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Yeng Yang

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

Yeng Yang, age 84, of Menomonie, died Feb. 2, 2010, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

There will be visitation hours at the Econolodge Inn & Suites Conference Center in Menomonie on Friday Feb. 19, 2010, from 1 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, from 1 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, St. Paul, Minn.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

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Dorothy "DJ" Young

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

Dorothy Jane "DJ" Yount passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, 2010, at the Dublin Methodist Hospital, with her beloved husband, George, and daughters, Judy and Jane, by her side. DJ was born Aug. 21, 1920, to Will G. and Jo Darling Ballentine in Watertown.

Early in her life, DJ and her family moved to Menomonie, where her father became superintendent of schools. DJ completed elementary and high school in Menomonie, then continued on to Lawrence College in Appleton. DJ subsequently transferred to The University of Wisconsin at Madison where she majored in journalism. Married to her high school sweetheart in August, 1942, she and George were members of the "Greatest Generation." She followed her husband throughout his time in the Army Signal Corps during WWII, a short post-war career in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then a return to service life with a full career in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps. Their travels took them to duty stations in New Jersey, North Carolina, Mississippi, Guam, New York, California, the Philippine Islands, South Carolina and Virginia. They lived in McLean, Va., from 1961 until 2002, when they moved back to California to enjoy the mild climate of the Palm Springs area. In 2007 they moved to Dublin, Ohio, living in the Friendship Village retirement home to be near their daughters, Judy and Jane.

DJ and George were married for 67 wonderful years and had a family of four children: Sharon, who preceded DJ in death, George, a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, who lives in Seattle, Wash., and twin daughters, Judy Sonnett, executive vice president of human resources for Hexion Specialty Chemicals in Columbus, who lives in Upper Arlington, Ohio, and Jane O'Hara, who currently lives in Forest Hill, Md., but was formerly the director of undergraduate pastoral formation of The Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, for 10 years while living in Hilliard.

DJ considered her children her greatest achievement and was loved by them and her eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to the rigors of being a Navy wife, she was an active volunteer as a Red Cross Grey Lady, assisting nurses and doctors in a variety of Navy hospitals at locations across the globe as she accompanied her husband on his Navy assignments. She served many years as a board member of the McLean Swimming and Tennis Association in McLean and assisted in various Swim Team roles.

With her children grown, she put her college journalism training to work and became the public information officer of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in Washington, D.C., and was a key member of the staff when the FMCS was called upon to bring resolution to the 1981 Major League Baseball strike.

DJ thrived on social interaction and will be missed but remembered by her many close friends throughout the country. She loved playing bridge, and reveled at a good win in bingo, but more than anything else she always treasured the opportunity to talk with her friends and share time with her family.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 614-457-5481. Please visit to send online condolences.

Karl W. Young

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

Karl W. Young, age 79 of Menomonie, passed away at his home Tuesday, November 2, 2010.

He was born April 4, 1931 in Menomonie to Roy D. and Christine M. (Hanson) Young. Karl graduated from Menomonie High School, was active in Boy Scouts and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Karl completed a B.S. degree in Poultry Science and a Masters degree in Poultry Genetics from UW-Madison. Karl served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 and was stationed in Wertheim and Heidelberg, Germany.

On June 22nd, 1968 he married Marie K. Stougaard at Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. After military service Karl returned to farming with his father. In the early 1960's he built two mechanized 25,000 bird chicken egg production barns. In 1966, he put in the first center-pivot irrigation system on the Rusk Prairie. In the 1970's and 80's he changed the farming direction to grow dark red kidney beans as a specialty crop. Karl helped to develop a patented, improved variety of kidney bean. He farmed 1000 acres of dark red kidney beans and 600 acres of field corn, all under irrigation.

Karl was an adult leader with Boy Scout Troop 23 for 25 years. He was a life-long member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, served on church council and several committees, sang in choirs for most of his life and served on the First Bank & Trust's Board of Directors.

Karl enjoyed his family, traveling the world, birds, gardening, biking, farm equipment and good soil. His life of honesty, integrity and hard work were an example to all who knew him.

Karl is survived by his wife, Marie; children, Steve (Kathy) Young of Winona, MN and Lisa (Yann) Oehl of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Christine, Sam, Frances Young and Esme Oehl; brother, Robert (Barbara) Young of Modesto, CA.; nieces, Robin, Nancy and Susan; in-laws, Dan and Dorothy Stougaard; cousins; and many friends.

Karl was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Nov. 8th, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 7th, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at

Helen R. Withuski Zack

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

Helen R. Zack, age 91, of Menomonie, died Monday April 4, 2011, at the Dunn County Helath Care Center in Menomonie.

Helen was born Feb 17, 1920, in Glenwood City, to Stanley J. and Mary (Kassela) Withuski. She grew up in the Wilson area and lived in the Knapp and Menomonie area all her life.

Helen is survived by five children, John Zack and wife Peg, Karen Grupper and husband Bill all of Menomonie, Joe Zack of Fond du Lac, Helene Hawthorn of Hudson, and Mary Klukas and husband Will of Arizona; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie, with burial in St. John's Catholic Cemetery Glenwood City, on Thursday, April 7, 2011.

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

Lester K. Zebro

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

Lester K. Zebro, age 85, of Elk Mound, formerly of the Baxterville area died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 at his residence.

He was born May 16, 1925 in Baxterville, WI to August and Emma (Thompson) Zebro. Lester loved the outdoors and even as a youngster enjoyed walking through the woods looking at all of nature's beauty. He kept this up all through his life going hunting and also mixing nature's herbs to create and experiment making "home remedies." He lived on the family farm and helped clear the land they farmed. He then had his own farm just down the road as did his two brothers.

He grew up during the depression and would "collect" all sorts of things as times were hard. Lester was also interested in electronics and would work on tube radios and t.v.'s and also had a shortwave radio to listen to other countries particularly listening to world news and foreign music. His interest in the radio also expanded his love of music. He enjoyed polka's and old time singers and "tried" to play the guitar. As Lester grew older he lost most of his sight, but continued to write and sing "song/poems." His children refer to their father as "eccentric" which describes his personality as someone who always looked outside the box. His spirit still lives on in his children.

He is survived by his three children, Jerry (Danielle) Zebro of Ridgeland, Sherry (Shawn) Thalacker of Eau Claire and Gena (Barry) Ketchum of Woodville; four grandchildren, Amelia and Kora Zebro and Derek and Samantha Ketchum; the mother of their children, Sharon Reinecke of Dallas, WI; many other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Verlon and Gerald; and ane sister, Mildred.

Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, WI.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. Thursday until time of service at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at Hay River Cemetery on Friday. Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

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Inez Zielieke

Dunn County News, Wed. Sept. 28, 2011, A6

Inez Zielieke, age 93, of the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond, and formerly of Menomonie, died on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011.   She was born the daughter of Oscar and Selma (Johnson) Skog on Oct. 9, 1917, in the town of Hartland, Pierce County.

On Sept. 7, 1948, Inez and Arthur were married.  She raised her family and helped Arthur farm.  They farmed in the town of Menomonie and the town of Sherman until retiring and moving into the city Menomonie, where Inez lived until needing assistance, first at her son Gale's home in Hudson, then the care center. 

Inez was a hard-working, strong-willed woman who was very loving and giving to those she met.  She devoted countless hours to volunteering and ministering in her faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Selma Skog; husband, Arthur Zielieke; daughter, Germaine Stanton; and grandson, Joel Zielieke. 

Inez is survived by her sons, LaMoine (Mickey) Zielieke, Dean (Ann) Zielieke, and Gale (Cindy) Zielieke; grandchildren, Desiree (Chad) Phillips, Kalli (John) Bestman, Jane (Jason) Beam, Beth (Adam) Driever, Ben (Ellen) Zielieke, and Zack Zielieke; great-grandchildren, Neelah Phillips and Eden Driever; and brother, Eldon (Ruby) Skog.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Hudson. A luncheon will follow the service at 3 p.m. at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Baldwin.  Interment will be in the St. Paul's Cemetery in Ellsworth. 

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Baldwin.

Dorothy M. Zeilinger

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

Dorothy M. Zeilinger, age 94, of Menomonie, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie, with her family at her side.

Dorothy was born Jan. 3, 1916, the daughter of Herman and Nina (Yourell) Weber. She was born and raised in the Eau Galle and Elmwood area. Dorothy married Edward Zeilinger May 24, 1934, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Eau Galle. They farmed in the Eau Galle area for several years before moving to Menomonie in 1952. Dorothy worked for John Russell Photography for 10 years and Sanna Dairies until retirement. She loved going south for the winters and also loved camping.

Dorothy is survived by a son, James (Bonita) of Cottage Grove, Minn.; a daughter, Karen (Larry) Ford of Menomonie; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Zeilinger of Fridley, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Herman Weber Jr. of Blaine, Minn., Robert Weber of Elmwood, and Joseph Weber of Orlando, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ed, in 1986; a son, Thomas in 2008; a sister, Mable Weber; and a brother, Darrell Weber.

Funeral services will be 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in St. Henry’s Cemetery in Eau Galle.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Online Condolences may be made at

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

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 6, 2009, A6

Doris M. Ziehme, age 86, of Menomonie, was called to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009.

The former Doris May Peterson was born April 7, 1923, in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Oscar and Helen (Klatt) Peterson. She has resided in the Menomonie area most of her life. She married Glen H. Ziehme on March 7, 1942.

Doris was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and involved in church activities. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, and she also enjoyed drawing and painting. Doris loved her birthday and celebrating with all of her family and friends who stopped in. She will be sadly missed.

Doris is survived by her husband, Glen of Menomonie; her children, Ron (Carol) Ziehme of Cottage Grove, Minn., Rick (Becky) Ziehme of Eau Claire and Renae Kelm of Burnsville, Minn.; two brothers, William (Laurel) Peterson of Downsville and Dave (Barb) Peterson of Burnsville, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Helen Peterson.

Remembrance is a golden chain, Death tries to break, but all in vain!
To have, to love, and then to part, Is the greatest sorrow of one's heart. The years wipe out many things, But this they wipe out never,
The memory of those happy days, When we were here together.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at

LaVerne H. Zeilinger

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

LaVerne H. Zeilinger, age 83, of Menomonie, formerly of the Elmwood area, died Sunday, July 11, 2010, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie from health care problems the last four years.

LaVerne was born Nov. 15, 1926, in the Arkansaw area. He was the son of Julius and Mayme (Bauer) Zeilinger. LaVerne farmed all of his life in the Rock Elm Township of rural Elmwood. LaVerne married Marjorie Brehm on Sept. 10, 1952, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. They continued to farm until retiring. In November of 2001 they moved to Menomonie, where LaVerne remained the rest of his life.

LaVerne loved turning the soil and planting his crops for the year. He was very good with his cows and pigs. In retirement, LaVerne and Marjorie traveled out west and vacationed in Arizona. LaVerne also enjoyed hunting with his friends. Most of all, LaVerne loved to spend time with family and friends.

LaVerne is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marjorie; two children, Michael (Joyce) Zeilinger of Plum City and Karleen Zeilinger of Eau Claire; two grandsons, Jonathan (Kayla) Zeilinger and Mathew (Ashley Hinnrichs) Zeilinger, both of Plum City; two great-grandchildren, Dylan Zeilinger and Addison Zeilinger (to be born any day); two sisters-in-law, Mary Crosby of New Richmond and Lorraine Zeilinger of Durand; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his twin sisters, Lorraine Ebensperger and Laura Zeilinger; and one brother, Richard Zeilinger.

Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2010, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Rev. Thomas Krieg will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 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, Menomonie is serving the family.

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