Dunn County, WI Obituaries
April 2003

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
April 2, 2003 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Leona A. Tilleson (Sandvig) Metling

Dunn County News, Wed, Apr. 2, 2003, A6

Leona A. Tilleson (Sandvig) Metling, age 91, of Menomonie, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

She was born April 8, 1911, in Downing, the daughter of Gabriel O. and Gunda M. (Stang) Tilleson. She was raised in Irvington. Leona married Leonard Sandvig and had five children. She later married Raymond Metling and they had one daughter.

Leona resided in Menomonie most of her life and was a Dunn County Health Care Center resident the last five years.

She was a member of the Women of the Moose and a Gold Star Mother of the V.F.W.

Leona is survived by three daughters, Kathleen (Richard) Hathaway and Ramona (Donald) Burns, both of Menomonie, and Darlene (Richard) Traynor of Ellsworth; 32 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and one sister, Edna M. Kvalheim of Viroqua.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Caroll Sandvig and LaMoine Sandvig; one daughter, Yvonne Hitz; one brother, Orion Tilleson; one sister, Irene Thompson; and three grandchildren.

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

Arrangements by the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Verlinden survivors

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr 6, 2003, A8

Additional survivors of Norma Prim Bisson Verlinden, who died Monday, March 17, 2003, in Starbuck, Minn., are two sisters, Jeanette "Tick" (Ken) Drake of Menomonie and Audrey (LaVerne) Graske of Chippewa Falls; and three brothers, Otto (Jane) Prim of Seabring, Fla., Jim (Mabel) of Helena, Mont., and Paul of Des Moines, Iowa.

 
Elizabeth Louise Larson

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr 6, 2003, A8

Elizabeth Louise Larson, age 72, of Oshkosh, formerly of Menomonie, passed on Thursday, March 27, 2003, in Madison in her daughter's home with her family by her side.

Elizabeth was born April 17, 1930, in Ellsworth to Ida and John Oberpriller. She grew up in Northwestern Wisconsin, and in 1953 she married her soul mate, Wilbur Swan Larson. She moved to Laramie, Wyo., in 1958 with her husband to help him pursue his Ph.D., to enjoy the vast expanses of the West, and to pursue her ardent exploration of life.

In 1962, Elizabeth and Wilbur moved to Oshkosh where they raised three children, Jean, Julie and Jon. She worked with the Oshkosh Area School District in administration. Elizabeth, or Betty to those who knew her, devoted her life to her husband, her children, and the continued acquisition of knowledge and the experiences of life. She had a profound influence on those around her and helped to shape the goals and passions of those she loved. She was a muse to her husband and children and found inspiration through her husband and children by encouraging them to follow their dreams.

She was an avid reader, a great cook, and took part in many of her children's and husband's interests. She shared her son Jon's passion for filmmaking and the art of motion pictures, her daughter Julie's ardent enthusiasm for Africa and research in primatology, and her daughter Jean's love of travel and advancement in medicine. Betty was a gracious, nurturing and beautiful woman blessed with strength and integrity. She retired in 1996.

In her final year, she enjoyed sharing her warmth and showering her love upon her grandson, Spencer Larson Krebs, whose smile and spirit of innocence brought her remarkable joy. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Oshkosh, active in several organizations, a member of several bridge groups, and a constant source of support, love, warmth and compassion to her husband, children, extended family and friends.

Betty is survived by her husband, Wilbur; her three children; a son-in-law, Mark Krebs; and her grandson, Spencer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Francis and Gerald Operpriller; and a sister, Mary Catherine Oberpriller.

A private celebration to honor Betty's live and her memory will take place on Saturday, April 12, 2003, in Madison. She has left her footprints upon the hearts of all who knew her. (608) 231-3857.

In lieu of flowers to honor Betty's remarkable life, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society by phone: 1-800-ACS-2345, or online via memoriam at www.cancer.org.

Cress Funeral Service in Madison is handling arrangements.

Violet A. Williams

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr 6, 2003, A8

Violet A. "Babe" Williams, age 87, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, April 2, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Violet A. Hintzman was born Jan. 12, 1916, in Menomonie to William and Mabel (Johnstone) Hintzman. She was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie where she also married Walter L. Williams on Aug. 3. 1935. Together, they lived in Menomonie all their lives.

Violet worked as a waitress at the Harbor Inn in the early 1950s and at the Menomonie Country Club along with her mother, Mabel, and daughter, Shelby, in the late 1950s. She was an avid reader and gardener and enjoyed crafts and traveling.

Violet was a dedicated life member of Peace Lutheran Church and active in circle and quilt groups. She was also an active member of Little Elk Creek Homemakers.

Violet was a loving and wonderful mother who will never be forgotten for her wisdom and self-sacrifice for her children.

Violet is survived by her daughter, Shelby Schamens of Eau Claire; her son, Larry (Phyllis) Williams of Menomonie; her grandchildren, Craig and Daniel Schamens and Cathy Olson, all of Eau Claire, Camela Werner of Long Beach, Calif., and Cindy (Dan) Bujanovich of Milwaukee; her great-grandchildren, Kari Schamens of Menomonie, Melissa Schamens of Colfax, Danielle Bujanovich of Milwaukee, Michael (Lisa) Olson of Hudson, and Jimmy Olson of Eau ‚laire; her sister, Phyllis Erickson of Amery; and her sisters-in-law, Evelyn Bechel of Menomonie, Regina Williams of Manitowoc, and Bernice Solberg of Cottage Grove, Ore.

She is also survived by an aunt, Fern Schimmel of Menomonie; nieces and nephews, Tammy (Tom) Siemsen of Blaine, Minn., Beverly (Rick) Bradl of Maintowoc; Gary (Corrine) Erickson of Terre Haute, Ind., DuWayne Benson of Omaha, Neb., Jerry (Mary) Benson of Woodbury, Minn., Dennis (Jane) Benson of Two Rivers, Brian (Vonda) Benson of Lake Delton, Jimmy Williams of Cottage Grove, Ore., and Kathy (Pat) Weber of Auburn, Wash.; her cousins, Maryls Ranke of Menomonie, JoAnn (Sid) Bjork of Amery, and Marno Gerow of Boca Raton, Fla.; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter in 1973; parents, William and Mabel Hintzman; brothers-in-law, Harold Erickson, Hugh Williams, and Vern (Eleanor) Williams; her son-in-law, John Schamens; and her granddaughter, Kay Schamens.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 5, 2003 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial was in Forest Center Cemetery, Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Alta M. Boe

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr 6, 2003, A8

Alta M. Boe, age 77, of Menomonie, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2003, at home with her family.

The former Alta Mae Stevens was born March 3, 1926, in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County, to Oscar and Alice (Talmage) Stevens. She attended Clover Valley Grade School and graduated in 1944 from Dunn County Aggie.

Alta married Vernon Boe on Feb. 10, 1945, in Chippewa Falls. To this union six children were born.

She enjoyed working in her garden, doing embroidery, and doing crossword puzzles. Her family was very special to her and she received much enjoyment from her great-grandsons.

Alta is survived by her husband, Vern; her children, Gary Boe, Linda (Larry) Gales, Gail (Rodney) Willert, Kathryn (Dennis) Path and Larry (Darlene) Boe, all of Menomonie; her grandchildren, Kelly Hintzman, Brian Grutt, Kevin Path, Joseph (Colleen) Willert, David Boe, Tammy (Joel) Harper, and Lisa Path, all of Menomonie; her great-grandsons, Tanner and Reid Path and Ryan Willert, all of Menomonie; her aunt, Fern Stevens of Minneapolis, Minn.; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Scott David Boe; a grandson, Kirby Ryan Willert; and her only sister, Norma Anderson.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2003, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery, Town of Dunn, Dunn County.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Hazel V. Flug

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr 6, 2003, A8

Hazel V. Flug, 81, of Dunn County Health Care Center, Menomonie, formerly of Wheeler, died Friday, April 4, 2003, at the nursing home.

She was born December 4, 1921 in the Town of Sherman, Dunn County, to Gladys (Hoover) and Merrit Jones. She grew up in the town of Wilson.

Hazel married Raymond Flug on June 30, 1943, in the town of Wilson, where they lived. She worked at Jerome's Foods in Barron for 28 years until retiring. She then helped her husband with his dehorning business and with farming. They retired from farming in 1989. She moved to the Dunn County Health Care Center in April, 2000.

She was a member of Hay River Lutheran Church. She loved quilting, crafts, cooking, and spending time with her family. She also wrote songs and poetry.

Survivors include her sister, Florence (Louie) Nuenke of Eau Claire; nieces and nephews, Janet, Jerry, Curt, Ron, Ken, Jeannie, and Dennis Nuenke; Laverne Jones Jr. and Alan Jones; and a special great-niece, Andrea "Punky" Jones.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 20, 2002; her parents; and a brother, LaVerne Jones.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2003, at Hay River Lutheran Church, Town of Hay River, with the Rev. Roger Benrud officiating.

Friends may call from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Sunday) at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel in Chippewa Falls and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

Arnold L. Voelker

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr 6, 2003, A8

Arnold L. Voelker, age 87, of Boyceville, died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at his home in Boyceville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Sunday) at the United Methodist Church in Connorsville, with Rev. Nancy Diller officiating.

Burial will be in the New Haven Cemetery in the Town of New Haven.

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

Arrangements were made by the Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City.

Lawrence A. Coyer

Dunn County News, Wed, Apr 9, 2003, A6

Lawrence A. Coyer, age 87, of Prescott Valley, Ariz., formerly of Knapp, died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at the Veterans' Hospital in Prescott, Ariz.

He was born Feb. 18, 1916, in Mauston, the son of Earl and Ella (Schroeder) Coyer. Lawrence moved to Knapp in his early childhood years and resided there most of his life. He also served in the U.S. Army in World War II. After being discharged, Lawrence married Frieda Steinke in November 1944 in Menomonie. They moved to a farm in Knapp until they retired in 1995 to Prescott Valley.

Lawrence is survived by his wife of 58 years, Frieda; his children, Virginia of Knapp and Eileen of Phoenix, Ariz.; his grandchildren, Scott of Mankato, Minn., Christina of Menomonie, and Jennifer of Knapp; a great-granddaughter, Avery Mae; a brother, Herbert of Eau Claire; and a sister, Evelyn Hofland of Menomonie.

He was preceded in death by a son, David; a brother, William; and a sister, Beatrice Hammond.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2003, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Town of Stanton, with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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

Amelia "Millie" Vano

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr. 13, 2003, A6

Amelia "Millie" Vano was born on July 3, 1917, to Andrew and Johanna (Boda) Vano. Her home was on a small farm some five miles north of Boyceville. Her last earthly dwelling was the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie. She died on Wednesday morning, April 9, 2003, at the age of 85 years.

From child, to young lady, to older woman (when heart pains came), Millie was energetic, excitable, and enthusiastic. Her friendly manner along with a warm smile were most welcome.

For much of Amelia's life, the farm and family were of utmost importance. She had many friends. Her longest "buddy" was Olga Salat (presently in Menomonie). Millie helped brother, Julius, and later, brother Andy, with farm chores, fieldwork and garden.

Millie's pickles were sold to the Gedney Co. of Boyceville. Later, she picked pickles for another farmer using a creeper machine. Millie and her mother discovered rug weaving on looms could bring them creative delight plus extra income. The picking of wild mushrooms (which was learned from Johanna) brought a greater appreciation of nature. Their mushrooms sold in Chicago.

The greatest job of Amelia's life was caring for an aging invalid mother. She sacrificed her own interests for the benefit of "Stara Mama."

After Johanna died, Millie reached out for other employment. Her cooking skills, plus people skills, helped her at the Health Care Center in Menomonie, Knapp House Restaurant, and Bolo Inn in Menomonie. During these times, the farm was sold and Millie tried mobile home living. When sister, Pauline, retired, the two sisters decided to build a duplex in Boyceville. Each occupied half a duplex. Later, sister, Ann, and husband, Paul, built their retirement home next door. Millie became chief chauffeur of a succession of Ford cars. As a hobby, the sisters would drive to bargain stores and thrift shops. Amelia drove others to church, taking part in activities at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church near the home farm.

In her earthly sojourn, Millie would some times wear "strange" color combinations, but now she has been provided with the dazzling white robe from her Savior. Thanks for the memories, Aunt Millie.

Millie is survived by five nephews, Milan (Gloria) Vano of Long Prairie, Minn., Andrew (Sally) Vano of Carlos, Minn., Joseph (Shirley) Vano of Rapid City, S.D., Larry (Jacqueline) Vano of Chicago, Ill., and Michael (Deb) Diko of Minneapolis, Minn.; and a niece, Paula (David) Streitelmeier of Valparaiso, Ind.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 12, 2003, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the Town of Tiffany, Dunn County. Burial was in Tiffany Cemetery, Town of Tiffany.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

William E. Halgren

Dunn County News, Wed. Apr. 16, 2003, A6

William E. Halgren, age 75, of Eau Claire, passed away on Sunday evening, April 13, 2003, at Sacred Heart Hospital.

William was born Nov. 4, 1927, in Menomonie to Dr. John and Lillian (Hanson) Halgren. He lived in Menomonie, graduating from Menomonie High School. After college he received an engineer rating from the State of Wisconsin.

William married Patricia Jones in Wauwatosa on Dec. 22, 1950.

William was a highway commissioner before he worked for NSP, retiring from NSP in 1987. He was a past Master of Lodge 112, a member of Consistory, the Mahara Shrine, and was a member of the Twin City Model Railroad Club, Rusty Rails Train Club, and a charter member of WOWSS. William was a lifetime outdoorsman.

William is survived by his wife, Patricia of Eau Claire; his daughter, Jeanne (Paul R.) Kilde of St. Paul, Minn.; his son, William P. (Kim) Halgren of Mondovi; three grandchildren, Kaylee, Karissa and Kortnee Halgren, all of Mondovi; a sister-in-law, Virginia Halgren of New Jersey; and nieces and nephews.

William was preceded in death by his son, John Alfred Halgren; his daughter, Mary Halgren; his parents; and one brother, John Halgren.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Smith Funeral Chapel, 2222 London Road, Eau Claire, with Pastor Eric Nielsen officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service.

Emma J. Larrabee

Dunn County News, Wed. Apr. 16, 2003, A6

Emma J. Larrabee, age 90, of Menomonie, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Emma Wood was born Dec. 8, 1912, in Spokane, Wash., to Arthur and Bertha Wood. She married Floyd Kirkman in 1932. They lived in Washington where Emma worked in a bakery, a milk factory, and a department store. Floyd preceded her in death in 1985.

In 1988, Emma met Merle Larrabee and moved to Wisconsin. She married Merle on Oct. 22, 1988, in Menomonie. He preceded her in death in 1999.

Emma was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Menomonie.

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Emma is survived by her daughter, Thelma (Wayne) Rouse of Shoreline, Wash.; four grandchildren, Russell (Gail) Rouse, Laurel (Daniel) Bibb, Lea Kirkman and Krista Kirkman, all of Seattle, Wash.; three great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Katie Bibb and Shawna Rouse; and special friends, Margaret Stauss, Julie Freberg and Linda Johnson. She is further survived by the family of Merle Larrabee and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Floyd Kirkman; her second husband, Merle Larrabee; a son, Robert Kirkman; and a grandson, Douglas Rouse.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2003, in the chapel at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Van Wey offiicating. Burial will be in Seattle.

Clarence J. Engeldinger

Dunn County News, Wed. Apr. 16, 2003, A6

Clarence J. Engeldinger, age 90, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Glen F. Larson

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr. 20, 2003, A6

Glen F. Larson, age 76, of Menomonie, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital/Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Friends may call at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

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Agnes L. Austreng

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr. 20, 2003, A6

Agnes L. Austreng, age 98, of Menomonie died on Good Friday, April 18, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Agnes Luella Kraft was born Aug. 1, 1904, in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Charles and Ida (Jacobs) Kraft.

She married Harry Austreng in 1940 at the Little Brown Church in the Vale. Harry was a barber and Agnes worked at Montgomery Wards and the Fair Store in Menomonie, retiring in 1970. Harry preceded her in death in 1945.

Agnes was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and other organizations including Pythian Sisters, Royal Neighbors, Homemakers Club and was active at the Menomonie Senior Center.

In retirement, Agnes traveled abroad to Germany and Norway, and also visited every one of the 50 states, spending many winters in Florida. Since October of 1995, Agnes has been a resident of the American Lutheran Home where she enjoyed the religious activities and programs offered there.

Agnes is survived by a sister-in-law, Inez Goodell of Menomonie; a nephew, Archie (Ann) Abbott of Menomonie; four nieces, Arlene Hayden of Knapp, Idell (Ed) Shield of Carson City, Ariz., Velma Diller of Mondovi, and Phyllis Kraft of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry in 1945; two brothers, Henry (Jenny) Kraft and Eddie Kraft; a sister, Edna (Ralph) Abbott; brothers-in-law, Clarence, Frank, Edwin and Henry Austreng; and sisters-in-law, Lillian Krueger and Lori Calhoun; and nephews, Paul (Alice) Kraft, Charles Kraft, Francis Diller and Ed Hayden

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Dave Whelan and Rev. Paul Pillman officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County. Relatives and friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Olson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

William H. Wulf, Sr.

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr. 20, 2003, A6

William H. Wulf, Sr., age 71, of Menomonie, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn., after a courageous one and one-half year battle with cancer.

Bill was born March 14, 1932, in Balsam Lake to Herbert and Lilly (McCurdy) Wulf. He was raised in that community in graduated in 1950 from Balsam Lake High School. Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army, served in the Korean War, and was discharged in 1954.

Bill married Jean Ogilvie on Oct. 22, 1955, in Balsam Lake. Bill attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1958. He taught industrial arts at Owen-Withee High School for two years.

In 1960, they moved back to Menomonie where Bill taught industrial arts at Menomonie High School until he retired in 1989. He received his master's degree from UW-Stout in 1967.

Bill and Jean were avid campers, and Bill loved, hunting, fishing, and being in the out-of-doors. Bill was especially proud and loved his grandchildren.

Bill was a member of the Dunn County Fish and Game Association and also a member of the Menomonie Moose Lodge, where he served as an officer. Bill also played in the "Over 30" Softball League for the Moose Lodge team for several years.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jean; two daughters, Marge Wulf and Deb (Joe) Feeney, both of Menomonie; two sons, Doug (Molly Lannue) of Chippewa Falls and Bill Jr. (Sarah) of Green Bay; six grandchildren, Matt (Carla) and Nick Fenney and Abbey, Heather, Brenden and Brady Wulf; a brother, Bob of Balsam Lake; two sisters, Lu Johnson of San Antonio, Texas, and Mae Moore of Centuria; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Bryan Wulf, on Jan. 23, 2003.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery with military rites provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Susan Marie (Imle) Shafer

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr. 20, 2003, A6

Susan Marie (Imle) Shafer of Waukesha, who was born Nov. 9, 1901, in Walnut Prairie, Ill., the daughter of Fredrick and Clara (Coldren) Imle, died Monday, April 14, 2003, at Linden Grove Nursing Home at the age of 101 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Susan will be sadly missed by her daughters, Betty (Edward) Burns of Sacramento, Calif., Joanne (Robert) Schneider of Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Judy (Glen) Jester of Waukesha; her brother, Ernest (Portia) Imle of Adelphi, Md.; her 12 grandchildren, Melissa, Tom, Steve, Brett, Mike, Diana, Jill, Jay, Jerry, Michelle, Jaci and Blaine; her 13 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor, and her daughter, Jean Victoria. She was also preceded by her sister and three brothers.

The funeral service to celebrate Susan's live will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2003, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. Dwight R. Bastian will officiate.

Friends may call from noon until 2 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, or The Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation, 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188.

For further information, please call the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home at 262-542-6609 or for an online obituary, directions, or to leave condolences, go to www.waukeshafuneralhome.com.

Clarence J. "Pete" Engeldinger

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr. 20, 2003, A6

Clarence J. "Pete" Engeldinger, age 90, of Menomonie, died peacefully Tuesday morning, April 15, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Clarence was born Sept. 17, 1912, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Nicholas and Elizabeth (Hildebrandt) Engeldinger. He married Hazel B. Harshman on Sept. 2, 1933, in Menomonie.

Clarence worked on a farm for a few years before working for Carter Ice and Fuel of Menomonie. During World War II, he worked in Milwaukee for Rex Chain Belt, welding tank turrets. Returning to Menomonie, he hauled milk to Wisconsin Co-op Dairies, and within a few years he bought his own milk route franchise, hauling milk to Sanna Dairies for the next 12 years. After he sold his routes, he drove semi for W. W. Dray Line, and later for Sanna Dairies, from which he retired in 1977.

Clarence took up rug weaving for the next 18 years, and when asked why he liked weaving, he would reply, "Because I can produce a beautiful and useful product." And that he did. His rugs were well-known throughout the area.

Clarence will be greatly missed by all.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Hazel; three sons, Myron (Barb) of Menomonie, Eugene (Margaret) of Strum/Kenosha, and Francis (Carla) of Niceville, Fla.; three daughters, Rita Engeldinger of Aurora, Mo., Ruth (Richard) Claire of Lake Winnebago, Mo., and Joyce (Lee) Karnatz of Owatonna, Minn.; a daughter-in-law, June Engeldinger Braford of Menomonie; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James; a grandson, Christopher Claire; two great-granddaughters, Megan Justice and Alissa Klatt; three brothers; and six sisters.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 19, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Nadine Lynette Bittner

Dunn County  News, Wed, Apr 23, 2003, A6

Nadine Lynette Bittner, age 47, of Shoreview, Minn., formerly of Hudson, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Hennepin County Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

Nadine was born on Dec. 3, 1955, in Menomonie, the daughter of Orrie and Arliss (Hendrickson) Brettingen. She received here elementary schooling at the Hudson Middle School prior to graduating from Hudson High School. She furthered her education at St. Theresa as a nurse's assistant. She worked as a nurse's assistant for the Christian Community Home in Hudson. She also worked performing clerical duties for Farmer's Insurance and West Publishing.

On May 31, 1986, she was united in marriage to Steven Bittner at Bethel Lutheran Church in Hudson. The couple lived in Shoreview for the last several years.

She loved doing craftwork and crocheting. She took great pride in her crafts at the State Fair and Ramsey County Fair where she also won many ribbons. She also enjoyed music and playing the piano and clarinet. Her love to be around people was her driving force in becoming a nurse's assistant. She also loved children and animals.

Nadine is survived by her husband, Steven; father Orrie (stepmother AnnaBelle) Brettingen of River Falls; sister, Rhonda (Craig) Finstad of River Falls; brothers, Stewart (Nancy) Brettingen of Alley, Texas, and Randall (Elsa) Brettingen of River Falls; as well as seven special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Arliss.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Hudson with Pastor Dennis Nelson officiating. Music was provided by organist Monica Weekes and vocalist Deb O'Keefe. Burial was in the Willow River Cemetery in Hudson. Active casketbearers were Joel Finstad, Amy Brettingen, Mark Finstad, Lindsey Brettingen, Bruce Evenson and Jason Hammond, while Kristen Finstad, Alex Brettingen and Anna Brettingen served as honorary casketbearers.

O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson handled arrangements. Memorials preferred.

Rachel Elizabeth Fenske

Dunn County  News, Wed, Apr 23, 2003, A6

Rachel Elizabeth Fenske passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2003, in Boise, Idaho.

Rachel was born May 25, 1912, in Downing, the daughter of Ernest W. and Violet L. Beard, and spent her childhood in Ingram and in Downing. She attended college at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the University of Minnesota, and spent several years working in Omaha and Pittsburgh.

She was married to Henry Francis Fenske on Dec. 28, 1944. They lived for several years on a farm near Elk Mound, and in Eau Claire, before moving to Mason, Mich., where she worked in the Ingham County Library. After moving to Boise in 1960, she served as extension librarian for the Idaho State Library until 1965, and for the Boise Public Library from 1965 until her retirement in 1974.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Boise.

Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Fenske of Cleveland, Ohio, and Bertie Kelvie (Dennis) of Boise; a son, Henry Fenske (Valerie) of Boise; three grandsons; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.

Rachel was preceded in death by her husband.

Graveside service was held on Monday, April 14, 2003, at Dry Creek Cemetery; Chaplain Richard Vering officiated. Arrangements by Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel. Submitted by her sister-in-law, Janet (Fenske) Wold.

Susan M. Shafer

Dunn County  News, Wed, Apr 23, 2003, A6

Susan M. Shafer, age 101, who died Monday, April 14, 2003, married Victor Shafer, of Wisconsin, on June 20, 1923, at the Methodist Church in Donna, Texas.

They made their home on the Shafer farm in Menomonie until 1968 when they retired in Florida. Leaving Florida in 1986, they moved to Waukesha to be near family.

Funeral services were Monday, April 21, 2003, in Waukesha and burial was in the Town of Lucas Cemetery near Menomonie.

Glen F. Larson

Dunn County  News, Wed, Apr 23, 2003, A6

Glen F. Larson, age 76, of Menomonie, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born Nov. 1, 1926, in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to Samuel and Ruby (Grundeman) Larson. He grew up on the home farm, attended Tramway Grade School, and then Dunn County Aggie.

Following his schooling, Glen worked in a lumber yard in Nelson and did construction work in the Twin Cities. After returning from the Twin Cities, he hauled milk, farmed part time for 12 years, and then farmed full time until his retirement.

Glen married Barbara Fregine on June 12, 1964, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Woodville.

Glen was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie. He loved baseball, bowling, dancing and playing cards. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Glen is survived by his wife, Barbara; four sons, Timothy (Cheri) Larson, Eddie Larson, Kevin Larson and Ricky Larson, all of Menomonie; one grandson, Timothy Larson Jr.; six brothers, Mike (LaVera) Larson of Menomonie, Junior Larson of Knapp, Duane (Maria) Larson of Menomonie, Charlie (Charlene) Larson of Boyceville, Verlyn (Lillian) Larson of Georgetown, Texas, and Richard (Linda) Larson of Menomonie; three sisters, Janet Lemke of Menomonie, Avis Behling of Boyceville, and Lou Ann (Richard) Hanson of Menomonie; aunts and uncles; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial was in Tramway Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Della M. Smith

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr 27, 2003, A6

Della M. Smith, age 77, formerly of Elmwood and Menomonie, died Thursday, April 24, 2003, at Spring Valley Health Care Center in Spring Valley.

Della was born June 25, 1925, in Menomonie, the daughter of Harvey and Hattie (Keck) Yoder. Della graduated from Menomonie High School in 1943. She married August Ziehl in 1944. They lived in Menomonie for a few years before moving to Downsville. August died in 1951.

Della moved back to Menomonie, where she worked at Sanna Dairies for 25 years. Della later moved to Weston, where she owned and operated a grocery store.

She married Elmer "Rube" Smith in 1967. The lived in Weston for several years before moving to Elmwood. Rube died in 1987 and, after his death, Della moved to an apartment in Menomonie.

For the past five years, she has been a resident of the Spring Valley Health Care Center in Spring Valley. Della especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Kay (Dale) Strom of Spring Valley and Connie (Allen) Bauer of Pepin; a son, August (Tina) Ziehl of Menomonie; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mary Lou Heintz of Menomonie.

Her parents, both husbands, a grandson Bruce Bauer, four brothers and four sisters preceded Della in death.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2003, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Clearview Cemetery in Eau Galle.

Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Monday at the church.

Rhiel's Funeral Service of Elmwood and Menomonie is serving the family.

Ruby B. Johnson

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr 27, 2003, A6

Ruby B. Johnson, age 98, formerly of Menomonie, died Thursday, April 24, 2003, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Ruby was born Oct. 22, 1904, in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Addison L. and Etta Alice (Hannock) Farnham. Ruby married Martin E. Johnson on July 5, 1930, in Red Wing, Minn. They lived mostly in Menomonie, where Ruby did babysitting. 

Martin died in 1983 and in 1996 Ruby moved to the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home where she remained the rest of her life. Ruby enjoyed all kinds of music, doing needlework, and taking care of children.

Ruby is survived by several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a baby girl in infancy, two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at the Menomonie Alliance Church with the Rev. Jack Stimmel officiating. Burial will be in Maxville Cemetery, Buffalo County, rural Durand.

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

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

Merle E. Moen

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr 27, 2003, A6

Merle E. Moen, age 75, of St. Paul, Minn., died peacefully at home on Sunday, April 20, 2003.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Gunda (Lee) Moen; stepmother, Ellen (Gunderson) Moen; brother, Rodney Moen; and brother-in-law, Arlen Anderson.

He is survived by his wife, Renee (Gadbois) Moen; two sons, Eric and Chris; six brothers, Wally (Joan), Dennis (Roxie), Gary (Linda), Tom (Pam), Terry (Paula), and David (Tay); seven sisters, Marlene (Tony) Krawczeski, Doris (Gordy) Anderson, Karen (Larry) Gundlach, Cheryl (Gary) Stene, Linda (Dave) Kragness, Pattie Novotney, and Marlys (Jerry) Bergeson; a sister-in-law, Kay (Mike) Moen-Urseth; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 24, 2003, at Roselawn Cemetery Chapel in St. Paul.

Rev. David A. Hein

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr 27, 2003, A6

The Rev. David A. Hein, age 60, of Prairie du Sac, died on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2003, at UW Hospital in Madison. He was born in Milwaukee on June 16, 1942, the son of birth parents, Harry and Ruth Edwards, and adoptive parents, Art and Verna Hein. He was united in married to Ellie Lund on June 9, 1962.

Dave was an avid sports fan. He loved watching tennis, golf and, of course, his beloved Packers. He traveled extensively with friends and family. He particularly loved motorcycling with his sweetheart, Ellie. On many occasions, their best friends, the Froehlichs, would join them as they explored the countryside, stopping at B&B's along the way. Dave was a long-time Lions Club member and was actively involved in the community, serving on numerous boards and committees. He served several churches and communities during his life as a United Methodist pastor, including Beaver Dam (71-74), Suamico (74-75), Jim Fall/Holcombe/Anson (78-82), Madison (82-88), and Prairie du Sac (88-03). He also took part in a pastoral exchange in Birmingham, England, for six weeks in 1991.

Dave was a quick-witted person with a beautiful sense of humor. He had a smile for everyone he met, and his optimism and love of life were apparent in even the smallest deed. His selflessness, his devotion to family and friends, and his uncompromising character will be the legacy which he leaves to all those who were privileged to know and love him. Above all else, Dave's faith was the foundation of his life. Through this faith, both he and his family found hope, courage and, ultimately, a tranquil acceptance at the end of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Ellie of Prairie du Sac; a son, Pat (Lisa) Hein of Prairie du Sac; a daughter, Kim (Eric) Winkelman of Spring Green; two brothers, Dennis (Gayle Haynes) Edwards of San Bernardino, Calif., and Jim (JoAnne) Swenson of Las Vegas, Nev.; five sisters, Kathy Sellhausen of Buena Park, Calif., Pat Granath of Garden Grove, Calif., Marilyn (Jim) Micolichek of Pulaski, Sandra (Joe) Johnson of Mocksville, N.C., and Bonnie Wagner of Milwaukee; a brother-in-law, Daryl (Dawn) Lund of Cottage Grove; three sisters-in-law, Marlene (Ron) Johnston of Circle Pines, Minn., Melody (David) Galchutt of Maplewood, Minn., and Rena Springer of San Lorenzo, Calif; special friends, Dave and May Froehlich of Chippewa Falls; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his birth parents and adoptive parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Springer and Ken Edwards.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 26, 2003, at the Concordia United Methodist Church in Prairie du Sac with the Rev. Kenneth Engelman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Concordia United Methodist Church.

Dave's family would like to thank the UW Hospital liver transplant team and nursing staff, especially the TLC nurses, for their boundless compassion and tireless dedication.

Gnewikow-Hooverson Funeral Home in Sauk City handled arrangements.

Roger G. Lecheler

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr 27, 2003, A6

Roger G. Lecheler, age 62, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Roger was born March 30, 1941, in Menomonie, the son of George and Martha (Stoeklen) Lecheler. Roger attended Menomonie schools. After high school, he worked for Century Fence based out of Milwaukee. Roger married Nancy Jo Kapping on Feb. 20, 1965.
Roger served in the U.S. Army from 1964-66 in the 509th Corps of Engineers in Vietnam. After service, he was employed by National Presto in Eau Claire for 10 years. Roger was also employed by Domain Industries in Menomonie for seven years.

Roger was an avid member of the Menomonie VFW, AmVets of Connorsville, and the Elmwood American Legion. He enjoyed his hobby farm, beef cattle, shooting pool, Packer football, socializing with his many friends, and spending time with his grandchildren.

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

Roger is survived by his wife, Nancy; two sons, Steve (Laura) of Menomonie and Dan (Holly) of Rolling Stone, Minn.; four grandchildren, Morgan and Bret of Menomonie and Tegan and Drew of Rolling Stone; his mother, Martha Lecheler of Menomonie; two brothers, Dean (Sue) of Menomonie and Rick (Jane) of Elmwood; a sister, Connie (Loren) Rogers of Menomonie; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, George, and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were Friday, April 25, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Military honors were provided by Crain-Ottman American Legion Post #207 of Elmwood. Burial will be at a later date in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.

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

Ruby Joyce Smith

Dunn County News, Sun, Apr 27, 2003, A6

Ruby Joyce Smith (nee Cranston), age 71, of Moose Lake, Minn., born in Dunn County, Wisconsin, passed away surrounded by her family, on Monday, April 21, 2003, after a valiant and inspirational battle with cancer.

Preceded in death by an infant son; parents, Frank and Ruby Cranston; sister, Mary Braker; and brothers, Marvin Cranston and Richard Cranston.

urvived by her loving husband of 53 years, Dennis Smith; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Jansen (Jody) of Minneapolis, Rox Ann Severson (Dewey) of Red Wing, Minn., Jay Timonen (Mike) of Sturgeon Lake, and Raenele Smith of Minneapolis; son and daughter-in-law, Randy (Karen) of Cloquet, Minn.; grandchildren, Mike, Michelle, Ben, Scott, Annie, Chad, Eric and Rachel; great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Abby, Evan, Sawyer and Brianna; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean Hasse, Donna Kizer (Gene), Joan Frank (Don), Robert (Isabel), and Carol Cranston; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Saturday, April 26, 2003, at the Moose Lake Covenant Church.

Harold R. Moen

Dunn County News, Wed, April 30, 2003, A6

Harold R. Moen, age 89, of Ridgeland, died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Harold was born Nov. 19, 1913, in the Town of Wilson, Dunn County, to Matt and Amanda (Carlson) Moen. On April 23, 1934, he was married to Gladys Thompson in Washington County, Minnesota. They farmed in the Ridgeland area for many years.

Harold was very active in community service all his life. He retired in Ridgeland and lived there until becoming a resident of the Area Nursing Home in Colfax in July 2002.

He is survived by one brother, Herbert (Ellen) Moen of Milwaukee; one sister, Beverly (Harris) O'Flanagan of Chetek; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gladys on Aug. 19, 1998; two brothers, Marvin and Norman Moen; and four sisters, Helen Wegmiller, Lillie Knutson, Agnes Stevens and Florence Hoyland.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2003, from the Ridgeland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Craig Nehring officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in the Town of Dallas.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Arrangements by Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron.

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