Dunn County Obituaries
February 1999

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the February 3, 1999 issue of the Dunn County News.

 

Index to Obituaries

 
Howard 'Chuck' Beaver

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 3, 1999, p. A6

Howard Charles "Chuck" Beaver Jr., 70, of Ojibwa, died Monday, Jan 25, 1999, at Rusk County Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home in Ladysmith.

He was born May 25,1928, in Lake Mills, Iowa, the son of Howard Sr. and Olive (Hylbak) Beaver. He graduated from Menomonie High School. He joined the Army in 1946 and served until January 1948. He was stationed in Japan and was issued the World War II victory medal.

He returned from service and graduated from River Falls College. He was joined in marriage to Shirley Sommervold in 1951. He worked as a high school teacher in Cochrane and Boyceville and then was a field manager for Sanna Dairies in Menomonie.

He was the first winner of the Chippewa Valley Tournament of Champions in Eau Claire. In 1974, he was joined in marriage to Gail Pettis in Hayward. For 30 years, he worked as a registered sanitarian for the State of Wisconsin.

He was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church and National Rifle Association. He was also an avid golfer, outdoorsman, snowmobiler, and Green Bay Packer fan.

He is survived by his wife, Gail; one son, Navy Lt. Commander John (Barbara) Brawford of Chesapeake, Va.; four daughters, Julie (Mark) Kinney of Menomonie, Susan (Thomas) Harrell of Elberta, Ala., Jo Blackburn of Virginia Beach, Va., and Richell (Terry) Holman of Stratford, Okla,; 12 grandchildren; his mother, Olive Beaver of Menomonie; a brother, Alan (Eleanor) Beaver of Oakdale, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Charles Sr.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hayward with Pastor Nathan Radtke officiating.. Music was provided by Helen Radtke. Military rites were accorded by Wacek-slattery Post #303 of The American Legion.

Casket bearers were David Beaver, Scott Beaver, Rhett Larson, Mark Pettis Jr., Presto Pettis, and Scott Pettis. Interment was in Winter Cemetery. Anderson-Nathan Funeral Home in Hayward handled arrangements.

Clemance H. Effertz

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 3, 1999, p. A6

Clemance H. Effertz, 91, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Clemance was born March 7, 1907, in Stewart, Minn., to Gottlieb and Frances (Schmitz) Effertz. He was raised in International Falls, Minn., and when a youth, assembled the first crystal radio in the community.

Clemance moved to St. Paul, Minn., when a young man. He began working with the St. Paul Police Department, where he helped establish the department's radio communications system.

Clemance married Helen Bergup on Sept. 20, 1934, in St. Paul. After marriage, they continued to live in St. Paul. After retiring from the Police Department, Clemance worked 15 years for Continental Telephone Co. in St. Paul. In 1987, they moved to Menomonie to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren.

Helen died July 12, 1997, and for the last year Clemance has resided at Autumn Village in Menomonie.

Clemance was very active at the Menomonie Senior Citizens Center and the local Alzheimer's Support Group.

He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth (Dennis) Spader of Menomonie; a granddaughter, Gretchen Spader of River Falls; and two grandsons, Jeremy Spader of Burnsville, Minn., and Benjamin Spader of Menomonie.

Clemance was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and one brother, Orman Effertz.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial of the cremains will be in the spring in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

The family prefers memorials to the Menomonie Senior Center.
Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

William 'Mike' Michaels

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 3, 1999, p. A6

William "Mike" Michaels, 76, of Menomonie, died Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, at his home.

Mike was born Dec. 28, 1922, in the Borough of Manhattan in New York to Henry and Amelia (Cassidy) Michaels. He grew up in that community.

In January 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters with the U.D.T (underwater demolition team). Receiving his discharge, he worked at several newspapers - the San Fernando Sun and Sacramento Bee in California the Prospector in Carson City, Nev., and the Eau Claire Leader Telegram.

He married Betty Halverson-Hamilton on June 24, 1962, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. After his retirement in 1980, they made their home in Menomonie.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; a stepdaughter, Marsha (Richard) Johnson of Oshkosh; two grandsons, James (Kristen) Johnson of Hopkins, Minn., and Jay (Jennifer) Johnson of Oshkosh; and one great-grandson, Adam Johnson of Hopkins.

The body was cremated and no formal services are planned. Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Olga Viitanen

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 3, 1999, p. A6

Olga Viitanen, 87, of Barron, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, at the Barron Memorial Medical Center in Barron.

She was born Sept. 20, 1911, in rural Boyceville to Joseph and Susan (Stencil) Paulenko. Olga grew up on a farm in the rural Boyceville area.

She worked for many year at Spisack's General Store in Boyceville. She later worked at Twin Town, Cheese Factory where she met her husband, Walter Viitanen. They were married on Sept. 19, 1939, in St. Paul, Minn.

They farmed in rural Turtle Lake until 1995 when she moved into Monroe Manor in Barron. Walter preceded her in death in 1988. She continued to live at Monroe Manor and was a resident there for over nine years.

Mrs. Viitanen was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church and the Dorcas Women's Guild. She enjoyed taking pictures, playing bingo and cards, and her grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, Richard Viitanen of Turtle Lake; a daughter, Carole (Bob) Blowers of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; two grandchildren; a brother, Joseph Paulenko of Coon Rapids, Minn.; three sisters, Ann Schauselberger of St. Paul, Helen Thomas of La Grange, M., and Susan Rhodes of Menomonie; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Vittanen [sic] in 1988; her parents; two sisters, Elsie Rude and Rose Stevens; and a brother, John Paulenko.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999, at Bethany Lutheran Church in the Town of Arland with the Rev. Jean Pierre Appel officiating. Burial was in Bethany Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Turtle Lake.

Arrangements were handled by Rausch-Rockman Funeral Service in Barron.

Eldon O. Seeger

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 3, 1999, p. A6

Eldon O. Seeger, 69, of Downing, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 1999, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Memorial services are 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, at the Everts Funeral home in Glenwood City. Burial of the cremains will be in the spring in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

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

Constance H. Bilse

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 3, 1999, p. A6

Constance H. Bilse, 77, of Ridgeland, died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, at the Dove Healthcare Center in Eau Claire.

Constance was born Nov. 18, 1921, in the Town of New Haven, Dunn County, to Melvin and Else (French) Edmonds. She attended country schools and later Boyceville and Downing schools. After high school, she attended Dunn County Normal School and began teaching upon graduating in 1940.

On Sept. 27, 1943, she married Waldemar C. Bilse in Connorsville. Mrs. Bilse took time off to stay at home when her son, Curtis was born, but returned to teaching in Prairie Farm in the mid-1960s. She also went back to school, attending night classes at Eau Claire University, and received her bachelor's degree in elementary education.

Constance was on the board of the Hay River Review and wrote many historical articles for that paper. She was a longtime member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and was active with the Ladies Aid and also the Ridgeland Senior Citizens. She also sang for many years with the Hay River Harmony chapter of Sweet Adelines.

Constance is survived by her son, Curtis (Kay) Bilse of Ridgeland; three stepgrandchildren, Alaina, Breanne and Jesse Connell; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Waldemar, on Jan. 12,1997; and a brother, Stanley Edmonds.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, at St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Town of Prairie Farm with the Rev. Joseph Schlawin officiating. Interment will be in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Mark Rausch Funeral Service in Dallas. Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron, is handling arrangements.

William 'Bud' Snyder

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 3, 1999, p. A6

William "Bud" R. Snyder, 74, of Dodge Center, Minn., died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

He was born Aug. 17, 1924, in Menomonie, Wis., to Joe and Pearl (Farnam) Snyder. Bud was raised in Menomonie, where he, attended high school and college.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a bachelor of science degree. He served in the 20th Air Force on B-29 bombers off Guam during World War II.

He married Elsa Ross on Jan. 24, 1953, in Northwood, Iowa.

Bud taught industrial arts first at Perham, Minn., and later in Dodge Center from 1953-60. He started Northwest Specialty Manufacturing Co. as a sideline while teaching, and went into it full time as a fishing tackle manufacturing company in 1960.

He sold the business in 1985, and pursued his hobby of many years, collecting antique tackle and outboard motors. He and his wife were monthly sponsors of two children overseas through the Christian Children's Fund for more than 40 years.

Bud will be remembered for his sense of humor. He was always a thumbs-up individual.

He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Dodge Center American Legion, Faith Lutheran Church, National Fishing Lure collectors Club, and the Antique Outboard Motor Collectors Club. Bud also was in the 50-year club as a monthly contributor to The Salvation Army.

He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Dodge Center.

Bud is survived by his wife, Elsa; three sons, Ronald (Wanda) and Gary (Marge) of Dodge Center and Steven (Marci) of Deerwood; one sister, Betty Cotter of Evansville, Ill.; and 10 grandchildren.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter-in-law, Pam.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, at Faith Lutheran Church in Dodge Center. The Rev. Larry Nelson will officiate and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center with military honors by the Dodge Center American Legion Post 384.

The casket bearers will be students of Bud's who took industrial arts at Dodge Center High School in the 1950s.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Vernon-Czaplewski Funeral Home in Dodge Center and one hour before services at the church on Saturday.

Edward L. Snively

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 7, 1999, p. A6

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Edward L. Snively, 72, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born May 17, 1926, in Menomonie to Harvey K. and Louise E. (Magerhans) Snively. Ed lived in Menomonie most of his life. He attended East Elementary School and graduated from Menomonie High School. He then served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1944 to 1946.

After his time in the Army, Ed worked seven years for the Menomonie Police Department. He then went to work for the Wisconsin State Patrol, from which he later retired as radio dispatcher.

Ed was a member of the First Congregational Church-UCC in Menomonie, Masonic Lodge No. 164, F&A.M., Eau Claire Consistory, Scottish Rite, Hosford-Chase Post #32 of The American Legion, and VFW Post #1039. He was also an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, reloading ammunition, and fly-tying for trout fishing.

Ed is survived by two daughters, Susann (George) Hemingson and Letitia (Dale) Hulback, both of Menomonie; a foster daughter, Judy (Steven) Wieland of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Michael (Amy) Wieland, Paul Wieland, and Alan and Adam Hulback, all of Menomonie; two great-grandchildren, Cierra and Devon Wieland; two sisters and one brother, Fran (Sherm) Lowell of Florence, Ore., Robert Snively of Los Angeles, Calif, and Natalie (F.A.) Petersen of Lakewood, Colo.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harvey and James Snively.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at the First Congregational Church-UCC in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie with military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard of Menomonie.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Public Masonic services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Stuart A. Anderson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 7, 1999, p. A6

Stuart A. Anderson, 85, a lifelong educator and author of numerous educational publications, died of pneumonia on Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, at the Desert Cove Nursing Home in Chandler, Ariz.

He began his career in education in the Milwaukee Public School System after receiving his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He then earned his M.Ed. from Marquette University and his Ph.D. from the University a Wisconsin-Madison.

From there he went to teach at UW-Stout and the University of Chicago. He served from 1958-63 as assistant superintendent in Niles Township, and from 1964-69 a superintendent in Riverside Brookfield Township.

In 1970, he became professor of administration at Sangamon State University in Springfield Ill., where he retired in 1983 but then served as professor emeritus until he moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 1994.

Foreign assignments included positions with the Institute a Inter-American Affairs in Lima Peru, 1952-54, and UNESCO in Manila, Philippines, 1956-57.

An author of more than 50 articles in professional journals he was a member of a permanent list of book reviewers for the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He was a member of many professional. organizations, including honorary life memberships in both the Illinois Association of School Boards and the Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers.

Among the awards Dr. Anderson received was professor administration emeritus from Sangamon State University and distinguished alumni award from UW-Stout. He is listed in Who's Who in the Midwest, 20th Edition, 1986-87.

His wife of nearly 50 years, Helen Robinson, died in 1994. His second wife, Virginia, Metcalf, died in 1998.

Survivors include two children, David Anderson of Bradenton, Fla., and Judith Ratcliff of Bethesda, Md.; a half-sister, Karen Olson of Greendale; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two nieces; and a nephew.

Carol M. Brimer

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 7, 1999, p. A6

Carol M. Brimer, 66, of Eau Claire, passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, at her home.

Born in Prescott, she was an Eau Claire resident the last 14 years. She graduated in 1950 from Menomonie High School and in 1952 from Dunn County Normal, and had been employed as a substitute teacher in Dunn County and Eau Claire County schools.

On June 23, 1956, she was married to William Brimer in Menomonie. Before moving to Eau Claire, she had resided in Kokomo, Ind., and Cudahy.

She was an. active member of VFW auxiliary Post #305 and had been past president for two years, and junior vice president of the Ninth District VCFS auxiliary. She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

She is survived by her husband, William, of Eau Claire; three sons, William II, Brian and John, all of Eau Claire; three daughters, Dawn (Brian) Ahearn and Susan Brimer, both of Romeoville Ill., and Karen Brimer of Madison; two grandchildren, Brian Ahearn II and Kelsey Brimer; three sisters, Mary Alice (Geo.) Willison of Apple Valley, Minn., Janet Diebel of Roseville, Minn., and Marlys (Floyd) Boeder of Willmar, Minn.; and a brother, Thomas (Brenda) Bauerkemper of River Falls.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Julie; three grandchildren; a brother, Dale; and a sister, Judith Bauerkemper.

Services are 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at the Smith funeral Chapel, 2222 London Road, Eau Claire, with the Rev. Fred Sauder officiating. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) and one hour prior to services Monday at the chapel.

Elmer G. Prochnow

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 10, 1999, p. A6

Elmer G. Prochnow, 75, of Colfax, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999, at his home.

Elmer was born March 26, 1923, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to George and Elsie (Lausted) Prochnow. After attending Rusk Grade School and Lindale Grade School, he graduated in 1941 from the Dunn County School of Agriculture & Domestic Economy.

Elmer farmed on the home farm before purchasing a farm in the Town of Red Cedar. He married the former Myrtle Clark on March 22, 1947, in Wheeler. After farming for many years in the Town of Red Cedar, they moved in 1984 to the Town of Tainter.

Elmer was a member of the Tainter United Methodist Church, and played dartball for the church team. He was active as a project leader for the Cedarlings 4-H Club. He was a member of the Colfax Saddle Club, and had a lifelong love of working with horses. He also enjoyed watching activities in which his grandchildren were involved, as well as continuing to be active in helping many farmers in the area.

Elmer is survived by two daughters and two sons, Linda (Daniel) Stoffel of Colfax, LeAnn Knudson and Henry "Skeeter" Thomas of Menomonie, Ron (Luanne) Prochnow of Menomonie, and Bradley (Sally) Prochnow of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Christopher
(Aimee) Stoffel of Baldwin, Brooke Knudson of Menomonie, and Michael and Tara Prochnow of Menomonie; one sister, Esther (Clesson) Stewart of Bloomer; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Myrtle; a brother, Walter; and a daughter, Betty Lou.

Funeral services for Elmer are 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999, at the Tainter United Methodist Church in the Town of Tainter with the Rev. Steve Groves officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Frank W. Langel

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 10, 1999, p. A6

Frank W, Langel, 94, of Colfax, passed away Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

He was born April 29,1904, in Chippewa Falls to Frank and Otillia (Geissler) Langel. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church of Cooks Valley and the N.R.A. He served in the National Guard, was a former council member in Colfax, and a plus-50-year member of the Colfax Fire Department and former fire chief.

He loved deer hunting, fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Louise (Waldbuesser) Langel; one son, Kenneth (Martha) Langel of Lynden, Wash.; one stepson, Otto (Marilyn) Waldbuesser of Menomonie; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren two great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mildred; one brother, Edward; and one half brother, Bernard Freagon.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999, at St. John's Catholic Church of Cooks Valley. Spring burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, at the Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church. A Christian Wake Service is scheduled at 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral chapel.

William A. Taylor

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 10, 1999, p. A6

William A. Taylor, 56 of Colfax, died Friday, Feb. 5 1999, at University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn.

He was born April 30, 1942, in Chicago to Edmund and Elizabeth (Robinson) Taylor. He grew up in the Chicago area. He joined the United States Marine Corps and served four years.

On June 13, 1965, he married Susan Bloom in Midlothian, Ill. He began working at the United States post office, first in the Chicago area and since 1980 with the Eau Claire Post Office. He was the Postal Workers Union president for the Eau Claire post office for 10 years.

He and his wife have lived in Colfax since 1983.

He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at age 9. He rededicated himself at age 28. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Barron.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa and a friend to many, and will be dearly missed, but we know he is with his Savior.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Taylor of Colfax; his mother, Elizabeth Taylor of Chicago Ridge, Ill.; four daughters, Cathryn Taylor and Patricia Taylor of Colfax, Jennifer Hatcher of Menomonie, and Amy Taylor of North Bergen, N.J.; three grandsons, Daniel Heichel, Jonathan Heichel and Robert Taylor; three brothers, Charles Taylor of Palos Park, Ill., Edward Taylor of Palm Desert, Calif, and James Taylor of Tinley Park, Ill.; and one sister, Beverly Norton of Chicago Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, John.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Barron with the Rev. John Terpstra officiating. Burial was in Wayside Cemetery in Barron.

Rausch-Rockman Funeral Service in Barron handled arrangements.

Edward M. Tennant

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 10, 1999, p. A6

Edward A Tennant, 46, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999, at his home.

Edward was born July 17, 1952, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to. Gerald and Florence (Stephens) Tennant. He was raised in Muskegon, Mich. He received a degree from Petit Technical College in Conway, Ark., as an automotive technician.

Edward married the former Debra Oates on Sept. 7, 1979, in Clinton, Ark. He resided in Menomonie the last six years. As a hobby, Ed enjoyed putting together model cars. He also enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by two sons, Harley and Clayton Tennant, both of Menomonie; his mother, Florence Tennant of Muskegon; four brothers, Frank (Char) Tennant and Larry (Linda) Tennant, both of New Era, Mich., Randy (Becky) Tennant of Pentwater, Mich., and Don (Dawn) Tennant of Phillips; three sisters, Joyce (Ron) Amos of New Era, Linda Bates of Muskegon, and Carol (Charles) Green of Ogeman; and other relatives and friends.

Edward was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999, in Shelby, Mich., with burial in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie assisted the family with local arrangements.

Genevieve King

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 14, 1999, p. A6

Genevieve King, 81, former Eau, Claire resident, passed .away Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at the Augusta Nursing Home.

She was born in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Harmon and Mary (Bates) Smith. She graduated from Downsville Country School.

On Oct. 25, 1957, she married John King in Minneapolis, Minn. She had resided in Eau Claire for 45 years, and during that time she was employed for several years at the Mount Washington Nursing Home.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda (Jeff) Larson of Augusta; three grandchildren, Dale Larson of Superior and Tracy and Terri Larson of Augusta; two nieces, Joan Utter of Minneapolis and Mary Ann Mountain of Cornell; and a nephew, Gerald Zais of Minneapolis.

She was preceded was in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Steven Larson; a niece, Susan Dupree; a sister, Alice Zais; and two brothers, Alfred and Leonard Smith.

Services were Friday, Feb. 12, 1999, at the Smith Funeral Chapel in Eau Claire with Father John Steiner officiating. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery. Smith Funeral Chapel handled arrangements.

Hjalmer Otis Johnson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 14, 1999, p. A6

Hjalmer Otis Johnson, 84, formerly of Turtle Lake, died on Thursday, Feb. 4,1999, at Valley Lutheran Hospital in Mesa, Ariz., surrounded by his family.

Hjalmer was born and raised in the Prairie Farm area. In 1940, he married Millie Mrdutt Johnson of Boyceville at West Akers Church of Prairie Farm. Until 1964, they raised three children on Shady Lane Farm in Reeve.

From 1965 until 1973, he built homes on Johnson Street in Amery. In 1973, Hjalmer and Millie lived on Horseshoe Lake by Turtle Lake. Millie passed away in 1985, and from 1986 through 1999, Hjalmer wintered in Mesa and summered in Wisconsin.

He is survived by a son, Lorne Johnson of Maiden Rock; two daughters, Cheryl Mayala of San Diego, Calif, and Bernadette Lewis of Coon Rapids, Minn.; two granddaughters, Lisa Specht and Anita Mayala; one grandson, Mike Lewis; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Viola Halvorson of Menomonie, Mildred Kewin of Burton, Mich., and Inez Lofink of Prairie Farm; a brother,Clifford Johnson of Rice Lake; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Millie, and a brother, Harold Johnson.

A memorial service was held in Mesa on Feb. 9, 1999, for the many friends he had made from 1986-99. There also will be a memorial service for Hjalmer at West Akers Lutheran Church at a later date.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Janet Marie Kausrud

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 14, 1999, p. A6

Janet Marie Kausrud, 79, passed away suddenly late Wednesday night, Feb. 10, 1999.

Janet was born Sept. 8,1919, in Toronto, Canada, the daughter of Carl Christian and Elsa Eva (Dickman) Kausrud. She graduated from Chicago Teacher's College in 1941 and received her bachelor of arts and master of arts degree from Western Michigan University in 1942 and 1965. She underwent graduate studies at the University of Indiana and Minnesota.

She began her teaching career in Three Oaks, Mich., in 1942 and moved to the Three Rivers, Mich, area in 1947. She taught at Hoppin Elementary for 35 years before retiring in 1982.

Ms. Kausrud was a member of the First United Methodist Church since 1949. She belonged to the Esther Circle and Bethany United Methodist Women. She was a past member of the Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America and received the teacher of the year award in 1973. She was also a member of the P. Gamma MU (Social Seidna Honor Society).

She expressed her passion of teaching and love of the students and their parents.

She is survived by her loving brothers, Dickman C. (Carolyn) Kausrud of Aliso Viejo, Calif, and Robert E. (Lyn) Kausrud of Portland, Ore.; a nephew, Eric (Theresa) Kausrud and their children Jason and Christin, of Kalamazoo, Mich.; a niece, Mrs. Robert (Marcia) Meyer and their children, Derek and Robby; also Martin Kausrud of Ashland and Margaret Haugen of Eau Claire.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Hohner Funeral Home in Three Rivers. Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev Cynthia Skutar officiating.

Selmer "Bud" Guldvog

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 14, 1999, p. A6

Selmer Bernard "Bud" Guldvog, 64, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 11,1999, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Bud was born Nov. 28, 1934, in the Town of Prairie Farm, Barron County to Selmer and Bernice (Borson) Guldvog. He spent his early years in Prairie Farm, graduating from Prairie Farm High School in 1953.

He was baptized in the Salem Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm and confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville. Bud served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1958. He was employed by the Boyceville Creamery and Hedlunds Manufacturing for many years.

On Nov. 1, 1979, Bud married Viola White in Menomonie. They lived in Downing, later moving to Menomonie, where Bud was employed by House Calls. As a pasttime, he enjoyed fishing.

Bud is survived by his wife, Viola, of Menomonie; two stepchildren, Herbert White of Downing and Bobbi Jo Joyner of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Samuel White, Tamria Joyner, Megan Lauersdorf and Claira White; two sisters, Glenna (Willard) Quarderer and Sondra Campbell, both of Boyceville; nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Selmer and Bernice Guldvog.

Funeral services for Bud will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15 at United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm with Rev. Oz Twedt officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery in the Town of Prairie Farm, Barron County, with military honors by Holum Walte American Legion Post 259.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and an hour before the service Monday at the church.

Mary Dale Bressler

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 14, 1999, p. A6

Mary Dale Bressler, 77, of Colfax and formerly of Hibbing, Minn., died Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

The former Mary Dale Hollis was born Jan. 16, 1922, in Patmos, Ark., to G. Claude and Gertrude (Williams) Hollis. She married L. James Bressler Nov. 28, 1941, in LaSalle, Ill. After their marriage, they established a home in Hibbing, Minn., where they lived for 40 years. Upon retiring, they moved to Colfax.

Mary's family is very appreciative of the loving care she has received these past four years at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

Mary is survived by a daughter, Kay (Robert) Gould of Lake Elmo, Minn.; a son, Ray (Barb) Bressler, of Stillwater, Minn.; three grandchildren, Jennifer Gould, Christopher and Scott Bressler, all of Stillwater; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, L. James Bressler in 1988.

A private family funeral service will be held at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial will be at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Menomonie, Dunn County in the spring.

Memorials are preferred to Area Nursing Home in Colfax; St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery or First Lutheran Church in Hibbing.

Imogene Pedersen

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 14, 1999, p. A6

Imogene Pedersen, 87, of River Falls, formerly of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999, at her home in River Falls.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Burial will be in the church cemetery following cremation.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the church. Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Stennett B. Pierce

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 17, 1999, p. A6

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Stennett Bowen Pierce, 61, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999, at the River Falls Hospital in River Falls.

He was born Dec. 18, 1937, in Milwaukee to Stennett R. and Virginia (Bowen) Pierce. He was raised in Hancock and graduated from Tri County High School in Plainfield.

Sten received his master's degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. While in college, he was a member of the Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity, he sang with the Men's Choir, and was a member of the L-Bar Dancers, a dance group. He also lettered in football and track.

Sten married Janice Julien on Feb. 6, 1959, in Fairchild. After their marriage, they lived in New Richmond from 1959 to 1965, where Sten taught physical education and coached at New Richmond High School.

In 1965, they moved to Menomonie, where Sten was a professor of physical education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout as well as being head football coach, head wrestling coach and later head golf coach. He coached several conference champion wrestling and golf teams, and was adviser for the Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity at Stout.

After retiring in 1995, he continued on a part-time basis at UW-Stout.

Sten was actively involved in community events. He was a member of the Menomonie Lions Club since 1970, holding many offices, including sight project coordinator for the Eye Bank and membership coordinator. He also was a member of Pheasants Forever.

Sten loved the outdoors, and enjoyed time spent at his game farm, hunting and fishing. He also loved spending time with his family and many friends. He will be sadly missed.

Sten is survived by his wife, Jan Pierce, of Menomonie; four sons,, Kirby (Cynthia) Pierce of Appleton, Troy Pierce of Menomonie, Eric Pierce of Minneapolis, Minn., and Brady (Lisa) Pierce of Woodbury, Minn.; three grandchildren, Kathryn, Grant and Michael; and other relatives and friends.

Sten was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, 1999, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. The family suggests memorials to the Menomonie Lions Club.

Jean S. Hughes

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 17, 1999, p. A6

Jean S. (Stoll) Hughes, 72, of Superior died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999, following a courageous 16-month battle with brain cancer.

She was born Sept. 19, 1926, in Menomonie, the daughter of Daniel and Delia Stoll. She has a brother Donald, sister-in-law, Bonnie, a sister, Jo Thorud, of Menomonie, aunts, niece, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Jean married Bernard "Bernie" Hughes on Nov. 21, 1944. They have a son, Barry, vice president of the University of Denver; a daughter, Mary Beth Scavo a Spanish teacher in Anoka, Minn.; Ron Scavo (son-in-law), a U.S. history teacher in Coon Rapids, Minn.; and a son Terry, dentist in Delaware, Ohio.

They have two grandsons, Marc Scavo of Blaine, Minn., and Daniel Hughes of Westlake, Ohio; and two granddaughters, Ange Scavo of Ramsey, Minn., and Melinda Hughes of Westlake, Ohio.

She received her a bachelor's degree from the Eastern Montana College of Education in Billings, Mont., and a .master's degree from the Mankato State University.

Jean taught public school for 30 years, which included: English at Hamilton (Mont.) High School; English and French at Corvalis (Mont.) High School; French at Mankato State University Campus School; French at Ordean (Duluth, Minn.) Junior High; and student teacher supervision at University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Jean held many leadership roles in her years in professional education. As examples only, she served on the Advisory Council of the Central States Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages; was state president of the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages; president of Alpha Delta Kappa Wisconsin Upsilon Chapter; and president of Alpha Delta Kappa Wisconsin Fidelis Epsilon Chapter and served on state committees.

She remained active in world language professional organizations through presentations, presiding and serving on numerous committees.

Among honors she received were the Emma Birkmaier Award in recognition of outstanding service and support for foreign, language in Minnesota; Roland Dillie Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities; National Textbook & ACTFL Award for building community interest in foreign languages; and Concordia College International Language Villages Award for outstanding service.

She was selected two times by radio station WCCO as a Good Neighbor.

Jean also was active in her local community, serving in such capacities as Elk #403 Auxiliary as,. president and almost all other offices (also secretary of Wisconsin Elks Ladies); Superior Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors; Superior/Douglas County Chamber member of the Superior Days Team in Madison; City of Superior election judge; and Superior/Douglas County CoCitizen of the Year in 1995 with her husband, Bernie.

A memorial service to celebrate Jean's life will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 1999, at Superior Elks Lodge with the Rev. Karen Gustafson, minister of the First Unitarian Church of Duluth, officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the memorial service in the Lodge room.

Jean was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother. She will be deeply missed by the many people whose lives she touched.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Elks # 403 Auxiliary, Superior; Superior Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors; Alpha Delta Kappa, Wisconsin Epsilon Chapter; Alpha Delta Kappa, Wisconsin Fidelis Chapter; and Minnesota Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

William Downs-LeSage Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Imogene F. Pedersen

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 17, 1999, p. A6

Imogene F. Pedersen, 87, of River Falls, formerly of Menomonie died Thursday, 11, 1999, at her home in River Falls.

Imogene was born April 12, 1911, in Neptune, the daughter of Edward and Rose (Weitzel) Schauf. She moved with her family at age 8 to Dunn County. Imogene grew up on a farm outside of Menomonie. She graduated from Menomonie High School.

Imogene married George C. Abel and resided in Eau Claire where they had three children and later divorced. Imogene later married Marvin Pedersen and moved to Minneapolis, Minn. After they retired, they wintered in Florida and spent summers at Turtle Lake.

They later moved to Menomonie. Marvin died in 1987. Imogene continued living in Menomonie until 1997, when she moved to River Falls to be closer to her family.

Imogene loved playing cards, dancing and going to casinos.

Imogene is survived by two daughters, Joyce Franklin of Minneapolis and Judith (Richard) Wallin of River Falls; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a. sister, Hilda Kuester of Menomonie; and a brother, Roland (Rose) Schauf of Menomonie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin; a son, Jerome C. Abel; and three brothers, Herbert, Francis and Edward Schauf.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial of the cremains will be in the spring in the church cemetery.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Gordon W. Wheeler

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 17, 1999, p. A6

Gordon Wykoff Wheeler, 74, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999, at Weston Community Health Center in Newcastle, Wyo., after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born March 2,1924, in Viroqua, the son of Blaine and Anne (Larsen) Wheeler. He. grew up in the Dallas area. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked as a farm laborer, milk hauler, a driver for Berg's Transfer, then 23 years with Dairyland Power Cooperative.

Upon retirement, he traveled to many states, then settled in Newcastle six years ago. He married Marlys I. Olson in 1947, and later wed Sharon Patricia Brockway on June 23, 1973.

He is survived by his mother, Ann Kerrison of Prairie du Sac; his wife, Sharon of Newcastle; sons and daughters, Danny (Brenda) Wheeler of Milltown, Kerry (Betty) Wheeler of Boyceville, Floyd (Brenda) Merkel of Newcastle, Kimberly (Robert) Cropp of Durand, Jill (Brent) Wold of Glenwood City, Tony Merkel of Menomonie, Todd O'Bryan of Newcastle, Austin (Dawn) Warner of Cambridge, Minn., Clayton (Laurie) Warner of Menomonie, and William Warner of Rawlins, Wyo.

Other survivors are 26 grandchildren; seven, great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen (Bud) Dahle of Connecticut and Wanda (Gordon) Gorsuch of Lodi; and five brothers, Erling (Colleen) of Menomonie, Wayne (Betty) of Prairie du Sac, Winten (Ila) of Fair Grove, Mo., Clayton (Evelyn) of Springfield, Mo., and Ronald (Lois) of Hillsdale.

He was preceded in death by his father, Blaine Wheeler; stepfather, Everett Kerrison; brother, Jerry; sisters, Beatrice Severson and Charlotte Hodgson; and two stepdaughters.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Newcastle with Pastor Aaron Hatfield officiating. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 1999, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Menomonie with Pastor Arthur Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Upper Pine. Creek Cemetery, rural Dallas.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Menomonie.

Frances Ann Shannon

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 21, 1999, p. A6

Frances Ann Shannon, 93, of Hastings, Minn., died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999, at the Augustana Home.

She was born Feb. 12, 1906, in Dakota County, Minnesota, the daughter of Jacob and Mary (Schaeffer) Reinardy.

Before retiring, she was employed as a registered nurse in a hospital. She was widowed from William J. Shannon.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary Ardis Ames of Amery, Joyce (Joe) Kettner of Menomonie, and Peggy (Ruby) Anderson of California; three sons, Thomas (Margaret) Shannon of Hastings, Paul Shannon of St. Paul Park, Minn., and John (Barbara) Shannon of Menomonie; two sisters, Rosemary (Ben) Sieben of Hastings and Loretta Andrist of Pine Island; three brothers, Frank Reinardy and Herb Reinardy both of Hastings, and Harold Reinardy of Nevada; 11 grandchildren; and three grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a son, William Shannon.

Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 18, 1999, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings with Rev. Father Stephen Beauclair, OSB, officiating. Her grandchildren served as pallbearers. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Hampton. Caturia- Smidt Funeral Home in Hastings handled arrangements.

Edna Sitzman

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 21, 1999, p. A6

Edna W. Sitzman, 82, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Edna Hintz was born June 26, 1916, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Henry and Ida (Cook) Hintz.

Edna moved to Minneapolis, Minn., when a young woman. She married Richard Sitzman on June 14, 1947, in Minneapolis. After her husband's death in 1957, Edna moved back to Menomonie. She owned rental property here and also did house cleaning.

Edna was member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. She enjoyed gardening, taking care of family pets, and attending auctions. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Edna is survived by her son, Ricky (Micky) Sitzman of Menomonie; two
grandchildren, Tristan and Elise; three sisters and one brother, Evelyn Beguhn, Lorraine Wedam, Vernette (Lyle) Behling and Bill (Barb) Hintz, all of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Vernon Hintz; and her husband, Richard Sitzman in 1957.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 1999, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in the spring.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Peace Lutheran Church.

Florence V. Olson

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 24, 1999, p. A6

Florence V. Olson, 91, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Florence Denning was born Dec. 16, 1907, in the Town of Weston, Dunn County, to Thomas and Anna (Neubauer) Denning. Florence graduated from Dunn County Normal and then taught school for two years.

She married Walter Olson on May 26, 1928, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. After their marriage they farmed in the Town of Menomonie for many years. Florence later worked in the nursery at Memorial Hospital.

Florence was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville, and also belonged to the quilting group and Ladies Aid at church. she was also a 4-H leader for the the Willing Workers 4-H Club for many years.

Florence loved nature, and she especially enjoyed gardening bird watching, and her plants.

She is survived by two sons, Ralph (LuAnn) Olson of Meadville, Pa., and Richard Olson of Chippewa Falls; two sisters, Vada Lierman and Ruby Weber, both of Menomonie; six grandchildren, Donald Olson, Beth Radke, Kathy Altman, Connie (Curt) Folska, Dale Olson and David (Tabitha) Olson; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter, in 1995; six sisters; and three brothers.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville with the Rev. Richard Klabunde officiating. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Casper M. Hogenson

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 24, 1999, p. A6

Casper M. Hogenson, 96, formerly of Boyceville, died Monday, Feb. 22, 1999, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Casper was born Jan. 5, 1903, in Running Valley, Chippewa County, to Knute and Mary (Sampson) Hogenson. In 1905, the family moved to Boyceville. Casper married Julia Enner on June 5,1941.
Casper farmed in the Boyceville area until 1967 when he retired. After Julia's death in April 1974, Casper married Alice Peshaw on June 19,1976.

Casper served many years on the Pine Grove School Board. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville.

Casper enjoyed the outdoors, cutting wood, playing cards, and dominos.

Casper is survived by a stepson, Ronald (Lee) Peshaw of Boyceville; a stepdaughter, Arlene (Bill) Bjorkman of Ellsworth; and five stepgrandchildren, Bruce (Michelle) Bjorkman of Afton, Minn., Brian (Jill) Bjorkman of Ellsworth, Brenda (Scott) Miller of Hortonville, and Adam and Jordan Peshaw of Boyceville.

He is further survived by nieces and nephews, Don Hogen of Glenwood City, Richard Hogenson of Menomonie, Dorothy Hogenson of St. Paul, Minn., Althyne Benson of Richfield, Minn., Myron Amble of Wheeler, Delores Brezina of Boyceville, Herb Johnson of Menomonie, Arlene Dobbs of Maryville, Ind., Thelma Senechal of Hudson, Eleanor Toycen of Creston, Iowa, and Avis Smithback of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

Casper was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Julia, in 1974, and wife, Alice, in 1993; three sisters, Mamie Davik, Helen Amble, and Clara Spielman; a brother, Henry; and an infant sister.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 1999, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Jon Becker officiating. Burial will be in Hay River Cemetery in the spring.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Fern Mae Joki

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 24, 1999, p. A6

Fern Mae Joki, 68, of Duluth, Minn., formerly of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999, at her home.

Services were Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Proctor, Minn. Burial was in Sunrise Memorial Park Hermantown, Minn.

Bell Brothers Funeral Directors in Duluth handled arrangements.

Alma B. Bourasau

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 28, 1999, p. A6

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The former Alma Rassbach was born July 27,1901, in the Town of Prairie Farm Barron County, to William and Louise (Roemhild) Rassbach. She later moved with her family to Vanceburg in Dunn County.

Alma married Lewis, Bourasau on June 4, 1920, in Prairie Farm. They lived in Vanceburg later moving to Menomonie. Alma worked as a clerk at the Farmers Store in Menomonie for 28 years.

Alma was a member of the United Methodist: Church in Menomonie and the Women's Church Circle. She was also a member of Royal Neighbors.

Alma enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and embroidering. She also enjoyed rosemaling and other decorative painting.

Alma is survived by two daughters, Virginia Uetz of Clarksville, Tenn., and Delores (Harold E.) Hansen of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Jerome, Patricia, Barbara and Harold; nine great-grandchildren, five great-great- grandchildren; nieces and, nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lewis, in 1968; two sisters; and one brother.

Funeral services for Alma are 11 a.m. Monday, March 1, 1999 at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating.

Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in the spring.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at church.

Sten Axel Gredin

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 28, 1999, p. A6

Sten Axel Gredin, 91, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie after a brief illness.

He was born Oct. 30, 1907, in Lulio, Sweden, to Axel and Annalisa Gredin. Sten immigrated to the United States of America in 1924, being sponsored by his uncle, Charles Gredin, who was a U.S. citizen. Sten became a naturalized citizen of the USA.

He served in the US Navy on escort destroyed duty during World War II, primarily in the South Atlantic and Caribbean Theater.

Sten married Mildred (Johnson) Grahn on May 6, 1947, in Chicago. They lived in Chicago for many years where Sten worked as a painter and decorator for his uncle's construction company. He was a member of the Painter and Decorators Union, Local 137. He retired in 1971.

Sten and Mildred moved to Menomonie in 1979, which is the area where Mildred grew up. They lived in Tantara Apartments for 20 years.

Sten enjoyed fishing and other outdoor activities throughout his life, spending many days at his uncle's cabin on Lake Mary near Crystal Falls, Mich. He was also an avid billiards and card player, proud of the fact that he taught his granddaughter to be a "sharp" cribbage player who could "take me to the cleaners."

He is survived by his wife, Mildred of Menomonie; a stepson, Dennis (Jane) Grahn of Neenah; and a step-granddaughter, Debra Grahn of Oshkosh.

Sten was preceded in death by his parents and a half-brother.

We thank Dr. Carrie Nelson and the staff at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System for their caring assistance during Sten's last days. We also send heartfelt thanks to friends and family, particularly Arnold Johnson, Genevieve Nelson and Doris Wyss for their assistance and loving support.

Funeral services for Sten were Friday, Feb. 26, 1999, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating.

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