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Mary Ubel

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

Mary Ubel, age 85, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2011, one month shy of her 86th birthday.  She was under the most devoted, loving and compassionate care of Darcy and Jay Boda, at their senior living home, Above and Beyond, near Boyceville.

Mary died very close to her birthplace, her aunt's home in Menomonie.  She arrived on April 15, 1925, the only child of Ruth and Joe Lehr.  When she had her own family, she loved and cherished us with her whole heart and being, until her last day.  Now, we will always carry that love in our hearts.

Mary lived as a young girl on a small dairy farm in south Menomonie.  It was an incubator for her love and kindness to people and animals.  She nursed baby rabbits, stray cats and had a long love affair with a string of dogs that were lucky to have her as a “mom.” There is a little black poodle named Lucky that is missing her very much.

Mary married her high school sweetheart, Jack Ubel, in October of 1944.  She was a nursing student and he was a technical student in St. Paul, Minn.  They began their long sojourn of 67 years in Knapp, the best village in the world, Jack's hometown. They retired to Florida for 20 years, but headed "home" every spring to Knapp.  Mary maintained friendships with her schoolmates, keeping together the class reunions for the ever-dwindling high school graduation class and lunching with grade school friends.

Mary had two daughters,  Heidi Baruch of Boulder, Colo., and Dina (Lee) VandeBerg of Madison. That turned into five grandchildren, Ed (Betsey) Baruch of Edinborough, Scotland, Joshua (Erica) Baruch of Boulder, Nicole (Eric) Espe of Mt. Horeb, Jessica (Barish) Edil of Baltimore, Md., and Abigail (Brandon) Mowbray of Salt Lake City. , Utah. Now there are 10 great-grandchildren,  Callen and Arabelle Baruch, Asher and Lila Baruch, Abram and Soren Espe, Lale, Barish and Esme Edil and Vander Mowbray.

Throughout her life, Mary was a compassionate giver —  as a nurse, a friend, a neighbor, a mother and grandmother.  She worked many years at the old Menomonie Hospital, Dunn County Health Care Center and Baldwin Nursing Home.  She was a 10-gallon blood donor and did Hospice training at the end of her working years.

In and before retirement Mary had many hobbies.  Jack and Mary enjoyed boating and camping and graduated to a large boat docked on the Mississippi, where they spent many long weekends cruising on the river.  In the winter they rode snowmobile and she enjoyed cross country skiing.  Mom stayed active with jazzercise and belly dancing, sewing her own costumes.  Together they danced away many Saturday nights.  In later years they RV'd across the country visiting family and friends.

Jack Ubel was never without home-baked bread, and every grandchild at one time received fresh bread via the postal service.  The summer before her stroke, Mary  hauled all of her ingredients and equipment to the cabin to make fresh bread for her great grandchildren. 

In later years we realized that Mary was the glue, the rock, the tie that binds our family. With children and grandchildren spread across the country, she would work diligently to get us all together planning our family reunions.  If it was your birthday the wake-up call was from her even if you were an 18-year-old away at college.  She was the one to keep in touch and reach out.

Love is patient, love is kind describes her love for us.  Love has no end, love is forever, describes our love for her.

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Darcy and Jay Boda and their family.  They cared for Mother at the end with such love, devotion and respect as if she were was their own mother.  They carried and shared the burden of those who couldn't physically be present and even those who were there.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

A celebration of Mary's life will be at the Knapp United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2011. There will be visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Following the service the family invites everyone to the Knapp Hall for food and fellowship. 

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a gesture in Mary's memory can make a memorial gift to the Dunn County Humane Society or the Knapp United Methodist Church

Walter A. Ulberg

Dunn County News, Wed, July 28, 2010, A6

Walter A. Ulberg, age 80, of Boyceville, passed away peacefully at home, on Sunday, July 25, 2010, surrounded by his family.

Walter was born and grew up in Buffalo County. He was the son of Albert and Lottie (Anderson) Ulberg. After eighth grade, Walter enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1948, where he continued his education and received his GED. Walter was honorably discharged in 1957. He married Gladys Stuart on Oct. 11, 1952.

Apart from his construction work, Walter enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a very typical outdoorsman. His family was also very important to him; he enjoyed spending time with them at family gatherings, parties and holiday get-togethers. He will be sadly missed by all.

Walter is survived by his wife; Gladys Ulberg, of Boyceville; a son, Rick Ulberg, of Amery; three grandchildren, Molli Ulberg, Christina Ulberg and Heather Winkler; and a sister; Irene Evenson. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael; a sister, Lillian Schultz; and a brother, Lester Ulberg.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at Grace Lutheran Church in Connorsville with Pastor Paul Carlson officiating. There will be visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Wednesday. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 314 of Boyceville and AmVets Post 72 of Connorsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested.

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

   
Bonnie Varney

Dunn County News, Sun. April 11, 2010, A6

Bonnie Rae Mouw Varney was born March 4, 1936. She passed away April 5, 2010, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire after a brief illness. She had been a resident of the Dunn County Health Care Center since September 2009 with failing health issues. Bonnie Rae is the daughter of Zelma Bremer Mouw and Harold Mouw.

In 1953, Bonnie Rae married Elwood Varney; they divorced in 1971. Bonnie Rae cooked for the Bolo Inn for many years. After a brief period of food service at the Dunn County Health Care Center, she moved on to be food production manager at UW-Stout's Tainter building for 24 years. She obtained a degree from WITC for food service management. Early in her Stout career, for the summer month's employment she managed the kitchen and cooked at Camp Manito-Wish in Boulder Junction. She retired from Stout in 1999.

Over the years, she enjoyed traveling -yearly summer adventures with her grandchildren, senior bus trips took her to a variety of locations - and her favorite weekend being Memorial weekend at Camp-Manito-Wish - the cleaning kick off to opening of camp. After retiring she furthered her adventures to include thrift sales, flea marketing and enjoying selling in antique stores - most currently Town & Country in Menomonie. In earlier years, she enjoyed the Moose Lodge and Red Cedar Button Club. Card playing, Scrabble and all games with her grandkids kept her very active as well.

Bonnie Rae is survived by her three daughters, Barbara (Jim) Lorenzen of Colfax, Sandra (Kerry) Johnson of Boyceville and Brenda (Bruce) Blair of Welch, Minn.; her grandchildren, Dean Bundy, Bridgit (Matthew) Chilson, Casey (Jason) Peterson, Brandon (Rachael) Lorenzen, Jamie (Jeffrey) McRoberts, Heather Lorenzen (fiancé Jeremy Martineau), Nathaniel and Matthew Blair and David and Christopher Johnson; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Trent Peterson, Cole and Tanner Chilson, Dawson and Alison McRoberts, and James Johnson and Avery Johnson. She is also survived by her brother, Gary (Shirley) Mouw; sister, Judy Richart; sister-in-law, Kay Mouw; youngest brother, John Mouw; aunt, Marion Bush; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded by her parents; brother, Kenneth Mouw; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

A visitation will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

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

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 24, 2010, A6

Walter J. Vernon, age 86, of Townsend, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the Langlade Hospital. He was born Sept. 7, 1923, in Connellsville, Pa., the son of Walter and Rachel (Oestreich) Vernon.

On Dec. 11, 1942, Walter enlisted in the Army and served during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he met and married Mary Jane Cook on Aug. 19, 1946, in Menomonie. The couple lived there for several years, then moved to Kaukauna, where Walter taught industrial arts at the high school. He started furthering his education in 1950 at the Stout Institute in Menomonie, and earned his bachelor's degree and later master's degree in industrial arts.

In 1985, the couple retired to Townsend. Mary Jane and Walter enjoyed traveling, so much that they visited every state, except Rhode Island, Hawaii and Alaska. Walter also enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching wild life out of his window. He was also a life time member of the N.R.A. Walter will be sadly missed.

He is survived by a daughter, Anne Marie (William) Ehlert, Lebanon, Ind.; a son, Richard Vernon, Menomonie; five grandchildren, Maggie (John) Morgan, Sun Prairie, Beth (James "JJ") Semester, Fishers, Ind., Joel (Kim) Vernon, Larson, Jeanette Vernon, Duluth, Minn., and Jon Vernon, Menomonie; three great-grandchildren, Madelynn and Owen Semester and Luke Morgan.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Rachel; wife, Mary Jane; daughter-in-law, Shelly; and sister, Dottie Pinch.

A memorial service for Walter and Mary Jane will be held on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Townsend, with Pastor Steven Mueller officiating. Memorials appreciated to the St. John Lutheran Church or the Christian Food Pantry.

Suminski-Weber-Hill Funeral Home Wabeno (715-473-3131) is assisting the family. Online condolences can be made at www.weberhillfuneralhome.com.

Linda McIntyre Vitello

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

Linda McIntyre Vitello, age 62, of Denver, Colo., formerly of the Wheeler area, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010, in Denver.

Linda McIntyre was born April 29, 1948, in Menomonie to Theodore and Fern (Hoff) McIntyre and lived on a farm west of Connersville. She went to school at Bolen Creek, and then after Bolen Creek School closed she went to Connersville. Her family moved to Denver in the summer of 1960 where Linda met her husband, Tony. They were married on Aug. 30, 1974.

Linda is survived by her husband, Tony Vitello; her brother, Dennis McIntyre; her sister, Barbara Taulli; and other relatives and friends.

There will be a graveside ceremony at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 17, 2010, at Hay River Cemetery, north of Wheeler and a pot luck lunch in Wheeler afterwards.

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

Delmar E. Vollrath

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

Delmar Edward Vollrath, age 91, of Menomonie,  passed away Nov. 26, 2009, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie. He was born Oct. 16, 1918, in Monee, Ill. to Edward and Marie (Wilke) Vollrath. He married Phyllis Noble on Aug. 6, 1941, in Monticello, Ill.

Delmar worked as a truck driver for almost 50 years and later worked for Bimba Mfg. in Monee, Ill., for a few years, before retiring. In May of 1981, he moved to Menomonie.

Delmar was a member of St. Paul’s UCC in Monee, Ill. and First Congregational UCC in Menomonie. He was also a member of the Peotone Masonic Lodge and enjoyed his time hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of Menomonie; a son Del Vollrath of Menomonie; a daughter Taye Wiegel of South Elgin, Ill.; grandchildren, Michael Vollrath of North Freedom, Michelle Vollrath of Madison, Graigory (Julie) Wiegel of Elgin, Ill., and LeighAnn (William) Fong of Palatine, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Ian, Danica Frances and Holden Wiegel; a brother Eugene (Loubelle) Vollrath of Olympia Fields, Ill.; and also  by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law Mickey Vollrath; and a sister Marie Hoel.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30,  at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee, Ill., with Pastor Peggy Johnson officiating. There will be visitation from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service, with a Masonic Service by Peotone Masonic Lodge, just prior to the funeral. 

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family. The family suggests memorials be given to the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.  To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Phyllis J. Vollrath

Dunn County News, Sun. March 21, 2010, A6

Phyllis Jean Vollrath, age 86, of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Phyllis was born May 14, 1923, in Kentland, Ind., to William and Myrtle (Harris) Noble. She married Delmar Edward Vollrath on Aug. 6, 1941, in Monticello, Ill.

Phyllis worked as a school secretary and later at a winery in Monee, Ill., before moving to Menomonie in May of 1981.

Phyllis was a member of St. Paul's UCC in Monee, Ill., and First Congregational UCC in Menomonie. She enjoyed reading, traveling and her flower garden. She will be sadly missed.

Phyllis is survived by her son, Del Vollrath of Menomonie; daughter, Taye Wiegel of South Elgin, Ill.; grandchildren, Michael Vollrath of North Freedom, Michelle Vollrath of Madison, Graigory (Julie) Wiegel of Elgin, Ill., LeighAnn (William) Fong of Palatine, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Ian, Danica Frances and Holden Wiegel; brothers-in-law, Eugene (Loubelle) Vollrath of Olympia Fields, Ill., and Earl Hoel of Monee, Ill. She is also survived by other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delmar; daughter-in-law, Mickey Vollrath; brothers, Don, William, Kenneth and George; and sisters, Marjorie and Geraldine.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m., Friday, March 26, 2010, at St. Paul's UCC in Monee, Ill., with Pastor Peggy Johnson officiating. Entombment will take place at Skyline Memorial Park. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

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

Betty A. Vriesacker

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

Betty Arlene Vriesacker, age 81, of Menomonie, died peacefully surrounded by family, on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, after a brief illness.

Everyone who knew Betty knew the love story of Betty and Al, who preceded her in death in 2006. He was her Prince Charming and told everyone about how delighted he was to always walk into any room with the most beautiful woman there. It was somehow fitting that she passed away on Valentine’s Day to join Al for eternity.

Betty was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She will be remembered by many in Menomonie from her multiple roles in Menomonie Theater Guild and other productions at the Mabel Tainter Theater. She was in more than 30 productions and loved the theater and music. She was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and had a closet full of red hats to compliment her membership in the Red Hat Society.

She was born Dec. 18, 1927, in Wetumka, Okla., to Wayne and Mabel Baker and was the second of three daughters. Although she was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Jean Morgan, she is survived by her younger sister Deanna (Ron) Funk of St. Cloud, Minn. She is further survived by her three children, Phil (Kim) Fortney of Linolakes, Minn., Marcia (George) Attmore of Raleigh, N.C., and Robert (Mark) Fortney of Chicago, Ill.; her stepchildren, Jon Vriesacker of St. Paul, Minn., James (Jane) Vriesacker of Reedsburg, Janin (George) Cameron of Naches, Wash., and Jo Morton of Sumter, S.C; her granddaughter, Leslie Blair, of Kingston, Pa.; six other wonderful step-grandchildren throughout the U.S.; and has been blessed by many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, in Menomonie with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating. There will be a visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. Olson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Menomonie is serving the family.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

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

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