Dunn County Obituaries
Jan-Feb 1998

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the January 4, 1998 issue of the Dunn County News.

 

Index to Obituaries

 
Fred W. Close

Dunn County News, Jan. 4, 1998, p. 6A

Fred William Close, 85, a resident of Barnes, died Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, in the Town of Highland.

He was born Aug. 5, 1912, in Chippewa Falls to Edward and Alice (Toy) Close.

From 1941-43, he helped build the Alcan Highway across Alaska and Canada. He owned rental property and was the former owner of Close Sales Chrysler-Plymouth dealership, the Sow Cap Root Beer Stand, Fred's Tap, and the Body Shop On/Off Sale Liquor Bar, all in Menomonie.

In 1973, Fred moved from Menomonie to Barnes. He was chairman of the Town of Barnes for eight years and a member of the Barnes Lions Club.

Survivors include two sons, Wayne (Nancy) Close of Tomah and Phil (Jane) Close of Lakeville, MN; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Sheila) Andrews and Alison Drinkwine, both of Washburn; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elva Kuehn of Chippewa Falls.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecilia, in 1988; two sisters and two brothers.

Memorial services were Friday, Jan. 2. at the Barnes Community Church with the Rev. Joseph Brygger officiating. Brown Funeral Home in Solon Springs handled arrangements.

Clarice B. Herrly

Dunn County News, Jan. 4, 1998, p. 6A

Clarice B. Herrly, 74, of Menomonie, died Friday, Jan. 2, 1998, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending with Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home.

Clarice B. Herrly

Dunn County News, Jan. 7, 1998, p. 6A

Clarice Bertha Herrly, 74, of Menomonie, formerly of Boyceville and Emerald, died Friday, Jan. 2, 1998, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

She was born Feb. 25, 1923, in Allegan, MI, the daughter of Glenn and Elizabeth (Baker) Orton. She was raised in the Kalamazoo, Mich, area and graduated from Athens High School in Michigan. She continued her education at a secretarial college and then worked as a secretary at Fort Custer in Michigan.

She married Glen Herrly in Shakopee, MN. After marriage they lived in western Minnesota and the Twin Cities area. They resided in Emerald from 1955 until 1972, in Downing from 1972 to 1975, and on a farm near Knapp from 1975 to 1985. After Glen’s death in 1985, Clarice moved to Boyceville and lived there until 1990. Her next move took her to Menomonie where the remained the rest of her life.

Clarice is survived by two daughters, Marilyn (Lawrence) Schug of Emerald and Gle4nise Thatcher of Menomonie; one sister, Edna (Katie) Thompson of Minneapolis, Minn; four grandchildren, Mary (Tim) Ohman of Eau Claire, Sherri (Robert) Williams of White Bear Lake, MN, Larry Schug of Emerald, and Cindy Schug of Morena Valley, CA; two great-grandchildren, Megan and Shannen Ohman, both of Eau Claire; three sisters-in-law, Sheilia Orton of Indianhead, MD, Ardell Dworshak of Chandler AZ, and Elizabeth Herrly of Carlos, MN; two brothers-in-law, Luverne (Frances) Herrly of Cambridge, MN, and Robert Herrly of Casa Grande, AZ; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen, in 1985, and one brother, Glenn Orton.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in the Town of Emerald, St. Croix County.

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

Marion L. Samuel

Dunn County News, Jan. 4, 1998, p. 6A

Marion L. Samuel, 51, of the Town of Weston, rural Menomonie, died Friday, Jan. 2, 1998, at her home.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4 at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Main officiating. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Town of Spring Lake, Pierce County.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. Sunday to the time of services at the funeral home.

Marion L. Samuel

Dunn County News, Jan. 7, 1998, p. 6A

Marion L. "Murph" Samuel, 51, of the Town of Weston, Dunn County, died Friday, Jan. 2, 1998, at her home in the Town of Weston.

She was born Oct. 15, 1946, in Arkansaw, the daughter of James and Verla (Woods) Auth. She grew up in Eau Galle and graduated from St. Henry’s Grade School and Durand High School in 1964.

She married Lynn McRoberts on Oct. 23, 1965; they later divorced. Marion owned and operated the Weston Wayside Bar for nine years. She was employed at WESTconsin Credit Union for 3-1/2 years, retiring due to ill health.

She married her best friend, Wayne Samuel, Dec. 26, 1994, and lived the rest of her life in the Town of Weston.

Marion is survived by her husband, Wayne; two sons, Joel (Melissa) McRoberts of Menomonie, and Scott (Maureen) McRoberts of Eau Galle; two stepdaughters, Sue (Randy) Walz of River Falls and Samantha (Rod) Leach of Menomonie; five grandchildren, Tyler McRoberts, Kelsey and Josh Leach, and Amie and Eric Walz; her mother, Verla Auth of Eau Galle; two sisters, Karol (Giles) Unser of Arkansaw and Donna (Gary) Pickerign of Elmwood; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Johnson and Karen (Ken) Wisemiller, both of Menomonie; a brother-in-law, Ray Samuel of Spring Valley; a niece, Heidi (Curt) Graff, and a nephew, Cory Pickerign, both of Menomonie; and a "special little friend," Markie Ziehme.

Marion was preceded in death by her father, James Auth.

Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 4 at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Michael Main officiating. Burial was Monday, Jan. 5, in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Town of Spring Lake, Pierce County.

The family prefers memorials to Hospice.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home served the family.

Orville C. Iverson

Dunn County News, Jan. 7, 1998, p. 6A

Orville C. "Ordie" Iverson, 86, of rural Elk Mound, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 1998, at his home with Hospice.

Orville was born Feb. 12, 1911, in Colfax to John and Alma (Hilson) Iverson. He married Grace Eng on Nov. 28, 1936, in LeRoy, MN. She preceded him in death in 1990. He married Blanche Halverson on May 4, 1991, at the Barum Church in Elk Mound.

He farmed in the Town of Elk Mound and trucked cattle for many years. He was also a carpenter who built barns and his own house. He loved camping at Moon Lake and enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and bowling.

Survivors include his wife, Blanche of Elk Mound; two daughters, Joann (Dick) Paulson of Colfax and Janice (Brent) Dressel of Elk Mound; four brothers, Victor (Vera) of Stanwood, WA, Louis (Charlotte) and Robert (Violet), both of Eau Claire, and Earl of Menomonie; one sister, Phyllis O’Brien of Bloomer; three grandchildren, Susan Dressel, Patricia (Mark) Otto and Jolene Paulson; one grandson, Kirt (Jenny) Dressel; and one great-grandchild, Courtney Grace.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 7, from the Barum Lutheran Church with Pastor Hal Schroetter officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax handled arrangements.

Charles W. Nichols

Dunn County News, Jan. 7, 1998, p. 6A

Charles W. Nichols, 95, of Knapp, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Charles was born Dec. 30, 1902, in Hudson to Frank and Hannah (Klingman) Nichols.

Charles lived with his family near his grandfather’s farm north of Knapp where he attended the Annis Creek School at age 6. A year later they moved to his grandfather’s farm east of Knapp and Charles attended the Tramway School through eighth grade. In 1922, the family moved north of Gilman.

On Oct. 3, 1925, Charles married Anna Dahlberg in Minneapolis, MN. Charles worked in the Whitney MerGreger Store. With times being hard, they moved back to Wisconsin where he worked for Heading Mill in Gilman. He also worked on farms south of Menomonie and north of Elk Mound.

In 1939, they returned to Knapp, where they rented the Bloomer farm until 1944, when they bought the Ketchpaw farm west of Knapp. They farmed until 1970, when they retired and sold the land. They kept the house where they lived until 1994, when they moved to Glenwood City.

When Anna became ill, they moved to the Parkview Nursing Home in Woodville. After Anna’s death in May 1997, Charles moved in with his won, Wesley, of Glenwood City, where he lived until he became ill. He moved to the Glenhaven Nursing Home in October 1997.

Charles is survived by three children, Rethia Jane (Bud) Platson of Wilson, and Wesley (Phyllis) Nichols and Charlene Ann (Bill) Pitrick, both of Glenwood City; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; two brothers; three sisters; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anna; son, Charles William Nichols; brother, Russell; and sister, Mae Kondrusuk.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the United Methodist Church in Knapp with the Rev. Jack Starr officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery, Town of Stanton, Dunn County.

Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City handled arrangements.

Roger W. Hill

Dunn County News, Jan. 7, 1998, p. 6A

Roger W. Hill, 71, of Arthur, ND, died Friday, Dec. 26, 1997, in Arthur.

He was born June 20, 1926, in Wheeler, where he grew up. At the age of 11, he moved with his family to a farm near Arthur, where he attended school and graduated from high school. He worked on the family farm for a year after graduation and served from 1945 to 1946 in the U.S. Army.

He returned to Arthur and worked on the family farm and for other area farmers for 10 years, until he took over the family farm operation. He farmed in the Arthur area until his retirement in 1991, when he moved into Arthur.

Surviving are a brother, Gale (Edvina) of Arthur; a sister, Amy Williams of Eagan, MN; his stepmother, Dorothy Hill of Arthur; and a half brother, Donald Hill of Denver, CO.

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

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Dec. 30, at the West Funeral Home in Casselton, ND with the Rev. Ray Martin officiating. Music was provided by Connie Hill.

Interment will be in the Sherman Cemetery later this spring.

Clifford J. Oas

Dunn County News, Jan. 7, 1998, p. 6A

Clifford J. Oas (CDR, USN-Ret.), 74, of Eau Claire, died Monday, Jan. 5, 1998, at his home.

He was born Jan. 1, 1924, in Elk Mound to Philip and Eleanor (Benson) Oas. After graduating from Elk Mound High School in 1942, he enlisted in the Navy as an aviation cadet, receiving aviator wings in 1943. He married Helen Anderson in 1945 in Eau Claire.

He served as a fighter pilot in the Pacific during World War II at Lingayen Gulf, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and as a night attack pilot in Korea. He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, seven Air Medals, Navy Unit Commendation, Philippine Liberation and Korean Presidential Unit Citation.

Other assignments were flight instructor in Florida, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, California, Texas and Maryland. As patrol plane commander, he flew missions over the North Atlantic, supporting the airborne early warning system. His last duty was as head of the Air Traffic Control Naval Aids Procedures section in the office of Chief of Naval Operations.

He retired in 1963 and returned to Elk Mound to complete his education. He attended the University of Wisconsin and received a bachelor of arts degree in music. He taught in Altoona and Elk Mound public schools for several years, retiring because of ill health.

He played saxophone for many years in Menomonie’s Ludington Guard Band and in several dance bands in the area. He moved to Colfax in 1979 and to Eau Claire in 1987.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; eight children, Sherwyn (Marion) Oas and Cheryl Gilbertson, both of Madison, Pamela (Ed) Clapper of Rockford, IL, Randal of Corpus Christi, TX, Gary (Cooky) Oas of Elk Lake, David (Carol) Oas of Hudson, and Susan (Tim) Sivertson and Kathryn Brenden, both of Elk Mound; three sisters, Myrna Jain of Elk Mound, Nadine Schlough of Menomonie, and Sandra Johnson of Colfax; and 20 grandchildren, Tim, Christa and Jill Oas, Jeff, Ann and Holly Gilbertson, Aason (Kelly) Oas, Theresa (Don) Wideman, Nicole Oas, Mark, Becky and Mitch Oas, Laura and Lesley Oas, Adam, Jake, Ben and Sara Sivertson, and Ryan and Kyle Brenden.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8 at the Salem Baptist Church, 1210 Clairemont Ave. E., Eau Claire. A spring burial is planned.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

The family requests memorial donations in lieu of flowers.

Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Grant W. Bakken

Dunn County News, Jan. 11, 1998, p. 6A

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Grant Wallace Bakken, 78, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1997, at Taylor Park in Rhinelander.

He was born Feb. 18, 1919, in Aberdeen, SD. At age 5, he and his family moved to Menomonie, where they owned and operated Bakken’s Market. Grant graduated in 1937 from Menomonie High School and in 1941 from The Stout Institute.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in which he served four years during World War II. Shortly after his discharge, he returned to Menomonie where he met and married Marie Price on June 24, 1948.

Grant worked as the Dunn County Juvenile Probation Officer and some years later became the county’s first Senior Citizens coordinator, establishing senior centers in Menomonie and surrounding villages in Dunn County.

In 1975, the Dunn County Democratic Party encouraged him to run for clerk of court, and he served in this position until his retirement. After retiring from the county, he worked for the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles, conducting defensive driving classes for bus drivers and senior citizens. In 1993, Grant and Marie to Rhinelander to be closer to their daughter.

Grant was very involved in many community organizations and activities, including commander of Hosford-Chase Post #32 of the American Legion, American Red Cross, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Special Olympics, community youth activities, and the Evergreen Cemetery Association.

Survivors include his wife, Marie; daughter, Carol; son-in-law, Jeff Jackomino; granddaughter, Jamie; and eight nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, Severin; mother, Nina; brothers, Ward and Richard; and an infant daughter, Sirona Marie.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 2, at the Hildebrand-Darton-Russ Funeral Home in Rhinelander.

A memorial and burial service will be held in Menomonie at a date yet to be determined. Memorials may be given to a Special Olympics fund of the donor’s choice.

Grant W. Bakken

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 19, 1998, p. A6

Memorial services for Grant W. Bakken will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
Delmer J. Parker

Dunn County News, Jan. 11, 1998, p. 6A

Delmar J. Parker, 80, W7291 Highway 23, Fond du Lac, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998, at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born Aug. 26, 1917, in Dunn County to James W. and Grace (Krause) Parker. He married Ardyth Deutsch in Colfax.

He moved to Fond du Lac to go into the cattle and trucking business with his father. He also worked as a body man for Roy's Auto Body, a maintenance man for the Retlaw Hotel, and for Montgomery Ward until his retirement.

He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and a long-time member of the Fond du Lac Yacht Club, Fond du Lac Deputy Sheriffs' Association and the Fond du Lac Humane Society. He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include his wife, Ardyth; a daughter, JoAnn Worth of Fond du Lac; three grandchildren, Don and friend Debbie, Billy-Joe (Wendy) and Cindy-Jean, all of Fond du Lac; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth (Pauline) Parker of Wofford Heights, CA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; a special friend, Jerry Steffes; and caring and helpful neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Vidella Justman, and an infant brother.

Services were Friday, Jan. 9, 1998, at the Mach Funeral Chapel in Fond du Lac with the Revs. Mary Council Austin and Arnold Weaver officiating. Burial was in Estabrooks Cemetery.

A memorial fund will be established. Mach Funeral Chapel served the family.

Janice E. Anacker

Dunn County News, Jan. 11, 1998, p. 6A

Janice E. Anacker, 78, died Thursday, Jan 8, 1998, at her home in Menomonie under Hospice care.

Janice was born Nov. 5, 1919, in Durand to Earl and Grace (Heath) Seitz. She graduated from Menomonie High School and Luther School of Nursing.

She served 30 months in the Air Force Nurse Corps during World War II as a first Lieutenant. In 1947, Janice married William Anacker and they made their home in Menomonie.

She is survived by her husband, William.

Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie. The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

Richard L. Sterling II

Dunn County News, Jan. 11, 1998, p. 6A

Richard L. "Rick" Sterling II, 50, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, in Las Cruces, NM.

He was born and raised in North Minneapolis. He retired from the U.S., Army after serving in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, and First Congregational Church of Menomonie.

Survivors are his parents, Ruth and Richard Sterling of Minneapolis; a sister, Tracy Sterling and husband, Bob Des Enfants, of New Mexico; two brothers, Mark (Sue) of Florida and Michael of New York; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Douglas.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the First Congregational Church in Menomonie. Memorials are preferred to the church.

Washburn, McReavy Chapels, 2301 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405 (612-529-9691) is handling arrangements.

Eric L. Tilseth

Dunn County News, Jan. 11, 1998, p. 6A

Eric L. Tilseth, 46, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Eric was born Aug. 27, 1951, in Menomonie to Allen and Vivian (Batchelder) Tilseth. He was raised in the Menomonie area and graduated in 1969 from Menomonie High School.

Eric attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls one year and UW-Stout one year. He then went to Chicago and did construction work for a short time before returning to Menomonie where he continued to do construction work for a while. Eric has farmed on the home farm in the Town of Tainter the last 25 years.

Eric enjoyed snowmobiling, playing bean bags, and playing pool. He was a member of the Tainter Trail Tamers Snowmobile Club, the BA's bean bag team, and the BA's pool team on the Wednesday Night Men's League.

He loved his children dearly and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Eric is survived by one son, Pvt. Jacob L. Tilseth of Gulfport, Miss; two daughters, Amber A. Tilseth and Ashley L. Tilseth, both of Menomonie; his mother, Vivian Tilseth of Menomonie; three sisters, Karen (Richard) Olson, Kathleen Diedrich and Eva (Daniel) Smith, all of Menomonie; seven nieces and nephews, Rich, Ryan and Bethany Olson, Heather (Troy) Kuhn, Summer and Tyson Diedrich, and Danika Smith; great-nieces and great-nephews; aunts, uncles and cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father, and a niece, Hope Joylin Diedrich.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at the Tainter United Methodist Church in the Town of Tainter, Dunn County, with the Rev. Steve Groves officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Falls Cemetery in the Town of Red Cedar.

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. Olson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Theodore A. Lutzen

Dunn County News, Jan. 11, 1998, p. 6A

Theodore A. Lutzen, 72, of West Allis, formerly of Elk Mound, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998, at Woodland Health Center in Brookfield.

He was born Nov. 29, 1925, in Elk Mound to John P. and Gladys (Curtis) Lutzen. He was raised in the Elk Mound Community.

When a young man, he moved to the Milwaukee area. He married Illa Ernst in Milwaukee. After marriage, they lived in West Allis where he worked for many years, until retiring, as a crane operator for the Falk Co. His wife preceded him in death.

Ted is survived by a stepson, Thomas (Mollie) Ernst of Madison; a stepson-in-law, Thomas Esser of Hubertus; four step-grandchildren; three sisters, Rose Frenchick of Elk Mound, Helen (Ralph) Maylahn of Genesee Depot, and Kathleen (Laverne) Brantner of Racine; four brothers, Lloyd of Bentonville, Ark, and John (Barbara), Ray (Linda) and Peter (Marilyn), all of Elk Mound; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, stepdaughter, Diane Esser, and a sister, Marie Lutzen.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Henry Hoerburger officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Gertrude M. Homer

Dunn County News, Jan. 11, 1998, p. 6A

Gertrude M. Homer, 89, of Menomonie died Friday, Jan. 9, 1998, at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Gertrude was born in the Town of Lucas, but was raised in the Town of Menomonie. She was the daughter of Hetcel and Amelia (Hasse) Holden. Gertrude was baptized, Sep. 20, 1908 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Gertrude married Vernon H. Homer at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Parsonage in Menomonie. After marriage they lived most of their lives in the Town of Menomonie, where they owned and operated Beeline Honey Farm and Homer's Mobile Home Court.

For many years, they also used their lunch wagon to serve lunches at auction sales in the area. Gertrude baked all the doughnuts and cookies that were served. Vernon died March 8, 1991.

Gertrude is survived by three children, Betty-Lou (Lorn) Fuhrman, Joyce (Carl) Newton and Kenneth (Carolyn) Homer, all of Menomonie, nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, two brothers; Roy (Mildred) Holden and Arthur Jack (Betty) Holden of Menomonie, three sisters-in-law, Gladys Holden of Menomonie, Fern (Larry) Lundholm of Bella Vista, Ark; Ruth Nichols of Rice Lake, and one brother-in-law, Nevin Taylor of Chetek. Also, many other relatives and friends.

Gertrude is preceded in death by her husband, parents, a daughter, Lois Homer, in 1967; one sister, Ruth Dillman and two brothers, Otto and Russell Holden.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Eric Steinbrenner officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

DeWayne Virgil Johnson

Dunn County News, Jan. 11, 1998, p. 6A

DeWayne Virgil Johnson, 73, of Ridgeland, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998 at the Barron Memorial Medical Center.

Funeral services were Saturay, Jan. 10, from the United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm with the Rev. Oz Twedt offficiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Prairie Farm

Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas handled arrangements.

Walter N. Johnson

Dunn County News, Jan. 14, 1998, p. 6A

Walter N. Johnson, 86, of Boyceville, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Walter was born July 29, 1911, in Boyceville to the late Peter and Ida (Larson) Johnson. He married Elva Blodgett of Boyceville on Sept. 22, 1934. Walter worked for 35 years at Hedlund Manufacturing as a machinist.

He was a charter member of the Boyceville Fire Department, a village trustee, and an active host family member for international students attending UW-Stout. He also was the inventor of the pickle picker in 1953.

He is survived by his sons, Ernest (Janet) Johnson of Centerville, OH, David (Shirley) Forest of Eau Claire, Robert (Carol) Johnson of Vancouver, Wash, and Donald (Kris) Johnson of Belgium; daughter, Roselyn (Henry) Lanier of Minneapolis; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Eldred and LaVerne of Woodstock, IL, Elmer of Mankato, MN, and Melvin of Boyceville; and a sister, Doris Anderson of Woodstock.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elva; daughter, Janet; brother, Raymond; and sister, Edna.

Memorial services are 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the United Methodist Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Nancy Diller officiating. Private interment will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Prock-Beede Funeral Home in Eau Claire is serving the family.

Walter R. Anderson

Dunn County News, Jan. 18, 1998, p. 6A

Walter R. Anderson, 42, of Hammond, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.

Walter was born April 29, 1955, in La Crosse to James and Cleda (Keller) Anderson. Walter attended school in Cambridge, MN, where he graduated in 1973.

He entered the U.S. Army on Oct. 12, 1973. In December 1976 while home on leave, Walter was involved in an automobile accident that left him in a semi-comatose state. Walter was a resident of the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Tomah until 1991, when he was moved to the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.

Prior to the accident, Walter enjoyed fishing, hunting and music.

Walter is survived by his mother, Cleda Anderson of Boyceville; two brothers, Richard Anderson of Knapp and Kenneth (Cecelia) Monroe of Oklahoma City, OK; two sisters, Laurie Kennedy of Rantoul, Kan, and Adair Olson of Cambridge; nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, James, and sister, Eva Ingle.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 16, at the Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City with the Rev. Ralph Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville. Everts Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Randall C. Swanson

Dunn County News, Jan. 18, 1998, p. 6A

Randall C. Swanson, 94, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at his home in Madison.

Prior to becoming a professor of farm safety in the Agricultural Engineering Department of the University of Wisconsin, he was principal from 1929 to 1934 of the Dunn County School of Agriculture & Domestic Economy in Menomonie.

He held leading positions on the National Institute of Farm Safety and was widely recognized for his contributions to farm safety throughout the nation.

Randall was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his children, Karen (Ted) Bolles of Woodbury, MN, Neal (Linda) of Reston, VA, and Kenneth (Tracey) of Monroe; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a close family friend and relative, Evelyn Dokken.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Karine (Dokken) and a young daughter, Julie.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Cress Funeral Home in Madison. Burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery. If friends desire, memorials may be made to their church or a charity of the donor's choice.

Lois A. Hase

Dunn County News, Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998, p. 6A

Lois A. Hase, 78, of Elk Mound died Friday, at her home with hospice and her family at her side.

The former Lois Ann King was born May 28, 1919 in Cornell to Henry and Anna (Popple) King. she married Jack N. Hase Oct 7, 1936 in Minnesota.

Lois (aka Grandma Diddlee-Dee) will always be remembered for her devotion to her children and their families. She was always there with a warm embrace and kindness in her heart.

She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Lois is survived by four sons and four daughters; Jack (Lynn) Hase of Waukesha; Wilbur (Sandi) Hase of Waukesha; Butch (Janet) Hase of Waukesha; Michael (Dawn) Hase of Elk Mound; Patricia Fogel of La Crosse; Stell Hase of Elk Mound; Rosemary (Roland) Palmer of Chippewa Falls; Annette (Jerry) Kothlow of Menomonie; a daughter-in-law, Kim Hase of Elk Mound; one brother, William King of Eau Claire; a sister-in-law, Maxine King of Milwaukee; 24 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack; a son, Tom; and five brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services for Lois will be 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound with Rev. Brian Armstrong officiating.

Spring burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorsen Cemetery in Menomonie. Friends may call at Olson Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) and at the church one hour before the service on Monday.

Jennifer R. Peterson

Dunn County News, Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998, p. 6A

Jennifer R. Peterson of Menomonie died Saturday, January 17, 1998 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Rev. John Mikkelson will be officiating. Friends may call at the Olsen Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday or at the church one hour before the service on Tuesday.

Jennifer Peterson

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 21, 1998, p. 6A

Jennifer (Gagnon) Peterson, 40, daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend, was freed from her six-year battle with cancer on Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998.

Her valiant struggle touched the lives of many and gave them the courage to face their odds with faith, determination, dignity and grace. She will be greatly missed by all who have been touched by her gentleness.

She graduated from Winona State University and taught seven years in the Rosemount School District.

She is survived by her husband, Pastor Michael Peterson; sons, Adam and Nathan; mother, Jo Gagnon; sisters, Paula Gagnon and Debra (Steve) Nipp; three nieces, Jessica, Abby and Nicole; and numerous other loving relatives and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edward, and brother, Paul.

Her memory and her spirit will shine on in the lives of her friends and family who now gather to celebrate her former life and her newly claimed forever life. Jenny continues to be surrounded with the love of her Saviour Jesus, who welcomes her home as we say goodbye.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Our Saviour's Sunday School or Habitat for Humanity.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Chenoa Blake Housenga

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 21, 1998, p. 6A

Chenoa Blake Housenga, 18, of Colfax, currently living in Eau Claire, was found dead Jan. 17, 1998, in the Township of Colfax, Dunn County.

Chenoa was born at home June 27, 1979, in rural Colfax. She was the daughter of Nancy Blake and Scott Housenga.

She grew up in the Colfax community, graduating from Colfax High School in 1997. She was currently living in Eau Claire and working full time at the Oakwood Villa Nursing Home as a certified nursing assistant, with plants for a nursing career.

Chenoa is survived by her mother, Nancy Beth Blake of Colfax; her father, Scott Allen (Susan Price) Housenga of Colfax; a brother, Blake Allen Housenga of Colfax; material grandmother Elizabeth L. Blake of Hayward; paternal grandfather Wilfred G. Housenga of Minneapolis, a step-grandmother, Nancy J. Prince of Colfax; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her material grandfather, Peter F. Blake; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Housenga; a stepgrandmother, Mildred Wyberg-Housenga; and step-grandfather Thomas J. Prince.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, at First Congregational Church in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Audrey Petz

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 21, 1998, p. 6A

Audrey Petz, 66, of Mannford, OK, died Friday, Jan. 16, 1998, at home.

Audrey was born Aug. 29, 1931, in Dunn County to Mabel and Ward Leach. She was raised in the Menomonie area. She married Roger Moe in 1951. Some time later, she moved to the Milwaukee area, where she married Andy Petz in 1970.

They moved to Tulsa, Okla, where they owned and operated a sub shop. Later, they moved to Mannford, where she worked at Baxters until ill health forced her to retire.

She is survived by her husband, Andy, who lovingly took care of her; a daughter, Debra (Dennis) Leschke of Broken Arrow,OK; a son, Douglas (Charlene) Moe of Mannford; a stepson, Larry (Kathy) Petz of Lawton, OK; two stepgrandsons and one great-grandson.

She is also survived by four sisters, Lois (Jim) Kothlow, Barbara (Grant) Williams and Donna (Gerald) Price, all of Menomonie, and Fern (LaMoine) Nokken of La Crosse; four brothers, Howard (Phyllis) Leach of Menomonie, Garland (Wilda) Leach of Crocker, MO, Merlyn (Lou) Leach of Red Wing, MN, and Marlyn (Marlene) Leach of Colfax; and many nieces and nephews.

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Lenora; a sister, Frances Hathaway; and two brothers, Darold and Ervin Leach.

Cremation occurred in Oklahoma; there was no visitation. Graveside services will be held in the spring in Teegarden Cemetery.

Audrey L. Petz

Dunn County News, Wed, Mar 4, 1998, p. 6A

Correction

Audrel L. Petz died Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998. She is survived by Janet, widow of Darold, and Bonnie, widow of Ervin.

The date she died was listed incorrectly in her Jan. 21 obituary and the two survivors were inadvertently omitted.

Karl J. Follett

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 25, 1998, p. 6A

Karl J. Follett, 33, of Menomonie, formerly of West Bend, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire due to complications from pneumonia.

He was born Sept. 25, 1964, in Menomonee Falls to Eugene L. and Darlene (Maurer) Follett. The family later moved to West Bend where he graduated from West Bend East High School prior to attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie.

He worked 8-1/2 years for Badger Iron and one year for Menomonie Disposal.

Karl is survived by his parents, Gene and Darlene of Mercer; one sister, Dawn Follett of West Bend; two brothers, John (Sarah) of West Bend and Mark (Barbara) of Moline; nieces and nephews; an aunt, Doris (Tom) Lepton; an uncle, William (fiancée Mary) Maurer; his fiancée,Patricia A. Wold, and family of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 22, in the chapel of the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend. Rev. D.J. Dominkowski of Trinity Lutheran Church, Boulder Junction, officiated and burial followed in Washington County Memorial Park.

The family prefers memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church in Boulder Junction or to the charity of the donor's choice. Those who wish may send memorials to the family, c/o Schmidt Funeral Home, 629 Cedar St., West Bend, WI 53095.

Walter A. Mitchell

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 25, 1998, p. 6A

Walter A. Mitchell, 85, of Birchwood, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center.

He was born March 18, 1912, in Wilkensburg,PA, to Harry and Pansy Mitchell. His parents lived in various places until moving to Minneapolis, MN, where he grew up and received his education.

After graduating in 1932 from West High School in Minneapolis, he went to work for his father at the Mitchell Battery Co., in Minneapolis. He married the former Virginia Beyer on June 6, 1938, in Minneapolis.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 26, 1943, and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of War until his discharge in March 1946. He returned to Minneapolis and continued working at the Mitchell Battery Co.

Some time later he and his wife moved to Milltown where they bought and operated a theater until moving to Menomonie where he went to work for Menomonie Aluminum. In 1867, he went to work at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie and was in charge of purchasing for the Stout stores.

In 1978, he retired from his job and in 1980 moved to Birchwood, where he resided until entering the Rice Lake Convalescent Center.

He was a World War II veteran and a member of the VFW Post in Menomonie and of the Birchwood American Legion. He loved to hunt and fish.

He is survived by one son, Scott Mitchell, and a close friend, Ervin Engelbrecht, both of Birchwood.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1978.

There will be no services for Walter Al Mitchell and burial will take place in the spring in the German Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie. Jarocki Funeral Home in Rice Lake handled all arrangements.

Neil Frank Cramer

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 25, 1998, p. 6A

Neil Frank Cramer, 78, a member of Menomonie's company A that was called to active duty with the 32nd Division in 1940, died Monday, Dec. 22, 1997.

Memorial services were Saturday, Dec. 27, at Christ Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Wash.

Mountain View Funeral Home in Tacoma handled arrangements.

John A. Breitzman

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 25, 1998, p. 6A

John a. "Jack" Breitzman, 82, of Menomonie, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born Feb. 16, 1915, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to John and Florence (Traxler) Breitzman. He was raised and lived most of his entire life in the Town of Red Cedar. He married Faith Schleusner Oct. 19, 1934, in Eau Claire.

After marriage, Jack built his own blacksmith and welding shop, which he owned and operated for many years, until moving to the City of Menomonie in 1997.

During his life, Jack was an active member and board member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and served on boards of several civic organizations. Jack was a longtime member of the Greater Menomonie Advisory Council.

Jack is survived by his wife, Faith; three children, John ("Jack" (Joan) of Lonsdale, MN, Audrey (Vern) Smith of Owatonna, MN, and Dennis (Connie) of Bismarck, ND; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 15 great-stepgrandchildren; one brother, Robert Breitzman of Eau Claire; five sisters, Alberta Kortness of Eau Claire, Betty Schlough of Menomonie, Mary Dolan of Camas, WA, Rita Cigan of Gilman, and Ann Dudash of Orlando, FL, and many nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Eric Steinbrenner officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

John W. Benson

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 25, 1998, p. 6A

John W. Benson, 85, Menomonie, died Jan. 22, 1998, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

John was born on Sept. 4, 1912, in Spring Valley, MN, but grew up in the Boyceville community. He was the son of Alfred and Amanda (Anderson) Benson.

John graduated from Boyceville High School in 1930. After high school, he worked at a lumberyard and creamery in Boyceville, and helped on the family farm. In 1942, he entered the service, serving in the U.S. Army Air Force in the European Theater of World War II. During the war, John's 371st fighter group received two presidential citations, and John received the Bronze Star.

After the service, he returned to Boyceville and married Dorothy McGee on Nov. 20, 1947 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. After marriage they lived in Menomonie where John worked for Uniroyal for many years until he retired in 1975.

John is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two sons, John (Jeanette) of Portland, OR, and Brian of Lake Geneva; one daughter, Mary Beth (Paul) Shea of Boston, Mass; one grandson, Jordan Shea; one step granddaughter, Ann Smette; three brothers, Harold of Houston, MN, Kenneth of Victorville, CA, and Warren of St. Paul, MN, and one sister, Ardis Lausted of Menomonie.

John is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Rudolph, and one sister, Rosella Horkey.

Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial of the cremains will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie in the spring.

Friends may call from 5:30 p.m. to the time of services at the church on Monday. Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home is serving the family.

Fred M. Parsons, Sr.

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 25, 1998, p. 6A

Fred M. Parsons, Sr., 82, of Menomonie, died Jan. 23 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Mr. Parsons was born Nov. 19, 1915, in Decatur, Neb. to William and Katie (Kellog) Parsons. Fred was raised in Decatur and graduated from high school there. He drove truck for his father and other trucking companies for many years. He retired from trucking in 1979 after driving the last 16 years for International Multi Foods, Inc. He was a member of Teamsters Union Local 120. Fred also farmed part-time for over 30 years in the Wilson area.

Fred married Barbara Blake on Apr. 16, 1955, in Kansas City, MO. He and his wife have lived in the Town of Menomonie the past two years.

Mr. Parsons is survived by his wife, Barbara Parsons of Menomonie; one daughter, Debbie (Kevin) Dahl of Knapp; two sons, Randy (Brenda) Parsons of Knapp and Fred, Jr. (Shantel) Parsons of Menomonie; eight grandchildren, Jeremy, Jonathan, Renee, Brandon, Jessica, Justin, Shannon and Lance; many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, C.M. Parsons, and a sister, Vera Gorham.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, and an hour before the service on Tuesday.

Mayme M. Stokes

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 25, 1998, p. 6A

Mayme M. Stokes, 88, formerly of Menomonie, died Jan. 23 at the Spring Valley Health Care Center in Spring Valley.

Mayme was born Nov. 6, 1909, in Oshkosh. She was the daughter of Henry and Pauline (Price) Haase and raised in the Menomonie area. She was baptized at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and confirmed there on May 25, 1924. She also attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church School.

Mrs. Stokes worked at several places throughout her life, including Anderson Cigar Factory, the Shoe Factory in Red Wing, Minn., then back to Menomonie, where she worked for the Menomonie Cigar Factory for over 15 years. She also worked for Lakeview Grocery and worked for her cousin on the farm.

Mayme married Levi F. Stokes on Oct. 19, 1941, in Menomonie. They lived in the Menomonie area for many years and were members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran church, Menomonie. Mayme enjoyed going to church to hear about our Lord Jesus, who died for our sins to save us. She also enjoyed meeting many friends.

Mayme is survived by a daughter, Vena (Glen) Hannack of Elmwood; a grandson, Christopher Hannack; nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Levi, in 1992.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Menomonie, the Rev. Daniel Schmidt officiating. Spring burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, and at the church one hour before the service on Tuesday.

Mildred A. Peterson

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 25, 1998, p. 6A

Mildred A. Peterson, 97, of Boyceville, died Jan. 23 at the Parkview Nursing Home in Woodville.

Mrs. Peterson was born Nov. 10, 1900, in the Township of Drammen to Frank and Lena Hoyt. On Aug. 24, 1926, she married Francis "Pete" L. Peterson. They resided in Boyceville, where Pete was in the retail business for many years. Mildred taught school for 12 years, eight of which she taught elementary education in the Boyceville school system. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served as a Sunday School superintendent for many years. She was involved in many auxiliary organizations, including past-president of the Women's Missionary Federation, Hudson Circuit.

Mildred was a loving mother and grandmother, and is survived by her son, Franklin (Lois) Peterson of Hot Springs Village, Ark,; a grandson, David Peterson of Minneapolis, MN, and a granddaughter, Nancy Peterson of Shoreview, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francis; a sister, Myrtle Knoerr, and five brothers, James, Clifford, Raymond, Franklin and Rodney Hoyt.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Boyceville, the Rev. Eugene Wekander officiating. Burial will be in the Tiffany Cemetery in the spring.

Friends may call at the church from noon to 2 p.m. Monday. Everts Funeral Home, Glenwood City, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Chuirch or Parkview Nursing Home.

Edward E. Talmage

Dunn County News, Sun, Jan. 25, 1998, p. 6A

Edward E. Talmage, 79, of Connorsville, died Jan. 23 at the Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chippewa Falls.

Mr. Talmage was born May 1, 1918, in Connorsville to Ralph and Inez (Clark) Talmage. On Sept. 21, 1940, he married Lorraine Hart. They farmed in the Township of New Haven until 1978, when they moved to the Glenwood City area. He was an admirer of John Deere tractors and Chevy trucks.

He is survived by two brothers, Richard (Irene) Talmage of Boyceville and Dale (Donna) of Eau Claire; nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Mr. Talmage is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Lorraine.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the United Methodist Church in Connorsville, the Rev. Nancy Diller officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery in the spring.

Friends may call at Everts Funeral Home, Glenwood City, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

Helen M. Pfeilsticker

Dunn County News, Wed, Jan. 28, 1998, p. 6A

Helen M. Pfeilsticker, 75, 416 E. Tyler Ave., Eau Claire, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 1998, at her home.

She was born July 10, 1922, in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to William and Mayme (Bluffton) Sipple. Helen married Robert Pfeilsticker on Sept. 27, 1941, at her parents' home.

Helen and Robert enjoyed farming together for 20 years. Helen also was employed for 13 years by Huebsch Laundry.

Helen was a very active member of Chapel Heights United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

She will be sadly missed by her family and all her friends.

Survivors include her husband, Robert; two sisters, Florence (Warner) Gebhardt of Eau Claire and Gladys Erickson of St. Louis Park, MN; four sisters-in-law, Maxine (John) Lokken of Minneapolis, MN, Irma Olson of Colfax, Carol (Bert) Sandstrom of Fridley, MN, and Dorothy Czapiewski of Bluff Siding; one brother-in-law, George Pfleilsticker of Eau Claire; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Chapel Heights United Methodist Church with the Revs. Calvin Carey and Elmer Pannier officiating. Interment will be in Iron Creek Cemetery, Town of Spring Brook.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Elmer Mickelson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 1, 1998, p. 10A

Elmer Mickelson, 76, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Elmer was born April 22, 1921, in the Town of Wilson, Dunn County, to Otto and Annie (Anderson) Mickelson. He attended Blairmoor Country School and then farmed with his father until enlisting in the Army. He served in the Army in Germany during World War II.

Receiving his discharge, Elmer worked at Froelich's Chicken Farm and hauled milk in the Wheeler area. He then owned and operated a bar in Forest until 1962. Elmer also worked four years at Arrow Transit and retired in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he worked as a custodian.

Elmer was a member of Peace Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting,fishing and dancing, and he especially enjoyed restoring old Ford tractors.

He was such a gentle man and loved by all who knew him. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

Elmer is survived by his step-children, Marilyn (Eldin) Stevens of Wheeler, and Daryl Davis and Richard (Laila) Davis of Menomonie; his loving companion, Joan Greeley of Menomonie; Joan's children, Patrick (Marcia) Greeley of Menomonie, Michael Greeley of Altoona, Timothy (Joann) Greeley of Maiden Rock, and Mary (Ron) Wampler of Altoona; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Palma Petrick of Altoona, Alice Kershner of Osseo, Donna (Hank) Ishii of Menomonie, and Joanne (Richard) Albricht of Eau Claire; one brother, Merlin (Bernice) Mickelson of Menomonie; nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents,; an infant son, Gary; one brother, Juel Mickelson; two sisters, Margaret Schultz and Shirley Anderson; and his wife, Ida.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 30, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Spring burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Sheridan, Dunn County, with military honors.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Ernst A. Rathmann

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 1, 1998, p. 10A

Ernst A. Rathmann, 91, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Ernst was born March 8, 1906, in Milwaukee to Franz and Lena ((Mueller) Rathmann. He moved with his family to St. Paul, MN, when he was a child and lived there many years. Ernst married Susann Burbeck on Aug. 12, 1944, in Minneapolis, MN.

He then moved to Washington, D.C. and worked in the Army Medical Library. He later moved to San Francisco, CA, for a short time, and then returned to St. Paul where he retired from the Waldorf (Champion) Paper Co. Ernst lived in the Menomonie area the last several years.

He is survived by a daughter, Carol Rathmann of St. Paul, and other relatives and friends.

Ernest was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Franz and Heinrich.

Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Jack Carlson officiating. Burial was in Teegarden Cemetery, Town of Lucas, Dunn County. Olson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Bruno B. Stahlbusch

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 1, 1998, p. 10A

Bruno Bernard Stahlbusch, 53, of Valencia, CA, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998, at home after a 4-1/2 year bout with colon cancer.

Bruno was born Aug. 28, 1944, in Chicago to Harold R. and Marian R. (Pastuszek) Stahlbusch. He was raised in Elk Mound and graduated from Elk Mound High School. Bruno graduated in advanced electrical systems from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago.

Bruno was a Vietnam veteran. He belonged to Post 37 of the American Legion in Elk Mound.

He worked in Chicago in the electrical and computer industries before his company transferred him to California where he lived with his family the last 14 years.

Bruno enjoyed home construction projects, cooking, was a neighborhood social organizer, and there wasn't anything he couldn't repair.

He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Bruno is survived by his wife, Rosemary; daughter, Tanya Stahlbusch; stepdaughter, Lisa Morgan Short; stepsons, Eric Morgan and Darryl Morgan; granddaughter, Stephanie Marie Johnson; grandsons, Robert Dylan Short, Eric Morgan Jr. and Anthony Wayne Morgan; father, Harold Stahlbusch of Colfax; sisters, Eleanor Brewer of Orange, CA, and Barbara Swan of Golden, CO; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his mother and all of his grandparents.

Bruno was created in California; his remains will be sent to his father. Burial will be private in the spring in the family lot in Waneka Cemetery.

JoAnn M. Brownell

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 1, 1998, p. 10A

JoAnn M. Brownell, 55, 4400 LaSalle St., Eau Claire, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Sept. 29, 1942, in Eau Claire to Russell and Helen (Clark) Kinseth. She attended Eau Claire area schools. On Aug. 17, 1981, she married Robert Brownell.

JoAnn owned and operated submarine sandwich shops in Eau Claire and Menomonie for a number of years. She was employed at Phillips Plastics-Assembly Division the last 10 years.

JoAnn is survived by her husband, Robert; two sons, Jeff (Darla) Eaton and Patrick Eaton (friend Missy), all of Eau Claire; two brothers, Marvin (Mona) Kinseth, Webb Lake, and Ronald (Karen) Kinseth, Milwaukee; a sister, Sharon (Lloyd) Schneider, Minnesota; two stepchildren, Linda (Earl) Gregoire, Eau Claire, and Nancy (Tim) Hawke, San Antonio, TX; two grandchildren, Jessica Eaton and Patrick Eaton, Eau Claire; stepgranchildren, Scott, Todd, Joshua, Sean, Sarah, Ryan and Marc; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 31, at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church with the Rev. Joel Hoelter officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home in Eau Claire handled arrangements.

Bradley J. Karis

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 1, 1998, p. 10A

Bradley J. Karis, 38, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at his home following a brave six-year battle against cancer.

Brad was born Feb. 6, 1959, in Hayward to Bud and Nancy Karis. He graduated in 1977 from Menomonie High School. On May 26,1979, he married Judith Lee Williams in Menomonie.

Following his graduation in 1986 from Western Michigan University with a degree in food distribution, Brad was employed as general manager by Don's Super Valu in Menomonie. He was a fraternity brother of Sigma Phi Omega.

He was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Brad served his community proudly by working with Menomonie's youth through volunteer programs. He taught Junior Achievement, participated in reading programs, and was a room parent. Brad was a Cub Scout master, baseball coach,and basketball coach. He loved being a football parent, a hockey parent, a baseball parent, and a basketball parent.

Brad served on the Menomonie Recreation Department Board, the Menomonie High School Athletic Board, and Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce Board.

Brad will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; three sons, Benjamin, Adam and Elliott, all at home; his parents; his parents-in-law, Don and Nona Williams of Menomonie; sister-in-law, Beth (Jim) Fingerman of Eden Prairie, MN; five sisters, Terri Karis of Minneapolis, MN; Mary Karis (Michael Jaro) of Barre, Mass; Pat (Lon) Wilson of Bloomer, Pam (Tom) Bourn of Woodville, and Sharon (Drew) Winters of Hattiesburg, Miss; two brothers, Tom (Kim E.) Karis of Menomonie and David (Kimberly) Karis of Madison; grandmother, Mary Karis; nieces, Morgan Fingerman, Nikki Wilson, Melissa Bourn, Kaitlyn Karis, Alana Karis, Brianna Karis, Mariah Karis, and Kelli Winters; nephews, Kadeen Karis, Jordan Karis, Robi Karis-Jaro, Eric Wilson and Alex Karis; and other relatives and friends.

Brad was preceded in death by grandparents and Baby Joy.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 31 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Toby Ellison officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Brad Karis Scholarship Fund.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Violet M. Anderson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 1, 1998, p. 10A-11A

Violet M. Anderson, 72, of Wheeler, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Violet was born March 23, 1925, in the Town of Otter Creek to Neil and Clara (Stuart) McIntyre. She married Leonard Anderson on April 14, 1945, at St. John's Catholic Church in Cooks Valley.

Violet was employed for 13 years at Sanna Dairies in Menomonie and at West CAP, working with the Head Start program.

She loved to read books, especially history books.

Survivors include four daughters, Judy (Keith) Mewes of Colfax, and Diane (Jim) Berry, Suzanne (Donald) Coombs, and Nancy Cline, all of Wheeler; three sons, Tom (Debbie) of Cameron, and Roger (Ann) and Randy Anderson, all of Wheeler; one sister, Lucille (Arnold) Geissler of Menomonie; one brother, Gilbert (Doris McIntyre of Eau Claire; 17 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1989; both parents; one son, Larry Anderson; one granddaughter, Lynn Anderson; one grandson, Keith J. Newes; and one brother, Samuel McIntyre.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, from St. John's Catholic Church in Cooks Valley with Father Robert Urban officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax where a prayer service is scheduled at 6:30 p.m.

Sampson Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Sarah J. Pitzrick

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb 4, 1998, p. 6A

Sarah J. Pitzrick, 81, formerly of Knapp, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.

The former Sarah Fuller was born March 15, 1916, in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to George and Etta Mae (Hiple) Fuller. She was raised in the Town of Spring Brook and later worked as a hired girl in the Ellsworth area.

Sarah married Walter Pitzrick on Sept. 2, 1934, in Menomonie. After their marriage, they lived in Knapp where Sarah was a homemaker and raised their family. Sarah later worked at Sanna Dairies for many years. She retired from the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she worked as a cook in the Student Union.

Sarah was a member of the Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Knapp. She was also a member of the Beekeepers Association and the Knapp Seniors. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and knitting, and she loved visiting friends.

she will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Sarah is survived by four sons, William (Charlene) Pitzrick of Glenwood City, Raymond (Margaret) Pitzrick of Stevens Point, James (Sally) Pitzrick of Menomonie, and LaVerne (fiancée JoAnn Miller) Pitzrick of Franklin Grove, IL; one brother, George (Idella) Fuller of Wilmington, Del.; a sister-in-law, Zelda Cale of Woodville; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter; half-brother, Merle Burt; sister, Harriet Swartz; and daughter-in-law, Pearl Pitzrick.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 2, at the Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Knapp with the Rev. Leroy Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Teegarden Cemetery, Town of Lucas.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Anne K. Meulemans

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb 4, 1998, p. 6A

Anne K. Meulemans, 88, of Boyceville, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

Anne was born Nov. 8, 1909, in Kenosha to Boles and Anna (Wenskus) Olech. Anne married Theodore Meulemans on May 5, 1931, at St. John's Catholic Church. They lived in the Glenwood City/Downing area their entire lives.

Anne worked as village clerk and cooked at the Glenwood City High School.

Anne was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church in Boyceville where she was organist and a member of the choir.

Anne lived in Downing until 1985 when she moved to the Tiffany Apartments in Boyceville. She resided at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax since September 1997.

Anne loved animals, gardening and cooking.

Anne is survived by a daughter, Barbara (Robert) Wasko of Albuquerque, NM; three sons, John (Irene) Meulemans of Bellevue, WA, Richard (Janet) Meulemans of St. Paul, MN, and Father Dennis Meulemans of Medford; a sister, Ellen Wieneke of Waukesha; 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Theodore, on June 3, 1985.

Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Feb. 4, at St. Luke's Catholic Church with Father Edward Meulemans officiating. Spring interment will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Glenwood City.

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

Gerald W. Vogtsberger

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 4, 1998, p. 6A

Gerald W. Vogtsberger, 76, of New Hope, MN, passed away at Crystal Care Center after a brief illness.

He is survived by three sisters-on-law, Rachel Vogtsberger, Erma (Harley) Matthews and Ruth (Thomas) Bancsi; loving nieces and nephews, Patricia (Larry) Troxell, Larry Johnson, Pamela (Doug) Boetcher, Bonita (Robert) Paulson, Ruth Ann Irving, and Thomas, Tedd and Timothy Banecsi; and good friend, Les Hovland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores; parents, George and Elsie; and brother, Irvin.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Kapala-Glodek-Malone Funeral Chapel, 7800 Bass Lake Road, New Hope, MN 55428, with interment at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.

Visitation is one hour prior to funeral services at the chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. James Lutheran Church, 6700 46th Place North, Crystal, MN 55427, or donor's choice.

Mary C. Fredrickson

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 4, 1998, p. 6A

Mary C. Fredrickson, 79, of Menomonie, died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Mary was born Sept. 8, 1917, in the Town of Canton, Buffalo County, the daughter of Victor and Murial (Throne) Soden. Mary grew up in the Durand area.

She married Ralph Fredrickson on Aug. 27, 1937, in Durand. After marriage, they farmed near Plum City for nine years until moving to Eau Galle where they continued to farm. Mary worked for several years as a cook at Club 10.

They later moved to Menomonie where they farmed. Mary was a co-owner of the F & K Dairy Store on South Broadway in Menomonie for several years. She remained in Menomonie for the rest of her life.

Mary was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie.

Mary is survived by her husband, Ralph; a daughter, Sandra (Jerry) Landsverk of Neenah; three grandchildren, Greg (fiancé Jennifer Robenolt) Landsverk of Chiocton and Vickie (Ron) Smead and Gerry (fiancé Dawn Menchl) Landsverk, both of Neenah; two sisters, Hester (Wayne) Baier of Eau Galle and Laura (Darrell) Wekkin of Durand; two brothers, John (Murial) Soden and Victor "Rip: Soden, both of Lancaster; two sisters-in-law Donna Soden of Prescott and Hazel Soden of Lancaster; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Myrna, in 1941; two brothers, and one sister.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Durand.

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

Terri L. Hansen

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 8, 1998, p. 6A

Terri L. Hansen, 41, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, at Rochester Methodist hospital in Rochester, MN, after a courageous battle with leukemia.

The former Terri Lynne Nyhus was born March 19, 1956, in Chippewa Falls to Duane and Mildred (Soden) Nyhus. After graduating in 1974 from Chippewa Falls High School, Terri attended Chippewa Valley Technical College. She married Harold Hansen on Jan. 17, 1976, in Eagleton.

Terri was employed as a secretary at the Dunn County Health Care Center, and worked the last 16 years as a secretary at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Terri was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie. She was a den mother and on the board for the church youth group. She was also an officer of the North-Cedar Falls School PTO and a member of the Clerical Network at UW-Stout.

Terri enjoyed golfing, and loved doing crafts,painting and needlework. She loved her family dearly and will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

Terri is survived by her husband, Harold of Menomonie; two sons, Joel and Kurt, both at home; her parents, Duane and Mildred Nyhus of Bloomer; one brother, Thomas (Linda) Nyhus of Chippewa Falls; one sister, Cheryl (Mark) Edwards of Crystal, MN; nieces and nephews, Jenne, Jill, Julie and John Nyhus and Kristin and Eric Edwards; one great-niece, Josephine Zwiefelhofer; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her material grandparents, Lee and Mildred Solden; her paternal grandparents, Arthur and Savrina Nyhus; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran Church/Halvorson Cemetery in 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.

John R. Butler

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 8, 1998, p. 6A

John Richard Butler, 77, of Billings, Montana, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998. at St. Vincent's Hospital after a short illness. His family was at his bedside in the final hour of his life.

He was born April 16, 1920, in the family home in Menomonie, the third child born to Lydia and Dr. Francis E. Butler. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in chemical engineering and worked for Shell Development until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

John was a deck and engineering officer and spent the war in the Atlantic and Mediterranean areas. He was the chief engineer for the USS Cole, which was the lead ship during the Italian invasion. After the war, he returned to San Francisco, where he married Mary Pauline Olsen on June 7, 1947.

After living in California, Texas and Oklahoma, John and his family moved to Billings in 1955. John was co-founder of Montana Sulfur & Chemical Co. He later owned and operated Northwest Scientific Inc. in Billings.

He loved his work and took great price in the expansion and growth of his company.

John loved his family. H enjoyed fishing, gardening and golf. Music was a favorite pastime, especially trips to Minneapolis to attend the opera. John enjoyed Navy reunions hosted in different cities across the country. He returned to Mexico City just seven months ago to revist the area where he spent summers in his teenage years.

He is survived by his best friend, his wife, Mary Butler. John and Mary celebrated their 50th anniversary just last summer.

Other survivors include two sons, James F. Butler and Steven A. (Cindy) Butler; seven grandchildren; one niece, Eleanor Howells; and many cousins.

John and Mary have many close friends in the community. John was a loving husband and a wonderful father and grandfather. All those who have known him will mourn his death. John was a member for 42 years of St. Patrick's Church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 7, at St. Patrick's Church with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Billings Symphony Orchestra, St. Vincent's Hospital Foundation, St. Patrick's Building Restoration Fund,or the charity of your choice.

Michelotti, Sawyers & Nordquist Chapel, 1001 Anderson Ave., Billings, MT 59102 handled arrangements.

Martha D. Halvorson

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 8, 1998, p. 6A

Martha D. "Marty" Halvorson, 71, of Town of Tainter, rural Colfax, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1998, at her home with her family and the guidance of Northwest Wisconsin Homecare.

Marty was born Jan. 20, 1927, in Neche, ND, to Julius and Hilda (Thom) Herzog. After attending school in Neche,she moved with her twin sister, Lillian, to Seattle, WA, and worked for the Todd-Pacific Shipyards, where she met her future husband.

After World War II, she and Lillian moved to Minneapolis. Marty married Harry Halvorson on April 26, 1947, in Minneapolis.

After marriage, they lived four years in Menomonie while Harry attended Stout State College. They moved back to Minneapolis, where they raised their family and Marty worked for 20 years for Brown/Black Photo. They retired and moved to the Town of Tainter, Dunn County, where she remained the rest of her life.

Her remarkable insight and sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Marty is survived by her husband, Harry; two daughters, Karen Halvorson (Ric Ritchie) of Menomonie and Karla Halvorson (Gary Natysin) of Champlin, MN; three sisters, her twin sister, Lillian Zimmer of Minneapolis, Lenore (Roman) Trautt of Fridley, MN, and Marie Vlasek of Robbinsdale, MN; two brothers, Erwin (Estelle) Herzog and Herbert (Mick) Herzog, both of Grand Forks, ND; and numerous relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by he4r parents; an infant sister; a brother, Godfred "Garf" Herzog; and a half-brother, William Herzog.

Private memorial services are Saturday at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. Cremains will be interred in Christ Lutheran Church/Halvorson Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to donor's favorite charity are preferred.

Gertrude D. Klingenberg

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 8, 1998, p. 6A

Gertrude D. Klingenberg, 89, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Feb. 4,1998, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Gertrude Ponto was born Sept. 24, 1908, in the town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to Albert and Elizabeth (Schroeder) Ponto. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Gertrude attended Blodgett Country School and later worked as a housekeeper.

On Dec. 19, 1935, Gertrude married Ivan L. Klingenberg in Stillwater, MN. After their marriage, they farmed for many years in the Town of Dunn.

Gertrude was a member of Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. She was a beautiful seamstress and loved to knit and crochet.

She will be sadly missed.

Gertrude is survived by three sisters, Helen Weaver, Rachel (Phillip) Suckow, and Adeline (Ken) Kothlow, and one brother, Gilbert (Hazel) Ponto, all of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ivan; three sisters, Agnes Hagen, Dorthe Ponto and Vera Chaffee; three brothers, Gerhardt, Donald and Lawrence Ponto; and an infant brother, David.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 7, at Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church, Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, with the Rev. Richard Klabunde officiating. Burial was in Froen Cemetery in the Town of Red Cedar.

The family suggests memorials to Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Arlene C. Mittlestadt

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 11, 1998, p. 6A

Arlene C. Mittlestadt, 65, of Knapp, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, at her home with hospice.

The former Arlene Harrison was born May 23, 1932, in the Town of Hay River,Dunn County, to Hoie Sr. and Helen (Nichols) Harrison. She was raised in the Town of Hay River and graduated from Boyceville High School.

Arlene married Joy Mittlestadt on May 11, 1950, in St. Paul, MN. They farmed for many years in the Town of Stanton. The last few years, Arlene owned and operated the "Treasures of Yester Year" antique shop near Knapp.

Arlene is survived by her husband, Joy Mittlestadt of Knapp; one son, Mike (Sandy) Mittlestadt of Boyceville; two grandchildren, Kristine (Scott) Stuart of Boyceville and Brian Mittlestadt of Downing; two great-grandchildren, Eric and Lexi Stuart; three sisters, Helen (Jack) Hilgert of Portland, OR, Crystal Puhl of Menomonie, and Avis Tuttle of St. Paul; one brother, Dale (Hazel) Harrison of Boyceville; and other relatives and friends.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Joie "Sonny" Harrison Jr.; and an infant granddaughter, Paula Mittlestadt.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Groves officiating. Burial was in Teegarden Cemetery in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Howard F. Garfield

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 11, 1998, p. 6A

Howard Franklin Garfield, 72, of Spring Valley, died suddenly and unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, at the Baldwin Hospital in Baldwin.

Howard was born Sept. 4, 1925, in Spring Valley to Frank and Clara (Reinkey) Garfield. He was baptized and confirmed at the Congregational Church in Spring Valley and has been a member since the mid-1950's of St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.

Howard grew up and attended school in Spring Valley, graduating in 1943 from Spring Valley High School. He attended college in River Falls, but was drafted into the United States Marine Corps before finishing. He served from 1944 to 1946 in the South Pacific.

After service, Howard returned to Spring Valley and attended Macalester College in St. Paul. MN.

On Aug. 5, 1950, Howard married Joyce Larson at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. They were blessed with five children: Rick, Marcie, Brad, Barry and Greg.

Howard owned and operatd the Spring Valley Locker from 1949 to 1967. He then became a meat inspector for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, retiring in 1991 after 23 1/2 years as an inspector.

Howard was very active in the community and his church. He served on the Spring Valley Village Board, and was a member of Rickerd-Danielson Legion Post #227 of Spring Valley, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Pierce County Forty and Eight, and Spring Valley Lions Club.

Howard also took an active role at St. John's where he served on the Church Council and spent many years as trustee.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce, of Spring Valley; sons and daughter, Rick (Linda) Garfield of Elmwood, Marcie (Peter) Nied of Menomonie, Brad (Wanda) Garfield of Spring Valley, Barry (Jackie) Garfield of Menomonie, and Greg Garfield of Spring Valley; eight grandchildren, Adam, Sarah and Angela Garfield, Dan, Eric and Ali Nied, and Laura and Ryan Garfield; three sisters, Jeanette Agostini of San Francisco, CA, Helen (Gerald) Mercer of Surprise, AZ, and Eleanor Bailey of Sauk Rapids, MN; two brothers, Bob (Margie) Garfield of Torrance, CA, and Edward (Betty) Garfield of Menomonie; many nieces, nephews and cousins, an other relatives and friends.

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

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 10, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. The Rev. Reinhold Markwart officiated the service with music provided by Linda Anderson, organist, and Cindy Konghaug and Diane Gavic, soloists, Burial was in Poplar Hill Cemetery, Town of Rock Elm, Pierce County.

Bearers were Wayne Mariette,Tom Mariette, John Reinkey,David Larson, Peter Nied and Keith Larson.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Goldie G. Cartwright

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 11, 1998, p. 6A

Goldie G. Cartwright, 81, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

The former Goldie Wiseman was born Feb. 8, 1916, in Sand Creek to Robert and Helena (Reetz) Wiseman. When a child, Goldie moved with her family to Menomonie, and then to Elk Mound. She graduated in 1934 from Elk Mound High School.

Goldie married Donald Cartwright on Sept. 9, 1938, in Decorah, Iowa. She worked for many years as a ward attendant at the Dunn County Hospital. She then enjoyed doing child care for many years, and she also worked as a waitress.

Goldie is survived by her husband, Donald Cartwright of Menomonie; one brother, Erwin (Etta Mae) Wiseman of Menomonie; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and four sisters.

Her cremains will be interred in the spring in Cedar Falls Cemetery.

No visitation or service is planned. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie assisted the family.

Paul E. Harshman, Sr.

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 11, 1998, p. 6A

Paul Everett Harshman Sr., 65, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997, at the Tomah Veterans Administration Hospital.

He was born June 6, 1932, in Menomonie, one of a set of twins born to Clarence and Laura (Christensen) Harshman.

Survivors include four daughters, Chris Braden and Ann Harshman of Washington State, Barb Lorenz of Rock Springs, WY, and Sandy Wright of Battle Mountain, Nev; two sons, Paul E. "Butch" Harshman Jr. of Poynette and Randy Harshman of Denver, CO; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Hazel Engeldinger of Menomonie, Mae Parr of Mesa,AZ, and Pauline Lesik of Cudahy (Paul's twin sister); and three brothers, George Harshman of Rock Fall, IL, Clare D. Harshman of Elk Lake and Roy Harshman of Iron Mountain, MI.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998, at the Union Baptist Church, 164 E. Franklin St., Wyocena, with the Rev. Keith Epps officiating.

Cress Funeral Service in Sun Prairie handled arrangements.

Richard L. Sterling II

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 11, 1998, p. 6A

Richard L. "Rick" Sterling II, 50, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, in Las Cruces, NM.

He was born and raised in North Minneapolis.

He retired from the U.S. Army after serving in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, and First Congregational Church of Menomonie.

Surviving are his parents, Ruth and Richard Sterling of Minneapolis; a sister, Tracy Sterling, and husband, Bob Des Enfants of New Mexico; two brothers, Mark (Sue) of Florida and Michael of New York; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Douglas.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at the First Congregational Church in Menomonie. Memorials are preferred to the church.

Washburn McReavy Chapels, 2301 Dupont Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55405 is handling arrangements.

Vera J. Young

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb 15, 1998, p. 6A

Vera J. "Bobbie" Young, 60, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Feb 10, 1998, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born July 7, 1937, in Buffalo County to Theodore and Vera M. (Stokes) Young.

She is survived by her mother, Vera M. Young of Colfax; one brother, Wilfred (Dorothy) Young of Colfax; and one sister,Louise (Albert) Snyder of Menomonie.

She was preceded in death by her father and two brothers, Jim and LeRoy Young.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 13, at the Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax with Pastor Jim Folz officiating. Spring burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.

Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax handled arrangements.

Margaret Athman

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 15, 1998, p. 6A

Margaret Athman, 77, of Lastrup, MN, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 1998, at her residence.

Margaret was born May 5, 1920, in Pierz Township to Frank and Frances (Kruschek) Stangl. She attended school in Pierz. She was united in marriage with Norbert J. Athman on Oct. 7, 1940, in Pierz, MN. The couple farmed in Lastrup area prior to moving to Lastrup in 1978.

Margaret was a member of Christian Mothers for more than 50 years. She loved quilting, card playing and bingo. Her grandchildren were very important to her.

Survivors include her husband, Norbert of Lastrup; a son, Frank (Mary) of Pierz; daughters, Virginia (Jerome) Kapsner, Mary (Sev) Poser of Pierz, and Alice (Bill) Bayerl of Menomonie; sisters, Elaine Kummet and Marie Pohlkamp, both of Pierz, and Evelyn Dehler of St. Cloud, MN; brothers, Richard (Arlene) Stangl, Herman (Frances) Stangl of Pierz, Clarence (Judy) Stangl of Maple Plain, MN, Father Alfred Stangl of St. Cloud, and Alvin (Carol) Stangl of Pierz; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son Dennis Athman.

Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, Feb. 12, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Lastrup with Fathers Roger Thoennes and Al Stangl concelebrating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Casket bearers were Brian and Todd Stangl, Brent Kapsner, Chad Poser, Ben Bayerl and Steve Poser.

Brenny Funeral Home in Pierz handled arrangements.

Donald L. Thibado

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 15, 1998, p. 6A

Donald L. Thibado, 85, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 1998, at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood where he resided the last 2 ½ years.

Donald was born May 10, 1912, in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Joseph and Mary (Stevens) Thibado. He farmed after attending the Kyle Country School.

Don married Josephine Hubbard on July 11, 1936 in Red Wing, MN. After their marriage, they lived in the Town of Dunn. Don owned Thibado Trucking and hauled lime to farmers for many years.

Don is survived by his wife, Josephine, of Menomonie; six children, Virginia (Karl) Kunz of Hudson, William (Audrey) Thibado of Menomonie, Jerry (Julie) Thibado of Rathdrum, Idaho, Jack (Sharon) Thibado of Menomonie, Jeanine (Jack) Weick of Sunrise, FL, and Steven (Barbara) Thibado of Menomonie; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, four sisters, and one grandson, Duane Kunz.

Memorial services were Saturday, Feb. 14, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville with the Rev. Richard Klabunde officiating. Interment of the cremains was in Riverside Cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Kenneth D. Lemon

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 15, 1998, p. 6A

Kenneth D. Lemon, 67, 14523 NE 85th St., Elk River, MN, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998, at Mercy Hospital in St. Paul, MN.

He was born Aug. 8, 1930, in the Town of Sherman, Dunn County, to William J. and Viola L. (Scheel) Lemon. He married Sharlene A. Pruett on May 1, 1971, at the Methodist Church.

Kenneth served 20 years in the U.S. Army and worked 20 years for Hoffman Engineering in Elk River.

He was a member of the American Legion.

His interests included woodworking (lawn ornaments), fishing, wrestling, cooking and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Sharlene A. Lemon of Elk River; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Darlene Childs of Monticello, MN; three grandchildren, Angie, Greg and Chris, all of Monticello; a brother, Gerald E. Lemon of Coon Rapids, MN; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene and Jack Frank of Milton Freewater, Ore, and Barbara and Monroe Lindgren of Isanti, MN; a sister, Nancy Cowden of Olgilvie, MN; 14 nephews; 11 nieces; 23 grandnephews; and 29 grandnieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Viola Lemon, and two sisters, Kathleen Schultz and Betty Lemon.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 13, at Dare’s Funeral Service in Elk River. Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul.

Casket bearers were Mike Schultz, Ken Lindgren, Tim Lemon, Tom Lemon, Terry Lemon, and Greg Ward.

Dare’s Funeral Service handled arrangements.

Ruth N. Weiler

Dunn County News, Sun, Feb. 15, 1998, p. 6A

Ruth N. Weiler, 69, of Menomonie died Friday, Feb. 13, 1998, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Ruth Cassel was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Beverly, Kan, to Ernie and Una (Gibson) Cassel. She was raised in Salina and graduated from high school there.

Ruth later moved to Aurora, IL, where she worked as a switchboard operator for many years. She retired and moved to Menomonie in 1988.

Ruth was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed church activities and doing crafts.

She is survived by one son, Joseph (Wanda) Weiler of Hutchinson, MN; one daughter, Mary (David) Mathias of New Mexico; one brother, Gary (Vivian) Cassel of Salina, Kan; six grandchildren, Jared and Ashley Weiler, Joseph Gonzales and Brittany, Paul and Jake Mathias; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with President Wayne May officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery in the Town of Lucas.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour before the service on Thursday.

Kenneth A. Sipple

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 25, 1998, p. 6A

Kenneth A. Sipple, 55, of Wausau, died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, near Duluth, MN, as the result of a traffic accident.

Kenneth was born Nov. 21, 1942, in Menomonie to Clarence and Erma (Schaefer) Sipple. He was raised in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, and attended Waneka Elementary School. He was also raised in the Iron Creek United Methodist Church family.

Kenneth graduated in 1960 from Menomonie High School and in 1964 from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

He associated with the Farm Credit System on July 6, 1964, and was branch manager of Farm Credit Services from 1964 to 1971 in Chilton. He was the farm records manager form 1971-73 for Farm Credit Services of Fargo.

From 1973-1988, he was employed at various capacities for the Farm Credit Bank of St. Paul, including vice president of credit and operations, and interim association CEO for Farm Credit of East Central Michigan.

In 1988, Ken was employed by Farm Credit Services of North Central Wisconsin as vice president of credit and chief credit officer. He was currently serving in t he capacity of an internal auditor after semi-retirement in 1993.

He was a current member of the board of Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program and was past chairman of the County Executive Committee of 1996 Wisconsin Farm Progress Days. He was a past chairman of the organizing board of the Countryside Credit Union and a past chairman of the board of the Agri-Business Committee of the Wausau Area Chamber of Commerce.

A United Way volunteer for the last five years, he served as chair of the Fund Distribution Team that assists families. He also served as a loaned executive, calling on major accounts. He was a valued consultant to foreign banks on managing loan portfolios through the Ag Co-op Development Institute, an agency for international development.

He enjoyed collecting toy tractors, was an outdoorsman with a passion for fishing, and an avid reader.

Kenneth is survived by his mother, Erma Sipple of Menomonie; a brother, Lawrence (Faith) Sipple of Menomonie; two nieces, Wendy (Richard) Engel of Menomonie and LeAnn Sipple of Portland, Ore; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Fred and Lena Sipple; his maternal grandparents, Arthur and Susan Schaefer; and his father, Clarence Sipple.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Salem-Iron Creek United Methodist Church in the Town of Spring Brook with the Rev. Brian Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Iron Creek Cemetery.

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

Wayne T. Hoff

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb 25, 1998, p. 6A

Wayne T. Hoff, 66, of Wheeler, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 1998, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Wayne was born April 10, 1929 in the Town of Otter Creek, Dunn County, to Alfred and Ada (Leach) Hoff. He married Julia Rudeen on Aug. 6, 1955, in Wheeler.

After their marriage, Wayne worked at Lakeside Aluminum Plant in Menomonie. Later, he farmed in Ridgeland before buying a farm in Connorsville where he farmed until retiring because of ill health.

After retiring in 1978, Wayne and his wife moved back to Wheeler, where they have lived since.

Wayne was baptized in the United Methodist faith in 1960. For enjoyment, Wayne liked fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Julia Hoff of Wheeler; two brothers, Alfred (Ann) Hoff, Jr of Wheeler and Marvin (Lois) Hoff of Menomonie; four sisters, Eileen Klicko and Hazel Siler of Menomonie, Charlotte Nelson of Bloomer, and Janice (John) Roubal of Turtle Lake; four godchildren; several nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clyde and Merlin Hoff; and two sisters, Lois Hoff and Fern McIntyre.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Nancy Diller officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Hay River Cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Dennis E. Danzinger

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 25, 1998, p. 6A

Dennis E. Danzinger, 70, of the Town of Eau Galle, rural Durand, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998 at Chippewa Valley Hospital in Durand.

Dennis was born Jan. 13, 1928, in the Town of Lima, rural Durand. He was the son of John and Theresa (Schlosser) Danzinger.

He attended school in Lima, then moved with his parents to the Town of Eau Galle, where he attended the Ingram and St. Henry’s grade schools and attended Durand High School.

He married Ione Siler Aug. 13, 1952, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Eau Galle. After marriage, they lived and farmed in the Eau Galle community, where he remained the rest of his life.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Ione; one brother, Alphonse of Eau Galle; and one sister, Minerva Radle of Las Vegas, NV.

Dennis has donated his body to the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Eau Galle. The Revs. Roy Mish and Matthew Molinaro will officiate.

Rhiel Funeral Home, Durand, is serving the family.

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