Dunn County, WI Obituaries
December 2006

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December 3, 2006 issue of The Dunn County News.

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DuWayne E. Stevens

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, A6

DuWayne E. Stevens, age 80, of Wheeler, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

DuWayne Elden Stevens was born April 24, 1926, in Barron to Paul and Agnes (Moen) Stevens. He was raised in the Barron area and graduated from Colfax High School.

DuWayne served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 during World War II. He was a Boatswain’s Mate Second Class on the U.S.S. Sarita AKA 39 in the Pacific Theater. After his military service, he moved to Illinois where he graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) with a degree in electronic engineering. While in school, he met his future wife, Irmgard Methner. They were married on June 28, 1951, in Chicago, Ill., and DuWayne adopted Irmgard’s two children.

DuWayne worked at Stewart Warner and then for Bell & Howell for 32 years as an electronic engineer, retiring to the family farm near Wheeler in 1985.

DuWayne and Irmgard were members of the Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Morton Grove, Ill., for 32 years. Since moving back to the Wheeler area, they’ve been members of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie. For the last eight years, DuWayne produced and narrated devotionals for the radio program, “Voice of Salvation,” that aired on various radio stations in Wisconsin.

DuWayne is survived by his wife, Irmgard of Wheeler; one daughter, Jean (Carleton) Richter of Princeton; two sons, Richard (Judy) Stevens of Wheeler and Robert (Linda) Stevens of Morton Grove; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Aline (Ted) Jurecki of Chetek and Donna Tryggestad of Tomah; one brother, Donald (Joann) Stevens of St. David, Ariz.; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to support the radio program, “Voice of Salvation,” which can be given through St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Alice F. Wyss

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, A6

Alice F. Wyss, age 92, of Boyceville, went home to be with her Lord and her husband on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Alice Fern Olson was born Oct. 21, 1914, in Dunn County to Otto and Lydia (Hyden) Olson. She attended school at Beyer Settlement on the Rusk Prairie. When a young girl she worked as a nanny in Menomonie.

Alice married Rhinhart Wyss on Jan. 16, 1937, in Stillwater, Minn. They farmed near Boyceville for many years.

Alice loved gardening, growing and canning fresh vegetables, and she was an exceptional cook. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and active in the Ladies Aid. Alice also enjoyed traveling with friends and was able to live in her own home until the age of 91. Alice’s family was her life and she was very devout to her faith.

Alice is survived by eight children, Judith (Foy) Lowery of Albuquerque, N.M., Bonita (Keith) Oliver of Colfax, Sharon (Glenn) Harke of Anoka, Minn., Jerome (Melissa) Wyss of Boyceville, Carrol (Sharon) Wyss of Boyceville, Susan (Dennis) Nicks of Hayward, Stanley (Linda) Larson of Downing, and Kenneth (Pam) Larson of Downing; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rhinhart; three brothers, Maynard, Clifford and Willis Olson; and a grandson, Jason Wyss.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boyceville with Pastor Paul Carlson officiating. Burial was in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Edward Arlin King

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, A6

Edward Arlin King, age 82, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born on Aug. 9, 1924, in Kansas City, Kan., to Loren and Katherine (Hufford) King. Ed served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, followed by a civil service career. He married Pat Prehn on Dec. 18, 1961, in Great Lakes, Ill. They moved to the Boyceville area in 1979 when they retired.

Ed was a member of the Odd Fellows while living in California, and was a member of Masonic Lodge 164 F. & A.M. in Menomonie. He was also an active member of First Congregational Church in Menomonie. Ed enjoyed model trains and worked on the train in Carson Park. He had a favorite motto, “Always leave them with a smile,” which he did and he always thoroughly enjoyed a good cup of coffee.

Ed is survived by his children, Barbara (Cliff) Sugawara of Olympia, Wash., Frank (Karen) King of Menomonie, Jeané (John) King-Emanuele of Berlin, Adam King of Menomonie, Justin (Claire) King of Minocqua and Paul King; his grandchildren, Charlene and Darrick Sugawara of Olympia, Wash., Rachel King of Menomonie and Joseph King-Emanuele of Berlin; a brother, Loren (Helen) King of La Mesa, Calif.; a sister, Shirley (Mike) Everett of Topeka, Kan.; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat.

There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at First Congregational Church n UCC in Menomonie, with Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating. Burial will be in the Church Memorial Garden. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to GMACF for a memorial brick at the Dunn County Veteran’s Memorial to commemorate Ed’s service to our nation.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Robert J. Schmitt

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, A6

Robert J. Schmitt, age 72, of Boyceville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, at the V.A. Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M.

Bob was a village trustee in Boyceville.

Bob is survived by his wife, Ann M. Schmitt of Boyceville; his sister, Patsy Mathieson of Arlington, Mass.; a sister-in-law, Arlene Brehmer of Glenhaven; three children, James, Richard and Cindy Schmitt of Minneapolis, Minn.; five stepchildren, Michael (Debra) Olson of Boyceville, James (Connie) Olson of Rio Rancho, N.M., Russell Olson (deceased), David Olson of Eau Claire, and Jacqueline (John) Sander of Bonney Lake, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville.

Neal J. Fellrath

Dunn County News, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, A6

Neal Joseph Fellrath, age 77, of Luck, formerly of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center in Rice Lake.

He was born on Dec. 23, 1928, in Clayton, the son of Frank and Hannah (Carlson) Fellrath. He was baptized and confirmed at the Faith Lutheran Church in Clayton. Neal grew up in Clayton and attended Clayton schools.

Following graduation from high school, he attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and received a bachelor’s degree in education. On Jan. 29, 1949, he was united in marriage to Audrey I. Dietrich in Chisago City, Minn.

He began his teaching career in Boyceville, later moving to Roberts where he was principal and teacher. Neal then took a job in Augusta where he served as school superintendent for a number of years. His final years in education were spent in Menomonie where he taught and served as the junior high principal. He retired after 15 years of service there.

During his life he was active in the Lions Club, United Way, NRA, and AWSA as president and as a field representative. He enjoyed the outdoors, and after moving to Bone Lake Township, he was an active member of the Polk County Sportsman’s Club.

Neal was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Vonnie Rye.

Left to mourn are his wife, Audrey; sons, Brian Fellrath and Bradley Fellrath; daughter, Cindy Thompson; six grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Bone Lake Lutheran Church. Pastor Mary Ann Bowman officiated. Soloist was Chad Strege, accompanied by Shirley Lund. Casketbearers were Chris Hillman, Mark Hillman, Brent Wiese, Cory Wiese, Bill Muellers and Kyle Schaffer. Interment was in the Clayton Cemetery.

The Williamson Funeral Home in Amery assisted the family with arrangements.

John S. Swenson

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 6, 2006, A6

John S. Swenson, age 85, of Ridgeland, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at his home.

He was born Jan. 12, 1921, to Engwald and Lillian Irene (Donaldson) Swenson at Sand Creek, where he was raised and attended school. On Oct. 16, 1939, he was married to Hazel Harlson at Stillwater, Minn. The couple farmed at Sand Creek until 1952 when they moved to their farm at Ridgeland and farmed there until retiring.

John was a member of the Ridgeland Lutheran Church and also the Carpenters, Joiners & Allied Trades Union, Local 1074 of Eau Claire.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hazel, on June 29, 2004; and a nephew, Randy Cartwright.

He is survived by five sons, Eugene (Mary O’Reilly) Swenson of Surprise, Ariz., Jan (Karen) Swenson of Coeurd’alene, Idaho, John (Florida) Swenson of Fort Wayne, Ind., Jeffrey (Patti) Swenson of Ridgeland, and Kiven (Lori) Swenson of Hudson; two daughters, Suzanne (Donald) Kirkham of Barron and Juliene Swenson of Ridgeland; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Cartwright of Janesville; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at the Ridgeland Lutheran Church with the Rev. Andrew Hinwood officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in the town of Sioux Creek, Barron County. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Home in Dallas and also for the hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Arrangements by the Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Dallas and Cameron.

Owen N. Bowell

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 6, 2006, A6

Owen N. Bowell, age 83, of Elmwood, formerly of Luck, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Owen was born July 2, 1923, in the Hatchville area of rural Spring Valley to James and Gertrude (Ferber) Bowell. He grew up in the Hatchville area and worked for several farmers in the area when a young adult.

He married Ruby Moore on Dec. 5, 1943. After marriage, they lived in Menomonie for several years. They moved to La Crosse where Owen went to Tool and Die school to become a machinist. In 1962, they moved to Hudson where he worked for American Hoist and Derrick in St. Paul, Minn., for 22 years.

After retiring, they bought a small hobby farm near Luck. Ruby died on Feb. 27, 2003. After Ruby’s death, Owen resided in assisted living facilities in Menomonie and Hudson before becoming a resident of the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in January 2006.

Owen loved to fish and hunt and spent many hours fishing in Caddy and Knight’s Creek.

Owen is survived by three daughters, Sharon (Gerald) Stalsberg of La Crosse, Sandra (Bill) Kizer of Amery, and Marilyn (Dick) Shackett of Luck; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Phyllis Webb of Elmwood and Mary Dallman of River Falls; and one brother, Elmer “Junior” Bowell of Manco, Colo.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby; five brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral service were Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at St. John’s Lutheran Church-Hatchville, rural Spring Valley, with the Rev. Shawn Kauffeld officiating. Burial was in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, town of Spring Lake, rural Spring Valley.

Rhiel’s Funeral Service in Menomonie served the family.

Steven P. Hayes

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 6, 2006, A6

Steven P. Hayes, age 59, of Boyceville, formerly of the Cornell and Cadott area, passed away on Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, at his home with hospice, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born July 19, 1947, in Chippewa County to Phillip and Ruth (Winchell) Hayes. He graduated in 1965 from Cornell High School.

Steve married Delores Smith on Feb. 12, 1966, at the Church of God in Cornell. Following their marriage, they resided in rural Chippewa County and Steve was employed by Dachel’s Implement in Tilden. After that time, he owned and operated Steve’s Rural Repair for 20 years, north of Cadott, and retired from the position of transportation supervisor for the Phillips School District. Following retirement, they relocated to a hobby farm near their daughter, Lisa and her family, near Boyceville.

Steve enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Madison and Emmett. He especially liked four-wheeling with them at the family hobby farm and also enjoyed weekends traveling with his family. Steve had a passion for high performance vehicles, most of which included snowmobiling with friends, Corvette trips, many tractor pulls, and all types of racing. He also looked forward to the camaraderie of his friends and family during hunting season.

Steve will be remembered by his wife of 40 years, Delores of Boyceville; a daughter, Lisa (Jim) Suckow of Boyceville; two grandchildren, Madison and Emmett; his mother, Ruth Hayes of Cornell; a sister, Linda Weggen of Cornell; many nieces and nephews; and other numerous other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Phillip “Bud” Hayes, in December 2005.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 215 E. Seminary St., Cadott, with Pastor Brad Peterson officiating. Burial will be in the Cornell Cemetery in Cornell.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Leiser Funeral Home in Cadott and one hour before services Friday at the church.

Leiser Funeral Home in Cadott is handling arrangements.

Junice H. McCoy

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 6, 2006, A6

Junice H. McCoy, age 83, of Menomonie, formerly of Minneapolis, Minn., and Zumbrota, Minn., died Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Junice was born Sept. 10, 1923, in Zumbrota, the daughter of Martin and Ida (Hanson) Brekke. Junice grew up in Zumbrota, graduated in 1940 from Zumbrota High School, and went on to become a licensed practical nurse and counselor.

Junice is survived by her son, Patrick (Cathleen) McCoy of Menomonie; two granddaughters, Stephanie and Tara McCoy, both at home; a brother, Leonard Brekke, and a sister, Agnes Blakstad, both of Zumbrota; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her son, Michael, in 2000; and a sister, Myrtle Magee.

Memorial services are at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating. Burial will be in the church memorial garden.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Rhiel’s Funeral Service of Menomonie is assisting the family with arrangements.

Clenora L. Engebretson

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 10, 2006, A6

Clenora L. Engebretson, age 89, of Menomonie, passed away Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at the Baldwin Care Center in Baldwin.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Roger Benrud officiating. Burial will be in Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Connorsville at a later date.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Richard C. Quilling

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 10, 2006, A6

Richard Charles Quilling, age 74, of Elk Mound, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at his home.

He was born Jan. 18, 1932, in the town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Leonard and Lillie (Lentz) Quilling. Richard was baptized and confirmed at Salem Iron Creek Church where he was a lifelong member.

Richard attended Iron Creek Country School and graduated from Dunn County Aggie. He was a member of the FFA and the Spring Brook 4-H Club and later was a member of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

He was born and raised on the family’s Century Farm in the town of Red Cedar. On June 26, 1959, Richard married JoAnne Lone at the First Baptist Church in Augusta. Together they owned and operated the family farm until Richard’s death.

Richard was an avid Packer fan and enjoyed hunting in his younger years. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Richard is survived by his wife, JoAnne; five sisters, Marjorie Quilling of Elk Mound, Ruth Mueller of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Betty (Maynard) Moe of Menomonie, Mary (Robert) Trainor of Menomonie, and Marlys (George) Churchill of Elmwood; one brother, Marshall (Jo) Quilling of Menomonie; two sisters-in-law, Marie Quilling of Elk Mound and Arlys Lone of Augusta; two brothers-in-law, Dale (Linda) Lone and John (Ione) Lone, both of Augusta; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Alvin Quilling; and an infant brother, Loyd Lavern Quilling.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at the Salem Iron Creek United Methodist Church in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, with Pastor Margaret DeMaris officiating. Burial was in Iron Creek Cemetery in the town of Spring Brook.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Alan N. Thompson

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 10, 2006, A6

Alan N. Thompson, age 63, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at his home in Atlanta, Texas.

Alan was born on Jan. 5, 1943, in Viroqua, to Kenneth and Fern Thompson.

Alan was the owner of the Country Zone Bar in Downsville and was the co-owner of the Loading Zone in Menomonie.

Alan married Cheryl Hohmann, of Viroqua, on Sept. 17, 1997. They moved to Atlanta, Texas, in 2004.

Alan was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Thompson of Viroqua.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Cheryl Thompson of Atlanta, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Brad (Karla) Thompson of McFarland; one daughter, Kesha Thompson of Madison; one stepson, Chris Hohmann of Ft. Worth, Texas; one stepdaughter and son-in-law, Cherie (Jeff) Buckmaster of Chaston; his mother, Fern Thompson of Viroqua; two sisters, Karen Nelson of Atlanta, Texas, and Bonita Ankney of Wausau; two brothers, Karl Thompson of Viroqua and Kermit Thompson of Menominee; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at the Believer’s Fellowship Church, 401 E. Jefferson, Viroqua.

Darrell D. Kistner

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 10, 2006, A6

Darrell D. Kistner, age 81, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Darrell Dennis Kistner was born Sept. 16, 1925, in the town of Weston, Dunn County, to Charley and Rosella (Shafer) Kistner. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Hayward. When Darrell was 13, they moved to Downsville by horse and wagon. The trip took five days.

At age 17, Darrell joined the U.S. Army. He went through basic training, and then jump training, at Fort Benning, Ga. He was in the 82nd Air Bourne Division and stationed in Tyler, Texas, Camp Fanny and in Africa. He fought in World War II from 1942 to 1946. Darrell parachuted into Normandy, France, and later, Holland, where he was wounded. He was honored for his service and awarded the Purple Heart.

After his service, Darrell worked as a union operating engineer for Local 139. He has been a member of that union for more than 55 years. On Aug. 14, 1984, Darrell married Louanne Scott in Menomonie.

Darrel loved to ice fish and deer hunt. He even enjoyed making some of his own fishing baits. He loved to camp with family at Moon Lake and take the grandchildren fishing. He taught the grandchildren how to clean their fish. In later years, playing cards with his family and grandchildren became his sport.

Darrell is survived by his wife, Louanne of Menomonie; stepchildren, Sharry (Jerry) Bolle of Menomonie, Bill Wang of Menomonie, Robert (Kaylene) Wolfe of Menomonie, Terri (John) Peterson of Boyceville, Sheila (Paul) Smith of Eau Claire, and Tim (Lisa) Wolfe of Menomonie; a stepdaughter-in-law, Rayola Wang of Menomonie; numerous stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers and one sister, Everett (Theresa) Kistner of Ridgeland, John (Agnes) Kistner of Yucapa, Calif., and Viola (Gordon) Hoyt of Durand; two sisters-in-law, Thelma Kistner of Downsville and Betty Kistner of Bloomer; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Chester and Wesley Kistner; two sisters, Maude Kistner and Beryl Stewart; a stepson, Wayne Wang; and two stepgrandsons, David and Randy Wang.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie. Military honors will be conducted by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Betty J. Klink

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 13, 2006, A6

Betty J. Klink, age 70, of Colfax, passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, at home with hospice, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

The former Betty Jane Patzner was born Dec. 15, 1935, in the town of Buffalo, Buffalo County, to Joseph and Frances (Tomsen) Patzner. She was baptized on Jan. 12, 1936, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Creek.

Betty attended St. Aloysius Elementary School and graduated in 1953 from Arcadia High School. During high school she was active in FHA and SSC, was a class president, and served on the homecoming and prom committees. She also worked on the school annual and newspaper. Betty graduated from Buffalo County Normal School in 1955 where she was in chorus and the Operetta Club and was class secretary and the school annual editor.

Following graduation, Betty taught in elementary schools in Mondovi, Naples and Bloomington, Minn. She married Allen Klink on Aug. 9, 1958, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Arcadia. She then taught at Fairchild and Fall Creek and was a teachers’ assistant at Fennimore. In 1965, Betty and her husband moved to Menomonie where they raised their family and Betty taught remedial reading. She later worked at UW-Stout and for CESA, and was a real estate broker for Century 21.

Betty was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie. She was a eucharist minister and former secretary of the PCCW. Betty loved to travel and took many camping trips in the United States and later took several trips to Europe. She was very creative and enjoyed art and decorating. Betty also loved the holidays, cooking, gardening, fishing and golfing, and especially being with her family. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Betty is survived by her loving husband, Allen; two sons, Robert Klink of Menomonie and Ronald Klink (Lynn Boppel) of Eau Claire; two daughters, Roxanne Klink Oliver of Menomonie and Kathy (Dennis) Aspen of Knapp; four grandchildren, Ryan Oliver of Menomonie, Morganne Boppel of Eau Claire, and Samantha and Zachary Aspen of Knapp; two sisters, Donna (Ralph) Soppa of Arcadia and Jean (Russell) Schmitt of Mondovi; one brother, Joseph “Sonny” (Marian) Patzner of Eleva; and other relatives and friends.

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

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with Father Tom Krieg officiating. Visitation was Tuesday evening at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie where a Rosary service was conducted at 4:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery, with a reception following at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Mary Jane Vernon

 

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 13, 2006, A6

Mary Jane Vernon, age 82, of Townsend, formerly of Kaukauna and Menomonie, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at the Crandon Nursing Home.

She was born on July 29, 1924, in Boyceville to the late Percy and Mary Radke Cook. She grew up in Menomonie, graduating from high school and marrying Walter Vernon there on Aug. 19, 1946. The couple continued to live in Menomonie for a few years and then moved to Kaukauna where she worked as a surgical aid at the hospital and also at the lumber yard and hardware store. Also while living in Kaukauna she was an avid bowler.

In 1985, she and Walter retired to Townsend. The couple enjoyed traveling, having visited almost every state except Rhode Island, Alaska and Hawaii.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Walter; one daughter, Anne Marie (William) Ehlert of Lebanon, Ind., one son, Richard Vernon of Menomonie; one sister, Shirley (Richard) Hintz of Menomonie; one brother, Dr. Calvin (Doris) Cook of Turtle Lake; and five grandchildren, Maggie and Beth Ehlert and Joel, Jeanette and John Vernon.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials will be shared with St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Christian Food Pantry in Townsend.

Suminski Funeral Home, Wabeno (715-473-3131) is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert C. “Whitey” Cleven

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 13, 2006, A6

Robert C. “Whitey” Cleven, age 75, of DeForest, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie, surrounded by his family, after a short battle with cancer.

Robert was born Oct. 16, 1931, in Madison. He was the son of Clarence and Olive (Tozer) Cleven and grew up in the Madison area. Robert served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After service, he returned to the Token Creek area of Madison, where he lived for 45 years. Robert married Noel Summers on March 9, 1956, and they divorced in 1986.

Robert owned and operated his own concession business for many years with Skinner Amusements. He later worked part time with his nephew, Gary, as a stagehand for I.A.T.S.E. Local 251 for 20 years in the Madison area. Robert became an honorary member of this union in 2002. He was very well-liked and respected and was known to union members as “Uncle Bob.”

Robert is survived by two sons, James (Lynn) of Menomonie and Brian of Madison; two daughters, Nancy Cleven and Linda (Salamon) Delgado-Barajas, both of Green Bay; three grandchildren, Troy Cleven and Alejandra and Anastasia Delgado-Barajas; two step-grandsons, Bradley (Heather) Wedan and Brent (Jessica Hanson) Wedan; a sister-in-law, Ferne Cleven of Belen, Minn.; five nephews, Harry Cleven of Oslo, Norway, Douglas Cleven of DeForest, Alan Cleven of Waunakee, and Gary and Dennis Cleven, both of Madison; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Claire Cleven.

Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at the Burke Lutheran Church, 5720 Portage Road, Madison, with the Rev. Russ Leeper officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Town of Burke Cemetery in Madison.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Friday at the Burke Lutheran Church.

Rhiel’s Funeral Service of Menomonie and Cress Funeral Service of Madison are assisting the family.

Wayne J. Gilles

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 13, 2006, A6

Wayne J. Gilles, age 85, of Plum City, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Wayne was born Dec. 8, 1921, in the Plum City area to John and Bertha (Ebensperger) Gilles. Raised in the Plum City area, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps at age 19 and served during World War II. After service, he returned to Plum City to work on the family farm.

Wayne married Virginia Pelke on Nov. 25, 1950, at St. John’s Church in Plum City. After marriage, Wayne and Virginia bought the Gilles family farm and later sold it to his brother. They then lived on the Pelke family farm until they purchased their own farm in the Lund area in 1964. Wayne retired in 1990.

Wayne enjoyed fishing, playing cards, mowing the lawn, and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 56 years, Virginia; four sons, Steve (Rose) and Jeff (Colleen) both of Hager City, David of Appleton, and Randall of Shakopee, Minn.; two daughters, Cheryl Gilles of Bruce and Patricia (Tom) Harding of Chippewa Falls; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter, three sisters, and two brothers.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Plum City with the Rev. Ambrose Blenker officiating.

Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand.

Freeman R. Hoyt

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 17, 2006, A6

Freeman R. Hoyt, age 93, of Elmwood passed away Dec. 15, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006 at Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood, with Pastor Phillip Huggins officiating. Burial will be in the Onon Cemetery in Maiden Rock. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Monday.

Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home, Elmwood.

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Wayne J. Gilles

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 20, 2006, A6

Wayne J. Gilles, age 85, of Plum City, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Wayne was born Sept. 8, 1921, in the Plum City area to John and Bertha (Ebensperger) Gilles. Raised in the Plum City area, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps at age 19 and served during World War II. After service, he returned to Plum City to work on the family farm.

Wayne married Virginia Pelke on Nov. 25, 1960, at St. John’s Church in Plum City. After marriage, Wayne and Virginia bought the Gilles family farm and later sold it to his brother. They then lived on the Pelke family farm until they purchased their own farm in the Lund area in 1964. Wayne retired in 1990.

Wayne enjoyed fishing, playing cards, mowing the lawn and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 56 years, Virginia; four sons, Steve (Rose) and Jeff (Colleen) both of Hager City, David of Appleton, and Randall of Shakopee, Minn.; two daughters, Cheryl Gilles of Bruce and Patricia (Tom) Harding of Chippewa Falls; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter, three sisters, and two brothers.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Plum City with the Rev. Ambrose Blenker officiating. Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand.

Galen E. Manske

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 20, 2006, A6

Galen E. Manske, age 82, of Menomonie, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie with hospice, surrounded by family.

He was born March 21, 1924, in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to William and Mabel (Whinnery) Manske. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, where he was a lifelong member.

Galen married Gwen Kohnke on Sept. 20, 1947, at Peace Lutheran parsonage in Menomonie. Together, they farmed in the town of Dunn for many years.

Farming and family were Galen’s passions. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Galen is survived by his loving wife, Gwen; two sons and one daughter, William Manske, Joy Manske and Scott (Debra) Manske, all of Menomonie; a granddaughter, Sara; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Calla.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastors Dave Whelan and Kathryn Larson officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Family and friends are welcome from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) and one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Melissa S. Freeland

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 20, 2006, A6

Melissa S. Freeland, age 36, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Menomonie and Eau Claire, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Dave Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Family and 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.

A full obituary will follow in Sunday’s The Dunn County News.
To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Walter Marvin Faber

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 20, 2006, A6

Walter Marvin Faber was born and raised on the home farm in Cady Township on Oct. 9, 1917, to Minnie Faber. He was married to Sylvia Adams on Feb. 22, 1944, in Spring Valley. They lived their entire married life on the home farm until September 2004 when they moved to Autumn Village in Menomonie. Walter died on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia (Christmas 2004); a son, PFC Thomas Walter Faber (1969); a son-in-law, Scott Holcomb (1983); and two brothers-in-law.

He is survived by three daughters, Judith Faber (Wayne Federspiel) of Madison, Susan Faber of Menomonie, and Laura (Don) Bergelin of Menomonie; five sons, David (Arlene) of Glenwood City, Ron (Doris) of Colfax, Doug of Wilson, Robert (Shirley) of Colfax, and Allan (Tammy) of Wilson; 14 grandchildren, Angela, Thomas, Justin, Jerrod (fiance Danette McMartin), Douglas Jr. “DJ” (Michelle), Katie, Jeremy, Ryan (Jamie), and Emily Faber, Carrie (Brad) Poehls, Paula (Jon) Price, Nicholas (Sara) and Benjamin (Christie) Holcomb, and Andrea (James) Prinsen; 11 great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. He is further survived by two sisters-in-law, Vanita Johnson of Hudson and Alice Biel of Casa Grande, Ariz.; many nieces and nephews; three very special friends, Marian Eng and Simon Eng of Knapp and Stella Sather of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; special cousins, Harvey Larson of Chisago City, Minn., and Virgil (Maryann) Larson of Baldwin; and many other relatives and friends.

He was a wonderful husband and father. We always knew we were loved and wanted. He loved to see us come and hated to see us leave. He always sent us home with something picked, canned, baked or bought at an auction. He was always willing to have Mom baby-sit (he was a good helper). We can forgive him for all the events he missed because he tried to make up for it in so many other ways.

He was very proud of the fact that the farm was declared a century farm in 1993. He would like us to point out that he was a staunch Republican, a member of the Rod and Gun Club, lifetime member of the NRA, church council member and State Ag Board member. He was proud to have been valedictorian of the St. Croix County eighth grade. He was stubborn to a fault (something none of us inherited — just ask our spouses!).

He taught us by his actions to be honest, hard-working people, with a good sense of values and a great appreciation of life itself and all the wonders of life surrounding us. He believed in lifelong learning and to go through life with a smile.

He was known as a storyteller, farmer, self-taught veterinarian and brew master, world-class butternut cracker, apple and potato peeler, hoe and knife sharpener, berry picker, fisherman, hunter, gardener, honeybee keeper, maple syrup producer, butcher, milkman, and thresher man. He was a wonderful host to family and friends. No one could sit down without sharing something to eat or drink.

Merry Christmas, Dad! Enjoy Christ in heaven with Mom!

Honorary bearers were Angela Faber, Emily Faber, Andrea Prinsen, Katie Faber, Carrie Poehls and Paula Price. Pallbearers were Thomas, Justin, Jeremy and Ryan Faber, Nicholas and Benjamin Holcomb, Jerrod Faber and D.J. Faber.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at the Wilson Lutheran Church in Wilson with the Rev. Douglas Brandt officiating. Organist was Randvig Norvold; Joe Menter was vocalist. Burial will take place at a later date in the Wilson Lutheran Cemetery, Wilson.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Margery A. Schultz

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 20, 2006, A6

Margery A. Schultz, age 86, of Boyceville, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Margery was born Feb. 8, 1920, in the town of Cylon to Oscar and Martha (Kuhn) Hahn. She married Cleo Schultz in Forest on May 23, 1942. They farmed in the town of Forest for several years and also in the Martel area. They moved to Boyceville where she worked caring for people in their homes. Margery was very active in her church. She taught Sunday School and was involved in women’s groups and the choir.
Margery is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cleo; brothers, Walter and Lawrence Hahn; a sister, Betty Carlson; and two infant brothers, Carmon and Franklin Hahn.

Margery is survived by her daughter, Margea Schultz of Menomonie; two brothers, Clarence (Vera) Hahn of Downing and Marlin (Joanne) Hahn of Hammond; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at the United Methodist Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Tim Matthaei officiating. Interment was in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville. Music was provided by organist Irene Schmidt and vocalist John Zurbuchen. Pallbears were Ned Hahn, David Hahn, Halden Hahn, Rick Carlson, Casey Hahn and Cody Hahn.

Arrangements by the Anderson Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City.

Marjorie J. Piatkiewicz

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 20, 2006, A6

Marjorie J. Piatkiewicz, age 92, of Menomonie, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Marjorie Jeanette Green was born Sept. 20, 1914, in Elroy to Byron and Dorothy (Hall) Green. She was raised in Elroy and graduated from Elroy High School. In 1935, she married and the had two daughters, Barbara and Diane.

Marjorie moved to Menomonie in the 1950s and worked at several different jobs until becoming deputy treasurer and tax lister in the Dunn County treasurer’s office, where she worked for about 20 years.

She was a lifetime member of the First Church of Christ Scientist of Boston and a member of the Eastern Star. Marjorie was a wonderful and caring mother to her daughters and a good friend to all.

Marjorie is survived by two daughters, Barbara Stringer of Hendersonville, N.C., and Diane Piatkiewicz of Menomonie; a sister, Marion Jensen of Vadnais Heights, Minn.; and many wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Vance and Neil Green.

Memorial services are 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Roy Harrisville III officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Family and friends are welcome prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.
To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Freeman R. Hoyt

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 20, 2006, A6

Freeman R. Hoyt, age 93, of Elmwood, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Freeman was the son of Joseph and Eliza (Lauer) Hoyt. He was born April 13, 1913, in the town of Rock Elm, Pierce County, and raised in that township. Freeman married Pearl “Mid” Bee on Sept. 22, 1934, in Stillwater, Minn. After marriage, they lived in Pierce County.

During his working years, Freeman owned and operated restaurants and taverns, farmed and trapped mink and beaver. His wife, “Mid,” passed away March 23, 1985.

Freeman is survived by two daughters, Shirley A. (David) Kern of Elmwood and Beverly J. (Marvin) Schroeder of Stillwater, Minn.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Gordon Hoyt of Durand; a special friend, Lois Garrett of Elmwood; and her children, Denise Newman and Douglas Garrett.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pearl “Mid”; and seven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood with Pastor Phillip Huggins officiating. Burial was in Ono Cemetery in Maiden Rock.

Dunn County News, Sun, Dec. 24, 2006, A6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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