Dunn County, WI Obituaries
February 2005

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
February 2, 2005 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Charles E. Rogers

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 2, 2005, A6

Charles E. Rogers, age 51, of Menomonie, formerly of Clarksburg, W.Va., died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Michael Gormican officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

A public Masonic service was held Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Randy L. Rineck

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 2, 2005, A6

Randy L. Rineck, age 44, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Randy was born on Feb. 15, 1940, in Baldwin to James and Lila (Rasmussen) Rineck. Randy graduated from St. Croix Central High School. After the passing of his father, James Rineck, in 1978, Roger and Jannette Rineck and their family opened their home and hearts to Randy. Randy attended WITC in New Richmond and received a degree in accounting; he continued schooling for court reporting, then became a member of the United States Air Force (1982-88).

Upon returning home from the Air Force, Randy worked for the Fortis Company in Woodbury, Minn. During this time, Randy moved a number of times to various towns in both Wisconsin and Minnesota before fulfilling his dream of settling down in the country. Randy purchased a home outside of Menomonie and worked at the Cenex Co-op, Inc., in Menomonie.

Everywhere Randy went, his trusty sidekick, Dusty, went. Randy enjoyed going camping and playing games with the family. Randy was a real wizard on the computer.

Randy is preceded in death by his father, James Rineck, and nephew, Ethen Zielsdorf.

Randy is survived by his two sisters, Debbie (Duane) Zielsdorf of Downing and Tammie (Rick) DeMotts of Woodville; four nieces and nephews, Cassie DeMotts, Brandon DeMotts, Jayme Zielsdorf and Nathan Zielsdorf; and many loving relatives and friends.

Funeral Celebration of Life was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at the Hammond First Congregational United Church of Christ. Officiating was Pastor Merlin "Dutch" Huebschman. Congregational singing was accompanied by organists Roger Rineck and Kriese Shaver.

Burial with full military honors provided by the Hammond American Legion Post was in the Hammond Cemetery with casketbearers being Roger Rineck Jr., Justin Steinmeyer, Isaac Steinmeyer, Boyd Rineck, Nathan Zielsdorf and Brandon DeMotts.

Visitation was held on Friday evening.

Memorials are preferred.

Funeral services were entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.

Dale R. Long

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 2, 2005, A6

Dale R. Long, age 94, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2005, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born May 26, 1910, near Peoria, Ill., to George H. and Mary E. (Jackson) Long. He moved with his family to the Ringsted, Iowa, area when a young child. The family farmed there.

Dale married Mamie Pedersen on May 23, 1934. They farmed near Ringsted and in 1949 bought a farm in Fairfield Township near Cylinder, Iowa. Dale was active in the community, serving on the Cylinder Elevator Board and Cylinder School Board.

In 1963, he bought a dairy farm near Menomonie where he continued to farm for many years with his partner, Martha Grundeman.

Dale was a personable good neighbor and friend. He enjoyed music and reading and had a great sense of humor. He also enjoyed playing pool.

Dale is survived by three daughters, Marlys (William) Walters of Bella Vista, Ariz., Gayle (Doyle) Miller of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Ardyth (Alfred) Vignes of Cypress, Texas; three granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy (Ed) Dirksen of Estherville, Iowa; his devoted partner of 30 years, Martha Grundeman, and her children, Charles, Ralph, Betty and Kim and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Earl, Delbert, Ralph and Floyd Long; three sisters, Irma Torkelson, Lois Wright and Hazel Thiel; and a son-in-law, Dr. Roy J. Hassebroek.

Funeral services are at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Paul Pillman officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery in the town of Sherman.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. Saturday until time of services.

Alice L. Abrahamson

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 2, 2005, A6

Alice L. Abrahamson, age 86, of Eau Claire, formerly of Franklin Park, Ill., died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at Dove Healthcare.

She was born on May 25, 1918, in Menomonie, the daughter of William and Ida (Seipel) Tietz. Alice married Helge "Hal" Abrahamson on Jan. 31, 1948, in Brainerd, Minn.

She had been a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church since 1982.

Survivors include her husband, Hal; two sons, Val (Connie) of Kenosha and Dale (Lena) of Stanley; a daughter, Carol (Peter) Smith of Eau Claire; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Albert, Clarence and Robert Tietz.

Private family services were held today at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Lin Funeral Home with Pastor Frederick C. Sauder officiating. Burial was in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Menomonie, Dunn County. The family requests that memorials be directed to Epiphany Lutheran Church, 3031 Epiphany Lane, Eau Claire, WI 54703.

Edna Lillian Zimmerman

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 6, 2005, A6

Edna Lillian Zimmerman, age 97, of Menomonie, passed on to be with her Lord Jesus Christ, Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Edna was born Feb. 25, 1907, at home in the Town of Durns, Lacrosse County, to Fred W. and Sarah (Luethi) Stark. She graduated from Sparta High School in 1925. She worked for the Dr. Sutherland (dentist) family prior to her marriage to R. Elry Zimmerman.

Edna and R. Elry were united in marriage on Jan. 4, 1929, at her home in the Town of Burns, by the father of the groom, Rev. George W. Zimmerman, pastor of the Evangelical United Bretheran Church.

Edna worked at a bank in Sparta before moving to Menomonie, where she and her husband owned and operated Norge Village for many years.

Edna was a lifelong member of her church, the United Methodist Church, and served as WSCS president, choir member, Women's Circle president, treasurer and assumed other responsibilities where needed. She was a member of the Pythian Sisters Lodge.

Edna was an active bowler for more than 50 years, having her highest game of 245 at age 84. She loved and enjoyed her bowling friends.

Her fun spirit and positive attitude were an inspiration to everyone she knew and met. Edna loved her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed family activities with them.

She enjoyed playing Polish Poker with anyone who would come for a visit.

Edna is survived by a daughter, Beverly Gusse, of Oshkosh; a son, Duane (Dolores) Zimmerman, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Karen (James) Walhgren, of Slinger, Robert (Ruth) Sherwood of Temple, Texas, Renee (Larry) Lautenschlager of Oshkosh, Richard "Rick" (Kristi) Zimmerman of Bradenton, Fla., Linda Zimmerman of Sun Prairie, and Laura (Fred) Harris of Gardnerville, Nev.; 10 great-grandchildren, Rob Koechell, Justin Sherwood, Megan and Michelle Lautenschlager, Brandon and Erin Zimmerman, Stephanie, Daniel and Carrie LeMahieu, and Joseph Wise; three step-great-grandchildren, Josh, Andy and Beth Harris; a sister, Adeline Jones; and one stepbrother, Lloyd (Helen) Stiehl.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, R. Elry Zimmerman; a brother, Howard Stark; a sister, Georgia Zietlow; and a son-in-law, Ruben Gusse.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Paul Pillman officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home from noon on Wednesday until the service.

Mary Hovland

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 6, 2005, A6

Mary Hovland, age 83, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Mary Talcott Howe was born Jan. 3, 1922, in Fargo, N.D. to George C. and Esther B. (Talcott) Howe. Mary graduated from Fargo High School and North Dakota State University. She also attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison for two years and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.

Mary married Joseph B. Hovland on Oct. 21, 1947, in Fargo and had two daughters, Susan and Martha. Mary and Joe lived in Austin, Minn., Fargo, N.D., Marshall, Minn., St. Paul, Minn., and South St. Paul, Minn. Mary moved to Menomonie in 1991 following the death of her husband, Joseph, in 1990.

Mary is survived by two daughters, Susan (Alex) Binko of Oakville, Canada and Martha (Randall) Richter of Menomonie; grandchildren, Michael and Mary Binko and William, Amy and Elizabeth Richter; a sister, Janet Jordheim; and a sister-in-law, Mercille Moen, both of Fargo, N.D.; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Memorials in Mary's name may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at Grace Episcopal Church in Menomonie with Rev. Dale Klitzke officiating. Interment will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at Riverside Cemetery in Fargo, N.D.

Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Robert "Bob" J. Breitzman

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 6, 2005, A6

 

Robert "Bob" J. Breitzman, age 84, of Eau Claire, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at Sacred Heart Hospital.

He was born Feb. 29, 1920, in the town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, the son of John and Florence (Traxler) Breitzman.

Bob attended St. Joseph's Catholic Grade School, and graduated in 1938 from Menomonie High School. He attended two years at Stout State University. Bob married Arlene "Peggy" Fausett on July 26, 1947, at Notre Dame Church in Chippewa Falls.

Bob was employed at E. F. Klinger & Associates Architects and Engineers for 19 years, F. E. Grosvold Mechanical Contractors for 12 years, and Hestikan Engineers for eight years. He was a mechanical draftsman and registered engineer. As a mechanical engineer, he left a legacy in many Wisconsin cities and towns where he worked on schools and churches, including local Memorial and Regis high schools, DeLong, Sam Davy and St. James the Greater, where he was a charter member. He spent many years volunteering for RSVP, Meals on Wheels, Regis Booster Club, the Pioneers, and the City Election Board. He was also an active member of John F. Kennedy Council #1257, Knights of Columbus.

Bob enjoyed traveling to Mexico, Europe and many states; camping and biking on local trails; and canoeing the Brule River. His greatest enjoyment was the time he spent with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy; three sons, Michael of Monticello, Fla., Donald of West Salem, and Robert Colin of Hudson; three daughters, Rebecca Oatman and Beth (Tim) Connell, both of Eau Claire, and Barbara (John) Rewald of Naples, Fla.; six grandchildren, Shawn (Julianna) Oatman, Julie (Paul) Klein, Brad (Sarah) Candell, Matt Candell, Kate Candell and Randall (Kathy) Sanders; six great-grandchildren; five sisters, Betty Schlough of Menomonie, Mary Dolan of Camas, Wash., Alberta (Don) Kortness of Eau Claire, Rita (Joe) Cigan of Stanley, and Ann (Ken) Dudash of Clermont, Fla.; one sister-in-law, Faith Breitzman of Menomonie; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack Breitzman; and two brothers-in-law, Samuel Schlough and Walter Dolan.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, at St. James the Greater Catholic Church with Father John A. Schultz officiating. Inurnment was in Resurrection Chapel Mausoleum in Eau Claire.

There was a public prayer vigil and Knights of Columbus service Thursday evening at the Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home in Eau Claire.

Bob's family requests that memorials be directed to St. James the Greater Building Fund, 2502 11th St., Eau Claire, WI 54703.

Gladys E. Lambert

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 6, 2005, A6

Gladys E. Lambert, age 101, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Gladys was born May 12, 1903, in Menomonie, the daughter of Christian and Clara (Burck) Kraft. When a young child she moved with her family to the Waubeek area of Dunn County where the family farmed and Gladys attended elementary school. Gladys worked for various neighbors and eventually worked at the telephone office in Eau Claire.

In 1931, she moved to the Twin Cities where she worked as a seamstress in the garment factories for 20 years. Gladys met and married Archie Lambert on Dec. 1, 1951, and they resided in Eaglewood, Calif. Gladys continued her career in the garment industry, working for several garment companies for 14 years. Archie died in 1973 and Gladys returned to Menomonie in 1975 where she remained the rest of her life.

While in California, Gladys was a member of the Veterans of World War I Auxiliary and served as president for at least one term. While in Menomonie, she became a member of Peace Lutheran Church and was active in many of its circles.

Gladys is survived by a grandson, Ronald Lambert of Merritt Island, Fla.; six step-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Archie; three sisters, Alma Sinz, Vera Turner and Esther Washburn; three brothers, Leon, Clarence and Cyril Kraft; and two stepsons, Donald and Arnold Lambert.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Downsville.

Friends may call from from 3 to 5 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Marlowe Leslie Sperstad

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 9, 2005, A6

Marlowe Leslie Sperstad passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005.

He was born on Flag Day, June 14, 1933, in Menomonie.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Delores, and four children, Candace (Cook), Ellen (Perales), Eric and David. Marlowe has one sister, Phyllis Spangler, and three brothers, Omer, Bert (Shorty) and Jim. He has two sons-in-law, Terry Cook and Fred Perales, and two daughters-in-law, Susan and Laura Jo.

Marlowe loved his nine grandchildren: Freddy, Marcus, Jason, Jonathan, Jesse, Kaitlyn, Kinbrae, Dylan and Zach.

His love for his family and friends were everything to him.

Services were Saturday, Feb. 5, in Tempe, Ariz.

In lieu of flowers, please send gifts and memorials to King of Glory Lutheran Church or Maricopa College's Foundation, Marlowe Leslie Sperstad Scholarship Fund in his name.

Arrangements entrusted to Tempe Mortuary.

Gerald J. Mueller

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 9, 2005, A6

Gerald J. Mueller passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center in La Crosse.

He was born April 13, 1937, in River Falls to William and Ruth (Selleck) Mueller. Jerry attended school in River Falls, graduating in 1956. Later in 1956 he joined the Army and served two years, being stationed in Iceland.

After leaving the military, he worked at DeLaval in River Falls before starting to farm and farmed until 1976. In 1976, he married Mary Jo Simon in Watertown, S.D. He went back to school for agricultural finance and worked at several financial institutions in the area doing agricultural loans.

He and Mary Jo moved to South Dakota in 1987 where Jerry discovered his love for the West. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed boating but his roots were always around farming.

He returned to Wisconsin in 1992 where he and Mary Jo resided in the La Crosse area. In the later years he enjoyed watching the Packers and the Badgers and cheering them on.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo of Onalaska; children, Margaret Volenec of Ellsworth, Mary (John) Muza of Menomonie, #Charles (Rose) Mueller of Colfax, Kevin (fiancee Dina Williams) Mueller of Spring Valley, Rebecca (Ben) Bryhan of Milwaukee, and Joseph Mueller of Madison; a brother, Gordon (Sherrill) Mueller of Roberts; a sister, Peggy (Gordon) Pechacek of Amery; special friends, Don and Arlene Croes of Milltown; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; and other friends and relatives.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, at the Cashman Funeral Home in River Falls with cremation following.

Mary C. Hagen

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 13, 2005, A6

Mary C. Hagen, age 92, of Menomonie, died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2005, with her husband Marshall and relatives at her side at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Mary was born Nov. 29, 1912, the beloved daughter of James and Margaret (Myers) Murray. She was raised in the Downsville and Menomonie communities. Mary graduated from Menomonie High School in 1932. She thoroughly enjoyed her high school class reunions through the years, including the 70th held in 2002.

Mary had a long and rewarding career as a lead sales representative for the Gambles and Sears & Roebuck stores in Eau Claire. After her retirement in the retail business, she turned her talents to caring for others as a nursing assistant in healthcare followed by loving care for infants and small children. Mary also dedicated many, many hours assisting Sr. Thomasina with helping the Hmong refugees in the Eau Claire area.

Mary was a dedicated daughter, sister, spouse, mother and aunt. She gave generously and lovingly of her time, talent and resources. She was the happiest when she was helping others. Her faith, gentle demeanor, strong work ethic, inner strength during adversity, pride in homemaking with nutritious meals, traveling, and keeping close to family and children were lifelong attributes that shaped her life and forms her legacy.

Mary is survived by her husband, Marshall Hagen of Menomonie; a sister, Margaret (Murray) Asmussen of Altoona and three generations of nieces and nephews. Mary will be greatly missed by her family members and friends.

She is preceded in death by her son Ronald Fetter in 1955; her father in 1958; her mother in 1962; brothers, Hugh Murray in 1998, and John Murray in 1999.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday (today) at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with a prayer service at 6 p.m. Sunday night.

Gene W. Welk

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 13, 2005, A6

Gene W. Welk, age 90, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Gene was born on Nov. 28, 1914, in Green Lake to Edward and Emma (Kohnke) Welk. He married Mildred Hintzman on May 17, 1937, in Menomonie.
Gene was a dairy farmer for many years in Dunn County. He liked to fish, tend to his flowers, and work in his shop. He enjoyed model trains.

Gene is survived by his wife, Mildred Welk of Menomonie; three sons and four daughters, Donald (Katherine) Welk of Eau Claire, James (Mary Lou) Welk of Elk Mound, Keith Welk of Menomonie, Linda (John) Rasmusson of Rochester, Minn., Nancy (Dwight) Olson of Menomonie, Pat (Dan) Wackershauser of Cuba City, and Janet (Steven) Saxton of Menomonie; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three brothers and two sisters, Milo Welk, Roy (Vivian) Welk, Robert (Jane) Welk, Elizabeth Hintzman, and Isabel Clark, a sister-in-law, Carol Welk; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two children, Kathryn and Tommy; two granddaughters, Kim Marie Welk and Ronette Michelle Welk; and one brother, Raymond.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at New Life Church of the Nazarene in Wheeler with the Rev. Steve Crites officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, town of Sherman.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Ruth M. Schneck

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 13, 2005, A6

Ruth M. Schneck, age 76, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Ruth was born March 18, 1928, to George and Emma (Holzhueter) Schneck in the Town of Menomonie. Ruth graduated from Menomonie High School and was a lifelong resident of Menomonie. She was a dedicated employee of Sanna Dairies for over 45 years.

Ruth was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Her dedication to the children of St. Paul's was shown in her teaching and volunteering. Ruth enjoyed singing in the church choir for over 50 years. She was also the chapter secretary for AAL for many years.

Ruth was a very giving person and her greatest joy was to serve others. One of her favorite events was to organize family reunions. She was also an avid photographer, Menomonie history buff and liked gardening.

Ruth is survived by: a sister Jane (Alan) Eke of Ham Lake, Minn.; a brother, David Schneck of Greendale; five nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and great-nephews, numerous cousins, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome from 4 until 8 p.m. on Sunday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from 10 a.m. on Monday until time of services at the church.

Craig W. Ebert

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 13, 2005, A6

Craig W. Ebert, age 47, of Menomonie, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie surrounded by his loving family.

Craig was born Feb. 16, 1957, in Menomonie to Walter "Skip" and Marlene (Greene) Ebert. He attended St. Paul's Lutheran Parochial School and graduated in 1975 from Menomonie High School. Craig attended Chippewa Valley Technical College and was certified as an electronic technician.

Craig was presently employed with Celestica in Chippewa Falls and had also worked at Benchmark in Winona, Minn., and Northern Telecom in Minnetonka, Minn. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and his dog, Max.

Craig is survived by his parents, Walter "Skip" and Marlene Ebert of Menomonie; a sister, Lynn Ebert of Menomonie; aunts and uncles; and cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Frances Ebert and Louis and Jennie Greene.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with John McNeil officiating. Burial was in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, town of Menomonie.

Memorials are preferred to Minneapolis Bible Truth Hall Assembly for the Building Maintenance Fund or Northwest Home Care.

Edwin A. "Ed" Prothero

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 13, 2005, A6

Edwin A. "Ed" Prothero, age 79, of Kenosha, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at Hospitality Manor after a long illness.

Born Dec. 15, 1925, in Ashland, he was the son of the late John and Lucille (Van Hogan) Prothero.

He attended schools in Ashland, graduating from Menomonie High School. In 1957, he came to Kenosha. From June 30, 1944, until May 30, 1946, during World War II he served with the United States Navy. He received the Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal and the Atlantic Pacific Area Campaign Medal with One Star.

On Sept. 14, 1957, at the First Presbyterian Church, he married Charlotte Fuller.

For many years he was employed as a machinist in the Racine and Kenosha area, retiring in 1980 due to his health.

He loved to camp in Northern Wisconsin with his family and enjoyed fishing with his son, Jeff.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Prothero of Kenosha; a son, Jeffrey (Susan) Prothero of Milwaukee; a daughter, Paula (Randy) Pierce of Pleasant Prairie; two sisters, Joyce Prochnow of Menomonie and Virginia (Duane) Barnes of Stevens Point; and two granddaughters, Leslie and Cassie.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at 1 p.m. at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home, 3720-39th Ave., Kenosha, WI 53144. Entombment followed in Green Ridge Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be directed to the Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association, 600-52nd St., Kenosha, WI 53140.

Frank C. Schumacher

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 13, 2005, A6

Frank C. Schumacher, 88, of Colfax died Friday at his home in the Township of Tainter, Dunn County.

Arrangements are pending with the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Marvelyn C. Dean

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 13, 2005, A6

Marvelyn C. Dean, 75, of Elk Mound died Feb. 10, 2005, at Sacred Heart Hospital. She was born in the Town of Preston, Trempealeau County, on May 14, 1929, the daughter of Palmer and Verna Stutlien.

After Marvelyn graduated from Blair High School, she attended Winona Business College.

Marvelyn married Donald R. Dean on Oct. 30, 1949, at Fagernes Lutheran Church in the Town of Preston, Trempealeau County. She and Donald farmed in the Town of Spring Brook for the past 50 years.

Marvelyn was a member of Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, the Elk Meadow Homemakers, and served as secretary/treasurer for Family Dairies U.S.A.

She is survived by her husband, Donald; six children, David of Elk Mound, John (Sharon) of Postville, Iowa, Mary of Onalaska, Paul of Menomonie, Betty (Billy) Heltne and Tom (Theresa) both of Elk Mound; seven grandchildren, Daniel Dean, Debra Zeucher, Paul J. Dean, Brittany Dean, Michael Heltne, Molly Heltne, Maria Heltne; a great-grandson, Connor Dean; sister, Ida (Waylon) Kuykendahl of New Market, Tenn.; brother, Gerald Stutlien of New Rockford, N.D.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Francis Stutlien and Richard Stutlien; and her sister-in-law, Wylia Stutlien.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, Elk Mound, with Pastor Dean Brockmeier officiating. Burial will be in Fagernes Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Preston, Trempealeau County. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Frank C. Schumacher

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 16, 2005, A6

Frank C. Schumacher, age 88, of Colfax, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2005, at his home in the town of Tainter, Dunn County.

Frank was born Feb. 26, 1916, on the home farm in the town of Tainter to Peter and Mathlida (Doelle) Schumacher and grew up on the family farm. Frank served in the U.S. Army for four years during World War II. After the service, he returned to the family farm. Along with farming, Frank spent a considerable amount of time trapping mink, muskrat, fox and beaver.

Frank married Rita Dalle on June 4, 1957, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. After marriage, they continued farming the family farm, which he really enjoyed, and was still working on the farm this past fall.

Frank enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Frank is survived by his wife, Rita; four daughters, Jean O'Dea of Menomonie, Kathy Feber of Colfax, Mary Schumacher of Whitewater and Becky Schumacher of Spring Valley; five sons, John of Murphy's Boro, Ill, David, Michael and Charles, all of Colfax, and Tom (Amy) of Chippewa Falls; 12 grandchildren, Jose', Sean, Zack, Rory, Jason, Nora, Merisa, Nick, Kyle, Jacob, Christopher and Austin; two great-grandsons, John and Angelo; and two sisters, Margaret Schrantz of Elk Mound and Agnes Schumacher of Colfax.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert in infancy; two brothers, Joseph and Fr. Charles; and a son-in-law, Tony Ferber.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

LaVerne J. Molner

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 16, 2005, A6

LaVerne J. Molner, age 79, of Great Falls, Mont., died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at Benefis Hospital.

He was born in Menomonie to Peter and Margaret (Schoenoff) Molner and lived there during his youth. After graduating from Menomonie High School, he enlisted immediately in the Marine Corps, serving three years in the South Pacific during World War II. He re-enlisted shortly after his discharge, and served six more years.

LaVerne, known affectionally as Jack, was preceded in death by two brothers, Hjalmer, a pilot shot down over Germany in World War II, and Duane (Lorraine), who served in the Signal Corps. The family was honored on the Sammy Kaye show in 1946 because Margaret and her three boys were all serving in the armed forces of their country. Jack was also preceded by his father, his mother, by two special aunts, Lillian Molner and Elda Koboski, and by his niece, Carolyn Brehm, and nephew, James Molner.

Jack is survived by nieces and nephews, Steve Molner (Marcia), Karen Kukuk (Lloyd), Thomas Molner, Dorothy Haley (Mark), and Jon Molner, as well as many cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews, who remember Uncle Jack from his long visits to Chippewa Falls in the summertime. His boyhood memories of "Menomonie Junction" were especially precious to him.

Jack was a painter by trade and a member of the Great Falls Painter's Union, Local No. 260. He loved the "Big Sky" Country of Montana, the Missouri River, and his friends from the Downtowner, his place of residence during his retirement.

Private burial of cremains will take place at a later date.

Edna Gauvin

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 16, 2005, A6

Edna Gauvin, age 88, of Downsville, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Edna was born June 23, 1916, in Downsville to Jesse and Eva (Stockman) Kincade. She grew up and lived in Downsville. On Nov. 12, 1935, she married Francis Gauvin at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie.

In 1945. they moved to Seattle, Wash., but after one year they returned to the Downsville area where they farmed and both Edna and Francis worked for six years -- Edna as a cook at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Edna enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping and cooking.

Edna is survived by her husband, Francis; five children, Carol (Don) Martin of Pentwater, Mich., Richard (Vi) Gauvin of Helena, Mont., Judy (Butch) Elefson of Glasgow, Mont., and David (Marlene) Gauvin and Michael (Deb) Gauvin, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; many great- and great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Floyd McIvor of Seattle, Wash.; one sister, Janet (Charles Requa) McIvor of Sun City, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with Father Tom Krieg officiating. Interment will be in St. Henry's Cemetery in Eau Galle.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Paul G. Bjork

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 16, 2005, A6

Paul G. Bjork, age 84, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at his home in Menomonie.

Paul was born Aug. 4, 1920, on his family's home farm in the town of Wheaton, Chippewa County, to Oscar and Marie (Johannson) Bjork. He was raised on the family farm and helped work the family farm. Paul in his younger years also worked for Frietag's Nursery in Eau Claire.

Paul met his future wife, Mildred Jensen, while playing Santa Claus during a visit at the Beyer Settlement School where Mildred was the school's teacher. They were married July 31, 1948, at the Iron Creek Church in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County. After marriage, they moved to Mildred's family farm in 1949 where they farmed with Emil and Bertha Jensen in the town of Spring Brook until 1974 when they moved to Menomonie.

Even though Paul moved off the farm, he continued to work and help out on the farm almost daily. He especially enjoyed doing fieldwork and making hay. On Tuesdays, Paul was known to deliver cookies to his family, friends and neighbors. Mildred died in 1988 and Paul continued to live in Menomonie the rest of his life.

Paul is survived by two daughters, Shirley Colvard of Spring Hill, Fla., and Nancy (John) Bjork-Robinson of Ettrick; a son, Larry (Lucy) of Menomonie; two granddaughters, Kellee and Kaylee Colvard, both of Florida; two grandsons, Lewis Bjork of Menomonie and John Paul Bjork of St. Paul, Minn.; two brothers, Al (Pearl) Bjork of Eau Claire and Oscar (Susan) Bjork of Dundee, Ill.; and a sister, Marion Harris of Janesville.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Carl and Clarence; and a special friend, Rachel LaRose of Menomonie.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at the Salem Iron Creek United Methodist Church, town of Spring Brook, rural Menomonie, with the Rev. Margaret DeMaris officiating. Burial will be in Waneka Cemetery in the town of Spring Brook.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Dorothy "Dotty" M. Seichter

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 16, 2005, A6

Dorothy "Dotty" M. Seichter, age 73, of Eau Claire, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at her home after a brief battle with leukemia.

She was born in the town of Delmar, near Boyd, on March 23, 1931, the daughter of Gustave and Elfreda (Zech) Keehn. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Boyd.

Dorothy graduated salutatorian from Cadott High School in 1949 and received her teaching certificate from Eau Claire Teachers College in 1951. She taught five years at the Victory and Chap Creek schools in Chippewa County.

Dorothy married Bernard W. Seichter on Aug. 24, 1954, in Chippewa Falls. After raising her four children, Dorothy worked at McDonald's on Craig Road in Eau Claire for 29 years, being one of two original employees.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church since 1956, being a member of Ruth Circle. Dorothy was a member of Letter Carrier's Auxiliary #829, having served on its board in many capacities. She served as a Cub Scout den mother, Bluebird leader, and was a volunteer at the Syverson Lutheran Home gift shop.

Survivors include her four children, Daniel (Bonnie) Seichter of Blaine, Minn., Timothy (Kelly) Seichter of Monroe, Karen (Todd) Nelson of Eau Claire, and Jeanne (Mark) van Oosbree of Maple Grove, Minn.; nine grandchildren, Jeremy, Caitlin, Theresa, Robert and Lindsay Seichter, Jonathan and Anna Nelson, and Annika and Kees van Oosbree; a stepgranddaughter, Elizabeth Nelson; two brothers, Richard (Phyllis) Keehn of Ladysmith and Clayton Keehn of Clearwater, Fla.; a sister, Jane Malison of Cupertino, Calif; brothers-in-law, John (Mary Lee), Clarence (Geraldine), Jerome and Richard Seichter; and Marvin Dierich; sisters-in-law, Lucille (Lawrence) Komro, Leona (Sylvan) Rothbauer, Delores Woychik and Rosemary Horel; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard in 1990; her brother, Kenneth Keehn; brother-in-law, Duane Malison, and sisters-in-law, Evelyn Keehn, Marcella Schumacher, Irene Dierich, and infant Patricia Seichter.

Dorothy was a devoted Christian mother and grandmother who always put the needs of others first. She was a seasoned regular at her children's and grandchildren's activities. Her presence will be deeply missed.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at Grace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, with Pastor Rolf A. Nestingen officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Chippewa Falls.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. There will be a Letter Carrier's Auxiliary service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Gary A. Hurlburt

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 16, 2005, A6

Gary A. Hurlburt, age 60, formerly of Menomonie, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls.

Memorial services are 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with burial in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery.

Alice K. Nelson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 20, 2005, A6

Alice K. Nelson, age 92, formerly of Menomonie, went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, Feb. 18, 2005 at Oakwood Villa Nursing Home in Altoona, Wis.

The former Alice Kreutzer was born Oct. 29, 1912 in Two Harbors, Minn. to Melvin and Christine (Solie) Kreutzer. As a child, she moved with her family to the Little Elk Creek area, where her family farmed for many years. She attended Little Elk Creek grade school and Menomonie High School.

Alice worked as a waitress at Hotel Marion before her marriage. She married Orville L. "Babe" Nelson on Feb. 16, 1935 in Menomonie. They lived in Menomonie and raised their family there.

Alice later worked at several different jobs, including the Menomonie Credit Bureau, where she worked for several years. In 1999, Alice and her husband moved to Oak Gardens in Altoona.

Alice was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie and belonged to a church circle. She also enjoyed her flowers and gardening, cooking, sewing and crocheting. Alice was a woman of wisdom and she loved her family.

Alice is survived by four sons, Wayne (Sharon) Nelson of Onamia, Minn., Ronald (Evelyn) Nelson of Lake Chetek, John (Gloria) Nelson of Eleva, and Robert (Robin) Nelson of Menomonie; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Nelson of White Bear Lake, Minn., 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Harold Kreutzer of Menomonie; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orville; a son, Gareth; a brother, Leonard Kreutzer; and a grandson, Alexander Nelson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Sand Creek.

Family and friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family suggests memorials be given to Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Frank C. Schumacher

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 20, 2005, A6

Frank C. Schumacher, age 88, of Colfax, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at his home in the town of Tainter, Dunn County.

Frank was born Feb. 26, 1916, on the home farm in the town of Tainter to Peter and Mathilda (Doelle) Schumacher and grew up on the family farm. Frank served in the U.S. Army for four years during World War II. After the service, he returned to the family farm. Along with farming, Frank spent a considerable amount of time trapping mink, muskrat, fox and beaver.

Frank married Rita Dalle on June 4, 1957, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. After marriage, they continued farming the family farm, which he really enjoyed, and was still working on the farm this past fall.

Frank enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Frank is survived by his wife, Rita; four daughters, Jean O'Dea of Menomonie, Kathy Feber of Colfax, Mary Schumacher of Whitewater and Becky Schumacher of Spring Valley; five sons, John of Murphy's Boro, Ill, David, Michael and Charles, all of Colfax, and Tom (Amy) of Chippewa Falls; 12 grandchildren, Jose', Sean, Zack, Rory, Jason, Nora, Merisa, Nick, Kyle, Jacob, Christopher and Austin; two great-grandsons, John and Angelo; and two sisters, Margaret Schrantz of Elk Mound and Agnes Schumacher of Colfax.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert in infancy; two brothers, Joseph and Fr. Charles; and a son-in-law, Tony Ferber.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Jean Sandvig Chapman

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 20, 2005, A6

Mary Jean Sandvig Chapman, age 71, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at The Clairemont Nursing Home in Eau Claire.

Mary Jean was born July 4, 1933, in Menomonie to George and Jean (Dixon) Sandvig. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, Va., and received a bachelor's degree in education from Old Dominion University. After graduating, she taught art in elementary schools in Virginia.

Mary Jean married Collins Chapman in 1956. She raised her family in Ohio before moving back to Menomonie in 1972. Shortly after moving to Eau Claire in 1995, she moved to The Clairemont Nursing Home because of poor health.

Mary Jean is survived by four children, Lynne Osborne of Eau Claire, Mark Chapman of Canton, Ohio, Mary Ellen Chapman of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Sam Chapman of Menomonie; three grandsons, Paul Osborne of Elk Mound, John Osborne of Tomah, and Timothy Pierce of Texas; one brother, Jerry (Anne) Sandvig of Sylvania, Ohio, cousins; and other relatives and friends.

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

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Andy Boe officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Family and friends are welcome from 1 p.m. until time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Ardith Jane Bowell

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 20, 2005, A6

Ardith "Sue" Jane Bowell, age 75, of Mancos, Colo., died Feb. 15, 2005, at Poudre Valley Hospital.

Mrs. Bowell was born Nov. 30, 1929, in Dunn County to Paul Stevens and Nellie Goble. She married Elmer J. Bowell on April 12, 1956, in Pine City, Minn. They raised their children in Wisconsin and moved to Pueblo, Colo., in 1979. and then moved to Mancos in 1981. She was a homemaker and loved to play bingo.

She is survived by his husband, Elmer J. Bowell of Mancos; two sons, Schuyler Bowell of Glenwood Springs, Colo., and Jeffery Bowell of Sheridan, Mont.; a daughter, Letitia Betchel of Waverly, Colo.; two sisters, Beryl Hilgert of Pueblo and Leone Schleusner of Edgerton. and four grandchildren, Jamie S. Bowell of Glenwood Springs, Kenneth "Skipper" Betchel Jr. and Melissa K. Betchel, both of Waverly, and Dylan E. Bowell of Butte, Mont.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Bohlender Funeral Chapel in Fort Collins, Colo. Private interment will be held at a later date at Rose Hill Cemetery in Dunn County.

Edward G. Stuart II

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 23, 2005, A6

Edward G. Stuart II, age 70, of Colfax, passed away Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at his home.

He was born July 6, 1934, in Pepin County to Edward M. and Edna (Kern) Stuart. He attended Durand High School. He married Louise Anderson on Jan. 31, 1959, at Big Elk Creek Parsonage and together they raised three children. He was a dairy farmer for many years, but retired early because of health reasons.

Ed volunteered by cooking at the Community Table in Eau Claire and enjoyed a variety of music, including singing in the Lima Polka Choir. He also enjoyed playing his banjo and harmonica, and reading, fishing, gardening and visiting his family.

He is survived by his three children, Alaine (Alan) Sonnenberg, Edward J. III (Joan), and Kelly (Bruce Lawrle) Stuart, all of Colfax; three grandchildren, Wendy and Edward T. Stuart IV and Aaron Sonnenberg; special friend, Anna Mae Bauer of Durand; four sisters, Jean Thibado of Menomonie, Joyce (John) Kramer of Pine River, Joan Pooler of Durand, and Ginny (Dale) Dessart of Manawa; a brother, Perry (Lori) Stuart of Fall Creek; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and Louise Stuart.

A funeral service for Edward was held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005) at Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church, Elk Mound, with Pastor Hal A. Schroetter officiating. Special music was provided by the Lima Polka Choir. Interment was in the Big Elk Creek Church Cemetery.

Sampson-Kistner Funeral Home of Colfax was in charge of arrangements.

Joyselle B. Voelker

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 27, 2005, A6

Joyselle B. Voelker, age 90, of Ellsworth, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at the River Falls Area Hospital.

She was born Dec. 11, 1914, in Boyceville, the daughter of Arthur and Mabel (Whistler) Hedlund. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville and confirmed in First Lutheran Church in Clear Lake.
She attended grade schools in Boyceville and Clear Lake and graduated from high school in Garrison, Iowa, in 1932. She attended Dunn County Normal School at Menomonie and received her teaching certificate in 1934. She taught grades 1-4 in the Hilson School near Connorsville in 1935-1937.

Joyselle married Morris Voelker of Menomonie in June of 1937. To this union six children were born. She and Morris lived in Ellsworth since 1944. He passed away on April 8, 1996. She was a member of the English Lutheran Church since 1947 and was active in women's organizations. She directed adult and children's choirs for many years. She was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star, having served as Worthy Matron and holding other offices. She was chairman of the Pierce County Bloodmobile for several years.

After Morris' death, she lived in Briarwood Apartments in River Falls for one year, then moved back to Ellsworth. She lived in the Ellsworth Cottages on Cairns Street until November 2004, when she became a resident of the Lutheran Home in River Falls.

Joyselle is survived by her six children, Alan (Diane) Voelker of DeKalb, Ill., Bruce (Kitty) Voelker of Fairbault, Minn., Kathleen (Frank) Owens of Turtle Lake, Maureen (Leigh) Pregent of St. Paul, Minn., David (Jane) Voelker of Ellsworth, and Loralee (David) Kiefer of Beldenville; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two half brothers and three sisters-in-law, Bruce (Shirley) Erickson of Aneheim, Calif., Duane (Audrey) Erickson of Severn, Md., and Alice Hedlund of Osseo.

Joyselle is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, Dalton Hedlund, and one sister-in-law, Lucille Ellsworth.

Services for Joyselle Voelker are 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at the English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth. Rev. Lauryl Stockness and Rev. Harlen Menk will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) and one hour prior to servics on Monday.

Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Ellsworth is assisting the family.

Virginia C. Philen

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 27, 2005, A6

Virginia C. Philen, age 82, formerly of Eau Claire, passed away Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at Kindred Hospital in San Diego, Calif.

The former Virginia Strehlau was born in Dunn County to Bert and Eva (Vehrs) Strehlau. She was a longtime resident of Hemet, Calif., and recently moved to La Quinta, Calif., to live with her daughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick Philen Sr.

Virginia is survived by two sons, Patrick (Joyce) Philen Jr. of Menomonie and Charles (Anne) Philen of Escondido, Calif.; two daughters, Jeanne Tillison of La Quinta and Maureen Philen of Brea, Calif.; three brothers, Arnold and Ervin of Menomonie and Gordon of Eau Claire; and a sister, Phyllis Steinke of Chippewa Falls.

Virginia, loving wife, beloved mother, sister, grandmother and aunt, enjoyed entertaining, playing bridge, and returning to the Eau Claire-Menomonie area to visit her family, relatives and lifelong friends.

A memorial service will be held on March 12, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Miller-Jones Mortuary, 1501 W. Florida Ave., Hemet, Calif. Interment will be private at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Calif.

Marlene M. Leinweber
 

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 27, 2005, A6

Marlene M. Leinweber, age 67, 130 No. Strawberry Lane, Wisconsin Rapids, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at the Strawberry Medical & Rehab Center.

She was born Feb. 6, 1938, in Park Falls to Francis and Dorothy (White) King. Her marriage to Lawrence Leinweber ended in divorce in 1994.

She worked at the Sampson Canning Co. and Consolidated Papers, Inc., from 1956 to 1960.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and house wife.

She belonged to the Handicap Club and loved to play cards, bingo, dance and sing.

Marlene is survived by one son, Rodney (Linda) Leinweber of Wisconsin Rapids and their children, Liz and Caitlin; one daughter, Ronee (Cliff) Kalata of Wisconsin Rapids and their children, McKenna and Dawson; four brothers, Donald (Judy) King, Jerry (Michele) and Robin King, all of Wisconsin Rapids, and George (Sue) King of Plover; one sister-in-law, Carol (Harley) Pryne of Wisconsin Rapids; and special friend, Dale Martin of Wisconsin Rapids.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, David King.

Funeral services were Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Faith Reformed Church in Wisconsin Rapids with the Rev. Brad Veenendaal officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery.

A memorial will be established at a later date.

Higgins Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids was in charge of arrangements.

Daisy M. Jenson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 27, 2005, A6

Daisy M. Jenson, age 90, of Eau Claire, formerly of Elk Mound, passed away at home Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, after a courageous fight with cancer.

Daisy Marie Norrish was born Dec. 11, 1914, in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to William and Lottie (Baker) Norrish. She married Melvin Jenson on July 16, 1938, in Elk Mound.

Daisy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend during her lifetime. She spent much time with her husband, Melvin, during the 70s and 80s, who was a resident at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Daisy loved her home in Eau Claire and was to stay there until the end. She also loved gardening and raising flowers, country music, and listening to religious country hymns. She was a member of Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church in Elk Mound.

Daisy is survived by her son, David (Judy) Jenson of Elk Mound; her daughter, Bonnie (Matthew) Bubon of Wisconsin Dells; her grandchildren, Tania (Jeff) Renken of Menomonee Falls, Kyle (Cathy) Jenson of Elk Mound, Beth Bubon of Chicago, Mark (Kristen) Bubon of Orlando, Fla., and Tim (Jen) Bubon of Madison; seven great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lottie and William Norrish; her husband, Melvin Jenson; two brothers, Leslie Norrish and David Norrish; a sister, Velma Norrish-Larson; and a daughter-in-law, Joyce Ann Halberg-Jenson.

Daisy was a person who always loved. She found it within herself to never have hate. A special thanks to the Rev. Dean Brockmeier and Louise Peterson-Sneen who helped keep her faith alive with their countless visits. Thank you to Jettie Hayes, Rocky and Avis Kizer, Jan Perry and Ann Styger, special friends who assisted her in many ways. In addition, Daisy's family would like to thank the very compassionate saff at Family Medicine and Luther Midelfort. Daisy will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Dean Brockmeier officiating. Burial will be in Barum Cemetery in the town of Elk Mound, Dunn County.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday (today) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Fern G. Baxter

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 27, 2005, A6

Fern G. Baxter, age 99, of Menomonie, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Fern Greselda Rassbach was born Dec. 3, 1905, in the Town of Sheridan, Dunn County, to John H. and Jennie E. (Brown) Rassbach. Fern married George A. Baxter on Aug. 17, 1927, in St. Paul, Minn. Together they owned and operated the family store for many years in the Township of Hay River, the area that became known as Baxterville.

In addition to helping in the store, Fern also taught third and fourth grades in the rural school system in Dunn County and in Boyceville from 1921 to 1961.

Fern's greatest enjoyment was traveling and exploring the many countries she visited. She and her sister, Gwen, made it to every one of the 50 states and also toured Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. During her trips she took many photographs that she shared with various civic organizations, youth clubs and various schools. Fern was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie and also the Dunn County Historical Society.

Fern is survived by nieces and nephews, Russell Rassbach of Menomonie, Anthony (Bonnie) Andrise of Hernando, Miss., William H. (Shirley) Baxter of Minneapolis, Minn., Fern Abram of Jackson, Mich., Jerry (Marion) Weinstock of Jackson, Mich., and Barbara Bennett of San Diego, Calif.; great-nephews and great-nieces, Marc Andrise of Hernando, Miss., Kelly (Barbara) Rassbach of Menomonie, Carl Abrahm of Chicago, Ill., Linda (Larry) Patton, Jackson, Mich., Donna (Jim) Blake of Jackson, Mich., William A. (Ann) Baxter of Woodbury, Minn., and Sherri Baxter of Minneapolis, Minn.; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Baxter of Minneapolis, Minn., and Lilian Wischen of Massachusettes; and other great-nieces and nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; and two sisters, Orpha Andrise and Gwen Weinstock.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Rosalind Dryver-Scott officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

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