Dunn County Obituaries
May 2000

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Ralph R. Hake

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 3, 2000, A6

Ralph R. Hake, 75, of Menomonie, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
     He was born Dec. 16, 1924, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Ira and Zelma (Cannon) Hake. He attended Little Elk Creek Elementary School and graduated from Menomonie High School.
     Ralph married Ardys Knopps on Sept. 1, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Rectory in Menomonie. They bought the Hake family farm and farmed there until retiring. Ralph also worked at the Post Office in Menomonie for 27 years. In 1992, they sold the farm and built a house in Menomonie.
     Ralph was a member of Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church and Moose Lodge #1584 of Menomonie. He was a former member of the Colfax Creamery Board and the Little Elk Creek School board. He was also a leader and softball coach for the Little Elk Creek 4-H Club.
     Ralph enjoyed bowling on the Richartz Implement team for 30 years. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Ralph loved his family and his grandchildren were especially dear to him.
     Ralph is survived by his wife, Ardys, of Menomonie; two sons, Gary (Sherry) Hake of Athens and David (Kathleen) Hake of River Falls; one daughter, Christine (Frank) Braswell of Chippewa Falls; 12 grandchildren, Carrie (James) Diers, Curtis, Amanda, Kayla, Michael, Maxwell, Derek and Christina Hake, and Dana, Cory, Ryan and Drew Braswell; two great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Jared Diers; two brothers, Wilbur Hake and Loren (Carol) Hake, both of Menomonie; two sisters, Betty (Erling) Moldenhauer of Menomonie and Lois (Robert) Clarke of Eau Claire; as well as nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
     Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, Lyle and Oral Hake.
     Funeral services will at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the Town of Red Cedar, with Rev. Richard Klabunde officiating. Burial will be in Froen Cemetery, also in the Town of Red Cedar.
     Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, where there will be a public Moose Service at 7 p.m. There will also be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
Ellen M. Hermanson

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 7, 2000, A6

Ellen M. Hermanson, age 82, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.
     The former Ellen Boernke was born Aug. 19, 1917, in Osseo to William and Iris May (Nelson) Boernke. She graduated in 1935 from Woodville High School, then attended a two-year business college in St. Paul, Minn. Ellen worked in a bank in St. Paul before moving to California where she continued to work as a secretary in a bank.
     Ellen married Clifford Hermanson on June 24, 1943, in Oakland, Calif. In 1946, they returned to Wisconsin, and have lived in Menomonie since 1956. For 25 years Ellen was a secretary at the Bank of Menomonie, retiring in 1982.
     She was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie. She also belonged to the TOPS Club, and enjoyed baking and knitting. Ellen and her husband enjoyed square dancing and were members of the Pairs and Squares Square Dance Club and the Bells and Bows. They also enjoyed traveling throughout Europe.
     Ellen is survived by one son, William (Mary) Hermanson of Eleva; a daughter, Ruth (Robert) Bauer of Menomonie; one granddaughter, Melody (Matt) Sheehan; three grandsons, Matthew (Missy) Bauer, Michael Bauer and Thor Hermanson; two great-grandsons, Conor and Colin Bauer; two sisters, V. Joyce (Roy) Green of Chippewa Falls and Elaine (Marvin) Schaefer of Shell Lake; a nephew, Tom (Ann) Schaefer of Lakeville, Minn.; and other relatives and friends.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Lt. Robert Boernke; a nephew, Dean Schaefer; and her husband, Clifford.
     Funeral services were Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Woodville.
     Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.
Erma Warren

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 7, 2000, A6

Erma Brenneke Warren (nee Gullick) died Friday, April 28, 2000, in Detroit, Mich.
     She was born Sept. 27, 1919, in Colfax, graduated from Colfax High School, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Erma graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit and worked for many year for the City of Detroit. At the time of her retirement she was an assistant comptroller for the city.
     Erma was married twice and widowed twice. Her first husband was Harold Brenneke. Later she married Albert Warren.
     She is survived by four nieces and nephews and their children: Susan (Don) Gutzwiller of Lansing, Kan., James Leo Gullick of Key West, Fla., Daniel (Karen) Gullick, Troy and Jenna, of Menomonie, and Mary (Mike) Huisman and Zachary of Fort Myers, Fla.; and a longtime friend, Dennis Shepperd of Royal Oak, Mich.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Bessie Gullick of Colfax; her sister, Ruth Gullick of Detroit; and her brother, Byrl Gullick of Menomonie.
     A memorial service was held on Friday, May 5, 2000, at the Colfax United Methodist Church in Colfax. Interment was at the family plot in Dodgeville.
Ralph R. Hake

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 7, 2000, A6

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Ralph R. Hake, 75, of Menomonie, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
     He was born Dec. 16, 1924, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Ira and Zelma (Cannon) Hake. He attended Little Elk Creek Elementary School and graduated from Menomonie High School.
     Ralph married Ardys Knopps on Sept. 1, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Rectory in Menomonie. They bought the Hake family farm and farmed there until retiring. Ralph also worked at the Post Office in Menomonie for 27 years. In 1992, they sold the farm and built a house in Menomonie.
     Ralph was a member of Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church and Moose Lodge #1584 of Menomonie. He was a former member of the Colfax Creamery Board and the Little Elk Creek School board. He was also a leader and softball coach for the Little Elk Creek 4-H Club.
     Ralph enjoyed bowling on the Richartz Implement team for 30 years. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Ralph loved his family and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were especially dear to him.
     Ralph is survived by his wife, Ardys, of Menomonie; two sons, Gary (Sherry) Hake of Athens and David (Kathleen) Hake of River Falls; one daughter, Christine (Frank) Braswell of Chippewa Falls; 12 grandchildren, Carrie (James) Diers, Curtis, Amanda, Kayla, Michael, Maxwell, Derek and Christina Hake, and Dana, Cory, Ryan and Drew Braswell; two great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Jared Diers; two brothers, Wilbur Hake and Loren (Carol) Hake, both of Menomonie; two sisters, Betty (Erling) Moldenhauer of Menomonie and Lois (Robert) Clarke of Eau Claire; as well as nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
     Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, Lyle and Oral Hake.
     Funeral services were on Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the Town of Red Cedar, with Rev. Richard Klabunde officiating. Burial was in Froen Cemetery, also in the Town of Red Cedar.
     Olson Funeral Home, Menomonie, was in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Lorraine Timm

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 7, 2000, A6

Dorothy Lorraine Timm, 65, of Wilson, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at her home in Cady Township after a battle with cancer.
     Dorothy was born March 22, 1935, the daughter of Thomas and Walterine (Mikrot) Kosloski at Willow River, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and was a member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Wilson.
     Dorothy’s home town was Denham, Minn. She attended school at Willow River, graduating with the Class of 1952. On May 7, 1955, Dorothy married LaVerne Timm at Sturgeon Lake, Minn. After marriage, Dorothy and LaVern lived for about three years at Fairfax, Minn., before moving to Wilson. In 1961, they moved to the Timm home farm in Cady Township.
     Dorothy worked at Indianhead/Kwik Trip Hearty Platter for over 25 years. She was a very active member of St. Bridget’s. She served as a trustee and was given the Pax Christi Award on April 28, 1992. Dorothy loved to travel and spend time in her garden. Most of all she loved her family, supporting and following her grandchildren in all their activities at school and church.
     Survivors include four children and six grandchildren: Mike (Kathy) Timm of Baldwin and their children, Jacob and Michelle; Susan (Dennis) Anderson of River Falls and their children, Angela and Adam; Linda Timm of Menomonie and her fiancée, Rick Kostuch, and Bruce (Kathy) Timm of Wilson and their children, Melissa and Bridget. She is also survived by three brothers and three sisters: Margaret (Ted) Thrun of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Arlene (Richard) Schmoller of Shoreview, Minn., Robert (Roberta) Kosloski of Apple Valley, Minn., James (Betty) Kosloski of Willow River, Minn., Judy (Ray) Hack of Sturgeon Lake, Minn, and David (Yvonne) Kosloski of Willow River, Minn.; sisters-in law, Sooky Aviala of Santa Anna, Calif., and Marion (Vernon) Anderson of Woodville; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
     Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, LaVern, who died in 1989, and one brother, Leonard Kosloski.
     Visitation will be held today (Sunday) from 5 to 8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m., with Fr. Alois Gabrus officiating. Music will be provided by organist Jane Thompson and vocalist Anita Gokey. Dorothy’s children will sing “Amazing Grace.” Burial will be in St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in Wilson.
     Honorary bearers will be Vince Lyons and Pete Vrieze. Bearers will be Larry Anderson, Floyd Anderson, Jeff Thrun, Greg Berger, Bill Gokey and Brian Mahoney.
     Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, handled arrangements.
Ethelyn M. Jacobson

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 10, 2000, A6

Ethelyn M. Jacobson, age 93, of Dallas, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at the Barron Medical Center.
     Funeral services were Wednesday, May 10, 2000, from the Dallas Lutheran Church with Pastor Ralph Marquardt officiating. Burial was in the Dallas Cemetery.
     Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron, handled arrangements.
David A. Blumenauer

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 10, 2000, A6

David A. Blumenauer, age 42, of rural Colfax, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.
     David was born July 29, 1957, in St. Paul, Minn., to Ivan and Doris (Maland) Blumenauer. He attended many schools with his military family from Spain to Prairie Farm, where he graduated in 1975. He served in the U.S. Navy and graduated with honors in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
     On Oct. 3, 1993, he was married to Becky Iverson at Stillwater, Minn. He worked for Jerome Foods in Barron, Pope & Talbot in Eau Claire, GN Netcom in Eden Prairie, Minn., NMC in Eau Claire, and most recently for SS Cycle in Viola.
     David was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. He loved people and liked to help others. He had started to become active in the Boy Scouts and was anxiously waiting for his new Harley Davidson.
     He is survived by his wife, Becky Iverson of Colfax; his son, Ryan Blumenauer of Colfax; his daughter, Dawn Blumenauer of Hastings, Minn.; his mother, Doris Blumenauer of Hastings; a brother, Dennis Blumenauer, USMC retired, of Burnsville, Minn.; two sisters, Claudia (Norman) Lee of Afton, Minn., and Laura (Tony) Ritten of Amery; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
     David was preceded in death by his father.
     Funeral services were Monday, May 8, 2000, from the United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm with the Rev. Oz Twedt officiating.
     Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron, handled arrangements.
LaVerne Meyer Hansen

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 10, 2000, A6

As his many dear friends would attest, our world has lost “a grand man.” Vern died as he lived, with dignity and integrity.
     LaVerne Meyer Hansen passed away May 5, 2000, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo, Mich.
     Born on Aug. 31, 1913, in Eau Claire, he was the proud son of Danish immigrants, Peter and Mary (Rasmussen) Hansen. He was educated in his hometown of Menomonie, receiving his BS and MS from the University of Wisconsin-Stout State Institute.
     He then moved to Michigan and taught at Battle Creek Vocational School, assisted in the building of Fort Custer, and worked at Eaton Manufacturing. He moved to Kalamazoo in 1946 to work at the Upjohn Company. In 1954, he received the coveted Upjohn award. He retired in 1977 as director, plant maintenance and area engineering.
     During his retirement he was an active member of SCORE in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, and was an involved member of First Congregational Church and the Alzheimer’s Association.
     Vern loved to recount tales of being in semi-professional athletics, riding the rails, and even trying his hand at rum running to pay college expenses during the depression. One summer when he had no money he decided to paddle a canoe from Lake of the Woods in Minnesota to Hudson Bay. He was also a member of the Wisconsin National Guard which had the mission to catch Al Capone — they made sure they weren’t successful.
     Mr. Hansen was preceded in death by beloved wife Hazel; his second wife, Phyllis (Forrester); and by his dear companion, Jean Hawley. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his five brothers and sisters, H.M. Hansen, Katherine Cole, Agnes Andersen, Martha Gangwisch and Sherman Andersen.
     Vern is survived by his son, Peder M. and Mary Hansen of San Diego, Calif; his daughter, Kirsten A. Hansen of Rockville, Md.; his stepson, George Forrester of Kalamazoo; four grandchildren, Erika Hansen, Kirk Hansen, Tara Forrester and Steven Forrester; two nephews, Donald and Virginia Hansen of San Antonio, Texas, and Robert and Edna Gangwisch of Cincinnati, Ohio; a niece, Helen McCune of Spokane, Wash.; and his beloved “Hansen Clan” relatives.
     A memorial service for Mr. Hansen will be held at 11 o’clock Thursday morning at First Congregational Church, 129 S. Park St., with the Rev. Dr. Robert Noblett officiating. In accordance to Vern’s wishes, his body will be cremated and a private inurnment in Grandview Cemetery in Menomonie will be held at a later date.
     In lieu of flowers and with gratitude to the warm and caring staff of Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, please direct memorial contributions to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo, Rose Arbor Hospice Residence.
     It is difficult to condense one’s life to fit a newspaper column. Suffice to say, they don’t make them like this anymore.
     Arrangements by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007.
Lois I. Rogers

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 10, 2000, A6

Lois I. Rogers, age 83, of Menomonie, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie. The former Lois I. Burke was born Feb. 21, 1917, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to William and Mary (Creaser) Burke.
     Lois married John A. Rogers and they lived in the Menomonie area. Lois worked as a clerk at the Farmers Store in Menomonie and also as a nurses aid.
     She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie and a former member of Women of the Moose, Chapter 682, Menomonie.
     She enjoyed crocheting and other handwork as well as making quilts.
     Lois is survived by one daughter, Mavis (Richard) Klingman of Menomonie; three sons, Robert J. (Mary) Rogers of Lehigh Acres, Fla., David L. (Jean) Rogers of Pardeeville, and Richard Rogers of King; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Fred Burke; six sisters, Nellie Ford, Florence Butler, Elsie Ford, Alice Ford, Dorothy Slurry and Erma Maske; and a grandson, Danny Klingman.
     Memorial services are 11 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2000, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating.
     Friends may call one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.
Layton E. Blakeley

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 10, 2000, A6, A9

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Layton E. Blakeley, age 85, of Menomonie, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.
     He was born Nov. 26, 1914, in Beaver Dam to Price L. and Marion (Melville) Blakeley. When a young child he moved with his family to the Town of Washington, Eau Claire County. He attended Robbins School and graduated in 1932 from Eau Claire High School.
     Layton worked in C.C.C. camps in northern Wisconsin for four years, and then in munitions factories before joining the Merchant Marines. He served with the Merchant Marines from 1943 until 1945 in the North Atlantic and the Pacific.
     Layton married Dorothy Maves on Sept. 2, 1939, in Menomonie. They celebrated their 60th anniversary this past September. He worked at Uniroyal in Eau Claire, retiring in 1971. During that time he also built houses and apartments in the Menomonie and Eau Claire area.
     Layton and his wife operated the Black Bell Antique Shop from their home near Wheeler. Layton also engaged in tree farming, which he enjoyed very much, and received the Dunn County Tree Farmer of the Year award in 1981. In 1998, Layton and his wife moved into an apartment in Menomonie, which he had built previously.
     Layton was a member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie.
     He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Blakeley of Menomonie; a son, Brian (Mary) Blakeley of Wheeler; a daughter, Mary Blakeley of St. Paul, Minn.; three grandchildren, Derek Blakeley of St. Louis, Mo., Alec (Elizabeth) Blakeley of Crofton, Md., and Carter Ann (Robert) Foster of Sterling, Va.; two great-grandchildren, Jordan and Peyton Blakeley; two brothers, Everett (Beverly) Blakeley of Eau Claire and Lynn (Donna) Blakeley of La Crosse; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Florence Frase; a brother, Robert Blakeley; and a grandson’s wife, Elizabeth Blakeley.
     Funeral services are 2 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2000, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.
     Friends may call from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and an hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
Allan “Bud” Nichols

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 10, 2000, A9

Allan “Bud” Nichols, age 71, of Dallas, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at the Dallas Healthcare Center.
     Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2000, from the Dallas Assembly of God Church with Pastor Rachael O’Mera officiating. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in the Township of Dallas. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
     Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron, is handling arrangements.
John L. Lutzen

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 10, 2000, A9

John L. Lutzen, age 62, of Elk Mound, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, in the Township of Lucas, Dunn County, while hunting.
     John was born May 1, 1938, on the family farm in the Township of Spring Brook, Dunn County, the son of John and Gladys (Curtis) Lutzen. John grew up in that area, attended Fall City Elementary School, and graduated in 1955 from the Dunn County School of Agriculture. John farmed on the home farm for several years.
     He married Barbara TenEyck on Jan. 14, 1961, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie. After marriage, they continued to farm for several years. They purchased their own farm in the Township of Spring Brook and farmed until 1986. John then drove semi for Dotseth Truck Lines of Knapp, Buesing Truck Line of Hudson, and WRR Trucking of Eau Claire. Currently, as of June 1999, John was working as a mechanic and part-time driver for Dotseth Truck Lines in Knapp.
     John enjoyed woodworking in his own shop, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
     John is survived by his wife, Barb; two sons, Mark (LaVonne) of Elk Mound and John III (Jackie) of Chippewa Falls; two daughters, Lisa Lutzen of Minneapolis, Minn., and Kimberly (Tom) Jopke of Altoona; five grandchildren, Mark Jr., Samantha, Emily and Katherine Lutzen and Dylan Jopke; three sisters, Rose Frenchick of Elk Mound, Helen Maylahn of Genesse Depot, and Cathy Brantner of Racine; and three brothers, Lloyd of Bentonville, Ark., and Raymond and Peter, both of Elk Mound.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marie Lutzen; and one brother, Theodore.
     Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2000, 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 from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie; a prayer service is set at 7 p.m., and one hour prior to services Thursday at church.
     Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home is serving the family.
Gladys Gotlibson

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 14, 2000, A6

Gladys Gotlibson, age 88, of Colfax, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.
     Gladys was born Jan. 31, 1912, in the Town of Colfax to Theodore and Gena (Delsrud) Sundem. She married Avil H. Gotlibson on May 16, 1930.
     She worked as a cook for 15 years for the Colfax School District and was involved for many years with the nutritional program at the Colfax Senior Center. She loved to crochet doiles and afghans.
     Survivors include one daughter, Twylia (Phil) Rose of Elk Mound; three sons, Gordy of Elk Mound, Roger (Joan) of Woolwich, Maine, and Delaine (Natalie) of Eau Claire; one brother, Leonard Sundem of Eau Claire; one sister, Doris Schlwitz of Altoona; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
     Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2000, from the Colfax Lutheran Church with Pastor Les Walck officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.
     Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.
Beverly Ann Hoyt

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 14, 2000, A6

Beverly Ann Hoyt, 64, of Menomonie, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
     Beverly was born Nov. 14, 1935, in Menomonie, but grew up in Stanton Township, rural Knapp. She was the daughter of Arthur and Bernice (Wilcox) Behling.
     Beverly graduated from Boyceville High School in 1954. On Sept. 15, 1956, she married James Hoyt in Menomonie. In 1962, they moved to Franksville near Racine. For several years, Beverly worked as a nurses aide at Yorkville Nursing Home. In 1976, they returned to Menomonie. She then worked as a custodian at UW-Stout until she retired in 1993.
     Beverly is survived by her husband, Jim; two sons, Randy (Mary Lou) and William (Diane), both of Boyceville; two daughters, Geraldine Harris of Waukesha and Lisa Vincent of Menomonie; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Lyle Behling of Menomonie and Edgar Behling of Knapp, and three sisters, Lorraine Shutts and Norma Shutts, both of Menomonie, and Barbara Hammonds of Connersville.
     She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Manvel and Ralph Behling.
     Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in the Teegarden Cemetery, Township of Lucas, Dunn County.
     Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 15, at Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and an hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.
     Rhiel’s Funeral Service - Menomonie is serving the family.
Irene L. Dunn

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 17, 2000, A6

Irene L. Dunn, age 45, of Boyceville, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
     The former Irene Louise Hanson was born Oct. 26, 1954, in Menomonie to Gilbert and Adella (Peck) Hanson. She was baptized at Hay River Lutheran Church and later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville.
     Irene was raised in the Boyceville area, attended Boyceville schools, and graduated in 1972 from Boyceville High School. She then attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout for a year and the Tech School in Wausau for Interpreter for the Deaf Training.
     Irene married Dale Dunn on July 21, 1973, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville. She did free lance interpreting for a while and then worked for the Wisconsin State Bureau of Deaf and Hard of Hearing as coordinator for the hearing impaired.
     She was an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Menomonie and believed in the importance of Christian education. She was also involved in several activities for the hearing impaired, including presentations to public organizations to improve awareness of the rights of the hearing impaired. Irene loved her family and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
     She is survived by her husband, Dale of Boyceville; two sons, Shea and Aron, both of Boyceville; her parents, Gilbert and Adella Hanson of Boyceville; a sister, Linda (Sgt. Richard) Kerr of Fort Benning, Ga.; two brothers, Keith Hanson and Robert (Michelle) Hanson, both of Boyceville; five nieces and nephews, Nicole Hanson, Jorel and Alice Kerr, and Tyrel and Cody Hanson; aunts, uncles and cousins; and other relatives and friends.
     She was preceded in death by her sister, Pamela Hanson, and her grandparents, Martin and Mable Hanson and Celia and LaVerne Peck.
     Funeral services were Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Menomonie with Pastor Arthur Miller officiating. Burial was in Hay River Cemetery in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County.
     Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.
Andrew E. Blasko Jr.

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 17, 2000, A6

Andrew E. “Andy” Blasko Jr., 470 West Broadway, Winona, Minn., died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Community Memorial Hospital.
     He was born June 11, 1916, on a farm in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County, to Andrew and Sophia Ballash Blasko. He was 83 at the time of his passing.
     On Oct. 21, 1944, he married Joyce Mae Weinzirl of the Town of Eau Galle, Dunn County. They lived in Menomonie where he was employed by Roberts Co. and Parker Pen Co. They moved to Winona in 1956 where he worked for Gambles Store and later as an appliance manager for Tempo and Sears.
     In 1973, a disability left him confined to a wheelchair. He still kept busy doing things he liked to do, such as repairing lawn mowers, lamps, small appliances — anything electrical that could be fixed. To pass the rest of his time, he liked watching baseball and working crossword puzzles and cryptograms, and he loved playing cards and scrabble.
     He leaves behind his wife, Joyce, and a large family of which he was very proud; his children, Marcia (Ralph) Wegner of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., James (Eileen) Blasko of Lake Elmo, Minn., Philip (Robyn) Blasko of Apple Valley, Minn., ReVae (Donn) Seitz of Winona, Daniel (Kathy) Blasko of Minnesota City, Minn., and Thomas Blasko of Winona; grandchildren, Tracy, Tammy, Andrea, Gregory, Katrina, Jacob and Melanie; stepdaughters, Sarah, Evan and Marne; great-grandsons, Neal and Andrew; brother, Edward Blasko of Boyceville; and sister, Margaret (Emil) Retz of Boyceville.
     Andy was preceded in death by his parents, two infant brothers, a brother, John, and a sister, Clara.
     Memorial services were Monday, May 15, 2000, at the Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home in Winona. The Rev. Oliver H. Lindholm of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winona officiated.
     Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services assisted the family with arrangements.
Sybel B. Parker

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 17, 2000, A6

Sybel Beatrice Parker, age 83, of Cameron, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Barron Memorial Medical Center in Barron.
     She was born May 15, 1916, in the Town of Sherman, Dunn County, the daughter of Miles and Jessie (Gibson) King.
     She went to the country school Tree Park for four years and then finished school at Boyceville. On Dec. 22, 1934, she married LuVern A. Parker Sr. at Menomonie. She worked in several area nursing homes as a nurses aid. She became a certified nursing assistant and worked for the Dunn County Health Care Center for 12 years until her retirement in 1976. She and her husband then moved to Cameron to be near their daughter.
     She is survived by a son, Dan (Anne) Parker of Gladstone, Minn.; five daughters, Mary (Frank) Green of Mineral Wells, Texas, Patricia Barnes of Brandenton, Fla., Barbara (Gary) Thompson of Cameron, Jennie (Pete) Paulson of Cumberland, and LaRaine (Jerry) Clinger of Ocala, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Parker of Menomonie; a sister, Fayne Wilkins of Chatfield, Minn.; 23 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, LuVern Sr. in 1993; her parents; two sons, LuVern Parker Jr. and David Parker; four grandsons, Kent, David and Donald Parker and Ronnie Paulson; three sisters, Ione Sundby, Vivian King and Hazel Jump; and three brothers, Dale, Gayland and Kenneth King.
     Funeral services were Monday, May 15, 2000, at the First Lutheran Church in Barron with the Rev. Bruce Beyer officiating. Burial was in Wayside Cemetery in Barron.
     Arrangements were handled by the Rausch-Rockman Funeral Service in Barron.
Keegan C. Raprager

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 17, 2000, A6

Keegan C. Raprager, age 2 months, 7 days, passed away Monday, May 8, 2000, at home in Glendale, Ariz.
     Baby Keegan will be greatly missed by his loved ones, parents Kent and Vicki Raprager, and loving brothers, Logan Hunter and Devin Lucas, all of Glendale; grandparents, Richard (Sharon) Raprager of Elk Mound and John (Patricia) Bahr of Sun City, Ariz.; great-grandmother, Alma Scharlau of Chetek; uncles, Brian (Kallene) Raprager of Eau Claire, Randy (Paula) Raprager of Menomonie, Rick (Nora) Raprager of Altus, Okla., Terry (Lori) Raprager of Tehachapi, Calif., Larry Raprager of Reno, Nev., John Louis (Michelle) Bahr of La Mesa, Calif., and Jan Richard (Brenda) Bahr of Glendale; and many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
     Keegan was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Noel Hulda (Lemon) Raprager, Herbert Scharlau, John (Lorraine Butterbrodt) Brown, and Louis (Marion Speath) Bahr.
     Chapel services were held at the Memorial Mortuary in Phoenix, Ariz., with Deacon Alan Bowslaugh the officiant. Interment was in Phoenix Memorial Park in Phoenix.
     Our little angel, Baby Keegan.
Jan M. Hehli

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 17, 2000, A6

Jan M. Hehli, age 81, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2000.
     She was born Sept. 19, 1918, in Menomonie, the daughter of the late Arthur and Edna (Sipple) Medtlie. She lived in Mondovi and Menomonie before moving to Palm Beach Gardens, where she was an active member of Nativity Lutheran Church.
     Mrs. Hehli is survived by her children, William Hehli of Palm Beach Gardens and Jan (James) Norrish of Hobe Sound, Fla.; grandchildren, Julie Bass of Jupiter, Fla., Shari Norrish of North Palm Beach, Fla., Bob Hehli of Palm Desert, Calif., and Bill Hehli of La Crosse; and grandchildren, Brayton Bass and Jordin Gerth.
     Her husband, William, preceded her in death.
     Memorial services were held Monday, May 15, 2000, at the Nativity Lutheran Church in Palm Beach Gardens with Pastor Denise Gundersen officiating.
     Anyone planning an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, is asked to consider contributions in memory of Mrs. Hehli to: Nativity Lutheran Church, 4075 Holly Dr., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.
Frances Lammer

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 21, 2000, A6

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Frances Lammer, age 101, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
     Frances was born Nov. 21, 1898, in the Town of Canton, Buffalo County, the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Ramharter) Milliren. Frances grew up on the family farm in rural Arkansaw. She graduated from Durand High School and from Eau Claire Teachers College in 1920.
     Frances married John L. Lammer on June 29, 1925, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand. Frances taught country grade school near Arkansaw, after which she taught in Kenosha and then Coddington and East Schools in Menomonie.
     Frances was a past president of St. Joseph’s Alter Society, a past president of St. Joseph’s Sienna Club, and a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Frances was an avid fisherman, and a good one, and loved to play cards.
     She is survived by two sons, John (Willa) and James (Elaine), both of Menomonie; a daughter, Joan (Elwood) Bilse of Fond du Lac; 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
     Frances was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John, in 1960; four brothers, George, Fred, Richard and Arthur; and one sister, Ruth.
     Funeral services were Friday, May 19, 2000, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
     The family suggests memorials to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Building Renovation Fund or St. Joseph’s School Endowment Fund.
     Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.
Hugh “Pat” Henry

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 21, 2000, A6

Hugh “Pat” Henry, age 63, formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
     He was born Feb. 13, 1937, in Madison to Rev. Archie and Marren (Bruhn) Henry. He married Kay Olson in Menomonie. They lived in Minnesota many years and in Arizona the last 10 years.
     Pat worked in the airline and tourism business for 35 years, and the couple enjoyed summers at their cabin near Cumberland.
     Pat is survived by his wife, Kay Henry of Phoenix; a son, Hugh “Rick” Henry of San Franciso, Calif.; a daughter, Lisa (Bill) Kroska of Lakeville, Minn.; two grandchildren, Matthew and Nicole Kroska; a brother, Mike (Lindy) Henry of Waxahachie, Texas; and other relatives and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Archie and Marren Henry, and a nephew, Trevor.
     Memorial services were Friday, May 19, 2000, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. The Rev. Richard Maser officiated.
JoAnn B. Peterson

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 21, 2000, A6

JoAnn B. Peterson, age 55, of #5 Birchwood Court, Menomonie, passed away Friday, May 19, 2000, at her home after a long battle with cancer.
     She was born Jan. 7, 1945, in Fall Creek where she grew up on a farm with her four brothers and sisters. She moved to Eau Claire in 1965 where she married her husband, Jerry Peterson, and had two children, Kevin and Jennifer, who both graduated from Memorial High School.
     While living in Eau Claire she attended Pentecostal Assembly Church. After moving to Menomonie in 1990, she began attending a small church which is now called The Lighthouse Christian Center. She found much peace with the fellowship of Christians from both churches and died fully trusting in the Lord.
     She will be survived and greatly missed by her husband, Jerry; her two children, Kevin Peterson and Jennifer Peterson, both of Menomonie; her two sisters, Myra Toy of Fairchild and Rosie Hewitt of Racine; her two grandchildren, Brittany Kay Peterson and Ashley Nicole Peterson; and her mother, Phyllis Iverson.
     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2000, at the Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, with Pastor John Tandberg of Pentecostal Assembly Church officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
     Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of services on Monday at the Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home.
     Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mildred A. Link

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 24, 2000, A6

Mildred A. Link (nee Welch) passed away Sunday, May 21, 2000, at the age of 79 years.
     Beloved wife of the late Merrill J. Link. Loving mother of Rae (Jerry) Collins and Norm (Joan) Link. Proud grandmother of Lori (John) Schuttenhelm, Wendy Collins and Curt Link. Great-grandmother of Justin, Alyssa and Myranda Schuttenhelm. Fond sister of Boyd Welch. Sister-in-law of Lorraine Welch. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
     Preceded in death by her parents, Edna and Martin Welch; her brothers, Lloyd, Raymond and Lyman; and her sister, Alice.
     Funeral services were Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at the Oak Creek Community United Methodist Church in Oak Creek. Rev. Carol Miller officiated. Visitation is today (Wednesday) from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with a 2 p.m. service to follow. The Rev. Carlton Zehrt will preside. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.
     Molthen-Bell & Sons Funeral Home in South Milwaukee is serving the family.
Lynes C. Goodell

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 28, 2000, A6

Lynes C. Goodell, age 75, of Wheeler, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at his home with hospice.
     He was born April 4, 1925, in Wheeler to Fred and Mary (Ankney) Goodell. He lived in Wheeler all of his life.
     Lynes served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater and was involved in the Normandy Invasion.
     After his discharge from the Army, Lynes married Lorraine Larson on May 9, 1948, in Wheeler. He worked at the lamp factory in Wheeler for several years, and was then self-employed as a carpenter out of the Wheeler area until retiring.
     Lynes was a lifetime member of Wheeler VFW Post 10424 and Lee-Ranney American Legion Post 235. He enjoyed golfing, loved to draw, and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
     Lynes is survived by his wife, Lorraine; three sons, Steven (Renee) Goodell and David (Robin) Goodell, both of Wheeler, and Donald (Jackie) Goodell of Boyceville; a daughter, Penny (Mike) Koehler of Wheeler; 10 grandchildren, Scott (Dori) Goodell, Kevin (Jackie) Goodell, Stephanie Spencer, Thersa (Albert) Trespalacios, Christopher (Yvonne) Goodell, Chad Koehler, Brooke Koehler, Jeff (Amy) Goodell, Shawn Goodell and Amber Goodell; nine great-grandchildren, Megan and Logan, Michael, Shawn and Carissa, Brandon and Bryson, and Britney and Orlando; three sisters, Doris Clark of Wheeler, June (Herbert) Norton of Downing, and Helen (Perry) Drinkwine of Boyceville; two brothers, Kenny (Grace) Goodell of Downing and Paul (Phyllis) Goodell of Naples, Fla.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald and Merlin Goodell; and a son, Terry Goodell.
     Funeral services were Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Grace United Methodist Church in Wheeler with Pastor Gail Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Hay River Cemetery with military honors by the Wheeler VFW.
     Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.
Roald G. Ovren

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 28, 2000, A6

Roald G. Ovren, age 88, of Elk Mound, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at his home.
     Roald was born April 10, 1912, in Madison to Johan and Marit (Klevgar) Ovren. He graduated from Elk Mound High School and attended Augsburg College. On June, 12, 1940, he married Irene Solberg at the Big Elk Creek Church.
     He farmed in the Big Elk Creek area. He was a lifetime member of the Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church and a past president of the Church Council. Roald sang in the church choir for 72 years and was a member and past president of the Dunn County Barbershoppers. He enjoyed playing golf and dartball.
     Roald loved his family and enjoyed many activities with them.
     Survivors include his wife, Irene of Elk Mound; two children, Richard (Charleen) and Patricia (Gary) De Moe, both of Elk Mound; a son-in-law, Thomas Lamb of Plainfield; eight grandchildren, Constance Anderson of Durand, Robin Ovren of Elk Mound, Stephen (Denae) Ovren of Naples, Fla., Jonas (friend Jillian) De Moe of Detroit, Mich., Conan (Colleen) De Moe of Elk Mound, Thomas (Michelle) Lamb of Oswego, Ill., Scott (Erica) Lamb of Oswego, Ill., and Jonathan (Heather) Lamb of Milwaukee; seven great-grandchildren, Jacob, Gretchen, Gabrielle and John Anderson and Kathleen, Brynn and Wyatt Lamb; a brother-in-law, Louis (Alda) Solberg; and five sisters-in-law, Anna Gilberts, Edna Solberg, Lillian Solberg, Mary Ellen Solberg and Melvina Evenson.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kathleen Lamb; a brother, Oswald; a sister, Maghnild; and five brothers-in-law, Oscar, Arnold, Donald and Lyle Solberg and Garfield Gilberts.
     Funeral services were Saturday, May 26, 2000, from the Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church with Pastor Hal Schroetter officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
     Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax handled arrangements.
Otto H. C. Kuesel

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 28, 2000, A6

Otto H. C. Kuesel died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
     Otto Herman Christian Kuesel was born April 20, 1915, one of nine children born to Ernest and Mary (Henkel) Kuesel in Spring Lake Township, Pierce County.
     He was baptized and confirmed from St. John’s Lutheran Church-Hatchville and remained a member for all of his life. He attended Pine Cooley School in his youth and farmed the family farm. He also worked at the Sun Ridge Orchard for a short time.
     He married Carol Williams on Oct. 19, 1944, in Winona, Minn. To this union were born four children: Dale, Murnice, Duane and Fern Mae.
     Otto was very active in his community, serving on the Spring Lake Telephone Co. Board, Spring Lake Town Board, District 9 ADA, and president of Eastern Pierce County Farm Bureau. He served 27 years on the Elmwood School Board, served on St. John’s Church Council, Building Committee, and as secretary for AAL Branch 1094 for 30 years. Otto was also a member of Wisconsin Master Farmers since 1966.
     He loved to garden, fish, play euchre and cribbage, and travel. He and his wife traveled extensively in the United States. They spent their 30th and 35th wedding anniversaries in Europe.
     Otto entered the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home on Jan. 31, 2000, where he remained until his death.
     Survivors include his wife, Carol of Spring Valley; two sons, Duane (Julie) Kuesel of Spring Valley and Murnice Kuesel of Arkansaw; a daughter, Fern LaBarbera of Fall Creek; one brother, Herman (Violet) Kuesel, and one sister, Esther Peterson, both of Spring Valley; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
     Preceded him in death were his parents; three brothers; three sisters; a son, Dale; a granddaughter, Cindy; and a daughter-in-law, Cynthia “Tommie” Kuesel.
     Funeral services were Friday, May 26, 2000, at John’s Lutheran Church-Hatchville. Rev. Shawn Kauffeld officiated the service. Music was provided by Sharleen Bammert, organist, and Cindy Kongshaug and Rev. Kauffeld, vocalists. Burial was in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Hatchville.
     Honorary bearers were Alfred Wolf, Willard Baier, Frank Wild, Glenn Nelson, Don Schmitz, Dr. Frank Springer, Dan McCardle and Earl Gilles. Pallbearers were David Kuesel, Aaron Sheldon, Luke Kuesel, Brian Kuesel, Jason Wisemiller and Allen Kuesel.
     Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.
Rev. Lawrence C. Aspen

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 28, 2000, A6

Rev. Lawrence C. Aspen, age 85, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at his home in Harlingen, Texas, after a lengthy illness.
     Rev. Aspen was born in Wheeler and was a resident of Harlingen since 1980.
     He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dorothy Ann Aspen. He was preceded by his first wife, Doris, and two stepdaughters, Mary Ann Sallergren of Menomonie and Midge Lagesse of Alice, Texas.
     He is survived by one sister, Agnes Rutherford of Edina, Minn.; his stepdaughters, Marge Ellis of Portage and Ruth Albright of San Antonio, Texas; a daughter, Esther Hoss of Olathe, Kan.; two sons, Philip Aspen of Harlingen and Michael Aspen of Wyoming, Minn.; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
     He was an active member and minister of the Church of the Nazarene for more than 50 years, and he helped build and was the pastor of many churches.
     Funeral services were Saturday, May 27, 2000, at the Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home in Harlingen with the Rev. Ron Dech officiating. Interment followed in Mont Meta Memorial Park.
     The family of Rev. Aspen wish to express their thanks to Dr. Todd Shenkenberg for all his help during this difficult time.
     Arrangements were by the Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.
Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 31, 2000, A6

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