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Marshall W. Hagen

Dunn County News, Sun. April 19, 2010, A6

Marshall W. Hagen age 98 of Menomonie, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Care Partners Assisted Living in Menomonie.

Marshall was born June 22, 1911, in the Township of Elk Mound, Dunn County. He was the son of Carl and Johanna (Remel) Hagen. Marshall attended and graduated from Elk Mound High School in 1929.

Marshall worked on the farm with his dad, and together they did work for the Kraft State Bank on farms for which the bank held mortgages. They did concrete work or building maintenance. Marshall then went to Milwaukee with a friend to look for work. He began working at Wisconsin Motors. Later he worked for Briggs and Stratton, Allis Chalmers, Honeywell and National Presto Industries. During this time, Marshall learned the tool and die maker's trade.

In the early 1960s, he built a shop in Colfax and did small engine repair and saw sharpening for several years. In 1989, Marshall reunited with a very special lady whom he had met years earlier and they each had gone their separate ways. They ended up getting married. This lady was Mary Murray, the love of his life.

Marshall and Mary lived in Colfax for a few years after marriage and then moved to Menomonie. Together they did some traveling. Marshall enjoyed lapidary, making jewelry from agates he'd cut and polished. In his younger years he enjoyed deer hunting, making several successful trips out west with friends, Ray, Leon, Doc, Frank and Wally. He also liked riding his 1928 Indian Motorcycle.

Marshall was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; his wife, Mary; and Mary's son, Ronald Fetter.

No formals services are being held.

Rhiel Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.

Mary E. Hairdahl

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

Mary E. (Kent) Hairdahl, age 93, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

The former Mary Evelyn Kent was born Dec.  8, 1917, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County to Harry W. and Jessie M. (Chrislaw) Kent.  She graduated from Dunn County Agriculture School in 1936 and graduated from Northwestern Bible College in 1944.   

Mary married Karlyle Hairdahl on Nov. 9, 1956 in Rusk.  They resided in the Town of Red Cedar until 1956 when they moved to Menomonie.

Mary enjoyed doing volunteer work for family and neighbors and at the Dunn County Health Care Center.  She also enjoyed baking, fishing and the traveling she did with Karlyle.  Mary was a faithful and active member of Menomonie Alliance Church.

Mary is survived by her son, Brian of Menomonie; a sister, Grace Harrison of Menomonie; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Karlyle; and three sisters, Margaret Kent, Eleanor Vincent and Ruth Jensen.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Menomonie Alliance Church. Burial will be Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.  There will be visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Wilbur L. Hake

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

Wilbur L. Hake, age 93, of Menomonie, went to his heavenly home on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010.

Wilbur was born in Platteville, on Nov. 3, 1916, to the late Ira Hake and Zelma (Cannon) Hake. They moved to the Little Elk Creek area early in his life where his father farmed.

Wilbur spent time working in the CC Camps. He was a lightweight boxer while in the camps and spoke of it often usually accompanied by a demonstration. Jobs were scarce you had to go where the work was. He settled in a job with Dunn County Electric Cooperative, REA. Wilbur took great pride in the work he did there. He retired when he was 70 years old. Wilbur also served on the Menomonie Credit Union Board of Directors for several years and was a longtime member of Peace Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and always had a number of stories to go with each.

Wilbur married Hazel I. Welch. They had five children: James (Holly) Hake and Greg (Jan) Hake both of San Diego, Calif., Bonnie Hake, Tom Hake and Mary (Terry) Miland all of Menomonie; and eight grandchildren, Ron Hake, Dawn Brandt, Jeni Watson, Derek Miland, Nicole Hake, Matt Hake and Allyssa Hake. The great-grandchildren he referred to as "Pootsies" included Madeline Hake, Curtis Hake, Lily Hake, Justin Brandt, Kyle Brandt, Gabbi Brandt, Abbi Watson, Ben Watson, Addy Miland and Aleaha Miland. Wilbur is also survived by his very special friend, Betty Gesche; two sisters, Betty Moldenhauer and Lois (Bob) Clarke; one brother, Loren (Carol) Hake and many nieces and nephews.

Wilbur was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Hake; his grandson, Shad Miland; and three brothers, Oral Hake, Lyle Hake and Ralph Hake.

Our family would like to thank the staff at Dunn County Health Care Center: You took very good care of our father.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

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

Michael A. Haldeman

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

Michael "Mike" A. Haldeman, age 54, of rural Hixton and formerly of Black River Falls, died on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, LaCrosse.

Funeral services with military honors will e held at 11 am on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at the Black River Falls United Methodist Church. Pastor Kathleen Jury will officiate.

Family and friends are invited for visitation from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls.

Benjamin Mills Hamling

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

Benjamin Mills Hamling, age 80, of Springville, Tenn., died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn.

Benjamin was born Nov. 26, 1929, in Chicago, Ill. He was married Feb. 15, 1972, to Rita Louella (Meyer) Hamling, who preceded him in death on Dec. 13, 2009.

Henry was a Lutheran and Mason. He worked as a stage hand in theater in Chicago, Ill.

He is survived by step-daughters, Helenanne Kingsbury and her husband, Bill Treadway of Springville, Tenn., and Margaret Engstrom and husband, Gilbert Engstrom, of Elsip, Ill.; step-grandchildren, Christina Kingsbury (Jason) Roethle, Kimberly Kingsbury (Marcio) Curvelo, Laura Kingsbury, and husband Ron Marko, David (Cristal) Kingsbury, Neil Engstrom and Kevin Engstrom; and seven great-grandchildren.

Benjamin was preceded in death by his mother and father; and a step-grandchild, Joshua Kingsbury.

Cremation with a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date in Menomonie. Ridgeway Funeral Home in Paris, Tenn., is handling arrangements.

Rita L. Hamling

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 20, 2009, A6

Rita Louella Hamling, age 89, of Springville, Tenn., died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn.

Rita was born June 10, 1920, in Chicago, Ill. She was married Feb. 15, 1972, to Benjamin Hamling.

Rita was a Methodist. She loved ceramics, cooking, shopping, collecting dolls and being with family.

She is survived by her husband, Benjamin Hamling of Springville; daughters, Helenanne Kingsbury and her husband, Bill Treadway of Springville,  and Margaret (Gilbert) Engstrom of Elsip, Ill; son, William (Joyce) Meyer of Illinois; sister, Darlene Jost of Illinois; grandchildren, Christina Kingsbury Roethe, Kimberley Kingsbury Curvelo, Neil and Kevin Engstrom and Laura and David Kingsbury; and seven great-grandchildren.

Rita was preceded in death by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. (Anna Moroski) Meyer; brothers, Richard Meyer and Gordon Meyer; and a grandchild, Joshua Kingsbury.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date in Menomonie.

Ridgeway Funeral Home in Paris, Tenn., is handling arrangements.

Eugene W. Hamm

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

Eugene W. Hamm, age 69, recently of Chippewa Falls, passed away after a short battle with cancer on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire.

He was born Sept. 20, 1941, in Menomonie to Philander Hamm, Sr. and Esther (Johnson). He grew up in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School. He worked for a number of years at Badger Iron Works of Menomonie before moving to Racine in 1975. He lived in southeastern Wisconsin until his retirement from J. I. Case Company in 2000.

Eugene served in the U.S. Army Reserves for a number of years. He enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting with his sons, brothers and granddaughters as well as playing cards with friends and family.

Eugene is survived by his sons, Douglas (Chippewa Falls) and Aaron (Milwaukee); his daughter, Mary Kaitlin (Ripon). He is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Philander, Jr. (South Dakota), Christian and Barb (Menomonie), Thomas (Eau Claire) and Donald and Cathy (Menomonie); grandchildren, Joshua Hamm (currently stationed in Afghanistan), Paige and Lacey Hamm (Chippewa Falls); a step-grandson, Jeremiah Coey (Chippewa Falls); as well as a niece and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Philander, Sr. and Esther.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Dave Whelan officiating. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home with burial in Peace Lutheran Cemetery. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com
Robert T. Hammons

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

 
Franklin L. Handorf

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

Franklin Louis Handorf, 88, of Ridgeland, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at home, in the room where he was born on Aug. 3, 1922. Frank was born on the Handorf family farm in Ridgeland, where he was welcomed by his parents, Louis and Augusta (Glaser) Handorf, and eight brothers and sisters.

He graduated from Colfax High School and while a student, because he lived furthest from the high school, drove the school bus to help pay for his education.

When Frank was 40 he eloped to Las Vegas to marry his wife, Jean.

Frank was a talented carpenter and woodworker who could build and fix furniture and toys. He was a logger and worked at Ridgeland Lumberyard for many years, and also drove bulldozer for Lentz Farms and later delivered for Pioneer Seed. A true family farmer, throughout his life, Frank farmed the land around the home where he was born. Frank enjoyed helping people out of the kindness of his heart, asking nothing in return.

He is survived by his nephew, Bob (Mary Kay) Handorf of Ridgeland and their children, Mike (Jessie) Handorf of Menomonie, Jadwega Handorf of South Korea, Christina (Rich) Wallace of Portland, Ore., George (Melissa) Handorf of Menomonie, and Tom (Dawn) Handorf of Rice Lake; many other nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews; step-granddaughter, Rita Stone; and step-great-granddaughter, Antonia Stone; and three cats, Buster, Molly and Annie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean; seven sisters, Lala, Erna, Josie, Ruth, Irene, Gertrude and Pauline; two brothers, Walden and Art; and a step-grandson, David Stone.

A gathering of Frank's family and friends will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Frank's house on the Handorf Farm; 85 12th St., Ridgeland.

Skinner Funeral Home of Rice Lake is serving the family
Delores A. Hansen

Dunn County News, Wed. May 4, 2011, A6

Delores "Stubby" Hansen, age 88, of Menomonie, died Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Delores was born April 13, 1923, in the Vanceburg area of rural Dunn County, to Lewis A. and Alma (Rassbach) Bourasau. 

She married Harold E. "Gunder" Hansen on June 8, 1947, in Mason City, Iowa.

Delores owned and operated Lakehurst Beauty Salon for 30 years, retiring in 2001.  She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie.  She enjoyed playing cards and having coffee with the ladies.  Most of all, she loved spending time with her two grandsons and her great-granddaughter.

Delores is survived by son, Harold G. Hansen, of Menomonie; two grandsons, Joel (Emily) Hansen of Menomonie, and Kurt Hansen of Menomonie; great-granddaughter, Megan; stepson, Duane Hansen, of Menomonie; nieces and nephew, Margaret Ann Vanek, Jerry Uetz, Pat Sherman and Barbara Guerci. She is also survived by other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband,  Harold E.; sister, Virginia Uetz; and two stepsons, Eugene and Gerald Hansen.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating.  Burial will take place in Christ Lutheran Halverson Cemetery.  There will be a visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the church.

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

Carolyn A. Hanson

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

Carolyn A. Hanson, age 50, of Menomonie, died suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Carolyn was born Dec. 22, 1959, in Chippewa Falls, but grew up in Lake Hallie. She was the daughter of William and Helen (Douglas) Hanson.

As a child she moved with her family to Menomonie, where she graduated from Menomonie High School in 1979. Carolyn attended one year at Chippewa Valley Technical College and was a daycare teacher and the Y.M.C.A. in Chippewa Falls.

She married Dean Husby in 1984, and together they had three children, and they later divorced.

For the past 15 years, Carolyn has been working for Aurora Residential as a Personal Care Worker. During this time she also worked as a C.N.A. for various health care providers in this area.

Carolyn is survived by three children, Jared Husby (fiancée Ashley Field), Jessica Husby (fiancé, Pete Vanderhoff) Husby and Ryan Husby all of Menomonie; her father, William Hanson of Rice Lake; three brothers, Lonnie Hanson of Rice Lake, Lawrence Hanson of Minneapolis, Minn., and Lane Hanson of Menomonie; her twin sister, Cecelia Beals of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Joycelyn, Justice and Kaylee; special friend, Terry Gums of Menomonie; many nieces, and nephews; and special friends, Jim and Renee and Heather Redner.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Helen; and a niece, Chelsea Hanson.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with Rev. Don Gribble officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Falls Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

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

Robert K. Hanson

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

Robert K. Hanson, 74, of Raleigh, N.C., died Friday, April 1, 2011, at Rex Healthcare hospital in Raleigh.

Robert was born in Menomonie,  to Charles Hanson and Myrtle Clemetson Hanson.  He was a graduate of Menomonie High School and UW-Stout, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree.  He lived and worked in St. Paul, Minn., before moving to Raleigh. There, he was employed with Becton Dickinson where he was Director of Commercial Arts, retiring with more than 26 years of service.

He was predeceased by his parents; and aunts and uncles,  Eleanor (Paul) Keyes of Menomonie,  Alvilda “Marge” (Richard) Kahl of Rice Lake, and Kermit Clemetson of Eau Claire.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Schulenburg Hanson; son, Steven (Tammy) Hanson of Bonlee, N.C.; daughter, Kristine (Robert) Goettge of Wendell, N.C.; five grandchildren; and other family members.

Memorial services were held in Raleigh.

Eugene D. Harland

Dunn County News, Wed. March 31, 2010, A6

On March 27, 2010, Eugene D. Harland, 88, went thru heaven's gates to be with his wife, Violet. Gene was born Dec.  28, 1921, in the Town of Taylor, to Clifford and Ruby Mae (Owen) Harland.

On Nov. 7, 1944, he married Violet Shaw in Boyceville, and they raised seven children.

During his life, Gene enjoyed fishing and hunting and his quiet country farm life. He did work a short time for Jerome's Turkey Store and drove truck for the Town of Clinton. But his love was the land. During his later years he was still able to keep up his "small" gardening and enjoyed watching the large variety of wild birds from the covered porch at the farm.

He left behind his seven children: sons, Ronald of Fayetteville, Ariz., Donald (Cindy) of Snellville, Ga., Clifford of Prairie Farm and Jeffrey (Annette) of Clayton; daughters, Joyce Harland of Lexington, Minn., and Janice Carr and Kathleen Harland, both of Almena; 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Also missing him will be his four sisters, Carol (Frances) Krohmer and June (Dennis) Scheel, both of New Prague, Minn., Genevieve (Earl) Waite of Menomonie and Fern Aasen of Colfax, along with their families as well as many more relatives and friends. Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Violet; one sister, Florence; one brother, Mike; his parents; a son-in-law; and a daughter-in-law.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Skinner Funeral Home in Turtle Lake with Rev. Margaret Grant officiating. Gene will be laid to rest beside his wife at the Arland Bethany Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Skinner Funeral Home, Turtle Lake.

To express condolences, please visit www.skinnerfh.com or call 800-822-8535.

Betty E. Harris

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

Betty E. Harris, age 87 of Elmwood, passed away with her family by her side on Monday, Feb.  1, 2010,  at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Betty was born on Aug. 9, 1922, in the Louisville area of rural Dunn County. She was the daughter of John and Nellie (Newell) Weiss.

Betty attended Durand High School,  but graduated from Menomonie High School. After high school, Betty attended Dunn County Normal for two years. Betty married Elwyn T. Harris Oct. 12, 1940, in Menomonie. They moved to their home in the Township of Rock Elm, near Elmwood, where they farmed and raised their family.

In her younger years, Betty was an active member of the Rock Elm Methodist Church Ladies Aid and worked in various places around Elmwood.  In her later years, she enjoyed traveling with her husband to visit their family in California.

Betty is survived by her children, Marie (Jim) Gauvin of Colfax and Wayne (Tracee) of Modesto, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Tom (Lynette), Ann (Dan), Susie (Dave), Tim, Brenda (Paul), Wayne Jr. and Jenny (Jeremy); five great-grandchildren, Christopher, Joshua, Bradley, Kaysie and Carter John; several nieces, nephews and other relatives; and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elwyn (1990);  one son, John (2001); two brothers, Newell and Wayne Weiss; and one sister, Alice Phelan.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9,  2010,  at the United Methodist Church in Rock Elm. Rev. Charles DeMaris will officiate. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be at the Poplar Hill Cemetery-Rock Elm on later date.

Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Elmwood.

Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.

Catherine E. Harshman

Dunn County News, Sun. Dec. 5, 2010, A6

Catherine Clifford-Harshman, age 92, of Knapp, WI; died Thursday, December 2, 2010 at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

She was born March 30, 1918 in Maiden Rock, WI to Charles and Mabel (Pulk) Hase. Catherine was a caregiver to the elderly and a homemaker, caring for and loving each of her 7 children proudly.

She is survived her loving husband, Vernon of Knapp; 5 children, Irma Dahl, Edward (Barbara Jean) Clifford, Danna (Lilian) Clifford, Ann (Bill) Peterka and Gary (Winifred) Clifford; 21 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; 15 great great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Danna Clifford (1972) and William Dahler (1983); and 2 lovely daughters, Marilyn LaBarre and Deanna Zillmer. She is the last of 8 children.

Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 10:30 A.M. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, WI. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

James Hartung

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

Death notice:

James Hartung, age 86, of Menomonie, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, at Comforts of Home Assisted Living in Menomonie. Arrangements are pending at Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Jessica L. Hartung

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

Jessica L. Hartung, age 20 of Elmwood, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, as a result of a car accident in rural Richland Center.

Jessica was born on Sept. 6, 1989, in Menomonie. She was the daughter of Daniel and Brenda (Bolle) Hartung. Jessica grew up in the Elmwood area and graduated from Elmwood High School in 2008. After high school she attended and graduated from the Professional Hair Academy in Eau Claire. Jessica was working for Just You in Elmwood since graduating.

Jessica was always smiling, she was a vibrant, bubbly and a special girl. She loved to go camping, fishing and hunting with her father; and most of all, Jessica enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Jessica is survived by her parents, Daniel and Brenda Hartung; maternal grandparents, Jerry and Sharry Bolle of Menomonie; her special pets, Lunchdog and Lulu; and aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Wayne and Dolores Hartung; and great-grandparents, Darrell and Dorothy Kistner.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2010, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood. Rev. Varkey V. Joseph will officiate. Burial will be in the Weber Valley Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

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

Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.

Brian E. Hartz

Dunn County News, Sun, May 16, 2010, A6

On Tuesday, May 11, 2010, Brian Earl Hartz peacefully left the care of his loving friends and family to reside with his Lord and Savior. 

Brian the son of Ivan and Marvelyn (Booth) Hartz was born Jan. 31, 1962, in Des Moines, Iowa. He had two brothers and one sister, Steve Hartz (Janet), Ken Hartz (Lori) and Nancy (Frank) Schurman. Brian was deemed the “favorite son” as a joke often made by his father.

He was ever grateful to be married to his beautiful blonde and best friend, Beth, whom he gave the official title “best wife in the world.” Together they raised six children: Travis Hartz (Jennifer), Aaron Hartz (Amy), Adam Hartz (Christina), Holly Windom (Matt), Levi Hartz and Rachel Hartz, and have been blessed with 7 grandchildren that he loved to read to, tease and tell stories about.

Brian enriched the lives of those around him with his constant humor, unshakeable integrity and Christian compassion. Even strangers and acquaintances could see his extraordinary personality. His friends were like family, and his family was cherished.

He served 3M company for more than 26 years, mostly as a human resources manager. He was a hard worker, a fair leader, and he made everyone glad to work with him regardless of their position or background.

Brian faced cancer with a humorous and happy resolve. His illness could not take his positive attitude or his hope in Jesus Christ. He often said, “I can’t lose either way in this.” He said he had a “wonderful life now, and what’s promised is even better.”

Visitation will be held at Alliance Church in Menomonie, from 5-9 p.m., Friday May 14; funeral to follow at Alliance Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. A visitation will also be held on Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Melcher Dallas, Iowa from 2-4 p.m. Olson Funeral Home is serving the family. 

Memorial donations will be made to the Gift of Life House in Rochester, Minn. and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

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

Stella M. Hase

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

Stella M. Hase, age 66 of Waterford, was taken ill unexpectedly and passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Stella was born in Chippewa Falls, to Jack and Lois (King) on March 28, 1943. She graduated from Elk Mound High School and attended Eau Claire Vocational School. Stella worked in the manufacturing industry most of her life up to her retirement from TTM in Chippewa Falls. She also worked as a caretaker at the Levi Barnes Manor in Waterford, offering her kind-hearted efforts in making others' days brighter and better. She was a very dedicated member and involved with many areas of her church, always willing to help wherever necessary.

Stella enjoyed many hobbies such as crafting, reading and spending time with family and friends. Spoiling her two favorite grandchildren, who referred to her as "Grandma Ha Ha," was always on the top of her list. Stella will be sadly missed by all.

Stella is survived by her daughter, Tricia (Bryan) Anderson of Waterford; grandchildren, Madelyn and Brady Anderson also of Waterford; brothers, Jack (Lynne) Hase of Waukesha, Wilbur (Sandi) Hase of Waukesha, Ronald "Butch" (Janet) Hase of Waukesha and Michael "Moose" (Dawn) Hase of Elk Mound; sister, Rosemary (Roland) Palmer of Chippewa Falls; sister-in-law, Kim Hase; and brother-in-law, Jerry Kothlow. She is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Lois Hase; sisters, Annette Kothlow and Patricia Fogel; and a brother, Thomas Hase.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, with a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound, with pastor Margaret Demaris officiating.

Burial will be in the Christ Lutheran/Halverson Cemetery in Menomonie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to be given to the family. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Walter F. Hasse

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 20, 2009, A6

Walter Fredrick Hasse age 90, of Menomonie, went to his spiritual home on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at Autumn Village in Menomonie.

He was born Nov. 30, 1919, in Menomonie, to Ernest and Hattie (Sell) Hasse. He lived on various farms with his parents while growing up and attended Bonneville, as well as St. Paul's Lutheran and Menomonie High School. From Nov. 1941 to Nov. 1945 he served in the U.S. Marine Corp.

Walter married Geneva Hintz on May 23, 1946, at St. John's Lutheran Church. They have been lifelong members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, where Walter served on the Church Council. He was a member of the V.F.W. Honor Guard and was in a dart-ball league for many years. He was also an avid deer hunter and went north to Gordon hunting for 53 years.

Walter is survived by his wife of 63 years, Geneva; his three children, Bob (Sharon) Hasse of Gordon, Kathleen (Roger) Hanson of Menomonie, and Rodger (Deb) Hasse of Menomonie; nine grandchildren, Kevin Hasse of Menomonie, Troy Hanson of Wheeler, Amy (Cory) Benedict of River Falls, Kimberly (Rick) Kistner of Menomonie, Brent Hanson of Stillwater, Minn., Jamie (Aaron) Richartz of Menomonie, Jason (Ann) Hasse of Menomonie, Joey (Jen) Hasse of Marshall, Minn., and Jesse Hasse of Menomonie; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Pat Hasse of St. Paul, Minn., and Donna Hasse of Menomonie. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Hattie Hasse; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Clarence (Jean) Hasse, Leonard Hasse and Jim Hasse; and also three nieces, Susette, Rhonda K. and Crystal.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Menomonie, with Pastor Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial will be at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church on hour prior to the service on Friday.

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

Marcella "Marcie" Hawkinson

Dunn Count y News, Wed, Nov. 11, 2009, A6

Marcella "Marcie" Edith Sophie Fladten Hobbick Hawkinson was born Aug. 26, 1932, to Rudolph Fladten and Ida Saxberg Fladten in Prairie Farm. She died Oct. 30, 2009, of natural causes at her home.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at Peace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. Pastor Mark Schulz will officiate.

Committal services will be Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the Akers Cemetery just west of Prairie Farm.

Friends may call at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home on Monday evening from 4 to 6 p.m. and at the church Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Marcie graduated from Menomonie High School in 1950. She married Harold C. Hobbick on Feb 2, 1951. They had a daughter Mary Enid, but the marriage later ended in divorce.

She married Bruce E Hawkinson on Oct 26, 1963 and they moved to Eau Claire. They later divorced.

In 1960 Marcie responded to an ad in the Dunn County News asking for all persons interested in flying. She obtained her private pilot's license and became a member of the Skyport Flying Club as well as making lifelong friends, most notably Bob and Betty Novotney, formerly of Menomonie and currently residing in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Marcie and Betty drove from Eau Claire to Fairbanks around 1970 and drove the Alaskan Hwy which was quite a feat in those days.

Marcie also tubed down the Colorado River with her very good friend Mary Ellen in the 70s.

Marcie was a very independent woman and worked for more than 40 years as a cashier at Jameson and Company, later known as Piper Jaffray & Hopwood. After that, she worked for the Pleasant Company, another job she loved.

Marcie loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and trout fisherman. In 1966, she purchased a deer hunting cabin near Spring Brook and spent most weekends and free time there. She continued going "to the cabin" up to the present time.

Marcie had a God-given talent for music. She could pick up most any instrument and play it by ear. She loved the piano, accordion, banjo and guitar. She also learned to play the spoons from her brother Norman.

"Grandma Marcie's" greatest joy was her grandsons, Ryan and David.

Marcie is survived by her daughter, Mary Enid Fares; grandsons, Ryan Fares and David Fares; her brother, Robert Fladten (Lois); sisters, Gladys Goodell, Gloria Lorenz( Wayne), Hazel Trandum Benck(Larry) and Helen "Patsy" Peabody (Fred); and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceeded in death by her father, Rudolph Fladten; mother, Ida Saxsberg Micheels; and brothers, Norman Fladten and Billy Micheels.

Friends may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckien.com.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Harley W. Hayes

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept 30, 2009, A6

Harley W. Hayes, age 92, formerly of Menomonie, passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at the Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Aug. 9, 1917, in Clayton to Arthur and Ruby (Stone) Hayes. Harley married Ione Lewis on July 1, 1939, and after her death on Jan. 7, 1956, he later married Lois Vasey on Jan. 18, 1957, at the Burr-Wesleyan Church near Hillsboro. Harley moved to Menomonie with his family in 1959.

Harley farmed for a number of years, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and later worked as a service manager for Brave Harvestore, Inc. for many years.

He was a longtime faithful member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Menomonie. He enjoyed gardening and was a mechanical innovator.

Harley is survived by his wife, Lois; children, Larry (Carol) Hayes of Wheeler, Alvin (Sharon) Hayes of Olathe, Kan., Corie (James) Upchurch of Bourbonnais, Ill., Charles (Kathy) of Richland Center, and Cecil (Kelley) Hayes of Wheeler; 10 grandchildren, Pete, Kari, Wayne Michael, Angela, Cindy, Isaac, Andi, Sam, Daniel and Abigale; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother, Katherine Larson, Verla Stebbins and Horace Hayes; many niece and nephews; and other relatives and friends

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ione; his son, 1st Lt. Wayne Hayes, U.S. Marine Corps, who died in Vietnam; his brothers and sisters, Irene, Loie, Darwin, Norma, Orian and Ray; and an infant granddaughter, Ann.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday) Sept. 30, 2009, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Menomonie with Rev. Wes Harper and Rev. Chuck Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in the town of Dunn, Dunn County. Visitation will be at the church Wednesday one hour prior to services.

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

Mary A. Hegna (Julson)

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

Mary Ann (Julson) Hegna died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, surrounded by the love of her four daughters after a courageous journey with Lewy Body Dementia.  Mary was reunited with her husband, Tom, who preceded her in death in 2010.

Mary was born on the family farm in Curran on Feb. 10, 1932.  She was the first born to Glenn and Agnes Julson, a loving Norwegian family.  Their family would grow to include her brothers, Harvey, Glenn and Don.  Together they would learn to appreciate the love of family, music, lefse and lutefisk.

Mary graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School in 1950.  She married Tom, the love of her life, on Christmas Day in 1955.  They settled in Menomonie, where they began to build a family of their own full of love, laughter and adventure.  They were blessed with four daughters who filled their lives with joy.

In the early years of her marriage, while raising her daughters, Mary provided in home day care, sharing her love with many children.  After her girls began school, Mary worked at Schultz Brothers, a dime store on Main Street in Menomonie.

In the mid-1970s, Mary began working at 3M, from which she retired after 25 years. 

Equally important to Mary was her community, where she demonstrated her giving spirit through volunteer work with the hospital auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, the American Red Cross and Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Throughout 54 years of marriage, Mary enjoyed cooking for her family, playing music, singing, dancing, camping, snowmobiling, traveling, sharing coffee with friends and attending countless activities of her children and grandchildren. 

Most important to Mary, however, was her family, daughters and sons-in-law, Terry (Dave), Kathy (Paul), Wendy (Jeff) and Laury (David); and her five grandchildren, Megan, Nicklas, Emma, Josie and Hannah.  Mary's brothers and their families, as well as Tom's brothers and their families, were also special in her life.

Mary taught her family endless lessons of compassion, generosity and unconditional love.  Mary would go on to teach these lessons not only to her family but to her extended family of caregivers, who had become a big part of her life, as well.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.  Rev. Mark Hendrickson will officiate.  Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.  

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

Thomas J. Hegna

Dunn County News, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, A6

Thomas J. Hegna died peacefully at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire on Jan. 6, 2010, with his family by his side, after a courageous fight against bladder cancer. Tom was blessed with 80 years filled with love and adventure.

Tom was born on Oct. 4, 1929, to Ruby and Roy Hegna and grew up in Rice Lake with two brothers, who made up the Tom, Dick and Harry trio. Tom graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1947. He served in the Korean War from 1951-1952, earning two Medals of Honor.

In 1953, he met the love of his life, Mary Julson, and they married on Christmas Day in 1955 and spent their 54 years together in Menomonie.

Tom and Mary were blessed with four daughters who made them very proud. 

Tom was employed for 34 years by the Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles and spent many of those years in the area as a supervisor before retiring in 1989.

Tom loved to golf, bowl, snowmobile, camp, have coffee with friends and visit the casino. Tom and Mary took numerous trips throughout the United States.

Tom's greatest joy, however, was his family: wife, Mary; children, Terry (Dave), Kathy (Paul), Wendy (Jeff) and Laury (David); and five grandchildren, Megan, Nicklas, Emma, Josie and Hannah. Tom's brothers and their families, as well as Mary's brothers and their families, were a big part of his life.

Tom was larger than life, known for his compassion and generosity. His big smile will be greatly missed.

Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Rev. Roy Harrisville III will officiate. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie in the spring. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Menomonie.

Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.

Fred "Fritz" Heitkamp Jr.

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

Fred "Fritz" John Carl Heitkamp Jr., age 87, of Menomonie, passed away Monday, March 22, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

He was born Dec. 21, 1922, in Montevideo, Minn., to Fred and Leona (Leininger) Heitkamp Sr. As a teenager, Fred moved with his family to the Menomonie area and was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Fred attended Menomonie High School until enlisting in the U.S. Army during WW II. On Oct. 9, 1948, he married Marion Henderson at Tainter Evangelical United Brethren Church in rural Colfax. They moved to Minneapolis, Minn., where Fred worked at S.J. Groves Co. before moving back to Menomonie. During the Korean War, he was called back into active service and his family moved to Colorado. After his military service, they moved back to Menomonie and purchased a farm in the Township of Red Cedar. They farmed while Fred also worked at Farmers Union Feed Mill, later purchasing a Farmers Union fuel oil route. The 1958 tornado took their barn so they sold the cattle and did cash cropping. After selling the fuel oil route, Fred worked as custodian at UW-Stout until retiring. Needing something to occupy his time in retirement, he became a greeter at Wal-Mart.

Fred was an active member of Tainter United Methodist Church and held several offices. He also enjoyed playing dart-ball in the church league. He supervised the small animal barn at the Dunn County Fair and was Assessor for Red Cedar Township for many years. Fritz and his wife were members of a 500 card club for 46 years with the same group. Fritz enjoyed camping, carpentry and reading and watching westerns. He loved his family and will be sadly missed.

Fred is survived by his wife of more than 61 years, Marion; son, Jeffrey (Patricia) Heitkamp of Menomonie; daughter, Kristine (Phillip) Martin of Menomonie; grandsons, Jeremy Green (Mirranda Sweeny), Brandon Heitkamp and Bryan Heitkamp; step-grandchildren, Trista Turner and Jacob Martin (Sarah Tooley); great-granddaughter, Lily Green; step-great-grandson, Matthias Sweeny; and a sister, Barbara Krueger of Owatonna, Minn. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Merton, Raymond, Kenneth and Bobby; five sisters, Mary, Evelyn, Vivian, Ardelle and Betty; and a grandson, Jeffrey Heitkamp Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Tainter United Methodist Church, in the Town of Tainter, Dunn County, with Pastor Jeanne Jones officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. There will be visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

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

Alan R. Helgeson

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

Alan R. Helgeson, age 88, of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center.

He was born June 8, 1921, southwest of Prairie Farm. He was the son of Edward H. and Anna Oline (Haugen) Helgeson.

Alan attended Boyceville High School. At the age of 15, he went to Menomonie where he supported himself by working different jobs at several businesses. Alan completed high school at the Dunn County School of Agriculture, graduating in 1940. Subsequently he attended Dunn County Normal School and graduated in 1942.

In June of 1942, Alan moved to Columbus, Ohio, for work. Shortly after, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Camp Luna in New Mexico. On June 10, 1943, he married Vera De Marce in Las Vegas, N.M. Twenty-eight days later Alan shipped overseas for the duration of WW II. He served in India and China.

After his discharge from military service, Alan was employed by Menomonie Farmers Union Cooperative. He worked there for 38 years retiring as credit manager.

Alan was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and served on the church council. He was a member of the Menomonie Lions Club for more than 50 years, receiving the Melvin Jones Award for his dedication and hard work. He spent many hours working on the Nature Path, directing traffic at the Dunn County Fair, selling tickets for the Car on the Ice, washing glasses and coaching Little League.

The highlight of Alan's retirement was a trip to Norway. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. Alan's wit and generosity will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Alan is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Vera; his son, Dan (Jacki) Helgeson of Eau Claire; daughter, Lynda (Gregg) Thompson of Rosemount, Minn.; grandchildren, Katie (Tony) Peterangelo of Madison, Dave (Kacie) Helgeson of St. Paul, Minn., Andrew Helgeson of Eau Claire, Megan Thompson of St. Paul, Minn., and Martha Thompson of Minneapolis, Minn; a sister-in-law, Jo Helgeson of Cedarburg; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings and several other relatives.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 22, 2010, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor David Whelan officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, with military honors by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Peace Lutheran Building Fund, Interfaith Food Pantry or the charity of the donor's choice.

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

Vera Grace Helgeson (DeMarce)

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

Vera Grace Helgeson, age 89, of Menomonie, passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at the Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire.

She was born March 23, 1922, at home in Waterville Township, Pepin County, to Seymour Alfred and Ethel (Richardson) DeMarce.

Following high school, Vera attended Dunn County Normal School,  where she met Alan Helgeson.  After her first year of teaching in a one-room school, Vera married Alan in Las Vegas, N.M. on June 10, 1943.  They were loving partners until Alan's death on March 17, 2010. 

While Alan was serving overseas, Vera continued her teaching career in Pepin County.  She took a break from teaching to raise her children; resuming her career in 1957.  She was a substitute teacher for the Menomonie School System for five years before beginning full-time teaching in 1962.  Vera earned her bachelor's degree while teaching and raising her family.  She retired in 1983.

Vera was a charter member of Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, serving as president and secretary.  She served on the original board of directors of Literacy Volunteers of America and also tutored for 15 years.  Vera enjoyed working as a member of Retired Teachers, the Public Library organization, Menomonie Federated Women, and the Menomonie High School Foundation Board.  She was also a willing worker at Peace Lutheran Church.

She was a wonderful mother to her children; and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life.  Every baby was "precious," and her mothering skills overflowed to countless others.

 Vera was an avid reader and loved to quilt, embroider, knit and crochet.  She was a great cook; rarely meeting a recipe she didn't want to try.  You were always welcome at her table; no reservation required.  She was always happy to have her dining table full with friends and family.

Vera is survived by her son, Dan (Jacki) Helgeson of Eau Claire;  daughter, Lynda (Gregg) Thompson of Rosemount, Minn; grandchildren, Katie (Tony) Peterangelo of Madison,  David (Kacie) Helgeson of Roseville, Minn., Andrew Helgeson (friend Melanie Payne) of Eau Claire, Megan Thompson of Rosemount, and Martha Thompson of Minneapolis, Minn; great-grandchildren, Emily Thompson of Rosemount, and Milo Peterangelo of Madison; a  sister-in-law, Jo Helgeson of Cedarburg; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alan; her siblings, Lyle, Wayne and Norma; as well as several cousins, and brothers- and sisters-in law.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor David Whelan officiating.  There will be visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Peace Lutheran Church, Literacy Volunteers, Menomonie Public Library or the charity of donor's choice.

Thank you to the residents and staff of Autumn Village and Syverson Lutheran Home for your friendship and care.   A very special thank you to the dear friends and relatives who faithfully visited her, called and sent cards to her wherever she was residing.  Vera loved you all.

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

Kenneth R. Helland

Dunn County News, Sunday, November 8, 2009, A6

Kenneth R. Helland, age 64, of Boyceville, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009.

Kenneth Russel Helland was born March 19, 1945 in Chippewa Falls, to Albert and Phoebe (Moore) Helland. He was an outstanding athlete for Boyceville High School, graduating in 1963.

Ken married the love of his life, Karen "Kaye" Pickerign, on Nov. 14, 1964, in Menomonie. Ken's passion was his family, the outdoors and sports. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Ken is survived by his loving wife, Kaye Helland of Boyceville; his two sons, Kevin (Ann) Helland of Menomonie and Kelly (Diane) Helland of Boyceville; four beloved grandchildren, Karli, Karmen, Rachel and Brady; brothers and sisters, Richard (Joan) Helland of Benton City, Wash., Gene (Linda) Helland of Fonda, Iowa, Betty (Leonard) Johnson of Eau Claire, Beverly (James) Woodford of Eau Claire and Sharon (Dale) Bachler of Sun City, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Charlene Helland of Altoona; and many special nieces and nephews and other relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers and sisters, Florence Christopherson, Dolores Ailport, Lorraine Romano, Donald Helland, Duane Helland, Raymond Helland, Joanne Hughes, Roger Helland and Marilyn Helland.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Paul Carlson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home on Sunday. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Jerry W. Heller

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, A6

Jerry W. Heller, age 70, of Eau Claire, formerly of Menomonie, WI, passed away at his home on Tuesday, October 27, 2009.

Jerry was born December 23, 1938 in Menomonie, Wisconsin to William and Elsa (Jaeger) Heller. Jerry was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Menomonie, Wisconsin.

Jerry attended North Elementary School and graduated from the 8th grade at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church School, Menomonie.

After school, Jerry’s first job was setting pins at the local bowling alley. Jerry worked at the Career Development Center in Eau Claire for 27 years in the woodworking department.

Jerry was an avid walker. He walked daily throughout the city of Eau Claire, stopping by many businesses and friend’s homes. Jerry enjoyed seeing his friends and going out to eat with them.

A special thanks to Sue Abboud and all of the staff at Grace Barstow Apartments in Eau Claire. Jerry loved his new apartment and enjoyed living there very much. Many thanks to Dan and the CHP team for their guidance of Jerry.

Jerry is survived by his sister, Frances Whitney of Elk Mound;
Nephews, Duane (Ning) Whitney of Walnut Creek, CA, Gene Whitney of
Elk Mound, Charly Cropp of Menomonie, Michael (Corisa) Cropp of Menomonie; Nieces, Joy (Dave) Bergstrand of Menomonie, Carrie Bergstrand of Tokyo, Japan, Julie Bergstrand of Huntsville, Alabama, and Rita (Dave) Brenholt of Menomonie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elsa Heller, and brother in law Wayne Whitney.

Jerry always had a smile for everyone and will be missed by many.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor David Whelan officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn Co., WI.  To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Ethel Hendrickson

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

Ethel Hendrickson, 89, of Beloit, passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2010, in Fair Haven Nursing Home, Whitewater. She was born May 13, 1921, in Elk Mound, the daughter of Arthur and Laura Holbein Scharlau.

Ethel married Harold J. Hendrickson on Feb. 2, 1946, in Colfax. Harold died on Dec. 2, 2005. 

Ethel was employed as a secretary in Menomonie and at Fairbanks Morse & Company in Beloit, and Klenzade (now EcoLab) in Roscoe, Ill. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Beloit, and enjoyed bird watching, crocheting, stitching, and sewing doll clothes for her nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her sisters, Delores Huber of Colfax, Carol Stuckert of Elk Mound, Joan Scharlau of Colfax, and Eleanor Brockman of South Beloit, Ill.; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; two brothers, Arthur Scharlau and Gerald Scharlau; a sister, Irma Iverson; and an infant sister, Mary Scharlau.

Ethel's funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2010, in the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1850 Cranston Road, Beloit, with the Reverend Edward H. May officiating. Interment was at noon on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, in the Colfax Evergreen Cemetery, Colfax. Visitation was held from 1 p.m. Tuesday until time of service in the church. 

Memorials may be given in her name to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Radio Mission.

Brian Mark Funeral Homes in Beloit is serving the family. Visit schoenfeldmark.com.

Marie N. Hermann

Dunn County News, Sun. May 1, 2011, Aa6

Marie N. Hermann, age 78, of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

The former Marie Nora Kirchner was born Dec. 21, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., to Frank and Elizabeth (Felke) Kirchner.  She married David Hermann on July 26, 1952.

Marie worked as a cook at UW-Stout from 1968 to 1995.  When she retired, she returned to work in LTE at Stout from 1995 to 2006.

Marie loved camping at Elk Point, big bon-fires and fireworks on the Fourth of July at Elk Point.  She also loved playing the slot machines at Turtle Lake, watching the squirrels and birds and tending her flower gardens.  And her dogs Sandy, Pudgy and Cocoa had a special place in her heart.

Marie is survived by her children, David (Vicki) Hermann, Cliff Hermann, Ann (Kirk) Zuerlein and Ken Hermann; her grandchildren, Kim, Holly, Jesse, Josh, Jason, Jerad, Lacey, Amanda, April and Heather; her great-grandchildren, Alexis, Jayda, Claire, Ben and Sophia; and her sisters, Kay Navrocki and Ann Moizo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Hermann; her parents, Frank and Elizabeth Kirchner; and her brother, John Kirchner.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday, at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

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

Roy L. Hewitt

Dunn County News, Sun. Jan. 22, 2012, A6

Roy L. Hewitt, age 68, of Elk Mound, formerly of Kenosha, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.  A graveside service will be held at a later date in Winter Cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Frances M. Hickey

Dunn County News, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, A6

Frances M. Hickey, age 97, of Menomonie, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Frances was born in Elk Mound on Nov. 23, 1912, to Francis and Elnora (Hanson) Michelbook and grew up in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School. In the 1930s, Frances was part owner of a women's dress shop known as The Trio Shop. She was truly a woman ahead of her time and ran a very successful business. Frances married John Harold Hickey of Reedsburg on Jan. 5, 1945.

In addition to raising a family, she was active in her community over the years. She was a long-time member of the Menomonie Women's Club and an active participant in the restoration of the Mabel Tainter Theater. Frances was a member of the Indian Head Girl Scouts Council and served as a member of the board. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, the Dunn County Historical Society and a devoted member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Frances is survived by her four daughters, Mary Teloh, Patricia (Al) Kiegel, Kathy (Les) Kuhn and Julie (Lee) Hunsucker; seven grandchildren, Sally, Liz, John, Andy, Sarah Kirsten and Howie; three great-grandchildren, Julia, Andrew and Barrett; and many nieces, nephews and special neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold (1972); and two sisters, Virginia Larson and Ethel Galoff.

Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Rev. Thomas Krieg will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.

Bernice A. "Babe" Hicks

Dunn County News, Wed. July 21, 2010, A6

Bernice A.“Babe” Hicks, age 86, passed away on Monday, July 19, 2010 at Glenhaven Care Center in Glenwood City, WI.

Babe was born September 20, 1923 in Thorp, WI. to Nick & Mary (Dulek) Benzschawel. She attended school in Thorp, WI. and had been a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church until she left Thorp in 1965.

Babe married Robert Soeller in Thorp and they had three daughters, Darlene, Marlene and Geraldine. Bob preceded her in death in 1964.

She married Henry P. Hicks in 1966. They spent many years living in California and then, upon Henry’s retirement, lived in many states, settling for good in Wisconsin. Babe enjoyed golf, fishing, bowling and travel. Cooking was also her specialty.

Babe is survived by her husband, Henry of Boyceville; daughters, Darlene (Bob) Olocki, Marlene Ulberg, Geraldine (Chris) Bowles and Vicki (Larry) Moskiewicz; nine grandchildren;
Many great grandchildren; and even some great great grandchildren; and one sister, Celia Moskiewicz.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband; 2 sisters, Ann Benzschawel and Marie Ebben; one brother, Mathew; and most of her cousins and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at The Olson Funeral Home, Menomonie, WI. with Deacon Wes Tuttle officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

A special “thanks” to the staff of Glenhaven Nursing Home for their kindness and care to Babe for the nine years she resided there as an Alzheimer’s patient.
Donald L. Hillman

Dunn County News, Sun. Jan. 22, 2012, A6

Donald L. Hillman, age 90, of Eau Claire, died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.

He was born in 1921 to John and Martha Hillman.  He attended Forest Center Grade School and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1940. 

He farmed three farms totaling 487 acres in the township of Springbrook, Dunn County, for 32 years. Then he moved to Eau Claire, where he worked for a gas company for 10 years. 

Donald was married for 67 years to the love of his life, Sarah Lois Peterson, who preceded him in 2009. Together they raised five children, had seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Throughout their marriage, they enjoyed many activities, including square dancing, crafts, card clubs and travel. They were able to travel to various countries, including Switzerland, Luxemberg, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Japan.  They also traveled throughout the U.S. and missed only four states: Alaska, North and South Carolina and Louisiana.

They were "winter visitors" in Mesa, Ariz., for 18 years. 

Donald’s favorite pastime was buying cars, and he had at least 37 different ones throughout his lifetime.

Donald is survived by his children, Jerry (Carol), Altoona, Connie Wallace (David) Vail, Ariz., Patricia Slifer (Gordon) Tucson, Ariz., Julie Osborn (Gary) Holcombe, and Tom;   seven grandchildren, Todd Pueschner, Craig Pueschner, Jason Hillman, Cory Osborn, Kelly Shilts, Nikki Hillman  and Ryan Hillman;  great-grandchildren, Chad Pueschner, Caitlyn Pueschner, Matthew Pueschner, Tatum Shilts  and Pyper Shilts.  He is also survived by two brothers, Marvin (Jackie) and Gerald, as well as several nieces and nephews.

His companion after his wife passed away has been Benny, the cat.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Don Gribble officiating.  Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Interment will follow the service at Forest Center Cemetery, Township  Spring Brook, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family. To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

 

Sarah Lois (Peterson) Hillman

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

Sarah Lois Hillman, age 85, of Eau Claire, WI passed away peacefully at home, Thursday, October 15, 2009.

Sarah was born July 31, 1924 in Dunn County to Edward & Ellis (Birthman) Peterson. On September 23, 1942, Sarah and Donald L. Hillman were married at the Methodist Church in Menomonie.

They Farmed 30 years in the Fall City area, before moving to the Eau Claire area. While on the farm, Sarah was very active in the Fall City Homemakers and the Royal Neighbors of America.

After moving to Eau Claire, Sarah and Don traveled extensively throughout the United States and various European Countries, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

Some of Sarah’s many interests besides traveling were a lifelong love of playing cards, an avid Packer and Brewers fan and square dancing until a short time ago. Sarah was a loving person who devoted her life to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sarah especially looked forward to the holidays and other family get-togethers.

Sarah will be sadly missed by her husband of 67 years, Donald of Eau Claire; 5 children, Jerry (Carol) Hillman, Altoona WI, Connie (Dave) Wallace, Tucson AZ, Patricia (Gordon) Slifer, Tucson AZ, Julie (Gary) Osborn, Holcombe WI and Tom Hillman, Chippewa Falls WI; 7 grandchildren, Jason (Shannon) Hillman, Todd (Jen) Pueschner, Craig Pueschner, Cory (Lindsay) Osborn, Kelly (Gary) Shilts, Nicki Hillman and Ryan Hillman; 4 great-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Matthew and Chad Pueschner and Tatum Shilts; one brother, Wayne (Mary) Peterson, Menomonie WI; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and her cat Benny.

Funeral Service will be held at 3pm Monday, October 19, 2009 at Olson Funeral Home 615 Wilson Ave, Menomonie, with Pastor Don Gribble officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home one hour prior to service on Monday. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Norma B. Hillstead

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

Norma Bernice Hillstead, age 74, formerly of Wilson, died Thursday, Nov.19, 2000, at Luther Hospital, Eau Claire.

Norma was born on April 4, 1935, in Mondovi in Buffalo Twp, the daughter of Clarence and Clara (Hoff) Rognholt. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and presently a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Wilson.

Norma attended school in Boyceville, graduating from Spring Valley High School in 1953. She worked at the Emporium in the Twin Cities. On Feb. 11, 1956, Norma married Walter Hillstead at the Wilson Lutheran Church. She worked 35 years at Beatrice Hunt Wesson in Menomonie.

Norma loved quilt making and collecting chickens. She also traveled in recent years to Alaska three times, Virginia Beach and Door County. She was an excellent cook, always putting on a feast. Norma wielded a nasty cane, being quite feisty at times and she was an avid bargain hunter.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Walter; infant daughter, Cindy Sue, who died in 1956; infant son, Glenn, who died in 1960; three sisters, Harriette Mueller, Lucille LeBarne and Mildred Martell; and three brothers, Harold, Harland and Conrad Rognholt.

Survivors include four sons and one daughter, Gregory (Christine) Hillstead of Wilson; Cynthia (Tim) Stewart of Durand, Larry (Julie) Hillstead of Wilson, Robert Hillstead of Reeve, and Marcus Hillstead of Juneau, Alaska; 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; two sisters, Lyla (Myron) Marlett, Knapp and Joanne Pittman, Reeve; two brothers, Lyman (Rose) Rognholt, Coon Rapids, Minn., and Rodney (Bonnie) Rognholt, Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers-in-law, Albert Hillstead of Clear Lake and Ted Hillstead of Woodville; two sisters-in-law: Dorothy Froeschle of Wilson and Donna Rognholt of Boyceville; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Keehr Funeral Home. Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at Christ the King Church, Wilson, with Rev. Leslie Johnson officiating. Music was provided by organist Nola Johnson. Burial was in Lone Pine Cemetery, Woodville.

Honorary bearers were Mary Hanson, Deborah Zoellner, Ruth Darling, Sherry Stafford, Lasey Rands, Jeremy Hillstead, James Hillstead, Eric Hillstead, Codie Jean Hillstead, Jamie Anderson, Rachel Albrecht, Jarred Hillstead and Aaron Hillstead. Bearers were Coy Hillstead, Travis Hillstead, Luke Hillstead, Brandon Hillstead, Steven Anderson and Daniel Hillstead.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.

John "Jack" R. Hilmanowski

Dunn County News, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, A6

John "Jack" R. Hilmanowski, 76, passed Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire from complications of pneumonia. His family was at his side and will miss him very much.

Jack was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Dunn County to Henry and RiEtta (Hardy) Hilmanowski. He married Jean Marie (Wood) Stevens June 23, 1955, in Menomonie. He worked at Uniroyal until his retirement when the plant closed in Eau Claire. He cared for his beloved wife when she became terminally ill with cancer.

He loved to fish and hunt, play cards and attend family gatherings as well as have a beer with his friends at the local pub. He was a Packer fan and seldom missed a game. We know he will be watching the play-off game from a higher seat this Sunday and wouldn't have missed it for anything.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Marie; his mother and father; two brothers, Gerald "Jerry" and Robert "Bob;" and his sister, Violet "Vi."

He is survived by his daughter, Lila Chamberlain; son, Ron (Nancy); five grandchildren, Jon (Gail) Chamberlain and Karanda Chamberlain, Gina, Kara and Jeff Hilmanowski; three great-grandchildren, Tylor, Samantha and Jean Marie Chamberlain. He is also survived by four sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his family and friends and his special friend, Beatrice Peterson, and long-time friend, Dale Ruppelt, who both spent many hours visiting with him in his last years at the nursing home.

A special thank you goes to The Clairemont Central Nursing Staff for their loving care and devotion.

Visitation will be today, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire. A funeral service will be Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home with visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. Rev. David Kruse will be officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Downsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be given to charities of the family’s choice.

Friends may offer online condolences at www.fuller speckien.com. Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Richard "Dick" F. Hintz

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept.22, 2010, A6

Richard "Dick" F. Hintz passed away Friday, September 17, 2010 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie, with his family by his side.

Richard was born September 16, 1927 to Albert and Ella (Windler) Hintz in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County. Dick married Shirley Mae Cook on October 12, 1946 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. They were blessed with three children; Dyann, John, and Jeff. Dick and Shirley farmed in the Town of Spring Brook until 1976. They built a home near Tainter Lake, and later moved to the city of Menomonie. Richard loved to keep busy and had many part-time jobs during his "retirement". His last job was working at the Dunn County Recycling Centers both in Downsville and west of Menomonie.

Dick loved the outdoors. He enjoyed farming, and raised everything from chickens and sheep, to cows, pigs and horses. Dick loved to camp, hunt, trap and fish. He could be found many summer days fishing in his wooden boat with his dog minding the hull. He always made time for his family and took time to take his grandchildren camping. Dick and Shirley enjoyed touring the United States, and spent many winters in Florida. Dick was good at working with his hands and helped many family and friends with remodeling and building projects. Dick could often be found "tinkering" in his shop. He was very giving in his time and talent. He will be missed by many family and friends.

We want to thank the staff at Country Terrace and Dunn County Health Care Center for their compassion and care.

Dick is survived by; His wife Shirley; Children: Dyann (Walt) Schick, John (Linda) Hintz, Jeff (Jeanne) Hintz; Grandchildren; Cora (Tim) Frank, Sara (Barry) Lecander, Chad (Suzie) Hintz, Michelle (Chris Abledinger) Hintz, Luke (Jodi) Hintz, Michael (Tammy) Hintz, Shannon (fiancé Damon Bitney) Hintz, and Brenna (Anthony) Palumbo; Great grandchildren; Marissa, Jessica & Nathan Frank, Joshua (Brooke), Zachary, Luke (fiancé Erin), Isaac Lecander, Suzanne & Ben Hintz, Lauryn Hintz, Katie Hintz; Two sisters; Geneva Hasse & Dona Hasse, both of Menomonie. Dick is also survived by step-grandchildren, step great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ella (Windler) Hintz; Four brother-in-laws; James Hasse, Walter Hasse, Calvin Cook & Walter Vernon; Sister-in-law; Mary Jane Vernon; Niece; Rhonda Hasse, Granddaughter; Carrie Ann (Hintz) Quilling, Grandson; Timothy Hintz, Great grandson's; Caleb Hintz and Jamie Hintz.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Our Savior's Luther Church of Menomonie with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

Darlene F. Hintzman

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

Darlene F. Hintzman, age 63, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2010, at her home in Menomonie.

Darlene was born April 3, 1947, in Dunn County. She was the daughter of Lloyd and Opal (Hintzman) O'Bryan. She grew up around the Tainter Lake area and also the Elmwood area. Darlene married Steven R. Hintzman in 1965 in Elmwood. Darlene worked at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home before working as a nurse's aide at the River Falls Care Center for 19 years. Darlene enjoyed children and did a lot of childcare. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with family.

Darlene is survived by her husband, Steven; two children, Tammy (Scott) Gerken of River Falls and Steven L. Hintzman of Baldwin; two granddaughters, Danielle Hintzman and Tiana Hintzman, both of Red Wing, Minn.; one great-grandson, Parker Sarnstrom of Red Wing; six sisters, Charlotte Smith, Shirley Link and Pat Ellefson, all of Menomonie, Velma Britton of Hager City, Ardie Smith of Downsville and Jenny Langer of Elmwood; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with Rev. Mitch Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the Sherman Cemetery, Township of Sherman, rural Menomonie.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the Rhiel Funeral Home on Monday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.
Carolyn K. (Stuart) Hitz

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

Carolyn Kay (Stuart) Hitz, age 56, of Boyceville, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie, surrounded by her family.

She was born Dec. 30, 1954, in Menomonie, to Mildred (Schlottman) and Herbert Stuart.  Carolyn graduated from Boyceville High School in 1973.

She married David Hitz on Aug. 2, 1980, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Boyceville. They were blessed with 30 years of marriage, four wonderful children, Tony, Joshua, Christina and Stephanie, and three beautiful grandchildren, Kendra, Dawson and Trevor.

Carolyn enjoyed spending time with her family, whether it was outside having a bonfire, or inside playing a game of cards. She also enjoyed cooking and baking lots of different foods. Carolyn loved watching the birds and squirrels at her array of feeders outside. She loved birds, especially cardinals. The cardinal symbolizes grace, nobility and love so it is only fitting this was her favorite bird. She particularly enjoyed gardening flowers and vegetables. Her husband would fuel her love for sunflowers every year as he would deliver a bouquet to her on their anniversary.

Carolyn is survived by her beloved husband, David Hitz; three children, Joshua, Christina and Stephanie Hitz; three grandchildren, Kendra Dierich, Dawson and Trevor Hitz; two sisters, Donna Keller and Kathleen Amundson; one brother, Patrick (Betty) Stuart; and many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, brothers-  and sisters-in-law, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by one son, Anthony (Tony) Stuart; her parents, Mildred and Herbert Stuart; one sister, Mary Kay Stuart; and several other relatives.

Carolyn will be remembered for her beautiful spirit and amazing gift for caring for others. She was a loving and kind-hearted woman. Her family was the light of her life and her grandchildren the keeper of her soul. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville, with Pastor Brad Peterson officiating.  Burial will in New Haven Cemetery in the township of New Haven, Dunn County.

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

Curt S. Hoeft

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 28, 2010, A6

Curt Steven Hoeft of Menomonie died in his home on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. He was 58 years old. Born to Ed and Lois Hoeft on April 15, 1951, in Oshkosh, Curt grew up in Omro, the youngest of three sons.

Curt graduated from Omro High School in 1969, where he participated in multiple sports and school plays. He was also voted best looking in his class. When mentioned to him years later, he would joke that he wished he had known that before the end of the school year.

Following high school, he attended college in Oshkosh. After graduation he was offered and accepted a teaching job at Prairie Farm High School where he taught for 15 years. He taught social studies, driver's education, coached girls' basketball (where he had a winning record) and ran the school year book, all while attending night classes at UW-Stout to obtain a master's degree.

Curt was very artistic, and was a Jack-of-all-trades. He had an extraordinary talent for woodworking. He also had a significant role in building his house, along with personally building his shed, wiring the entire basement, re-modeling the basement, dry walling, painting, putting in an elaborate ceiling with stained-glass, installing a new bathroom (to include the plumbing), all while making sure that his grass was the greenest in the neighborhood. For most of his life, Curt maintained a sizable garden, where neighbors were welcomed and encouraged to help themselves.

Curt very much enjoyed watching the wildlife around his home. He had multiple bird feeders as well as a city of bird houses in his yard, all built by himself. Upon visiting him, one would often get a breakdown of the various species that were currently residing  especially if they was a new addition. In recent years, he took to feeding deer for the purpose of watching them.

His creative soul is what drove him. Taking a job with a local apartment company, working in maintenance, allowed him to learn even more, expanding his ability to build, fix, and maintain, but especially to build. He prided himself on his ability to install and keep everything in his house running at peak performance.

Curt is survived by his mother, Lois of Omro; son, Tyson of the U.S. Military; daughter, Carey of Eau Claire; son-in-law, Jason Anhorn; granddaughter, Ivy Hoeft-Anhorn; brother, Terry Hoeft (Phyllis Campbell) of Rice Lake; brother, Rick Hoeft (Jo Raimann-Hoeft) of Oshkosh; sister-in-law, Mary Hoeft of Rice Lake; nieces, Kelly Hoeft of Madison, Whitney Hoeft of Canton, Miss., and Casey Hoeft of Stevens Point; along with two great-nephews, one great-niece and his ever-loyal friend and neighbor, Todd Tschumper and family. Curt will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Hoeft of Omro; and his nephew, Ryan Hoeft of St. Louis Park, Minn.

Visitation is at Olson Funeral home in Menomonie from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, with a time of remembrance at 1 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday March 1, 2010, at Omro Cemetery in Omro.

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

Richard J. Hoffman

Dunn County News, Sun. Jan. 23, 2011, A6

Richard James Hoffman, 90, passed away Jan. 17, 2011, at the Anne and Donald McGraw Center for Caring in Jacksonville, Fla. Born Aug. 20, 1920, in Elk Mound, Richard was the beloved husband of Marian A. Hoffman (nee Jamieson). 

He was preceded in death by his dear daughter, Catherine Mary Hartl (Jerry); and his parents, Julius Hoffman, of Turtle Lake, and Marguerite (nee Schumacher) of Elk Mound.

He was the dear father of  Barbara Wagner, Julie Aires (Jim), Jean Klatte, (Jerry), Jim Hoffman (Debbie) and Carol Born (Chris). He was the dear brother of Angeline Berger and the late Steve Berger of Elk Mound;  the loving grandfather of Christopher Wagner (Mary), Matthew Aires (Rachel), Jesse Aires, Elizabeth Aires, Joseph Klatte, Jillian Klatte,  Julius Hoffman, Richard Hoffman, Logan Born, Laura Born, Connor Born and Steven Hartl; and the great-grandfather of Robert Wagner and Ryan Wagner. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

In 1939, Dick graduated from West Division High School in Milwaukee. After graduating from Whitewater State Teacher’s College, his Navy deferment ran out  and he reported for duty with the Navy.  He became a “90 Day Wonder” and left for Columbia University, Harvard and then Guam as an Officer in the Naval Corp.  

After the war, it was back to Harvard to finish a master’s degree in business administration.  At mid-term, he married his college sweetheart, Marian Jamieson of Racine.

Dick also taught a night school class at Boston University while Marian worked as a secretary at MIT.

After graduation, they returned to Milwaukee and a job with the Boston Store, a division of Federated Department Stores,  now known as Macy’s across the U.S.  He retired as vice president of merchandising after 27 years.

Having raised a family of  five girls and one boy,  Dick and Marian and the youngest two girls moved to land they owned in Dunn County. It was to be a temporary stop on the way to Minneapolis.  Thirty eight years later the stop had become permanent. 

The years in Menomonie have been well documented  in his commitment of time and funds to numerous programs and efforts in the community. They include: starting and operating the Homestead Hills Limousin Cattle Ranch, serving on the board of Mabel Tainter and being a major donor, chair of the Retail Committee of Main Street Menomonie, member of Rotary and the Optimist Club, donor of funds and content to the Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, donor to the construction of the Vocational Tech School, teacher in the Retail Merchandising Program at UW-Stout for eight years, and helping to  develop the  Management Program; as well as 25 years of the family founding and developing the Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area with the dedicated assistance and funding from many members of the community.  Dick was  also a donor and fundraiser for many other projects and charitable programs over the years. 

Richard was selected for and  received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Whitewater and the Greater Menomonie  Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Distinguished Citizen Award.

A celebration of his life will take place at Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area this spring/summer.

Memorials can be earmarked for Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area through   The Community Foundation of Dunn County, 500 E. Main St., Menomonie, WI 54751; or through Friends of the Red Cedar State Trail/Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area; or a charity of choice.
Arline M. Hofland

Dunn County News, Sun, May 23, 2010, A6

Arline M. Hofland age 83, of Menomonie, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Arline was born Jan. 2, 1927, in Menomonie, the daughter of Arnold and Mary (Calhoun) Winoske. She attended St. Paul's Parochial School seven years and then graduated from Menomonie High School in 1945. On May 16, 1946, she was united in marriage to Henry Hofland. They were blessed with eight children.

Arline will be remembered for her great musical talent. For decades she entertained people with her beautiful singing and piano playing. Her repertoire included more than 2,000 songs. Arline lightened many hearts, and even brought tears in people's eyes with her beautiful music. She always gave credit to the good Lord for her musical talent. Arline was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Arline is survived by three sons, Duane (Karen) of Menomonie, Dean and Darryl (Ruth Ann) of Elk Mound; two daughters, Dawn Heckenkamp of Sparta and Dixie (Michael) Weise of Elk Mound; son-in-law, Donald Nelson of Hastings, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert (Lorraine) Winoske of Houston, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Douglas and Daniel; and a daughter, Dorbra Nelson.

Funeral Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday May 23, 2010, at Menomonie Alliance Church with Rev. Jack Stimmel officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

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

Arthur R. 'Jack' Holden

Dunn County News, Sun. Jan. 23, 2011, A6

Arthur R. "Jack" Holden, age 88, of Menomonie, passed away Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born to Hetcil and Amelia (Haase) Holden on Jan. 28, 1922, in the Township of Menomonie, Dunn County. He attended Beaver Creek School and then farmed with his parents.

Arthur married Betty A. Giertz on Oct. 25, 1941.  In 1946, they farmed one year for his uncle and then moved back to continue farming on the home farm. 

Jack always loved horses and he loved his grandchildren.  He loved his neighbors and enjoyed visiting with his friends. 

Jack was director of Dunn County Electric for 31 years, from 1961 to 1992.  He was president of the Co-op for 19 years.  He was also a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

For 13 years, Jack resided at Potter's Country Home and moved to the Comforts of Home on March 1, 2010.

Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.

Jack is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Barbara Ann (John) Mathiesen; sons, Robert Arthur (Jean) Holden and Gary James (deceased wife, Marilyn) Holden; and daughter Jacqueline Marie (Robert) Lenz.

Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Otto, Russell and Roy; two sisters, Gertrude (Vernon) Homer and Ruth (Lee) Dielmann; two grandsons, Todd and Mark Holden; and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Holden.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor David Whelan officiating.  Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in the Township of Menomonie, Dunn County.  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.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com
Freeman "Fritz" Holt

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

Freeman “Fritz” Holt, age 89, of Menomonie, died peacefully at the Red Cedar Medical Center on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, surrounded by his family.

Fritz was born in Eleva to Conrad and Emily Holt on April 17, 1920. After graduating from Fairview School, Fritz moved to Menomonie and completed coursework in automotive mechanics.

He worked at Berg’s Automotive Center and then farmed for 15 years. After farming, he was employed by Rusk Implement as a farm machinery mechanic until his retirement. 

Fritz had a natural talent for making and fixing things and even after retiring, he continued to help many area farmers with their machinery repairs. He enjoyed traveling and the annual fishing trip to Canada with his family.

Fritz married Phyllis Dennis in 1942. He was an active member of Peace Lutheran church.

Fritz is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 67 years; son, Dennis (Jeri) Holt of Elk Mound,  and their children, Dan (Kaye) Holt of Eau Claire, Jennifer (Brian) Remme of Hudson, and Jennifer (Jeffrey) Ruedebusch of Madison; Robert (Bonnie) Holt of Maple Grove, Minn. and their children, Jason Holt of Mound, Minn., Justin Holt of St. Paul, Minn., and Michelle (David) Tully of Oswego, Ill; and Debra (Ron) Verdon of Menomonie, and their son, Ryan Verdon; sisters, Mildred Weaver of Shoreview, Minn. and Shirley Radtke of Altoona; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

Fritz was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Leone Hansen; and brother, Lester Holt.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Country Terrace and Red Cedar Medical Center for their kind and loving care given to Fritz.

A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home (615 Wilson Ave., Menomonie). A funeral service is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran church (917 7th Street, Menomonie), with Pastor David Whelan officiating. There will also be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday. 

Memorials are suggested to Peace Lutheran Church Building Fund. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Margie L. Holmberg

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

Margie L. Holmberg, age 93, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Augustana Care Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

She is survived by her husband, Harold; daughters, Kathy (Richard) Matson, Beverly Crandall, Janet (Robert) Nelson and Julie (Howard) Hintzman; and six grandchildren.

A summer memorial service will be held in Wisconsin

Robert E. Holten

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

Robert "Bob" E. Holten, age 82, of Menomonie, died, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at the Dunn County Healthcare Center in Menomonie with hospice.

Bob was born Oct. 12, 1927, in Barron County, Prairie Farm, to Otto and Ragna (Peterson) Holten. He grew up in that area and, in 1950, moved to Northern Center in Chippewa Falls until moving to The Noreen Family Home on Sept. 1, 1975, where he had a wonderful life with his friends and extended family, Jill and Pete Noreen and his caregivers, JoAnn and Steve Knutson.

Bob enjoyed life to the fullest, and his smile and laughter were infectious. Going on "Group Trips" to camps and fishing were adventures he greatly enjoyed. In his earlier years, he especially liked roller skating, bowling and riding his bike. Robert was active in The Special Olympics, Lutheran Social Services and he was always at Our Savior's Lutheran Church on Sundays.

Bob worked for Indianhead Enterprises doing a variety of jobs, particularity custodial work for NSP and the wayside rest areas.

He is survived by one sister, Elvera of Prairie Farm; three brothers, Donald of Prairie Farm, Ray of Menomonie and Lloyd of Menomonie; a very special friend and caregiver, Karen Otto of Menomonie; and other relatives and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Laura and Adeline; and two brothers, Glen and Orville.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Chaplain Dale Freberg officiating. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Interment will take place at a later date.

Bob touched many lives with his goodness and kindness. Likewise, Bob was also touched by the love, caring and compassion of those around him. Although a simple thank you seems inadequate, vast amounts of appreciation go out to the Noreen Family Home for 34 years of wonderful care and memories for Bob, the Dunn County Healthcare Center and Northwest Hospice, whose loving care and compassion made bearable a difficult situation. Thank you to all who touched his life and allowed him to touch yours.

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

Robert J. Holzer

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

Robert J. Holzer, 73, passed away at his home in Mesa, Ariz., on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Robert was born on May 23, 1937, the only child of Robert and Virginia Holzer. He grew up in Richfield, Minn. He married Janice Aakhus on July 3, 1957.

Bob enjoyed his years working for Nabisco Cookie & Cracker Company. He also took pride in owning the KOA Kampground and Trailer Sales in Menomonie. His Kampground was honored by being chosen to be filmed for training purposes for the National KOA Kampground franchises. Bob partnered with Dick Doughty in building Northpoint RV in Chippewa Falls. In 2000, he built AOK RV Sales in Menomonie, winning many sales and service awards.

Bob enjoyed four-wheel jeeping on the mountain trails in Arizona, traveling all around the U.S. and Canada by motor home, and boating on the Mississippi River.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Holzer; three daughters, Jacqueline (Randy) Buss, Jo Ann (Dennis) Gotlibson and Jill Holzer; six grandchildren, Amy (Clint) Peterson, Eric Buss (Candi Hoyt), Jenna Hubbard, Megan Hubbard (Chad Abramczyk), Marie Schwenzfeier, and Casey Schwenzfeier, David Gotlibson (Stephanie Dupuis) and Nicole Gotlibson; four great-grandchildren, Chace, Braden and Jaylen Peterson and Trent Abramczyk.

His parents preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 21, 2011, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  in the basement of St. Katherine's Church on County Road E, Menomonie.

Robert J. Holzer, 73, passed away at his home in Mesa, Ariz., on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Robert was born on May 23, 1937, the only child of Robert and Virginia Holzer. He grew up in Richfield, Minn. He married Janice Aakhus on July 3, 1957.

Bob enjoyed his years working for Nabisco Cookie & Cracker Company. He also took pride in owning the KOA Kampground and Trailer Sales in Menomonie. His Kampground was honored by being chosen to be filmed for training purposes for the National KOA Kampground franchises. Bob partnered with Dick Doughty in building Northpoint RV in Chippewa Falls. In 2000, he built AOK RV Sales in Menomonie, winning many sales and service awards.

Bob enjoyed four-wheel jeeping on the mountain trails in Arizona, traveling all around the U.S. and Canada by motor home, and boating on the Mississippi River.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Holzer; three daughters, Jacqueline (Randy) Buss, Jo Ann (Dennis) Gotlibson and Jill Holzer; six grandchildren, Amy (Clint) Peterson, Eric Buss (Candi Hoyt), Jenna Hubbard, Megan Hubbard (Chad Abramczyk), Marie Schwenzfeier, and Casey Schwenzfeier, David Gotlibson (Stephanie Dupuis) and Nicole Gotlibson; four great-grandchildren, Chace, Braden and Jaylen Peterson and Trent Abramczyk.

His parents preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 21, 2011, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  in the basement of St. Katherine's Church on County Road E, Menomonie

Joshua R. Hopkins

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

Joshua R. Hopkins, age 21, of Menomonie, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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

Joseph Hotter

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 2, 2011, A6

Joseph "Joe" Hotter, age 76, of Menomonie, passed away at his home with his wife and oldest son by his side, on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011.  Joe had been diagnosed with pancreatic and colon cancer in August of this year. Joe was under the care of Mayo Clinic Health Systems Hospice, who the family would like to thank for their kind and compassionate care.

Joe Hotter was born on March 27, 1935, in Arkansaw, to Arvie and Marjorie (Borchert) Hotter.  Joe's father passed away when he was very young and his mother married Kenneth Olson, who raised Joe as his own son.   Joe lived in the Menomonie area and then in the city of Menomonie where he attended school, graduating from Menomonie High in 1953.

Joe married Rosemary Fedderly on Nov. 30, 1956.  To this union three sons were born.  Rosemary later died of cancer.  Joe married Marge (Alf) Froeschle on Sept. 17, 1983, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, where Joe was a lifelong member.

Joe joined the Menomonie Fire Department in 1971 and retired from the Fire Department as a platoon captain in 1990.

Joe was a mechanic at Flick Auto Sales during and after high school.  He then went to work for Marly McClelland at his Auto Repair and then worked at Knutson Auto Repair until his retirement, as well as being a full time fireman for 20 years.  Later he worked for 3M as a security guard. 

Joe enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting and snowmobiling.  He was an avid snowmobiler, being active in the sport from the local clubs to the state level.  He was the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs Director for Dunn County and then later was the AWSC County Representative.  Joe and Marge enjoyed many snowmobile trips over the years, encompassing Wisconsin, Minnesota, Upper Michigan and also went into Canada.

One of Joe's favorite things to do was spend time at the family cabin where he did a lot of fishing, deer hunting and snowmobiling.

Joe is survived by his wife, Marge; sons, Jeffrey (Mary) Hotter of Menomonie, Tim (Cari) Hotter of Lutz, Fla., and Mark (Cherie) Hotter of Ellsworth; as well as a step-daughter, Jodi (Brian) Kohnke of Menomonie; six grandchildren, Michael Hotter of Waukesha, Miranda Hotter of Menomonie, Ashley (Eric) Soley of Arlington, Derek Hotter of New York City, and Travis and Kyla Hotter of Lutz, Fla.; four step-grandchildren, Tony (Yvette) Falkner, Cody Falkner, Brianna Kohnke and Jodi Anderson all of Menomonie; and three step-great-grandchildren, Easton Anderson and Treyson Falkner of Menomonie and Jaxson Falkner of Moorhead, Minn.; and mother, Marjorie Olson.  He is further survived by a sister, Marlene (Jim) Harjamaki of Virginia, Minn.; nieces Denise and Terri Papin of California; and nephews,  Steve and Ted Harjamaki of Virgin, Minn.; and several aunts and many cousins.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Arvie;  his first wife, Rosemary; his step-father, Kenneth Olson; and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor David Whelan officiating.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.  Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery. To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Dr. John Houle

Dunn County News, Sun. May 15, 2011, A6

Dr. John Houle, age 88, of Menomonie, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

John was born on Feb. 18, 1922, in Milwaukee. He was the son of Henry and Eva (Greeley) Houle. John grew up in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School.

After school, John attended UW-Madison before joining the U.S. Navy where he became a naval aviator. He served as a pilot during WWII aboard the USS Wasp and during the Korean War aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. John earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Louis. He earned his master’s degree from UW-Stout and his Ph.D. from UW-Madison. John retired from Stout where he was a faculty member for a number of years.

John was an avid fly fisherman, and in his younger years, John loved to ski and play tennis. He also loved to read and had an insatiable thirst for knowledge. 

John is survived by his two sisters, Mary Ann Dufour of Maplewood, Minn., and Patricia Peloquin of St. Paul, Minn.; many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Maxine Sanna.

Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2011, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Rev. Thomas Krieg will officiate. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

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

Craig D. Hovland

Dunn County News, Wed, June 23, 2010, A6 and Sunday, June 27, 2010, A6

Craig D. Hovland, age 42, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Menomonie. He was born Sept. 28, 1967, to Red and Verlene (Maves) Hovland at Memorial Hospital in Menomonie. Craig enjoyed his high school years in Menomonie where he participated in football and was an avid weight lifter.

After high school graduation in 1986, he attended Ripon College, then transferred to Bethel College in Saint Paul, Minn., where he graduated with a bachelor of science in history.

While at Bethel, Craig met Sandra Samuelson. In August of 1990, he enlisted in the United States Army. Craig and Sandra married on Dec. 26, 1990, at Fort Sill, Okla. As an enlisted man, he rose to the rank of sergeant. He entered Officers Candidate School and received his commission at Fort Benning, Ga., on his 26th birthday.

While serving at Fort Carson, Colo., Craig and Sandra were blessed by the birth of their son, Samuel, on June 26, 1996. They served in many locations around the world, but their favorite assignment was Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, where Craig served as Commander of the Heavy Helicopter Squadron of the 7th Field Artillery. After they returned to the mainland, Craig was promoted to major. In April of 2005, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service, by Major General Terry L. Tucker.

Craig and Sandra were divorced in 2007 and a short time later, Craig left the military and he and his son, Sam, returned home to Menomonie.

Craig is survived by his son, Sam; his parents, Red and Verlene Hovland; siblings, John (Noelle), Erica (Harlan) Anderson, and Ryan; maternal grandparents, Emil and Nelda Maves; paternal grandmother, Lillian Hovland; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

His paternal grandfather, Henry Hovland, preceded Craig in death.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2010, at Cedarbrook Church, Menomonie, with Pastor Remy Diederich officiating. There will be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Military honors will be conducted by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner at a later date.

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

Wilbur "Ozzie" F. Howe

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

Wilbur "Ozzie" F. Howe, age 81, of Menomonie, died Friday,  Dec. 2, 2011, at The Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Ozzie was born Aug. 14, 1930, in Menomonie.  He was the son of Carl and Anna (Brehm) Howe.  He attended rural school in the Town of Lucas, and graduated from the Dunn County School of Agriculture in 1949.  Ozzie hauled milk to the Hatchville Creamery for two years before entering the service where he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

After the service, he returned to Menomonie.  He married Ivadell Miller May 15, 1953, at Spring Brook Lutheran Church.  Ozzie began hauling milk and also drove school bus for his brother, Maurice, for a number of years before buying the milk route from Maurice.  Ozzie then operated the milk hauling business for 55 years, retiring in 2004.

Ozzie enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, NASCAR, watching the Badgers and Packers, and spending time with family and friends.

Ozzie is survived by his wife, Ivy, of 58 years; two sons, Jim (Pam) of Menomonie and Rick (Kathy) of Knapp; four grandchildren, Brent (Ashley) Howe and Amanda Howe both of Menomonie; Wyatt and Kaylee Howe of Knapp; a sister, Annella Frank of Glenwood City; two sisters-in-law, Marie and Eileen Howe both of Menomonie; several nieces and nephews; and many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Eugene and Maurice; and one sister, Lorraine Trainor.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday,  Dec. 7, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.

Elmer J. Howard

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 8, 2010, A6

Elmer James "Jim" Howard, age 79, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Jim was born Feb. 3,1931, to Elmer and Viola (McFarland) Howard in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up there. He joined the U.S. Army from Michigan on Nov. 18, 1948. Jim served his country in Japan, Germany, Korea and Vietnam, retiring on June 18, 1969, in Virginia.

Jim married Anne Komro at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Va., on Oct. 25, 1969. They moved to Eau Claire in June of 1970.

While living in Eau Claire, Jim attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and worked for Job Service and the Social Security Administration. He coached boys' and girls' basketball, grades 5-8 from 1973 to 1982; and girls' volleyball from 1983 to 199(?), all at Immaculate Conception School in Eau Claire.

Jim is survived by his wife, Anne; and their daughter, Kathleen (Brian) Klink and two grandchildren, Jaxon and Madisen all of Elmwood; a sister, Frances Howard McFarland of Cincinnati, Ohio; other siblings, Boyd (Darlene) Howard and Judy (Michael) Ground, both of Bowling Green, Ky., Eddie Howard, Jerry Howard and Virginia Yancey, all of Whitley City, Ky., several nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

Memorial services were at 11 am Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial with military honors were in the spring at Holy Rosary Cemetery-Lima, rural Durand.

Friends called from 4 to 7 pm Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhome.com. Thiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.

Wayne Henry Hoyt

Dunn County News, Sunday, October 11, 2009, A6

Wayne Henry Hoyt, age 86, of Menomonie, died at home with his family by his side on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009.

Wayne married Eva Joyce Kunz on Jan. 25, 1947, at the Peace Lutheran Church parsonage in Menomonie. Wayne was a dairy farmer in Menomonie for many years after his marriage to Joyce. After retiring from farming in 1976, he worked fur Burgraff Construction for 15 years.

Wayne very much enjoyed the outdoors, including fishing, camping, woodwork, hunting, cards, snowmobiling, traveling but most of all, he loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Tesco and Iva Hoyt, and three sisters, Ruby McGilton, LaVerle Reid and Jessie Schlosser.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce; children, Frederick (Diane) Hoyt, Theodore (Susan) Hoyt, Jay Hoyt, Kay (Scott) Sievwright and Wayne "Buch" (Tammy) Hoyt; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial services are 2 pm Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at New Hope Lutheran Church, Downsville, with visitation one hour prior to services. Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

As Wayne was heard to say, "That's good enough."

Nicholas R. Hueman

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

Nickolas R. Hueman, age 40, of Menomonie, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 at his home.

Funeral services were held 2 pm on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Remy Diederich officiating.

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

Patricia A. Huber

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 12, 2010, A6 & A8

Patricia Ann Huber (nee Puhl), age 68, of Chanhassen, Minn., passed away on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. 

She was born Sept. 18, 1941, in Menomonie, to Robert D. Puhl and Crystal F. Harrison.

Pat was a longtime employee of Northwestern Bell and AT & T. She was a past member of Westwood Lutheran Church in Minnetonka, Minn., and active member and dedicated volunteer at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, Minn.

Pat was a devoted wife, special mom, amazing grandma and sister, and good friend to many. Pat will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and remarkable optimism.

She is survived by her husband, John T. Huber; niece/daughter, Susan (Greg) Konezny; brother, Ron Puhl; grandchildren (their "Nana"), Chase, Roman and Stuart Konezny; nieces, Kathy (Rob) Rumppee, Pam (Rick) Quinn, and Nancy (Dave) Robinson; grandnephews and a niece.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 County Road 19, Excelsior. Minn., (952-474-8893), with Pastor Dave Olson officiating. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Huber Funeral Home, 520 Second St., Excelsior. A visitation is also available one hour prior to the service Wednesday at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. A luncheon reception will follow the service. Interment will be at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA), 4604 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis, Minn. 55407.

A special thanks goes to the wonderful staff at Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center, especially Dr. Amy Spomer and her dedicated staff. Also a special thanks to Pat's very good friend, Mary Jane Ehrke.

Love you forever, Nana.

Huber Funeral & Cremation Services, Excelsior Chapel (952-474-9595, www.huberfunerals.com) is handling arrangements.
Earl H. Huenink

Dunn County News, Wed. march 31, 2010, A6

Earl Henry Huenink, beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend, age 77, of Baldwin, passed away March 29, 2010, peacefully in his home after battling cancer. He was born in the town of Emerald in 1932 and raised on a farm north of Baldwin on Double D (the Round Barn). He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1951 and served in the 45th Division. He trained as a member of the machine gun squad and served in and near the front lines of Korea in 1951 and 1952.

Earl was married to Betty Gayle Pepper of Platte City, Mo., from 1954 to 1976; was married to Joanne Olson from 1976 to 1982, and was married to Mary Delong Hurtgen 1986 until her death in 2006. Worked at Heebink Lumber and Millwork Company for 37 years. In 1983, he started an apple orchard on 40 acres in the Township of Rush River. By 2004, he had planted more than 500 trees. He retired from Heebink Lumber as plant supervisor in 1997 and sold the orchard in 2004 when he moved to Willink Drive in Baldwin.

Throughout his life, he was an active supporter of the community and his church. He served as a volunteer fireman for 25 years. He enjoyed golf, pool, reading, travel and history, and had a passion for hobby farming, woodworking and conversing with friends.

Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Hurtgen Huenink; his parents, Henry and Belva Huenink; and his brother, Lester Huenink. He is survived by his children, Cheryl Huenink (Terry Nelson) of Menomonie, Tina (Bo) Bjarekull of Pasadena, Md., Jeff (Julie) Huenink of Woodville, and John (Angie) Huenink of West Lakeland, Minn.; his step-children, Janice (Todd) Ahnemon of Cumberland, Diane (Brian) Doolittle of River Falls, Brian (Rhonda) Hurtgen of Chippewa Falls, Ken Hurtgen of Roberts, Kathy Larson of Hudson and Mitch Hurtgen of Crete, Ill.; he is also survived by his sisters, Mary Peterson of Prescott, Evie Rademaker of Baldwin and Henrietta Fordahl of Hettinger, N.D., as well as numerous devoted grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. 

Earl will be remembered for his courage, dignity and positive outlook even as his heath declined. He taught his children to accept death as a part of life  - both to be rejoiced and treasured.

His life will be celebrated at a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2010,  at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., in Baldwin, and a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2010,  at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1350 Florence, in Baldwin. A  private burial will be in the Baldwin Cemetery. Military honors paying tribute to his service in the Army, will be performed by the Baldwin American Legion Post #240.

Memorials are preferred to Hope Lodge Facility For Cancer Treatment in Rochester, which was so good to Earl in his time of need.

Funeral services are entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.

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