Dunn County, WI Obituaries
November 2003

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

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Donald M. Cook

Dunn County News, Sun. Nov. 2, 2003, A6

Donald M. Cook, age 72, of Menomonie, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born May 17, 1931, in Menomonie to Louis and Myrtle (Beguhn) Cook. Don spent his early years in rural Dunn County, later moving to the City of Menomonie where he attended East Grade School and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1949.

Don worked with his dad doing construction work for seven years before serving in the U.S. Army. He was in the Army from 1952 to 1954.

Don married Ann Bosley on Oct. 2, 1954, in Towson, Md. He worked for George Kelling Service Station from 1954 to 1972, and then, after George retired, operated the station from 1972 to 1974. Don started working at UW-Stout in 1974 and retired from there after 20 years.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie. He was also a member of Hosford-Chase Post #32 of the American Legion for more than 40 years and a member of the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard, serving for military funerals. He loved hunting and fishing, and also gardening and traveling.

Don is survived by his wife, Ann of Menomonie; a son, Robert Cook of Menomonie; and a sister-in-law, Carole Cook of Eau Claire. He is also survived by many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kevin Cook; a brother, Harold Cook; and a sister, Dorothy Leach.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. today (Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003) at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in the Iron Creek Cemetery, Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Relatives and friends may call one hour prior to services Sunday at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

John David Wright

Dunn County News, Sun. Nov. 2, 2003, A6

John David Wright, age 61, 3336 Cummings Ave., Eau Claire, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

John was born Aug. 30, 1942, in Brigham City, Utah, to John McMaster Wright and Shirley Petersen Wright. He attended grade school and junior high in Urbana, Ill. He graduated in 1960 from Madison West High School in Madison. That fall, he entered the University of Wisconsin, graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical anthropology. Upon graduation, he received his ROTC commission in the United States Army as a first lieutenant.

He was married on Jan. 30, 1965, to Virginia "Ginny" Louise Linley in Cottage Grove. For the next 10 years of John's military service, John and Ginny lived in San Dona di Piave, Italy; El Paso, Texas; Fort Benning, Ga.; Lake Charles, La.; and the Presidio, San Francisco, Calif. While stationed at the Presidio, John earned a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University. He also served in Vietnam as an Army intelligence officer with the rank of major, stationed in the Mekong Delta.

After resigning his commission in 1975, John and his family moved to Brigham City. During their two-year stay in Brigham City, John earned a master's degree in business administration (accounting) from Utah State University in Logan. He also passed the public accountancy examination and became a certified public accountant.

In 1977, the Wrights moved to Eau Claire where John taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire until 1980. John then joined the accounting firm of Hill Christensen, where he worked until joining the business school faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He taught at Stout until his retirement earlier this year.

He loved his family, and they loved him, and will miss him greatly. He was their rock. John especially enjoyed extended visits by his granddaughter, Jesse, when he could take her swimming, horseback riding and exploring, and when he could play Uno and Fish with her for hours on end.

John became a licensed pilot at age 55. He loved flying, and made many close friends associated with flying. He served as chaplain in the Wisconsin Air National Guard. He also was an avid reader and a passionate and accomplished artist. He and Ginny enjoyed traveling to art seminars and retreats to learn more about his most recent art form, chip carving. His family and friends will enjoy remembering him through his art, which he shared generously with others.

John was a member of the Chippewa Valley Art League and served two years as the League's president. He enjoyed the time he donated as a volunteer for the Step Force at Luther Hospital and as a docent at the Chippewa Valley Museum. He took special interest and delight in the school children he took on tours of the museum.

John was preceded in death by his father and his paternal and maternal grandparents, his parents-in-law, George B. and Laura M. Linley, and his sister-in-law, Beverly Bryant.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia of Eau Claire; his two daughters, Laura Michelle Wright of Brandon, S.D., and Rebecca Lynn Wright of Yankton, S.D.; his granddaughter, Jessica Jeanette Kirkvold of Brandon; his mother, Shirley Wright Litchfield, and her husband, Donald D. Litchfield of Eau Claire; his sister, Mary of Helena, Mont.; sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Barney) Schmitt of Sun Prairie and Joyce (Gerald) Weiner of Waterford; many other relatives and friends; and his beautiful Golden Retrievers, Katy and Cody.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3335 Stein Blvd., Eau Claire.

The family suggests gifts in memory and celebration of John's life to the Chippewa Valley Museum, Luther Hospital, or the charitable organization of the donor's choice.

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

Candace Lee Goesling

Dunn County News, Sun. Nov. 2, 2003, A6

Candace Lee Goesling, age 57, of Vermilion Road, Duluth, Minn., died on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2003, in St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.

Candace was born in Menomonie on March 25, 1946, to Norman and Beverly Waller and had been a resident of Duluth for the last nine years.

Candace loved to read and garden. Her favorite activities were biking and white water canoeing. She was an accomplished pianist and loved her children deeply.

Candace was preceded in death by her father, Norman.

Candace is survived by her husband, Paul; her mother, Beverly Waller of Menomonie; two sons, Christopher (Rebecca) Foster of Minneapolis, Minn., and Matthew (Tracy) Goesling of Raleigh, N.C.; two daughters, Michele (Heidi) Anlee of Seattle, Wash., and Sarah Goesling of Denver, Colo.; two sisters, Debbie (Harley) Haase of Atlanta, Ga., and Sue Ann (Dean) Babbitt of Colfax; two grandchildren, Reid Anlee and Samantha Foster; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Church services were held Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Christ Lutheran Church, 1306 Wilcox St., Menomonie, with the Rev. William Wilson officiating. Interment was in Mamre Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Thompson-Hegstrom Funeral Home of Superior.

If friends so desire, the family prefers memorials to the Elevator Fund at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 820 Belknap St., Superior.

Rudolph J. Glinsek

Dunn County News, Sun. Nov. 2, 2003, A6

Rudolph J. "Rudy" Glinsek, age 84, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Rudy was born Nov. 28, 1918, in Ely, Minn., to Joseph and Sophie (Krisma) Glinsek. He graduated in 1939 from Ely High School. On March 25, 1942, Rudy was drafted into the Army where he served in North Africa and the European Theater. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 6, 1945, with the rank of corporal. Rudy married Joyce Sikala on June 9, 1949, in Ely.

Rudy worked for Pioneer Mine in Ely until March 30, 1967, when he moved to Virginia, Minn. There he worked for U.S. Steel-Mintac until his retirement on Jan. 31, 1981. After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife until her death in 1988. Rudy moved to Menomonie in 1999 and lived at Hosford-Rich Apartments.

Rudy is survived by a daughter, Margie (Jim) Zeitz of Menomonie; two grandchildren, Ashley and Bethany Zeitz of Menomonie; five step-grandchildren, Clinton, Justin, Steven, Jennelle and Jessica; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Glinsek of Julia Glinsek, both of Ely; and several nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce; two brothers, Stanley and Joseph Glinsek; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary (Robert) Perkovich and Rose (Joseph) Baudek.

Funeral services are 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial with military honors is 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, in the Ely Cemetery in Ely.

Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie (where a prayer service is scheduled at 6:30 p.m.) and from 1:30 p.m. until time of services on Tuesday at the church.

Catherine M. Helberg

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 5, 2003, A6

Catherine M. Helberg, age 83, of rural Rock Falls, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at Clairemont Nursing Home in Eau Claire.

She was born on Oct. 27, 1920, in Barrington, Ill., the daughter of Celsus and Margaret (Slater) Schwartz.

Catherine married Lester Helberg in Elgin, Ill., on May 5, 1938. They operated a horse stable at their farm near Elgin where she was a horse trainer. In 1964, they moved to the Town of Rock Creek, Dunn County, where they farmed and raised horses.

She is survived by her son, Lee Helberg of rural Rock Falls, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester in 1999; her parents; two sisters, Beverly Lenz and Alberta Helberg; a sister-in-law, Ruth Bognar; and two brothers-in-law, Albert Helberg Jr. and John Bognar.

Private family services will be held.

Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral and Cremation Services of Eau Claire assisted the family.

Rosella Ethel Quilling

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 5, 2003, A6

Rosella Ethel Quilling, age 79, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

 

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Valerie Rose Cook

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 9, 2003, A6

Valerie Rose Cook, age 37, of Eau Claire, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at Sacred Heart Hospital after a two-year battle with cancer.

She was born on Feb. 8, 1966, in Eau Claire, the daughter of Raleigh and Shirley (Wagner) Cook.

She graduated from Memorial High School and received an associate degree in hotel and restaurant cookery and also in child care from Chippewa Valley Technical College. She worked at Hutchinson Technology before her diagnosis of cancer.

Survivors include her parents, her sister, Vicki Cook (John Pavick), and an aunt, Bernice (Orlin) Larson, all of Eau Claire; an uncle, Donald Wagner of Neillsville; and her cat, Boots.

Valerie was preceded in death by her grandparents and other relatives.

Valerie loved life and getting to know people. She noticed the beauty of nature and everything around her. She enjoyed crafts and creating things with her hands. She always saw the positive traits in people and life. She was a gentle, kind spirit.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Rolf A. Nestingen officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery.

Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home in Eau Claire was in charge of arrangements.

Edward P. Stevens

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 9, 2003, A6

Edward P. Stevens, age 76, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at his home.

Ed was born Nov. 11, 1927, in Toledo, Ohio, to Phillip and Katherine (Feryak) Stevens.

In 1946, he entered the U.S. Army and served in the Aleutian Islands. Following his military service, Ed attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a degree in industrial design.

After graduation, he married Barbara Shanks on July 12, 1952, in Toledo. He worked the rest of his life in the fields of industrial design and education. He spent the last 10 years of his career as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, retiring in 1993.

Ed was a member of First Congregational Church-UCC in Menomonie for 20 years. He loved designing and construction, which he gave back to the community in the form of volunteer work.

Ed is survived by his wife, Barbara Stevens of Menomonie; two daughters, Ann (Eugene) Guszkowski of Wauwatosa and Carrie (John) Hollenbeck of Bridgewater, Va.; one son, Brent Stevens of Eau Claire; three grandchildren, Leah, Caitlin and Benjamin; two step-grandchildren, Amy and Erin; a brother, Robert (Dorothy) Stevens of Toledo; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Thelma Haller.

Memorial services were Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at First Congregational Church-UCC in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating.

Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Menomonie handled arrangements.  The family suggests memorials to Interfaith Volunteers of Dunn County, Inc.

Georgia L. Sorensen

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 9, 2003, A6

Georgia L. Sorensen, age 56, of 126 S. Second St., Tomahawk, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk.

Georgia was born March 1, 1947, in Menomonie to Lawrence and the late Marjorie Sorensen. She was a 1965 graduate of Menomonie High School. After graduating from UW-Eau Claire in 1970, she moved to Tomahawk where she taugh music to various grade levels at the Tomahawk School District for the last 33 years.

She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Tomahawk where she was a former music director. She was involved with the Northern Lights Playhouse in Hazelhurst.

Survivors include her father, Lawrence (Erna) Sorensen of Menomonie; two brothers, Gary (Ann) Sorensen of Knapp and Rick (Sandy) Sorensen of Mondovi; one sister, Jacqie Vranak of Kenosha; seven nieces and nephews; and five great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie, in 1980.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at Grace Lutheran Church in Tomahawk with the Rev. Donald Cannady officiating. A graveside service will be held on Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at Riverview Cemetery in Downsville.

Krueger & Sons Funeral Home of Tomahawk assisted the family wtih arrangements.

Joseph David Keck

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 9, 2003, A6

Joseph David Keck, age 20, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at his home.

He was born March 4, 1983, in Menomonie to David and Theresa (Kraft) Keck. He attended Boyceville grade school and high school. Joe was currently employed for Brave Harvestore, Inc. in Menomonie.

He was very interested in art, especially drawing wildlife. He loved outdoor sports and hunting and fishing with his father, mother and grandfather. Joe also enjoyed family gatherings and hanging out with his friends. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Joe is survived by his mother, Theresa Keck of Menomonie; his father, David Keck of Menomonie; a son, Tyler Lee Bowell of Red Wing, Minn.; two sisters, Jennifer (Corey) Nye of Connorsville and Kimberly Keck of Menomonie; three nephews, Sawyer, Brady and Hunter Nye of Connorsville; one niece, McKenna Weber of Menomonie; his paternal grandmother, Doris Keck of Knapp; cousins, aunts and uncles; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Duane Keck, and his maternal grandparents, Alice and Paul Kraft.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Crites officiating. Burial was in Teegarden Cemetery, Town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Mary Jean Guerin Burkhardt

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 9, 2003, A6

Mary Jean Guerin Burkhardt, age 77, died peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, after complications from heart surgery.

Mary Jean Guerin was born on Jan. 13, 1926, in Wittenberg, the daughter of Cleveland and Ella (Gralapp) Guerin. She graduated from Wittenberg High School in 1944. On Aug. 25, 1951, she was united in marriage to William Burkhardt. She was employed by the Madison School System as a cashier in food service at West High School.

She was an active and dedicated member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Esther Circle, UMW and Bible Study. She was also a member of Daughters of the Nile, Lend A Hand Homemakers, and provided meals for Habitat for Humanity.

Jean is survived by her husband, Bill; two daughters, Barbara (Michael) Feuerstein and Beth (Shawn) Triller of Verona; and two loving granddaughters, Nicole and Ben Triller.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Mildred Sense and Doretta Guerin.

Jean was a dedicated Christian who touched everyone she met with her extraordinary love and kindness.

A memorial visitation on Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Road, was followed by a memorial service on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6101 University Ave., with the Rev. Dave McRoberts officiating.

Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity, or your local blood bank.

The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at the Meriter Heart Center for all their support and compassion.

God called his Angel home.

Rosella E. Quilling

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 9, 2003, A6

Rosella E. Quilling, age 79, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Rosella Ethel Krause was born Jan. 9, 1924, in Fall Creek to Roland and Mathilda (Drung) Krause. She was raised in Fall Creek and attended school there.

Following her schooling, Rosella worked in various ineresting jobs to help support the war effort and her family.

She married Otto Quilling on July 2, 1944, in Menomonie. Together, they farmed in the Town of Red Cedar for many years and raised their family. Rosella was involved in her children's school activities and the PTA. She was also an active member of Peace Lutheran Church and Sarah Circle.

Rosella enjoyed playing cards, participating in activities at the Senior Center, and she liked to travel. She was also a very good cook and loved to bake. Rosella was fun-loving, kind, gentle and a good mother. She liked children, puppies, angels and teddy bears. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Rosella is survived by a daughter, Patricia (Ben) Haner of Smithville, Texas; a son, Peter (Becky) Quilling of Menomonie; two sisters, Lillian Quilling and Gladys Waller, both of Menomonie; a brother, Ralph (Linda) Krause of Kingman, Ariz.; nieces, nephews and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Otto; a son, Paul; an infant daughter, Faye Lea; a granddaughter, Carrie Quilling; and two brothers-in-law, John Waller and John Quilling.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to Peace Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Malvin G. House

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 9, 2003, A6

Malvin G. House, age 75, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born Sept. 30, 1928, in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to George and Elsie (Kurschner) House. He was raised in the Town of Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School.

Malvin married Lillian Gardow on March 28, 1952, in Eau Claire. They farmed together in the Town of Sherman for many years. Malvin lived all his life and died on the home farm.

Malvin showed Belgian draft horses for 52 years and was a draft horse judge. He belonged to the Draft Horse Association and was in the Draft Horse Hall of Fame in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He enjoyed deer hunting, was an avid Menomonie High football fan, and enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Malvin is survived by his wife, Lillian of Menomonie; one daughter, Deborah (Dan) Schroeder of Brantwood; two sons, Ken (Julie) House and Dale House, both of Menomonie; five grandchildren, Troy (Brenda) Torgerson of Wausau, Travis Torgerson of Shoreview, Minn., Tara (Jason) Brabant of Green Bay, and Jessica House and Lucas House, both of Menomonie; and four great-grandchildren, Hailey and Chloe Brabant and Evan and Kayla Torgerson.

He is survived, too, by two sisters, Frances Fruit of Menomonie and Fern Lemon of Boyceville; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Muriel (Alan) Amundson, Darrel (Pat) Gardow, Bob (Clarice) Gardow, Loyde (Evelyn) Gardow, and Marge, Lois and Mavis Gardow, all of Eau Claire, and Shirley (Ed) Malhum of Mondovi; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law; two sisters, Eunice Pabst and Gladys Fruit; seven brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; two nephews; and one niece.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilyn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Town of Sherman, Dunn County.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Charlotte Adron Westlund

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 9, 2003, A6

Charlotte Adron Westlund, 92, formerly of Aurora, Ill., died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center, Menomonie. She lived in Menomonie the past 16 years.

Charlotte was born Dec. 1, 1910, in Flandreau, S.D. to Hubert W. and Agnes (McVey) Adron.

She taught English and Latin for 26 years in South Dakota and Illinois. She was a past member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the National Council of Teachers of English, a state officer in the League of Women Voters and Retired Educators. She was past-president of the hospital auxiliary in Wabasha, Minn., and an active participant in many other community projects.

She was active all her life in her church, serving in various capacities. She was a member of First Congregational-UCC in Menomonie at the time of her death.

Her interests included needlework, travel, gardening, and reading. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jean (Lee) Nicholls of Menomonie; son, Mark (Debbie) Westlund of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Marc (Kay) Nicholls of Raleigh, N.C., Michael (Amy) Nicholls of Minneapolis, Minn., Mindy (Peter) O'Doauell of Atlanta, Ga., Matt, Abby, Ben and Kate Westlund, all of Denver, Colo., Kevin (Patty) Crouse, Steve (Suzanne) Crouse and Susan (Michael) Cason, all of Aurora, Ill.; and nine great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Westlund; daughter, Ruth Ann Crouse; and sister, Ruth Adron. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at the First Congregational-UCC, Menomonie, with Reverend Rob MacDougall presiding. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium.

Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church-UCC building fund.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

Barbara Moessner

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 12, 2003, A6

Barbara Moessner, age 78, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Barbara Wolske was born May 18, 1925, in Menomonie to Rudolph and Selma (Fonaas) Wolske. She was raised in Menomonie and graduated in 1943 from Menomonie High School.

Barbara married Rudolph Moessner in 1947 in Eau Claire. They made their home in the Menomonie area. Barbara was a homemaker and later worked in food service and mail service at UW-Stout for several years.

Barbara enjoyed cooking and gardening.

Barbara is survived by her son, Wayne Moessner of Sand Creek; two grandchildren, Amber Moessner of Chippewa Falls and Wayne Moessner of Edina, Minn.; one brother, Eugene (Gladys) Wolske of Minnetonka, Minn.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudolph; and five brothers, Ronald, Lawrence, Francis, Merlin and Carroll Wolske.

No services are planned. Her cremains will be interred in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Larry Lee Reckin

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 12, 2003, A6

Larry Lee Reckin, age 22, of Eau Claire, formerly of Eau Galle, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie as a result of an automobile accident.

Larry was born Nov. 16, 1980, in Durand, the son of Larry and Linda (Weiss) Reckin. He grew up in the Eau Galle community and graduated in 1999 from Durand High School. He also graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire in May of this year, where he was chosen as Outstanding Male Marketing Student of the Year. Larry was employed by Mondovi Implement Co., Inc., in Mondovi as a parts person since May.

Larry's passion was sports, especially basketball. In high school he was voted to the All-Conference Team in his senior year. Since graduation, Larry has coached several traveling basketball teams. Last year's team was runner-up at the Badger State Games in Madison.

Larry is survived by his parents, Larry and Linda Reckin of Elmwood; his fiance, Megan Bauer of Durand; four brothers, Lonnie (Gabrielle Bell) of Eau Claire, Lynn (Julee) and Lance (Jody), both of Menomonie, and Loren (fiance, Kari Sinz) of Durand; paternal grandmother, Valois Reckin of Elmwood; maternal grandparents, Bernard and Emma Weiss of Mondovi; two nephews, Christopher and Cole Reckin; two nieces, Katelyn Reckin and Marrissa Haglund; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Lavern Reckin.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima, Durand, with the Rev. Sue Bryce officiating. Burial was in Clearview Cemetery in Eau Galle.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand served the family.

Lilia Ann Kreutzer

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 12, 2003, A6

Lilia Ann Kreutzer, age 83, of Menomonie, passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Lilia Ann Suckow was born June 22, 1920, at home in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County, to Charles and Lulu Belle (Hart) Suckow. She called Dunn County home her entire life.

Lilia graduated from Menomonie High School in 1937 and was one of the original office force at the Dunn County Electric Co-op.

She married Harold Kreutzer on Sept. 26, 1940, at her parents' home in the Town of Stanton and moved to the Kreutzer family farm in the Town of Dunn.

Lilia was an active member of the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church, the Dunn County Homemakers Association, and a lifetime member of the Royal Neighbors of America. She was a 4-H leader for 25 years and served as president of the Wisconsin 4-H Association for two terms.

Lilia and Harold expanded and improved their dairy farm to one of the top producing herds in Dunn County. They were married for 63 years and enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and spent the last 22 winters at their home in Mesa, Ariz.

Lilia is survived by her husand, Harold; two sons, Gerald (Gloria) Kreutzer of Brainerd, Minn., and David (Marie) Kreutzer of Menomonie; two daughters, Dr. Judith Rae Kreutzer of Fairmont, W.Va., and Anita (Bruce) Crosby of Hutchinson, Minn.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, George (Mervyn) Suckow of Lillian, Ala.; two sisters-in-law, Alice Lierman Suckow of Menomonie and Alice Kreutzer Nelson of Altoona; many nieces, nephews and other relatives; and a host of dear friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Howard and Norman Suckow.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County. Burial will be in the Little Elk Creek Cemetery.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Geraldine M. "Geri" Jacobsen

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 16, 2003, A6

Geraldine M. "Geri" Jacobsen, age 69, of Darlington, passed away on Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, following a courageous battle with cancer at the Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County.

She was born on May 30, 1934, in Lafayette County, the daughter of Willard and Irene (Amenda) Frontz. Geri graduated from Darlington High School in 1952. On Jan. 21, 1953, she was united in marriage to David N. "Jake" Jacobsen in Blanchardville.

Geri lived in the Lafayette County, Menomonie, and Spencer, Ia., areas. In 1973, Geri returned to Darlington where she has resided since. She co-owned the Jacobsen Services Inc. in Argyle.

Survivors include her husband, David N. "Jake" at home; four children, Neil (Kimberlee) Jacobsen of Shullsburg, Bill (Lisa) Jacobsen of Darlington, Melissa (Steve) Madden of Armstrong, Iowa, and Paul Jacobsen of Darlington; a sister, Helen "Ginny" Schwartz of Verona, and 10 grandchildren, Jasen and Branden Jacobsen, Heath, Jerred, and Megan Jacobsen, Adam, Brittany, and Darci Madden, Kyle and Karissa Jacobsen.

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

Geri was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Darlington and its Women's Guild.

She enjoyed visiting with her family and friends, and also her coffee klutch. Geri also enjoyed playing cards, going on vacations, trips, and going out to eat.

Geri was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her grandchildren held a very special place in her heart and she enjoyed giving them special gifts and attention.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at 11 a.m. at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Darlington, with Rev. Bill Kapp officiating. Burial will be in Apple Grove Cemetery, rural Argyle.

A visitation will be held today (Sunday, Nov. 16) from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Erickson Funeral Home in Darlington.

A memorial fund has been established in Geri's name. Memorials may be given to the Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County, the Immanuel United Church of Christ and the Apple Grove Lutheran Church.

Everett Carl Hasse

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 16, 2003, A6

Everett Carl Hasse, age 84, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003 at his home in Elkhorn surrounded by family.

Everett was born Nov. 4, 1919, in Menomonie to Otto and Hattie (Marunda) Hasse. He was a graduate of UW- Stout with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts. On July 11, 1942, he married Doris Marion Hilson with whom they recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.

While living in Detroit, Everett was drafted into the U.S. Army during which he suffered a heart attack and was honorably discharged. In 1944, Everett accepted Christ as his personal Savior. Everett, Doris and their two children moved to LaCrosse in 1945, where he was employed by the Trane Heating and Air Conditioning Company. Three more children were born in LaCrosse. Everett worked at Trane for 34 years before retiring as a senior manufacturing engineer.

Family and friends remember Everett as being an exemplary husband and father to his family as well as his granddaughters, Esther and Noel, who lived with him for several years. He was a long time member, deacon and trustee of Temple Baptist Church in LaCrosse.

He enjoyed gardening, carpentry, constructing their houses, fishing, art, teaching, helping others and being with family. Most of all he enjoyed reflecting Christ.

Everett is survived by his beloved wife, Doris Hasse of Elkhorn; three daughters and one son, Mary (Richard) Tracy of LaCrosse, Daniel Hasse of Onalaska, Deborah (Jerry) Crandell of Delavan and Sandra (Mark) Meisberger of Elkhorn; a son-in-law, Thomas (Bridie) Uhlenhopp of Waterloo, Iowa.

He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Esther Uhlenhopp of Walker, Iowa; Noel (Timothy) Janda of Marian, Iowa; Mark (Lisa) Tracy of Holmen; Michelle Tracy of Richfield, Minn; Jared (Rhonda) Crandell of Kentwood, Mich; Jami (Darren) Jaques of Windsor, Colo.; Jeanna (Joshua) Snook of Waterloo, Iowa; Matthew Meisberger of South Milwaukee; SPC Joshua Meisberger of Ft. Bragg, N.C. (currently in Iraq), and Katelyn Meisberger of Elkhorn; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Arthur Hasse of Hastings, Minn., and nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Hattie Hasse; daughter, Carol Hasse Uhlenhopp, and sister-in-law, Frances Hasse.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Menomonie, with Dr. Leonard Saunders and Rev. Andrew Buhrow officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery.

Family and friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. on Saturday until the time of the service.

In honor of Everett's commitment to Christian Education, contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Cono Christian School, 3269 Quasqueton Ave., Walker, IA 52352 or Faith Christian School, Box 1230 Williams Bay, WI 53191.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, is handling arrangements.

Ernest "Ernie" C. Steinmeyer

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 16, 2003, A6

Ernest "Ernie" C. Steinmeyer, age 77, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Ernie was born Aug. 29, 1926, in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to Einer and Sena (Madsen) Steinmeyer. He was raised in the Town of Menomonie and attended Beaver Creek Elementary School and the Dunn County School of Agriculture. After school, Ernie worked on the home farm.

He married Ocille Bauer on May 4, 1949, in Elmwood. After marriage, they continued to farm on the home farm for many years, until retiring. During his retirement years, Ernie enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking, camping, fishing and dancing.

Ernie was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose #1584 of Menomonie, where he served as governor. Ernie was also an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church for many years.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Ocille; five sons, Michael (Dawn), Terry (Debby Yaeger), Roger (Nancy), LaMont (Cindy), and Dennis (Kelly), all of Menomonie; a daughter, Sherri (Howard) Clark of Fridley, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; a sister, Arlene Johnson of Barron; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery, Town of Dunn.

A Moose service and a prayer service were held Friday evening at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, which served the family.

You could always find Ernie with a smile on his face, a joke in his pockets, and sentiment in his heart.

Duard F. Cole

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 16, 2003, A6

Duard F. Cole, age 80, of Menomonie, formerly of Ridgeland, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie where he resided the last four months..

Duard was born Sept. 28, 1923, to Peter and Edna (Krause) Cole in the Town of Tiffany, Dunn County. The family later moved to the Ridgeland area where he was raised and attended school.

On Dec. 29, 1945, he was married to Helen Sather at Pine City, Minn., and they farmed in the Ridgeland area for more than 30 years. Durad also worked for the DoBoy Feed Mill in New Richmond for 32 years.

He enjoyed horses and fishing.

Duard was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Julie Kathleen Cole, and two brothers, Duane and Kenneth Cole.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Cole of Sand Creek; a son, Jerry Cole of Ridgeland; a daughter, Rebecca Keller of Sand Creek; a brother, Reynold (Jean) Cole of Ridgeland; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, from the Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas with Pastor Paul Pillman officiating. Interment was in Zion-Sheridan Cemetery in the Town of Sheridan, Dunn County.

Arrangements were made by Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron.

Walter O. Price

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 16, 2003, A6

Walter O. Price, age 93, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at the Plum City Care Center in Plum City.

He was born July 31, 1910, in Hudson to Otto and Angeline (Stubb) Price. When a child, the family moved to the Tramway area.

Walt married Mary Ellen Budd on June 19, 1929. Walt and Mary lived in the Menomonie area, settling on a farm in the Downsville area in 1941, where they have resided since. Walt worked as a hired hand in his younger years, spent time at the Menomonie Brick Yard, and worked several years for Herb Flick as a farmhand. Later he took up the tile setting trade, along with his full-time farming responsibilities.

In his younger years, Walt enjoyed playing shuffleboard and dancing, and always enjoyed fishing, hunting, horseshoes, playing cards, and visiting with family and friends.

Walt is survived by his wife, Mary of 74 years; three sons, Gerald (Donna) Price and O'Jay (Kathy) Price, both of Menomonie, and David (Joyce) Price of Eau Claire; seven daughters, Donna (LeRoy) Smith of St. Paul, Minn., Eva (Jerome) Boos of Mondovi, Lois (DeWayne) Bowe of Chippewa Falls, Marlys (Earl) Curtis of Campbell, Minn., Vicky (Anton) Forster of Elmwood, Mary Kay (Mark Harwick) Wagner of Plum City, and Cindy (Kenny) Jennings of Wheeler; a son-in-law, Donald Johnson of Lindstrom, Minn.; 47 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; a daughter, Betty; an infant daughter, Brenda; one grandchild; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial was in Hay River Cemetery in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

George R. Styer

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 16, 2003, A6

George R. Styer, age 90, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

George Robert Styer was born Jan. 23, 1913, to Arthur and Rose (Knopps) Styer on the family farm located on the banks of Irvine Creek in the Town of Menomonie. He was a faithful member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church as were his parents and grandparents, Loui and Ellen (Gahen) Styer. He graduated in 1931 from Menomonie High School.

On Nov. 13, 1945, he married Catherine Weber in Menomonie. He farmed for many years, retiring in 1972. George's family was his first priority. He valued education and saw to it that his children and grandchildren understood its importance.

George visited family members on both coasts, taking an interest in world and American history. In fact, he was always ready for a discussion on this topic, along with topics regarding politics. He always extended himself to helping others and displayed a great love for nature and animals. In addition to being a lifelong member at St. Joseph's, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Following Catherine's death, in keeping with George's interest in history and his penchant for storytelling, George recorded his life's stories in a book entitled "On the Banks of Irvin Crick." Published in 2003, the book is George's legacy to his family.

He is survived by two daughters, Marlys (Jerry) Lausted of Menomonie and Kathy (Tony) Hoffman of Yuma, Ariz.; a son, Pat (Pam) of Eau Claire; seven grandchildren, Heidi (Curtis) Wieland of Menomonie, Chris (Danielle) Lausted of Seattle, Wash., Tim (Cristina) Berger of Tempe, Ariz., Travis (Amy) Hoffman of Tucson, Ariz., Paul Styer of Eau Claire, Michelle Styer of River Falls, and Mary Styer of Eau Claire; seven great-grandchildren, Catherine and Henry Wieland, Maddie and Josie Lausted, and Alec, Josh and Jorge Berger; a nephew, Jerry Styer of Tennessee; and three nieces, Fern Bell, Rosada Arnold and Janice Kincade, all of Menomonie.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine in 1997; a sister, Esther; a brother, Joseph; and a son-in-law, Eugene Berger.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie where a prayer service is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus service at 7:30 p.m.

Alfred G. Wohler

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 19, 2003, A6

Alfred G. Wohler, age 92, of Birchwood, formerly of Elmwood, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.

Alfred was born May 19, 1911, in Effington, Ill., the son of Clarence and Ottilie (Mier) Wohler. He was raised in Effington but later moved to Wisconsin where he met and married Bernice Smith on June 12, 1940, in Rock Elm. After marriage, they lived in Elmwood and he worked for the Village of Elmwood.

Alfred was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater of War. After the war, he returned to Elmwood where he owned and operated a heating and plumbing business while also working for the village. In 1953, he moved to New York to work on the St. Lawrence Seaway, where he received his start as a steelworker, working on bridge construction.

Alfred served two terms as mayor of Elmwood and was a life member of Elmwood American Legion Post #207. His wife, Bernice, passed away on Nov. 10, 2000.

Alfred is survived by three daughters, Ellen Ottman of Rice Lake, Jennifer (Roger) Blomker of St. Paul, Minn., and Julie (Jerry) Thibado of Wilson; one son, John (Sandy) of Elmwood; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Leone Wood of Spring Valley.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Betty Legler; one grandson, Scott Blomker; and one brother, Paul Wohler.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Elmwood with the Rev. Martin Wegner officiating. Burial was in Popular Hill Cemetery-Rock Elm of rural Elmwood.

Arrangements were made by the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood.

Donald J. Stoll

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 19, 2003, A6

Donald J. Stoll, age 73, of Menomonie, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at Sacred Heart Hospital lin Eau Claire.

Don was born Oct. 10, 1930, in the Town of Menomonie to Dan and Deal (Olson) Stoll. He was raised and spent the majority of his life in the Lucas Valley. He graduated in 1950 from Dunn County Aggie and was an active member from 1947 to 1957 of the National Guard.

He married Bonnie Wolske in 1951 and farmed in the Lucas Valley until buying Club 29 in 1957 and operating it until 1967. He worked at Presto Industries in Eau Claire until purchasing the Long Branch Bar in Elmwood in 1973 and operating it until 1983 while also working for Century Fence.

Don was a lifetime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie, and also a lifetime Green Bay Packer fan. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman and "Stollie" will be greatly missed by his fishing buddies, Don Thompson and Jim Berger.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; a son, Tom (Pat Brehm) of Menomonie; a daughter, Kathy (Jerry Miller) of Knapp; four grandsons, Jon (Migon) Stoll of Chippewa Falls, and Eric Stoll (Niki Monn), Curt Miller (Jolene Larson), and Kevin Miller, all of Knapp; one great-granddaughter, Carlee Stoll; one sister, Joanne "Dode" Thorud (Lorne Croy) of Menomonie; five sisters-in-law; five brothers-in-law; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Jean Hughes; and four brothers-in-law, Lyle Ferber, Charles Groepper, Dave Thorud and Ernie Davis.

Don will be missed by his family and his friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Interment was in Lucas Cemetery in the Town of Lucas in Dunn County.

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

Leona E. Ruud

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 19, 2003, A6

Leona E. Ruud, age 96, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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2nd/Lt. Jeremy Wolfe

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 19, 2003, A6

2nd/Lt. Jeremy Wolfe, age 27, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, in Iraq.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

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2nd/Lt. Jeremy Wolfe

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 23, 2003, A6

2nd Lieutenant Jeremy Lee Wolfe, age 27, formerly of Menomonie, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, in Iraq.

Jeremy Lee Wolfe was born on Aug. 16, 1976, at Memorial Hospital in Menomonie to David (Butch) L. Wolfe and Jane S. Cass of Menomonie.

He enlisted in the National Guard in October, 1993, and served until August, 1996.

In May, 1995, Jeremy graduated from Colfax High School, where he excelled in academics and track and field. He attended UW-Stout in Menomonie in 1995.

Jeremy enlisted in active duty in the U.S. Army as a Specialist (E4) in the 25th Infantry Division in August, 1996, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. His accomplishments during this time are Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Excellent Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Lapel Button. Military education included Military Operations and Urban Terrain CRS, Air Assault CRS, Ranger Indoctrination Program, Ranger CRS and Light Fighters Communication CRS.

During this time, Jeremy met Christine M. Tadeo in November, 1998, in Hawaii.

In August, 1999, he received a three year Green to Gold Scholarship to attend Hawaii Pacific University. In addition to his academics, he graduated from Airborne School (2000), Fort Benning, Ga., achieving the Parachutist Badge. He was also selected as top cadet of his class, Military Science II, to train with British Cadets in England (2000). In July, 2001, he completed U.S. Army ROTC Advanced Camp in Fort Lewis, Wash. This same summer, he completed Cadet Leadership Training (CTLT), Fort Bragg, NC.

He married Christine M. Tadeo on Feb. 1, 2002. They resided in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In May, 2002, he went from Green to Gold earning a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration Degree, Computer Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University with honors (Cum Laude). He earned the George C. Marshall award and was Distinguished Honor Graduate of his ROTC Class. Jeremy attended the Rotary Wing Course and Officer Basic Course at Fort Rucker, Ala., from June 7 to Sept. 17, 2003. He was awarded the Army Aviation Badge.

His first duty station was in Fort Campbell, Ky., assigned to Alpha Company, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment in August, 2003.

In October, 2003, 2LT Wolfe deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as Platoon Leader in Alpha Company, 101st Aviation Regiment, Tall Afar, Iraq. While flying a UH-60L helicopter transporting soldiers from Tall Afar to Mosul, he gave the ultimate sacrifice for what he believed in:

"It is an honor to serve in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the only Air Assault Division in the world! Contrary to the negative information that I see on the news everyday, what we are doing in Iraq is making a difference. The majority of the Iraqi people support what we are doing here. Everyone looks forward to coming home, but it is important that we follow through with our obligation to the Iraqi people and for our generations to follow so we do not have to return here in the future." - Jeremy Lee Wolfe, November, 2000.

He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

Jeremy's number one interest was family and friends. While dedicated to his career, he always found time to share his life with them. His passion was aviation. Other interests were scuba diving, running, shooting, coin collecting, movies, music, fishing, hunting, electronics, swimming -- basically life itself. Everything he pursued he achieved, and at the highest level.

There are no words that can describe how much we love him and how much he will be missed.

Jeremy is survived by his wife, Christine Tadeo Wolfe, Fort Campbell, Ky.; father: David (Butch) L. Wolfe and Karen, Menomonie; mother, Jane S. Utpadel and stepfather Randy Utpadel, Wheeler; sister, Sharla Utpadel, son and daughter, Cara and Devon, Wheeler; grandmother, Goldie Wolfe, Menomonie; grandmother, Betty Utpadel, Menomonie; aunts and uncles, Sally (Wolfe) Reed, husband, Lloyd, daughter Cheyenne, Boyceville; Gloria (Cass) Keyes, husband, Jerry, children, Amy, Heather and Shari, Milwaukee; Lois (Cass) Oberle, husband, Greg, children, Damien and Derrick, Menomonie; Linda Utpadel, Menomonie; Todd Utpadel and wife, Pam, Downsville; Dave Utpadel, wife, Donna, children, Jared, Justin, Debbie, Becky and Danny, Menomonie; Gary Utpadel and Allison, children, Amanda and Elana, Seattle, Wa.; brothers-in-law, Ryan Tadeo, Dallas, Tex., and Noel Tadeo, Waipahu, Hawaii, Charlie Frink, Huntsville, Ala.; sisters-in-law, Lisa Tadeo, Waipahu, Hawaii, Kesvadee Frink and Gunhaa Frink, Huntsville, Ala.; father and stepmother-in-law, Reynaldo and Imelda Tadeo, Waipahu, Hawaii; mother and stepfather-in-law, Pranee and William Frink Jr., Huntsville, Ala.; grandfather and grandmother, Gaudencio and Nelly Tadeo, Honolulu, Hawaii; and 11 aunts and uncles, 12 cousins, and grandfather, Feliciano Dalisan, Phillipines.

He was preceded in death by grandfather, Clyde (Bud) Wolfe; grandfather, Ralph Utpadel; grandfather, Larry Cass; grandmother, Elaine Cass; great-grandmother, Violet Kolkind, and grandmother-in-law, Remedios Balani.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Robert Friese officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, with military honors by the Military Honor Guard from Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.

Family will greet friends and relatives on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.

Leona E. Ruud

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 23, 2003, A6

Leona E. Ruud, age 96, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Leona Torgerson was born on July 22, 1907, to John G. and Anna (Brumberg) Torgerson. She graduated from Dunn County Agricultural School and Dunn County Normal and then taught at Hilltop School for a few years.

Leona married Helmer Ruud on April 5, 1930, in Menomonie. They farmed in Little Elk Creek until moving to Menomonie after retiring in 1980. Helmer preceded her in death in 1986.

Leona was a member of the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid and a Sunday School teacher. She was also a member of the Little Elk Creek Homemakers Club and she and Helmer volunteered as leaders of the Little Elk Creek 4-H Club.

Leona is survived by her daughter, Arlene Johnson of Wausau; three grandchildren, Jay Johnson of Superior, Jan (fianc/e Diane) Johnson of Minocqua, and Wendy (Bill) Peacy of Wausau; two great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Jade Johnson of Superior; three sisters, Norma Smeltzer of Menomonie, Gladys Hayden of Mondovi, and Frances (George) Frank of Eau Claire; two sisters-in-law, Kathryn Torgerson of Black River Falls and Juanita Torgerson of Altoona; and many well-loved nieces and nephews who were very special to Leona.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Helmer; a son-in-law, Lowell Johnson; four brothers, LaVern, Ingar, Alvin and John Torgerson; and three sisters, Minda Shaker, Helen Klumb and Tina Rasmusson.

Thank you to the staff at the American Lutheran Home for the wonderful care that was given to Leona and to everyone who remembered her these past years. It is greatly appreciated by her family.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, at the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church of rural Menomonie with the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial will be in Froen Cemetery in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County.

Leona's family welcomes friends and family from 12:30 p.m. until time of services Saturday at the church.

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

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Evan W. Evaska

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 23, 2003, A6

Evan W. Evaska, age 70, of Webb Lake, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Baldwin Area Medical Center in Baldwin.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at the Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City, with Rev. Roger Pittman officiating. Interment of cremains will be in the Grace Lutheran Cemetery, Connorsville. Friends may call on the family one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Virginia A. Pinker

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 23, 2003, A6

Virginia A. Pinker, age 84, of Menomonie, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Virginia Ann Pinker was born July 1, 1919, in Cornell, to Frank and Nancy (Grinder) Pinker. She was raised in Cornell and as a young women she moved to the west coast with her family. She lived and worked at various nursing homes for many years.

Virginia moved back to Wisconsin and lived with her sister, Clarice, for 12 and-a-half- years, before going to the American Lutheran Home, where she has resided for the past two and-a-half-years.

She attended Calvary Assembly of God Church at Wilson for several years. She enjoyed doing crafts and especially enjoyed her time at the nursing home and the friends she had there.

Virginia is survived by a sister, Clarice (Robert) Shackleton of Knapp; a brother, Gary (Susan) Pinker of Thailand, several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and two sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Paul Pillman officiating. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Katherine J. Billehus

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 26, 2003, A6

Katherine J. Billehus, age 87, passed away on Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, in Missoula, Mont.

She was born on Sept. 22, 1916, in Glenwood, Minn., to Henry and Sophia Dankers.

Katherine married Orville Billehus in 1941. They raised their family in Menomonie where Orville operated the St. Clair Billehus Men's Clothing Store. Katherine moved to Missoula in 1982, where she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Katherine's joy in life was her family, and the unconditional love she gave her children will be passed down through the generations.

Katherine is survived by her son, Alan (Linda) Billehus of Missoula; two daughters, DeAnn Billehus of Oregon and Mary (Jeff) McDonald of Wyoming; four grandchildren, Jason Billehus of Missoula, Rachel Reilly of San Francisco, Anna Billehus of Key West, and Greg McDonald of Wyoming; three sisters, Lucille Riley, Cecil Cassell and Dolores Dankers, all of Glenwood; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, Orville; three sisters, Florence Dankers, Grace Sperry and Norena Kaldahl; and three brothers, Harold, Richard and Elmer Dankers.

As a memorial to Katherine, the family suggests visiting a loved one, or a memorial donation in Katherine's name to the fund for the rebuilding of the Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood at the Glenwood State Bank, 5 E. Minnesota Ave., Glenwood, MN 56334.

Private memorial services for Katherine will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Montana Cremation and Memorial Society.

Bertha Sophia Fuhrman

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 26, 2003, A6

Bertha Sophia Fuhrman, age 93, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Bertha was born July 18, 1910, in the Town of Weston, Dunn County, the daughter of Frederich and Anna (Ninneman) Oebser. Bertha was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church, Hatchville, and attended the Pine Coulee School in the Town of Weston.

Bertha married Leonard Fuhrman on Jan. 14, 1933. They lived on a farm in the Town of Spring Lake near Hatchville where they raised four children. In 1981, they moved to Menomonie where Bertha remained the rest of her life.

Bertha was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church. She was a wonderful cook and seamstress, and made beautiful flower arrangements from her gardens on the farm. She loved music and sang in the church choir.

Bertha is survived by her husband of 70 years, Leonard; a son, Wilber of Menomonie; a daughter, Julie Skemp of Scottdale, Pa.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two daughters-in-law, Jean Fuhrman-Frank of Menomonie and Beverly Fuhrman of Spring Valley; and two nieces, Margaret (Larry) Ziehme and Elsie Knospe, both of Menomonie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Howard and Jerry Fuhrman; two sisters, Emily Robison and Mary Oebser; and five brothers, Fred, Bill, Carl, Alfred and Adolph Oebser.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at Faith Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Curtis Brooks officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Town of Spring Lake, rural Spring Valley.

Rhiel's Funeral Service of Menomonie served the family.

Eleanor Rose "Moe" Nero

Dunn County  News, Sun, Nov. 30, 2003, A6

Eleanor Rose "Moe" Nero, age 85, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Eleanor was born on Sept. 9, 1918, in Chicago, Ill., to Charles and Wilhelmenia (Schutz) Molzahn and was raised in the Chicago area. She married Gilbert R. Nero in Chicago on May 17,1941, at Edison Park Lutheran Church.

Eleanor was a registered nurse until retiring in 1985. She enjoyed ceramics, bingo, traveling and care-giving activities. Eleanor moved to Menomonie in the summer of 1994 and thoroughly enjoyed this area and her wonderful relatives and special friends.

Eleanor is survived by three sons, Gilbert C. (Carol) Nero of Palatine, Ill., Wayne A. (Sharon) Nero of Menomonie, and James L. (Martha) Nero of Mauston; seven grandchildren, Jonathan (Michelle) Nero of Palatine, Heather (Kurt) Obenberger of Coeur D' Alene, Idaho, Capt. Heath (Liza) Nero of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jason (Kara) Nero of Des Plaines, Ill., Joshua Nero of Elk Grove Village, Ill., and Jesse and Jacob Nero, both of Mauston; and one great-grandson, Tyler Obenberger of Coeur D' Alene.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Gilbert in 1991, and a brother, Loren C. Molzahn in 1961.

It was Eleanor's wish to be cremated.

Memorial services are 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Ridgewood Cemetery in Des Plaines.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the American Lung Association.

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

Erma K. Quilling

Dunn County  News, Sun, Nov. 30, 2003, A6

Erma K. Quilling, age 88, of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

The former Erma Katherine Sundby was born Oct. 31, 1915, in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County, to Caleb and Alta (Forster) Sundby. She attended Palmer Grade School, Dunn County Aggie and Dunn County Normal, where she earned a teaching degree. She taught for four years at Blodgett Grade School. Some of her proudest moments were when former students would come up to her telling her what a wonderful teacher she had been.

Erma married Marvin J. Quilling on June 15, 1940, in the Town of Lucas. She and Marvin had three children, Jerome, Carol and Wayne. They took over the family farm, living and working there until 1973, when Wayne and his wife were married. Still Erma would help in any way possible on the farm.

Erma was very involved in several organizations. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie, where she served for many years as a circle chairman. Her church and faith were very important to her.

Erma was also involved for over 46 years in Dunn County Farm Bureau. She served as women's chair for a good share of those years. In 2002, she was honored as Farm Bureau Member of the Year by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, an award that she justly deserved. She made many friends through Farm Bureau, whether it was working at the eat stand, helping with dairy breakfasts or participating in the many Farm Bureau activities.

The Dunn County Historical Society was another of her interests, where she served on the Board. She was involved in getting the museum on Wilson Avenue up and running. Again she made friendships that would last throughout her lifetime.

Erma is survived by two sons and one daughter, Jerome Quilling, Wayne (Nancy) Quilling and Carol (John) Bakke, all of Menomonie; four very special grandchildren, Jill Quilling, Scott (Katye) Quilling, Amy Quilling and Michael Quilling (Heather Webb, a special friend), and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Caleb and Alta Sundby; her husband, Marvin; two sisters, Esther Holzhueter and Olive Peterson Frieberger, and a brother Willis Sundby.

Erma will be greatly missed by her family and friends as she devoted her life to them.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

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.

James Keith Donnelly

Dunn County  News, Sun, Nov. 30, 2003, A6

James Keith Donnelly, age 95, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born July 15, 1908, in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to James and Grace (Cummings) Donnelly.

Keith married the former Alta Gardner on Aug. 5, 1927, in Stillwater, Minn. He farmed in Spring Brook Township all of his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards. Keith will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Keith is survived by seven daughters and two sons, Essie Donnelly,

Richard (Joyce) Donnelly, Phyllis (Fred) Alf, June (Richard) Braford, Ruby (John) Miller, Helen (Lyle) Christianson, Loyd (Karen) Donnelly and Susan (Art) Alf, all of Menomonie, and Valerene (Ken) Johnson of Elk Mound; 29 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Carleton Hurlburt; two nieces, Geraldine Hite of Chicago and Avis Rosal of Apache Junction, Ariz., and other relatives and friends

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alta; one daughter, Grace Hurlburt; a son-in-law, James Engeldinger; grandchildren, Cindy Olson and Gary Alf; great-grandchildren, Megan Justice and Gabriel Stewart and a brother, Kenneth Donnelly.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Curtis Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Forest Center Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) and an hour prior to the service on Monday.

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