Dunn County, WI Obituaries
December 2003

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
December 3, 2003 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Rose H. Strozinsky

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 3, 2003, A6

Rose H. Strozinsky, age 94, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Rose was born on June 2, 1909, in the Town of Eau Galle, Dunn County, to Daniel and Leah (LaGault) Gauvin. She grew up on the home farm in Eau Galle. On Sept. 26, 1934, she married Harold H. Strozinsky in Menomonie. After their marriage, they lived in Michigan and California before moving to St. Paul, Minn., where they resided for many years until retiring.

After retirement, they moved to a lake home on Tainter Lake. Harold died in August 1976. Rose later moved to Tantara Apartments in Menomonie. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

She is survived by three sons, Gerald (Jan) Kimmel of Mesa, Ariz., Herbert (Patricia) Strozinsky of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Gregory (Joanne) Strozinsky of Eau Claire; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, George (Elaine) Gauvin of Spring Valley and Francis (Edna) Gauvin of Menomonie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; three sisters; and four brothers.

Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with Father Tom Krieg officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Virginia N. McClellan

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 3, 2003, A6

Virginia N. McClellan, age 85, of Menomonie, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, at Our House Assisted Living in Menomonie.

Virginia was born Jan. 9, 1918, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Albert E. and Genevieve (Smith) Bryant. She was married to Clarence McClellan in Menomonie on Sept. 10, 1940. Clarence died Dec. 19, 1968.

She is survived by her daughter, Jane (Alan) Smith of Maiden Rock, and two grandchildren, Megan (Troy) Langer of Ellsworth and Jennifer Smith of Hastings, Minn.

Memorial services will be private.

Memorials are preferred to Grace Episcopal Church in Menomonie or Chapter AN, PEO Sisterhood of Menomonie.

Rhiel Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jack K. Hammond

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 3, 2003, A6

Jack K. Hammond, age 83, of Menomonie, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Jack was born July 20, 1920, in Minneapolis, Minn., the son of Fred and Freda (Larson) Hammond. At age 5 he moved with his family to Clear Lake where he graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1938. That fall he enrolled at The Stout Institute and was a member of the 1941-42 Stout basketball team that qualified for the NAIA national championship in Kansas City, Mo. Jack graduated from Stout in 1943.

He enrolled in the U.S. Navy V-7 Program at Notre Dame University and became a commissioned officer. Jack married Lucille Richartz on Jan. 28, 1944, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. He furthered his Naval training at Cornell University, followed by other Navy assignments.

After the service, Jack and Lucille moved back to Menomonie, where Jack worked for Richartz Implement and as a bonded agent for Lange Canning Co. He was also a men's clothing salesman at Montgomery Wards and St. Clair Billehus. In 1965, he began at the Menomonie Post Office as rural mail carrier for Route 6, where he worked until his retirement in 1985.

One of Jack's greatest joys in his retirement years was running his own business, Jack's Rolling Hardware, selling nuts and bolts to area farmers. Jack was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and the VFW.

Jack is survived by his wife, Lucille; three sons, Patrick (Suzanne) of Eau Claire, Todd (Debbie) of Oelwein, Iowa, and Ted (Penny) of Waseca, Minn.; two daughters, Connie (Tim) Stevens of Menomonie and Holly Hammond (Shawn Lambert) of Sedona, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, Katie Sue and Michael Hammond, both of Eau Claire, Christopher (Stephanie) Hammond of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Scott Hammond (Brenda Reuber) of DeWitt, Iowa, Kari Hammond (Jared Plaster) of Oelwein, Quinn (Kimberly) Hammond of Mankato, Minn., Angela Hammond of St. Paul, Minn., Heidi (fiancé Mike Metro) Hammond of La Crosse, and Jackie Stevens of Menomonie; a sister, Jean Woolever of Monroe; his stepmother, Irene Hammond of Menomonie; a brother-in-law, Ted (Nira) Richartz of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Leone Hanson of Charlotte, N.C.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Frederick; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Norris Hanson, Allen and Jeanne McDonell, and Jerry and Ginny "Skinny" Browne.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec., 2, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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

A good man was called away.

He was kind and understanding,

His heart was full of giving.

His hands were strong and gentle,

His smile and laughter filled our hearts with joy.

Though he never more will walk among us,

The memories he left behind

Will give us joy and happiness amid

the sorrow and tears.

Carol M. Dienger

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 7, 2003, A6

Carol M. Dienger, age 64, 13757 46th Ave., Chippewa Falls, village of Lake Hallie, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born on April 13, 1939, in Dunn County, the daughter of Carl and Minnie (Wolf) Hendrickson.
She married Norbert Dienger on April 11, 1959, at St. Joseph's Church in Menomonie. She was a member of Holy Ghost Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Chippewa Fire Protection District.

She is survived by her husband, Norbert; two sons, Daniel (Jane) and Randolph (Rebecca), both of Chippewa Falls; one daughter, Debra (Gary) Loew of Birchwood; her mother-in-law, Esther Dienger of Chippewa Falls; one brother, James (Betty) Hendrickson of Menomonie; and 10 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law, Norman Dienger; and one grandson, Mitchell Loew.

Funeral services are noon on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at Holy Ghost Church in Chippewa Falls. The Rev. Edmund Doerre will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Interment will be in Prairie View Cemetery, village of Lake Hallie.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, and until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls. There will be a Christian Vigil Service at 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

James R. Erdman

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 7, 2003, A6

James R. Erdman, age 31, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, as the result of an automobile accident in Dunn County.

Jim was born on June 8, 1972, in Wisconsin Dells to James Henry and Barbara Jean (Wessel) Erdman. He moved to Menomonie in 1987. He married Karla Meyer in May 1996 in Menomonie.

Jim worked for Master Packaging as a mechanic. He loved his wife and kids, tools, his dog, NASCAR and the Green Bay Packers.

Jim is survived by his wife, Karla Meyer; his children, Jordan Olson, 9, Michael Meyer, 9, and Destiny Erdman, 5; his brothers, Brian Erdman of Wisconsin, Mike Erdman of New Jersey, Aric Meyer of Louisiana and Zach Meyer, Allen Meyer and Andy Meyer, all of Menomonie; his sister, Jackie Meyer of Menomonie; his parents, Ronald and Karen Meyer of Menomonie and Barbara Marshall of Oxford; two nieces, Briesha and Arwen; his grandparents, Earl and Margaret Meyer of Menomonie; aunts, uncles and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Henry Erdman.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Menomonie, was held privately with the family.

Walter William Kaiser

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 10, 2003, A6

Walter William Kaiser, age 79, of the Town of Hay River, rural Boyceville, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at his home.

Walter was born March 28, 1924, in the Town of Sheridan, Dunn County, to Casper and Mathilda (Schleusner) Kaiser. On June 6, 1953, he was married to Joan Lou Schlough and they celebrated their 50th anniversary this past June.

He drove truck for many years and farmed near Connorsville for two years. He moved to St. Paul, Minn., for a time where he worked for Swift & Co. and later farmed near Knapp for two years, and finally to the Town of Hay River where he farmed until 1986. After selling the land and personal property, they built a new home on the farm.

Walt served his community as town assessor, school board member, and AMPI board member. He was an active member of the Hay River Lutheran Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher, council member, and president and Cemetery Board member. He also worked for 15 years as a patrolman for the Town of Sheridan.

He is survived by his wife, Joan of rural Boyceville; two sons, Gregory (Susan) Kaiser of rural Boyceville and John (Lyn) Kaiser of Baldwin; a daughter, Joelene (Jody) Evan of Minong; eight grandchildren, Justin (Michelle) Evan, Jodi (Paul) Heard, Matthew Greeley (Cari Stevens), and Ethan, Nichole, Jeremiah, Jena and Karley Kaiser; three great-granchildren, Elisabeth, Sarah and Josiah Evan; two brothers, Art Kaiser of Glenwood City and Ed Kaiser of Menomonie; four sisters, Esther Martinson of Ridgeland, Alice Danovsky of Riverton, Wyo., Hazel Obermueller of Colfax, and Laura Mittelstadt of Ridgeland; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Walt was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers-in-law, Don Mittelstadt, Merlin Martinson and Louie Danovsky; and two sisters-in-law, Lorreta Kaiser and Alice Kaiser.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at the Hay River Lutheran Church in the Town of Hay River with the Rev. Erik Sevig officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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

Cam Kenneth Stasiek

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 14, 2003, A6

Cam Kenneth Stasiek was born at United Children's Hospital in St. Paul at 11:03 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, 2003. He went to be with the angels at 11:30 a.m.

Cam suffered heart complications in utero. Cam had the opportunity to show his incredible strength and love for his identical twin brother, Coy Mark. He exhibited great unselfishness with every heartbeat giving Coy more time in utero, and the doctors more time, to prepare for his brother. His parents became very acquainted with Cam through the weekly ultrasounds. Cam seemed to be the more boisterous one who was occasionally busted for hitting his little twin on the head, but was later seen with his arm wrapped around him.

He will be forever thought of by his surviving family members: brother Coy Stasiek; parents Dan and Mandy (Timm) Stasiek of Wilson; grandparents Peggy Timm of Wilson and the late Mark Timm and Kenneth and Karen Stasiek of Mundelein, Ill.; four uncles, Troy Timm, Matthew Stasiek, Timothy Stasiek and Jonathan Stasiek; great grandparents LaVern 'Bud' Timm of Wilson, Donald and Mary Blindauer of Mundelein and Carl and Marian Wyss of Menomonie; and several other loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Mark Timm; great grandma Arlis Timm and great-grandparents Edward and Lillian Stasiek.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Cemetery, Spring Valley. Pastor Peter Friberg will offer some words of hope.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley is handling arrangements.

Clarence H. Olson

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 14, 2003, A6

Clarence H. Olson, age 88, of Menomonie died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

Clarence Henry Olson was born Oct. 9, 1915, in Shand, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Alfred and Edith (Krueger) Olson. At the age of five, he moved with his family to Menomonie. He graduated from Menomonie High School and later married the former Hazel Kistner on July 10, 1940, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. During World War II, Clarence served in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Saipan. After his discharge from the Army he owned and operated the Campus Caf/ along with his brothers Eddie and Wilfred.

Clarence was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In his later years, he enjoyed spending time with friends at the Senior Center. His family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, were the joy of his life. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Clarence is survived by a son, Richard (Linda) Olson of Bloomington, Minn.; four grandchildren, Aaron (Liz) Olson of Waconia, Minn., Ashlie (Ryan) Keith and Andrea (Matt) Bach, both of Bloomington, Minn., Alexi (Zach) Thompson of Burnsville, Minn.; five great-grandchildren, Emma, Ethan, Hannah, Spencer and Benjamin; and a brother, Edward (Lorraine) Olson of Woodville as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hazel; two brothers, Leonard and Wilfred; and one sister, Fern Zimmerman.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Family and friends may call at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Annette Shirley Brekke Kurz

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 14, 2003, A6

Mrs. Jerry Kurz passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, in Ruskin, Fla.

She was born as Annette Shirley Brekke on Jan. 26, 1918, to Oscar and Amanda Brekke in Menomonie. Annette attended The Stout Institute for three and one-half years until she married Jerry Kurz of Durand on her birthday in 1939.

Annette and Jerry lived in Port Edwards 41 years where Jerry was a school teacher at John Edwards High. They retired to Sun City Central, Fla.

She is survived by her sister, Iris Mosgrove of Black Forest, Colo.; six children, Jerome Kurz of Carmel Valley, Calif., Ann Kurz-Chambers of Grand Junction, Colo., James Kurz of Ladysmith, Jordan Kurz of Pepin, Thea Kurz of Ruskin, and Jonathan Kurz of Basalt, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, parents, and brother, Palmer Brekke, preceded Annette in death.

Isabelle Louise Myers

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 17, 2003, A6

Isabelle Louise Myers, age 83, of Arkansaw, was born April 18, 1915, and died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Isabelle was the daughter of Jerry and Sarah Blanche (Manore) Caturia. She was born at home on Bien Hill in Pepin County and lived most of her life in and around Plum City and Arkansaw. Isabelle married Dale C. Myers on July 2, 1929, at St. John's Catholic Church in Plum City and they enjoyed 68 years of married life together. Isabelle raised her family of 11 children while working throughout her life at St. Benedict's Hospital, 3M in the Twin Cities, Sandy Lee in Menomonie, and the Durand Canning Factory. She was also a foster parent for many other children. Isabelle was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Plum City.

Isabelle is survived by two sons, Jack (Bonnie) of Vista, Calif., and Ben of Arkansaw; six daughters, Jane (Cyril) Pittman of Arkansaw, Nina (Dennis) Bechel of White Bear Lake, Minn., Issy (Phil) Shoop of Elk Point, S.D., Lois (Ron) Charen of Sarasota, Fla., Barb (Dick) Hartung of Arkansaw, and Sharon Olson (Val Anibas) of Durand; one daughter-in-law, Fran Myers of Cusseta, Ga.; one brother, Jerry (Trudy) Caturia of Seattle, Wash.; two sisters-in-law, Bernice Caturia and Eleanor Caturia, both of Plum City; 36 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; her parents; three sons, Dale, Jerry and Duane; two daughters-in-law, Patricia Myers and Kathy Myers; five sons-in-law, Richard Bradshaw, David Lieffring, John Langford, Roy Milliren and Gail Olson; nine brothers, Martin, James, William, Casper, Robert, Donald, Ronald, Carl and Louis Caturia; and two grandsons, Gary Pittman and Baby Thomas Bechel.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at St. John's Catholic Church in Plum City with the Rev. Ambrose Blenker officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Arkansaw.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand handled arrangements.

 

Richard Todd Gilbert

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 17, 2003, A6

Richard Todd Gilbert, age 60, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Richard was known as "Todd" by family and friends.

He was born April 8, 1943, in Eau Claire to Forest and Jane (Sveen) Gilbert. He was raised in Eau Claire. He then moved to Florida and worked there as a paramedic and firefighter. He also worked at the Dayton Race Track for 25 years. He returned to Eau Claire 15 years ago and was employed at St. Bede Priory for a few years.
Richard enjoyed racing and communicating via computer with family and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Forest and Jane.

He is survived by two daughters, Jodi Gore (Warren), granddaughter, Courtney, of Flagler, Fla., and Jeni Smith (Jamie), granddaughter, Megan, and grandson, Jacob, all of Palm Coast, Fla., one sister, Shelly Fuller (Ron) of Carrollton, Texas; a brother, Chet Gilbert (Jeanne), and nephew, all of Hudson; Judy Hayden, beloved friend and caregiver; and his dear dog, "Koko." He will be sadly missed by all.

Funeral services for Richard were Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at Smith Funeral Chapel in Eau Claire.

Theodore J. Schutz

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 17, 2003, A6

Theodore J. Schutz, age 93, of Dallas, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at Dallas Healthcare Center.

He was born July 30, 1910, to Albert and Bess (Taylor) Schutz in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County. He worked some harvest seasons in western Minnesota and North Dakota, but mostly on the family farm in Dunn County.

He moved with the Schutz family to Dallas in 1937, where he was active in the operation of Schutzholm Farm. He also worked for a time on high line construction. Ted has been a long-time resident of the Parkview Apartments in Dallas and became a resident of Dallas Healthcare Center this past June.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Dan, Willard and Vern Schutz.

He is survived by two brothers, Herbert (Dorothy) Schutz of Menomonie and George (Marian) Schutz of Dallas; two sisters-in-law, Velma Schutz of Menomonie and Ida Schutz of Boulder, Colo., as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, from Dallas Lutheran Church with Rev. Ralph Marquardt officiating. Interment will be in Tiffany Cemetery at Boyceville.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements are with Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron.

Theresa M. (O'Connell) Griffin

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 21, 2003 A6

Theresa M. (O'Connell) Griffin, age 69, of Clear Lake, died early Saturday morning, Dec. 13, 2003, at her daughter's home after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

Theresa Marie Griffin was born on April 14, 1934, in Durand, the daughter of Paul and Elizabeth (McDonald) Asher. She was baptized at the Catholic church in Lima and later moved with her family to Hastings, Minn. Theresa graduated in 1952 from Hastings High School. She was confirmed at Guardian Angels Church in Hastings and was also married there to Francis "Dempsey" O'Connell on April 23, 1955.
Together they made their home in Menomonie and raised eight children. They later moved to Boyceville. During this time, Theresa worked various jobs to help support her family. Over the years she worked as a bookkeeper at the Carter Lumber and Fuel Co. in Menomonie, as an office manager at AMPI in Boyceville, a library aide at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a machine operator at Sandy Lee Garments in Menomonie.

In 1970, Theresa became a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church in Boyceville. She served as a Sunday School teacher, on the parish council, and in the women's circle.

In February 1976, Francis died in a logging accident. In 1977, she was married to Daniel Davis in Wisconsin Rapids and remained living in Boyceville. Theresa was later married to Neal R. Griffin on July 9, 1988, and together they made their home in Clear Lake. She was employed at Johnson Garment in Clear Lake and retired in 1995.

In her free time, Theresa enjoyed sewing and various crafts. She especially liked making pot holders and was well-known as the "pot holder lady." Theresa also enjoyed reading, gardening, canning, and watching and feeding the birds. The greatest joy in Theresa's life was spending time with her children and grandchildren. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by the love of her family.

She is survived by her husband, Neal R. Griffin of Clear Lake; six daughters and sons, Paul (Penny) O'Connell of Clear Lake, Peggy (Gene) Carlson of Boyceville, Daniel (Joan) O'Connell of Boyceville, David (Michelle) O'Connell of Menomonie, Donna (Jeff) Pittman of Clear Lake, and Elizabeth O'Connell of New Richmond; 14 grandchildren; step-children; step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; one brother; and four sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Boyceville with Father Jerry Hoeser officiating. Music was provided by Lois Johnson, Gloria Pieters, and St. Luke's Choir.

Casketbearers were Lacy O'Connell, Josh Pittman, Chris O'Connell, Matthew O'Connell, Jon Hoag and Steven O'Connell. Honorary casketbearers were Daniel Davis, Gary O'Connell, Greg Griffin, Dean Davis and Russ Griffin.

Interment was in St. Paul's Cemetery in Ellsworth.

Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home in Clear Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Mary C. Foreman

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 21, 2003 A6

Mary C. Foreman, age 58, formerly of Tomahawk, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at her home in Elk Mound where has had been living since 2001.

She was born May 12, 1945, in Tomahawk to the late Matthew and Catherine Neumeyer. She grew up in the Tomahawk area and married Robert Foreman in 1969. They traveled many places while Bob was in the military.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Foreman of Elk Mound; two daughters, Theresa (John) Schrock and Rebecca Sue (Russell) Sanders, both of Tomahawk; one son, Robert (Kristy) Foreman of Caldwell, Ore.; one brother, Norman "Skeet" (Linda) Neumeyer of Tomahawk; and one sister, Rosemarie (Fred) Crownover of Waukesha. Mary is further survived by six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Harold and Matthew; and one sister, Shirley.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tomahawk with the Rev. John Scheer officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Tomahawk.

Krueger & Sons Funeral Home in Tomahawk assisted the family with arrangements.

Robert J. "Bob" Mertes

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 21, 2003 A6

Robert J. "Bob" Mertes, age 85, originally of Wauwatosa, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, in Menomonie after battling a rare brain disease called PSP. He was born May 16, 1918, in Milwaukee. He was an Army veteran of the 32nd Division and served four-in-a-half years in the Pacific during World War II. A few years after retiring as a master optician, he started his own business, "In Home Optical." He married Grace Smock in 1993.

He is survived by his loving wife, Grace Smock Mertes of Menomonie; four daughters, Dianne (Chuck) Bub, Beverly (Lance) Westen, Mary (Jim) Scaife, and Stacey (Frederick) Weiss; two sons, Michael (Helen) and James (Barbara) Mertes; a daughter-in-law, Geri Mertes; grandchildren, Andrew (Linda Denison) and Ryan Bub, Joshua and Amanda Scaife, Erin, Heather and Jennifer Westen, Emily Mertes, Ginny and Rebecca Mertes, and Amelia, Ian and Abegail Weiss; two great-grandchildren, Maggie and Henry Bub; two sisters, Marion (Ralph) Buchach of Menomonee Falls and Alice (Bob) Buchach of Oceanside, Calif; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Martha (Maikowski) Mertes; loving wife, Virginia (nee Peters); a son, Robert Mertes; and a grandson, Timmy Bub.

Visitation is on Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at St. John Vianney Church (1755 North Calhoun Road) from 5 p.m. until the time of Memorial Mass at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials sent to the Society for PSP, www.psp.org, or PSP, Woodholme Medical Building, Suite 515, 1838 Greene Tree Road, Baltimore, MD 21208.

Sympathy expressions and directions: www.beckerritter.com

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling local arrangements.

Minnie M. Karlstad

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 21, 2003 A6

Minnie M. Karlstad, age 100, of Prairie Farm, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm. She was born July 2, 1903, to Frank and Augusta Michel at Chaseburg, where she was raised and attended school. Her mother died when Minnie was only about one year old and a family friend, Aggie, helped raise the children.

On May 22, 1922, she was married to Oliver Karlstad at Chaseburg. Oliver served in the military for a time and they later moved to a farm near Prairie Farm. They moved to Crandle, S.D. for a time, but returned to Prairie Farm in 1935 where they farmed until retiring in 1973. After retiring, they moved into Prairie Farm where Minnie enjoyed gardening and sewing. After becoming a resident of Pioneer Nursing Home, she enjoyed the many activities there and even volunteered in the housekeeping department.

Minnie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Oliver on Jan. 14, 1982; granddaughter, Carol Kahl; an infant sister; and three brothers, Ed, August and Bill Michel.

She is survived by her son, Earl Karlstad of Neenah; daughter, Doris Kahl, of Prairie Farm; grandson, Larry Kahl, of Prairie Farm; great-grandchildren, Rod (Miss) Kahl of Menomonie, Todd Kahl of Duluth, Robert (Cheryl) Kahl of Menomonie, Tory (Julie) Kahl of Menomonie and Shara Kahl of Wheeler; great-great-grandchildren Christopher, Cody, Shawna, Chad, Brandon, C.J., Tyson, Tanner and Micadin Kahl, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm with Rev. Oz Twedt officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Cemetery in the Town of Prairie Farm. Arrangements are with Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron.

Charles Coutre

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 21, 2003 A6

Charles Coutre, age 90, of Boyceville, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at Hospice of Dayton in Ohio.

Charles was born on May 13, 1913, in Chicago. He married Eleanor Suneson on May 11, 1946, and moved to a farm outside Boyceville. He was a farmer and also retired as a machinist from 3M.
One of his enjoyments was starting the "Teen Stop" and working with the area's young people.

Charles is survived by his loving wife, Eleanor, of 57 years; his daughters, Linda (Joel) Stoeckel of Bloomington, Minn. and Sharlene (Ronald) Wyss of Dayton, Ohio. He was the cherished grandpa of Michele (Jon) Leverenz and Steven Stoeckel and Kevin Wyss and Amanda (Russell) Garman. He was the beloved great-grandpa of Tate and Skyler Leverenz and Caleb Garman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Bradley Peterson officiating. Burial will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville. Family and friends may call at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 4-7 p.m. on Monday and from 12:30 p.m. until time of services on Tuesday at the church.

Veronica Moore

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 21, 2003 A6

Veronica Moore, a life-long resident of Menomonie, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at the age of 99 at the Trinity Care Center in Farmington, Minn.

Veronica was born on June 22, 1904, in Menomonie to August and Lillian (Britzman) Wagner. She married Alfred Moore in 1926 and they raised two daughters, Patricia (Lyle Johansen) and Nan Jean (Marv Thorson), all of whom preceded her in death. Veronica worked for many years as the chief phone operator of AT&T in Eau Claire.
She is survived by her sister, Gertrude Thompson; granddaughter, Karen Brownawell (Robert); great-grandchildren, Janet and Bob; niece, Judy (George) Bush; and nephew Burton (Helen) Wagner.

A service is being held at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22 , 2003, with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Twp. of Menomonie. There will be no visitation. Memorials are preferred to Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Harold Olson

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 21, 2003 A6

Harold Olson, age 76, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie with the Rev. Paul Pillman officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Falls Cemetery, Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Sheila Ann Doering

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 24, 2003, A6

Sheila Ann Doering, age 78, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

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Sheila Ann Doering

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 28, 2003, A6

Sheila Ann Doering, age 78, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at the Tainter United Methodist Church in the Town of Tainter, with Rev. Steve Groves officiating. Family and friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

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Howard M. Douglas

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 28, 2003, A6

Howard M. Douglas, age 90, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

Howard was born July 30, 1913, in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to Ernest and Ethel Douglas. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years -- 1942-1962.

Howard loved music and excelled in playing the piano and organ. He played in the Douglas Band and played the organ for many church services while in the Air Force. He also entertained at the Glenhaven Nursing Home where he was a resident since Dec. 7, 1988. Howard also played for church serves at Glenhaven and for surrounding churches.

In 1934, he wrote music and words to "My One Ambition," which was copyrighted at that time for 28 years.

Howard's other hobby included putting together model airplanes. He also acquired his pilot license in 1946.

Howard is survived by a brother, Willard (Norma) Douglas of Round Lake, Ill.; two nieces, Dolores Brandvold of Eau Claire and Renee (Steve) McCarthy of Australia; two nephews, James (Dolores) Douglas and Clyde (Margaret) Douglas, both of Elk Mound; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Raymond (Luella) and Wilbur (Tyral); and one niece, Margaret Douglas.

Funeral services are 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Paul Pillman officiating. Burial will be in the Fall City Cemetery, Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends are welcome from 1:30 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Josephine Margaret (Ryan) McLain

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 28, 2003, A6

Josephine Margaret (Ryan) McLain, age 84, of Hudson/Menomonie, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at the Hudson Medical Center in Hudson.

Jo was born Jan. 27, 1919, near Stanton (New Richmond) on the family farm to John Ryan and Mathilda (Martin) Ryan. The Ryan, Martin, Gleason and Hawkins families from whom she descended were pioneer Irish families who settled the St. Croix Valley in the 1850s. Jo was proud of her Irish Catholic heritage and a more complete history of her family can be found at the State Historical Society. Josephine was the fifth in a family of eight (Robert, Henry, Retta Bork, Mary Gilbert, Agnes Fox, Dorothy Danzinger and John) and is survived by her brother, John, of Arkansaw.
Jo met Malcolm McLain of Wheeler while attending Stout and they were married on Oct. 27, 1941, in Buffalo, N.Y. They honeymooned at Niagara Falls. At that time, Malcolm was playing professional football for Buffalo. Jo attended River Falls State Teachers College and Stout State College, returning to Stout in 1965 to complete her degree. Among other activities while in school, she played the violin and was an airplane pilot.

In addition to raising five children and sharing with her husband in the operation of a 500-acre dairy/beef farm north of Wheeler, she worked for a number of years at the Sanna Dairy Corporation. In 1966, she was hired as a social worked at Northern Colony near Chippewa Falls, working there until her retirement in 1981. Her work at the Colony included the care and placement of residents in living/working situations across the Badger State and she enjoyed her work very much. In 1966 after a tornado leveled a number of buildings on their farm, Jo and Mac moved to Menomonie. Upon retiring in 1981, they wintered in Mesa, Ariz.

Jo had a very practical, straight-forward approach to life. Her early life was shaped by two World Wars and the Great Depression. Hard work was a virtue, a good job was considered a privilege, and her family was the center of her life. Always available with a sympathetic ear, her family knew she was someone they could turn to but they had better be thinking about a practical plan for addressing any problems presented.

She will be dearly missed by her many friends and family. Surviving her are three daughters, Judy (Gary) Johnson of Hastings, Minn., and Sandi Millar (Dale Tennison) and Joan Johnson, both of Hudson; two sons, William (Laurie) of Eau Claire and Mike (Christine) of Madison; 10 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-stepgrandchildren; her brother, John Ryan; and many loving nephews and nieces.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers and four sisters (listed above); a daughter-in-law, Adonis Seiser McLain; and her grandson, Steven Johnson.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Henry Hoerburger officiating. The family will meet with friends at the church one hour prior to services. She will be buried at a later date in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Rhiel's Funeral Service in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Robert Clifford Bodsberg

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 31, 2003, A6

Robert Clifford Bodsberg, age 83, of Boyceville, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Bob was born on Dec. 26, 1920, in the Town of Baldwin, St. Croix County, to Jens C. and Clara Josephine (Peterson) Bodsberg. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith by the Rev. H. P. Nordby in Baldwin. He attended East Baldwin Grade School.

Bob worked for several farmers in the Baldwin area until 1942 when he was summoned to serve his country in World War II. He served three and one-half years in the U.S. Army, one year being served overseas in the ETO (European Theater Operation).

Bob was joined in marriage to Luella (Schultz) on May 2, 1944, in Abilene, Texas. The marriage was blessed with two children, Robert M. and Marilyn.

He worked in Knapp and Milwaukee until 1952 when they moved to their farm north of Boyceville. Bob farmed and also worked at the Barron County Lime Quarry for many years.

He enjoyed listening to the Twins and Vikings. He also enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife, Luella; two children, Robert M. (Sandra) Bodsberg and Marilyn (Rondell) Hybben, both of Boyceville; six grandchildren, Jeffrey (Trisha) Bodsberg of New Richmond, Robert T. (Michelle) Bodsberg, James (Leslie) Bodsberg, Rocky Bodsberg and Tracy (Eric) Franseen, all of Boyceville, and Rondell S. (Erika) Hybben of Knapp; 10 great-grandchildren, Aaron, Michael, Robert J., Riley, Krista, Cansis and Cameron Bodsberg, Kyle and Kysa Franseen, and Kari Hybben; one sister, Betty Jordahl of LaMirada, Calif.; two brothers-in-law, Murrell (Donna) Schultz and Erv Hurtgen, both of Knapp; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ernest and Curtis Bodsberg; and one sister, Cora Thompson.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Kevin Leidich officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery, Town of Stanton, Dunn County, with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Jeffrey, Robert T., James and Rocky Bodsberg, Rondell S. Hybben and Eric Franseen.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from 1 p.m. until time of services Friday at the church.

 
Sheila Ann Ross Doering

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 31, 2003, A6

Sheila Ann Ross Doering, age 78, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Shelia Ann Ross was born April 3, 1925, in Knutsford, Cheshire, England, the eldest child of Alexander and Ann (Jennings) Ross.

She attended Egerton Primary School in Knutsford and graduated from Altrincham High School for Girls in Altrincham, England.

Before her marriage, Shelia worked in the Collector of Taxes Office for the Inland Revenue Department in England. She married T/Sgt. Paul Henry Doering on June 19, 1946, at St. John Baptist Parish Church in Knutsford, England. Following their marriage, they moved back to the United States.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a bachelor's degree, Sheila earned a master's degree in elementary education. She then taught elementary students at Downsville and Knapp in the Menomonie School System.

Sheila was a member of Alpha Tau Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma; Retired Teachers of the Dunn County Area; Tainter United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women; and the Wisconsin Regional Writer's Association.

Sheila is survived by her husband, Paul of Menomonie; three sons, Donald (Jennifer) Doering of Salisbury, N.C., Malcolm (Donna) Doering of Eau Claire, and David (Deborah) Doering of Tampa, Fla.; six grandchildren, Brian (Joyce), Cole, Skye, Piper, Sarah and Emma and soon to be, Neisha; her dear brother and sister, Donald Ross and Lorna Taylor, both of Knutsford, Cheshire, England; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial services are 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at the Tainter United Methodist Church in the Town of Tainter with the Rev. Steve Groves officiating.

Family and friends are welcome at the church one hour prior to services.

The family suggests memorials to the United Methodist Church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Lorraine H. Nielsen

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 31, 2003, A6

Lorraine H. Nielsen, age 83, of Menomonie, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at the Country Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Menomonie.

Lorraine Mildred Hicks was born May 9, 1920, in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County, to Harvey and Ida (Miller) Hicks. She was the only daughter of eight children.

Lorraine attended Sunnyside School in the Lucas Valley during her grade school years. She later attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout and Anoka-Ramsey State Junior College to become a registered nurse.

Lorraine married Herluf Nielsen in 1937. Together they enjoyed flower gardening, showing dogs, fishing and hunting.

Lorraine is survived by one son, Boyd (Bonnie) Nielsen of California; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; two brothers, Hank (Babe) Hicks and Rich Hicks, both of Boyceville; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Herluf; and five brothers, Jim, Don, Steven, Boyd and Bob Hicks.

Private family graveside services will be held in the spring.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

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