Dunn County, WI Obituaries
October 2004

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
October 3, 2004 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Clara R. Strong

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 3, 2004, A6

Clara R. Strong, age 100, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Visitation begins at 10 a.m. and funeral services are 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Doris K. Hanson

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 3, 2004, A6

Doris K. (Hendrickson) Hanson, age 93, died on Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at Dove Healthcare Nursing & Rehabilitation in Eau Claire. She had been a resident there for three years.

Doris was born Aug. 14, 1911, in Eau Claire. She was raised by her grandparents, Hans and Kristina Hendrickson, and lived in the Shawtown area during her childhood. She married Harold Fredwick Hanson on April 9, 1928. She and Harold lived for many years in Elk Mound and together they were proud parents of four children. Later in life, they moved to Montana and spent much of their time caring for their lovely property in the Bitter Root Valley.

She is survived by her family, daughter, Ramona and son-in-law LaVerne Vollendorf of Eau Claire; her son, Rodney and wife Mary Ann of Eau Claire; daughter-in-law, Judith (Johnson) Hanson of Menomonie; and her youngest child, Rae Jean and husband Gerald Johnson of Missoula, Mont.

Doris was a proud grandmother to Ramona and LaVerne's sons, Mark and Rodney, and Mary Ann's five children, Larry, James, Kristi, Heidi and Shari, Doris' deceased son, Rick and his wife Judy's four children, Darren, Donald, Dale and Darby, Doris' daughter, Rae Jean and Gerald's family of four children, Gail, Scot and Dawn Wik and Debbie Johnson. These 14 grandchildren made Doris a great-grandmother of 16 beautiful children. Doris is also survived by her aunt, Mildred (Hendrickson) Frank of Eau Claire.

Doris is preceded in death by her mother, Josephine Hendrickson; her husband, Harold Hanson, who passed away in 1993; one son, Rick Hanson, who passed away in 1997; and an infant daughter, Rhonda.

Caring for others was important to Doris. She spent 14 years as a volunteer at the Valley View Nursing Home in Hamilton, Mont. She loved every day of it and had so many friends there. Cooking was another love of hers, and led her into being employed as a cook at the Gillette Tire Co. in Eau Claire during the World War II years. She also worked as a cook at Montana State University in Missoula. Her recipes are probably still being used. She loved her plants and flowers and always maintained a garden wherever she could. Nothing escaped her green thumb.

Her church was most important to Doris and at one time she was president of the Ladies Aid of Elk Mound Lutheran Church. The churches that Doris attended throughout her lifetime always had a tireless worker and a willing, helpful, and dedicated member. She will be missed by all.

A memorial service took place Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, at the Eau Claire Wesleyan Church, 2405 Keith St., Eau Claire. The Rev. Dwayne Winterberg officiated.

Fuller Speckien Funeral Home of Eau Claire assisted the family with arrangements.

Friends and family are invited to sign the guest book online at www.fullerspeckien. com.

Keith W. Mittelstadt

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 3, 2004, A6

Keith W. Mittelstadt, age 62, of Ridgeland, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Keith was born on Sept. 12, 1942, in Dunn County to Kenneth and Lorraine (Flaw) Mittelstadt. He graduated from Colfax High School. He enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict. After being discharged, Keith became a truck driver and drove for more than 30 years.

Keith liked to ride motorcycles, race cars, including stock cars and demolition derby vehicles, was a member of the pit crew, and enjoyed watching racing. He also liked to fish, tend to his vegetable and flower garden, and was always tinkering with something.

Keith is survived by his wife, Virginia Allman of Boyceville; four children, Alicia Rodrigues of Vero Beach, Fla., Beth Mittelstadt and Dennis Mittelstadt, both of Boyceville, and Gary Mittelstadt of Florida; six grandchildren; two brothers, Allen (Gayle) Mittelstadt of Eau Claire and Kenny (Stephanie) Mittelstadt of Prairie Farm; and one sister, Sheila (Tom) Berger, and son, Jacob, of Menomonie. He is further survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jamie Mittelstadt; his daughter, Julie Mittelstadt; and a brother, Gary Mittelstadt.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Richard Lee "Happy" Wibel

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 3, 2004, A6

Richard Lee "Happy" Wibel, age 47, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born Dec. 22, 1956 in Milwaukee to Richard and Betty Wibel. As a youth, he moved with his family to Meridean. He later served in the U.S. Navy.

Richard married Victoria Taylor on June 8, 1985, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. After their marriage, they resided in Menomonie where they have lived since.

Happy loved to ride his bike, play the harmonica and write poetry. And he especially loved spending time with all of his friends who he called brothers and sisters. He will be sadly missed by his family and all of his brothers and sisters.

Happy is survived by his wife, Victoria Wibel of Menomonie; a son, Richard J. Wibel of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County. Family and friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Alvin M. Erickson

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 6, 2004, A6

Alvin M. Erickson, age 78, of Wheeler, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, a Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Boyceville with the Rev Jerry Hoeser officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, where a prayer service is scheduled at 6:30 p.m., and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Rhiel's Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Allen LeRoy McClelland

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 6, 2004, A6

Allen LeRoy McClelland, age 76, of Woodville, died suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, at the Baldwin Area Medical Center where he had been taken after collapsing at home.

Allen was born April 13, 1928, in Eau Claire, the son of Ivan and Dorothy (Annis) McClelland. He grew up in Knapp and attended the Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy, also known as the "Aggie" school. He attended school through his sophomore year and later received his G.E.D. while serving in the U.S. Army.

On March 23, 1956, Allen married Delores Thatcher at the Methodist church in Knapp. They were blessed with five children: Steven, Julie, Marilyn, Joyce and Charles. Allen farmed in Knapp and Glenwood City. For a short time he drove school bus for Glenwood City schools and eventually went to work for the St. Croix County Highway Department. He was on the bridge crew for 13 years and was a truck driver until retiring in 1990.

When a young child, Allen attended the Methodist church in Knapp. He was presently a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Woodville. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Allen also enjoyed fishing, country music, and driving his horses. When not enjoying the outdoors, he would spend time doing puzzles and loved word search games.

Preceding him in death were his father, Ivan, who died in 1957; his mother, Dorothy, who died in 1988; and one sister, Marlys Drinkman, who died in 1983.

Survivors include his wife, Delores, of Woodville, his five children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren: Steven A. (Joana) McClelland of Glenwood City and their children, Lydia and Josiah; Julie Hopkins and special friend, Steve Langer of Baldwin, and her children, Melissa (Chad) Nawrocki and Mathew Hopkins; Marilyn (Jerry) Hovde of Woodville and their children, Kristin and Aaron; Joyce (Jim) Platson of Woodville and their children, Megan and Nicole; and Charles McClelland of Baldwin; and his two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Kelsie Nawrocki. He is also survived by two brothers and two sisters: Phillip McClelland of Vancouver, Wash., Gerald (Verna) McClelland of Knapp, Phyllis (Wesley) Nichols of Glenwood City, and Doris Drinkwine of Connorsville; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at Zion Lutheran Church. Woodville. Funeral services were 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, at Zion Lutheran. Rev. Keith Anderson officiated the service. Judy Albrightson was organist. Special music was provided by John Terkelsen and Bob Hovde. Burial was in Teegarden Cemetery, Knapp, with full military honors performed by American Legion Post No. 301 of Woodville.

Honorary bearers were Jim Casper, Maynard Eitland, John Slotvig and his coffee buddies at the Knapp Hall.

Pallbearers were Ken Nichols, Tom McClelland, Bill McClelland, Dan Drinkman, Darrel Drinkman and Mike Drinkman.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, handled arrangements.

Helen L. Wagner

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 10, 2004, A6

Helen L. Wagner, age 90, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Helen was born Dec. 19, 1905, in the town of Sherman, Dunn County, to Fred and Bessie (White) Retzloff. She grew up in that area and graduated in 1923 from the Dunn County Normal School. She taught elementary grades at the Lambs Creek School for three years, and later did substitute teaching for several years.

Helen married James Wagner on May 26, 1926. After marriage, they farmed in the town of Spring Brook for many years. During this time, Helen served on the Menomonie School Board for approximately 15 years. Jim died in 1971, and later Helen moved to Menomonie where she remained until becoming a Dunn County Health Care Center resident where she lived the last four years.

She is survived by a brother, Gordon (Ann) Retzloff of Menomonie; two nieces, Donna Price of Menomonie and Mary McNulty of Stuart, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Ruby Retzloff of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim; two sisters, Mabel Schauf and Mildred Klosowski; and one brother, Fred Retzloff Jr.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

Rhiel's Funeral Service in Menomonie served the family.

Paul M. Stoeklen

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 10, 2004, A6

Paul M. Stoeklen, age 64, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Oct. 07, 2004 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born March 28, 1940 in Menomonie to Lloyd and Ruth (Jensen) Stoeklen. Paul was raised in Menomonie and Boyceville. He attended Menomonie schools and graduated from Boyceville High School. He was very athletic and enjoyed sports. He played football and went to State in Track.

Paul worked in the Twin Cities and Kenosha before returning to Boyceville where he owned and operated Boyceville Oil for several years. He retired in 1990 after becoming disabled due to a stroke.

Paul belonged to the Boyceville Business Association and several pool teams. Paul loved to work outdoors gardening, working with horses or in the sawmill. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and he was an avid Green Bay Packer fan.

Paul is survived by a son and four daughters, Paul (Sheila) Brook of Arizona, Debbie Gray of Connorsville, Darcie (Lloyd) Larrieu of Spring Valley, Billie Jo (Brian) Hoyt and Tonya Stoeklen, both of Menomonie; 10 grandchildren; seven sisters and two brothers, Nancy Shubert of Menomonie, Carol (Jim) Olson of Menomonie, Bruce (Carol) Stoeklen of Denver, Colo., Patricia Lehman of Colfax, Connie (Lonnie) Boone of Aurora, Colo., Sandra (Rick) Decker of Menomonie, Roxie (Michael) Milward of Elk Mound, Randal Weiss of Boyceville and Linda (Tom) Sasada of Gurnee, Ill.; his stepmother, Frances Stoeklen of Menomonie, and nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Weiss, and his stepfather, James Weiss.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. today (Sunday Oct. 10, 2004) at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Steve Carlson officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie at a later date. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. Sunday until the time of the service.

Harold Peller

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 10, 2004, A6

Harold Peller Esq, age 88, recently of New York City, passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004 in Menomonie at the home of his daughter, Barbara Peller Sommers and his son-in-law, David W. Sommers

Harold was born in New York in 1916, the son of Solomon and Carrie (Blumenkranz) Peller. He graduated from high school in Brooklyn in 1933 and went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York in 1937 and his Juris Doctorate from St. John's University in New York in 1940. At St. John's, Harold was the editor-in-chief of the law review as well as the humor editor for the university newspaper.

After graduating with his law degree, Harold married his wife, Frieda Ebert, who later was noted municipal judge in New York. They had three children, Paul, Barbara and Lorraine. Shortly after their marriage, Harold joined the army and was trained as a linguist and a medical corpsman. During World War II, he served in the European theater of action as a lieutenant leading troops in Germany, most notably at the Battle of the Bulge. For his service, he received the Purple Heart as well as other distinguished decorations.

When he returned to the United States, he practiced law as a trial attorney, traveling widely, representing clients in the areas of fraud and corporate law. He never retired and continued his practice till the end. In addition to the law, Harold also owned and operated restaurants and hotels in New York.

In his free time, he enjoyed reading, poetry, gardening and reminiscing, and will be especially remembered for his gracious affability.

Harold is survived by his children, Paul Peller of Madison, Barbara Peller (David W.) Sommers of Menomonie and Lorraine Peller (David Williams) of New Orleans, La.; his grandchildren, Ben Rama Peller of Los Angeles, Calif., and Jordana Cathryn Williams of New Orleans, La., and a sister, Muriel Peller of Atlantic Beach, N.Y.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Solomon and Carrie Peller and his wife, Frieda (Ebert) Peller.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Bob Salt officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie, with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Clarence J. Soberg

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 10, 2004, A6

Clarence J. Soberg, age 98, of Sarasota, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, in Waterford, Mich.

Clarence served in the Navy during World War II. He was retired from Ford Motor Co.

He is survived by his grandchildren, David, Wendy, Anne and John; five great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Mary Simpson; and four nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene, on Sept. 13, 2004; his son, Robert; and three sisters, Pauline Soberg, Helen Kolberg and Jean Talbot.

Funeral services took place Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at the Elton Black Funeral Home in Highland, Mich., and entombment took place in Sarasota.

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Eleanor Yost

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 10, 2004, A6

Funeral services for Eleanor Yost, age 90, of Hibbing, Minn., will be held on Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, at the First Lutheran Church in Hibbing with the Rev. John Dietz officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing.

She died Oct. 5, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie where she had resided for one year.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1914, in North Hibbing Location to Eric and Amanda Benson. She graduated from Hibbing High School and grew up in North Hibbing and Brooklyn Location. On Dec. 31, 1938, she married Paul Yost.

She enjoyed visiting with friends and relatives, doing crossword puzzles and gardening, and being outdoors.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Suhr of Overland, Mo., and Pollie (Robert) Evans of Spring Valley; five grandchildren, Vicki, Paul and Paulette Suhr of Overland, Mo., JoLee Adamich (fiancé Arthur Chou) of San Francisco, Calif., and Jeremy Adamich of Bozeman, Mont.; a sister, Signie Burke of Hibbing; a special niece, Kathleen (Gary) Becicka; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She will be especially missed by her longtime companion, Kat.

Funeral arrangements are with Olson Funeral Home, Menomonie, and Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing.

Irene T. Wait

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 10, 2004, A6

Irene T. Wait, age 80, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Irene Thomra Tollefson was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Wheeler to Thomas and Alma (Kaiser) Tollefson. She attended Wheeler grade school and graduated in 1941 from the Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy.

Irene married Clifford Wait on April 18, 1942, at the Norton Lutheran Church in the town of Tainter, Dunn County. Together, they farmed in the town of Tainter for seven years before moving to the Wait family farm in the town of Sherman.

Irene was an active member of the Norton Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, taking pictures, the garden, music and playing piano. Irene and her husband spent many times together camping, fishing and traveling. She loved to cook and always had the coffee pot ready for family, friends and neighbors.

Irene is survived by her husband, Clifford Wait of Menomonie; two daughters and one son, Sandra (Tom) Grimm of Grove, Okla., Allan (Mary) Wait of Menomonie, and Gail (Richard) Stark of Boyceville; eight grandchildren, Scott (Shannon) Gurtin, Lisa (Blaine) Johnson, Jeffrey Wait, Michael Wait, Craig Wait, Stacy (David) Dummer, Kari Stark and Jason Stark; five great-grandchildren, Evan and Olivia Gurtin, Cody and Jacob Johnson, and Lyssa Wait; three sisters and one brother, Marguerite (Alvin) Erickson of Colfax, Darlene (Lewis) Hanson of Ridgeland, Thomas (Bea) Tollefson of Chetek, and Sarah (Ed) Whistler of Wheeler; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Gerhard Tollefson; three half brothers, Cyrus, Kenneth and Ernest Tollefson; one half sister, Myrtle Tollefson; and two great-granddaughters, Claire Dummer and Angelique Wait.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at the Norton Lutheran Church in the town of Tainter, Dunn County, with the Rev. Paul Tobiason officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, town of Sherman, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Esther I. Thompson

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 13, 2004, A6

Esther I. Thompson, age 90, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Esther Isabell Doane was born June 4, 1914, in the town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to Elbert and Edna (Cardinal) Doane. She attended Irvington Elementary School and the Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy.

On Dec. 6, 1938, she married Reuben Thompson in Menomonie. Together, they farmed in the Irvington area for many years. After Reuben's death in 1976, she moved to Menomonie.

Esther was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Menomonie.

She enjoyed sewing and making her own clothes as well as sewing for others. Esther was a loving person who took care of family members in their later years.

She is survived by one son, Elmer Thompson of Texas; a sister, Reah Waller of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Reuben; a daughter, Opal; and a brother, LeRoy Doane.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Larry Borner officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in the town of Menomonie.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Elizabeth F. Pinkepank

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 13, 2004, A6

Elizabeth F. Pinkepank, age 98, of Menomonie, died Friday, June 11, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Elizabeth was born Aug. 26, 1905, in Menomonie and was raised and lived her entire life in the same house where she was born. She was the daughter of Charles and Ida (Diedrich) Pinkepank. Elizabeth graduated from Menomonie High School and from Eau Claire Teachers College. She taught school for several years before returning to Menomonie. Elizabeth became the head librarian at the Mabel Tainter Memorial Library and worked there for many years until she retired.

Elizabeth is survived by two nephews, Charles Pinkepank of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Jerry Pinkepank of Seattle, Wash.; a niece, Carol Gilchrist of Minocqua; a sister-in-law, Ramona Pinkepank of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; several grand nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mae Pinkepank; and two brothers, Frederick and Clyde Pinkepank.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating. Burial of the cremains will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

The family prefers memorials to the Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater or to the donor's choice.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Ann Hofacker

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 17, 2004, A6

Ann Hofacker, age 101, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Ann was born June 11, 1903, in Uderns, Austria, the daughter of Frank and Frances (Stoll) Wedam. She came to the United States with her family when she was 11 months old and they settled in the Irvington area of Dunn County.

Ann married Edward Hofacker on Oct. 6, 1926, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. They lived in the Menomonie area for several years. They moved to Elmwood where they farmed until Ed's death in 1952. After Ed's death, Ann moved back to Menomonie where she worked at Sanna Dairies for 21 years, retiring at the age of 71.

After retirement, Ann was active with the Senior Citizens Center and went on several bus trips with them. She also traveled a lot with her own family. Ann loved to knit, crochet, make quilts, and spending time in her garden. Ann especially enjoyed cooking for her family and friends at her home. She will always be remembered for her molasses and sugar cookies.

Ann is survived by a son, James (Shirley) of Ladysmith; two daughters, Eileen (Maurice) Howe of Menomonie and Marlys (Robert) Robole of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Louise Steinke and Mary Spindler, both of Menomonie, and Bertha Kreiger of Nisswa, Minn.; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ed; three brothers, Alvin, Joseph and John Wedam; two sisters, Rose Hofacker and Elsie Gatten; and a granddaughter, Lyn Marie Robole in infancy.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie where a prayer service is scheduled at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to St. Joseph's Catholic Church or to the donor's choice.

Melvin F. Bird

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 17, 2004, A6

Melvin F. Bird, age 72, of Portage, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mel was born in Menomonie on Jan. 14, 1932. He was the oldest son of Fred and Anna Bird. Mel graduated from Boyceville High School.

Some of his joys of life were playing in the Dairyland Bird Band with his five brothers, fishing, bowling, and his love of truck driving.

Mel is survived by his wife, Gladys Nelson; his children, Carla (Dave) Stevens, Marlin (Diane) Bird, and Melody and Robyn Bird, all of Boyceville; 10 grandchildren, Jason, Cari and Brad (Marlo) Stevens, Adam (Sarah), Heather, Justin and Travis Bird, Terra and Denise Anderson, and Heidi (Doug) Schlough; two great-grandchildren, Christopher Bird and Abbygail Schlough; five brothers, William (Mary Lu) of Menomonie, Robert (Lynda) of Boyceville, Keith (Dorothy) of Spartanburg, S.C., Gary (Kaye) of Indiana, Pa., and Dale (Faye) of Boyceville; a sister-in-law, Luann (Robert) Delong of Menomonie; other relatives and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Ronald; a brother, Richard Price; and a sister-in-law, Esther Bird.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Portage.

Mel's body has been donated to the University of Wisconsin for research.

Willa H. Stack

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 17, 2004, A6

Willa H. Stack was born on Feb. 26, 1912, in Glenwood, the daughter of John and Clara Cincoski. She passed away peacefully on Oct. 9, 2004, at her home surrounded by loved ones at the age of 92.

She was a great cook and caring homemaker.

She is survived by her seven children, Allen D. (Kaye), John F. (Marlene), C. Marlou (James) Grudt, Edward E. (Lynette), David A., W. Kathryn Irvin and Cheryl M. Saum; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Marian and Clary; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at the First Evangelical Free Church, 2696 Hazelwood St., Maplewood, Minn. A reception followed. Graveside services were 3 p.m. on Friday at Halvorson/Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to Attending Physicians Clinic for the purchase of medical equipment in memory of Willa.

Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation Service in White Bear, Minn., handled arrangements.

Kurt G. Thompson

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 17, 2004, A6

Kurt G. Thompson, age 59, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, at his home in the town of Red Cedar, Dunn County.

Kurt was born March 19, 1945, in Baldwin, the son of Minard S. and Ramona (Fredrick) Thompson. Kurt grew up in Baldwin and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1964. Kurt attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also served in the U.S. Army in Germany for two years during the Vietnam War.

After the service, Kurt earned his master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Kurt taught social studies and history at DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire for 27 years until he retired.

In 1985, he married Carol Krebs. They were married for 13 years and have three children together.

Kurt enjoyed playing sports. He was active in playing league softball, volleyball, bowling and golf.

He is survived by his three children, Emily, Michael and Luke Thompson, all of Menomonie; his mother, Ramona Thompson of Baldwin; and two nieces, Gisele Fredrick of Chanhassen, Minn., and Michele Jones of Eden Prairie, Minn.

Kurt is preceded in death by his father and his uncle and aunt, Bud and Virgy Fredrick.

A time of gathering and remembering will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial will be held at a later date at the Baldwin Cemetery in Baldwin.

Otto P. Baker

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 20, 2004, A6

Otto P. Baker, age 96, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born Feb. 24, 1908, in Menomonie to Frederick and Helena (Korbein) Baker. Otto graduated from Menomonie High School in 1926, from Dunn County Normal in 1927, from The Stout Institute in 1933 with a bachelor's degree, and from Stout in 1950 with a master's degree.
Otto married the former Marion Anderson on July 3, 1937, in Menomonie.

Otto taught two years in rural schools in Dunn County. He was Vocational School director in Menomonie from 1936 to 1943. During that time, besides his normal duties, he organized and supervised special training classes at Stout to prepare local adults for employment in related war production industries.

When this program ended, he was commissioned a lieutenant (jg) in the U.S. Navy. He served in Gulfport, Miss., where he assisted with the training of instructors for the Navy. In 1946, he was honorably discharged as a Navy lieutenant. He was employed by the Navy Department as an education specialist and was sent to Norfolk, Va., to aid in setting up an Instructor Training Program. In 1951, he was transferred to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center where he continued his work as an education specialist.

Upon retirement, Otto and Marion moved back to Menomonie where he was employed by the University of Wisconsin-Stout as a supervisor of student teaching. Following that, he was employed by the Vocational-Technical School as a supervisor of police training courses.

Otto loved sports, having played football in high school, basketball at Dunn County Normal, and lettering in baseball at Stout. He also played baseball for the Wakanda Park Braves. In later years, he loved the game of golf, still playing this last summer.

Otto was a member of the American Legion, the Moose Lodge, the Menomonie Lions Club, Epsilon Pi Tau Fraternity, and Christ Lutheran Church.

Otto is survived by a sister, Adeline Lee of Menomonie; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marion, five brothers, and four sisters.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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

Memorials preferred to Christ Lutheran Church or the American Lutheran Home.

Frederick Francis Konop

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 20, 2004, A6

Frederick Francis Konop, age 77, of Marseilles, Ill., passed away Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru, Ill., after a courageous battle with severe strokes and grand mal seizures.

Mass of the Christian Burial was Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marseilles with the Rev. Bo Schmitt officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery.
He was born Feb. 10, 1927, in Rice Lake to Matt V. and Mary (Douda) Konop. In 1955, he married Marguerite O'Brien of Oak Park, who survives. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and served in the Army during World War II. He was a roofing contractor for 35 years until his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Lorraine Konop; five daughters, Rita (Michael) Bergeron of Batavia, Ill, Patricia "Trish" Konop of Menomonie, Sharon (Tom) Paladeau of Leland, Ill., Jayne Evitt of Aurora, Ill., and Gayle Muller of Peru; two sons, Frederick Jr. of LaSalle, Ill., and Richard of Leland; eight grandchildren, Dianna McLear, David and Michelle Bergeron, Loretta Paladeau, Leah and Kelly Evitt, Brittany Muller and Evan Konop, and two brothers, Emery Konop and Benedict Konop, both of Haugen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Matt and Mary Konop, and two brothers, Charles and John Eugene Konop.

Seals-Campbell Funeral Home in Marseilles was in charge of arrangements.

Lawrence "Duke" Mousel

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 20, 2004, A6

Lawrence "Duke" Mousel, age 85, of Eau Claire, formerly of Elk Mound, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at the Syverson Nursing Home in Eau Claire.

He was born Jan. 16, 1919, in Elk Mound, the son of Nicholas and Anna (Zimmer) Mousel, and was raised in Elk Mound. He married Eva Mary Rudahl on May 14, 1949, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk Mound.

Lawrence farmed for more than 40 years in the Elk Mound area. He was known by many farmers in the area when he worked for Curtiss. He was a woodcutter throughout his lifetime. Lawrence was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors and had interests in beekeeping, gardening and trapping.

Lawrence is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eva Mary of Eau Claire; children, Jeanne Mousel of Milwaukee; Steven of Elk Mound, Mary (Robert) Myers of Eau Claire, Barb Mousel of Sun Prairie, Judy (Randy) Mayer of Fairfax Station, Va., Patty (Bob) Marlette of Boyceville, Tim (Brenda) of Eau Claire, Robert (Vickie) of Eau Claire, Theresa (Ab) LaRock of Eau Claire, Tom (Pam) of Colfax, Debbie (Kevin) Swartz of Elk Mound, Carrie (Don) Wirth of Hudson, and Rose (Ronnie) Hopper of Romeoville, Ill.; grandchildren, Andy, Adam, Nick, Dewey, Kirsten, Matt, David, Josh, Jon, Chris, Tanya, Amy, Kate, Mariah, Tashanna, Hannah, Isaac, Ben, Greta, Jamie, Miranda, Katrina and Michael; two sisters, Helen Stickney of Texas and Kathryn Rolfe of Colorado; one brother, James of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Abram and Rachel; a son-in-law, Anoop Dhillon; one brother, Clarence; and one sister, Agnes.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Henry Hoerberger officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Clarence J. Soberg

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 24, 2004, A6

Clarence J. Soberg, age 98, of Sarasota, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, in Waterford, Mich.

Clarence served in the Navy during World War II. He was retired from Ford Motor Co.

He is survived by his grandchildren, David, Wendy, Anne and John; five great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Mary Simpson; and four nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene, on Sept. 13, 2004; his son, Robert; and three sisters, Pauline Soberg, Helen Kolberg and Ruby Jean Talbot.

Funeral services took place Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at the Elton Black Funeral Home in Highland, Mich., and entombment took place in Sarasota.

Irene Marie Soberg

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 24, 2004, A6

Irene Marie Soberg, age 88, of Sarasota, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004.

She was born Jan. 21, 1916, in Cadott to Jens C. and Bertha Marie (Foss) Christopherson.

A graduate of Stout State College in Menomonie, she taught commercial food classes at Chadsey HIgh School in Detroit, Mich. She moved in 1980 to Sarasota from Dearborn, Mich.

She was a member of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel Florida Chapter, Geneological Society of Sarasota, DAV Auxiliary of Sarasota, and Community of Hope Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Clarence J. of Sarasota; a brother, James Christopherson of Lakeland, Fla.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Her parents and a son, Robert J. Soberg, preceded her in death.

Commital services were Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at the Chapel of the Palms Mausoleum with entombment in Palms Memorial Park.

Memorials are preferred to Community of Hope Lutheran Church, 5560 Bee Ridge Road, Suite D-2, Sarasota, FL 34233.

Palms Funeral Home in Sarasota handled arrangements.

Violet B. Minor

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 24, 2004, A6

Violet B. Minor, age 81, of Wheeler, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Violet was born Jan. 21, 1923, in Eau Galle to Charles and Phillipine (Mason) Bundy. She married Glen Minor in August 1942 and they made their home in the Wheeler area in 1948.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, doing leather works and upholstery. She also enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Alaska and the Bahamas, and tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. During birthdays, holidays, or just a visit, she would always find plenty of food so no one would leave hungry.

Violet is preceded in death by her parents; son, Jerry; grandson, Kevin Stephens; three brothers, Aldus, Merle and Wayne; and a sister, Lucille Hubbard.

Violet is survived by her husband, Glen of Wheeler; two sons and two daughters, Vilas Minor of Wheeler, Randy (Yvonne) Minor of Newport, Minn., and Judy (Alan) Stephens and Hazel (Gary) Peck, both of Chippewa Falls; a daughter-in-law, Maxine Minor of Versailles, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Debbie (Lorne) Patzoldt of Chippewa Falls, Michael (Amy) Peck of Eau Claire; Steven Peck of Colorado Springs, Colo., Dawn Ecton of Versailles, Alex Zorman and Kathie Baynum, both of Newport, and Sarah Stephens of Las Vegas, Nev.; two great-grandchildren, Nicole and Tyler Patzoldt of Chippewa Falls; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 24, 2004, at Grace United Methodist Church in Wheeler with the Revs. Tim Matthaei and Paul Doring officiating. Burial was in Hay River Cemetery, town of Hay River, Dunn County.

Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City handled arrangements.

James D. Hester

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 24, 2004, A6

James D. Hester, age 65, of Menomonie, formerly of Colorado, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at Country Terrace in Menomonie with hospice.

Private family services were held.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Martin E. "Mike" Hansen

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 27, 2004, A6

Martin E. "Mike" Hansen, age 92, of Colfax, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mike was born July 4, 1912, in Gibson, Ill., to Samuel and Anna (Ness) Hansen. He was the fifth of nine children. Mike lived in Colfax from the age of 4, graduated from Colfax High School, and attended the University of Illinois for two years.

On a fateful day in 1939, Mike entered the local restaurant to order lunch and look over the new waitress. Jeannette took his order and his heart, too. They were married July 2, 1939.

Mike worked as a plumber's assistant, installed Gehl furnaces, sold ads for the Colfax Messenger, and sold insurance. His career as your friendly Fuller Brushman spanned 1939-2003, with time out to serve in the Navy during World War II.

Mike was an avid community promoter and advocate, as well as a patriot. His service included Selective Service Board, commander of the Colfax American Legion, serving on the Honor Guard for many years, president of the Church Council, president of Colfax Sports and Recreation, Inc., and a member of the Dunn County Economic Development Corporation.

For 10 years Mike was the village president and helped bring numerous grants to the Village of Colfax. He was an ardent sportsman who spent many hours on the Red Cedar River as a fisherman, guide, trapper and observer of wildlife. Hunting and card playing were other pleasures.

Mike is survived by his wife, Jeannette; one sister, Agnes (Ira) Miller; two daughters, Patricia (Carly) Carlson and Kathy Schneider; one son, Robert (Shelly) Hansen; seven grandchildren, Mark Carlson, Cathrine Kay, Deborah Howard, Erik Schneider, Seth Hansen, Michelle Brodin and Travis Wolf; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends was held Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at the Sampson-Kastner Funeral Chapel in Colfax. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at the Colfax Lutheran Church with Pastor Les Walck officiating and a Military Honor Guard present. A private family interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Colfax Lutheran Church or Northwest Hospice Services.

Sampson-Kastner Funeral & Cremation Services in Colfax served the family.

Mabel M. Tetzloff

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 27, 2004, A6

Mabel M. Tetzloff, age 99, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at Our House Assisted Living in Menomonie.

Mabel was born Feb. 13, 1905, at the Bubbling Springs Farm in the town of Lucas, Dunn County, to Julius and Mary (Traxler) Laatch. She married Herman Tetzloff on Oct. 14, 1929. Herman preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1958.

Mabel is survived by her daughters, Joanne (Jim) Clements of Barnes, Marlys Behling of Beaufort. S.C., and Mary Frank of Gold Canyon, Ariz.; her nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson, all knowing her as Nano. Also surviving are her sisters, Julia Kastning of Sun City, Ariz., and Edith (Phil) Hughes of Woodville, and many nieces and nephews, who lovingly refer to her as the matriarch of the family.

Mabel is also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Laverne, Gerald and Francis Laatch.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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

Memorials may be sent to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie.
Rhiel's Funeral Service in Menomonie is serving the family.

Kendra Hart Nelson

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 27, 2004, A6

Kendra Hart Nelson, age 53, of Hillsboro, lost her courageous battle with Lymphoma and passed away on Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 11, 1951, in Menomonie to Kenneth and ReEtta (Grimme) Hart, the youngest of four girls. Upon graduating from Menomonie High School in 1969, she entered the field of barbering and was the very first female to be accepted in the once male-dominated trade.

She married Robin Nelson, a fellow barbering student, on May 13, 1972, in Menomonie.

Kendra and Robin owned and operated "Robin's Barber Shop" in Hillsboro from 1978 until the present. She was also recently employed as a barber by the State of Wisconsin.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Robin; two children, Lisa and Ben; her three sisters, Ann (Mick) Husby of Menomonie, Karen (Dennis) Caims of Antigo, and Marlene (Don) Schultz of Menomonie; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Stu and Bonny Nelson of Stevens Point; and her aunts, Velma Schutz, Jerene Price and Bernetta Schutz, all of Menomonie.

There was a memorial celebration of Kendra's life on Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, in Hillsboro.

Graveside burial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

Verlon L. Zebro

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 27, 2004, A6

Verlon L. Zebro, age 87, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Verlon was born on Nov. 25, 1916, in the town of Hay River (Baxterville), Dunn County, to August and Emma (Thompson) Zebro. He married Alpha Engebretson who preceded him in death in 2001.

Verlon was a dairy farmer in the town of Hay River, worked at Eau Claire Sand and Gravel, owned a LP gas business, and owned the Baxterville Store in Baxterville. He resided at the Dunn County Health Care Center the last four years.

Verlon was a hard working, honest man. He also enjoyed old time music, especially polkas.

Verlon is survived by one son, Robert (Dawn) Zebro of Wheeler; one daughter, Linda (Robert) Lorenz of Wheeler; four grandchildren, Kevin (Sonya) Zebro of Boyceville, Brian Zebro of Sparta, Melody Zebro of Wheeler, and Melissa Zebro of Burnsville, Minn.; five great-grandchildren, Megan and Jonathan, Tasha and Austin and Cody; one brother, Lester Zebro of Ridgeland; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alpha; a sister, Mildred Herrmann; a brother, Gerald Zebro; and a daughter, Donna Zebro.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial was in Hay River Cemetery in the town of Hay River.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Ronald E. Husby

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 27, 2004, A6

Ronald E. Husby, age 85, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at Country Terrace in Menomonie with hospice.

Ronald was born on Oct. 13, 1919, in the town of Menomonie to Edward and Bertha (Hammer) Husby. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1936 and was discharged in 1939. Ronald married Margaret "Riley" E. Jones in May of 1940 in Waukon, Iowa. They moved to Detroit, Mich., where he worked for Ford Motor Co.

He re-enlisted in the Army in 1941 and was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Tech Sergeant. After his discharge, they moved to Menomonie and Ronald attended Eau Claire Vocational School, receiving a certificate in plumbing and heating. Ronald worked for Schoenoff Plumbing and Heating and then Halverson Brothers Plumbing and Heating until his retirement in 1985.

Ronald liked the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing and going up to the family cabin near the Bois Brule River. He was the square dance caller for the Pairs and Squares for many years. Ronald was a lifelong member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Family was most important to Ronald, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at Country Terrace and the staff at Northwest Wisconsin Home Care.

Ronald is survived by four sons and one daughter, Ronald (Barbara) Husby of Birchwood, Sherry (Ron) Phernetton of Baldwin, Brent (Sherri) Husby of Bourbonnais, Ill., Brian (Caren) Husby of Menomonie, and Scott (Mary) Husby of Baldwin; 11 grandchildren, Ronald (Mary) Husby of Eagle River, Richard Husby of Eau Claire, Tim (Karen) Shepard of Livermore, Calif., Jen (Tom) Marcotte of Fairbanks, Alaska, Mike (Tanya) Husby of Menomonie, Matt Husby of Albuquerque, N.M., Kara Husby of Elk Mound, Kelsey and Riley Husby of Menomonie, and Megan and Lauren Husby of Baldwin; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Millar of Milwaukee and Phyllis Reckin of New Richmond; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Pernot of Bedminster, N.J., and Dagny Meisner of Altoona; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Riley; a sister, Evelyn Resell; two brothers, Theodore and Bernard; and six brothers-in-law, Duncan Miller, Donald Reckin, Clifford Resell, Richard Jones, Harold Pernot and Norman Meisner.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating. Burial will be in Mamre Cemetery in the town of Menomonie with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Family and friends are welcome 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.

The family requests memorials to the Northwest Wisconsin Hospice Program or the Alzheimer's Association.

Irma M. L. Gerth

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 27, 2004, A6

Irma M. L. Gerth, age 99, of Menomonie, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Irma Margaret Louise Boerner was born on April 27, 1905, to Hugo and Mary (Werner) Boerner in the Town of Menomonie. During her younger years, she enjoyed working on the family farm. Irma met her husband, Herbert, at a circle two-step dance in Irvington. They married on June 3, 1924, and moved to a farm near Menomonie, where Irma resided for 74 years.

Irma was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a life-long member. She enjoyed working in her garden and collecting knick-knacks.

Irma is survived by one son, Laverne (Harriet) Gerth of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Janet (Gary) Whittier of Fullerton, Calif., Danny (Kim) Gerth of Menomonie and Jackie Gerth of Menomonie; five great-grandchildren, Jordin and Maegan Gerth, Tera Croft, Charity Almonte and Shanna Whittier; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother and one sister, Hugo "Joe" (Donna) Boerner of Menomonie and Norma Cook of Menomonie, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert; three brothers, Milton, Albert and Emil Boerner; one sister, Martha Cook, and one infant sister, Verna.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 29, 2004 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Brett Voigt officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Menomonie. A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Thomas G. Bisson

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 31, 2004, A6

Thomas Gerald Bisson, age 71, formerly of Boyceville, passed away at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004 in the company of his daughter and son-in-law.

Tom was born Sept. 25, 1933 in Menomonie, to William "Mac" and Irene (Doughty) Bisson. He graduated from Boyceville High School and served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He schooled in electronics at Dunwoody in Minneapolis, MN and worked for various companies, including Honeywell, Fabretek and TEC.

In 1972, Tom bought Fennie Oil in Boyceville. He owned Bisson's Union 76, Car Wash and Laundromat. He married Joan Hobbick in 1962 and later divorced.

Tom enjoyed the challenge of a good remodeling project; he remodeled several homes in the Boyceville area in his lifetime. He was a member of the Wheeler V.F.W. Post 10424 and he was also an Airport Booster and worked with the Fly-In Pancake Breakfast for many years.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Linda (Scott) Ullom of Hudson; two beloved granddaughters, Nichole and Jessica Ullom, also of Hudson; a brother, David (Lisa) Bisson-Schaefer of Glenwood, Minn., and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Norma (Bisson) Verlinden; two brothers, John "Jack" Bisson and Richard Bisson, and a step-sister, JoAnn Slind.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville, with military honors by V.F.W. Post 10424.

Family and friends are welcome at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday.

Terry Rae (Terrill) Schaefer

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 31, 2004, A6

Terry Rae (Terrill) Schaefer, age 52, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Terry was born Oct. 3, 1952 in Ladysmith, the daughter of William L. and Marietta (Phipps) Terrill. She was baptized at the Federated Church in Bruce in 1952 and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie in 1964. Terry married Ronald Schaefer on July 10, 1971, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie.

Terry had a passion for horses. Her grandmother (Ida) helped her save money to buy a horse when Terry was in high school and she named her Lady Ida. She entered her horse in 4-H competition and won state. Terry was in 4-H softball and was a Brownie, and she also belonged to Job's Daughters, daughters of Masons and was queen.

Terry graduated from Menomonie High School in 1970. She then attended Eau Claire Vocational School. Terry was currently employed at the Menomonie Police Department, where she has been employed for the past 32 years.

At work , Terry was always known for her humor. For example, when a new officer would start, she would ask, "Have you seen the chief? They would go and see him and chief would reply, "Have you talked with Terry Schaefer."

Terry was very active in the Federated Women's Club and was the public affairs chairman at the time of her death. She was always a bell ringer at Christmas for the Salvation Army. The Crop Walk was also important to her for many years. This year from her bed, she raised $2,000. She was also very giving to the food pantry. Terry loved her flag and her country.

Faith was something that was always important to Terry. She was very active in her church. Always sponsored a confirmation member, was Sunday School teacher, superintendent of Sunday School, on many boards of the church, and she and her husband were the Senior High Youth Leaders.

Terry always welcomed you with a hello and a smile. She was never one to criticize anyone. She loved her horses, family, friends, reading and fishing at the flowage with her family. Terry's final act was the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

Terry is survived by her wonderful husband, the love of her life, Ron Schaefer; two children, Shannon (Beaver) Hall of Elmwood and Ross (Michelle) Schaefer of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Brett and Shelby Hall and Abigail and Emma Schaefer; her mother, Marietta Terrill of Menomonie; two brothers and two sisters, twin brother, Tom (Barb) Terrill of Spooner, JoAnne Terrill of Menomonie, William L. (Marilyn) Terrill of Cary, N.C. and Betty (Dave) Verdon of Menomonie; many nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters-in law, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, William L. Terrill, and her grandparents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2004 at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Rosalind Dryver-Scott officiating. Burial will be in Iron Creek Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

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

Kathryn A. Pelto

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 31, 2004, A6

Kathryn A. Pelto, age 95, of Rice Lake, formerly of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.

The former Kathryn Kooreman was born on April 15, 1909, in Alton, Iowa, to William and Magdeline (Stronks) Kooreman. After graduating from Alton High School, she attended the University of Iowa and graduated from there with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. After her marriage to Theodore Pelto, they moved to Minneapolis, Minn., and later Menomonie, where she was employed as a hospital lab technician for a number of years. They retired to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1960 and returned to Minneapolis in 1965. While living in Menomonie, she was a member of the Sweet Adeline's and the Mabel Tainter Theater Group.

Kathryn Pelto is survived by a daughter, Mary Brownlie of Plymouth, Minn.; a son, John Pelto of Rice Lake; six grandchildren, Stacey Pelto, Kimberly Ricci, Kendra Ryder, Tryn Pelto and David and Julia Brownlie; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, John Kooreman of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore in 1967.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at Appleyard's Home for Funerals in Rice Lake, Father James Powers officiating.

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