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Sharon M. Sabatke

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

Sharon M. Sabatke, 68, of Bangs and formerly of Menomonie, Wis., died Friday, Dec. 9, at her home in Bangs.

A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, at Heartland Funeral Home in Early with cremation to follow and a memorial service to be held later in Wisconsin.

She was born Aug. 27, 1943, in Superior, Wis., the daughter of Lloyd and Doris Wieman Sabatke. She grew up in Menomonie, Wis., and later attended college at Eau Claire where she received her Bachelor's degree. She then graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Stout where she received her Master's degree and was currently working on her Doctorate through Capella University. She worked in the Education field in many areas including the University of Wisconsin System, Texas State Technical Institute in the West Texas Area and Western College in Snyder, Texas. She had been a resident of Bangs for the past five years and had served as a board member for the ARK, a shelter for battered women in Brownwood. She was a member of the Lutheran church.

She is survived by her mother, Doris Sabatke of Menomonie, Wis; her children, Shawn McVey of Chicago, Ill.; Jana Lindsley and husband David of San Diego, Calif., Shane McVey and wife Lisa of Eau Claire, Wis., Chad McVey and wife Mary Kay of Menomonie, Wis., and Jami Howell and husband Jim of Bangs, Texas; two brothers, Wayne Sabatke and wife Barb of Rice Lake, Wis., and Michael Sabatke and wife Joan of Eau Claire, Wis.; nine grandchildren, Destiny, Josh, McKenna, Bryna, Samantha, Conner, Lesley, Kayley and Jacob; and one great-grandson, Lucas.

She was preceded in death by her father; and husband, Douglas McVey.

Friends are encouraged to sign the guest book at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net

David Samdahl

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

David Samdahl, 52, of Minnetonka, Minn., passed away suddenly on Friday, April 8, 2011. 

David was passionate about his song writing and singing.  He was dedicated to his church where he sang in the praise band and worked on the sound system, as well as served on the Christian Education Board and taught Sunday School.  He was employed by Beckhoff Automation.

He is survived by his wife, Heather; daughter, Aleah; step-daughters, Cassie and Mia; step-granddaughter, Shelby; parents, David and Eda Samdahl; brother, Peter Samdahl; nieces, Taylor and Rachel Samdahl; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, April 16, 2011, with visitation one hour before, at Minnewashta Church, 26710 W. 62nd St., Shorewood, Minn.; 952-474-8995.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. 

Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Excelsior Chapel is serving the family: 952-474-9559; www.huberfunerals. com.

Shirley Jean (Decker) Saxton

Dunn County News, Sun. May 15, 2011, A6

Shirley Jean (Decker) Saxton, 74, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at St. Gerturde’s Rehabilitation Home in Minnesota. Services will be held at Weston Cemetery in Weston at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2011
Ida R. Scharlau

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

Ida R. Scharlau, 83, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, in Sun Valley West surrounded by her family. She was born June 10, 1926, the daughter of the late Ingman and Hanny (Fingerson) Isakson in Colfax. Ida married Arthur H. Scharlau on May 3, 1947, in the Colfax Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death March 25, 1986. She graduated in 1944 from Colfax High School.

Ida was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and active in the Alter Guild and the Christian Service Group. She worked for U.S. Rubber in Eau Claire, Fairbanks Morse for 21 years and Klobocar Construction. Ida was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and canning and loved fishing with her husband. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by the many people she touched over the years.

She is survived by her loving family: three sons, Orville (Kathy) Scharlau, Leonard (Rita) Scharlau, Leon (Holly) Scharlau; nine grandchildren, Heather (Mark) Hollis, Michael Scharlau, Lisa (Jeff) Popp, Christopher (Erin) Scharlau, Amy (Richard) Gusner, Daniel (Marita) Scharlau, James (Colleen) Scharlau, Sarah (Paul) Halon and Katie (Adam) Rumage; 17 great-grandchildren; six sisters-in-law, Ethel Hendrickson, Delores Huber, Carol Stuckert, Eleanor Brockman, Joan Scharlau, and Ellen Isakson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and four brothers, Clarence, Merrill, Lawrence, Kenneth; and four sisters-in-law and six brothers-in-law.

Ida's funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1531 Townline Ave., Beloit, with Rev. Dennis Pingel officiating. Friends will be received on Thursday at the Brian Mark Funeral Home, 1000 Inman Parkway, Beloit, from 6 until 8 p.m. and again on Friday at church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. The cortege will process to Floral Lawns for interment. Memorials may be directed to Messiah Lutheran Church or Beloit Regional Hospice.

The family would like to thank the Beloit Memorial Hospital, Beloit Regional Hospice and the caregivers at Sun Valley West.

Brian Mark Funeral Home (formerly Schoenfeld-Mark Funeral Homes), 1000 Inman Parkway, Beloit, is serving the family. See its online presence at www.schoenfeldmark.com.

Mary Ann Scharlau

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

Mary Ann Scharlau, age 79, of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born April 8, 1931, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County to William and Margaret (Cook) Scharlau. Mary Ann was baptized at home and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. She had a passion for horses and enjoyed helping on the family farm in the Town of Red Cedar.

Mary Ann worked as a nurse's aide at Memorial Hospital and later at the Dunn County Health Care Center. After her sister, Marlys, passed away, Mary Ann raised her nephew, Rick. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Mary Ann is survived by three sisters, Helen Ranney of Altoona, Marge Storing of Menomonie and Dorothy (Orville) Wilsey of Altoona. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Marlys Scharlau.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, 2010. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in the Township of Menomonie, Dunn County. There will be visitation at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Sunday.

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

Dunn County News, Wed. May 4, 2011, A6

Carol Louise Schleusner, age 56, of the Town of Wilson, rural Ridgeland, was called home to the Lord on Thursday, April 28, 2011, surrounded by her family at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

 She was born Oct. 26, 1954, to William and Gloria (Haugen) Hogan at Wabasha, Minn.  She graduated from New Richmond High School in 1973.  On June 25, 1981, she was married to Randy Schleusner and had two sons,  Matthew and Andrew. 

Carol was hardworking, artistic, creative and an amazing mother.  She enjoyed her flower gardens, drawing, collecting dolls, angel figurines and sewing.  She also loved the dairy farm life, raising two wonderful sons, spending time with cows and calves, playing with her dogs and sharing her love for Christ.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; brother, William Hogan;  nephew, Kenny Garske; and sister-in-law, Jacklyn McWithey. 

She leaves to celebrate her life to: her husband, Randy;  sons, Matthew and Andrew of Ridgeland; brother, Jerry (Tracy) Hogan of Centuria; sisters, Judy Snyder of New Mexico, Debbie (Pete) Ruck of Balsam Lake, twin sister Connie (Bruce) Harmon of Prairie Farm, Ann Cleveland of Dresser, Billie Jo (David) Schleusner of Amery, and Brenda Garske of Balsam Lake; father-in-law, Raymond Schleusner, of Ridgeland; close family friends, Amy Knutson and family of Ridgeland and Hannah and Ocean Wells of Dallas; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be (were) held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in the Town of Prairie Farm with Rev. John Toppe officiating.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Home in Dallas and also for the hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.  Interment will be in the church cemetery at a later date. 

Arrangements are with Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Dallas and Cameron.

Lucille C. Schmitt

Dunn County News, Sun. Dec. 16. 2012, A2

Lucille C. Schmit, age 98, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie.

Lucille was born April 4, 1914, at her parents' home in Greenwood. She was born to Alexander and Agnes (Haglund) Behrens, one of 13 children, and grew up in the Greenwood, area, graduating from Greenwood High School.  She went on to obtain her teaching degree from Eau Claire Normal Teachers College, and then received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  Lucille taught in the Suring area in both community and rural schools.

Back in "the day," the Saturday night dances were always a place to meet, and Lucille loved to dance.  It was at one of these events that a teacher friend introduced her to Harold E. Schmit. Lucille and Harold were married in the Lutheran Church parsonage in Suring.

During her teaching career, Lucille would attend all the local school's athletic activities. She enjoyed playing golf and bowling, and loved her Green Bay Packers.  Lucille was also a baseball enthusiast and was very active in the Suring Women's Club.

After her retirement in the late 1970s, she moved to Menomonie to be closer to her siblings.  Lucille was active in Faith Lutheran Church in Menomonie since its inception.

Lucille is survived by her daughter, Sally Allen of Del City, Okla.; one grandson, Michael Scott Daly (with Katie) of Clearwater, Fla.; one great-grandson, Miles Scott Daly, also of Clearwater; one sister, Ede (Dick) Warner of Chetek; many, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends; and special nieces, Jean Biggs and Carol and Lisa VandeBerg, who have been there over the years for Lucille to help with her every need.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold (1957); one infant son, Earl; six brothers, Lee, Edwin, Louis, Carl, Neil and Bill; and five sisters, Adeline, Irma, Lillian, Mildred and Eileen.

Lucille was loved by many family, friends and caregivers.  The family would like to express thanks to those many persons who contributed to her quality of life.

A funeral service will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Curtis Brooks officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 4 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be held in the spring at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Suring.

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

Shirley A. Schroeder

Dunn County News, Wed. April 14, 2010, A6

Shirley A. Schroeder, age 77, of Downing, passed away at her home with hospice surrounded by family and friends, after a short illness with cancer.

Shirley was born April 5, 1933, in Menomonie, to Oscar and Angeline (McCarthy) Ludtke. She grew up on a farm near Boyceville, and graduated from Menomonie High School.

Shirley married David Schroeder May 24, 1951, in Menomonie. While David was in the service, she lived in Cedar Falls. In 1955, they moved to a small farm near Downing, where they lived until 1961, when they bought the John Ludtke family farm just up the road, where they spent most of their married life.

Shirley enjoyed being outdoors and milking cows. She had a gentle soul and took special care of all the farm animals. She liked to sew, crochet and do ceramics. She made sure her children were involved in school, church and 4-H. She served as a Sunday school teacher, 4-H leader, and driver for Luther League roller skating parties and other places the kids needed to be.

Shirley served as secretary/treasurer of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie, and was a ladies aid circle leader of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Glenwood City, where she served at funeral and weddings. In the community she helped with bingo at Glenhaven.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and served as secretary/treasurer for the Dunn County Council. She also volunteered as a Medicare helper at Memorial Hospital in Menomonie.

She always had a kind heart and cared about others. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; and brother-in-law, Eldon Seeger.

Shirley is survived by her husband, David of Downing; three sons and one daughter, Jeff and wife Mary Ann of Menomonie, David and wife Donna of Menomonie, Cory of Downing, and Jean Christenson and husband Terry of Eau Claire; seven grandchildren, Jaime Schroeder, Neil Schroeder and wife Stacey, Whitney Schroeder, Kenneth and Alicia Christenson and Zachary and Elizabeth Schroeder; great-grandchildren, Annabelle and Jack Schroeder; two brothers and a sister, Bob Ludtke and wife Joan of Downing, Roger Ludtke and wife Betty of Downing, and Anne Seeger of Baldwin. She is further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, with Reverend Ralph Thompson officiating. Interment of cremains was in the Mound Cemetery, Downing.

Local arrangements were handled by the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City.

Bernice Sebion

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 23, 2011, A6

Bernice Sebion, age 94, of Gilman Township, Spring Valley, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at her daughter Gene's home in Columbus, Minn.

Funeral services for Bernice were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, with the Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.

Visitation was held Friday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 8 pm at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, and also at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, is handling arrangements.

Donald R. Shez

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

Donald R. Shez, age 78, recently of Menomonie, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Don was born on Oct. 15, 1931, in Milwaukee. He was the son of Frank Sr. and Sophie (Subchok) Szczesny. Don was a Veteran of the Army, serving during WWII. He worked mostly in sales and marketing for many years, traveling in the United States. Don most recently worked for RamPac International in Milwaukee.

Don's interests included, golfing, fly fishing, boating and photography. Most of all, he loved devoting time to his family.

Don is survived by one daughter, Laura (Milo) Berg of Spring Valley; one son, Zach Shez of Plymouth, Ind.; former spouses, Susie Shez of Plymouth, Ind., and Carol Shez of Faribault, Minn.; five grandchildren, Callie (James) Jacobs, Brandon Berg (Emily), Shaunna Berg, Jacqueline and Julie Shez; and one brother, Ken (Ann) Shesne of Billings, Mont.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, William R. Shez; and one brother, Frank Jr.

A time of gathering and sharing Don's memories will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at Wakanda Park Pavilion in Menomonie.

Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuner alhome.com. Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Menomonie is serving the family.
Marjorie M. Schilling

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 25, 2009, A6

Marjorie "Margie" M. Schilling, age 81, of Altoona, a former Medford area resident, died Friday, Nov. 20, at Country Terrace of Altoona where she had resided for the past three years.

Private, family-only services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford, with Deacon Joe Stefancin officiating.

Burial was in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford.

Marjorie was born Feb. 21, 1928, in Minneapolis, Minn. She attended Buddy School, township of Greenwood and Rib Lake High School.

After her education, she resided and worked in Minneapolis for a period of time. Then she resided in Menomonie for many years where she worked as a cook at UW-Stout for between 25 and 30 years until her retirement in 1993. She enjoyed reading and farm animals.

Marjorie is survive by nieces and nephews, Howard (Pat) Schilling and Russell (Ruth) Schilling both of Medford, Louise (Larry) Gengler of Stetsonville; sister-in-law, Carolyn Schilling of Medford; brother-William "Bill" Schilling in 2006; her parents, Adolph Schilling and Frieda Losse.

Pallbearers were Pat, Howard, Ruth and Russell Schilling, and Louise and Larry Gengler.

For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

David E. Schleusner

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

David E. Schleusner, 62, of Eau Claire died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at his home. He was born in Eau Claire on Sept. 18, 1947, a son of Edwin and Ruth (Cartwright) Schleusner. He attended school at St. James, Regis and then graduated from Memorial High School.

He entered the U.S. Army on July 13, 1967. He was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged on July 11, 1969.

David graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College with a degree in accounting. He then worked for the State of Wisconsin in the Eau Claire office. David became the business manager at Dunn County Healthcare Center in 1979, where he worked until his retirement in 2007.

David was a member of Westgate Sportsman Club, the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Assoc., and a lifetime member of Eau Claire Archers. He served as president of the Indianhead CB'ers Club, and as treasurer of the Indianhead Four Wheelers Club.

David had many hobbies, interests and passions. He enjoyed riding his Harley, and watching every NASCAR race. He loved spending time with Vicki at their cabin up north where he hunted, fished and enjoyed his greatest passion: watching the animals enjoy the rewards of his hard work on the food plot. He passed those interests onto his children and grandchildren, and took great pride in hearing of their success.

David is survived by his wife, Vicki; two sons, Gene (Deanna) Schleusner and their two children, Alexis and Mitchell, and Grant (Katrina) Schleusner and their three children, Kassandra, Britni and Carter, all of Eau Claire; two stepsons, Corey (Jessica) Kitchner of Menomonie and their five children, Kennedy, Bailey, Chelsi, Garrett, and Cooper, and Clay Kitchner of Elmwood; his brother, Dale Schleusner of Minnesota; two sisters, Geri Sleep and Darlene (Richard) Bell of Eau Claire; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Joan Schleusner; and a great nephew, Nicholas Stark.

A gathering time to celebrate David's life will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Westgate Sportsman Club, 4909 Sportsman Dr, Eau Claire.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests memorials be directed to the donor's choice.

Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral and Cremation Services is serving his family. To express online condolences, please visit www.lenmarkfh.com.

Mrs. Beulah (Dennis) M. Schlosser

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

Mrs. Beulah (Dennis) M. Schlosser, age 94, of Eau Galle, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, surrounded by family at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Eau Galle. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand.
Beulah M. Schlosser

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

Beulah M. (King) Schlosser, age 94, died peacefully Monday, November 16, 2009, at the Red Cedar Medical Center after a two week illness. Family members and RCMC’s caring doctors, nurses and staff supported her on her journey to eternal rest.

Born September 2, 1915, in rural Arkansaw near Porcupine Valley, Beulah was the younger of two children of Godfrey J. King and Julia A. (Latew) King. She attended grade school at Sunnybrook School in rural Arkansaw, WI. She spent two years of High School at Lima Sacred Heart and graduated from the Arkansaw High School in 1933. She earned a teaching degree from Eau Claire State, now UW-Eau Claire, doing her practice teaching at the Little Red School House near Eau Claire.

Beulah taught at the Forest Vale School in rural Arkansaw before marrying Dennis Stephen Schlosser in Plum City on June 15, 1937. They operated a dairy farm in rural Eau Galle, living there for over seventy years of their marriage. For the past two years she lived in Menomonie at Autumn Village and American Lutheran Home.

Mother of nine children, Beulah was a homemaker, active in the farming operation, and very active and involved in community and church work. Some of her many achievements include serving on the Dunn County Red Cross Board of Directors for 35 years. During that time, she initiated and ran the Lake Eau Galle swimming lessons program for many years. A member of the Altar Society at St. Henry’s in Eau Galle, she served in many leadership roles at the local and deanery levels. She was a Cub Scout Leader, a numerous blood donor, a member of the Pepin County Historical Society and drove her children to Catholic grade school for many years. Her genealogy research provided information to many about the King, Latew, Denning, and Schlosser families.

She will long be remembered for her many talents and interests including oil paint on canvas, winning an Art Show at Autumn Village at age 93. She was also known for her writing skills to family members and pen pals in other countries as well as her autobiography titled “Reminiscences.” Her collections include spoons collected from travels, seashells collected from beaches, a huge button collection with membership in the Button Club, and a large Santa collection. She was also an avid seamstress, sewing clothing for herself and her family.

Beulah and Dennis took three world-wide tours. They also enjoyed traveling to the Ozarks, Florida, and California with stopovers to see children, grandchildren, and other relatives. She enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens and the seasonal harvesting. She loved picking all kinds of berries and challenged anyone to pick faster or more than she could. Dancing, golfing, bowling, and fishing were other favorite activities.

Beulah’s congeniality, positive attitude, problem solving ability, tenacity, and unconditional love will be missed by family and friends, along with her smile and love of children and animals (especially cats and dogs). Beulah is survived by eight children: Patricia (Mike) Kittilstad of Chatham, Ill., Denise (Sig) Weiss of Durand, Donna (Doug) Weber of Menomonie, Gene (Mary) Schlosser of Menomonie, Tom (Sherry) Schlosser of Eau Galle, Sue (Jerry) Lolwing of Platteville, Julie (Dan) Bower of Durand, and Peter (Pat) Schlosser of Menomonie; 31 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Sally (Wayne) Schlosser and Katherine (Bud) Schlosser; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis, on Feb 27, 2008; an infant son, Edgar; a great-grandson, Austin Hansen Skiby; her sister, Joyce (Carl) Fedie; and her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 Friday, November 20, 2009, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Eau Galle, with Father Jerry Hoeser officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, 4 to 8 PM at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to the funeral. Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand.

Kenneth E. Schlottman

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

Kenneth E. Schlottman, age 67, formerly of Boyceville, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Glenhaven Inc. in Glenwood City, were he resided since July 2006.

Ken was born Sept. 4, 1942, on the home farm in the Township of Sherman to Chester and Mae (Harvey) Schlottman.

He attended Clack School and went on to graduate in 1955. Ken and his brother and mother continued running the family farm. Ken married Judy Luken Oct. 4, 1969, in Pittsville. To this union three children were born: Susan, Jason and Vicky. Ken was very proud of them and their accomplishments.

In his early years, he supplemented the income by working at Sanna Dairies and driving milk truck. He started by hauling milk cans and later driving bulk truck. He was a hard worker and would not be seen sitting around if there was work to be done. Over the years, he and his brother expanded and built up a very successful dairy farm. After selling the cows in 1997, he took on a job with the Boyceville School district driving bus, which he loved very much. Unfortunately he had to give that up after a few years because of his failing health due to Parkinson’s.

He adored his grandchildren. When they would visit Grandpa, he made sure they received some sort of treat whether it was ice cream, cookies or candy. Ken loved to travel and, over the years, Ken and Judy traveled through the U.S. including Hawaii. His favorite trip was a 16-day Panama Canal cruise. When the children were younger he enjoyed taking family trips to show them other parts of the country.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris Dunn; brothers and sister-in-law, Charles Dunn, Ralph Williams and Johanna Schlottman.

Ken is survived by his wife, Judy Schlottman of Boyceville; three children, Susan Hakanson and husband Tom of Boyceville, Vicky Spaeth and husband Bill of Emerald and Jason Schlottman and wife Tammy of Menomonie; grandchildren, Brandon and Dylan Hakanson, Kaylin and Kimberly Spaeth and Kyle Schlottman; brother and sisters, Roger Schlottman of Boyceville, Arlyss Hintzman and husband Larry and Ruthann Fero and husband Gary of Boyceville; father and mother-in-law, Tony and Dorothy Luken; sister and brother-in-law, Ann Anderson and husband Alan of Shoreview, Minn., and Tony Luken and wife Marti of Allen, Texas. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at the United Methodist Church in Boyceville, with Reverend Timothy Matthaei officiating. Burial will be in the Tiffany Cemetery Boyceville. Friends may call at the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Roger J. Schlottman

Dunn County News, Sun, March 7, 2010, A6

Roger J. Schlottman, age 73, of Boyceville, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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

Roger J.Schlottman

Dunn County News, Wed, March 10, 2010, A6

Roger J. Schlottman, age 73, of Boyceville, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Roger was born on April 14, 1936, on the home farm in the Township of Sherman to Chester and Mae (Harvey) Schlottman.

He Attended Clack School and went on to high school until his father's death, and then he and his brother, Kenneth, took over the family farm. Roger married Johanna (Anderson) Finder Nov. 29, 1968.

In his early years, Roger supplemented the income by working at the Barron County Lime Quarry and also driving truck in the construction of I94 between Menomonie and Hudson. Over the years, he and his brother expanded and bought additional farms and crop land and were very successful dairy farmers. They sold the cows in 1997 and continued to farm the land.

Roger is survived by his sisters, Arlyss (Larry) Hintzman of Menomonie and Ruth Ann Williams (Gary Fero) of Boyceville; nieces and nephews, Jeanette (Rick) Halama, Debra (John) Pechmiller, Brenda (Rodney) Stark, Ralph Williams III, Travis Williams, Susan (Tom) Hakanson, Vicky (Bill) Spaeth, Jason (Tammy) Schlottman, Linda (Joe) Rammer, Daniel Dunn, Gary (Becky) Dunn, Dale (Kathy) Dunn; and also many great nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Roger was preceded in death by his wife, Johanna; parents, Chester and Mae; sister, Doris; brother, Kenneth; and brothers-in-law, Charles Dunn and Ralph Williams II.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 12, 2010, at the United Methodist Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Timothy Matthaei officiating. Interment will be in the Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to the service at the church.

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

Hazel Kathryn Schlough

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

Hazel Kathryn Schlough, age 86, of rural Boyceville, died Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. She was born March 13, 1924 to Oscar and Elizabeth (Wirth) Meyer in the Town of Prairie Farm.

She attended grade school in Ridgeland and graduated with honors from Prairie Farm High School in 1942. Hazel attended Luther School of Nursing in Eau Claire where she graduated in 1945 and worked as a surgical nurse.

On Oct. 6, 1946, she was married to Milton Schlough in the Town of Prairie Farm and later that year, they purchased a dairy farm in the Town of Sheridan where they farmed until their retirement. Hazel was active in many church and community activities including the Dunn County Homemakers. She volunteered her assistance to many area Red Cross blood drives.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Violet Anderson. She is survived by her husband, Milton of rural Boyceville; son, Neil (Phyllis) Schlough of Wheeler; daughter, Janelle (Bud) Cadman of Ridgeland; grandchildren, Andrea Anderson, Douglas Schlough, Alisa Craig, Arica Schlough, Gena Cadman, Kathryn Bergmann, Kristen and Matthew Cadman; nine great grandchildren; sister: Ruth Sherwood of LaCrescent, Minn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, from St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in the Town of Prairie Farm, with Rev. John Toppe officiating, and interment in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Home in Dallas and also for the hour prior to services at the church.

Arrangements are with Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Dallas and Cameron.

Jean M. Schneck

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 9, 2009, A6

Jean M. Schneck, age 80, passed away at her home in West Chester, Ohio, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Erling and Hulda (Klaenhammer) Hansen; and a brother, Richard.

She is survived by five loving children, Sandra, Debra, Steven, Cathy and William; her husband, Maurice; and a brother, William of Florida.

Jean attended St. Paul's Lutheran Elementary School and is a graduate of Menomonie High School, class of 1947. She was a devoted mother and her family was always a top priority. She worked as a secretary in the Benton Harbor, Mich., School District for 17 years, retiring in 1987.

Maurice and Jean lived in Owatonna, Minn., for 15 years where they were active members in the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Jean served as president of the auxiliary, was selected Mrs. Eagle of the year and with Maurice was chosen Mr. and Mrs. Eagle of the year.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 7962 Pinnacle Point Dr. #101 West Chester, OH, 45069. Memorials, in her name, may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of choice.

Tim E. Schneider

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

Tim Eugene Schneider, age 51, died at his home in Centennial, Colo., on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010.

He was born Oct. 20, 1958 in Menomonie, to Eugene and Audrey (Miller) Schneider. He was a graduate of Menomonie High School and of UW-Stout with a degree in Vocational Rehabilitation. 

Tim worked for two years in a group home as supervisor and caretaker for mentally and physically handicapped children. He began working for United Airlines as a flight attendant in 1985 and was employed there for 25 years. He was also an active member of Christ the Savior Lutheran Church in Aurora, Colo.

Tim will be remembered for his love of life, family, friends and most of all, flying. He will be sadly missed by his mother, Audrey of Spooner;  daughter, Meghan of Ft. Collins, Colo.; sons, Derek and Joseph of Aurora, Colo.; his two brothers, Tom (Rhonda Evenson) of Trego, and Mark (Jennifer Hintzman) of Knapp; his friend, Brad,  as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and wonderful friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Eda Jean; father, Eugene Schneider; grandparents, Ida and August Miller and Hermine Ooley.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 4 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

Wayne E. Scholfield

Dunn County News, Sun. May 1, 2011, A6

Wayne E. Scholfield, age 91 of Menomonie, died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Born in Weston, Sept. 30, 1919, the oldest son of Harry Hazen and Mildred (Moore) Scholfield, his family moved to Eau Galle in 1931, and stayed until 1935. Menomonie is where he lived from that date. 

He joined the CCC's Camps after graduating from high school in 1937, then joined the Army on Oct. 15, 1940, and was discharged Aug. 22, 1945. He was enlisted in Company A 128th Infantry 32nd Division of the Army.  Wayne served as a "KP," traveling from base to base in Louisiana, South Carolina, Massachusetts, California, Australia, New Guinea, and on ships transporting the wounded to and from the USA.

On Dec. 28, 1940, Wayne married Ione Thompson, daughter of Adolph and Irene Thompson.  Together they had four children, Gary, Cheryl, Kevin and Debra.  Wayne enjoyed every minute spent with family; he was also a proud grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.

After the Army, Wayne worked in Milwaukee, and then Menomonie in various jobs until he landed a permanent job with Stout Institute as a carpenter in the maintenance department for 28 and a half years from March 1, 1954, to Sept. 10, 1982.  He also served as a volunteer firefighter in Menomonie for 18 years from July 11, 1960 to 1978. 

He retired and resided in the Town of Dunn.  Following his retirement from Stout, Wayne worked up until his death at the recycling center near Downsville, rarely missing a day’s work.

Wayne is survived by his four children, Gary (Sandy) Scholfield of Menomonie, Cheryl (John) Diana of Stillwater, Minn., Kevin (Susan) Scholfield of Menomonie, and Debbie Hovlid of Lakeland, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and two brothers, Jim (Avis) Scholfield and Joy (Mary) Scholfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ione; sister,  Betty Kannel; brothers, Gordon, Carol and Melvin; and a son-in-law, Kevin Hovlid.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, April 29, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

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

Irene I. Schroeder

Dunn County News, Wed, June 2, 2010, A6

Irene I. Schroeder, 84, closed her eyes in the sleep of death on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, and opened them to see the smiling face of her Lord and Savior, Jesus, in heaven.

A worship service celebrating her victory was held at Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River on Saturday, May 1, at 2 pm. Snacks were provided following the service.

Irene was a loving person who loved those around her like family. She was always filled with a caring and giving spirit and loved to make other people happy.

She was born on May 31, 1925, in Eau Claire. She lived in nearby Menomonie until she was 27. It was there that she met and fell in love with her husband, Donald C. Schroeder. They were married on Sept. 26, 1946.

Irene was assured of the love that Jesus had for her as she heard his Word preached at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. On May 11, 1947, she was baptized and confirmed there as a member.

In July of 1952, Irene and Don made their trek to Alaska, settling in Eagle River. They lived together there until the Lord called Don to his side in heaven in 1995. They were married for 48 wonderful years.

Irene loved her life in Alaska, and was fond of the view of the mountains she had out her large living room windows. There she had a constant reminder of the power and love of her Creator, God. As she gazed at such beauty she was reminded of a passage from the Psalms that brought her great comfort. She, like the writer of Psalm 121, would lift her eyes to the hills and recall that her help came from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

She is survived by many loving family members and even more friends. Her brother, Walter Britten, still lives in Menomonie, where they both were raised.

Irene has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be given to her church, Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River.

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Graveside services were held at the Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at 2 pm with the Pastor David Whelan officiating.

Kenneth M. Schuh

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

Kenneth M. "Ken" Schuh, age 79, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at his home in Menomonie under hospice care with his family at his side.

Ken was born on Sept.14, 1932, on the family farm in Rock Falls. He was the son of Vintz and Genevieve (Yanni) Schuh. He grew up in Rock Falls and attended Cranberry Creek Country School. 

After school, Ken took over the family farm. Ken married Darlene Hubbard and they later divorced.

Ken met Deb Behling in 1996 and they were married Sept. 20, 1997, in Menomonie. 

Ken worked on the family farm and sold Watkins Products until 1978 when he went to work for Bauer Built Tire Service in Durand.

Ken moved to Menomonie in 1979, where he remained the rest of his life.

Ken wore many hats:  husband, dad, grandpa, farmer, salesman, carpenter and truck driver, all of which he loved. He loved to travel and go to casinos (especially when he won!); and he loved telling stories. He also loved Farmall tractors.

In his younger years, Ken enjoyed softball, bowling, gardening, hunting and fishing.

Ken is survived by his wife, Deb; three sons, Michael of Eau Claire, Tracy (Pamela) of Rock Falls and Jay (Kim) of Durand; six daughters, Crystal Witt of Winona, Minn., Gay (Monte) Hurlburt of Durand, Melissa (Mark) Kent of Rock Falls, Valerie (Chris) Seever of Oakdale, Minn., Amanda Stephens and Holly (Zach) Mara, both of Menomonie; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Laurie Thalacker of New Richmond and Arlene Gruber of Rock Falls;  mother and father-in-law, Ansel and Carolyn Berger of Menomonie; two brothers-in-law, Eric Berger of Oregon and Steve (Mary Jane) Berger of Middleton; a sister-in-law,  Julie (Robert) Roen of Chippewa Falls; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Anna Bauer; and five brothers, Roman, Ed, Louis, Frank and Richard Schuh.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Rev. Thomas Krieg will officiate. Burial of cremains will be in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Rock Falls at a later date. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Harold A. Schultz

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

Harold A. Schultz, age 78, of Menomonie, died, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at his home in Menomonie after a lengthy illness.

Harold was born June 2, 1932, in Menomonie, to Hugo and Amanda (Gebhart) Schultz. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He married Lois Maria Siegel on Dec. 1, 1962, in Menomonie. He was a lifelong resident of Menomonie, having lived in the same house he and Lois bought 44 years ago.

Harold worked many years in construction with Manley Halvorson Construction and then with Dennis Close Construction and on his own until his retirement in 1994. He was on the Menomonie Fire Dept for three years.

Harold loved building radio control model airplanes and flying them. He was a charter member of The Menomonie Radio Control Model Airplane Club. Harold also enjoyed deer, pheasant and squirrel hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Lois, of Menomonie; two children, Elaine (Kevin) Ramsey of Lacey, Wash., and Paul (Robyn) Schultz of Waukesha; five grandchildren, Francine (Ben) Belitz of Tennessee, Janice and Natalie Ramsey of Washington and Alexander and Daniel Schultz of Wisconsin; one sister, Clarice Benson of Rice Lake;one sister-in-law, Muriel Schultz of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Dennis, Wayne, Homer and Alvin.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating. Friends may call at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, from 5 until 8 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery following the service.

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.
Nellie I. Schultz

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

Nellie Irene Schultz, 94, of Eau Claire, passed away peacefully Monday, June 28, 2010, at the Clairemont Nursing Home in Eau Claire.

Nellie was born in Iron Creek Township on Oct. 14, 1915, to Fred and Allie Rank. Neighbors, John and Adeline Sipple, raised Nellie after her father's death at a young age.

She married LeRoy A. Schultz on May 7, 1937, in Menomonie, where they lived until 1960. Roy and Nellie then moved to Eau Claire, where she took care of many college students as a "house mother." Nellie then became known as the "Cookie Lady" of Shawtown along with being the evening chief for the telephone company for 42 years.

She was a member of First Baptist Church for many years and a member of the Telephone Pioneers.

Nellie is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Cleasby of Eau Claire; granddaughter, Kristine Cleasby of Eau Claire; great-granddaughter, Kyrie Cleasby; son-in-law, Fred Cleasby; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy in 1994; sisters, Mabel and Ruth; and brothers, James, Gilbert, Bert, Adolph "Duff" and Ben.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2010, at First Baptist Church with Pastor Richard Goins officiating. Burial will be in Iron Creek United Methodist Cemetery, Town of Spring Brook. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2010, at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home in Eau Claire and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries www.lenmarkfh.com.

James E. Schutts

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

James E. Schutts, age 73, of Boyceville, died Friday March 4, 2011, at his home with hospice.

Jim was born March 22, 1937, at Memorial Hospital in Menomonie, to George and Minnie (Schultz) Schutts.

He graduated from Boyceville High School in 1955. James married Annabelle Finnerud Nov. 13, 1955, at Grace Lutheran Church in Connorsville.

Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army and served where he was stationed in Germany. Jim owned and operated the Schutts Construction Co. for many years.

He enjoyed fishing and spending time with family. He took in many of the grandchildren’s sporting events. Jim was very active at church and within his community, serving on the St. John's Lutheran Church board, Boyceville School board, Tiffany Cemetery Board and the Snow Jammers snowmobile club board.

James was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George; sisters, Phyllis, Inez, Myrtle and Marlis.

James is survived by wife, Annabelle Schutts, of Colfax;  three children, Jeffrey Schutts and wife Deb of Hudson, Jon Schutts and wife Alana of Wheeler, and Julie Posta and husband Tony of Rice Lake;  eight grandchildren, Jenny Schutts, Tim Schutts, Brenden Schutts, Hanna Schutts, Brady Schutts, Kyle Busch, Kelsey Posta and Karson Posta; sisters, Viola Steen of Osseo and Lila Schutz of Baldwin; brothers-in-law, Chet Finnerud and wife Ann of St. Louis Park, Minn., and Malcolm Shaw of Wheeler. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Boyceville, with Reverend Paul Carlson officiating. Burial will be in the Tiffany Cemetery Boyceville. Friends may call at the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church

Lorraine W. (Wisemiller) Schutts

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

Lorraine W. Schutts age 93 of Menomonie, Died: Tuesday February 8, 2011 at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Lorraine was born January 31, 1918 in Boyceville. She was the daughter of Jacob and Anna (Schafer) Wisemiller. Lorraine grew up in the Boyceville area, graduating from Boyceville High School in 1935. After high school, Lorraine worked in Menomonie for several years.

She married George Schutts January 7, 1943 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie. After marriage they lived in Eleva for a short time before they moved back to Boyceville to take over the Wisemiller family farm. They owned and operated the family farm for many years.

Besides farming and raising her family, Lorraine worked at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. George died in 1973 and 1976 Lorraine sold the farm and moved to Menomonie where she continued working at Stout until she retried in 1983.

During her retirement years she enjoyed traveling, golfing, bowling, doing volunteer work for the Myrtle Werth Hospital Auxiliary and St. Joseph’s P.C.C.W.

Lorraine is survived by her children, Ronald (Diane) of Southern Pines, NC; Lynda Henderson of Eau Claire; Michael (Sharon) of South St. Paul, MN; Gary (Joanne) of Forest Lake, MN; eight grandchildren, two step grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband George; two brothers, Keith and Lloyd Wisemiller and a sister Norma Wisemiller.

Funeral services will 11:00 AM Monday February 14, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville in the spring. Friends may call from 3:00 to 6:00 PM Sunday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday

Charlotte C. Scott

Dunn County News, Wed, June 23, 2010, A6 and June 27, 2010, A6

Charlotte S. Scott, age 87, of Colfax, died Sunday, June 20, 2010, at home with family and hospice care.

Charlotte was born on April 22, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Louis C. Sideris and Frances (Hoppenrath) Sideris. Charlotte and her sister, Shirley, were identical twins.

Charlotte was a graduate of Derham Hall high school and the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. After graduation in 1945, Charlotte and Shirley enlisted together in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). They served in military hospitals on the East Coast.

On April 29, 1950, Charlotte married Clayton Scott at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, beginning 56 years of marriage. They remained life-long members of St. Paul's, serving as teachers and leaders in the congregation.

In 1953, they built a home in the Morningside area of Edina, where they lived for 33 years. In retirement, they also lived in Hopkins, Minn. and Colfax. Charlotte was very active in a variety of civic groups. In recent years, she especially enjoyed weekly bingo outings at the Menomonie Leisure Center.

Charlotte is survived by a step-sister, Joan Melander of Brooklyn Center, Minn.; her daughter, Elizabeth Scott of Colfax; her son, Geoffrey (Kathy) Scott of Wheeler; four grandchildren, Emily (Joel) Hansen, Menomonie, Julia (Jon) Strand of Eau Claire, William Scott of Menomonie, and Katherine Scott of Minneapolis; and two great-grandchildren, Megan Hansen and Lydia Strand.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her twin sister, Shirley Shore; and her husband, Clayton Scott.

Charlotte was a loving and generous mother, grandmother, and friend.

Charlotte's family extends special thanks to the staffs of the American Lutheran Home (Menomonie) and Northwest Home Care (hospice services) for their professional and compassionate care.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 25, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor David Whelan officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Interment follows at the Christ Lutheran Halvorson Cemetery, Menomonie. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Howard J. Schwebke

Dunn County News, Sun. Dec. 11, 2011, A6

Howard John Schwebke passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, and joined his beloved wife, Phyllis.

Howard was born to Harry and Hattian (Ewert) Schwebke on March, 18, 1919. He went to Bay View High School in Milwaukee and, upon graduation, he attended Stout State in Menomonie.

Howard met Phyllis Wagner while in college and, upon graduation in 1943, he went to the U.S. Navy officer school and then advanced school in Chicago, Ill.  On Dec.22 of 1943, he was commissioned a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Navy and then boarded a train that same morning to Milwaukee, where he married Phyllis Wagner that evening.

He was in WW II in the Pacific on a repair ship and then in the Korean War in Bainbridge, Md.

In 1953, he moved with his family to Monona to begin his career with the University of Wisconsin as a professor of engineering.

He was involved in many Monona commissions and was a long-time member of the planning commission along with being a Mason.

He and Phyllis retired in 1983 and moved to Sun City West, Ariz.

Howard was a member of the zoning appeals board for Maricopa County Arizona. In 2007, they moved to Las Cruces, N.M. to be near their son.

In 2009, Phyllis, love of his life, passed away. No more dancing to Star Dust.

In 2011, he moved to Georgetown, Texas, to The Lodge at Rocky Hollow.

Howard will be remembered as an avid U of W Wisconsin fan who attended its football games for 30 years. Bucky Badger and the Cheesehead have a special place for him. He loved and lived life to the fullest.

Howard is survived by his sons, John Schwebke and wife Debbie of Las Cruces, Jim Schwebke and wife Colleen of Albuquerque, N.M.; granddaughters, Kristin Dodson and husband Michael of Waco, Texas, and Melanie Schwebke and fiancé Clint Walding of Boston, Mass.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Phyllis Schwebke; and his parents.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Resolutions Hospice, The Lodge at Rocky Hollow, and the Village at Northrise (Las Cruces) for their love and care.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011,  in the chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home, in Georgetown, Texas.

Memorials may be made in his memory to your local Wounded Warrior fund. You are invited to leave a message or memory in the memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com.

Craig D. Seeley

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

Craig Daniel Seeley, age 43, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully at Red Cedar Medical Center with his family by his side, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, after a courageous 11-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at the Holden Lutheran Church (N10065 County Road M, Colfax), with Pastor Bob Schoenknecht officiating. There will be a visitation at the church one hour prior to the service.

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

Violet Mae Seever

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 3, 2010, A6

Violet Mae Seever, age 80, of Scappoose, Ore., died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009.

She was born Oct. 19, 1929, in Menomonie, the daughter of George and Louise (Engeldinger) Kenley. Violet was later adopted with the surname of Amick when her widowed mother married Lawrence Amick.

On May 24, 1947, she married Earl Seever at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie. In the 1950s they moved to Oregon, where they remained for the rest of their lives.

Violet was a wonderfully compassionate, strong woman. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. Violet was a devoted Catholic her entire life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father; her husband; and a son, Kelly Seever.

Violet is survived by four children, Jeffrey Seever of Washington, Julie Mickey of Oregon, Thomas Seever of Oregon and Ann Smith of California; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Maxine (James) Berger of Menomonie; a brother, Ronald (Annabelle) Amick of Arkansas; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Friends and Family are like angels;
You don't have to see them to know they are there.
Final arrangements are pending.

William "Bill" Seliskar

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec 9, 2009, A6

Bill Seliskar passed away Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at the age of 66. He was born Nov. 15, 1943, in Waukegan, Ill., to Philip and Evelyn Seliskar.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Seliskar of Wisconsin; and a sister, Phyllis Jurceka of Illinois.

Bill graduated from Greenwood Community High School in Wisconsin in 1961. He was a talented baseball player and was selected to participate in the 1962 Silver Sluggers All-Stars game. In 1965, he was drafted into the Army and served with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star with V device and Oak Cluster for heroism. After his service in the war, he graduated from Triton College with an associate of science degree.

Bill was the president of Cat Claws, a company that he founded with his wife, Gale, in 1986, in Illinois. In 1993, the couple relocated the company to Morrilton, Ark. Bill and Gale strongly believed in sharing the success of their business with the community and were honored in 2003 by the Arkansas Community Foundation for being an Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation. Bill also received recognition by Governor Mike Huckabee in May of 2005 for distinguished accomplishments and outstanding volunteer services. He served as Chairman of the Conway County Republican Party for many years, and was a sitting member of the Board of Directors for The Safe Place.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Gale Seliskar of Morrilton, Ark.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jill and Pete Zambrzycki of Morrilton, Ark., and Ginger and Charles Bussey of McDonough, Ga.; two sisters, Mary Ann Seliskar and Judy Benzel of Menomonie; four grandsons; two great granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at the Rialto in Morrilton, Ark., from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Irene Shafer

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

Irene Shafer passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at home surrounded by her family, after a short battle with cancer. She was born May 9, 1926, to Josephine (Trinko) Karnes and Carl Karnes in Hatchville at home on the family farm. She attended schools in Elmwood and Dunn County Ag School in Menomonie.

She met the love of her life, Vaughn Shafer, and they were married on Aug. 21, 1945, in Menomonie at the Peace Lutheran Church. They had five children and decided that they would rather raise them in Montana than in the city and moved to Montana in 1963. They loved Montana deeply and shared a love of hiking and picking huckleberries and showing their visiting friends all around their beautiful state.

Irene worked for the Postal Service for many years, first as an employee of the Hungry Horse Post Office, then as a post mistress. When the Hungry Horse office went private, she opted to work at the Columbia Falls Post Office where she made many friends with whom she remained close to this day.

In 1982, she and Vaughn purchased the Hungry Horse Corral Gift Shop, which Vaughn continues to own and operate.

She was many things to many people. She was a daughter, wife, mom, mother-in-law, sister, grandma, aunt, great-grandmother and friend.
She was a patron to many entities in the valley and statewide, but her favorites were the Canyon Elementary School and the Wildcat Athletic Endowment Association. She held many important positions in the small community and was well-known for her fairness and her ability to think things through. She was also known for her strong business sense.

She will be very missed by the Hungry Horse Water Board where she volunteered many years of service. You always knew where you stood with Irene. She did not hold back in life and we are sure "that she in finding her rightful place in Heaven as we speak."

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Josephine Karnes; and her brother, Carl "Buddie" Karnes.

She is survived at the family home by her husband of 64 years, Vaughn Shafer; their oldest son, Terry Shafer, and his wife, Judy, of Hungry Horse; a son, Ron Shafer, of Columbia Falls; a son, Mark Shafer, and wife, Sharon, of Whitefish; a daughter, Jan Sergeant, of Lakeside and San Diego; and youngest son, Craig Shafer, of Hungry Horse; her grandchildren, Todd Shafer of Kalispell, Toni (Shafer) Nanini and husband, James, of Kalispell, Siara (Shafer) Jay and husband, Chuck, of Bonney Lake, Wash., Ben Shafer and wife, Amanda, of Hungry Horse, Kyla Shafer of La Verne, Calif., Cydney Sergeant of San Diego, and Jeff Shafer of Brooklyn, N.Y. She has one great-grandchild who was the light of her life, Aspen Grace Shafer, daughter of Ben and Amanda Shafer.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Canyon Elementary School or the Wildcat Athletic Endowment Association.

The service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Canyon Elementary School gym. There will be a potluck memorial celebration in honor of Irene's life immediately following the service at Canyon Elementary School.

Vaughn Shafer

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

Vaughn Shafer, 85, “mayor” of Hungry Horse, Mont., died Sunday, June 6, 2010, in the arms of his beloved son Ron, and daughter Jan, at his home in Hungry Horse. Vaughn was born Aug. 21, 1924, in Downsville.

After graduating from high school, Vaughn played semi-pro baseball with Andy Pafko. Andy was “drafted into the majors and Vaughn was drafted into the Navy,” as Vaughn said. He received his medical discharge and married the first pretty woman he saw when he got off the boat, Irene Karnes.

In 1963, Vaughn and Irene loaded up the station wagon with the family and moved from Milwaukee to Hungry Horse.

Vaughn was an avid sports fan, from local teams to his “Cubbies” and “Packers.” He rarely missed a game, even if he had to listen to it on the radio, “cussing out” the poor reception in the Canyon.

Vaughn worked at the Aluminum Plant for 20 years and developed lifelong friendships with his “buddies.” In 1982, Vaughn and Irene bought the Hungry Horse Corral, and for 29 years they entertained family, friends and tourists.

Vaughn was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Irene.

He is survived by sons, Terry and Judy of Hungry Horse, Ron of Columbia Falls, Mont., Mark and Sharon of Whitefish, Mont. and Craig of Hungry Horse; daughter, Jan, of Lakeside, Mont.; grandchildren, Todd Shafer, Toni and James Nanini, Ben and Amanda Shafer, Siara and Chuck Jay, Kyla Shafer, Cydney Sergeant and Jeff Shafer; special nephew, Louis, and Mary Kentros; and one great-granddaughter, Aspen Shafer, the light of his life.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Canyon Baptist Church in Hungry Horse, with a potluck following.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Canyon Baptist Church or Canyon Elementary School.

Marlis E. Shaw

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

Marlis Elaine Shaw, age 82, of Boyceville, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at her home with hospice and surrounded by family.

The former Marlis E. Schutts was born April 30, 1927, in the Town of Sherman, Dunn County, to George and Wilhelmina (Schultz) Schutts. She married Malcolm Shaw on July 2, 1955, in West St. Paul, Minn.

Marlis was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wheeler for 42 years. She also served as president of the W.E.L.C.A. for many years. Marlis enjoyed baking and farming. She loved spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews; and she loved her dogs. She will be sadly missed.

Marlis is survived by her husband of 54 years, Malcolm; three sisters,Inez Gackley of Marshall, Mich., Lila Schutz of Boyceville, and Viola Steen of Osseo; one brother, James (Anne) Schutts of Boyceville; and a sister-in-law, Lorraine Schutts of Menomonie. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Marlis was preceded in death by her parents, George and Wilhelmina Schutts; a brother, George Schutts; and two sisters, Myrtle Shaw and Phyllis Kohnke.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wheeler, with Pastor Richard Klabunde officiating. Burial will be in Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

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

Anna R. Shoemaker

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

Anna Rose Shoemaker, age 20, of Hudson, beloved child of God and beautiful daughter to Jim and Peg, went to heaven to be with her Lord on Jan.  13, 2011, as a result of a catastrophic car accident outside of Ashland.

Anna was born May 6, 1990, in Le Sueur, Minn., to James O. and Peggy Jo (nee Whitney) Shoemaker. Anna moved to Hudson at the age of two, and attended school in Hudson. After graduating from Hudson High School in 2008, Anna  attended UW-Madison where she was currently a junior pursuing a degree in environmental policy. She planned to take the LSAT next year and begin law school after graduation.  Her passion was environmental policy and she hoped to impact the world though governmental policy.

Outside of her studies, Anna worked on campus as a server and bartender for events at the Fluno Center, and also volunteered as a tutor and mentor for an international student who spoke little English. Anna had also worked part-time jobs in Menomonie at her uncle’s business, Shoe’s Pub, and as a clerk with the City of Hudson Municipal Court.                     

Anna was recently preparing for a semester abroad in Venezuela, where she would put her minor in Spanish to good use. Anna loved to travel, and was no stranger to adventure. Her travels have taken her to Europe, Costa Rica and Mexico. She loved adventures, including skydiving and Class Three rapids kayaking.

Anna was known to, and loved by, many peers in the Hudson area through church organizations, such as “TEC” and “Mishpack.” While in high school, Anna participated in basketball, soccer, choir and theater. Her organizational skills were in high demand in both high school theater productions, and shows at the Phipps. Anna was known amongst her friends as the event planner, and someone who loved to shop, and search out adventure.

She will be remembered as a Wisconsin Badger Football fan, and someone who truly cherished her time spent with friends and family. Anna will be missed by her friends that knew and loved her, and a loving family that adored her.

Anna is survived by her parents, Jim and Peg Shoemaker of Hudson; her brother, Andrew Shoemaker of Chicago, Ill.; her paternal grandmother, Dona Shoemaker of Menomonie; her maternal grandparents, Robert and Shirley Whitney of Prescott Valley Ariz.; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Anna was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Otto Shoemaker; her paternal and maternal great-grandparents; and her beloved dog, Apple.

A celebration of life for Anna Shoemaker was held on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at the Faith Community Church in Hudson. In honor of Anna’s passion for her beloved Badgers, those who attended the visitation wore their favorite Wisconsin Badger attire.

Remarkably, through the gift of organ donation, Anna was able to save the lives of six people. While they may be strangers, their lives have been forever changed by Anna’s gift of love, which makes them one of us!

Online condolences for the family may be left at Anna’s CaringBridge site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/annashoemaker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Anna’s family will be directed to causes that were close to her heart.

Services were entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson and the Countryside Crematory, 715-386-3725, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.

Harry A. Siler

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

Harry Arnold Siler, age 79, of Menomonie, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie surrounded by his family.

Harry was born Dec. 22, 1930, in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Herman and Maggie (Turner) Siler. He served his country from September 1948 to September 1957 in the U.S. Army, during the Korean War. Harry married Janet Cook-Olson on June 3, 1956, at St. Paul's parsonage in Menomonie.

Harry worked as a mechanic at the Ford Garage in Menomonie, L.G. Arnold in Eau Claire and Mann Bros. in Elkhorn until his retirement in 1993 at the age of 62. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 139 for more than 50 years.

Harry was a long-time member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He loved to go hunting and fishing with his family and he loved going to his grandkids' games, whatever sport they were in. He also loved woodworking and was a handy man for everyone.

Harry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janet; two sons, Bill (Faith) Siler of Menomonie and Wendell Siler of Menomonie; step-children, Steven (Debra) Olson of Hudson, Dwight (Nancy) Olson of Menomonie, Phillip (Nan) Olson of Menomonie and Fredrica "Ricki" Schwartz of Alma; 16 grandchildren, Jackie Long, Jason Fjerstad, Aaron Siler, Brady, Allison and Dylan Siler, Brad (Carrie) Olson, Tara (Jake) Frion, Trisha (Tim) Holmstaedt, Harley Olson, Anita Bechel, Tony Olson, Amy Olson, Susy (Dustin) Nelson, Todd (Amy) Schwartz and Chris (Susy) Schwartz; 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Waddell of Columbus, Ga., and Darlene Moore of Washington; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Steiner of California, and Joan (Richard) Alexander of Alma; brother-in-law, Richard (Jean) Cook of Greendale; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Brett Voigt officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com
Julianne L. Siler (Jacobs)

Dunn County News, Sun. Dec. 11, 2011, A6

Julianne L. Siler, age 74, of Downsville, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire. 

The former Julianne Leona Jacobs was born Aug. 16, 1937, in Menomonie,  to Julius and Leona (Wagner) Jacobs.  She was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School. 

Julianne married Allan Siler on Sept. 26, 1959, at Peace Lutheran Church,  and they resided in the Downsville area. 

She loved her Yorkies and enjoyed ceramics.

Julianne is survived by her husband, Allan, of Downsville; three sisters and one brother, Mildred Siler of Downsville, Lane (Doris) Jacobs of Ridgeland, Sharon (Fred) Seeger of Boyceville, and Mary (Donald) Smull of Durand. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Daniel; a brother,  Francis; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Siler. 

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville, WI with Pastor Steven Carlson officiating.  There will be visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County.

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

Karen Mae (Gifford) Siler

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, A6

Karen Mae (Gifford) Siler, age 66 of Baldwin died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, surrounded by her loving family at the Baldwin Area Medical Center.

Karen was born on May 25, 1944 in Menomonie, the daughter of Durward and Esther (Fuhrman) Gifford. She attended school in Downsville and Menomonie. 

On Jan. 30, 1965 she was united in marriage to Donald Siler at the First Evangelical Lutheran church in Manhattan, Kan. This marriage was blessed with two children, Mindy and Ron. 

Throughout the years, she supported her family by being a homemaker and working outside the home. Karen enjoyed decorating cakes, painting, playing board games, watching Wheel of Fortune and solving puzzles. Her favorite pastime was doting on her seven grandchildren; whether it was attending their special events, sewing doll clothes, making ginger bread houses or simply spending time with them. 

During their retirement years, Don and Karen enjoyed spending the winter months in Sarasota, Fla. She enjoyed walking on the beach, riding bike and making new friends. 

She is survived by her husband Don Siler of Baldwin; daughter Mindy (Brian) Jacobson of San Antonio, Texas and son Ron (Angela) Siler of Roberts; grandchildren Noel, Taylor, Dalton and Dallas Jacobson and Morgan, Gabe and Aaron Siler; six brothers and sisters; 25 nieces and nephews; longtime friend Dee VanSomeren. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother Leon.

Funeral services will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, with Pastor Paul Lovestrand officiating. Burial will be in the Rosehill Cemetery in Downsville.

Active casketbearers will be Taylor Jacobson, Dallas Jacobson, Dalton Jacobson, Rich Creaser, Wally Cutler, Dick Siler, and Jerry Siler, with honorary casketbearers being Cindy Younker, Judy Lewis, Deb Campeau, Dee VanSomeren, Wayne Gifford, Vern Gifford, Gabe Siler, and Aaron Siler.

A visitation will be held at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral on Thursday morning.

Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.
Marlowe A. Siler

Dunn County News, Sunday, November 8, 2009, A6

Marlowe A. Siler, age 85, of Downsville, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, surrounded by his family at the Spring Valley Health Care Center.

Marlowe Arben Siler was born July 15, 1924, in the town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Herman and Maggie (Turner) Siler.

Marlowe met the love of his life, Margaret, while working in North Dakota during the harvest. Marlowe married Margaret Sando on June 15, 1944, at the Peace Lutheran Parsonage in Menomonie. In his younger years, he worked on various farms, for the Downsville Creamery, and later the Elmwood Creamery, and retired from Sanna Dairies in 1986.

Marlowe loved hunting, fishing, dartball and baseball. He was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville for 50 years and had served as treasurer and on the church council.

Marlowe is survived by his wife, Margaret of Downsville; two sons, John (Stephanie) Siler of Menomonie and Randy (Annie) Siler of Downsville; four grandchildren, Isaac Siler of Knapp, Jason (Jessica) Siler of Woodbury, Minn., Josephine Siler of Downsville and Nathaniel Siler (Amy Brewster) of Menomonie; two sisters and a brother, Mary Waddell of Columbus, Ga., Darlene Moore of Washington state and Harry (Janet) Siler of Menomonie; his best buddy, Quigley; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers and sisters; a daughter, Karen, in infancy; and a son, Gary.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville, with Pastor Steve Carlson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Township of Dunn, Dunn County. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Stephanie K. Siler

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

Stephanie K. Siler, age 53, of Menomonie, passed away following a battle with kidney cancer, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, surrounded by her family.

The former Stephanie Kaye Brewster was born Dec. 7, 1956, in Hudson, to Jackson and Kathryn (Bunker) Brewster. She was raised in Afton, Minn., graduating from Stillwater High School in 1975. She married John Siler on Sept. 29, 1979, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Lake St. Croix Beach, Minn.

Stephanie worked for Toro in Hudson and, after moving to Menomonie, she worked at Fleet Farm and Bremer Bank.

Stephanie was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. She enjoyed fishing, reading and an occasional trip to the casino. She had a very good sense of humor and loved joking with friends. She also loved her family and will be sadly missed.

Stephanie is survived by her husband, John of Menomonie; two sons, Jason (Jessica) Siler of Woodbury, Minn. And Nathaniel Siler (Amy Joyce) of Menomonie; her brothers and sisters, John (Karen) Brewster of Coeur D. Alene, Idaho, Karen (Mike) Walter of Madison, Lynn Richardson of Woodbury, Minn., Merry Brewster of Tempe, Ariz., Pat (Sherry) Brewster of Hudson, Gail (Dennis) Lovgren of Cottage Grove, Minn., Judy (Bill) Lehnherr of Morristown, Tenn., Todd (Karen) Brewster of Maplewood, Minn., and Jeff Brewster of New Richmond; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Kay, and an infant brother, Nolan.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie, with Father Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will be in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 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.

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

Elaine M. Sims

Dunn County News, Sun. July 25, 2010, A6

Elaine M. Sims, age 82 of Dalton, Ga., passed away Saturday, July 10, 2010, at her residence.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert C. Sims.

She was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Dalton.

Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Arlie and Maybelle Everson of Cochrane; three daughters and sons-in-law, Susan Marie and David Crisp of Sheboygan, Cynthia and Brian Verheyen of Rocky Face and Jane Carol and Tom Ersland of Macomb, Ill; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Adam Moyer, Scott and Amy Ersland, Nadine Crisp and Todd Ersland.

Elaine Everson Sims was born in Mondovi, Aug. 2, 1927. She graduated in 1945 from Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, in nursing, and worked throughout her life in hospital nursing and as a public health nurse in Racine. She married Herbert C. Sims in Mondovi in 1948. She has lived in Menomonie, Chilton and Racine and retired in Dalton.

She was active in 4-H, in the churches she attended and Hamilton Hospice. Her daughters, friends and family appreciated her wit, sense of humor and strong will. She was generous in giving of her time and efforts to charitable organizations. Elaine loved her family, camping with her family, reading good books, a good card game, a good laugh, chocolate, and her beloved dogs.

A memorial service to honor the life of Mrs. Sims was held Thursday, July 15, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Dalton,  with Rev. John P. Rossing officiating.

In lieu of flowers, you may make memorial contributions to Christ the King Lutheran Church, or Humane Society of Northwest Georgia, P.O. Box 3946, Dalton, GA 30719.

Please leave messages of comfort on the tribute wall for the family, upload memorable photos and home videos or light a memorial candle at www.julianpeeples.com.
Karen Mary Slack

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

Karen Mary Slack, age 53, of Menomonie, passed away Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2502 E. Grenquist Lake Lane in McKinley. The family will meet with friends at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie assisted the family.

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

Ben Slagel

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 14, 2009, A6

Ben Slagel, age 89, of Ridgeland, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at Geraldton District Hospital in Geraldton, Ontario, Canada.

He was born Nov. 8, 1919, to Charles Marion and Daisy Olive (Morrison) Slagel in Park Falls, where he was raised and attended school. On Oct. 1, 1938, he was married to Darlene Rogers at Park Falls and Ben logged in the Park Falls area. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

In 1955, he started the Ridgeland Lumber Company, which he operated for many years. The family moved to Ridgeland in 1959. He and his son, Brad, formed the Slagel Hardwood Corp. in Ladysmith in 1992. Ben was a member of the Willard Hinzman American Legion Post in Ridgeland where he served as commander for 11 years. He loved hunting and fishing and enjoyed attending snowmobile races and motocross races.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Charles, Clyde and Jack Slagel.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene of Ridgeland; sons, Charles and Brad (Helen) Slagel, all of Ridgeland; daughter, Bonnie Fokken of Colfax; grandchildren, Doug Slagel, Ben Cooper, Holly Walker, and Victoria, Frederick, Michael and Jack Slagel; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Bessie Halverson of Roseau, Minn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, from the Ridgeland Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Sands officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in the town of Dallas with military honors accorded by Willard Hinzman American Legion Post #511 of Ridgeland.

Arrangements were with Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Dallas and Cameron.

Wallace W. Smetana

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

Wallace W. Smetana, age 84, of Menomonie, passed away Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at his home.

Wally was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Woodmohr, Chippewa County, to William and Mary (Walsburger) Smetana. Raised on a farm in rural Bloomer, he attended St. Paul’s Parochial School and Bloomer High School before graduating from River Falls State Teachers College with a bachelors of science in mathematics and social science. He also took graduate classes at the University of Iowa.

On Dec. 30, 1955, Wally and June Petersen were wed. They later adopted two children, Mary Beth and John. Wally and June were active members of the Menomonie Theater Guild.

Wally began his working career as a teacher at the Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy, where he made lifelong connections with his students. In 1953, he crossed the street from the school to begin what would be an active and fulfilling 56-year career at The Dunn County News. Until he was named editor in 1960, Wally served as sports editor and ad manager. In 1991, he retired as editor and spent the rest of his time at the News as editor emeritus, working until the Friday before his death.

From 1972 — with the exception of a two-year hiatus, Wally served on the Dunn County Board of Supervisors and was secretary, vice-president and president of the Wisconsin Counties Highway Committee Members Association. In addition to being a founding member of the Community Development Commission and a coach for Menomonie Junior Legion Baseball, other service organization memberships included the Dunn County Chapter of the Red Cross Board of Directors, Menomonie Housing Authority, and Menomonie Rotary (noon) Club. He was also an active parishioner at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie.

Over the years, Wally received a number of awards. The most recent was his induction into the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation’s Hall of Fame in January. In 2006, he was named Citizen of the Year by the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce, honored as “a shaper of public opinion with a spirit of good will.” He also received the Chamber’s Good Neighbor award in the 1990s. The Dunn County Farm Bureau presented him with its Friend of Agriculture in 2005, the same year he was inducted into both the Menomonie Bowling Association and National Bowling Association’s halls of fame. And among his proudest achievements was the first place award he won in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s 1984 Better Newspaper contest for a series of editorials he wrote about the city manager form of government. As both a reporter and a participant, he called the local political scene “the best show of all.”

Wally enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre, in a number of different venues throughout the area. His other hobbies included bowling, golf and watching high school football and baseball. His pals will miss him in the press box at Don and Nona Williams stadium.

Wally is survived by his daughter, Mary McDermott of Seattle, Wash.; his son, John (Cindy) of St. Paul; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Jerry Prince of Chippewa Falls, Harold Mork of Menomonie, and John Petersen of Durand; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, June; two sisters, Charlotte and Doris.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie, with Father Tom Krieg officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie at a later date. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com

Charles A. Smith

Dunn County News, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, A6

In loving memory of Charles A. Smith who departed from this earth to be with his beloved wife, Ruby.

Charles passed peacefully on Jan. 28, 2011, at 12:54 p.m., at the age of 89. He was surrounded by his loving family.

He graduated from Stout with a degree in Industrial Design. He married Ruby J. Hintzman on Feb. 25, 1955.  He loved fishing, gardening, reading and playing cards.  Most of all he loved his family. 

He is survived by his son, Dan (Chris); daughters, Kim (Dave), Lori (Greg), Shelly (Rick) and Lisa (Mike); 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by wife, Ruby.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Kurt Larson officiating. There will be a visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Frances L. Smith

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

Frances "Loretta" Smith, born May 26, 1921, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, in Des Moines, Wash.

Loretta was preceded in death by her husband,  Robert Smith, in 1999; her parents, William and Alice Fox; and two brothers,  Warren and Bill Fox.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Ken (Shannon) Smith of Enumclaw, Wash., Eldon Smith of Marysville Wash., Jean (Bill) Fortson of Tacoma, Wash., Bruce (Karen) Smith of Auburn, Wash., and Randy (Beth)Smith of Federal Way, Wash. She is also survived by eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters located in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Loretta was active for many years in the Ladies of the Elks of Auburn and Eastern Star Chapter 257 in Federal Way. She retired after 26 years of employment at The Boeing Co.

There will be a celebration of her life at Normandy Park Assisted Living located at 16625 First Ave. S. Normandy Park, Wash., at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.  A private family graveside service will precede the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital of Memphis, Tenn.

Joyce L. Smith

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

Joyce L. Smith, age 82, of Boyceville, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Joyce was born Dec. 4, 1926, in the Twp of Otto Creek, Eau Claire County, to Theodore and Eunice (Emerson) Prohl. She was confirmed at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fairchild. Joyce married Hallie Smith Sept. 20, 1947, at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. They farmed in the Twp of New Haven, Dunn County, until moving to Boyceville in 2000. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women in Connorsville.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Hallie Smith, of Boyceville; and a daughter, Sharon Smith Einser, and husband, Helmut, of Freeport, Fla.; and a sister, Verda Matthews, of Sparta.  She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at the United Methodist Church in Connorsville with Reverend Terry Dorenbush officiating. Burial will be in the Mound Cemetery Downing.

Lila M. (Seipel) Smith

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

Lila M. (Seipel) Smith, age 76, of Fairbault, Minn., formerly of Menomonie, died on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at the District One Hospital, Fairbault.

Services will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Fairbault. Interment will be in the St. Paul's Cemetery, Menomonie. Visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Fairbault, on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m. and also in the church for one hour prior to service on Tuesday. 

Visit boldtfuneralhome.com for the guest book.

Orval K. Smith

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 14, 2009, A6

Orval Kenneth Smith, age 94, of Menomonie, passed away with family at his side on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, in Menomonie.

Orval was born Aug. 31, 1915, in Downing to Clyde and Alice (Willis) Smith. Orval married Mary Tiffany James on Sept. 24, 1940.

Orval’s career started as a farmer, which was interrupted during the depression when he joined the CCC and worked in the woods near Phillips. Orval then returned to farming until marrying Mary. They started their life together in Colfax where he worked for the telephone company until he got a job in Eau Claire working in a meat packing plant.

In the spring of 1943, Orval and Mary returned to the Downing area where they farmed and raised kids until 1949 when they sold their farming operation and became a partner in the Case farm equipment dealership of Austreng-Smith in Downing. Orval and Mary continued in the farm equipment business in the Downing area until retirement in 1972.

In the late 50’s and early 60’s, Orval , Mary and kids became founding members of the Glen-Hi Riders Saddle Club and Orval served a term as the Drill Master and led the Glen-Hi Riders Drill Team at the competition in the Hippodrome at the Minnesota State Fair. In their post retirement years, Orval and Mary traveled, and spent winters as snow birds in various locations in the southern and western United States.

They also became avid antique traders, which took them over many miles of back roads in search of new friends and antiques, generally finding both! In Orval’s later years, he spent many hours in his shop becoming an accomplished wood craftsman, creating many items with the turning lathe and experimenting with various wood types. He also enjoyed playing the guitar, violin and piano.

Orval is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary (James) Smith. He is also survived by his children, Gerald (Betty Jean) Smith, Downing, James (Diane) Smith, Abbotsford, Gordon (Cindy) Smith, Menomonie, Nylla (Tom) Hanson, Poynette, and Rolland (Peggy) Smith, Baldwin; daughter-in-law, Donna Smith, Baldwin; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and his brothers, George (Jane) Smith, Downing, and Eugene (Doris) Smith, Downing.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his son, Lane Orval Smith, and his sister, Margel (Smith) Gullickson.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Boyceville United Methodist Church, 635 Main St., Boyceville.

Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City.

Herbert C. "Chub" Smithback

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 6, 2010, A6

Herbert "Chub" Smithback, age 87, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born July 5, 1922, in Cambridge, the son of Marvin and Clara (Nelson) Smithback. He grew up in the Cambridge area and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1940.

During his lifetime, Herbert was a farmer, co-owner of London Lumber Co., a seed corn salesman for Blaney Seed Corn and co-owner of Red Cedar Plumbing and Heating of Menomonie.

He married Avis Johnson on July 20, 1974, in Cambridge. They resided in Menomonie, Turtle Lake and wintered in Sun City, Ariz., for 17 years.

Herbert is survived by his wife, Avis; two daughters, Nancy (Duane) Bjugstad of Fort Atkinson and Jane (Wayne Miller) Smithback of Rhinelander; five grandchildren, Jody (Scot) Marquardt, Lisa (Tom) Brom and Jason Rusch all of Fort Atkinson, Julie (Joe) Marino of Whitewater and James (Tiffany) Rusch of Milton; nine great-grandchildren, Jennifer (Branden Wisch) Marquardt, Michael Marquardt, Melissa Yakes, Savanna and Kaitlin Brom, Bradley Coxe, Jacob, Lucas and Isaac Rusch; two step-grandchildren, Meghan and Michelle Marino; two nieces; one nephew; special friends, Erin Williams, the Dunemann family, David Ferk and the Johnsons of Watertown; and many other special friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Everett, Walter, Noris and Lloyd; two great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Norma and Inez; and his daughters' mother, Lucille.

A special thank-you goes to the American Lutheran Home, Red Cedar Medical Center and Dr. Dan Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating. Burial will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville at a later date. There will be visitation at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

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

Conrad R. Smithrud

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

Conrad R. Smithrud, age 54, of Elmwood, died Friday, March 11, 2011, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Conrad was born in Stanley, on Sept. 20, 1956. He was the son of Conrad M. and Harriet (Schroeder) Smithrud. Conrad lived in various places throughout his life: Gilman, Appleton, Neenah, Colfax and most recently in Elmwood. He worked for the Neenah Foundry for more than 20 years. Conrad was currently employed at ServiceMaster in Boyceville and delivered the Leader Telegram for several years in the Colfax area until his recent illness. Conrad married Joan Derucki on Aug. 17, 1991, in Hilbert.

Conrad was a dog lover, he enjoyed going for rides and watching wrestling on TV. He was a member of the Holy Pentecostal Church in Cedar Falls. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Conrad is survived by his wife of 19 years, Joan; his mother, Harriet Angel of Ninilchik, Alaska; three sisters, Dawn, Christine and Avis; three brothers, Ronnie, Danny and Chris; mother and father-in-law, Florian and Judy Derucki of Kenosha; other family members, friends and his treasured dogs, Hunter and Echo. He was preceded in death by his father, and mother-in-law, Shirley Sliwinski.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011, at the RHIEL FUNERAL HOME in Menomonie. The Rev. Stan Shackelton will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the RHIEL FUNERAL HOME in Menomonie.

Rhiel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Menomonie, is serving the family. Condolences may be made online at: www.rhielfuneralhome.com

David B. "Junior" Snyder

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

David B. 'Junior' Snyder, 17, of Otter Creek, rural Colfax, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, in Missouri as the result of an accident.

He was born June 20, 1993, in Bloomer to David C. and Linda D. (Ellis) Snyder. He grew up in the Otter Creek/Wheeler area and lost his mother at the age of eight, but with the support of many relatives and friends he carried on with a happy life.

Junior was an adventurous young man who touched everyone he met with his warm smile. His father was his hero and his wish was his father's command; they were attached at the hip. Junior loved to drive skid steer and a John Deere 4000. You would often find him at Heritage Days, tractor rides and tractor pulls, where he had a pulling tractor called "Bits and Pieces." His real passion in life was hunting, fishing, and helping on the family farm. He was his grandmother's favorite grandson. Junior would have been a junior at Colfax High School this fall where he was a member of FFA.

He will be sadly missed by his father, David C. (Linda Prince McClusky) Snyder; his sisters, Helen (Mark) MCClenning, and Penny (Mike Anderson) Snyder; his grandmother, Arretta Snyder; uncles and aunts, Ardith (Kendall) Obermueller, Bruce A. Snyder, Grace Ellis, Jean Reischel and Ed Ellis; his six nephews, Jesse, Tommy, Luke Anderson, Mark, Peter and Jason MCClenning; one niece, Diane McClenning; his girlfriend, Kayla Bowe; and his dog, Digger.

Funeral services for David B. "Junior" Snyder will be Friday, July 30, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Martin Anderson Gym, Colfax High School; burial will be at a later date with his mother in Popple Creek American Cemetery in Popple Creek. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax and one hour prior to services.
Ethel I. Snyder

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

Ethel Irene Snyder, 78, of Chippewa Falls, passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Ethel was born in Eau Claire to Muriel and Jule (Robertson) Parizo on March 29, 1933.  She attended grade school in Altoona. She was employed at Rendering Co., and then worked as a nurse's aide at Syverson Lutheran Home.  Ethel also did home care and raised foster children.

Ethel loved to spend time with her family and enjoyed watching bird and butterflies.  Ethel loved cooking and baking with children and grandchildren.  She collected rocks of different sizes and colors.   Ethel was married to Darrel Snyder (deceased) of Eau Claire.

Ethel is survived by her three daughters, Belinda (Brad) Wester of Arena,  Pamela (Randy) Stockland of Menomonie,  and Jamie (Darrell) Wood of Jim Falls; one son, David (Susan) Snyder of Chippewa Falls;  two sisters, Betty (Jerry) Heiman of Altoona, and Jean (Don) Ginder of Eau Claire; 10 grandchildren, Holly (Don) Bray, Chad (Lucinda) Phillips, Darrel Snyder, Michele (Todd) Mueller-Melby, Ryan Stelter, Jasmine Stockland, Matthew Wood, Steven Wood, Doris Snyder and Levi Snyder; step-grandchild, Steven Stockland; 13  great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; and her stepfather, Eugene Brick.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at Smith Funeral Chapel.  Friends may call one hour prior to service.   Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery.  Rev. Geoffrey Scott will be officiating. 

In lieu of memorials, the family requests that donations be sent to the Alzheimer's Association in the memory of Ethel.

Floyd A. Snyder

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

Floyd Arthur Snyder, age 77, of Menomonie, went to his eternal home on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

He was born Sept. 30, 1933, in Otter Creek Township, Dunn County, to Gaylord and Grace (Bird) Snyder. 

Floyd had a deep faith that made everyone around him feel blessed.  He loved his family more than life itself.  One of his greatest joys was camping with his family in Birchwood. He was a loyal Packers and Brewers fan. Being a member of VFW post #10424 brought him great satisfaction. 

Floyd went to school at Dunn County Aggie. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years with overseas duty in Korea. 

He retired from West Publishing in Eagan, Minn., after 37 years of employment. 

Floyd was also a cherished caregiver at Tantara Apartments in Menomonie.

Floyd is survived by his loving soul mate, Jan Carter; children, Craig (Amanda), Floyd Jr., Shelly (James) Haider, Julia Ann, Norman (Edna) Suckow, Jim (Lisa) Suckow, Dan (Patty) Suckow, Annette (Paul) Place, Yvonne (Chris) Goodell and Melvin Jr. (Sue) Carter; grandchildren, Vanessa, Savanna, Samuel, Alex, Shawn, Carissa, Madison and Emmett, and numerous other adult grandchildren; brothers, Albert (Louise) and Paul (Kathleen); sisters, Edith Sieger, Catherine McIntyre, Ivy Montgomery, Hazel (Kenneth) Palmer and Faith (Orville) Larson. He is also survived by many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grace and Gaylord Snyder; an infant sister, Judith Ann; a niece, Kathleen Dawn (McIntyre) Burton; a nephew, Gary Dean Sieger;  and brothers-in-law, Emmett Sieger, Sam McIntyre and Algie Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials to New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville, with Pastor Steve Carlson officiating.  Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.  Burial with military honors will be in Northern Wisconsin Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Spooner at a later date.

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

Joshua James Snyder

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

Live, love, laugh; but never forget.

Joshua James Snyder age 29, passed away on July 19, 2009.

He is survived by his 10-year-old son Devin James McDonald-Snyder; his sister Emmaly Georgann Snyder, his brothers Aaron Mark Snyder and Alex Ryan Snyder; his mother Evy Georgann Snyder and his father James Richard Snyder.

Join us to celebrate Josh’s life at the Wakanda Park Pavilion, Menomonie, WI on Friday July 24th, from 1 pm to 8 pm. Please bring your memories, love and good faith as we remember the blessings he gave us, and the blessings he will continue to give.

In lieu of flowers, cards or gifts, please consider donating to a fund being set up for Josh’s son Devin. Donations should be sent c/o Evy Snyder, 910 Tiffany Street, Boyceville, WI 54725

Beverages and cake will be provided, side dishes are greatly appreciated.

Mary F. Spindler

Dunn County News, Wed. Feb. 2, 2011, A6

Mary F. Spindler, age 91, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Mary was born May 31, 1919, in the Township of Weston, rural Menomonie, the daughter of Frank and Frances (Stoll) Wedam.  Mary grew up in the Weston Township.  As a young adult she worked at Parker Pen, Lakeside Aluminum, Canning Co. and Presto Industries in Eau Claire. 

Mary married Robert F. Spindler Oct. 26, 1946, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie, where she was a lifetime member. 

After retiring from UW-Stout after 22 years, Mary enjoyed being a food demonstrator at Don's Super Value and Leever's.  Mary was an active member of St. Joseph's P.C.C.W., and Dunn County Homemakers.  Mary and Bob loved to travel; one of their highlights was a trip to Germany.  They loved to snowmobile, they belonged to an antique auto club, and enjoyed trips to the casino.

Mom had a sparkling personality; she was hard working, creative, fun loving and witty.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  We will miss her smile and twinkle… love you more.

The family would like to thank the Dunn County Health Care Center Special Care Unit for their compassionate care and support.

Mary is survived by two daughters, Coleen (Dennis) Simpson and Becky (Mark) Nelson both of Menomonie; one son, Patrick of Sebeka, Minn.; six grandchildren, Jason (Michelle) Simpson, Jeff (Autumn) Simpson, Steven (Nicole) Schaefer, Mandy (Scott) Wolbert, Michael (Kristi) and Adam Spindler; nine great-grandchildren, Morgan, Mark, Sydney, Sierra, Matthew, Lucas, Annella, Gunner and Steele; one sister, Bertha (Oliver) Krieger of Rogers, Minn.; three sisters-in-law, Eleanor Wedam of Boulder, Colo., Lorraine "Rainie" Wedam and Lorraine Wedam both of Menomonie; many nieces, nephews and other relative and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert in 2007; four sisters, Ann Hofacker, Elsie Gatten, Rose Hofacker, Louise Steinke;  and three brothers, Joseph, John and Alvin Wedam.

Memorial services will be  at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery in the spring.

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

Ruth M. Stainer

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

Ruth M. Stainer, age 96, passed away Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Ruth was born Oct. 19, 1914, in the Town of Menomonie to Phillip and Lillian (Smith) Kistner. She attended Menomonie High School.

Ruth married Charles on Nov. 25, 1936, at Peace Lutheran Church.

She was a lifelong member of Peace Lutheran Church and Beaver Creek Homemakers.  She was very active in 4H and never missed the Dunn County Fair in more than 60 years. 

Ruth retired from the Dunn County Court House.  She also worked the family farm.  After Ruth and Charles moved to town, Ruth would still make lunch and bring it out to the fields for Keith and the crew.

Ruth is survived by one son, Keith Stainer; one daughter, Elaine (Bill) Stratton; five grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents; one brother; and two sisters.

The family would like to thank the Dunn County Health Care Center for the wonderful care.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com
Debra L. Stallsmith

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 29, 2009, A6

Debra “Debbie” Lyn Stallsmith, age 42, of Madison, formerly of Menomonie passed away, Nov. 23, 2009, at her home.

She was born Aug. 25, 1967 in Milwaukee to Douglas and Nancy (Meese) Stallsmith. Debbie was raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1985. After graduation, she moved to Madison, where she worked as a master mechanic at Thorstad Chevrolet. 

Debbie enjoyed playing football in a women’s football league for a couple years.

She is survived by her mother, Nancy Stallsmith of Menomonie; and her brother Daniel Stallsmith of Cedar Creek, Texas. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. She will be sadly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Trinity United Methodist Church (105 S. Holly Ave., Elk Mound, WI 54739), with Pastor Margaret DeMaris officiating. There will be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. 

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

Michael J. Stamper

Dunn County News, Sun. Jan. 16, 2011, A6

Michael "Mike" J. Stamper, age 63, of rural Menomonie, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at his home near Downsville.

He was born Sept. 1, 1947, in Laona, to Jess and Pauline (Lewis) Stamper. After graduating from high school, Mike joined the U.S. Navy in 1965 and was a member of the "Beach Jumpers" Unit II.  He married Carolyn Gustafson on June 17, 1967 in Racine, WI. 

He started working as a lineman in 1968 for Wisconsin Electric Power Co. then in 1974, he moved to Westby Electric and Utility and onto working for Vernon Electric in Westby in 1977. In 1989 he started at Northeast Technical College as a job training and safety instructor, and in 1993 he held the same position at WECA. He retired as safety manager for Dairyland Power on Jan. 7, 2011.

Mike enjoyed hunting and fishing and time in the outdoors. He especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He was active in the First Church of the Nazarene in Menomonie as a member, Sunday school teacher and board member and was also a member of The Wisconsin District Advisory Board of the Church of the Nazarene.

Mike is survived by his wife, Carolyn of Menomonie; mother, Pauline Stamper of Genoa City; two sons, Mark (Lisa) of Sheldon and Jerod (Nikki) of Superior;  seven grandchildren, Megan (fiancé Tyler Feirtag), Jacob, Haley, Colin, Tucker, Brett and Katie;  five siblings, Peg (Larry) Rummel, Steve (Peggy) Stamper, Mary (Dale) Heckman, Tim (Holly) Stamper and Jenny (Tim) Zogg; mother-in-law, Louise Gustafson; brother-in-law, Gary (Kathy) Gustafson; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jess (1997); one son, Craig (1973); one grandson, Jack (2005); nephew, Brad (1993); brother-in-law, Jim Belland (2007); and father-in-law, Perm Gustafson (2003).

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Menomonie Alliance Church (502 21st St.N.).  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.  Burial will take place following the service at River View Cemetery in Downsville.  Military honors will be provided by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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

Dunn County News, Sun. July 25, 2010, A6

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Jean Elizabeth (Hornung) Starkweather, died Tuesday, July 13, 2010.

Jean Starkweather was born Aug. 27, 1921, in Fond du Lac, where she met her future husband, Leo, whom she married in 1946. Together they formed the Starkweather Electric Corporation, canvassing new construction state-wide for churches, medical facilities and universities. Leo and Jean had five children while living in Fond du Lac and Oconomowoc. In 1965, the family moved to Lake Tainter near Colfax, entering the hospitality industry while owning Picnic Point Resort from 1965 to 1997. In addition, for 30 years Jean worked for UW-Stout in the art department, retiring from her position in 1997 in a move to live with her daughter, Linda, in Pensacola, Fla.

Jean loved people, enjoyed social functions and traveled when possible. Her hobbies ranged from collecting majolica pottery to playing piano or sewing. Jean loved dogs, including Kelly, Bon-Bon, Lois, Missy and Murphy. She could light up a room with her smile and her laugh. We will miss the twinkle in her eyes when she was being playful. She loved a good brandy old fashioned cocktail.

Jean moved into Carpenters Creek in 2005 and enjoyed several years in this outstanding facility. She became best of friends with Jim. Thank you Jim for all the good times you shared with our mother. Unfortunately Jean's health and needs changed in the last two years and she needed additional care. She went to our Lord peacefully on July 13, 2010.

Jean is survived by her daughter, Jeflyn; and sons, Tim, Larry (Sherry) and Jay. She is survived by two grandchildren through Jeflyn and four grandchildren by Larry. She also had 12 great-grandchildren through Jeflyn and three by Larry.

She was preceded in death by Leo in 1996; grandson, Christopher in 2002; and daughter, Linda in 2010.

Any gifts or memorials can be made to the Small Paws Rescue Inc. Please check out their website at smallpawsrescue.org.

Funeral services will be at Saint Joseph's Church in Fort Atkinson on Saturday, July 31, 2010, at 10 a.m. A family get together will take place at Central Coast Restaurant after the service. The burial will take place in Fond du Lac at Calvary Cemetery at a 3:30 p.m.
John F. Statz

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

John F. Statz age 87, of Menomonie, died Monday Dec.  27, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

John was born June 2, 1923, in the Town of Seymour, Eau Claire County, the son of Wolfgang and Elizabeth (Dohm) Statz.  John grew up in the Seymour area and went to the Springfield Prairie School.  He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 during WWII in the South Pacific.  John received the Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with Bronze Battle Star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Battle Star and a Victory Medal.  After his discharge John returned to Eau Claire County and attended Dunwoody Industrial Institute in Minneapolis, graduating from the carpentry school.  He then did construction work with his family.

John married Lillian Gunderson on Aug. 26, 1950, at St. Bridget’s Church in Seymour.

John worked construction for Statz Brothers Construction for a few years then went into private construction in the Chippewa Falls area. 

John and his family moved to Greeley, Colo., where he continued his construction business for five years.  John was involved in many community activities in Greeley of which included being PTA President at St. Peter Catholic School and a Cub Scout Leader for three years. 

In 1965 John and his family moved to Menomonie where they developed Twin Springs Camping Resort and Pine Crest Acres Subdivision in Menomonie.  John owned and operated Twin Springs Campground with his wife and family for 45 years. 

John was a 30-year member of the American Legion Post 53 of Eau Claire.

John is survived by his wife Lillian; three sons, Steven (Elizabeth) of Maple Grove, Minn., and Michael and Ted (Chrissa), both of Menomonie; two daughters, Mary Statz of Maple Grove and Susan (Brian) Schmidt of Millville, Minn.; five grandchildren, David Statz (Ted),  Amanda and Sara (Steven and  Elizabeth), and Devin and Amber (Susan and Brian); five brothers, Gilbert (Eleanor) of Altoona, William and Vincent (Joanne) both Chippewa Falls,  Ralph (Janet) and Wilbert (Linda), both of Eau Claire; four sisters, Martha Kuehn, Anne Hanson and Joanne Reiter, all of Eau Claire, and Jeanette Gamroth of Edina, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Louis and George; three sisters, Elizabeth Kuehn, Mary Kuehn and Angeline Sokup.

Funeral services will be  at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 53 of Eau Claire.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

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

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

Dunn County News, Sun. Sept. 11, 2011, A6

Stanley O. Staupe, age 77, of Menomonie, formerly of Faribault, Minn., died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at the Mayo Clinic Health System-Menomonie.

Stanley was born Sept. 22, 1933, in Spring Grove Minn.  He was the son of Neuman and Irene (Boreson) Staupe and grew up in the Minneapolis area where he graduated from high school. 

He married Frances Joan Henry June 6, 1952,  at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Faribault, Minn.

Stanley enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served for 21 years.  During this time in the military service, the family traveled the world and had many terrific experiences. After the military service, Stanley worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A) in Farmington, Minn., for more than 20 years. 

After retirement they lived in Faribault.

Frances died in 1988, and in 1999 Stanley moved to Menomonie where he met Grace S. Mertes and they became close friends and companions.

Stanley is survived by a daughter, Stephanie (Robert) Ramella of Tampa, Fla.; a son, Steve (Terry) of Menomonie; Stacey Moen of Faribault; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one nephew; and best friend, Grace S. Mertes, of Menomonie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frances "Ginger," in 1988; a sister, Opal Moore; and son-in-law,  Robert Moen.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday Sept. 9, 2011, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Menomonie with Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating.  Burial with Military Honors will be held at 10:45 a.m.  Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

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

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

Walter "Wally" Steies

Dunn County News, Wed, March 23, 2011, A6

Walter J. "Wally" Steies, age 70 of Menomonie, died Friday, March 18, 2011 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, with his family by his side.

Wally was born May 4, 1940 in the Town of Sherman rural Dunn County. His birth parents were William and Jeannette Steies, he was raised by Kenneth and Ellda Valaske. Wally grew up in the Colfax area and graduated from Colfax High School. After school, Wally enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 14, 1960 and served in Vietnam as a corpsman attached to the Marines. He was honorably discharged with a disability on July 31, 1967. Wally married Donna Mae Wolf on June 13, 1970 at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Eau Galle. Wally and Donna lived in Menomonie since 1971 where they raised their family. Wally owned and operated his own semi for 33 years, retiring in 2005.

Wally was a very involved member of the DAV and the VFW Post #1039 in Menomonie. He liked to hunt, fish and read. Most of all, Wally loved to spend time with his family and friends, especially his two granddaughters, Hailey and Cally.

Wally is survived by his wife of 40 years, Donna, two children, Jon D. Steies of Menomonie, Melissa (Joseph) Burgraff of Hudson, two granddaughters, Hailey and Cally, his mother, Ellda Valaske of Colfax, five sisters, Wilma Paris of Three Lakes, Wanda (Chester) Wieczorek of West Allis, Wanita Cargol of Clear Lake, Diane (Fred) Goers of Colfax, Betty (Jerry) Arntson of East Troy, three brothers, Randy (Joan) Valaske of Colfax, Herman (Barbara) Johnson of Rohnert Park, CA and Jim Johnson of Oregon, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his birth parents, father Kenneth Valaske, one brother Roger Valaske.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Rev. Thomas Krieg will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Menomonie Honor Guard. Friends may call from 4-7 PM Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Menomonie, is serving the family. Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com

Martha J. 'Jayne' Steinke

Dunn County News, Wed. March 2, 2011, A6

Martha J. "Jayne" Steinke, age 51, of Menomonie, died Feb. 26, 2011, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. She is now at the end of her journey and back in the arms of God with her mother and father.

Jayne was born on May 13, 1959, in Louisville, Ky. She was the daughter of Charles and Mary (Berry) Rush. Jayne grew up in the Louisville area and graduated from Western High School. Shortly after school, Jayne moved to Atlanta, Ga., where she managed a restaurant. She eventually opened her own restaurant in Atlanta, Ga.

Jayne married Jon M. Steinke on Oct. 31, 2000, in Atlanta. In 2002, Jayne and Jon moved from Atlanta to the Menomonie area where Jayne continued to work in the hospitality field.

Jayne enjoyed playing golf, spending a beautiful day on the lake and riding trails in winter on her snowmobile. Most of all, Jayne was a trusted friend, a very caring and giving person and above all, Jayne would always be there with a smile and an open heart.

Jayne is survived by her husband, Jon; five children, Dustin Williams of Atlanta, Lauryn Martin and Kaitlyn (Martin) McGovern, both of Dover, Ohio, Jessica Jordan of Kingsland, Ga., and Kelsey Blake of Atlanta; four grandchildren, Hadley, Aiden, Brianna and Madison; four brothers, Chuck, Karl, Terry and Richard, and their families all of the Louisville area; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Jayne gave four gifts of life before she left us, donating her heart, liver and both kidneys to people who needed them.

Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. Pastor Paul Pillman will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home in Menomonie.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Menomonie, is serving the family. Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com

LaVern V. Steinke

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

LaVern V. Steinke, 76, of Chippewa Falls, town of Eagle Point, died Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at the Cornell Area Care Center in Cornell after a long struggle with Alzheimer's.

He was born March 11, 1934, in Mondovi to Erna (Banks) and Victor Steinke. He graduated from Mondovi High School in 1952.

LaVern married Phyllis L. Strehlau on April 28, 1956, at St. Katherine's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

He served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. and San Antonio, Texas, and also served in the National Guard getting called up to Ft. Lewis, Wash., during the Berlin Crisis in 1961.

LaVern was employed at Peter's Meats in Chippewa Falls, Armour's in Eau Claire and Eau Claire Technical College; and then he worked as a salesman at Weigand Ford Sales in Chippewa Falls for many years. He was a hunter and a fisherman who took fishing trips to Canada with his brother-in-law, Gordon Strehlau, and nephew, Duane Patridge. He loved to dance, watch the Packers and travel.

Survivors include: his wife, Phyllis; and he was the proud father of four children, Deborah Falch of Eau Claire, Darlene (Mike) Champeau of Owatonna, Minn., Michael (Geri) Steinke of Chippewa Falls and Patricia (Dave Grensing) Steinke of Eau Claire; seven granddaughters, who were the joy of his life, Lisa (Dave) Mihm of Eau Claire, Kelly (Jimmy) Harbal, Stacy Champeau all of Owatonna, Minn., Krista and Kayla Williams of Eau Claire, and Nicole and Ashley Steinke of Chippewa Falls; two great-granddaughers, Bevin and Adria Mihm of Eau Claire; four sisters, Lois (Larry) Sobyak of DeForest, Marlene Rud, Kathie Steinke both of Eau Claire and Elaine (Don) Miller of Chippewa Falls; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Arnold and Mary Strehlau, Ervin and Bernadine Strehlau, Gordon and Sharon Strehlau; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Bert and Eva Strehlau; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Virginia and Pat Philen Sr.; niece, Connie Hillsgrove; and a nephew, Pat Philen Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 3, at Central Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls with Rev. Rick Hoyme officiating. Interment will be in Lake View Cemetery in Eau Claire.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, May 2, at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel in Chippewa Falls and one hour prior to the service, Monday, at the church.

Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls is serving the family. Visit pedersonvolker.com to express online condolences.
James W. Steinmeyer

Dunn County News, Sun. March 4, 2012, A6

James W. Steinmeyer, age 72, of Menomonie, passed away Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

James Wesley Steinmeyer was born April 30, 1939, in Menomonie to Harold and Emma (Myers) Steinmeyer.  He was raised on a farm in the Irvington area and attended Beaver Creek Grade School and Dunn County Aggie.

He served in the Wisconsin National Guard and was called to active duty in 1961, during the Berlin Crisis.  

Jim married Sheryl Schuerman on Sept. 1, 1961, in Menomonie.  They made their home in the Menomonie area, and Jim worked in the heating and air conditioning business for many years and delivered propane for Skelgas until retiring.  He was also a volunteer firefighter.

Jim loved watching westerns, NASCAR and was an avid Packer fan.  He also enjoyed hunting,  especially his trips to Wyoming.  Jim had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sheryl Steinmeyer; his three children, Tammie Silsbee, Tracie (Dale) Wendt and Jamie (Kelly) Steinmeyer; grandchildren, Cody Schneider (Stephanie), Tanner Schneider (fiancée Michelle), Hannah Silsbee, Kyler Wendt, Kaeli Wendt, Sheyanne Wendt and Ashley Kennedy; and one great-granddaughter, Jazaeliah Schneider.  He is also survived by a sister, Corine Wesley; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jerry Lee; and a sister, Donna Hoyt.

The family would like to give a special thank-you to the nurses in the Special Care Unit at Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie and the caregivers on second floor at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

There will be a gathering to celebrate Jim's life from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2012, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Farrah Kay (Friest) Stender

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 11, 2009, A6

Farrah Kay Stender, age 32, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, after a courageous six-month battle with brain cancer. Her husband and parents were at her side.

She was born Sept. 12, 1977, at Memorial Hospital, Menomonie, to Eric and Jan (Rudd) Friest. She attended East and Little Elk Creek Elementary Schools and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1996.

She graduated with honors from UW-Stout in 2001 with a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education, taught summer school for many summers in the Menomonie School District, and worked at Lucas Charter School for two years.

She served eight years in the Army Reserves, graduating from Boot Camp at Ft. Jackson, S.C., training at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, and serving out of Wabasha, Minn. She was honorably discharged, with the rank of sergeant, in 2007.

Farrah married Matthew Stender on March 6, 1999,, at the New Life Church of the Nazarene, Wheeler. They lived in Menomonie. She grew up in the Menomonie United Methodist Church and recently became a member of Cedarbrook Church, Menomonie.

Farrah is survived by her husband, Matt; children, Tessa, Tori and Colt; her parents; brother, Matthew (Missy) Friest; nieces, Mackayla and Mackenzie Friest; in-laws, Chuck and Sharon Stender; brother-in-law, Scott (Stacy) Stender; grandparents, Carol Rudd, Janesville, Warren and Ardene Friest, Rockford, Ill., and Harold and Jeanette Hansen, Watertown, S.D.

She is also survived by aunts, June (Paul) Damrow, Roseville, Minn.; Jane (Rick) Parod, Elkhorn, Neb., and Tanis (Roosevelt Toney) Hansen, Stockton, Calif.; uncles, Jim (Deb) Rudd, Neenah, Gary (Karen) Hansen, Chatfield, Minn., and Milan (Linda) Hansen, Washington Court House, Ohio; cousins, Adam, Dave and Stacey Parod, Kelly (Dan) Kueffer, Tim Damrow, and Julie and Greg Rudd; and great-aunts, Betty Lou (Duane) Teuscher, The Woodlands, Texas, Jeraldine (Jim) Gordee, Monroe, and Frances (Bill) Colwell, Ft. Worth, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Clarence Rudd, Janesville; and special great-great-aunt, Lela Gross, Janesville. Dogs Speedy and Jesse preceded her in the weeks immediately before her death.

Farrah will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Her children and family were the joy of her life. She was a strong person in so many ways, donating her hair many time to Locks of Love before cancer treatments “got to it,” her blood (more than one gallon) to the American Red Cross, and her time to Knapp Elementary School.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society,2427 N. Hillcrest Pkwy., Altoona, WI 54720; Hope Lodge, 411 2nd St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901; Cedarbrook Church, 1501 N. Broadway, Menomonie, WI 54751; Dunn County Humane Society, 302 Brickyard Road, Menomonie, WI 54751; Northwest Wisconsin HomeCare (Hospice) 1515 Stout Road, Menomonie, WI 54751; or to the family for Farrah’s children.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at the United Methodist Church, 2703 Bongey Drive, Menomonie, with a memorial service following at 7 p.m. at the church with Pastor Remy Diederich officiating. Flag presentation will be conducted by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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

Mary E. Sterry

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

Mary E. Sterry, age 80, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, at The Maple Wood in Bloomer.

She was born June 12, 1930, in Menomonie, to Fred and Mary Etta (Brewer) Williamson. She was first married to Pierre Robichaud and after his passing she married John W. Sterry on Oct. 28, 1967, in Ironwood, Mich.

Mary was a talented teacher of 17 years. A number of her students remained in contact with her throughout her life. She enjoyed reading, playing cards and time spent with family and friends.

She is survived by one son, John Robichaud of Eau Claire; one daughter, Susan (Reid) Dachenbach of Chippewa Falls; one step-son, Ron (Sharon) Sterry of Lakeview, Minn.; one brother, John (Janet) Williamson of Elmwood; one sister, Romona Reidt of Menomonie; two grandchildren, Shawn Robichaud and Rachel Dachenbach; two great-grandchildren, Seth Robichaud and Bailey Robichaud; two step-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Pierre Robichaud and John Sterry; two brothers, Marshall and Eldon Williamson; one sister, Dorothy Thompson; and one great-granddaughter, Skylar Robichaud.

A memorial service will be held at the Bloomer Baptist Church on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Eldon Carlson officiating. Interment of cremains will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Downsville.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. on Saturday until the time of service at the church.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Luther Midelfort Chippewa Valley Maplewood for all their loving care of Mary.

Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at olsonfuneralhomebloomer.com.

Wilma E. Stevens

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

Wilma E. Stevens, 94, of Boyceville, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at the Hometown Senior Living Center in Hudson, with hospice.

Wilma was born March 1, 1916, at Gilmanton, Buffalo County, to Coy and Julia (Esbach) Drinkwine. Wilma married Lowell J. Stevens Sept. 30, 1934, in Forest Center. She lived in Vanceburg area in her younger days and she resided in Boyceville her married life.

She as a member of the United Methodist Church in Boyceville, where she was active teaching Sunday School for a number of years. She was a youth fellowship counselor for several years and an active member of the UMW, serving various offices. Wilma worked for Doboy Plastics in New Richmond for several years. She also worked as a secretary for Hight Insurance Agency for 24 years.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lowell; son, Lowell; four sisters, infant Cleora, Hazel Hagen, Lenore Hagen and Grade Gerock; brothers, Lynn and Denver; and great-grandson Joshua Heifner.

Wilma is survived by daughter Donna Pitpniak and husband Bob of Tavares, Fla; grandchildren, Deborah Murphy and husband Dennis of Mount Horeb, Mark Stevens and wife Marybeth of Madison, Michael Stevens and wife Candice of Oshkosh, Ginger Carter of Alpharetta, Ga, and Steven Heifner and wife Stephanie of Umatilla, Fla; seven great-grandchildren; brothers and sister Perry Drinkwine and wife Helen of Hudson, Leroy Drinkwine and wife Marlys of Menomonie, and Lucile Crosby of Marshfield. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held 11 am Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at the United Methodist Church in Boyceville, with reverend Timothy Matthaei officiating. Burial was in the Vanceburg Cemetery. Friends called at the church one hour prior to services Saturday.

Local arrangements are by the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City.

John B. "Jack" Stevenson

Dunn County News, Wed. July 29, 2009, A6

12-16-29 to 7-25-2009

"Deekle-dokie. Keep it simple. Do the right thing."

These were all common sayings that Jack used throughout his life, yet Jack was not common at all. John B. Stevenson was a teacher, a preacher, a friend and a father. Mot of all, he was a loving husband to his wife of 55 years. Jack was a man of God who put family above all else.

Although Jack no longer walks among us, his spirit will live within us. Through his endless demonstration of support, encouragement, teaching of values and love, he will remain in the forefront of our minds and in our hearts, always.

Jack will be deeply missed by all of his family members and friends who span this country but he will never be forgotten. So, this is not goodbye to y9u Jack, just so long for now.

Ray J. Steves

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

Ray John Steves, age 79, of River Falls, died at River Falls Area Hospital on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. He was born on Aug. 24, 1931, in Menomonie, the son of Vincent and Rosella (Topdahl) Steves.

Ray was reared in Dunn County where he attended the Louisville Grade School. He went on to attend Durand High School and the University of Wisconsin- Stout. In the years following he farmed with his father on the Steves' homestead. He married Marlene Buss from Menomonie on Aug. 30, 1957. In 1962 he moved to River Falls where he and Marlene reared their four children and he managed Alex's Pizza, a favorite place for the students and community.

Ray is survived by his wife, Marlene; children, Jeff (Kris) Steves of Hammond, Mark (Judy) Steves of Ellsworth, Cheri (Dan) Brown of River Falls, Lisa (Sterling) Sweeney of Birchwood; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by five siblings, Rita Hanson (his twin sister) of Beaver Dam, Marlene Huley in Leesburg, Fla., Jean Ann Drier in Durand, Helen Carlson in Elmwood, and his brother, Grant Steves of St. Paul, Minn.; and many relatives and friends.

Ray was known for his witty sense of humor that made everybody laugh and his zest for living. He loved to read, listen to music and enjoyed dancing, especially a good polka or waltz.

From his birth, Ray endured asthma and hay fever that resulted in frequent bouts of pneumonia. It was his last episode with pneumonia that resulted in his death.

His memorial service will be held Oct. 16, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Ellsworth Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses - located at N4250 County Road C a short distance off Highways 10 and 63. A luncheon will be held immediately following the service

Marie A. Stewart

Dunn County News, Wed, June 2, 2010, A6

Marie A. Stewart, 80, of Altoona, formally of Colfax, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, at Oakwood Villa Nursing Home in Altoona. 

Marie was born Feb. 26, 1930, in the Town of Elk Mound to Alvin and Mildred (Knutson) Gullickson. She graduated from Colfax High School in 1948 and married William Stewart In February of 1949. She was a member of the Truax  Congregational United Church of Christ and of the Women’s Fellowship. 

Marie loved to sew, crochet, grow flowers, watch and collect birds, collect cookbooks and go to auctions. Her family was her number one concern.

Survivors include her four sons,  Dennis (Lillian), Larry (Susan) Steven (Brenda) and Brian (Dawn) Stewart;  one brother, Arvid (Ruane) Gullickson; one sister, Elaine (Bill) Muszynski,  17 grandchildren,  Lucinda, Leona, Lori, Jason, Michael, Lisa, William, Bradley, Stacey, Jeffrey, Christopher, Carl, Chad, Kenneth, Brian Jr., Timothy, Lucy, Jason and Michael; and  25 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by a grandson, James.

Funeral services will be Tuesday June 1, at 11 a.m. from Truax Congregational United Church of Christ, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery Colfax. Friends may call 3-5 p.m. at the Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Thomas L. Stoeklen

Dunn County News, Sun. Jan. 16, 2011, A6

Thomas L. Stoeklen, age 76, of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at his home.

He was born Jan. 16, 1934, in the Township of Madge, Washburn County to Leo and Opal (Spixet) Stoeklen.  He attended Crystal Lake and Cady Creek grade schools graduating from Menomonie. 

In 1958 Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Garmisch, Germany until 1963.  After returning to the U.S. he served in the reserves until August of 1964.

Tom married Aloisia B. Kogler on Dec. 23, 1960, in Garmisch, Germany. They lived in Germany until 1963 then moved back to the Menomonie area and Tom worked at the Menomonie Brick Company.  In 1964 they bought the farm west of Menomonie and have lived there for 46 years. Tom milked cows on the farm until 1978 and also hauled milk for the Knapp Creamery until it closed.  He then started doing custom field work. It was a job that he always looked forward to in the spring and summer each year.

Tom is survived by his wife, Aloisia Stoeklen; a son, Manfred (Kitty) Stoeklen of Friedberg, Germany; a daughter, Patricia (Daniel) Suckow of Menomonie; and a son,  Thomas (Tracie Schmutz) Stoeklen; grandchildren, Mark (Caroline) Stoeklen of Friedberg, Germany, Tina (Doug) Decker of Castle Rock Colo., Alisha Heinz of Menomonie, Cody Stoeklen of Menomonie, Wayne Schmutz of Menomonie, Brooke, Darrick and Nathan Suckow of Menomonie, Kari Line of Melrose, Minn., Fred Heinz of Sauk Centre, Minn.,  and Amy (Steven) Thomas of Long Prairie, Minn.;  brothers, William (Evelyn) Stoeklen of Menomonie, Kenneth (Doris) Stoeklen of Chetek, Joe (Debra) Stoeklen of Ladysmith, Lennard (Faith) Stoeklen of Minneapolis, Minn., and Leo (Sharon) Stoeklen of Cameron;  sisters, Lillian (James) Roberts of Menomonie and Elsie Anderson of Apache Junction, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leo Stoeklen; and mother, Opal Spixet Stoeklen;  a brother, John Stoeklen; a grandson, Arthur E. Heinz II; and four nephews, Charles, Lawrence, Walter and Steven Stoeklen.

There will be a time of visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.  There will be a service and burial with military honors at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, at a later date. 

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

Dunn County News, Sun. March 6, 2011, A6

Dan Lunde Stougaard, age 92, of Colfax, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Country Terrace Assisted Living in Menomonie, where he lived the past four years.

 He was born April 28, 1918, in St. Paul, Minn., to Karl Lunde Stougaard and Marie Karen Larson, both Danish immigrants. He attended school in St. Paul, graduating from Mechanic Arts High School in 1937. 

He married Dorothy Leitner on June 8, 1940, in St. Paul. They were happily married for 71 years. 

He was employed in St. Paul as a stationary engineer.  Over the years he worked at the Purity Bakery, Northern States Power, Superior Packing Co., and John Morrell Meat Packing Co. 

Dan was an ardent fisherman and vegetable gardener.  When he retired in 1980, he and Dorothy became Florida residents for 23 years, spending six months of each year in Largo, Fla., and six months at Lake Edwards near Brainerd, Minn.    

Dan is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Marie Young of Colfax, and Marcia (Ken) Nelson of Apple Valley, Minn.; four grandchildren, Steve (Kathy) Young of Winona, Minn., Lisa (Yann) Oehl of Seattle, Wash., David (Josie) Nelson of Medicine Lake, Minn., and Grant (Elaine) Nelson of Duluth, Minn.; and five great-grandchildren, Christine, Samuel, Frances Young, Karl Nelson and Esme Oehl. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his two sisters, Mabel Hilliard and Cora Mueller; and son-in-law, Karl W. Young. 

Funeral services will be at 2  p.m. Sunday, March 13, 2011,  at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Menomonie, with visitation starting at 1 p.m. at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Alzheimer's Disease Research, Our Savior's Lutheran Church or donor’s preference.

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

Janet M. Strand

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

Janet M. Strand, age 90, of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Janet was born on April 3, 1920, in the Township of Red Cedar, rural Menomonie. She was the daughter of Raymond and Anna (Mann) Kothlow. Janet attended Little Elk Creek School, St. Paul's Lutheran School and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1938.

After school, Janet attended Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, Minn., and was employed for four years as a secretary at Kraft Mercantile Company and for four years at Stout State College. Janet married Harold Strand on April 3, 1948, in Menomonie. She returned to the workforce in 1963 as a secretary for the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce, retiring as office manager in 1986. Janet was a lifetime member of the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

In her later years, Janet enjoyed volunteering and playing pool with the seniors at the Menomonie Senior Center. She will always be remembered for her infectious smile, laughter and her deep love of her grandchildren.

Janet is survived by a son, Donald (Peggy) Strand of Chippewa Falls; a daughter, Mary (Mark) Reding of Goodhue, Minn.; three grandsons, Matthew Strand of Somerset, Timothy Strand of Chippewa Falls and Brian Metling of Red Wing, Minn.; two great-grandsons, Collin Metling and Nicholas Strand; one brother, Howard Kothlow of Denver, Colo.; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold, in August of 1976; and a grandson, Bradley Metling.

Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Rev. Brett Voigt will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Memorials are preferred to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Janet's name. Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Menomonie, is serving the family.
Marian M. Strand

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

Marian M. Strand, age 85, of Menomonie, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

The former Marian Mavis Frank, the oldest child of George and Tena (Finder) Frank, was born July 15, 1924, in the Township of Menomonie, Dunn County. They lived just west of Menomonie, and Marian attended Evergreen Valley School for five years and Coddington School for three years. Her years in elementary school were very interesting and she got her inspiration to teach because of her teachers. She graduated from Menomonie High School in 1942 and attended Dunn County Normal where she earned her diploma in 1944. She taught for 10 years in rural schools and then taught in elementary schools, teaching a total of 36 years.

Her years of teaching were very rewarding and, over the years, Marian had contact with many former pupils and their parents, which was very enjoyable to her. Marian always enjoyed meeting new friends and having conversations with them.

Marian married Vernon Strand on June 24, 1948, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, where they were long-time members.

Following retirement, Vernon and Marian enjoyed taking bus trips. They were charter members of Red Cedar Classic Auto Club and members of the Sons of Norway. Marian was also a member of the Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Dunn County Chapter Retired Teachers, the Wisconsin Retired Educators Association, the Genealogy Society and the Dunn County Historical Society. Marian always enjoyed doing genealogical research and taking part in reunions of any kind, such as family or class reunions.

She will be sadly missed by her family members including brothers, Eugene (Evelyn) Frank and Richard (Nancy) Frank; sister, Arlene (Don) Eiseth; sisters-in-law, Ethel Frank and Jean Fuhrman Frank; and many other relatives and many friends.

Marian was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Strand, on June 12, 1995; her parents, George and Tena Frank; her brothers, Gerald Frank and James Frank; and a sister-in-law, Katherine Frank.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Dave Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. The family suggests memorials to either Peace Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.

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

Donnabell M. (Ockler) Stubb

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

Donnabell Marie Stubb, 89, of Missoula, Mont., died on Saturday, March 12, 2011, with her family surrounding her at her bedside at Rosetta Assisted Living in Missoula.

Donnabell was born on Nov. 15, 1921, in Menomonie. She was the daughter of Jacob J. and Goldie (Rice) Ockler. Donna went to schools in Menomonie.

On Dec. 2, 1939, Donnabell and Arthur Stubb were united in marriage. They were married 45 years.

Surviving are her three children, Shirleen Warthen, Debra (William) Arnott and Joey (Mary) Stubb, all of Missoula; one brother, Robert (Marilynn) Ockler of Anaconda; 21 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren and two more great-grandchildren coming in May and August; several nieces and nephews; and her special buddy, Tucker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur, in 1984; son, Marlin, in 1974; and three brothers, Clarence in infancy, Lloyd and Harold.

Donna was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church for more than 40 years.

Private family viewing was at Livingston Malletta and Geraghty Funeral Home. Services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2011, at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor Chris Flohr officiating. Burial followed at Missoula City Cemetery, and then a luncheon was served at the church.

Donna was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and aunt. She will be dearly missed by those who loved her.

We would like to thank all the women at Rosetta Assisted Living for taking care of our mother.

Grant C. Styer

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

Grant C. Styer, age 98, of Menomonie, died Friday, March 11, 2011, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Grant was born March 18, 1912, in the Township of Lucas, Dunn County, rural Menomonie.  He was the son of Sylvester and Emma (Lehman) Styer.  Grant attended the Maple District #2 grade school and St. Joseph's Catholic School.  He graduated from the Dunn County Aggie School-short course.  Grant also attended night classes in auto mechanics, welding and brazing at the Stout Institute.  He did further short course work in animal breeding problems.

Grant married Marie Bates from rural Elmwood on May 25, 1938.  They had one daughter, Lorraine.  Grant and Marie farmed in the Town of Lucas on the same farm where Grant was born, until 1980 when they retired and moved to Menomonie.  While farming, Grant and Marie raised registered polled Jersey cattle which in 1976 became the highest milk producing Jersey herd in Wisconsin.  In 1976, they sold the "famed" herd to buyers from five states and a bull to a breeder from India.

During his retirement, Grant also worked part-time for Stanton-Rhiel Funeral Home for 22 years. Grant was a member of both the American and Wisconsin Jersey Cattle Clubs.  He was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was recently recognized as being the oldest and longest continuous member.  Grant joined the Knights of Columbus at the age of 19 and has been a member for more than 75 years.  He was a past president of the Holy Name Society.

Grant is survived by his daughter, Lorraine Styer-Sedahl of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Larry Sedahl of Denver, Colo.; Rick Sedahl and Carol (Bill) Lamey both of Havre, Mont.; two great-granddaughters, Brandi and Paige; five great-grandsons, Christopher, Joey, Grant, Jacob and Josh; and one great-great-granddaughter, Alexie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie Feb. 21, 2010; a brother, Lloyd; three sisters, Leona Knippel, Emily Webb and Grace Brehm; and two infant brothers.

Any memorials should be directed to St. Joseph's Catholic School in Menomonie.

Funeral services will be  at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Jerry Hoeser officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family

Marie J. Styer

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

Marie J. Styer, age 90, of Menomonie, died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, with her family by her side.

Marie was born to Edward and Mabel (Denning) Bates on Oct. 31, 1919, in the Town of Weston, rural Elmwood. She had five brothers and two sisters.

Marie graduated from the Howison Graded School in rural Elmwood. Marie was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish, where she taught catechism to the parish youth.

She married Grant C. Styer on May 25, 1938. They had one daughter, Lorraine, now of Menomonie.

After marriage Marie became active member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Menomonie.

Together, Marie and Grant farmed in the Town of Lucas and raised registered Polled Jersey Cattle which in 1976 became the highest milk producing herd in Wisconsin. Marie and Grant retired in 1980 and moved to Menomonie.

Marie was a long-time active member of St. Joseph’s PCCW, she also was a member of the American Jersey Cattle Club and the Wisconsin Jersey Cattle Club and kept detailed records of every Jersey cow they had. She also was a past president of the Dunn County Homemakers and for many years was an outstanding 4-H leader. Marie also loved to do beading and crocheting in her free time.

Marie is survived by her husband, Grant; one daughter, Lorraine Styer-Sedahl of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Larry Sedahl of Denver, Colo., Rick Sedahl and Carol (Bill) Lamey, both of Harve, Mont.; two great-granddaughters, Brandi and Paige; five great-grandsons, Christopher, Joey, Grant, Jacob and Josh; one great-great-granddaughter, Alexie; two brothers, James (Ilene) Bates and Charles (Juanita) Bates; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, La Verne, Clarence and Lawrence Bates; and two sisters, Agnes Feuker and Angeline Wolf.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie. Rev. Thomas Krieg will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Vigil Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Memorials if desired may be made to St. Joseph’s School in Marie’s name.

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

Renee Marie Suchy

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

Renee Marie Suchy, 42, of Elk Mound,  passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in Hudson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church, rural Elk Mound. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family.  To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Denny L. 'Buck' Suckow

Dunn County News, Sun, May 23, 2010, A6

Denny L. "Buck" Suckow, 63, of Chippewa Falls, formally of Colfax, died Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Denny was born July 9, 1946, in Menomonie to Merlyn and Mabel (Mittelstadt) Suckow. He grew up in Colfax and graduated from Colfax High School in 1964. After graduation, he joined the National Guard. For many years, Denny was employed as an over-the-road semi driver.

Survivors include his two daughters, Denise L. Suckow and Darla M. Reidt, both of Eau Claire; two brothers, Duane (Pat) Suckow of Eau Claire and Jon (Eve) Suckow of Colfax; one sister, Donnetta (Stan) Knudson of Colfax; six grandchildren, Joshua, MacKenzie, Cameron, Brittany, Colton and Brett; three great-grandchildren, Joshua Jr., Jaden and Shianna. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.

Memorial services for Denny Suckow will be Sunday, May 23, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Sampson Funeral Home Colfax. Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home the day of the service.

Nancy C. Suckow

Dunn Count News, Wed, Aug. 25, 2010, A6

Nancy C. Suckow, age 63, of Boyceville, WI passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 20, 2010 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, surrounded by her family.

Nancy was born January 20, 1947 in Prescott, WI to Milton and Elaine (Tronnier) Gergen. She was raised in Menomonie, WI graduating from Menomonie High School in 1965. She married Tom Suckow on May 6, 1967 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie.

Nancy worked as a hairdresser for 45 years. She owned and operated My Style hair and tanning in Menomonie from 1985 to 2005. Nancy was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. She enjoyed going up north to the cabin, fishing, reading, baking, cooking, traveling, gardening and taking care of her flowers, going up north on weekend trips with her mother and sister, and spending time with her dog "Chip". Nancy spent most of her free time hand quilting, which was her true passion. She will be sadly missed by her family which she dearly loved and by her friends.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Tom of Boyceville; sons, Kelly Suckow of Menomonie, Brady (Kimberly) Suckow of Rice Lake and sons, Dustin, Wayne (Nikki) and Allan; her mother, Elaine "Toni" Gergen of Prescott; her sister, Sue (Dan) Murphy of Ellsworth; brothers, Tom (Sandy) Gergen and John (Kathy) Gergen of Prescott; sister-in-law, Susie (Jeff) Gilbert of Freemont, WI; brother-in-law, Bill (Jerene) Suckow of Menomonie; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Adam Milton Gergen; brother, Gary Gergen; mother-in-law, Jane Irene Suckow; and father-in-law, Leonard Suckow.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 27, 2010 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie, with Father Tom Donaldson officiating.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Olson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Burial will be in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, WI at a later date.

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

Myron 'Mike' Sweeny

Dunn County News, Wed. May 18, 2011, A6

Myron "Mike" Sweeny, age 74, a resident of Barron, died on Monday, May 9, 2011, at the Barron Care and Rehab Center.

Myron B. Sweeny was born July 20, 1936, in the Town of Weston.  He lived in Earl until 1946 and, upon the death of his father, moved to the Menomonie area.  Mike worked for the City of Menomonie as a firefighter from September 1963 until June 1990.  He then worked at Mills Fleet Farm from 1992 until 1999, when he and his wife Sandra retired to Rice Lake.

Mike is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sandra (Loveless); Laurie (Maitland) Brempell and their children Michael and David Brempell; Robin (Ricky) Melland and their children Jordan Weber, Derrick (Ashley) Melland, and Ashley Melland; Juli Sweeny; Vicki (Dale) Weber and their children Bryce, Chayce, and Pyrce Weber; two bonus great-grandchildren, Mason Melland and Mikaela Paulson; and his brothers, Ken, Jim, Norm, Elroy and Lloyd Sweeny.  Mike also leaves behind the residents and staff at Barron Care and Rehab who were his friends and were so caring.

Funeral services for Mike will be held on Friday, May 13, 2011, at 7 p.m., at the Spooner Wesleyan Church with Pastor Ron Gormong officiating.  Visitation will be held on Friday at the Church from 5 until 7 p.m.  Casket bearers will be his grandchildren, Michael and David Brempell, Jordan Weber, Bryce, Chayce, and Pyrce Weber. 

Online condolences may be left at www.dahlfh.com.

Avis B. Swenby

Dunn County News, Sun. March 6, 2011, A6

Avis B. Swenby, age 76, formerly of Downing, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. Avis was born Feb. 2, 1935, in the Township of Boyceville to Bert and Selma (Halverson) Stoner. She attended Best Valley Grade School and the Glenwood City High School.

Avis married Douglas Swenby Nov. 15, 1950, in Downing. To this union, nine children were born.

They farmed for many years and she enjoyed tending to her flower garden and her lawn. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

 Avis  was preceded in death by her parents; great-grandson, Joshua; brother-in-law, Herb Fouks; and nephew, Butch Klatt.

Avis is survived by her husband, Douglas Swenby of Glenwood City; children,  Danny Swenby and wife Marlys of Downing, Debby Klatt and husband Eugene of Downing, Denise Timblin of Downing, David Swenby  (Pam) of Tennessee, Darrin  (Beth)  Swenby of Downing, Dennis Swenby (Debbie Labs) of Downing, Darla Utecht and husband Robert of Downing, Devin Swenby and wife Brandee of Downing, and Dori Goodell and husband Scott of Wheele; 13 grandchildren, Justin (Katie) Swenby, Nick (Sheila) Swenby, Chad (Jen) Klatt, Eric (Barb) Klatt, Ricky (Sara) Klatt, James (Nora) Timblin, Travis (Michelle) Swenby, Krystal Swenby and fiance Scott Woolever, Casey Swenby, Kayla Utecht, Logan and Megan Goodell and Amber Timblin; nine great-grandchildren, Owen, Esdyn, Reyse, Madeline, Benjamin, Scarlet, Emily, Brandye and Amy; sisters and brother, Sharon Fouks of Amery, Sandra Klatt and husband Dave and Jerry Stoner and wife Karen all of Downing. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

 Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2011, at the United Methodist Church in Wheeler, with Reverend Timothy Matthaei officiating. Interment of cremains will be in the Tiffany Cemetery, Boyceville, at a later date.

Friends may call at the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City on Sunday, March 6, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers

Marian J. Sylte

Dunn County News, Sun, June 20, 2010, A6

Marian Jeanette Sylte passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2010, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Marian, the daughter of Francis and Alice Tande, was born on Feb. 28, 1935, in Colfax. She attended grade school and high school there.

She married Curtis Arden Sylte on Jan. 25, 1952. They lived in Colfax for awhile before moving to Menomonie.

Marian worked a few jobs - waitressing in the area before being hired at Sandy Lee Manufacturing, from which she eventually retired.

Marian enjoyed camping and spent most of her weekends at Big Swede's Resort in Lake Holcombe. She also enjoyed fishing, campfires, music, sewing, knitting and crocheting.

Marian is survived by her three sons, Larry (Carol) of Menomonie, Lonny (Maryann) of Hammond, and Lynn (Erin) of Centennial, Colo.; one sister, Jeannine (John) Spielman of River Falls; one brother, Floyd (Donna) Tande of Chippewa Falls; four grandchildren, Stephen Sylte of Fitchburg, Stephanie (Adam) Guden of Neenah, Alison and Niki Sylte of Centennial, Colo.; and one great-grandchild, Alexandra Mae Guden. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Curtis; one brother, LaVerne Tande; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and her loving companion, her Boston terrier, Elmer.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 21, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with the service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Menomonie.

   

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