Dunn County Obituaries
February 2000

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Alice Caroline Eaton

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 2, 2000, A6

Alice Caroline Eaton, 96, of Baldwin, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at the Baldwin Care Center where she resided for about the last six years.
     Alice was born May 3, 1903, in Braddock, N.D., the daughter of George A. and Caroline Davis. She was a longtime member of Peace Lutheran Church, rural Baldwin.
     On June 8, 1927, Alice married Neil Eaton at the Pete Ofstie farm in Gilman Township. They celebrated 53 years of marriage before Neil’s death. They lived and worked on the Ofstie farm in Gilman. They moved to North Dakota for a few years and came back to farm in Gilman. They also lived in Montevideo, Minn.; Pierpont, S.D.; and then in the Baldwin and Spring Valley areas.
     She enjoyed gardening and raising flowers. She was always cooking and provided her family with rosettes at Christmas. She was also a helpful neighbor and helped shovel driveways for her neighbors.
     Survivors include one daughter and one son, Lois (Raymond) Harshman of Menomonie and Wes (Rosemary) Eaton of Chetek; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
     Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Neil; two grandsons, Raymond Harshman Jr. and Christ Harshman; and one great-grandson, Richard Dale Sandborg.
     Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Peace Lutheran Church, rural Baldwin. Rev. John Hanson officiated the service with music provided by organist Julie Hanson and vocalist Steve Thompson. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery.
     Bearers were grandsons Ivan, Eugene, Bill, Randy and Ward Harshman, and great-grandson Jesse Harshman.
     Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

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William A. Millar

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 2, 2000, A6

William A. Millar, 84, of Menomonie, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
     He was born Sept. 15, 1915, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to William and Ruth (Stephens) Millar. He was raised on the Millar farm and attended Lyndale Grade School. He then attended the Dunn County School of Agriculture and graduated in 1934 from Menomonie High School. Because of the depression, he was unable to attend college so he stayed home to help on the farm.
     On April 15, 1942, William was drafted into the Army and was selected to be part of the Army Air Corps. He went to mechanics school at Roosevelt Field, Minneola, Long Island, N.Y. On May 20, 1943, he went to Africa and was stationed there until his squadron invaded Sicily. He remained in Sicily until April 1944, then went to England and participated in the D-Day invasion of France. After being stationed in France from March to August 1945, he returned to England to be sent home for discharge.
     After discharge, Bill returned to farming in the Town of Red Cedar. Three children were born to Bill and his first wife. Bill farmed until November 1962. In 1964, he was hired as a fieldman for DHIA and held this position until 1967. Bill married Janet Hintzman Lee on Feb. 20, 1965, in Menomonie, and twins were born to this union. He then worked at Presto in Eau Claire until he was hired at UW-Stout where he worked as custodian, stock clerk and maintenance mechanic. He retired Sept. 30, 1980.
     Bill was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, doing crossword puzzles, and reading. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
     He is survived by his wife, Janet Millar of Menomonie; two sons, William Jr. of Texas and Kimberly (Kassia) Millar of Columbus; an adopted son, Allen (Judy) Millar of Menomonie; two daughters, Sherry of Texas and Kimberly Millar of Columbus; three grandchildren, Michael and Kevin Dufrane and Tania Jones; three great-grandchildren, two sisters and one brother, Harriet Clark, Mary Millar and Jerry (Phyllis) Millar, all of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Duncan and Jeptha Millar; a daughter, Lucinda; and a stepdaughter and son-in-law, Arlys and Alfred Dufrane.
     Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Spring burial will be in Waneka Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook.
     Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Alice C. Eaton

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 6, 2000, A6

Alice Caroline Eaton, 96, of Baldwin, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at the Baldwin Care Center where she resided for about the last six years.
     Alice was born May 3, 1903, in Braddock, N.D., the daughter of George A. and Caroline Davis. She was a longtime member of Peace Lutheran Church, rural Baldwin.
     On June 8, 1927, Alice married Neil Eaton at the Pete Ofstie farm in Gilman Township. They celebrated 53 years of marriage before Neil’s death. They lived and worked on the Ofstie farm in Gilman. They moved to North Dakota for a few years and came back to farm in Gilman. They also lived in Montevideo, Minn.; Pierpont, S.D.; and then in the Baldwin and Spring Valley areas. Alice was a resident of the Baldwin Care Center for about the past six years.
     She enjoyed gardening and raising flowers. She was always cooking and provided her family with rosettes at Christmas. She was also a helpful neighbor and helped shovel driveways for her neighbors.
     Survivors include one daughter and one son, Lois (Raymond) Harshman of Menomonie and Wes (Rosemary) Eaton of Chetek; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
     Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Neil; two grandsons, Raymond Harshman Jr. and Christ Harshman; and one great-grandson, Richard Dale Sandborg.
     Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Peace Lutheran Church, rural Baldwin. Rev. John Hanson officiated the service with music provided by organist Julie Hanson and vocalist Steve Thompson. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery.
     Bearers were grandsons Ivan, Eugene, Bill, Randy and Ward Harshman, and great-grandson Jesse Harshman.
     Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.
Marie L. Ahrens

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 6, 2000, A6

Marie L. Ahrens, 81, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.
     Marie was born May 2, 1918, in Menomonie, the daughter of Theodore and Elizabeth (Albright) Pax. She was raised in Menomonie. Marie married Arthur Been and they resided in Chicago for several years.
     After Art’s death, Marie returned to Menomonie and later married Arnold Ahrens. After marriage, they resided in Menomonie. Marie worked for Sanna Dairies until she retired after 30 years. Arnold died in 1972 and Marie remained in Menomonie the rest of her life.
     Marie is survived by her daughter, Sue (Scott) Webb of Menomonie; three sons, Bob of St. Paul, Minn., John of Chetek, and Tom of Rhinelander; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty McLeod of Menomonie; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Pax of Baldwin.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Arthur and Arnold, a son, Arthur, three sisters, and four brothers.
     Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Spring burial will be in the church cemetery.
     Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.
Donald F. Schroeder

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 6, 2000, A6

Donald F. “Duke” Schroeder, 71, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at the Golden Age Manor in Amery after complications following heart surgery in early January.
     He was born Dec. 23, 1928, in Cedar Falls, the son of Fred and Mildred Schroeder. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. After spending his early years in Cedar Falls, he lived in various places in Wisconsin. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
     He spent a number of years farming near Downsville, and even at this time, the curiosity to invent things was already strong. He invented an auger puller that he manufactured and sold. He was owner-operator of Duke and Barb’s Cafe in Clear Lake until 1975 when he purchased the Sears Store in Amery. The Sears Store was sold in 1981 and the inventor was at it still. He developed and patented Duke’s Snap which is sold in many fishing supply stores.
     On March 25, 1993, he was united in marriage to Ruby Lawman and they made their home in Amery. Her unexpected death in 1995 was a real blow for Duke.
     He was a member of the VFW and the Apple River Free Church. Besides his enjoyment of inventing, he also had a passion for fishing, which he shared with anyone who had the time to join him.
     Left to mourn are his son, Kip (Rose) of Amery, three daughters, Millie (Jeff) Johnson of Andover Heights, Minn., and Linda (Allen) Korbel and Judy (Steve) Effertz, both of California; two brothers, David of Downing and Ed of Milwaukee; a sister, Bernice Hickox of Florida; seven grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Ruby, and brother, Tib.
     Funeral services were held at the New Life Community Church in Amery and was officiated by Pastor Paul Hedstrom of the Apple River Free Church. Casketbearers were Rich Nelson, Tom Huhn, Dick Nelson, Al Bartlett, Adam Koopman and Paul Aune. Duane Lundgren was the vocalist for the service and Sue Lundgren was organist.
     Williamson Funeral Home of Amery was in charge of arrangements.
William A. Millar

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 6, 2000, A6

William A. Millar, 84, of Menomonie, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
     He was born Sept. 15, 1915, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to William and Ruth (Stephens) Millar. He was raised on the Millar farm and attended Lyndale Grade School. He then attended the Dunn County School of Agriculture and graduated in 1934 from Menomonie High School. Because of the depression, he was unable to attend college so he stayed home to help on the farm.
     On April 15, 1942, William was drafted into the Army and was selected to be part of the Army Air Corps. He went to mechanics school at Roosevelt Field, Minneola, Long Island, N.Y. On May 20, 1943, he went to Africa and was stationed there until his squardron invaded Sicily. He remained in Sicily until April 1944, then went to England and participated in the D-Day invasion of France. After being stationed in France from March to August 1945, he returned to England to be sent home for discharge.
     After discharge, Bill returned to farming in the Town of Red Cedar. Three children were born to Bill and his first wife. Bill farmed until November 1962. In 1964, he was hired as a fieldman for DHIA and held this position until 1967. Bill married Janet Hintzman Lee on Feb. 20, 1965, in Menomonie, and twins were born to this union. He then worked at Presto in Eau Claire until he was hired at UW-Stout where he worked as custodian, stock clerk and maintenance mechanic. He retired Sept. 30, 1980.
     Bill was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, doing crossword puzzles, and reading. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
     He is survived by his wife, Janet Millar of Menomonie; two sons, William Jr. of Texas and Timberly (Kassia) Millar of Columbus; an adopted son, Allen (Judy) Millar of Menomonie; two daughters, Sherry of Texas and Kimberly Millar of Columbus; three grandchildren, Michael and Kevin Dufrane and Tania Jones; three great-grandchildren, two sisters and one brother, Harriet Clark, Mary Millar and Jerry (Phyllis) Millar, all of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Duncan and Jeptha Millar; a daughter, Lucinda; and a stepdaughter and son-in-law, Arlys and Alfred Dufrane.
     Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Spring burial will be in Waneka Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook.
     Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Ross L. Hillman

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 6, 2000, A6

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Ross Hillman, 84, of Plum City, formerly of the Dunn County area, died Friday at Sacred Heart Hospital.
     He was born July 15, 1915, to Orange and Mable Hillman in the town of Red Cedar in Dunn County.
     Ross Married Elvina Flynn on Dec. 8, 1943, and she preceeded him in death in 1977. He later married Betty Raethke July 5, 1988.
     Ross farmed in Barron and Dunn counties from 1943 to 1965. He was employed at National Presto from 1965 to 1977 and worked in janitorial services since 1977.
     He is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, Ronald (Carol) of Peoria, Ill., and James (Jackie) of Marine on St. Croix; three daughters, Dixie Bjurstrom of Barron, Diane (Lee) Veldhouse of Idaho Springs, Colo., and Tracy (Roger) Linse of Eau Claire; three stepsons, Ralph (Janelle) Raethke and Roger (Barbara) Raethke, both of Pepin, and Ronald (Tetesuko) Raethke of Clarksville, Tenn.; two stepdaughters, Joan (Bruce) Peterson and Joyce (Jon) Stewart both of Stockholm; one sister, Erma Van Blaircorn of Amery; one brother, Russell Hillman of Connorsville; mother-in-law, Julia Flynn of Eau Claire; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     He was proceeded in death by one son, Ora Gene Hillman; two sisters, Edna Wilrobie and Lorraine Bonte; one brother, Orin Hillman; and one granddaughter, Amy.
     Pallbearers will be Ronald Hillman, Dixie Bjurstrom, Diane Veldhouse, Lee Veldhouse, James Hillman and Tracy Linse.
     Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m., Monday, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Bruce Beyer officiating. Burial will be in Vanceburg Cemetery in Sheridan. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home and one hour before services Monday.
     The family suggests memorials to the Church of God.
Arthur W. Werner

Dunn County News, Wed, February 9, 2000, A6

Arthur W. Werner, 93, of Menomonie, formerly of Wilson, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
     Arthur was born March 27, 1906, in the Township of Weston, Dunn County, the son of Matthew and Mary (Frank) Werner. Art grew up in the Weston community. He married Dorothy Stoeklen on Nov. 24, 1937, in Menomonie. After marriage, they farmed in the Weston area until selling the farm in 1965 and moving to Durand. They made their home in Durand for four years.
     They retired to a lake home near Siren and lived there until 1985. Art and Dorothy returned to Menomonie where they lived for four years before moving in with their daughter in Wilson. Art resided the last six months at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.
     He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two sons, James of Milwaukee and Gerald (Jane) of Trego; one daughter, Mary Mae (Rodney) Timm of Wilson; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two sisters, Helen Strader of Eau Claire and Goldine Werner of Menomonie; two brothers, Clarence and Robert, both of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
     Art was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters.
     Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
     Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.
Edna M. Stene

Dunn County News, Wed, February 9, 2000, A6

Edna M. Stene, 84, of Colfax, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.
     Edna was born Sept. 18, 1915, in Boyceville to Charles and Martha (Herdahl) Evenson. She married Glenard O. Stene and together they farmed in the Colfax area for 50 years of their marriage. Edna was also the bookkeeper for his trucking company. In 1972, they moved to town.
     She was a member of the Colfax Lutheran Church.
     Survivors include one son, Gregory E. Stene of Richfield, Minn.; two daughters, Sharon (Jerry) Larson of Hudson and Marilyn (Roger) Hendrikson of Woodbury, Minn.; grandchildren, Rochelle (Gordon) Brackee, Jody (Charles) Enloe, Tessa M. Stene, Randall Hendrikson, Rodney (Lisa) Hendrikson, Jeffrey (Pamela) Larson and Eric (Stacia) Larson; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Gladys Chernak; sisters-in-law, Ruby Stene, Sue Evenson, Daisy Evenson, Anna Belle Evenson and Catherine Evenson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenard, in 1986; an infant daughter in 1950; and her brothers, Ed, Carl, Merle, Galvin, Morris and Glen.
     Funeral services for Edna are Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at 11 a.m. from the Colfax Lutheran Church with Pastor Les Walck officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.
     Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
Mary Lou Millar

Dunn County News, Wed, February 9, 2000, A6

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Mary Lou Millar, 77, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at her home.
     She was born May 2, 1922, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to William and Ruth (Stephens) Millar. She attended Lyndale Grade School and the Dunn County School of Agriculture.
     Mary began working as a youth education fieldworker for the Wisconsin Farmers Union in January 1957. In February 1958, she was stricken with spinal meningitis and was left completely deaf. She quickly became an accomplished lip reader. In July 1968, she began working for the American Lutheran Home as a cook. She continued with this job until her death.
     Mary was a lifelong member of the Salem-Iron Creek United Methodist Church. Over the years she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and served as church custodian. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, Wisconsin Farmers Union and Iron Creek Homemakers. Mary loved life and lived each day with contentment and faith in God. She also loved her family and most sporting events.
     She is survived by one sister, Harriet Clark of Menomonie; one brother, Jerry (Phyllis) Millar of Menomonie; three sisters-in-law, Betty Millar and Janet Millar of Menomonie and Margaret Millar of Milwaukee; 26 nieces and nephews, Jean (Neal) Krumm, David (Judy) Clark, Jim (Ann) Clark, Nancy (Dick) Maki, Karen (Larry) Smith, Marilyn (Kurt) Bents, Mike Millar, Julie (Lynn) Miller, Donna (Dan) Johnson, Tom (Paula) Millar, Carol (Mark) Stratton, Holland (Patty) Millar, Debbie (Don) Lindermann, Rita (Ross) Lunderville, John Millar, Mary (Jerry) Kerg, Jenny (Chuck) Breed, Allen (Judy) Millar, William (Barbara) Millar Jr., Sherry (Stan) White, Tim (Kassia) Millar, Kim Millar, Robert Millar, Steven (Kathy) Millar, Susan (Gary) Edman and Patrick (Isabelle) Millar; 54 great-nieces and great-nephews; 22 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and other relatives and friends.
     For anyone who knew Mary, you know that she loved and remembered all of her family and friends on birthdays and other special occasions whenever possible.
     Mary was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, William, Duncan and Jeptha; two nieces, Ruth Ann Millar and Lucinda Millar; and a great-nephew, Justin Millar.
     Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at the Salem-Iron Creek United Methodist Church with Pastor Brian Armstrong officiating. Spring burial will be in Waneka Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook.
     Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
Michael Thomas Poirier

Dunn County News, Wed, February 9, 2000, A6

Michael Thomas Poirier, infant son of Michael and Teressa Poirier of Menomonie, was stillborn on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
     Services are pending.
     Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family.

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Michael Thomas Poirier

Dunn County News, Sun, February 13, 2000, A6

 

Michael Thomas Poirier, infant son of Michael and Teressa Poirier of Menomonie, was stillborn on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at the Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
     He is survived by both parents, Michael and Teressa Poirier of Menomonie; a sister, Alexandra Poirier of Menomonie, and a grandfather, Thomas Dewey of New Mexico.
     Michael was preceded in death by his grandmother, Vicky Dewey.
     A memorial service for Michael will be held at 2 p.m. today (Sunday) at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Friends and relatives are welcome.
     Olson Funeral Home, Menomonie, assisted the family with arrangements.
DeWayne W. Burck

Dunn County News, Sun, February 13, 2000, A6

DeWayne William Burck, 76, of Freeport, Ill., died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Freeport Memorial Hospital.
     He was born April 7, 1923, in Menomonie to Otto and Anna (House) Burck. On Jan. 19, 1946, he and Janice Score were married in Menomonie.
     Prior to his retirement in 1984, he was an industrial arts teacher for 30 years at Freeport High School. He received a master’s degree in industrial arts from Stout State University in Menomonie.
     During World War II he was an airplane mechanic in the Air Force.
     His memberships included First Lutheran Church and Kiwanis Golden K. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
     Surviving are his wife; one son, Douglas (Donna) Burck of Stockton, Ill.; two daughters, Jane (Walter) Pawelkiewicz of Windham, Conn., and Sally (Craig) Cuplin of Freeport; seven grandchildren, Aimee (Jeffrey) Wunluck of Freeport, Lisa (Mike) Ceddia of Elk Grove, Calif., Jeremy Pawelkiewicz of Tampa, Fla., Douglas Cross of Pasagoula, Miss., and Chuck, Gary and Shera Schreiner of Stockton; one great-grandchild, Kyle Wunluck; and two sisters, Loretta Steinmeyer and Shirley (Thor) Edgeberg, both of Menomonie.
     Preceding him in death were his parents, one daughter, three brothers, and three sisters.
     Funeral services were Thursday at First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Neville Kretzmann officiating. Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
     A memorial fund has been established for Kiwanis Golden K.
     Burke-Tubbs Funeral Homes in Freeport handled arrangements.
Frances E. Hendricks

Dunn County News, Sun, February 13, 2000, A6

 
Frances E. Hendricks, 81, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home.
     She was born Oct. 29, 1918, in Menomonie to Herman and Martha (Stubbs) Otto. She married William “Bud” Hendricks in 1936 in Menomonie. He passed away on Aug. 8, 1983.
     Mrs. Hendricks worked at Archway Cookie Factory and the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home. She was a member of the Church of Peace.
     She enjoyed sewing, crafts, watching television and was a fan of the Milwaukee Braves and Brewers.
     Survivors include two sons, Ronald (Theresa, “Terry”) Hendricks of Florida and Gerald (Betty) Hendricks of Malone; six grandchildren, Connie and Hugh Hendricks of Fond du Lac, Sherry Clouse, and Jeff, David and Mark Hendricks; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dahla Thompson of San Pedro, Calif.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, and stepmother, Ethel Otto, one sister, two brothers, her husband, one grandson, James, and one great-granddaughter, Amanda.
     Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 524 North Park Ave., Fond du Lac, with services following at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Gerald Bertsch will officiate. Entombment will be in the Entombment Shrine of Rest Mausoleum.
 
Minnie Christilaw

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 16, 2000, A6

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Minnie “Min” Christilaw, 94, of Alterra Assisted Living in Brooklyn Center, Minn., died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn.
     The former Minnie Gewerth was born Feb. 27, 1905, to Ida (Bender) and John Gewerth. She was raised in New Ulm, Minn., and graduated from high school in 1923. Min completed her studies at the Collegiate Business Institute of Minneapolis in 1924 and then worked at the Eagle Roller Mill in New Ulm from 1924 to 1935. While working at the Eagle Roller Mill, Min was an active golfer and bridge player and belonged to the Junior Pioneers, the Brown County Historical Society, and the Congregational Church.
     On May 30, 1935, Min married George M. Christilaw. They lived in Askov, Minn., for one year and Duluth, Minn., for almost 10 years. While living in Duluth, Min was Worthy Matron of the Glen Avon Eastern Star, a member of the Congregational Church and the Church Circle, taught Sunday School, and belonged to the Duluth Woman’s Club.
     In 1946, Min and George moved to Owatonna, Minn., where she was a member of the Owatonna Eastern Star, the Owatonna Woman’s Club, the Elk’s Club, the Legion Auxiliary, Emanon Club, the Associated Church and Grace Circle. She worked as an executive secretary at Josten’s for 13 years and continued to work part-time for two more years. George passed away in December 1987. In 1994, Min moved to Alterra Assisted Living in Brooklyn Center.
     Min was an excellent cribbage and bridge player and belonged to several bridge clubs. She was an active, energetic, social person who enjoyed cooking, entertaining, dancing, traveling, helping others, and spending time with family and friends. She also loved to watch golf, basketball, baseball, and football and was an avid Twins and Vikings fan. Min lived an interesting life and shared her stories, experiences and wisdom with her family. She will be sadly missed but always remembered.
     Min is survived by three daughters, Mary (Gene) Logan of Brooklyn Center, Patricia Shanklin of Overland Park, Kan., and Frances (Bill) Powell of Menomonie; 10 grandchildren, Richard (Shelly) Logan, Tom (Lydia) Logan and Linda (Robert) Flores, all of the Austin, Texas, area, Kirstin (Rick) Hadel of Kansas City, Kan., MaKaela (Dan) Carter and Kent (Melissa) Shanklin of Houston, Texas, Frances (Ruben) Olguin of Dana Point, Calif., Julia Powell and Eric (Sara) Powell of San Francisco, Calif., and Natalie Powell of Athens, Ga.; and eight great-grandchildren, Tyler and Lindsey Logan, Clarissa, Braden and Derek Flores, Madison and Western Carter, and Tatiana Olguin.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; her aunt, Emma; her husband, George; one sister, Eleanor; and two brothers, George and Alfred.
     Visitation was held on Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at 3 p.m. at Evans Nordby Funeral Home in Brooklyn Center. The interment ceremony was held on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at 2 p.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn., where Min was buried next to her beloved husband.
Charles H. Lieffring

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 16, 2000, A6

Charles H. Lieffring, 82, of Eau Galle, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at the Chippewa Valley Hospital in Durand.
     He was born Nov. 18, 1917, in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, rural Eau Galle, the son of Francis and Lucy (Zuraff) Lieffring. He was raised on the home farm in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, rural Eau Galle, and lived there his entire life.
     He married Helen Tulip on June 11, 1940. After marriage, they lived and farmed on the home farm. Helen passed away on Dec. 4, 1977. On March 8, 1986, he married Virginia Smith.
     He was a member of Council #2422, Durand Knights of Columbus.
     Charles is survived by his wife, Virginia; three sons, Jerry (Linda) and Bruce, both of Arkansaw, and Herb (Diana) of Roseville, Minn.; three daughters, Charleen (Jack) Dunbar, Kathleen Lieffring (Larry Bundy), and Midge Lieffring, all of Arkansaw; two stepsons, Lee (Charlene) Smith of Menomonie and Terry (Gail) Smith of Plum City; one stepdaughter, Debbie (David) Wittig of Maiden Rock; 17 grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and one brother, Walter (Gladys) of Ingram.
     Besides his first wife, Helen; he was preceded in death by three sons, Dennis, David and Joseph; one daughter-in-law, Nancy; two grandsons; one granddaughter; one step great-grandson; four brothers, John, Lawrence, Francis and Robert; and four sisters, Marie Boerger, Kathryn Schleicher, Margaret Van Allen and Florence Drier.
     Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Eau Galle with the Rev. Roy Mish officiating. Spring burial will be in the church cemetery.
     Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand handled arrangements.
Orpha Harriet Josephine Hansen

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 16, 2000, A6


Orpha Harriet Josephine Hansen, 92, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
     Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

     
Richard H. Arnold

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 20, 2000, A8

Richard H. Arnold, 50, of Boyceville, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000.
     He was born Dec. 4, 1949, in Milwaukee, the son of Melvin and Darlene (Anderson) Arnold. Richard grew up in the communities of Boyceville and Ridgeland. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Army.
     After service, Richard returned to Wheeler. He married Diane Anderson and they resided in Wheeler. They later divorced. Richard then moved to Boyceville where he was an over the road truck driver and was currently working for Moelter Grain of River Falls.
     Richard was a member of American Legion Post #314 of Boyceville and VFW Post #10424 of Wheeler.
     Richard is survived by a son and daughter, Dean and Rita Arnold, both of Wheeler; two stepsons, David Fawcett of Wheeler and Douglas Mentor of Menomonie; his mother and stepfather, Darlene (Sherman) Hanson of Boyceville; two brothers, Mel Arnold and Jim Delegard, both of Boyceville; four sisters, Susan Schlough, Collette Suckow, Joan O’Connell and Michele Hanson, all of Boyceville; two stepsisters, Cindy Egger of Scandia, Minn., and Lori Scanlon of Grantsburg; one stepbrother, Alan Hanson of Frederic; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
     His father, Melvin Arnold, and stepfather, Carol Delegard, preceded him in death in 1961 and 1973, respectively.
     Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Jon Becker officiating. Burial was in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Ridgeland.
     Military honors were provided by VFW Post #10424 of Wheeler.
     Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn A. Palmer

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 20, 2000, A8

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Evelyn A. Palmer, 89, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
     The former Evelyn Andrietta Gradman was born March 19, 1910, in the Town of Springfield, St. Croix County, to John and Selma (Rodin) Gradman. She attended school in Wilson.
     Evelyn married William Palmer on April 2, 1928, in Stillwater, Minn. After living in Spring Valley for several years, they moved to Menomonie where they managed the Kraft farms. They later purchased their own farm. From 1962 until her husband’s death, Evelyn and Bill farmed on Midway Road in Menomonie.
     Evelyn was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie. She loved animals and was well known for her great cooking and baking. She was a resident at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie the last few years.
     Evelyn is survived by a daughter, Shirley Bertrand of Wadsworth, Ill.; a son, Roger (Gloria) Palmer of Madison; 10 grandchildren, Kent (Nancy) Sorenson, Linda (Scott) Graff, Pamela (Jim) Croft, Susan Wade, Allen (Cindy) Sorenson, John (Mary Sue) Petersen, Steven (Kim) Petersen, Jonell Palmer, Ellen (Ed) Stober and Jennifer Kolste; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William; a daughter, Florence Sorenson; a son, Ronald Palmer; a grandson, William Palmer; a great-grandson, Billy Wade; two brothers, Pat and Oscar Hallgren; and four sisters, Idona Hallgren, Selma Pihl, Hannah Bergstrom and Gertrude Hansen.
     Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Spring burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County.
     Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.
Penelope L. Puhl

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 20, 2000, A8

Penelope Louise Puhl, 53, a former Menomonie resident, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, in Chicago.
     Penny was born Oct. 7, 1946, in Milwaukee, the daughter of the late Dr. Howard V. Puhl and his wife, Ruth, then of Menomonie. She attended East School and graduated in 1964 [corrected] from Menomonie High School.
     Penny was very active in high school with particular fondness for music, forensics, horsemanship and swimming, interests she continued throughout her life.
     Following high school, Penny attended North Central College in Naperville, Ill. During her years at Naperville she also studied on a scholarship at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Following graduation from North Central College, Penny attended the University of Chicago on another scholarship. Her particular concentration was in the social sciences. While working in Chicago, Penny continued her pursuits in science, nature, camping and theater, and she became an accredited deep sea diver.
     Because of her fondness for aquatic activities, one half of Penny’s cremated remains will be scattered in the Caribbean Ocean. The other half will be deposited in the family’s niche in the columbarium at the Wisconsin Memorial Park on Capitol Drive in Milwaukee.
     Penny’s mother, Ruth, is now a resident of Sun City, Ariz.
     A memorial service will be held for Penny at 10 a.m. on March 4, 2000, at the Lakeview Methodist Church in Sun City.
     Memorials for Penny may be directed to the American Liver Foundation, 4545 East Shea Blvd., Suite 255, Phoenix, AZ 85028.
Audrey E. Peterson-Kippenhan

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 20, 2000, A8

Audrey E. Peterson-Kippenhan, 67, of Chippewa Falls, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at her home with her family.
     Audrey was born March 31, 1932, in Verdon, Manitoba, Canada, to Harold and Dorothy (Giles) Walker. She married Jerry Peterson on Nov. 14, 1948, in Orville, Wash. They moved to the Albertville area in 1950 and to Colfax in 1967. He preceded her in death in 1986. On June 23, 1990, she married Cecil Kippenhan. Audrey became a United States citizen in October 1993.
     Audrey was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Colfax United Methodist Church, UMW, and Interfaith Caregivers. For 10 years she was an active board member for the Democratic Party in Dunn County. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, cooking, needlework, traveling, camping and crafts. She was an avid fan of the Colfax Vikings and the Green Bay Packers. Audrey loved being involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren.
     Survivors include her husband, Cecil of Chippewa Falls; two sons, Robert (Rhonda) and William Peterson, both of Colfax; three daughters, Cindy (Dan) Ziegler of Eau Claire, Nancy (Rick) Hainstock of Colfax, and Lynn Satter of Menomonie; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Howdle and Barbara Hix; one brother, Raymond Walker; and many nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; her mother and father-in-law, Marshall and Bessie Peterson; her first husband, Jerry; her son, Larry Dale Peterson; and a grandson, Paul Cory Peterson.
     Funeral services for Audrey Peterson-Kippenhan were Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, from the United Methodist Church in Colfax with Pastor Steve Groves officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.
     Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax was in charge of arrangements.
Floyd C. Reckin

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 20, 2000, A8-A12

Floyd C. Reckin, 90, of Elko, Nev., and formerly of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at his daughter’s home in Elko, Nev. 
    Floyd was born April 6, 1909, in Wisconsin, the son of Charles and Anna Reckin. He married Alice Gifford in 1931 and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 17, 1981. They farmed in their early years near Elmwood, then moved to Menomonie. Floyd owned the Menomonie Woodwork Shop, building truck racks, boats and many other things. He later sold out and worked many years at Sanna Dairies. Alice passed away Dec. 7, 1984.
     Floyd’s hobby was fishing in Lake Menomin and Red Cedar River, where he caught his largest fish, an 18-pound northern pike with his grandson’s help. Floyd was an excellent caregiver for his wife, Alice, for most of her life.
     He is survived by two daughters, Theresa (Walter) Calderwood of Elko, Nev., who cared for him in her home for the past eight years, and Verla (Everett) Haney of La Verkin, Utah; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, one of whom died as a baby; nine great-great-grandchildren, and one step-great-great-grandchild.
     Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Dan Alexander officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the Clearview Cemetery in Eau Galle.
     Friends my call one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday.
     Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home is serving the family.
Janice M. Bradford

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 20, 2000, A12

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Janice M. Bradford, 62, of Menomonie, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.
     The former Janice Marie Stark was born Jan. 17, 1938, in Menomonie to George and Hazel (Adams) Stark. She was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Jan graduated from Menomonie High School in 1956 and worked for a short time at the Dunn County News office. She married Harold “Hub” Bradford on Aug. 10, 1963, in Menomonie. Janice worked at the Dunn County Courthouse for over 25 years; from 1980 to 1985 she served as Dunn County Clerk of Courts. For the past 13 years, she has been employed at Good Will in Menomonie. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and also enjoyed working with her flowers and doing crafts.
     Janice is survived by her mother, Hazel Stark of Menomonie; a sister, Sandy (Arnie) Gerth of Menomonie; a niece, Julie (Gary) Gray of Menomonie; a nephew, Dean Gerth of Menomonie; other nieces and nephews; a great-niece, Stacey Gray, and great-nephew, Steven Gerth, and other relatives and friends.
     She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her husband, “Hub” Bradford; her father, George Stark, and one nephew.
     Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. David Whelan officiating. Spring burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.
     Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today (Sunday) at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church an hour prior to the service on Monday.
Irene E. Larson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 20, 2000, A12

Irene E. Larson, 90, of Menomonie and formerly of Knapp, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
     The former Irene Ethel Maves was born Oct. 16, 1909, in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to Max and Ida (Schaefer) Maves. She graduated from Menomonie High School.
     Irene married Oscar Larson on Jan. 15, 1931, in Menomonie. They farmed in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County. Irene later worked in the cafeteria at UW-Stout until her retirement. She was treasurer for the Township of Lucas for many years and she was a member and treasurer for Christ Lutheran Church for many years. Irene was also active in the Knapp Senior Citizens. She has resided at Autumn Village in Menomonie for the past two years.
     Irene is survived by a son, Arvid (Arliss) Larson of Manistique, Mich.; a daughter-in-law, Trudy Larson of Menomonie; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Willard “Buck” Maves of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Maves of Menomonie; nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar; infant son, Eugene; son, John; daughter-in-law, Sharon Larson; two brothers, Verne and Irvin Maves, and two sisters, Stella Schrantz and Lorraine Crane.
     Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in Tramway Cemetery in
the Town of Menomonie.
     Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church an hour prior to the service on Monday.
David P. Shackleton

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 20, 2000, A12

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David P. Shackleton, 51, of Knapp, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at his home.
     He was born March 30, 1948, in Ladysmith to Perry and Genevieve (Bliven) Shackleton. He lived in Holcombe until the age of 14, then moved with his family to Knapp.
     David married Karen Rundle on July 22, 1967, in Minneapolis, Minn. He worked as a building contractor in the Knapp area.
     David is survived by his wife, Karen Shackleton of Knapp; two sons and one daughter, David (Teresa) Shackleton, Sam Shackleton and Shayne Shackleton, all of Knapp; two grandchildren, Luke and Britnee Shackleton; six brothers and three sisters, Robert (Clarice) Shackleton of Knapp, Viola (Earl) Cook of Chippewa Falls, Dora (Bud) Carrell of Cornell, Jan (George) Wolf of Janesville, Ray (Millie) Shackleton of New Auburn, Don Shackleton of Hillsdale, Dick (Lois) Shackleton of Knapp, Stan (Marty) Shackleton of Rice Lake and Dan (Wendy) Shackleton of Dallas; many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents.
     Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Menomonie Alliance Church, with Pastor Kelly Lynnes officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County.
     Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church an hour prior to the services on Tuesday.
Carol Pritchard

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 20, 2000, A12

Carol Pritchard, 52, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
     Funeral arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.
Carol L. Pritchard

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, A6

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 Carol L. Pritchard, 52, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
     The former Carol Louise Jacobson was born May 11, 1947, in Baldwin to Emil and Irene (Brown) Jacobson. She grew up on a farm south of Woodville, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1969 with a degree in special education.
     Carol married Terry Pritchard on June 21, 1969, at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire. She taught one-half year at Osseo-Fairchild schools, then quit to have three sons. She gave foster care to 28 children over 20 years.
     In 1978, Terry and Carol opened a group home in Menomonie and it was a wonderful experience for Carol. In 1987, she began working for the ARC of Dunn County as well, but she always enjoyed the group home. Mostly, however, she enjoyed being home and making a household the very best it could be.
     Carol is survived by her husband, Terry of Menomonie; three sons, Joel, Matt and Andy, all of Menomonie; five sisters, Eleanor Voelker, Lorraine Punchard, Doris Bunge, Joan Edwards and Karen Zabrowski; one brother, Walter Jacobson; two sisters-in-law, Betty Schoettle and Jeanine Adams; one brother-in-law, Bill Pritchard; several nieces and nephews; and scores of friends, family and neighbors.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Irene Jacobson.

     Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dan Alexander officiating. Burial was in Iron Creek Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.
     Carol’s family would like to thank the wonderful neighborhood in which they reside, and all extended family and friends for the support and help they have received during these troubled times.
     Memorials are preferred to ARC of Dunn County, Befrienders at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, or Iron Creek Church Ladies.
     Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.
Herman A. Swanson

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, A6

Herman A. Swanson, 89, of Connorsville, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
     Herman was born Dec. 10, 1910, in the Town of Sand Creek to Pete and Nellie (Gunderson) Swanson. He was raised in the Sand Creek area and attended country school there. He later farmed there until his retirement.
     After retiring he moved to Connorsville where he has lived for about the last 30 years. He enjoyed woodworking and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Connorsville.
     He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
     Herman was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Selmer and Norris.
     Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, from Grace Lutheran Church in Connorsville with the Rev. Louis Kerestes officiating. Spring interment will be in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Sand Creek.
     Arrangements were with Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron.
Margaret E. Brehm-Peter

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, A6

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Margaret E. Brehm-Peter, 87, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
     The former Margaret Evelyn Pauly was born June 1, 1912, to Fred and Inga (Larson) Pauly of Menomonie. She married Virgil Brehm on June 22, 1935. Together they farmed in the Town of Weston and on Meadow Hill Drive near Menomonie until Virgil’s death in 1955. Margaret then worked for the Credit Union and then for many years in the insurance department of the Red Cedar Clinic, retiring in 1982 at age 70.
     Margaret was also married to Carl Peter, and following his death, she later married Reinhold Wolske, both of Menomonie.
     Margaret will be lovingly remembered and missed by her son, William Brehm of Birchwood; her daughter, Patricia (James R.) Johnson of Menomonie; a son-in-law, Donald Litzkow of Menomonie; a stepson, William (Bonnie) Peter of Menomonie; a sister, Marian Grimme of Colfax; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and special friends.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Raymond Pauly and Fred Pauly Jr.; her husband, Virgil Brehm; her second husband, Carl Peter; and daughter, Marian Litzkow.

     Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dan Alexander officiating. Spring burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.
     Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
William T. “Bill” Hughes

Dunn County News, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, A6

   
     William T. “Bill” Hughes, 95, formerly of Knapp, passed away Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000.
     Complete obituary to follow.

     
William T. Hughes

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, A6

William T. “Bill” Hughes, 95, of Minneapolis, Minn., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000.
     Bill was raised on Miller Hill and was a proud alumni of Knapp School. He later attended the Dunn County School of Agriculture in Menomonie and River Falls State College.
     He was a 49-year employee of Northrup King Seed Co. and retired as a regional sales manager. He was a key developer for his company in Iowa and was based in the Cedar Rapids area before advancing to the regional office in Minneapolis.
     Bill was very charitable, gave generously of his time, and was given public recognition and many awards as he served the community in many ways. He was an active member of his church and delivered Meals on Wheels for many years.
     He was active politically and President Reagan personally acknowledged his contributions. He was somewhat of a historian and proud of his heritage, and was a geography buff who loved to travel. He continued to learn about the world we live in and inspired others to do the same until the end.
     He enjoyed people and had a knack of making each person feel special. Bill leaves behind a legacy of love and respect and will be fondly remembered by all who knew and cherished him.
     He is survived by a daughter, Billie Dawn (Ernie) Peel of Paris, Ill.; a son, Richard D. (Jann) Hughes of Louisiana; nine
grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a sister, Eleanor (Steve) Harrison of Elk Mound; and many nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Claire of Minneapolis; his parents, William and Janet Hughes; two brothers, Robert W. (Ada) and John (Gladys) of Knapp; and two sisters, Christina (Oscar) Meyer of Elk Mound and Janet (Percy) Bunton of Chippewa Falls.
     Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at the Lakewoode Chapel with burial in Lakewood Mausoleum in Minneapolis.
     Memorials preferred to the Presbyterian Home of Arden Hills or Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.
Gordon Eckert

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, A6

Gordon Chester Martin Eckert, 75, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at the St. Croix Valley Good Samaritan Center in St. Croix Falls.
     He was born Oct. 8, 1924, in Menomonie, the son of Fred and Hazel (Peckmiller) Eckert. He grew up on a farm outside of Menomonie and later moved with his parents to the Amery area where they operated a resort on the Apple River north of town.
     Following his years in high school, he entered the United States Navy. He took his training in Farragut, Idaho, and served aboard the USS Ashland where he became a laundry expert as a Ship’s Service Man L, Second Class.
     On June 12, 1948, in Amery he was united in marriage to Dorothy Haynes Kahl. Gordy soon began a 30-year career at the Amery Hospital where he was in charge of setting up and operating the laundry service.
     He was a charter member of the Amery VFW Post.
     He loved the outdoors, hunting and fly fishing, as well as trips to the cabin up north. Tending his vegetable garden and roses were also joys in his life. He enjoyed the kids in the neighborhood and served for many years with the Boy Scout Troop in Amery. His children and grandchildren were a source of great happiness in his life. He and Dorothy also helped raise his nieces — Hazel Ann Lucht, Judy Caroon, and Nancy Eckert Haskin.
     Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Dorothy; his
daughter, Teresa (Larry) Soderberg; his stepson, Gary (Jeanne) Kahl; his sisters, Bette Peterson and Marlys Saxhaug; his grandchildren, Kelly Carlson, Kristi Gilbertson, Kerri Kahl and Lilly Soderberg; his five great-grandchildren, Brandon and Lynsey Kahl, Noha Carlson, and Marissa and Dalton Gilbertson; his step grandchildren, Mike and Chad Carlson; other relatives; and many friends.
     His parents, his stepfather, Oscar Frank, his brother, Lavern, and sister, Phyllis, preceded him in death.
     Funeral services for Gordon Eckert were Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at First Lutheran Church in Amery with the Rev. Marcia Lynn Pyle officiating. Linda Swaszko was vocalist and Julie Selle was organist. Casketbearers were Brad Saxhaug, Erick Saxhaug, Mark Saxhaug, Doug Carlson, Darin Gilbertson, John Caroon III, Alex Lucht and Jeff Jansen. Honorary casketbearers were members of the Amery VFW and Legion Posts. Interment was in the Amery Cemetery.
     Williamson Funeral Home in Amery was in charge of arrangements.
E. Gladys Schroeder

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, A6

 

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E. Gladys Schroeder, 88, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
     Gladys was born Oct. 18, 1911, in Mohall, N.D., the daughter of Fremont and Gertrude (Porter) Foster. She lived there until she was 4 years old. Gladys then moved with her family to the Menomonie area.
     They lived in Cedar Falls for several years before moving to Menomonie. Gladys attended Cedar Falls Grade School, Menomonie High School, and later received her teaching degree from Dunn County Normal. Gladys taught in rural schools in the Menomonie area for several years.
     She married Gordon Schroeder on May 13, 1933, in Menomonie. They made their home in Menomonie except for six years they resided in Pepin. Gladys and Gordon spent 13 years wintering in Mesa, Ariz. Gordon died in 1977 and for the last four years Gladys has been a resident of the Dunn County Health Care Center.
     Gladys loved music and enjoyed telling stories.
     She is survived by a grandson, Kenneth G. (Chris) Schroeder and family of Enumclaw, Wash.; a brother, Roy (Ann) Foster of Bristol, Va.; and other relatives and friends.
     Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Gordon, and a brother, Lyle Schroeder.
     Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev.
Henry Hoerburger officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Falls Cemetery.
     Friends may call one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.
     Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.
Ruth M. Casper

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, A6

Ruth M. (Wellstein) Casper, 89, of Menomonie, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
     The former Ruth May Wellstein was born May 7, 1910, in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County, to Valentine and Mary (Laubenstein) Wellstein. She attended Pershing School in the Town of Lucas.
     Ruth worked in New Richmond and later in St. Paul, Minn., as a housekeeper before her marriage. She married Edwin Casper on June 3, 1946, in Menomonie. Together they farmed in the Town of Menomonie for many years. Ruth has resided at the Dunn County Health Care Center since 1997.
     She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie and belonged to the Ladies Aide at church. She was formerly a project leader for the Sunset Valley 4-H Club. She was a member of the Dunn County Farm Bureau, serving as treasurer until the age of 80. And, Ruth was a lifetime member of the Dunn County Historical Society.
     Ruth enjoyed gardening and visiting with her egg customers. She always had a smile for everyone, and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
     Ruth is survived by her husband, Edwin of Menomonie; her son, Allan (Sally) Casper of Menomonie; her daughter, Mary
(Stan) Hensley of Baldwin; six grandchildren, Valerie (Scott) Gaffney of Barneveld, Samuel, Arthur and John Casper, all of Menomonie, Katie Hensley of Ames, Ia., and Gale Hensley of Baldwin; a great-granddaughter, Paige Gaffney of Baldwin; two sisters and one brother, Mabel Jaeger, Benjamin Wellstein and Violet (Martin) Casper, all of Menomonie; nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; three bothers, William, Paul and Daniel Wellstein, and one sister, Minnie Schaefer.
     Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Marilynn Ruston officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County.
     Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, and at the church an hour prior to the service on Monday.

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