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Luella Cale

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

Luella Cale, age 94, a lifelong resident of the Menomonie area, died, Sunday, July 4, 2010, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie, where she had resided for the past three years.

Before moving to the American Lutheran Home, she and her husband, Richard, lived north of Menomonie on a dairy farm since about 1941.

Luella was born in Dunn County of Norwegian parents Martin and Laura (Peterson) Larson on Sept. 25, 1915. Following her education, she worked as a cook for four years at Lakeside Cafe on Main Street, and this was when she met her husband, Richard. 

Luella married Richard Cale on Oct. 17, 1934, and the couple farmed until their retirement about 1965. It was about this time they went to Norway and stayed on the farm where her mother, Laura Peterson, was born and grew up. Returning home they kept a close correspondence with family members in Norway and often exchanged gifts with them.

Luella is survived by her husband, Richard of Menomonie; two daughters, Virginia (Larry) Drier of Eau Galle and Carol (Cliff) Wendt of Menomonie; sister-in-law, Ruth Larson; six grandchildren, Anthony (Sue Menard) Wendt, Cynthia (Dave) Kramer, Julie Drier, Tamara (Paul) Saunders, Scott (Jacki) Drier, and Bethany (Clay) Drier Farmer; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Luella was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Louie, Oscar, William, John and Clarence Larson; one sister, Mabel Hoehn; and one great-great grandson, Jack Stamper.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 9, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating.  Burial will take place at Christ Lutheran Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie following the service. 

Friends may call Thursday, July 8, from 4-8 p.m. at The Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Arnold C. Cardiff

Dunn County News, Wed. Jan. 26, 2011, A6

Arnold (Arnie) Charles Cardiff, age 63, died peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at his home in Knapp, after a recent diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. 

Arnie was born Dec. 19 1947, to Hughes and Harriet (Steiro) Cardiff.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian Faith at Wilson Lutheran Church. He attended the Wilson School, Cady Lane, Baldwin-Woodville Schools and Spring Valley High School. While serving in the U.S. Army, Arnie served a stint in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. 

In March 1980 Arnie married Jayne Peterson at the United Methodist Church in Boyceville. This union brought Arnie into a family that included his stepson, Rick, and stepdaughter, Cathy. Arnie and Jayne's union was also blessed with the birth of their son, Gerald (Jerry) Hughes Cardiff.  Although their marriage ended, Arnie and Jayne shared the delight of being grandparents, which brought them together as a family. 

While living in the Glenwood City area, Arnie hauled milk and also worked as an apprentice electrician for Lee's Electric. He also drove school bus. 

Arnie enjoyed singing, playing the accordion and dancing.  When there was karaoke at Pork's Place in Knapp, he could easily be persuaded to sing his fine rendition of "The Auctioneer."  This was also his handle when he drove the 18-wheelers. 

Arnie always had a camera at the ready in his truck to take pictures of the countryside when he was on a long haul.  He has several albums filled with pictures from his cross-country treks. 

Arnie was a good dancer and enjoyed kicking up his heels to a polka or rock and roll music.  He shared his love of music with his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, so it will live on in his family. 

Arnie loved the feeling of freedom when he went on a motorcycle ride to tour the local countryside.  This was something he enjoyed sharing with family and friends.  Material possessions were of little importance to Arnie — it was people he really cared about.  He made it a point to keep in contact with friends and family by phone and, when possible, he would stop and visit them when he was on the road.  Arnie never met a stranger; he was always interested in meeting and greeting people.  He was optimistic and always had a smile to share and he was a great hugger.  He enjoyed hearing and sharing a good story and he always seemed to have new jokes to share. 

The greatest joy in Arnie's life was his family.  He was very proud of this son, Jerry and his wife, Jeri Ann, and their children, Kenzie Paige and Cole Hughes.  He loved being their "Papa."  It was great fun to see him in this role. 

Arnie was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his son, Jerry (Jeri Ann) of Colby and their children, Kenzie Paige and Cole Hughes; his stepson, Rick (Lisa) Peterson of Ellendale, Minn.; his stepdaughter, Cathy (Bob) Wheeler and their children, Hannah and Michael of Glenwood City; two sisters, Flossie (Robert) Hughes of Knapp and Marilynn (Gerald) Bartos of Boyceville; niece, Kristen (Bartos) Hensley and her son, Sterling of Fort Knox, Ky.; nephew, Jeremy (Carrie) Bartos and their children, Nicole and Jered of Connorsville; and niece, Meredith Bartos (Scott Waldman) of Markesan. 

Arnie will be remembered for his great zest for life, his love music and his great sense of humor and will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him. 

Services were held at the Wilson Lutheran Church, Arrangements were handled by Anderson Funeral Home Glenwood City.
Arlien W. Carlson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 7, 2010, A6

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Arlien W. Carlson, age 84, of Boyceville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, in Crestview, Fla.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville, with Pastor Bradley Peterson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

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Arlien W. Carlson

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

Arlien Winifred Carlson, 84, of Boyceville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 4, 2010. She passed while at the North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, Fla., after suffering a stroke.

Arlien was born on the Hendrickson farm near Wheeler, on Jan. 30, 1926, the first-born of Lawrence and Catherine (Beaver) Hendrickson. At the age of 12, upon the death of her mother, she took a role in the raising of her siblings.

Arlien graduated from Boyceville High School and then attended Eau Claire Teachers College (UW-Eau Claire) receiving a two-year teaching degree. Upon graduation she taught in multiple one-room rural schools, one of which was the Oak Ridge School, located northwest of Boyceville.

In 1948, Arlien married the love of her life, Raymond Allen Carlson, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville, and from this union were born three sons. She put her career aside to devote herself to her husband, children and the family farm. In the fall of 1988, Arlien's desire for learning led her back to college and, in the winter of 1992, she graduated cum laude from UW-Stout with a B.S. in child development and family life.

After graduation, she began a new career, when many would be retiring, by becoming the director of the Boyceville Senior Center and Director of the Senior Nutrition Program. In 1989, Arlien also began working at what was to be a most rewarding and fulfilling career at Aurora Residential, where she continued to work until her death. At Aurora she participated in home health care for developmentally disabled adults as a personal care worker, community living assistant, and as an activities coordinator. Arlien was a passionate protector and advocate for the developmentally disabled. She was an active promoter of Second Harvest Food Bank and was also a treasurer for the Town of Tiffany.

Arlien is survived by her eldest son, Alan (Ellen) Carlson of Boyceville; grandson, Scott (Tracy) Carlson; great-grandchildren, Parker and McKenzie of Menomonie; and granddaughter, Carla (Tim) Bouwkamp of Madison; her second son, Rolin (Sally) Carlson of Boyceville; grandson, Thornton (Amanda) Carlson; great-grandchild, Gabriel of Mosinee; grandson, Spencer (Gretchen) Carlson of Racine; granddaughters, Jessie Carlson of Boyceville and Anna Carlson of Kentucky; and by her youngest son, John Carlson of Crestview, Fla; one sister, Annabelle (Evenson) (Orrie) Brettingen of River Falls; brother-in-law, Norm Hagen of Glenwood City; sister-in-law, Helen Hendrickson of Waukesha; nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friends and neighbors.

Arlien was preceded in death by Raymond Carlson; her parents; siblings, Lawrence Jr., Arliss Brettingen, Eleanora Hendrickson and Mary Hagen; brother-in-law, Glen Evenson; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville with Pastor Bradley Peterson officiating. Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Undesignated memorials will be donated to Smile Train in Arlien's name. Burial of cremains will take place at a later date.

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Eleanor Michalik Carlsrud

Dunn County News, Sun, April 3, 2011, A6

Eleanor Carlsrud, age 91, of New Haven Township, Dunn County, passed away Friday, April 1, 2011, at her home.

Eleanor was born Dec. 23, 1919, in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Michael and Susan (Yurik) Michalik, and grew up in Minneapolis.  She was confirmed at Holy Trinity Church in rural Boyceville, attended Peaceful Valley Grade School and graduated from Boyceville High School. 

Eleanor married Albert Carlsrud on May 10, 1941.  They made their home in New Haven Township and raised two sons, James and Jeffrey.  Eleanor was a farm wife and homemaker for many years.  She was a member of West Akers Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid.  She also enjoyed embroidering, crocheting, camping, horseback riding and going to horse pulls with her husband.  Whenever she had company she always had coffee ready and treats to go with it.  She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Eleanor is survived by her son, Jeffrey (Sue) Carlsrud of Prairie Farm; grandchildren, Michele Amick, Rebecca (Jeremy) Segebrecht and Michael (Amber) Carlsrud; great-grandchildren, Dominique and Damion Amick and Kylie and Allison Segebrecht; a sister, Mary Mickelson of Minneapolis; sisters-in-law, Marlys Michlik, Josie (Gerald) Amundson, Edna Albright and Alma Tuttle; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Lee and Donna Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; son James; her parents, Michael and Susan Michalik; brothers, Richard, Mike and John; and sisters, Anne and Sylvia.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at West Akers Lutheran Church in New Haven Township, Dunn County. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  There will be visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

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Palmer Carlsrud

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

Palmer Carlsrud, age 93, of Boyceville, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

He was born March 8, 1917, in the Town of New Haven, Dunn County, to John and Anna (Finnrud) Carlsrud. He was baptized and confirmed at West Akers Lutheran Church and attended Forest Grove School in the Town of New Haven.

Palmer drove truck for the Boyceville and Connorsville field mills. On June 3, 1942, he married the former Lucille Johnson at the United Methodist Church in Boyceville. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WW II from 1942 to 1945 as a Med. Corpsman and an Ambulance Driver in London. Following his military service, he and his wife purchased a farm north of Connorsville, where they farmed for 43 years. After selling the farm in 1990, they moved to Boyceville.

Palmer was a member of the Connorsville United Methodist Church and the Connorsville Johnson-Whistler American Legion Post #323 for more than 60 years. He loved to bowl, play cards and to watch the softball games in Connorsville. He was a quiet man who enjoyed life and his naps and was proud of his military service.

Palmer is survived by one daughter and two sons, Lynda (Gary "Stub") Swenson of Connorsville, Alan Carlsrud of Wheeler and Kenneth (Kris) Carlsrud of Glenwood City; seven grandchildren, Brent (Heidi) Swenson, Cory (Sara) Swenson, Kevin Swenson, Travis (Kim) Carlsrud, Lori (Dan) Jensen, Jeremy Carlsrud (Rachel Landmark) and Beth (Dan) Weiland; great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Katie Swenson, Sawyer and Brock Swenson, Amanda, Danielle and Katlyn Link, Andrea and Nathan Jensen; three sisters, Edna Albright of Wheeler, Alma Tuttle of Glenwood City and Josie (Gerald) Amundson of Prairie Farm. Palmer is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lucille; two daughters, Sally Ann and Patricia Kay; a brother, Albert Carlsrud; and a half brother, Arnold Finnrud.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at Connorsville United Methodist Church in Connorsville, with Pastor Tim Matthaei officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville with military honors by Johnson-Whistler American Legion Post #323.

James G. Carnitz

Dunn County News, Sun. Sept. 4, 2011, A6

James George Carnitz, 72, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at his Wheeler home while under hospice care.

James was born on July 2, 1939, in Milwaukee, to Orville George and Loraine Amanda (Gauger) Carnitz.  He was a 1957 graduate of Washington High School, Milwaukee. 

He married Nancy Jane Hanks on June 10, 1961. 

He continued his education graduating from Stout State University, Menomonie, with a bachelor of arts degree in 1965 and a master of arts degree in 1967.  He taught at Madison Technical College from 1967 until retiring in 1994.

After retiring, Jim volunteered on Dunn County water quality issues from 1994 through 2004:  Tainter/Menomin Lake Assoc.; and Red Cedar Basin Project/South Fort/Hay River Priority Data Project.

He moved back to the Menomonie area in 1994 and resided on Tainter Lake and became known as "Steamboat Jim " after building three different steam-powered boats, which he operated mostly on Tainter Lake.  Several years, Jim's boats led the Fourth of July Boat Parade on Tainter Lake. 

Jim custom built and shot approximately 25 muzzle loading rifles from 1969 through 2007.  He belonged to the LaCrosse Muzzleloaders Club, National Muzzleloading Assoc., NRA, Taychopera Muzzleloaders Club and Coon Valley Sportsmen Club.   He also built a bowling ball mortar. His other hobbies were fishing, horseback riding, reading, and playing billiards.

Jim met Renee Jimison in the fall of 2003, and she became his loving and supporting companion.  Renee introduced Jim to his new passion in life, horses, country life, and an equally strong personality.  Renee supported and cared for Jim unselfishly through his failing health. She was a wonderful bright spot in Jim's life.

Jim is survived by his companion, Renee Jimison; children, Amy Jo Churchill of Copperas Cove, Texas, and  Patrick James Carnitz of Madison;  sister, Marion Carnitz, of  Waukesha; and stepson, Donald Jimison, of Thief River Falls, Minn.; four grandsons, Christopher Patrick Carnitz, Jordan Spencer Churchill, Cody Mitchell Carnitz, and Logan Churchill; and a nephew, Richard Pawlowske. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a niece, Carla Pawlowske.

A  funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wheeler.  Visitation at the church will be from 10  to 11 a.m.

Smith Funeral Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.

Lavern Russell Cartwright

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

Lavern Russell Cartwright, age 84, of Elk Mound, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

There will be a Graveside Service at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at Waneka Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, with military honors by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

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Marvin D. Cartwright

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

Marvin D. Cartwright passed away on Friday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Eau Claire.

Marvin was born on March 22, 1925, to Archie and Mary Etta Cartwright in the town of Elk Mound. He attended Elk Mound Schools and enlisted in the United States Army.  He proudly served his country with the 101st Airborne Division, where he was a paratrooper and fought in The Battle of the Bulge.

Following his military service, he worked at National Presto Industries.  He later retired from the United States Postal Service after 30 years of working as a rural mail carrier in Elk Mound. 

On Oct. 27, 1951, Marv married Charlotte Whitney, and they made their home in Elk Mound.

Marv loved gardening, woodworking, and his Massey Harris Pony.  Marv will be dearly missed by many relatives and friends.

Marv is survived by his wife, Charlotte "Charlie," of 60 years; Daughters,  Yolanda (Jan) Rousey and Jennie (Daniel) McLeod; Two granddaughters, Katie Rousey (Brad Mischler) and Danika McLeod; great-granddaughter, Braelyn Mischler. He is further survived by a sister, Donna Spagnoletti of Elk Mound; brother, Gene (Anita) Cartwright of Eau Claire; as well as many nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and MaryEtta Cartwright; brothers, Earl and Van Cartwright; sisters, Odetta Weber, Betty Bradshaw and Janette Weber.

There will be a celebration of his life held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound.

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

Sherrie L. Casey (Troester)

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

Sherrie Lynn Casey, age 42, of Boyceville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at home with her family by her side, after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.

On Sept. 12, 1969, Sherrie Lynn Troester was born in Guttenberg, Iowa,  to Al and Fran (Brush) Troester.  She attended Mount St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa.

Sherrie married Brian Casey on June 1, 1991,  and together they raised three children, Zachary, Tyler and Kamden.

Sherrie was an avid sports fan of football, baseball and Nascar.  But most important to Sherrie was her family, whom she loved dearly, always putting her children first.   During her courageous battle with cancer Sherrie's husband, Brian, and his sister, Sherrie,  cared for her until the end. She will be sadly missed by her family.

Sherrie is survived by her husband, Brian; two children, Tyler and Kamden Casey; her parents, Al and Fran Troester;   a sister, Tina Troester (fiancé  Michael Russell); father-in-law, William Casey (fiancée Sue Petranovich); mother-in-law, Gloria (John) Connolly; grandmother-in-law, Ruby Wheeler; sister-in-law, Sherrie (Gary) Lynch; brother-in-law,  Joseph Casey; and nieces and nephews, Tierney, Marisa and Lindsey Russell, Addison and Elizabeth Lynch, Kaenan, Noah and McKenzie Casey; and her pet dog, Tank.

She was preceded in death by her son, Zachary;  maternal grandparents, Leonard and Margaret Brush; grandfather-in-law,  LaMont Wheeler; and grandmother- and grandfather-in-law, Albert and Flora Casey; and paternal grandparents, Earl and Helen Troester.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Boyceville, with Father Norbert D'Mello officiating.  There will be visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County.  Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family. To share a memory, please visit obituaries at

Edwin A. Casper

Dunn County News, Wed. May 25, 2011, A6

Edwin A. Casper, age 95, of rural Menomonie, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

He was born Dec. 10, 1915, on the Casper farm, in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to Herman and Minnie (Schultz) Casper. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church; and after attending Hudson Road School he graduated from eighth grade at St. Paul's Lutheran Parochial School.

Edwin served in the U.S. Army as Specialty Rifleman from Oct. 26, 1942, until his honorable discharge on July 26, 1943.  After his military service, Edwin returned to the family farm until purchasing the John and Agnes McKanna farm.

Edwin married Ruth Wellstein on June 3, 1946, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie where he has been a member since. 

Edwin farmed all of his life and was still packing eggs in March of 2011. He and his wife enjoyed a couple of Farm Bureau trips and a European trip to visit relatives.  He loved his family and will be sadly missed.

Edwin is survived by two children, both of Menomonie, Allan (Sally) Casper and Mary (Stan) Hensley; six grandchildren, Valerie (Scott) Gaffney, Sam (Stephanie) Casper, Arthur Casper, John (Alyssa) Casper, Katie (Mat) Sanders and Gale (Dana) Hensley; seven great-grandchildren, Paige, Bree, Kelly, Ty, Sophia, Kylie and Aubrie. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth; and four brothers, John, Louie, William and Martin.

A funeral service will be held today Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Menomonie with Pastor Don Gribble officiating.   Visitation was Tuesday, May 24,  2011, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in  Menomonie and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Knapp, following the service.

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Jacob J. Cataract

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 27, 2011, A6

Jacob Joe Cataract, age three months of Elmwood, passed away suddenly at his home in Elmwood on Feb. 23, 2011.

Jacob was born on Nov. 25, 2010, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. He was the son of Jeremy Cataract and Jennifer Miller and the brother of Emily Jo.

Jacob was a happy baby who loved to laugh and smile. He loved to watch Franklin the Turtle, play with keys and take dollar bills. Jacob had the brightest blue eyes and a smile that would light up the room. Most of all, Jacob loved spending time with Mom, Dad, Emily and the rest of his family.

Jacob is survived by his parents, Jenny and Jeremy of Elmwood; one sister, Emily Jo at home; maternal grandparents, Darrell and Bridget Miller of Elmwood; paternal grandparents, Bill and Bessie Cataract of Durand; aunts,  Missy, Nicole, Angela and Toshia; uncles, Billy, Mike, Jason and Gary; godmother, Nicole Baker; godfather, John Fenter; and cousins, Bretta, Matthew and Hunter.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 28, at the Alliance Church (502 21st St. North, Menomonie). Rev. Doug Stolhand and Rev. Brent Costello will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Elmwood, is serving the family.

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Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Catto

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Catto, age 92, of Oscoda, Mich., died on Sunday, July 12, 2009, at her home.

She was born in Flint, Mich., on March 21, 1917, to the late R. Spencer and Mary Bishop (nee Beasom). Betty was a graduate of Walnut Hill School and Connecticut College. During World War II she was an American Red Cross volunteer, serving in New Guinea and the Philippines. 

She moved to Oscoda in 1949 with her husband, Marvin "Scotty" Catto, and they founded and operated the Wabun Restaurant and Resort in Oscoda.

he was an avid sports woman who enjoyed skiing, golf, skeet shooting and tennis. Betty was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Oscoda Yacht Club, Garden Club, Yankee Air Force, Otsego Ski Club and she was a founding member of the Shoreline Players. 

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Angela Catto of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Chris (Laura), Sean and Clai. Betty is also survived by nieces and nephews, Falding Bishop-Gadola, Russell Bishop III, Mary Linn Benning, William Bishop, Bruce Bishop, Elizabeth "Barnie" Bishop-Wentworth; and special friend, Ruth Grant, and her loving caregivers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Scotty Catto in 1982; son, Scot Catto in 2009; and brothers, Russell S. Bishop Jr. and A. William Bishop.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Hope St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oscoda. Rev. G. John MacDonald officiated.

If desired, memorial contributions may be directed to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, P.O. Box 518, Deer Isle, ME 04627, which was founded by her mother, Mary Bishop; or to the Shoreline Players.

Arrangements by Buresh & Bennett Funeral Homes, Inc. of Oscoda.

Wilfred "Will" Chalton

Dunn County News, Wed, July 29, 2009, A6

Wilfred "Will" Chalton, a 75-year resident of Pomona and Claremont, Calif., died Saturday July 25, 2009, at the age of 99.

He came to Menomonie in January 2003 and was a resident at Our House Assisted Living since his arrival.

He is survived by his daughters, Sandra Claflin-Chalton, Ph.D. of Menomonie and Donna Heumann of Edgewater, Md.; his stepdaughters, Ginger Fleishans of Mesa, Ariz., and Barbara Eubanks of Canton, Ga.; his sister, Evelyn Atkinson of Chula Vista, Calif.; five grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

His memorial service and internment will be held in California.

William A. Chamberlain

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

William A. "Bill" Chamberlain, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at his home on Tainter Lake with his family by his side.

Bill was born Jan. 8, 1937, in Menomonie, to George and Kathleen (McDonald) Chamberlain. He attended St. Joseph's Grade School and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1955. 

Bill served four years in the U.S. Air Force.  After his discharge, Bill was employed by Northwest Airlines for 42 years. 

On Nov. 30, 1976, Bill married Pat Kadinger Nygaard at St. Joseph's in Menomonie.  To this marriage Pat brought four children whom Bill loved like his own. 

Bill is survived by his wife Pat; daughters, Debbie (Jim) Quilling and Darcy (Duane) Manor; sons, David (Ann) Nygaard and Dan Nygaard;   grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Brown, James (Robyn) Quilling, Jessalie Quilling, Chad Nygaard, Katie (Justin) Nicgorski, Josh (Staci) Nygaard, Justin Nygaard, Amanda (Nik) Shepard and Nicholas Manor; great-grandchildren, Justin and Brianna Nicgorski, Haylee and Bryce Shepard and Eli Joseph Nygaard; sisters, Mary O'Meara, Ann (Lee) Stansbury and Georgie (John) Miller; and brother, Rick (Sarah) Chamberlain. He was also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob; niece, Julie Stansbury; nephew, Marty Miller; brother-in-law, Bill O'Meara; father- and mother-in-law, Nick and Veronica Kadinger.

Bill's favorite pastime was painting and yard work, which he did with perfection.  Bill was a very private person,  but was a very caring and loving husband, father and grandfather. 

To honor Bill's wishes, there will be no funeral service. There will be a private burial of his cremains at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner at a later date.

A special thank you to Dr. Maierhofer, nurses Carol and Jenny, the nurses on fourth floor at Luther who cared for Bill on his many visits there.

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Robert A. Chamberlin

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

Robert Arthur “Bob” Chamberlin, 69, of Baldwin, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, at the Minneapolis Veterans Hospital. 

Bob was born in Chetek, on Nov. 24, 1941, to Everett and Emma (Pearsoll) Chamberlin. He graduated from high school (Ladysmith) and joined the Marine Corps. He earned the rank of corporal and, for a time, was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

After his time in the Marines, he attended Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in New Richmond,  where he earned his associate's degree in machine and tool. He was a mechanic for many years: Smith Implement in Baldwin, drove truck for many years for Wilson Truck line in St. Paul, and operated his own business, Bob’s Job Shop in Baldwin, before retiring in 2004.

In 1977, Bob married Connie Mask; she passed away in 2001. He married Joan Smith on Dec. 30, 2004.

Bob enjoyed fishing and boating on rivers and lakes, going to the casino, going off-road trucking, tractor pulls and demolition derbies. He loved spending time with his wife, family and friends and having family barbeques.

Bob was a volunteer at the Impact Recovery Center in Baldwin and provided love and support to guys who needed it.  He was a man of faith, good character and honesty, had a great love for helping others, and many people in the area have been touched by his life. 

Bob is survived by his wife, Joan; his children, Tom (Sarah) Kerns of Geneva, Minn., Aleta Mullens of Antioch, Calif., Brenda Ostrander of Menomonie, Lori Hawkins of Arizona, Lisa (Steven) Ersland of Menomonie, Bob (Kim) Chamberlin of Menomonie, Dwayne Chamberlin of Baldwin, and Michelle (Neil) Krischen of Little Rock, Ariz.; his stepchildren, John (Kim) Kelly of Amery, Albert (Michelle) Kelly of Boyceville, and Todd Kelly of Baldwin; his siblings, Kate, Virginia, Lorraine, Lois, Claude and Charlotte; 35 grandchildren; and 54 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Glen and Aaron; his first wife, Ruby; his second wife, Connie; and five siblings. 

Funeral services will be held at Living Word Chapel (Highway 64, in Forest) on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m., and the funeral service will begin at 3 p.m.  A lunch will be served following the service.  Pastor Randy Dean will officiate.  

Bob will be cremated and his ashes will be spread at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Maplewood, Minn., on Aug. 26, 2011, and family and friends are welcome.  

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to O’Connell Funeral Home and Countryside Cremation Services of Baldwin.

Gladys A. Chernak (Evenson)

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

Gladys A. Chernak, age 88, formerly of Boyceville, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Gladys was born April 7, 1923, in the Township of Stanton, Dunn County, to Charles and Martha (Herdahl) Evenson. She was raised in the Boyceville area where she attended school.

Gladys married William J. Chernak April 8, 1950, in Stillwater, Minn. They farmed in the Township of Hay River until 1958, where she enjoyed gardening and tending to her flower garden and being outdoors. She also enjoyed spending with her children and grandchildren. Church was important to Gladys, and she was an active member at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Later in life,  Gladys returned to school and earned her GED.

In 2007, Gladys became a resident at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie, due to her failing health.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William, in 1993;  two grandsons, Michael W. Hanson and Kevin Wilson; seven brothers and one sister.

Gladys is survived by three children, Lionel Chernak and wife Trudie, Janice Score and husband Ronald and David Chernak all of Boyceville;  15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren;  and sisters-in-law, Annabelle Olen, Margaret (Bill) Carlson, Esther Heifner and Catherine Evenson. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville, with Reverend Curtis Brooks officiating. Burial will be in the Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville. Friends may call at the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011,  from 4 to  8 p.m. and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

The family appreciates the care given to their mother by the staff at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Kim M. Chellman

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan 27, 2010, A6

Kim Marie (Hagen) Chellman, age 53, of Elizabethtown, Ky., formerly of Menomonie, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.

The former Kim Marie Hagen was born May 12, 1956, in Menomonie, to Gilmer and Joyce (Schultz) Hagen. She was raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1974. On June 18, 1977, Kim married her high school sweetheart Warren Chellman at Our Savior's Lutheran Church where she had been a lifelong member.

With her husband being in the U.S. Army, Kim and her family had lived in many different places, currently residing in Elizabethtown where she was a member of House of Prayer Lutheran Church. She was also member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and worked as a medical technician at Hardin Memorial Hospital since 1994.

Kim is survived by her husband, Warren C. Chellman; her parents, Gilmer and Joyce Hagen of Menomonie; one son, Nick M. Chellman of Elizabethtown; two daughters, Kelly (Lee) Sandusky of Marlton, N.J., and Jill Chellman of Waukesha; one brother, Chad (Lynn) Hagen of Kenosha; one sister, Trudy (Rod) Smeltzer of Menomonie; and one grandson, Bryce Chellman of Wisconsin.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating. There will be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Paul Christopherson

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 29, 2009, A6

Paul Christopherson, 75, of Eau Claire died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at Luther Hospital. He was born in the town of Wilson, Dunn County, on March 10, 1934, a son of Christ and Edna (Daniels) Christopherson.

Paul entered the U.S. Army on April 5, 1956, and was honorably discharged on April 4, 1958.

Paul married Shirley A. Carlson on March 28, 1956, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. He worked as a fork lift operator at Pope and Talbot, retiring after 43 years of service in 1996. Paul served as vice president of the United Paperworkers International Union for nine years. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church.

Paul lived for his family and was happiest when he was working on the farm. He loved language and wrote every day and shared poetry and many puns. Paul had a great love for music all his life, from playing guitar with his brothers and sisters to singing songs and whistling harmony with Shirley.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley; two sons, John (Vanessa) Christopherson of Dallas, Texas, and Charles "Chuck" (Beverly) Christopherson of Eau Claire; five grandchildren, Jason Christopherson of Minneapolis, Jane Christopherson of Milwaukee, and David, Sheri and Kala Eslinger all of Eau Claire; a great-grandchild, Kristian Ray; brother-in-law, Dan Kahl of Eau Claire, sister-in-law, Bernice Christopherson of Elk Mound; many cousins, nieces and nephews; special friends, Dave and Della Lee and Richard and Dawn Sedahl; and other relatives and life-long friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, A. Edward, Kenneth and Phillip Christopherson; six sisters, Jeanette Mickelson, Rachel Kahl, Helen Nowak, Lila O'Flanagan, Elsie Dahl and infant Alice.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov., 27, 2009, at Concordia Lutheran Church, 3715 London Road, Eau Claire, with Rev. Frederick W. Theiste officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire, where American Legion Post #53 will present military honors. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the church.

Family requests memorials be directed to American Lung Association of Wisconsin, 13100 West Lisbon Road, Suite 700, Brookfield, WI 53005-2508. To express condolences online, please visit

Dennis A. Churchill

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 13, 2009, A6

Dennis Allen Churchill, age 53, of Elmwood, passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at his home.

He was born July 21, 1956, in Menomonie, to George A. and Marlys L. (Quilling) Churchill. He graduated from Elmwood High School in 1974.

Dennis married Ruth Wilcox on Sept. 9, 1984, in the Town of Rock Elm.

He was raised in a farm family and farmed all of his life on the family farm in the Town of Rock Elm, Pierce County. Dennis enjoyed spending time in the woods making maple syrup and cutting firewood. He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Menomonie and served as Town Treasurer for the Town of Rock Elm for 11 years.

Family was very important to Dennis and he made every effort to support his nieces and nephews in their sports activities and any other way he could. Dennis was well known in the community. He was a good son, brother and husband. He was a very kind and giving man who will be greatly missed.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Ruth of Elmwood; his parents, George and Marlys Churchill of Elmwood; brother, Paul (Dawn) Churchill of Plum City; sister, Susan (Steven) Thompson of Elmwood; nieces and nephews, Stacy Churchill, Erin (Eric) Konsela, Kristy, Adam and Tyler Churchill, Brandi and Brittany Thompson. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Lynda Wilcox; and father-in-law, Frank Wilcox.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Larry Borner officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Hill Cemetery in the Town of Rock Elm, Pierce County. There will be visitation at the church (2700 S. Broadway, Menomonie) from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and an hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

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Alan R. Clark

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 25, 2010, A6

Alan R. Clark, 65, of Nampa, Idaho, and a longtime former resident of the Minneapolis area, passed away in Nampa on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, from injuries sustained in an experimental airplane accident. Alan is survived by his wife, Linda, his daughters, Carolyn Hughes and Maryann Becker and 12 grandchildren.

A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at The Alliance Church of Menomonie, 502 21st St. in Menomonie. For additional information, please call the Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel in Nampa, Idaho - 208-466-3545. Memories and condolences may be sent to

Alan was born on March 8, 1945, in Menomonie, the son of Guy and Isabel Clark. He was reared and educated in rural Wisconsin and graduated from Boyceville High School. He received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota.

He married Linda L. Becker on Feb. 1, 1969, in St. Paul, Minn. They made their home in Minnesota for 32 years and moved to Connecticut where they lived until moving to Nampa in 2006. Alan was employed by Cenco International for 44 years. His work took him around the world numerous times in his role in customer service. "His skill as an engineer, his knowledge of jet testing and ability to work with people were unparalleled in the industry," says Pat Julik of Cenco.

Alan loved aviation, loved to fly with his wife and to play with his grandchildren. Alan was a member of the Nampa First Church of the Nazarene.

Alan is survived by his wife, Linda L. Clark, Nampa; two daughters, Carolyn L. and her husband, Dr. Scott Hughes, and Maryann A. Becker; 12 grandchildren; three siblings; one brother, Roger Clark of Boyceville; and two sisters, Marilyn Cuellar, Cambridge, Minn., and Sandi Fitch, New Smyrna Beach, Fla..

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Bethany M. Clark; and his parents.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Alan R. Clark Memorial Fund at Mission Aviation Fellowship, P.O. Box 47, Nampa, Idaho 83653.

Harry O. Cockeram

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 23, 2009, A6

Harry O. Cockeram, age 93, of Menomonie, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2009, at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Harry Osmond Cockeram was born Nov. 30, 1915, in the town of Lucas, Dunn County, to Osmond and Melissa (Drew) Cockeram. He was raised in the town of Lucas where he attended school.

He married Opal Morgan on June 11, 1938, in Menomonie. They lived in the Menomonie area all their lives, and owned and operated Harry's Shoe Repair in Menomonie for many years.

Harry was an avid accordion and concertina player and also liked to sing. Harry and Opal loved performing at the area barn dances entertaining neighbors and friends. He enjoyed traveling and camping with his wife. He enjoyed fishing as well as getting together with family and friends.

Harry is survived by two sons and two daughters, Richard Cockeram of Eau Claire, Gerald (Lynda) Cockeram of Menomonie, Marjorie Oberle of Menomonie, and Cindy (Tom) Miller of Menomonie; a son-in-law Tom Peterson of Menomonie; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three 3 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Opal, a son Harry Cockeram Jr., a daughter Judy Peterson, daughter-in-law Judy Cockeram, four brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Paul Pillman officiating. Burial was in the Lucas Cemetery in the town of Lucas, Dunn County. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at

Robert M. Colvin

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

Robert M. Colvin, 83 of 124 N. Church St. Elkhorn and currently of Menomonie, died Wed. Feb. 10, 2010, in Menomonie where he had moved a few years ago to be close to some of his family. Robert and his wife, Ruth, lived on N. Church for many years.

Bob was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Ames, Iowa, the son of Robert H. Colvin and Lila Morris. He married his wife, Ruth, Oct. 11, 1945, in Rockford, Ill.

He served his country from 1945 to 1947 as a Sgt. in the National Guard and a Corporal in the Army.

For 16 years, Robert and Ruth lived in Walworth, then moved to Elkhorn where they lived 27 years on Court Street. Robert was one of the first of his age to become involved with the computer age. He did computer drafting and design and programming. He was way ahead of his age group as the technology age emerged. He enjoyed the senior volunteer program, especially at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles where he assisted those in need. He loved sailing on Lake Superior and was known to just take off in the car and visit his family and relatives all over the USA. He was an avid pool player and was a shark with a cue. His life's story was a man of many accomplishments, a love of his family and friends and a very sweet disposition. He was a member of the UCC-Congregational Church of Delavan.

Robert is survived by his four sons, James Colvin of Menomonie, Peter (Ruby) Colvin of Ste. Marie, Mich., Bruce (Kathy) Colvin of Savanah, Ga., and Brian (Tracy) Colvin of Youngstown, Ohio; one daughter, Marcia (WM) Sedwell of Aliso Viejo, Calif; one daughter-in-law, Kathy Colvin of Menomonie; a special friend, Sharon Svejda; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Ruth; and a son. Duane.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at the UCC-Congregational church with the Rev. Laura McLeod officiating. Burial services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at Roselawn Memory Gardens Chapel. Friends may call at the church from noon until service time. A luncheon will follow services at the Church.

Memorials may be made to the Congregational Church.

Betzer Funeral Home is serving the Colvin Family.

Helen E. Cook

Dunn County News, Sun, July 19, 2009, A6

Helen E. Cook, 91, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 17, 2009, at The Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home, where she had been a resident for several years.

She was born July 2, 1918, to Robert and Emma Keck. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from high school in Menomonie.

She married Clifford Hall, and two daughters were born to that union. Several years later she married Ward C. Cook. She was a good cook and baker, loved working in her flower garden and worked as a sales clerk in an apparel shop, as a cosmetologist in a drug store and worked with flowers in a green house. She accepted the Lord as her personal Savior as a young woman and and her two daughters were members of Immanuel Baptist Church.

Her surviving family consists of her daughters Nancy Hall (Paul) Cutler of Guthrie Center, Iowa, and Susan Hall Stainer of Menomonie; one step-daughter, Ramona Cook Erickson of St. Paul, Minn.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Leona Buss of Menomonie and many friends and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, one sister, three brothers, one step-son and one step-daughter.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at the Immanuel Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with Pastor Mitch Nelson preaching the memorial service. There will be a visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is assisting the family.

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Mary F. Cramer

Dunn County News, Sun. May 1, 2011, A6

Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at the Fall Creek Valley Care Center in Fall Creek.

Mary was born April 30, 1930, in Menomonie.  She was the daughter of Lorn "Doc" and Velva "Babe" (Brown) Retzloff.  Mary grew up in the Menomonie area, graduating from Dunn County Normal. 

Mary married Joseph A. Cramer Nov. 3, 1948.  After marriage they operated Fern Hill Guernsey Farm in the Township of Red Cedar, Dunn County until retiring in 1978.  They also owned and operated Cramer's Lawn Ornaments for several years. 

Mary was active in the Cedarlings 4H Club and was a Charter member.  She also loved to sew, knit and crochet,  and she baked and decorated many cakes for parties, anniversaries and weddings.  Mary also raised and showed champion chihuahuas. 

Joe passed away in 1993 and for the past several years, Mary has been residing at the Comforts of Home Assisted Living in Menomonie.

Mary is survived by two sons, Daniel (Rochelle) of Eau Claire, and Charlie (Pat) of Menomonie; a daughter, Joan (Kevin) Nelson, of Menomonie; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald Retzloff, of Green Bay; and a sister, Judy Lewis of Scottsdale, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe; and a brother, Carl "Buck" Retzloff.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011,  at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Online Condolences may be made at

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family

Maureen A. Crowley

Dunn County News, Sun. Jan. 15, 2012, A6

Maureen A. Crowley, age 80, of Menomonie, passed away of congestive heart failure, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

The former Maureen A. O'Connor was born Feb. 24, 1931, in Milwaukee, to James and Emma (Puringer) O'Connor.  She graduated from Holy Angels Academy High School in 1949, continued her education with two years of college, and then worked as a tutor helping others learn to read.

Maureen married Morrison Crowley in 1958.  They resided in several locations before settling in St. Louis, Mo., in 1965.  They had two children. 

In 1995, Maureen moved to Menomonie.

Maureen is survived by  two daughters, Paula Jeanne (Rom) McBride III of Evansville, Ind., and   Laura Ann (Bob) Giede of Menomonie; her sister, Patricia (Chuck) Yahnke of The Villages, Fla.; and nephews, Christopher, C.J. and Mark. She is also survived by many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Kathleen; and her husband, Mort.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Grace Episcopal Church in Menomonie with Father Dale Klitzke officiating.  Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday at the church. 

Olson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Menomonie is serving the family.

The family suggests memorials to Stepping Stones or the Free Clinic.

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