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James R. Jacobsen

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 11, 2009, A6

James R. Jacobsen, age 83, of Menomonie, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at his home.

No services are being planned.

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at

Lorraine J. Jacobson

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, A6

Lorraine J. Jacobson, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, age 94, joined her Lord and Savior on Oct. 30, 2009.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald "Jake;" her parents, Raymond and Crystal Tibbetts; and sisters, Jeanette Lasle and Eileen Kraft. She is survived by children, Susan (John) Roden, Joel (Linda) and Jim (Kathy); grandchildren, Ann (Richard) Ibarra, Steve (Becky) and Rachel; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Chelsie, Damon, Arien and Eva; and nieces and nephews.

Lorraine was born Sept. 11, 1915, in Dunn County, and taught school in Dunn County before her marriage in 1938. She and Jake moved to St. Paul, Minn., in 1943. They were charter and faithful members of Eastern Heights Lutheran Church on St. Paul's eastside.

 A service will be held at 11 a.m. (with visitation one hour prior) on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at Eastern Heights Lutheran Church, 616 Ruth St., St. Paul.

 A private interment will be at Grandview Cemetery, Irvington. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Margaret M. Jacobson (Gugel)

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

Margaret Marie (Gugel) Jacobson was born to Edwin and Ella Gugel on Nov. 26, 1915, in Menomonie.  She died, surrounded by family, on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

She lived in the Menomonie area all of her long life of 96 years.  She graduated from Menomonie High School in 1933. 

On Nov. 11, 1934, she married Russel Jacobson in Black River Falls. Margaret was raised and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie and after her marriage, was an active member at Little Elk Creek Church. 

Russel and Margaret farmed many years on the Jacobson family farm.  Margaret was a great cook and baker.  She cooked at Little Elk Creek School for several years.  She also supplied many friends and family with her renowned Christmas baking.

More than 35 years of Margaret's life was involved with 4-H, either as project leader or general leader with the LEC 4-H club.  She enjoyed working with all the members and their families.

Margaret and Russel loved traveling, going many Sundays boat racing around Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Then, there were trips to Hawaii, Alaska, California and Florida;  and Nan, Bernice and Margaret even flew to Europe to visit their international farm youth exchange student from Luxembourg.  The family has kept in touch since 1953. 

The Jacobsons also had an international farm youth exchange student from Finland in 1957, named Marja.

Margaret and Russel also had many fishing trips with a special group of friends; and if that wasn't enough, Margaret took flying lessons and she did quite well. 

After farming, Margaret, Russel and another couple planned, built and ran Lowes Creek Golf Course in Eau Claire.

Great-granddaughter Amanda Helke was her special home care provider before Margaret became a five-year resident of Dunn County Health Care Center, where she always remarked on her excellent care and activities.

Margaret loved all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She always enjoyed hearing about their many activities.  She was a special woman; she was caring, an independent thinker and always willing to teach and help everyone.  She will be forever missed by her whole family and her many friends.

Margaret is survived by her four children, Bernice (Scotty) Sutliff of Menomonie, Roberta (Leonard) Clark of Rice Lake, Jerome (Karen) Gugel of Elk Lake and Donna (Ray) Schmitz of Onsted, Mich.; two sisters-in-law, Betty (Lorny) Michelbook of Menomonie and Betty (Gerald) Gugel of Chugiak, Alaska; 11 grandchildren, Nan Larson, Barry Clark, Jenny Landes, Beth Phillips, David Gugel, Tess Gugel, Lorie Laporta, Mike Berndt, John Berndt, RJ Schmitz and Sara Schmitz; 15 great-grandchildren, Amanda and Ryan Helke, Laura Miller, Julianna Larson, Craig and Megan Landes, Jake, Michael and Sully Phillips, Chelsea, Santino, Louis and Pascale Laporta, Mackenzie and Eric Berndt.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russel; parents, Edwin and Ella Gugel; two brothers, Gerald and Marcus Gugel; a granddaughter, Julie Von Secraw; and one great-grandson, William Eckert.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church, Township of Red Cedar, Dunn County, with Pastor Steven Carlson officiating.  Burial will be in Froen Cemetery, Township of Red Cedar, Dunn County.   Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Gladys Jain

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

Gladys Jain, 85, of Colfax, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Gladys was born Nov. 11, 1926, in Plentywood, Mont.  She married Allen Jain on April 30, 1942.

In her younger years she was a pastry chef, worked in a canning factory and made bullets during WWII. She loved to cook, bake and make sure everyone had plenty to eat. 

Survivors include her husband, Allen; four children,  Brian Jain, Melody Hall, Norma (Al) Jain and Felice Gay (David) Barber;  10 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a son, Rod; her parents; and brothers and sisters.

Funeral  services will be  held Monday, April 11, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Tainter United Methodist Church with burial in Evergreen Cemetery in Elk Mound.  Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. 

Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax is handling arrangements

Josephine M. Jensen

Dunn County News, Wed. March 2, 2011, A6

Josephine M.  Jensen, age 94, formerly of St. Paul, Minn.,  passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arndt; brother, Tony Labon; and sister, Rose Unger. 

She is survived by a son, Tony (Pat); a daughter, Carol (Merrell) Helgeson; grandchildren, Debbie(Rob) Schwiesow, Christopher (Carol), David (Kirsten), Kurt (Liz), Barbara (Tim) Cherry, Dana Phillips; great-grandchildren, Erika, Matthew, Danielle, Isaiah, Jordan, Elise, Maria, Eric, Greta, Joshua and Veronica; a sister, Dorothy Newton; and many family members and friends. 

Josephine was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and nurse.  She often mentioned she was much younger because she was born on the 29th of February (Leap Year). 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Church of  St. Andrew, 1051 Como Ave., St. Paul, on Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m.  Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Park.  A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday until the time of Mass.

Mueller-Bies Funeral Home (651-487-2550), located at 2130 N Dale St., in Roseville, Minn., is serving the family.

Marlys J. Jensen

Dunn County News, Wed. Jan. 12. 2011, A6

Marlys Jean Jensen, age 69, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn., surrounded by her family.

She was born May 22, 1941, in Dunn County to George and Orpha Skillings.  Marlys attended school in Durand and graduated in 1959. 

She married Robert R. Jensen on Oct. 15, 1960, at Little Elk Creek Church.  They were blessed with 50 years of marriage, four children and 10 grandchildren. 

Marlys held several positions in Menomonie, but her main vocation was homemaking, farming and attending to the needs of her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; sons, Kevin (Kathleen) Jensen, Kelly (Kim) Jensen and Travis (Kelly) Jensen; daughter, Tracie (Brian) Knospe; grandchildren, Hannah and Garrett Jensen, Trevin, Justin and Karisa Jensen, Jordan Harp-Jensen and Jonah Jensen, Klara, and Karlen and Kali Knospe;  brothers, Don (Dorthy) Skillings, Dale (Kathie) Skillings and Dan (Marg) Skillings;  sisters, Irene Cotts, Wanda Mortel and Lorraine Cotts;  brother-in-law, Harold (Bea) Jensen; sister-in-law, Sylvia Grutt; and many numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Orpha Skillings; one brother, Delvin Skillings; and several other relatives.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville on Jan. 13, 2011.  Friends and Family are welcome one hour prior to service.

Marlys Jean (Skillings) Jensen
written by Robert Jensen
at 12:30 a.m. on 1-10-2011

I met Marlys at the roller skating rink.  We went skating a lot for several years.  When we went we would skate steady all night without sitting down. We also took many snowmobile rides with neighbors and friends and the temperature outside did not stop us.   We also went on four wheeler rides.

I belonged to the National Guard.  After we were married about a year  I got called to active duty in Fort Lewis, Wash. We made many trips to the highest mountains around and also to the ocean.  Kevin, our oldest son, was born out there.  Before we left for Washington I had started to build a new home for her — I finished it when we returned home. 

Marlys always cut my hair.  She said, "Come on Bob, its either a hair cut or a dog tag.” I didn't like the sound of sleeping outside, so I took the haircut.

Marlys loved animals all through the years.  She would ride a horse any chance she could get.  The big event each summer was the Dunn County Fair.  She helped with getting the animals clipped and washed — they would need to be clean or they would be left home.

Marlys helped in the fields every year putting crops in.  She always liked to drive the biggest tractor we had. She baled hay and straw in the earlier years for me, too.  She loved to cut lawn. At times the grass just couldn't grow fast enough. She loved to plant a big garden each year.  She canned many fruits and vegetables including more than 100 quarts of pickles this year. Marlys picked lots of strawberries and raspberries to share with her family. She made a lot of apple bars from the apple trees in the backyard, too.  She has her garden all ready for this next year. 

Marlys loved to sew. She would take a trip to Eau Claire to get material and then would spend two days cutting the quilt material into little pieces, then spent several days sewing it back together again.  I told her it would be faster to sew the big pieces together.  Quilting wasn't her only expertise.  She sewed clothes for her children and grandchildren, plus made many clothing alterations for them.  Marlys made many trips to Eau Claire with her daughter.  They would shop all day,  find the best deals, and turn around and do it all over again the next day. 

Marlys was sick very little over the years.  I was always the one with some kind of illness; she helped me get through some life-threatening operations several times. 

In the later years, the grandchildren were her pride and joy.  She loved attending softball, football and basketball games and numerous school activities.  She was at a basketball game when her illness took her.  She took care of the little ones several times.  "Just bring them over, I will take care of them" she would say.  Marlys was always ready to lend a helping hand.

Marlys had always kind of wanted to fly in an airplane, but was too scared to do so.  The other day she had no choice. She was airlifted to Rochester to try and save her life.  Ironically, they flew right over the farm. We had a wonderful chaplain lady who prayed with us in Rochester.  She told us that Marlys would be planting her garden in heaven this next year and how beautiful it will be.  There won't even be weeds to fight with. Marlys died due to severe brain hemorrhage that destroyed the brain stem.

Marlys will be laid to rest just a few feet from our land that she tilled many times. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Dunn County.

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Edward A. Jess

Dunn County News, Sun. Jan. 2, 1011, A6

Edward A. Jess, 61, of Eau Claire, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Edward was born Nov. 25, 1949, to Arno and Olive Jess. His family had a dairy farm in Menomonie and Ed lived and worked on the farm until going to college at UW-Eau Claire. He graduated with a degree in business administration. 

He acquired his real estate broker's license and began purchasing and renting out apartment buildings in Madison.  Ed later returned to Eau Claire to be near family.

Ed worked as a Wal-Mart greeter for the past 13 years.  He was, rightfully, very proud of this and worked very faithfully at his job, earning the title "Mr. Wal-Mart," which was used to describe him by several customers. He was very loyal to Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart has been very loyal to him. He acquired many friends among co-workers and with the thousands of people who he greeted every day.

Misfortune struck Ed this year in the form of a very aggressive lymphoma and his battle ended Dec. 28, 2010.  Ed and his family were very grateful to the people who have watched over and befriended Ed over the years and sent cards and gifts in these last few months, and those who visited him in the hospital during his numerous stays at Sacred Heart. We are additionally grateful for the wonderful people at Sacred Heart's Cancer Center who treated Ed like family and made his last few months very pleasant despite the punches and pokes and indignities that accompany chemotherapy.

Ed was in band in high school and as a member of a musical family never lost his love of music. He was a regular attendee of the Ludington Guard Band Tuesday night concerts. He loved learning and followed the news and politics, and he traveled to China and to Europe. He enjoyed tending his fish and his numerous plants.

Ed is survived by his brother, Larry (Vicki); and his sister,  Margaret (Fred) Breisch; his brother, Don (Marilyn); nieces, Michelle Sundstrom and Christine McCray; and seven grandnieces and grandnephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arno and Olive Jess; and nephew, Michael Jess.

Ed was a fine man who never said anything bad or unkind about anyone, and who appreciated kind words and a smile. He was truly caring towards people and viewed his role at Wal-Mart as an opportunity to brighten “even one person's day.” He was generous with time and money and will be missed by many, most of all, his loving family.  He viewed man's mission as accepting Jesus into his heart, and Ed was at peace.

There will be a visitation from 4  to 7 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Chapel in Eau Claire on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. Funeral services will be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Eau Claire on Tuesday, Jan. 4,  2011, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., and services at 11 a.m., followed by lunch. Interment will be at the Cedar Falls Cemetery in Menomonie at 2 p.m.

Donations to the American Cancer Society are encouraged in lieu of flowers
Albert "Bob" C. Johnson

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 31, 2010, A6

Albert "Bob" C. Johnson, age 87, of Menomonie,  formerly of Ellsworth, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at his home.

Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn. 

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie assisted the family with arrangements.

Charles A. Johnson

Dunn County News, Wed. Nov. 17, 2010, A6

Charles A. Johnson, age 97, of Whitewater, died on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at Fairhaven Residential Facility in Whitewater.

He was born in Whitewater on July 7, 1013, the son of Albert and Ione (Brown) Johnson, He married Emma Millard on March 23, 1935, in Whitewater. She preceded him in death on March 23, 2010.

He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Whitewater. He had previously been a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Madison.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He taught and was the coordinator at MATC in the automotive department.

He is survived by his three children, Jeneene Lowe of Wheat Ridge, Colo., Jill (Don) Chase of Menomonie and Charles Johnson of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; three grandchildren, Kathyrn (Mark) Jacobson, Michelle Lowe and Tom (Sheila) Lowe; six great-grandchildren, Joshua and Daniel Jacobson, Brittney Kay Lowe, Rachel Ann Lowe, Rebecca Faith Lowe and Bethany Hope Lowe; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Douglass and Parnell Johnson.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Whitewater with Rev. David Huxley and Rev. John Splinter co-officiating. Inurnment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison.

Olsen Funeral Home in Whitewater is assisting the family with arrangements
Emma Johnson

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

Emma Johnson, age 96, of Whitewater, died on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at Fairhaven Residential Facility in Whitewater.

She was born in Whitewater, the daughter of Fred and Jennie (Roe) Millard. She married Charles A. Johnson on March 23, 1935, in Whitewater.

She was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Whitewater. She attended Whitewater State Teachers College in Whitewater, and taught first and second grade in both, Kewaunee, and Phoenix, Ariz. She was a member of the D.A.R Eli Pierce Chapter. She served as the Director of Religious Education for 10 years at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, and established and managed the Learning Shop Store in Madison.

She is survived by her husband, of 75 years, Charles A. Johnson of Whitewater; three children, Jeneene Lowe of Wheat Ridge, Colo., Jill (Don) Chase of Menomonie, and Charles Johnson of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; three grandchildren, Kathyrn (Mark) Jacobson, Michelle Lowe and Tom (Sheila) Lowe; six great-grandchildren, Joshua and Daniel Jacobson and Brittney Kay Lowe, Rachel Ann Lowe, Rebecca Faith Lowe and Bethany Hope Lowe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Emerson and Francis Millard.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, March 26, 2010, at 2 p.m., at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Whitewater with the Rev. David Huxley and Rev. John Splinter co-officiating. Inurnment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison.

Olsen Funeral Home in Whitewater is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gilma Lillian Johnson

Dunn County News, Sun, June 13, 2010, A6

Gilma Lillian Johnson of Ellsworth passed away June 11, 2010, at the age of 96. 

Funeral service is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, at English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth with Reverend Valerie Peterson officiating.  Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service at the church.  Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Ellsworth. Go to for online condolences.

Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Ellsworth is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gladys Johnson

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

Gladys Johnson, 89, of Colfax, went home to be with her lord on March 30, 2010, at her daughter's home, surrounded by her family.

Gladys was born Jan. 17, 1921, in Mondovi to Ole and Ruth (Jones) Nelson. She grew up and attended school in Drummond Township, rural Mondovi, one of 10 children. On June 12, 1943, she married Edward Johnson in Eau Claire and together they raised three children.

During her life, Gladys participated in a number of hobbies with her husband, Ed. They loved to camp, went to the stock car races, motorcycling, snowmobiling and loved to go dancing - they were long-time members of the Merry Mixers Square Dancing Club. Gladys was employed at Presto Industries in Eau Claire for eight years.

Survivors include her children, Carol (Alan) Smith and Rodney (Sandy) Johnson both of Colfax; two sisters, Janice Perry and Betty Erickson; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Eunice Peterson, in 1997; her husband, Edward, in 2001; four sisters; and three brothers.

Funeral Services for Gladys Johnson will be Saturday April 3, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Colfax Lutheran Church, with burial in Norton Church Cemetery Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax is handling arrangements.

Jerry M. Johnson

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 11, 2009, A6

Jerry Maynard Johnson, age 67, of Baldwin, beloved husband, son, father and grandfather, died peacefully at his home in the early morning hours on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.

Jerry was born in 1942 in Redlands, Calif., the son of H. Maynard and Marjorie Johnson. He attended elementary school in Rushford, Minn., prior to graduating from Winona High School. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Winona State University. He taught vocal music for the Arcadia School District and later gave violin and guitar lessons. Jerry furthered his education by receiving a master's in special education in La Crosse. He was a dedicated teacher of special needs children in the Menomonie School District for 22 years, retiring in 2002.

Jerry had numerous hobbies and collections. He collected and repaired violins, his favorite instrument. He played violin with the orchestra at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts. Jerry enjoyed singing with friends in college as part of The Blue Water Four group, with various choirs and chamber groups, and for the Christian Reformed Church. He also had fun collecting cameras, model trains, cap guns, stringed instruments, and die cast cars. He enjoyed the tranquility of a good book, kayaking and biking.

But above all, Jerry was a family man rooted in his Christian faith. His sons have countless memories of a strong and loving father. He cherished time with his grandchildren, noting special, unique things about each one. Jerry was a quiet man whose one-liner, dry sense of humor will be missed.

Jerry will remain in the hearts of his wife of 45 years, Mary Ann; three sons, Paul (Patty) Johnson of Blaine, Minn., Matthew (Phaedra) Johnson of Waverly, Minn., Joel (Jennifer) Johnson of Menasha, WI; seven grandchildren: Anna, Simon, Maisie, Caleb, Grace, Luke, Nathan; his mother, Marjorie Johnson of Baldwin; brother, Steve (Lynette) Johnson of Eagan, Minn., and sister, Linda (Bob) Stankovich of Georgia; extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, H. Maynard Johnson.

Memorials are preferred to Adoray Hospice, Northern Lake Center for the Arts, the Baldwin Christian Reformed Church or Caringbridge. A private burial will take place in the Arendahl Cemetery in Peterson, Minn.

A celebration of Jerry's Life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at the Christian Reformed Church in Baldwin with Pastor Anson Veenstra officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin, (715) 684-3434.

Lillian M. Johnson

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

Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Lillian M. Johnson (Herdahl), age 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. 

She was preceded in death by her husband,  Donald; siblings, Edith and Alfred; and grandchildren, Catherine and Craig. 

She is survived by a sister, Agnes Utphall; and brother, John Herdahl;  children James (Barbara), Robert (Sandra)and  Harlan (LuAnn); grandchildren, Carin Johnson, Jennifer Harer, Tamara Chapman, Justin,  Jason and Cliff Johnson; great-grandchildren, Braedon Harer, Hunter Chapman, Zachary and Abigail Johnson, Wyatt and Emma Johnson, and Cole and Caiden Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on  Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Dallas  Assembly of God Church, 215 Second St., Dallas.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Dallas Care and Rehab Center for the wonderful care they provided while she was there.

Lloyd G. Johnson

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

Lloyd George Johnson, 84, of Eau Claire, died on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Lloyd was born on Dec. 7, 1925, in the Town of Louisville, Dunn County, to Emil and Mathilda (Stensrud) Johnson. He was a graduate of Dunn County Normal High School. Upon graduation he joined the Navy for three years, serving upon the LST 711. He then served in the Army for three years, followed by 15 years with the Air Force.

Lloyd married Florence Sindelar on June 10, 1967, in Wabasha, Minn. He worked for the City of Eau Claire in the Sewer and Water Department, retiring when he was 60. Lloyd enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting and being with family and friends. He was a member of the American Legion and Epiphany Lutheran Church.

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Florence; brother, Marion G. Johnson of Menomonie; sisters, Dorothy Wiedman of Onalaska and Sofia Selchert of Castlewood, S.D.; sisters-in-law, Alice Watland of Superior, Agnes Clark of Eau Claire, Leona Melsness of Eau Claire and Elsie Gray of Eau Claire; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Myrtle Johnston; brothers, Lester and Clarence Johnson, and John, Herman, William, Alfred and Elmer Watland.

The funeral service for Lloyd will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at Smith Funeral Chapel with Rev. Russ Kampfer officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Ruby R. Johnson

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 16, 2011, A6

Ruby Rowell Johnson, 94, of Eau Claire, passed away on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Dove Healthcare, where she resided for the last two years of her life.

Ruby was born on Sept. 6, 1917, to Henry A. and Bertha (Roggow) Dreke, in the town of Brunswick, where she spent her childhood years.

Ruby married Damon Rowell on Sept. 17, 1938. He died on Jan. 8, 1967.

She married Maurice "Mully" Johnson in 1975, and they resided in Eau Claire.  Maurice died in 1985.

Ruby was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church since childhood. She was also active in the Antique Club, Chippewa Valley Tech Homemakers and Women of Our Redeemer. She made quilts for missions, and was a volunteer for 30 years in the church library.

Ruby was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose passion was cooking, baking and taking care of all of her family. She will be remembered for her kindness that she always showed to everyone and her beautiful smile that could light up a room.

Ruby is survived by her four children, Richard (Lanee) Rowell of Menomonie, Dennis (Eileen) Rowell of Eau Claire, Sue (John) Haug of Rhinelander and Debra (Jim) Willger of Eau Claire; 12 grandchildren, Steve (Lana) Rowell, Teresa (Tom) Walker, Cory (Nicole) Rowell, Tony (Lori) Haug, Kristine Haug, Matthew Haug, Jason (Samantha) Haug, Damon Rowell, Kim (Michael) Craig, Nichole (Mike) Kircher, Nathan Willger and Christopher (Sarah) Willger; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; nine brothers, Frederick, Henry, William, Edward, Leonard "Peanuts" Walter, George, Albert and Elmer Dreke; and six sisters, Lottie Ziemer, Agnes Woods, Alvina Welke, Ida Bartel, Mary Johnson and Frieda Dreke.

She will be missed by all who knew her. You are our angel, Mom. We love you!

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 601 Fall St. in Eau Claire with Pastor Carlton Kangas officiating.  Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery in the Town of Washington. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home, 814 First Ave. in Eau Claire, and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

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Veronica K. Johnson

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

Veronica K. Johnson, age 96, of Menomonie, died, Sunday, June 20, 2010, at The Dunn County Healthcare Center in Menomonie.

She was born on Nov. 4, 1913, in Racine, to William and Katherine (Dooley) Frank and was a graduate of St. Catherine's High School in Racine. Veronica lived in Racine until 1980 and worked for Zahn Department Store in Racine, where she worked in retail sales in many different areas. She was also the president of The Retail Clerks Association in the southeast part of the state.

In 1980, Veronica moved to Menomonie, where she was close to her son, Bill. In 1992, she ventured down to South Carolina where she lived close to her son, David, and in 2004 Veronica moved back to Menomonie and lived here until her death this past Sunday.

She was a past member of The Moose in Menomonie and very busy and active in volunteering, including the Women's Hospital Auxiliary. Veronica loved to knit, crochet and read books (especially mystery novels).

She is survived by her two sons, David on Walterboro, S.C. and Bill of Menomonie; five grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David E. Johnson (1969); one brother, Robert Frank; and one grandson.

A memorial visitation will take place on Friday, June 25, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Marlys Gena Josephson

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

Marlys Gena Josephson, age 81, of La Crosse, formerly of Menomonie, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, with her family at her side.

Marlys was born Aug. 2, 1929, in Menomonie to William and Margaret (Grambo) Metling.  She graduated from Menomonie High School in 1947 and attended Stout State University for two years.  Marlys married William "Bill" Josephson June 10, 1950, and together they had three sons.

Bill and Marlys owned and operated the Flame Lounge in Menomonie until 1990. Marlys also worked as the administrative secretary for the Menomonie office of District One Technical College for more than 20 years. After retiring from that position, she worked part-time for the Farmers Home Administration for six years. Marlys served on the board of directors for the Dunn County Housing Authority for 10 years.  She was also a life-long member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. 

Throughout her life, she enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds in her backyard, and attending sporting events. Marlys attended many Packer games, and was a member of the Menomonie Packer Backer Club. A special period in her life was watching her grandchildren in their activities. Marlys was blessed to have many life-long friends who stayed connected with her even as life became more difficult.  Reflecting on friendships always brightened her day and brought a smile to her face.

Marlys is survived by two sons, Steve (Diane) Josephson of La Crosse, and their children, Ryan and Ashley of Columbia Heights, Minn., and Tim (Twain) Josephson of Boise, Idaho, and their children, Lacyn, Marlene and Patrick; a sister, Julie Borm of Victoria, Minn.; a nephew, Rob (Tammy) Borm and their son William; and a niece, Sue (Dan) Kloster of Snowmass Village, Colo. 

Marlys was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; a son, Scott; her parents, William and Margaret Metling; her step-father, Stanley Borm; brothers-in-law, William Borm, Ocki Adamson and James Lehn; and sisters-in-law, Mary Rae Adamson and Mina Lu Lehn.

The family would like to thank the staff at Clare Bridge in La Crosse and the hospice care staff at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center for the kindness and compassionate care given to Marlys.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2011, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Mark Hendrickson officiating.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.  There will be visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at


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