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Robert N. Walker

Dunn County News, Wed. Jan. 18, 2012, A6

Robert Nelson Walker, age 81, of Knapp, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012,  at the Baldwin Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. 

Robert was born on May 10, 1930, in Radley Kansas., the son of Clarence and Rena (Costelli) Walker.  In 1934, the family moved to Weyerhaeuser,  where they farmed and Robert attended school. He graduated from Weyerhaeuser High School in 1949. 

In 1951, he married Darlene Wisherd of Bruce,  and to this union three sons were born, Bob, Doug and Randy.  Their marriage later dissolved.  Robert and Darlene farmed in Weyerhaeuser until moving to Baldwin in 1962, when they purchased the A&W Root Beer Stand.  In 1977, they moved the business to the current location at the junction of I-94 and Highway 63, where they built a year-round restaurant. 

However, Robert’s main occupation was that of lineman for St. Croix Electric Cooperative in Baldwin.  He worked there for 28 years where he made many friends and was known for his hard work ethic. Robert retired from St. Croix Electric in 1996.

For leisure, he enjoyed time spent on the St. Croix River with his houseboat and traveling around with his fifth wheel camper.  He was ever so proud to attend and cheer on his boys in their sporting events, and later in life, watching his grandchildren, as well.  Robert is survived by his sons, Bob (Pam) Walker of Baldwin, Doug (Sandy) Walker of Baldwin, and Randy (Sherry) Walker of Baldwin; grandchildren, Dana (Jay) Bergner of Oronoco, Minn., Annie (Malachi) Johnson of Rochester, Minn., Holly (Adrian) Suarez of Minneapolis, Minn., and Anthony Walker of Baldwin; great-grandchildren, Ty and Nora Bergner, and Cashton Johnson; sisters, Betty (Louis) Hebenstreit of Galesburg, Ill., and Cheryll Walker of Minneapolis. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Rena (Costelli) Walker.

A celebration of Robert’s life will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home; 1010 Newton St., in Baldwin.  Interment will be private.

Memorials are preferred.  Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home and Countryside Crematory of Baldwin.

Mildred B. Wallen (Clements)

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

Mildred B. Wallen, age 96, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at Middleton Village Nursing Home with her son and daughter at her side. 

She was born on June 13, 1915, in Dunn County, the daughter of Nels and Inga Clements.  She married Hjalmer Wallen on Nov. 25, 1936; and they lived near Almena for two years where Hjalmer worked at a lumber mill.  In 1939 they purchased a farm in Vance Creek Township, Barron County, where they did dairy farming for many years.

Mildred thoroughly enjoyed her rural life frequently taking walks in their wooded acreage.   In addition to maintaining her household she participated in many of the farming activities, enjoyed needlework (crocheting and embroidery), and had large vegetable, fruit and flower gardens.  She was known in the neighborhood for being a wonderful cook.

She was a lifelong member of West Akers Lutheran Church, where she was baptized.  In later years, Mildred lived in Clear Lake, Boyceville, Menomonie, and Middleton, but her heart never left the farm.

She is survived by a daughter, Marjorie (Gene) Miller of Madison; a son, Ronald (Barbara) Wallen of Clear Lake; three grandchildren, Lisa (Tom) Linfield of Madison, Greg Wallen of New Richmond, and Ivy Wallen (Randy Graese) of Durand;  four great-grandchildren, Tawna Pogreba,  Larissa Graese, Harper and Jonah Linfield;  and many nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by a sister, Eileen Swanson of Gresham, Ore., and many special friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant son; and two granddaughters, Pamela Miller and Beth Ann Miller.  Also preceding her in death were her parents, Nels and Inga Clements; and siblings, Herbert Clements, Orlen Clements Thelma Wagner, and two infant brothers.

Mildred’s family would like to express their deep appreciation to her care teams at Middleton Village Nursing Home and Agrace Hospice who made her final days as comfortable as possible.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at West Akers Lutheran Church in Dunn County. The service will begin at 1 p.m.; visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City is taking care of arrangements. Memorials can be directed to West Akers Church, Agrace Hospice, or to a charity of choice.

Jake A. Waller

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

Jake A. Waller, age 23, of Menomonie, passed away Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at home, surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with Giloma brain cancer.

Jake Anthony Waller was born Jan. 12, 1986, in Eau Claire, to Brian and Betty (Brackin) Waller. He was raised in the Menomonie area and graduated from Elk Mound High School in 2004. Jake married Rebecca Terrana on July 11, 2008, in Menomonie.

Jake enjoyed fishing, hunting, skate boarding, break dancing, singing, cooking and working on cars. He also loved playing backgammon, spending time with friends and family, playing with his daughter and working on the cabin with his grandfather. Most importantly, Jake loved being married. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Jake is survived by his loving wife, Rebecca Waller of Menomonie; a daughter, Lexie Tuttle of Germany; his father, Brian Waller (Kim Fuller) of Menomonie; his mother, Betty Waller of Arizona; three sisters, Chantise, Jessica and Kendra Waller all of Menomonie; grandparents, Curt Waller of Menomonie, Cliff and Connie Berlin of Altoona and Jack and Bunny Pooler of Solon Springs; great-grandmother, Margaret Shaffer of Brookfield, Penn.; and also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Donna Waller, and other grandparents.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Roger Galstad officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie. Visitation will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Monday. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Jeffery N. Waller

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

Jeffery N. Waller, age 50, of Menomonie, passed away Monday, May 9, 2011, at his home.

Jeffery Norman Waller was born Jan. 31, 1961, in Waukegan, Ill. to DeWayne and Donna J. (Stetler) Waller.

He graduated from Menomonie High School in 1979 and was employed as a machinist for several area businesses, most recently United Gear and Assembly in Hudson.

Jeff loved spending time with his family and his dog “Buddy”. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and also enjoyed fishing.

Jeff is survived by one sister, Pamela (Michael) Kegley of Menomonie; one brother, Brian (Kimberly) Waller of Menomonie; nieces; Stephanie (Dennis) Fenton, Nicole (Dave) Haas, Erin (Manny) Garcia, Hilary (Jason) Brunn, Megan Kegley, Jessica and Kendra Waller; an uncle, Curtis Waller Jr.; best friend, “Buddy Bear”; several great-nieces and -nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, DeWayne and Donna J. Waller; grandparents, Curtis Sr. and Reah Waller, Norman and Mildred Stetler; and nephew Jake Waller.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 16,  at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Mitch Nelson officiating. Burial will take place in Grand View Cemetery in the town of Dunn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

Reah M. Waller

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, A6

Reah Mae (Doane) Waller, age 94 of Menomonie, WI passed away on Friday September 18, 2009 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Reah Mae Doane was born in Menomonie on July 23, 1915 to Albert and Edna (Cardinal) Doane.

Reah married Curtis L. Waller on February 24, 1934. They lived in Irvington for most of their married life. They also lived in Horicon, WI, Montana and Wyoming for a short time. Curtis passed away on November 20, 1992.

They were blessed with six children: Joanne (Jerry) Dow of Altoona, Joyce (Romaine) Endreson of Spooner, Jeannette (Edward) Villalobos of DeBary, FL, Douglas (LuAnn) Waller of Minneapolis, MN, Curtis Waller Jr. of Irvington, DeWayne (Donna Jean) Waller (Deceased).

Reah has 18 grandchildren and one deceased, 36 great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.

Reah worked at the Menomonie Egg Plant for a short time, but was a Homemaker most of her life. Her main hobbies were sewing, gardening, and cooking. Her family knew her as the best cook ever.

Reah was preceded in death by her parents, husband Curtis, son DeWayne, granddaughter Valerie, sister Esther Thompson, and brother Roy Doane.

Funeral services will be at 11:00AM Wednesday September 23, 2009 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Mary Jorgensen officiating. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in the twp. of Dunn, Dunn Co., WI. Family and friends are welcome at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 4:00 to 8:00PM Tuesday, September 22, 2009 and at the church one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

William R. Way

Dunn County News, Wed. May 11, 2011, A6

William R. Way, age 66, of Hudson, died on Friday, May 6, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness. 

Bill was born on Jan. 18, 1945 to Robert and Ruth (Mauel) Way in Tigerton. Bill graduated from Tigerton High School – class of 1963.  He went on to college at UW- Stevens Point where he majored in business administration.  He received his bachelor’s degree in 1967. 

From 1968 to 1970, Bill served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne.  He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his service as a Platoon Sergeant during the Vietnam War. 

Upon completion of his tour of duty, he traveled to Europe to begin his career in the hotel industry, beginning as a concierge at the Vier Jahreszeiten Hotel in Munich, Germany.  Bill went on to manage hotels in Chicago, Madison, Keokuk, Iowa, and Miami, Fla. 

In 1976, Bill joined the faculty at UW-Stout as a professor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.  At the same time he earned his master’s degree in business administration from UW-Stout.  He retired from teaching in 2006, but continued to work as a hotel and restaurant consultant until his time of death.

Bill enjoyed camping, reading and playing with his dogs, Chester and Bear.  Bill also enjoyed traveling with his mother, brother and sister to such destinations as Nashville, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Ireland.  His favorite times, however, were those spent with his children, Samantha and Will.  He was a devoted father and was always supportive and active with their school activities and individual hobbies.

Bill is survived by his children, Samantha and Will Way, of Hudson; mother, Ruth Way, of McFarland; sister, Jane (John) Swanke, of Shawano; brother, Joseph (Anne) Way, of McFarland; former wife, Erika Way, of Hudson; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Robert Way; and grandparents, William and Alice (Brady) Way and Ben and Laura (Papendorf) Mauel. 

Funeral services for William will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson at noon. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to services at the church as well as on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Burial will be held at a later date at Union Cemetery in Tigerton. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials given will be designated for a scholarship fund for Bill’s children. 

Services are in the care of the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson (715-386-3725;     www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com ).

Helen P. Weaver

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

Helen P. Weaver, age 91, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 28, 2011, at Our House Assisted Living in Menomonie.

Helen was born on Sept. 8, 1919, in the Town of Menomonie to Albert and Elizabeth (Schrader) Ponto.  She married Harold Weaver on May 20, 1942, in Menomonie, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. 

Helen and Harold were married for 32 wonderful years until Harold's death.  To this union of marriage was born two children, Karen and Susan.  Her family meant the world to her and she was always there to help whenever needed.  

She was a lifelong resident of Menomonie.  She started working at Jaeger's bakery when bread was just .06 a loaf.  She was one of the first people to work at the Dunn County Reminder and used to fold the papers in the basement of a home. From there, she worked at three grocery stores that included the National T Grocery Store, Lammer's, and Don's SuperValu. 

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and a member of the VFW Auxiliary for many years.  She enjoyed her family and loved playing bingo and cards. 

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to all of Helen's caregivers at Our House in Menomonie.  You made her time with you a wonderful experience of not only caring, but also new friends.  God bless you all!

Helen is survived by her daughters, Karen (Jim) Vaver of Menomonie and Susan (Paul) Lemke of La Quinta, Calif.; three grandsons, Scot (Pam) Vaver of Eau Claire, Brian (Anne) Vaver of Eau Claire, and Ted (Joely) Lemke of Terre Haute, Ind.; and one granddaughter, Jill (Kevin) Connolly, Atlanta, Ga.; six great-granddaughters and a great-grandson; one sister, Adeline Kothlow, Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold, in 1974; five brothers, Gilbert, Gerhardt, Lawrence, Donald and David (infant); and five sisters, Gertrude Klingenberg, Agnes Hagen, Dorothe Ponto, Vera Chaffee and Rachel Suckow.

Memorial services will be  at 11 a.m. Saturday April 2, 2011, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating.  Internment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of the services at Rhiel Funeral Home, Menomonie. Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family

Jon D. Webb

Dunn County News, Wed. Aug. 31, 2011, A6

Jon D. Web, 65, of Menomonie peacefully passed away at home with his family by his side on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin is assisting the family.

Cheryl A. Weber

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

Cheryl A. Weber, age 56, of Downsville, died Monday, Nov.  8, 2010,  at her home surrounded by her family and friends.

Cheryl was born Sept. 29, 1954, in Eau Claire, but grew up in the Elk Mound/Fall City areas. She was the daughter of Darrel and Rosemary (Ayres) Hendrickson. 

Cheryl attended schools in Elk Mound, graduating from Elk Mound High School in 1972.  After high school, Cheryl attended the Patricia Stevens Finishing School in Minneapolis for two years.  Cheryl worked for Menards in Eau Claire for a short time. 

Cheryl married Dennis E. Weber March 22, 1975, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie. Cheryl worked at the Dunn County Courthouse and also spent several years selling jewelry for Sarah Coventry and Bagani.  In 1987 Cheryl went to work for The Creamery Restaurant & Inn in Downsville, where she has worked for the past 23 years, starting as a server and for the past six years was the Event Coordinator.  Cheryl also was the bookkeeper for Weber Trucking.  Cheryl served as a volunteer leader for the "Christmas for Kids of Dunn County" for the past 14 years.

Cheryl is survived by her husband of 35 years, Dennis; five children, Priscilla (Brian) Fuhrman of Menomonie, Cassandra (Matt) Ellis of Woodbury, Minn., Darren of Madison, and Takoya and Danielle, both at home; three grandchildren, Liam and Davin Ellis and Breely Fuhrman; her father, Darrel Hendrickson (Sue) of Elk Mound; her mother, Rosemary Hendrickson of Menomonie; two brothers, Jeff (Linda) Hendrickson of Pardeeville and Scott (Angela) Hendrickson of Elk Mound; two sisters, Terri (Kemp) Grutt of Milton and Wanda (Dan) Sinn of Cornell; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Downsville.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and 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.
Dolores M. Weber

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

Newtown, Penn - Dolores Miriam Weber, 78, passed away Monday, March 14, 2011, at Chandler Hall in Newtown, Pa.

Daughter of the late Clayton and Miriam (Snook) Little, Dolores was born on April 20, 1032, in Trenton, NJ and grew up in Hopewell and Pennington, NJ. After graduating from Pennington High School, she received a full scholarship to attend the Helene Fuld School of Nursing at McKinley Hospital in Trenton and became a registered nurse.

In 1952, Dolores met Charles "Chuck" Weber on a blind date; they married on June 5, 1954, and moved to Yardley in 1957.

She later put her medical training to good use as the first female volunteer with the Yardley-Makefield Emergency Squad.

In addition to her husband and five children, one of Dolores' greatest passions was music. Starting in high school and throughout her life, she delighted in sharing her talents as a pianist and vocalist. Since becoming a Catholic, she served St. Ignatius Church as an organist, choir director, choir member and lector.

Dolores is survived by Chuck, her loving husband of 56 years; their children, Barbara (Dale) Lyon of Menomonie, WS, Ann (Anthony) Masullo of Mystic, CT, Paul (Barbara) Weber of Newville, PA, Joan (Jerry) Maggio of West Windsor, NJ, and Leslie (William O.) Flick Jr. of Rosemont, PA; 16 grandchildren, Brett and Zack Lyon, Stephen, Cara and Andrea Masullo, Robert, Clayton and Joseph Weber, Eric Szwedo, Stephanie, Emily and Olivia Maggio, William, Nina, Charlie and Max Flick; her brothers, Clayton (June) Little of Tennessee, Samuel (Susie) Little of Vermont, and James (Nancy) Little of New Jersey, and one sister, Vivian (Thomas) Perkins of New Hampshire; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fitzgerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Ave. (River Road), Yardley, PA, on Wednesday, March 16. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church (Reading Avenue, Yardley).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dolores' name to Chandler Hall, (99 Barclay St., Newtown, PA 18940, www.chandlerhall.org

Lorraine (Hintz) Wedam

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

Lorraine Lillian Dala (Hintz) Wedam, age 91, passed quietly and peacefully at the Colfax Health & Rehab. Center on Thursday, April 28, 2011, with family at her side.

Lorraine was born to Henry and Ida (Cook) Hintz on Oct. 1, 1919, and raised on a dairy farm west of Menomonie in Sherman Township. 

She married John Henry Wedam in July 1940, and three children were born to their marriage, Lois (Glenn) Quilling of Elk Mound, Jerene Maloney of Eau Claire and Jerry (Julie) Wedam of Elk Mound; nine grandchildren, Jeff (Gwen) Quilling of Elk Mound, Kara Quilling (Tim) McAdow of Winneconne, Dee Quilling (Roger) Beck of Goode, Va., David (Karen Fick) Quilling of Green Bay, Darryn (Nikki) Maloney of Farmington, Minn., Shawn Maloney (Lyn) Carlson of Becker, Minn., Jason (Jessica) Graff in the U.S. Army,  Jonathan Graff of Daytona Beach Fla., and Jay Wedam (Nicole Swanson) of Cloquet, Minn. Lorraine also has one heart-adopted granddaughter, Mallory (Kevin) Martin; 32 great-grandchildren; four heart-adopted great-grandchildren; five heart-adopted great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Willard "Bill" Hintz, of Menomonie; "in-laws,"  Elenora Wedam of Colorado,  Bertha and Ollie Krieger of Minnesota, Lorraine ("Rainie" aka BFF) Wedam of Menomonie, and Lyle Behling of Menomonie; and many nieces and nephews.

Mother lived a full, creative life.  There was little she would not tackle!  She worked as a domestic helper prior to her marriage to John in 1940.  They farmed in Dunn County.  In the spring of 1957, due to Dad's ill health, they moved to Menomonie.  Her work consisted of babysitting, taking in laundry, painting, wallpapering, and cake decorating.  We remember the many celebration cakes she made for family, friends and others — unforgettable! 

In 1967, mom became employed by Stout University in the housekeeping department and retired in 1983.  In retirement, volunteering at the senior center, taking bus trips, and doing some international travel with her sister and niece filled her days.

Lorraine was preceded in death by he parents; husband; siblings, Evelyn Beguhn, Edna Sitzman, Vernon Hintz and Vernetta Behling; in-laws, Herb Beguhn, Richard Sitzman, Jean Hintz, Barb Hintz, Ed and Ann Hofacker, Rose and Lawrence Hofacker, Elsie and Ray Gatten, Joe Wedam, Louise and Herb Steinke, Mary and Bob Spindler and Alvin Wedam.

Her family is deeply grateful to all the people who make the Colfax Health & Rehab Center the kind of home where the residents are number one.  Everyone there was so kind, thoughtful and respectful of Mom. We are also thankful for our "heaven-sent" caregiver, Amber Buck, who made it possible to keep Mom in our home until she needed more care than the family could provide.

Memorial services will  be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to "Retirement fund for Religious" and given to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie.

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

Annette Rockwell Wedeward

Dunn County News, Sun. Sept. 25, 2011, A6

Annette Rockwell Harbour Wedeward,  age 96, of Stoughton, formerly of Menomonie, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2011, from complications due to Alzheimer's disease, in Stoughton.

Annette Rockwell was born on Jan. 16, 1915, in Junction City, Kan.   She joined her parents, Cecil and Walter Rockwell, as well as her siblings, brother David and sister Jane.  Her high school days were spent in Iron River and Lake Mills.

She attended Lawrence College in Appleton.  On Dec. 22, 1935, Annette married Myron Harbour. Three children, Patricia, Robert and John were born of this 50-year marriage. The family lived in Iron River, Campbellsport, Portage, and Menomonie.   They lived in Menomonie for the majority of this time where Myron was a college professor. They had an active life with friends from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the Menomonie community.

Annette was an avid reader and excellent bridge player.  She also enjoyed games, such as backgammon, darts and cribbage, which engaged her competitive spirit.  Annette was active in the Congregational Church and P.E.O. Chapter AN, and also participated in organizations to which her children belonged.  Her home, family and friends have always been very special to Annette.   She was a loving, devoted wife, and mother.

Annette was also a proud, loving grandmother and great-grandmother.  Grandchildren include Patricia's two sons, Steve Waggoner (Pamela) and John Waggoner (Sue).  Robert's family includes wife Mary, daughters Allison Gill (Justin), Heather Oxer (Jeremy), Holly Boyer (Michael), and son Robert John Harbour (Helen).  John's son is Mark Harbour (Margaret Gabriel). 

Annette often exclaimed that she never considered that she would be lucky enough to be a great-grandmother. However, she was blessed with eight great-grandchildren: Joseph and Ryan Waggoner, Eric, Michael and Kathryn Annette Harbour, Annie and Lucy Oxer and Lucas Boyer.

After Myron's death, Annette attended a class reunion in Lake Mills.  While there, Annette became reacquainted with her "high school sweetheart," James Wedeward, who had also lost his spouse.  They were married on Aug. 2, 1991, in a beautiful chapel on Bald Head Island, N.C., with many family members in attendance. 

Annette moved to Stoughton where Jim lived and soon became a Badger fan along with Jim.  They often spent their winters in Destin, Fla., and traveled a lot, even flying to visit son Bob's family when they lived in Australia.  Annette enriched and touched the lives of the people she met throughout her life.  Annette's family wishes to extend a special "thank you" to the Harbor House staff, Hospice and Phoebe Baker for the love and care they provided to Annette.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 420 Wilson Ave., Menomonie, with Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, also in Menomonie. 

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

Gerald R. 'Jerry' Weier

Dunn County News, Wed. Jan. 12, 2011, A6

Gerald R. “Jerry” Weier, age 83, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully at his home, with his loved ones by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral Services will be  at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at the Cedarbrook Church in Menomonie. Pastor Mike Shay will officiate. Burial will be in the Cedar Falls Cemetery in Menomonie. Military Honors will be provided by the Menomonie Honor Guard. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on 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

George T. Weimer Jr.

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 17, 2010, A6

George Trumbull Weimer Jr., age 76, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was surrounded by his wife of 53 years and his family.

George was born on Dec. 23, 1934 in Washington, DC. He was the son of George Sr. and Karlyn Weimer. George grew up in Syracuse, NY and Havertown, Penn., and graduated from Haverford High School.
He attended Penn State University where he received a degree in forestry. It was there that he met his wife Peggy Diemler. Peggy and George were married June 30,1956. Upon graduation, he and Peggy moved to Jim Falls to take up farming with his mother and father. George and his family farmed in Jim Falls for 21 years. In 2001, George and Peggy moved to Menomonie to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

George loved nature and everything outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and metal detecting. He was a wonderful teacher of nature and used every opportunity to teach his children and grandchildren about it.
George is survived by his wife of 53 years, Peggy; five children: Susan (Dennis) Thornton of West Bend, George III (Stacey) Weimer of Menomonie, Beth (Ralph) Marshall of Temecula, Calif., Thomas (Kimberly) Weimer of Menomonie and Jane (George “Bill”) Brewe of Menomonie.

George had 10 beautiful grandchildren: Ashley, Cale, Lexi and Matthew Barber of Menomonie, Zachery Dorrow of Colorado, Nate Marshall of California, Jacob and Kevin Weimer of Menomonie and William and Kendall Brewe of Menomonie. George is also survived by his sister, Ann (Dick) Ebel of South Carolina; brother, William (Joan) Weimer of Illinois; in-laws, William and Marie Diemler of New Mexico, Tom and Shirley Diemler of Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.

George is preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Rhiel Funeral Home. George will be cremated and his ashes buried in a private ceremony.

John C. “Chet” Werner

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

John C. “Chet” Werner, age 90, formerly of Elk Mound, died Sunday, Aug, 16, 2009, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

John was born July 10, 1919, in Menomonie, the son of John and Elizabeth (Peters) Werner. He grew up in rural Menomonie on the family farm. When a young man he farmed with his parents for several years. John married Betty Feyen on June 12, 1947. After marriage, they spent most to their married life in rural Elk Mound where they raised their seven children. John worked for the Chicago-Northwestern Railroad for approximately 35 years, retiring in 1980. For the past six years, John has been a resident of the Dunn County Health Care Center.

John is survived by three sons, Jerry (Arlene) of New York, and Tom (Mariceli) and Larry, both of Eau Claire; four daughters, Barb (Chuck) Cramer and Kathy (Jim) Schmidt, both of Eau Claire, Sharon Werner of California, and Susan (Anthony) Herr of Prescott; 15 grandchildren; six and one-half great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty, on March 5, 2009; two brothers, Herbert and Milton; and two sisters, Maybelle Thibado and Elsie Springer.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Dunn County Health Care Center for the wonderful care given to our father these past few years.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. on Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elk Mound with Rev. Victor Inbaraj officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

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

Raymond C. West

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

Raymond C. West, age 60, of Menomonie, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, April 17, 2010, with his family by his side and Northwest Wisconsin Hospice giving comfort.

Raymond was born May 20, 1949 in Mineapolis, Minn., to Carl & Doris (Summerland) West and grew up on the family farm near Forest Lake, Minn. He was a graduate of Forest Lake High School and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving until 1970. Raymond married Carol J. Bluel on Sept. 24, 1983 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn., and they lived in St. Paul until 1995 when the family moved to Menomonie. Until recently, he was employed by Red Cedar Medical Center of Menomonie.

He is survived by his wife of 26 1/2 years, Carol, of Menomonie; two sons, Chad M. Bluel and Jeremy L. West, both of Menomonie; two grandchildren, Kody M. Bluel and Loralie F West; two brothers, Ronald (Caroline) Gamache of St. Croix Falls, and Steve (Stephanie) West of St. Paul; three sisters, Karen Seils of St. South St. Paul, Minn., Sandy (Doug) Flom of New Richmond, and Kathy (Arlen) Wente of Hudson; sister-in-law, Arlene Gamache of Pine River, Minn.; brother-in-law, Joe Gallus of Oakdale, Minn.; 20 nieces and nephews; 37 great nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Raymond is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joe; one sister, Rosie Gallus; and one nephew, Tim Gamache.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Entombment of his cremation remains will be held at The Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in rural Spooner at a later date.

The Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

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

Loyal E. Wettstein

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

Loyal E. Wettstein, age 92, of Kiel, died Monday morning, July 19, 2010.

He was born Dec. 26, 1917, in Kiel, son of the late Anton and Suzanna (Williams) Wettstein.

He attended SS Peter and Paul Grade School and was a graduate of Kiel High School.

Loyal was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving his country during World War II from 1943-1945 in Italy.

On Oct. 20, 1945, he married Gladys Kautzer at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Kiel.

Gladys preceded him in death on April 20, 1992.

He worked at AA Laun Furniture Company, Kiel for a number years retiring in 1982.

Loyal was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Kiel and Kiel VFW Post #6707.

Loyal and his wife, Gladys, enjoyed dancing together, and his favorite past-time was going for drives.

Survivors include his children, Mary (John) Klovning, Menomonie, and their children, Eric and Jason Klovning, Dennis (Cheryl) Wettstein, Sheboygan, and their children, Sheila and Alex Wettstein; special friend, Joan Weeden; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; one brother, LeRoy "Bouncy" (Elda Jochmann) Wettstein; two sisters, Aurelia (Bob) Schley and Lucille (Clarence) Schwartz; and step-brothers and step-sisters, Raymond Drews, Sylvester Wettstein, Adeline Wettstein, Hyronemus Wettstein and Sylonia Wettstein.

The Funeral Mass for Loyal will be held at noon, Thursday, July 22, 2010, at SS Peter and Paul Church, 413 Fremont St., Kiel, with Rev. Loren Nys S.D.S. officiating.

Burial will take place in the church cemetery with Kiel VFW Post #6707 conducting military honors.

Family and friends may call at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home, Kiel is assisting the family. Make online condolences at www.meiselwitzfh.com.
Cheri M. Wheeler

Dunn County News, Sun, aug. 8, 2010, A6

Cheri M. Wheeler, age 44, of Menomonie, died, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, at her home with her family by her side.

She was born Feb. 23, 1966, in Menomonie, to Brian and Sue (Timm) Wheeler. Cheri spent most of her life in Menomonie. She graduated from Menomonie High School in 1984 and then earned a bachelor's degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. After college, Cheri lived and worked in Detroit, Mich., Minneapolis, Minn., Phoenix, Ariz., and the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked at Office of General Counsel at 3M headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., before transferring to Human Resources Dept at 3M in Menomonie.

Cheri loved starting out her day going for coffee. She was very active, attending her son Brian's sporting events and activities. Cheri had a passion for running, especially running the Red Cedar Trail with her dad. She loved to share her love of physical fitness with friends. Everyone who met Cheri, was drawn in by her infectious smile and laugh.

She is survived by the love of her life, son, Brian Wheeler; parents, Brian and Sue Wheeler of Menomonie; brother, Scott ( Sabine) Wheeler of Menomonie; aunts, Nancy (Marv) Kraft-Lansing of Knapp, Sherry (Joe) Brehm Boulder Colo., Gwen Lawrence of Denver, Colo., Millie Timm of Menomonie and Melanie (Dennis) Popple of Bloomer; uncles, Patrick (Gayle) Timm of Bellevue, Wash., and Mark (Deb) Wheeler of Oakdale, Minn.; grandparents, Leigh and Donna Wheeler of Chippewa Falls; cousins; "Sistas;" numerous pets; and many, many friends.

Cheri was preceded in death by her grandparents, Francis and Marion Timm; uncles, Barry Timm and Lyle Kraft; and cousin, Chris Lawrence.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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

Dunn County News, Sun. Feb. 19, 2012, A6

Dixie L. White, age 71,  of rural Wheeler, died suddenly on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at her home in the Township of Wilson, Dunn County.

Dixie was born June 10, 1941, in Waukesha. She was the daughter of Lawrence and Arlene (Rokow) Carpenter. She grew up mainly in the Wautoma area where she graduated from high school in 1959. 

Dixie married Richard White Sr. on Jan. 23, 1960, in Wilmot.  In the early years of their marriage, they lived in southwestern Wisconsin.  They moved to the Wheeler area in 1995 where she has remained the rest of her life.

Dixie is survived by her husband, Richard; seven children; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers; and one sister.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother; and a granddaughter, Kali Marie Thunstrom.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012,  at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

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

Eddie L. White

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

Eddie Louis White, 95, of Menomonie, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. Eddie was born on Nov. 8, 1914, in Menomonie to Sever Gilbert and Bertha (King) White. He married June (Irvine) in 1941.

Eddie had a love for life and enjoyed traveling to pool tournaments with June. He also enjoyed lottery tickets, the casino and dancing. Eddie was known for his handmade birdhouses.

He is survived by his four children, Leroy (Kathy), Denton, Texas, Donald (Mary), Reedsburg, Judy Mittlestadt, Menomonie, and Richard (Janet), Lewisville, Texas; five sisters, Bess Crotteau, Francie (Jack) Smallbrook, Viola Hobbick, Lottie Finder and Carolyn Webster; two brothers, Herb (Dory) and Ken (Joanne); 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen (Irvine) in 1955; wife, June (Irvine) on Nov. 30, 2004; two sisters, Della Carlson and Dorothy King; and four brothers, Alonzo, John, Bill and Bert White.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. at the American Lutheran Home Activity Room in Menomonie with Pastor Paul Pillman officiating.

Online condolences at  www.cremationsociety-wi.com. Cremation Society of Wisconsin in Altoona is serving the family.

Gladys L. White

Dunn County News, sun, Jan. 31, 2010, A6

Gladys L. (Irvine) White, age 97, passed away Jan. 12, 2010, at Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca.

She was born on Sept.16, 1912, in Polk County Oregon, the daughter of the late Leroy Key Irvine and Dessie (Miller).

Gladys married Sever Alonzo White when she was 17 on July 12, 1929.

Gladys and Lonnie, through their hard work and generosity, helped many family members. In tough times, their huge garden supplied canned and frozen food to feed everyone. When money was needed, their many craft projects helped to pay the bills.

Gladys was a person who loved her family that included two children, seven grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great-grandchildren. She loved to visit with people, especially her family and friends. Her home was filled with all of the pictures she took of family and of her favorite mountain, El Capitan. Her younger years were filled with music, first from her own children, and eventually including the generations following, as in all creative families everyone has been given a talent.

Gladys is survived by a daughter, Bernice Erickson of Waupaca; daughter-in-law, Doris White of Wisconsin Rapids; brother, Eddie (Florence) of Rogue River, Ore.; grandchildren, Julie (Jerry) Wirl of Oshkosh; Mike (Nayumi) White of Oak Harbor, Wash., Cindy (Kevin) Weinfurter-Hamm of Scandinavia, Randy (Dixie) White of Wisconsin Rapids, Linda (Paul) Binnebose of Wisconsin Rapids, Rodney White of Wisconsin Rapids and Debbie (Peter) Fartaczek of Shreveport, La.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sever Alonzo (Lonnie); son, Alonzo Laverne ("Whitie"); daughter (right after birth), Lois Ilene; brothers, George and John; and sisters, June and Helen.

Services were held Saturday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. at The Kingdom Hall in Waupaca. A summer burial ceremony will be held in July in Menomonie.

Kenneth H. White

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

Kenneth H. White, 78, 2710 Ranger Road, Wisconsin Rapids (Town of Saratoga), died Sunday evening, March 28, 2010 at Riverview Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids.

Rev. Timothy Wenger will officiate. Burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery with military rites provided by American Legion Post 9.

Kenneth was born on Jan. 18, 1932, in Menomonie, to Sever and Bertha (King) White. He married Alyce Hagen on Sept. 13, 1952, and the marriage ended in divorce. He married JoAnn Bierman on March 5, 1973, at Bethany Lutheran Church in the Town of Sigel.

He was employed as a carpenter in Kenosha, doing home construction for several years. He then worked at Glue Ford in Wisconsin Rapids as a m3echanic and most recently, worked for the Wood County Highway Department for 16 years, retiring in 1992.

He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.

He loved to travel and do woodworking and carpentry. He enjoyed gardening and yard work, cutting wood and dancing, and was a former member of the Central Wisconsin Country Music Association.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn; five children, Vicki Babcock of Omaha, Neb., Dawn (Gerald) Weber of Stevens Point, Kenneth R. (significant other Geralyn Kuehn) of Wisconsin Rapids, Ronald (Terri) White of Wisconsin Rapids and Wanda Ashbeck of Plover; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Carolyn Webster of Wisconsin Rapids, Frances Smallbrook of Wisconsin Rapids, Herb (Dorey) White of Menomonie, Viola Hobbick of Wisconsin Rapids and Bessie Crotteau of Wisconsin Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Alonzo, John, Ed and Bill; and two sisters, Della and Dorothy.

Friends may call at Taylor, Vollert and Jennings Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Dennis S. Wickstrom

Dunn County News, Sun. Sept. 25, 2011, A6

Dennis S. “Denny” Wickstrom, 71, of Eau Claire, formerly of Menomonie, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at Dove Healthcare West under the care of St. Joseph’s Hospice. 

He was born June 19, 1940, to Carl and Olga (Fosso) Wickstrom Lawson in Litchfield, Minn., where he was raised until moving to Wisconsin in 1952.  Denny graduated from Menomonie High School and attended UW-Stout. 

Denny married Carol Klawitter on Sept. 18, 1960. They lived in Owatonna, Minn. and Royal Oak, Mich., before returning to the Menomonie area in 1972. 

Denny’s charisma made sales a natural choice. He worked for Standard Office Machines in Michigan, and after returning to Wisconsin, he represented National Famers Union Insurance. In 1991, Denny relocated to Minnesota and worked in the tele-marketing field with management positions with several companies including Asset Marketing in Bloomington, Minn.

Denny was recognized for many sales achievements and was rewarded with the highest honors for annual national sales leader for both Standard Office Machines and National Farmers Union Insurance. Award trips included Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, Washington, D.C., Boston and more. 

Upon retirement, Denny moved to Eau Claire in 1999. While in Eau Claire, Denny worked part-time and sold cars for Wagner’s Auto Sales and even went back to telemarketing, where he was a fund raiser for the Republican Party.

Denny enjoyed the daily newspaper and worked the crossword puzzle every day. He enjoyed discussing history, politics and sports with friends. The hours spent fishing with his sons, and later grandsons, are beyond measure and he never missed a “fishing opener” since before his sons can remember.

He is survived by two sons, Andrew (Stacy) Wickstrom — and grandsons, Grant and Dylan — of Rice Lake and Benjamin (Jennifer) Wickstrom — and grandchildren, Alek, Natalie and Massi of Spring Lake, Mich.; a grandson, Ray (Sally) Roberts of Eau Claire; a granddaughter, Briana Soroko of Stevens Point; one sister, Mary K. Giraldo of Boca Raton, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammie Wickstrom; his parents; stepfather, Carl Lawson; and his four older sisters and infant brother: Myra Turman, Noryce McCall, Lylah Wickstrom, Jaqueline Wickstrom, and Alvin Wickstrom.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Stokes, Prock, and Mundt Funeral Chapel in Altoona. Friends and family may call one hour prior to service. A private burial will be in Litchfield, Minn.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent to www.cremationsociety-wi.com

Dorothy C. Wiedman

Dunn County News, Wed, April 6, 2011, A6

Dorothy C. Wiedman, 97, of Onalaska, died on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. She was born on Dec. 27, 1913, in Tilden, Neb., to Gabriel and Mathilda Watland.

Dorothy was well-known in the area for starting the meatball suppers at the Dakota and La Crescent United Methodist Churches. Her hobbies were crocheting and making crafts as gifts, but her main hobby was volunteering. She was a member of the Railroad Women’s Club where she served as president, the Legion Auxiliary for more than 50 years, the White Shrine Auxiliary for more than 50 years, the La Crosse Chapter of the Eastern Star Number 23, Associate Matron the Eastern Star Number 71, Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Social Order of the Bouciant.

She is survived by three sons, Maynard (Jean) Brostrom of La Crosse, Larry (Shirley) Brostrom of Winona and Richard Brostrom of Thailand; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; numerous step-children step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Sofia Selchert of Estelline of South Dakota; and a half-brother, Marion “Slim” Johnson of Menomonie.

She was preceded in death by her three husbands, Harold Brostrom, William Wiedman and William Thicke; a son, LeMoin Brostrom; her parent; and 10 sisters and brothers.

 Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the La Crescent United Methodist Church. Pastor Greg Nelson will officiate. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Downsville. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.

The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com

Ardell H. Wieland

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

Ardell Henry Wieland, age 91, of Colfax, passed away Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

He was born Nov. 18, 1918, in the Town of Stanton, St. Croix County, to Henry and Ette (Sette) Wieland. He moved with his family to Dunn County and lived part of his boyhood on a farm on Miller Hill. Ardell graduated from Dunn County Aggie in 1936 and then attended Stout for two years, before he started farming.

Ardell married Eleanor Meyer on June 12, 1948, in Elk Mound. They had six children. Ardell farmed in the Town of Tainter, Dunn County, for many years. He was an active member of Tainter United Methodist Church.

Ardell is survived by his six children, David (Lois) Wieland of Algona, Iowa, Charlotte Wieland of Menomonie, Jerry (Deb) Wieland of Menomonie,  Steve (Judy) Wieland of Menomonie, Tom (Karry) Wieland of Menomonie and Nancy (Stuart) Burroughs of Mosinee; grandchildren, Mike, Paul, Eric, Amy, Joshua, Alex, Brendon, Kay and Andy; great-grandchildren, Cierra, Devon and Evan; a sister, Arlene Hanke; a sister-in-law, Arlene (Wayne) Harrison; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor; brother-in-law, LaVerne Meyer; sister-in-law, Vi Meyer; and brother-in-law, Irwin Hanke.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at Tainter United Methodist Church, in the Town of Tainter, Dunn County, with Pastor Don Gribble officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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

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

Robert W. Wiethaup, age 83, of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. A private burial will be at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield. Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.
Everett G. Wilbur

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

Everett G. Wilbur, age 76, of Menomonie,  passed away at his home early Friday morning Sept. 9, 2011, surrounded by his family while under hospice care.

Everett is remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He led a full life, had a great sense of humor, loved meeting and getting to know new people, and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Everett was born on Aug. 13, 1935, in Edson, the first of five children born to Loyal and Mary Wilbur. He lost his mother at age 7, and for four years lived with aunts and uncles. At age 11 he joined the family of Lionel and Pauline Hillman of Menomonie and was given the gift of a second family.

He attended Louisville Grade School and graduated from Dunn County “Aggie” in 1953. After working on the farm throughout high school and the two years following graduation, he moved to Milwaukee and was a supervisor at Harley Davidson for 11 and-a-half-years. While in Milwaukee he also owned and operated the “Lucky 13” Bar before moving back to the area.

He worked briefly at Freitag Landscape Center before transitioning to the Armour Meat Packing Plant. After he had been with the company for 15 years, Armour closed its doors and Everett moved on to become the building and grounds supervisor for the Town of Seymour. After retiring in the year 2000, he was elected to the Seymour Town Board and served for two-and-a-half-years.

Everett married Velma Haugrose of Ellsworth, on July 2, 1966. They spent 45 years together and were blessed with two wonderful daughters, and two amazing grandchildren. Together they loved the outdoors and enjoyed many years camping on Lake Superior.

Everett’s life revolved around family, friends and community. He liked to fish and had a passion for hunting deer, turkey and small game. Some of his favorite memories are from the 48 straight years he spent deer hunting in Drummond with family and friends. He was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Packers, Brewers and NASCAR.

Over the years he coached youth basketball and girls softball and played softball himself until age 62. He followed local high school football and basketball and, as an annual ticket holder for the State Boys Basketball Tournament, spent many years making the trek to Madison for full weekends of basketball. He loved watching kids excel at sports and would often make a point to “catch a game” and cheer on those he knew.

His “love for the game” extended into three years as vice president for the Seymour Ball Club and countless hours volunteering alongside many others to see the Seymour Ball Complex become a reality back in 1974. He was humbled many years later when a field was named in his honor.

He spent 25 years as a Volunteer Fire Fighter and Fire Warden for the Town of Seymour and served four terms on the St. Bridget’s Church Council, the church he and Velma have belonged to since 1971.

After retirement and 33 years in Eau Claire, he and Velma moved back to his hometown of Menomonie where they’ve resided since 2004. In Menomonie, he enjoyed Thursday afternoon card games at Dean & Sue’s and Friday nights at the Red Cedar Raceway.

Everett is survived by his loving wife, Velma; and daughters, Denise (William) Bernier and Stacey Wilbur. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Prestyn and Isaac; five sisters, Leona (Bill) Markowski (Eau Claire), Lorrane Radack (Eau Claire), Joan (Ed) Brenner (Corona, CA), Cindy (Rod) Larsen (Elk Mound), and Kathy (Dave) Wagner (Bolton, Mass.); four brothers, Earl Wilbur (Ellsworth), Richard Wilbur (Eau Claire), Lonnie (Jan Smith) Hillman (Hayward) and Jan (Laurie) Hillman (Menomonie); as well as many nephews, nieces, uncles, cousins and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loyal and Mary Wilbur; foster parents, Lionel and Pauline Hillman; his daughter, who died at birth; and two brothers, Jim Hillman and Allan Wilbur.

Everett loved life and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at St. Bridget's Parish Church, 2801 N110 Ave., Chippewa Falls, with Fr. Victor Inbaraj officiating. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, Sept.14, 2011, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, and an hour prior to the services at the church Thursday morning. A private family inurnment will be at a later date in the St. Bridget's Parish Church Cemetery.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire,  is assisting the family with arrangements. Friends may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com

James E. Willard

Dunn County News, Wed. Jan. 12, 2011, A6

James E. Willard, age 75, of Menomonie, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at his home in Menomonie with family by his side.

Jim was born March 6, 1935, in West Plains, Mo.. He was the son of John and Lillith (Tillman) Willard. Jim grew up in the West Plains area and graduated from West Plains High School. He entered the military in1954, eventually serving in every branch before being honorably discharged in 1971. His last assignment was as a flight surgeon in the Air Force at Duluth Air Force Base.

After the military, Jim moved to Menomonie and joined what is now the Red Cedar Medical Center, where he practiced medicine for 20 years. Jim met his wife, Ruth Krueger-Prause, in 1979.

As a pastime, Jim loved camping and canoeing, especially on the Brule River. He enjoyed introducing friends and relatives to Brule experience.

In his career, Jim's calm demeanor, kindness and empathy for every patient was evidence of his love of medicine.

Jim is survived by his wife Ruth; five children, Carl (Judy Polasky) Willard of Hudson, Ranae (John) Walter of Menomonie, Wanda (Monte) Grondahl of Gig Harbor, Wash., Rhonda (Robert) Iverson of Beldenville and Terri Justin Klatt (fiancé Joe Davis) of Cutler, Maine; seven grandchildren, Ryan, Codie, Justin, Tristin, Jake, Sam and Cadie; one great-grandson, Liam; three brothers, Herb (Pat) of St. Louis, Mo., Ralph of Dallas, Texas, and Elbert of Lebanon, Mo.; four sisters, Ethel Willard of Anderson, Ind., Lola (Bob) Bixler of Victorville, Calif., Mary (Bob) Downing of Fountain City, S.C., and Etta Johnston of West Plains, Mo.; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Ken Willard.

A time of gathering will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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

Dunn County News, Wed. May 11, 2011, A6

Irene M. Williams, age 81, of Menomonie, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Comforts Of Home in Menomonie.

Services are pending at this time.  An obituary will be posted when services will take place.

The Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

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

Mary Jane M. Williams

Dunn County News, Wed. Feb. 29, 2012, A6

Mary Jane M. Williams, age 85, of Elmwood, formerly of Menomonie, died Saturday. Feb. 26, 2012, at The Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Roger L. Wilsey

Dunn County News, Wed. Oct. 3, 2007, A6

Roger L. Wilsey, age 58, passed away on Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, at Meriter Hospital in Madison.

He was born on April 18, 1949, in Menomonie. He married Linda "Lin" Weisensel on Oct. 14, 1978 in Monona.

Roger worked at Oscar Mayer Foods and was a member of United Food Union Local 538.

He enjoyed life, traveling, playing pool, working on cars, listening to music and spending time with friends.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; his three children, Timothy of Beaver Dam, Savina of Waukesha and Thomas of Columbus; a brother, Jerry Wilsey of Siren; and two stepbrothers, Charges (Nora) Herger of Eau Claire and Robert Herger of Menomonie.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Ralph, James and Richard.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at the Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home, 302 Columbus St., sun Prairie.

Roger was a loving, caring and cheery husband, father and friend. He will be missed by everyone.

Minnie S. Winter

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

Minnie Spehle Winter, age 104, died Dec. 23, 2010, at the Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire.

Minnie was born Nov. 7, 1906, to Henry and Elizabeth (Betz) Spehle in the Town of Brunswick, Eau Claire County.  She graduated from Maple Drive School in 1920, Eau Claire High School in 1924 and the Eau Claire Rural Normal (teacher training) in 1925.

Her 22-year teaching history included: Shaw School, Pleasant Valley Township, 1925-26; Lowes Creek School, Town of Washington, 1926-1929 (school burned on Sept.19, 1927, so classes were held in two large rooms of the Dobbs' house until the new school was opened in January 1928.  The school served the Eau Claire State Teachers' College as a demonstration and practice school for students training to be rural teachers); Longfellow Elementary School, Sheboygan, 1929-1930; Director of Teacher Training Department, Grantsburg, 1930-1934 (high school graduates were trained for teaching in rural schools); Meridean School, Dunn County, 1955-1958; Riverview School, Eau Claire County, 1959-1961; and Little Red School, Eau Claire Public Schools, 1961 to retirement in 1969.

Minnie married Clarence E. Winter, son of Edward and Elizabeth (Norrish) Winter, June 18, 1934, at Grace Lutheran Church.  They lived on the Gus Betz farm for two years before moving to their Rock Creek Township farm on March 1, 1936.

She volunteered as secretary-treasurer of the Caryville Telephone Co.; school board member of Rock Falls School; Adult Leader of the Rock Falls Rockets 4-H Club for 15 years; census taker; election ballot clerk; senior citizen reporter for The Dunn County News;  and she was an active member of Rock Creek Lutheran Church.  Clarence and Minnie served as foster parents for boys from the Sparta Child Center for a number of years.

Minnie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She enjoyed the many visits with her grandchildren, especially during the holidays.  She was active in her church, library, sewing, quilting and serving on various committees.  She enjoyed her vegetable and flower garden.  Minnie enjoyed dancing and had said she would rather dance than eat.

Her family and friends will miss her very much. 

The family would like to thank so many staff members at the Syverson Home for taking care of her.

Minnie is survived by two children, Nancy Winter (David) Luenzmann and Roger (Bonnie) Winter; six grandchildren, Scott (Karen) Luenzmann, Mark Luenzmann, Ana Luenzmann, Kristine (Skip) Miller, Deborah (Andrew) Reiken and Brian (Melissa) Winter; four great-grandchildren, Daniel Luenzmann, Cade Miller, Marissa and Jessica Reiken.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three brothers, Henry, Louis and Joseph; and two sisters, Elizabeth Spehle and Sally Spehle Bryce.

Services for Minnie will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at Rock Creek Lutheran Church in Rock Creek with Pastor Dale Horner Jr. and Chaplain Debra Boynton officiating.  Friends and family may visit on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road in Eau Claire from 4 to 7 p.m. and again on Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services.  Burial will be at Brunswick Cemetery in the Town of Brunswick.

Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Friends may leave online condolences at www. fullerspeckienhulke.com.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Rock Creek Lutheran Church or the Syverson Lutheran Home.
Erwin E. Wiseman

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 12, 2009, A6

Erwin E. Wiseman, age 95, passed away on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

Erwin Emery Wiseman was born Oct. 24, 1913, in the Sand Creek area of Dunn County to Robert and Helena (Reetz) Wiseman. He married Etta Mae Cartwright on Aug. 29, 1937, in Menomonie.

Erwin worked as a buttermaker and creamery manager until 1947; he then worked for Uniroyal Tire in Eau Claire retiring in 1974.

He was a member of Trinity E.U.B./United Methodist Church in Elk Mound for more than 25 years. Erwin belonged to the Wisconsin Buttermakers Association and won many awards at buttermaking competitions. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing.

Erwin is preceded in death by parents, Robert and Helena Wiseman; son, Brian Wiseman; five sisters; four brothers; and parents-in-law, Leon and Maude Cartwright.

Erwin is survived by wife of more than 71 years, Etta; children, Terry of Dunnellon, Fla., Charleen Ovren of Menomonie, and Jodette (Mark) Welke of Colfax; grandchildren, Teresa, Ulrica, Theodore, Connie, Robin, Stephen, Angelina, Peter, Lea, Amy, Brian Jr., Kelly and Mark Jr.; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

There will be a funeral service on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Olson Funeral Home (615 Wilson Ave., Menomonie), with visitation one hour prior to service. Interment will be held at Waneka Cemetery, Township of Spring Brook, Dunn County. 

Cheryl 'Joy' Wissmueller

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

Cheryl "Joy" Wissmueller, age 65, of Menomonie, formerly of Park Ridge, Ill., passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Care Partners Assisted Living in Menomonie.

The former Cheryl Joy Carney was born Dec. 11, 1944, in Chicago, Ill., to James and Bernice Carney Sr.

Cheryl was the beloved mother of Cheryl (Greg) Miller of Menomonie, Heidi Wissmueller of Elk Mound, and Michael (Amy) Wissmueller of Park Ridge, Ill.; loving grandmother to Jonathan Miller and Melissa Miller; and dear sister of Valerie Moore of Elk Mound and James (Pat) Carney of Crystal Lake, Ill. She will be sadly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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

Muriel E. Fuhrman Wold

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

Muriel Ethel Fuhrman Wold passed away with her family by her side on Sunday morning, Jan. 30, 2011, at the Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, at the age of 88.

Muriel was born Dec. 22, 1922, in Elmwood, to Louis and Ethel (Thompson) Fuhrman. She was raised on the family farm, was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church and attended country school near Eau Galle.  She attended Elmwood High School and later Indiana State University.

In 1946, she moved with her family to Menomonie. While living in Menomonie she worked at the Gambles Store, Crescent Creamery and Wards Catalog Store.

On Aug. 20, 1955, Muriel married Warren Wold at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie. After marriage they moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., where she worked at Perkins Motors. The following year they moved to St. Paul, Minn. A year later they moved to Menomonie, where Muriel worked at the Golden Rule Department Store. They moved to Terre Haute, Ind., in 1959. In Terre Haute, Muriel became active in church committees, Library Club and chaperoned field trips for elementary students.

She enjoyed traveling, needle work, computers, reading and biking. She was a member of the Indiana State University Women‘s Association.

She was a family-oriented, loving, caring person providing support for her family. She provided parental guidance for John with his athletic events and lawn care business. Muriel and her husband retired in 1992 and moved to Northfield in 1994. They are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church where Muriel was active in Circle.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Warren; her son, John and fiancee Julie Palm of Northfield, Minn.; two sisters, Marvel (LeRoy) Dreier of Northfield and Lois Running of Brookfield; her brother, Lorn (Betty Lou) Fuhrman of Menomonie; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family is grateful to the staff at the Long Term Care Center in Northfield, who made Muriel’s last years so comfortable and fulfilling. The medical care provided by Dr. Ehresmann (Allina Clinic) and Dr. Kumar (Mayo Clinic) was outstanding and appreciated. We also thank her pastors, John Quam and Mark Johnson, for the comfort they gave to Muriel through their frequent visits and prayers.

Services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield, with Rev. John Quam officiating. Music was provided by Dan Fenn. Interment, this Spring, will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield.

Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Debt Retirement Fund or the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home

Verlon R. Wold

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

Verlon Roy Wold, "Blondie," age 88, of Menomonie, passed away Monday Dec. 20, 2010,  at the American Lutheran Home, surrounded by his family.

He was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Prairie Farm, to Henry and Lena (Olson) Wold. Verlon attended several different grade schools and moved with his family to Menomonie in 1934, where he graduated from Menomonie High School in June of 1942. 

On June 4, 1947, Verlon married Doris E. Lewis, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie.  They celebrated 63 years of marriage in June of 2010.

Verlon worked for farmer Harvey Rudiger, Quilling Dairy and Roberts Wholesale Company, later known as Farmhouse Food Grocery Co. in Eau Claire for 39 years, retiring in January of 1986.

He enjoyed being with friends at coffee every morning and afternoon at the Kernel and the Saturday mystery trips with special friends Les Johnson and Jack Kothlow. He also enjoyed watching the squirrels and birds and he loved trout fishing when he was able.  Verlon followed all of his grandchildren's athletic events, including basketball, baseball and hockey and he was an avid Green Bay Packer fan.  He enjoyed being "Papa" to his two great-granddaughters, whom he adored very much.  He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Verlon is survived by his wife, Doris, of Menomonie; two daughters, Vicki (Jack) Tritt of Menomonie and Jean (Steve) Herrem of Hudson; four much-loved grandchildren, granddaughter Michele (Joe) Dickhausen of Baldwin, three grandsons, Michael Herrem of Hudson, Christopher Tritt of Menomonie and Cory Tritt of Carson City, Nev.; two great-granddaughters, Madison and Sophie Dickhausen of Baldwin; sisters-in-law, Maxine Wold, Donna (Sam) Gibson, Judy Lewis and Annie Lewis; also many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Loren and Howard; and sisters, Helen, Joyce and Carol.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie, with Father Tom Krieg officiating.  Honorary casket bearers include  Joe Dickhausen, Michele Dickhausen, Michael Herrem, Chris Tritt and Cory Tritt. Casket bearers include Don Eiseth, Daniel Gibson, Ron Larson, Randy Lewis, Chris Tritt and Ken Wold.  Burial will be in St. Joseph' s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

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

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

Kenneth "Ken" N. Wolfe, age 76, of Menomonie, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at the Dunn County Healthcare Center in Menomonie after a long battle with heart problems.

Ken was born June 3, 1935, to Archie and Ethel (Schutts) Wolfe.  He served in the Army from 1953 until 1956, serving one year in Germany.  Following his discharge, he worked construction in Michigan, Florida and Texas, and he also flew cargo planes out of Florida. 

Ken moved back to Menomonie in 1984 and it was then he met Sally, and they were married in 1985. 

He worked for Pember Construction and Beskar Farms until his retirement.

Ken loved his airplanes and working with older tractors.  He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed camping and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Sally, of Menomonie; sister, Diane Gerth, of Menomonie; three step-children, Sherrie (Rob) McRoberts of River Falls, Cindy Bragg of Florida and Terry (Laura) Gundlach of Eau Claire; seven grandchildren, Justin and Benjamin McRoberts, Josh Olson and Michael and James Bragg, Jacque and Chance Gundlach; mother-in-law, Esther Thibado; sisters-in-law, Rita Kosman, Goldie Wolfe, Delores Wolfe and Lois (Bob) Semerad; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and five sisters; and sister-in-law, Patty McKenna.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Dave Whelan officiating.  Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.  Burial will take place in Teegarden Cemetery, Township of Lucas, Dunn County, with military honors by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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

Lois E. (Volp) Wulf

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

LANCASTER — Lois Eleanor (Volp) Wulf, 91, passed away at home with her daughters by her side on Dec. 30, 2009, after a brief battle with leukemia.

Lois was born June 17, 1918, in Menomonie to Frank and Clara (Stokke)Volp. She graduated from Menomonie High School in 1936 and the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1941. 

She began her teaching career in Prescott, where she met the love of her life, Merton H. Wulf of Algoma.  They were married on May 31, 1943, in the Congregational Church in Menomonie and settled in Lancaster in 1946. He preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 1986.

Lois taught Home Economics in Lancaster (one year in Bloomington) for 20 years. She and Mert retired from the Lancaster School District in 1977. In addition to teaching, Lois and Mert managed the Lancaster Golf Course for 13 summers. Lois was a 50+ year member of the Lancaster Congregational Church, PEO, Eastern Star and a long time member of the church choir.

Lois also enjoyed attending and was instrumental in organizing the annual reunions for the Menomonie High School class of 1936,  the most recent being their 73rd this past June. She maintained close connections with her childhood friends and returned to Menomonie as frequently as possible.

Lois was generous with her time and talents in the Lancaster community. She loved to socialize and have a good time. She was known for her quick wit and her warm smile. She enjoyed traveling with her daughters and was an avid sports fan of all Lancaster sports as well as collegiate and professional teams. 

Lois is survived by three daughters, Sharon Lemanski (Larry) of Commerce, Texas, Pamela Humphrey (Doug Clapp) of Parker, Colo., and Barbara Wulf (Tom Kuban) of Madison; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Hannah Volp;  nieces, nephews and cousins, including Nancy (Robert) Stanul, Judy Bunner, Ransom Volp, Delvin (Judy) Stokke, Leon (Lourdes) Stokke, Eda (David) Samdahl, Dean (Eileen) Stokke, Lenise Christopher, and Don (Serina) Sovick.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; siblings Glenn Volp, Dorothy (Valeria) Miller, Earl Volp, Richard Volp, and nephew Frank Volp.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at the Lancaster Congregational Church in Lancaster, with burial at Hillside Cemetery.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Lois E. Wulf memorial fund has been established. Online condolences can be made at www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com.

   

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