Dunn County, WI Obituaries
February 2006

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
February 1, 2006 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Lorraine I. Crego

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 1,2006, A6

Lorraine I. Crego, age 86, of Hudson, formerly of Menomonie and Zephyrhills, Fla., passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, at The Christian Community Home of Hudson.

Lorraine was a former elementary school teacher in the Menomonie and River Falls area for many years. She also worked as co-director of the Dunn County Health Care Center from 1960-70.

She is survived by her daughters, Anita (Michael) Thompson of Shoreview, Minn., and Jean (Tony) Sondhi of Maplewood, N. J.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Vera Kuckuk, of West Bend.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Elliot, and son, Wayne.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Funeral and cremation services are entrusted to The O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson and Countryside Crematory of Baldwin (715) 386-3725.

Curtis Herbert Ellefson

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 1,2006, A6

Curtis Herbert Ellefson, age 79, of Menomonie, formerly of Fountain City, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born Feb. 10, 1926, in Woodville to Herbert and Ida (Lee) Ellefson. Curtis attended school in Woodville and graduated from Spring Valley High School.

He married Helen Zimmerman on Aug. 22, 1952 in Woodville.

Curtis was project manager for the former Nels Johnson Construction Co. of Winona, Minn., and was superintendent for 37 years. He was a lifetime member of Local 1143, United Brothers of Carpenters and Joiners Union.

Curtis was a member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church and a faithful servant to his Lord. He was very active in the Fountain City community, volunteering much of his time. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also had a great sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes.

Curtis survived by his wife, Helen of Menomonie; a daughter, Donna (Larry) Dworschak of Rockford, Ill.; three sons, Richard (Colleen) Ellefson and David (Cheryl) Ellefson, both of Menomonie, and Mark (Margie) Ellefson of Houston, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Jason, Joni, Jaci, Keith, Karissa and Emily; five great-grandchildren and a great-grandchild due in June; one brother, Donald Ellefson of Lakeland, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by a son, his parents, one brother and one sister.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Fountain City with the Rev. Elroy Conradt officiating. Burial was in the Fountain City Cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association, 1227 B Menomonie St., Eau Claire, WI 54703.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

William H. Sipple

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 1,2006, A6

William Henry Sipple, age 76, of Rochester, Minn., died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at his home.

He was born Aug. 28, 1929, in Menomonie and married Joanne S. Studley of Marshfield, Mass., on Nov. 14, 1954.

William graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1951 with a B.A. in business administration. He entered the United States Army in July 1951 and was discharged in November 1954.

After his discharge from the serve, he was an insurance agent and real estate broker from 1954-62 for Sipple Insurance and Real Estate Agency in Menomonie.

In 1962, he moved to Rochester, Minn., and joined Olmsted Federal Savings and Loan as a staff appraiser, and over the years he was promoted to President and CEO.

In 1977, he was elected to the board of directors of the Olmsted Federal Savings and Loan Association, and in 1989, he founded the Rochester Mortgage Co., after retiring from Midwest Federal Savings and Loan.

He was on the board of directors of Cronin Homes, served on the board of directors of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce in 1976-77 and was president of the Downtown Exchange Club in 1967.

In 1960, he was commander of his American Legion Post. He was on the board of trustees of Christ Methodist Church form 1973-78 and served as chairman in 1977-78.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne; three children, Sue Hanson, John Sipple and Sharon (Paul) Brandrup, all of Rochester; one granddaughter; five grandsons; and a sister, Ruth (William) Karns of Monona.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and one brother.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at the Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, with the Rev. Tony Deach and the Rev. Nancy Wheeler-Handlon officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 pm today (Wednesday) at the Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Leonard F. Berger

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 5, 2006, A6

Leonard F. Berger, age 78, of Elmwood, formerly of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Leonard was born on Nov. 19, 1927, in the Maxville area of Buffalo County, the son of Frank and Martha (Kohlman) Berger. He grew up in that area until 1943 when he moved to Dunn County with his family.

He married Marian Smith on June 16, 1952. After marriage, they lived in Kenosha until 1958 when they moved to the Downsville-Menomonie area.

Leonard worked as a self-employed carpenter and worked around the area for many years. The last few years, Marian and Leonard mowed lawns in the Lower Weston and Rose Hill cemeteries.

Leonard is survived by three daughters, Joan (Bernard) Beisel of Hampton, Minn., and Linda (Loren) Petrash and Brenda (Duane) Kraft, both of Lakeville, Minn.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Marion (Paul) Radle of Elmwood; three brothers, Clarence (Isabel) of Eau Claire, James (Maxine) of Menomonie, and Lorin (Roberta) of Hartford; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marian, on Jan. 12, 2006; a brother, Francis; and a sister, Florence Hurlburt.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials in Leonard's name to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with the Rev. Ambrose Blenker officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in Downsville.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Steven R. Hetrick

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 5, 2006, A6

Steven Ray Hetrick, age 50, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born July 29, 1955, in Hudson, the son of Ralph and Loma Myers Hetrick. He attended schools in Hudson, Plum City and Baldwin High School. After graduating, he worked at Bark's Bakery and helped on area farms.

In 1976, he joined the U.S. Army where he spent a year in Korea. On Dec. 29, 1978, he married Chun Cha Yi. They returned to the Baldwin-Hammond area in 1984 after Steven's discharge. Upon returning, he spent time as a farm laborer.

In 1992, they moved to Menomonie where he worked for Federal Foam. Steven was a cook for the past 10 years for area restaurants.

He enjoyed bird watching, flower gardening and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Chun Hetrick of Menomonie; a daughter, Jennifer (Ted) Hetrick of Moberly, Mo.; a son, Charles (Amber) Hetrick of Menomonie; his mother, Loma Hetrick of Pepin; three brothers, Thomas (Darlene) Hetrick of Crestview, Fla., Donald Hetrick of Eau Claire, and Douglas (Mary Jane) Hetrick of Burbank, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Hetrick; his grandparents, Albert and Lida Myers and Charles and Sophie Hetrick; and a sister-in-law, Mary Hetrick.

Memorial services were held Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at the United Methodist Church in Pepin with Pastor Bruce Gardow officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Pepin.

Goodrich Funeral Home in Durand handled arrangements.

Willard G. ‘Buck' Maves

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 8, 2006, A6

Willard George “Buck” Maves, age 88, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born on Aug. 20, 1917, in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to Max and Ida (Schaefer) Maves. Buck was raised in the town of Spring Brook, near Fall City, and baptized and confirmed at the Iron Creek United Methodist Church. He graduated from Elk Mound High School.

Buck worked as an electrician for a few years before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps on Jan. 9, 1942. He served on the West Coast until his discharge on Dec. 2, 1945.

Following his military service, Buck was employed at the U.S. Rubber Co. (Uniroyal) in Eau Claire for many years, retiring in 1980.

Buck was a member of Hosford-Chase Post No. 32 of the American Legion in Menomonie and the Elks Lodge of Pendleton, Ore. His passions in life were gardening, fishing, and visiting with all his friends and neighbors.

Buck is survived by his companion for more than 50 years, Marion Brunn of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Maves of Menomonie; nieces and nephews, Arvid (Arliss) Larson of Manistique, Mich., Jerry (Judy) Schrantz of Waukesha, Tim (Lisa) Maves of Menomonie, Tony (Lynn) Maves of Ames, Iowa, Joan (Mike) Weier of Elk River, Minn., David (Irma Jean) Maves of Menomonie, and Jean Rzepiejewski of Burnsville, Minn.; 27 grandnieces and grandnephews; and many great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Verne and Irvin Maves; three sisters, Irene Larson, Stella Schrantz and Lorraine Crane; and a nephew, John Larson.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at the Iron Creek United Methodist Church in the town of Spring Brook with the Rev. Margaret DeMaris officiating.

Burial will be in the Iron Creek Cemetery with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Mavis M. Klingman

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 8, 2006, A6

Mavis M. Klingman, age 68, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Mavis Marie Rogers was born March 20, 1937, in Menomonie to John and Lois (Burke) Rogers. She was raised in the Knapp area and graduated from Menomonie High School.

Mavis worked as a waitress at the Tic Toc Restaurant in Minneapolis, Minn., before her marriage. She married Richard Klingman on Dec. 15, 1956, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, After their marriage, they lived in the Minneapolis and Knapp areas where she raised her family.

Mavis enjoyed gardening, knitting and dancing, and she also enjoyed the time she spent with her friends in the Jehovah's Witnesses Study Group.

Mavis is survived by her four sons, Perry Klingman, Ronald Klingman, Terrance Klingman and Michael Klingham, all of Menomonie; two grandchildren, Kirsten and Andrew Klingman; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Richard Rogers of King and David (Jean) Rogers of Pardeeville; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard Klingman; a brother, Robert Rogers; and a son, Daniel Klingman.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. LeRoy Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery, town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

A. Shirley Young

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 8, 2006, A6

A. Shirley Young, age 96, former Dunn County Home Extension Agent, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at her home after suffering a series of strokes over the past four months.

The daughter of Albert A. and Ruth A. (Crumb) Young, Shirley was born June 25, 1909, in Freeborn County, Minn. She graduated valedictorian of her high school class in Dodge Center, Minn. Shirley received her B.A. from Milton College, graduating magna cum laude. Shirley obtained a Bachelor of Science in home economics from Stout Institute (UW-Stout) in 1941. She earned additional credits at UW-Madison, and the universities of Arizona and Colorado. Shirley was the first County Extension Agent in Wisconsin to be named an associate professor-University of Wisconsin Extension. Shirley was, foremost, an educator, first as an English teacher in Ft. Atkinson for seven years and, after earning her degree from Stout, teaching home economics at Lancaster for three years. In 1944 she became the first home economics agent ever to serve in both Marquette and Adams counties, making her home in Westfield with her mother, her grandmother and her two nieces, Rosalie and Gail. Given the choice to serve only one of the counties, she remained in Marquette County from 1946 to 1951. In 1951 she accepted the position of home economics agent in Dunn County. The photo above appeared in The Dunn County News upon her arrival. The years she spent there were very rewarding, giving her a great deal of satisfaction and gaining many good friends. She remained in Menomonie for 18 years until her retirement in 1969. During that time she wrote a weekly newspaper column, County Fare, broadcast a weekly local radio program and televised a weekly food demonstration show from WHA-Eau Claire.

She organized many of the first Homemaker groups in Dunn County and there are many 4-H Club members who remember eventful trips to the State Fair with Shirley. During her years in Menomonie she was selected to train numerous Stout grads for future agents. In July of 1969 she was honored at a retirement dinner. Among the speakers that evening was the Chairman of Community Affairs, UW, who remarked, “Shirley is an esteemed member of our faculty and now holds the rank of professor emeritus. What did Shirley profess as a professor? The understanding to work with young children, the patience to work with teenagers, the professionalism to work with homemakers and the love to work with us all. She merits the respect and admiration of all of us here tonight.”

Shirley moved to Baraboo with her mother where she built a home and cultivated a large garden along with many flower beds and fruit trees. For a few years she continued televising a food demonstration show on WHA-TV from Madison. She also continued to judge food and clothing at many county fairs around the state. In 1987 she moved to Madison where she and Gail built a home together. Her mother also lived with them until her death in 1990 at the age of 104.

Shirley truly enjoyed traveling. For many years Shirley and Gail hiked all the major rivers along the North Shore that flow into Lake Superior, always with her dachshunds in the lead, little short legs scrambling to race ahead! They also traveled to Austria and took many driving trips out west to the Black Hills, Jackson Hole and Yellowstone. From 1995 through 2002 they attended the annual Scottish-Irish Festival in Estes Park. She enjoyed her frequent trips to Maui to visit her niece, Rosalie, and her children.

Her interests and talents were many and varied. Shirley was a very accomplished seamstress, she loved to bake bread and she loved to garden and preserve all the wonderful vegetables she grew. She loved to raise flowers and her yard burst with color all summer long, much to everyone's enjoyment. She loved the company of her family and friends and mourned the loss of so many as she got older. She felt she would be the last leaf on the tree. When asked what she would consider her “hobbies” she replied, “sewing, gardening, reading and dachshunds!” Her first dachshund arrived in 1946 and the last is now just seven months old, with many wonderful companions during the years between. Her independent spirit, her belief that with hard work you could accomplish any goal you set for yourself, her willingness to take on the welfare and responsibility of her grandmother, her mother and her two nieces and to share her life with them for so many years was a rare generosity of spirit.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her two girls, nieces, Rosalie (Tolzmann) Yoshida, Kahului, Maui, and Gail (Miller) Palmisano, Town of Middleton, and four nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and many other people whose lives she touched and who will miss her greatly. The family thanks Dr. Pam Olson for her many years of making sure that Shirley could enjoy her life to the fullest, Merry Nelson for helping Shirley spend Christmas and her last few days at home and the care provided by Hospice during her final days.

Memorial services will be held at the Gunderson West Funeral Home, 7435 University Avenue, Middleton, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the old Trenton Cemetery near New Richland, Minn., this summer. Memorials will be forwarded to the Trenton Cemetery Fund by her family or donations can be made to HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711.

Paul H. Kadinger

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 12, 2006, A6

Paul H. Kadinger, age 61, of Eau Claire, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, at home surrounded by his loving family and Northwest Hospice.

He was born Jan. 24, 1945, in Pepin County to Bessie (Hite) and Alex Kadinger Sr. He grew up in Menomonie and graduated in 1963 from Menomonie High School. A few years later, he purchased land in the township of Seymour, where Paul, his dad and many friends built the family home. Paul retired from Presto and purchased “Mode O'Day,” a retail clothing store in London Square Mall. He later got his CDL and started driving a big rig coast to coast. This eventually led to the start up of Rittmueller and Henning Trucking Companies, which he currently owned and operated.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah; four daughters, Wendy (Cheerio) Campbell of Osseo, Patti (Charlie) Sobottka of Durand, Paula Kadinger of Eau Claire, and Krista (Patrick) Lieffring of the Village of Lake Hallie; two stepchildren, Kerri Hazelton and Gene Albrecht, both of Eau Claire; his stepmother, Esther Berger of Menomonie; mother-in-law, Alice Steltzer of Eau Claire; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Alex “Bud” Kadinger Jr. of Menomonie; six sisters, Gloria (Frank) Hintz of Plum City, Rosanna (Newell) Herum of Visalia, Calif., Josephine (Leroy) Keenlyne of Elmwood, Betty (Harold) Sabelko of Mondovi, Ramona Messex of Steger, Ill., and Diana (Tony) Gullickson of Fresno, Calif.; numerous nephews and nieces; and many, many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Eau Claire with Father Frank Corradi celebrating the Mass. Interment followed in Prairie View Cemetery, village of Lake Hallie.

Paul enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada with friends and family. He loved deer hunting at his sister's farm in Mondovi where he usually had his deer by 8 a.m. opening day. Paul had a great appreciation for old cars and collected more than a couple over the years. His passion in life was racing stock cars. He always said there was no better feeling than sitting behind the wheel of a stock car and holding that checkered flag.

We love you dearly and we will all miss you deeply and forever.

Condolences to Paul's family may be sent online at www.fuller-speckien.com.

Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home in Eau Claire assisted the family with arrangements.

Freda Carey Brockelman

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 15, 2006, A6

Freda Carey Brockelman, 86, of Menomonie, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center's Special Care Unit in Menomonie.

Freda Engeline was born Jan. 23, 1920, in Saxon to Nels and Hildur (Lofblad) Ledin. Her father, a banker and lumberman, later moved to Mason, where Freda grew into a beautiful, lively and witty young woman. At 17, with the encouragement of a friend, Freda attended the church service of the young and handsome minister, Ronald Carey. It was love at first sight for Freda and Ronald. This was the beginning of a long and happy relationship. They were married in Mason on Aug. 10, 1940.

After their marriage, they lived in Milwaukee where Ronald, after being persuaded by two of Freda's brothers, entered the law school at Marquette. To support themselves, Freda and Ronald worked as a maid and butler for a wealthy family. This was a hard, but happy time for them. Their first child, Ronadin Lee, was born in Milwaukee.

Once Ronald graduated in 1943, he left for the Navy to serve in World War II, leaving Freda to raise Ronadin on her own for two years. After the war, the family moved to Menomonie. Freda worked at a number of jobs while helping to support the family until Ronald's law practice was established.

Later, their second daughter, Susan Elizabeth, was born. Although Freda enjoyed being a mother and a housewife, she also enjoyed doing the “leg work” for Ronald. She interviewed witnesses, gathered depositions and delivered documents to Madison. She continued to do this until his death in 1981.

Freda had many interests and accomplishments during her lifetime. One of her greatest interests was duplicate bridge. Freda was very successful at bridge and achieved the status of Life Master. She constantly studied the game and finally began to teach others.

One of those she taught was Albert Brockelman, a local businessman, with whom Freda fell in love. They eventually married in June 1994. They had too few happy years playing bridge together. Soon after their marriage, it was discovered Freda had Alzheimer's disease.

Freda managed to defy death before. She was born prematurely and survived the first days of her life in a shoebox on the door of a stove. In 1955, she had an ectopic pregnancy in which the fallopian tube burst and she almost died.

In 1964, while standing on a curb in downtown Madison, Freda was struck by an out-of-control car and was thrown many feet in the air, landing on her head. In the late 1990s, she developed Alzheimer's and was not able to survive the ravages of this disease.

Freda is survived by her husband Albert; two daughters, Ronadin Lee Carey of Eau Claire and Susan Elizabeth Carey of Memphis, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Kristin (Flint) Wood, Scott Kowalsky, and Trinity Craner; a great-granddaughter, Ashley Wood; a sister in-law, Dorothy Ledin of Lake Placid, Fla; three stepchildren, Dean Brockelman of Menomonie; Betty (Pat) McDonald of Leesberg, Fla.; and David (Betty) Brockelman of Broomfield, Colo.; 11 stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ronald Carey (1981); three brothers, Arnold, Bob and Einer Ledin; a sister, Vera Davey; a stepson, Rev. John Brockelman.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers a memorial to the Alzheimer's Association or the Special Care Unit at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at First Congregational Church in Menomonie with Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating. Burial will be in the Mason Cemetery in Mason in the spring.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Agnes I. Nelson

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 15, 2006, A6

Agnes Ila Nelson, age 97, of Knapp, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

The former Agnes Ila Ford was born Nov. 2, 1908, in the town of Stanton, Dunn County, to Isaac and Blanch (Rice) Ford. She attended school in Knapp.

On Jan. 24, 1925, Agnes married Lawrence T. Nelson and they made their home in Knapp.

During World War II, Agnes worked at a defense plant in New Richmond. She also worked at Sanna Dairies from 1951 to 1970, when she retired to spend time with her husband.

Agnes attended the Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Knapp. She enjoyed farming, gardening, her flowers, knitting, crocheting, and cooking for her family. She also enjoyed bowling and playing 500 with close friends and relatives.

Agnes is survived by her son, Darrel (Phyllis) Nelson of Knapp; three grandchildren, Kathy (Jeffrey) Stanton and Julie (Robert) Lee, both of Menomonie, and Danny (Deborah) Nelson of Knapp; 10 great-grandchildren, Adam, Lucas and Cody Stanton, Jordan (Brenda), Trenton and Afton Lee, and Nathan, Matthew, Christina and Danielle Nelson; a great-great-granddaughter, Cadence Lee; a brother, Hartzel Ford of Eau Claire; two sisters, Darlene Hintzman and Ardis (Oscar) Dunahee, both of Menomonie; two sisters-in-law, Marian Ford of Menomonie and Doris Ford of Knapp; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lawrence; one sister, Goldie Nelson; and six brothers, Everett, Virgil, Arnold, Eldon, Avery and Clarence Ford.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. LeRoy Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in the town of Stanton, Dunn County.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Richard H. “Terry” O'Reilly

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 15, 2006, A6

Richard H. “Terry” O'Reilly, age 59, of Knapp, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at his home.

He was born April 1, 1946, to Richard and Grace (Trachier) O'Reilly.

Terry will be missed by all and be remembered for his zest for life.

Terry is survived by his daughter, Christina; brothers, William and Karen, Michael and Rose, and Sean and Sue; sisters, Mary and Doug and Erin; and many dear relatives and friends.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie to celebrate Terry's life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Christina O'Reilly to further her education.

To express condolences online, please visit www.olsonfh.net.

Herbert R. Lake

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 15, 2006, A6

Death Notice

Herbert R. Lake, age 78, of Boyceville, died peacefully on Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Anderson Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City. [See complete obituary below]

Ann (Burwitz) Staveness

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 19, 2006, A6

Ann (Burwitz) Staveness, age 70, of Payson, Ariz., died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, in Payson with hospice.

She was born on Oct. 5, 1935, in Menomonie. She graduated in 1953 from Menomonie High School.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Frank and Emma Hintzman of Menomonie; parents, Herman and Mabel Burwitz of Menomonie; and a sister, Marion Clayton of Phoenix, Ariz.

Ann graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She taught high school biology for five years in Wisconsin and Illinois.

She was employed by TRW in Redondo Beach, Calif., as an administrative secretary. Ann worked for First American Title Co. of Gila County in Payson as a vice president senior escrow officer and retired in 2000 after 25 years with the company.

Ann was a member of the Arizona School Boards Association for four years and was the Gila County director. Ann was a member of the school board for Payson Unified School District for 14 years and was president for four years when Frontier Elementary and David N. Wilson Multipurpose Center were built.

Additionally, she was instrumental in getting the first charter school in the state of Arizona for Payson known as Payson Center for Success. She was on the board for Payson Center of Success.

Ann was treasurer of the Industrial Development Authority for the town of Payson, treasurer of the Gila County Republican Party, and was also precinct committeeman.

She was a member of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church and was the financial secretary of the church. She was also a member of the construction committee for building the new church and a choir member.

Ann is survived by her husband, Clyde Staveness, of Payson; and a sister, Betty Styer of Milwaukee.

A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 10, 2006, at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Payson. Interment was in Mountain Meadows Memorial Park in Payson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, AZ 85541 or RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mudsprings Road, Payson, AZ 85541.

Herbert R. Lake

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 19, 2006, A6

Herbert R. Lake, age 78, of the town of Hay River, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Herb was born Jan. 10, 1928, in the town of Hay River, Dunn County, to Lloyd L. and Mamie (McIntyre) Lake. He owned his own lime business at the age of 14. Herbert married Alice Ruth Goodell on Oct. 10, 1947. He farmed all of his life and owned a sawmill business.

He co-started the Boyceville Community Ambulance Service in 1974. Herb served on the Hay River Town Board as chairman for 24 years and the Dunn County Board of Supervisors for eight years.

He was a jack of all trades. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking, and spending time with family, friends and his favorite dog “Buffy,” - either on slow rides in the country, or coffee and dice at Boyceville Oil.

Herbert is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lloyd; and two sisters, Ethel Benitz and Ruby Luepke.

Herbert is survived by his wife, Alice of Boyceville; six children, Aneta (Dorian) Spielman of Menomonie, Lonna (Bill) Borgert, Diana “DeDe” Nutter, Ricky (Gloria) Lake, and Jeffrey (Kelley) Lake, all of Boyceville, and Melanie Lake of St. Louis, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, Drew (Melissa) Spielman, Wyatt Spielman, Lisa (Todd) Stuart, Tina Talmage, Tessa (Troy) Kostman, Tonya Schutts, Jeremy “Spike” (Sue) Nutter, Jenny (Jerry) Conrad, Richie (Glory Watts) Lake, Lindsay Lake, April Lake and Jake Lake; 13 great-grandchildren, Brittnay, Melissa, Tristan, Tori, Tyra, Colton, Megan, Bryce, Erika, Taylor, Cody, Hannah and Trevor; his best companion, his dog “Buffy;” nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Herbert will be sadly missed by all.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at the United Methodist Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Tim Matthaei officiating. Burial was in the Hay River Cemetery, town of Hay River.

Anderson Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City was in charge of arrangements.

Vincent D. Neal

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 22, 2006, A6

Vincent D. Neal, age 42, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at his home.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sheri L. Neal; two children, Jessica L. (Josh) Mikesell and DeWayne V. (Amara) Neal; granddaughter, Hayley L. Mikesell; mother, Anita (Dennis) Lake; sisters, Colleen (Larry) Revier, Annette (Howard) Aho, Rose (Norm) Trader, Kathy (Ralph) Bumann, Pat (Duane) Kautz, and Sandy (Danny) Perry; brothers, Jacy (Michelle) Johnson, Marlou (Lori) Johnson, and Marty (Sue) Johnson; uncle, Steve (Barb) Rassat; and several nieces and nephews.

Vince started delivering LP gas for Rusk Gas in 1995 and continued with Dunn Energy after they took over Rusk Gas in 2002.

Vince loved hunting, fishing, and riding motorcycles, but most of all, he enjoyed spending any time he could with his granddaughter. Another special part of his life was his Black Springer Onyx, who he treated as another member of the family.

He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Miller Funeral Home in Fridley, Minn.

Cards and memorials may be sent to the Neal Family, P.O. Box 26, Colfax, WI 54730.

Florence M. Olson

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 22, 2006, A6

Florence M. Olson, age 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Gilbert E. Rifenberg

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 22, 2006, A6

Gilbert E. Rifenberg, age 95, of Bloomer, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at The Maple Wood in Bloomer.

He was born Oct. 31, 1910, in Edgar to Hiram and Gustie (Stark) Rifenberg. He married Lorene T. Steinmetz on April 30, 1955, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bloomer. He worked as a dairy farmer.

He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Ann Howe of Menomonie and Kathleen Rifenberg of New Auburn, and one grandchild, Jolene.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorene in 2005; and one brother, Charles Rifenberg.

A private family burial will be held.

Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer is in charge of arrangements.

Arnold N. Schlough

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 22, 2006, A6

Arnold N. Schlough, age 65, of Wheeler, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Arnold Norman Schlough was born Feb. 5, 1941, in Prairie Farm to Norman R. and Mary (Hybben) Schlough. He attended Blairmoor Elementary School and later graduated from Prairie Farm High School. After high school, he worked at Pelto Auto in Menomonie and then at Honeywell in Minneapolis, Minn.

On Feb. 10, 1962, he married Mary Lou Jackson in Knapp. From this union four children were born who have blessed them with 12 wonderful grandchildren. Arnie and Mary Lou resided together in the Connorsville area for six years. In 1970, they moved to the Ridgeland area and have remained there since.

Over the years, Arnie has had various jobs, including welding, trucking and logging. Arnie was the Ridgeland parade chairman for the past 15 years. His true passions in life were farming, restoring antique tractors, attending auctions, and operating his sawmill. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Arnold is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Schlough; four children, David (Denise) Schlough and Richard (Renee) Schlough, both of Wheeler, Garold (LuAnn) Schlough of Menomonie, and Denise (Mark) Stuber of Ridgeland; 12 grandchildren, Tiffany and Stacey Schlough, Andy, Kelly, Jesse and Kacie Schlough, Joshua, Trevor, Nicholas and Danielle Schlough, and Peter and JonMark Stuber; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Vila and Clifford Jackson of Knapp; a sister, Arlene (David) Kraft; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at the Hay River Lutheran Church with the Rev. Erik Sevig officiating. Burial will be in the Hay River Lutheran Cemetery, town of Hay River, Dunn County.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church.
To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Theodore F. ‘Blackie' Supri

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 26, 2006, A6

Theodore F. “Blackie” Supri, age 91, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Ted was born March 8, 1914, in Arkansaw, the son of Frank and Leah (Beaudete) Supri. After the death of Ted's father, at three years old, Ted and his two brothers were sent to St. Michael's Orphanage in La Crosse. Ted was later raised by Tom and Eva Donlin in Mauston. When Ted was 18, he returned to the Wilson-Knapp area. He married Lela Annis on Nov. 25, 1942.

On Nov. 28, 1942, Ted entered the service and served with the U.S. Army during World War II. Ted served with the 36th Infantry and on Sept. 8, 1943, they made the invasion of Salerno, Germany. On Sept. 18, Ted was captured by the German Army and was a prisoner of war for 19 months at Stalag II B. In 1945, Ted returned from the war and farmed near the Rush River in Pierce County for five years.

In 1950, they moved to a farm near Elmwood. In 1951, Ted became disabled due to a fall on the farm. Ted and Lela later moved to Menomonie. In 1969, they moved to the town of Menomonie. In 1999, Ted became a resident of the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie where he remained the rest of his life.

Ted was a member of the Ex-POW's, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, VFW, Menomonie Moose Lodge, and St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Ted is survived by his wife, Lela; a son, Gary of Menomonie; a daughter, Sharon Connors of Menomonie, four grandchildren, Lynn Field of Boyceville, Ann Bell of Little Rock, Ark., and John Christner and Lisa (Archie) Martin, both of Menomonie; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lawrence, Eugene and Peter; and three sisters, Ellen Kells, Marie Snider and Clara Patnode.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the French Cemetery, town of Waterville, rural Arkansaw.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, where a prayer service is scheduled at 4:45 p.m., and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Brian C. “Bud” Stinson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 26, 2006, A6

Brian C. “Bud” Stinson, age 74, of Boyceville, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Dove Healthcare in Eau Claire.

He was born Jan. 8, 1932, in Minneapolis, Minn., to George and Sarah (Ahrens) Stinson. Bud served in the U.S. Army overseas from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War.

Bud married Bernita Hultgren on Sept. 11, 1954, in Richfield, Minn. They enjoyed 51 years of marriage.

Bud worked several years in the insurance and finance business in the Twin Cities. He later moved his family to Menomonie, where he co-owned and operated Broadway Ford-Mercury from 1973 to 1981. Bud and his wife returned to the Twin Cities where he managed apartments until his retirement. They have resided in Boyceville the last few years.

Bud was a member of the Menomonie Lions Club and Boyceville's Harmon-Harris Post No. 314 of the American Legion.

Bud is survived by his wife, Bernita of Boyceville; a son, David Stinson of Cornell; a daughter, Lisa (Mark) Lauer of Sand Creek; two granddaughters, Cynthia Stinson and Amanda Runkle; a brother, Bruce (Violet) Stinson of Lake City, Minn.; two sisters, Gloria Lawson of Burnsville, Minn., and Judith Swensen of Eden Prairie, Minn.; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Cheryl; two sisters, Vesta Forsland and Joan Stinson; and two brothers, Robert and William Stinson.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville with military honors provided by Harmon-Harris Post No. 314 of the American Legion.

Family and friends are welcome one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net

Florence M. Olson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 26, 2006, A6

Florence M. Olson, age 88, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Florence Mae Cockeram was born Dec. 6, 1917, in the town of Lucas, Dunn County, to Alfred and Ida (Hintzman) Cockeram. She was raised in the town of Lucas and later moved with her family to Menomonie. Florence was confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie and attended Menomonie High School.

Florence married Elmer Olson on March 4, 1939, in Menomonie. Together they farmed in the town of Dunn for many years.

She was an active member of Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid, and the Little Elk Creek Homemakers. Florence enjoyed quilting and baking, especially for her grandchildren, and she was famous for her homemade donuts. She also enjoyed the time she spent traveling with her husband.

Florence is survived by five daughters, Beverly (Gerald) Kistner of Menomonie, Alice (Ronald) Sather of Northfield, Minn., Marlys (David) Aspen of Trego, Marilyn (John) Mars of Elk Mound, and Mary Orfgen of Downsville; 18 grandchildren, Jeffrey, Michael and Robert Kistner of Menom-onie, Karla (Royce) Hubbard of Thorp, Robin (Allen) Montanye of Menomonie, Ronald David (Patti) Sather of Farmington, Minn., Ronda (Rick) Garrigan of Tucson, Ariz., Scott (Bettina) Sather of Fort Knox, Tenn., Terri (Martin) Spartz of Lewiston, Minn., Douglas (Christine) Larson and Ann (Dennis) Kiefer, both of Spring Valley, John (Barb) Aspen of Three Forks, Mont., Renate (David) Gale of Spooner, Teresa (Brad) Edvalson of Sarona, Dennis (Kathy) Aspen of Knapp, Chris Mars and Jimmy (Krista) Mars, both of Menomonie, and Sandra Orfgen (Paul McNeill) of Ashburn, Va.; 36 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer; two brothers; a son-in-law, Don Orfgen; and a grandson, Tim Orfgen.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006, at the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the town of Dunn, Dunn County. Burial will be in the Little Elk Creek Cemetery.

Family and friends were welcomed at the church Sunday from 1 p.m. until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Mable S. Jaeger

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 26, 2006, A6

Mable S. Jaeger passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Care Partners in Menomonie with hospice.

Mable Susanna Jaeger was born July 24, 1914, to Valentine and Mary (Laubenstein) Wellstein in the town of Lucas. Mable attended Pershing Grade School in the town of Lucas. On Nov. 14, 1936, Mable married Frank Jaeger at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Later she became a 4-H leader for more than 15 years. She was also a member of Peace Lutheran Church and Auxiliary, and Teegarden Valley Homemakers. Mable was known in the area for her good cooking skills and all who stopped by the farm at mealtime were invited to join the family.

Mable is survived by a son, LaVern Jaeger of Menomonie; a daughter, Mary Ann (Gerald) Willard of Janesville; granddaughter, Marilyn (Mark) McClenathan of Roscoe, Ill.; step-granddaughter, Wendy (Rick) Cook of Brodhead; step-grandson, Rodney Willard of Janesville; two great-grandchildren, Marquea and Matthew McClenathan; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Cook, Haley and Griffin Willard; brother-in-law, Edwin Casper of Menomonie; and a sister-in-law, Blanche Wellstein of Waukesha. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and other friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank; sisters, Minnie (Ben) Schaefer, Ruth Casper, and Violet (Martin) Casper; brothers, William (Hope), Paul, Dan, and Benjamin (Elvera) Wellstein.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Reverend David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Township of Menomonie. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the church. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

A special thanks to Pastors Dave Whelan and Jack Olson, and the caring staff at Care Partners and Northwest Wisconsin HomeCare.

Memorials are suggested to Peace Lutheran Church or Northwest Wisconsin HomeCare Hospice Program.

To express condolences online, please visit www.olsonfh.net.

Leonard C. Brezin

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 26, 2006, A6

Leonard C. Brezina died peacefully at Cherry Meadows Hospice on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006.

Len was born June 6, 1924, in Dunn County. He grew up on a farm near Boyce-ville. Len graduated in 1942 from Boyceville High School and from Dunwoody Industrial Institute, Minneapolis, Minn., Architectural Drafting and Estimating, class of 1952.

He served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific in World War II and in the Army of Occupation in Japan where he was the Company B bugler.

He and Lee (Iola Gaffron) were married at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, Minn., on Aug. 29,1952.

Len came to Neenah in 1961 to work at Shattuck and Siewert Architectural Firm and later was employed by Neenah Foundry Co. in the production planning department for 23 years, retiring in 1989. He and Lee enjoyed extensive traveling and adventures in those first 10 years of retirement.

Len was a 44-year member of the First Presbyterian Church in Neenah, where he had served as a youth advisor, usher, deacon and elder. He was a life member of VFW Post 10893 and of the Red Arrow 32nd Division Veterans Group. Len enjoyed the Neenah-Menasha Retired Men's Fellowship Group and was a former member of the Neehan-Manasha Elks. He was also a member of EAA and an enthusiastic volunteer and docent at the museum.

His love for aviation led him to take flying instructions at the advanced age of 59. He became a solo pilot on April 8, 1984. Len was a man of many interests, but music and dancing were his passions. He tap danced with the Rhythmettes and was a member of the Menasha Dance Club for many years.

He was a supporter and appreciator of the Fox Valley Symphony and was a former member of the Laidlaw Drum and Bugle Corps in Minneapolis, Minn. Len provided leadership for the Boys' Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps for 15 years.

His daughters attest to the fact that he was a devoted father, attending every school function and always supporting their activities. As a member of the Neenah Music Parents, he was instrumental in organizing the Pizza Fund Drive to purchase new band uniforms for Neenah High School.

Len is survived by his wife, Lee (Iola G.); three daughters, Ivy L. (Laurence) Kirsch Brezina of Pt. Reyes Station, Calif., Jill R. (C. William) Hinkley of Neenah, and Wendy J.B. (Dean) Ressler of Burnsville, Minn.; three grandchildren, Rachel Hinkley, Scott Hinkley and Sierra Kirsch Brezina; Kitty and the Guys; one sister, Isabelle (George) Frechette of Miami, Fla.; four sisters-in-law, Marian Brezina of Houston, Texas, Delores Brezina of Boyceville, Mildred Brezina of Menomonie, and Winifred Bartz of Rochester, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Bernard W. (Norman) Gaffron of New Brighton, Minn.; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Eva Pavela Brezina; three sisters, Marie Herman, Ann Brezina and Adeline Sanderson; four brothers, Michael Brezina, Andrew Brezina, John Brezina and Thomas Brezina; a sister-in-law, Doris Brezina; three brothers-in-law, Larry Herman, John Sanderson and Harry Bartz; and a nephew, David Brezina.

A celebration of Len's life was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at the First Presbyterian Church, 200 Church St., Neenah, with the Rev. Richard Moore officiating. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to ThedaCare at Home Hospice, the Organ Fund of the First Presbyterian Church, Neenah, or the charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank their many friends who have been so kind and caring; their church family, especially the Rev. Richard Moore, the Rev. Paul Huxtable, Connie Krumrai, and the Agape Circle; the wonderful care that Theda-Care at Home Hospice and Cherry Meadows Hospice have provided; and Dr. Veronica Solis-Rohr, Dr. Kohlbeck, and Dr. Swanson.

Westgor Funeral Home in Neenah handled arrangements.

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