Dunn County, WI Obituaries
October 2003

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
October 1, 2003 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Dale L. Otto

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 1, 2003, A6

Dale L. Otto, age 43, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire following a year-long battle with esophageal cancer that metastasized to his lungs, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Nov. 11, 1959, in Eau Claire to Gerald and Clara (Tischmann) Otto and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1978.

Dale married his high school sweetheart, Shelley McQuiston, on Aug. 29, 1981, in Menomonie, and they had three beautiful daughters. He was employed at Con-Agra Foods in Menomonie for more than 19 years.

Dale was a hard-working man, who you could say was a workaholic. He will always be remembered as a man with very high standards and for his unique sense of humor. He loved old tractors, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and vintage cars and trucks. Another passion was his hobby farm and raising beef cattle. Dale also loved and cared for his family very much and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Dale is survived by his wife, Shelley of Menomonie; his three daughters, Amy, Ashley and Amanda, all of Menomonie; his parents, Gerald and Clara Otto of Menomonie; and three brothers, Todd (Karen) Otto and Troy Otto, both of Menomonie, and Darby Otto of Eau Claire.

He is also survived by an uncle and aunt, Donavon and Mildred Tischmann, who were like parents to him; a very special little girl, Kaylee Eichmann; other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating.

Friends and family may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday), and one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.

Kenneth G. "Bud" Johnson

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 5, 2003, A6

Kenneth G. "Bud" Johnson, age 73, of Boyceville died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

He was born June 20, 1930 in Helena, Mont. to Carl and Margaret (Keeley) Johnson. At a young age, he moved with his family to Wisconsin and was raised in Wilson.

Kenneth married the former Vernalee Platson on Oct. 3, 1950 in Hudson. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After his military service Bud drove truck for Dotseth Truck Lines of Knapp for many years and retired from Century Fence of Knapp.

On Feb. 15, 2003 he married Suzanne Lee in the Town of Tiffany in Dunn County.

Bud was a member of the Wilson American Legion Post 330. He enjoyed gardening and small engine repair, and loved to socialize. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Bud is survived by his wife, Suzanne of Boyceville; one son and three daughters, Larry (Margie) Johnson of Boyceville, Teresa Sorensen (Dan Hughes) of Knapp, Mary (Steve) Gates of Boyceville, and Roberta (Jerry) Thatcher of Knapp; three stepchildren, Lori Smith of Menomonie, Reed (Darlene) Smith of Tomah, and Rochelle Smith of Boyceville; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters and two brothers, Rose Pomasl of Wilson, Melvin (Judy) Johnson of Ninilchik, Alaska, Arnold (Sis) Johnson of Ninilchik, Alaska, Marlene (Tom) King of Knapp, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Vernalee; two brothers, Floyd "Chuck" and Donald "Tuke" Johnson; and one sister, Shirley.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003 at New Life Church of the Nazarene in Wheeler, with Rev. Steve Crites officiating. Burial will be in Wilson Lutheran Cemetery, with military honors by the Wilson American Legion Post 330.

Friends and family may call at the church from noon on Tuesday until the time of the service.

Theodore D. Johnson

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 5, 2003, A6

Theodore D. Johnson, age 80, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born Oct. 3, 1922, in the Town of Tainter, Dunn County, to Elias and Carrie (Olson) Johnson. He was raised in Dunn County and attended country school through the eighth grade. He married the former Eileen Suckow on Dec. 14, 1941, in Menomonie.

Ted worked at the aluminum plant in Menomonie and farmed in the Town of Spring Brook. He was then self-employed as a milk hauler in Dunn County for many years, along with his brother, Jim. Ted retired in 1987 as road patrolman for the Town of Spring Brook.

Ted enjoyed cutting woodcrafts for his son and daughter-in-law for many years. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife after retiring. Ted loved all sports, playing and watching, especially baseball, football and dartball. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Ted is survived by his three sons, John (Judy) Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz., Roger (Sally) Johnson of Alma Center, and Thomas (Chjar) Johnson of Menomonie; seven grandchildren, Troy (Betty) Johnson of Menomonie, Cal Johnson of Osceola, Heather (Todd) Read of Phoenix, Shayne Johnson (fiancé, Rebecca) of Arcadia, Travis (Laura) Johnson of Cave Creek, Ariz., Derek (Thea) Johnson of Menomonie, and Seth Johnson of Alma Center; seven great-grandchildren, Chase, Kayla, Cordel, Kamryo, Chelsie, Montana and Cody; one brother, James (Helen) Johnson of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eileen; one brother, Martin; and two sisters, Caroline Hoage and Joanne Jakel.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial was in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Francis "Tone" Gregory Berger

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 5, 2003, A6

Francis "Tone" Gregory Berger, age 90, of Elmwood, formerly of Menomonie, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Tone was born May 17, 1913, in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, the youngest son of Frank and Freda (Steffan) Berger. He was a lifelong resident of rural Menomonie. Tone farmed with his father and his brother, Leo, on the home farm west of Menomonie and also worked for Hofland Farms during his lifetime.

Tone was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Tone was a recluse that will be remembered by those who knew him best as a kind-hearted person with a gentle soul.

He is survived by special caregivers, Rose Mary and Bill Stoll of Menomonie; two sisters-in-law, Esther Berger of Menomonie and Angeline Berger of Elk Mound; nieces and nephews, Geraldine Trask and Richard (Gloria) Berger, both of Menomonie, Beverly Holden of Foster, Bernard (Ruth) Berger, Manassas, Va., and Mary Jane (Dick) Brinkman, James (Nancy) Berger and Margaret (Greg) Brunn, all of Elk Mound; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Tone was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Leo, Stephen and Lawrence; a sister-in-law, Frances Berger; and two nephews, Eugene and George Berger.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Kreig officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

The family requests that memorials be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Elmer B. Erickson

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 5, 2003, A6

Elmer B. Erickson, age 84, of Menomonie died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003 in Menomonie.

He was born Feb. 7, 1919 in the Town of New Haven in Dunn County to Erick and Betsy (Knutson) Erickson. He attended Forest Grove School. During World War II, Elmer served in the U.S. Army, in the South Pacific.

Elmer married the former Hazel Gordon on March 18, 1947 in Hudson. They lived in Menomonie where Elmer worked as a custodian first at Memorial Hospital and later Myrtle Werth Hospital in Menomonie. He set a standard for steady, reliable and excellent service.

Elmer was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and also enjoyed time spent with friends at the Senior Center, in his later years.

Elmer is survived by a daughter, Andrea (John) Sundstrom of New Douglas, Ill.; a son, Ronald Erickson of Menomonie; four grandchildren; one sister, Hazel Husby of Minn.; one brother, Melvin Erickson of Barron; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hazel; two brothers, Clarence and Norman; and a sister, Margaret, who died as a child.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 6, 2003 at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/ Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie, with military honors by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends and relatives may call at the church from 10 a.m. Monday until the time of the service. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Virgil D. "Red" Erickson

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 8, 2003, A6

Virgil D. "Red" Erickson, age 67, of Colfax, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born on April 15, 1936, in the Town of Tainter, Dunn County, to Andrew and Lillian (Batchelder) Erickson. Upon graduation from high school, he joined and served in the armed services. He then moved to the Milwaukee area where he worked in construction for eight years.

In 1968, Red married Jill Minor in Watertown, S.D. They resided in the Wheeler area most of their lives where they raised their family. Red joined local Laborers' Union #317 and remained there until his retirement in 1992.

Red greatly loved his family and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his generosity and kindness.

He is survived by his wife, Jill of Colfax; two daughters, Lisa Minor and Kristen (Steve) Shaw, both of Boyceville; two sons, Bob (Kim) Minor of Colfax and Andy (Nancy) Erickson of Menomonie; seven grandchildren, Travis, Eden, Garrett, Dalton, Kelsey, Savannah and Michah; his mother, Lillian Erickson of Menomonie; two brothers, Ted (Carol) Erickson of Boyceville and Chuck (Alberta) Erickson of New Prague, Minn.; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Erickson; four brothers, Delbert, Ross, Leonard and Don; and two sisters, Juanita and Doris.

Memorial services are 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at Grace United Methodist Church in Wheeler with the Revs. Gail Mitchell and Nancy Diller officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Falls Cemetery with military honors by Lee Ranney American Legion Post #235 of Wheeler.

Friends and family 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.

Gene Dittman

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 8, 2003, A6

Gene Herman Dittman died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003.

He was born April 24, 1945, in Rosemount, Minn., the son of Herman and Marion Englert Dittman. He was confirmed at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in New Richmond. Gene graduated in 1963 from New Richmond High School and attended two years of college in Madison.

He married Dianne Jeske on Oct. 16, 1965, and was drafted into the Army on Oct. 19, 1965. Three children were born to this union: Deanna Carole, Jeffrey Allen, and Suzette Jean. He farmed from 1968 until 1994, and drove school bus and worked for New Richmond Transit.

Gene was a member of the Lions Club. He had bowled for Bonte's Trucking, was president of the National Cap Association, very proud of his collection, and recently his other hobby of collecting bears. He was a crafter for his wife's shop.

Gene is survived by his wife, Dianne; two daughters, Deanna Boettcher and Suzette Henley; four grandchildren, Kaela, Kelsie, Skyler and Austin; one great-granddaughter, Keaia; his sister, Joan (Merlin) Frank; a brother, James (Carol) Dittman; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alvin and Helen Jeske; many nieces and nephews; and friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Herman and Marion Dittman; and son, Jeffrey Allen.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Pastor Ralph Thompson officiating. Interment, with military honors, was in the Glenwood City Cemetery.

Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City handled arrangements.

Daniel Willert

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 8, 2003, A6

Daniel Willert, age 83, of Brainerd, Minn, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003. He was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Forest.

Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Seamus Walsh officiating. Intement was in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Camp Ripley, Minn.

Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, Minn., handled arrangements.

Katherine M. Jaeger

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 8, 2003, A6

Katherine M. Jaeger, age 86, of Owatonna, Minn., formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at home.

Services will be announced at a later date.

See complete obituary below

 

Barbara Bridgmon Stevenson

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 8, 2003, A6

Barbara Bridgmon Stevenson, age 58, of Torrance, Calif., formerly of Menomonie, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, in California.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at Highland Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family with arrangements.

Milan F. "Mike" Huley

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 8, 2003, A6

Milan F. "Mike" Huley, age 72, of Leesburg, Fla., passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Sept. 29, 2003.

Mike and his wife, Marlene, spent winters in Florida and summers in Birchwood. He was instrumental in developing a woodshop building for their retirement community in Hawthorne as well as being a Good Neighbor driver.

Born in Boyceville, he grew up on a farm with his late parents, Frank and Ann Huley, and sister, Dorothy. Mike received his bachelor's degree from Stout State University and his master's degree from Wayne State University.

May 31, 1953, he married his lifelong love, Marlene Steves. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

He was a dedicated industrial arts teacher for 36 years in the Milwaukee Public Schools system. He taught at Walker Junior High and John Marshall Senior High. He was a very positive influence for many young people.

For more than 30 summers, Mike was director of Wisconsin Operations for American Pavilion, enjoying the responsibility of the Great Circus Parade tent setup and takedown.

Mike was a very gentle, caring, compassionate and humble man, the ultimate 'Good Samaritan,' and a person who always felt that "actions speak louder than words."

Mr. Huley is survived by his wife, Marlene; son, Joseph (Elaine) Huley; two daughters, Juliane (John) Mueller and Geri (Michael) Regan; a sister, Dorothy (William) Baer; four grandchildren, Braden and Joy Huley and Jeremy and Zachary Regan; and many loving family members and friends.

We will all miss him greatly, but know he is rejoicing and at peace with his Lord.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at Christ Lutheran Church, 1306 Wilcox St., Menomonie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to hospice.

Becker Family Funeral Home in Clermont, Fla., is handling arrangements.

Malvina Kronstad

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 12, 2003, A6

Malvina Kronstad, age 91, of Menomonie, formerly of Aitkin, Minn., died on her birthday, Oct. 9, 2003.

Malvina married Ingolf Kronstad June 10, 1936.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, Rev. Ingolf O. Kronstad. Survivors include her son, Rev. Ingolf B. (Rosie) Kronstad of Kirkland, Wash.; daughter, Beverly (Rev. Ronald) Burke of Menomonie; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Oct. 14, at Bethel Lutheran Church, South Long Lake, Brainerd, Minn.

Arrangements are being handled by Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Wesley S. Sommers

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 12, 2003, A6

Wesley S. Sommers, age 78, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2003.

He was born Sept. 11, 1925 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up in Harrison, N.Y., the second of two children born to Edwin and Hope (Sherran) Sommers.

Wes went to high school in Harrison and graduated from the New York State Maritime Academy in 1945 as a licensed Third Assistant Marine Engineer. He later served as a commissioned Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Wes met his wife, the former Sally Smith at the University of Michigan, where they were both enrolled. They married in 1949 and four children were born to this union, David Wesley, Patricia Lynn, Carolyn Ruth and Steven Roy.

Wes received his Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1950. He received his teaching certificate in Industrial Education, Mathematics and Science from the University of Michigan in 1951, and his Master of Arts in Industrial Education from the University of Michigan in 1955. Wes began his long and distinguished career in education as a high school Industrial Arts teacher in Cadillac, Mich. from 1951 to 1956.

In 1956 Wes moved with his family to Menomonie, where he accepted a position as chair of the Industrial Technology Department at UW-Stout, which he held until 1967. He received his Doctorate in Philosophy of Education, Curriculum and Instruction and Production Management from the University of Minnesota in 1961.

During Wes' long and valuable career at Stout, he was special assistant to the president from 1967 to 1968, administrator of the School of Home Economics from 1968 to 1969, assistant to the president from 1969 to 1971, and Assistant Chancellor for Administrative Service from 1971 to 1989. Throughout his career, Wes' first priority was service to the students.

Following the death of his wife, Sally, in 1989, Wes retired from UW-Stout and began his "second career" in service to the city of Menomonie.

He served on the Menomonie City Council for 12 years. He was on the Mabel Tainter Theater Guild Board and the Chamber of Commerce, and he served as Chairman of the Menomonie Airport Commission. He was also a past president and member and past president for many years. Wes was a vital member of Grace Episcopal Church, whom he fondly referred to as his church family.

In addition to his distinguished career in education Wesley also authored two books, Creative Design for the Industrial Arts Teacher and The Minnesota Plan for Industrial Arts Teacher Education. Much of the beautiful landscaping and grounds at Stout were developed and continued during Wes' tenure at Stout.

Wes will long be remembered for his wisdom, humor and loving guidance. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Wes is survived by his four children, David (Barbara) Sommers of Menomonie; Patricia (Paul) Seidlinger of Columbus; Carolyn (Heiner) Kleine-Arndt of Neustadt, Germany; and Steven Sommers of Menomonie; his grandchildren, Patrick and Lisa Kleine-Arndt of Neustadt, Germany; and Alex, Emily and Julia Seidlinger of Columbus; a sister-in-law, Sally Sommers of Ithica, N.Y.; a special friend, Dorothy "Dot" Burt of Mahtomedi, Minn.; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his wife, Sally Lou; and his brother, Roy, an Episcopalian minister.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie, with Father George Stamm and Father Sampson Rogers officiating.

Friends and family may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church Tuesday one hour prior to the service.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace Episcopal Church.

Ruth Elsa (Paff) Score

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 12, 2003, A6

A memorial service will be Saturday, Oct. 18, for former Elk Mound postmaster Ruth Elsa (Paff) Score, age 95, who died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at Dove Healthcare in Eau Claire.

Visitation begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound. The Rev. Clarence Wildes will officiate. Private interment will be at 1 p.m. in Evergreen Cemetery in Elk Mound.

Mrs. Score was born Jan. 4, 1908, in Milwaukee to Herman and Martha (Webert) Paff. She grew up in Elk Mound and graduated from Elk Mound High School in 1925. She earned an education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1928 and taught third and fourth grade in Humbird for two years.

She married Melvin "Mike" Score of Menomonie on Dec. 26, 1929. They lived in Eau Claire until moving to Elk Mound in 1934. She followed in her father's footsteps, working in the Elk Mound post office as a postal clerk from 1934 to 1947 and as postmaster from 1947 until her retirement in 1964.

She was a lifetime member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound, playing the organ for more than 20 years, and was a member of United Methodist Women and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Association of University Women. She was an avid gardener until moving in 1993 to an apartment in Eau Claire, where she lived until entering the nursing home this spring.

She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Lucretia Paff of Thorp and Kay Paff of Lansing, Mich., and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests please give to your favorite charity.

Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home in Eau Claire is assisting the family with arrangements.

Richard Wiese

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 12, 2003, A6

Richard Wiese, age 80, of Menomonie died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born Sept. 11, 1923, in Passaic, N.J., to Alfred and Stella (Hamot) Wiese. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II in the Submarine Service where he made many war patrols and saw action in the Pacific. He made many patrols on the U.S.S. Steelhead. Richard returned to active duty during the Korean Conflict and continued as a Navy Reserve recruiter until retiring as a Chief Gunners Mate in 1980, after 40 years of active and reserve duty.

Richard married Margaret "Mickey" Capponi on Nov. 11, 1945, in Passaic, N.J. He worked as a firefighter for the Clifton, N.J., Fire Department for 32 years, retiring as captain. He was known as one of the great firehouse cooks. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing and he loved to smoke his cigars, especially at the casino. Richard and his wife moved to Menomonie in September of 2000, and have resided at the Oaks.

Richard is survived by his wife, Margaret "Mickey" Wiese of Menomonie; two sons, Richard (Betty) Wiese Jr. of Liverpool, N.Y., and Peter (Emilie) Wiese of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Carmela Wiese of Madison, Jocelyn (Eric) Nelson of Houston, Texas, and Benjamin Wiese of Liverpool, N.Y.; one sister, Estelle Furtak of Wallington, N.J.; and an aunt, Violet (George) Mully of Clifton, N.J. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Alfred.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Maynard Larson officiating. Family and friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, and one hour prior to the service Monday, at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Lutheran Home.

Albert Martin Mellenthin

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 12, 2003, A6

Albert Martin Mellenthin, age 88, of Eau Galle died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at the Plum City Care Center in Plum City.

Albert was born Oct. 9, 1915, in the Town of Honey Creek, Sauk County, Wisconsin. He was the son of George and Rosa (Bender) Mellenthin. Albert married Marie McCormick on March 8, 1952, in St. Louis, Mo. After marriage, they continued to farm in Sauk County. Lather they moved to St. Louis. In 1965 they bought a farm in Eau Galle and farmed until their retirement in 1982. Albert was a member of the New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville. He enjoyed farming and working outside. His children and grandchildren were most important to him. His wife, Marie, died June 10, 1984.

Albert is survived by a son, Martin (Heidi) Mellenthin of Eau Galle; a daughter, Margaret Davis of Boyceville; a step-son, Justin (Carolyn) Kniemeyer of Port Lucie, Fla.; a step-daughter, Barbara Bourgerie of Zionsville, Ind.; six grandchildren, Jennifer, Ashley, Angela and Anthony Mellenthin, Daniel Chevilicek and Jason Cradic; four step-grandchildren, Kathi Tarala, Jeffrey Bourgerie, Michael Bourgerie and Greg Kniemeyer; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marie, a sister, Anna, and a brother, George.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2003, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville with Rev. Steve Carlson officiating. Burial will be in Denzer United Methodist Cemetery in Denzer.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church Tuesday.

Casket bearers will be Jennifer Mellenthin, Ashley Mellenthin, Angela Mellenthin, Anthony Mellenthin, Justin Kniemeyer and Dean Petzke.

Leo B. Joncas

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 15, 2003, A6

Leo B. Joncas, age 73, of Prairie Farm, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn.

He was born Oct. 18, 1929, in Columbia Heights, Minn., the son of Henry and Josephine (Caron) Joncas. He moved to the Wheeler area with his parents and they later moved to the Ridgeland area where he and his brother, Robert, operated a dairy farm for many years.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Barron.

He is survived by two brothers, Robert Joncas of Prairie Farm and James Joncas of Woodville, Texas; a sister, Barbara Anderson; a sister-in-law, Donna Biederman of Menomonie; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Henry Joncas; and a sister, Lorilda Mrdutt.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Barron with the Rev. Gerard Willger of St. Joseph's Catholic Church officiating. Burial was in Wayside Cemetery in Barron.

Rausch-Rockman Funeral Home of Barron handled arrangements.

 

Lucile B. Miller

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 15, 2003, A6

Lucile B. Miller, age 90, of Mondovi, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Mondovi.

She was born May 27, 1913, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Carl and Minnie (Wolf) Braun. Lucile married Otto Miller on June 7, 1933, in Chicago. They moved to Menomonie in 1945 and owned and operated Otto's Market in Menomonie for many years. Otto died April 17, 1963. After his death, Lucile was employed by UW-Stout and later moved to Mondovi in 1974.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mondovi.

She was the best grandma and great-grandma in the whole world.

She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Elstad (special friend Bob Evans) of Independence and Eileen (Roland) Kurtz of Kewaskum; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Otto; three sisters; two brothers; and a son-in-law, Paul Elstad.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mondovi with the Rev. Dennis Voss officiating. Burial was in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Poeschel Funeral Home in Mondovi handled arrangements.
A special thank you to The Homeplace and The American Lutheran Home for their wonderful care.

John W. Morris

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 15, 2003, A6

John W. Morris, age 77, 1705 Wilson St., Eau Claire, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at Luther Hospital.

John was born Dec. 1, 1925, in Clinton, S.C., to Walter J. and Eva L. Morris. He married Elizabeth George on Sept. 4, 1947.

Upon graduation from high school in 1943, John enlisted In the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the V-12 program at the University of South Carolina. Later, he was transferred to the NROTC and was graduated from the University of South Carolina in February 1946 with a B.S. in Naval Science and a commission as Ensign in the Navy.

He served in the Navy until August 1948, at which time he returned to the University of South Carolina to complete a B.S. in mathematics in 1947. He continued at the University of South Carolina and received a M.A. in English in 1948. John then went on to receive a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee.

Before coming to Eau Claire, he taught English at Presbyterian College in Clinton and at Arkansas A & M College in Monticello, Ark. In 1956, he came to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as a professor of English. In 1965, he became dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. In 1971, he became Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He served briefly as acting chancellor from October 1972 until April 1973. In 1982, he returned to the teaching of English. In 1988, he retired from the university.

As a college teacher, John loved his subject, the English language and its literature, and believed in its value to his students. He worked hard to help them succeed in his courses.

While he was a full-time teacher, he published articles and book reviews in various journals and was an active leader in the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English, serving on its board of directors and as president. In 1974, WCTE presented him its Chisholm award for meritorious service to the profession.

John was a great believer in community service. From 1966 to 1977, he served on the L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Board. For five of those years, he was president. He had an active service career in health care matters. He chaired the Western Wisconsin Health Planning Commission, and for the University of Wisconsin System, a Statewide Study of Nursing and Nursing Education.

He served many years on the Luther Hospital Board (as chairman for two years) and as vice chairman of the Lutheran Regional Health System Board until the merger with Mayo. He joined the Eau Claire Rotary Club in 1972, and served as its president in 1981-82.

When the city of Eau Claire adopted the 5-5-1 plan for the City Council in November 1992, John decided to enter local politics. In April 1993, he was elected to an initial one-year term as an at-large member of the City Council. In 1994, he was re-elected to a full two-year term.

While on the Council, he served as the council representative on the L. E. Phillips Public Library Board and on the Eau Claire Housing Authority Commission. He decided not to run for another term in 1996. After he left the Council, John continued to serve as a member of the Eau Claire Housing Commission and on several committees at Luther Hospital.

For the last several years, John had been involved with the UW-Stout Institute for Learning and Retirement, teaching courses in History of the English Language, Structure of the English Language, Word Study, and Poetry Appreciation. He joined the board in May 2001, and was instrumental in expanding the program to include courses taught in Eau Claire.

John enjoyed reading, listening to music, and attending plays. He also liked cooking, playing bridge, and playing golf with good friends. He especially enjoyed visiting his son and daughter in New England, and with them visiting the many museums and historic sites in the area.

John is survived by a son, Gregory, of Nashua, N.H.; a daughter, Alison, of Ames, Iowa; and a brother, Sam (Nancy), of Summerville, S.C.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; his parents; and one brother, Walter Jr.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is arranging a private burial. Friends may call from 4:30 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at Prock Funeral Home, 405 North Hastings Place, Eau Claire.

Instead of flowers, memorials may be sent to Luther Hospital, L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, or the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation.

Clarence W. Schlosser

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 19, 2003, A6

Clarence W. Schlosser, age 94, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Clarence was born Jan. 4, 1909, in the Town of Eau Galle, Dunn County, the son of Leo and Lena (Hartung) Schlosser. He was raised in the Eau Galle community.

Clarence married Irene Berger on Feb. 18, 1941, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand. After marriage, they made their home in Durand where Clarence worked with his father at Schlosser Motors in Durand. Clarence became a civilian flight instructor for the U.S. Army Air Corps in Vernon, Texas.

In 1943, he returned to Durand and Schlosser Motors. Clarence bought some land in the Town of Waubeek, Pepin County, and started his own airport. Clarence owned and operated the airport and gave flight instructions for many years. Clarence also worked as an electrician around the area for several years. In 1978, they moved to a lake home on Tainter Lake near Menomonie where he remained the rest of his life.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Irene; a daughter, Nancy Jean Schumann of Brookville, Md.; three sons, Don (Rita) of Hanover, Minn., David of Phoenix, Ariz., and Gary (Kathy) of Sun Prairie; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Ethel Drier of Eau Galle; two brothers, Ray of Rogers, Ariz., and Paul of Sarona; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Shirley and Robert.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with Revs. Tom Krieg and Lawrence Berger officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Durand.

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

Margaret S. Baumbach

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 19, 2003, A6

Margaret Schlosser Baumbach, age 95, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, in Appleton.

Margaret, daughter of Alois and Mary (Hartung) Schlosser, was born Aug. 27, 1908, in Arkansaw.

Margaret is a graduate of Arkansaw High School and Eau Claire Teachers College (now UW-Eau Claire). Her teaching career included elementary grades in New Franken, West De Pere, North School in Menomonie, and Janesville.

Margaret married Kenneth Reuss of West De Pere on Dec. 26, 1940. He died April 24, 1941. She married Ervin Schauer of New Franken in 1957. He died in 1982. A few years later she moved from New Franken to a retirement complex in Appleton. Her daughter, Margaret Anne Reuss Schuh, and family lived in Appleton. It was at her new living arrangement that Margaret met and married Art Baumbach in 1991. Art died in November 2000.

Margaret is survived by one daughter, Margaret Anne Reuss (Richard) Schuh; four grandchildren, Steve Schuh of Vancouver, British Columbia, Kenneth (Pam) Schuh of Oregon, and Deborah (Patrick) McCarthy and Ronald (Amy) Schuh, both of Appleton; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Arthur (Edna) Schlosser of Pleasantville, Iowa; one sister, Catherine (George) Baier of Durand; a sister-in-law, Isabel Schlosser of Menomonie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Margaret in death, in addition to her three husbands, are her parents, Alois and Mary (Hartung) Schlosser; a sister and brother-in-law, Lucy and Oscar Pelke; a brother, Ralph Schlosser; and a sister-in-law, Hazel Schlosser.

Visitation and celebration of the Funeral Mass were both on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Appleton. Interment was in a mausoleum in the Green Bay-De Pere area.

Clarence L. Ford

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 19, 2003, A6

Clarence Luzern Ford, age 86, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003 at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born in the Township of Stanton, Dunn Co., on July 7, 1917, the son of Isaac and Blanche (Rice) Ford. He attended Knapp and Tramway Schools.

Clarence married Marian Green on August 28, 1940 in Stillwater, Minn. He and Marian farmed until their retirement in 1981. Clarence was a member of the Teegarden Threshing Crew for many years. He was always more than willing to assist a neighboring farmer with their work. He also worked for the Dunn County Highway Department. In November, 1992, they moved from the farm on to Kausrud Street in Menomonie.

Clarence served on the Tramway School Board for 6 years. He was a Dunn County Dance Inspector from 1961 to 1969 earning $10 per night. He also played dartball for 45 years - 20 of those years he played with his sons.

Clarence was baptized by Reverend J. David Whelan of Peace Lutheran Church at the American Lutheran Nursing Home on July 6, 2000.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Marian; five sons and three daughters, Larry (Karen) Ford of Menomonie; Geraldine Miller of St. Paul, Minn.; Carol (Ron) Ziehme of Cottage Grove, Minn.; Gerald (Jeanne) Ford of Sacramento, Calif.; LaVerne Ford of Menomonie; Diane (Dennis) Kaiser of Elk Mound; Ronald (Pam) Ford of Menomonie; and Terry (Beth) Ford of Menomonie; 11 grandchildren, Heidi (Rob) Heinz, Stacey (Jason) Simonson, Sherri (Clay) Cygan, Todd (Tammy) Miller, Sue (Tom) Lorentz, Jill (Joe) Garibay, Julie (Erik) Roberts, Jacob Ford, Craig (Trina) Kaiser, Eric Ford and Justin Ford; 13 great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild; one brother and three sisters, Hartzell Ford of Eau Claire; Agnes Nelson of Knapp; Darlene Hintzman of Menomonie; and Ardis (Oscar) Dunahee of Menomonie; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Arnold, Eldon, Everett, Virgil and Avery; a sister, Goldie Nelson and brother-in-law, Art Nelson; and a son-in-law, Roger Miller.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Reverend Dale Freberg officiating. Burial will be in the Ford Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call from 4-8 p.m., Sunday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Helen M. Dinnies

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 19, 2003, A6

Helen M. Dinnies, age 90, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003 at Care Partners Assisted Living in Menomonie, with hospice.

The former Helen Margaret Miller was born Oct. 12, 1913, just 3 lbs. at birth, to Peter and Mary (Kurschner) Miller, in the Town of Prairie Farm, Dunn County. She was baptized Oct. 29, 1913 and confirmed Sept. 4, 1927 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Helen attended first through tenth grade at public school in Prairie Farm and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1932.

On May 27, 1933 Helen married William Dinnies at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm. They lived in the Boyceville area before moving to Eau Claire where Helen worked at Gramac's and other similar stores. After leaving Eau Claire she has lived at Care Partners in Menomonie since April of 2001.

Helen is survived by three daughters, Marianne (Clarence) Gilbertson of River Falls; Anita (Leonard) Jicha of Colfax; and Carol (Warren) Olson of Boyceville; 8 grandchildren, Cynthia (Kevin) Haskins of River Falls; Sandra (Tom) Otremba of Appleton; Gary Gilbertson and friend Shirley of S. St. Paul, Minn.; Barbara (Randy) Dahms of Menomonie; Michael (Karen) Schlough of Madison; Darlene Nelson of Boyceville; Diane (Kelly) Helland of Boyceville; and Steven (Angie) Olson of Boyceville; six step grandchildren, Linda (Tom) Fea of Sacramento, Calif.; Bob (Deb) Gilbertson of Kenya, Africa; Steve (Pat) Gilbertson of Brule; Sharon (Dan) Dale of Moses Lake, Wash.; Pamela (Francis) Davies of Mission Viejo, Calif.; and Laurie Lanza of Wellington, Fla.; 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Minnie Bilse of Michigan; one sister-in-law, Edna Miller of Boyceville; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William; one son, Steven; her twin brother, Herbert and two other brothers, Clarence and Edward; three sisters, Erna, Elizabeth and Matilda; a grandson-in-law, Steven Nelson; and son-in-law, Dan Danberry.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003 at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Rolf Morck officiating.

Burial will be in Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Connorsville. Family and friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Kathryn Jean Bol

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 19, 2003, A6

Kathryn Jean Bol, age 73, of Menomonie died Thurs., Oct. 16, 2003 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie after a brief illness.

The former Kathryn Jean Bloom was born on Aug. 19, 1930 in Rice Lake to Edward and Florence (Morgan) Bloom. She married Laurence Bol on Aug. 4, 1976 in Stillwater, Minn.

Jean tended bar in Hayward before moving to Menomonie, and then tended bar at Northside Bar in Menomonie and worked at the Chicken Shack. After her marriage to Laurence, she co-owned and operated the Riverview Bar in Irvington for many years.

Jean was wonderful mother and awesome grandmother. She also was an avid reader, liked playing cards and going to the casino.

Jean is survived by her husband, Laurence; four children, Mary Dominik of Carrollton, Tex.; Barbara (Ronald) Repaal of Galesville, Wis.; Andy (Jennifer) Dominik of Menomonie; and Shelley (Daniel) Jacobson of Menomonie; nine grandchildren, Matthew Repaal (fiancé, Jackie), Benjamin Repaal, Kayla Repaal, Katie Jacobson, Cassie Dominik, Isaac Jacobson, Gabriel and Christian Jacobson and Lexi Dominik; one sister, Carol (Thomas) Standal of Wauwatosa, Wis.; one brother-in-law, Wes (Mary) Bol of Baldwin; three sisters-in-law, Betty (Gene) Knipfel of Phoenix, Ariz.; Jan Eldred of Eau Claire; and Judy (Tom) Van Fossen of Flower Mound, Tex.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003 at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville with the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and on Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church. She will be cremated after the services on Tuesday and there will be a private family burial at a later date in St. John's Cemetery in Irvington.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Dunn County Humane Society.

Loren E. Blakley

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 26, 2003, A6

Loren E. Blakley, age 72, of Menomonie died Sat., Oct. 25, 2003, at his home.

Loren was born Oct. 17, 1931, in the township of Menomonie, to Everett and Myrtle Blakley. He graduated from Memorial High School in Eau Claire. He married Lois Dickson on Oct. 22, 1960, in Eau Claire.

Loren worked at Don's Super Valu in Menomonie as the produce manager for 34 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and talking to people at his favorite activity, the casino.

Loren is survived by, two children, Mike Blakley of Menomonie and Kim (David) Clark of Menomonie; two nephews, Jerome (Gay) Evenson of Menomonie and Billy (Alice) Evenson of Boyceville; a sister-in-law, Betty (LaVerne) Miller of Eau Claire; a brother-in-law, Don Dickson of Florida; two "special grandchildren," Mark and Joel Wood of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois; one brother, Russell and a sister, Opal.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery, the township of Menomonie. Visitation is Monday, Oct. 27, from 4-8 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and on Tuesday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Helen Ruth Johnson

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 26, 2003, A6

Helen Ruth Johnson, age 77, of Colfax, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation in Chippewa Falls.

Helen was born on Dec. 16, 1925, in Menomonie to Irvin and Cora (Young) Scharr. She graduated from Menomonie High School and later married Louis Johnson on March 11, 1949, in Menomonie.

Helen served as treasurer for the Town of Tainter for 18 years and also as bookkeeper for Johnson Sales and Service. In her spare time she enjoyed bowling, traveling and the outdoors. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her granddaughters and great-granddaughters.

Helen was an active member of the Norton Lutheran Church in Colfax.

Helen is survived by her husband, Louis Johnson; her three children, David (Lucy) Johnson of Rockton, Ill., Judy (Robert) Miller of Colfax, and Susan (Tod) Griffith of Grantsburg; seven granddaughters, Lisa (Corey) Scales of Rockford, Ill., Kari (Dan) Loesch of Hammond, Brooke Miller and Mandy Miller, both of Colfax, Traci Griffith and Samantha Griffith, both of Grantsburg, and Kristi Staffon of Wisconsin Rapids; two great-granddaughters, Lexi and Zoey; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, and a brother.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at the Norton Lutheran Church in Colfax with the Rev. Jeanne Warner officiating, along with the Rev. Gary Garnitz, former pastor of the Norton Lutheran Church, now residing in Superior. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to the vent unit at Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation in Chippewa Falls.

The family would like to thank all of the wonderful people at Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation who took great care of Helen over these past nine months. Thank you all so very much.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Leona M. Mentor

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 26, 2003, A6

Leona M. Mentor, age 84, of Boyceville, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Holy Family Hospital in New Richmond.

She was born Sept. 21, 1919, in Kinnickinnic Township to Arthur and Mary (Cernohouse) Bonnes.

She married Raymond Mentor in February 1939.

She is survived by a son, Robert Mentor of Boyceville; two daughters, Alice Triebold Johnson of River Falls and Betty Garside of Boyceville; a sister-in-law, Audrey Peabody of Menomonie; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and an infant brother.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls. Burial will be in the German Settlement Cemetery.

Visitation is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church.

Cashman Mortuary in River Falls is handling arrangements.

Larry H. Yoder

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 26, 2003, A6

Larry H. Yoder, age 54, of Chippewa Falls, died Tuesday Oct. 21, 2003, at his home in Chippewa Falls.

Larry was born Oct. 21, 1948 in Menomonie. He was the son of Delbert and Lois (Nutter) Yoder. Larry grew up in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School. He served in the U.S. Army for two years. After the service he worked in construction. Most recently he worked for Weiser Concrete until ill health forced him to quit.

Larry is survived by a son, Scott Yoder of Menomonie, a daughter, Kim Hanson of Arkansaw and two grandchildren; his mother and step-father, Lois and Gordon Roach of Menomonie; two brothers, Jim Donley of Hager City and Delbert Yoder Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Theresa Flora of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Delbert Yoder and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Monday Oct. 27, 2003, at the Teegarden Cemetery with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home is serving the family.

Eleanor Meyer

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 26, 2003, A6

Francis Eleanor Meyer, age 102, of Elk Mound, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Brian Armstrong officiating. Burial is in Evergreen Cemetery, township of Elk Mound. Visitation is Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Eileen E. Braaten

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 26, 2003, A6

Eileen E. Braaten, age 77, of Menomonie died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Eileen was born on April 2, 1926, in Milwaukee to Roy and Julia (Johnson) Nichols. She graduated from Colfax High School. Eileen married Merlyn Braaten on June 27, 1946, at the parsonage in Colfax.

Eileen was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed painting, ceramics, rosemaling and gardening. Eileen also taught Sunday School and loved music, including singing solos for weddings.

Eileen is survived by her husband, Merlyn; two children, Ann (Doug) Larson of Menomonie and Jim (Rhonda) Braaten of Eau Claire; two grandchildren, Laura (Steve) Lecheler of Menomonie and Rev. Kurt (Jennifer) Larson of Olympia, Wash.; two great-grandchildren, Morgan and Bret Lecheler of Menomonie; two brothers-in-law, Lawrence (Doris) Braaten of Orlando, Fla. and Paul (Kathy) Braaten of Lakeville, Minn.; one sister-in-law, Marian Nichols of Colfax; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Duane Nichols.

Funeral services are at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating. Burial will be in Barum Cemetery, township of Elk Mound. Visitation is Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.

Katherine M. Jaeger

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 26, 2003, A6

Katherine Mary Jaeger, age 86, of Owatonna, Minn. and formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at the home of her daughter, Jeanne Gendron.

Katherine was born Jan. 6, 1917, to John and Katherine (Olson) Retelstorf in the town of Stanton. Upon graduation from high school, she moved to Menomonie and lived with her aunt, Alma Retelstorf.

Katherine was employed with the telephone company and the county extension service until her marriage. She married Lorn Jaeger on Oct. 9, 1947, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Katherine was a homemaker and raised her three children. She was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church and Christ Lutheran Church as well as active in school activities.

During later years, she especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved very much. Katherine resided in the Menomonie area for more than 80 years, however, in her final year she was lovingly cared for in Owatonna, Minn. at the house of her daughter Jeanne, son-in-law, Kim and their children.

Katherine is survived by, her three children, James A. (Karen) Jaeger of Madison, Mary K. (Dan) Schillinger of Waco, Texas, and Jeanne M. (Kim) Gendron of Owatonna, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Jesse (Natalie) Jaeger of Medford, Maine, Andrew Jaeger of Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, Theresa (Charles) Goodaker of Atlanta, Ga., Amanda Schillinger of Burnsville, Minn., Jeremy (Heather) Schillinger of Bloomington, Minn., Isaac (Heather) Gendron of Winona, Minn., Katrina Gendron (fianc/ Brett Gunklee) of Owatonna, Minn., and Nathan Gendron of Owatonna, Minn.; three great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Sydney Goodaker and Lorn Jaeger; two brothers and two sisters, Norma Wyss of Boyceville, Simon (Betty) Olson of Menomonie, Christine (Don) Hannack of Menomonie and John (Virginia) Olson of Chippewa Falls; two sisters-in-law, Vera Olson of Marion, Iowa, and Beradene Olson of Baldwin; nieces and nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lorn; and two brothers, Jonas and Kenneth Olson.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Menomonie. Friends and family may visit one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Shirley K. Stewart

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 29, 2003, A6

Shirley K. Stewart, age 55, of Menomonie, passed away quietly with family on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire after a four-year encounter with cancer.

She was at peace with her God, her family, and her friends. She was, as always, positive, but never unrealistic about her life, her family, her work, or her cancer. She viewed four years of cancer survival as a victory which was well worth the struggle.

Shirley was born Feb. 21, 1948, in Viroqua, the daughter of Eldon and Lorraine (Ostrem) Johnson. She was raised in Viroqua and graduated in 1966 from Viroqua High School. She married Bill Stewart on Sept. 1, 1968, in Viroqua. On. Aug. 21, 1979, she and Bill had their first and only child, Tori Kristin. Shirley received her bachelor of science degree from UW-Stout in 1970 and her master's degree in clothing and textiles from UW-Stout in 1973. Shirley earned a master's degree in vocational rehabilitation in 1974 from UW-Stout, and in 1998, she received a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Minnesota.

Shirley worked at UW-Stout since 1973 in many capacities -- as a vocational evaluator, assistant director and director of the Vocational Development Center, department chair of vocational rehabilitation and counseling, and associate dean. Through the years, she served on numerous committees and wrote many federal and state grants that brought new programs and services that served people with disabilities and the students and staff at UW-Stout.

Shirley was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie and played with the Bell's Angels, which she dearly loved to do. She served on a number of local, state and national boards, including Interfaith Caregivers of Dunn County.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Bill; one daughter, Tori Stewart of Minneapolis, Minn. (currently a law student at William Mitchell College of Law); her father, Eldon (Arlene) Johnson of Viroqua; two sisters, Sharon (Torger) Mikkelson of Waunakee and Laura Johnson of Houston, Texas; one brother, James "J.J." (Kristine) Johnson of Sister Bay; her mother-in-law, Mary Lee Stewart of Aitkin, Minn.; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; other relatives; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lorraine Johnson, and her father-in-law, William C. Stewart Sr.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Bob Friese officiating. Burial was in Cedar Falls Cemetery of rural Menomonie.

Memorials may be given to Interfaith Caregivers, Our Savior's Bell's Angels, or the American Cancer Society-Osteosarcoma Research.

Arrangements were made by Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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