcher; grandchildren, Varek (Lottie) Boettcher of Victoria, BC Canada and Ariana (John) Gillette of Ashburn, Va.; great-grandchildren, John and Addison Gillette; son-in-law, Larry Rupert of Fredericksburg, Va.; sister, Joyce (Bruce) Calkins of Mossinee; sister-in-law, Beverly (Don) Boettcher of Eau Claire; cousin, Helen Boettcher, of Eau Claire; nephews and nieces.

Arland was predeceased by his parents, Roy and Agnes, of Eau Claire; brother, Don, of Eau Claire; son, Curtis, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and daughter, Jeanne Rupert, of Fredericksburg, Va.

Memorial services will be held Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with interment at 2 p.m. at the Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire. His son, Curtis, will also be laid to rest at the same time.

Gloria Mae (Walstad) Bolm

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 15, 2009, A6

Gloria Mae Bolm, 72, of Franksville, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, after a two-year battle with cancer. She was born on Oct. 28, 1937, in Lodi, the daughter of Bernice and Gerald Walstad.

Gloria lived and attended schools in Menomonie, and graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where she met her husband, Jim Bolm. Jim and Gloria were married in 1959 at Peace Lutheran church in Menomonie. Gloria taught at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Ill. They moved to Racine in 1966 where they established a life filled with family, friendship and community involvement.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters, Nancy (Jerome Joseph) of Franksville, and Sarah Bolm of Chicago; a sister, Barbara (Don) Schneck; and brother, Neil (Linda) Walstad; and several nephews and a niece.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernice and Gerald Walstad.

Funeral services were held at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, Racine, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at 11:30 a.m.

Jack R. Bongey

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 1, 2010, A6

Jack Rutlin Bongey, formerly of Menomonie, died Thursday, July 15, 2010, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born June 11, 1925, to Ralph and Mattie (Rutlin) Bongey during the family's summer vacation in Madison.

Jack grew up in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1943. After graduating from the Stout Institute in 1949, he taught printing in Louisville, Ky. He received his MS from the Stout Institute in 1951.

He served in the 78th Army Ordinance Depot Co. in Germany during the Korean War.

In 1954 Jack married Isabel Peterson in Lebanon, Ky. The rest of his life was spent in Cincinnati, Ohio. He became a devout Catholic and served the Nativity Parish as Parish Council President, Treasurer of the Nativity St. Vincent DePaul Society, and a member of the Funeral Choir.

Jack taught printing and graphic arts at several junior and senior high schools in Cincinnati. During his last professional years he was a guidance counselor at Withrow High School.

He had a love for all sports and was an avid bowler. He was a member of the Cincinnati Teachers Bowling League for 48 years, winning numerous awards during that time.

Survivors include his wife, Isabel; three daughters, Margaret (Mark) Behlert, Cincinnati, Mary Jean Ottlinger, New Richmond, Ohio, and Michelle (Dennis) Chambers, Cincinnati; four grandsons; five granddaughters; and two great grandsons. Also surviving are two sisters, Betty Balkovich, Milwaukee, and Rosann Bongey, Lake Ariel, Pa; two nephews; four nieces; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Gretchen Hawke and Natalie Eder.

A funeral was held Monday, July 19, 2010, at Nativity Church. Gilligan Funeral Home in Cincinnati was in charge of arrangements.
Lonnie K. Boone

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept 30, 2009

Death Notice:

Lonnie K. Boone, age 65, of Ocala, Fla. (also of Boyceville) passed away of lung cancer at his home in Ocala on Sept. 20, 2009.

Lonnie K. Boone

Dunn County News, Sun, June 6, 2010, A6

Lonnie K. Boone, 65, originally of Jefferson, Iowa, and recently of Boyceville, and Ocala, Fla., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009.

He bravely fought cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam after he enlisted in the Air Force in 1962. He served in Vietnam for eight years as a Staff Sgt.

He became a life-long Air Traffic Control Supervisor in Duluth, Minn., Salt Lake City, Utah, and Denver, Colo. He retired from Denver International Airport in 2000. He graduated with a double degree from Westminster College in Salt Lake City while bringing up his only son, Michael, and his step-daughter, Renee.

He belonged to many service organizations, including the Menomonie Honor Guard, The VFW Post 10424 and the Am Vets Post 72. He loved golf, baseball, fishing and walking his dog, Bentley.

He lived with his wife, Connie, for 25 years in Denver, and after retirement became a snow bird between Boyceville and Ocala. He loved his five-acre "farm" and swore he would be back in June of 2010 like before, but sadly, this year will be very different.

He was deeply loved and will be remembered and celebrated at a memorial service on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with military honors given at Halvorson Cemetery.

Lonnie is survived by his wife, Connie; sister, Shirley Scheuble; son, Michael; step-daughter, Renee; and step-granddaughter, Mikaela, all of Minnesota; and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Leota Boone; and also his older sister, Mavis Thompson (in June of 2009). He lost many other relatives, most originally of Jefferson, including his older brother, Gerald, who died as an infant. God bless you, Lonnie. Thank you for the wonderful difference you made in so many lives.

Ingeborg M. Borgstrom

Dunn County News, Sun, June 20, 2010, A6

Ingeborg M. Borgstrom, age 87, of Menomonie, formerly of New York, passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

No services are planned. Burial will be in Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y., at a later date.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled local arrangements.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Marlys M. (Cropp) Bowell

Dunn County News, Sun. Feb. 20, 2011, A6

Marlys M. Bowell, age 77, of Menomonie, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

The former Marlys Marie Cropp was born April 18, 1933, in Menomonie, to Hugh and Caroline (Finder) Cropp.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, where she has been a lifelong member. 

Marlys married Jack Bowell on Jan. 6, 1950, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church and they were married for 30 years. 

Her passion in life was her flowers and she loved filling her deck with a variety of beautiful flowers.

Marlys is survived by three daughters, Virginia (Steven) Geraets of Elmwood, Shirley Smith of Menomonie and Carla (Bruce) Podoll of Spring Valley; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a  brother, Kenneth (Judy) Cropp of Fort Myers, Fla.; and a sister, Lois (John) Dart of Green Bay. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack; a daughter, Rinda; two grandchildren, Pat and Carrie;  one sister, Joanne; two brothers, Walter and Thomas; and special friend, Harold Ziehme.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Brett Voigt officiating. There will be visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.  Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Merlyn J. Braaten

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 1, 2010, A6

Merlyn Joseph Braaten, age 91, of Menomonie, died, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

He was born Dec. 15, 1918, in Eau Claire, to Melvin and Julia (Hanson) Braaten. He was baptized and confirmed at Barum Lutheran Church near Elk Mound. He was a graduate of Elk Mound High School. Merlyn married Eileen Nichols on June 27, 1946, at the Norton Lutheran Parsonage in Colfax.

Merlyn was deployed to Europe during WWII and served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He was employed at Uniroyal Tire Co. for 28 years, retiring in 1981. His true love was farming with Eileen on the family homestead in Elk Mound for many years prior to moving to Menomonie in 1984.

Merlyn was very active the majority of his life at Barum church and served as a deacon. He was a member of the Elk Mound American Legion Merlyn was an avid sports fan, especially baseball and enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting events. Merlyn was always ready for a good card game of 500.

He is survived by two children, Ann (Douglas) Larson of Menomonie and James (Rhonda) Braaten of Eau Claire; two grandchildren, Laura (Steve) Lecheler of Menomonie and Kurt Larson of Menomonie; two great-grandchildren, Morgan and Bret Lecheler; a brother, Paul (Kathy) Braaten of Lakeville, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Doris Braaten of Orlando, Fla,. and Marion Nichols of Colfax; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Ellen; wife, Eileen (2003); brother, Lawrence Braaten; and brother-in-law, Duane Nichols.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Roy Harrisville, III officiating. Burial will take place at Barum Cemetery in the Township of Elk Mound, Dunn County. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the Church. Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Charles L. Brathall

Dunn County News, Sun. Nov. 13, 2011, A6

Charles L. Brathall, 70, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

No services are planned.  It was his wish to have his body donated to science. 

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie assisted the family with local arrangements.

Nancy M. Brenner

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Dec. 3, 2011

Nancy M. Brenner, age 43, of Eau Claire, WI, formerly of Durand, WI, died Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview, Minneapolis, MN. Although Cystic Fibrosis ultimately took her from us much too soon, it never slowed down her spirit as she lived everyday to the fullest.

Nancy was born on March 6, 1968, in Durand. She was the daughter of Bernard and Lorraine (Holmstadt) Brenner. Nancy attended St. Mary's grade school, Durand high school and Chippewa Valley Technical College where she received a degree in Mechanical Design. She worked for Supercomputer Systems Inc. (SSI), Design Automation Resources (DAR), Schmit Prototypes, and her own firm, Brenner Design Services. Nancy met the love of her life, Todd Armstrong, 23 years ago while going to school at CVTC.

Nancy was an outdoor enthusiast, she enjoyed snowmobiling, snow skiing, water skiing, jet skiing, volleyball, traveling and riding her own Harley Davidson. Nancy had great artistic abilities from childhood all through her life where she used it not only for work but artistically as well. Most of all, Nancy loved to spend time with family, friends and her kitties, Smoky, Brandy and Riggy.

Nancy is survived by fiancé, Todd Armstrong; her parents, Bernard and Lorraine Brenner of Durand; one brother, Gary Brenner of Durand; two sisters, Ruth (David) Hunt of Plymouth, MN, and Faye (Dan) Owen of Durand; one brother-in-law, John (Holly) Tremble of Hudson, WI; sister-in-law, Nancy L. Brenner of Elmwood, WI; six nephews; two nieces; numerous great-nieces and nephews; other relatives and many beloved friends.

She is preceded in death by two brothers, Bill J. and an infant, Michael Brenner; one sister, Barbara Brenner-Tremble; and a nephew, Austin Hunt.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2011, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand. The Rev. Al Jakubowski will officiate. A celebration of Nancy's life will follow. Burial of cremains will be at a later date.

Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 2, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Nancy's name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides-Nana's Team at www.cff.org/greatstrides. All donations are used for Cystic Fibrosis research.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family. Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com

George F. Brewer

Dunn County News, Sun. March 14, 2010, A6

George F. Brewer, a longtime resident of Colorado and member of the Colorado Hall of Fame, died March 8, 2010. He was born on May 16, 1927, in Fargo, N.D., and was raised in Menomonie. He graduated from the University of Colorado, where he was a four-year letterman on the ski team and a University of Colorado living legend.

George served our country in the armed forces in both WW11 and the Korean Conflict.

He worked on the President's Aviation Advisory Committee, the FAA in Washington, D.C., and was the FAA Director for Northern Europe in the American Embassy in London, England. He consulted on airports worldwide as well as in Colorado. He was manager of FAA Denver Development Office, coordinated the development and engineering of DIA, and then upon retiring was appointed Chairman of the Colorado Aeronautical Board.

George is survived by his wife, Myrna of Monument; sister, Sacia of Wisconsin; brother, Ted of Evergreen, Colo.; sons, Greg, Ted, and Charlie; and one daughter, Amy. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Geoff.

A private family gathering is planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Colorado Aviation Historical Society or the Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd. Denver, CO 80230.

Vernon M. Brewer

Dunn County News, Wed, June 16, 2010, A6

Vernon M. Brewer, age 93, of rural Wheeler, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at his home.

Vernon was born March 9, 1917, in the Town of Wilson, Dunn County, to Myron and Sophie (Mathieson) Brewer. He served in the U.S. Army during W.W. II, receiving a Bronze Star and five Battle Stars.

Vernon married the former Minnie Larson on Jan. 10, 1952, in Stillwater, Minn. He worked for the Dunn County Highway Dept. retiring after 25 years.

Vernon was a hard worker who was always on time and rarely missed a day of work. He enjoyed deer hunting, trout fishing, picking berries and gardening.

Vernon is survived by three sons, Ruben "Howard" (Grace) Mewes of Amery, Keith (Judy) Mewes of Colfax, and Verlon (Laurie) Brewer of Wheeler; daughter, Cheryl (Larry) Polonec of Boyceville; daughter-in-law, Eva Mewes of Wheeler; 17 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edna Flatland of Wheeler. He is also survived by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Minnie; son, Gene Mewes; grandson, Keith Mewes; a sister, Violet Hoage; a brother, Clarence; and an infant brother, Marvin.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Brad Peterson officiating. Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and an hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County, with military honors by Wheeler V.F.W. Post 10424.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Dean A. Brockelman

Dunn County News, Sun. Nov. 13, 2011, A6

Dean A. Brockelman, age 73, of Menomonie, formerly of Memphis, Tenn., died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Menomonie with family at his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dean was born Sept. 12, 1938, in Kennewick, Wash.  He was the son Albert F. and Esther (Pasche) Brockelman.  As a young child he moved with his family to Seymour, Ind., where he graduated from high school. 

Dean married Carol Armuth June 23, 1957, and to this marriage came two children. 

Dean worked as a systems analyst for many years for several major corporations.  After retirement, Dean moved from Memphis to Menomonie where he remained the rest of his life.

Dean is survived by two children, Doug (Patricia) Brockelman of Merton and Catherine (Jeffrey) Switalski of Oconomowoc; four grandchildren, Amy Brockelman, Steven Brockelman, Cassandra (Edwin) Wolf and Thomas Switalski; his father, Albert F. (Ruth) Brockelman of Menomonie; a brother,  David (Betty) Brockelman of Indianapolis, Ind.; and a sister, Betty (Pat) McDonald of The Villages, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Esther, in 1993; and one brother, John Brockelman.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Rev. Brett Voigt will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in Dean's name.

Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com. Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services- Menomonie is serving the family.

Doris E. Brostrom

Dunn County News, Sunday, August 9, 2009, A6

Doris E. Brostrom, age 94, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Doris Estella Decker was born May 10, 1915, in Red Wing, Minn., to Richard H. and Estella A. (Fritze) Decker. She was baptized in the Methodist Church. Doris was raised by her grandparents, Jacob and Mary Fritze, in Red Wing, from the age of two (when her mother died) until the age of 10. She then moved to Dunn County to live with her father.

Doris married Carl Brostrom June 16, 1931, in Eau Claire. Together they farmed for 20 years near Ridgeland and then moved to Menomonie. Doris worked in housekeeping at Memorial Hospital in Menomonie for eight-and-a-half years. She also did babysitting and housekeeping and worked for Green Thumb and at the Senior Center.

Doris loved to garden and read and was an avid sewer. She and her husband also enjoyed spending several winters in Scottsdale, Ariz. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Doris is survived by a daughter, Nancy (Willie) Wilson of Menomonie; two sons, Virgil (Patricia) Brostrom of Sun City, Ariz., and Charles (Margaret) Brostrom of Menomonie; six grandchildren, Thomas (Lela) Wilson, William (Susie) Wilson, Michael (Marilyn) Wilson, Julie Brostrom, Paul Brostrom and Arthur Brostrom; great-grandchildren, Bradley (Michele) Wilson, Kristy Wilson, Jeanette Wilson, Brent Wilson, Jason Wilson, David Lewis and Andrew Lewis; great-great-grandchildren, Shelby Wilson and Kendall Wilson; nephews, William and Richard Creaser; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl; a great-great-grandson, Kevin Wilson; a sister, Eunice Creaser; brothers, Raymond Decker and Leonard Decker; and a niece, Natalie Amundson.

A special thank-you to the staff at the Dunn County Health Care Center for the wonderful care she received.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Don Gribble officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County. Visitation will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Monday.
George V. Broughton

Dunn County News, Sun. Feb. 19, 2012, A6

George V. Broughton, age 93, of Menomonie, passed away Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Robin Bucklin officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

James R. Brown

Dunn County News, Sun. July 10, 2011, A6

James R. Brown, age 77, of Rice Lake, formerly of Menomonie, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Mayo Clinic Health System - Luther in Eau Claire.

He was born Jan. 26, 1934, in Menomonie, to Reynold "Red" and Loretta (Moore) Brown. He was a graduate of Spring Valley High School.

Jim married Shirley Ingli on May 14, 1955.  They briefly moved to Lompoc, Calif., where Jim served in the U.S. Army as a prison guard. After returning to Wisconsin, they owned and operated a dairy farm near Hatchville. The farm was sold in 1973, and they moved to Menomonie.  Jim became an "over the road" truck driver. Shirley passed away in 1994 after 38 years of marriage. They were blessed with four children.

He married Carol (Klawitter) Wickstrom on Aug. 12, 1994.  Together they enjoyed their time up at the lake near Trego before moving to Apache Junction, Ariz., to escape the Wisconsin winters. Jim was proud to have driven for Wal-Mart Transportation prior to his retirement. He had the "gift of gab" and became a Wal-Mart greeter in Mesa, Ariz.  Jim and Carol moved back to Wisconsin in 2010 to be closer to family.

Jim loved watching baseball and football on TV.  He was a Brewer and Packer fan, but added the Cardinals and Diamondbacks to his list of favorites when he moved to Arizona.  His most prized possession was his Korean War veteran’s hat. He wore it proudly everywhere he went. 

He was extremely proud of his family and he would tell anyone who would listen to him about them. He also had a strong faith in his Lord.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, of Rice Lake (formerly of Menomonie); one son, Jeffrey (Terry) Brown of Whitehall and their children, Stacy, Derek, Mike and Mandi;  two daughters, Julie (Dean) Wood of Menomonie and their children, Joel and Mark; and Joelle Brown of Menomonie; two step-sons, Andrew (Stacy) Wickstrom of Rice Lake and their children, Grant and Dylan; and Benjamin (Jennifer) Wickstrom of Spring Lake, Mich., and their children, Alek, Natalie and Massi and Tammie's children, Ray (Sally) Roberts and Briana Soroko; two step-grandchildren, Tom (Jenny) Hendricks and Jake Whittier; two brothers, Larry (Bette) Brown of Whitefish, Mont.; Ron (Sue) Brown of Menomonie; and he is further survived by many family and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Shirley; an infant son, Jody; step-daughter, Tammie Wickstrom; one sister, Delores; and his faithful dog, Charlie Brown.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2011,at 2 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.  There will be visitation from noon until time of service at the funeral home. Military honors will be conducted by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.

To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Joan S. Brown

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 16, 2009, A6

Joan Susan (Bliss) Brown, dear and beloved wife of Neil Brown, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, in Menomonie. She is survived by four children, Justin Sivertsen, Truckee Calif., Danelle (Kristopher) Oothoudt, Eden Prairie, Minn., Chelsey Brown, Arcata, Calif., and Matthew Brown, Eau Claire; her grandchildren, Alex and Mason Oothoudt; as well as her mother, Joan Bliss, San Diego Calif.; sister, Cindi Van Slyke, San Diego Calif.; and brothers, Walter Bliss, Cottonwood, Calif., and Theodore Bliss, San Diego, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her father, John S. Bliss Sr. of Truth or Consequences, N. M.; and brothers, John S. Bliss Jr. of Globe, Ariz. and Christopher James Bliss of Watsonville, Calif.; as well as other extended family.

Joan grew up in San Diego, Calif., and graduated with a degree in early childhood education. She taught preschool and touched the lives of all children she met. She met her husband, Neil, while working as an airline station agent in Ely, Nev.

Neil and Joani were married in April 14, 1985, in Prescott, Ariz. The family moved to Wisconsin in 1987, living in St. Paul, Minn., Prescott, and River Falls. She loved to travel with her family, and their adventures included Hawaii, Vancouver island, Florida and the Caribbean. She loved to fish, garden, sew, kayak and bicycle, hike and cross country ski; and she twice skied the American Birkebeiner.

She lived life to the fullest, touching everyone she met, stranger or friend. She was a lover of life, a patient and nurturing mother and wife. She had a great interest in food, cooking and nutrition. Her smile lit up the world and she will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her. To know her was to love her.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating. There will be visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Margaret M. Brown

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 22, 2010, A6

Margaret M. Brown, age 86, of Prescott, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn., following being struck by a vehicle while crossing a Prescott street.

Margaret Mae Brown was born May 2, 1924, to Arnold and Martha Otto in Menomonie.

She grew up on a farm in Menomonie and graduated high school in 1942. She married Harvey Chester Brown, Nov. 23, 1946, and moved to their home in Prescott in 1972.

She was first employed with National Presto Cooker in Menomonie. One of her favorite jobs was working at the pet store in Hastings. She loved all of her animals! She took great care of many different species of birds on the back deck of their home as one of her favorite pastimes.

Margaret was baptized, confirmed and a long-time member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Prescott.

She is survived by her husband, Harvey Brown, of Prescott; one sister, Irma Brown, of Menomonie; one daughter, Anita Streetman and husband Art of Mitchell, S.D.; one son, Jeffrey Brown, and partner Tony Richards of Minneapolis, Minn.; and one granddaughter, Megan Hardie of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Elmer Otto.

A memorial service will be held on 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Prescott. Rev. Richard Durow will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at St. Paul's Cemetery in Menomonie.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service.

Go to www.hillfuneralservice.com to extend an online condolence to the family.

Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Prescott, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials are preferred to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Prescott.

Irene A. Brunn

Dunn County News, Sunday, August 2, 2009, A6

Irene A. Brunn, age 86, of Menomonie, Passed away Thursday, July 30, 2009, at her home with hospice.

The former Irene Alice Singerhouse was born Oct. 23, 1922 in the town of Menomonie, Dunn County to Hugo and Alice (Holstein) Singerhouse. She married Wallace Brunn on Feb. 14, 1942 in Menomonie.

Irene was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. She enjoyed her flower garden and sewing and was given the Woman of the Year award by Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Irene was a wonderful and caring woman who would always put others before herself. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Irene is survived by her husband of over 67 years, Wallace; her children, Janice Knippel (LaVern Blodgett), Carol (Butch) Gundlach, Sue (Bill) Anderson, Roger Brunn (Carol Ler), and Richard Brunn (Kathy Thibado); 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Laura (Ted) Beguhn, Doris (Wayne) Klinkhammer, Ronald (Jean) Singerhouse, and Robert (Mary Jane) Singerhouse; special friend, Delores Wolf; nieces and nephews and other relaties and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Randy; and a sister, Helen Cunniff.

Funeral services are 1 pm Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor David Whelan officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Family and friends are welcome from 5 to 8 pm Sunday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and Monday at the church one hour prior to services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Interfaith Volunteers of Dunn County (Food Pantry).

Marion L. Brunn

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 13, 2010, A6

Marion L. Brunn, age 85, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Jan.10, 2010, at her home.

She was born on Sept. 21, 1924, to Herman and Loretta (Backus) Brunn, in the Town of Union, Eau Claire County. She graduated from Menomonie High School in 1942 and has been a long time Menomonie area resident.

Marion and her sister were the first two women to play in the Ludington Guard Band, which she enjoyed for many years.

She worked for Northern States Power Company for more than 30 years.

Marion was baptized, confirmed and a life-long member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Marion is survived by a brother, Myrle W. Brunn of Eau Claire; a sister, Gail Krause of Menomonie; two nephews, Donald Krause of Colfax and James Krause of Menomonie; two nieces, Jinny (Don) Thompson-Orsburne of Eau Claire and Dianna (Gary) McBride-Smith of Catlin, Ill.; also a great-nephew, Dalton Krause of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; longtime companion, Buck Maves; her sister, Elaine Iverson; and a nephew, Michael Brunn.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at 1 p.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Menomonie, with Pastor Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. There will be visitation at the church one hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

John L. Brunstad

Dunn County News, Sun, April 10, 2011, A6

John L. Brunstad, 45, of Menomonie, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. He passed away unexpectedly of natural causes.

John was born June 17, 1965 in Bloomer to Loyd and Fern (Gessner) Brunstad. He grew up on the family farm in the town of Eagle Point. John graduated from Chippewa Falls High School in 1983. He attended UW-Eau Claire and later graduated from UT-Dallas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

John married the love of his life and best friend, Elizabeth (Beth) Hartman, on July 26, 1986. Together they have five wonderful children, Rachel (17), Rebecca (14), Nicholas (14), Abigail (14) and Phillip (14) and an honorary daughter, Jana Assenmacher (17), all living in Menomonie.

John’s love for the Lord, his family, friends and life were reflected in everything that he did. He was a loving and devoted husband and father, dedicated to his work and church. John was the Director of Information Technology for KMTSJ, Inc in Eau Claire and an elder at the Alliance Church of Menomonie. He enjoyed gardening, playing games and most of all running. John was often seen throughout Menomonie on his runs with his favorite running partner Beth. He was an inspiration to many people.

John is survived by: his wife and children; parents, Loyd and Fern Brunstad; sisters, Barbara (Ron) Newton, Debra (Bob) Prueher, Sandra (Henry) Peterson, Tamara (Tom) Pickerign and Laura (Bret) King; brother James (Jeanette) Brunstad; many nieces and nephews and other relatives.

He is preceded in death by: paternal grandparents G. Adolph and Joyce Brunstad; and maternal grandparents Alfred and Velna Gessner; and several uncles and aunts.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11 at the Alliance Church of Menomonie, 502 21st Street N, Menomonie.

Friends may visit with the family at the Alliance Church on Sunday, April 10 from 3 p.m. 5 p.m. and Monday, April 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Clarence Bryan

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 12, 2010, A6

Clarence Bryan, born on Dec. 28, 1932, jumped into his Model A Ford Pickup on Sept. 8, 2010, in the early morning hours headed to heaven. He will be joining his two children, Christine, who went to heaven in 1974, and Thomas, who went to heaven in 1975.

Clarence served many years in law enforcement for the City of Menomonie, and later as a Dunn County Traffic Officer until his retirement.

Clarence owned and operated an excavating business in Menomonie for 45 years. He was able to leave this business, C.R. Bryan and Sons Excavating, in the hands of his boys, being Curt, John, Jesse and Clint. He had much peace knowing that they continue to run his business with the hard work and integrity that as the "boss" were his work ethics.

Clarence is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann; his sons, Dave Bryan and Curt (Dawn) Bryan; his daughters, Kathryn Arnold, Peggy (John) Zack and Colleen (Dan) Tischman. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Carrie, Clint, Jesse, Leigh, Maggie, Chad, Erik, Cory, Ryan, Andrew and Aaron, Johnnie, Chloe, Cody, Colten, Carly and Mason. Clarence's surviving siblings are his brothers, Darrel (Jo) Bryan and Ron (Arleen) Bryan, and his sister, Elnora (Oscar) Pearson; and sister-in-law, Darlene Bryan.

He was preceded in death by his children, Christine and Thomas; parents, Darrell and Clara Bryan; and his brother, Lyman.

Clarence will forever be remembered for his honesty, work ethics and his love and devotion to his family.

He was a simple man with a simple plan — cremation, no funeral, take him deer hunting in November and take care of Ma.

Olson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Menomonie is serving the family. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.
Dennis E. Bryan

Dunn County News, Wed, March 24, 2010, A6

Dennis Edward Bryan, age 52, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully after a courageous two-year battle with illness on Saturday, March 20, 2010, surrounded by family and friends at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

He was born on Jan. 16, 1958, in Menomonie to Ronald and Arleen (Harnisch) Bryan.

Dennis graduated from Menomonie High School and later married Katherine Evenson on April 18, 1981, in Menomonie. They raised two children, Joseph and Jill. Dennis was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a rural letter carrier for 25 years. Dennis had a passion for fishing, playing beanbags and was a dedicated volunteer at the D.A.V. in Menomonie.

The family would like to thank all his special friends at the D.A.V. for their acts of kindness and support and for the care he received at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Dennis is survived by two children, Jill Bryan (fiancé Ian Miller) of St. Paul, Minn., and Joseph Bryan (fiancée Danille Buress) of Menomonie; two granddaughters, Adrianna and Camdan; parents, Ron and Arleen Bryan of Sturgeon Bay; sister, Debbie (Steve) Lemke of Eau Claire; brother, Scott (Sarah) Bryan of Sturgeon Bay; two nephews, Kohl Lemke and Spenser Bryan. He is also survived by several aunts and uncles and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

A celebration of Dennis's life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., with a time of remembrance at 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, March 28, 2010, at the D.A.V. Banquet Center (E4710 Cty. Tk. BB, Menomonie, WI 54751).

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Annie B. Buchanan

Dunn County News, Sun. Sept. 11, 2011, A6

Annie Beatrice Buchanan (Bea) of Mesa, Ariz., died  Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. She was born Dec. 16, 1935.

The Buchanans lived in the area from 1977 to 2004.   

She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Arthur; her three sons and four granddaughters: Jeff and Joy Buchanan, Marya Wilson, Cheri Buchanan and Laura Wilson (Colfax), James Buchanan (Menomonie), Jason and Alice Forseth and Caity Buchanan (Mesa).

Penelope A. Budnick

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 4, 2010, A6

Penelope A. Budnick, age 68, of Menomonie, passed away Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie, with hospice.

Penelope Ann Gates was born on April 25, 1942, in Minneapolis, MN, to Francis and Lila (Osberg) Gates. In 1960 she graduated from North High School in Minneapolis. Penny worked at Indianhead, delivered meals on wheels, and most recently worked at the Colfax Nursing Home where she enjoyed her role as caregiver.

Penny enjoyed camping, traveling, and especially spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Penny is survived by two daughters, Cheryl (David) Sobottka and Jodi (Oly Ottinger) Budnick, both of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Joe Sobottka, Cassie (Blake) Ojibway, and Tori Ottinger; two great-grandchildren, Kolton and MaKenzie; brother, Bruce (Betty) Gates of Las Vegas, NV; nephew, Frank Gates of Las Vegas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Jake Terrana; and a nephew, Erik Gates.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 5, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Menomonie.

Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home on Thursday. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Yvonne K. Bue

Dunn County News, Wed, June 23, 2010, A6

Yvonne K. Bue, age 57, of Menomonie, passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 24, 2010, at Wilson Lutheran Church in Cady Township, St. Croix County. Burial will be in Wilson Lutheran Church Cemetery. There will be visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Leona E. Buss

Dunn County News, Wed, June 23, 2010, A6

Leona Ethel (Keck) Buss passed away Friday, June 18, 2010, at The Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie. She was born in Menomonie on June 16, 1916, to Robert and Emma (Wisner) Keck and was raised in the Menomonie area with three brothers, Alvin, Ralph and Earl, and two sisters, Gladys and Helen. She had many fond memories of her childhood years on the family farm on Hudson Road. She attended Hudson Road School through the eighth grade, St. Paul's Lutheran School in the ninth grade and later graduated from Menomonie High School.

Leona married Earl Buss in 1936, and happily settled into her role as housewife and mother of four. Earl joined the military in the years to come and the family moved several times before finally coming back to Menomonie, where she lived for the rest of her life.

After Earl died in 1956, Leona went to work as a secretary in Ron Carey's law offices and later worked at Memorial Hospital and the Red Cedar Clinic as a receptionist and secretary. She enjoyed working with the elderly in the Medicare department and continued working with individuals needing assistance with insurance after she retired.

Leona was active in her church as a member of her circle and the church choir, and she was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening and baking, always sending tasty "goodies" home with her visitors.

She will be missed by her four children, Ann (Dick) Grassl, Gary (Sharron) Buss, Earlene Way, and Dan (Katie) Buss; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Earl; her parents; three brothers; two sisters; and two sons-in-law.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 21, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour before the service on Tuesday. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m.. on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor David Whelan officiating.  To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

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