Dunn County, WI Obituaries
December 2002

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December 1, 2002 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Jeffrey M. Livermore

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, A67

Jeffrey Murlton Livermore, age 52, of Menomonie, formerly of Elmwood, died Friday, November 29, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie, after a long illness.

He was born Oct. 16, 1950 in Sheboygan to Roger and Helen (Long) Livermore.

Jeffrey worked most of his life as a welder. He enjoyed taking things apart and seeing how they worked.

He is survived by a daughter and granddaughter, Nancy and Paige Siegel of Milwaukee; two sons, Jeff Holmquist and family and Todd Court and family; two sisters and two brothers, Sharon (Edward) Ploetz of Manitowoc, Gary (Rose) Livermore of Bull Head, Ariz., Jo-Ann (Mike) Cumbers of Green Bay, Marc Livermore of Green Bay; and many nieces and nephews. Close companions of Jeff were Wanda Munson of Menomonie and Linda Zentner of Elmwood.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome at the funeral home from noon until the time of service on Monday.

A memorial has been established in his name. Friends and family will miss his great sense of humor.

Eleanor W. Kothlow

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, A67

Eleanor (Wangen) Kothlow, wife of Howard Kothlow, passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, in Northglenn, Colo.

Eleanor lived her early years in Menomonie and graduated in 1949 from Menomonie High School. She and her husband moved to Colorado in the 1960s.

Besides her husband, she is survived by seven children - daughters, Marcia (Bill) Stredde of Eugene, Ore., Connie (John) Stimmel of Milliken, Colo., and Chris (Olen) Hirschberger of Castel Rock, Colo., and sons, Randy (Karen) Kothlow of Westminister, Colo., Neil (Debbie) Kothlow and Brian (Ann) Kothlow of Chandler, Ariz., and Mark Kothlow of Northglenn; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by a brother, Don (Carol) Wangen of Wausau, and three sisters, Ruth (JIm) King of Menomonie, Mary Jo Trudeau of St. Paul, Minn., and Grace Trudell of Oakdale, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Ruth (Miller) Wangen.

Cards or memorials may be sent to the Kothlow family at 10487 Humbolt St., Northglenn, CO 80233-4245. Memorials will go to the church or hospice.

Lyle W. Metzger

Dunn County News, Dec. 5, 2002, A6

Lyle W. Metzger, age 81, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born June 10, 1921, in Menomonie to Edwin and Hazel (Hintzman) Metzger. Lyle married the former Delores Bedient on Dec. 17, 1949, in Stillwater, Minn.

Lyle was a truck driver for Husby Trucking, Century Fence, Brown & Lehmann, and the Dunn County Highway Department until retiring in 1988.

Lyle liked to fish, go up North with his grandsons, and fix lawn mowers.

Lyle is survived by his daughter, Karen (Wayne) Bignell of Menomonie; three grandsons, James (Kim) Bignell of Urne, and Michael (Niki) Bignell and Wayne Bignell (friend, Tonya), both of Menomonie; three great-grandsons, Cody, Cole and Dakota; one brother, Jerome (Ellen) Metzger of Hayward; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Metzger of Maplewood, Minn., and Fawn Metzger of Deerfield; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Delores; two brothers, Glenn and Lynnes Metzger; and one son, James.

Memorial services are 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Town of Stanton.

Relatives and friends are welcome at the funeral home from noon until time of services.

Helen E. Kess

Dunn County News, Dec. 5, 2002, A6

Helen E. Kess, age 92, of Menomonie, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Helen was born March 22, 1910, in Menomonie, the daughter of Albert and Minnie (Manthie) Wagner, and was raised in Menomonie. Helen worked as a telephone operator for Wisconsin Bell Telephone Co. for 25 years, working both in Menomonie and Eau Claire.

Helen married Robert B. Kess on Dec. 4, 1934, in Eau Claire. They made their home in Menomonie where they lived the rest of their lives. Robert died in May 1987, and since 1995, Helen has been a resident of the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Helen's favorite pastimes were painting with oil and watercolors and playing Scrabble.

Helen is survived by a daughter, Karen (Melton) Ward of Richardson, Texas, and three grandchildren, Chris (Christine) Czerlinsky of Kansas City, Mo., and Andrew (Sarah) and Timothy Czerlinsky, both of Austin, Texas.

Her parents, her husband, Robert, one sister, and four brothers preceded her in death.

No local services are planned. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

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

Duane J. Palmer

Dunn County News, Dec. 5, 2002, A6

Duane J. Palmer, age 69, of Plymouth, Minn., passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn., following a brief illness.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at the Church of St. Joseph, 13015 Rockford Road, Plymouth. Visitation is today (Wednesday) from 5 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at The Gearty Delmore Funeral Chapel, 37th Avenue N. and Vicksburg Lane, Plymouth. Burial is 1 p.m. Saturday in Forest Hills Cemetery, Knapp.

Duane was born July 13, 1933, in Knapp to parents James K. and Frieda Buhr Palmer. He graduated from Menomonie High School and was a veteran of the Korean War. He married Romel Styer of Menomonie on Oct. 1, 1955, in Eau Galle. Following their marriage, they moved to Minneapolis, Minn. He co-founded Viking Electric Supply Co. in the early 1960s and was the co-owner of Killmer Electric since 1974. He was a member of the Pequot Lakes, Minn., American Legion Post, and the NRA.

Duane is survived by his wife, Romel of Plymouth; a daughter, Lisa (John) Koppie of Corcoran, Minn.; three sons, David (Denita) Palmer of Elk River, Minn., Douglas (Laura) Palmer of Ramsey, Minn., and Daniel (Jodi) Palmer of Coon Rapids, Minn.; 12 grandchildren, Jeremy, Ryan, Jamie, Gus, Leah, Ellen, Maggie, Cody, Morgan, Carly, Jessica and Ronnie; and two brothers, Merv (Edith) Palmer of Plymouth and Raymond (Darleen) Palmer of Medina, Minn.

He was preceded in death by parents, James and Frieda, and brother, Norman.

Arrangements with Gearty Delmore Funeral Chapel, Plymouth, Minn., 1-763-553-1411.

Lester F. "Doc" Weber

Dunn County News, Dec. 5, 2002, A6

Lester Floyd "Doc" Weber, age 90, of Menomonie, formerly of Elk Mound, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born April 26, 1912, in Wrenshall, Minn., to Paul and Bertha (Kamrath) Weber.

Lester worked various jobs when a young man, including the Menomonie Brick Co., WPA, and as an electrician and welder in the Superior shipyards.

During World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945, saw action on every South Pacific island, and was injured in the line of duty.

He married the former Odetta Cartwright on Jan. 28, 1956, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie. They made their home in Elk Mound before moving to Autumn Village in Menomonie. Lester retired from Luther Hospital where he was chief operating engineer. He enjoyed gardening, tending his fruit trees, and fishing.

Lester is survived by a sister, Clarice Haesly of Menomonie; a brother, Lyle Weber of Pompano Beach, Fla.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews who lovingly called him "Unkie." He was a kind, gentle man who loved to help others and will be sadly missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Odetta, and one brother, Sidney.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Paul Pillman officiating. Burial was in Waneka Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook.

Olson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Arlyn D. Sabatke

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, A6

Arlyn D. Sabatke, age 63, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., formerly of Menomonie, died of pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at his home with his family at his side. He was born Nov. 25, 1939, in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County, to Alfred and Borghild (Tilleson) Sabatke. He graduated in 1957 from Boyceville High School.

Arlyn worked with the crew that built the overpass and Interstate Highway through Dunn County. He was a toolmaker for the last 20 years, and was part owner of Daytime Molding. Arlyn was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. He was a member of the St. Anthony Gun Club. He also enjoyed playing cribbage with his good friend, George, and playing blackjack.

Arlyn is survived by a daughter, Dustine Sabatke of Minneapolis, Minn.; his lifemate, Donna Behrens of Brooklyn Park; "his girls," Jackie Anderson and Jessica (Justin) Haller, both of St. Francis, Minn., and Jennifer (Ronny) Young of Dalton, Minn.; "his grandsons," Kody and Kade Anderson and Dylan, Devin and Brady Young; and furry friends, Toby, Roxy, Allie, Gabby, Fritz and Tigger. He is also survived by Donna's mother, sisters and brothers and their families, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Burial was in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Richard H. Miller

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, A6

Richard H. "Dick" Miller, age 71, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at his home in the Town of Sherman, rural Menomonie.

Dick was born Sept. 20, 1931, in Fargo, N.D., the son of Erik and Edith (Lovelace) Miller. Dick grew up in the Fargo/Moorhead area and graduated from Moorhead Teacher's College in Moorhead. He served in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer.

Dick taught at the University of Wisconsin-Superior where he met and married Nancy Mullin on Aug. 8, 1961, in Memphis, Tenn. Dick pursued his teaching career at UW-Stout. He later received his doctorate from South Dakota State University.

Dick taught math at Stout and also served as chairman of the Math Department. He was a Fulbright recipient, which allowed him to teach in Africa, once in Liberia from 1976-77, and again in Lesotho in 1988-89. Dick retired from UW-Stout in 1994.

During his retirement, Dick volunteered his time and talents to many various charities in the community. He was also a very active member of the United Methodist Church. His wife, Nancy, died in 1993. In 2000, Dick was honored as "Dunn County Volunteer of the Year." Dick is survived by his daughter, Jean (Todd) Temperly of Lake Mills; his son, Brad (Jane) of Oshkosh; a grandson, Scott Richard Temperly of Lake Mills; a granddaughter, Nancy Linnea Miller of Oshkosh; a brother, Donald (Dolores) of North Bend, Wash.; a sister, Gayle (Allen) Carlson of Gaithersburg, Md.; and a special friend, Helen Sachsenmaier of Menomonie.

His parents, his wife, and an infant brother, Glen, preceded him in death.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Town of Sherman, rural Menomonie.

Memorials are preferred to the Interfaith Food Pantry in Menomonie.

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

Clifford D. Bloom

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, A6

Clifford D. Bloom, age 93, of Menomonie, WI died Friday, Dec. 06, 2002 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Clifford D. Bloom

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 11, 2002 A6

Clifford D. Bloom, age 93, of Menomonie, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born on Aug. 29, 1909, in White Bear Lake, Minn, the second of Jacob and Aurora (Millette) Blooms' five children. In 1936 he married Pauline Rittgeres in Princeton, Mo.

Clifford graduated from White Bear Lake High School in 1927 and attended Macalester College for one year. He then attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1932 with a degree in architecture. It was the depression and architectural jobs were scarce so he went to work for Montgomery Wards. This started a career that lasted 41 years. He was a store manager for 35 years in Belle Fourche. SD; Spencer, Iowa; Denison, Iowa; Brainerd, Minn, and finally in Menomonie.

He retired from Wards in 1973 and enjoyed six years of retirement, including trips to Florida with his brother and sister-in-law, Conrad and Dorothy. In 1979, Clifford joined Miller Real Estate and worked as a salesman for 15 years.

Although not using his architecture degree as a vocation, he designed several houses, a golf course club house, and a Sunday School building. One of his greatest enjoyments was playing golf with his sons and grandchildren.  At the University of Minnesota, he played on the golf team and earned a letter.

Clifford is survived by two sons, Barry (Julie) and Robert (Lynn); two sisters, Marcella Frampton and Aurora (Harlan) Shull; four grandchildren, Clifford (Colleen), Corey (Wendy), Jacob (Stacy) and Benjamin; one great-grandchild, Thor; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Aurora; his wife of 58 years, Pauline; a sister, Selena; and a brother, Conrad.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002 at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilyn Rushton officiating. Friends are welcome from 10:30 am until time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to the United Methodist Church in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Joseph P. Driscoll

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 11, 2002 A6

Joseph P. Driscoll, age 34, of Menomonie, formerly of Addison, Ill., dear son of Jim and Kay (Lascola); fond brother of Jim (Denise), Mike (Margaret), Marianne Driscoll and Susan Driscoll; uncle of Stephanie, Steven and Christy; nephew of many aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, from the Humes Funeral Home in Addison with a Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Church. Interment was private.

Shirley Close Lefstad

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 15, 2002, A6

Shirley Close Lefstad, age 77, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Shirley Close was born Jan. 23, 1925, to Edgar and Selma (Olson) Close of Knapp. Preceded in death were her parents, an infant brother, Robert, and her sister, Phyllis (Lawrence) Schwartz.

Shirley was reared in Knapp and graduated in 1943 from Menomonie High School. She married Paul Lefstad on Sept. 7, 1947. After living two years in Minneapolis, Minn., they moved to Battle Creek, Mich. There, Shirley was a medical secretary to Dr. Phillip Banifer Sr., M.D., and later a secretary to Dr. Elmer Wilds, dean of the Graduate School of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. Moving to St. Paul, Minn., Shirley worked for doctors at Gorman Clinic in West St. Paul, both as secretary and office consultant.

Living in Mendota Heights for 25 years, Paul and Shirley were loyal members of St. James Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. Both enjoyed their years of teaching Sunday School and working as leaders of the Girl and Boy Pioneer groups.

In 1978, they moved to their lake home on Eagle Lake near Battle Lake, Minn. Shirley was again an active church member and taught Sunday School at the Eagle Lake Lutheran Church.

Living on the lake, Shirley loved her many friends, beautiful flowers, winter and summer fishing, playing cards, sewing and reading.

In 1990, the Lefstads moved back to their home area of Menomonie where they joined St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Paul of Menomonie; a daughter, Claudia (Emrick) Pohling of Grants Pass, Ore.; a son, Tom (Cheryl) Lefstad of Knapp; five granddaughters, Kristen and Jenifer Pohling and Rebecca, Katy and Jolene Lefstad; a brother, Joy (Mildred) Close of Knapp; a sister, Inez (Herman) Genrich of Eau Claire; plus many loving nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Brett Voigt officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County.

Relatives and friends are welcome at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 3 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday) and at the church one hour prior to services on Monday.

The family suggests memorials to St. Paul's Lutheran School or the American Cancer Society.

Violet B. Baskin

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 15, 2002, A6

Violet B. Baskin, age 95, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Violet was born Jan. 5, 1907, the daughter of Edward and Barbara (Geiger) Maher. She was raised in the Eau Galle area. Violet married James L. Baskin on Feb. 21, 1928, in Milwaukee. After marriage, they lived in Milwaukee for a few years. They returned to Eau Galle where they farmed until 1944 when they moved to Menomonie.

Violet worked in the meat department at Williams Grocery. She also worked for the Menomonie Credit Bureau. Her husband, Jim, died June 5, 1971. Violet worked part time for several years as an answering service representative for the Stanton Funeral Home.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Violet enjoyed doing craft work and visiting with her friends and relatives.

For the last four and one-half years, Violet was a resident at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Violet is survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends. She is also survived by a very special friend and caregiver, Nancy Greene of Menomonie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Tom and Pat Maher, and nine half brothers and sisters.

The family prefers memorials to the United Methodist Church in Menomonie.

Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilyn Rushton officiating. Burial was in Clearview Cemetery in Eau Galle.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Jean C. Johnson

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 15, 2002, A6

Jean C. Johnson, age 73, of Menomonie, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002 at her home, with hospice and surrounded by her family.

The former Jean Christine Creaser was born Feb. 15, 1929, in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Robert and Lillie (Hendrickson) Creaser.

She was baptized and confirmed at the Louisville Lutheran Church. Jean lived in the Louisville area until her marriage. She attended Louisville grade school and Durand High School for three years, then graduated from Menomonie High School in 1947.

Jean married Orville Johnson on Dec. 5, 1952, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Together they farmed on Orville's home farm in the Town of Sherman until retiring. After retiring they moved to Menomonie in 1991.

Jean was a member of Peace Lutheran Church. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed dancing, playing cards and traveling with her husband. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Jean is survived by eight daughters and two sons, Julie Johnson of Menomonie, Nancy (John) Cook of Menomonie, Mary (Doug) Ketterling of Devils Lake, N.D., Patti (Don) Weber of Menomonie, Peggy (Steve) Bolton of Woodbury, Minn., Rhonda (Harold) Fairchild of Clinton, Tenn., Lynda (Bob) Maki of Hudson, Lisa (Greg) Stark of Menomonie, Scott (Heidi) Johnson of Menomonie and Steve (Amy) Johnson of Menomonie; 31 grandchildren; one great grandson; a sister, Betty (Leonard) Bertelson of Menomonie; her mother-in-law, Mabel Johnson Overby of Woodville; two sisters-in-law, Lavonne (Lyle) Kuester of Menomonie and Shirley (Bob) Reinhardt of Baldwin; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orville; an infant sister, Marlene, and a daughter, Pamela Sue.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

Relatives and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Dora C. Hanson

Dunn County  News, Wed, Dec. 18, 2002, A6

Dora C. Hanson, age 84, formerly of Menomonie, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

The former Dora Christine Turner was born July 27, 1918, in Devon, Mont., to Everett and Violet (Franklin) Turner. She moved with her family to Wisconsin where she lived most of her life.

Dora married Vernon "Buck" Hanson on Jan. 2, 1927, in Spring Valley. After their marriage, they lived in Spring Valley until 1955 when they moved to Menomonie. Dora worked at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for several years.

Dora is survived by her daughter, JoAnn Hanson Hagen of Agawam, Mass.; eight grandchildren, Jeffery Hagen, Gregory Hagen, Julie (Don) Gecks, M/Sgt. Chris (HeiKyung) Hagen, Valerie (Ron) Smith, Donette (John) Conley, Bentley (Kathy) Hagen and Libby (Mark) Steadham; 14 great-grandchildren; three brothers and two sisters, Eldon Turner of Port Orchard, Wash., Harold (Betty) Turner of Coram, Mont., Warren (Daisy) Turner of Colfax, Wilma (Robert) Weber of Elmwood, and Faye (Wayne) Ottman of Spring Valley; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Buck Hanson; three brothers, Paul, Archie and Everett Jr.; an infant sister, Crystal; and four brothers-in-law, Sylvester (Amy) Hanson, Merlin (Joyce) Hanson, Eldon Hanson and Lou (Bill) Hathaway.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Burial was in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Charles G. Caturia

Dunn County  News, Wed, Dec. 18, 2002, A6

Charles G. Caturia, age 75, of Menomonie, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at University Hospital in Madison, surrounded by his loving family.

Charles was born March 9, 1927, in Durand, the son of Emory and Mary (Horn) Caturia. Charles resided in Durand until age 16 when he went to work on a farm near Arkansaw. Charles married Thelma I. Prissel on Nov. 17, 1948, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand.

After marriage, he continued farming near Arkansaw until 1951. Charles went to work for Tri-State Breeders Co-op and worked in the west central Wisconsin area until 1957. In March 1957, they purchased a neighborhood grocery store on South Broadway in Menomonie and operated the business until 1971. In 1968, Charles began working at the University of Wisconsin-Stout with the grounds crew, and later in custodial/maintenance, retiring in 1989.

During his working years, Charles was also a volunteer fire fighter. During their retirement, Charles and Thelma enjoyed spending their summers at their lake home in Polk County and wintering in Florida.

Charles is survived by his wife, Thelma; seven daughters, Barbara (Gregory) Andrews of Baltimore, Md., Kathy (Alan) Buyse of Sussex, Rosy (Bill) Rahoy of West Bend, Carol (David) Narkiewicz of North Wales, Pa., Mary (JIm) Fenske of Wadsworth, Ohio, Linda (Randy) Alfson of Waunakee, and Diane (David) Chilinski of Milwaukee; 15 grandchildren; and one brother, Clinton Caturia of Hastings, Minn.

His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinic-Madison for the Cancer Research Fund.

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

James P. Strand

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 22, 2002, A6

James Phillip Strand, age 70, of Boyceville, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at his home with hospice.

He was born Jan. 17, 1932, on the home farm north of Boyceville in the Town of Tiffany to Ralph and Alice (Johnson) Strand. He remained on the farm, dairy farming until 1985 and crop and beef farming until 1991. In 1990, he and his wife, Lana, built their home on the "back 40" where they lived until his passing.

Jim was baptized and attended Trinity Lutheran Church for many years. Later, the family attended the Connorsville United Methodist Church with Jim serving as treasurer and council member for many years. At the present time, Jim and Lana attend the West Akers Lutheran Church where Jim served as a member of the council. He also served his community as treasurer for the Town of Tiffany for many years.

Working with wood and metal, plumbing and electricity were some of his many talents. After his retirement from farming, lawn mowing for others became an important part of his life. As a true servant of God, Jim enjoyed doing for others.

Jim attended grade school at Chimney Rock School and graduated in 1949 from Boyceville High School. In 1961, he married Lana Drinkman and to his blessed union were born three children.

Jim is survived by his wife, Lana; three children, Michael (Carmen) Strand and Harold (Shari) Strand, both of Eau Claire, and Barbara Emahiser of Menomonie; eight grandchildren, Steven, Samantha and Nicholas Strand, Scott and Beth Strand, and Johnathan, Timothy and David Emahiser; one brother, Bob (Stella) Strand of Iola; one sister, Minnie Polonec of Boyceville; one sister-in-law, Connie Strand of Falcon Heights, Minn.; one brother-in-law, Parker Cooper of Washington; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and a multitude of friends and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Alice Strand; one brother, Oliver; and one sister, Marian Cooper.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at West Akers Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm with the Rev. Kenneth Kuziej officiating. Burial was in Mound Cemetery in Downing.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Ellen E. Husby

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 22, 2002, A6

Ellen E. Husby, age 95, of Racine, formerly of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at the Menomonee Falls Health Care Center in Menomonee Falls.

Ellen was born June 19, 1907, in Menomonie. She was the daughter of George and Katherine (Knopps) Stoll. Ellen grew up in the Menomonie area. She graduated from Dunn County Normal and taught rural elementary school until 1932. Ellen married Clarence Husby on Jan. 2, 1932. After marriage they made their home in Menomonie.

Ellen was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. Clarence died in 1984 and, for the last 4 years, Ellen has lived in Racine, to be closer to her family.

Ellen is survived by three daughters, Jacqueline (William) Shepler of Racine; Linda (Geoffrey) Kuhn of Brown Deere and Susan (Brian) Richards of Menomonee Falls; two sons, Thomas (Ompon) of Shakopee, Minn. and Paul of Minneapolis, Minn.; 19 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and a sister, Gertrude Haas of Eau Claire.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons, Gerald in 1989 and Robert in 1998, five brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery,

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the services at the church on Monday.

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

Vernon W. Holm

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 22, 2002, A6

Vernon W. Holm, age 76, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Vernon Wesley Holm was born on May 22, 1926 in the Town of Colfax, to Walter and Esther (Semingson) Holm. After high school, he studied at UW-Madison for two years in the School of Agriculture.

He married Kathleen Rogers at Our Savior's Lutheran Church Parsonage in Menomonie on Sept. 11, 1953. He was a farmer in the Menomonie area for many years. He also worked at Hofland's Mill and John Deere.

Vernon was an active volunteer at the Senior Center, especially making lefse or helping in the kitchen.

Vernon is survived by three children, Dorothy (Peter) Wickman of Sturgeon Bay; Dale (Tammy) Holm of Clifton, Colo., and Lori Heiar of Dubuque, Iowa; five grandchildren, Katie, Ryan and Kara Holm, James III and Andrew Heiar; three great-grandchildren, Joey, Bridget and Kaitlyn; Special Friend, Gertrude "Toots" Schoepper of Menomonie; a half-brother, Leslie Holm of Woodville, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Kathleen.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at 1 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be held in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends are welcome from noon until time of services.

Harold A. Davis

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 22, 2002, A6

Harold A. Davis, age 43, of Boyceville, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, at his home.

Funeral services are 5 p.m. today (Sunday, Dec. 22) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Andy Boe officiating. Burial will be Irvine Creek Cemetery, Town of Menomonie.

Friends are welcome from 4 p.m. until time of services Sunday at the funeral home.

Orville B. Stobb

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 22, 2002, A6

Orville B. Stobb, age 75, of Colfax, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002, after a stoic and courageous battle with cancer at his home with his loving family and hospice by his side.

Orville was born Aug. 16, 1927, on the Stobb farm to Arthur and Olga (Frogner) Stobb. He attended school in Colfax, was a lifelong resident of Colfax, and a member of Barum Lutheran Church. Orville married Barbara Prieve; they later divorced.

He was a self-employed logger his entire life, even after he retired. He loved the outdoors, often spending time walking the railroad tracks, feeding the animals that lived in the woods, and was even blessed to see a live bear with her cubs.

Orville loved to travel out west with his longtime companion, Doris. They spent many happy times in Chamberlain, S.D., Keystone and Mount Rushmore. He even made a trip to Devil's Tower in Wyoming and Montana with Doris and their friend, Wally.

Sunday was the day that he and Doris would travel Wisconsin, always hitting a casino. Orville was a very mild-mannered, easy-going person who was always cheerful and whistling a tune. His children and grandchildren were always special to him and will miss him very much.

Survivors include his very special love and best friend, Doris Tuschl; his companion of 18 years; his children, Catherine Larson of Altoona, Linda (Bill) Michels, Paul (Barb) Stobb and Patricia, all of Elk Mound; a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Stobb of Colfax; two sisters, Margaret (Clinton) Jenson and Agnes Holte; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William Stobb; three brothers, Raymond, Clifford and Edwin; and a sister-in-law, Gwen.

Funeral services for Orville Stobb are 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, from the Barum Lutheran Church with Pastor Hal Schroetter officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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

Raymond M. Flug

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 22, 2002, A6

Raymond M. Flug, 88, of Wheeler, passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, under the care of St. Joseph's Hospice, at the home of his nephew and godson, Alan Jones, 56 E. Birch St., Chippewa Falls.

He was born Nov. 10, 1914, in the town of Wilson, Dunn County, to Ruby (Willette) and William F.C. Flug. He grew up on the family farm in the Town of Wilson.

Ray married Hazel Jones on June 30, 1943, in the Town of Wilson. They lived and farmed in the Town of Wilson. He also was a cattle dehorner for 60 years, and had been employed at the Ridgeland Feed Mill and Ridgeland Dairy. He had been a member of the Ridgeland Fire Department for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel of Menomonie; a brother, Otto Flug of Prairie Farm; a brother-in-law, Louie (Florence) Nuenke of Eau Claire; nieces and nephews, Ralph Lange, Lester Johnson, Gordon Kottke, Eldon Kottke, David Schnitzler, Donald Prinson, Janet, Jerry, Curt, Ron, Ken, Jeannie and Dennis Nuenke, and Laverne Jones Jr. and Alan Jones, and a special great-niece, Andrea "Punky" Jones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Laura Schnitzler, Mary Lange, Ruth Kottke, Stella Prinson, Rosey Johnson, and one brother, Harry Flug.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at Hay River Lutheran Church with the Rev. Roger Benrud officiating. Interment will be in Hay River Lutheran Cemetery, town of Hay River.

Friends may call from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Sunday) at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel in Chippewa Falls, and one-half hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

Esther L. Larson

Dunn County News, Thurs, Dec. 26, 2002, A6

Esther L. Larson, age 73, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Esther Lucille Link was born June 27, 1929, in Menomonie to Samuel and Martha (Breitzman) Link. She married Herbert Larson on Oct. 6, 1960, at Peace Lutheran Church. Together, they farmed in the Town of Red Cedar.

Before retiring from Sandy Lee Manufacturing, Esther worked many years as a nurses' aide at Memorial Heights and the American Lutheran Home.

Esther like to crochet, bowl and cook. She was a member of the Priscilla Circle at Peace Lutheran Church.

Esther is survived by her husband, Herb Larson of Menomonie; four children, Joyce (Fred) York of Fort Atkinson, Mark Larson of Elk Mound, Julie (Rod) Eiseth of Colfax, and Mary (Duane) Hendrickson of Menomonie; five grandchildren, Freddy Jr., Tiffany and Tyler York, Ashley Larson and Nicole Gotlibson; two stepgrandchildren, Tali and Haley Eiseth; one sister, Rachel LaRose of Menomonie; four brothers, Elmer (Marchia) Link of Billings, Mont., Melvin (Ellen) Link of Elk Mound, Herb (Marlys) Link of Menomonie, and Francis (Ann) Link of Durand; two brothers-in-law, Ken Radle of Menomonie and Larry Stress of Hayward; three sisters-in-law, Myrtle Link and Arlene Link, both of Menomonie, and Jean Sweeney of Durand; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Sherman and Richard Link; and two sisters, Hazel Radle and Linda Stress.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

 

Correction 12/29/02

The obituary of Esther L. Larson, published Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, should have reported that her brother, Francis, resides in Billings, Mont., rather than Durand.

Timothy J. Lark

Dunn County News, Thurs, Dec. 26, 2002, A6

Timothy J. Lark, age 49, of Menomonie, formerly of Le Sueur, Minn., died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital -- Mayo Health System.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

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Virgil R. Miller

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 29, 2002, A6

Virgil R. Miller, age 81, of Knapp, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Virgil was born Oct. 13, 1921, in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County, the son of Henry and Eda (Thompson) Miller. He grew up in the Knapp area and served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 during World War II in the European Theater. Receiving his discharge, he returned to the Knapp community where he farmed for several years.

He married Faye Williams on June 10, 1952, in Ellsworth. Virgil worked construction for Sweeney Bros. Construction for a few years. Virgil also worked for Presto Industries in Eau Claire and later as a carpenter for Kiesau Construction until he retired.

He is survived by his wife, Faye; two sons, Jerry (Kathy) and Randy, both of Knapp; a daughter, Lisa (Dave) Keyes of Menomonie; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five brothers, Arlo of Milltown, Lester and John, both of Menomonie, Donald of Racine, and Roger of St. Paul, Minn.; and three sisters, June Wisner of Somerset, Carol Saxton of Menomonie, and Donna Benson of Virginia.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Marvin in World War II; two sisters, Doris Miller and Betty Neilson; four half brothers, Harold, Jim and Lawrence Miller and Carl Staff; and a half sister, Bernice Lund.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in Lucas Cemetery, Town of Lucas, Dunn County.

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

Timothy J. Lark

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 29, 2002, A6

Timothy J. Lark, age 49, of Menomonie, formerly of LeSueur, Minn., died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at Calvary Baptist Church in Robbinsdale, Minn. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church.

Strike Funeral Chapel of Isanti, Minn., is handling arrangements.

Robert Larson

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 29, 2002, A6

Robert Larson, age 82, of Colfax, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at his home with hospice and his loving family by his side.

Robert was born Dec. 12, 1920, in the Township of Iron Creek, Dunn County, to Henry S. and Inga Martina (Larson) Larson. He attended the Sinking Creek Rural School and Trout Creek Rural School. On March 24, 1945, he married Clarice Christianson. Together, they farmed in the Running Valley area from 1950 until 1986 when they retired and moved to town.

Robert was a member of the North Running Valley Lutheran Church, serving on the Church Council for many years. He was very involved in the community as a member of the Running Valley School Board, the Colfax Creamery Board, the Equity Western Livestock Co-op Board, and the Colfax Farmers Union Board.

He loved bowling and Colfax High School sports. He and Clarice were recognized as "Fan of the Year" for their dedication to Colfax High School athletic teams.

Survivors include his wife, Clarice of Colfax; three sons, David (Arlis), James and Gary Larson, all of Colfax; two daughters, Dianne (David) Buchner of Colfax and Marilyn Larson of Rice Lake; two sisters, Dora Burce and Ruth Fasching, both of Eau Claire; a sister-in-law, Arlene Berge of Colfax; eight grandchildren, Sara (Dick) Walders, Eric (Dawn) Larson, Matthew Larson, Jordi (Sid Hoke) Buchner, Kari (Justin) Best, Mike (Kara) Shafer) Buchner, Ryan Larson and Trevor Larson; and four great-grandchildren, Sawyer Best, and Micheal, Tiffany and Victoria.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Evelyn Switzer; and four brothers-in-law, Frank Switzer, Sheridan Burce, Jack Fasching and Alvin Berge.

Funeral services for Robert Larson are 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, from the North Running Valley Lutheran Church with Pastor Jeanne Warner officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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

Dick G. Klatt

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 29, 2002, A6

Dick Granger Klatt, age 89, of Menomonie, died peacefully at his home on Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, surrounded by his caring friends.

He was born July 29, 1913, in Menomonie to William C. and Christine (Granger) Klatt. He attended Coddington Grade School, Menomonie High School and graduated from Stout Institute in 1930 with a B.S. degree.

Dick served in Co. A. 128th Infantry, Wisconsin National Guard. He taught briefly in Milwaukee until enlisting in the United States Naval Reserve. While in Milwaukee, he attended Milwaukee Tech School and received a degree as a ground instructor in aviation subjects.

On July 8, 1943, Dick married the former Virginia Hickcox in Menomonie. They had one daughter, Gail Anita, who died in 1991. Virginia also preceded him in death in 1995.

After leaving service in 1945, Dick taught at the Tech School in Chamblee, Ga. He later returned to Menomonie and was employed as a metals instructor at UW-Stout from 1952 until retiring in 1978.

Dick is survived by a sister, Ramona Pinkepank of Florida; a nephew, Jerry A. Pinkepank of Washington, and other relatives and many friends.

There will be a graveside service at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in the spring, with Military Honors. Memorials may be given to the Menomonie Public Library.

Olson Funeral Home, Menomonie, served the family.

Harold "Hal" M. Snyder

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 29, 2002, A6

Harold "Hal" M. Snyder, age 82, of Menomonie, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born April 7, 1920, in Wheeler to Rudolph and Mary (Stadleman) Schneider. He grew up in the Wheeler area and attended Dunn County Aggie and Dunn County Normal School in Menomonie.

Harold married Margaret Larsen on Dec. 26, 1940. He taught elementary school in Dunnville until entering the U. S. Army in September, 1942. Harold served in the European Theatre during WW II, under General Patton, until September, 1945. After the war, he worked as an Industrial Engineer for Lakeside Aluminum in Menomonie and Presto Industries in Eau Claire. The family then moved to Roseville, Minn., where Harold worked for Hartzell Manufacturing for nine years.

In 1968, they moved to Rice Lake where he worked for Wright Products, until retiring in 1985. After retiring, Harold worked as a consultant for Hartzell Corporation and Mastercraft Industries in Rice Lake.

Harold loved hunting and fishing. He was also an avid baseball fan and player. In his younger years, Harold played for the Menomonie Eagles baseball team. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Harold is survived by his wife, Margaret Snyder of Menomonie; two daughters and two sons, Sharon (Larry) Rassbach of Menomonie, John (Carol) Snyder of Minnetonka, Minn., James (Evy) Snyder of Boyceville and Ann Snyder of Knapp; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Rose Zack of Wake Forest, N.C., a brother, Eugene (Audrey) Schneider of Trego, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary Ludke; two sisters and a brother.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rice Lake, with Father Kevin Gordon officiating. Burial will be in Orchard Beach Cemetery in Rice Lake with Military Honors.

Relatives and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

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