Dunn County, WI Obituaries
February 2003

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
February 2, 2003 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Freda A. Martens

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 2, 2003, A6

Freda Amanda Martens, age 91, of Wausau, formerly of Hager City and Menomonie, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, at Colonial Manor Medical and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born May 31, 1911, in Wabasha County, Minnesota, to Fred and Augusta (Suhring) Kuehl. Freda married Glen Martens on Oct. 27, 1937, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Red Wing, Minn.

Freda graduated from Bethany College in Mankato, Minn., and Winona (Minn.) State University after which she taught school in Minnesota. After marriage, she and Glen farmed in Hager City before moving to Menomonie in 1966.

Freda is survived by her husband, Glen, currently of Wausau; two daughters, Elaine (Edwin) Jerde of St. Paul, Minn., and Virginia (Merlyn) Von Bargen of Winona; one son, James (Judith) Martens of Birnamwood; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at Mountain of the Lord (5506 Bittersweet Road, Rib Mountain). Rev. Dan Solofra will be officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, in St. John's Cemetery in Red Wing.

Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Margaret Anderson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 2, 2003, A6

Margaret Anderson, age 72, of Colfax, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital -- Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Margaret Lloyd was born Aug. 24, 1930, in Orange, Texas. She lived there until her marriage to Robert Anderson on Dec. 17, 1945. She and her husband moved to Dunn County, where they lived for most of their lives.

Margaret was a homemaker and raised her family with enough tenderness for them to know they were cherished and tough enough to keep them all in line. In retirement, she and Bob spent winters in Texas and took summer trips to Alaska, Canada and out west.

Margaret was a spirited and loving person, whose passion was her family. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Margaret is survived by two daughters and four sons, Carol (Lyle) Ebling, Glen Anderson (Cindy Larson), John (Jane) Anderson, Patricia (Kevin) Davis, James (Cindy) Anderson and Joseph Anderson (Lori Hoffman); 16 grandchildren, Debra (Jim Moseley) Ebling, Steven (Ruth Upton) Ebling, Brynda (Dr. Joel) Sengbusch, Sgt. Jason (Amy) Ebling, Stacey (Steve) Asmus, Tracey (Jim Frassel) Anderson, Michael (Penny Snyder) Anderson, Travis Anderson, Robert (Angela Dregney) Anderson, Erica (Mark) Anderson, Erin Seever, Trisha Seever, Jamie (Christina Clausen) Anderson, Amy Bystrom, Richard (Danette) Kruschke and Terry Anderson; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Lee (Sue) Lloyd; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Goodell and Jeannie Jantzen (Stan Marquardt); an aunt, Winnie Dennemeyer; an uncle, Arnold Anderson; nieces and nephews; cousins and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ada Lloyd; her husband, Robert; a son, Robert Lee Anderson, and four brothers, Bernice, Walter, LeRoy and Charlie Laughlin.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Bradley Peterson officiating. Burial will be in Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County.

Visitation for relatives and friends will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and an hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Edward M. Lowry

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 5, 2003, A6

Edward MacLean Lowry, Jr. died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003 at the Dunn County Health Care Center. He was born April 9, 1914 in Dallas, Texas to Edward MacLean Lowry, Sr. and Alberta Blanche Douglas Lowry.

In 1916, the family moved to Chicago and, eventually to La Grange, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. After the death of Edward, Sr. in 1927, Ed attended and was graduated from Morgan Park Military Academy in Chicago in 1930. He attended Ripon College from which he as graduated in 1936 with a B.S. degree in biology. He attended graduate school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, studying anthropology, then Michigan State College in East Lansing and later, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, majoring in biology.

In October of 1942, Ed was inducted into the Army Air Force at Fort Bragg, N.C. and was stationed at the AAF Air Base in Presque Isle, Maine, where he received in-station training as a weather observer. From Presque Isle, he was sent to Goose Bay Air Base in Labrador and then to BW-1 in Greenland and served in the Weather Squadron there.

In October of 1943, Ed was returned to the States and stationed at the Army Air Forces Tactical Center (AFTAC) in Orlando, Florida. He received training as a facsimile technician and also served as photographer for his unit.

While in Presque Isle, he me Doris Marguerite Scott. On August 25, 1944 they were married in the base chapel in Orlando and lived off base in Winter Park, Fla. After his discharge in 1946, they moved to East Lansing, Mich. where Ed again attended Michigan State College, studying Fisheries Biology. In June, 1949, they moved to Columbia, Mo. where Ed was employed by the Missouri Conservation Commission as a fisheries biologist. During part of that time, Ed took courses at the University of Missouri (Columbia) and was awarded his Ph.D. degree in 1954. The G.I. Bill made this possible financially. While in Columbia, Doris and Ed were joined by their daughter, Katherine Blanche.

In 1954, the family moved to Raleigh, N.C. where Ed was employed for two years as a biology teacher at Meredith College. He then spent three years as a fisheries research biologist in the Zoology Department of North Carolina State College in Raleigh.

Ed served as an Elder in the Govy (N.C.) Presbyterian Church. While in Raleigh, the family was joined by their son, Charles Edward.

In 1959, the family moved to Menomonie, where Ed was employed as an Associate Professor in the Biology Department of Stout State College. In 1963, he was promoted to the rank of Professor. While at Stout, he was Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of the newly organized Faculty Senate. He the Biology department for three years. He enjoyed teaching field biology and outdoor education courses at The Pigeon Lake Field Station just outside of Drummond, Wisconsin.

Ed was a member of the Menomonie Lodge Number 164 Free Masons and served as Master of the Lodge for one and on-half terms.

For health reasons, Ed retired from Stout (by now, the University of Wisconsin-Stout) in 1985. Ed and Doris enjoyed camping and the out-of-doors. They built a cabin on the shore of Poplar Lake along the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota.

He served as an advisor to the sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity Chapter at Stout for several years.

Ed is survived by his wife, Doris, and two children. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 at the First Congregational Church, UCC in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating.

Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie in the spring.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Ripon College, University of Wisconsin-Stout, or First Congregational Church in Menomonie.

Sister Mary Frances Wanbaugh

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 5, 2003, A6

Sister Mary Frances Wanbaugh, OSM, age 85, of the Servants of Mary Community of Ladysmith, died on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at St. Mary's Hopice in St. Paul, Minn.

She was born on July 7, 1917, in Park Rapids, Minn., the daughter of Samuel H. Wanbaugh and Emiline S. Scanlon Wanbaugh. Sister entered the Servants of Mary Convent in Ladysmith on Aug. 28, 1939, and professed vows on Aug. 16, 1941.

She received her training as a certified teacher at Park Rapids and taught at Park Rapids country school and at Emerald. She later attended River Falls State Teachers College and received a BA in Ed. at St. Catherine's College in St. Paul. After teaching for 16 years in the parochial schools of St. Paul, Carteret, N.J., Wenton, W.Va., Hillsdale, Ill., and Menomonee Falls, she studied at Divine Word Center, London, Ontario. The rest of her years, until she became incapacitated, were spent in ministering to the disadvantaged, the elderly, and the infirm at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Chicago, St. Matthew's Parish in Dorchester, Mass., and San Xavier Nation American Reservation to the Tohono, O'odham people at Tucson, Ariz.

She retired at the Motherhouse in Ladysmith in 1995 where she continued her ministry to the sick and dying at the Rusk County Hospital and Nursing Home.

Sister is survived by a sister, Mary (John) Widmar; her brothers, Wayne and Dean Wanbaugh; nieces and nephews; and her Sisters, Servants of Mary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Evelyn Wanbaugh Cave.

Mass of the Christian Burial was Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, in the Servants of Mary Convent Chapel with the Rev. John Anderson officiating and other clergy, the Rev. Leonard Fraher and the Rev. Edward Mumper. Burial was in the Convent Cemetery.

The Nash-Jackson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Servants of Mary.

Cyril J. Buckley

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 9, 2003, A6

Cyril J. Buckley, age 82, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, surrounded by his children at his home in the Town of Tainter, Dunn County, after a lengthy illness.

Cyril was born Aug. 23, 1920, in the Town of Sherman, the son of Herb and Nora (Schill) Buckley.  He grew up in the Town of Sherman. Cyril graduated in 1938 from Menomonie High School.

After high school, Cyril served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He returned to Menomonie after the service and married Esther Schutts on May 23, 1949 in Menomonie. They farmed in the Town of Sherman until 1972. Cyril became a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office on Mail Routes 4 and 5 until 1985 when he retired.

Cyril and Esther then helped their son, Gary, with his businesses, the Log Jam Restaurant and Bar, and on Gary's farm. In 1975, Cyril and Esther moved to the Town of Tainter where he remained the rest of his life.

Cyril was a devoted father and grandfather. He enjoyed helping out by babysitting or taking his grandchildren to their various schools and sporting activities for both practices and games. Whenever he was needed, Cyril was glad to help. He was especially proud of their accomplishments.

Cyril was a member of the Menomonie Lions Club for many years.

Cyril is survived by two daughters, Mary (Mark Raymond) Buckley and their children, Collin and Angela, all of Eagan, Minn., and Amy Buckley of Chandler, AZ; three sons, Patrick and children, Peter and Michelle, all of Phoenix, AZ, Gary (Cindy) and their children Tyler, Lily and Danielle, all of Menomonie, and Bruce (Theresa) and their children, Alex, Ryan, Sam and Andy, all of Colfax; a brother, Richard of Menomonee Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Esther, in 1989, and three brothers, Leonard, William and Donald.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials.

Marie E. Maier

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 9, 2003, A6

Marie E. Maier, age 94, of Dallas, formerly of Cornell, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003 at the Dallas Health Care Center. She was born in Fond du Lac on July 3, 1909, to Fredrick and Caroline (Hanke) Ecker. She grew up in the Chilton area and lived in the Bloomer, Holcombe and Cornell area for many years.

Marie married Raymond Kruger in 1926 and following his death in 1953 she married Richard Maier in 1962, who preceded her in death in 1971. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, card playing, picking blueberries and blackberries as well as going on trips and spending time with family.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and daughter Jeanne. She is survived by grandsons: Elmer (Brenda) Kreier of Barron, and Scott Howard of Deer Ledge, Mont.; four great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-grandson; sister-in-law, Barb Kruger; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Cameron with Rev. Gerard Willger officiating. Interment was in Sumner Cemetery Town of Sumner. Arrangements were with the Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron.

Sigrund L. Halvorson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 9, 2003, A6

Sigrund L. Halvorson, age 91, of Menomonie, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Sigrund Lillian Lund was born Aug. 16, 1911, in the Town of Grant, Dunn County, to Ole E. and Gunda (Boe) Lund. She was baptized Oct. 22, 1911, and confirmed June 13, 1926, at the Holden Lutheran Church in the Town of Grant.

Sigrund married Jens Garfield Halvorson on June 29, 1931, in New Richmond. Together they farmed in the Town of Sherman for many years.

Sigrund was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, active in the CLCW, circle and the quilting group. She was also one of the women who started the Sunshine Group, for shut-ins from the American Lutheran Home. Sigrund was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother and will be sadly missed.

Sigrund is survived by: A daughter, Shirley (Bob) Whitney of Prescott Valley, AZ; a son, Gordon (Geri) Amble of Glenwood City; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Garfield; two children, Glenora and Elton; two brothers, Edward and Garfield Lund; and a grandson, Joseph.

Funeral services will be at 11 am. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Geoff Scott and Rev. Christopher Whitney officiating. Burial will be in Norton Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Tainter, Dunn County.

Relatives and friends are welcome to call at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 4-8 pm Tuesday, and at the church an hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Virgil Hoyt

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 12, 2003, A6

Virgil Hoyt, age 73, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Spring burial will be at Clear View Cemetery in Eau Galle.

Relatives and friends are welcome to call at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and at the church an hour prior to the service on Saturday.

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Thomas E. Lande

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 12, 2003, A6

Thomas E. Lande, age 82, of Knapp, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie, surrounded by his family.

He was born Oct. 23, 1920, in Duncombe, Iowa, to Willie and Emma (Valvick) Lande. He attended school and was baptized and confirmed at Washington Lutheran Church in Duncombe.

Tom served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 in the European Theater. He later married Glenny Grapes on Feb. 24, 1949, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Tom was active in the Wilson American Legion Post, the Knapp Lions Club, and the Red Cedar Antique Auto Club.

Tom is survived by his wife, Glenny Lande of Knapp; a daughter, Teresa (Mark) Stevens of Knapp; three granddaughters, Jessica (Dale) Duetsch and Jeremy Radle, both of Menomonie, and Dillon Stevens of Knapp; and a great-grandson, Hunter Deutsch.

Tom was the oldest of seven children and is also survived by three sisters and two brothers, Anna Mae Setter of Colfax, Willis (Helen) Lande of Menomonie, Delight Olson of St. Cloud, Minn., Ruth (Gary) Furman of Princeton, Minn., and Joseph (Nelwyn) Lande of McKinney, Texas. Surviving, too, are nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Esther (Gordon) Heisa; and two brothers-in-law, William Setter and Orland Olson.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Forest Hill Cemetery, Town of Stanton, Dunn County, with military honors.

Friends and relatives are welcome 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.

Verne H. Smith

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 12, 2003, A6

Verne H. Smith, age 86, of Santa Anna, Calif., died Monday, Jan. 27, 2003.

He was born Feb. 2, 1916, in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Ray and Wilhelmina (Kistner) Smith.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, in Santa Ana, Calif. Burial was in Riverside, Calif.

He married Adeline Legge and to this union a son, Steven, was born.

He leaves to mourn his son, Steven, his wife, Adeline, and one granddaughter, all of California; a brother, Robert of Menomonie; and a sister, Mabel Fritz of Elmwood.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Elbert and Marvin.

Marvin "Bud" L. Schweger

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 12, 2003, A6

Marvin "Bud" L. Schweger, age 81, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at his home after a lengthy illness.

He was born June 20, 1921, in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to Herman and Anna (Brown) Schweger.

Marvin married Annamae Weber on March 26, 1946, in Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his military service, Bud returned home and farmed. He and his wife later moved to the home farm in the Town of Menomonie, which has been in the family for more than 100 years.

Bud was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, He served on the Ideal School Board and he served many years on the Teegarden Cheese Factory Board. He also sold DeKalb seed corn for more than 30 years. During retirement, he enjoyed woodworking and helping on the farm.

Bud is survived by his wife of 56 years, Annamae; their children, Doris (Ron) Faber of Colfax, and Alvin (Sharalyn) Schweger and Carol (Dennis) Prochnow, both of Menomonie; seven grandchildren, Justin and Jerrod Faber of Ellsworth, and Colette, Wade and Amanda Schweger and Trevor and Reba Prochnow, all of Menomonie; two sisters, Marjorie Glud (twin sister) of Kenosha and Janet Knopps of Menomonie; one brother, Donald (Anita) Schweger of Tacoma, Wash.; and by many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Anna Schweger; a sister, Annabelle (Albert) Simmons; a stepbrother, Gordon Schowalter; and a brother-in-law, Ben Knopps.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends and relatives are welcome from 4 to 8:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Virginia L. Larson

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 12, 2003, A6

Virginia L. Larson, age 94, formerly of Eau Claire, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at her home in Menomonie.

She was born on Oct. 5, 1908, in Elk Mound, the daughter of Francis "Frank" and Elnora (Hanson) Michelbook. She attended grade school in Elk Mound and high school in Menomonie.

Virginia married Robert C. Larson in Menomonie on Sept. 8, 1936.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

Survivors include two sons, Robert (Virginia) Larson of Portola, Calif., and Gary (Joanne) Larson of Joelton, Tenn.; a daughter, Jane (Bernard) Mulheron on Menomonie; two grandchildren, Holly Jo (Conor) Green of De Pere and Andrew Mulheron of Eau Claire; a sister, Frances Hickey, and her close friend and cousin, Grace Eick, both of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Avis Hilton of Oshkosh; several nieces and a nephew; great nieces and nephews; and a great-great niece and nephew.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert in 1994; and a sister, Ethel Galoff.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at Grace Lutheran Church Chapel in Eau Claire with Pastor Lowell Bolstad officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Family and friends may call an hour prior to services Thursday at the church chapel.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Grace Lutheran Church, 202 West Grand Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54703.

Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral and Cremation Services in Eau Claire is handling arrangements.

George J. Kalina

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 12, 2003, A6

George J. Kalina, age 86, of Menomonie, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

George was born June 15, 1916, in Topside, Minn., the son of John and Anna Kalina. He grew up in Phillips and was drafted in 1940 into the U.S. Army. He served in the European and Asian Theaters during World War II. He married Marie Porter on Nov. 21, 1942, at Fort Meade, Md. George served in the U.S. Army until 1945.

After service, they resided in Chicago for about 25 years where George worked as an upholsterer for a furniture manufacturer. In 1972, they moved to Menomonie and George worked as a maintenance supervisor at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie until he retired in 1978.

George was a member of Hosford-Chase Post No. 32 of the American Legion, VFW, and St. Joseph's Catholic Church, all in Menomonie.

George in his younger years enjoyed hunting. He was an avid fisherman and a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.

George is survived by his wife, Marie; three sons, George Jr. (Randene) of Rice Lake, Charles (Claire) of Endeavor, and Thomas (Brenda) of Boyceville; two daughters, June (Peter) Schults of Coshocton, Ohio, and Katherine (Kirk) Fisher of Blaine, Minn.; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; four brothers, Albert of Phillips, Martin of Merrillan, Lawrence of Menomonie, and Joseph of Minong; and two sisters, Clemetine Stroke and Helen Augustine, both of Phillips.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Louis and John, and two sisters, Anna Mack and Mary Bryja.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at St. Jospeh's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie where a prayer service is scheduled today (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m.

Virgil Hoyt

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 16, 2003, A6

Virgil Hoyt, age 73, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, of cancer at his home.

He was born May 3, 1929, in Pierce County, Wisconsin, to Johley and Alice (Snider) Hoyt. He attended school in the Elmwood area. On Oct. 5, 1953, he enlisted in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1955.

He married Barbara Traynor on Oct. 5, 1957. They lived in rural Menomonie all their lives. Virgil was employed at Sanna Dairies for 35-1/2 years until his retirement in 1992.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, Jeffrey (Rhonda) Hoyt and Jody "Fish" Hoyt (fiancee Christine Ebensberger); three grandchildren, Jason J. Hoyt, Jennifer Hoyt (fiance Mike Anderson), and Harley Hoyt; five sisters, Elaine Claflin, Donnis (Art) Delong, Arla (Durwood) Scholz, LuAnn Wood, and Opal (Art) Larson; three brothers, Eldon (Pete) Hoyt, Delton (Sue) Hoyt, and Denton (Donna) Hoyt; a brother-in-law, Alex Kadinger Jr.; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

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

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilyn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Clear View Cemetery in Eau Galle with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Judith Mae Schwartz

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 16, 2003, A6

Judith Mae "Judi" Schwartz, age 58, of Forreston, Ill., passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at Freeport Memorial Hospital.

Judi was born Aug. 26, 1944, in Barron to Robert and Verna (Brabender) Lindsley. She married Michael "Mike" Schwartz on July 17, 1965, in Menomonie.

Judi was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, a Sunday School teacher, and a member of Singing Mothers of St. James. In addition, she was a member of the A.L.W.C.

She is survived by her husband, Mike; two sons, Brian (Missie) of Denver, Colo., and Thomas (Tammy) of Appleton; and a sister, Patricia Bullock of Dallas.

Judi was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Lindsley.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at St. James Lutheran Church in Forreston with the Rev. Karen Capel officiating.

Local funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Cedar Falls Cemetery, Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, and one hour prior to services Tuesday, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home.

Vera L. Reckin

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 16, 2003, A6

Vera L. Reckin, age 95, of Elmwood, died Tursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home, Elmwood.

Born on Feb. 4, 1908, Vera was the daughter of August "Audi" and Mary (Gasteyer) Reckin. She was born, raised and lived most of her life in the Town of Eau Galle, Dunn County, rural Elmwood. Vera worked as a waitress at Club 10 in Durand for many years, also at the Durand Rod and Gun Club and at the Center Bar in Plum City. She has been a resident of the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home for the past 13 years.

Vera is survived by her sister-in-law, Valois Reckin of Elmwood; a nephew, Larry (Linda) Reckin, and a niece, Linda Reckin, both of Elmwood, and five great- nephews.

Her parents and one brother, LaVerne Reckin, preceded her in death,

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003) at the Lakeside Chapel in Eau Galle. Dan Richardson will officiate. Spring burial will be in the Clearview Cemetery, Eau Galle. Friends may call from noon until time of services at the Lakeside Chapel today (Sunday).

Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home, Durand.

Herman R. Rose

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 16, 2003, A6

Herman R. Rose, age 97, of the Rutledge Home, Chippewa Falls, formerly of 6025 CTH Q, Town of Tilden, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born March 19, 1905, in the Town of Elk Mound, Dunn County, to Fredericka (Dehnhoff) and Frank Rose. Herman married Alvina M. Peter on April 10, 1926, in Menomonie. They resided in Dunn and Chippewa counties until moving to Chippewa Falls in 1956. They lived in their home on Wheaton Street until moving to the Rutledge Home in March 1993.

He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls.

He held various jobs, including farmer, milk truck driver, and butcher shop owner. Horses were his hobby.

Survivors include five daughters, Dona Shoemaker of Menomonie, Judith (Willard) Gallagher of Beloit, Susan (Orlin) Schole of Clinton, Kathy (Donald) Lokrantz of Beloit, and Martha Brooks of Hudson; four sons, Robert Rose of Chippewa Falls, David Rose of Parkville, Mo., Charles (Roberta) Rose of Winter Park, Fla., and Rev. Donald (Kris) Rose of Albert Lea, Minn.; 30 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alvina on Dec. 12, 1993; a daughter, JoAnn Carr; his parents; three sons-in-law, Lloyd Brooks, Otto Shoemaker, and Gerald Carr; one daughter-in-law, Betty Rose; one grandson, Jan Carr; three sisters; and three brothers.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls with the Rev. Dr. Gary G. Paul officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Chippewa Falls.

Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel in Chippewa Falls and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Edna F. Trainor

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 19, 2003, A6

Edna F. Trainor, 88, of Menomonie, died Monday, Feb. 17, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville, the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Feb. 21, at Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

A full obituary will appear in Sunday's edition.

Luella J. Torgerson

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 19, 2003, A6

Luella J. Torgerson, age 84, formerly of Menomonie, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at the Syverson Home in Eau Claire after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

[Complete obituary below]

Lyle D. Kraft

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 19, 2003, A6

Lyle D. Kraft, age 68, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb 18, 2003, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. After a year-long battle with cancer, he taught his family and friends a great deal about courage. They were all very thankful for the care provided by hospice.

He was born Jan. 1, 1935, in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Clarence and Etta (Manor) Kraft. Lyle spent his early years in rural Dunn County, later moving to the City of Menomonie, where he attended elementary school and high school, graduating in 1953.

Lyle married Nancy Timm on Aug. 7, 1954, in Spring Valley. Three children were born to this marriage.

He was an avid supporter of Menomonie athletics. He coached Little League baseball as well as City Recreation basketball for several years. In later years, Lyle's favorite pastime was watching his grandchildren in their various activities. As well as being a fan, Lyle also was also an active participant in several sports. He played baseball and softball and was a member of the first Board of Directors of the Menomonie Softball Association. He loved to golf and was a member of the Menomonie Country Club.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Menomonie; two sons and one daughter, Michael (Lyn) Kraft of Menomonie, Lorrie (Dan) Hofacker of Menomonie and Brian (Terry) Kraft of Shoreview, Minn.; grandchildren, Heidi and Cole Kraft and Craig Turner, all of Menomonie; a step-granddaughter, Deanna (David) Thornton of Renton, Wash.; a sister, Eunice (Al) Stai of Wheeler; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie, with Father Henry Hoerberger officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Parish Cemetery with Military Honors.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. There will be a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Helen E. Brown

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 19, 2003, A6

Helen E. Brown, age 89, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Helen was born on Dec. 18, 1913, in Menomonie to Paul and Helena (Wahl) Steinbring. She attended St. Paul's Lutheran School until she had to stay home to take care of her sisters. Helen also worked as a nurses aide at the hospital, at Jaeger's Bakery, and as a childcare provider.

Helen married Kenneth "Tiny" Brown on July 28, 1935, in Stillwater, Minn. She helped Ken with his business, Brown & Lehmann Distributing Co. in Menomonie. She also sold Avon products for over 30 years.

Helen was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church and the Women's Circle. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Chapter #682, and enjoyed bowling and playing cards, especially "500" at The Bolo and the Menomonie Country Club.

Helen is survived by two daughters, Darlene (Larry) Olson and Kendra (Jim) Donicht, both of Menomonie; seven grandchildren, Renee (Tom) Malvitz of Menomonie, Michelle (Kevin) Giese of Elk Mound, Teresa (Matt) Andraschko of Menomonie, Gary Olson of Madison, Sarah (Joe) Killinger of California, Kenneth (MIchelle) Donicht of Oshkosh, and Katie (Clint) Coffin of New Richmond; 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Irene Baker of Stillwater, Minn.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son, James; and three sisters, Verna Grambo, Ruth Mrugala and Edna Lemke.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Menomonie.

Friends are welcome from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from noon until time of services Friday at the church.

Luella J. Torgerson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 24, 2003, A6

Luella J. Torgerson, age 84, formerly of Menomonie, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at the Syverson Home in Eau Claire after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Luella joins her husband, John Edward Torgerson, her parents, Amanda and Andrew Knutson, and brother-in-law, Lyle Rostad, in eternity with her Lord.

The former Luella Janet Knutson was born Nov. 13, 1918, in Menomonie. She attended elementary through high school in Menomonie, graduating from Menomonie High School in 1936. She continued her education at Eau Claire State Teacher's College, graduating in 1945. Luella spent many happy years teaching in Boyceville and Janesville prior to marrying John Torgerson on May 31, 1952, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Luella moved to the country and helped her husband run a successful dairy and crop farm until 1994.

Luella was an active member of Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church, where she served as choir director and belonged to the Ladies Aid, Bible study group, and choir. She was also a Little Elk Creek 4-H Club leader, working with many projects and activities, and a member of Dunn County Homemakers and Sons of Norway. She enjoyed the many friends she made in these groups and maintained lifelong friendships with school-time friends and teaching colleagues. To keep in touch with children, she substitute taught after her daughters were grown.

Her hobbies included needlepoint, craft-making, reading, singing and playing piano. She never was idle, always full of energy to do the next task. Her spotless home was a model of her industriousness.

Luella is survived by loved ones, including two daughters, Debra R. (Thomas W.) King of Eau Claire and Susan K. (R. David) Cecconi of Florence; her two grandsons, Adam G. King and Seth T. King; two sisters, Ardelle (Warren) Fish of Leeland, Fla., and Jean Rostad of La Crosse; one brother, Andrew (JoAnn) Knutson of Mahtomedia, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Lillian (Sylvester) HIlson of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews who will sadly miss her; and other relatives and friends.

The family wishes to give special thanks to the kind staff at Oak Gardens Assisted Living, the Syverson Nursing Home, and Northwest Wisconsin Hospice. Please know your loving attention to Luella has been greatly appreciated.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, with the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial was in Froen Cemetery, also in the Town of Red Cedar.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church.

Edna F. Trainor

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 24, 2003, A6

Edna F. Trainor, age 88, of Menomonie, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Edna was born July 27, 1914, in Apple River, Ill., the daughter of John and Louise (Albrecht) Ritzman. When a young child, she moved with her family in 1918 to Spring Valley, where she was raised. Edna married Mark Trainor on Sept. 23, 1930, in Stillwater, Minn.

After marriage, they lived in Elmwood for a year before moving to Weber Valley, rural Eau Galle, where they lived until 1934. From Weber Valley they moved to the Town of Weston, Dunn County, where they farmed until they retired in 1974.

Mark died in 1974 and Edna moved to Menomonie shortly after his death, where she has remained the rest of her life. Edna was a resident of the Dunn County Health Care Center the last three years.

Edna is survived by four daughters, Letty (Bill) Duffy of Superior, Lois (Jerry) Sipple of Menomonie, Rose (Mel) Lamb of Rayville, La., and Kay (Ron) Hellendrung of Ridgeland; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Fern Trainor of Elmwood.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a grandson, Bill Lamb in 1998, two sisters, and three brothers.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 22, 2002, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville with the Rev. Steven L. Carlson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Lower Weston Cemetery, Town of Weston, Dunn County.

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

Kaitlyn Michelle Taylor

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 24, 2003, A6

Kaitlyn Michelle Taylor, age 9, of Apple Valley, Minn., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, after a valiant 21-month battle with brain cancer.

She was born Dec. 26, 1993.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at the Fort Snelling Chapel in Minneapolis, Minn.

She is sadly missed by her mother, Dana Heimdahl of Apple Valley; her grandparents, Peter and Pat Heimdahl of Menomonie; her uncle, Peter Heimdahl Jr. of Charlotte, N.C.; her best friend and dog, Penny; and many other relatives and friends.

"I'll lend you for a little while a child of mine," He said, "for you to love the while she lives and mourn for when she's dead."

It may be six or seven years or twenty-two or three, but will you, 'til I call her back, take care of her for me?

She'll bring her charms to gladden you, and should her stay be brief,

You'll have her lovely memories as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return, but there are lessons taught down there, I want this child to learn.

I've searched the wide world over in my search for teachers true, and from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected you.

Now will you give her all your love, not think the labor vain,

Nor hate me when I come to take her back again?

I fancied that I heard them say, Dear Lord, Thy will be done; for all the joy this child shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.

We'll shelter her with happiness, we'll love her while we may.

And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.

But should the angels call for her, much sooner than we planned,

We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.

(Author Unknown)

Mable B. Wagner

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 26, 2003, A6

Mable B. Wagner, age 90, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Mable Bertha Quilling was born on June 13, 1912, in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to Samuel and Anna (Dahms) Quilling. She married George Wagner on June 11, 1932. Together, they farmed in the Town of Red Cedar until moving to Menomonie in 1968.

Mable was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church before becoming a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, where she was very involved in church activities. She also loved gardening and playing cards with her friends.

For the last 13 years, Mable has resided at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Dunn County Health Care Center for all their special care these past years. Also thanks to the Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System staff for their wonderful care.

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Mable is survived by her daughter, Audrey Cropp of Menomonie; five grandchildren, Eugene (Gretchen) Cropp of Madison, Sheryl (Thomas) Griebel of Chippewa Falls, Jeffrey (Denise) Cropp of Plymouth, Minn., Patrick Wagner of Prescott, and Sara Wagner of Shakopee, Minn.; a stepgranddaughter, Peggy Rodey of Whitehall; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pearl Schneck and Florence Sipple, both of Menomonie; two sisters-in-law, Alice Quilling and Helen Wagner, both of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George in 1973; one son, Donald in 1978; two brothers, Earl and Ralph Quilling, and an infant brother, Leroy; and a son-in-law, Loren Cropp.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Brett Voigt officiating. Spring burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

Family and friends are welcome 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.

Ellwood G. Voorhees, M.D.

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 26, 2003, A6

Ellwood G. Voorhees, M.D., age 54, of Menomonie, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, as a result of being struck by lightning while backpacking on Emory Peak in Big Bend National Park in Brewster County, Texas.

Ellwood was born Oct. 19, 1948, in Elmira, N.Y., the son of Ellwood C. and Angie F. (Johnson) Voorhees. He was raised in Gillette, Pa., and graduated from Troy High School in Troy, Pa. He attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. During this time he met and married Sharilyn McFadden on Aug. 24, 1969, in Allegan, Mich.

Ellwood attended medical school at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. From California, they moved to Beltsville, Md., where Ellwood did his surgical residency at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Following his residency, Ellwood served a three-year military tour with the U.S. Army in Germany. After his military service, they moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., where he was in private practice for 15 years (1982 to 1997) at War Memorial Hospital. In 1997, they moved to Black River Falls where Ellwood was employed by the Krohn Clinic. In 1999, they moved to Menomonie where he was currently working for the Red Cedar Clinic/Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System.

Ellwood is survived by his wife, Shari; a son, Victor (Robin) of Kincheloe, Mich.; three daughters, Tamela (Shaun) Quinn and Heidi Voorhees, both of Sault Ste. Marie, and Janelle (Kile) Marotz of Menomonie; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Tom Smith of Imperial, Calif., Larry Voorhees of Lowman, N.Y., and David Voorhees of Granville Summit, Pa.; two sisters, Sylvia Miller of Gillette and Genevieve Novak of Athens, Pa.; and his father, Ellwood C. Voorhees of Gillette.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Angie in 1998.

Memorial services are 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, at the Menomonie Alliance Church, 502 21st St. NE, Menomonie.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the donor's own local hospice organization.

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

Florence M. Patten

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 26, 2003, A6

Florence M. Patten, age 77, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at her home.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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