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Valita C. 'Vi' Radtke

Dunn County News, Sun, June 27, 2010, A6

Valita C. "Vi" Radtke, age 90, of Menomonie, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Vi was born July 21, 1919, in the Township of Hay River, Dunn County, to Clarence and Iva (James) Williams, and was the third of four children. She graduated from Downing High School in 1937; and on May 5, 1938 she married Earl Radtke of Downing. Earl and Vi had four children: George, Gene, Judy and Susan.

Vi graduated from Dunn County Normal School and University of Wisconsin-River Falls and was a teacher in the Spring Valley and Menomonie school districts, retiring in 1980.

Vi has been mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, nurse, teacher, mentor and spiritual advisor to innumerable people during her life and we will all miss her. Nevertheless, each of us who have known her will continue to rejoice reliving our heartwarming experiences in her company. Thank you, Vi, for a wonderful life.

Vi is survived by her sons, George (Edith) Radtke of Concord, Calif., Gene (Ann) Radtke of Norfolk, Va.; sister, Ida Martinson of Napa, Idaho; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Earl; daughters, Judy and Susan; grandson, Dean; brother, Orville; and sister, Millie.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at Menomonie Alliance Church, 502 21st St. N., Menomonie, with Pastor Brent Costello and Pastor Jack Stimmel officiating. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery in Downing. There will be visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home, 615 Wilson Ave., Menomonie, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

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

Inez P. Rasmusson (Long)

Dunn County News, Wed. Dec. 14, 2011, A6

Inez P. Rasmusson, age 90, of Menomonie, passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Angel Bright Hospice in Corpus Christi, Texas.

She was born March 22, 1921, in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Clifford and Madge Jean (Stillman) Long. Inez was a member of Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church, where she has been an active member for many years. She enjoyed being active in many areas of the church.

Inez graduated from Aggie in 1938 and attended Stout until her marriage.

She was active in the Little Elk Creek Homemakers group from 1947 until her recent illness. She also enjoyed quilting.

She married Bert Rasmusson on Oct. 30, 1940. Together they farmed in the Town of Menomonie and Red Cedar for many years.

Inez was the matriarch of her family and will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

Inez is survived by a son, Jon Rasmusson of Eau Claire; a daughter, Sara (Billy) Vansickle of Corpus Christi, Texas; three grandchildren, Lisa (David) Silverman of Houston, Texas, Christopher Vansickle (Sally) of St. Louis, Mo., and Bradley (Marie Elizabeth) Vansickle of St. Louis; seven great-grandchildren, Tressa, Emily, Allison, Samantha, Robert, Brandon and Daniella.

She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 70 years, Bert; parents, Clifford York Long and Madge Jean (Stillman) Long; two sisters, Blanche Singer, Leatrice "Mickey" Hedrick; one brother, Paul Long.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating. There will be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Burial will be in Little Elk Creek Cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family. In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church or the Little Elk Creek Cemetery Assoc.

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

Mark L. Reimers

Dunn County News, Sun, June 27, 2010, A6

Mark Lowell Reimers passed away in Sitka, Alaska, on Sunday, June 6, 2010, while on a family cruise. He was born on Sept. 5, 1932, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Robert Oscar and Rose Maria Reimers. Mark grew up in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., and Menomonie, and continued his football and basketball careers at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

In 1952, Mark enlisted in the United States Air Force, eventually being stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in the Denver metropolitan area, where he lived until his passing.

During his business career, Mark started and served as president of a commercial cleaning company and manufacturer representative agency and served as senior vice president of the ProTeam Company since 1987.

Mark had a great love of sports and enjoyed attending University of Colorado Buffaloes football games as well as the Denver Broncos. Mark enjoyed traveling throughout his life and spending time in Tucson, Ariz., with his family in the winter months.

Mark is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy Reimers (Gunderson) of Denver, Colo.; his sons, Matt Reimers of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Jonathan Reimers of Castlewood, Va.; daughter-in-law, Nicole Reimers; and precious granddaughters, Anna and Audrey Reimers of Highlands Ranch.

Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday June 11, 2010, at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch.

Cleo A. Reitz

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 10, 2010, A6

Cleo Ann Reitz, age 73, of Elmwood, died Saturday Feb. 6, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Cleo was born Dec. 19, 1936, in Durand, but grew up in the Arkansaw area. She was the daughter of Donald Francis Meixner and Rosamond Ina Richardson. Cleo graduated from Arkansaw High School in 1955. Cleo married James Joseph Meixner in June on 1956. After marriage they lived in Arkansaw and Lima area of rural Durand where they raised their family. James died in 1965. In 1969, Cleo married Ronald Reitz and they made their home on Ronald's farm in the Township of Eau Galle.

During her working years, Cleo worked at the Durand Canning Company, Durand Café and retired from Sanna Dairies in Menomonie after 17 years, retiring in 1999.

Cleo loved to travel. She enjoyed collecting miniature clocks and bells and spending time with her family and friends.

Cleo is survived by her husband, Ronald; six children, Victoria Meixner of Coon Rapids, Minn., Luann (Norm) Cummings of Brookfield, Laurie (Rob) Ellingboe of Woodville, James (Virginia) Meixner of Menomonie, Rebecca (Dat) Nguyen of Glendale and Jennifer (John) Einum of River Falls; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a brother, Bernard Duane Meixner of Arkansaw; a sister, Marcia Harmon of Elmwood; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, James Meixner; a sister, Dona Gill; and a grandson, Brennan Einum.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Varkey V. Joseph officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. Friday until the time of the services at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood.

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

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

Susan J. Rhead

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

Susan J. Rhead, age 67, of Menomonie, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, at her home.

Susan was born June 26, 1943, in Natick, Mass., to Robert Brown and Ruth (Balsom). She grew up in Lynn, Maine, and graduated from Lynn English High School in 1961.

Susan married Larry Rhead on Dec. 21, 1963, in Lynn, Mass., where they lived for two years. They then moved back to Wisconsin in 1965, where they have remained since. They had one child. Susan was a nurse in Menomonie for a few years before she opened the Apple Basket Antique Shop in her home. Susan ran the Antique shop for 30-plus years before retiring. After retirement Susan spent much of her time focusing on art. She was very creative and produced numerous water color and acrylic paintings along with pastel drawings and fabric design. She also embraced the native American culture, and along with her husband, attended several pow-wows and native American events. The family enjoyed several summers in Washburn at their cabin.

Susan is survived by her husband, Larry Rhead of Menomonie; daughter, Carrie (Craig) Lecheler of Menomonie; grandson, Jack Lecheler of Menomonie; sister, Marsha (Kevin) Garry of West Roxbury, Mass.; three brothers, Scott (Debbie) Brown of Lynn, Mass., Tom Brown of Haverhill, Mass., and Robert (Shelly) Brown of San Bernadino, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Ruth Brown; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Susan Lecheler.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor John Mikkelson officiating. Family and friends are welcome at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Susan's memory to the First American Prevention Center, c/o Ron DePerry, Red Cliff Tribal Council, 88385 Pike Rd., Hwy 13, Bayfield, WI 54814.

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

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

Mary Lou Rice, age 56, of Knapp, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born May 15, 1954, in Menomonie, to Gilbert and Vivian (Timm) Rice. She was a graduate of Menomonie High School and worked for McMillian Electric in Woodville, and also for Vital Plastics in Baldwin, starting both jobs in about 1997 and working until her death.

Mary Lou enjoyed playing with her daughter's beagle, Lucky; and earlier in her life she was an enthusiastic snowmobiler and still belongs to The Knapp Valley Riders Snowmobile Club. She was a dedicated and loving football fan of the Minnesota Vikings and made sure everyone knew it. As much as she enjoyed life, her daughter, Heather, was the most important joy in her life. She loved her dearly.

Mary Lou is survived by her daughter, Heather (fiancé Mike Hedlund) Rice of Menomonie; parents, Gilbert and Vivian Rice of Knapp; one sister, Lorilie (John) Steinke of Eau Claire; three nieces, Morgan and Margo Steinke and Bailey Rice; and other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Bruce.

A funeral Service will be held on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Dave Whelan officiating.

Friends may call Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and also one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place following the service at The Forest Hill Cemetery in the Town Of Stanton, Dunn County.

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

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

Robert "Bob" William Richgels, age 56, of Menomonie and formerly of Eau Claire and Madison, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 25, 2010, from natural causes.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2010. at the Moose Lodge, 3606 Curvue Road, Eau Claire.

A scattering of ashes is being planned in Cross Plains at a later date.

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

Keith A. Riley

Dunn County News, Wed. Aug. 4, 2010, A6

Keith A. Riley, age 84, of Birchwood, passed away at home on Friday, July 30, 2010.

Keith Albert Riley was born Sept. 29, 1925, in Menomonie, to Charles and Eula (Rogers) Riley. Keith graduated from Menomonie High School and spent three years in the Coast Guard during World War II where he served in the South Pacific. Upon his return, he attended UW-Stout.

He was married to Vivian M. Rotnem in 1947, and together they attended UW-River Falls, where he graduated with a degree in education.

They lived in Prairie Farm, where he taught and coached before moving to Hudson, where he was employed by Univac (now Unisys) in St. Paul, Minn., until his retirement in 1981. After his formal retirement, he volunteered at Hudson Memorial Hospital, providing transportation for the handicapped.

In 1994, they moved to Hot Springs Village, Ariz., where he lived for 16 years before moving back to Birchwood.

During his lifetime, he played basketball and baseball in high school and college, was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved a good game of golf and enjoyed playing his banjo and guitar. In later years, he took up woodcarving as a pastime. His greatest joy though, was spending time with his family.

Keith Riley is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vivian Riley of Birchwood; two daughters, Kathryn and husband, Jeff Hasen of Snohomish, and Jean and husband, Bob Walker of Park City, Utah; a sister, Eileen Arnold of Menomonie; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Charles Martin; his parents, Charles and Eula Riley; and a sister, Lucille Spielman.

Memorial srvices will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Birchwood, with Rev. Paul Oman officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Appleyard's Home for Funerals in Rice Lake.

The family requests memorials to the American Heart Association.
Louis C. "Bud" Rineck Jr.

Dunn County News, Sun. March 27, 2011, A6

Louis C. "Bud" Rineck Jr.,  age 76, of Menomonie, died Thursday, March 24, 2011, at his home in the Township of Lucas, Dunn County, rural Menomonie.

Louis was born Aug. 28, 1934, at home in Hatchville, rural Menomonie.  He was the son of Louis C. and Esther (Wagner) Rineck Jr. 

As a young child, he grew up in the Hatchville area and later moved with his family to the Chippewa Falls area and later to Hammond. 

He married Betty Ann Cotts July 23, 1955, at St. John's Lutheran Church in  Hatchville. After marriage they settled in the Hatchville area.  Bud worked various jobs in the area before working at Connell's Orchard, where he worked for 32 years.

Bud loved fishing, camping, doing woodworking, and the annual family vacation traveling around the country. Most important to Bud was spending time with his family.

Bud is survived by his wife, Betty; three daughters, Colleen (Lorn) Flanscha and Lacinda (LaMont) Steinmeyer,  both of Menomonie and Renee (Andy) DeLong of Elmwood; two special nieces/daughters, Debbie (Duane) Zeilsdorf of Downing and Tammie (Rick) DeMotts of Green Bay; 12 grandchildren, Jennifer (Dennis)McSorley, Bonnie and Mirranda Sweeny, Jessie Hanson, Brandi Wagner, Rebecca (Andrew) Rassmussen, Justin (Stephanie) and Isaac Steinmeyer, Cassondra (David) Pink, Brandon DeMotts, and Jayme and Nathan Zielsdorf; 13 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Marcella Wagner of Durand, Vernetta Larson of Eau Claire, Deanna Franklin of Menomonie, and Della Worrell of Centuria; three brothers, Arnold of Hammond, Roger of New Richmond, and Larry of Boyceville; a brother-in-law, Russell (Betty) Cotts of Menomonie; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Lloyd Louis Sweeny and Ethen Zielsdorf; a special nephew/son, Randy Rineck; two brothers, John and James;  and two brothers-in-law, Emil Wagner and Gaylord Worrell.

Funeral services will be held at  11 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at St. Katherine's Lutheran Church Township of Red Cedar rural Menomonie with Rev. Shawn Kauffeld officiating. Burial will be at a later date at St. John's Cemetery-Hatchville.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving

Timothy A. Riste

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Timothy Allen Riste, age 38, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2011, at his home in the Town of Tainter, Dunn County, WI.

Tim was born August 13, 1973, in Eau Claire, WI, to Allen and Judith (Hill) Riste. He attended Colfax Elementary, Junior and Senior High, graduating in 1992. He graduated in 1994 from CVTC in Eau Claire with a degree in Machine Tooling.

He was a talented machinist and was employed by several businesses, including Tim's Automotive Machine in Bloomer, WI, Extrusion Dies in Chippewa Falls, WI, and most recently at Baxter Engines in Eau Claire. He specialized in reconstruction of vintage motorcycles and cars, and operated his own shop called Colfax Engine Company.

Tim enjoyed being with his family, especially his nieces and nephew. Over the years, Tim made many close friends through his participation in go-cart racing, drag racing, garden tractor pulling, and motorcycle restoration. He loved his time at the family summer cottage near Lake Tainter and chose to make his home in that same area. He also enjoyed traveling on his motorcycle and the companionship of his pets.

Tim is survived by his father, Allen Riste of Colfax, WI; brother, Tom (Melinda) Riste and their children, Breanna, Matthew, and Ciara Rose of Colfax; sister, Tammy (Steve) Riste Wahlin of Crystal, MN; an uncle, Douglas (Beth) Riste of Woodruff, WI; aunts, Susan Hill, Connie (John) Haugle, all of Colfax; cousin, Nathan (Tammy) Haugle, and their children Elsa Jane and Dexter Hill of Madison, WI.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Judith Riste; grandparents, Margie and Tom Hill, and Dorothy and Leroy Riste.

A gathering of family and friends will take place at the Grapevine in Colfax on Wednesday evening, September 21, 2011, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 22, 2011, at Colfax United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jeanne Jones officiating.

A visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services at the church on Thursday.

Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 23, 2011, in Hill Grove Cemetery, Town of Colfax, Dunn County, WI.

Olson Funeral Home is serving the family.

To share a memory, please visit obituaries atwww.olsonfuneral.com.

Gordon S. Roach

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, A6

Gordon S. Roach, age 79, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Dec.16, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. No formal services are being planned, and he will be buried in the spring at the Cedar Fall Cemetery. Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.
Jean M. Roach

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

Jean M. Roach, age 77, of Colfax, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Jean is survived by her sister, Clarice “Tedda” (Pete) Radle of Colfax; two nieces and one nephew as well as other relatives and friends.

Per Jean’s wishes, no services are planned. A private burial will be held at a later date. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Memorials are suggested to the Dunn County Humane Society.

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

Joe Roach

Dunn County News, Sun. May 8, 2011, A6

Joe Roach, age 31, of Eau Claire, died on Monday, May 2, 2011, in Menomonie.

Joe was born Aug. 6, 1979, in Northern Idaho.  In 1986 he and his family returned to Eau Claire and eventually moved to Menomonie where Joe attended school, graduating from Menomonie High School in 1997. Joe attended Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minn., graduating magna cum laude in media production.  He worked for WQOW-TV 18 in Eau Claire as an editor, director, and technical director for the past five years.

Joe treasured his friends and family. He was especially close to his two brothers and his sister.  He was an avid reader, loved music, movies and traveling.  He was known for his quick wit and sense of humor. He was loved dearly by all who knew him.

Joe is survived by his parents, Jim and Sharon Roach, of Menomonie; one sister, Brianna Roach (Tony Huettner),  of Eau Claire; two brothers, Nick Roach of Anaheim, Calif., and T.J. Roach of Menomonie; one niece, Angelina; one nephew, Bobby; grandparents, Betty Roach and Edward and Barbara Pond; aunts and uncles; many cousins; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bob Roach.

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.  Visitation was from 3 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2011, followed by a celebration of Joe's life with Pastor Rob McDougal officiating.

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

Donald C. "Frenchy" Robillard

Dunn County News, Sun, July 19, 2009, A6

Donald C. “Frenchy” Robillard, age 84, of Menomonie, WI passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

He was born January 17, 1925 in Minneapolis, MN to Leo J. and Amanda M. (Clement) Robillard, and was raised in Red Lake Falls, MN.

Frenchy farmed on the home farm, in Red Lake Falls for 25 years, and then became a miner in the iron-ore mines in Chisholm, MN for a few years. After mining, he was a fishing guide out of Crane Lake, MN until retiring. Frenchy married Louise (Kulzer) Anderson on Aug. 23, 1976 in Cloquet, MN. They resided in Baudette, MN until moving to Menomonie in 2008.

Frenchy was an avid collector of agates and rocks and he loved fishing and hunting. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Frenchy is survived by: his wife, Louise; a son, Gary (Kim) Robillard of Eagan, MN; a daughter, Nita Glenn of Elk River, MN; step-daughter, Jeanette (Tom) Gregorich of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren, Derek (Carrie) Robillard, Deven (Amy) Robillard, Dalen Robillard and Danny Robillard, Tina (Donny) Furlong and Jeremy Bagley; step-grandchildren, Mike (Kim) Gregorich, Shelby Gregorich, Mark Gregorich and Deborah Brandt; great-grandchildren, Payton and Campbell Robillard, Jessica and Patrick Furlong, Tristan and Brooke Bagley; four step-great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild, Jasmine Furlong; two sisters, Marilyn Seeger of Red Lake Falls, MN, Renee (Bob) Michelson of New Brighton, MN. Also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother Claire.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Paul Pillman officiating. There will be visitation at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Louise V. Robillard

Dunn County News, Wed. March 31, 2010, A6

Louise V. Robillard, age 89, of Menomonie, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Comforts of Home in Menomonie.

The former Louise V. Kulzer was born April 8, 1920, in Osceola, to Joseph and Jenny (Day) Kulzer. She was raised in the Osceola area and married Henry Anderson. Two daughters were born to this union. The family moved to northern Minnesota where Louise worked as a waitress for many years. The death of her youngest daughter was a sorrow she carried with her the rest of her life. Louise later married Donald Robillard on Aug. 23, 1976, and they were together till his passing on July 15, 2009.

Louise loved the outdoors, and especially loved to fish and to prepare them for her family and friends. She also loved to hunt deer and moose. Louise enjoyed doing crafts of all kinds, and she loved clothes, shoes and jewelry, which she would make and buy.

Louise is survived by her daughter, Jeanette (Tom) Gregorich of Las Vegas; step-children, Gary (Kim) Robillard of Eagan, Minn., and Nita Glenn of Elk River, Minn.; grandchildren, Mike (Kym) Gregorich, Shelby Gregorich, Mark Gregorich, Deborah Brandt, Jeremy Bagley, Derek (Carrie) Robillard, Deven (Amy) Robillard, Dalen Robillard, Danny Robillard and Tina (Donny) Furlong; great-grandchildren, Kevin and Justin Gregorich, Weston, Riley Sky Brandt, Tristan and Brooke Bagley, Payton and Campbell Robillard, Jessica and Patrick Furlong; a niece, Louise (George) Bagley; and other nieces, nephews and numerous friends

She was preceded in death by her infant son; daughter, Sandra Anderson in 1975; her brothers, Curtis and Joy Kulzer; sisters, Fern Jenny, Blanch Frank, Edith Lee and Phyliss Jensen; her husband, Henry Anderson; and her husband, Don Robillard.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Paul Pillman officiating. Visitation was held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

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

Eleanor M. Rodey

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

Eleanor M. Rodey, age 85, of Menomonie, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009.

The former Eleanor Marion Suckow was born Feb. 29, 1924, in Menomonie, to Emil and Bertha (Morscheck) Suckow. She grew up in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1942.

Eleanor worked at Lee's soda fountain, and was a WOW (Women Ordinance Worker) during W.W.II, and also worked in the kitchen at Memorial Hospital.

Eleanor married Louis F. Rodey on Jan. 21, 1946, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. They had two children. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and enjoyed serving with the Ladies Guild, Dorca's sewing circle and singing in the choir.

Eleanor is survived by her husband of 63 years, Louis Rodey of Menomonie; one son, Ron (Pat) Rodey of Menomonie; and one daughter, Sharon (Cliff) Abbate of Menomonie. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Tim Rodey of Menomonie, Marvin Rodey of Menomonie, Peggy Rodey of Mondovi, Patrick D. Wagner of Hagar City, Sara (Kent) Oliver of Shakopee, Minn., Carla Abbate of St. Petersburg, Fla., Ruth (Rick) Schlachter of Dundee, Ore., Mark (Charon) Abbate of Fargo, N.D., Samuel (Jenny) Abbate of Seaside, Ore., and Luke (Alayna) Abbate of Weyerhauser; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Bertha Suckow; three brothers, Levi Suckow, Bill Suckow and Clarence Suckow; also two aunts, Emma Morscheck and Helen Lloyd.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Brett Voigt officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County. There will be visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

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

Louis F. Rodey

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

Louis F. Rodey, age 88, of Menomonie, went to his heavenly home on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010.

Louis Francis Rodey was born June 21, 1922, on a farm in the Town of Sherman, Dunn County, to Otto and Bertha (Grundeman) Rodey. He grew up on the farm north of Menomonie, attended Roach Elementary School, graduated from Menomonie High School in 1940 and graduated from Stout, after the war, with a master's degree.

He served his country as a machine gunner in the U.S. Army during WW II in Europe. He was wounded twice and received two purple hearts. He enjoyed his reunions for 30 years, with the 324th Inf. Div. 44th Bn., of Co. G. He also enjoyed playing baseball with the Lambs Creek Bears, was an avid Brewers fan and loved playing "500."

Louis married Eleanor M. Suckow on Jan. 21, 1946, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. They had two children. Louis was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and served on the cemetery board.

He worked for his brother-in-law at Suckow's Sheet Metal Shop in Menomonie, at Presto in Eau Claire, and as supervisor of buildings and grounds at Stout, until he retired in 1983.

Louis is survived by a son, Ron (Pat) Rodey of Menomonie; a daughter, Sharon (Cliff) Abbate of Menomonie; and his sister, Dorothy Baker of Menomonie; He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Tim Rodey of Menomonie, Marvin Rodey of Menomonie, Peggy Rodey of Mondovi, Patrick D. Wagner of Hager City, Sara (Kent) Oliver of Shakopee, Minn., Carla (Todd) Joseph of St. Petersburg, Fla., Ruth (Rick) Schlachter of Dundee, Ore., Mark Abbate of Fargo, N.D., Samuel (Jenny) Abbate of Seaside, Ore., and Luke (Alayna) Abbbate of Menomonie; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Bertha Rodey; and two brothers, Lloyd Rodey and Willis Rodey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, with military honors by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.
Ardith "Ardy" Rogers

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 2, 2009, A6

Ardith A. "Ardy" Rogers, age 62, of Colfax, was pronounced dead on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at Sacred heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

The former Ardith Ann Ponto was born June 9, 1947, in Menomonie, to Gilbert and Hazel (Lemke) Ponto. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and graduated from Menomonie High School.

Ardy worked at the Dunn County Health Care Center as a nurse's aide until her early retirement. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary for many years. Ardy enjoyed writing poetry, playing bingo, playing solitaire on the computer and visiting with friends of the Grapevine in Colfax.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to all of Ardy's Colfax friends and caregivers, especially Doris and Jeff, and a special thank you to Steve and Sandy Hanson, the Fall Creek First Responders and the Eau Claire Fire and Rescue for their extraordinary efforts on Thanksgiving evening. God Bless you all!

Ardy is survived by her mother, Hazel Ponto of Menomonie; two sisters, Lucille (Vaughn) Lierman of Fall Creek and Patricia Kutney of Minneapolis, Minn.; four nephews, Randy (JoAnn) Lierman of Oconto Falls, Kevin (Sandra) Lierman of Eau Claire, Bryn (Sheila) Lierman of Fall Creek and Shawn Kutney of St. Paul, Minn. She was also survived by many great nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gilbert Ponto, and an infant daughter, Tamara Elizabeth.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Brett Voigt officiating. Burial was in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.  To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Merlin J. Rogers

Dunn County News, Wed, July 22, 2009, A6

Death notice ...

Merlin J. Rogers, age 68, of Menomonie, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the Dunn County Health Care Center, in Menomonie, with hospice.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, July 22, at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family with arrangements. To express condolences online, please see obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Rolland R. Rossiter

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

Rolland R. Rossiter, age 74, of Spring Valley, passed away Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at his home.

He was born Dec. 19, 1934, in the Township of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Robert and Sarah (Cook) Rosseter. He married Betty Taylor on March 12, 1955, in Menomonie.

Rolland is survived by his wife, Betty of Spring Valley; his children, Debbie (Les) Hearne of Eau Claire, Darlene (Stephen) Frey of Menomonie, Ronald Rossiter of Spring Valley and Linda (Ed) Studtmann of Long Creek, Ore.; grandchildren, Robert, Christianna and Katharine Hearne; Chris Hanson, Amy (Mitch) Connors, Christopher Frey, Danica (Jevon) Rich; and Phil, Josh, Amos, Isaac and Sam Studtmann; great-grandchildren, Cali and Karina Rich; honorary children, Gina Pritchard, Christy (Dan) Rabitoy, Nan Hanson and Jackie Eisenhuth; honorary grandchildren, Raven and Krista Hall; Hannah Pritchard, Danielle Swartz, Emilie, Butch, Belle and Henry Rabitoy; sisters, Louise McQuiston of Forest Lake, Ariz. and Mary (Don) Knuth of Minot, N.D.; and sister-in-law Erna Rosseter Sorensen of Menomonie. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Delbert Rosseter; and sisters, Hazel Hulbert, Ethel Gregory, Margie McQuiston, Beatrice Rosseter, Alice Acheson, Myrtle Eisenhuth and Mabel Dohms.

A memorial/celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at the Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Knapp, with Pastor LeRoy Nelson officiating. There will be an informal gathering at the church one hour prior to the service.

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

Mabel M. Rossler

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 22, 2009, A6

Mabel Marie (Kraft) Rossler passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at the HospiceCare Center in Louisville, Colo.

Mabel was born on March 15, 1919, in Downsville, to William and Magdalena Kraft. After finishing her basic education, she served as a housekeeper and nanny for many prominent families in Menomonie and Washington D.C.

On May 30, 1941, she married Frank W. Rossler Jr. They lived on the Rossler Farm on the Rusk prairie in the town of Red Cedar. Mabel joined Frank in the fields and raised her own chickens, selling eggs from the house to friends and also to the University of Wisconsin-Stout. They enjoyed going to horse shows and sales with their Belgian Draft horses and in later years spent many hours fishing together. Every night they said the Lord's Prayer as their faith in their Lord meant everything to them. The coffee pot was always on and the kitchen table was cleared for morning or afternoon coffee with friends and neighbors.

Mabel was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church for more than 60 years serving on its church council and participating in the Ladies Guild making crafts and baked goods for their many missions. She also enjoyed working on the baby bonnets for the hospital's Lady Bugs. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as an election judge for Dunn County. In the fall of 2002, she moved to Longmont, Colo., to live with her daughter and family.

Survivors include her daughter, Rhonda Kay (David) Boettcher of Longmont, Colo.; and her son, Clifford Gordon (LouAnn) Rossler of Mason City, Iowa. Grandchildren are Aaron Boettcher and his wife, Sarah, of Englewood, Colo., and Leslie and Matthew Rossler of Mason City, Iowa. Her remaining sister-in-law is Catherine Kraft. Nieces and nephews are Sharon Riemer, Charlotte (Roger) Backman, Ruth Ann (Mike) Fingerson, Allan Johnson, Rick (Nancy) Kraft, Mary (Byron) Boettcher, Pat (George) Sasse, and Lee (Barb) Scott.

Mabel was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank; her infant daughter, Ann Marie; her parents; her parents-in-law, Frank and Edith Rossler; sisters Helen Marshalonis, Lucille Green and Lillian Johnson; and brother, William Kraft.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 910 Ninth St., Menomonie, with Rev. Roy Harrisville officiating. A private burial will be held at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, aka Iron Creek Lutheran Cemetery.

Helen A. Rostamo (Peterson)

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

Helen A. Rostamo, age 76,  of Menomonie, formerly of Colfax, passed away peacefully Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. 

Helen was born Sept. 23, 1935, in Eau Claire. To Arthur and Christine (Erickson) Peterson, she was a 1954 graduate of Menomonie High School.  After graduation she went to work for Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance Company in Minneapolis. She lived in South Minneapolis with friends from Menomonie.

On June 8, 1957, she married Dale A. Rostamo at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie. To this union were born two children, Dean Arlen and Randy Roy.  Helen and Dale were happily married for 54 wonderful years.

 After her sons were out on their own, Helen also worked as a clerk/typist for Computype in Roseville,  Minn., and several promotional companies in the San Diego, Calif., area.  Dale had the opportunity for many career advance moves, and this eventuated in many moves for Helen, Dale and the family as they lived in Saint Paul Park, Minn., Cedar Rapids Iowa, Savage, Minn., Eden Prairie, Minn., two years in Melbourne Australia, Wayzata, Minn., Encinitas, Calif., Tainter Lake, Wis., and Shoreview Minn.   In 1989, Helen and Dale moved to Oceanside Calif., until their retirement in 1996 when they moved back to the rural Colfax area where they had many family and friends. 

Helen was a member of the Holden Lutheran Church, rural Colfax, where she was active in several women's groups, Women of ELCA, Alter Guild and quilting.  She worked each summer at the Holden Kitchen Stand at the Colfax Fair.  She loved her church, her church ladies and her God.

Helen had a wonderful sense of humor, loved her family very much and received much love in return.  She never had a bad word about anybody but had concern for everyone. She was a beautiful person in every sense of the word.  She enjoyed the winter trips to Mexico and had the opportunity to join her husband on international business trips to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, American Samoa and Tahiti.

Survivors include her husband, Dale; children,  Dean (Brenda) of St. Michael, Minn., and Randy of Colfax; grandchildren Erik in the U.S. Army at Fort Drum, N.Y., and Ryan of St. Michael, Minn.;   sisters, Clarice (Louis) Aricson of Nashua, N.H., and Ann (Jerry) Knaack of St Germaine;  and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Curtiss.

Helen has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Holden Alter Guild,  Holden Church Colfax in her memory.  Helen’s family would like to thank the Mayo Health Systems Hospice, her special caregiver Karlene, and Tim and the rest of their team for the loving care and support she received for the last two years.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday,  Nov. 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Holden Lutheran Church. Pastor Bob Schoenkeneck will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax is handling arrangements.

Clarice A. Rubusch

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

Clarice Augusta Rubusch, age 90, a lifelong resident of Boyceville, died, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at Care Partners Assisted Living in Menomonie.

She was born April 21, 1919, in Monroe County, Portland, to Earl and Nora (Olson) Anderson.

She attended Hawthorne country school and then Boyceville Schools and, in those days, walking all the way.

She married Lloyd Wisemiller on Dec. 21, 1936, and he passed on June 10, 1955. She then married Harry Rubusch on Feb. 6, 1960, and he passed 2007. She was a longtime active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville and was a baptized and confirmed Christian and was very proud of it. Clarice loved camping and fishing (even ice fishiing). During her excursions around northern Wisconsin she met and kept many friends. Clarice enjoyed her family and it was not uncommon for her to bake or cook up a meal fit for a king. She was a very good seamstress and would make clothing for her daughter.

Clarice is survived by one daughter, Louise (James) Wisemiller-Peterson-Sneen of Elk Mound; one son, Arlen (Betty)Wisemiller of Boyceville; eight grandchidren, Kimberly (Mark) Suess of Elk Mound, Andrew (Kathy) Peterson of Elk Mound, Abby (Rob) Henson of Minong, Lorinda Erickson of Downing, Randy (Brenda) Wisemiller of Nixa, Mo.,, Christopher (Lynette) Wisemiller of Boyceville, Timothy (Penny) Wisemiller of Amboy, Ill., And Bethany (Christopher) Novotney of Boyceville; 19 great-grandchildren, Samuel, Kerry, Marty and Marissa Suess and Lauren and Ali Peterson and Hannah and Benjamin Henson and Lindsay, Heather and Eric (fiance' Ashlee Quilling) Wisemiller and Danielle Schindele and Travis and Ashley Glaser and Blake and Jacob Erickson and Zachary Wisemiller and Shayleigh and Noah Novotney; one great-grandson, Gavin Lee; one sister, Delma Dahl of Eau Claire; a very good friend, Lavern Jaeger of Menomonie; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Nora (Olson) Anderson; first husband, Lloyd Wisemiller (1955); second husband, Harry Rubusch (2007); grandson, Jon Peterson; great-grandsons Joshua and Aaron Wisemiller; two brothers, Spencer and Kenneth Anderson; and an infant brother, Dwight Anderson.

A funeral service will take place on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville, with Pastor Bradley Peterson officiating. A visitation will take place on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to the service at the church. A private burial will take place following the funeral at Tiffany Cemetery, Boyceville.

On behalf of Clarice's family, we would like to say a special "thank you" to Care Partners for their thoughtfulness, caring and love.

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

Harold W. Rubusch

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 17, 2010, A6

Harold Willis Rubusch, loving husband and father, died at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie, on Jan. 13, 2010, at the age of 91.

Harold was born to Frank and Minnie (House) Rubusch on July 15, 1918, in the Sherman Township, Dunn County. He grew up on the home farm and attended Hawthorne School. He and his twin brother, Harry, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force, serving in W.W. II from 1942 to 1945. Harold served his country proudly and enjoyed sharing stories of his experiences.

When he returned from the war, Harold worked briefly for Presto in Menomonie and then worked as a plumber and well-driller with his brother Willard, at Rubusch Sales and Service, until he married.

Harold and Catherine (Katy) Clark were married Dec. 23, 1959, celebrating their 50th anniversary this past December. They dairy farmed together, with their family, in rural Boyceville until 1979. At that time they retired to Texas in winters and spent summers fishing, bowling, dancing and playing cards with friends and family.

Harold is survived by his wife Katy and six children: Sharon (Rod) Sandberg, Judy (LaVerne) Jones, Jim (Leigh) Clark, Diane (Ben) Peterson, Cindy (David) Moshe, Willis (Beth) Rubusch and Peaches; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two nieces; as well as other relatives and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harry and Willard; and one sister, Harriet.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Menomonie Alliance Church, 502 21st St. N., Menomonie, with Pastor Jack Stimmel officiating. Military honor will be conducted by Harmon-Harris American Legion Post 314 of Boyceville. There will be a private interment in Sherman Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

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

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