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Phyllis E. Gabriel

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 26, 2009, A6

Phyllis E. Gabriel, 90, formerly of Eau Claire, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Country Terrace Assisted Living in Menomonie, WI, under the care of Northwest Hospice.

She was born in Burnside Township in Trempealeau County on December 13, 1918, the daughter of John and Luella (Ward) Burt.  She graduated from Independence High School in 1936.  During World War II, Phyllis worked in Milwaukee in a munitions plant where she met her future husband Jim. 

Phyllis married James E. Gabriel on June 5, 1943, in Independence, WI.  Together they reared five children and all enjoyed time on their farm in Meridean. He passed away in 1973.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire for many years, a former leader for Eau Claire Girl Scouts, and a member of the Northland Campers.  Phyllis was a wonderful homemaker making bread every week, cooking everyday for a family of seven with no fast food or deli.  Her hobbies included sewing clothing for her children, knitting, gardening, and crossword puzzles.  Above all, she loved being with her family and reading her bible daily.  Phyllis’s grandchildren will always remember learning to make lefse with her.

She enjoyed special trips to England, Scotland and Nova Scotia. 

Phyllis is survived by her three sons, Brian (Norma) Gabriel of Menomonie, Tim Gabriel (Clare Hardie) of Tacoma, WA, and Mark (Judy) Gabriel of Champlin, MN; two daughters, Mary (Jeff) Hess of Seattle, WA and Marcia (Douglas) Tanner of Minneapolis, MN; five grandchildren, Jeffery, Justin, Evan, Alison, and Matthew; two sisters, Verna Gunderson of Eau Claire and Blanche Magnuson of Blair; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; her parents; three brothers, Wendell, Allen, and Clayton Burt; and three sisters, Margaret Gitzlaff, Agnes Amble, and Mabel Larson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2009, at First Lutheran Church, Eau Claire with Pastor Lowell H. Halvorson officiating. Burial will be in Peru Cemetery in the Town of Peru, Dunn County, WI. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Friday at the church.  Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral&Cremation Services is serving her family.

Her family requests that memorials please be directed to First Lutheran Church, 1005 Oxford Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54703 or the International Essential Tremor Foundation, P.O. Box 14005, Lenexa, KS 66285-4005.

The family would like to thank the staff at Red Cedar Medical Center, Country Terrace Assisted Living, and Northwest Homecare Hospice for the loving care they provided Phyllis.

Clayton M. Ganong

Dunn County News, Sun. Jan. 30, 2011, A6

Clayton Miles Ganong, age 79, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully with family members at his bedside on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center after a period of failing health.

Clayton was born in Eau Claire on Nov. 30, 1931, the son of the late Maysie (Miles) and Arthur Ganong, Sr. He graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School with the class of 1950 and served six years in the Wisconsin National Guard. He married Anne Traxler on Oct. 25, 1952; and they recently celebrated 58 years of marriage. 

Together Clayton and Anne farmed west of Wheeler while raising their family. During this time, Clayton was an active member of the National Farmers Organization (NFO) at the county, state and national levels.  They also owned and operated the Horseshoe Inn before retiring and traveling extensively throughout North America.  He was grateful for being a friend of Bill W.'s for more than 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Anne; and six children, Patricia (James) Dowey of Portsmouth, N.H., Mary Ganong of Eau Claire, Peggy (Christian) Jorgensen of Burlington, Janet Ganong of Milwaukee, Mark Ganong of Fox Lake, Ill., and John (Judith) Ganong of Wheeler.  He was the brother of Lois (Earl) Squires of Menomonie and Raymond (Gail) Ganong of Cornville, Ariz..  He will also be loved and remembered by his 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by a brother, Arthur Ganong, Jr. , and a sister-in-law, Joan (Lokken) Ganong.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 910 Wilson Ave., Menomonie, on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at 11 a.m. with fellowship and lunch to follow. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Clayton's memory be sent to The Alano Club of Menomonie, 616 Third St., Menomonie, WI 54751, or a charity of one's choice.

Elaine C. (Shafer) Gauvin

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

Elaine Carol Gauvin, age 91, formerly of Spring Valley, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2011, at Kettle Moraine Gardens in Kewaskum.

She was born in Downsville, on April 1, 1919, to Archie and Grace (Kizer) Shafer.  Elaine attended Menomonie High School, graduating with the class of 1936. On Nov. 19, 1938, she married George Gauvin in Pontiac, Mich.  In 1945, the Gauvins moved to Spring Valley, where they lived until 2005, when they moved to Kewaskum to be closer to family.

Elaine is survived by her husband, George; daughter-in-law, June Gauvin of Kewaskum; granddaughters,  Kathryn (Shawn) Vele of Milwaukee, and Suzanne (Tom) Abarca of Honolulu, Hawaii;  and four great-grandchildren, Morgan and Madeline Vele of Milwaukee, and Gabriella and Antonio Abarca of Honolulu.  She is also survived by one brother, Jerry (Jane) Shafer of Menomonie; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her son, Daniel; her brothers, Darrell and Vaughn Shafer; and her sister, Jeanne Olson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Spring Valley, with Father Kevin Louis officiating.  Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.  There will be visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with a prayer service at 6 p.m. There will also be visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. 

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John P. Gerber

Dunn County News, Sun. July 25, 2010, A6

John Paul Gerber of Quincy, Mass., passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 12, 2010, after a valiant year-long fight against pancreatic cancer. He was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Feb.12, 1945, and grew up in Stillwater, Okla., and Menomonie.

He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of the Our Savior's Explorer's Post 23. He graduated from Menomonie High School in 1963. John received academic degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin, where he received his PhD in history under the direction of well-known professor of history, Harvey Goldberg.

Among John's scholarly writings, published in several languages, is his definitive biographical history of the early 20th century Dutch astronomer Anton Pannekoek, and the intellectual role he played in the European social reform movements of that era; (Anton Pannekoek and The Socialism Of Workers' Self Emancipation 1873-1960).

John taught various classes in his specialty at many of the prestigious universities in the Boston area. He subsequently received his MLS degree from Simmons College, and after serving as an archivist at Harvard Law School, became a medical librarian at VA Boston Healthcare System at the West Roxbury Va., and then acted as the primary librarian for the Boston Healthcare System from 2009 until his death. He was a valued VA employee for many years and will be very much missed by his VA Library Network colleagues.

John's real passion in life was traveling the world's continents on motor scooters and promoting travel on the machines that he loved. In 1971, he completed a 25,000 mile solo trip on his Vespa motor scooter from the U.S. to the southernmost tip of South America at Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Two years later, riding another Vespa scooter, he completed an around-the-world journey riding the entire Trans-Asian highway from Singapore to London. He was, by all accounts, the world's foremost historian on the development, manufacture and spread of motor scooters as a practical means of everyday and leisure transportation.

His many research articles and travel accounts were published internationally and he served as the historian of the Vespa Club of America. This year, he was honored at the national AmeriVespa rally in San Antonio, Texas, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to the organization.

John was the devoted father of James Gerber of Brookline, Mass., and beloved brother of Joseph Gerber of Menomonie, Robert Gerber of Madison, Gwen Gerber of Missoula, Mont., and Claire (Gerber) Kalina of Endeavor. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Steven, Elena, Brenden, Ethan and Amber.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Millie Gerber.

Memorials may be made in John's memory to the American Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Network (PANCAN) by calling 877-272-6226 (toll free) and asking for Donor Relations.
Louise M. Gerrish

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

Louise M. Gerrish, 64, of Elk Mound, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, unexpectedly of natural causes at her residence.

She was born May 30, 1946, in Hillsboro, the daughter of Joseph and Marcella (Beranek) Mislivecek.

On June 18, 1966, Louise married John Gerrish at Mt. Taber. After 33 years of marriage, they later divorced.

For 26 years, Louise worked on the family farm with John. She later worked at Silver Springs Gardens and most recently worked at Wal-Mart in Lake Hallie as a greeter.

Louise was a member of Big Elk Creek Church.

She loved her cats, horses, fishing, flowers and gardening, but most of all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Louise is survived by her four children: Brenda (Paul) Wolf of Bloomer and her children, Alicia, Calvin and Craig Goettl, Steven (Paula) Gerrish of Chippewa Falls and their children, Alaina, Delila and Kierra Gerrish, Danyel (Lloyd) Bowe of Chippewa Falls and their children, Brett and Keith Doane, stepchildren, Gregory, Curtis and Kaitlin Bowe, step-great-grandson, Lucas Bowe. and Linda (Matthew) Lyman of Elk Mound and their children, Katelynn, Brooke and Joseph Lyman; one brother, Joseph Mislivecek of Hillsboro; and one sister, Arlene Cole of Baltimore, Md.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Janice Stanley.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at Big Elk Creek Church in Elk Mound. Pastor Hal Schroetter will be officiating with interment in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls and one hour before the time of services Saturday at Big Elk Creek Church, Elk Mound. Family and friends may express online condolences at
Norma J. Gilberts

Dunn County News, Wed. Jan. 18, 2012, A6

Norma J. Gilberts, age 85, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Bloomer.  She was born July 19, 1926, in Menomonie to Conrad and Alvina (Grambo) Frogner. 

She graduated from Colfax High School in 1944 and then attended Lawrence University in Appleton. She worked in Menomonie for O & N Lumber and Farmer’s Insurance Company and also in Colfax at Erickson’s Super Market.

She married Norman “Snort” Gilberts on June 21, 1947, in Colfax.  Snort and Norma moved to Sand Creek in 1947, where they purchased the Sand Creek Grocery Store and Locker Plant. She also worked as the Sand Creek Postal Clerk, becoming the Postmaster for five years before she retired.

She was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church, the Ruth Circle, WELCA, the Menomonie Order of the Eastern Star and the Dallas Ladies Golf League.  She was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed cheering for the Packers and the Badgers.

Norma was a very active person who loved helping people and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband,  Norman “Snort” of Sand Creek; one son,  Dr. Mark Gilberts of Mundelein, Ill.; one daughter,  Dr. Cynthia Gilberts of Menomonie; one brother,  Dr. David (Ethel) Frogner of Colfax;  one sister,  Mary (Glenn) Bowlin of Bloomington, Ill.;  two grandchildren,  Megan (John) DeMotte of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Matthew Gilberts of Mundelein;  and one great-grandchild,  Noah DeMotte.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one infant son,  Greg Norman Gilberts.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at 11 a.m. at New Hope Lutheran Church in Sand Creek with Rev. Barb Koch officiating.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at New Hope Church.  There will be no visitation Thursday evening. 

Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Dorothy A. Gilbertson

Dunn County News, Wed. Oct. 19, 2011, A6

Dorothy Anne (Rotnem) Gilbertson, age 90, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at her residence at Oakwood Hills in Eau Claire under the care of St. Joseph’s Home Hospice. Dorothy was born to Dorothea and Martin Rotnem on April 15, 1921, the fourth child of seven and the first girl.

She attended Hillside Country School, Elk Mound High School and graduated salutatorian in 1939.  She then went to Stout and graduated with a major in home economics education.  Dorothy taught for two years in Greenwood, and then returned to Elk Mound to farm and raise a family. 

Memorial services will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at the Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church in Elk Mound.  Pastor Mike Wollman will officiate.  Committal services will take place prior to the memorial service in the Barum Cemetery, Elk Mound, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at 9 am.  Memorial visitation will take place at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services, as well as during the luncheon following the service.

Dorothy married LaVerne Gilbertson, also of Elk Mound, on June 10, 1944, at Barum Lutheran Church in rural Elk Mound.  They farmed together until shortly before LaVerne's death in 2004.

Dorothy learned to play piano and organ as a child and served as a church organist for many years beginning at Barum when she was 14 years old, continuing at Shepherd of the Hill in Elk Mound throughout her married life, next at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Senior Apartments in Eau Claire, and finally at Oakwood Retirement Apartments in Eau Claire, where she was known as the piano lady.

Because of failing eyesight Dorothy was unable to read music in her later years, but because of her many years as a church organist was able to play almost any hymn at request.  She also enjoyed directing the senior and children's choirs at Shepherd of the Hill.

Dorothy taught piano, organ and guitar at her home to many students.  She audio-taped the many recitals and then presented tapes to graduating seniors of their own performances.  She encouraged her students to perform whenever they had the opportunity, especially for church services.

Dorothy enjoyed watercolor, acrylic and oil painting and took classes from Kim Falk and Janet Carson.  She also enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, and crocheting and was a long-time member of Sunshine Club and Homemakers.

Dorothy is survived by her four children,  Mary (Edmund) Elworthy of  Eau Claire, Dennis Gilbertson of Palo Alto, Calif., James Gilbertson of Madison,  and Susan Lappin of Baraboo; two sisters, Vivian (Keith) Riley of Menomonie, and   Margaret (Lee) Iverson of Springfield, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Mark (Karen) Elworthy, Dan (Tricia) Elworthy, Elizabeth (Eric) Sundell, Jeff Gilbertson, Ann (Geoff) Gerriets, Holly Gilbertson, Ben Lappin, Tom Lappin, Sam Lappin and Max Lappin; 10 great-grandchildren,  Sophia Elworthy, Madelynne Elworthy, Jackson Elworthy, Reyna Sundell, Alli Elworthy, Bridget Dillon, Boden Sundell, Evan Dillon, Gwen Gerriets and Stacy LeMere; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, La Verne; her parents; and her brothers, M. Burton, Eugene, Rolf and James Rotnem.

The family requests  memorials be given to Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, 207 University St., Elk Mound, WI, 54739. 

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John O. Gobel

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

John O. Gobel passed away Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nev. He was 76 years old.

He was born Jan. 24, 1933, in Downsville, to William and Inga (Moen) Gobel.

John was a Korean War Veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. He worked for U.S. Steel the last 20 years and retired in 1998. He lived the rest of his life in Reno.

He is survived by two sisters, Mary (Laurence) Webb of Eau Galle and Mabel (Mike) Weber of Menomonie;  one brother, Charles (Anne) Gobel of San Leandro, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Gobel of Bloomington, Minn., and Carol Gobel of Westby; his beloved cat, "Polly;" nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Inga Gobel; and three brothers, Milton, Earl and Robert.

He will be buried in the V.A. Cemetery in Fernly, Nev., where graveside services will be held Monday, Nov. 16, 2009.

Annamae 'Mae' M. Goetzinger

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

Annamae "Mae" M. Goetzinger, age 79, of Wheeler, died, Monday, June 28, 2010, at The Red Cedar Medical Center, in Menomonie.

She was born May 21, 1931, in Rural Kingston, Green Lake County, to Ralph J. and Doris (Loveland) Hattery. She graduated from Colfax High School in 1950 and went on to get her registered nursing degree from The Cook County School of Nursing in Chicago, Ill., graduating in 1954. She married Gerald Goetzinger on Aug. 14, 1954, at The Church Parsonage in Colfax.

The family moved to Racine, where Mae held a registered nurse position at St. Mary's Hospital in Racine for many years and pioneered the Cardiac Care Unit at St. Mary's. In 1988, she and Gerald moved to Wheeler where they have lived since. Mae had planned on going to work in Menomonie, but an accidental hip fracture made her retire from nursing. She loved to knit and crochet and kept in touch with her medical profession by making newborn baby caps for the newcomers into this world. Mae was also very active in her church, Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Wheeler.

Annamae had been active in The Baxterville Homemakers and enjoyed making crafts, quilting, sewing and embroidering.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald of Wheeler; three children, Keith (Nora) of Lubbock, Texas, Betty Nicholson of Zion, Ill., and Diane (Tim) Olmstead of Racine; five grandchildren, Jennifer Vargus, Joseph Goetzinger, Nick Nicholson, Timothy Olmstead II and Crystal Olmstead; six great-grandchildren; eight siblings, Clara Walde, Josephine Davies, Leona (Archie) Thorson, Ralph (Carol) Hattery, Carol (Ted) Erickson, Wallace Hattery, Beatrice (Ruben) Ladner and Christine (Douglas) Dummer; and many, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Annamae was preceded in death by her son, Bruce (2008); and one brother, Harry Jack Hattery.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 2, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Ours Savior's Lutheran Church in Wheeler, with Pastor Burke officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2010, at The Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial will take place on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 2 p.m. at West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Racine. Friends may call at the Cemetery Chapel from 1:30 until 2 p.m.

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John A. Goff

Dunn County News, Sun. Sept. 18, 2011, A11

John A. Goff, 90, of  Eau Claire, passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011,  at the Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire.

He was born on Sept. 14, 1921, in Bain, Aitkin County, Minnesota (on the property that his parents had homesteaded) to Mark and Clara (Tischman) Goff.

Before Johnny was 2 years old, his father died. In 1925 the family moved to the Menomonie - Eau Claire area. Subsequently, he and his mother came to the Pleasant Valley area,  where his mother was housekeeper and caregiver to the Eastenson family.  

Johnny attended Sands School in Pleasant Valley and graduated from there in 1936.  He lived with his sister, Jean, while he attended Eau Claire Senior High School.  He graduated from there in 1940. While still in high school, he worked part-time at Buri's Bakery in Eau Claire doing maintenance and upkeep on the trucks. 

After high school, he worked there full-time. Buri's was sold to Holsum Bakery and later to Metz Baking Co.

On May 5, 1946, he married Phyllis Neubauer, daughter of Arthur and Alice (Mewhorter) Neubauer at St. Katherine's Lutheran Church in Beyer Settlement, near Rusk in Dunn County. Recently,  they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary at the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church. 

After their marriage, they farmed in the town of Pleasant Valley.  At the same time, Johnny was also employed as a mechanic for various area businesses.   From February, 1969 until his retirement in 1985  he was a heavy equipment operator at  the landfill and for the street department in Eau Claire.  Johnny was well liked by his coworkers and the people in the area.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of Eau Claire; a sister-in-law, Carol Stanford of San Jose, Calif.; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Gretchen Folsom and Jean Marantette; a nephew, Julien Severson, Jr.; and other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Eleva, with Rev. William Wendt officiating.  Burial will follow at the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011,  from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kjentvet - Smith Funeral Home in Eleva, and for one hour before the funeral on Tuesday at the church.

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Ed Gold

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

Professor, researcher, and activist Ed Gold has died at age 91. Born on Aug. 1, 1918, to Jacob and Rebecca Gold of Milwaukee, Isador Gold was the third of five children. A bright and quick student, he advanced quickly through school. By the time he was in his early 20s, he earned a master's degree in chemistry. This was the basis for both of his long and productive careers.

Chemistry of another kind was also important to Isador, who was also called Iz or Ed. While studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he met Nina Beebe, known as Speed, and determined to marry her. Their courtship was quick, but their marriage lasted 65 years; not until death did they part.

From Madison, Ed and Speed moved west to Eau Claire, where they started a family, and where Ed was hired by National Presto Industries as a researcher. He served as chief chemist for the appliance maker for 24 years. During that time, the Golds moved from Eau Claire to Chippewa Falls, and then to Menomonie when Ed left Presto to teach chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Everywhere they lived, Ed and Speed opened their home to guests. These included foreign students attending college in Wisconsin, whom the Golds welcomed like family. Friends continued to visit them from around the world for the rest of their lives. The two dedicated themselves to social justice, promoting humanitarian causes. They helped build community in other ways as well, helping establish both the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Eau Claire and the Quaker Meeting House in Menomonie.

After retirement, Ed enjoyed several years of good health in the company of his beloved Speed. In the late 1990s, however, both suffered dramatic losses of memory and ability. With help, they were able to remain in their house until 2007. Both moved at the same time to a senior care center in Menomonie that year. When Speed died in June 2008, Ed lost his partner and much of his spirit.

Their daughter, Kathryn Bennett, helped Ed move to St. Paul, Minn., in 2008 so she could visit him every day. He continued to receive excellent care and loving attention for the rest of his life. His memory will go on in the many lives he and Speed have touched.

Gladys A. Goodell

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 15, 2010, A6

Gladys A. Goodell, age 73, of Wheeler, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

The former Gladys Anna Marie Micheels was born March 29, 1937, in Ridgeland, to Charles and Ida (Saxberg) Micheels. She married Merlin Goodell, and they resided all their 39 years of married life in Wheeler. 

Gladys took great pride in her cooking and cooked for the breakfast club at the Horseshoe Inn and Wheeler Inn for many years. She was a den leader for Cub Scouts. She baked many pies for Church Socials, besides her gardening and canning. 

Gladys also enjoyed crocheting and quilting hand stitched quilts. Gladys’s door was always open for anyone needing a friend or having any problems.  She will be sadly missed.

Gladys is survived by two daughters, Michelle Knutson and Lori (Gene) Koehler; two sons, Merle Goodell and Corey Goodell; seven grandchildren, David, Jamie, Julie, Elizabeth, Shawna, Raleigh and Colten; five great-grandchildren, Cheyenne, Gabe, Fiona, Anja and Nick; three sisters, Gloria (Wayne) Lorenz, Helen (Fred) Peabody, Hazel (Larry Benck) Trandum; brother, Robert (Lois) Fladten; an aunt, Leah Harstad; also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ida Micheels; her husband, Merlin Goodell; mother and father-in-law, Fred and Mayme Goodell; two brothers, Normand Fladten and Billy Micheels; and two sisters, Marcie Hawkinson and Esther Micheels.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, at Grace United Methodist Church in Wheeler, with Pastor Tim Matthaei officiating. Burial will be in Hay River Cemetery in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County. There will be visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

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Lyle S. Goss

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

Lyle Sanford Goss 82, passed away March 20, 2010, at Dove Health Care.

Lyle was born Sept. 6, 1927, to Stanley and Lillian Goss (Serum) in Modena.

He married Mary Rae Lindbo Sept. 6, 1952, at First Congregational Church in Eau Claire and was married 56 years before her passing.

Lyle was very active in Salvation Army, Feed my People, Hope Gospel Mission and the Chippewa Valley Gospel Choir. He had a big passion for fishing in Chetek and teaching his grandchildren life's financial responsibilities.

Lyle is survived by his two sons, Randy (Kim) of Elk Mound Steve (Pam) of Eau Claire; two grandchildren, Lee and Tanya, one great-granddaughter, Shylee; three step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; brothers, Terry (Lois) of Minneapolis, Minn., and Gerry (Deb) of Menomonie.

Lyle was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; parents; and son, Tommy.

Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday. March 25, 2010, at Amy Chapel, E9882 370th Ave., Eau Claire, with Pastor Dale Bussinger officiating. Committal services will be at 3:30 p.m. in Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire. Visitation will be on Wednesday at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church Thursday from noon until the time of services.

Friends may offer condolences online at www.fuller Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Feed my People or Salvation Army.

Sylvia N. Gould

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

Sylvia N. Gould, age 96, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Sylvia was born on July 11, 1914, on the home farm in the Kimball Township, rural Hurley. She was the daughter of Samuel and Impe Nevala, and grew up in the Hurley area.

During the Depression years, Sylvia worked as a housekeeper-cook at a private home in Chicago. During that time she met and married John H. Gould on April 5, 1941, in Chicago, Ill.  Sylvia and John raised their family, following her husband, John's career path, living in Louisville, Ky., Anniston, Ala., Hamilton, Ohio, and Kankakee, Ill.

After John's death in 1979, Sylvia remained with her children and later moved with her daughter Ruth and her family to Wisconsin. The last 13 years, she has lived in Menomonie.

Sylvia was very proud of her Finnish heritage, making several trips to Finland with her family.

Sylvia is survived by her three children, John S. (Brenda) Gould of Sun Prairie, Ruth (John) Abney of Menomonie and Kristine (Kenny) Kieffer of Wrightstown; seven grandchildren, Ben, Amy, John H., Sara, Samantha, Rachel and Jamie; two great-grandsons, Jacob and Logan; a special niece, Kathy Vittone; and special nephew, Marvin Nevala; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John H.; three brothers, Eino, Oni and Tovio Nevala; and three sisters, Elvera Talo, Elsie Bauer and Elaine Kubacki.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. Rev. Geoffrey Scott will officiate.  Friends may call one hour prior to services at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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

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Charles T. Govin

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 22, 2009, A6

In loving memory of Charles T. Govin of Park City, Utah. Born to eternal life on Nov. 14, 2009 at the age of 89.

Beloved husband of the late Patricia E. Govin (nee Malone); loving father of Charles (Beatrice) of Danbury, Gerald (Susan) of Brookfield and Timothy (Cheryl) of Park City, Utah; dear grandpa of Chad (Kris), Dan (Kari), Will (Maura), Steve, Tricia (Jeff) Casper, Jim (Christy), John (Rachel), Nick, Shelly and Matt; great-grandpa of Keegan, Connor, Alexis, Grace, Emma, Tyler, Brandon, Zachary, Kate and Phillip; dear brother of Marguerite Govin Evans; brother-in-law of Evans Kikby and Will (Dolly) Malone; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Greta Govin; brother, Gerald Govin; sister, Mary Govin Kirkby; and brother-in-law, Owen Evans.

Charles served honorably and proudly in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

A private family internment will be held at a later date at St. Joseph Cemetery in Menomonie.

Martin H. Granica

Dunn County News, Wed. Feb. 16, 2011, A6

Martin H. Granica, age 69, of Glenwood City, passed away with his family by his side at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.

Martin was born March 10, 1941, in Boyceville, to Leo and Irma (Radtke) Granica. He was raised in the rural Glenwood City and graduated from the Glenwood City High School in 1960. Martin married Nancy McKittrick on April 6, 1974.

He worked as a school bus driver in Glenwood City and Thorp. He was also a U.S. Mail contract driver. He taught hunter safety and raised game bird on the farm. Martin's interests included wildlife, hunting, taxidermy, painting, ceramics and spending time with his family.

Martin was a long-time member of the APWS (American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society), Minnesota Pheasant and Waterfowl Society, Minnesota Game Breeders, and Wisconsin Bird and Game Breeders Association.

He was an active member of Faith Evangelical Free Church in Boyceville. His favorite Bible verse was Matthew 6:33 (King James Version): “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” 

Martin was a resident of Glenhaven since May 2009.

Martin was preceded in death by his parents; and infant brother, Leroy. 

Martin is survived by his wife, Nancy Granica of Glenwood City; son, Michael Granica, and wife Carey of North Branch, Minn.; daughter, Melissa White and husband Chad of Luck; three grandchildren, Breanna, Rebecca and Jordan; brother, David Granica and wife Maria; and sister, Ruth Schmidt. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Faith Evangelical Free Church in Boyceville, with reverend Steve Boyd officiating. Interment of cremains will be in the Mound Cemetery in Downing at a later date. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to services.

Local arrangements are by the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Association

Robert J. Greenwood

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

Robert J. Greenwood, age 90 of Menomonie, Wis., formerly of East Grand Forks, Minn., died Sunday, April 18, 2010, at Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born November 1, 1919, to John and Rose (Roberts) Greenwood. He grew up on a farm near East Grand Forks and attended Sacred Heart Catholic School.

On August 21, 1940, Robert married LaVern Genereau, and together they had seven children. He was a truck driver for many years and later worked for the City of East Grand Forks, retiring June 1, 1985. Robert was a proud World War II veteran. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3817 in East Grand Forks, where he served two terms as Post Commander and also served as Funeral Chaplain and Gaming Manager. In 1997, he moved to Menomonie to be near his family.

Robert is survived by his seven children, Robert (Yolanda) of San Jacinto, Calif., Alane (Donald) Wick of Eau Claire, Wis., Cindy Lupien of Grand Forks, N.D., Nancy Duray of Menomonie, Debra (Charles) Vind of Hayward, Wis., Ricky (Kim) of Elk Mound, Wis., and Bruce (Jill) of Menomonie. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LaVern; two brothers, Rene and William.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 23, 2010, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie, with Father Tom Krieg officiating.

There will be visitation at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Military Honors provided by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Michael J. Grimme

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 30, 2011, A6

Michael J. Grimme, age 54, of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at his home with his family by his side.

Michael was born on July 21, 1957, to Raymond L. and Marian M. (Pauly) Grimme in Menomonie.  He graduated from Menomonie High School in 1975, and later farmed in the town of Red Cedar for many years.

Most recently, Michael worked at Con Agra Foods in Menomonie. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and hunting. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and loved all Wisconsin sports.  He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. 

Michael is survived by his lifelong friend and soul mate, Janet M. Shaw, of Menomonie; his daughter, Mia A. Grimme, of Menomonie; two sisters, Linda R. (Roger) Huebner of Waukesha and Ann Marie (Jeff) Sorensen of Menomonie; a brother, Duane R. Grimme; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond L. and Marian M. Grimme.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Steve Carlson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Memorials are suggested to Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church and the Dunn County Humane Society.

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

Luella Grogan

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

Luella Grogan, 90, died March 18, 2010, at Camilia Rose Care Center in Coon Rapids, Minn.

Luella Grogan was born March 22, 1919, in the township of Sherman to Harley and Ruth Crosby. She graduated from Colfax High School and went on to Dunn County Normal in the two-year teaching program. At a later time, she graduated from Eau Claire with a bachelor's degree. Luella met and married Alvin Grogan (Bud) on Aug. 22, 1942. They resided at rural Wheeler, where they farmed and Luella taught school for 40 years.

Luella belonged to the Grace United Methodist Church in Wheeler her entire married life where she was a very active member in her later years.

Luella is survived by her daughter, Betty Lou (William) Heitmann; her grandchildren, Kim (Allen) Groenke, Denise Dickson-Whalen and Cory (Tara) Koster; her great-grandchildren, Nick, Kelsey and Alexa Groenke, Danika and Carlie Whalen and Taylor Koster, as well as two step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren; her sister, Elsie Mc Intyre; and brother, Laurence Crosby.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; baby boy, Daniel; and sister, Alice.

Luella will be greatly missed by her family, friends and Camilia Rose staff.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Grace United Methodist Church in Wheeler, with Pastor Tim Matthaei officiating. Burial will be in Hay River Cemetery in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County. A visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service.

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David E. Grutt

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

David E. Grutt, age 74, of Wheeler, died Monday, May 2, 2011, surrounded by family, after a lengthy illness.

Dave was born Jan. 26, 1937, in Menomonie, to George and Verna (Schroeder) Grutt.  Dave grew up on a farm north of Menomonie.  He was a 1955 graduate of Dunn County Aggie High School. 

Dave married Arlene Ader in Menomonie, in 1958.  From this marriage they had two very special daughters, Dawn and Devy. 

He later married Wanda Braswell at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie in 1977. 

Dave and Wanda lived on Tainter Lake for many years until he built their "cabin" in Otter Creek where they lived during the "nice months" of the year.  They spent their winters in La Feria, Texas, for the past 10 years. 

Dave was employed by Woodward Electric and then moved on to Dunn County Electric where he spent 32 years, retiring in 1999.  He was the type of person who would help others with anything they needed to get done.  He had a great sense of humor, but was always a "straight shooter" so you knew where you stood with him.  In fact, Dave's final act of kindness was the gift of life for others through his organ donation.

Dave enjoyed camping, boating, tractor pulls, snowmobiling, high school football, and was an avid Packer fan.  He loved to deer and turkey hunt as well as fish.  Dave just loved spending time in the outdoors and looking at nature.  He also enjoyed riding his Kubota tractor, playing cards and making trips to Mexico when they were down south.  Dave, respectfully known as "Dirty Ern," was co-founder of The Wilson Creek Ridgeriders Snowmobile Club and past president of the Tainter Lake Sportsman Club.

The best thing in Dave's life though was spending time with his children and grandchildren, who he loved so very much.

Dave is survived by his wife, Wanda "Emma" of Wheeler;  two daughters, Dawn (Dick) Uetz  and Devy Hermann; five stepchildren, LaDona Jordan, Dwaine (Chris) Braswell, Scott Braswell, Darryl Braswell and Tina Nava; grandchildren, Beth and David Uetz, Jerad Hermann and Lacey (Shaun) Buck; step-grandchildren, Jammie Jordan, Chrystal Jordan, Dana (Lisa) Braswell, Cory Braswell, Ryan (Sadie) Braswell, Drew Braswell and Chelsea Braswell; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Evelyn (Jim) Pickerign, Connie (Dave) Paulson and Betty (Bill) Crusen; one brother, Lyle Grutt;  many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Franklin.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.  Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

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Harold C. Guntner

Dunn County News, Sun, July 11, 2010, A6

Harold C. Guntner, 96, passed away on June 21, 2010, at Luther Manor in Wauwatosa. He is survived by Velma Voight, his wife of 70 years; his daughter, Susan (Charles) of Menomonie; and two sons, John Lawrence (Daniela), now residing in Wolfsburg, Germany, and Steven (Susan) of Claremont, Calif. He leaves behind six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was born on June 30, 1913, in Chicago, Ill., but moved with his wife and children to Menomonie in 1946. Soon after, he was appointed administrator of Memorial Hospital. While in Menomonie, he served as president of the Wisconsin Hospital Association and the Tri-State Hospital Association. During his time in Menomonie, he was active in Boy Scouts, Lions Club, Rotary Club and Our Savior's Lutheran Church, where he sang in the choir for many years.

In 1967, he accepted the position of Director of the Greater Milwaukee Area Hospital Council. There, he again was active in Rotary Club, where he twice received the Paul Harris Award for his work to send used hospital equipment to Haiti.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at the Lippold Faith and Education Center, Luther Manor, Wauwatosa. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Memorials may be sent to Luther Manor or a charity of choice.

Vera A. Guptill

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 26, 2009, A6

Vera A. Guptill, age 83, of Menomonie, WI died Friday, August 21, 2009 at Dove Healthcare in Eau Claire, WI.

The former Vera A. Smith was born Jan. 26, 1926 in Menomonie, WI to George and Matilda (Madsen) Smith. She has been a life-long resident of Menomonie. Vera married Robert Guptill on Sept. 27, 1950 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Vera is survived by her husband, Robert Guptill of Menomonie; daughter, Geraldine (Edward) Wojtysiak of Chippewa Falls; son, Gary (Cheryl) Guptill of Prescott, AZ; two granddaughters both of Prescott Valley, AZ ; Keri (Casey) Wohlwend and Kristin (Bryan) Ross; seven great-grandchildren; her brother, Henry Smith of Florida; two sisters, Lois Hardy of Chetek and Edna Schaefer of Menomonie; a brother-in-law, Gerald Singerhouse of St. Paul, MN; a sister-in-law, Mary Feldt of Menomonie; and also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Donald Smith and a sister Leona Singerhouse.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. There will be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at

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