Dunn County, WI Obituaries
February 2004

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
February 1, 2004 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Norma A. Calhoun

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 1, 2004, A6

Norma A. Calhoun, age 92, of Menomonie, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Norma was born Nov. 12, 1911, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, the daughter of Herman and Otillia (Koepnick) Birkholz. Norma grew up on the family farm in the town of Red Cedar.

She married Robert Calhoun on March 24, 1934, in Menomonie. Norma and her husband worked as night watchmen at the Dunn County Hospital for several years. They later moved to Menomonie.

Norma was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and was active in the Ladies Aid.

Robert died in 1953 and Norma resided the last two years at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Norma is survived by a daughter, Kay Smith of Visalia, Calif.; a son, Gary (Norma) Calhoun of Milwaukee, and a grandson, Greg Calhoun of Milwaukee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, an infant son, Larry in 1940; a sister, Elsie Beguhn; and five brothers, Clarence, Henry, Walter, Reinhold and Herbert Birkholz.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, at St. Paul"s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Brett Voigt officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery in the spring.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Ada J. "Butch" Gane

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 1, 2004, A6

Ada J. "Butch" Gane, age 66, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at her home.

The former Ada Jane Smith was born Dec. 10, 1937, in the town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Amos and Huldah (Mishler) Smith.

She married Thomas G. Gane on Aug. 25, 1956, in Menomonie and has lived in the Menomonie area all her life. She worked as a LPN for many years at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Ada was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly misssed by her family and friends. She was an avid Packer fan.

Ada is survived by a daughter, Kathryn (Ron) Dahms of Menomonie; five sons, Douglas (Pam) Gane, Michael (Lori) Gane, Joseph (Debbie) Gane, Timothy (Dianne) Gane, and Thomas Gane, all of Menomonie; seven grandchildren, Ryan and Trista Gane, Tiffany and Megan Dahms, Brittany Gane, Nathan Pierce and Robert McElveny; two brothers and two sisters, Ival (Joyce) Smith of Chetek, Mary (Duane) Bowell of Menomonie, Amos (Lynnette) Smith of Chetek, and Betty Biesterveldt of Milwaukee; a sister-in-law, Pauline Henning of Florida; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas; and a nephew, Brent Wold.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Her body will be cremated and no services are planned.

Walter M. Meacham

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 1, 2004, A6

Rev. Walter M. Meacham, age 85, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at Regency Place in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Born in Downing, he was a previous member of the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving at Uniondale, Larwill and Monroeville, and a member of the South Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving at Fishers and Rosedale Hills, and the Conference office where he retired.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Beverly (Jack) Brunson of Fort Wayne and Marietta (Dr. Joseph C.) Wolfe of Martinsville, Ind.; a son, Walter T. of Indianapolis. Ind.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four sisters, Frances Chandler of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Margaret Buxton of Belflower, Calif, Connie Hurtgen of Downing, and Anne Ohman of Glenwood City; and one brother, Clinton Meacham of Downing.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leo and Dean.

Services were Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at the D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Burial was in Mound Cemetery in Downing.

Memorials to Southern IN UMC Camp, New Haven UMC, or Downing UMC.

Timothy B. Haugle

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 4, 2004, A6

Timothy B. Haugle, age 62, of Elk Mound, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at his home in Elk Mound.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, from the Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax with burial in Evergreen Cemetery, also in Colfax.

Stanley B. Smith

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 4, 2004, A6

Stanley B. Smith, age 60, of Tempe, Ariz., formerly of Otter Creek, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004. He was born Jan. 17, 1944.

Survivors include his wife, Bless Smith, and three children, David, Joshua and Jonathan.

Services are 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at Living Word Bible Church, 3520 East Brown Road, Mesa, AZ 85213.

Ida E. Drew

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 4, 2004, A6

Ida E. Drew, age 90, of Menomonie, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Ida Emelia Hohlbein was born Feb. 28, 1913, in the town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Henry and Sarah (Maves) Hohlbein. She married George W. Drew on July 28, 1930, in Stillwater, Minn. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1988.

Ida was a lifelong Menomonie area resident. She worked at Sanna Dairies for many years, retiring in 1966. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie. She enjoyed canning, baking, embroidering and making quilts and she also enjoyed fishing.

She is survived by three daughters, Betty Kistner and Dorothy (Charles) Heller, both of Bloomer, and Dona (Paul) Rowe of White Castle, Colo.; two sons, George R. (Mary) Drew of Green Mountain Falls, Colo., and William H. (Judy) Drew of Oscoda, Mich.; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; a son, Reginald; a grandson, Larry Bol; a great-grandson, Jason Petricek; a brother, William Hohlbein; and three sisters, Laura Scharlau, Nellie Kirkland and Safronia "Peg" Bolle.

Ida's body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date with burial in the Iron Creek Cemetery in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Bertha "Berdie" Haugen

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 4, 2004, A6

Bertha "Berdie" Haugen, age 96, 539 Spring St., Eau Claire, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at Dove Healthcare Center.

Bertha was born on April 25, 1907, in Eau Claire to Conrad and Bertha (Krause) Wenzel. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. She attended Tenth Ward School (Longfellow) and Eau Claire Junior and Senior High Schools, graduating in 1925. She married Thorvald "Tom" Haugen on Jan. 8, 1930, in Eau Claire and lived there her entire life.

Bertha was a homemaker and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, being active in the Women of the Church-Esther Circle. She looked forward to her morning devotions, family gatherings, reading, playing cards, and watching the Packers.

She is survived by one son, Bruce (Karen) Haugen of Eau Claire, two daughters, Judy Haugen of Eau Claire and Janice (Marvin) Kufahl of Menomonie; one son-in-law, Marlo (Beverly) Orth of Eau Claire; nine grandchildren, David (Kay) Kufahl, Ken (LeeAnne) Kufahl and Sarah Kufahl, Wayne (Diane) Orth, Alyce Orth, Eric Orth, Phyllis (Robert) Meier, Ramelle Haugen and Raleigh (Susan) Haugen; seven great-grandchildren, Erika, Kelly and Greg Kufahl, Jonathan, Anna and Laura Meier, and Adam Orth; one sister, Dalla Wenzel of Eau Claire; one sister-in-law, Gen Wenzel of La Crosse; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1960; one brother, Henry Wenzel; two sisters, Lucille Wenzel and Marguerite (Wenzel) Kurth; a daughter, Eileen (Haugen) Orth; and a brother-in-law, Larry Kurth.

A Celebration of Her Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1804 Highland Ave., Eau Claire, with the Rev. Howard Fehr officiating. Burial will follow the service at Rest Haven Cemetery in the town of Washington.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, and also one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to St. John's Lutheran Church in Eau Claire or the charity of one's choice.

Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family. Sign the guest book online at www.fullerspeckien.com.

Bernice M. "Meece" Peck

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 8, 2004, A6

Bernice M. "Meece" Peck (nee Brantner), age 79, went home Monday, Feb. 2, 2004.

Preceded in death by her beloved husbands, Ernest Heuer, Ervin Knaack and Floyd Peck, and her daughter, Sharon (Glenn) Schneider.

Loving sister of Shorty (Eileen), Jerome (Shirley), Edith and Donald (Jeanette) Brantner; cherished aunt of Everett, Joan, Lonnie, Cindy, Jan, Kathy, Marie, Steve, Rose, Kay, Mary, David, Donald Jr., Daniel, Paul and Susan. Also loved by great-nieces and great-nephews and other relatives and friends.

Bernice was a longtime member of Corpus Christi Parish, Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 2923, the Cooties and Better Films and TV.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 86th and Villard, Milwaukee. Burial at Wisconsin Memorial.

Visitation is from 3 to 7 pm Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at the Krause Funeral Home, 9000 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee.

Phyllis M. Olson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 8, 2004, A6

Phyllis M. Olson, age 75, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Phyllis Mae Olson was born May 19, 1928, in t he town of Weston, Dunn County, to Alton and Mary (Schmutz) Olson. She grew up on a farm south of Menomonie and was educated at Twin Hill, a one-room school. She graduated from the Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy in Menomonie.

Phyllis worked 46 years in the nursing field with most of those years at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Phyllis is survived by two brothers, James (Carol) Olson of Menomonie and Roger (Shirley) Olson of Amery; one sister; Ione (Warren) Pratt of Spooner; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by the parents and a sister, Leona.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at New Hope Lutheran Church, in Downsville with the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial was in Grand View Cemetery in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Walter Rogers

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 8, 2004, A6

Walter Rogers, age 83, of Tomahawk, died Monday, Feb. 2,2004, in a hospital in Tomahawk.

Memorial services were Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Tomahawk. Burial was in a cemetery in Warrens.

Ida M. Schaefer

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 11, 2004, A6

Ida M. Schaefer, age 87, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at Country Terrace Assisted Living in Menomonie.

She was born June 22, 1916, in Osseo to Evan and Agnetta (Svenson) Johnson. She attended grade school in rural Osseo. She married Edgar Schaefer of Pleasantville on March 26, 1938, in Pigeon Falls. After marriage, they farmed in the New Richmond area for a short time, then farmed near Foster. In 1949, they moved to Menomonie. Ida was a longtime member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Ida is survived by two daughters, Arlene (Ron) Lecander of Decorah, Iowa, and Pamela (Stephen) Ristola of Menomonie; two sons, Robert of Homassasa, Fla., and Dale (Connie) of Leesburg, Fla.; nine grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar, on Nov. 17, 2001; her parents; three brothers; and four sisters.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Christ Lutheran Church/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Colleen Connell Schneider

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 11, 2004, A6

Colleen (nee Connell) Schneider, age 72, of Hudson, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at the Hudson Hospital.

Colleen was born Nov. 22, 1931, in Chippewa Falls, the daughter of William and Marjorie Connell. She was a student in Starkey Elementary School, graduated from Menomonie High School, and attended Lawrence College.

Colleen was married to George Schneider on Sept. 3, 1950, at the Ascension Episcopal Church in Stillwater, Minn. Their union was blessed with four daughters.

Colleen was an active member of the Eastern Star, and enjoyed the Hudson Garden Club and volunteering for the bloodmobile and Hudson Hospital. She treasured reading and visiting with friends and family.

Colleen is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Crawford of Hudson, Marjorie (Mark) Andrea of Spooner, Susan (James) Obermueller of Hudson, and Beth (Greg Kaasa) Schneider of Hudson; her grandchildren, Christopher and Stephen Crawford, Gina and Jennifer Andrea, Stacy and Michael Obermueller, and Jacqueline and Mackenzie Kaasa; her brother, Thomas (Janet) Connell of Florida; and three brothers-in-law, David (Susan) Coons of Neenah, Peter (Dorothy) Schneider of Wisconsin Rapids, and Phillip (Jean) Schneider of River Falls.

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

A memorial service was held at noon on Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Hudson. Visitation was from 10-12 before the service at the church. Memorials are preferred.

Funeral services entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson (715-386-3725).

William "Willie" A. Lancette

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 11, 2004, A6

William "Willie" A. Lancette, age 55, of Cadott, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield after a courageous lifelong battle with Crohn's Disease.

Funeral services are 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at the Golden Funeral Home, 1405 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire. Interment will be in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Cadott in the spring.

Relatives and friends may call from 4 p.m. until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to your local Humane Society or Crohn's Disease research in the name of William A. Lancette.

Offer condolences at the guest book at www.goldenfuneralhome.com
Golden Funeral Home assisted the family.

Laverne "Gib" R. Gilbertson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 15, 2004, A6

Laverne "Gib" R. Gilbertson, age 82, of Elk Mound, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at the M. B. Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire.

Laverne was born Sept. 18, 1921, to Nels and Menley Gilbertson on the farm in Elk Mound and lived there for the rest of his life. He graduated from Elk Mound High School in 1939. Laverne went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls until he came home to take over the family farm due to the death of his father.

He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Rotnem, on June 10, 1944, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. They farmed many years together, until Laverne's retirement in 1986.

Laverne was a lifelong member of Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church of which his parents were charter members. He also served on the church council for several years. In addition to his involvement with the church, Laverne also served on the Elk Mound School Board, where he played an instrumental role in getting the first high school athletic field constructed.

Laverne enjoyed farming, his animals, and also attending his children and grandchildren's musical events. He was a regular spectator at Elk Mound area music and athletic events. In his spare time, Laverne enjoyed fishing, boating, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy of 59 years; his four children, Mary (Edmund) Elworthy of Eau Claire, Dennis Gilbertson of Palo Alto, Calif., James Gilbertson of Madison, and Susan Lappin of Baraboo; one sister, Lila Gilbertson of Altoona; 10 grandchildren, Mark (Karen) Elworthy, Dan (Tricia) Elworthy, Elizabeth (Eric) Sundell, Jeff Gilbertson, Ann Gilbertson, Holly Gilbertson, Ben Lappin, Tom Lappin, Sam Lappin and Max Lappin; and four great-grandchildren, Sophia Elworthy, Madelynne Elworthy, Jackson Elworthy and Reyna Sundell.

Laverne was preceded in death by four sisters, Florence (Gerald) Stange, Alvina (Walter) Swanson, Edna (Eric) Enarson and Violet Gilbertson. He was also preceded in death by a nephew, Gerald Stange Jr.

Funeral services for Laverne are 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church in Elk Mound. Burial will be in the spring in Barum Cemetery, Elk Mound.

Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home in Eau Claire and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

The family suggests memorials to the Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Sign the guest book online at www.fullerspeckien.com.

Michael James Landwehr

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 15, 2004, A6

Michael James Landwehr, age 38, of Menomonie, formerly of Florence, Ky., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, at his home.

He was born Jan. 3, 1966, in Covington, Ky., to James William and Patti Dzubak. He attended Boone County High School and was currently attending Stout University. He served in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed automobiles and the Renaissance Festival. He is survived by his parents; stepmother, Brenda; brothers, Mark and Todd; stepsister, Lori; stepbrothers, Scott and Matt; grandfather, James Landwehr; aunts, Elizabeth and Dottie; uncles; special friends, Melissa, Barry, Irv, Joe, John and Brenda. Michael was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Helen Dzubak and Elizabeth Landwehr; grandfather, Victor Dzubak. Private services will be held.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

Raymond C. Styer

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 15, 2004, A6

Raymond C. Styer, age 81, of Menomonie, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at his home with Hospice. Arrangements are pending at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home.

A full obituary will be printed in the Wednesday, Feb. 18, edition of The Dunn County News.

See complete obituary below.

Dale K. Lynch

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 15, 2004, A6

Dale K. Lynch, age 87, of Menomonie, died at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie Friday, Feb. 13, 2004.

Arrangements are pending with the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

See complete obituary below.

Gregory A. Setter

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 18, 2004, A6

Gregory A. Setter, age 48, of Colfax, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls.

He was born Nov. 19, 1955, in Menomonie to William and Anna Mae (Lande) Setter. He graduated in 1972 from Menomonie High School. He worked for Canadian National Railroad. He loved reading, cutting wood, and restoring his Farmall tractors.

He is survived by his special friend, Tina Grill of Colfax; his mother, Anna Mae Setter of Colfax; a sister, Jean (Jim) Kuhn of Waverly, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Marion Setter of Cumberland; nieces and nephews; and his dog, "Buck Shot."

His father, brother, Douglas Setter, niece, Sara Kuhn, and his grandparents precede him in death.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at the Colfax Lutheran Church in Colfax with Pastor Lee Walck officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.

Schriver's Funeral Chapel in Colfax handled arrangements.

The family prefers contributions to Colfax Lutheran Church or your favorite charity.

Dale K. Lynch

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 18, 2004, A6

Dale K. Lynch, age 87, of Menomonie, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Dale was born March 10, 1916, in the Ridgeland/Sand Creek area of Dunn County to Paul and Josephine (Bauer) Lynch and grew up in the Ridgeland/Sand Creek area. Dale served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. Returning home after service, he moved to Boyceville in 1953 where he owned and operated Lynch Rock & Lime Co. with his father. Dale married Hazel Norman on April 16, 1955, in Stillwater, Minn. After marriage, they made their home in Boyceville until 1983 when they moved to Tainter Lake.

Dale was a member of American Legion Post #314 of Boyceville. He liked fishing, hunting, and driving stock cars.

Dale is survived by his wife, Hazel; a son, John (Jamie) of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Jake, Molly and Sam Lynch, all of Menomonie; a stepsister, Bonnie Sodeberg of Hot Springs, Ark.; an aunt, Fern Thorberg of St. Cloud, Minn.; a friend, Carol May of Menomonie; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.

His parents, a brother, Grant, and a sister, Dora Hoyland, precede him in death.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral home in Menomonie with the Rev. Paul Pillman officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville with military honors provided by American Legion Post #314 of Boyceville.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Raymond C. Styer

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 18, 2004, A6

Raymond C. Styer, age 81, of Menomonie, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at his home with hospice.

Ray was born April 6, 1922, in the town of Eau Galle, Dunn County, the son of James H. and Elizabeth (Weber) Styer. Ray was raised in various areas of Dunn County. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. After service, he returned to Menomonie.

Ray married Mary K. Knopps on April 8, 1947, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Ray worked construction in the midwest for several years. In 1960, they returned to Menomonie where Ray worked as a mechanic for the city of Menomonie and later at the city water treatment plant, retiring in 1987.

Ray is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter, Marjarie (Wayne) Wellstein of Menomonie; a son, Kenneth (Karen) of Coon Rapids, Minn.; four grandchildren, William (Lisa) Casper, Amanda (Gary) Eagan, Kathryn Casper and James (Kelly) Styer; four sisters, Anna Marie Kincade of Fairbault, Minn., Rita Anfinson of Mesa, Ariz., Margarent Ulicny of Bloomington, Minn., and Ruth Stene of Cannon Falls, Minn.; three brothers, William of Seaside, Calif., Harold of Dubuque, Iowa, and Lawrence of Damascus, Md.; a brother-in-law, Carl Seifert of Winter Haven, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

His parents precede him in death.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all memorials be given to the hospice program of Northwest Wisconsin Home Care in loving memory of Raymond Styer.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, where a prayer service is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. today, and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Elianna Lyn Tye

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 18, 2004, A6

Elianna Lyn Tye of Forest Lake, Minn., went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2004.

We grieve that we will not see her grow up, but we are joyful in the knowledge that she was borne directly into the arms of our heavenly Father.

Her parents, Matt and Amy Tye, and her big brother, Ethan, survive her, in addition to her grandparents, Marvin and Lynda Bontrager, Patrick Haines, Darlene Garcia, and Dan and Marilyn Tye of Menomonie; great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and brothers in sisters in Christ.

We look forward to the day when we are with her again.

A service was held at Crossroads Covenant Church, 17445 Notre Dame St., Forest Lake, MN 55025, on Monday, Feb. 16, at 1:30 p.m.

Mattson Funeral Service (651-464-3556).

Lola M. Maves

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 18, 2004, A6

Lola M. Maves, age 79, of Elk Mound, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at her home with hospice.

The former Lola Mae Marshall was born Nov. 19, 1924, to Abe and Ethel Marshall on their farm near Knapp. She graduated in 1942 from Glenwood City High School. She spent a year working in Chicago at Brach's Candy Factory and went on to attend Dunn County Normal School in Menomonie and completed her teaching degree in River Falls.

Lola taught 33 years, starting with one year at the Knapp Settlement School, two years at Twin Vally School, one year at the Rock Creek School, two years at Glenwood City, and 27 years in the Boyceville School District. She began her teaching career in a one-room school and retired as a Title I reading specialist.

On July 28, 1945, Lola married John Maves at the Evangelical parsonage in Menomonie. They were married for 58 years. They farmed the family farm in the town of Elk Mound until 1980. In 1985, John and Lola moved to McGregor, Minn., to minister to young people at Big Sandy Camp. Moving back to Elk Mound in 1990, she spent her remaining years ministering to her family, church family, and community.

Her faith in Jesus Christ impacted those around her as she served the Tainter Methodist Church and Menomonie Alliance Church as Sunday School teacher, mursery worker, and missions committee member. Lola was instrumental in helping to establish the Alliance Christian School, where she served many years on its school board.

Her passion for hospitality and love for the Lord influenced many who are now serving Christ in our community, country, and throughout the world. Her love of reading and gardening grew a crop of lifelong learners and lovers of nature.

Lola is survived by her loving husband, John; their five children, Donna Knipfer of Menomonie, Dennis (Marilyn) Maves of the Republic of the Philippines, Allen (Sue) Maves of Boyceville, Herb (Carolyn) Maves of Elk Mound, and Aggie (Larry) Wagner of Elk Mound; one sister, Jean (Don) Vasey of Elk Mound; 15 grandchildren, Ken (Jenny) Knipfer, Kim (Craig) Jentink, Jonathan (Rachel) Maves, JoAnna (Trevor) Cole, Joy Maves, Michelle (Ken) Graham, Amy (Tim) Moline, Aaron (April) Maves, Melony Maves, Steve (Rachel) Maves, Debbie Maves, Kathy (Bill Adams) Maves, Nathan Wagner, Quentin (Paula) Wagner and Tonya Wagner; 11 great-grandchildren, Kyle and Korbyn Knipfer, Nathanael and Karis Jentink, Cassandra and Kevin Graham, Kade, Ryan and Bryce Maves, Christina Mew and Elliana Wagner; and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert (Mary) Marshall and Willis (Becky/Florence) Marshall; one son-in-law, Robert Knipfer; and one grandson, Kris Knipfer.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at the Menomonie Alliance Church with the Rev. Jack Stimmel officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Falls Cemetery, town of Red Cedar, 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.

Diane E. Moen

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 18, 2004, A6

Diane E. Moen, age 65, of Boyceville, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at West Akers Lutheran Church in the town of New Haven, Dunn County, with the Rev. Kenneth Kuziej officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Audrey J. Peabody

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 22, 2004, A6

Audrey J. Peabody, age 88, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Audrey was born June 7, 1915, in Hersey, to Wesley and Marian (Osborne) Menter and grew up in the Hersey area. She married Laurence Peabody on June 15, 1932. They farmed their entire married life for many years here in the Menomonie area, and early in the Hersey area.
Audrey was a longtime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie and was very active with St. Joseph's PCCW. She also actively volunteered for many years at the Dunn County Health Care Center.
She is survived by four sons, Donald of Boyceville, Edwin (Sharon) of Eau Claire, Fred (Helen) of Menomonie, and James of Roberts; one daughter, Kathy Kurschner (Lee) of Mounds View, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Laurence, in 1974, two brothers, and two sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with Father Tom Krieg officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie where a prayer service is scheduled at 6 p.m.

Geraldine "Jeri" A. Haglund

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 22, 2004, A6

Geraldine "Jeri" A. Haglund, age 71, of Elmwood, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Jeri was born July 25, 1932, in Rochester, Minn., to Leonard and Helen (Mountain) Strickland. Jeri grew up in Lake City, Minn., and attended schools there. She married Leonard Haglund on Dec. 16, 1949, in Lake City. After marriage, they farmed near Lake City until 1951 when they moved to a farm near Bay City. In 1958, they moved to the Elmwood area and farmed. In 1998, they moved into the village of Elmwood where she remained the rest of her life.

Besides helping with the farm work, Jeri worked at All American Manufacturing in Boyceville for several years. Jeri also did sewing work for a few years at home.

Jeri is survived by her husband, Leonard; three daughters, Gayle (Bill) Bock of Palm Springs, Calif., and Debbie (Bill Jarmuzek) Haglund and Teri Haglund, both of Menomonie; two sons, Bruce of Arkansaw and Doug (Jean) of Elmwood; six grandchildren, Chad and Eric Bock, Hollie Wilson, Jessica Hintzman, and Cory and Brent Haglund; and four great-grandchildren.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood with the Rev. Dan Richardson officiating. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery in Lake City.

Gertrude T. "Toots" Schoepper

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 22, 2004, A6

Gertrude T. "Toots" Schoepper, age 89, formerly of Menomonie, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at the Hudson Hospital in Hudson.

The former Gertrude Thelma Morgan was born April 29, 1914, in Trego, to Guy and Elsie (Stegeman) Morgan. She was raised and attended school in Trego.

Toots married Charles Schoepper on Aug. 12, 1931, in Jackson, Minn. They moved to Harvey, Ill. for a short time then returned to Spooner and bought a farm, which they operated for many years. After selling the farm, Toots and her husband moved to Downsville and ran a grocery store. They later moved to Menomonie, where Toots worked as a nurse's aide.

Toots was very involved with the senior center in Menomonie. She also liked to travel and sing with the group from the senior center. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Toots is survived by two daughters, Carol (Ronald) Habhegger of Jacksonville, Fla., Linda (John) Stary of Hudson; 13 grandchildren, Debra (Larry) Bohn, Steven (Ellen) Braker, Lisa Rossman, Thomas (Tina) Habhegger, Sharon Braker, Terry (Ted) Stevens, Scott (Renee) Braker, David Dotz, Tiffany (Patrick) Zastrow, Tori (Michael) Juelich, Charles (Shannon) Habhegger, Robin (Vance) Messick and Shawn Stary; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Betty Anderson of Spooner; one brother, Herman (Iona) Morgan of Trego; a special friend, Aretta Griffith of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles; a daughter, Arlene Dotz; two brothers, Wendell and Cashius Morgan; three sisters, Stella Morgan, Florence Bloom and Eva LaPorte; and one great-great-grandson, Andrew Nicol.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Mike Roeder officiating. Burial will be in the Spooner Cemetery at a later date. Family and friends may call at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 1 p.m., Monday, until the time of the service.

Loretta M. Steinmeyer

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 22, 2004, A6

Loretta M. Steinmeyer, age 89, of Menomonie, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Loretta Marie Burck was born June 16, 1914, in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Otto and Anna (House) Burck. She was raised in the Town of Dunn and attended Downsville State Graded School.
Loretta married Telmer Steinmeyer on April 24, 1935, in Menomonie. In 1940, they moved to a farm in the Town of Weston, where they farmed for many years. Loretta also worked in food service at the Dunn County Health Care Center until retiring in 1979.

Loretta was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville. She belonged to the church women's group, and taught Sunday School and Bible School for many years. She also enjoyed taking care of her yard and her flowers. She loved her family and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Loretta is survived by two daughters, Jean Davis of Menomonie and Joann Steinmeyer (special friend Cindy Opsal) of Menomonie; two grandsons, Duane Davis (Cindy Earley) of Menomonie and Troy (Colleen) Davis of Menomonie; one great-granddaughter, Kylee Rae Davis; one sister, Shirley Edgeberg of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; a special roommate, Pearl Schneck; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Telmer; three sisters, Irma Burns, Mildred Lowman and Mavis Phillips; and four brothers, Kenneth, Leland, Otto Jr. and DeWayne Burck.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville with Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in the Town of Dunn. Family and friends may call at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 5-8 p.m. Monday, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Norine R. Winter

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 22, 2004, A6

Norine R. Winter, age 68, of Menomonie, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pa., died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at her home.

She will be cremated and there are no services planned. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Steven R. "Pudge" Krueger

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 25, 2004, A6

Steven R. "Pudge" Krueger, age 55, of Menomonie, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at his home with hospice, surrounded by his family, after a yearlong courageous battle with cancer.

Steve was born Oct. 18, 1948, in Menomonie to Paul R. and Florence (Brensdal) Krueger. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church where he was a lifetime member. After graduating from Menomonie High School in 1966, he attended UW-Stout before serving in the U.S. Army.

Steve was employed by the city of Menomonie for 35 years, most recently as supervisor of the Parks Department.

A lifelong lover of sports, Steve was an avid and talented golfer. For 20 years he played fastpitch softball with Dean and Sue's and the Menomonie Blues, and bowled with Richartz' Implement.

Steve was the loving husband of Diane Carriveau; dearest father of Michael (Melissa) Krueger of Madison; and son of Florence Krueger and Paul "Dick" (Clara) Krueger of Menomonie. Steve is also survived by his brother, Ron (Ann) Krueger of Eau Claire; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Patricia and William Carriveau; nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Marsha Krueger, and grandparents, Tony and Vernice Brensdal and Paul and Mabel Krueger.

Steve's memory will remain in the hearts of those who loved, respected and treasured him.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in the spring.

Family and 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.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to American Cancer Society Esophageal Cancer Research or the Menomonie Foundation for park equipment.

Lois A. Bjork

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 25, 2004, A6

Lois A. Bjork, age 81, of Elk Mound, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

Lois was born Aug. 21, 1922, in Oshkosh to Edward and Alma (Hoesly) Freitag. Her mother, Alma, died when Lois was very young and she was raised by her father, Edward, and stepmother, Florence Hoesly Freitag. She was a 1939 graduate of Eau Claire High School and she attended one year of college. On May 27, 1942, she married Clarence Bjork and together they farmed in the town of Elk Mound for 62 years.
Lois was a member of Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid, and Hope Circle. She loved to read books; her favorite subject was Wisconsin. She had a love of learning that continued throughout her life. She also loved to drive around the countryside, seeing all the beauty of the seasons and always stopping to pick up trash along the roadside. Because of her love of history, many of Lois and Clarence's farm possessions have been donated to the Farm Museum at Carson Park in Eau Claire.

Survivors include one son, William Bjork of Red Wood City, Calif.; two daughters, Barb (Steve) Brenden of Cherry Valley, Ill., and Ruth (Bryan) Lilly of Sheboygan; six grandchildren, Jason (Tammie) and Kevin (Holli) Brenden, Russell and Gabe Lilly, Summer Bjork and Jordon Reed; and several nieces and nephews.

Lois is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; one son, Tom; and two brothers, Edward and Kenneth.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, from the Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church with burial in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arthur "Art" M. Moen

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 29, 2004, A6

Arthur "Art" M. Moen, age 92, of Menomonie, died Friday Feb. 27, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Art was born March 19, 1911, in Wilson Township, Dunn County. He was the son of Ole and Annette (Aasen) Moen. Art attended Blairmoor Country School and graduated from Dunn County School of Agriculture. He served in the U.S. Navy and saw action in the South Pacific during World War II. Art married Corinne Seggelink on June 11, 1945, in Fort Pierce, Fla. After the service they returned to Menomonie where he worked for Parker Pen Company for 12 years until the plant closed. They moved to Columbia Heights, Minn., where Art worked for Minnegasco for 17 years, retiring in 1976. In 1976 they retired to their lake home on Tainter Lake. In 1989, they moved into Menomonie and for the past two-and-a-half-years. Art has been a resident of the Dunn County Health Care Center.
Art is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Corinne; a son, Dave (Anne Marie) of Minneapolis; five grandchildren, Mary Johnsrud, Chris Moen, Stephanie Moen, Mike Moen and Suzy Moen; four great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Keely, Hailee and Madison; a sister, Evelyn Wold, of Menomonie; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary Ann, on Sept. 12, 2003; a brother, Norris; four sisters, Alvera Johnson, Mabel Johnson, Alma Emerson and Oliana Knudson.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m., Monday at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Donald Eugene Litzkow, age 71, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at his home.

He was born Dec. 11, 1932, in the town of Stanton, Dunn County, to Glen and Gladys (Gould) Litzkow. He was raised in the Knapp area and graduated in 1951 from the Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy.

Don married the former Marian Brehm on Oct. 12, 1957, in Menomonie. They farmed in rural Menomonie until 1978 when they moved to the city of Menomonie. Don drove for Menomonie Transportation for 24 years and was best known as "Bus Driver Don." He also owned and operated the VFW Club from 1985 to 1990. From 1995 to 1997, he owned and operated Club 29, where he enjoyed running the ball field and umpiring games.

Don had a love of sports, especially the Green Bay Packers. He shared his love of sports and life with the many lives he touched. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Don is survived by four children, Patricia (Bob, presently serving in Iraq) Gunter of Clarksville, Tenn., Michael (Edie) Litzkow of Menomonie, Eugene (Lisa) Litzkow of Eau Claire, and Susan Litzkow (John Balcom) of White Bear Lake, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Chris, Cory and Casey Gunter, Sean Mrdutt, Heather, Nikki and Cole Litzkow, and Cody, Jonathan and Lisa Tschida; one great-granddaughter, Paige Mrdutt; three sisters and two brothers, Gloriene (Harold) Wahl of Boyceville, Larry (Junella) Litzkow of St. Paul, Minn., Ted (Ruby) Litzkow of Ocola, Fla., Darlene Cosgrove of Michigan, and Rosemary of Michigan; a brother-in-law, William Brehm of Birchwood; a sister-in-law, Patricia (JIm) Johnson of Menomonie; very special friends, Jim and Leigh Ann Graetz and family; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Gladys Litzkow; his wife, Marian Litzkow; his stepmother, Elaine Litzkow; a brother, Gary Litzkow; and a sister, Shirley Scott.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 1, 2004, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will in the spring in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Donald Eugene Litzkow

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 29, 2004, A6

Donald Eugene Litzkow, age 71, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at his home.

He was born Dec. 11, 1932, in the town of Stanton, Dunn County, to Glen and Gladys (Gould) Litzkow. He was raised in the Knapp area and graduated in 1951 from the Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy.

Don married the former Marian Brehm on Oct. 12, 1957, in Menomonie. They farmed in rural Menomonie until 1978 when they moved to the city of Menomonie. Don drove for Menomonie Transportation for 24 years and was best known as "Bus Driver Don." He also owned and operated the VFW Club from 1985 to 1990. From 1995 to 1997, he owned and operated Club 29, where he enjoyed running the ball field and umpiring games.

Don had a love of sports, especially the Green Bay Packers. He shared his love of sports and life with the many lives he touched. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Don is survived by four children, Patricia (Bob, presently serving in Iraq) Gunter of Clarksville, Tenn., Michael (Edie) Litzkow of Menomonie, Eugene (Lisa) Litzkow of Eau Claire, and Susan Litzkow (John Balcom) of White Bear Lake, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Chris, Cory and Casey Gunter, Sean Mrdutt, Heather, Nikki and Cole Litzkow, and Cody, Jonathan and Lisa Tschida; one great-granddaughter, Paige Mrdutt; three sisters and two brothers, Gloriene (Harold) Wahl of Boyceville, Larry (Junella) Litzkow of St. Paul, Minn., Ted (Ruby) Litzkow of Ocola, Fla., Darlene Cosgrove of Michigan, and Rosemary of Michigan; a brother-in-law, William Brehm of Birchwood; a sister-in-law, Patricia (JIm) Johnson of Menomonie; very special friends, Jim and Leigh Ann Graetz and family; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Gladys Litzkow; his wife, Marian Litzkow; his stepmother, Elaine Litzkow; a brother, Gary Litzkow; and a sister, Shirley Scott.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 1, 2004, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will in the spring in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Ann S. Chartraw

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 29, 2004, A6

Ann S. Chartraw died Feb. 23, 2004, at the Carson Tahoe Hospital in Carson City, Nev. Born in Menomonie on Nov. 19, 1920, she was the daughter of Henry and Eva Rudow. She attended local schools in Menomonie, and received both her undergraduate and master's degrees from Stout State University in home economics.

While at Stout, she met Raymond R. Chartraw of Crandon whom she would marry in 1944. During their lives together, they and their three children moved extensively in the United States and South America. She taught on the elementary, secondary and college levels, finishing her teaching career as associate professor of home economics at the Villa Maria College in Erie, Penn.

Her love of traveling led her on many adventurous trips in the last 15 years of her life, including ones to China, Russia, Mongolia and Central America. Moving to Carson City in 2000 to be near her daughter, Candice, she delighted in the visits of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Her husband, Ray, died in 1988. Her brother, John Rudow, also predeceased her. She leaves a sister, Mary Snoeyenbos of Decatur, Ill.; a son, R. Richard Chartraw of Sierra Madre, Calif.; two daughters, Candice Chartraw of Carson City, Nev. and Suzanne Tremblay of Lanesboro, Mass.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Menomonie this summer at the family's convenience.

Ruth A. Puhl

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 29, 2004, A6

Ruth A. Puhl, age 94, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, in Peoria, Ariz.
She was born Dec. 17, 1909, in Butternut to the Rev. Herman and Louise Block.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband (Dr. Howard Puhl); her only child, (Penelope Puhl); and her only sibling (Paul Block).

She was the beloved aunt to Kathleen Baird, Kristine Hanson, Jerrold Block (Drena), Virginia Mulder (Ken), and Barbara Janke. She is survived by other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ruth and her husband lived in Menomonie for 44 years before moving to Sun City, Ariz., in 1976. Ruth was a gifted pianist and organist and a graduate of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. She served as secretary of the Chippewa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and was a charter member of Chapter AN of the PEO Sisterhood in Menomonie. Ruth was also an organist at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie from 1934 to 1976, and a member of the Menomonie Women's Club and the Music Club. She taught piano lessons and worked as a dental assistant in her husband's dental office.

While a resident of Sun City, Ruth gave generously of her time and musical talents. For many years, Ruth provided loyal and devoted service to the Sun City Visually Impaired Program as its entertainment coordinator. She arranged weekly events at the Olive Branch Senior Center and ofter accompanied the performers on the piano or organ. Ruth also taught aerobics as the Olive Branch Senior Center. She was an active member of the Lakeview United Methodist Church, serving as the chair of the Social Single's group, as well as serving as the organist of the Youngtown Methodist Church for 12 years.

Ruth inspired others with her energy and exuberance for life. Her bright light will be deeply missed.

Memorial services will be held at the Lakeview United Methodist Church, 10298 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Sun City, on Monday, March 8, 2004, at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be at the Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Sun Health Research Institute, Brain Autopsy Program, P.O. Box 1278, Sun City, AZ 85372.

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