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Shirley D. Paff

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

Shirley D. Paff, age 83, of Colfax, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at Bloomer Memorial Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 9, 2010, at Holden Lutheran Church on County Road M, north of Colfax.

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

Wayne Palmer

Dunn County News, Sunday, August 2, 2009, A6

Wayne Palmer, 90, of Colfax, passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at the Colfax Nursing Home in Colfax.

Wayne was born Sept. 22, 1918, in Russell, Minn. He was the son of Charles and Luella Palmer. Wayne married Eleanor Brown on July 20, 1939. Together they lived in Phillips, Bloomer, Menomonie and Colfax. Wayne farmed and was a tractor mechanic for George Suvada and retired from Menomonie Equipment. Wayne enjoyed steam engine shows, camping, traveling, listening to polka music, and collecting trains and John Deer toy tractors.

Wayne is survived by two sons, Charles (Donna) Palmer of Laramie, Wyo., and Cliff (Sue) Palmer of Phillips; a daughter, Margaret (Dale) Wolfe of Menomonie; nine grandchildren, Tim (Becky) Palmer of Windsor, Colo., Patti Marshall of Raleigh, N,C., Scott Wolfe of Colfax, Kevin (Wendy) Wolfe of Brandon, S.D., Laurie (Jeff) Bauer of Eau Claire, Doug (Sandi) Palmer of Menomonie, Joe Schwerin and Amy Swenson of Monroe, N.C., Cami (Tom) Kannegisser of New Ulm, Minn., and Shean Schwerin of Milaca, Minn.; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Wayne is preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor, who recently passed away on June 25, 2009; his parents, Charles and Luella Palmer; brothers and sisters; and two grandsons, Brian Palmer and Lloyd Palmer.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, at the Norton Lutheran Church, Colfax, with Pastor Bob Schoenknecht officiating. Lunch will be served following the service. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Irvington.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug., 20, 2009, at the Olson Funeral Home, Menomonie, and one hour before services Friday at the church.

Gladys J. Patton

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

Gladys Jeanette Patton, age 84, formerly of Downing, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

Gladys was born July 22, 1927, to William and Margaret (Classen) Arndt in Merrill, Iowa.  She graduated from Storm Lake High School.  Gladys married Trygve Skaros, whom she later divorced.

She married Duaine Patton on Dec. 12, 1950, in Waterloo, Iowa.  They moved to Downing in 1976.   Gladys worked as a waitress at Blue Front Café in Eau Claire, which helped her through nursing school.  Upon completion of her schooling, she work at Sacred Heart Hospital as a nurse’s aid for 17 years.

Gladys enjoyed bird watching and working in her flower gardens.  She was very well known for her loom weaving skills, and she made potholders for everyone who wanted them.  She also enjoyed making jewelry, especially necklaces.  Besides her passion for the nature and all its bearings, she always looked forward to that cruise on the lake with the family pontoon boat.  Even though she didn't know how to swim, that never seemed to bother her.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Gladys is survived by sons, Lyle (Judy) Skaros of Mesick, Mich., and Duaine (Dorothy) Patton of Woodbridge, Va.; daughters, Susanne Patton of Downing, Brenda Krueger of Downing, and Patricia (Adrian) Scott of Menomonie; grandchildren, Christine, Melissa Patton, Satina Chilson, Mathew Scott, Adam Scott, Christopher Scott, Jeffrey Patton, William Skaros, Natasha (Frank) Berning, Vicki Patton, Tony Royer, Tonya Royer, Steven Patton, James Patton, Bobbi Jo Patton, Shawn King and Michael Patton; 13 great-grandchildren — soon to be 14; as well as many nieces, nephew, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Duaine; parents, William and Margaret; sisters, Pat Smalley and Edna Saunders; son, Robert Patton; and a daughter, Susie Skaros.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Tim Matthaei officiating.  Burial will take place in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  A visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home, as well as one hour prior to the service on Friday.

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Robert J. Patton

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

Robert John Patton, age 56,  of Chantilly, Va., died Sunday, April 3, 2011.

He was born May 7, 1954, to Duaine and Gladys (Arndt) Patton in Eau Claire.

He was a graduate of Glenwood City High School.  After graduating he entered the Navy and was honorably discharged.  He later joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

Robert is survived by his wife, Filetta, and son, Michael, both of Virginia;  daughter, Bobbie Jo, of Barron; sons, James of Barron, Shawn King of Wheeler and Steven of Texas; mother, Gladys of Connorsville;  brothers, Lyle (Judy) Skards of Mesick, Va., Duaine (Dorothy) Patton of Woodbridge, Va.;  sisters, Suzanne of Connorsville, Brenda of Connorsville and Patricia (Adrian) Scott of Menomonie; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his father, Duaine; and baby sister, Susie; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

A memorial service is planned for a later date

Ruth E. Pax

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 27, 2010, A6

Ruth E. Pax, age 92, of Baldwin, died Saturday, Jan. 23 2010, at the Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Ruth was born on April 24, 1917, to Martin and Ida (Wolske) Labs in the Weston Township of rural Menomonie. She was baptized in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie and confirmed there on March 12, 1932. Ruth married Theodore Pax on Dec. 21, 1935. Ruth and Ted lived in the Lucas and Weston Townships, where they farmed and raised seven children. Ruth also worked as a cook at several different cafes and retired from Sanna Dairies in 1977. After retirement, they moved to the Township of Eau Galle, rural Baldwin, St. Croix County, where she remained the rest of her life.

Ruth's family was her whole life, she was always working hard to keep the pantry and freezers full, so she could share her canned and frozen goods from her and Ted's big gardens that they liked to tend. When they were on the farm, Ruth had to take care of the chickens, turkeys and ducks. As she got older and couldn't raise them anymore, she wanted something to care for, so she had cats, cats and more cats! If you came over to visit (Ruth loved company), you had to sit down and have a cup of coffee and something to eat.

Ruth and Ted spent some of their winters in Florida in their 5th wheeler by Jeanene and her family. They also lived up in Lewis by Della and Minard and Ted Jr. and Shirley for a few years.

Ruth is survived by two daughters, Della (Minard) Anderson of Lewis and Jeanene Longwood of Dade City, Fla.; five sons, Ted Jr. (Shirley) of Lewis, Phillip (Suzan) of Wilson, Don of Baldwin, and Arlyn (Kay) and Irv (Betty), both of Menomonie; 25 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; 63 great-great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ted (1998); three sisters, Alice Kraft, Agnes Peterson and Della Labs; and six grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Rev. Thomas Krieg will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Wednesday.

Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Menomonie.

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Shirley L. (Molner) Peil

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

and Sun, June 20, 2010, A6

Shirley Lois Molner Peil, 83, of Vero Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at the VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach. Shirley was the daughter of Louis "Molly" and Calma (nee: Berg) Molner. On Sept. 24, 1948, she was united in marriage to Wilmer (Bill) H. Peil. Shirley was raised in Bloomer, where she was affectionately known as "Little Molly." She was a long-time resident of Menomonie, before retiring with her husband to Vero Beach in July of 1981.

Shirley graduated from Bloomer High School in 1945 and completed a degree in medical technology. She received her bachelor's degree from Stout State University in 1961. She was a case manager and supervisor for Dunn County Social Services for 18 years. She worked in home health care for eight years in Vero Beach. Her community involvement included attendance at Our Savior's Lutheran Church and membership in The Sons of Norway.

Shirley was a devoted wife and mother. She loved being by the ocean and the beach, and could be found walking on the boardwalk early in her retirement. She loved attending her sons' musical performances, researching family genealogy, walking friends in the neighborhood, going to Wednesday night dances, and attending Sons of Norway meetings. She was a special person to her three grandsons, maintained close contact and kept up with their activities through frequent visits, phone calls and letters.

She loved to watch figure skating and football, and was an avid Brett Favre fan. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years; sons, William L. (Cindy) Peil, Dunkirk, Md., and Curtis M. (Paulette) Peil, Glasgow, Ky.; three grandsons, Erik Peil of Odenton, Md., Kevin Peil of Morgantown, W.Va., and John Peil of Rockville, Md.; sister, Carrol Aiello of Racine; one niece, Connie Aiello of Racine; two nephews, Ed (Missy) Aiello of Caledonia, and Chris (Maria) Aiello of Mentor, Ohio; as well as five great-nieces and other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Molner Gogarty, of New York.

A memorial service with family members and friends will be held in Wisconsin at a later time. Interment will be held at the Halverson Cemetery in Menomonie. Special thanks go to the wonderful group of workers at the VNA Hospice House for the loving and compassionate care. We wish to thank all of her friends in the Vero Beach area for their support and friendship during the past 30 years.

Those wishing to express sympathy may contribute to the Sons of Norway in their community.


Shirley L. (Molner) Peil, age 83, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Menomonie, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

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Corrisa Perez

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

Corrisa Perez, age 34, died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009. She was born Nov. 10, 1974. Services were held in Hudson on Nov. 8, 2009.
Raymond D. Perkins

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

Raymond D. Perkins, age 57, of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at his home.

Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Olson Funeral Hoe of Menomonie is serving the family.

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Darlene M. Perry

Dunn County News, Sun. May 22, 2011, A6

Darlene M. Perry, 87 of Menomonie, Wisconsin, formerly of Chicago, Ill. and Waterloo, Iowa died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the Dunn County Health Center in Menomonie.

She was born Dec. 30, 1923, in Waterloo, daughter of Charles “Chuck” and Velma Scoles Heinzman Johnson.  She married Richard Boston in 1942 in Waterloo, and they were later divorced. She married Walter Carol Perry on Feb. 23, 1946, in Richmond, Va.  He preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 1979.

Mrs. Perry was an alcohol and drug counselor at Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago for 20 years, retiring in 2001. She moved to Menomonie to live with her daughter in 2002.

She is survived by one son, Queston B. (Judith) Boston of Elk Run Heights, Iowa; one daughter, Katherine M. (Vorland) Henderson of Menomonie; one half sister, Toni Taylor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; three grandchildren, Shane Boston, Shannon King, and Joshua Gibson; and five great-grandchildren.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Walter.

Services were 10 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2011, at Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel on Kimball in Waterloo, with burial in Fort Riley Post Cemetery in Fort Riley, Kan. Friday at 10 a.m. 

Memorials may be directed to the family in care of Katherine Henderson, E7136 N. County Rd. E, Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751. Condolences may by left at

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend.

Anita S. Pershern

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

Anita S. (Hanson) Pershern, age 77, of Menomonie, stepped forth from this life into God's hands Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, surrounded by family.

Anita was a loving and cherished wife, mother, grandmother and professor. Her joys shared on this earth included countless hours at the piano and organ bringing the joys of music in private, in pairs, with congregations and choirs.

As a teacher/professor she mentored, instructed and guided her students, to help to prepare them for a professional career.

Born in Virginia, Minn., Oct. 14, 1934, to Andrew and Sadie Hanson, Anita was their only child. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Virginia in 1951, and continued with junior college, followed by further undergraduate work at St. Olaf in Northfield, Minn., graduating in 1955 with a bachelor's of science degree in home economics and dietetics.

Following graduation,  Anita married Frank R. Pershern of Gilbert Minn., on June 25, 1955. Moves to Wisconsin, Indiana, Texas and back to Wisconsin would be accompanied by the additions of Andrew, Peter, Mary Kay and Michael. By 1965, the family settled in Menomonie, and after the arrival of Susanna Maria Pershern, Anita began teaching and resumed her studies at Stout.  Anita's later educational pursuits included a master’s degree in food science at UW - Stout and culminated with a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Minnesota in food science and nutrition in 1989 with a thesis on Corylus avellana — the common hazelnut.

Dr. Pershern retired from the Food and Nutritional Science Department of the University of Wisconsin Stout in 1996.

In their retirement, travel in North America and abroad engaged Anita and Frank, but their Northern Minnesota/Iron Range roots had taken them back to Burntside Lake in northern Minnesota for summers starting in 1980. With Frank and Susanna, along with many other family members and friends, a traditional North Woods log cabin emerged and became the focus of their retirement — a gift from the parents which shall serve for generations to come. The summer of 2005 was special for family and friends gathered in the North Woods for the celebration of Frank and Anita's 50th wedding anniversary.

Anita further embraced the North Woods for the blueberries, whispering pines, relaxed visits and meals with friends, soulful calls of the loons and tranquil days that brought forth peace of mind and comfort.

Anita is survived by three sons and two daughters, Andrew Mark of Coeur D' Alene, Idaho, Peter John and Kay Marie Pershern of Menomonie, Mary Kay and Emil Polashek of Ames, Iowa, Michael Joseph Pershern, Susanna Marie Pershern and Ronald Hawes of Lakewood, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Brandon and Cassie Pershern Hannah, Caleb Jotham and Isabel Polashek and Laurin Pershern.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her beloved husband, Frank.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, as St Joseph's Church  in Menomonie, with father Tom Krieg officiating. Family and friends are welcome at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday Nov. 21, 2011, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.  There will also be visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. There will also be a viewing, followed by burial in Gilbert, Minn., on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.

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Larry A. Peterson

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 27, 2010, A6

Larry A. Peterson, age 67, of Colfax, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Comforts of Home in Menomonie with his family by his side.

Larry was born Dec. 16, 1942, in Eau Claire to Howard and Betty (Solberg) Peterson. He attended school at Longfellow in Eau Claire, and returned to Colfax High School to graduate in May of 1963. In 1970 he married Doris Tuschl; they later divorced. Larry helped on the family farm, worked in auto body as well as factory work. He later returned to Colfax and became a self-employed carpenter until he retired in December of 2007.

Survivors include his mother, Betty, and a son Jeff, both of Colfax; a daughter, Amy Styer, and her children, Zach Larson, Kade and Reed Styer, all of Menomonie; two sisters, Barbara Black of Colfax and Bonita Winger of Maple Grove, Minn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Peterson, in 1995.

Funeral services for Larry Peterson will be Tuesday, Jan, 26, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Barum Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Sampson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Lyle R. Peterson

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

Lyle Robert Peterson died on 12/21/10 at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Lyle was born on May 3, 1924 to Stella A. (Paulson) Peterson and George C. Peterson in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he attended public schools and graduated from Memorial High School in 1941.

Early on in his schooling, he became interested in music and at the age of 16 was playing trumpet with bands in nightclubs around the Eau Claire area and later on with the Jerry Hable Big Band throughout western Wisconsin. At the age of 18 while working at Storrs Photo Studio and attending the Eau Claire Teachers College, he applied for and was accepted as a cadet in the United States Navy Flight Program. During this time, he furthered his education at De Pauw University and the University of Iowa, along with various Naval flight-training bases. After receiving his pilot's wings and commission at Corpus Christi, Texas, he was assigned to the Navy flight instructor's school in Atlanta, Georgia, and with further training, returned to Corpus Christi where he taught advanced instrument flying to American and British cadets. At the end of his service days, he served as a check pilot reviewing other Navy pilots who were passing through the base for updated instrument flight refresher training.

In 1948, he married Virginia I. Hoehn of Eau Claire and from this union two wonderful children were born, as son and a daughter. In 1950 he purchased Engstrom Photography Studio in Faribault, Minnesota. His love of music continued to remain with him and during this time he played with and orchestrated music as musical director of the Faribault American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps. It was then that he took exams and received his certification into the National All-American Judges Association and served as a music judge in many drum and bugle corps competitions throughout the Midwest.

In 1956, he purchased Glen Mar Studio in Menomonie, Wisconsin which he operated until his retirement in 1985. Over this time he won many awards for his work. In the final year of his entering photographs in professionally sanctioned state competitions, his prints were exhibited in five states plus a national competition in Washington, DC winning him 17 ribbons, best print of the show in one state and two national awards.
During the summer, many free hours were spent with his son and daughter teaching them the joy of water-skiing or motoring up river from their boathouse on Lake Menomin for an afternoon of fishing.

He enjoyed the many hunting and fly-in fishing trips that were made with good friends to South Dakota and Canada. Always interested in electronics as a hobby, in years past he put together and built projects ranging from early calculators to a television set. In later years the computer became his hobby and many hours were spent setting up and working with programs that would hold his interest.

Lyle was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Menomonie Lions Club for 26 years. His wife, Virginia; a son, Steven, Minneapolis; and a daughter, Janis, of Milwaukee, survive him.

Among the friends that were held dear to him after moving to Menomonie, are Don and Jean Vasey and their daughter, Chris. There is no way Lyle and Virginia could have made it through the final weeks without their friends' wonderful dedicated personal help. Words cannot express their kindness.

In accordance with his wishes, no public services will be held. By pre-arrangement, after cremation, his ashes will be interned in the columbarium at Forest Hill Cemetery, Eau Claire, Wisconsin at which time a private service will be held. It is requested any memorials be given to a worthwhile charity of ones own choice.
Mary Jane Peterson

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

Mary Jane Peterson, age 91, of Menomonie, formerly of Superior and Sun City, Ariz. passed away Thursday, July 1, 2010, at Our House Senior Living in Menomonie, with hospice. Her family was by her side to provide comfort and love.

The former Mary Jane Wais was born Sept. 19, 1918, in La Crosse, to William and Marie (Nadbolski) Wais. She was raised in La Crosse and graduated from La Crosse Aquinas High School. She married Everett Gees in 1940.  He preceded her in death on Jan. 4, 1948.

Mary Jane married Ellwood L. Peterson on June 18, 1949, at St. Columba Church in St. Paul, Minn. They resided in Superior from 1951 to 1982, and then Sun City from 1982 until 2007. Ellwood preceded her in death in 1997. Mary Jane returned to Wisconsin in 2007 to be near her family. 

Mary Jane and her husband were active in the Jaycees and in Rotary. She loved to play cards especially bridge, enjoyed dancing, walking and loved listening to music.

Mary Jane is survived by her three children, James (Christina) Peterson of Edina, Minn., Jeffrey (Sandra) Peterson of Mosinee, and Jill (Michael) Chandler of Colfax; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a brother, Thomas Wais of Renton, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Everett Gees; her second husband, Ellwood Peterson; and two brothers, George and William Wais.

A graveside service will be held in Cannon Falls, Minn. at a later date. Memorials preferred to The Catholic Church of St. Joseph, 910 Wilson Ave.,  Menomonie, WI 54751. 

The family would like to personally thank the staff at Our House Senior Living who became a part of Mary Jane’s life during the past two and one-half years. 

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Mary M. Peterson

Dunn County News, Sun. May 2, 2010, A6

Mary Minnie Peterson, age 80, of Glenwood City, formerly of Menomonie, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

The former Mary Stickney was born June 24, 1929, in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County, to Walter and Agnes (Teegarden) Stickney. She was raised in the Knapp area and attended school there.

On Feb. 10, 1950, Mary M. Stickney and Wayne Peterson were married at the parsonage of the Methodist Church in Menomonie. Together they farmed for many years in Dunn County, and Mary enjoyed raising her family. She also liked listening to music, drawing, cooking and Sunday get-togethers with family and close relatives.

Mary and her family were long-time members of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Mary is survived by her sons, Richard Peterson of Spring Valley and Robert (Joanne) Peterson of Milton; her daughter, Judy Peterson of Milton; her grandchildren, Catherine Peterson, Elizabeth (Austin) Bergmann and Sarah Peterson; her brother, Norman (Imagene) Stickney of Anoka, Minn.; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her parents; one infant brother; and infant twin sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 3 pm Monday, May 3, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Don Gribble officiating. There will be visitation at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial will be in Lucas Cemetery at a later date.

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Phyllis A. (Styer) Peterson

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

Phyllis A. Peterson, age 83, of Oak Creek, formerly of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, in Oak Creek.

The former Phyllis A. Styer was born Aug. 10, 1927, in Menomonie, to Ernest and Jeanette (Adams) Styer. She married Bert Peterson on Aug. 9, 1948.  They resided in Menomonie for 20 years before moving to Oak Creek. 

Upon Bert's retirement in 1992, the two of them sought warmer weather.  They were able to enjoy their retirement in Port Orange, Fla., where they had made many dear friends and enjoyed visits by  their children and friends.  After Bert's passing in May of 2001, Phyllis returned to Wisconsin to be near her family. 

Phyllis enjoyed being surrounded by her children and dearly loved each one, as well as her cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Through the years she made sure that the new babies to her family were welcomed with one of her crocheted afghans, which she loved making, and many were made.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Linda of Maplewood, Minn., Karen of New Holstein, John (Barbara) of Eau Claire, Judy Strehlow of Iron Ridge, Ron (Barb) of Lomira, Debbie (Charlie) Rode of Oak Creek and Suzanne of Hubertus. She is also survived by grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Dick (Ione) Styer of Mankato, Minn., Eugene (Joan) Styer of Sturgeon Bay and Norbert (Elaine) Styer of Albuquerque, N.M.; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bert; son, Gary; and two sisters, Virginia McDonald and Betty Gehaulf.

Phyllis touched so many of our lives.  We are grateful for the time we all have had with her.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie, with Father Tom Krieg officiating.  Burial will be St. Joseph's Parish Cemetery.  There will be visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with a prayer service at 4 p.m.  There will also be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

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Ruth L. Peterson

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 18, 2009, A6

Ruth Lucille Hedlund Peterson, age 86, slept away peacefully on Sunday, February 15th at home surrounded by her family.

Born November 5, 1922 to Edna Kellog and Martin Hedlund of Boyceville, WI, she is survived by her loving husband Pastor Les Peterson, four daughters; Luella Weir (Jim), Rachel Jones (Bill), Marilyn Friberg (Pete), Bobbie Bainbridge (Matt), one son Paul Peterson (Laurie), one brother O.K. Hedlund (Bobbie), nine granddaughters, two great grandsons and many nieces and nephews.

Ruth attended Oakridge Primary School and Boyceville High School. She graduated with honors from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, receiving a degree in library science. She continued on to receive her Masters degree at the University of Michigan. While working in the library at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, she met Leslie Peterson and married him in 1946. She has been his loving wife and special companion in ministry for 62 years.

Together they served on the mission field in Tanzania, East Africa for 26 years. Her library skills were used frequently throughout her missionary life. She will always be remembered for her Sunday School work and sewing classes with the women of Tanzania. In 1952 she wrote an article for the American Leprosy Mission called, “Sewing Without Fingers” which tells the story of her sewing class with women who had leprosy. Together with 62 missionary ladies she contributed to the book, “Touched by the African Soul”.

They returned in 1973 to serve at Providence Valley Lutheran Church, Dawson, Minnesota. In 1981, they moved to Menomonie, WI and served at Christ Lutheran Church and the American Lutheran Nursing Home. With a heart of love and continual prayers she has served our church and community by making quilts and by knitting over 200 prayer shawls. She will be greatly missed.

We want to thank Dr. Nathan Rich and Dunn County Home Care for their loving professional care. In lieu of flowers, we suggest memorials be given to Christ Lutheran Church designated for Interfaith Food Pantry, USA and World Hunger.

The Memorial Service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, North Menomonie, WI, on Saturday, Feb. 21st at 12:00 p.m. (noon) with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating. There will be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville, WI at a later date.

Olson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Menomonie is serving the family.

Wayne E. Peterson

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, A6

Wayne Edward Peterson, age 88, of Menomonie, WI passed away Thursday, October 29, 2009 at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

He was born September 10, 1921, in the Town of Lucas, Dunn Co., WI to Edward and Ellis (Birthman) Peterson and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1940.

Wayne married Mary M. Stickney on Feb. 10, 1950 at the Parsonage of the Methodist Church in Menomonie. Together they farmed for 36 years in Dunn Co., WI, then sold the herd of milking cows and young cattle and retired but remained on the farm. They were also long time members of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie.

Wayne enjoyed fishing and running the farm, and he and Mary enjoyed summer picnics and Sunday’s get together with family and close relatives.

Wayne will be sadly missed by his wife of 59 years, Mary Peterson of Glenwood City

His three children, Richard Peterson of Spring Valley, Robert (Joanne) Peterson of Milton, Judy Peterson of Glenwood City; three grandchildren, Catherine Peterson, Elizabeth Peterson (Austin) Bergmann and Sarah Peterson;  Also survived by two brothers-in-law, Donald Hillman of Eau Claire and Norman (Imagene) Stickney, and a good neighbor and best friend, Irv Pax.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Ellis Peterson, an uncle Wesley Birthman and beloved sister Sarah Hillman.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, WI with Pastor Don Gribble officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will be in Lucas Cemetery at a later date.

Diane K. Piatkiewicz

Dunn County News, Wed, May 19, 2010, A6

Diane Karen Piatkiewicz, age 71, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 16, 2010, at home, due to multiple medical complications.

"DeeDee" was born Friday, July 22, 1938, in Hillsboro, to Ed and Marjorie (Green) Piatkiewicz. Diane was very young at heart. She was always trying to make people laugh, and she did. She loved to talk about deer hunting, food and her younger years and she loved cookies and suckers. For a number of years she worked at Indianhead Enterprises in Menomonie.

Diane was a very special lady who was dearly loved by everyone whose life she touched.

DeeDee is survived by her loving sister, Barbara Stringer of Hendersonville, N.C.; special cousin, Neil Jensen of Vadnais Heights, Minn.; special cousin and guardian, Lois Debee of Menomonie; her "boy friend," Dick Debee; her very special caretakers at Aurora Residential Home; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving mother, Marjorie Green Piatkiewicz, in 2006; her grandparents, Byron and Dorothy Green; her aunt, Marian Jensen; and her cousin, Karen Snorik.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, 2010. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Bob Friese officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie. Family and friends are welcome at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Sunday.

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Verna Mae Pickard

Dunn County News, Wed, March 17, 2010, A6

Verna Mae Pickard was born on March 8, 1927, in Connorsville, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Ingwald and Bertha (Johnson) Gunness. 

She grew up in rural Wisconsin and graduated Salutatorian from Boyceville High School in 1945. Verna joined the Cadet Nursing Corp and worked in area hospitals during the war, filling in for nurses who had gone into service.

On Nov. 20, 1946, she was united in marriage to Eugene Pickard and together they farmed near New Richmond. They lived in several rural Wisconsin communities, including Best Valley near Downing and Star Prairie.

They moved to Wanderoos in the late 1950s and rural Deer Park in 1971, all the while farming and starting up Pickard Trucking, which is still in existence today. During this time, they were raising a family of 10 children. Verna moved to Amery with her daughter, Amy, in 1993 after the passing of her husband, Eugene, in 1992.

Verna was a home maker in the truest sense. Wherever she lived or stayed, whether you were immediate family, extended family, friend or stranger, Verna made you feel welcomed and at home. She loved her family deeply and it was her stronghold to have them close.

During her life Verna, was active as a Sunday School teacher, 4-H leader, belonged to Homemakers and was a long time member of El Salem Baptist Church (rural Dresser), and later of United Covenant Church in Clear Lake. Cooking and baking were things she enjoyed, and the door was always open for visitors or someone in need of a place to stay. She enjoyed gardening and canned much of the fruits of her labor. Verna was always up for a game of cards and whatever the game, played with intensity.

One of Verna’s greatest gifts, that she was both humble about and yet took great pride in was being a care giver. Throughout her life, she cared for as many as six generations of family. Starting at a young age, she was caregiver for her grandparents, her siblings, her parents, her own 10 children, her sibling’s children, her husband Eugene, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren, along with extended family and friends along the way.

Due to increasing health issues, Verna spent a short time at Riverbend Assisted Living and then at Golden Age Manor in Amery, where she died on Wednesday evening March 10, 2010, at the age of 83 years, two days.  She will be deeply missed by family, extended family and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Eugene; an infant son, Bobby; brothers Donald and Raymond; and sisters Doris and Beatrice. 

Left to celebrate her life are her children, Carol (Rod) Stotts, Jim (Mona) Pickard, Deanna (Barry) Erickson, Mike (Lynn) Pickard, Brian (Rebecca) Pickard, Neil (Sally) Pickard, Brent (Janice) Pickard, Darlene (Burton) Beebe, Becky (Tom) Peterson, and Amy Pickard. She also leaves 28 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lloyd Gunness; sisters, Sylvia Gunness and Marjorie Johns; as well as other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 15, at 11 a.m. from the United Covenant Church in Clear Lake, with Pastor Gary Tonn officiating. Organist was Margaret Peterson. Casketbearers were her sons Jim, Mike, Brian, Neil and Brent. Interment was at the Calvary Cemetery in Deer Park. 

The Williamson-White Funeral home assisted the family with arrangements.

Arnold C. Piersall

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

Arnold C. Piersall, age 87, of Menomonie, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, March 31, 2010.

He was born Dec. 30, 1922, in Fairfax, Iowa, the son of Earl S. and Iva M. (Myers) Piersall and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He graduated from McKinley High School in 1941.

Arnold was a WW II Veteran having served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 in the 3180th Signal Service Btn. He served in Okinawa and was discharged in 1946.

On Dec. 28, 1946, he married Donna Marie Lindahl at St. Paul's Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where Arnold received his bachelor's degree in 1949 from the Iowa State Teachers College.

Arnold taught high school in Eldora, Cedar Falls and Jefferson, Iowa, and started college teaching at Mankato State College, Mankato, Minn. In 1960, he started teaching at UW-Stout in Menomonie. He taught at Stout until his retirement in 1988. Arnold received his master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1951 and his Ed. D. from U.N.C. in 1964.

He was a member and Past Master of Menomonie Masonic Lodge 164, and a member of the Scottish Rite - Valley of Eau Claire, Mehara Shrine Club and Zor Shrine. He was a former member of American Legion Post 32. Arnold was also a member of Menomonie United Methodist Church. He was a life member of the American Vocational Association, American Industrial Arts Association and the American Council on Technology Teacher Education.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; and two daughters, Joyce Lynn (Steve) Schwarz of Lima, N.Y. and Jean Marie (Edward) Mejerle of Woodruff; a granddaughter, Megan L. Schwarz; and a grandson, William P. Schwarz; a brother, Dale S. (Laura) Piersall of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Carolyn Moen of Guttenberg, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Verda Snider; a brother, Lloyd; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Metcalf.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Don Gribble officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie with military honors by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. There will be visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, where a Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Arnold and Donna Piersall Scholarship Fund in the UW-Stout Foundation or to Shrine Children's Hospital.

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Eva A. Pool

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 30, 2011, A6

Eva A. Pool, 91, formerly of Knapp, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at The Extended Care Unit in Cumberland.

There will be visitation from 1 to 2 pm Monday, Oct. 31, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with a graveside service following at Forest Hill Cemetery, Knapp.

Olson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Menomonie is serving the family. To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.

Kevin L. Pooler

Dunn County News, Wed, March 16, 2011, A6

Kevin L. Pooler, age 40, of Downsville, WI, died unexpectedly on Friday, March 11, 2011 at his home in Downsville.

He was born September 5, 1970 in Payson, AZ. to Edwin & Wanda (Bain) Pooler. The family lived in Nevada and about ten years ago moved to Wisconsin having lived in Plum City, Durand and Downsville. Kevin worked for Wieser Concrete based out of Maiden Rock.

Kevin enjoyed working on cars as he was a certified mechanic. He enjoyed woodworking and recently collecting tobacco pipes. Once Kevin found something he liked; he continued his research and followed up on every detail. He was an avid computer person, having made several of his own and repairing them and others. Kevin enjoyed reading, but his main love was his family. He was a loving spouse, son and father.

He is survived by his spouse, Jeannette Wells; 5 children, Mikayla, Lyle, Hayden, Makenzie and Mirra; parents, Edwin and Wanda (Bain) Pooler; all of Downsville; one sister, Tina (Louis) Chacom of San Jose, CA; other relatives and many friends.

Kevin was preceded in death by one son, Boyd (1994); and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

A private service is being arranged. Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

Willard A. Price

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

Willard A. Price, age 89, of Menomonie, passed away Friday, September 17, 2010 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Willard was born on November 30, 1920, in the Township of Stanton, Dunn County, to Arnold and Elsie (Grutt) Price. On November 24, 1944 he married Naomi Hasse in the Township of Red Cedar, Dunn County.

Willard was a kind, honest, hardworking and fun-loving man. He enjoyed spending time with his large family of brothers and sisters, and his children and grandchildren, and truly loved each of them in his own quiet way. He was a friend to many, and he valued the friendships he made over the 89 years of his life.

Willard worked for UW-Stout for 35 years, retiring in 1983. His work ethic proved itself as he worked his way up from shoveling coal, which was used at the time to heat the university buildings in 1948, to the head of the maintenance department.

He was an active sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing, and in 1953, joined the Dunn County Fish and Game Club. He was a founding member of this club and, in fact, was President of the Club at the time the clubhouse was built.

Willard had hunted and fished for years in the Spooner area, so he and Naomi purchased a cottage on Big McKenzie Lake and enjoyed their time there for 27 years.

Willard served the Menomonie community as a part-time fireman for 22 years, retiring in 1973 due to health reasons. He was a faithful member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, serving on the church board for many years.

Willard is survived by his children; Son, Jerry (Nancy) Price of Fort Atkinson, WI; Daughter, Connie (Del) Salquist of Spooner, WI; Grandchildren, Jason (Luisa) Price of Geneva, IL., Aaron Price of Fort Atkinson, WI. Shauna (Erik)Lindstrom of Spooner, WI., A.J. (Betsy) Salquist of Spooner, WI., and Heather Salquist of Spooner, WI; Great-grandchildren; Hadlea and Trent Linstrom, Emma, Britta and D.J. Salquist; Brothers, Manville (Myrna) Price of Elk Mound, WI., Arthur (JoAnn) Price of Washburn, IA., Orville (Frieda) Price of Seattle, WA; Sisters, Adeline Hilson of Seattle, WA., Arlene (Roger) Hones of Colfax, WI., and Charlotta Anderson of Port Orchard, WA; Sisters-in-law, Elaine Price and Darlene Price, both of Eau Claire, WI., and Glory Ann Miller of Menomonie. He is also survived by many nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Willard was preceded in death by his wife Naomi, parents Arnold and Elsie Price, and two brothers, Elmer Price and Arnold Price.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery following the service. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

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

Kenneth R. Purk, Jr.

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 15, 2010, A6

Kenneth R. Purk Jr., age 68, of Menomonie, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

The family will be having a celebration of life for Kenneth at a later date.

Olson Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at

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