Dunn County, WI Obituaries
January 2004

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
January 4, 2004 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Robert L. Christianson

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 4, 2004, A6

Robert L. Christianson, age 72, of Colfax, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born Nov. 14, 1931, in Chippewa County to Lawrence and Marie (Ludwigson) Christianson. He married Shirley Pitts on Nov. 26, 1966, in Bloomer. He served in the Army during the Korean War and worked in the maintenance department for the Colfax School District.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Packers, playing cards, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Colfax; one son, Dale (Lori) Christianson of Colfax; two daughters, Shelley Christianson of San Ramon, Calif., and Connie (Scott) Ottinger of Colfax; two brothers, Clifford (Gwen) Christianson of Brownsville and Byron (Ginny) Christianson of Colfax; two sisters, Bernice (Clay) Pecore of Bloomer and Shirley (Jack) Ellingboe of Taos, N.M.; eight grandchildren, Luke, Zack, Ben and Mandy Christianson and Courtney, Brianna, Andrea and Will Ottinger.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Running Valley Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jeanne Warner officiating. Interment was in the Running Valley Cemetery with military graveside rites.

Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer was in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth R. Hintzman

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 4, 2004, A6

Kenneth R. Hintzman, age 80, of Colfax, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Kenneth was born Dec. 15, 1923, in the Town of Sherman, Dunn County, to Herman and Helen (Schaefer) Hintzman. He married Mabel K. Hendricks on Dec. 26, 1942, in Menomonie. They recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. They truly had a very special marriage. Out of their love three children -- Barbara, Judie and Helen -- were born.
During World War II Ken served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 as a military policeman in France and Germany. After his military service, Ken did construction work, was a maintenance man for 36 years at Sanna Dairies in Menomonie, and also did side jobs of painting and moving furniture for W. W. Dray Lines.

Ken had a great love for his family and friends. He often boasted how well his family had done. He enjoyed playing cards with friends, fishing, traveling, helping others, and he also loved playing jokes on others. Ken was always there with a friendly smile and a helping hand.

His laughter and mischievous ways will be sorely missed. Ken was blessed with many good qualities, some of which are being a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, father-in-law, and also a loyal friend. He leaves behind many great memories.

Ken is survived by his wife, Mabel at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie; three daughters, Barbara (Fred) Drinkman of Downing and Judie (Jack) Weber and Helen (Gary C.) Stevens, both of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Bruce (Deb) Drinkman and Scott (Shirley) Drinkman, both of Glenwood City, Diane Drinkman of Madison, and Tammy (Dan) Luther of Barron; seven great-grandchildren, Angela, Jordan, Samantha, Joshua and Erin Drinkman, all of Glenwood City, and Brandon and Brittany Luther, both of Barron; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Herman and Helen (Schaefer) Hintzman; an adopted brother, Francis, who died when very young; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lonnie Hendricks and Sina and Floyd Sweeney; three brothers-in-law, William "Bud" Hendricks, Ray Hendricks and Vernon Giere; and three sisters-in-law, Frances Hendricks, Helen Hendricks and Lorraine Giere.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery in the Town of Sherman with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Jennifer Jean Brown

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 4, 2004, A6

Jennifer Jean Brown, age 30, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, the result of injuries received in an automobile accident.

Jennifer was born on Nov. 18, 1973, in Menomonie to Susan Reidt and Richard Brown. She graduated from Elk Mound High School in 1993. She was a very special daughter, a wonderful mother, sister and aunt.
Jennifer is survived by a son, Justin Smith of Menomonie; her mother, Susan Fedderly of Menomonie; her father, Richard (Karen) Brown of Colfax; a sister, Angie Brown (Norm) of Wheeler; her grandmother, Janice Reidt (LaMoyne) of Colfax; a nephew, Gage Brown; aunts and uncles, Robert D. Reidt of Altoona, Dennis (Diane) Reidt of Fond du Lac, Donovan Reidt, Jr., (Linda) of Eau Claire, Carol (Dale) Schindler of Menomonie, Lori (Tom) Sabby of Boyceville, Douglas (Laura) Brown of Colfax, Jean (Arthur) Nabbefeld of Menomonie, Diane (Dennis) Schindler of Chippewa Falls, Dennis (Debbie) Brown of Colfax, Tim (Denise) Brown of Colfax and Donald (Marcia) Henderson of Colfax, and cousins and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Eva Brown; two grandfathers, Charlie Brown and Donovan Reidt, Sr., and a cousin, Chad T. Brown.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday Jan. 5, 2004, at Barum Lutheran Church in the Town of Elk Mound, Dunn County, with Rev. Hal Schroetter officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today ( Sunday) at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Ellen E. Link

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 4, 2004, A6

Ellen E. Link, age 69, of Elk Mound, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, as the result of an automobile accident.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.
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Melvin E. Link

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 4, 2004, A6

Melvin E. Link, age 80, of Elk Mound, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, as the result of an automobile accident.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.
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Kathryn E. Taylor

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 4, 2004, A6

Kathryn E. Taylor, age 74, of Menomonie died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

[See complete obituary below]
 

Erma L. (Beamon) Howard

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 7, 2004, A6

Erma L. (Beamon) Howard, age 96, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

A private graveside memorial service will be held in the spring at Cedar Falls Cemetery, Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Melvin E. Link

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 7, 2004, A6

Melvin Eugene Link, age 80, of Elk Mound, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, as the result of an automobile accident in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

He was born Dec. 10, 1923, in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to Samuel W. and Martha M. (Breitzman) Link. Melvin served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 during World War II.

After his military service, Melvin did livestock trucking with his brother and he farmed for various farmers in Dunn County. He married Ellen Schleusner on Nov. 21, 1969, in Menomonie. After retiring, they moved to Elk Mound.

Melvin loved his church and was a faithful member of Salem Iron Creek United Methodist Church. He was always willing to help others and always looked on the bright side of things. He was a very special man to his family and friends and will be sadly missed by them.

Melvin is survived by an adopted son, Terry M. Link of Fox Lake; five stepchildren, Debbie (Marvin) Thompson of Nelson, Cindy Larson of Wheeler, Roberta (Marvin) Sternitzky of Blair, and Steve (Mercy) Schleusner and Tim (Carla) Schleusner, both of Alaska; 12 stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; three brothers, Herbert (Marlys) Link of Menomonie, and Elmer (Marchia) Link and Francis (Ann) Link, both of Billings, Mont.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Samuel, Sherman and Richard Link; and four sisters, Rachel LaRose, Hazel Lemke Radle, Esther Larson and Linda Stress.

Funeral services for Melvin and his wife will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Brian Armstrong officiating. There will be a flag presentation by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Following cremation, he will be buried at a later date in Iron Creek Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Salem United Methodist Church or charity of donor's choice.

Ellen E. Link

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 7, 2004, A6

Ellen E. Link, age 69, of Elk Mound, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, as a result of an automobile accident in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

The former Ellen Evonne Winget was born June 18, 1934, in Eau Claire to Ralph and Lily (Martin) Winget. When a young child, she moved with her family to Milwaukee where she attended school. They later moved back to Eau Claire.

Ellen married Robert F. Schleusner on April 3, 1952, in Menomonie. They farmed on the family farm in the Town of Spring Brook. Robert preceded her in death in 1969. After his death, Ellen later married Melvin E. Link on Nov. 21, 1969, in Menomonie. They also farmed for various farmers in Dunn County. After retiring, they moved to Elk Mound.

Ellen was a faithful member of Salem Iron Creek United Methodist Church. Ellen's family and friends were her life and she will be sadly missed by them.

Ellen is survived by three daughters and three sons, Debbie (Marvin) Thompson of Nelson, Cindy Larson of Wheeler, Roberta (Marvin) Sternitzky of Blair, Steve (Mercy) Schleusner and Tim (Carla) Schleusner, both of Alaska, and Terry M. Link of Fox Lake; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Judy Connolly and Cathie Angerman, both of Alaska; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Schleusner; two sons, Terry Robert and Denny Lee Schleusner; and a grandson, Eric Wigdahl.

Funeral services for Ellen and her husband will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Brian Armstrong officiating. Following cremation, she will be buried at a later date in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Spring Brook.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Kathryn E. Taylor

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 7, 2004, A6

Kathryn E. Taylor, age 74, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Kathryn Elaine Forseth was born April 6, 1929, in Fond du Lac to Herman and Mary (Bierns) Forseth. She served in the U.S. Army for three years.

Kathryn married James Robert Taylor on May 13, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minn. Besides raising her family, Kathryn worked as a waitress in Minneapolis for many years.

Following her husband's death in 1976, Kathryn moved to Menomonie. She has resided at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie the last year.

Kathryn loved spending time with family, especially her grandson. She also enjoyed playing cards and monopoly.

Kathryn is survived by three children, Michael Alan Forseth of Ellsworth, Victoria Rose (Richard Lee) Wibel of Menomonie, and Roberta Lou Taylor of Altoona; a grandson, Richard James Wibel; and three brothers, Allen, Ronnie and Gary Forseth, all of La Crosse.

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

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Paul Pillman officiating. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Clement Fowler Bronson Johnson

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 7, 2004, A6

Clement Fowler Bronson Johnson passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at his home in Colorado.

Memorial services will be scheduled after his remains are returned to his family here in Wisconsin.

At that time an obituary will be placed in this paper.

[See complete obituary below]

LaMont A. "Pinky" Wheeler

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 11, 2004, A6

LaMont A. "Pinky" Wheeler, age 73, of Boyceville, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born Jan. 2, 1931, in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County, to Harry and Emma (Raasch) Wheeler. He attended Miller Hill Grade School and farmed on the home farm.

On June 20, 1951, LaMont married Ruby Drury in Menomonie. He farmed in Dunn County most of his life and has resided in Boyceville the last 18 years.

LaMont was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Boyceville. He loved to hunt and fish, and also liked to feed and watch the birds. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

LaMont is survived by his wife, Ruby of Boyceville; two daughters, Gloria (John) Connolly of Camanche, Iowa, and Linda Malean (Rod Platson) of Menomonie; three sons, Michael (Marilyn) Wheeler and Larry (Sandra) Wheeler, both of Downing, and Dan (Bonnie) Wheeler of Clinton, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Wheeler of Menomonie and Dale (Karen) Wheeler of Baldwin; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marlene Jacobson; an infant brother, Ron Wheeler; and a great-grandson, Zachary Casey.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at Grace Baptist Church in Boyceville with Pastor Aaron Blumer officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Clair D. Flanagan

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 14, 2004, A6

Clair D. Flanagan, age 94, of Ridgeland, died Saturday, Jan.10, 2004, at the Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm.

Clair was born Feb. 21, 1909, to John and Emma (Dolly) Flanagan of Buck Creek, Iowa, where he was raised and attended school. On March 17, 1938, he was married to Esther Mueller at Prairie Farm and they farmed in the Town of Sheridan for several years. In 1977, he retired from farming and the couple moved into Ridgeland.
Clair enjoyed doing electrical work for many years as well as camping, fishing, and playing dartball. He was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church and now a longtime member of the Ridgeland Methodist Church.

Clair was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, three brothers, and three sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Esther Flanagan; two sons, Fred (Marcella) Flanagan of Richfield, Minn. and John (Miki) Flanagan of Centuria; two daughters, Evelyn (John) Schaffer of Sarona and Mary (Marvin) Prestrud of Prairie Farm; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Robert (Dorothy) Flanagan of Prairie Farm, Ray (Lois) and Joe (Arlene) Flanagan, both of Seattle, Wash., and Dewey (Jonie) Flanagan of Downey, Calif; five sisters, Elma (Roy) Baldridge, Helen Thomas, Emma (Carl) Soderaberg and Loula Flanagan, all of Seattle, and Rachel (Merle) Roemhild of Prairie Farm; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, from Faith United Methodist Church in the Town of Prairie Farm with the Rev. Craig Nehring officiating. Burial will be in Zion-Sheridan Cemetery in the Town of Sheridan, Dunn County.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Arrangements are with Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron.

Valeria F. Wold

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 14, 2004, A6

Valeria F. Wold, age 87, of Menomonie, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

The former Valeria Weiss was born on Feb. 29, 1916, to Otto and Frances (Close) Weiss. She married Arthur Wold on Dec. 21, 1940.
Valeria was an avid gardener. Her garden brought joy to many people as they drove by her garden east of Menomonie. She also had a love for birds, animals, children, and caring for others.

Valeria is survived by two daughters, Syrilla Larson of Menomonie and Michele (Joe) Biron of Elk Mound; three grandchildren, Timothy Biron of Elk Mound, Tessy (Stacy) Wigfield of Colfax, and Robb Larson of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur; and two brothers, James and Julius.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.

Gerald E. Anderson

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 14, 2004, A6

Gerald E. Anderson, age 76, of Wheeler, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Eileen Kraft

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 18, 2004, A6

Eileen Kraft, age 84, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Eileen Tibbetts was born March 16, 1919, on the Tibbetts farm south of Downsville in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Raymond and Crystal (Bigelow) Tibbetts.

Eileen married Cyril L. Kraft on May 5, 1938, in Menomonie. They lived on the Kraft farm before moving to Menomonie in 1944 where they lived for 25 years. In 1969, they built a house east of Menomonie and lived there until 1984 when they moved to Tantara Apartments.

Eileen was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and Sarah Circle and taught Sunday School for a number of years. She enjoyed working with the people at church and was always ready to help whenever she could until ill health prevented her from helping. Eileen was also a member of the Cedarlings Homemakers Club for a number of years.

Eileen enjoyed crocheting, knitting, writing poems, reading and playing cards. She also enjoyed her family, relatives and her friends and will be sadly missed by them.

Eileen is survived by two sons, David (Arlene) Kraft of Menomonie and Richard (Darlene) Kraft of Rice Lake; one daughter, Patricia (James) Dahn of St. Paul Park, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Steven Kraft of Eden Prairie, Minn., Dawn (Ron) Hill of Andover, Minn., Randy Kraft of Tulsa, Okla., John (Janet) Kraft of Kamloops, B.C., Canada, Allan Kraft of Blaine, Minn., Bill (Becky) Dahn of St. Paul Park, Minn., Tina Fettis of Chetek, and Anthony (Debbra) Calkins of Rice Lake; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Lorraine Jacobson of Maplewood, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Gladys Lambert of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cyril; and a sister, Jeannette Bammert.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Town of Dunn, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to charity of donor's choice.

Ione Crosby

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan 21, 2004, A6

Ione Crosby, age 79, of Colfax, formerly of Boyceville, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

Ione was born Oct. 20, 1924, in the town of Sherman, Dunn County, to Ward and Isabel (Parker) Lindsley. She was a lifelong resident of the town of Sherman and Hay River area.

She was married to Art Link for 18 years. Then on Aug. 17, 1960, she married Larry Crosby in Spring Valley, Ill. During her life, she held various jobs and was a member of the Wheeler Saddle Club.

Survivors include her husband, Larry; two sons, Jim (Jan) Link and Terry Crosby; two daughters, Linda Crosby and Mary (Jeffrey) Hotter; a half brother, Meick Linzee; a nephew, Benjamin (Lindsley) Jeffries; a niece, Sharon (Chuck) Brathall; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Hank, and one son, Kenny Link.

Funeral services for Ione Crosby were Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, from the Wheeler United Methodist Church with Pastor Gail Mitchell officiating. Burial was in the Hay River Cemetery.

Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax handled arrangements.

Winston "Pinky" O. Vasey

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan 21, 2004, A6

Winston "Pinky" O. Vasey, age 83, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Winston was born on May 13, 1920, in Menomonie and adopted by Paul and Lonaverne (Harshman) Vasey. He married Inez (Kit) Richardson on Oct. 29, 1943, in Champaign, Ill. Winston enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943.

Winston owned Vasey and Vasey Insurance Agency with his father, Paul, for 31 years. Later, he owned True Value Hardware for 13 years. Winston was a charter member of the Menomonie Lions Club.

Winston attended Stout State University, studying industrial arts as he always had a great interest in woodworking and machine shop. He also loved the outdoors, especially hunting, including trips out west. Winston sold the first snowmobiles in Menomonie. He also sold boats, motors and travel trailers.

Winston is survived by two sons, Alan (Sue) Vasey of Cottage Grove, Minn., and Bruce (Elizabeth) Vasey of Ann Arbor, Mich.; two daughters, Karen Vasey of Cottage Grove and Teresa (Rick) Gallman of Eau Claire; four grandchildren, Jodi (Mark) Harnisch and Jennifer (Troy) Steinmeyer, both of Menomonie, and Eric and Gina Vasey, both of Ann Arbor; one great-grandson, Dakota Harnisch; one sister, Alta Vasey Morgan; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Inez.

Memorial services for both Winston and Inez were Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilyn Rushton officiating. Burial of the cremains was in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Memorials are suggested to donor's charity of choice.

Dorothy A. B. Shane

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan 21, 2004, A6

Dorothy A. B. Shane, age 77, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at her home.

Dorothy Alice Bertha Blake was born on Oct. 16, 1926, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Arnold and Wilma (Cook) Blake. She grew up in the Beyer Settlement area and attended the Beyer Settlement School, graduating in 1944 from Colfax High School.
Dorothy married Elmer (Ralph) Shane on March 12, 1945, in Denver, Colo. They moved back to this area and farmed in the town of Edison, Chippewa County. In 1952, they bought the home farm in the town of Red Cedar. Elmer died in 1978.

Dorothy worked as a cook for The Last Frontier Supper Club, the Red Cedar Supper Club, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout, retiring from the university in 1998 after 19 years of service.

Dorothy had a love for crocheting and gardening, with flowers her specialty.

Dorothy is survived by five sons, Ricky R. Shane, Thomas (Carolyn) Shane and Jeff (Deanna) Shane, all of Menomonie, Samuel (Charlene) Shane of Colfax, and Scott Shane of Greeley, Colo.; two daughters, Kathleen (Pastor Gary) Brown of Menomonie and Rebecca Shane of Kenosha; seven grandchildren, Erin (Ron) Lemler, Brianne and Cara Shane, Jackie (John) Koehler and Matthew Shane, and Morgan and Ryan Shane; three step-grandchildren, Vicki, Travis and Valerie Behling; five step-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Juanita Lange of Milwaukee, Wanda Lark of Menomonee Falls, and Eileen Blake of Queens Creek, Ariz.; a brother-in-law, James Shane of Arizona; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer; a brother, Lavern; a sister, Alma Scharlau; two brothers-in-law, Herb Scharlau and Wayne Shane; and three sisters-in-law, Beatrice Grambo, Rowena Burdick and Fern Cummings.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan 22, 2004, at St. Katherine's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Beyer Settlement in the town of Red Cedar with the Rev. Martin Wegner officiating. Burial will be in Hill Grove Cemetery in the town of Colfax.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from 10 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church.

The family requests no flowers.

Leatha V. (Herdahl) Retzloff

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan 21, 2004, A6

Leatha V. (Herdahl) Retzloff, age 86, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, at Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chippewa Falls.

Leatha was born on March 23, 1917, in the town of Tiffany to the late Carson and Ethyl (Emmerson) Herdahl. She was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville and graduated from Boyceville High School. Thereafter, she was employed in St. Paul, Minn., for a year before moving to Menomonie.

Leatha married Earl F. Retzloff on Nov. 9, 1936, in Red Wing, Minn. Together, they lived in Menomonie several years, then moved to a farm near Weston. After six years of farming, they moved back to Menomonie where Earl was assistant manager at Gambles Store and Leatha was a homemaker. They built their house on Eighth Street where they remained for their married life.

In the 1950s, they owned and operated the Mobil Gas Bulk Plant in Menomonie until Earl became ill. Leatha was the bookkeeper for the business. Earl passed away in 1965. Leatha then worked as a teller for the Bank of Menomonie until her retirement. Since 1988, Leatha has resided at Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chippewa Falls with Alzheimer's.

Leatha was a hard worker, very talented, and a creative person in writing, painting, teaching rosemaling, sewing and gardening. Her hands were never idle. Leatha could make anything. She enjoyed music and reading.

She loved her church, Peace Lutheran, and has been a member since marriage. She was active in the Women's Bible Study, Book Nook, quilting and other church activities. She was a supportive wife and mother with goodness and compassion in her heart.

She is survived by a son, Gerry (Sandra) Retzloff of San Antonio, Texas; a daughter, Karen (John) Bassi of Merrillan; five grandchildren, Mark (Holly) Retzloff and Brian (Sylvia) Retzloff, both of San Antonio; Paula (Michael) Meinscher of Kingwood, Texas; Robert (Lori) Mikunda of Colfax, and Christopher (Jodi) Mikunda of Holmen; 10 great-grandchildren, Bobbie, Gerry and Sarah Retzloff. Colton Retzloff, Jules, Sterling and Mason Meinscher, Cailyn and Ryanne Mikunda, and Wade Mikunda; a brother, Erwin (Isla) Herdahl of Waterloo, Iowa; and two nephews, a niece and cousins.

Leatha was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; a brother, Gale Herdahl; stepfather, John Lee, and parents-in-law, Fred C. and Hattie Retzloff.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Interment will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

Evergreen Funeral Home in Eau Claire is serving the family.

Mabel M. Nichols

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan 21, 2004, A6

Mabel M. Nichols, age 96, of Altoona, formerly of Boyceville and Wheeler, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Mabel was born May 22, 1907, in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Andrew and Anna (Krisak) Horky, and grew up on the family farm just north of Boyceville. Mabel married Nicholas J. Nichols on Nov. 5, 1933, in Chicago. They made their home in Chicago until 1946 when they moved to Wheeler, where they owned and operated a grocery store until 1954.
Mabel was an active member of St. Luke's Catholic Church in Boyceville. Nicholas died in 1992 and in 1999 Mabel moved to Eau Claire where she remained the rest of her life.

Mabel is survived by a son, James (Mary Ellen) of West Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Mary Rosolack of Eau Claire and Patricia (Robert) Ruth of Verona; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph Horky of Bloomington, Minn., and John Horky of Boyceville, and three sisters, Ann Gaard of Menomonie and Sophie Olson and Ella Schryver, both of Boyceville.

Mabel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son, Dennis; a son-in-law, Stephen Rosolack; three sisters; and four brothers.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Jerry Hoeser officiating. Burial was in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Raymond E. Bressler

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan 21, 2004, A6

Raymond E. Bressler, age 54, of Menomonie, formerly of Stillwater, Minn., died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at his home.

Ray was born Feb. 6, 1949, in Hibbing, Minn., to James and Mary (Hollis) Bressler. He graduated from Hibbing High School and the University of Minnesota. Ray worked as an mechanical engineer at 3M in Minnesota for many years.

Ray is survived by two sons, Christopher (Michelle) Bressler of Somerset and Scott Bressler of Stillwater; one granddaughter, Claire Bressler of Somerset; a sister, Kay (Robert) Gould of Lake Elmo, Minn.; his former wife, Barb Bressler of Stillwater; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Mary Bressler, and grandparents, Emil and Ann Bressler and G. Claude and Gertrude Hollis.

Ray loved his family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, keeping his bird feeders full, and his cat companion, "Sunshine."

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Stillwater.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Kathleen R. Setter

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan 21, 2004, A6

Kathleen R. Setter, age 80, formerly of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Kathleen was born July 12, 1923, in Springfield, Ill., to Paul and Gladys (Chilman) Raleigh. She attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and graduated in 1941 from Springfield High School. Kathleen then graduated from the College of Teresa in Winona, Minn., in 1945 with a degree in math and physics.

After teaching high school in Dickinson, N.D., she accepted a teaching position in the oil camps in Temblador, Venezuela, working for Creole (Exxon). There she met and married Alfred Setter of Menomonie on Jan. 20, 1949.

Kathleen lived in many locations throughout the United States, South America and Indonesia. She never lost her enthusiasm and curiosity for the different people and cultures she experienced. She loved teaching and the learning process.

Kathleen is survived by two children, Richard Allen (Carla) Setter of Thorp and Mary (Ed) Bock of Minneapolis, Minn.; a granddaughter, Chri Bianca Setter; one sister, Dolores Raleigh Zilch; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Setter, her parents, and a sister, Pauline Raleigh Leef.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at the the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Visitation is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Gerald E. Anderson

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan 21, 2004, A6

Gerald E. Anderson, age 76, of Wheeler, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Crites officiating. Burial will be in Hay River Cemetery in the town of Hay River, Dunn County.
 

Clement Fowler Johnson

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 25, 2004, A6

Clement Fowler Johnson, age 73, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at his home in Pueblo, Colo.

Clement was born Aug. 6, 1930, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Clementine (Bronson) and Frank Johnson. Clement served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In 1956, he married Dorothy Hansen of Minneapolis. They were married 28 years and raised four children. He and his family moved to Wisconsin in the early 1970s where he farmed for many years and enjoyed his favorite pastime of horseback riding. He moved to Colorado in the early 1990s.

Clement is survived by his four children, Dwaine Johnson of Utah, and Bonnie Smith, Kathy Hudson and Maria Hudson, all of Wisconsin, and his 11 grandchildren.

Memorial services are scheduled at the Living Word Chapel in Forest on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, from 2 to 4 p.m. with Pastor Randy Dean officiating.

Lynn Marie Lammer

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 25, 2004, A6

Lynn Marie Lammer, age 52, of Hudson, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at her home in Hudson.

She was born May 14, 1951, to John F. and Willa B. (Rayburn) Lammer. Lynn grew up in Menomonie and attended St. Joseph's School and graduated from Menomonie High School. She attended the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., for two years, then transferred to the University of Wyoming where she received a bachelor of arts degree.
Later, Lynn attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she received a master's degree in counseling. She also attended the William Mitchell Law School in St. Paul where she earned a law degree. Upon graduation, Lynn worked for West Publishing until her health became a factor.

She completed a four-year program at the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in Minnesota and was a practicing homeopath physician at the time of her death.

Lynn was an amazing person, who despite being severely handicapped from birth with allergies and asthma, enjoyed life by participating in whatever her health allowed. She introduced many activities to her family that she herself couldn't do. Lynn insisted that her family try snowskiing, waterskiing and horseback riding, and was a source of encouragement for her family's endeavors.

In her mid-40s, Lynn became involved in competitive ballroom dancing and was a dance instructor at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. Her newest passion was sailing and racing with the St. Croix River Sailing Club. Lynn was involved in a gourmet cooking club and was a member of the Women's Business Network, Minnesota Bar Association, Minnesota Homeopathic Association (MHA), and the United States Association of Ballroom Dance (USABD). Lynn was a past member of the Stillwater, Minn., School Board and was instrumental in building a new high school in Stillwater.

Lynn is survived by her parents; two children, Richard Schmidt of Hudson and Tiffany Schmidt of Shakopee, Minn.; two brothers, Michael Lammer of LaCrescent, Minn., and Patrick (Jayne) Lammer of Menomonie; four sisters, Lorrie (Dan) Jergenson of LaCrescent, Lucy (Fred Hollenbeck) Lammer of Menomonie, Rebecca (Tom) Massey of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Jennifer (Michael) Townsend of River Falls; her special friend, Bob Garner of Lake Elmo, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, where a prayer service is scheduled at 7:30 p.m., and from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Lynn's family requests memorial donations to the American Lung Association.

Blake Bradlee Lightle

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 25, 2004, A6

Blake Bradlee Lightle was stillborn on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie due to complications during the pregnancy.

Blake is survived by his parents, Otis and Debbie (Roberts) Lightle of Menomonie; two sisters, Nikita and Casey Roberts; a brother, Tyler Lightle; his grandmother, Linda Hansen; his grandfather, Jimmy Lightle; two aunts, Beth (LeRoy) Thibado and Amy Lightle; his godparents, Tim Dresser and Beth Thibado; several cousins; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Ella Roberts, and step-grandfather, Jerry Hansen.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in the town of Dunn, Dunn County.

Frederick "Fred" A. Weber

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 28, 2004, A6

Frederick "Fred" A. Weber, age 87, of Mondovi, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Fred was born Sept. 15, 1916, in the town of Eau Galle, Dunn County, to Ernest and Blanche (Baskin) Weber. He married Clarice Flick on Sept. 19, 1939, at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Eau Galle.

Fred was a foreman at the Mondovi Canning Factory for 38 years, retiring in 1981. He was very skilled in home construction. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Most of all, he enjoyed his family and friends. He was a longtime member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Mondovi.

Fred is survived by his wife, Clarice of Mondovi, six children, Fred G. Weber of Mondovi, Carole (John) Fure of Danbury, Mary Jean (LeeVal) Brantner of Cottage Grove, Minn., Cheri (James) Forster of Eau Claire, Richard (Loree) Weber of White Bear Lake, Minn., and Barry (Carrie) Weber of Mondovi; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Darlene (Bernard) Milliren of Arkansaw; a sister-in-law, Ruth Weber of Durand; and nieces and nephews.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harold and Donald Weber.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Mondovi with Father James Kurzynski officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Kjentvet-Smith Funeral Home in Mondovi was in charge of arrangements.

Earl H. McIntyre

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 28, 2004, A6

Earl H. McIntyre, age 80, of Janesville, passed away at his home Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, following a courageous battle with cancer with his loving family by his side.

He was born May 20, 1923, in the town of Hay River, Dunn County, the son of Dougal T. and Lettie (Steves) McIntyre. He graduated from Boyceville High School. Earl married Irene Austreng in Menomonie on April 28, 1943. In April 2003, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Earl was a driver for W.R. Arthur and JATCO for 33 years, retiring from JATCO in 1985. After retirement, he drove school bus for Jacobson Bus Co. and Riteway Bus Co. for the Milton School District. The children he transported to school were very special to him.

Earl enjoyed attending the annual 998th Construction Battalion reunion every year. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and Teamsters Local #579 and was a life member of Kienow-Hilt VFW Post #1621.

Earl is survived by his wife, Irene, two daughters, Rosalie Morris and Sharon Miller, and two grandchildren, Todd Morris and Dana Morris, all of Janesville; three step-grandchildren, Doug (Lon) Miller of Amery, Chet Miller of Arizona, and Kelly Ryan Miller of Germany; two sisters, Betty (Myron) Crane of Wheeler and Donna Allen of Eagle; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine McIntyre of Barron and Donna McIntyre of the state of Washington; a son-in-law, Butch Morris of Janesville; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, George, Theodore, Dougal, Roy, Donald and Daniel; and a sister, Faye.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1422 Center Ave., Janesville, with the Rev. Dale R. Wilson officiating. Entombment was in Milton Lawns Mausoleum with military rites by Kienow-Hilt VFW Post #1621.

Memorials may be made to the church or the American Cancer Society.

Henke-Clarson Funeral Home in Janesville assisted the family.

"A special thank you to Terry from Mercy Hospice for her care and many kindnesses."

Joyce G. Loomis

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 28, 2004, A6

Joyce G. Loomis, age 82, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

Joyce was born on Nov. 18, 1921, in Gilmanton, to Burt and Lettie (Litchfield) Loomis. She was an elementary teacher with the Menomonie School District for 31 years, retiring in 1983. She was active in her church and at school. Joyce has been a resident at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie for several years.

Joyce is survived by a son, Emory (Terri) Steinke of Hayward; two grandchildren, Travis Steinke and Angela Busch; a sister, Eileen Eide; several nieces and nephews other relatives and friends, and a very special friend, Geneva Hasse.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Dean; a sister, Ellen; two brothers, Gerald and Cecil, and two nephews, Don and Galen.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Menomonie.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from 10 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.

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