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Robert G. Labs

Dunn County News, Sunday, November 1, 2009, A6

Robert G. Labs, 83, of Menomonie died Thursday, October 29, 2009 at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home, Elmwood, WI.

Bob was born at Molitor Hospital in Menomonie, WI on January 27, 1926 to William and Bernice (Simon) Labs. He attended Highland Grade School (Weston Township) and St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Menomonie; and graduated from Dunn County (Aggie) High School. Bob joined the Marine Corp. Reserves and spent from December 1950 to October 1951 stationed in Wonson, Korea. He was discharged in November 1952. Upon returning to Menomonie, he was employed at Lakeside Aluminum (Presto). On January 12, 1956, he was united in marriage to Mary E. Holzhueter at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Bob then worked for Wisconsin Milling in Menomonie and Wisco Milling in Abbotsford, WI. During this time Bob and Mary also bought their farm in Irvington in 1962. Then in 1969 Bob and Mary also purchased Elmwood Feed & Farm Supply, in Elmwood, WI.

Bob was active in area FFA and 4-H programs by coaching 4-H boys softball teams and watching his children show cattle. Time spent with his family, grandchildren, great-granddaughter, friends and neighbors was also a highlight. He was a member of St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, the American Legion Post #207, VFW Post #1039, and the Wisconsin Feed & Seed Association. Bob enjoyed cutting firewood, Angus cattle, horses and playing cards.

Bob is survived by his wife, Mary, children, Lori Labs (Steve Nelson) of Lakeville, MN, Linda (Mark) Kok, Sierra Vista, AZ, David (Karen) Labs, Menomonie, and Sarah (John) Kinnard, Menomonie, grandchildren: Joel Maas, Ryan & Luke Smith, Jason Labs and Erica Kinnard, great-grandchild, Makayla Maas Peterson. He is also survived by his brothers, Stanley (Joan) Labs and Gary (Sue) Labs, Sister-in-Law, Ione Labs all of Menomonie and a brother, Thomas (Carol) Labs, North Glen, CO, and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, sister Florence and her husband Francis Stratton, brothers Alfred and his wife Marlys, Richard and his wife Joan, Donald Labs, and David Labs (infancy).

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 2, 2009 at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Steve Schmeling officiating.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn Co., WI with military honors by Elmwood American Legion Post #207.

Thomas G. Labs

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

Thomas George Labs, 66, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in Denver, Colo., after a brief illness. Tom was born to William and Bernice (Simon) Labs in the Town of Weston on Nov. 17, 1943. He graduated from Menomonie High School and entered the U.S. Marines. He served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1966. After the service, he went into the concrete construction business.

He married Carol Stuckert of Elk Mound on Sept.11, 1970. They had two sons, Greg and Tim. Tom enjoyed fishing and boating with his sons.

Tom is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carol; two sons, Greg and Tim of North Glen, Colo; one granddaughter, Amanda; two brothers, Stanley (Joan) and Gary (Sue) of Menomonie; sisters-in-law, Mary Labs and Ione Labs of Menomonie, Carol Stuckert of Elk Mound; many nieces and nephews and many friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Florence and husband Francis Stratton; brothers, Robert, Alfred and wife Marlys; Richard and wife Joanne, Donald, and David; a nephew, Dale Stratton; and a brother-in-law, Harold Stuckert.

A memorial Service will be held in the spring in Menomonie.
Lucia A. Lanahan

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 18, 2009, A6 and Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 A6

Lucia Ann Lanahan (Stuart), age 79, of Colfax, has been called home to her Heavenly Father on this day the 16th of November 2009. Lucia suffered a massive stroke the week before and was confined to the hospital for a short period of time. She lapsed into a coma on Monday morning and expired at 11:45 a.m.

The former Lucia Ann Stuart was born Feb. 11, 1930, in Waukesha to Leelon and Maria (Nesta) Stuart.

Scotty, as she was called up north, loved the great outdoors and had many of the little woodland creatures in her beloved back yard. She loved the outdoors, and the eagles, which she took under her wings.

She is survived by her husband, John B.; her son, Michael Jon; grandchildren, Brandon and Morgan; her brother, Lee F. Stuart (Mimi); and many other relatives and friends. Although we all know she is with the Angels and God she so loved, we will miss her forever.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at Olson Funeral Home, 615 Wilson Ave., Menomonie, with Father Tom Krieg officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

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

Billy Jo LaMarr

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

Billy Jo LaMarr died too soon at 42 on Sunday, March 28, 2010, in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Billy was born Oct. 19, 1967, in Ladysmith. For the past 10 years, Billy owned and operated Reliable Truck Detail out of Flagstaff, and he had the pleasure and pride of working with hundreds of wonderful trucking companies across the southwest. He regarded the world around him with curiosity and awe. Billy loved to laugh, and he was an avid traveler who held a strong faith and a deep love of the outdoors. Billy is loved and cherished by all who knew and worked with him, and he is greatly missed.

Billy is survived by his mother, Clara (Buswell) LaMarr of Eleva; close friend, Franziska (Frances) of Winterthur, Switzerland; sister, Julie Rubenzer (Joe) of Washington; brother, Jeff Ostman (Jennilee Ostman) of Luck; brother, Tony LaMarr (Clarissa LaMarr) of Mondovi; sister, Kelly (LaMarr) Holzer of Elk Mound; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles LaMarr of Eleva.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at the home of Clara LaMarr: casual dress and please bring a dish to pass. Please call (715) 579-8653 for directions. Cards and flowers may be sent to S12691 Oak Road, Eleva, WI 54738.

Rev. Alfred H. Langhough

Dunn County News, Wed. Sept. 28, 2011, A6

Rev. Alfred "Al"  H. Langhough, 81, of Cambridge, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, after a challenging battle with Lewy Body disease.

He was born May 5, 1930, at Rice Lake Hospital to Olaf and Alfie (Sletten) Langhough. He grew up in Chetek, where he was active in sports (golf, basketball, softball, and football), hunting, music, church, and community activities.

He graduated from St. Olaf College in 1952 and Luther Northwestern Seminary in 1956. A few months later, he married Borghild Kjeseth, and they recently celebrated 55 years of marriage.

He is survived by his wife and three  children, Michael Langhough, Rebecca ( Ken) Koscik, and Christina (Karl Nordvall) Langhough);  his  grandchildren, Spencer and Audra; and his brother, Orville (Shirley) Langhough.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; his oldest daughter, Aana Langhough; and numerous beloved relatives, parishioners, golfing friends, and bridge buddies. 

Al was a wonderful father, husband and uncle. He took joy in watching his children, nieces and nephews and grandchildren grow. He was a great encourager of them in school, music, sports, and their faith.  He taught his kids to play his favorite game of golf, enjoyed many rounds with them, and celebrated heartily the first time each one beat him. He was known for his loud voice at high school sporting events, cheering on "Go You Rails" in Altoona and "Go Big Blue" in Cambridge.

Pastor Langhough was also an excellent preacher, pastor and dedicated churchman who deeply cared for the people of each community he was in. He brought the message of God's love and grace to all he served, including residents of the stockade at Fort Sill, soldiers in the frigid barracks of Greenland's ice cap Camp Tuto, and six congregations (Janesville, Ingleside, Racine, Menomonie, Eau Claire, and Cambridge).

Throughout the years, he took various leadership roles in the broader Lutheran Church (ELC then ELCA). His calling as pastor also led him to participate in many activities in the broader community.

In the 1960s, he was part of a committee of industrial and civic leaders who successfully implemented an open housing ordinance in Racine. He also sat on the board of the Racine Lincoln Lutheran Home for the Elderly and was chairman of "Operation Bootstrap" in the community (organizations providing affordable housing for those with limited financial resources). One of the buildings that resulted from this work is called "Langhough House" and bears the inscription, "The Rev. Alfred Langhough, founding president of Lincoln Manor and a sincere friend of the aged, helped arouse our community to a true social-health concern."

While serving in Eau Claire at St. John's Lutheran Church, Pastor Langhough worked with parishioners on the development and building of a 101-unit apartment complex for low-income elderly people. 

 Whatever Al did, he did with intelligence, intensity, and humor. In his closing days, he was heard to say "I'm on 18; I'll be home soon." He has now been welcomed home, and the greeting was probably something like "Well done, good and faithful servant...Enter into the joy of your lord!" (Mt 25:23)

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 501 Skogan Road, Cambridge. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Nitardy Funeral Home,  208 N. Park St. Cambridge, and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Burial will take place  in the Evergreen Cemetery, Menomonie, on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. with a  light lunch to follow at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to Lutheran Social Services, Grace Lutheran Church or to Hospice Care Incorporated.

Joseph John La Picca Jr.

Dunn County News, Wed, April 28, 2010, A6

Joseph John La Picca Jr., age 55, of Menomonie, passed away Saturday evening, April 24, 2010, at home surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born June 18, 1954, in the Bronx, N.Y., to Mae Ellen Mullen and Joseph John La Picca, Sr.

Joe was a creative artist in many fields. He loved music and spent many hours playing the guitar. He has drawn and painted both privately and professionally. The majority of his career he spent in sales. He had the personality and sweet heart that never seemed to meet a stranger, but always made a friend. He accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior and was currently a member of Cedarbrook Church in Menomonie. He will be greatly missed and always remembered by family and friends.

Joseph is survived by his stepfather, William Shillingburg; his siblings, Bill Provine of Conyers, Ga., Lyle Phillips of Memphis, Tenn., Loren Phillips of Menomonie, Jo Ellen Robinson of Wausau, Gina Lehman of Menomonie and Beverly La Picca of Menomonie; and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Joseph was preceded in death his father, Joseph J. La Picca, Sr.; by his mother, Mae Ellen Shillingburg; and sister, Evelyn Gaile Phillips.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Remy Diedrich officiating. Friends may call Monday, April 26, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Menomonie.

The Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

Lawrence 'Larry' Lapp

Dunn County News, Wed. Aug. 17, 2011, A6

Larry Charles Lapp died suddenly Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, in Cedar Falls (rural Menomonie), at the age of 63.

Larry was born on May 13, 1948, in Milwaukee, to Lillian (Colburn) and Ivan Lapp.  He grew up in Wisconsin Dells where he graduated from high school in 1966.

Larry served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1971 with the Army as an artillery mechanic.  Later he attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, earning a bachelor's degree in vocational education in 1979.

On May 22, 1982, Larry married Mary Maes at St. John's Catholic Church in Glenwood City. He worked for Thomas Brothers Construction as a carpenter for many years before becoming an instructor of carpentry apprenticeship at Chippewa Valley Technical College. He taught there until his retirement five years ago. While his sons were in middle school, Larry built the four-bedroom house in Cedar Falls where he lived until his death.

Larry was an avid hunter, trapper and outdoorsman. He was active in the Dunn County Fish & Game Association having served as a past president. Also, Larry served as president of the Dunn County Rifle Range where he made many improvements.

As a father, Larry's lesson impacted his three children.  He taught them about the outdoors, sports and carpentry.  Justin went on to be an engineer, currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.  Dustin became a mathematician and an actuary, currently working for Aviva Life Insurance Co. in Des Moines, Iowa.  Kristina became a biologist, currently finishing her master's degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Larry is survived by his wife, Mary; three children, Justin Lapp of Minneapolis, Minn., Dustin (Jennifer) Lapp of Des Moines, Iowa, and Kristina Lapp (fiancé, Bill Nadeau) of Stevens Point; two sisters, Kay James of Wisconsin Dells, and Marilyn Belter of Berlin; his mother-in-law, Josephine Maes of Glenwood City; six brothers and sisters-in-law; and other relatives and friends

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Lillian Lapp; a nephew, John James; father-in-law, Albert Maes; and a brother-in-law, David Maes.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie, with Reverend Jerry Hoeser officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

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

Eva J. Larrabee

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

Eva J. Larrabee, age 69, of Forest, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at 4:24 p.m. at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay, Ohio.

Eva was born on Aug. 1, 1942, in Chesterhill, Ohio, to Raymond E. and Geneva E. (Thomas) Work, both of whom are deceased.

She married Roger E. Larrabee on Oct. 19, 1963, in Columbus, Ohio, and Roger survives.

Also surviving are a son, Todd Larrabee of Forest, and two daughters Beth (Mark) Fleming of Upper Sandusky and Regina (John) Glaze of Columbus.  Along with six grandchildren, Kendra (Mike) Noyes, Cody Fleming, Jeffrey Glaze, Jeremy Glaze, Jacob Glaze, Justin Glaze and a great-grandson Kaleb Noyes.

Eva retired in 2009 from Coupled Products in Upper Sandusky, formerly known through the years as Continental Hose, Echlin and Dana.

She was a member of the Upper Sandusky Church of the Nazarene where she served as a Sunday school teacher. She was a church board member, and belonged to the Missionary Society where she formerly served as president, and she was a member of the L.I.F.T. of the church.

She also was a graduate of the Marion Local High School Class of 1960 in Chesterhill, Ohio.

For hobbies, Eva enjoyed doing all kinds of crafts and reading, and she loved to flower and vegetable garden and was also keeping busy with the church. 

Services for Eva J. Larrabee will be held at 11a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with the Rev. Clifford Larrabee officiating.  Burial will follow at Forest Center Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Sandusky Church of the Nazarene or Forest Center Church of the Nazarene. To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Edith M. Larson

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

Edith M. Larson, age 93, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at Our House Assisted Living. A long-term resident of Menomonie, Edith was very active in her church and in caring for her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis.

Edith will be mourned by her children, Gary (Carol) Larson, Karen (Michael) Williams, Steven (Candace) Larson and Anne Schleusner. She had eight grandchildren, Nathan Williams, Noah (Missy) Williams, Eve Williams, Kallie (Gene) Schaubert, Luke Schleusner, Tony, and Stephanie, and Stuart Larson. There are six great-grandchildren, Jack and Sam Williams, (Nathan), Noah and Nancy Williams (Noah), Emma and Tommy Schaubert, (Kallie).

Edith is also survived by her brother, Jack (Ruth) Olson; sister, Jean (Alton) Roemhild; and brother-in-law, George (Ellie) Larson.

Of necessity and bravery Edith left home after eighth grade and sought employment in Menomonie. Over her life she worked serving Menomonie residents in food service, dental offices and the hospital.

As with many World War II brides the early-married years were interrupted by the war. Edith and Louie married on June 20, 1940. They moved to California where they lived until Louie joined the Navy. Edith traveled back to Menomonie alone and returned to join Louie with their first-born, Gary.

After the war the young family returned to Menomonie, and raised their family of four children. Edith was the consummate family hostess. She made sure everyone was well fed with great lefse and her homemade potato salad. The family was always trying to get Edith to stop waiting on them and sit and eat.

Her children and grandchildren were all recipients of her prolific and excellent sewing - especially the sock monkeys! Edith's children often quote their mother telling the rambunctious children, "I may be little, but I'm mighty fierce."

Throughout Edith's life she served her church through circle work first at Our Savior's Lutheran and in later years at Christ Lutheran. She especially enjoyed the quilt making and sewing.

The family and all who knew her will mourn the loss of a loving and caring family member and loyal friend.

Her husband Louis; her mother and father, Martin and Kathryn Olson; her sibings, Sylvia Ranney, Martial Olson, Coral McIntyre and Elda Nilssen, preceded Edith in death.

Visitation will be on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Olson Funeral Home, 615 Wilson Ave, Menomonie. Funeral services for Edith will be at Olson Funeral on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in Tramway Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.
Rev. Maynard J. Larson

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

The Rev. Maynard J. Larson, age 80, of Menomonie, WI., died, Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at The Dunn County Healthcare Center in Menomonie.

Pastor Larson was born July 23, 1929 near Spicer, MN., the son of John & Mabel (Pedersen) Larson. He attended grade school and graduated from High School in The Willmar MN. school system in 1947. After graduation he attended Luther College in Decorah, IA. and it was then that his decision was made to enter the Christian Ministry and graduated in 1951. He continued his "faith walk" by then attending Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

As a young intern he continued his studies serving in Chetek/Dovre churches in WI. He was ordained in Willmar, MN in 1955. He accepted a call from a church in Zahl, ND and with all clergy, over the years was called to many other churches to speak God's ministry. He served in Minot, ND, Glenwood City, WI, Blaire, WI, Tigerton, WI, Amery, WI, and retired from the ministry after serving Ridgeland and Hay River, WI. During this ministry he was married to Phyllis Johnson on June 30, 1959 in Dawson, MN.

Pastor Maynard loved sharing the word of God with all his parishioners throughout the years. The decision of his "Faith Walk", made in 1947 was truly his inspiration for life and the Lord's Message he could convey to all.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Menomonie, and was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, WI, with Pastor Roy Harrisville, III officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastor Larson's cremation remains will be taken to rest at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

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

Ida S. Lausted

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

Ida S. Lausted, 94, a resident of the Onalaska Care Center in Onalaska, passed away on Sunday, Jan.  23, 2011. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. The Schumacher – Kish Funeral Home of Onalaska is assisting the family.
James Richard Lausted

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 12, 2009, A6

James Richard Lausted, 73, of Monee, Ill., formerly of Wisconsin, passed away Aug. 8, 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Andy (Grace) of Naperville, Ill., Theodore of Camp Roberts, Calif.; daughter, Kimberly of Monee, Ill.; brother, John (Martha) of Kilgore, Texas; and grandson, Leo.

Mr. Lausted retired from Prairie State College in 1996 after 26 years, where he created and coordinated the automotive department, worked at Bloom High School for 11 years, consulted for DaimlerChrysler Corp. from 1997 to 1998 and worked as an automotive instructor at Thornton Township High School in 2005. He was past president and a founding member of the Illinois College Auto Instructor Association and past president of the Lions Club of Chicago Heights.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Heartland Memorial Center, 7151 183rd St., Tinley Park, Ill., and on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home, 615 Wilson Ave., Menomonie.

A funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Tainter United Methodist Church followed by interment at the Tainter United Methodist Cemetery, both in the town of Tainter.

Memorials may be directed to the Mayo Clinic or Lions Club. For information please call (708)444-2266.

John B. Lausted

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

Memorial services for John B. Lausted, 78, Kilgore, Texas, formerly of Menomonie, will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 27, at Kilgore Manor Nursing Home, Kilgore under direction of Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home, Overton.

Mr. Lausted died Friday, March 19, 2010. He was born June 29, 1931, in Menomonie, Wisconsin to the late Bernard James and Lucille Maves Lausted. He married Martha Jean Brever Lausted Oct. 9, 1965, in Lyons, and went to work for Libby's Foods, which later became Dean Food in Darien, and he retired after 30 years. He moved to Liberty City, Texas, in 2006 from Delavan.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Richard Lausted.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Martha 'Jean' Lausted of Kilgore; and a daughter, Helen Lausted-Folden of Whitehouse.

A memorial fund has been established: Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network, P. O. Box 2732, Longview, Texas 75606. Online registration and condolences are available at www.cottlefuneralhome.com.

Lenora Lausted-Score

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

Lenora Lausted-Score, age 84, of Colfax, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

The former Lenora Mary Violet Prochnow was born July 28, 1925, in Red Cedar Township, Dunn County, to Alfred and Lilly (Schaefer) Prochnow. She attended Clearview Grade School and graduated from Colfax High School in 1943.

Lenora married Harold Lausted Sept. 1, 1945. Together, they farmed in Tainter Township until their retirement in 1983. Harold died July 22, 1995. Lenora later married Raymond Score on June 10, 2006.

Lenora was a lifetime member of Tainter United Methodist Church, where she was very active, singing in the church choir since 1934 and was organist/pianist since 1945. She was also a very active member of Dunn County Homemakers, recently receiving an award for her 55-year membership.

Lenora was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Lenora is survived by her husband Ray of Colfax; three sons, Darold (Linda) Lausted, Dean (Pamela) Lausted and Dale (Rosemary) Lausted; grandchildren, Jessica (Jeff) Rudiger, Cally (Curt) Henderson, Matthew (Kristy) Lausted, Jason (Danielle) Lausted, Lindsey Lausted, Megan Lausted, Ryan Lausted and Aaron Lausted; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Holden and Lauren Rudiger, Evan and Gabe Henderson, Mason Lausted and Kennedi Lausted; stepchildren, Diane (Steve) Brown and David (Mary) Score; step-grandchildren, Stephanie, Michael (Jennifer) Bartlett and Kristina Bartlett, Peter and Ashley Score, Jacob and Taryn Score, Kari Score and Carly Score; step-great-grandchildren, Evan and Allison Bartlett and Layla Score; a brother, Stan (Barb) Prochnow; a sister, Edna Wilsey; and also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Lausted; her son, Dana; sister, Alice Veith; and two brothers, Alvin and Leonard Prochnow.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 11, at Tainter United Methodist Church in Tainter Township, Dunn County, with Pastor Jeanne Jones officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. on 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.

Marlis N. Lawrence

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

Marlis Noreen Lawrence, age 74, of New Richmond, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 4, 2010, at Arthur Rose LLC in New Richmond.

Marlis was born the daughter of William and Emma (Schultz) Scheel on Nov. 30, 1935, in Rice Lake. She went to grade school in Hillsdale, and attended Barron High School.

Marlis married Eldon Lawrence on Jan. 17, 1953, in Dallas.

Marlis worked as a waitress at the Next Door Café, The Laurel, and the New Richmond Golf Club. She was also a partner in the family business, Lawrence Pest Control.

She loved to shop and was an avid Packer and Brewer fan, attending many Brewer games. Marlis was a very active member of New Life Family Church. She was a loving, wife, mother and grandmother, who set an example in her life by serving others.

She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Emma Scheel; brothers, Cyril Scheel and Oren Scheel; and sister, Lanita Borgen.

Marlis is survived by her husband, Eldon Lawrence; children, Brad (Jean) Lawrence, Lonnie Lawrence, and Janelle (Rodney) Forrest; grandchildren, Lindsy Lawrence, James (Katie) Lawrence, Kristin (Bobby) Rodgers, Kevin (Andrea) Forrest and Aaron (Amy) Forrest; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Hunter, Colin, Ashley and Nicholas; sister, Isla Herdahl; and many, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Living Word Chapel (2746 Highway 64) in Forest. Visitation will also be held on Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Sheridan Zion Lutheran Cemetery near Ridgeland.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young's Beebe Mortuary of New Richmond.

Robert L. Lecander

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

Robert L. Lecander, age 78 ,of Elmwood, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Bob was born April 6, 1932, in Plum City. He was the son of Vern and Clarice (Soderstrom) Lecander. He grew up in the Lund-Plum City area and graduated from Plum City High School. Bob farmed for a short time on the family farm. He married Gwendolyn Lidgerding on Nov. 10, 1951, at Sabylund Lutheran Church, rural Stockholm.

After marriage they moved to St. Paul, Minn., where Bob attended the University of Minnesota for agriculture and also worked at 3M. After several years they moved to the Starr Farm in the Township of Weston, Dunn County, where they raised their family farmed for many years, and raised Registered Holsteins. They recently became residents of the Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood.

Bob’s hobby was flying; he took lessons and then owned several planes over the years. He even made a landing strip at the farm complete with landing lights. Bob and Gwen took many trips including to Florida, Texas, Minnesota and Chicago, plus many flights around this area.

Bob is survived by his wife, Gwen; three children, daughter, Kathy Mousel of Menomonie, two sons, Todd (Michelle) of Spring Valley and Barry (Sara) of Cookville, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Michelle (Steve) Andrews, Melissa (Jeff) Katuin, Josh (Brooke), Zach, Luke and Isaac Lecander; three great-grandchildren; his mother, Clarice Lecander of Menomonie; a sister, Jean (Earl) Vance of Menomonie; three brothers, Roger (Barb) of Pepin, Ron (Arlene) of Decorah, Iowa; Don (Mary) of Walton, Ky.; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vern;, a brother, Lynn; and a son-in-law, Tom Mousel.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at our Savior’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Roy Harrisville III officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Pepin.

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

Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhome.com. Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.
Martha J. Lecheler

Dunn County News, Wed. July 28, 2010, A6

Martha J. Lecheler, age 89, of Menomonie, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Martha was born July 3, 1921, in the Township of Weston, Dunn County. She was the daughter of Joseph H. and Minnie M. (Hendricks) Stoeklen. Martha attended St. Joseph's Elementary School and Dunn County Aggie. She married George A. Lecheler Sept. 24, 1940. Martha worked at the Memorial Hospital in Menomonie as a P.T.A and the American Lutheran Home as a P.T.A and a C.N.A. She then worked at the Dunn County Health Care Center as a C.N.A until retiring in 1986. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

Martha is survived by two sons, Dean (Sue) of Menomonie and Richard (Jane) of Elmwood; a daughter, Connie (Loren) Rogers of Menomonie; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Lecheler of Elmwood; three sisters-in-law, Frances Stoeklen of Menomonie, Leona Horn of Ellsworth and Oliva Pelzel of Elmwood; a brother-in-law, Albert (Joan) Lecheler of Elmwood; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George, in 1977; a son, Roger, in 2003; six brothers, Leo, Lloyd, Herbert, Delbert, Louie and Bob Stoeklen; and four sisters, Thressie Hartfield, Mary Hammer, Eleanor Fedderly and Dorothy Werner.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at church on Wednesday. Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.

Ada M. Lee

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

Ada M. Lee, 82, of Barron and formerly of Ridgeland, passed away on Oct. 7, 2010, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 6, 1928, to August and Eleanor (Zabel) Nitz in the Town of Dallas.

Ada graduated from Barron High School in 1946. On Sept. 12, 1950, she married Carroll Lee at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Town of Prairie Farm. Ada and Carroll farmed in Ridgeland for 52 years.

Ada enjoyed visiting with people and compiling the Ridgeland News for the Barron News Shield, a job she held for 44 years. Her interest in music developed in high school where she played the violin in the school orchestra and was a member of the high school chorus. Ada was an accomplished accordion player. She also enjoyed listening to old time and polka music. She loved taking in nature, watching the birds, taking sunset drives, cats, flamingos, being active in her church, enjoying anything patriotic, but most of all spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 26, 2003; her parents; and brother, Wilferd Nitz.

She is survived by her son, Daniel (Mary) Lee of Barron; daughter, Brenda (Harlan) Gustum of Chetek; grandchildren, Katrina (Greg) Chovan, Andrea Olson, Melissa (Rusty) Weise, Jennifer (Ricky) Candler, Nathan (Heidi) Gustum and Aaron Gustum; great-grandchildren, Jenna and Jill Chovan, Peyton and Bria Olson, William, Amelia and Wyatt Weise, Wren and Landon Candler and Grace Gustum; sister-in-law, Phyllis French of Barron; nieces, Julie (Bob) Meteraude of Superior, Laurie (Terry) Wooldridge of Dallas and Debbie (Brian) Heldt of Pennsylvania; nephew, Jeff (Pam) French of Barron; along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Town of Prairie Farm with Rev. John Toppe officiating, and interment at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Dallas. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Home in Dallas and also an hour prior to services at the church.

Arrangements are with Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Cameron & Dallas.
Jacob T. "Jake" Lee

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

Jacob T. “Jake” Lee, age 75, of Menomonie, WI died Monday, September 21, 2009 at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie after battling cancer for 5 ½ years.

Jake was born to Alfred and Annie Lee on April 14, 1934. He graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1952 and then married Marilyn Tappon on June 26, 1953 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Rice Lake WI. After their marriage, their son Jeff was born in 1961 and daughter, Karen was born in 1964. Jake served in the National Guard in Spokane, WA from 1956-1958 and again from 1961-1962 in Tacoma, WA.

After the military service, he owned and operated the LP Gas and Appliance business in Rice Lake. He worked for Wisconsin Gas Company in sales and management for 11 years

He then started at Dunn Co. Electric on July 1, 1975, as general manager retiring in September of 1994.

Jake was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church as well as the Rotary Club. He was on the National Ski Patrol for 30 years. He enjoyed singing in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Choir. He was involved actively with the Durand Community Arts Club musicals, often as the lead singer. He was a member of the Red Cedar Medical Center volunteers. Jake was a devoted family man and good friend. The highlights of his last years were watching his grandsons grow up and participating in all of their events.

Jake is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Marilyn; children, Jeff Lee of Menomonie and Karen Lee of Boyceville; grandsons, Ryan & Andrew Veith and Jacob Robert Lee: siblings, Alfred Lee Jr. of Rice Lake, WI and Eunice (Dale) Seffrood of Wheaton, IL along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jake is preceded in death by parents, Alfred and Annie; sister, Charlene Lehman; brother-in-law, Kenneth Lehman and sister-in-law, Frieda Lee.

A Memorial Service was held at 11:00 AM Saturday, September 26, 2009 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Burial will be at a later date. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie assisted the family.

Eugene Lehmann

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

Gene Lehmann, age 74, of Menomonie, went home on Friday, March 12, 2010, after a battle with acute leukemia. He passed away at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Eugene Paul Lehmann was born April 3, 1935, in Menomonie, to Myrle and Martha (Robertson) Lehmann.

Gene graduated from Menomonie High School in 1952. He later married the former Faye "Jo" Curtis on Aug. 13, 1955, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Gene served with the Wisconsin National Guard Co. A, and was activated during the "Berlin Crisis."

Gene worked at Brown & Tetzloff Distributing which later became Brown & Lehmann Distributing. He purchased his own distributorship in Eau Claire, Lehmann Distributing. He later became Parks Coordinator for Dunn County for 21 years, until his retirement. In retirement, he worked part-time as a courtesy driver at Northtown Ford and most recently as a volunteer driver for ADRC. Gene's most cherished job was driving his great-granddaughters to preschool.

He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie for most of his life. He loved sharing his culinary expertise on Wednesday nights with his great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Gene is survived by his children, Tim (Kathi) Lehmann of Menomonie, Steve (Sherry) Lehmann of Menomonie and Cindy (Greg) Hoff of Boyceville; seven grandchildren, Amy (Joe) Clendenen, Heather Lehmann, Lindsay (Rick) Reiten, Tara (Jeremy) Wendt, Allen (Cheryl) Hoff, Kevin Hoff and Dylan Lehmann; three step-grandchildren, Chad and Justin Warner and Samantha (Clint) Hetchler; six great-grandchildren, Austin and Cody Wendt, Jazzmyn, Brooklyn and Taylor Hoff and Nate Clendenen; four step-great-grandchildren, Sky and Hunter Warner and Allie and Dezeray Hetchler; a sister, Betty Gabriel of Baden, Pennsylvania; and he is also survived by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrle and Martha Lehmann; his wife, "Jo" Lehmann; his in-laws, Arlo and Mabel Curtis; grandson, Michael Lehmann; granddaughter, Carrie Lehmann; a brother-in-law, Russ Gabriel; and a sister-in-law, Arla Schwerin.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie. There will be visitation 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.

Dorothy M. Lentz

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

Dorothy M. Lentz, age 82, of Menomonie, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

The former Dorothy Myrtle Swoverland was born July 19, 1927, in Tony, to Jonas and Bertha Swoverland. She married Gerald "Jerry" Lentz on July 25, 1945, in a garden wedding in rural Boyceville.

Dorothy worked for Majors Dry Cleaning in Menomonie and later worked with her husband running the Jerry Lentz Shop in Menomonie.

She enjoyed bowling and traveling and, in later years, she and her husband enjoyed winters in Texas. She also loved spending time with family and friends. Dorothy was known for her ready smile and keen wit along with her love of animals.

Dorothy is survived by her loving husband, Gerald of Menomonie; a sister, Stella Loberg of Neillsville; a brother, Claude (Lila) Swoverland of Grafton; and two sisters-in-law, Sharon (Del) Gunderson of Colfax and Diana Lentz of Eau Claire. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor David Whelan officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to service on Tuesday. Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County.

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

Frances R. Leventhal

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

Frances R. Leventhal, age 96, of Menomonie, formerly of Chicago, died Friday July 17, 2010, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie with her family by her side.

Graveside services for immediate family only will take place on Wednesday mJuly 21, 2010, at the New Light Cemetery in Lincolnwood, Ill.

Rhiel Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.
Jill Lewis

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

I know it is rare for the person who has passed to write their own obituary, but then if you knew me — Jill Lewis — you would know it was to be expected. 

Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Even though this cancer slowly took my body, it never broke my spirit or the loves of my life. The goal I lived with each day was to have “Jill days” over “cancer days.” The most difficult part of this journey, was knowing that one day I would have to leave my beloved family and dear friends.

I am survived by the love of my life, my soul mate, my best friend and husband, Jim Lewis. We both knew that there was no marriage that could compare to our relationship here on earth. I have no doubt our marriage was a gift from God to make my every day an awesome day. I am also survived by my two inspiring, incredible children, Karly and Peter.  There are few mothers that could be as proud of their children as I was. Jim, myself, Karly and Peter were the true essence of family.

In addition to my immediate family, I am survived by a wonderful, supportive system of relatives including mother, Phyllis Aldworth; brothers, Dan (Connie), Joe (Kathy), and sister Jane Rodriquez (Johnny); and many nieces, nephews and great nephews.

I am especially thankful for these friends who were as close to family to me — Louise and Joe Heimler, Jane Henderson, Sandy and Brian Torgusson, Carrie Knutson, Adam Mucks, Jamie Lynch, Chris Anibas, Millie Kotolek, Carolyn Mertz, Nicole LeDoux, Sue Slightam and Mark Hillman.

I am looking forward to joining my family members that have preceded me in death: my father, Max Aldworth, and brother, Ted Aldworth.

Following my marriage to Jim Lewis in 1984, we spent 20 years farming side by side in the communities of Stewartville, Kasson, and Detroit Lakes, Minn. In 2001, we moved to Menomonie to be closer to family and Jim’s new job.

I was hired as an advisor for the UW-Stout Educational Talent Search Program. I never dreamed a job could give more than what you could receive. The joy of this was watching my students go on to achieve their potential through higher education. I thank the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District for the opportunity to be so intricate in their school advising program. I also thank Stout and my wonderful coworkers for the support and vision to get this program to where it is today.

Jim, Karly, and Peter — I must again express how blessed I have been to have had you in my life. There was no way cancer could ever take away my attitude of appreciating the three people who made my every day worth living. Because I was always able to hold onto that thought, cancer lost the battle of stripping the most important things I lived for.

In all of the places I lived, I was blessed to be surrounded by dear, dear friends and beautiful memories that helped sustain me during my last days. I know many of you reached out in prayers, and I felt your love every day. To leave the family I loved so dearly and all of you was so very, very hard. Think of me whenever you see a purple flower or taste the sweetness of a blueberry — for I will be with you and you with me. 

                    Love,
                     Just Jill
Jill passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday morning surrounded by family.

In lieu of flowers, Jill preferred memorials to the Cedarbrook Church, Menomonie. Jill requested casual attire to funeral service.

Visitation will be Monday, June 14, at Cedarbrook Church in Menomonie from 4- 7 p.m.  Jill’s Life Celebration will be on Tuesday, June 15 at 1 p.m. at Cedarbrook Church, Menomonie.

Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhome.com. Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services-Menomonie is serving the family.

Betty Lien

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

Betty passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan, 28, 2009, at the Westbridge Care Facility in Winterset, Iowa.

She was born Elizabeth Joyce Curtis on Sept, 8, 1919, in Ladysmith. She moved to Menomonie in 1924 with her mother, Alice Curtis, and her siblings, Bob, Jack and Peggy.

Alice Curtis was a single mother determined to keep her family together. Alice ran a boarding house for Stout students on Wilson Avenue and operated the popular Café La Corte on Fifth Street from 1931 to 1949.

Betty graduated from Menomonie High School in 1937. She attended Stout for a year where she studied to be a dietician and later attended Eau Claire Vocational School. She joined the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) in August 1943, serving until January 1946, and was stationed in Seattle where she worked as a clerk and typist.

After leaving the WAAC, she returned to Menomonie and married Menomonie native Victor Lien on Sept. 28, 1946. He was a career army officer and together they lived in many places, from Germany to Hawaii, and many posts in between. They had three children, Steve, John and Lesa.

In 1985, Betty and Vic returned to Menomonie and lived at the Tantara Apartments until 2005 when they moved to Winterset to be near their daughter, Lesa.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Victor, in 2007, her son, Steven, and her brother, Jack Curtis.

She is survived by her brother, Bob Curtis of Sumner, Wash.; sister, Peg Boettcher of McLean Va.; her son, John of Madison; and daughter, Lesa Seefeld of Van Meter, Iowa.

Betty will be buried next to Victor in the National Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.

Betty was a loving wife and mother, known for her gentleness and generous spirit. She made a good home for her family and is deeply missed by them.

As a memorial, the family suggests donations to the Menomonie Public Library.

Alpha M. Lierman

Dunn County News, Wed, April 29, 2010, A6

Alpha M. Lierman, age 86, of Altoona, and longtime resident of Menomonie, died, Friday, April 23, 2010, at Country Terrace Assisted Living in Altoona.

She was born August 23, 1923, in Sherman Township, Dunn County, to Rev. Peter and Anna (Bille) Blicher. She attended Dunn County Aggie High School, and in 1941 married Milton Lierman. Alpha worked for many years at Jones’s Pharmacy in Menomonie and also at the Dunn County Healthcare Center in Menomonie.

Alpha was a very active person over the years and had many hobbies and things she enjoyed doing. She loved to dance, sing, play cards and bingo (she enjoyed her “casino runs”) do puzzles, garden and can the harvest from her garden; but the best thing in her life, was spending time with her family and friends. Her family was her testament to a wonderful life and her smile and laughter were infectious.

She is survived by two sons, Vaughn (Lucy) of Fall Creek and their children, Randy (JoAnn) Lierman, Kevin (Sandra) Lierman and Bryn (Sheila) Lierman, and Richard (Rayola) of Durand and their children, Mark (Leigh) Lierman, Ken (Jasqi) Lierman, Renee’ (Jim) Hurlburt and Michelle Lierman; one daughter, Joanne (Dave) Knaack of Eau Claire and their chlldren, Dennis (Lynn) Knaack, Denise (Steve) Tape, Brad (Lorie) Knaack and Chad (Keri) Knaack; great-grandchildren, Jeff, Alicia, Eric, Jason, Andrew and Cheyenne Lierman and Shay, Lance, Ellie, Morgan and Alex Lierman and Jordan, Jacob and Nathan Hurlburt and Jennica Knaack, Courtney Schoenberger, Sydney Tape, August, Aza, Logan and Addison Knaack; great-great-grandchildren, Allyson and one on the way (Aaron); and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Milton (1972); a daughter, Marilyn (1957); a grandson, Brett Hurlburt; and four brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Brett Voight officiating. Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. until time of service. Burial will take place at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Menomonie. The Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

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

Nandee V. (Woods) Link

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 23, 2009, A6

Nandee V. (Woods) Link, age 74, of Elk Mound, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at Colfax Health & Rehabilitation.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Leslie Walck officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery in the Town of Sherman, Dunn County. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and an hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

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

Olga Marie Loback

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

Olga Marie Loback, age 100, of Wheeler, passed away Monday, May 31, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Olga was born July 17, 1909, at the family home, in Tainter Township, Dunn County, the daughter of Peter Cristian Ovesen and Laura Johanna (Inglor) Atonson.

She married Clifford Magnus Loback March 1, 1938, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Clifford preceded her in death Jan. 10, 1989.

Olga was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wheeler.

She loved poetry; and while her family was sleeping, she would get up to write poems. She was a very good cook, and especially liked making lefse and homemade doughnuts. She also loved her cats, that were all named Tobby. She enjoyed crocheting afghans, made quilts for her family and embroidered pillow cases. She traveled to Thailand to visit her son, Lawrence, and also traveled to California; and at the age of 80, she still rode snowmobiles with her daughter, Della.

Olga is survived by her daughters, Della Bendtsen of Wheeler and Carolyn (Sheldon) Vanasse of Bloomington, Minn.; son, Stanley Loback of Wheeler; daughter-in-law, Corrine Loback of Chippewa Falls; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford; sons, Lawrence and Merle; daughter, Verla; daughter-in-law, Kofuji; brothers, Theodore and Erling; and sisters, Ingrid and Hildur.

A memorial service for Olga Loback will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Chapel, 535 South Hillcrest Parkway, Altoona. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be offered at www.cremationsociety-wi.com.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, is serving the family.

Ronald "Tank" L. Loback

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

Ronald L. Loback, 62, of Wheeler, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at Baldwin Medical Center in Baldwin.

Ron was born Oct. 16, 1947, in Glenwood City to Melvin and Mary (Stone) Loback.

He grew up in the Wheeler area and was employed with Century Fence, Wheeler Feed Mill and was patrolman for the Town of Otter Creek, and was a member of the Otter Creek Town Board for several years. He loved to hunt, fish and collect lawn mowers.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Loback; one daughter, Tina (Mark) Buneta; two brothers, Donald (Linda) and Barney (Diane) Loback; one sister, Melva (Mike) McIntyre; four grandchildren, Corey, Cameron, Caitlyn and Kelsey; and one great-grandchild, William.

He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin; infant brother, Arnold; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Funeral services for Ronald will be Friday, July 2, 2010, at noon at the Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax with burial in Holden Church Cemetery. Friends may call form 10 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Sally Ann Loback

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

Sally Ann Loback, age 61, of New Auburn, died Friday (Feb. 5) at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 pm Saturday, Feb. 6 at Stokes, Prock & Mundt Funeral Chapel, Altoona.

Mai Yang Lor

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

 

Mai Yang Lor, age 48, of Menomonie, passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

She was born July 20, 1962, in Laos to Nom Yang Wang and Pai Thao, and came to the United States in 1987 for a better life. 

Mai lived in several areas in the Midwest, moving to Menomonie in 2009.  She worked as a personal care giver with Asian Home Health Care.

Mai enjoyed gardening, sewing, and watching Indian movies, and she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She always put others before herself. She loved helping others and was happy to help and be a part of her new family.

Mai is survived by her husband, Henry Lee of Menomonie; her children, Ia (Jerry) Thor of Oshkosh, Der (Alice) Lor of Madison, Na Lor of Salida, Colo., Hmong Lor of Madison, Sai Lor of Monette, Mo., and Tou Lor of Oshkosh; her grandchildren, Juliana, Jarisma, Jaime, Jasimeen, Junali, Kilee and Isaac; her father, Nom Vang Yang; and her mother, Pai Thao; brothers and sisters, Yong Pao Yang, Xai Xue Yang, Chue Tong Yang, Youa Yia Yang, Meng Yang, Wang Chao Yang, Pai Yang, Shoua Yang, Youa Yang, Kao Yang and See Yang. She is also survived by other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the Econolodge Inn & Suites Conference Center in Menomonie, on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, between 8 a.m. and midnight and on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, between 1 p.m. and midnight, and Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, from 8  to 10 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Durand on Monday. 

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Donations or flowers may be sent to Olson Funeral Home in memory of Mai Yang Lor.

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

Dunn County News, Wed. Aug. 17, 2011, A6

Ethel A. Losness, age 89, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at The American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

She was born Nov. 14, 1921, in Williston, N.D., to Peter and Olga (Albert) Mickelson.  Ethel moved with her family from North Dakota to Ridgeland and then Wheeler, where at each place they owned and operated Mickelson's General Store. 

She graduated from Aggie in Menomonie, and on Dec. 7, 1941, she married Leonard Losness.

Ethel is survived by her two daughters, Judy (Marlow) Solberg of Eau Claire and Jane (Dale Bomberg) Frieburg of Verona; four grandchildren, Chad (Amy) Frieburg, Kara (Nick) Zizzo, Paul (Jackie) Solberg and Amy (Jeff) Frieburg; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Thelma Kittel; mother-in-law, Jennie Losness; brother-in-law, Jerry (Marie) Losness; sisters-in-law, Mildred (Lawrence) McIntyre and Madeline Mickelson;  and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and lots of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents;  husband, Leonard  (April 9, 1986); and her five brothers.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Aug.18, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Hay River Lutheran Church, rural Wheeler, with Pastor David Sands officiating.  There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at 10 a.m. at the church.   Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

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

Vernon E. Luer

Dunn County News, Wed. Oct. 5, 2011, A6

Vernon E. Luer, Vern, was born on August 3, 1921 in the town of Wilson, Dunn County and passed away at Care Partners in Menomonie one month and 16 days after his 90th birthday.

Vern attended Damon Ridge School and Ridgeland High School, and graduated from Barron High School. He attended UW-Madison, working at a variety of jobs including selling concessions at Badger football games. An excellent marksman, Vern won many medals on the UW pistol team.

After serving in the Army in England and France, Vern returned home to farm with his parents. In 1946 he married Marlys O'Flanagan. They had six children, Lynne, Valerie, Patrice, Jeffrey, Kristin and Nicole. In 1959, Vern left the farm to pursue a variety of occupations, including car salesman, truck driver, and finally rural mail carrier. For the last 37 years, Vern lived in Colfax. Marlys passed away in 1993.

Vern loved farming and was good at fixing machinery. He loved fishing, spent many hours in his boat and taught lots of kids to fish and to swim. He was an excellent dancer and enjoyed playing cards. An avid reader, he especially enjoyed history and read extensively about the Civil War. Vern was a loyal fan of the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers, as well as local high school sports. Anywhere he went, Vern could strike up a conversation. His children all have memories of waiting in the car while he made a new friend. Ever the adventurer, Vern flew ultra light planes and at age 76, drove to Alaska by himself in a Geo Metro.

Vern was very affectionate, and he was proud of his six children, eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brother, Eldon Luer of Ridgeland; and many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlys; his parents, Arthur and Alice Luer; oldest brother, Keith; and younger brothers, Alfred and Murray.

As Vern wished, an informal memorial gathering will be held.

Family and friends are invited to the Ridgeland Community Center from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, to share a meal and memories of Vern: our Daddyo, Grampy, brother, brother-in-law, cousin, uncle and friend

Vernon Luer

Dunn County News, Wed. Sept. 21, 2011, A6

Vernon Luer, 90, of Menomonie, peacefully passed away at the Care Partners Assisted Living in Menomonie, on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.

Memorial Services are being held at a later date.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin is assisting the family.

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