Dunn County Obituaries
February 2002

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
February 3, 2002 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Mary L. Petersen

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, A6

Mary L. Petersen, age 73, of Durand, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, at her home in Durand.

Mary was born Dec, 10, 1928, in Menomonie, the daughter of Arthur and Emily (Schleuter) Rassbach. She graduated in 1945 from Menomonie High School. Following graduation, Mary worked several years as a telephone operator in Menomonie.

She married John Petersen on June 28, 1952, in Menomonie. After marriage, they moved to Durand where they raised six sons.

Mary worked as director for the Durand Free Library for 12 years until she retired in 1991. Mary served on the Pepin County Human Services Board for approximately 20 years. She was a a secretary, Sunday School superintendent, and sang in the choir at Faith Lutheran Church in Durand. Mary was a member of the Durand Community Arts Club and volunteered at the Pepin County Historical Society. She enjoyed gardening, and especially loved growing roses. She was an avid Minnesota Twins fan.

Mary is survived by her husband, John; six sons, Brian (Julie) of Eau Claire, Jeff of New Richmond, Dave of St. Paul, Minn., Paul (Lori) of Holmen, James (Kim) of Oshkosh, and Joel of Durand; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Brandon and Jocelyn of Eau Claire, Phillip and Mitchell of Holmen, and Eric and Emily of Oshkosh; a brother, Arthur Rassbach of Eau Claire; and a sister, Martha Denson of Lena, Miss.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Fred and Charles Rassbach; and four sisters, Elizabeth Park, Emily Hall, Betty Melton and Dorothy Reid.

Memorial services are 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand. Burial is 12:45 a.m. Sunday at Christ Lutheran Church/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Sunday at the funeral home.

Rubena E. Gunderson

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, A6

Rubena E. Gunderson, age 93, of Denver, Colo., died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, at Iliff Care Center. Private family services were held with burial in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Rubena was born Dec. 19, 1908, in Menomonie to Robert and Elizabeth Hintzman. She married Martin Gunderson in 1932.

Rubena is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Mark) Reimers, and two grandsons, Matt and Jonathan Reimers of Denver.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Gladys Lemke and Agnes Rogness; and two brothers, David and Robert Hintzman.

Memorials may be given to Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Herbert Hanson

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, A6

Herbert Hanson, age 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at his home in Baltimore, Md.

He was born Aug. 14, 1916, in Menomonie to William and Martha Klatt Hanson. He married Hildegard Kronenberger on June 2, 1937.

They moved to Baltimore in 1941 where he worked for the City of Baltimore. He served in the Coast Guard Reserve. They had no children. He was active in the Knights of Columbus and AARP, and was an usher at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

After Hildegard retired from Woolworth Co., they traveled with tour groups to many places. She died in 1997 after a car accident.

Surviving are sisters-in-law, Rose Marie Kronenberger of California, Dorothy Kronenberger of Louisiana, Laura Heintz of Michigan, and Mary Roland of Colorado; plus six nieces, nine nephews and cousins in the Menomonie area.

Services and burial were in Baltimore.

Marion I. Rothbauer

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, A6

Marion I. Rothbauer, age 69, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Marion was born Feb. 6, 1932, in the Town of Tainter, Dunn County, to John and Catherine (Krejci) Rothbauer. She was raised in the Town of Otter Creek, attended school in Colfax, and graduated from Colfax High School.

Marion worked in the Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls area most of her life. She has lived in Menomonie since 1986 and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie.

Marion is survived by a sister, Lorraine (Raymond) Spaeth of Jim Falls; a brother, Kenneth (Susan) Rothbauer of Colfax; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charold Rothbauer.

Funeral services are 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Parish Cemetery.

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

Arnold T. Geissler

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, A6

Arnold T. Geissler, age 86, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Olson Funeral Home, Menomonie, where there will be an 8 p.m. prayer service, and one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in Hay River Cemetery in the Township of Hay River, Dunn County.

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Gerald J. Bever

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, A6

Gerald J. Bever, age 63, of South Milwaukee, formerly of Prairie Farm, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at St. Margaret Mercy Health Care Center in Hammond, Ind.

Gerald was born Sept. 23, 1938, on a farm in Eau Claire County, the son of Clarence and Cora (Walton) Bever. Gerald moved with his family to the Prairie Farm area. He graduated in 1956 from Prairie Farm High School.

Gerald married Bonnie Bonner in 1959. Later, he married Donna Johnson on Sept. 12, 1981, in Waupaca. Gerald owned and operated Mid States Plastics in Cudahy for many years.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Donna; one son, Craig of Milwaukee; two daughters, Pamela (Pat) Biegel of Bancroft and Debra (Anthony) Diehl; two stepsons, Dean and David (Theresa) Johnson, both of Waupaca; four grandchildren, Aaron, Heather and Lacy Biegel and Courtney Bever; three step-grandchildren, Stuart, Kehley and Devein Johnson; one sister, Margaret (Alvin) Erickson of Wheeler; two brothers, George (Beverly) of Prairie Farm and Clarence Jr. (Velma) of Ridgeland; a sister-in-law, Judy (Jim) Hallnbacher of Waupaca; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

His parents and a brother, Edwin, preceded him in death.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, where a prayer service is scheduled at 6:30 p.m., and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Arnold T. Geissler

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 6, 2002, A6

Arnold T. Geissler, age 86, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Arnold was born Dec. 8, 1915, in Tilden to Joseph and Veronica (Bowe) Geissler. He served in the Army during World War II (Merrill's Maurauders).  He married Lucille McIntyre on April 24, 1946, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Together they farmed in the Menomonie area for more than 50 years. Arnold retired from farming in 1995.

Arnold is survived by two sons, Richard (Mary) McIntyre of Webster and Dale (Joan) Geissler of Eau Claire; a daughter, Veronica (Arlan) Lerch of Menomonie; eight grandchildren, Timothy (Shonnah) McIntyre of Danbury, Michele Markgraf of Baldwin, Terri (George) Kocourek of Dickson, Tenn., Tracy Lerch of Menomonie, Troy (Melissa) Lerch of Minnesota, and Joseph, Nicole and Rory Geissler, all of Eau Claire; nine great-grandchildren, Travis and Collin Herman, Jeremy and Aaron Kocourek, Ashley running, Sean and Alicia Snorek, and Gregory and Chelsey McIntyre; one sister, Viola Hulsman of Indiana; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lucille in 1999; one son, Dennis; one grandson, David; one granddaughter, Suzanne; one great-grandson, Bradley; three brothers, Bernie, Alfred and Robert; and three sisters, Evelyn, Rose and Marie.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in Hay River Cemetery, Town of Hay River, Dunn County, with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans' Honor guard.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

E. Charles Fenske

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 6, 2002, A6

 E. Charles "Chuck" Fenske, age 87, "Mayor of Shopiere," died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, in his home.

Chuck was born April 8, 1914, in Cambria, the son of Henry A. and Lillie (Niedermeyer) Fenske. He married Beatrice Yandry on Jan. 31, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo. She died Aug. 11, 1992.

He was a World War II veteran, serving with the 542nd Parachute Infantry Battalion, 82nd Airborne, and was a member of the Dary Paulsen Post 440 of the American Legion in Clinton. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Clinton.

A Shopiere resident since 1945, he had been employed at the Beloit Corporation for 33 years. He was a member of the Izaak Walton Club and the Beloit Rifle Club, where he was a longtime teacher of hunter safety.

He was a member of, and active in, the Turtle Community organization, and was instrumental in bringing fireworks to the Turtle Fourth of July celebrations. He loved auctions, hunting, and the out of doors.

Surviving are his son, John Fenske of Shopiere; a sister, Janet Wold of Menomonie; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice; his parents; four brothers, Robert, Francis, Everett and Richard; and a sister, Ruth.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, in the Schoenfeld Funeral Home, 1000 Inman Parkway, Beloit, with the Rev. William Uffenbeck officiating. Burial with military honors was in the Turtleville Cemetery.

Bert J. Apelgren

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, A6

Bert James Apelgren, age 73, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie after a short illness.

He was born April 7, 1928, in Gladstone, Mich., to Erick and Freda (Norlander) Apelgren. He graduated from Gladstone High School in 1946 and then entered the U. S. Armed Forces and served in Kyoto, Japan, in the Military Police. Bert attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. After his discharge from the Army, he entered Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich., where he graduated in 1952. After graduating he accepted a job in Black River Falls as Fisheries Biologist for the Conservation Department,

Bert married Nancy Wagenhals on Aug. 1, 1953, in Oshkosh. They made their home in Black River Falls until he was transferred to the Menomonie area in 1958. In 1958, Bert was named the first Fish Manager (biologist) in the Menomonie area that comprised six counties. He worked 32 years-plus for the Department of Natural Resources, retiring in 1984.

After retirement Bert told people he woke up with a smile every morning. Bert was a member of the Menomonie Lions Club for thirty years.. He enjoyed hunting deer, partridge and pheasant. He loved fishing in his yellow boat and gave most of the fish away to friends who could no longer fish. His sons and grandsons experienced their first fishing outings at the age of three. When the fish were biting, the boys were hooked. Bert was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, win or lose, since his high school years. Bert also sold Christmas trees that he grew on his farm to many loyal customers for many years.

Bert is survived by his friend and loving wife, Nancy; a daughter, Jane (Gary) Greene of Warsaw, Ind.; two sons, Chris (Kollen) Apelgren of Sun Prairie and Stan (Gretchen) Apelgren of Eau Claire; three grandsons, Cory and Jesse of Warsaw, Ind., and Dustin of Eau Claire; two brothers and two sisters, Nels (Helga) Apelgren, Harold Apelgren, Marion (David) Nivison, all of Gladstone, Mich., and Hilda Rohr of Wauwatosa; many nieces and nephews and friends.

We will miss him - yet the memories will carry us through.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Herbert, Eric and Eddie, and a son Lee in 1995.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at First Congregational Church-UCC in Menomonie, with Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday. There will be a private burial at a later date.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Anthony J. "Tony" Palumbo

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, A6

Anthony Joseph "Tony" Palumbo, age 53, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at his home in Golden, Colo., after a courageous three and one-half year battle with cancer.

Tony will be remembered for his magnetic, outgoing ways of touching peoples' lives. Kind-hearted, he was always ready to help others. He lived life to its fullest, overcame many obstacles, conquered setbacks, and influenced others with his deep faith and determination. Family, friends and even acquaintances fell in love with his caring ways and shared in the humor he was able to see in many situations.

Tony was a hard worker, a successful businessman who for several years owned Palumbo Motors in Rochelle, Ill., and later brought his expertise to dealerships in Minnesota and Wisconsin. A gifted salesman, Tony could sell a rust bucket to a rich man, but he would have denied he ever did! He was a member of many organizations, including National Auto Dealership (NADA), Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, Alcoholics Anonymous, and he was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club.

Pre-deceased by his father, Joseph, and mother, Florine (Doty), Tony is survived by a large loving family, including his wife, Tracy (Viederis); daughter, Amie (Barry) Howard and son Sam (Kari) Palumbo, both of Arvada, Colo.; daughter, Alison Palumbo of Chicago; son, Joseph of Golden; brothers, Jerry (Linda) Palumbo, Jack (Karin) Palumbo, Jim (Cheryl) Palumbo, and Steve (Julie) Morrison; stepmother, Bev Palumbo; sisters, Laura (Mike) Kortokrax, Tracey (Todd) Vincent, and Jennie (Rick) Price; six grandchildren; and 21 nieces and nephews.

Donations in his name may be made to the Diana Price Fish Foundation (OPFF), P.O. Box 22919, Denver, CO 80222.

Rolland C. Quarderer

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, A6

Rolland C. Quarderer, 88, of Ridgeland, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at the Barron Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm, the Rev. Oz Twedt officiating. Burial will be in Akers Cemetery in the Town of Prairie Farm.

Friends may call at the Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Jay Bernard Scherer

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, A6

Jay Bernard Scherer, age 23, of Elk Mound, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, while attending school in Minneapolis.

Private services were held. Burial will take place in Lakeside Cemetery, Phillips, at a later date.

Olson Funeral Home served the family.

Evan A. Norman

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 13, 2002, A6

Evan A. Norman, age 102, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie where she resided the last five years.

Evan was born July 17, 1899, in Tennessee, the daughter of Eli and Ollie Hillis, and grew up in Fayetteville, Tenn. Evan married John H. Norman on Oct. 26, 1924. They lived in Fayetteville for a few years before moving to Shelbyville, Tenn. Evan worked in a cotton mill in both Fayetteville and Shelbyville.

Her husband, John, died in 1964. In 1966, Evan moved to Boyceville to be near her daughter. In 1983, she moved to Menomonie where she remained the rest of her life.

Evan is survived by two daughters, Ruby May of Phoenix, Ariz., and Hazel (Dale) Lynch of Menomonie; two sons, Gordon (Vaunita) Norman of Shelbyville and Ollie Norman of North Hollywood, Calif.; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, a daughter, Bernice Brewer, and a son, Thomas Norman.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, at the Gowen-Smith Funeral Home in Shelbyville with the Rev. Bobby McGee officiating. Burial was in Willow Mount Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of local arrangements.

Charles E. Blodgett

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 13, 2002, A6

Charles E. Blodgett, age 63, of Maiden Rock, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Charles was born June 28, 1938, in Pierce County, the son of Cordy and Velma (Rice) Blodgett.

He loved fishing and the great outdoors.

Survivors include his former wife, Jeanette Peck Blodgett of Menomonie; five children, Sonya (Duane) Lockwood and Barry Blodgett, both of Menomonie, Wesley (Debbie) Blodgett of Hammond, and Stacey Blodgett and Chad Blodgett, both of Maiden Rock; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother, Cordy (Karen) Blodgett Jr. of Shell Lake; one sister, Betty Blodgett of Exland; nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

Burial will be in the Trimbelle Cemetery, Trimbelle Township, Pierce County.

Private services will be held in the spring.

Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ellsworth, assisted the family.

H. Irving Brenden

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 13, 2002, A6

H. Irving Brenden, age 86, of Elk Mound, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

He was born Jan. 13, 1916, to Iver and Anne (Odegard) Brenden. He married Grace Sivertson on Aug. 4, 1945, in Caryville.

Irving enjoyed working as a dairy farmer in the township of Spring Brook. He was a lifelong member of the Spring Brook Lutheran Church. Spending time with family and friends was important to him. He always enjoyed a good joke and loved to laugh.

He is survived by his wife, Grace; 10 children, Alan (Carol) Brenden of Elk Mound, Steve (Barb) Brenden of Cherry Valley, Ill.; Ken (Shirley) Brenden of Sun Lakes, Ariz., Cathy (Dennis) Johnson of Stoughton, Carol (Dave) Oas of Hudson, Vernon (Arlene) Brenden of Cherry Valley, Nancy (Jody Hoel) Brenden of McFarland, Noel (Jennifer) Brenden of Eau Claire, Tom (Christine) Brenden of Milton, and Sally (Randy) Larson of Colfax; 21 grandchildren, Jeff, Cheryl, Jodi and David Brenden, Jason and Kevin Brenden, Nichole (Rich) Brown, Renee and Jenell Denio, Laura and Lesley Oas, Matthew and Michael Brenden, Ryan and Kyle Brenden, Katelyn and Natasha Williams, Brooke, Jessica and Seth Brenden, and Zachary Larson; and one great-grandchild, Cecelia Grace Brown.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at Spring Brook Lutheran Church.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

The family would like to thank the staff at Area Nursing Home in Colfax for the 3-1/2 years of care they gave to Irving and those residents at the nursing home that have touched our lives forever.

Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Henry "Hank" A. Hagen

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 13, 2002, A6

Henry "Hank" A. Hagen, age 89, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

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Willmer "Bill" Smeltzer

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 13, 2002, A6

Willmer "Bill" Smeltzer, age 73, of Eau Galle, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Bill was born Jan. 24, 1929, in Nelson to Bert and Ethel (Anderson) Smeltzer. He married Arline Bauer on Jan. 9, 1952, at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Eau Galle. They moved to Menomonie and Bill worked at Lakeside Aluminum for three years. He then spent five years as a police officer as well as a volunteer fireman for nine years.

Bill then worked at the University of Wisconsin-Stout as a security officer and then with the Maintenance Department for 12 years. He retired in 1988 as the maintenance supervisor at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman, including his passion for hunting and fishing. He also was musically and artistically talented and known as a practical joker. Bill was always willing to give a "helping hand." His family, and especially his grandchildren, were most important to him.

Bill was a member of the Fish-N-Game and the Wakanda Cruisers Snowmobile Club.

Bill is surviving by three sons and three daughters, Diane (James) Fox of Waupaca, Paulette (Robert) Norby of Menomonie, Richard (Tamera) Smeltzer of Fall Creek, Sue (Mark) Van Osdale of Owatonna, Minn., Randy Smeltzer (Ranie) of Colfax, and Kevin (Teri) Smeltzer of Menomonie; 14 grandchildren; four sisters, Marion (Jerry) Fitzgerald of Minneapolis, Minn., Evelyn Brantner of Durand, Arvilla Kuhn of Nelson, and Marcella (Everett) Marcou of Kellogg, Minn.; one brother, Glen (Dorothy) Smeltzer of Aitkin, Minn.; and other relatives and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Bryce Smeltzer.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in the Nelson Cemetery in Nelson.

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.

Henry "Hank" A. Hagen

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, A6

Henry "Hank" A. Hagen, age 89, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Henry was born Oct. 15, 1912, in the Town of Elk Mound, Dunn County, to Albert and Emelia (Cook) Hagen. Henry attended school in Elk Mound. In 1926, the family moved to Menomonie.

Henry worked for area farmers from 1928-34. In 1934, he moved to a small farm in the town of Stanton.

Henry married Hazel Behling in 1937 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Henry served as treasurer of the Peck School District for six years. He also served on the council at Peace Lutheran Church.

Henry was employed at Hedlund Manufacturing Co. in Boyceville from 1958 until retiring in 1985.

Henry is survived by one son, Maurice (Joyce) Hagen of Crystal, Minn.; two granddaughters, Andrea and April Hagen; one sister, Hannah Rubusch of Boyceville; one brother-in-law, Lloyd (Vi) Behling of Menomonie; one sister-in-law, Fern Knopps; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hazel; one brother, Carl; one granddaughter, Naomi; and an infant brother, Herman.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Rodney G. Hoyt

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, A6

Rodney G. Hoyt, age 44, of Knapp, died from cancer on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, at his home.

He was born Oct. 9, 1957, in Durand to Robert and Florence (Bignell) Hoyt. Rodney was raised in Knapp and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1975. He later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1985.

Rodney married Lori Veenendall on Aug. 23, 1986, in Baldwin.

He worked at Doboy in New Richmond as a design engineer since 1989, until becoming ill. He had two inventions patented while at Doboy as well as getting to travel to their other plants in Switzerland, England and California, working on design standards.

Rod loved computers and creating and inventing many useful mechanical devices at work and at home. He also enjoyed designing and building his dream home. Rod raced stock cars at the Red Cedar Speedway and later raced go-carts with his sons at Thunder Hill. He enjoyed downhill skiing all over the world, fishing and camping. He loved spending time with his family, especially his sons. Rod was a member of the First Reformed Church in Baldwin.

Rod will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Lori of Knapp; two sons, Nicholas (age 14) and Christopher (age 11), both at home; his parents, Robert and Florence Hoyt of Knapp; a brother, Randy Hoyt of Westminster, Colo.; a sister, Sharon (Joseph) Susa of Elk Mound; three nephews, Michael, Derek and Sheldon; his maternal grandmother, Genevieve Bignell of Menomonie; his paternal grandmother, Vernie Hoyt of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James Bignell, and his paternal grandfather, Daniel Hoyt.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at the First Reformed Church in Baldwin with the Rev. Leon Draayer officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery, Town of Stanton, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

William C. Johnson

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, A6

William C. Johnson, age 90, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Bill was born on Feb. 20, 1911, in the township of Lucas, Dunn County, to Martin and Elise (Karlstad) Johnson. He married Mabel Lemke on Feb. 23, 1932, in Stillwater, Minn.

Bill took over the family dairy farm until 1965 when he went to work for the Town of Lucas as a road patrolman (maintenance) until 1970. Bill then worked for Dunn County on road maintenance where his responsibility was Highway 25 until he retired in 1980.

Bill liked to hunt, fish and watch baseball. He was also a woodworker and welder. He helped build the dam in Menomonie. Bill was a member of Operating Engineers Local 139 and also a certified welder on structural steel.

Bill is survived by two sons and one daughter, Richard (Nan Brenholdt) Johnson of Minneapolis, Edith (Robert) Hinn of North Fond du Lac and Robert (Marilyn) Johnson of Rapid City, S.D.; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mabel; a son, Jerome; a granddaughter; a great-grandson; five brothers and two sisters

Funeral services will be held at10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Rev. Paul Pillman officiating. Burial will be in Tramway Cemetery, Town of Menomonie, Dunn County. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday, Feb. 17) and one hour prior to services, all at the funeral home.

Virginia V. Browne

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, A6

Virginia V. Browne, age 78, of Menomonie, died on Thursday, Feb.14, 2002, at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga.

Ginny, known to many as "Skinny" or "Skin," was born July 6, 1923, in Rock Falls. She was the daughter of Theodore and Violet (Norrish) Richartz. As a young girl she moved with her family to Menomonie, where she attended St. Joseph" s Elementary School and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1943. Ginny worked at Lee's Drug Store running the soda fountain. She then worked for Del Monte Fruit Cannery in Yakima, Wash., later she worked at a Defense Plant in Milwaukee before moving to Minneapolis and working for Kraft Foods. She married Jerome F. Browne on June 18, 1955, in Menomonie. They lived in Minneapolis until 1959 when they moved to Menomonie. Ginny was a housekeeper for Congressman and Mrs. Al Baldus for many years. She the worked for over 25 years in the school cafeteria at St. Joseph's Catholic School. She was known for her hard work, but also for finding fun everywhere she was employed.

Ginny was known throughout her life for her generosity, kindness, loyalty and a sense of humor. Her many devoted friends and family will miss her immeasurably,

Ginny is survived by her son, Dr. William T. Browne, Colonel, United States Army Medical Corps; her loving daughter-in-law, Dr. Evelyn Weil Browne, and her best pal and granddaughter, Chloe Winter Browne, all of Evans, Ga. She is also survived by her dear siblings, Leone Hanson of Charlotte, N.C. and Lucille (Jack) Hammond of Menomonie; one brother, Ted (Nira) Richartz of Menomonie, along with many cherished nephews, nieces and in-laws.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband , Jerry, on July 20, 1992, and a sister, Jean McDonnell.

Funeral services will be at 10: 30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating, with burial in the church cemetery,

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home, Menomonie, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Miriam McKay

Dunn County News, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, A6

Miriam McKay, age 97, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Miriam was born February 16, 1905 in Viola, Wl to Dr. Alfred and Elizabeth Dake. She graduated from Viola High School and La Crosse State University. Miriam married Leslie McKay in 1925. They lived in Colfax, Stanley, and Menomonie where her husband was a teacher and coach. She was a big fan of Menomonie sports especially Les's basketball teams.

Miriam was a member of the First Congregational UCC and was a member and Past Worthy Matron of The Order of the Easter Star. She lived with her sister Winnie Dake in Menomonie after the death of her husband.

Miriam is survived by: one son, Robert J. McKay of Menomonie; two grandchildren, Leslie (Michael) Foley of Mound, Minn. and John (Barb) McKay of Knapp; four great-grandchildren, Rachel and Justin Poley, Travis and Ashlev McKay; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leslie McKay; one brother, Justin Dake killed in WWI in France; and two sisters Merle and Winnie.

Funeral services will be held on 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating.

Friends may call one hour before services at the funeral home. Spring burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Mary I. Fisher

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 20, 2001, A6

Mary I. Fisher, age 93, of Elkhorn, formerly of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, at Lakeland Health Care Center in Elkhorn.

Mary was born May 18, 1908, in the Farm Hill area of rural Elmwood to Charles and Margaret (Mulheron) Fedderly, Mary grew up in that community. Mary married O. L. "Jerry" Fisher on June 9, 1928, in Cashton. They lived in the Elmwood area until moving to Menomonie in 1941.

They resided in Menomonie where Mary worked at Jones Pharmacy for several years. She also worked at a pharmacy in Eau Claire. In 1990, she moved to the Lake Geneva area to live closer to her family. She was a resident of the health care center for the last three years.

Mary is survived by two sons, Jack (Patsy) Fisher of Republic, Mo., and Gerald (Cris) Fisher of Lake Geneva; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Esther Kainz of Elmwood and Evelyn Drake of Pewaukee.

She was preceded in death by his parents; her husband, Jerry in 1958; three sisters, Ethel, Katherine Snider and Gladys Daniels; and two brothers, Donald and William Fedderly.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, 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 served the family.

Clayton E. Rollay

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 20, 2001, A6

Clayton Elmer Rollay, age 98, of Menomonie, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born July 21, 1903, in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Austin K. and Tina (Moen) Rollay. He was baptized at Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church and later confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Clayton's family lived in the Meridean area, then Chetek for a few years where Clayton attended school, and later returned to the Little Elk Creek area where he also attended school.

Clayton married the former Bernice Lentz on Dec. 20, 1941, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. He then served in the U.S. Army for a short time during World War II.

Clayton worked on the Stewart farm for several years before being employed by the Dunn County Highway Department for 37 years, retiring in 1969. He also served as secretary-treasurer for Highway Local 727 for 21 years. After retiring, Clayton did some part time work for Berg's Transportation Center.

Clayton was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and served on the church council. He was also a member of Hosford-Chase Post #32 of the American Legion for more than 50 years. For the last three years Clayton has resided at Potter's Country Home where he enjoyed making many new friends of the residents and caregivers.

Clayton is survived by a son, David (Margaret) Rollay of Franklin; two grandchildren, Kirsten Rollay of Dallas, Texas, and Berit Rollay of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul Rollay; and his wife, Bernice Rollay.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

The family suggests memorials to Peace Lutheran Church.

Carol Tremble Barresi

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 20, 2001, A6

Carol L. Barresi, age 50, of Chandler, Ariz., died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at her home after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer.

Carol Louise Tremble was born Dec. 20, 1951, in Menomonie to John and Jean (Score) Tremble. She was raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1970 and attended Lawrence University. She worked for EDS for many years and during her career was based in Madison, Dallas, Texas, Alexandria, Va., Fort Launderdale, Fla., and Phoenix, Ariz. Carol left EDS and joined Viasoft Software as a contract manager for several years, and was an independent contractor working with them for the last two years.

Carol married Louis Barresi on June 19, 1993, in Fort Lauderdale. Carol enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gourmet cooking, swimming and traveling. She never went anywhere without a project in her hands. She especially loved trips to the Caribbean where she was able to swim with the dolphins for the last time in November.

She will be in our hearts forever. We will great miss her loving spirit and wonderful sense of humor.

Carol is survived by her husband, Louis Barresi of Chandler; her mother, Jean Tremble of Menomonie; two sisters, Linda (Bill) Schwartz of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Julie Norton of Republic, Wash.; a brother, John (Holly) Tremble of Hudson; two stepdaughters, Charny (Randy) Beck of McKinney, Texas, and Kristy Barresi of Dallas; four nephews, John Prechel of Menomonie, Jacob and Carl Tremble of Hudson, and Ted (Tracy) Schwartz of Round Rock, Texas; a niece, Liz Schwartz of Chicago; two aunts, Beverly Waller and Dorothy Score, both of Menomonie; and other cousins, relatives and friends.

Carol was preceded in death by her father, John Tremble; grandparents, Sig and Esther Score and Carmen Laws Tremble Brown and John E. Tremble; two uncles, Lee Score and Norman Waller; and an infant sister.

A memorial service to celebrate Carol's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at the Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ (480) 963-3997, with the Rev. Randy Beck presiding. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie in the spring.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Avanell M. Frieburg

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 20, 2001, A6

Avanell M. Frieburg, age 92, of Knapp, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at the Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at the United Methodist Church in Knapp with the Rev. Goldie Bundy officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery, Town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

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Avanell M. Frieburg

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 24, 2002, A6

Avanell M. Frieburg, age 92, of Knapp, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at the Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

Avanell was born Dec. 23, 1909, in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County, to O.F. and Lorena (Umbarger) Scott. She married Oscar Frieburg on Jan. 24, 1934, in Knapp. She was a lifelong resident of the Knapp area where she was a member of the United Methodist Church of Knapp.

Avanell was very active in the Ladies of the Methodist Church and Birthday Club. She was a member of Matson-Miller Wilson Post #330 Auxiliary for over 21 years. She favored the many friends, crocheting and embroidering.

Avanell is survived by three children, Donald (Julie) Frieburg of Glenwood City, Bill (Bonnie) Frieburg of Tomahawk, and Sue (Jim) Engum of Colfax; a stepson, Ames (Lillian) Frieburg of Alberta, Canada; six grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 12 stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Louise Frieburg of Illinois; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

Avanell was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Oscar in 1991.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at the United Methodist Church in Knapp with the Rev. Goldie Bundy officiating. Delma Weber was organist. Burial was in Teegarden Cemetery, Town of Lucas, Dunn County. Serving as pallbearers were David, Jeff, Justin and Chad Frieburg, Jeff Holden and Brad Engum.

Everetts Funeral Home in Glenwood City handled arrangements.

Nhia Her Hang

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 24, 2002, A6

 Nhia Her Hang, age 63, of Menomonie, died at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, with hospice.

Visitation will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2002; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, and 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 3, until 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 4, at Olson Funeral Home, Menomonie, with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery, Durand.

Gladys O. Tronrud

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 24, 2002, A6

Gladys O. Tronrud, age 94, of rural Connorsville, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002, at the Baldwin Area Medical Center.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at the West Akers Lutheran Church, Town of New Haven, with the Rev. Kenneth Kuziej officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas handled arrangements.

Floyd L. Hoffman

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 24, 2002, A6

 Floyd L. Hoffman, age 87, of Rock Island, Ill., died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, at Friendship Manor in Rock Island.

Graveside services are 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2002, at Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Visitation is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wendt Funeral Home in Moline, Ill. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

He was born Oct. 23, 1914, in Prairie Farm, the son of Louis and Eva Roemhild Hoffman. He married Jane Martinson on June 1, 1952, in Menomonie. She died Dec. 4, 1988.

He worked for the city of Milwaukee as a mechanic for over 20 years. He served in the Air Force in England during World War II. He was a member of the VFW, Milwaukee.

Survivors (and spouses) include his daughter, Nancy Jane Johnson of San Diego, Calif.; sons, Stephen (Kristina) Hoffman of Wawautosa and Dr. John (Kim) Hoffman of Moline; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife.

John H. Biggart

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 24, 2002, A6

John H. Biggart, age 77, of Colfax, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002, at his home with family and hospice care.

He was born Sept. 25, 1924, in Spooner to Ross and Madeline (Comstock) Biggart. John grew up in Chetek and attended school there. After Pearl Harbor, he graduated from Chetek High School early to join the U.S. Marines.

John lived and worked in several places across the country, selling Mutual of Omaha insurance in northern Wisconsin for the most number of years and then selling advertising.

John married Nancy France on Feb. 14, 1952, in Chetek. After her death, he later married Valerie (Luer) Caswell on April 5, 1986, in Prescott.

He was an avid golfer, hunter, pool player, radio control airplane operator, motorcyclist, woodworker and a novice horseback rider. He did a tremendous job of fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual River Road Run Motorcycle Tour, even winning oldest rider of the year on one of the fundraising rides. John was also a member of the Colfax Kiwanis, who did a lot of work at Felland Park.

John was a wonderful husband and a fantastic father and will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

John is survived by his wife, Valerie; three sons and a daughter, Michael Biggart of Milwaukee, Brenda (Ron) Friedrich of Lake Elmo, Minn., Terry (Joan) Biggart of Baldwin, and Shawn Biggart of Colfax; three stepchildren, Aaron (Dinah) Caswell of Newport, Minn., Megan Caswell of Minneapolis, Minn., and Adam Caswell of Colfax; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerry Biggart of Milwaukee, and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Madeline Biggart; a brother, Wayne Biggart; and his first wife, Nancy (France) Biggart.

There will be a Celebration of Life for John at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at the Tainter Town Hall in the Town of Tainter, Dunn County, with the Rev. Tom Countryman, friend of the family, officiating.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family.

Elda Ardith Johnson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 24, 2002, A6

Elda Ardith Johnson, age 85, passed away on Monday, Feb. 18, in Spokane, Wash.

Elda was born Dec. 9, 1916, in Colfax to Julius and Ruby Caryl Stene. She graduated from high school in 1935 in Boyceville. In January 1938 at The Little Brown Church in the Vale, Elda married Herbert Johnson. They made their home in the Boyceville area until 1953 when they moved to Tacoma, Wash.

She worked for 20 years at Sears in Tacoma as a comptometer in the accounting department, retiring in 1975. In 1988, she and Herbert moved to Spokane. In Spokane she was a member of the South Side Activity Center and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Lynn Jones of Spokane; four grandchildren, Gregory Jones of Puyallup, Wash., Kristen Frost of Boise, Idaho, Amy Mires of Spokane, and Karla Rogers of Bosie; seven great-grandchilden, Nicole and Preston Jones of Spokane, Kyle and Kaitlyn McGinnis of Boise, Jessica Baylee and John Mires of Spokane, and Madelynne Rogers of Boise; one great-great-grandchild, Madison Jones; five nieces and nephews, Arlene Johnson of Wausau, Cleola Knoblauch of Minneapolis, Minn., Danita Draisey of St. Croix Falls, Kenneth Johnson of Menomonie, and James Johnson of Knoxville, Tenn.; and two brothers-in-law, Clifford Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz., and LeRoy and Evelyn Johnson of Boyceville.

Elda was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Herbert R. Johnson, on Jan. 13, 1995.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2002, at St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Jensen officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association.

Frances L. Johnson

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 27, 2002, A6

 Frances L. Johnson, age 91, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Frances was born March 15, 1910, in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, the daughter of Adolph and Elizabeth (Mutter) Tetzloff. She married Vernon C. Johnson on Nov. 22, 1927, in Stillwater, Minn.

Together, they farmed west of Menomonie until retiring. Frances also worked at the the University of Wisconsin-Stout in food service. She was a member of the Lucas Women's Club and the Hudson Road Card Club for many years.

Frances was very special and will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by four children, Lucille Whittier, James (Patricia) Johnson and Gene (Judy) Johnson, all of Menomonie, and Judy (David) Jenson of Elk Mound; 16 grand- and stepgrandchildren, David (Diane) Whittier of Wheeler, Gary (Janet) Whittier of Buena Park, Calif., Sandy and Robyn Whittier of Eau Claire, Dawn (Curt) Bryan of Menomonie, Kevin (Kathy) Johnson of Burnsville, Minn., and Kris (Carey) Johnson of Eau Claire, John Johnson of Menomonie, Beth (Robert Gremmels) Olson of Waverly, Iowa, Chad Thompson, Jeffrey (Chris) Olson, Brenda (Dennis) Ziehme, Jerold (Renee) Olson and David Olson, all of Menomonie, Tania (Jeff) Renken of Omaha, Neb., and Kyle (Cathy) Jenson of Elk Mound; 27 great- and stepgreat-grandcildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mabel Tetzloff; three nieces; a nephew; and other relatives and friends.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband; two infant children (Jackie and Loretta); an infant granddaughter (Katherine Frances); a brother, Herman Tetzloff; a brother and sister who died in childhood; and three sons-in-law, David Whittier, Arlo Thompson and David Olson.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating.

Burial will be in Mamre Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie.

Visitation is 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.

A very special thanks from the family to the great staff at the Dunn County Health Care Center for their kindness and loving care.

Duane D. Sievert

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 27, 2002, A6

 Duane D. Sievert, age 73, of Elk Mound, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at Luther Hospital.

He was born Sept. 22, 1928, in Eau Claire to Harold and Esther (Decker) Sievert. He graduated from Central High School in Eau Claire and then went to the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie. He ran a bakery in Fargo, N.D., and Duluth, Minn. He came back to the Eau Claire area and bought the 9th Ward Bakery.

Duane married Mary Jean Gygi in Elk Mound in 1977. Duane was a Hunter Safety Instructor for over 25 years, and past president of Westgate Sportsman's Club. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and sportsman. He loved woodworking, playing cards with family and friends, and trips up north to the cabin - Eagle's Nest.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean; three daughters, Lynn (Tom) Stallman of Elk Mound, Ruth (Dennis) Aaron of Hayward, and Rose Mary (Jeff) Mawby of Menomonie; one stepdaughter, Fran (Al) Melsness of Eau Claire; one stepson, Jim (Pat) Oelke of Sheboygan; two grandsons, Adam Stallman of Elk Mound and Tony (Liberty) Aaron of Colfax; one granddaughter, Stacy Aaron-Bement of Hayward; one stepgrandson, Jon Melsnes of Boulder, Colo.; two stepgranddaughters, Jennifer Oelke of Plover and Amy Oelke of Sheboygan; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Eileen; his brother, Roger; and his stepgrandson, Bart Oelke.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church in Elk Mound with Pastor Dean Brockmeier officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

Smith Funeral Chapel and Eau Claire Memorial Crematory handled arrangements.

Helen H. Amick

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 27, 2002, A6

Helen H. Amick, age 78, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

She was born Sept. 2, 1923, in Menomonie to Alfred E. and Edna (Grundman) Beguhn. Helen married George Amick on April 8, 1944. She worked at Dan's Cafe in Menomonie and also at the University of Wisconsin-Stout as a custodian for 21 years, retiring in 1990.

Helen is survived by two sons, Gordie (Betty) Amick of Madison and Robert (Susan) Amick of Menomonie; one brother, Lyle (Betty) Beguhn of Menomonie; five sisters, Grace Warren of Downsville, Mildred (Loren) Baxter of Ladysmith, and Alice DeLong, Marjory (Howard) Smith and Doris (Richard) Dahlby, all of Menomonie; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, and her parents.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2002, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilyn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Delores M. Metzger

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 27, 2002, A6

Delores M. Metzger, age 75, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Delores Mae was born Nov. 24, 1926, In Stillwater, Minn., to Eugene and Bessie (Meritt) Bedient. She married Lyle Metzger on Dec. 17, 1949, in Stillwater.

Delores loved spending time with her family and fishing with her grandsons. She will be missed by all.

Delores is survived by her husband of 53 years, Lyle Metzger of Menomonie; a daughter, Karen (Wayne) Bignell of Menomonie; three grandsons, James (Kim) Bignell of Urne, Michael (Niki) Bignell of Menomonie, and Wayne Bignell (Tayna) of Downsville; three great-grandsons, Cody, Dakota and Cole Bignell; a brother-in-law, Jerome (Ellen) Metzger of Hayward; two sisters-in-law, Dorthy Metzger of Maplewood, Minn., and Fawn Metzger of Deerfield; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene Bedient and Bessie Bedient-Ford; her stepfather, Fred Ford; a son, James Metzger; a brother, Don Bedient; a sister, Lucille Owen; and two brothers-in-law, Glenn and Lynnes Metzger.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2002, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial of the cremains will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Town of Stanton, Dunn County.

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