Dunn County Obituaries
November 2001

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
November 4, 2001 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Fred W. Butler

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, A6

Fred W. Butler, age 70, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at home.

Fred was born Nov. 23, 1930, in Dunn County to Philip and Florence (Burke) Butler. He married Arla Kostman on June 18, 1953, in Downing. Fred worked as a carpenter for Market & Johnson, Hanes Construction and Hoepner Construction for more than 30 years. He also built and remodeled houses in the Dunn County area. He was a member of Carpenter's Union Local 1074.

Fred was a member of the Moose Lodge since 1976 and a member of the Kanda Cruisers Snowmobile Club. He loved to hunt, fish and snowmobile. Fred also loved playing with his granddaughter.

Fred is survived by his wife, Arla Butler; one daughter, Debra (Lloyd) Sweeny of Menomonie; two sons, Mary (Mark) Butler and Dean (Jodi) Butler, both of Menomonie; two grandsons, Jayme and Jon Butler; one granddaughter, Tiffany Rose Sweeny; eight step-grandchildren; his father, Philip Butler of New York; three brothers, Raymond (Dorothy) Butler of Florida, and Donald (Annette) Butler and Philip (Donna) Butler, both of New York; one sister, Lois (Jack) Puterbaugh of Florida; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence; one son, Michael Butler; and two grandsons, Adam Butler and Brent Sweeny.

Memorial services were 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at New Life Church of the Nazarene in Wheeler with the Rev. Steven Crites officiating.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, where a public Moose service was held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, handled arrangements.

 

Everett W. Turner Jr.

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, A6

Everett W. Turner Jr., age 66, of Elmwood, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Everett was born July 24, 1935, in the Town of Rock Elm, Pierce County, the son of Everett and Violet (Franklin) Turner, and grew up in the Elmwood area. He served in the U.S. Army. Everett married Karen Hansen on Aug. 1, 1959. After marriage, they made their home in the Elmwood area.

Everett worked at Armour's in South St. Paul, Minn., for 23 years and he also worked at Sanna Dairies in Menomonie for 19 years. Everett enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, helping his family, camping and taking pictures.

He is survived by his wife, Karen of Chetek; two daughters, Sherrie (Dean) DeLong of Eau Galle and Carol (Todd) Piller of Medford; three sons, Terry and Kevin (Sharon), both of Elmwood, and Curtis (Sue) of Spring Valley; eight grandchildren, Vicky (fiance Jamie Bowell), Angelia (fiance Josh Riek), Adam, Josh, Stevie, Nick, Kelsey and Austin; four great-grandchildren, Trevor, Haley, Jayden and Madysn; three brothers, Eldon of Seattle, Wash., Harold of Coram, Mont., and Warren of Colfax; and three sisters, Fay Ottman, Wilma Weber and Dora Hanson, all of Elmwood.

Everett was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Archie and Paul, and one sister, Crystal.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, at St. John's Lutheran Church-Hatchville of rural Spring Valley with the Rev. Shawn Kauffeld officiating. Burial was in the Poplar Hill Cemetery, Town of Rock Elm, rural Elmwood, with military honors by Crain-Ottman American Legion Post #207 of Elmwood.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood served the family.

 

Alfred T. "Oppie" Wagner

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, A6

Alfred T. "Oppie" Wagner, age 90, of Menomonie, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Alfred was born June 4, 1911 in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to Theodore and Anna (Werner) Wagner. He was raised in Menomonie where he met his wife, Eldora Carey. They married on July 26, 1932, in Eau Claire. Alfred farmed on the family farm in Menomonie for many years. In 1954, he moved to town with his family and worked at Wisconsin Milling Company until he retired. Alfred and Eldora also worked at Peace Lutheran Church as custodians.

Alfred loved the outdoors with his hunting and fishing. He also helped keep all of his family and friends spirits high with his warm personality and his many jokes. Alfred was a very special husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Alfred is survived by his wife, Eldora of Menomonie; two daughters, Arlene Link of Wheeler and Mary (Herb) Robertson of Meridean; seven grandchildren, Gerald (Beverly) Link of Menomonie, Sharon (Steve) Lehmann of Colfax, Debra Link of Menomonie, Darrell (Donna) Link of Menomonie, Sam (Vicki) Link of Fall Creek, Linda (Richard) Anderson of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Lisa (Tony) Bauer of Meridean; 16 great-grandchildren, Brandi Link and (flance Shane Hetchler), Brooke Link, Chad (Tammy) Warner, Justin Warner, Samantha Warner and (fiance Mike Rouse), Jason, Courtney and Jessy Link, Jessica (Kevin) Schindler, Heather Link, Sammy, Paul and Nicki Link, Lindsay Anderson, Wade and Ryan Bauer; five great-great-grandchildren, Sky and Hunter Wamer, Shioban Schindler, Gabby Link and Monica Link; a sister-in-law, Angeline Carey of Menomonie; special pal and nephew, Donnie (Doris) Wagner of Menomonie, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and a sister, Ben, Hank, Martin and Mable Wagner.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in the Town Menomonie, Dunn County.

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

 

Warren A. "Mick" Rice

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, A6

Warren A. "Mick" Rice, age 80, of Ridgeland, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at his home.

Memorial services were Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Jon Sypien officiating. Burial was in Popple Creek American Cemetery in the Town of Grant, Dunn County.

Harriet L. Hildebrand

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, A6

Harriet Lee Dodge Hildebrand, 61 of Merrill, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, at the home of her sister, under the care of Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

Harriet was born Aug. 26, 1940, in Wausau to the late Sheldon and Lois (Eysenbach) Dodge. She graduated from Wausau Senior High School and attended UW- Marathon County and UW -Madison. She was a member of the Order of Job's Daughters Bethel 14. Harriet worked for the Wausau Daily Record Herald and Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis before her marriage.

She married Phillip S. Hildebrand on June 6, 1964, in the Universalist Unitarian Church in Wausau. Harriet and Phil owned a pharmacy in Menomonie. In 1970, she was named President of the State Pharmacy Auxiliary. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

They moved to Merrill in 1987 and she worked for Good Samaritan Health Care Center pharmacy. She became one of Wisconsin's first certified pharmacy technicians. Harriet enjoyed traveling, bowling and spending time at their cabin near Three Lakes. She also loved researching her genealogy. Her great-grandfather, William Dodge, was an early settler of Marathon County, having settled there in 1854; the Dodge family owned Wausau's Cereal Mills.

Survivors include her husband, Phillip S. Hildebrand of Merrill; a son, Scott Hildebrand of Denver, Colo.; a daughter, Cheryl (Rob) Kahl of Menomonie; a sister, Shelley (Earl) Green of Wausau, and her children and grandchildren, Michael (Rena) Green and Jessie, Callie, MacKenzie, Morgan and Joshua, all of New Richmond, and David (Sue) Green and Jennifer of Wausau; a sister-in-law, Jean Billings of Three Lakes, and her children Mark, James, Ryan and Jeffrey; a brother-in-law, Steven (Gail) Hildebrand of Farragut, Tenn., and their children Jessica and Eric. She will also be missed by Harriet's best friend, Mary Lou McCarten, and her special group of friends, the "Golden Girls."

A "Celebration of Life" was held Saturday at Brainard Funeral Home, Wausau, the Rev. Dr. Michael Meranda officiating. Entombment was in Garden of Eternal Rest Mausoleum at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Wausau.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Good Samaritan Health Care Center, 601 S. Center Ave., Merrill, WI, 54452; Comfort Care & Hospice Services, 333 Pine Ridge Blvd., Wausau, WI 54401, or American Cancer Society, North Central District, 903 S. 17th Ave., Wausau, WI 54401.

Alma E. Scharlau

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, A6

Alma E. Scharlau, age 79, of Chetek, formerly of the Elk Mound, Dunn County area, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, at Knapp Haven Nursing Home in Chetek.

She was born Sept. 12, 1922. in Memorial Hospital, Menomonie, to Arnold and Wilma (Cook) Blake. Alma attended Menomonie schools until 1938 and graduated in 1941 from Colfax High School.

She married Herbert "Herb" Scharlau on Jan. 19, 1943, at St. Katherine's Parsonage, Beyer Settlement. Alma worked with her husband, Herb, on the Vehrs farm from 1953-62. They then built several buildings on the "Kellenburg" farm, owned by "Sedenbery," in 1963, and they farmed on the "Kellenburg" farm until retiring on Feb. 20, 1976, when they moved to Chetek.

Alma went to work for "Bobs Grill Restaurant" in Chetek and also for Knapp Haven Nursing Home in Chetek for 16 years.

She was a member of St. Katherine's Lutheran Church; a very active member of the Church Ladies Aid of St. Katherine's.

She is survived by a daughter, Sharon (Richard) Raprager of Elk Mound; a son, Bill Scharlau of Chetek; two grandsons, Brian (Kallene) Raprager of Elk Mound and Kent (Vicki) Raprager of Glendale, Ariz.; four great-grandchildren, Stephen and Christopher Raprager of Eau Claire and Logan and Devin Raprager of Glendale; a sister, Dorothy Shane; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Scharlau and Eileen Blake; and many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Wilma (Cook) Blake; her husband, Herb (April 20, 2000); a great-grandson, Keegan; a brother, Lavern; five brothers-in-law, Elmer, Lavern, Irvin, Edwin and Lawrence; and two sisters-in-law, Ruth and Helen.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, at St. Katherine's Lutheran Church, Elk Mound, Beyer Settlement, with Pastors Shawn Kauffeld and Gary Brown officiating. Burial was in Lake View Cemetery in Chetek.

Burnham-Ours Funeral Home in Chetek handled arrangements.

 

Clarence Robert "Bob" Krause

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, A6

Clarence Robert "Bob" Krause, age 85, of Menomonie, went home to be with the Lord with his family at his side on Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minn.

Bob was born Aug. 25, 1916, in Menomonie, the son of Robert and Clara (Brado) Krause. Bob moved with his family to La Crosse where he grew up. Bob graduated from La Crosse High School and attended one year of college at La Crosse. He then attended college at Stout and graduated in 1939. Bob taught at a vocational school in Wausau for a short time. Bob was a civilian employee with the U.S. Navy at Navy Pier in Chicago during World War II.

Bob married Helen Good of Menomonie in 1942. Helen preceded him in death in 1956. After the war, he began his career with General Motors. During his 37 years with General Motors, he lived in various states, serving in a variety of management positions. In 1961, he married Helen Anderson of Menomonie. Bob retired from the Fischer Body Division of General Motors in 1982 where he was Director of Management, Manpower Training & Development.

During his retirement years, Bob and Helen enjoyed traveling between their home in Michigan and their winter home in Cape Coral, Fla. In 1999, they returned to Menomonie from their home in Michigan, and still wintered in Florida.

Bob was an active member of the Stout Alumni Association, a 50-year member of Menomonie Masonic Lodge #164, Free and Accepted Masons, and was an avid fisherman and sports fan.

Bob is survived by his wife, Helen; three daughters, Jane M. (David) Newsome of Houston, Texas, Peggy A. (Steve) Moe of Edina, and Mary Jo (John) Hayes of Conway, S.C.; a stepson, David E. (Lore) Duenkel of Naperville, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Lee Newsome, Stephany Moe, Alicia (Hayes) Jones, Jan (Hayes) Skipper, Tracie (Hayes) Neal, Michael Duenkel and Sylvia Duenkel; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife in 1956; a brother, Harold; a sister, Marge Knight; and a stepson, Richard Duenkel.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. David Tuff officiating. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

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

Kenneth F. Schober

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, A6

Kenneth F. Schober, age 78, of Menomonie, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001.

Ken was born Jan. 22, 1923, in Arkansaw, Pepin County, the son of August and Grace (Sweeney) Schober. Ken grew up mostly in the Eau Galle area and graduated in 1941 from Durand High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and served as a Military Police Officer in the European Theater, mostly in Germany, and also the Asian-Pacific Theater until being discharged in 1946.

Ken married Virginia Baier on May 11, 1948, in St. Henry's Catholic Church in Eau Galle. They resided in Eau Claire were Ken worked at National Pressure Cooker in Eau Claire. In 1949, they moved to Eau Galle where Ken worked for Safeway Stores in Durand until retired in 1987. In 1975, they moved to Menomonie where he remained the rest of his life.

Ken is survived by his wife, Virginia; three daughters, Dianne (Dr. Michael) Feldt of Rockford, Ill., Donna (Marvin Sondag) Schober of Phoenix, Ariz., and Carolyn (Bob) Lichty of Ladysmith; one son, Steven (Christina) of St. Anthony, Minn.; two grandsons and four granddaughters, Joshua and Jessica Lichty, Daniel and Caitlin Schober, and Ashley and Erin Feldt; one sister, Adeline Crownhart of Elmwood; and three brothers, Bernard of Woodbury, Minn., James of Oakdale, Minn., and Adrian of Elmwood.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in St. Henry's Cemetery in Eau Galle with military honors by Crain-Ottman American Legion Post No. 207 of Elmwood.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie where a rosary service is scheduled Sunday at 7:30 o'clock.

Memorials may be given to Northwest Wisconsin Home Care, 1515 Stout Road, Menomonie, WI 54751.

 

Edna M. Salmon

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, A6

Edna M. Salmon, age 87, of Colfax, formerly of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax where she resided the last year.

She was born Sept. 24, 1914.

Edna is survived by her daughter, Suzanne (Kenneth) Garske of Menomonie; five grandchildren, Mona (Scott) Miller of Alcorn, Lawrence Garske of Frederic, Dolly (Robert) Lee of Wheeler, Heidi (David) Kile of Virginia Beach, Va., and Heather (Chris) Ferris of Menomonie; 11 great-grandchildren, Alex, Zach and Kenna Miller, Breandon, Jacob and Donald Garske, Brady and Andrew Lee, Christopher and Megan Kile, and Logan Ferris; one sister, Edith Martell of Stillwater, Minn.; and two brothers, Resser Adams of St. Croix Falls and Russell Adams of Balsam Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Laura (Russell) Adams; her husband, James, in 1978; and a great-grandson, Kenneth William Garske.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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

 

Richard V. Quilling

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, A6

Richard V. Quilling, age 72, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at his home with Northwest Homecare.

He was born June 18, 1929, in Menomonie to Vernon and Margaret (Solem) Quilling. Following graduation from Menomonie High School in 1949, Richard joined Company A of the Wisconsin National Guard. In 1951, during the Korean Conflict, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska.

Richard married Mary Dinnies on May 12, 1951. After his military service, they returned to Menomonie. Richard worked as an insurance agent for Metropolitan Life for 35 years, retiring in 1991.

Richard was a member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie and was also an avid Packer fan. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Richard is survived by his wife, Mary of Menomonie; two sons, Douglas (Connie) Quilling of Panama City Beach, Fla., and Dale Quilling of Eau Claire; two grandchildren, Jack and Katelyn Quilling; two brothers, Don (Bobbie) Quilling of Denver, Colo., and Ken Quilling of Amery; one sister, Mary Ann (Allan) Bemis of St. Paul, Minn.; and other relatives and friends.

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

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Iron Creek Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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

The family suggests memorials to the United Methodist Church or ALS.

 

Eugene Neubauer

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, A6

Eugene Neubauer, age 85, of Hazel Crest, Ill., died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at St. James Hospital & Health Centers in Chicago Heights, Ill.

He was born Nov. 5, 1916, in Menomonie and graduated in 1934 from Menomonie High School and in 1938 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, at St. Agnes Church, 1515 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights. Interment will be in Assumption Cemetery in Glenwood, Ill.

Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. today (Sunday) at Hirsch Funeral Homes, West End Chapel, Lincoln Highway and Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights.

Memorials may be made to St. Agnes St. Vincent DePaul Society or St. Agnes Educational Fund, 1515 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights, IL 60411.

Gladys L. Champion

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, A6

Gladys L. Champion, 91, formerly of Eau Claire, died Thursday, November 8, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

She was born in Eau Claire on March 27, 1910, to Ernest and Sarah "Etta" (Baker) Kruger. Gladys married John R. Champion on March 12, 1932, at Truax Congregational Church in Eau Claire.

She was a member of Truax Congregational United Church of Christ since 1934, where she had been active in the Truax Womens Fellowship and served on various committees. She was also a member of Royal Neighbors.

Survivors include her daughter, Audrey (John) Wisemiller of Eau Claire; son, Dennis (Carol) Champion of Menomonie; daughter-in-law, Gail Champion of Menomonie; 11 grandchildren, Lori, Linda, Shelly, Rhonda, Kim, Kendra, Cindy, Tony, Susan, Peggy, and Pam; eighteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband John in 1987; two sons, Richard and Darrel; her parents; a brother, Galen Kruger, and two sisters, Wilma Swartz and Laura Ganong.

Her family extends special thanks to Brenda, Chris, Chuck, Dawn, Janet, Jean, and Sharon at Dunn County Gladys Champion.

Health Care Center for their kindness caring for their mother.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, at Truax Congregational United Church of Christ, Eau Claire, with Pastor Sandee D. Kosmo officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001) at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home and an hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Mary Jean Raile

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 14, 2001, A6

Mary Jean Raile, age 81, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

The former Mary Jean Fowble was born Aug. 13, 1920, in Arcanum, Ohio, to G. Clifford and Frances Verl (Brown) Fowble. She married Hermann J. Raile on Sept. 27, 1940, in Arcanum. They moved to Menomonie in 1948.

Mary Jean graduated cum laude in 1953 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a bachelor of science degree. She worked as a receptionist at the Hjeltness Chiropractic office for 17 years. Mary Jean was very dedicated to the Menomonie community, including serving more than 40 years for the Mabel Tainter Memorial.

Mary Jean is survived by her husband, Dr. Hermann J. Raile of Menomonie; one daughter, Karin Raile of Winona, Minn.; one son, Gerhard (Cherie) Raile of Hudson; three grandchildren, Kaethe (Corey) Gallagher of Earlville, N.Y., Dieter Raile of Hudson, and Steffen Demeter of Sterling, Colo.; and one great-grandson, Liam Gallagher.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, John Lowell Fowble.

Memorial services are 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the charity of choice.

 

Lila G. Herrem

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 14, 2001, A6

Lila G. Herrem, age 75, of Menomonie, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at her home in Menomonie.

She was born July 7, 1926, in the Town of Weston, Dunn County, the daughter of Leonard and Grace (Washburn) Kingsley.

Lila grew up in Menomonie, graduating from Menomonie High School in 1945.

Lila married John Herrem on May 17, 1946, in Stillwater, Minn. After marriage, they continued to make Menomonie their home. Lila worked for the telephone company as an operator in Menomonie. In 1963, she transferred with the telephone company to Eau Claire where she worked until retiring in 1981. Her husband, John, died in 1987.

Lila was a proud member of the Menomonie Packer Backer Club and the Wisconsin Telephone Pioneers. Lila enjoyed playing pool, bowling and being with her family.

She is survived by a daughter, Jacquelin Hasse of Menomonie; two sons, Steve (Jean) of Hudson and Roger (Gwendolyn) of Menomonie; seven grandchildren, Michele and Michael Herrem, Kimberly (Travis) Carlsrud, Kevin Hasse, Andrew (Shiloh), and Allen and Adam Herrem; seven great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Frances Ponto of Menomonie, Rayola Danklefson of Spooner, Irma Curran of Plainview, Minn., and Betty Beardsley of St. Paul, Minn.

Lila was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; an infant brother at birth; and a brother, Lynn Kingsley.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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

Inez I. Knopps

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 14, 2001, A6

Inez I. Knopps, age 76, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2001.

Beloved wife of the late Charles. Dear mother of Carol (Ray) Grundman and Kathy Hollon. Loving grandmother of Nicole, Caray, Ben, Matthew, Damien and David. Sister of Kenneth Patton. Also nieces, nephews, special friends Beth Goodspeed and Sam.

Funeral services are noon Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Burial will follow in church cemetery.

Condolencences to: www.krausefuneralhome.com

 

Della I. Torgerson

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, A6

Della I. Torgerson, age 84, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Della Irene Schroeder was born Feb. 21, 1917, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Charles and Sadie (Borchert) Schroeder.

Della was a lifelong member of Peace Lutheran Church. She married Norman Torgerson on Sept. 9, 1937, and they resided in Menomonie.

Della worked as a bookkeeper at Williams Bros. in Menomonie for 14 years, and then worked as a manager and accountant for Credit Bureau, Inc., for 30 years, retiring in 1979.

Della is survived by a sister, June Jorgenson of Lockport, Ill.; a brother, Charles (Janice) Schroeder of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Charles and Sadie Schroeder; her husband, Norman; and four brothers, Raleigh, Norman, Gailon "Butch" and Donald "Smokey" Schroeder.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Agnes Espeseth

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, A6

Agnes Espeseth, age 86, of Prairie Farm, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at the Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at the United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm. Interment will be in Independent Cemetery in Arland.

Visitation is from12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the church.

Mark Rausch Funeral Service of Dallas is handling arrangements.

 

Chuck Smith

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, A6

Chuck Smith, age 57, of the Menomonie/Cedar Falls area, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, at the Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas. Burial was in the Cedar Falls Cemetery.

 

Hilda M. Miller

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, A6

Hilda M. Miller, age 85, of Menomonie, WI died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

The former Hilda Marie Hughes was born Feb. 18, 1916, in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County, to Walter and Mary (Gray) Hughes.

Hilda married James Miller on June 17, 1934. After their marriage they farmed on several different farms in Dunn County, and then owned and operated Hill Line Dairy in Menomonie for several years.

Hilda was a member of United Methodist Church in Menomonie and the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was an avid reader and enjoyed nature. She also loved to spend winter vacations in Marco Island, Fla.

Hilda is survived by four daughters, Elaine (James) Lammer of Menomonie, Barbara (Donald) Bergquist of Marco Island, Fla., Bonnie (Robert) Holt of Maple Grove, Minn., and Patricia Miller of Appleton; a sister, Evelyn (Tony) Dzik of St. Paul, Minn.; a brother, Phil (Edith) Hughes of Knapp; 10 grandchildren, Julie (Steve) Obermueller, Greg (Jill) Lammer, Jeff Bergquist, Sheri Belanus, Lori (DeWayne) Hall, Michelle (David) Tully, Jason Holt, Justin Holt, Faye (Chris) Randerson and Andrew Tengblad; 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

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

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Memorials are suggested to the Menomonie Area Community Foundation.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Helen J. Cole

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, A6

Helen J. Cole, age 78, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001. at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

The former Helen Cramer was born Oct. 8, 1923, in Menomonie to Frank and Mary (Michelbook) Cramer. Helen graduated from Menomonie High School and later became a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. She married Leslie Cole on Oct. 2, 1954, in Hancock, Mich.

Helen was a member of the Women of the Moose and also the United Methodist Church in Menomonie. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. Helen will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Helen is survived by her husband, Leslie of Menomonie; two daughters, Sharon Cole (Karl Dicks) of Menomonie and Debra (Christopher) Cole-Ryding of Woodbury, Minn.; two sisters, Irene Dahlby of Menomonie and Eva Mae (David) Hoffman of Owosso, Mich.; her special niece, Audrey Kitchner of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Dick, Leo, Laverne, Neil and Wilbur Cramer, and three sisters, Idell Dahlby, Laniece Pape and Mary Kirkwood.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. There will also be a service by the Women of the Moose Chapter 682. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Menomonie with Military Honors by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Memorials are preferred to the United Methodist Church or Women of the Moose Chapter 682.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Alice E. Fawcett

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 21, 2001, A6

Alice E. Fawcett, age 83, of Dallas, formerly of Wheeler, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, in the Town of Dallas.

Alice was born June 20, 1918, in Eau Claire County to Jacob and Kate (Jones) Thomas. The family soon moved to the Wheeler area where Alice grew up. On Oct. 28, 1935, she was married to Harry Fawcett at Wheeler. They lived in Iowa for a short time and then returned to Wheeler.

In 1952, they moved to Ashland where they remained about eight years but then returned to Wheeler where they spent the rest of their life together. Alice has lived with her daughter, Mavis in Dallas, for about the past one and one-half years.

Alice enjoyed quilting very much and everyone in the family has at least one quilt that she had made.

She is survived by her sons, Robert (Judy) Fawcett of Wheeler and David (Joyce) Fawcett of Sandy, Ore.; daughters, Mavis Fawcett of Dallas and Barbara (Ken) Shellito of Sunnyvale, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles Thomas of Pittsville; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry, on April 22, 1988; a grandson, Donald Dodge; and 11 siblings.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, from the Ridgeland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Susan Brown officiating. Burial was in Cedar Falls Cemetery in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County.

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

 

Edgar O. Schaefer

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 21, 2001, A6

Edgar O. Schaefer, age 86, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Edgar was born May 29, 1915, in Pleasantville, the son of Paul and Lila (Rongstad) Schaefer. Edgar grew up in the Pleasantville and Whitehall areas. He married Ida Johnson March 26, 1938, in Pigeon Falls. After marriage, they farmed in the New Richmond area for a short time, then near Foster.

In 1949, they moved to Menomonie where Edgar hauled milk and worked as a mechanic for Flick Motors and Retzloff & Ryder. Later, Edgar became the custodian at Our Savior's Lutheran Church and the University of Wisconsin-Stout until he retired in 1977. In their retirement, they enjoyed wintering in Texas and later Florida.

Edgar is survived by his wife, Ida; two daughters, Arlene (Ron) Lecander of Decorah, Iowa, and Pamela (Stephen) Ristola of Spring Valley; two sons, Robert (Terry) of Seminole, Fla., and Dale (Connie) of Mascotte, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lorraine Eide of Osseo; and a brother, Kenneth of Amery.

His parents and a sister, Ethlyn Bottolfson, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial was in Christ Lutheran Church/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

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

Jack Donovan Marine

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, A6

Jack Donovan Marine, age 76, of Carlton, Minn., died on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, in St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minn.

He was born April 1, 1925, in St. Paul, Minn., and was raised in Menomonie. Jack joined the Navy in 1942 and served with the Sea Bees in the South Pacific until the end of the war.

Jack was a deacon of Bethel Lutheran Church in Scanlon, Minn., and a member of De Land Masonic Lodge #812 of De Land, Ill., American Legion Post #0101 of De Land, and VFW Post 9060 in Prescott. He was a life member of the DAV. In 1996, he married Diane Hage in Cloquet, Minn.

Jack is survived by his wife, Diane of Carlton; his children, Steve (Terry) Marine of New Richmond, Mary (Pat) Sobota of Wilson, John (Kelly) Marine of Menomonie, and Joe (Lynn) Neisinger of Ladysmith; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; Diane's three children, Darby (Marie) Hage of Sandstone, Minn., Daniel (Sandra) Hage of Tulsa, Olka., and Julie (Chris) Youngren of Rice, Minn.; 15 step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marlys, on Feb. 16, 1990, and two daughters, Julie and Lori on June 14, 1961.

The family received friends Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service in Bethel Lutheran Church in Scanlon. Inurnment will be in Menomonie.

Arrangements entrusted to Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet.

To sign the guest book and offer an online memorial tribute, see www.northlandfuneralhome.com.

 

Emil Nelson

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov.25, 2001, A6

Emil Nelson, age 85, of Elk Mound, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Emil was born Sept. 4, 1916, in Elk Mound to Ludwig and Anna (Benson) Nelson. He attended school in Elk Mound and served his country in the U.S. Air Force, repairing bombers at the Columbia Army Air Base in Columbia, S.C. On Sept. 4, 1942, he married Evelyn at the Air Base in Columbia.

Emil was employed at the Deep Rock Oil Co. in Eau Claire, Presto Industries, and as a school bus driver for Elk Mound. He was also the sexton at the Barum Church Cemetery for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; five daughters, Mary (Tom) Larson, Carol (Larry) Bushendorf, Margaret (Tom) Barstad, Pamela (Glenn) Paulies, and Lori (Craig) Lorenzen; two brothers, Alfred Nelson and Gilman (Dolores) Nelson; one sister, Mildred Jackson; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Ernest Nelson.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, from the Barum Lutheran Church with Pastor Koepp officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Rev. Bernard "Bernie" Frank Oebser

Dunn County News, Sunday, Nov.25, 2001, A6

Rev. Bernard "Bernie" Frank Oebser, age 65, of Decorah, Ia., died on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at his home from a long courageous battle with cancer. His passing was peaceful, with all three of his daughters by his side.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at the Decorah Lutheran Church, Decorah, Ia., with Rev. James Glesne, Rev. Bryan Robertson and Rev. Ole Winter officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Schluter-Balik Funeral Home and after 10 a.m. on Monday at the church. Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery in Downsville. There will be an additional memorial service on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at 1 p.m at the New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville.

Bernard "Bernie" Oebser was born on Feb. 19, 1936, the son of Walter August and Agnes (Olsen) Oebser in Menomonie. Bemie attended Twin Oaks Country School near Downsville and then graduated from Menomonie High School in 1952. Bernie attended Luther College from 1952-57 and then entered the Luther Serninary from 1957-61 in St. Paul. Bernie married Genevieve Moe on Aug. 25, 1957, in the Colfax Lutheran Church in Colfax. After Gen's death in 1994, he married Beverly Gross on Feb. 24, 1996, at St. James Lutheran Church in Mason City, Ia.

Bernie served Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City from 1961-64; Kanawha Lutheran Church in Kanawha, Ia., from 1964-71; Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton, Ia., from 1971-94, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lime Springs, Ia., from 1994-98. He then retired and served as an Interim Pastor for many churches in the Northeast Iowa area.

Bernie loved people and being part of a crowd. He enjoyed collecting jokes, telling stories and asking questions and he especially loved to laugh. One of his favorite quotes was, "Birth and death are inevitable, so why not just enjoy the interval."

Bernie's survivors include his wife, Beverly Oebser of Decorah, Ia.; three daughters, Jana Klosterboer and husband John of Decorah, Ia., Elizabeth Helstrom and husband Jeff of Waconia, Minn., and Emma Thonn and husband Victor of Waconia, Minn.; one stepson, David Gross and wife Janet of Sioux City, Ia.; seven grandchildren, Zoe and Eli Klosterboer of Decorah, Ia., McCall and Andrew Helstrom, Ethan and Elsa Thonn, and Hannah Gross; a brother, Martin Oebser and wife Sharon of Downsville; a sister, Janis Johnson and husband Richard of Germantown, and many nieces and nephews.

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Agnes Oebser, and his first wife, Genevieve Oebser.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie assisted with local arrangements.

Florence E. Welcome

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov.28, 2001, A6

Florence E. Welcome, age 101, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Florence Etta Rogers was born March 11, 1900, in Wautoma to Jewel and Evelyn (Baker) Rogers. She was raised in Hancock and attended school there.

Florence married Lewis John Welcome in Stillwater, Minn. They lived in Eau Claire until 1934 and then moved to Menomonie. Florence was a homemaker but also worked at the Lakeside Aluminum Plant during World War II and sold Stanley products.

She was one of the kindest and most trusting people in the world, and loved her family dearly. Florence enjoyed gardening, camping in the summer on Summitt and Atkins Lake in a trailer built by her husband, and she also enjoyed playing cards in her card clubs.

Florence is survived by three daughters and two sons, Irene (Alvern) Hein of Menomonie, Dell (Donald) Marine of Marshfield, Naida Olson of Menomonie, James (Donna) Welcome of Menomonie, and Jerome (Betty) Welcome of Cable; grandchildren, Evelyn, Duane, Jerene, John, Kim, Mark, Brian, Debra, Cory, Arnette, Ward, DeEtte, Scott, James H., Mitchell, Richard, Andrea, Sandy, Tammy and Curt; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce and June; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis; her parents; an infant son, Casper; two brothers, Jesse and Eugene Rogers; and a sister, Doris Rogers.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Barbara Stevens officiating. Spring burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in the Town of Grand View, Bayfield County.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.

 

Leonard A. Busch

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov.28, 2001, A6

Leonard A. Busch, age 80, of Menomonie, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at his winter home in Sun City, Ariz., with hospice.

He was born April 21, 1921, in Glenwood City to Albert and Selma (Peterson) Busch.

Leonard married Rosalie Susan Schutz on June 11, 1944, in Boyceville. They lived in Santa Ana, Calif., Menomonie, and Sun City following their marriage.

Leonard served in the 95th Division of the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Upon his return to the states, he was employed by various hardware companies.

To his family he will be most remembered for his love, irreverent sense of humor, culinary creations, uncompromising love of country, and distinguished military service.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Rosalie of Menomonie and Sun City; two daughters, Vicki (Clifford) Wolterstorff of Chippewa Falls and Cynthia (Dan) Armstrong of Burlington; one son, Robert (Leah) Busch of Green Bay; a sister, Gladys (Ray) Winberg of Woodville; a brother, Donald "JIm" (Jeanette) Busch of Glenwood City; a sister-in-law, Myrtle Keyes of Menomonie; three brothers-in-law, Wilfred (Lila) Schutz of Boyceville, Warren (Bernetta) Schutz of Menomonie, and Thomas (Nancy) Smith of Joliet, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Geoff (Ashley) Wolterstorff, Todd (Jill) Wolterstorff, Laura Wolterstorff, Jacob Armstrong, Matthew Armstrong, Alyssa Busch and Lindsay Busch; a great-grandson, Jackson Wolterstoff; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Busch and Selma Busch Jensen, and two brothers-in-law, William Keyes and Herbert E. Schutz.

We invite you to come and celebrate Leonard's life as well as to grieve and say good-bye for now. Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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

 

Bonita Mae Flick

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov.28, 2001, A6

Bonita "Bonnie" Mae Score Flick, age 71, formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at her home in Eagle, Colo.

The former Bonnie M. Rassbach was born July 21, 1930, in Withee to Rudolph and Irene Rassbach.

Bonnie worked for many years in Menomonie in the food service business. She spent 25 years with the Best Western in Clinton, Iowa.

Bonnie is survived by two daughters, Ricky (Allan) Keegan of Hill City, Minn., and Dorinda Drury (Scott Gifford, finance) of Eagle; one son, Bruce (Paulette) Score of Eagle; one stepson, Larry (Donna) Flick of Menomonie; five grandsons, Charles Raskin, Michael Raskin, Jeff Drury, Robbie Drury and Jeremy (Misty) Drury; six granddaughters, Michelle (Jerry) Woodford, Cherelle Bowman, Nicholle Raskin, Cassie Drury, Marcy Score and Stacy Clasemann; one brother, Richard (Shirley) Rassbach of Eau Claire; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Groepper of Menomonie; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and a grandson, Kevin Score.

Memorial services are 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

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