Dunn County Obituaries
March 2001

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
March 4, 2001 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Mary A. Karis

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 4, 2001, A6

Mary Augusta Karis, age 95, of Bruce, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at the Ladysmith Nursing Home where she resided the last three years.

She was born June 3, 1905, in Oshkosh, the daughter of Henry and Maria Augusta (Yaeger) Schiessl. She married Ernest Karis on Oct. 14, 1924, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bruce. He died in September 1975.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bruce for more than 70 years.

Mary was one of 13 children and her brother, Frank, is the last of the family.

She is survived by a son, Bud (Joanne) Karis of Menomonie; three daughters, Arlene Flohr of Altoona, Audrey Timmers of Onamia, Minn., and Shirley (Nevin Zezza) of Exeland; 24 grandchildren; 48 great-granddaughter; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Frank Schiessl of Milwaukee; and two sisters-in-law, Swede Schiessl of Bruce and Esther Schiessl of Las Vegas, Nev.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, LaVerne Arvold; three grandsons, Brad Karis and Jim and Peter Timmers; and three sons-in-law, Richard Arvold, Herb Timmers and Ray Flohr.

Funeral services were Friday, March 2, 2001, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bruce with the Rev. Lew Burden officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery in Bruce.

Nash-Fackan Funeral Home in Bruce handled arrangements.

Mildred (Lentz) Sneen

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 4, 2001, A6

Mildred (Lentz) Sneen, age 101, formerly of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living Facility in Marquette, Mich., where she has resided the past six months.

The former Mildred Lentz was born Nov. 22, 1899, in Menomonie to Theodore and Amelia (Radke) Lentz. She married Emil Sneen on June 2, 1927, in Stillwater, Minn.

Mildred lived in Menomonie and owned and operated a dress shop called the Style Shop until her retirement. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Mildred is survived by her daughter, Veryl (William) Albrecht of Marquette, Mich.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call at the church from noon until the time of services on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie or Lutheran Social Services.

Mary J. Cunningham

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 4, 2001, A6

Mary J. Cunningham, age 95, Menomonie, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Mary was born June 7, 1905, in Lexington, Mass. She was the daughter of Edmond and Nora (Keane) Gaudette. Mary was raised in Lexington until the age of about nine years old, when she moved with her family to Concord, Mass. Mary married William Cunningham in August, 1923. After marriage, they made their home in the Boston area. William passed away in 1940. Mary later worked for the Commonwealth of Boston for 30 years, retiring in 1971.

In 1977, Mary moved to Menomonie and the Dunn County Health Care Center to be closer to her daughter.

Mary was a member of the Secular Franciscan Order in Boston for over 40 years.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Bunny (George) Kinney of Menomonie; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, and a brother, Thomas Gaudette of Medford, Mass.

Her parents; her husband; a son, William, Jr., in 1972, and four sisters precede her in death.

Funeral services were Saturday morning, March 3, 2001, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in the Amery Cemetery in Amery in the spring.

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

Charlotte Reppe

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 4, 2001, A6

Charlotte Reppe, age 91, formerly of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, in Visalia, Calif.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

Clarence Wolfgram

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 4, 2001, A6

Clarence "Peewee" Wolfgram, age 63, of Menomonie, died Thursday, March 1, 2001, at his home.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

Theodore (Teed) A. Husby

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 4, 2001, A6

Theodore "Teed" A. Husby, age 84, died Friday, March 2, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Teed was born Jan. 8, 1917, to Edward and Bertha (Hammer) Husby in Menomonie, He lived on the family farm all his life until he moved to the Health Care Center in 1990. He was very talented in his work, which included farming, carpentry, woodworking and anything mechanical. Teed was also a master gardener and loved being in the outdoors. He also was a gifted ice skater.

Survivors include one brother and two sisters, Ronald E. Husby of Menomonie, Margaret Millar of Milwaukee and Phyllis Reckin of New Richmond, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Bernard; sister, Evelyn (Clifford) Resell; sister-in-law, Margaret "Riley" Husby, and two brothers-in-law, Duncan Millar and Donald Reckin.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 5, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Kurt Larson officiating. Visitation will be Monday from noon to the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mamre Cemetery, Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

Edith K. Gibson

Dunn County News, Wed, March 7, 2001, A6

Edith K. Gibson, age 82, of Menomonie, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Edith was born Dec. 21, 1918, in Eau Claire to Vernon and Alma (Rodewald) Sly. She married Stanley Gibson on May 15, 1941, in Menomonie. She resided in Eau Galle from 1941 until 2000 when she moved to the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Edith is survived by two daughters and four sons, LaVon (Ralph) Fedie of Durand, Marvin (Diane) Gibson of Elmwood, William (Bonnie) Gibson of Fall Creek, David Gibson (JoAnn) of Eau Galle, Ken (Joan) Giblson of Menomonie, and Marlys (Ken) Drebenstedt of Bloomington, Minn.; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Frank Martin; and other relative and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Stanley in 1983; one son, James "Jimmy" Gibson; and one daughter, Lois Martin.

Funeral services were Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Jack Carlson of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses officiating.

Burial will be in the spring in Clear View Cemetery in the Town of Eau Galle, Dunn County.

Richard H. Brown

Dunn County News, Wed, March 7, 2001, A6

Richard H. "Buck" Brown, age 63, of Menomonie, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2001, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Downsville.

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

Richard K. Randles

Dunn County News, Wed, March 7, 2001, A6

Richard K. Randles, age 78, formerly of Menomonie, died Friday, March 2, 2001, in Concord, Calif.

Burial is scheduled at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling local arrangements.

John H. Gilbert

Dunn County News, Wed, March 7, 2001, A6

John H. Gilbert, age 69, of 3003 Wilson St., Lot 95, Menomonie, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

John was born Oct. 5, 1931, in Eau Claire to Frank and Elizabeth (Orth) Gilbert. He graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School and served in the United States Army where he was a member of the U.S. 5th Army Band. They toured the world playing and singing in concerts representing the United States.

He met and married Erminia (Zadra) on Nov. 1, 1952, in Tricate, Italy, while touring. After returning to Eau Claire, John was a sergeant with the Eau Claire City Police Department for 20 years. He was the school officer and took safety patrol members to Washington, D.C., every year.

John loved music, reading, guns and cameras. He was a member of Moose Lodge #1584 in Menomonie.

John is survived by his wife, Erminia, of Menomonie; a son, Kurtiss Gilbert of Eau Claire; a daughter, Victoria (Steven) Ekblad of Menomonie; two grandchildren, John and Stephanie Ekblad of Menomonie; a sister, Elizabeth (Orville) Andruss of Eau Claire; a sister-in-law, Lois Gilbert of Eau Claire; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Humphrey Gilbert.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at the Smith Funeral Chapel in Eau Claire with the Rev. Gordon Thorpe officiating.

The family requests that memorials be given to Mooseheart through the Menomonie Lodge.

Richard L. Enhelder

Dunn County News, Wed, March 7, 2001, A6

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Richard L. Enhelder, age 78, of Eau Claire, died Sunday, March 4, 2002, at Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation in Chippewa Falls of Alzheimer's complications.

He was born Oct. 10, 1922, in Park Falls to Wallace and Mary (Kundinger) Enhelder. After graduating from Lincoln High School in Park Falls, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific from 1943 to 1945 during World War II as a 1st Class Seaman.

He married Virginia McClaine in June 1945 in South Carolina. They resided there until his discharge from the Navy. They then returned to Park Falls and worked in the family business, which was the Ben Franklin store, plus a mink ranch also operated by the family.

In 1946, he and his wife moved to Eau Claire. He worked at UWEC in Central Supplies until retiring in 1984.

Richard was a lifetime member of VFW Post #305. He liked people of all ages. He enjoyed hunting (his biggest sport), walking, bicycling, working in the yard, doing home improvements, and being with his grandchildren, family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Virginia; a daughter, Nancy (Alan) Curry; a granddaughter, Connie Curry; a grandson, Mark (Tierra) Curry; two great-grandsons, J.W. and Kyle; a sister, Marion Krzeminski; one uncle; aunts; several nieces, nephews and cousins; his mother-in-law, Selma McClaine; a sister-in-law, Fay Pettit; and two brothers-in-law, Joe (Helen) McClaine and Bud (Mary) McClaine.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

By Richard's request, he will be cremated.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2001, at the Sacred Heart Hospital Chapel with Father George Szews officiating.

A special thanks to those working in the Alzheimer's unit at Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Prock Funeral Home in Eau Claire is serving the family.

Gerald P. Fahl

Dunn County News, Wed, March 7, 2001, A6

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Gerald P. Fahl, age 73, of Menomonie, died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 4, 2001, at his home.

Gerald was born Dec. 25, 1927, in Wausau, the son of Leo and Magdalene (Hahnheiser) Fahl. Gerald graduated from Wausau High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gerald served as a corporal in the U.S. Army in Panama during World War II. Before his retirement, Gerald held accounting positions at Burgess Battery in Freeport, Ill.; Sanna Dairy-Division of Beatrice Foods in Menomonie; Land O'Lakes in Clear Lake; and Allied Processors in Boyceville.

Gerald was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Gerald is survived by three sons, Gerald "Jay" (Leslie), Derek "Rick" and Al (Michele), all of Menomonie; two daughters, Marlys "Marti" Fahl of Nelson and Gina Fahl of Burnsville, Minn.; five grandchildren, Jason and Brian Fahl, Laken and Bailey Fahl, and Sydney LeBarron-Fahl; one siser, Ruth (Leon) Weisbrod of Rothschild; a niece, Kathy (Gary) Talbot of Hanover, Mass.; and a cousin, Delores McCarthy of Wausau.

His parents and a brother, Donald, preceded him in death.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2001, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie where a parish prayer service is scheduled at 7 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary service at 7:45 p.m.

Bettie J. Thibado

Dunn County News, Wed, March 7, 2001, A6

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Bettie Jane (Greene) Thibado, age 67, formerly of Downsville, died Thursday, March 1, 2001, a Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. She resided in Reserve, N.M., the last one and one-half years. Before that she made her home in Cornville, Ariz.

When Bettie left Downsville, she headed West with her Border Collie, George. Together, they loved to visit national and state parks and spent a lot of her remaining years outdoors hiking, camping, and sightseeing. She took up playing guitar and found it came quite easily to her, enjoying the music mostly around campfires.

Bettie is survived by her son, Stephen Greene and wife, Jacqueline; a daughter, Susan and her husband, Paul Symon; three grandsons, Justin, Phillip and Jesse; and other relatives and many friends.

Her parents; her husband; and a son, Rick, preceded her in death.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2001, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville with Pastor Richard Klabunde officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of services. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Duluth, Minn., in the spring.

Edna Dibble

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 11, 2001, A6

Edna Frances (Baird) Dibble died at home on March 6, 2001.

She was born in Taylorville, Ill. on Aug. 14, 1926. She grew up in Springfield, attended Lamphier High, and graduated with a Registered Nurse degree from Memorial Hospital. She was in the Cadet Nurse Corps until it was disbanded at the end of World War II. When she graduated from Nurses' Training, the Corps sent her to Chicago where she worked on an orthopedic ward in the Research and Educational Hospital of the University of Illinois medical school. It was on that ward that she met her future husband, Birney Dibble, a medical student at the time.

Edna married Birney on June 21, 1949 in Springfield, Ill. Officiating were Edna's pastor, Rev. H.M. Hildebrandt, Birney's father, Rev. Paul Dibble, and Birney's grandfather, Rev. J. Birney Dibble.

After her wedding, Edna continued her career as a nurse. She supported Birney during his two-year internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. During the 17 months that Birney served with the First Marine Division in Korea, she lives at her parents' home in Springfield and worked as an office nurse.

After Birney returned from Korea, Edna returned to Cook County Hospital where she worked on the orthopedic ward during Birney's four-year surgical residency until their children, Eric and Barb, were born.

Edna and her family moved to Eau Claire in 1957. She worked as a nurse-receptionist in her husband's office for two or three years. She devoted her life to her family, her sewing, her church, and her missionary work in the U.S. and overseas.

Sixteen times she and her husband responded as a medical team to calls from overseas, mostly at mission hospitals in Third-World countries. They went where they were needed, when they were needed, for as long as they were needed. Their terms of service varied from three months to three years, for a total of about 15 years. They served in Tanganyika (later Tanzania), Nigeria, Liberia, Saudi Arabia, Guam, Honduras, Belize, Niger, and Ecuador. She went with her husband as a companion, lover, and housewife, but she also went as a nurse, seamstress, and sometimes as a teacher of English.

During her years in Eau Claire between overseas missions, she was very active in the Lake Street United Methodist Church, especially in the United Methodist Women's organization. She was also active in the local branch of the ecumenical Church Women United; she served as president of both organizations.

Edna also served with enthusiasm in Bible studies, youth work, the mission sewing group, Miriam circle, fall bazaars, and in many, many other ways. Two years ago she was honored by the Chippewa District as "Woman in Mission of the Year." She was rightfully proud of the stories she wrote for the book, Touched by the African Soul, a collection of stories written by women missionaries to Tanzania.

She had an adventurous spirit. She loved camping "the old-fashioned way" in a tent in the Canadian wilderness or on the grass and acacia-tree plains of Africa. She was an avid fisherwoman, in the streams and lakes of Wisconsin and Minnesota and the canoe-only lakes of Canada.

Edna learned to scuba dive when she was 55 and made over 200 deep-sea dives in the waters of the Western Pacific and the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia.

She loved to garden, to freeze or can fruits and vegetables, to make jams and jellies. Every room in her house was always filled with growing things.

Her faith has always been strong and this served her well in her final days. She was alert and witty right up to the end because she was at peace and knew where she was going.

Edna is survived by her husband, Dr. J. Birney Dibble; her daughter, Barb (Dan) Dugan, of Morro Bay, Calif.; her son, Dr. Eric (Robin) Dibble; and three grandchildren, Shoshana, Hawken, and Sandor, of Starkville, Miss.; her sister-in-law Elsie Porowski; nieces, nephews and many, many wonderful friends.

A Memorial Service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2001 at Lake Street United Methodist Church in Eau Claire with The Reverend David Blackmer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that her friends send memorial gifts in her name to the Lake Street United Methodist Church from where they will be distributed to several of Edna's favorite charities. Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

 

David L. Oas

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 11, 2001, A6

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David L. "Owl" Oas, age 56, of Menomonie, Wis. died Friday, March 9, 2001 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

He was born Aug. 16, 1944 in Menomonie, Wis. to Leonard and Viola (Brehm) Oas. He graduated from Menomonie High School in 1962 where he played basketball and football. In 1963 he attended UW-Stout. He then went to vocational school in Eau Claire and received an associate degree in accounting in 1965.

Dave married Marcia Buckley on Dec. 12, 1964 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. After their marriage, Dave attended management training at Midland Cooperative in Hayward. In 1966 he was the store manager in Dorchester, then managed a Midland Co-op store in Spooner from 1966 to 1969.

In 1969, Dave returned to Menomonie where he was produce manager for Lammer's Supermarket for more than five years. In 1975, he became an agent for American Family Insurance, and in 1990 became an independent agent. He currently owns Menomonie Insurance Agency. He worked closely with and enjoyed friendships with his girls, "George" Close and Mary Mogen.

Dave played fast-pitch for the Hideaway as a high school student in 1960. He also played fast-pitch ball for Villa Pizza/Lee's Drug Store and Hedlund's of Boyceville. He and Marcia enjoyed being with the Hedlund Team over the years and have continued the many friendships that occurred.

But it was in slow-pitch softball where Dave found his niche. He played for several teams including Kerm's in Eau Claire and went to the nationals in Tulsa, Okla. for Jake's Supper Club. He called sports "the best thing I ever did."

During the days when his children were in high school, he religiously attended each and every one of their games. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren in their games.

Dave was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, and he was very involved in fundraising activities for Hospice. He was also a member of the Dunn County Fish and Game and the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce. In addition to these activities, he loved to ride his Harley, go boating, and grill out with family and friends.

David is survived by his wife, Marcia; a son Jeffery (Toni) Oas of Menomonie; a daughter Cheryl (Brandon) Uffelman of LaCrescent, Minn.; four grandchildren, Berlee and David "D.J." Oas, Brady and Logan Uffelman; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Jeannine Evan and Karen Scholfield.

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

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one prior to the service on Monday.

 

Leonard J. Olechno

Dunn County News, Wed, March 14, 2001, A6

Leonard J. Olechno, age 82, of Menomonie, and formerly of Chicago, IL died Monday, Mar. 12, 2001 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

He was born Aug. 8, 1918 in Chicago, IL to Frank and Helen (Zielinski) Olechno. Leonard married the former Jeanette Field in Chicago. He worked for Illinois Tool Works until his retirement. He has resided in Menomonie the past four years. Leonard enjoyed bowling and fishing and had a wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by a brother, Ted (Helen) Olechno, of Menomonie, 2 nieces, Judith Head of Wheeler and Peggy Robertson of Menomonie, and other relatives and friends.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeanette; and a daughter, Lynn Olechno.

Funeral Service will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 15, 2001 at Casey-Laskowski Funeral Home, with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, both in Chicago, IL. Friends may call from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home in Chicago.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled local arrangements.

Rupert F. Bammert

Dunn County News, Wed, March 14, 2001, A6

Rupert Frank Bammert, 89, of Hamilton passed away on March 8, 2001 at his residence in Hamilton.

At his request no public services will be held, private family urn placement will take place at a later date at the Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton. The family suggests memorials to the Grantsdale Community Church.

Donald F. Paff

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 18, 2001, A6

Donald F. Paff, age 74, of Menomonie, WI died Thursday, Mar. 15, 2001 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems.

He was born May 12, 1926 in Eau Claire, WI to Fred and Jessie (Hanson) Paff and was raised in the Elk Mound and Colfax areas. Donald served in the U. S. Marine Corp during WWII. On June 14, 1947 he married Shirley Olson in Colfax, WI.

Don worked at Martin Motors in Eau Claire and installed furnaces for Hovland Sheet Metal in Chippewa Falls, before becoming custodian at Colfax School, where he worked until his retirement.

Don was a member of the Holden Lutheran Church and the Russell Toycen American Legion Post 131 of Colfax. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, doing carpentry work, working around the yard, and most importantly his family.

Donald is survived by his wife, Shirley of Menomonie; daughter, Lori (Barry) Larson of Menomonie; son, David Paff and companion John of Menomonie; brother, Jerry (Eleanor) Paff of Jim Falls; sister-in-law, Phyllis (Clifford) Peterson of Colfax; nieces Pam Arntson, Judy Riste, Susan Hill, Connie Haugle and Diane Gruber; nephews Jeff Peterson, Craig Peterson, Tom Paff; and good friends, Don and Sue Flesberg

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marge and Tom Hill.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 19, 2001 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Jeanne Warner officiating.

Burial will be in Holden Lutheran Cemetery with Military Honors by Russell-Toycen American Legion Post 131. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Louis W. Prim

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 18, 2001, A6

Louis W. Prim, 89, of Idaho Falls, died Feb. 27, 2001, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 14, 1912, in Menomonie, Wis., to Otto and Mary Panch Prim.

On Oct. 11, 1936, he married Edna Grambo in Stillwater, Minn. He worked as a construction electrician. He was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church. He enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Survivors include his wife Edna; a daughter, Lois Prim Mayall; two sons, Richard (Toby) Prim and James Prim; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be private and burial will take place in Menomonie, Wis. Arrangements are under the direction of Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 E, 17th St. in Idaho Falls.

Charlotte O. Reppe

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 18, 2001, A6

Charlotte O. Reppe, age 91 formerly of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001 in Visalia , Calif.

The former Charlotte Olivia Lokken was born Sept. 12, 1909 in Menomonie to Olaf and Ida Lokken.

She was a graduate of Dunn County Normal School and the University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire. She taught school for many years in elementary and special education, in Menomonie, Elk Mound and Irvington.

Charlotte married Palmer Reppe Dec. 26, 1928 in Stillwater, MN. They were life long Menomonie residents. Charlotte has resided in California the past six years.

Charlotte was a member of the Wisconsin Retired Teachers Assoc., the Sweet Adelines music group, and the Delta Kappa Gamma and Alpha Tau sororities. She was also a Red Cross Instructor, and Sunday School Superintendent at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Charlotte is survived by two daughters: Janice (Neil) Butler of Yuma, Ariz. and Arla (Chuck) Ziehl of Visalia, Calif.; four grandchildren: Paul Ziehl of Austin, Texas, Laura (Daren) Erisman of Arlington, Wash., Jeff (Kim) Proctor of Elkton, Md., Marc Proctor of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; great-grandchildren: Emily and Linnaea Erisman of Arlington, Wash., Melissa and Alan Proctor of Elkton, Md.; four sisters-in-law: Ellen Reppe, Nora Lokken, and Bernice Reppe, all of Menomonie, Signa Brown of Thorp, numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Palmer.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2001 at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Geoff Scott officiating.

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

The family suggests memorials be directed to Christ Lutheran Church Senior Choir Fund. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

William E. Bachler

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 18, 2001, A6

William E. Bachler, age 92, of Wheeler died Saturday, March 17, 2001 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

See complete obituary below.

Etta Joyner

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 18, 2001, A6

Etta Joyner, age 57, of Boyceville died Saturday, March 17, 2001 at her home. 

Funeral arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

See complete obituary below.

Alice A. Diffendorfer

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 18, 2001, A6

Alice A. Diffendorfer, age 80, was received into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 in Waukesha.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Rev. Dale Freberg officiating.

Visitation took place on Friday, March 16 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. A spring burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Etta Joyner

Dunn County News, Wed, March 21, 2001, A6

Etta Joyner, age 57, of Boyceville, died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at her home.

The former Etta Lillian Kathryn Allen was born July 1, 1943, in Wheeler to Jerald R. and Irma E. (Hintzman) Allen. She was raised in Menomonie and attended Menomonie schools.

Etta married William Joyner and had a family of seven children and eight grandchildren. Etta mostly enjoyed being with friends and family. She will be sadly missed.

Etta is survived by two sons and three daughters, Glen Joyner of Boyceville, Lottie (Terry) Hiben of Boyceville, Jeanette Joyner of Menomonie, Patty (Brian) Hill of Dunnellon, Fla., and Jerry (Monica) Joyner of Roberts; eight grandchildren, Melissa Hiben, Christina Hiben, Kelli Joyner, Terra Hiben, Andrew Joyner, Tamria Joyner, Keith Hill and Angela Hill; two brothers, Henry Allen and Bobby (Jean) Allen, both of Eau Claire; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, an infant brother and sister, and two sons, Timothy and William.

Memorial services were Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Gail Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.

 

William E. Bachler

Dunn County News, Wed, March 21, 2001, A6

William E. Bachler, age 92, of Wheeler, died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

William was born Sept. 30, 1908, in the Town of Hay River to Jacob W. and Nettie (Harthman) Bachler. He married Cora Stevens on June 3, 1935, at Hay River Lutheran Church in the Town of Hay River. William lived and farmed in rural Wheeler for more than 60 years. He also worked as a state assessor for 10 years in Dunn County.

William is survived by his son, Joseph (Sandy) Bachler of Galax, Va.; three grandchildren, Lori Bachler, Kelly Packer and Bonnie (Scott) Logerquist; two great-grandchildren, Kevin and Katelyn; one sister, Norma Farkas of Altoona; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Cora; a son, Jerome; two brothers, Raymond and Howard; and two sisters, Leah Mense and Olive Wigdahl.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Bill Wendt officiating. Burial will be in Hay River Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Hay River.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 23, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Hay River Lutheran Church.

Eugene "Gene" C. Wittlinger

Dunn County News, Wed, March 21, 2001, A6

Eugene "Gene" C. Wittlinger, age 60, of Menomonie, died Sunday, March 18, 2001, at his home.

Gene was born July 7, 1940, in Loyal to Charles and Irene (Steffen) Wittlinger. He married Ann Olson on Feb. 20, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nev. He worked for 25 years at 3M in Menomonie.

Gene was an avid hunter and especially enjoyed elk hunting the last years in Colorado. He also loved to fish, ride his ATV, and taking care of his lawn and roses.

Gene is survived by his wife, Ann Wittlinger; a son, Michael Wittlinger (Lisa Fink) of Rochester, Minn.; two sisters, Donna (Doug) Karis of Rice Lake and Pat (John) Rieper of Cumberland; friends, Don (Connie) Holden of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Michael Peterson officiating.

Visitation is from noon until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.

Donald L. Johnson

Dunn County News, Wed, March 21, 2001, A6

Donald L. "Tuke" Johnson, age 57, of Knapp, died Monday, March 19, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Donald was born Oct. 20, 1943, in Menomonie to Carl A. and Margaret H. (Keeley) Johnson. He resided in the Knapp area most of his life. Following high school, he entered the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam era.

Don was associated with the construction industry for many years, and was currently employed at Wal-Mart Distribution Center as a fork lift operator. He loved spending time with family and friends and also enjoyed playing cards and hunting.

Don is survived by a daughter, Vicki Brenizer of Knapp; a son, Jeff Johnson of Menomonie; a stepson, Kevin Brenizer of Wheeler; a stepdaughter, Julie (John) Podmolilk of Phillips; three brothers and two sisters, Kenneth "Bud" Johnson of Boyceville, Melvin (Judy) Johnson and Arnold (Cynthia "Sis") Johnson, both of Nilchick, Alaska, Rose Pomasl of Wilson, and Marlene (Tom) King of Knapp; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Floyd "Chuck" Johnson; and a sister, Shirley Johnson.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck offciating. Burial will be in Wilson Lutheran Cemetery with military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard of Menomonie.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.

Raymond Amundson

Dunn County News, Wed, March 21, 2001, A6

Raymond Amundson, age 74, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at his home.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

See complete obituary from March 25 below.

 

Everett O. Paulson

Dunn County News, Wed, March 21, 2001, A6

Everett O. Paulson, age 53, of Whitehall, died Sunday, March 18, 2001, at the Trempealeau #County Health Care Center in Whitehall.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2001, at the Hay River Lutheran Church, Town of Hay River, with the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Lavina C. Hanson

Dunn County News, Wed, March 21, 2001, A6

Lavina C. Hanson, age 85, of Ridgeland, died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at the Barron Extended Care Unit.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at the Ridgeland Lutheran Church with the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial was in Wayside Cemetery in Barron.

Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Barron handled arrangements.

Dorothy Kessler

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 25, 2001, A6

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Dorothy Kessler, age 96, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Dorothy Louise Brightsman was born April 30, 1904, in Menomonie. She graduated from Menomonie High School.

Dorothy married Henry Kessler on July 5, 1946, in Stillwater, Minn. They lived in Menomonie and Dorothy worked, until her retirement, more than 40 years for the O & N Lumber Co.

She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and Peace Lutheran Church Women. She was one of the original members of the Sisters of Bethany and she was also church treasurer.

Dorothy is survived by special friends, Chuck and Helenmae Debee of Menomonie, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Brightsman, and her husband, Henry Kessler.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2001, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Evergreen #Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Donald E. Pechmiller

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 25, 2001, A6

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Donald E. Pechmiller, age 72, of Menomonie, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at the Clairemont Nursing Facility in Eau Claire.

Donald was born Jan. 3, 1929, in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to Louis and Margaret (Miller) Pechmiller. He was baptized at St. John's, Iron Creek, and confirmed in 1943 at St. Paul's, Menomonie.

Don married Judith Hitz on June 16, 1951, in Cleveland. He lived and worked on his dairy farm. He also enjoyed 50 years of bowling for various organizations, fishing and hunting. Every day he would drive around the country block with his dog "Charlie" looking for wildlife and ripe blackberries.

Don is survived by his wife, Judith; two daughters, Linda (Elbridge) Anderson of Menomonie and Barbara (Andrew) Hoffman of Pound; two sons, John (Debbie) Pechmiller and Daniel (Rita) Pechmiller, both of Menomonie; five grandchildren, Jenni, Nicole and Rachael Pechmiller and Jason and David Hoffman; four step-grandchildren, Aaron (Monica), Alan (Amy), Brian, and Bryce Anderson; three step great-grandchildren, Taylor, Kylee and Caleb Anderson; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Margaret Pechmiller; a brother, Lawrence Pechmiller; and a son, Eugene Louis Pechmiller.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2001, at St. Katherine's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Beyer Settlement) in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, with the Rev. Shawn E. Kauffeld officiating. Burial will be in the spring in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. There will be no viewing at the church before the service.

 

Gulinda A. Christopherson

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 25, 2001, A6

Gulinda A. Christopherson, age 86, of rural Elk Mound, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Gulinda was born Oct. 28, 1914, to John and Amanda (Lindquist) Jenson. She graduated from Colfax High School and the Dunn County Normal School. Gulinda taught four years at the Hillside Country School. On June 11, 1938, she married Alton R. Christopherson at the Elk Mound parsonage.

During her life Gulinda was very active in the Big Elk Creek Lutheran and Barum Lutheran churches. She taught Sunday School for 50 years and was a member of the Ladies Aid and the ELCW. She loved working with children, both in her church and her community, and was a longtime 4-H leader.

Gulinda will be greatly missed by her husband of 62 years, Alton; her son, Elton John (Eileen); her daughters, Anita (Earl) Gransee and Bonnie (Douglas) Feig; her grandchildren, Tony and Bryan (Liz) Christopherson, Vicky (Don) Wine, Corinne and Michelle Gransee, and Sonja and Daniel Feig; a great-child, Dylan; like a son to her, Douglas (Mary) Sorenson, children, Todd and Tabetha, and a grandchild, Samantha; five brothers, Eilert (Phyllis), Clinton (Margaret), Cecil (Kathryn), Waldy (Ardell), and John (Marion); and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Adolph Jenson; a cousin, Olena (Peterson) Christopherson-Brandt; and a grandchild, Christopher Feig.

Funeral services were Friday, March 23, 2001, from the Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church with Pastor Hal Schroetter officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax was in charge of arrangements.

 

Raymond L. Amundson

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 25, 2001, A6-A15

Raymond L. (Buddy) Amundson, age 74, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at his home with hospice.

Raymond was born June 28, 1926, in the Town of Sheridan, Dunn County, to Ray and Myrtle (Helgeson) Amundson. He served from January 1945 until July 1946 in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He married Martha Fizel on Aug. 18, 1951, at Grace Lutheran Church in Connorsville. Ray worked as a magazine salesman on the East Coast, and then at Federal Cartridge in New Brighton, Minn., before going into farming in Amery. While farming, he also worked as an insurance salesman. He later became a real estate broker in Amery until retiring to Vanceburg. Ray and his wife have resided in Menomonie since 1991 and spent the last several winters in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Ray was a member of West Akers Lutheran Church, the Holum-Waite American Legion Post #259 of Prairie Farm, the Hay River Wranglers, and the Single Action Shooting Society in both Arizona and Wisconsin where he was known as the "Vanceburg Kid." He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, target shooting, archery, playing violin, and horses.

Ray is survived by his wife, Martha of Menomonie; two sons and two daughters, Dean (Cathy Jo) Amundson of Escondido, Calif., Gloria (David) Hicks and Larry (Kim) Amundson, both of Amery, and Darlene (Mike) Sampson of Stillwater, Minn.; nine grandchildren, Chad (Bridget) Amundson, Jonathan and Tara Amundson, Heather Wurtinger, Miriah, Nicole and Amanda Greenlee, and Michael II and Tyler Sampson; three sisters and two brothers, Ardeth Clickner, of Wabasha, Minn., William Amundson of Big Flats, N.Y., Muriel (Joseph) Evan of Prairie Farm, JoAnn (Bill) Dehn of St. Francis, Minn., and James Amundson of Boyceville; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two nephews, Michael and Jeffery Clickner, and a niece, Judy Amundson.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 24, 2001, at the West Akers Lutheran Church in the Town of New Haven, Dunn County, with the Rev. Kenneth Kuziej officiating. Burial was in Vanceburg Cemetery in the Town of Sheridan with military honors by American Legion Post #259.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

William C. Tomann

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 25, 2001, A15

William C. Tomann, age 86, of E6159 882nd Ave., Colfax, Town of Tainter, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born June 26, 1914, in Stratford, the son of John A. and Theresa (Piscula) Tomann Sr. He worked for Sears Roebuck and Co. for 30 years in Minneapolis, Minn. He married Mary Frances McDonald on Aug. 6, 1935, at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls. He was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Menomonie.

He is survived by one son, Terrance (Mary J.) Tomann of Medina, Minn.; one daughter, Mary Frances (Ronald) Pipes of Fridley, Minn.; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances, on Aug. 10, 1998; his parents; two brothers, John Tomann Jr. and Joseph Tomann; and one grandson, William Joseph Tomann.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 24, 2001, at Notre Dame Church in Chippewa Falls. The Rev. Jerome Robinson was the celebrant of the funeral Mass. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Chippewa Falls.

Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls served the family.

 

Richard M. Bisson

Dunn County News, Sunday, March 25, 2001, A15

Richard M. Bisson, age 54, of Waverly, Minn., passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2001.

He is survived by his mother, Mildred Verlinden; two brothers, David Schafer and Tom Bisson; and nieces and nephews.

Graveside services are 1 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2001, at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Fort Snelling, Minn., Assembly Lane #4.

Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home (Edina Chapel, 5000 West 50th & Hwy. 100) is handling arrangements.

Charles K. Vasey

Dunn County News, Wed, March 28, 2001, A6

Charles K. Vasey, age 85, passed away Friday, March 23, 2001, at this home in St. Petersburg, Fla.

He was born June 6, 1915, in Dunn County, near Downsville, to Florence and William Vasey. Charles married Wyla Brown on Oct. 15, 1939, in Knapp. They had lived in the Menomonie area for many years and were members of the Methodist Church before moving to Florida permanently in 1990.

He served in the National Guard, attended Stout, and was known for his exceptional athletic abilities. He was a well-known auctioneer and antique appraiser in the area for many years, in addition to farming, owning a restaurant, and working at the Dunn County Health Care Center. He will be remembered for his outgoing personality and his sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Wyla; one son, William (Karen) of Indianapolis, Ind.; one daughter, Susan Torgersen of St. Petersburg; five grandchildren, Christa Halvorson-Woldseth of St. Petersburg, Bob Costin of Crystal Lake, Ill., Laura Costin of Fishers, Ind., Rochelle Heaston of Parker, Colo., and Kaye Stark of Carmel, Ind.; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his nephew, Charles; his brother, Earl; and his son-in-law, Lee Torgersen.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at the Memorial Park Blount-Curry Funeral Home in St. Petersburg. Following cremation, his ashes will be buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

 

Shelly M. Vernon

Dunn County News, Wed, March 28, 2001, A6

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Shelly M. Vernon, age 49, of Menomonie, died Sunday, March 25, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Michele Marie Bodoh was born Dec. 30, 1951, in Neillsville to Lawrence and Jessie June (Zilisch) Bodoh. She was raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1970. She then attended Chippewa Valley Technical College for two years, earning a degree in business. Shelly worked as a CNA at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie for 22 years.

She married Richard Vernon on Oct. 23, 1982, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Shelly was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. She enjoyed working with residents from Potter's Country Home as well as with the residents from the American Lutheran Home. She also enjoyed gardening, camping and downhill skiing. Shelly will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Shelly is survived by her husband, Richard; three children, Joel, Janette and Jon, all of Menomonie; one sister, Barb (Lloyd) Strangeway of Chetek; four brothers, Dennis (Debbie) Bodoh of Menomonie, Bob Bodoh of Chippewa Falls; Ron Bodoh of Key West, Fla., and Tom (Deb) Bodoh of Brandon, S.D.; four nieces and two nephews, Tara Baier, Rick Penny, Heidi and Chelsie Bodoh, and Corey and Jennifer Bodoh; one great-niece and two great-nephews, Kara, Vinny and Jo Baier; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Bodoh, and her parents.

Funeral services are 3 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Revs. Ron Burke and Kurt Larson officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Menomonie.

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.

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