Dunn County, WI Obituaries
November 2004

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

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Joyce C. Peterson

Dunn County  News, Wed, Nov. 3, 2004, A10

Joyce C. Peterson, age 66, of Menomonie died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004 at her home with her family and hospice.

Joyce was born April 11, 1938 in Amery. She was the daughter of R. Kent and Helen (Evans) Peterson.

As a young girl, Joyce moved with her family to Menomonie where she graduated from Menomonie High School in 1957. She attended both UW-Stout and UW-La Crosse. Joyce move to Minneapolis in 1959 and worked for Ministers Life Insurance, IBM and 3M, before working for the Soo Line Railroad until retiring after 28-1/2 years. After retiring, she returned to Menomonie where she has remained the rest of her life.

Joyce was an active member of First Congregational Church. While in Minneapolis, Joyce was very active with Minneapolis Slow-Pitch Softball. Joyce's team, Avanti, were city champions and went on to the World Softball Championship.

Joyce is survived by her mother, Helen Peterson of Menomonie; a brother, Jann (Mickey) Peterson of Menomonie; three nephews, Kent William Peterson of Oxford, Ohio, Jeffrey Jann (Julie) Peterson of Louisville, Ky., and Steven Earl (Dawn) Peterson of Winneconne; great nephews, Tad (Katie), Nathan, Earl and Josh Peterson; a great niece, Muranda Peterson, and a great-great nephew, Kaleb Peterson; her life-long friend, Marge Grotte of Minneapolis; and her faithful companion, her dog "Sunny."

She is preceded in death by her father, R. Kent Peterson in 1984 and a grand niece, Amy Elizabeth Peterson.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, 2004 at First Congregational Church in Menomonie with Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating. Burial will be in the church memorial garden.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to First Congregational Church or Northwest Wisconsin Homecare.

Rhiel's Funeral Service -- Menomonie is serving the family.

Howard T. Olson

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 7, 2004, A6

Howard "Butch" Taylor Olson died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004.

He was born Oct. 13, 1913, in Knapp to Carl and Grace Olson. He lived in Knapp until 1967. He graduated from Menomonie High School in 1932. The Olson family had a grocery store and meat market in Knapp. In 1940, he married Elnora "Norie" Olson in Mason City, Iowa.

During the war, Butch was a test engineer for the Navy in the Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Plant in Kenosha. In 1946, Norie and Butch started a travel trailer mobile home sales business in Knapp. In 1966, they sold out and retired and traveled seven years. In 2003, they moved to Amery.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Norie; a son, Mickey (Patti) Olson of Sioux City, Iowa; a daughter, Penny (Jim) Holden of Clayton; eight grandsons, Chris Holden, Scott (Angie) Holden, and Ty (Merry) Holden, all of Hudson, Tory (Michelle) Olson of Anoka, Minn., Eric (Diana) Olson of Minneapolis, Minn., Steven Leighton of Omaha, Neb., David Leighton of Ames, Iowa, and Mark Leighton of Sioux City; and six grandchildren, Abbey Holden, Luke Holden, Danielle and Kyle Holden, Rhett Olson and Colton Olson.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Carl and Grace Olson, and his brother, Carlton Olson.

Bernard A. "Bernie" Pittman

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 7, 2004, A6

Bernard A. "Bernie" Pittman, age 59, passed away peacefully at home in Eden Prairie, Minn., on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, surrounded by his family after a long struggle with illness. Bernie served his country and his family as a loving son, brother, husband, father, stepfather and, above all, a friend to all.

He was born on Aug. 19, 1945, in Durand, the son of John and Irene (Bauer) Pittman. Bernie attended Durand High School and Winona State University. He served in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam veteran.

Bernie was a successful businessman in Menomonie. He was an active member of the Optimist clubs of Menomonie and Eden Prairie, the Chanhassen, Minn., Rotary Club, the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bernie is survived by his loving wife, Molly; two sons, Peter (Lisa) Pittman of Phoenix, Ariz., and Brian Pittman of St. Paul, Minn.; stepchildren, Sean and Kaitlin Anderson of Eden Prairie; a brother, Bob (Arlene) Pittman of Springfield, Mo.; a sister, Joan (Tim) Bykowski of Elk River, Minn.; two sisters-in-law, Grace Pittman of Denver, Colo., and Ruth Pittman of Durand; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Christi (Lane); his brothers, Jack and Wayne Pittman; and his father-in-law, Bryon Lane.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the American Cancer Society or Memorial Blood Centers.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie.

A prayer service was held Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial followed in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Menomonie.

Rhiel's Funeral Service in Menomonie served the family locally.

Curtis A. Sylte

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 7, 2004, A6

Curtis A. Sylte, age 75, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born March 27, 1929, in Sand Creek to Edward and Laura (Olsen) Sylte. Curtis moved with his family to the Colfax area where he graduated in 1947 from Colfax High School. He married Marian Tande on Jan. 25, 1952, in Stillwater, Minn.

Curtis worked at creameries in Sand Creek and Colfax before going to work at Sanna Dairies in Menomonie. He worked at Sanna's for 42 years, retiring in 1991.

Curtis was an avid reader. He loved to play his guitar and taught his son Lonny how to play. He was a fan of Menomonie High School sports and a Wisconsin Badger and Green bay Packer fan. He also loved to fish and camp at Big Swedes on Lake Holcombe.

Curtis was a kind, gentle, humorous man with a "real" funny, dry, sense of humor. Curtis' final act was the gift of life through organ and tissue donations.

Curtis is survived by his wife, Marian Sylte of Menomonie; three sons, Larry (Carol) Sylte of Menomonie, Lonny (Maryann) Sylte of Knapp, and Lynn (Erin) Sylte of Littleton, Colo.; five grandchildren, Stephen, Stephanie, Holly, Allison and Nicole; two step-grandchildren, Susie and Amanda; one step-great-granddaughter, Kaylee; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends; and special sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jeannine and John Spielman of River Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edgar and Wilbur; and three sisters, Geneva Nabbefeld, Ruth Hoyland and "Dolly" Holte.

Memorial services are 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating.

Family and 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.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

William Charles Nelson

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 7, 2004, A6

William Charles Nelson, age 81, of Green Bay, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 1, 2004.

He was born Oct. 14, 1923, in Stevens Point, the son of Carl V. Nelson and Pearl (Banke). He was raised in Butternut, was a graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tenn., and the Citadel of Charleston, S.C. He served in World War II in the European Theater and remained in occupation at the end of the war with the Signal Corps in Stuttgardt, Germany.

He married Dorothea Penor in Eau Claire in 1947. The couple resided at Lake Wissota and Menomonie. William owned and operated three Firestone Stores located in Stanley, Rice Lake and Menomonie. They moved to Stevens Point in 1956 where he operated a tire company. They have resided in Green Bay since 1976.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothea Nelson; one son, Charles, New York City; two daughters, Ann Louise of Boca Raton, Fla., and Jeanne (Michael) Wentworth and their children, Katherine and Elizabeth of Green Bay; a sister-in-law, Harriet Bateman of St. Paul, Minn.' and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Katherine and Christine (Choren), and one son-in-law, Glenn Bateman.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay with Father John Doerfler officiating. Burial took place in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery in Menomonie.

Proko-Wall Funeral Home in Green Bay assisted the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial funds have been established at the St. Norbert Children's Center and Holy Family School where his grandchildren attend.

Diane E. Kropp

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 7, 2004, A6

Diane E. Kropp, age 64, of Menomonie died Friday, November 5, 2004 at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Diane was born on December 28, 1939 in Walker, Minn. to Lyle and Beatrice (McCormick) Bilben. She graduated from high school in International Falls, Minn., attended Bemiji State University and finished her degree in education from UW-Eau Claire.

Diane married Dennis Kropp in Clio, Mich. in 1967. She taught first and second grade at Cedar Falls Elementary for many years.

Diane enjoyed making dolls and crafts and was an avid costume maker and seamstress. She also loved children, liked to fish, enjoyed gardening, bird watching and reading mystery novels.

Diane was a long-time member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Menomonie and a founder of Our Saviors Lutheran Care-Givers.

Diane is survived by her husband, Dennis Kropp of Menomonie; a daughter, Brenda (Brent) Peters of Menomonie; a grandson, Zachary; three brothers and one sister, Peter (Bev) Bilben of Ramsey, Minn., Dan Bilben and Paul Bilben (Julie Larson), all of International Falls, and Pam (Bob) Sartor of Faribault, Minn.; a mother-in-law, Clara Kropp of Fairmont, Minn.; a brother-in-law, David (Jo) Kropp of Fairmont; a sister-in-law, Cynthia (Byron) Swart of Worthington, Minn.; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. A celebratory gathering will be held at the Dunn County Fish and Game Club immediately following the service.

Family and friends are welcome from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from 3 p.m. on Wednesday until time of services at the church.

The family request memorials to Our Savior Lutheran Church Care-Givers and Friends of Menomonie Public Library.

Jeffrey R. Rowe

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 7, 2004, A6

Jeffrey R. Rowe, 47, music director for the Ludington Guard Band in Menomonie, died Oct. 29, 2004, after a battle with melanoma.

Jeffrey first joined the Ludington Guard Band in 1992 as a trombone and euphonium player, then took over as band director in 1995 when Miles Mortensen left the area.

Jeffrey was born Dec. 24, 1956, to Richard H. and Carole Castle Rowe and raised in Rockford, Ill.

He graduated from Boyland High School in 1974 and attended Milton College.

Jeff was a gifted musician and used his talent to inspire others by teaching music in Canada for eight years. He has been the band director at Durand High School for the past 15 years.

Funeral services were held in Rockford on Nov. 1. A memorial service was held at Durand High School this Saturday.

The White Pine Ramblers, a Dixieland group of the Ludington Guard Band, participated in the memorial service.

Cyril "Cy' J. Traun

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 7, 2004, A6

Cyril "Cy' J. Traun, age 62, of Bloomington, Minn., died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Cy was born Sept. 2, 1942, in Durand to Edmund and Ellen (Simpson) Traun. He grew up on the family farm in the town of Maxwell, Buffalo County, rural Durand. He graduated in 1960 from Durand High School. Cy served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years.

Cy worked for Tri-City Dairy in Durand. He also hauled milk for Vern Herpst of Arkansaw. Cy then worked for Bauer Built in Durand and Menomonie, where he met and married Sandra Link on Sept. 7, 1968, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie.

After marriage, they lived in Durand briefly before moving to the Twin Cities where Cy worked for W.S. Smith Tire Co. They moved to Hutchinson, Minn., and worked for Jerry's Tire Co. They later returned to the Twin Cities where Cy worked at Modern Tire Co. and later worked for Pomps Tire Co. in Savage, Minn., until retiring in 2002 because of ill health.

Cy enjoyed taking care of flowers in the summer. In the winter, he enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and photography. The last two years, Cy has volunteered at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park in the Inspire Program. This program was for survivors of stroke, brain injury, and other neurological disorders.

In 1999 and 2000, Cy sang the National Anthem at the Twins' baseball game for "Strike Out Stroke" at the Metrodome. He was very proud of being able to do this. Cy was a very loving and carrying guy. He cared for everybody and loved his nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews very much.

Cy is survived by his wife, Sandy; his father, Edmund of Durand; a sister, Mary (David) Gerhart of Faribault, Minn.; four brothers, Francis (Carol), Dennis (Willy), Marcellus (Elaine) and Lawrence (Barb), all of Durand; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his son, Charles, in 1992, and his mother, Ellen, in 1999.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will be in ine church cemetery.

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

Thomas F.  Steiner

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 7, 2004, A6

Thomas Francis Steiner, age 76, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004, of cancer at Angela Hospice in Livonia, Mich., with many family members at this side.

He was born May 30, 1928, and grew up in Menomonie.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Cook Young) Steiner; two stepsons, John Young and Jason Young; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Condo; a brother, Vincent (Pat) Steiner; and four sisters, Irene Leger, Elaine Hillebrand, Shirley Forrest, and Mary Lou Levine.

Tom will truly be missed.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Redford, Mich., with Father Denis Theroux officiating. Interment was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Irene J. V. Abraham

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 7, 2004, A6

Irene J. V. Abraham, age 83, of Menomonie, formerly of Saint Joseph, Mich., died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at First Baptist Church in Saint Joseph. Burial of the cremains will be in Riverside Cemetery in Saint Joseph.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling local arrangements.

Clarence A. Werner

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 10, 2004, A6

Clarence A. Werner, age 90, of Menomonie died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Clarence was born in a farmhouse in Weston Township on Sept. 8, 1914 to Matt and Mary (Frank) Werner. He was the fifth of nine children.
Clarence married Lucille Trainor on Aug. 15, 1942 in Menomonie at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. In their early years of marriage, Clarence farmed in Lucas and later in Weston. He later logged in the area and several other states before developing a business in exporting veneer logs to Germany.

He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and a member of the church board for five years. He was involved in many years of service to the community, including a member on the Fairview School board for five years, Menomonie School Board in the 1960's, and from 1960-1985 on the Dunn County Board of Supervisors, the Menomonie City Council and 22 years on the Menomonie Fire and Police Commission. Clarence was also a member of the Menomonie Lions Club and the Rotary Club for many years.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the wonderful care that Clarence received during his stay at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Clarence is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lucille; three children, Dan (Kathy) Werner of Menomonie, Richard (Rosalie) Werner of Menomonie, and Pat (Keith) Pickerign of Menomonie; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother, Helen Strader of Eau Claire, Goldie Werner of Menomonie, and Robert (Virginia) Werner of Weston, and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Art and Elmer Werner, and three sisters, Edna Thompson, Frances Becker and Margaret Denning.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Rev. David Whelan officiating.

Visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

Dakota W. Harnisch

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 10, 2004, A6

Dakota W. Harnisch, age 8, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004 at his home.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Rex A. Nollinger

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 10, 2004, A6

Rex A. Nollinger, age 64, of Wheeler died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004 at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004 at New Life Church of the Nazarene in Wheeler, with Reverend Steve Crites officiating.

Friends may gather at the church from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie assisted with arrangements.

Dakota William "Bubba" Harnisch

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 14, 2004, A6

Dakota William "Bubba" Harnisch, age 8, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, at his home.

He was born July 25, 1996, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Mark and Jodi (Vasey) Harnisch.
Bubba loved attending River Heights Elementary School and had many friends there. He was the inspiration for Bubba's Paintball. Bubba spent countless hours in a John Deere tractor with his dad. He also loved music, riding horses, going for walks, and playing in the water where he was free to move.

Bubba taught us all what unconditional love was about. He touched the hearts of everyone he met. His doctor said the first question he asked when he got to heaven would be, "Which way to the ponies?" Bubba will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Bubba is survived by his parents, Mark and Jodi Harnisch of Menomonie; his maternal grandparents, Alan and Sue Vasey of Cottage Grove, Minn.; his paternal grandparents, Lloyd and Ruth Ann Harnisch of Menomonie; maternal great-grandmother, Betty (Lyle) Beguhn of Menomonie; paternal great-grandmother, Delores Stephens of Menomonie; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, classmates, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his identical twin brother, Kaleb Paul; sister, Mikayla Sue; maternal great-grandparents, Winston and Kit Vasey; and Robert Eckert; and paternal great-grandparents, Louis and Marion Harnisch and Arthur Stephens.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, at the First Congregational Church-UCC in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Bussinger officiating.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Willa H. Stack

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 14, 2004, A6

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

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

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

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

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

Lynda Lee (Wolfe) Burbey

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 14, 2004, A6

Lynda Lee (Wolfe) Burbey died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004.

She was born March 3, 1965.

Survived by son, Curtis; mother, Judith; brother, David (Janan); sister, Melissa; grandmother, Edna Brierley; nieces, nephews, numerous family members and friends.

Predeceased by loving father, Delmar L. Wolfe.
Private services pending.

Another beautiful rose in the Lord's garden.

Rev. H. Marcus Schwartz

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 14, 2004, A6

Rev. H. Marcus Schwartz, age 91, of Watertown, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, at Luther Haven in Milwaukee.

He was born July 22, 1913, in Menomonie, the son of John Henry and Clara (Feyerherm) Schwartz. He married Laverna M. Kuschel on Sept. 1, 1941, in Coleman.

He was a graduate of the Northwestern Preparatory School and Northwestern College, both formerly in Watertown, and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon.

He served as pastor for St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Collins, St. John's Lutheran Church in East Bloomfield, St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Kenosha, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, St. Paul Lutheran Church in North Freedom, and St. John's Lutheran Church in Rock Springs.

Rev. Schwartz also served on the WELS Home Mission Board.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening and playing bridge.

He is survived by three daughters, Susan (Craig) Halverson of North Ft. Myers, Fla., Margaret Hoeft of Stowe, Vt., and Paula Schwartz of La Crosse; three sons, Rev. Martin L. (Helen) Schwartz of St. Paul Park, Minn., Armin (Linda) Schwartz of Waterloo, and Steve (Nancy) Schwartz of the town of Delafield; two sisters, Ruth Sydow of Altoona and Harriet Schomberg of Shawnee, Okla.; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandsons; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Laverna Schwartz on April 24, 2000; five sisters, Irene Knipsel, Hildegard Ranney, Verna Mazade, Elizabeth Schnell and Lois Mazade; and a brother, Carl Schwartz.

Funeral services are 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. David Saeger of Loving Shepherd Lutheran Church in Milwaukee officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

A funeral service will also be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1100 Ninth St., Menomonie, with the Rev. Harold Prahl officiating. Visitation will be from noon until time of services at the church.

Burial will be in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Schwartz Scholarship Fund for Future Pastors at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown.

Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of arrangements.

Walter J. Roland Jr.

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 14, 2004, A6

Walter J. Roland Jr. age 70 of Colfax, died Friday, Nov., 12, 2004, at his home in the Township of Colfax, Dunn County.

Walter was born Sept. 13, 1934, in Menomonie. He was the son of Walter J. and Mary (Prissel) Roland, Sr. Walt grew up in Menomonie. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic School and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1951. Walt began working on his Apprenticeship as Bricklayer and Allied Craftsman for several years. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served from January 1957, to November of 1958 in Korea. After the service, he returned to Menomonie where he met and married Sally Pahl June 25, 1960, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Eau Claire. After marriage, they lived in Menomonie for three years before moving to the Township of Colfax where he remained the rest of his life. Walt worked as a bricklayer for many years throughout the area. He received his 50-year pin from Local 19 BrickLayers and Allied Craftsman of Eau Claire.

Walt loved the outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing, and taking care of his yard. Walt was the type of person who would do anything for another person. He was a loyal, loving, trustworthy and a caring husband, father and grandfather.

Walt is survived by his wife, Sally; three sons, Timothy of Kansas, Paul (Mara) of Eau Claire, and Jeffrey of Colfax; five grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a stepmother, Esther Stoll; a sister, Lucille; and a brother, Francis.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov.17, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. A prayer service is at 6:45 p.m., Tuesday night.

Ruth E. Stansbury

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 14, 2004, A6

Ruth E. Stansbury of Sun City West, Ariz., formerly of Amery and St. Paul, Minn., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004.

Ruth will be greatly missed by her loving families and many caring friends.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Minnesota and Camino Del Sol Cremation Center of Sun City West.

A private burial will be held in Wisconsin at a later date.
 

Eugene V. "Gene" Sever

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 14, 2004, A6

Eugene V. "Gene" Sever, age 92, of Menomonie, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

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Eugene "Gene" Sever

Dunn County  News, Wed, Nov. 17, 2004, A6

Eugene "Gene" Sever, age 92, of Menomonie, passed away Friday, Nov. 12, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lorraine Sever; daughter, Susan (Sever) and son-in-law Allan Foxwell of Menomonie; and grandchildren, Tricia (Foxwell) and Cory Oberdas of Hudson, Jeremy Foxwell of Menomonie, and Andrew Foxwell of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.

Gene was born in Kansas on March 13, 1912, to Carl and Kate Sever of Garden City. He had three sisters, Marjorie, Dorothy and Virginia. Virginia is the only sister living, residing in Port Arthur, Texas. He worked in the family restaurant as a young person and was active in Scouting, being the first Eagle Scout in the state of Kansas. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a business degree and joined Burroughs Corporation, working in Denver, Kansas City, Minneapolis and St. Paul. In his later career, he joined Barcol Door Systems in St. Louis Park.

Gene shall be remembered for his role as a leader in the Rainbow Club where he lived by example in sponsoring international students and working for racial diversity. He was a peer counselor for senior citizens and loved to fish and watch birds.

For the past 10 years Gene and Lorraine have resided in Menomonie to be near Susan and her family. Since May 2003 he and Lorraine have resided at Care Partners Assisted Living in Menomonie.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, at the First Congregational Church in Menomonie with Pastor Rob MacDougall officiating.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the First Congregational Church.

John "Jack" C. O'Mera

Dunn County  News, Wed, Nov. 17, 2004, A6

John "Jack" C. O'Mera, age 70, of Eau Claire, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at his home following his illness with cancer.

He was born Dec. 10, 1933, in Knapp to John and Lola (Crosby) O'Mera. Jack was raised in the Knapp area and graduated from Boyceville High School. He then served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Jack worked for Woodard Electric, Dunn County Hospital, Diamond Transportation of Racine, and for the Wisconsin State Patrol. He was a deputy sheriff in Eau Claire County for 14 years, retiring in 1988 as a Huber officer. His last part-time job was with John Dotseth Truck Lines of Menomonie.

He is survived by his wife, Deanne; stepdaughter, Sherry (Steve) Hansen and their children, Kyja, Jerick, Leah and Alanah, all of Eleva; stepson, Jamie Bauer of Arvada, Colo., and his son, Coty Rossow of Eau Claire; a brother, Douglas (Ruth) O'Mera of Bella Vista, Alaska; and sisters, including his "baby" sister, Kathy (Ron) Harper of Strum.

Jack was a beloved "Papa" to his five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at the Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home in Eau Claire with Father John A. Schultz officiating. Entombment was in Resurrection Chapel Mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery in Eau Claire where VFW Post #305 conducted military rites.

In lieu of flowers, Jack's family prefers memorials directed to Triniteam, 202 Graham Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701, or to Heifer Project International, P.O. Box 1962, Merrifield, VA 22116-1692.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.lenmarkfh.com.

Lois M. Kothlow

Dunn County  News, Wed, Nov. 17, 2004, A6

Lois M. Kothlow, age 80, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Lois Mae Leach was born Sept. 22, 1924, in Menomonie, to Ward and Mabel (Mittlestadt) Leach.

She married James Kothlow on Nov. 4, 1942, in Menomonie. Together, they farmed in the town of Red Cedar in Dunn County until they moved to Menomonie in 1981.

Lois was a member of the Tainter United Methodist Church. She also enjoyed playing cards, square dancing, traveling, and spending many years in Florida.

Lois is survived by two children, Donald (Judy) Kothlow and Shirley (Jerome "Pete:) Prochnow, both of Menomonie; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Fern Nokken of La Crosse, and Barbara (Grant) Williams and Donald (Gerald) Price, both of Menomonie; two brothers, Merlyn (Lou) Leach of Red Wing, Minn., and Marlyn (Marlene) Leach of Colfax; five sisters-in-law, Janet Leach of Menomonie, Phyllis Leach of Menomonie, Bonnie Leach of Kenosha, Wilda Leach of Missouri, and Mary (Willis) Dix of Menomonie; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth "Pete" (Adeline) Kothlow and Clarence "Jack" (Anita) Kothlow, both of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James; two sister, Frances Hathaway and Audrey Petz; four brothers, Darold, Howard, Garland and Ervin Leach; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Leach; two brothers-in-law, LaMoine Nokken and Robert Kothlow; and a nephew, Travis Williams.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at the Tainter United Methodist Church in th town of Tainter, Dunn County, with the Rev. Steve Groves officiating. Burial was in Iron Creek Cemetery in the town of Spring Brook.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Fred M. Stassen

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 21, 2004, A6

Fred M. Stassen age 64 of Menomonie, died Friday, November 19, 2004, at his home in the Township of Menomonie after a long illness.

Fred was born December 26, 1939 in Hinsdale, Ill. He was the son of Fred and Martha (Trout) Robinson. Fred graduated from LaGrange High School in Illinois and attended college at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Calif.
Fred married Alayne Goode on October 10, 1964. After marriage, they lived in Los Angeles and Chicago, prior to moving to Menomonie in 1973. Fred was an accomplished photographer and award-winning filmmaker, winning the Chicago Film Festival Award in 1980.

Fred loved the outdoors and spending time with his family and friends. He was a passionate environmentalist.

Fred is survived by his wife, Alayne; a son, Eric (Sara) Stassen of Charlottesville, Va.; a daughter, Michelle (John) Reed of Chippewa Falls; and his mother, Martha Sampson of Elmwood.

He is preceded in death by his father, and a stepfather, Carl Stassen.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2004, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Virginia Wolf officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the American Cancer Society or to the Nature Conservancy.

Friends may call from 12 p.m. until the time of the services at the Rhiel Funeral Home on Monday.

Franklin Gerald Farley

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 21, 2004, A6

Franklin Gerald Farley, age 74 , of Menomonie died Thursday Nov. 18, 2004 at the Osseo Area Medical Center.

He was born Easter Sunday morning, April 20, 1930 in Taylor Falls, Minn. to Glenn and Felicites (Muralt) Farley. He moved with his family to Wheeler, Downing, and then Menomonie.

Franklin was a faithful employee for 33 years at Sieger/Whirlpool Appliance in St. Paul, Minn. He also enjoyed painting houses, doing repair work, lawn maintenance, snow removal, and lending a helping hand at Knaack's Advertising.

Franklin was a kind and content person who provided a home for his mother and brother. He loved the Lord, singing, Gospel music and good preaching.

His church and church family were very important to him. He was head usher and financial secretary at the Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Knapp for many years. Franklin also enjoyed talking politics, going to the Minnesota State Fair with his cousin Aaron, having coffee at McDonald's with family and friends, and he looked forward to the church men's retreat.

Franklin is survived by his brother, Milford Farley of Menomonie; cousins: Aaron (Debbie Muralt); Georgean Muralt Bollig and children, Jon and Katie Bollig, and Timothy Muralt; Pam (Mike) Muralt Parker and children, Reed, Grant and Ava ; Mariann (Jerry) Muralt Rufer and children, Jolene and Reece; Lisa Muralt Olson and children, Michael and Ashley; Donna Muralt and Emma; Billy Muralt; Jeff (Darla) Muralt and children, Tylor, Ryan and Danielle; Anita Sundberg and Matthew Muralt; Bonnie (Reber) Owen Dillard and children; LaVern and Mary Owen and children; Miriam Owen Clemens and children; Sam and Mary Owen and children as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at the Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Knapp, with Rev. LeRoy Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

The family suggests memorials be given to the Gospel Mission Baptist Church.

Dennis Gene Lentz

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 21, 2004, A6

Dennis Gene Lentz, age 61, of Eau Claire, passed away Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Dennis was born at home in rural Boyceville on Aug. 14, 1943 to Ed and Hazel (Mittelstadt) Lentz. He graduated from Boyceville High School in 1961 and married Diana Marlett on Sept. 1, 1962. They resided in Eau Claire.
After high school, Dennis went on to earn Professional Engineer and Designer certifications. He worked for McDonough Manufacturing for over 30 years.

After his retirement in 1999, Dennis founded and was president of, along with his partners, Ben Mroz and Rich Wright, Sawmill Machinery & Design, based out of Menominee, Mich. He was a member of the Society for Manufacturing Engineers for many years.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Diana of Eau Claire; daughters, Jacki Fetter of Eau Claire and Becky (John) Ford of Eau Claire; granddaughters, Caitlyn Geneen Fetter, Madison Paige Ford and Alexis Marie Ford; a brother, Gerald (Dorothy) Lentz of Menomonie; a sister, Sharon (Del) Gunderson of Colfax; and nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Hazel Lentz; a son, Michael Gene Lentz; a brother, Don Lentz; and a nephew, Danny Lentz.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Ralph Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Family and friends may call at the funeral from 11 a.m. Tuesday until the time of the service.

Eunice E. Rogers

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 24, 2004, A6

Eunice E. Rogers, age 77, 480 W Main St., Boyceville, died Nov. 20, 2004, in Chandler, Ariz.

Preparations are being made for a memorial service.

Andrea Pecore

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 24, 2004, A6

Andrea Pecore, age 23, of Ridgeland, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, as the result of a one vehicle automobile accident just outside of Ridgeland.

She was born July 21, 1981, to Randy and Diana (Larson) Pecore at Barron. She graduated from Barron High School in 2000 and was currently employed with Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Andrea was a ray of sunshine and had a smile no matter what she was going through. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Andrea was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Herman and Delores Pecore, and her maternal grandmother, Barbara Larson.

She is survived by her parents, Randy and Diana of Ridgeland; a brother, Jason (Becky) Pecore of Menomonie; a sister, Michelle (Jason) Schulte of Baldwin; material grandfather, Nels Larson of Winter; two nephews, Austin and Shane Pecore; aunts and uncles, Terry (Karen) and Scott Pecore, Danny, Chuck, David (Emily) and Floyd Larson; cousins, Kyle and Chris (Sharon) Pecore, Chad (Missy) Sinclair, Rachel (Jeremy) Lackner, Carrie, Russell (Margy), Carl and Floyd Larson, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at the Ridgeland Lutheran Church with the Rev. Craig Nehring officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery in the town of Sheridan, Dunn County.

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

Mabel E. Indermuehle

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 28, 3004, A6

Mabel E. Indermuehle, age 85, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

The former Mabel Elizabeth Roth was born Jan. 8, 1919, in Downsville to Martin and Emma (Stalder) Roth. She was born and raised on a farm near Downsville where she attended school.

Mabel married Fred Yaun, a cheesemaker at Teegarden Cheese Factory, in 1938 in Downsville. Together, they owned and operated a large dairy farm west of Menomonie. During this time, Mabel was actively involved in 4-H and at Peace Lutheran Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and was active in various women's functions.

After Fred's death in February 1961, Mabel later married Ernest Indermuehle on Sept. 8, 1962, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. During these years, Mabel was active as an Avon and Stanley sales representative. She was also employed by the Office on Aging as a homecare provider.

Mabel was baptized, confirmed, and a lifelong member of Peace Lutheran Church. She also enjoyed traveling with Ernest throughout the country, and she loved taking care of a variety of lovely house plants. Mabel will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Mabel is survived by her husband, Ernest of Menomonie; two daughters and one son, Lillian (Wiard) Taggart of Everett, Wash., Casper (Ruth) Yaun of Oregon, and Janet Commo of Newport, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Michael, Paul, Pamela, Damon and Nancy Taggart, Tina Dent, Bonnie Kugler and John Courtney; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vivian Koenig of Eau Claire and Irene Baroldi of Cypress, Calif.; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Fred Yaun; and a sister, Virginia Dahler.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery in the town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Family and 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 Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Lawrence L. Retz

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 28, 3004, A6

Lawrence L. Retz, age 82, of Boyceville, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at his home.

Lawrence was born Jan. 24, 1922, in the town of Hay River to Robert and Lizzie (Schultz) Retz. He was baptized and confirmed in 1936 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Boyceville. He attended the Pine Grove Grade School and the Dunn County Agricultural School.

Lawrence married Leola DeLong on Sept. 21, 1945, at Zion Lutheran Church in Eau Galle. They purchased a farm next to his parents, which they farmed until 1983 when he rented it to his son, but he continued to help farm until his health failed in 2002.

His passions in life were farming, hunting and fishing. He loved being with his family and friends.

Lawrence was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church where he served on the council for many years. He also served on the boards for AMPI and the creamery for several years.

Lawrence is preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Janet; brother, Rueben Retz; sister and brother-in-law, Elsie and Frank Hegeman; and sister-in-law, Vera Retz.

Lawrence is survived by his wife, Leola Retz of Boyceville; two daughters and one son, Beverly (James) Hanson of West Bend, Marion (Sherwyn) Oas of Madison, and David Retz of Boyceville; eight grandchildren, Jeremy (Jill) Hanson, Erik (Stacy) Hanson, Tim Oas, Christa (Nathan) Miller, Jill (Thomas) Bartman, Jayme (Kathleen) Retz, Alesha (Luke) Kersten, and Derrick Retz; nine great-grandchildren, Brent and Maggie Hanson, Brett and Courtney Hanson, Chase and Eli Miller, Josiah Bartman, Chrissa Kersten and Walker Retz; two brothers and one sister, Carl Retz and Mabel Retz, both of Chippewa Falls, and Emil (Margaret) Retz of Boyceville; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Kevin Leidich officiating. Burial will be in the Hay River Cemetery, town of Hay River.

Friends may call at the Everts Funeral Home In Glenwood City today (Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004) from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services Monday.

Loren Reinicke Rank

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 28, 3004, A6

Loren Reinicke Rank, age 76, of Menomonie died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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