Dunn County Obituaries
October 2001

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
October 3, 2001 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Dianne M. Hays

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, A6

Dianne M. Hays, age 56, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

Dianne was born Nov. 29, 1944, in Ladysmith to Gerhardt and Myrtle (Jenkins) Stender. She graduated from high school in Holcombe and then worked as a cook for a few restaurants in the Holcombe area and also provided home care for the elderly. She lived in Menomonie the last six years.

Dianne enjoyed knitting and embroidering. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Dianne is survived by two sons, James Birch of Bloomer and Dean (Doris) Birch of Siren; a daughter, Donna (Jim) McMahon of Fall Creek; her parents, Gerhardt and Myrtle Stender of Cornell; four brothers and three sisters, Gerhardt (Teri) Stender of Chippewa Falls, Patricia (Gale Volbrecht) Stender of Menomonie, Victoria Stender of Cornell, Mark (Wilma) Stender of Holcombe, Michael (Colleen) Stender of Marshfield, Tom (Robin) Stender of Holcombe, and Mary (Douglas) Potaczek of Cornell; one grandson, Jesse Olichwier of Fall Creek; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Danny Stender.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Anthony Yates of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses officiating. Burial was in the Holcombe Cemetery, Town of Holcombe.

Nellie E. Reinecke

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, A6

 

Nellie E. Reinecke, age 94, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, in Lakeland.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

Gordon G. Jones

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, A6

Gordon G. Jones, age 62, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

[See complete obituary below]

 

Gordon G. Jones

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, A6

Gordon G. Jones, retired UW-Stout Professor Emeritus and Director of Technology and Information Services and User Services, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, from complications due to Multiple Myeloma cancer.

He valiantly fought to overcome the disease and to help others learn more about it. He was 62 years old and had lived in Menomonie for more than 30 years.

Gordon was born in Jamestown, N.D., and grew up in Bottineau, N.D. Pursuing his love of education, he received a bachelor's and master's degree from North Dakota State University.

He enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, Md. After military service, Gordon began teaching at UW-Stout and he completed another master's degree and his Ph.D. at Washington State University.

Gordon was well-known on campus for his friendly, out-going smile and his support for all staff, faculty and students. He worked at UW-Stout from 1965 until retiring in July 2000, teaching and administrating the academic computer center.

Gordon's focus in life was his family through which he enjoyed traveling, camping, biking, canoeing; spending quality time with those that he loved. Gordon was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church Choir and served on the Church Council. He was treasurer of Menomonie High School Music Parents for over 15 years, and was a board member of the Chippewa Valley Free Net.

Gordon always had a positive outlook on life and would often say, when asked how he was doing, "It's nice to be on the green side." Now he is on Heaven's side. He was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years, Marlene Jones; three daughters, Susan (Jim) Gundlach of Milwaukee, Sarah (Joe) Gardenghi of Catonsville, Md., and Nicole Jones of Ellicott City, Md.; a brother, Robert (Charlotte) Jones of Portage La Praire, Manitoba, Canada; a sister, Audrey (Ray) Anderson of Deerwood, Minn.; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Revs. Ron Burke and Bob Friese officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials may be sent to the Gift of Life Transplant House, 705 Second St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902; the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), 11 Forest St., New Canaan, CT 06840 (www.multiplemyeloma.org.); or the Choir Fund at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 910 Ninth St., Menomonie, WI 54751.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Bernard H. Hayden

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, A6

Bernard H. Hayden, age 78, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born May 12, 1923, in the Downsville area of Dunn County, the son of Henry and Gladys (Crawford) Hayden. He grew up in the Downsville community.

Bernard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After service, he returned to the family farm and farmed for about six years. Bernard moved to California and lived there for six years. He returned to Menomonie where he worked for construction companies, mostly from Eau Claire. After retiring, Bernard spent his winters traveling in the Texas area and summers in Menomonie with his family.

Bernard is survived by two daughters, Nancy L. (David) Dickey of Hudson and Tammy (Larry) Schneider of Colfax; one sister, Anna Olson of Chippewa Falls; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Larry and Timothy; a brother, Edmund; and a sister, Bonnie Cramer.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Menomonie with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends may call at the funeral home from Monday noon until time of services.

Ruby E. Stene

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, A6

Ruby E. Stene, age 82, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Ruby Kuester was born Oct. 21, 1918, in Menomonie to Ed and Esther (Hintzman) Kuester. She was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church where she was a lifelong member.

Ruby played the accordion in her own orchestra for many years prior to and after her marriage to Norvald Stene, who was also a member of the orchestra. Ruby and Norvald were married on June 17, 1942, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Ruby worked as a beautician for many years and was also very active in the Auxiliary to Hosford-Chase Post No. 32 of The American Legion.

Ruby is survived by a sister, Verla Draeger of Menomonie; one brother, Lyle (Lavone) Kuester of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Norvald.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery in the Town of Sherman, Dunn County.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Nellie E. Reinecke

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, A6

Nellie E. Reinecke, age 94, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, in Florida.

Graveside services are 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, at Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling local arrangements.

Jeffery S. Kirchoff

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, A6

Jeffery S. Kirchoff, age 46, of Eau Claire, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Jeffery was born Nov. 26, 1954, in Eau Claire to Lawrence "Barney" and Margaret (Scott) Kirchoff.

Jeffery went to Memorial High School. He lived in Wisconsin all his life. He married Kathleen Bosier in Eau Claire in 1973. Jeffery was employed at the Shopko Stores.

We will always admire his courage and determination in his fight against cancer.

Survivors include his father, Lawrence "Barney" (Shirley) Kirchoff of Colfax; one daughter, Jennifer (Bryan) Jones of Baldwin; one son, Patrick Kirchoff of Eau Claire; two brothers, Timothy (Joanne) Kirchoff of Barrington, Ill., and Dennis (Kathy) Kirchoff of Oakdale, Minn.; one grandson, Preston Jones of Baldwin; a half brother, Jerry Kirchoff of Nashville, Tenn.; his former wife, Kathleen Hallum; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, 2001, at Smith Funeral Chapel in Eau Claire with the Rev. Andy Boe officiating. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday) and one hour prior to services Monday at the Smith Funeral Chapel.

Harry A. Joles, Sr.

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, A6

Harry A. Joles Sr., age 75, of Boyceville, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Harry was born Jan. 10, 1926, in Boyceville to Harry and Dottie (Worton) Joles. He was raised in the Boyceville area. He served in the military from 1944 to 1946. Harry married Muriel Austreng on Nov. 28, 1945, in Prairie Farm.

He was a cattle buyer and owned and operated Harry's Painting. He loved working with his horses and tending to his cattle. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Harry is survived by his wife, Muriel Joles of Boyceville; one son, Harry Jr. (Kathy) Joles of Boyceville; three daughters, Faye (Dale) Bird of Boyceville, Cindy (David) Walton of Comstock, and Susan (Jerry) Clark of Knapp; one sister, Libby Swanson of Farmington, Harry A. Joles, Sr.

Minn.; 16 grandchildren, Stephanie Anderson, Lacy, Tyler and Katelyn Bird, Krissy Blaser, Zhanae and Garrett Joles, Heather and Sarah Stoffel, Shane Walton, Michelle Wertz, Nicole and Brody Borth, and Johnathan, Aron and Alethea Clark; six great-grandchildren, Dakota Haanen, Tanner Anderson, and Brett, Brooklyn, Emily and Elizabeth Blaser; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard; and a sister, Nettie Woolever.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Gerald Hibbard officiating. Burial will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

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Albert E. Malean

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, A6

Albert E. Malean, age 99, of Boyceville, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, at Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

[See complete obituary below]

 

Florence E. Erickson

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, A6

Florence E. Erickson, age 78, of Menomonie, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, at her home.

The former Florence Batchelder was born April 3, 1923, in the Town of Tainter, Dunn County, to Charles and Mable (Harshman) Batchelder. She attended Riverside Grade School and graduated from Colfax High School. After graduation, Florence worked in defense plants in Eau Claire and Dixon, Ill.

Florence married Ross Erickson on Feb. 21, 1945, in Menomonie. Together, they farmed in the Town of Menomonie. Florence later worked at Skogmo's Clothing Store and then at Sandy Lee's Mfg. until retiring in 1986.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie, where she also taught Sunday School and belonged to a church circle group. She was a former member of the Ideal Homemakers and was a 4-H leader and active in the Ideal 4-H Club. Florence enjoyed homemaking and gardening and especially enjoyed sewing and her hand crafts.

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Florence is survived by two daughters, Gloria (Gary) Scheel and Carla Erickson, both of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Cari Greenwood, Jodi Darwin, Tanya Erickson and Adam Nelson; three step-grandchildren, Roland Agustin, Cory Erickson and Renee Williams; nine great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Lillian Erickson of Colfax, Gladys O'Brien of Menomonie, Cynthia (Marlyn) Hovind of Houston, Texas, Beverly (Richard) Springer of Lindstrom, Minn., Vivian Tilseth of Menomonie, Julia (John) Ryan of Arkansaw, and Cora (Lowell) Mattilla of Rogers, Minn.; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ross; two sons, Jerry and Duane; five half brothers; and one half sister.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Groves officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Falls Cemetery in the Town of Red Cedar.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

 

Gordon R. Johnson

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, A6

Gordon R. Johnson, age 77, of Eau Claire, formerly of Litchfield, Minn., died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, at Dove Healthcare in Eau Claire after a five-year battle with Multiple Myeloma.

He was born March 6, 1924, in Litchfield to Gottfrid and Ethyl (Waller) Johnson. He attended Litchfield schools. Gordon served in the U.S. Army in World War II from 1944-46 in the South Pacific.

He married Margaret Nielsen on Jan. 8, 1949, in Hudson. He was an electrical lineman for NSP and retired Jan. 31, 1988. He was a member of the IBEW-Union 953. His winters were spent in Arizona and summers at the White Birch Campground, Lake Holcombe.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Margaret; four sons, Michael (Connie), Bob, Jim and Jody; 10 grandchildren, Scott, Nathan, Jason, Jeremiah, Joe, Shannon, Malinda, Tonieta and Cassandra Johnson and Jessica Bohlinger; one great-grandson; nieces, nephews and cousins; friends; and co-workers at NSP.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gordon donated his body to UW-Madison.

A gathering of family and friends was held Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at the Prock Funeral Chapel in Eau Claire, with a flag presentation of VFW Post #305.

Memorials preferred to a cancer research organization, Knapp Methodist Church, or the White Birch Campground, Lake Holcombe. Prock Funeral Home served the family.

Albert E. Malean

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, A6

Albert E. Malean, age 99, of Boyceville, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, at Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

He was born April 9, 1902, in Dunn County to Herman and Eliza (Thatcher) Malean. He was raised on a farm north of Knapp and attended a rural grade school near Knapp.

When a young man, Albert worked in a foundry firing the boilers. He did brickwork, repairing the Parker Pen building and other buildings. He also worked on the Bill Kraft farm and drove one of the first Allis Chalmers tractors with hand brakes.

Albert attended barber school and was within four months of his master license when his mentor moved away. His hair cutting experience came in handy through the years, enabling him to cut the hair of his children and other relatives. Albert was a truck driver for St. Croix County, he did logging, and also farmed for several years.

Albert married Marjorie Britton in 1924 and they had five children. After her death, he married Dorothy Engen in 1943 and they had nine children. Throughout his marriages, they lived in Elmwood, Knapp, Connorsville, Baldwin, Knapp again, and finally moved to Boyceville, where he still resided.

Albert is survived by 14 children, Jack Malean of Punta Gorda, Fla., Starr (Irene) Malean of Mesa, Ariz., Allynn (Jean) Malean of Lynwood, Wash., Albert (Shirley) Malean of Stanwood, Wash., Willard (Jean) Malean of Lynwood, Wash., Larry (Pat) Malean of Spring Valley, Jerry (Betsy) Malean of Downing, Richard (Rita) Malean of Boyceville, Ronnie (Barb) Malean of Tomah, Margie (Larry) Johnson of Boyceville, Tom Malean of Boyceville, Sherri (Ron) LeMire of Downing, David (Cindy) Malean of Boyceville, and Laurie (Terry) Koch of Menomonie; 38 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Marjorie; second wife, Dorothy; an infant daughter; two sisters, Clara Malean and Grace Ford; and two brothers, Howard and Fred Malean.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial was in Mamre Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Harry A. Joles, Sr.

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, A6

Harry A. Joles Sr., age 75, of Boyceville, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Harry was born Jan. 10, 1926, in Boyceville to Harry and Dottie (Worton) Joles. He was raised in the Boyceville area. He served in the military from 1944 to 1946. Harry married Muriel Austreng on Nov. 28, 1945, in Prairie Farm.

He was a cattle buyer and owned and operated Harry's Painting. He loved working with his horses and tending to his cattle. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Harry is survived by his wife, Muriel Joles of Boyceville; one son, Harry Jr. (Kathy) Joles of Boyceville; three daughters, Faye (Dale) Bird of Boyceville, Cindy (David) Walton of Comstock, and Susan (Jerry) Clark of Knapp; one sister, Libby Swanson of Farmington, Minn.; 16 grandchildren, Stephanie Anderson, Lacy, Tyler and Katelyn Bird, Krissy Blaser, Zhanae and Garrett Joles, Heather and Sarah Stoffel, Shane Walton, Michelle Wertz, Nicole and Brody Borth, and Johnathan, Aron and Alethea Clark; six great-grandchildren, Dakota Haanen, Tanner Anderson, and Brett, Brooklyn, Emily and Elizabeth Blaser; nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard; and a sister, Nettie Woolever.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Gerald Hibbard officiating. Burial was in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City was in charge of arrangements.

 

Curtiss A. Hansen

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, A6

Curtiss A. Hansen, age 74, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, at his home with hospice.

He was born July 16, 1927, in rural Dallas to Chris and Josephine (Cooper) Hansen and was raised in Hillsdale. Curtiss enlisted in the Merchant Marines and served during World War II.

He married Phyllis Swenson on Feb. 26, 1951, in Stillwater, Minn. They moved to Ely, Minn., where Curtiss worked at Tomahawk Timber for five years before moving to Menomonie in 1956. He worked as a commercial carpenter, including Sullivan Brothers, and was a member of Eau Claire Carpenter's Union, Local 1074, for 43 years.

Curtiss is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Menomonie; one son, Dexter (Gale) Hansen of Eden Prairie, Minn.; two daughters, Sandy (LaMonte) Olson of Eau Claire and Rita (Roger) Wagner of Menomonie; six grandchildren, Jason and Melinda Hansen, Eric and Tessa Olson, and Ryan and Renee Wagner; one brother, Everett (Julia) Hansen of Chetek; two sisters-in-law, Lotty (Robert) Levy of Arcadia, Calif., and Vivian Hansen of Ladysmith; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Merritt and Alvin Hansen; one sister, Pearl Slovacek; and an infant daughter.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Town of Sioux Creek, Barron County.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Dan Zimmerman

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, A6

Dan Zimmerman, age 42, of Pleasant Prairie, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at his residence.

Born in Evanston, Ill., on April 7, 1959, he was the son of Frank J. and Nancy (Kerber) Zimmerman. He was a graduate of New Trier High School in Wilmette, Ill., and the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1983.

He resided in Gurnee, Ill., until moving to Pleasant Prairie in 1995.

He was employed as a team executive customer service representative for Sky-Tel pagers, a division of MCI Worldcom, until he retired due to health problems in July 2000.

He married Peggy McMartin on May 28, 1983, in Menomonie.

He was a BSA Life Scout and a BSA leader for seven years of Troops 544 and 583 in Kenosha. He was a member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church. He loved wood working, working on cars, and building electronical gadgets.

Surviving are his wife, Peggy, one daughter, Lori, and two sons, Jacob Ardin and Joshua Joseph, all of Pleasant Prairie; his parents of Illinois; and three sisters, Cary Zahm of Indiana and Amy Hilarides and Heidi Linville, both of Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Mark Zimmerman.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Kenosha. Interment is 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

Memorials to the Boy Scouts of America, SE Wisconsin Council, or Hospice Alliance of Kenosha would be appreciated by the family.

Proko Funeral Home in Kenosha is handling arrangements.

Philip J. Bohnen

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, A6

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Philip J. Bohnen, age 63, of Colfax, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie after struggling for years with the effects of Alzheimer's Disease.

He was born Sept. 28, 1938, in Chicago, Ill., to Charles and Catherine (O'Connor) Bohnen. Philip graduated from Webster High School and the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He married Lorraine Beesley on Aug. 26, 1961, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Ashland.

He was employed at the Unity School District in Milltown for five years. In 1969, they moved to Colfax where he taught social studies in the Senior High and Junior High and also coached football and wrestling in the Colfax School District.

He was a member of the Colfax Education Association, West Central Education Association, and president of the CEA. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk Mound.

He enjoyed outdoor activities, especially trout fishing. He also tended a very productive garden each summer. Philip liked camping and traveling with his family.

He will live on in the memory of those who loved him, including his wife, Lorraine; children and grandchildren, son, Evan and wife, Tonia, son, Shane and wife, Robin, and their children, Connor and Kelsi, daughter, Julia, son, Ian and wife, Renea, and their children, Cody, Sean and Kyle, daughter, Desiree and husband, Paul Keddell, and their children, Keagan, Philip and Payton, daughter, Dominique and husband, Briggs Beilke, and their son, Jarred, and daughter, Lara. Also surviving are his brothers, Daniel (Anne) and William; sister-in-law, Nonie; many nieces and nephews; and other loving relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard; sister, Geraldine; and grandchild, Allison Keddell.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk Mound with Father Henry Hoerburger officiating.

There will be an Irish Wake for Philip at 6:30 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Grapevine in Colfax.

Private family interment.

Memorials may be made in Philip's memory to the Alzheimer's Association-Indianhead Chapter, Eau Claire.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build. God has made everything beautiful in his time.

Sandra R. Anderson

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, A6

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Sandra R. Anderson, age 62, of Wheeler, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire after a courageous battle with bone cancer.

The former Sandra Hainstock was born July 12, 1939, in Colfax to Carl and Lillie (Foust) Hainstock. She was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church and graduated from Colfax High School in 1957.

After graduation, she married Gordon Anderson on Sept. 7, 1957, in Colfax. Together, they farmed for many years in the Town of Hay River. Sandy also had several part time jobs.

She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wheeler and a member of the WELCA. She was treasurer of Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery and active in the Sno-Jammers Snowmobile Club in Boyceville.

Sandy enjoyed camping and playing cards and was a big fan of her grandchildrens' sporting events and other school activities. She was also a good cook and great baker and enjoyed her flower garden.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Gordon Anderson of Wheeler; one son, Kent (Nancy) Anderson of Boyceville; two daughters, Teri (Jeff) Riek of Boyceville and Jill (Rand) Bates of Menomonie; six grandchildren, Heather and Adam Anderson, Joshua (fiance, Angie Delong) and Jacob Riek, and Tyler and Kayla Bates; two stepgrandchildren, Jerod and Lonnie Knutson; one great-grandchild, Madsyn Delong; one brother, Lloyd (Lillian) Hainstock, and three sisters, Neoma (Dick) Toycen, Ruth (Harold) Albricht, and Marge Colfax; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ken Hainstock; and a brother-in-law, Don Chilson.

Memorial services are 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wheeler with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Hay River.

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

 

Ellen V. Bechtel

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, A6

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Ellen V. Bechtel, age 91, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Ellen was born March 15, 1910, in Aneta, N.D., to John and Matthea (Moen) Jensen. She was the youngest of 11 children in a family of six girls and five boys. She graduated as valedictorian from Aneta High School in 1928. She enrolled in Mayville State Teachers College and graduated in 1930. She taught grade school in rural Aneta and Minnewauken, N.D. Ellen also played the piano for silent movies.

Ellen married John "Jack" Bechtel on Aug. 19, 1935, and they lived in Wisconsin the first years of their marriage. She gave birth to Alice Ann on April 24, 1938, in Stanley and Donna Lee on April 26, 1941, in Wausau. From 1941-45 they lived in Chicago where she worked at a nursery school and a defense plant.

In 1946, they moved to Rusk where she worked at Rusk Farmers' Store and also served as the postmaster until 1960. In 1960, they moved to Grand Forks, N.D., where she worked at JC Penney's and returned to teaching for a while. When her husband retired in 1975, they returned to Menomonie.

Ellen was a joyful, generous and loving mother who always sang to her children, had a wonderful sense of humor, and an immense determination and strength. She learned to drive at the age of 40, wrote rhyming verses all her life, and continued throughout her life reciting prayers and rhymes in Norwegian. Since 1946, Ellen was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, a church she dearly loved. She taught Sunday School and Bible School and was an active member of the Priscilla Circle.

Ellen is survived by her two daughters, Alice Ann (LaVerne) Gordon of Menomonie and Donna (Gary) Hamilton of Silver Spring, Md.; two grandchildren, Nathan Hamilton (Courtney) of Palo Alto, Calif., and Nicole Hamilton of New York, N.Y.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers, and five sisters.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating. Burial was in Iron Creek Cemetery, Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie A. Rassbach

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, A6

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Marjorie A. Rassbach, age 90, of Menomonie, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, at home in the Town of Red Cedar on her home place.

The former Marjorie Anna Nichols was born May 16, 1911, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Oscar and Anna (Horner) Nichols. She attended Rusk Grade School and graduated in 1928 from Central High School. She then attended Stout Institute and Dunn County Normal School and graduated from Eau Claire State University in 1965. She received her master's degree in guidance in 1974 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Marjorie taught 32 years in the rural and city schools of Dunn County, retiring in 1977. She was also a 4-H club leader for 20 years.

Marjorie married Gerald C. Rassbach on June 28, 1939, at St. Alban's Church in Spooner. They built a new home in Menomonie and lived there for six years before settling on Marjorie's home place to take care of her mother, Anna, and raise their three children.

Marjorie is survived by her three children, Geraldine Luepke of Hudson, Nichols (Mary) Rassbach of Colfax, and Marilyn (Richard) Lamers of Wales; four grandchildren, Samuel Lamers of Knoxville, Tenn., Kate Lamers of St. Paul, Minn., Jill Rassbach of Plymouth, Minn., and Anne Rassbach of Colfax; other relatives and friends; and her cat, Dolly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant sister, Marion; an older sister, Irma Kyle; one brother-in-law, Dr. Ronald Kyle; and a son-in-law, Jerry Luepke.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, at Grace Episcopal Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Sampson Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Falls Cemetery in the Town of Red Cedar.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie where a prayer service is scheduled at 8 p.m.

Bernard J. Hampton

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, A6

Bernard James Hampton, age 59, of Spring Valley, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Bernard was born Oct. 14, 1941, in Cady Township, St. Croix County, the son of Jayhu and Agnes (McMenimin) Hampton. He was raised in Cady Township and always resided in the Spring Valley area. He attended Highland Ridge Country School and Spring Valley High School.

On Nov. 5, 1960, Bernard married Rita Schmitt at St. John's Catholic Church in Plum City. They were blessed with seven children: Donna, Joe, Jim, Dawn, Deanne, Doreen "Missy", and Debbie.

In addition to farming, Bernard had various outside jobs. He hauled milk for Cady Cheese and Summitt Cheese and he worked at the Wilson Elevator, for Sweeney Brothers Construction, and for Chippewa Valley Lumber at Durand. He worked many years as a butcher for the Spring Valley Locker, worked at Schmitt Timber, and also did custom combining.

Survivors include his wife, Rita of Spring Valley; six children and 16 grandchildren, Joe (Karen) Hampton and daughter Elisabeth of Baldwin, Jim Hampton and children Mindy, Jordan and Craigen of Spring Valley, Dawn (Lance) Harvey and children Katina, Tony and Bobby Joe of Boyceville, Deanne (Jim) Claypool and children John, Jimmy and Danielle of Spring Valley, Doreen "Missy" (Don) Larson and children Tyler, Aaron, Nick, Jason and Abby of Elmwood, and Debbie (Ken) Diercks and daughter Kassie of Hager City.

He is also survived by four sisters, Emily Hampton, Shirley Hampton, Carol Meyers and Diane (Bill) Smith, all of Spring Valley; three brothers, John Hampton of Woodville, Hugh (Mary) Hampton of Spring Valley, and Roger (Fran) Hampton of Menomonie; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Beverly Schmitt of Ellsworth, Jerry (Lou) Schmitt of Glendive, Mont., Wayne Schmitt of Spring Valley, Leon "Mike" Schmitt of Raleigh, N.C., and Joann (Robert) Larson of Plum City; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one daughter, Donna; one sister, Joan Brunkhorst; one sister-in-law, Myrtle Hampton; and two brothers-in-law, Gerald "Louie" Brunkhorst and Everett Meyers.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley. Father Varkey Velickakathu and Brett Swearingen officiated the service. Music was provided by Ellen Rominski, organist, and the Sacred Heart Choir. Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Spring Valley.

Honorary bearers were Claude McGee, Harold Frye, Adolph Johnson, Don Heath, Brian Wang and Doug Chilson. Pallbearers were Clifford Lund, Larry Whirry, Lyle Christopherson, Richard Johnson, Bob Pinkston and Bruce Zignego.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Lucille DeWitt

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, A6

Lucille Stang DeWitt, 86, of Glenwood City, died Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at Glenhaven Nursing Home. She was born on May 14, 1915 at Hammond, WI to Oscar W. and Bertha (Hanson) Stang. She grew up in Hersey and graduated from Woodville High School in 1933.

She married Ross O. DeWitt on June 6, 1940 in Glenwood City. They operated DeWitt's Tavern on Oak Street for several years before purchasing the Glenwood City Tribune in 1952. She worked at the newspaper and wrote a weekly column called "Sense and Nonsense" until she retired.

She was active in the community and served as a Girl Scout leader for eleven years, served as her church's treasurer and was an MYF leader. She helped raised money for the construction of Glenhaven Nursing Home. She developed a campaign called "A Mile of Pennies for Glenhaven." She served as Glenhaven Auxiliary's first president, and was a member of the first Board of Directors.

She traveled with her husband throughout the United States and Europe. She visited all fifty states during her lifetime and spent one summer in Bolivia, made to trips to the Holy Land, and attended the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.

She enjoyed sewing and making afghans for the grandkids and making crafts, and relished the time at her lake home on Lake Magnor. She spent 14 winters in Texas.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ross on January 1, 1986; her two brothers Donald Stang and Virgil Stang; two sisters, Helen Ross and Dorothy Smith.

She is survived by one son, Carlton DeWitt and wife Paula, Glenwood City; one daughter, Mary Erpenbach and husband Dennis of Elk Mound; five grandchildren, Shawn DeWitt, Glenwood City, Alex DeWitt, Stoughton, Joel DeWitt and wife Stacia, Eau Claire, Tim Erpenbach and Jill Erpenbach, both of Elk Mound; six great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Ovila Stang, Woodville, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Glenwood City with Pastor Gregg Meser officiating. Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, October 19 at Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City and one hour before the service at the church.

Interment was in the Glenwood City Cemetery.

Lydia E. Halpin

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, A6

Lydia E. Halpin, age 93, formerly of Wheeler, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, 2001, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in the Town of Sheridan, Dunn County.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Margaret E. Douglas

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, A6

Margaret E. Douglas, age 70, of Viroqua, and formerly of Menomonie, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at the Vernon Manor Nursing Home in Viroqua.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial was in Fall City Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

Myra L. Flug

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, A6

Myra L. Flug, age 47, of rural Chetek, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born June 24, 1954, in Eau Claire to Myron and Betty (McIntyre) Crane. She was raised in the Wheeler area and in 1972 graduated from Boyceville High School. On June 30, 1973, Myra was married to Rodney Flug at Wheeler.

Myra and Rodney raised their family and later she worked as a CNA at Dallas Healthcare and Heritage Manor. Myra also worked at McCain Foods in Rice Lake and most recently for Parker-Hannifin in Chetek.

She most enjoyed being with her kids and family and also enjoyed watching the Packers, crafts and fishing.

Myra's family includes her husband, Rodney Flug of Chetek; four daughters, Robbie Jo (Brian) Ellefson of Dallas, and Rita Flug, Rachael Flug and Rozlyn Flug, all at home in rural Chetek; her parents, Myron and Betty Crane of Wheeler; two brothers, Merle (Bev) Crane and Raymond Crane, both of Wheeler; two sisters, Myna (Bob) Prinsen of Wilson and Leila (Tom) Krosnoski of Wheeler; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Sand Creek with Pastor Barbara Koch officiating. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery in Chetek.

Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron, handled arrangements.

Emily M. Frank

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 24, 2001, A6

Emily M. Frank, age 87, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Emily Mariam Larson was born Nov. 12, 1913, in Menomonie to Andrew and Ida (Mallory) Larson. She attended grade school in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School.

Emily married Walter Frank and lived in Menomonie her entire life. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo at the Senior Center in Menomonie.

Emily is survived by one sister, Marna (Al) Wendahl of Appleton; a sister-in-law, Rocile Larson of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; her parents; five brothers, Floyd, Roy, Lavern, Herbert and Oliver Larson; and one sister, Eva Krizen.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Interment was in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Raymond E. Beyrer

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 24, 2001, A6

Raymond E. Beyrer, age 77, of Connorsville, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2001, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Ray was born Sept. 26, 1924, in the Town of New Haven, Dunn County, to Emil and Johanna (Paulson) Beyrer. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church. Ray attended Connorsville Grade School and graduated in 1941 from Downing High School. Ray married Elaine Fladten on March 16, 1951, in Prairie Farm.

Ray lived in the Connorsville area all his life, working for his uncle, August Beyrer, and then starting his own farm. He did custom combining in the area.

Ray served on many boards: Church Council treasurer, New Haven town chairman, Dunn County Farmers Union treasurer, REA Board; Creamery Board, and Lamplighters for AAL.

Ray is survived by his wife, Elaine Beyrer of Connorsville; two sons, Eldon Beyrer of Knapp and Randy (Jayne) Beyrer of Connorsville; two daughters, Karen (Randall) Zemke of Deer Park and Cindy Zemke of Connorsville; 11 grandchildren, Amy, Stacy, Tony, John, Shelly, Alissa, Caysie, Bridgette, Brianna, Brandon and Brittanee; four great-grandchildren, Bobby, Jenna, Austin and William; one brother, Donald (Christella) Beyrer of Connorsville; two sisters, Betty Wilkin of Texas and Dorothy (Ray) Harnisch of Bloomer; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Steven; one daughter, Debra Beyrer; and a grandson, Mark Stahl.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001, at Grace Lutheran Church in Connorsville, with Rev. Kevin Leidich officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Everts Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Jesse B. Mittelstadt

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 24, 2001, A6

Jesse B. Mittelstadt, age 21, of Ridgeland, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, at Faith United Methodist Church in the Town of Prairie Farm.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

A complete obituary will be published in Sunday's paper.

Jesse B. Mittelstadt

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, A6

Jesse B. Mittelstadt, age 21, of Ridgeland, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Jesse was born Nov. 1, 1979, in Eau Claire to Mark and Kimberly (Pederson) Mittelstadt. He lived in Menomonie until age 7 and became active in hockey there. The family then moved to Ridgeland and Jesse attended Ridgeland Elementary and Barron High School where he graduated in 1998.

He loved nature and the outdoors. He enjoyed hockey, baseball, hunting, fishing, and also played fast pitch softball. He attended Vermillion Community College in Ely, Minn., and planned to pursue a career in natural resources.

He is survived by his parents, Mark and Kimberly Mittelstadt of Ridgeland; a sister, Chelse Mittelstadt of Ridgeland; paternal grandmother, Laura Mittelstadt of Ridgeland; maternal grandmother, JoAnn Pederson of Ridgeland; maternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Larson of Spring Valley; aunts and uncles, Gwen Pederson of Arroyo Grande, Calif., Debbie Thompson of Ridgeland, Ken (Helen) Pederson of Mountain Home, Idaho, Curtis (Belinda) Pederson of Meridian, Idaho, and Debbie Pederson of Yachats, Ore.; godparents, Jim Lewis of Ridgeland and Susie Stevens of Spring Valley; as well as many cousins, other relatives and friends.

Jesse was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Donald Mittelstadt; maternal grandfather, Marvin Pederson; maternal great-grandfather, Oscar Pederson; and uncle, Gary Pederson.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, from Faith United Methodist Church in the Town of Prairie Farm with Pastors Susan Brown and Jeff King officiating. Interment was in Popple Creek American Cemetery in the Town of Grant, Dunn County.

Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron, handled arrangements.

Mary Kyle Mann

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, A6

Mary Kyle Mann, age 84, of Eau Claire, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001, at Clairemont Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born Oct. 12, 1917, in Downsville to George and Mabel (Miller) Kyle. She attended school in Downsville and graduated from Menomonie High School. Mary attended UW-Eau #Claire for three years and earned her BA degree in elementary education at the University of Minnesota.

She married Leonard Mann on Dec. 20, 1942, in Denver, Colo.

Mary was a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church, Epiphany Altar Guild and Ladies Auxiliary. She had been a teacher for Epiphany Lutheran School during the 1960's. She served as a substitute elementary teacher in the Eau Claire School District until her retirement.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews, including Michael (Cheryl) Bean and Marilyn (Ronald) Robelia, both of Menomonie, as well as several great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, in 1978, and her parents.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Eau Claire with Pastor Frederick C. Sauder officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Downsville.

Friends and relatives may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Lenmark-Gomstrud-Linn Funeral Home in Eau Claire and one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Family suggests that memorials be directed to Eau Claire Lutheran School.

John Patrick Styer

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, A6

John Patrick Styer age 42 of Menomonie died Thursday, October 25, 2001 at his home as a result of a house fire.

Pat was born January 22, 1959 in Menomonie to Bruce and Elizabeth (Weiss) Styer. He was the first of six children born and raised in the beautiful rolling hills and rural landscape of western Wisconsin.

After graduating from Menomonie High School, Pat came home to farm with his father. He was a valuable asset to the farm, managing the cows and helping with the field work. After several years in the family partnership he started out farming on his own. He was known for having one of the top-producing herds in the county and was well respected in the dairy business. Pat then, for a period of time worked as an AI Technician for 21st Century Genetics.

For the last seven years Pat has been working with the family on Alfalawn farm. The void that has been left with the sons, father, brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors and co-workers is immense. He was a part of the cropping and farm management team and will be sadly missed by all of us. His quick wit, easy smile and ability to talk about anything gave him the ability to put a smile on many a face.

Those who knew Pat knew that his two sons, Shawn and Steven were his life. They were his reason for living. Pat received so much joy in watching his sons work on the farm and interact with the family. They truly were his inspiration. Pat's memory will forever live on in our hearts.

Pat is survived by his two sons, Shawn and Steven; his father, Bruce Styer of Elmwood; two sisters, Jan (Jeff Witt) Styer of Menomonie; Mary (Adam) Zukowski of Laramie, WY; three brothers, Randy (Heather Johnson) and David (Karen) both of Menomonie; Dale (Amy) of Elmwood; nieces and nephews, Kyle, Dayna & Karlyn Bechel; Austin Witt; Gavin & Brittany Styer, Sarah & Krista Styer; Zach Larson; Danielle Zukowski, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2001 at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Eau Galle with Rev. Ambrose Blenker officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood with a prayer service at 8 p.m. Sunday night.

Robert N. Sol

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, A6

Robert N. Sol, age 67, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, at his home in the Town of Dunn, rural Menomonie.

Bob was born July 15, 1934, in the Town of Dunn, near Downsville, the son of Albert and Angeline (Kadinger) Sol. Bob grew up in the Downsville area. He graduated in 1952 from Durand High School. After high school he farmed near Downsville.

Bob married Margaret "Peg" Ryder on Aug. 16, 1955, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. After marriage, they continued farming near Downsville until he retired from farming in 1994. Bob remained active, working at many other jobs. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time wih his family and friends. He will be sadly missed.

Bob is survived by his wife, Margaret, "Peg"; two sons, Michael (Sarah) and Gary (Darcy), both of Menomonie; six grandchildren, Beth (Greg) Stai, and Jeremy, Joshua, Casey, Nathan and Andrew Sol; two great-grandchildren, Mitchell and MiKayla Stai; his mother, Angeline Sol of Menomonie; a brother, Kenneth (Gloria) of Menomonie; a sister, Marida (Robert) Riley of Alturas, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Albert, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lawrence and Maxine Ryder.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

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