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Clara M. Kaiser

Dunn County News, Wed, May 12, 2010, A6

Clara M. Kaiser, age 80, of Menomonie, died Thursday, May 6, 2010, at Country Terrace Assisted Living in Menomonie with hospice.

Clara was born June 2, 1929, in Menomonie. She was the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Stoll) Matter. Clara grew up in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School. Following high school, Clara worked at Montgomery Wards in Menomonie in the bookkeeping department. Clara married Galen S. Bauer on Sept. 5, 1951, at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Following her marriage to Galen, Clara worked several more years at Montgomery Wards before devoting her life to being a fulltime housewife and mother. Clara enjoyed entertaining her local Canasta Card Club and in later years of her life devoted much of her time to her family's genealogy. Galen passed away in 1994 and in 1995 Clara married Edward Kaiser.

Clara is survived by her husband, Edward of Ridgeland; a son, Tom (Kathy) Bauer of Menomonie; two granddaughters, Sara (Jess) Carstens of Colfax and Heather Bauer of Rochester, Minn.; a great-grandson, Jacob Carstens of Colfax; her mother, Dorothy Matter of Menomonie; four brothers, Harold (Carol) Matter of Dixon, Calif., Donald Matter of Vashon Island, Wash.; Jim (Faith) Matter of Augusta, and Richard (Kathie) Matter of Eau Claire; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, Joseph Matter; her first husband, Galen Bauer; a sister-in-law, Mary Matter; and a nephew, Jeffrey Matter.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Private family burial of cremains will be at a later date in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of the services at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie.

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

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

Dennis Kaiser

Dunn County News, Sun. April 11, 2010, A6

Dennis C. Kaiser, age 59 of Elk Mound, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2010, at his home.

He was born on May 20, 1950, in Menomonie to Carl and Della (Allen) Kaiser.

Dennis was raised in Elk Mound, where he attended grade school, and graduated from Elk Mound High School in 1968.

Dennis served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972 in Vietnam.

On April 1, 1972, Dennis married Diane Ford in Stillwater, Minn. They resided in the Elk Mound area. Dennis was employed at Menards and later Sanna Dairies, where he recently retired.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Diane Kaiser; his son, Craig Kaiser; grandsons, Austin and Garrett Kaiser; his mother, Della Kaiser; sisters, Rachel (Karl) Stillman and Wanda (Larry) Edwards; mother-in-law, Marian Ford; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Larry (Karen) Ford, Geraldine Miller, Carol (Ron) Ziehme, Gerald (Jeannie) Ford, LaVerne Ford, Ronald (Pam) Ford and Terry (Beth) Ford. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Kaiser; father-in-law, Clarence Ford; and a brother-in-law, Roger Miller.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Interment will be in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2010, with military honors.

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

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

Rinda Marie Kassera, age 60, of rural Spring Valley, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Rinda was born Aug. 1, 1950, in Menomonie. She was the daughter of Jack and Marlys (Cropp) Bowell. As a young child she moved with her family to the San Jose, Calif., area. She graduated from high school in San Jose in 1968 and attended one year at San Jose State University before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she graduated in 1972.

Rinda began her career as a phone operator in San Jose for several years before transferring to the Eau Claire office where she worked as a long distance operator, retiring in 1991. Rinda married Roger Kassera Aug. 27, 1983, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Hatchville. After marriage they made their home in rural Spring Valley on the Kassera home farm.

Rinda enjoyed making cakes for all of her family's celebrations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, etc. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Rinda also volunteered many hours at the Elmwood schools while her children attended school.

Rinda is survived by her husband, Roger; four children, James (Jenny) of Albert Lea, Minn., Peter, Daniel and Lisa all at home in Spring Valley; two grandchildren, Japheth and Margret Kassera; her mother, Marlys Bowell of Elmwood; three sisters, Virginia (Steve) Geraets of Elmwood, Shirley Smith of Menomonie and Carla (Bruce) Podoll of Spring Valley; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Pat, in infancy; and her father, Jack Bowell.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturda, Nov. 20, 2010, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Hatchville, rural Spring Valley, with Rev. Martin Wegner officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.
Corinne Kerns

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 6, 2009, A6

Corinne Carol (Miland) Kerns, 67, entered her eternal life with Jesus Christ on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, after her courageous battle with cancer.

Corinne was born Dec. 24, 1941, to Oscar and Loraine (Cole) Miland in Mondovi. She found life, love and happiness through dancing to the oldies of the Rhythm Playboys, spending time with friends and family and tending to her gardens. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie and also a member of the Moose Lodge in Eau Claire.

Corinne worked for the Tupperware Company for several years in Wisconsin as a sales manager prior to moving to Texas in 1978. While in Texas, she continued her managerial skills with G.E. Capital overseeing several departments including collections, credit and accounts payable. After retiring from G. E. Capital, Corinne moved back to her hometown of Menomonie. While back in Wisconsin she decided to come out of retirement, and gained employment with the local Wal-Mart, where she enjoyed meeting and greeting new people.

She is survived by her five children, Sherry (Gary) Bentley of Eau Claire, Debra (Scott) Stewart of Brenham, Texas, Shelly Bradford of New Auburn, Jody Johnson of Brenham, Texas, and Shaun Kerns of Austin, Texas; brother, Terry (Mary) Miland of Menomonie; nephew, Derrick Miland of Menomonie; seven grandchildren, Jason (Angie), Terry and Scott Bentley, Lauren and Preston Stewart, Skyler and Kaylin Johnson; great-grandchildren, Arianna and Blake Bentley; niece, Tonia Miland; and great-nieces, Addison and Aleaha Miland.

Corinne was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Loraine Miland; and nephew, Shad Miland.

A celebration of her life will be held from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Moose Lodge, 3606 Curvue Road, Eau Claire. There will a prayer service at 5 p.m., followed by dinner. Flowers will be accepted at the lodge on Wednesday morning.

Corinne and her family wish to thank the many friends who have supported them during her battle with cancer; and most particularly they wish to thank the St. Joseph Hospice team who so graciously served her throughout the past few months. Our family would also like to give thanks to Sacred Heart Cancer Center for all their wonderful care.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin in Altoona is serving the family.

Chancy H. Kingsley

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

Chancy H. Kingsley, age 85, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Nov. 5,  2009, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

No services are being planned.

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

Garry W. Kitzmann

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

Garry Wayne Kitzmann, age 58, of River Falls, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at his home.

Garry was born on Jan. 18, 1951, in Hastings, Minn., the son of Walter and Anna (Hopp) Kitzmann.

He was a graduate of Hastings High School. Garry worked as a crane operator and welder for Meyer Machine in Hager City, from 1971 to 1978 and later worked for Gerdau Ameristeel as a crane operator from 1978 to the present.

Garry married Suzanne M. Prochnow on April 22, 2006, in River Falls.

He was an avid hunter, trapper, fisherman and enjoyed writing poetry and gardening.

Garry was a member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church, River Falls.

Garry is survived by his wife, Suzanne Kitzmann of River Falls; three sons: Jeffrey (Sandra) Kitzmann of Red Wing, Minn., Garrett (Jessica) Kitzmann of Red Wing and Michael (Christina) Kitzmann of Red Wing; four grandchildren, Mitchell, Marshall, Leigha and Nathan; mother, Anna Kitzmann of Hastings, Minn.; two brothers, Ronald Kitzmann of Hastings and Gerald (Sally) Kitzmann of Hastings; two sisters: Annette Berdahl of Oakdale, Minn. And Jeannie (Richard) Doffing of Frederic.

Garry's father, Walter, preceded him in death.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, River Falls. Fr Gerald Harris will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Friends may call on Sunday from 1 p.m. until time of service.

To extend an online condolence to the family go to www.cashmanhillfuneralservice.com.

Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, River Falls, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Arlys E. Knutson

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

Arlys E. Knutson, age 78, of the Town of Wilson, rural Wheeler, passed away peacefully Monday, June 28, 2010, at her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born Nov. 13, 1931, to Grant and Anna (Glaser) Harmon in the Town of Sheridan, Dunn County. On Nov. 27, 1948, she was married to Rhinehardt Knutson at Eau Claire. Arlys enjoyed being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She also enjoyed quilting, flowers and gardening.

Arlys was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jim Knutson; granddaughter, Hope Knutson; brother, Richard Harmon; and sisters, Hazel Christopherson and Janet Tronsdal.

She is survived by her husband, Rhinehardt; son, Ralph Knutson of Ridgeland; daughters, Kathleen Anderson-Audorff of Eau Claire, Wanda Knutson of Colfax, Cynthia (Gregory) Peer of Grantsburg and Dawn (Richard) Bradley of Oceanview, Hawaii; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, at Hay River Lutheran Church in the Town of Hay River, rural Wheeler, with Rev. David Sands officiating and interment in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held for the hour prior to services at the church.

Arrangements are with Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Dallas & Cameron.

Nora L. Kleist

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

Nora L. Kleist age 90, of Menomonie, passed away Friday, June 25, 2010, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

She was born July 22, 1919, in Weston Township, Dunn County, to James and Martha (Ziehme) Kizer. She grew up and was educated in the Menomonie area.

Nora married Orval Kleist on Aug. 6, 1939, at First Lutheran Church, Eau Claire. Nora was a homemaker, church and hospital volunteer, and an Avon representative for 25 years; and she assisted Orv with a wide variety of business ventures.

Nora is survived by two daughters, Lois Fedderly and Nancy (Weldon) Rush; two sons: Orval (Janet) Kleist, Jr. and George (Lyn) Kleist; 10 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; a brother, Gene Kizer; a sister, Margarite Blakely; a brother-in law, Gene (Alice) Kleist; and several nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.

Nora was preceded in death by her husband Orval; her parents, James and Martha (Ziehme) Kizer; brothers, Vernon Kizer, Helmer "Dutch" Kizer, James, Jr. "Bud" Kizer and Velmer (Tim) Kizer; sister, Doris "Snookey" Comerford; and son-in-law, Charles "Jim" Fedderly.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Rob MacDougall officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service, starting at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Cedar Falls Cemetery at a later date.

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

Larry Klopp

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

Thomas Larry Klopp, 71, of Menomonie, peacefully went home to the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010.

Larry was born March 31, 1939, in Eau Claire the son of Milo and Helma (Ouim) Klopp. He attended Bennett Valley Schools and graduated from Central High School Eleva-Strum in 1957. 

In high school, he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball and was elected both homecoming and prom king. Larry was very well liked by everyone. The caption under his yearbook photo said it all: “ a quiet guy, but quite a guy.” 

After high school, he worked at American Motors Corporation in Kenosha.  On Aug. 5, 1961, he married Gladys Hoover at Rock Creek Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. He attended Stout State University, graduating in 1968 with a B.A. degree in industrial arts. 

He taught at Wausau High School. He returned to Menomonie and earned a masters degree in huidance in 1971. He was a guidance counselor and wrestling coach in Ithica for one year. He then returned to Menomonie and was the guidance counselor at Boyceville High School for 25 years, retiring in 1995.

Larry was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie. He served as usher, greeter, and taught confirmation class. He also enjoyed camping, golfing, watching Packer and Brewer games, and spending time with his grandchildren. He took great pride in his grandchildren’s achievements and accomplishments in academics and sports. Come rain or shine, they could always count on “Pa-Pa” being there.

Besides his wife of 49 years, Gladys, Larry is survived by sons, Todd (Brenda) of Yuma, Colo., Eric (Ingrid) of Albany, Calif, and Shane of Littleton, Colo.; daughter, Tammi (Rob) Cassidy of Clinton, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Cody, Bret and Alex Klopp, Kristin, Ryan and Keegan Cassidy, and Amanda Klopp; sisters, Delores (Gerald) Repaal of Colfax and Muriel (Russell) Pritchett of Illinois; brother, Donald (Margaret) Klopp of Racine; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a stillborn son, Thomas Larry Klopp Jr.; his parents; sister Marjorie Gilbert and brother-in-law Howard Gilbert; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. Pastor Geoff Scott will be officiating.  Friends my call Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 4-7 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home, 615 Wilson Ave. Menomonie.

I’m sure Larry is now golfing with the angels in Heaven — sure hope he gets a hole in one.

Katherine R. Knutson-Wuorenma

Dunn County News, Wed, June 9, 2010, A6

Katherine “Kathy” R. Knutson-Wuorenma, age 50, of Wheeler, died on Sunday, June 6, 2010, at her home with her family by her side after battling cancer.

Kathy was born Aug. 31, 1959 in Menomonie, to Ervin and Mavis (Fawcett) Knutson. Kathy was a hardworking, selfless person who had worked at Clopay Building Products of Baldwin for many years and then for Federal Foam Technologies of New Richmond and in both companies worked her way up the ranks to “Group Lead.”

Her experiences with Federal Foam Technologies was very positive as they were like Kathy: “Generous, kind, caring, loving and personal.” The friendships she acquired while there were extremely important to her and very real. Kathy loved dancing to “modern” or classic rock music. She enjoyed doing puzzle books, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, “alone time with her life partner, Keith,” and time with her family.

She is survived by her life partner, Keith Tainter of Wheeler; three children, Jimmy (Jolene) of Andover, Minn., Aleasha (Christopher) Wruck of Boyceville and Andy of Connorsville; six grandchildren, Seth, Logan, Alexcis, Kole, Lucian and James Dominic (on the way); four sisters, Carroll Walther of Rice Lake, Roxanne Knutson of Connorsville, Clara (Bob) Clark of Wheeler and Pauline (Dale) Bents of Barron; one brother, Doug (Candi) Slagel of Ridgeland; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Harry and Alice Fawcett; her parents; and one brother, Donnie Dodge.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 10, at 11:00 a.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Brad Peterson officiating. Friends may come or call from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Cedar Falls Cemetery.

The Olson Funeral Home is serving the family. Lakeview Floral and Gifts will be handling the floral arrangements. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

James J. F. Koepnick

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

James J.F. Koepnick, age 85, of Janesville, died Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Mercy Hospital, Janesville, with his family surrounding him. He was born in Menomonie, on April 6, 1925, the son of Robert and Alvina (Haase) Koepnick, and had served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He married Phyllis Laughlin on Dec. 3, 1946, in Stillwater, Minn. He later married Mary M. Govin on June 10, 1961, in Rockford, Ill. She preceded him in death on Oct. 11, 1980.

Jim was employed at Miller Auto Parts in Janesville for many years and later for the Eau Claire County Courthouse for an additional 10 years. He was a member of the VFW and a former member of St. William Catholic Church, Janesville.

He is survived by his three children, Jim (Charlene) Koepnick of Oshkosh, Sue Koepnick of Chippewa Falls and Bill Koepnick of Janesville; son-in-law, Derrick (Joy) Paul of Eau Claire; and four grandchildren, Claudia, Teddy, Emily and Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Marcene Paul; and a brother, Willis Koepnick.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at the Schneider Apfel Schneider and Schneider Funeral Home, Janesville, with Rev. Jerry Amstutz officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Wednesday from noon until the hour of service at the Schneider Apfel Schneider and Schneider Funeral Home.

For online guestbook and condolences, visit www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com.

Willis R. Koepnick

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

Willis R. Koepnick, age 87, was called home to heaven on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. He was born in Menomonie on Dec. 23, 1922, to Robert and Alvina Koepnick. Willis and his wife, Carol, moved to Las Cruces, N.M. a few years ago to be with their daughter and her family.

Willis served in the U.S. Army for more than four years during World War II and received an honorable discharge on Dec. 13, 1945. He worked at the Menomonie Post Office as a letter carrier and postal clerk until his retirement in 1978. He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie until they moved to Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Las Cruces.

Survivors include his daughter, Ann Samaniego; his son-in-law, Ralph Samaniego; and his granddaughter, Sara; all of Las Cruces. Other survivors include one brother, Jim Koepnick; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, and his parents.

At Willis' request, cremation took place in New Mexico. A memorial service with military honors, and interment will take place in Menomonie in July. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family.

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

Willis R. Koepnick

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

Willis R. Koepnick, age 87, formerly of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, in Las Cruces, N.M.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in the Township of Menomonie, Dunn County, with Military Honors by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 18, 2010, A2

Ronald G. Kohnke, 79, of Menomonie and formerly of Elk Mound, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at Sacred Heart Hospital. He was born on Nov. 11, 1930, in Eau Claire, the son of Ewald and Dorothy (Horel) Kohnke.

He graduated from Elk Mound High School with the class of 1948.

Ron married Donna M. Bell on April 7, 1951, at Barum Lutheran Church in Elk Mound.

He farmed in Elk Mound until 1991. He then worked as a volunteer at Interfaith Food Pantry in Menomonie.

He was a member of Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church in Elk Mound.

Ron is survived by his son, Bill (Janice) Kohnke of Elk Mound; daughter, Deborah (Marshel Jr.) Parizo of Eau Claire; five grandchildren, Suzanne (Jake) Emberson, Anthony Kohnke, Stephanie Thompson, Brett (Jennifer) Kohnke and Kelsey (Andrew Wolf) Parizo; his sister, Delores Sperstad; eight great-grandchildren; special friend, Elaine Mahnke; and many nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna; and a son, Robert.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church in Elk Mound with Pastor Michael Wollman officiating. Private burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Elk Mound Township. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the start of the service Friday at the church.

Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral and Cremation Services is serving his family. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.lenmarkfh.com.

Gladys C. Kolasinski

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

Gladys C. Kolasinski, age 96, of Butternut, died in the Park Manor Nursing Home in Park Falls on Friday, September 17, 2010. She was born in Wilson, Wisconsin on November 30, 1913, the daughter of Frank and Anna Koonst. She grew up on a farm near Wilson, Wisconsin. She was a 1932 graduate of Menomonie High School.

She was married to Joseph Kolasinski on November 21, 1936, and they operated a farm near Glenwood City. She was employed for many years as a Cheese Maker by the Cheese Factory in Clayton. She was a longstanding member of the United Methodist Church of Glenwood City, WI. In her free time she enjoyed preparing goodies for coffee hours and gatherings, crocheting, travel to the state of Washington, playing bingo, and helping her family. She spent her last 11 years in the Butternut area living with her niece, Lois (Fran) Gwinn and then later moved to Park Manor.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; two sisters, Blonda Kostman and Vernice Kostman; and four brothers, Carl, Howard, Arthur and George Koonst.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 2 at the Glenwood City United Methodist Church in Glenwood City, Wisconsin, with Pastor Mary Jo Laabs officiating. Inurnment will be in the Hersey Oakwood Cemetery in Glenwood City, Wisconsin.

The Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Charles E. Kopp

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

Charles E. Kopp, 82, of Elk Mound, was called home to be with his Lord on Feb. 17, 2010. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Charles was born on July 7, 1927, one of five children, to Earl and Emma (Erickson) Kopp. On Jan. 23, 1948, he married Marian Olson and together they had four children.

During his life, Charles exemplified his faith in God, dedication to family and strong work ethic in all that he did. He was a lifelong member of Amy Chapel and an active church leader. Charles enjoyed many family activities including camping, hunting, and spending time with loved ones. Throughout his life he enjoyed sharing his memories of working along side his brother, Fred, hauling milk and delivering for Montgomery Ward. Charles was also a successful hog farmer along with his sons at Kopp Farms near Elk Mound.

Charles was loved and respected by the many people whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marian; daughter, Carol (Alan) Brenden; three sons, David (Kathy) Kopp, Roger (Cindy) Kopp and Dan (Sue) Kopp, all of Elk Mound; 10 grandchildren, Brenda Wagner, Jeff (Davina) Brenden, Cheryl Brenden, Steven (Tracy) Kopp, Jodi Brenden, Kelly (Kurt) Roder, David Brenden, Sara Kopp (Dustin Salsbury), Stacy Kopp (Brandon Powell) and Becca Kopp; eight great-grandchildren, Akoya, Emma, Anna, Diesel, Allie, Ella, Samantha and William; two sisters, Alice Myers and Dorothy "Babe" Velie; a brother, Leonard Kopp; two sisters-in-law, Julienne Kopp and Dorothy Wise; a brother-in-law, Jim (Wanda) Olson; and many loving nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Fred Kopp; and three brothers-in-law, Earl Myers, Norm Velie and Charlie Wise.

A precious heart stopped beating, hard-working hands to rest, though our hearts are grieving, we rejoice in his eternal rest.

The family would like to thank Pastor Dale (Suzie) Bussinger along with the congregation of Amy Chapel and many friends and neighbors who have offered prayers and kindness to our family.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Amy Chapel, off County Road E, near Elk Lake in Dunn County with Pastor Dale Bussinger officiating. Burial will be in Rock Falls Cemetery in the Town of Rock Creek. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home, 814 First Ave., Eau Claire, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

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

Jerry E. Kothlow

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

Jerry E. Kothlow, age 65, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Jan.12, 2012.

Jerry was born in Eau Claire to Victor and Margaret (Evenson) Kothlow. 

Jerry married Annette Hase on May 27, 1967, in Menomonie.  He and Annette ran a dairy farm east of Menomonie on the home farm for many years.

After retiring from farming, Jerry went to work at the Chippewa Valley Golf Course in Menomonie as a greens keeper.  He had always loved the outdoors and this was the job for him.

Jerry always had a love for animals and fast cars, especially Chevrolets.  Through the years, he participated in many fun activities, like racing his pony,  "Rusty," at the fair, pulling his farm tractor, fishing,  and also taking many trips to the casino.  Most of all,  he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Jerry is survived by his two daughters, Melissa (Steve) Gilgenbach of Wheeler and Rebecca (Marc) Ruska of Baldwin; one sister, Eileen Stark of Menomonie; his faithful dog, “Cosmo;” several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Annette (nee -  Hase); his brother, Russell; and his brother-in-law, Walter "Bud" Stark.

A celebration of Jerry's life will take place on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012,  from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.  A service will then take place at 6 p.m.

Interment will take place on Tuesday, at St. John's Cemetery, Town of Spring Brook. To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Christie S. Krantz

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

Christie Sue Krantz, 43, of Elk Mound, passed away unexpectedly due to natural causes on Thursday, March 31, 2011, at her home.

Christie was born on April 28, 1967, a daughter to Calvin and Bette (Jennings) Krantz in Eau Claire.

She enjoyed listening to country music, especially Keith Urban.  She collected Keith Urban memorabilia. She traveled to Keith Urban concerts and attended multiple Country Fest events. Christie was also an avid Barbie Doll collector and had an extensive collection.

Christie is survived by her parents; her twin brother, Cal Krantz of Pewaukee; her sister, Julie Krantz-Messersmith, of Aptos, Calif.; her brothers, Joe (Diane) Dale of Alma, David (Kathy) Dale of Tonopah, Nev., and Roger (Priscilla) Dale of Sanger, Texas; three nephews, Matthew, Michael, and Brendan; three nieces, Jenny, Jill and Casey; three great-nephews, Braedon, Joshua and Noah; aunts, Carol Kellerman of Cumberland, Elaine Krantz, who was also her godmother, of Shell Lake, Mary Krantz of Shell Lake, Clarice Hopkins of Davis, Calif., Peggy (Bud) Thompson of Richland Center; uncles, Joe Martin of Drain, Ore., Jerry Jennings of Eau Claire, and John (Betty) Jennings of Chippewa Falls; and numerous cousins.   

She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents and many uncles and aunts.  

Funeral Services for Christie were held on Monday, April 4, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, 207 University St., in Elk Mound with Pastor Michael Wollman officiating.  A visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to services at the church.  Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery rural Elk Mound. 

Memorials may be directed to Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church.

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

Ralph C. Krause

Dunn County News, Sun, May 9, 2010, A6

Ralph C. Krause, 75, died on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at his home in Kingman, Ariz., with Hospice Care. He was born in the Town of Lincoln in Eau Claire County and grew up on a farm in rural Menomonie. Ralph was a veteran of the Korean War and was an active member of the VFW in Kingman.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Linda; children Kelley and David; granddaughters, Aubrey, Megan and Lyndi; sisters, Lillian Quilling and Gladys Waller of Menomonie; and sister-in-law, Diane Wilson of Portland, Mich.; as well as many nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland and Matilda Krause; sister, Rosella Quilling; and nephew, Paul Quilling.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to randlranch@citlink.net.

Darwin J. Krueger

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 14, 2009, A6

Darwin J. Krueger, age 85, formerly of Milwaukee, WI died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

No services are planned. He will be interred in Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire at a later date. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie assisted with arrangements. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com .

Elaine H. Krueger

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, A6 and Wed. Dec. 29, 2010, A6

Elaine H. Krueger, age 91, of Menomonie and formerly of Wheeler, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

She was born Oct. 11, 1919, in Dunn County to Leonard and Minnie (Moe) Shaw.  As a youth she attended Hawthorne Rural School.  She married Maynard Krueger on Nov. 5, 1938 and they farmed all their lives, both dairy and agriculture.

Elaine was known for her “hard work” and farming was a joint effort. She always had a garden and it produced food to put on the table. She was very involved in Our Saviors Lutheran Church activities over the years.

Elaine had a great sense of humor. After moving to The American Lutheran Home she loved to have her meals closest to the terrace and with the view outside.

She is survived by her three children, Corrine (Joe) Boda of Boyceville, Leonard of Boyceville and Lowell “Pete” (Mary) of Wheeler;  10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Malcolm;  nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Maynard (Dec. 30, 1981); and her siblings, Myrtle, Hilman, Lenore, Marvel, Ruth, Violet, Gilman and Joyce.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Wheeler. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

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

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 10, 2010, A6

Florence "Flossie" M. Krueger, age 84, of Menomonie, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, at Comforts of Home in Menomonie.

The former Florence Maxine Brensdal was born July 22, 1926, in Fall City, to Anton J. and Vernice A. (Owens) Brensdal. As a young girl, Flossie moved with her family to Menomonie, where she graduated from Menomonie High School in 1944.

Following graduation, Flossie went to work for the former Kraft State Bank, now M & I Bank in Menomonie, where she worked for 40 years.

Flossie married Paul "Dick" Krueger on Aug. 25, 1947, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Together they raised three children; and were later divorced.

She was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, involved in Luther League, Sunday School and the church choir; and she was secretary and treasurer of the women's group. After retiring, Flossie was also secretary at Our Savior's for a number of years.

Flossie was an avid sports fan watching many different sporting events. She especially loved following her children and grandchildren's games. She also loved bowling, playing cards and traveling.

Flossie is survived by her son, Ronald (Ann) Krueger of Eau Claire; daughter-in-law, Diane Carriveau of Menomonie; grandchildren, Michael (Melissa) Krueger of Madison, Ryan and Whitney Krueger of Menomonie, and Kali and Bailey Krueger of Eau Claire; great-grandchildren, Marina and Mitchell Krueger; a sister, Betty Enersen of Eau Claire; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Vernice Brensdal; a daughter, Marsha; son, Steve; sisters, June (Don) Ponto and Alma (Jim) Jeatran; brother-in-law, Burt Enersen; and niece, Carol Marie Enersen.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Roy Harrisville III officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery also in Menomonie. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

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

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 9, 2011, A6

Carol June Kuehl, age 84, of Menomonie,  passed away Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Carol June Jones was born July 21, 1926, in Dunn County, to Archie and Edna (Webster) Jones.  She married Richard A. Madsen on Jan. 21, 1944. To this union six children were born: Gloria, Donna, John, Joann, Bruce and Arlyn.  The couple  later divorced and Carol married Victor H. Kuehl. They had a son Victor Jr.

Carol worked as a CNA at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and Osseo Nursing Home. 

She loved to go spring fishing for suckers, which she pickled or canned, and also fished for "Sunnies.” She enjoyed her flowers gardens, making Teddy Bears (a few of which went overseas) and the Paddington Bear. Her delicious molasses cookies and wheat dinner rolls were the family favorites. Carol also traveled the U.S. and camped along the way, spending a few winters in Texas.

Carol is survived by her children, Gloria Everts, John (Delores) Madsen, Joann (Peter) Kurth, Bruce (Shirley) Madsen and Victor (Brenda) Kuehl Jr.; step-children; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brothers, Forrest (Marlys) Jones, Alfred (Betty) Jones, and Marvin (Dianne) Jones; and is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Richard and Victor; an infant daughter, Donna Madsen; a son, Arlyn Madsen; and a sister, Alta Mae McElwaine.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at United Methodist Church in Boyceville, with Pastor Tim Matthaei officiating. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Thursday. 

Olson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Menomonie is serving the family. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com
Sandra L. (Johnson) Kuester

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

Sandra "Sandy" L. Kuester, age 64,of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie due to health complications.

She was born Oct. 29, 1946, in Menomonie, to Russell and Carol (Johnson) Johnson.  She was a graduate of Menomonie High School in 1964.  Sandy worked for The Eau Claire Academy for more than 34 years as a financial director.  She married Tom Kuester on Dec. 23, 1978, in Menomonie. 

In the past, Sandy enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling.  Her favorite pastime was going to "the cabin" and reading a good book. 

She is survived by her husband, Tom of Menomonie; two sons, Jake (Sara) of Menomonie and Matt of Menomonie; one granddaughter, Lucy; one brother, Bill Johnson of Menomonie; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.  A visitation will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service at Olson Funeral Home on Thursday.

Her wish was to have a cremation take place; and her cremains will be scattered at "her cabin" at a later date.

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

Amy Kulenkamp

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

Amy Kulenkamp, age 47, of Spring Valley, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Memorial services for Amy will be held on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating.

Visitation will be on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the fellowship at St. John's Church and one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, is handling arrangements.
Robert R. Kurth

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

Robert R. "Uncle Bob" Kurth, age 99, a longtime Janesville resident, passed away early Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at Our House Memory Care, Janesville. He was born June 26, 1910, in Knapp, the son of the late Alfred and Minnie (Jones) Kurth.

He attended Knapp High School.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, proudly serving his country during World War II in Italy and North Africa.

He worked for more than 35 years at General Motors as a Jig & Fixture Operator, retiring in 1970. He was a member of the U.A.W. Local 95, and was a Life Member of the V.F.W. Kienow-Hilt Post 1621.

Uncle Bob was a very accomplished pianist and artist. He was a watch maker and inventor, having created the machine that General Motors utilized to install Landau roofs on their cars. He will be remembered as a "tinkerer" by everyone who knew him. Uncle Bob will be missed for his stories of World War II.

He is survived by his sister, Berenice Richards, of Sun City, Ariz.; his two nieces, Mary Gross and Norma (Gary) Godding, both of Janesville; and by great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Tootie Kurth; and by a nephew, John Gross.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at the Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel, 1725 N. Washington St., with Rev. Michael Jackson officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery. Military Rites will be provided by the Kienow-Hilt Post 1621. Friends may call on Thursday at the chapel from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. The Whitcomb-Lynch-Albrecht Funeral Home, Janesville is assisting his family with arrangements.

Uncle Bob, You were like a snowflake... you were unique in every way. We Love you.

With much gratitude, we would like to acknowledge the wonderful care Uncle Bob received from the HospiceCare, Inc. staff. A special thank you to Tina, Shelley and Chaplain Dave. To our dear friends at Our House Memory Care, thank you so very much for your love and care towards Uncle Bob, and your kindness to us. - Mary and Norma

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