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Peter F. A. Neiderhauser

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 13, 2009, A6

Peter Frederick Amund Neiderhauser, age 66, of rural Ellsworth, was pronounced dead, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, of natural causes, at his home.

He was born on Feb. 21, 1943, in Red Wing, Minn., the son of Edgar and Florence (Odalen) Neiderhauser.

Peter graduated from the Ellsworth Schools in 1961 and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1961 until 1964. He attended the Vo-tech in Eau Claire and worked in La Crosse as a machinist for a few years, returning to the Ellsworth area to work for De La Val in River Falls. In 1972 he took over the family farm, after his father's retirement. In 2001 Peter suffered from a farm accident and gradually retired from farming. In past years Peter enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming.

Peter was a life-long member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Beldenville.

He is survived by his mother, Florence Neiderhauser, Ellsworth; brother, John (Denise) Neiderhauser of Menomonie; and a sister, Audrey (Clair) Severson of Ellsworth. Peter is further survived five nieces.

His father preceded him in death.

A memorial service for Peter will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Beldenville. Rev. John Sutherland will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service on Sunday.

No other visitation will be held.

Memorials are preferred to Our Savior's Lutheran Church building fund.

To extend an online condolence to the family go to

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

Galen J. (Nels) Nelson

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 23, 2009, A6

Galen J. (Nels) Nelson, age 89, of Fridley, Minn., died on Aug. 18, 2009, in New Brighton, Minn.

Nels was born in Menomonie to Martin and Bertha (Solie) Nelson.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Jean "Jeanie" and two brothers.

He will be deeply missed by his daughter, Mary Jean (Mark) Johnson; son, Richard V. Nelson and fiancée , Lonna-Jean Schmidt; grandchildren, Matthew (Shawna) Johnson, Micah Johnson, Robyn Nelson and Rachel Nelson; great-granddaughter, Annabelle Schmidt, and her parents, Kristine and Ross Pearson.

Funeral services were at 11:30 am on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Methven-Taylor Funeral Home (&06 Fourth Ave. NW, New Brighton), with visitation from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Interment was at Sunset Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gertrude M. Nelson

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

Gertrude M. Nelson, age 94, of Ridgeland, died Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at Luther Midelfort Northland Hospital in Barron. She was born July 15, 1915, to Louis and Martha (Glaser) Handorf on a farm near Ridgeland. Her family was the most important thing to her and she loved them with all her heart. Throughout her life she raised six wonderful children and countless foster children. She loved her parents and would visit them often. On Oct. 17, 1935, she was married to Oscar Nelson at Ridgeland. Gertrude will be dearly missed.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Oscar on July 7, 1980; son, Bill Nelson; brothers, Art and Walden; and sisters, Lala, Josie, Erna, Ruth and Irene.

She is survived by her sons, Nyles (Dolores) Nelson of Elmhurst, Ill., and Frank Nelson of Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; daughters, Betty (Robert) Kowalski of Carpentersville, Ill., Alice Schultz of Peoria, Ill., and Cathy Nelson of North Lake, Ill.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Frank Handorf of Ridgeland; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 7, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Town of Prairie Farm, rural Ridgeland, with Rev. John Toppe officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Memorial Gardens in Arlington Heights, Ill. Visitation was held during the hour prior to services. Arrangements are with Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Dallas & Cameron.
Kenneth Nelson

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

Kenneth Nelson, 63, of 121 Hill St. Fairchild, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at Neillsville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Kenneth was born, Sept. 13, 1946, to Arnold and Lila (Krogstad) Nelson in Menomonie. He was baptized in Menomonie, confirmed at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville, and graduated from Menomonie High School. He married Carlotta Szydel in Fairchild, and to this union a daughter and son were born. He later married Rosalie (Siedschlag) Hein on April 14, 1990, in Fairchild. Ken had worked more than 30 years for the Village of Fairchild.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie, of 19 years; two sons, Wade Nelson of Fairchild and Glen (Sarah) Hein of Menomonie; two daughters, Tina Nelson and fiancé, Dale Sass, of Osseo, and Bridget (Brad) Zillmer of Eau Claire; nine grandchildren, Thomas Nelson, Tyler and Tia Olson, Nathan, Samantha and A.J. Hein, Bryanna, and Brooklyn and Brayden Zillmer; and a sister, Margo Miller of Eau Claire.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold; mother, Lila; stepfather, Glenn Kistner; special aunt, Marjorie Klundby; granddaughter, Karla; and father-in-law, Helen Siedschlag.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fairchild, with burial in the Fairchild Cemetery. A visitation was held Monday at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta.

Kenneth H. Nelson

Dunn County News, Sun. July 18, 2010, A6

Kenneth H. Nelson age 94 of Menomonie, died Thursday, July 15, 2010, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Ken was born Dec. 30, 1915, in the Township of Gilman near Spring Valley. He was the son of Alfred and Ida (Hanson) Nelson and grew up in that area. Ken attended country grade school and Spring Valley High School. He spent a year working in the CCC Camp. Ken also did farm labor and bridge construction. Ken then worked for Glen Martin Aircraft in Baltimore. He served two year in the U.S. Army during WW II. After the service Ken worked for St. Paul Hoist for a year and then returned to the home farm where he started dairy farming until he sold the farm in 1972.

Ken married Rosella M. Trask Nov. 29, 1972. After marriage they lived in Spring Valley until 1978 when they moved to Menomonie where Ken was the head of maintenance at the Elmwood Senior Citizens Housing in Menomonie for all most 30 years.

Ken is survived by a stepson, Maurice Trask of Menomonie; and a special friend, Sue McCann also of Menomonie; several cousins and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rosella in 1997; and a brother, Sheldon Nelson.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday July 19, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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

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

Richard C. Nelson

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 24, 2010, A6

Richard Conrad Nelson, age 84, passed away Friday, February 19, 2010 at Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin after a long illness.

He was born August 4, 1925 in Menomonie, Wisconsin to Christ and Gladys Nelson and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1944, the same year he married Shirley Jean Husby. After Shirley’s death, he married Bonnie Nelson in 1985. He lived in Menomonie his entire life other than during his army years (1944-1946) when he served in Japan and Okinawa.

He was employed by American Materials in Eau Claire as a Heavy Equipment Operator and was a member of Operating Engineers’ Local 139. He loved the outdoors and particularly liked to see it from the window of one of his classic cars (he was a member of the Red Cedar Classic Car Club for over 30 years) or from a small aircraft (he became a licensed pilot in the 1960s). He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and looked forward to the EAA’s AirVenture at Oshkosh each year. He also enjoyed RVing and camping at Chippewa Bottoms and was a lifelong member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

Richard is survived by his wife Bonnie Nelson; his son, Kris (Becky) Nelson, and daughter, Pam (Ron) Johnson, as well as his stepdaughters, Rhonda (Tony) Brock-Servais, Donnette (Rick) Steinberger, and Julie Lail; his grandchildren Greg (Robin) Gynnild, Sara (Josh) Hansen, Michelle (Dirk) Van Onselder, Brandon (Christina) Donley, Ami (Bill) Suchan, Anne (Matt) Priester, Ross Nelson, Matthew, Lauryn, Megan, and Hannah Steinberger, and Devon Buckley, as well as thirteen great-grandchildren. Richard is also survived by his sister, Phyllis Kraft; sister-in-law, Judy Nelson; cousins, nieces, nephews, and many, many friends in addition to his beloved pet Pomeranian, Lacey.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Jean Nelson, their infant daughter Peggy Jo Nelson, and daughter, Connie Gynnild; his grandson Troy Donley; brother, Donald Nelson, and brother-in-law, Charlie Kraft.

Visitation will be held at Olson's Funeral Home in Menomonie from 5-8 pm on Tuesday, the 23rd of February, 2010. Funeral services will be at Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday, the 24th.

Many people are owed thanks for their care and concern for Richard including the staff at Syverson Lutheran Home and Dr. William Maierhofer. A special thank you goes to Northwest Wisconsin Home Care.

Richard was a man who loved animals and the outdoors. Like his idol Richard Proenneke, author of One Man’s Wilderness, he was a man of physical stamina and wisdom, a straight-forward, matter-of-fact man. Yet, he was not without whimsy and joy; he shared the occasional ice cream cone with his dogs and was even known to cook a breakfast for them.

The EAA memorializes its members with this line: “Gone West: Not alone into the sunset but into the company of friends who have gone before.” Goodbye Richard, your family and friends that remain will look to the west and fondly remember.

Helen L. Neman

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

Helen Lawler Neman, age 96, of Menomonie, formerly of Land O'Lakes, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at the Red Cedar medical Center in Menomonie.

Helen was born Sept. 12, 1914, in Lyndon Station. She was the daughter of Dr. Thomas and Anna (Moore) Lawler. Helen graduated with honors from Marquette University where she met her husband, Edward Louis Neman. They were married in 1939 and lived more than 60 years in Land O'Lakes where they owned Neman's Grocery Store.

Helen believed strongly in community involvement and was an active member of the founding organizations for the Phelps Hospital, the Land O'Lakes Library and St. Albert's Catholic Church, and she also served on the school board.

Helen is survived by her sons, Thomas (JoAnn) Neman of Beverly Hills, Mi., and Edward (Nancy) Neman of Tucson, Az.; daughter, Margaret (Richard) Leventhal of Menomonie; daughter-in-law, Colleen (Paul) Neman of LaCrosse; six grandchildren, Emily (Daniel) Levanthal, Joseph (Catherine) leventhal, Paul (Meaghan) Neman, Katherine (Adam) Berliner, Mary Neman and Thomas Leventhal; and five great-grandchildren. Helen is also survived by her nephew, John (Marge) Eckenroad, and niece, Ann (William) Hittman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Edward, a son, Paul; and sisters, Mary (John) Eckenroad and Margaret Lawler.

Graveside services will be held in the spring at Oak Hill Cemetery in Land O'Lakes.

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

Marla Belle Ness

Dunn County News, Sun. Aug. 15, 2010, A6

Marla Belle Ness, 67, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at the Oakwood Villa Nursing Home, Altoona.

Marla was born on March 22, 1943, in Dunn County to Harry and Helen (Johnson) Wilcox. She was a 1960 graduate of Colfax High School. 

Marla married Leonard Ness, Sr. on Dec. 7, 1963, at Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville. They had three children and shared the love of many activities including camping and flea markets. Marla also enjoyed crocheting, selling Watkins, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Marla is survived by her husband, Leonard Sr.; son, Leonard, Jr. (Casey) Ness of Chippewa Falls; daughter, Rebecca Ness of Eau Claire; grandchildren, Jonathan, Kesa, Jasmine and Jordan; sisters, Avis Hitz of Eau Claire, Pat (Tom) Peterson of Hubert, N.C., and Ruth (Wayne) Whitman of Cumberland; brother, Edward (Karen) Wilcox of Cabot, Ariz.; several nieces and nephews.

Marla was preceded in death by her daughter, Lorrinda Belle; grandson, Justin Ness; her parents; siblings, Donald, Duane, Donna and Delma Rose; her maternal and paternal grandparents.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15, at Smith Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Randy J. Olson officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service. Inurnment will be at Sherman Cemetery, Township of Sherman, Dunn County.
A. Carl Newton

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

A. Carl Newton, 82, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in Florida.

Carl Newton was born Aug. 3 1928, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Leo and Edmer Newton.

He was raised in Waterloo and spent his first 25 years there.  He worked in the wholesale heating and plumbing business.  On Oct. 29, 1949, he married Dorothy Goodall.  To that union eight children were born: seven daughters and one son.  They left Waterloo and Carl worked in different jobs for several years and then they settled in Amery.  Dorothy passed away in 1976 after a short bout with cancer. 

Carl worked for a heating and plumbing wholesaler and then in Real Estate.  In 1981, he married Joyce Homer Keller, and they lived in Amery until retiring in 1990 and moving to Menomonie.

Carl attended Catholic School for 13 years and has always been thankful for that education.  He thanked the Lord everyday for his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

His favorite time was spent hunting and fishing, especially hunting in the mountains and fishing on the beach in Englewood, Fla. Carl had a great admiration for nature and the out-of-doors and instilled that in his children. Many stops where made to point out a bird, a deer or some beauty of nature.  He enjoyed time spent with the family. 

Carl is survived by his wife, Joyce; seven daughters,  Barbara (Paul) Framsted of  Aurora, Colo., Theresa (John) Murtha of Baldwin, Peggy (John) Kuhl of Amery, Linda (Jay) Wittstock of Annandale, Minn.,  Jean (Terry) Gifford of College Station, Texas,  Betty (Jay) Monson of Baldwin, and Patty (Jeff) Knutson of Amery;  daughter-in-law, Andrea Newton of Amery; 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two step-children, Jeff (Joanne) Keller of Menomonie and Julie (Andy) Olson of Land-O-Lakes, Fla.; and four step-grandchildren and two step-great-granddaughters; one sister, Patricia (John) Wade of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sisters-in-law, Rita Newton of Waterloo, Iowa, and Betty-Lou (Lorn) Fuhrman of Menomonie; brother-in-law,  Kenneth (Carolyn) Homer;  and many nieces and nephews.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Edmer Newton;  his first wife, Dorothy (Goodall); his son, Daniel in 2001;  three brothers, Joseph, James and Kenneth Newton; and one sister, Bev (Steve) Katalinich.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 9, 2011, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Rosary will be at 10 a.m. with services at 11 a.m. Cremation internment will be at about 3 p.m. at Amery Cemetery in Amery. Memorials will benefit the African Children's Mission.

Arrangements are being made by the family

Franklin A. Niesen

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 8, 2010, A6

Franklin Arthur Niesen, age 78, originally from Mound, Minn., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

A memorial service was held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Mound. There will be at committal service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Menomonie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at
Lenore I. Norby

Dunn County News, Wed, July 14, 2010, A6


Lenore I. Norby, age 79, of Menomonie, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2010, at Spring Valley Health Care Center.

The former Lenore Idella Holte was born May 31, 1931, in the Town of Otter Creek, Dunn County, to Albert and Alvera "Dolly" (Sylte) Holte. She was raised in the Sand Creek area and later graduated from Colfax High School in 1948.

Lenore married LaMoine Norby on July 15, 1950, in Sand Creek. In 1953 they moved to Menomonie and then moved to Minneapolis, Minn. in 1974 where Lenore worked as a seamstress at Abbott Northwestern Hospital until 1989. Her husband preceded her in death in 1988, and Lenore returned to Menomonie in 1989.

Lenore was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. She enjoyed fishing, knitting, going to the theater and traveling, but her greatest joy was her grandchildren who she loved taking care of. Her family was very important to her and Lenore always put them first. She will be sadly missed.

Lenore is survived by two sons and one daughter, Richard Norby of Menomonie, Douglas Norby of Chippewa Falls and Lora Norby of Albuquerque, N.M.; her grandchildren, Nathan and Donna Norby, Paula Lokrantz, Robert and Brent Norby, Michael and Nicholas Norby, Jessy Norby, Chastity Desomone and Richard Baier; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Patricia Paulsrud of Eau Claire, Carol (Jerry) Dodge of Chetek and Alicia (Gordy) Behling of Spring Valley; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LaMonie Norby; a sister, Jean Hintzman; a brother, Dennis Holte; two sons, Emanuel and Gary Norby; and a grandson, Dustin Baier.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2010. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating. Visitation will follow the service until 7 p.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Mildred J. Nysted

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

Mildred J. Nysted, age 80, of Colfax, left this earth for her heavenly home at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.  She was under the care of Hospice of the Valley at their home in Sun Lakes, Ariz. Her husband, Orville Nysted, and daughter, Kathleen Holling, held her hands as she passed away.

She was born March 10, 1931, in Wilmore, Ky., to Rev. Lee and Merle Holmes. She grew up in several Wisconsin towns where her father was assigned to Methodist churches, including Loyal.

She graduated from Loyal High School in 1949,  and married Orville Nysted on July 19, 1949. After a brief honeymoon, they moved to Northfield, Minn., where her husband was a senior at St. Olaf College.  Upon graduation, they moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where Orville was employed in the crop insurance business.

Shortly after their daughter was born, her husband, who was a member of the Naval Reserve, was called back to active duty, and Mildred and baby moved back to Loyal to live with her parents.

As soon as Orville was discharged from the Navy,  they moved to Iowa City, Iowa, where Orville worked on his master’s degree. The next year, they moved to St. Louis Park, Minn., where Orville resumed work in the crop insurance business.

In 1964, they bought a farm near Colfax, which became their permanent address.

Millie enjoyed life on the farm and even helped with some of the field work and other chores. She also helped raise some feeder calves and had several horses. She had a real talent for painting and accomplished some fine art. She had many hobbies and was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed various crafts. She was a member of the Colfax United Methodist Church and also the United Methodist Church of Sun Lakes, Ariz.

Her schedule had some interesting breaks. She enjoyed accompanying her husband to many conventions of crop insurance people, including many trips to Europe and even to Japan and China.

In 1989, when they retired, they found they enjoyed being on the road with a fifth-wheel trailer or a motor home.  They traveled through most of the states in the USA. They became snow-birds and avoided the cold winters of Wisconsin spending winters in Arizona.

Mildred left behind her husband of 63 years, Orville Nysted, of Colfax; their daughter, Kathleen (David) Holling of Mooresville, Ind.; and son,  David (Bonnie) Nysted of Elk Mound.  Also surviving are her brother,  Rev. Virgil (Lorna) Holmes of Milton; and two sisters,  Ardis Anderson of Marshfield and Marjory (Calvin) Young of Tucson, Ariz.  She is survived by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Millie will always be remembered by her family and friends for her loving, caring ways and gentle spirit.

Any memorials can be directed to the Colfax United Methodist Church, or the Caring Ministries Food Bank of Colfax.   

Funeral services will be held at the Colfax United Methodist Church in Colfax at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012.  A luncheon will be served after the service.

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