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Doris L. Oakland

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

Doris Lana Oakland, age 85, of New Hope, Minn., died March 16, 2011.

Doris was born on March 11, 1926, to John C. Vander Waal and Manda (Warnes) Vander Waal in Meriden, Iowa. She graduated in 1944 from Volga High School, Volga, S.D. 

During WWII, through the Cadet Nurse Corps, she attended Sioux Valley School of Nursing in Sioux Falls, S.D. and graduated in 1947. Mrs. Oakland enjoyed a nursing career of over 50 years from 1947-1999. She started her nursing career at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls and later worked at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. 

On Aug. 15, 1948, she was united in marriage to Gordon Johnson Oakland at First Lutheran Church, Volga.

The couple moved to Jeffers, Minn. Mrs. Oakland then worked at the Windom Hospital, Windom, Minn. She was the director of nursing at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mountain Lake, Minn. for over 25 years. Following her retirement, she filled in at the Good Samaritan Home in Westbrook, Minn. as the director of nursing.

The couple moved to Mountain Lake in 1984. Mrs. Oakland also enjoyed many active years in church work serving as choir director, Sunday School teacher, and holding several offices in the American Lutheran Church Women’s organization and in the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Mrs. Oakland is survived by six children, Alys Nelson, Vandal (Mary) Oakland, Margo  (James) Taylor, Jon  (Diane) Oakland, Kim (Donald) Hoffer, and Kent (Janet) Oakland; 25 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Avis Robothom; and many other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son-in law, Charles Nelson; two brothers, Andrew and John; and five sisters, Martha Vander Waal, Annetta Tupper, Lenore Aapland, and Agnes Voight and Jo Ann Mock.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 19, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Jeffers, Minn. The Reverend Ann Dwelle Ward officiated. Burial followed the service at the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Jeffers, MN.

Barbara (Ferber) Ann O'Connell

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 20, 2009, A6 & A14

A memorial service for Barbara (Ferber) Ann O'Connell 69, of Killeen, Texas, was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Heritage Funeral Home in Parker Heights, Texas. She passed away on Nov. 19, 2009, at home following a courageous battle with brain cancer.

She was born on Sept. 22, 1940, in Weston Township, Menomonie, at home.

Barbara worked for more than 40 years in the telecommunications industry, retiring from Sprint in 2002.

She was an avid reader, starting when she was a child. She loved her dogs, her rock garden, blue bonnets, irises and hummingbirds. She also loved to travel, went scuba diving and loved to race around in her Mercedes in the Mercedes Benz Club in her younger years. She was a member of many different clubs, receiving a Woman of the Year Award when she belonged to the ABWA, in April of 1983. She also did a lot of volunteer work. Before her sickness, she was going to teach and help students with reading at a school in Killeen.

She is survived by three sisters and three brothers; Ilene Stein of Austin, Texas, Marlys Pittman of Petal, Miss., and Shirley (Keith) Sand of Elmwood; brothers, Ronald (Pat) Ferber of Menomonie, Allen (Loletta) Ferber of Barron, and William Jr. (Judy) Ferber of Altoona; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. She is also survived by her beloved pets at home, Lady, Prince, Max and Cindy. Barbara had no children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Irene Ferber; half-brother, Lyle Ferber; ex-husband, Dan O'Connell; nephews, Terry Rogers and Tony Ferber; and a great-nephew, Derrick Marson.

We would like to extend a big thank you to the team from Scott & White Hospice who took such wonderful care of her in her last weeks. And a special thank you to her dear friends, Ernie and Linda Cantrill, with whom she had been living for 15 years. They were her second family.

Condolences in her memory may be sent to Second Chance Animal Center, 5501 Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas, 76542 or to Scott & White Hospice, 2401 31st Street, Temple, Texas 76505.

Marjorie J. "Marge" O'Connell

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

Marjorie J. "Marge" O'Connell, age 87, of Menomonie, passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2009 at her home, surrounded by family whose love she could feel.

Marge was born March 19, 1922 in Gays Mills. She was the daughter of Fred and Eva (Sommars) Morrison. When she was a young child, she moved with her family to Menomonie where she grew up and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1940.

In 1941, Marge married B. F. "Budge" O'Connell. Due to tough times and sparse jobs during that period in our history, they moved to Cleveland, Ohio where Budge could find work in the steel mills. It was in Cleveland their first child Terrance "Terry" was born. When Terry was seven months old, they returned to Menomonie, where they lived the remainder of their lives. Two daughters joined the family as the years went on, Jacqueline and Linda.

Mom was feisty and determined from an early age. That's probably why she became the first "paper-girl" Menomonie has ever seen. She was a hard worker from that point forward. She and Dad ran a TV sales business for years, and they remained together side by side as they started Com-Tel which brought cable TV to Menomonie.

At day's end, she still had the energy to be an avid golfer. She and Budge enjoyed many hours on courses, both here and at their winter home in Sarasota, Fla. In later years, her pride and joy was a large flower garden outside her sunroom windows. She loved to watch the flowers blow in the breeze. The birds that visited her bird bath were also a delight to her.

Mom was a strong, loving and an unassuming woman. She was always upbeat and able to help others through tough times. She loved and was loved by so many friends. She met each of life's challenges head on. When a stroke in 1995 took all of her speech, she spent months learning to speak again and never totally gave up practicing. She was a warm woman with a wonderful sense of humor that remained until the day she left us.

Marge leaves behind her children, Terry of Chippewa Falls; Jacque and Linda, both of Menomonie; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Jeff) Kane-Mercer, Dennis W. (Carol) Tape and Timothy P. Tape; her great-granddaughter, Brooke Geneva Tape (daughter of Dennis and Carol); and a sister-in-law, Hess Morrison. She also leaves behind her nieces, Kay (Randy) Sommerfield, Marsha (Dean) Moats and Debbie (Jeff) Buckli; a nephew, Don (Judith) Morrison; and great-nieces and -nephews. While nieces Jill and Jenny were actually great-nieces, they also viewed her as their second grandma. So many friends will miss her too, including, Emmett, Tiff and his family and grandkids; Rosie and Bill; Carrie, Linda, Ben and Marlene; Marie and too many more to mention.

We are happy to know she will be greeted in heaven by all her loved ones that have passed before her - Dad, Grandpa and Grandma; sister, Pauline "Pudgie"; brothers, Roy "Red" and Earl "Morrie"; aunts; uncles, cousins; Jeanine, Ellen and numerous friends will be there to greet her.

I know Mom would like to thank all the nurses, staff and Dr. Wagner at Luther Hospital for making her last days as comfortable as they could. They were gentle, kind and at all times gave her the respect she deserved. We as a family thank them, too.

Our hearts break that you aren't here with us, Mom, but know we're happy you're at peace and out of pain. Also know you'll remain alive forever in our hearts and memory. Hope the greens in heave are kind to you. Tell everyone "hi" from us.

Memorial services will be at 11 am on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

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Laura L. Odom

Dunn County News, Wed. June 1, 2011, A6

Laura L. Odom, age 51, of Boyceville, died Wednesday May 25, 2011, at her home in Boyceville.

Laura was born July 20, 1959, in Hudson, to Clinton and Mary Ellen (Smith) Morrissette. She attended school in Hudson and the twin cities area. Laura spent most of her life living in the Dunn County area. She enjoyed reading and watching the cooking and game networks and spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed fishing and playing cards. Laura is preceded in death by her parents; son, Carl; and grandparents. Laura is survived by four children: AJ Morrissette and wife, Annie, of Menomonie; Barbara Brinker and husband, Jeremy, of Boyceville; Richard Christner and Janice Christner, both of Menomonie; six grandchildren: Cole, Chyanne and Chloe Morrissette, Trey, Hailey and Ella Brinker. She is further survived by aunts, uncles other relatives and friends.

Friends may call Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City on Thursday June 2, 2011, from 5 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service held at 8:30 p.m.

Arnette R. Olson

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

Arnette R. Olson, age 60 of Grand View, passed away Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, Minn. following a long battle with kidney disease.

She fought numerous medical conditions throughout her life. Arnette was the recipient of the first cadaver kidney transplant performed at Mayo Clinic. She retained that cadaver kidney for 23 years, and for many years Arnette was the longest-living cadaver kidney recipient.

She went in to receive two more kidney transplants, one of which was from her sister Debra. They ultimately failed, and she had been on dialysis for the remainder of her life.

The former Arnette Rene Olson was born Sept. 22, 1950 in Eau Claire, to Arnold and Naida (Welcome) Olson. She was raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1969.

Arnette married Claire Sweet on March 29, 1975. They lived in Kirby until 1978 and moved in 1979 to West Salem, and later divorced.

Arnette was baptized and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Onalaska. In addition to raising her family. Arnette owned and operated Sweet Retreat boarding kennel for many years. She has resided at Grand View since 1998.

Arnette loved and had a menagerie of animals. She volunteered at local dog shelters, enjoyed writing and was a wonderful cook, making exceptionally inviting meals.

Arnette is survived by her children, Alanna (John) Hansen of Eau Claire and Mathew Sweet of Onalaska; a grandson Jayce Hansen of Eau Claire; her mother, Naida Olson of Menomonie; brothers and sisters, Debra Olson of Rock Falls, Cory (Doug) Campbell of Big Fork, Minn., Ward (Gloria) Olsen of Belgrade, Mont., and DeEtte (David) Reneson of Menifee, Calif. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arnold Olson.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Dec. 3, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Charlotte M. Olsen

Dunn County News, Sunday, August 9, 2009, A6

Charlotte Mae Olsen, age 91, of Colfax, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Menomonie. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Roseville, Minn. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Byron M. Olson

Dunn County News, Wed, May 26, 2010, A6

Byron M. Olson, age 82, of Menomonie, died Monday, May 24, 2010, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. Byron was born Feb. 25, 1928, in the Township of Sherman, Dunn County. He was the son of Bennie and Celia (Larson) Olson and grew up in Menomonie area.

Byron worked as a painter and did drywall for many contractors in the area over the years. He married Catherine Moffat Nov. 17, 1961, in Menomonie.

Byron is survived by a sister-in-law, Irma Olson of West Allis; several nieces and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Catherine in 2008; two sisters, Margaret Barby and Eunice Anderson; and a brother, Charles Olson.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with Rev. Paul Pillman officiating. Burial will be in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie on Saturday.

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

Darrel R. Olson

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

Dedicated husband and respected father Darrel Richard Olson died in his Menomonie home on Thursday, March 10, after a courageous two-and-a-half year battle with prostate cancer.

Mr. Olson was born on Feb. 17, 1948, in Vinton, Iowa, to Erick and Vernie Olson where he grew up on a farm until attending Iowa State University for agriculture.  Darrel had a very successful career in agriculture, starting at Funks Seeds as a laborer in 1970.  He received many awards and promotions and moved up the management ranks in Belle Plaine and Traer, Iowa, and Bloomington, Ill. In 1987, he branched into the sales division with a move to Menomonie, where he and his family have lived for the past 24 years.

Darrel married the love of his life, Jodie Janssen, on Nov. 28, 1970.  That bond has lasted 40 years and is evidenced by three children.  They overcame serious illnesses and a critical car crash, with love and faith.  Over the years, Darrel and Jodie found a love for traveling.  They voyaged together to all corners of the United States, as well as Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Sweden, where they enjoyed tasting the local cuisine and frequenting the local beaches.

Darrel was a loyal servant of God.  He attended church all of his life and took an active role at Christian Life Ministries and Liberty Christian Center in Menomonie.  He served as usher and board member throughout his life, and had an unwavering faith and trust in his Lord.   One of his favorite verses that brought comfort was Romans 8:11 "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you."

He inherited a fondness of fishing from his father and became an expert angler.  Darrel understood that fishing was not only a hobby, but a way to show love, and greatly anticipated embarking on a yearly fishing trip with his sons, son-in-law, and friends to Canada.  Being an avid hunter, Darrel also looked forward to trips to the Dakotas during pheasant season, as well as turkey and deer seasons in Wisconsin. 

Darrel is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jodie Olson; three children, Beth (Brent) McLeod of Menomonie, Andrew (Erin) Olson of Vilnius, Lithuania, and Aaron (Rebecca) Olson of Spokane, Wash.; as well as nine grandchildren, Jordan (Kayla) McLeod,  Lauren, Madeline and Briannan McLeod, Avery, Erik and Annika Olson, Ariella and Marschall Olson.  He is also survived by his mother, Vernie Olson; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Hilbert and Mary Janssen; brothers-in-law, Randy (Catherine) Janssen of Van Horne, Iowa, Rodney (Shannon) Janssen,  David (Jennifer) Janssen, Kurt (Carrie) Janssen, all from Vinton, Iowa; as well as sisters-in-law, Julie (Scott) Hansen of Vinton, Jackie (Gregg) Koss of Swisher, Iowa,  Jeri (Tom) Thompson, and Jeannie Dennis both of Marion, Iowa; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.

He made their lives more joyful and complete with a personality that filled a room, and a common sense wisdom that guided with charm.  Even though he was an only child, Darrel befriended people in a way in which they became his brother or sister.  He will be missed always.

A visitation will be at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Oak Ridge Lutheran Brethren Church, 620 24th Ave. W., Menomonie,. All who loved him are welcome. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made at the service. 

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Duane E. 'Dewey' Olson

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

Duane E. "Dewey" Olson, 72, of Rice Lake, formerly of Chippewa Falls, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire as the result of a massive stroke he suffered only days before.

Dewey was born on March 12, 1938, in Trego to Mabel (Hage) and Walter Olson. From childhood, he was a farmer in Downsville until 1981, and then co-owned Two Waters Bar in Hallie until 2004.

Dewey is survived by his children, Russell (Lori) Olson of Menomonie, Robert Olson of Bloomer, Kimberly (Brady) Suckow of Rice Lake, Susan (Chris) Merchant of Cameron Park, Calif., and Christine (Nathaniel) Morton of Houston, Texas; a brother, Larry (Darlene) Olson of Menomonie; a sister, Barb (Paul) Morton of Denver, Colo.; his caretaker and friend, Linda Olson; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Frank Olson.

Dewey's recent years have been spent living with the Suckow family and caregiver, Linda, in Rice Lake. There, Dewey enjoyed time on the porch, Wheel of Fortune, the Game Channel, and whipping everyone at cribbage.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17, at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel in Chippewa Falls.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. until the time of service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel.

Visit to express online condolences. Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel in Chippewa Falls is serving the Olson family.

Lawrence R. Olson

Dunn County Neews, Wed. April 13, 2011, A6

Lawrence "Larry" R. Olson, age 70, of Menomonie, died, Thursday, April 7, 2011, at The Dunn County Healthcare Center in Menomonie.

He was born April 14, 1940, in Menomonie, to Richard and Harriet L. (Decker) Olson.  Larry graduated from Menomonie High School and followed by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force where he served four years mostly in San Antonio, Texas. 

Following his stint in the service he married Shari Otto of Menomonie and they had two children, Christopher and Shelley.  He returned to Menomonie and received his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees in clinical psychology,  from The University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie.  He continued his education by completing his doctorate degree from University of Texas at Commerce. 

Larry moved between Glendive and Butte, Mont., for about eight years working as a clinical psychologist. In 1983 he moved to Cumberland, where he continued his work at Northern Pines until 1999.

He continued consulting with the Social Security Administration and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for individuals from many counties throughout Wisconsin until retiring in 2002.

 In 1995 he married Susan Klawitter in Menomonie.  Susan assisted Larry with his studies to secure his state licensure in order to continue his professional counseling, which he was excellent at. 

Larry had a great love for the outdoors.  He enjoyed trout fishing and loved tying his own flies to lure the big ones in and tried to teach Sue, with little success. He was intrigued by nature and all the birds and animals God had created.  While living on Prairie Lake near Chetek, the birds were plentiful and he enjoyed watching and listening to them. Snowstorms were "fun" for him and he would take his 4-wheel drive truck out in them to play in the snow. 

He loved the sounds of big engines, and drag racing was especially interesting to him, and the two of them went to Brainerd International for several events.  Jazz music was a fascination as well as learning war history.  He was a very talented artist, painting and drawing for his own pleasure and experimenting with colors, shadows and particulars in his pieces as they represented life itself.

Larry is survived by his wife, Sue, of Rice Lake; a daughter, Shelley Olson, of Fargo, N.D.; a granddaughter, Brea Olson, of South St. Paul, Minn.; his mother, Harriet Shervey, of Menomonie; siblings, Daniel (Evelyn) Olson of Meridian, Idaho, Susan (Bob) Amick of Cedar Falls, Sandy (Michael) Lockwood of Menomonie, John (Roberta) Shervey of Menomonie and Joseph (Lori) Shervey of Menomonie;  brother-in-law, Dale (Dee) Klawitter of Osceola;  two sisters-in-law, Carol (Jim) Brown of Rice Lake and Fay (Al) Urbanek of Winona, Minn.; his trusty sidekick and friend, his dog, "Buddy;” many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and mother of their children, Shari Otto Neva.

He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher; his dad, Alfred Shervey; and his father, Richard Olson.

Funeral Service were held on Monday, April 11, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating.  Burial took place at Lower Weston Cemetery, Dunn County, with military honors by Menomonie Veterans Guard.  A visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

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Marjorie A. Olson

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 22, 2010, A6

Marjorie A. Olson, age 79, of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Marjorie Ann Burgess was born Dec. 9, 1930, in Eau Claire, to Leo and Hattie (Steenberg) Burgess. She grew up in Eau Claire and graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School. Marge married Russell D. Olson on June 9, 1948, in Menomonie.

She was a legal secretary for Cy Meisner Law Office and was a long-time member of Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church.

She enjoyed baking, loved shopping, going out to eat at restaurants and being with family and friends. She will be sadly missed.

Marge is survived by a son, Terry (Debbie) Olson of Rochester, Minn.; a daughter, Kathy (Craig) Petersen of Maple Grove, Minn.; grandchildren, Heather (David) Schwartz, Matt Endres and Megan Endres; step-grandson, Ryan Petersen; great-grandchildren, Ryder and Beckett Schwartz; a sister, Joan Burgess Moores; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell; and a sister, Virginia Burgess Jawarski.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the Township of Red Cedar, Dunn County, with Pastor Steve Carlson officiating. Burial will be in Froen Cemetery also in the Township of Red Cedar. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

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Rozella E. Olson

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

Rozella E. Olson, age 92, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at her home surrounded by her family.

Rozella was born March 16, 1917, in the town of Sherman, Dunn County. She was the daughter of Mathew W. and Ella Josephine (Schutts) Schill and grew up in Dunn County. Rozella graduated from Menomonie High School and attended Dunn County Normal.

Rozella began her 45-year teaching career in a one-room elementary schools at Dunnville and went on to teach at other various locations in Dunn County. Rozella married Alvin Otis Olson on Aug. 10, 1940. Besides one-room schools, Rozella also taught in Elk Mound, St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Menomonie, and finished her teaching career with 24 years teaching in Boyceville.

Rozella was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, past president of the Retired Teachers Association, past president of St. Joseph’s PCCW, a member of several card clubs, and volunteered for the American Red Cross and at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and several of its organizations.

Rozella is survived by her children, Judy Haugerud of Hudson and her children, Robert A. (Pam) of Osceola; Stacey (Travis) Vissers of Green Bay; Sara (Scott) Vipond of White Bear Lake, Minn.; Carol (James) Knops of Menomonie and their children, Christine Knops of Asheville, N.C.; Theresa Knops of Portland, Ore.; Gregory (Raquel) of Madison; David (Diane) Olson of Menomonie and their children, Capt. Matthew, USAF, of Ogden, Utah; Weston of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Braddon of Menomonie; James (Laurie) Olson of River Falls and their children, Michael and James Jr., both of Eau Claire; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren, her extended family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother in infancy, and her husband Alvin in 1974.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday Oct. 1, 2009, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (today) at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, where a prayer service is scheduled at 7 p.m., and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

On line condolences may be made at Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services-Menomonie is serving the family.

Timothy P. O'Meara

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

Timothy P. O'Meara, 45, of Knapp, WI, died from a snowmobile accident in Iron River, WI on February 4, 2011.

Tim was born on September 9, 1965 in Baldwin, WI. He attended Spring Valley High School where he participated in football and wrestling and was senior class president. Tim attended a year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he received his B.S. degree.

In 1987, he married Mary Larson and they had one child, Alicia Rose O'Meara. Following the death of his first wife, he married Angie Sanford in 1997. Together they had two sons, Jacob and Lane O'Meara.

In 1990, he started Timberline Contractors of Knapp, WI and the company that grew to 50 employees. Tim loved coaching children at Glenwood City in football, wrestling, and baseball. He and his family also loved traveling to Mexico, Hawaii, Turks and Caicos and Florida. Tim was an avid hunter, fisherman and horseman. He especially loved spending time with his family at his Hayward lake home.

He is survived by his wife Angie; daughter Alicia; sons Jake and Lane; mother Anne O'Meara (Strehlo); father Daniel O'Meara; sisters Kristine (Mike) Dionne, Maureen (Kory) Neises; brother John (Shawna Davis) O'Meara; and grandmother Bonnie O'Meara.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 9th at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, Glenwood City, Wisconsin. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery, Glenwood City.

Bearers will be Mark Mattison, Chris Ullom, Dave Thatcher, Rob Logghe, Dave Shackleton, Dan Nelson, Mark Johnson, Sam Shackleton.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 8th from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, Glenwood City, Wisconsin.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, is handling arrangements

Mary E. Onstad

Dunn County News, Sun, April 18, 2010, A6

and, Wed, April 21, 2010, A6

Mary E. Onstad, age 86, of Colfax, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center in Colfax.

Mary was born Sept. 18, 1923, the daughter of Roy and Philomene Trombley in Superior. She married Leif Onstad Feb. 5, 1947. They lived in Cedar Falls and Colfax, where she taught school and tutored. Mary later moved to Sacramento, Calif., and returned to Colfax in 2008.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leif in 1978; and brothers, Leon and Paul Trombley.

Mary is survived by a nephew, Nickolas Trombley; and nieces, RoseMarry Simrack, Barbara Frikart and Judith Nelson.

It was Mary’s wish to be cremated and no services are planned.

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

Murceil E. Opsal

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


Murceil E. Opsal, age 78, of Eau Claire, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born in Menomonie on July 24, 1931, a daughter of Elwood and Gladys (Peck) Cleasby. She graduated from Menomonie High School.

Murceil married Lloyd S. Opsal on Oct. 1, 1949, in Menomonie.

She was a member of St. James the Greater Catholic Church and its PCCW women’s group.

Murceil loved her family and being with them. She enjoyed gardening, shopping, playing cards and holiday baking for family and friends.

Murceil is survived by four sons, Scott (Beth) of Chippewa Falls, Royce (Dawn) of Altoona, and Darrin (Chris) and Joel, both of Eau Claire; five daughters, Jessina Dineen of Chippewa Falls, Renee (Dave) Nichols of Whitehall, Nadine Clemans of Pataskala, Ohio, and Tina (John) Rohde and Serena Russo, both of Eau Claire; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; her sister, Allamae Edwards of Menomonie; and many nieces, nephew and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd; a son, Bruce; great-granddaughter, Kari Holum; her brother, Elwood “Buzz” Cleasby; and a son-in-law, Michael C. Dineen.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. (noon), on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 2502 11th St., Eau Claire, with Father John A. Schultz officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Menomonie. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (today) Sept. 30, at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home, 814 First Ave., and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church. There will be a 6:30 p.m. public prayer vigil Wednesday at the funeral Home.

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Gwendolyn B. Laatch Overby

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 1, 2010, A6

Gwendolyn Blanche Laatch Overby passed away on Monday, July 26, 2010, in her home surrounded by family and friends.

Gwendolyn was born Aug. 2, 1916, in the Township of Otter Creek, Dunn County. She was the first-born daughter of Olaf Anderson and Alice (Emerson) Anderson. She graduated from Colfax High School in 1934 and from Dunn County Normal School in 1935.

Gwen married Gerald Laatch on Feb. 4, 1939, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Together they operated a large dairy farm in the Township of Hay River and raised two daughters. They later moved to the Colfax area and Gwen continued her education by earning a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1965. Gwen loved working with children - touching many lives and generations of students teaching in rural schools, Elk Mound Elementary School and Colfax Elementary for 33 years.

After Gerald's death, Gwen married Raymond Overby, June 5, 1982, in Colfax, and moved to the Township of Sioux Creek in Barron County. Together Gwen and Ray enjoyed retirement years dancing, traveling and spending winters for 18 years in Arizona, Texas and Florida.

Gwen enjoyed family gatherings, e-mails and family visits on the computer, researching family genealogy, playing the piano and keyboard, a good game of cards, reading and writing the story of her life. A move to Eau Claire was made upon Ray's death where she enjoyed apartment living near family and friends. Gwen was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

Gwen is survived by two daughters, Geraldine (Vernon) Kressin of Lakeland, Fla., and Patricia (Duane) Suckow of Eau Claire; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, Lori Kressin of Charlottesville, Va., Jeff (Cindy) Suckow, Seth, Sam, Emma Jo of Eau Claire, Susan (Louis) Azzara, Erika of Madison, Kylie of Longwood, Fla., Mary Jo (John) Griffin, Claire and Cale of Westby, and Michael Kressin of Phoenix, Ariz.; five step-sons, Robert (Donna) Overby of Pine City, Minn., Dennis (Bobbette) Overby of Chetek, Curtis (Yvonne) Overby of Bangor, Maine, Gordon (Cheryl) Overby of Cumberland, and Larry Overby of Chetek; six step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; sister, Ardith (Raymond) Gilberts of Sand Creek; brother, Wayne (Velma) Anderson of Arvada, Colo.; two sisters-in-law, Audrey (Gary)Quilling of Menomonie and Edith Laatch Hughes of Woodville; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; two husbands; her brother, Lowell Anderson; and one step-daughter, Kathleen (Jack) Doyle.

Gwen's family and friends gathered around her during her last days on this earth in preparation for her "big dance." Her home has been filled with tears, laughter and conversations of good times together. Our dear beautiful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend lived a faith-filled life which frames her legacy and has been passed on to future generations.

A celebration of her life will be held at noon on Thursday, July 29, 2010, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Eau Claire with Pastor Roger Benrud officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. till the time of services at the church Thursday.

Memorial donations can be directed to the Colfax Elementary School Fifth Grade Reading Program, 601 University Ave., Colfax, WI 54730 or Good Shepherd Apartments, 3304 14th St., Eau Claire, WI 54703.

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