Dunn County Obituaries
May 2002

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May 1, 2002 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Martha F. M. Bible

Dunn County News, Wed, May 1, 2002, A6

Martha F. M. Bible, age 93, of Boyceville, died Sunday, April 28, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

Martha was born Feb. 19, 1909, in the Township of New Haven, Dunn County, to Carl F. and Emma (Stoffen) Voelker. She was baptized at the United Methodist Church in Connorsville. Martha married Ronald M. Utphall in 1930. After the death of her first husband, she later married Fay Bible in May 1952. Martha enjoyed freelance writing for The Dunn County News and Eau Claire Leader for several years. She loved gardening and her grandchildren.

Martha is survived by three children, Delbert (Paula) Utphall of Eau Claire, Audrey (William C.) Anderson of Boyceville, and LaVonne (Peter) Bodette of Dennison, Minn.; a stepson, Ross (Ann) Bible of Janesville; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Arnold Voelker of Boyceville; two sisters-in-law, Agnes Utphall of Eau Claire and Viola Utphall of Boyceville; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Ronald Utphall and Fay Bible; a son, M. Ronald Utphall; a grandson, Steven Nelson; a son-in-law, Arthur Nelson; a stepdaughter, Joyce Chelin; two brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at the United Methodist Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Gail Mitchell officiating. Burial was in New Haven Cemetery, Town of New Haven, Dunn County.

Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City handled arrangements.

Ruth G. Olson

Dunn County News, Wed, May 1, 2002, A6

Ruth G. Olson, age 93, died Sunday, April 28, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

A memorial service will be held later at Our Savior's Church.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

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Lloyd R. Berg

Dunn County News, Sun, May 5, 2002, A6

Lloyd Raymond Berg, age 80, of Menomonie, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie surrounded by his beloved wife and family.

Lloyd was born Feb. 17, 1922, in Kennan, the son of John R. and Clara (Melin) Berg. Lloyd grew up in Balsam Lake where he graduated from high school in 1940.

Lloyd worked in a munitions plant in Alabama until he joined the U.S. Navy on Oct. 27, 1943. After being trained as a radioman in San Diego, he served at the Naval Air Facility in Attu, Alaska, and aboard the USS Kula Gulf. He was honorably discharged as a Radioman 2nd Class on March 2, 1946.

After returning to Balsam Lake, Lloyd became a linotype operator for the local newspaper, The Balsam Lake Ledger. He married Eileen Helstern on April 7, 1947, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in rural Centuria. In July 1951, they moved to Menomonie where Lloyd worked for The Dunn County News for 33 years, retiring due to health problems.

Lloyd is survived by his beloved wife, Eileen; four daughters, Clare Ann (Alan) Carlsen of Inverness, Ill., Judith (David) Foust of Menomonie, Susan (Maxim) Herbach of Duluth, Minn., and Karen (Todd) Moesner of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; and one son, Gary (Judith) Berg of St. Cloud, Minn.

He also leaves behind the grandchildren in whom he took much pride, Kristin (Jon) Meek, Erik Carlsen, Jessica (Jeromy) Nickelsen, Jonathan Herbach, Nathan Berg, and Stefanie and Mackenzie Moessner. In addition, he is survived by one sister, Charlotte (Ray) Dumire of Balsam Lake, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

His parents, one brother, and two sisters preceded him in death.

Those who knew Lloyd will remember him for his intelligence, quick wit, his pride in his family, and his meticulously kept scrapbooks - a testament to a life well-lived.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 4, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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

Doris M. Thibado

Dunn County News, Sun, May 5, 2002, A6

Doris M. Thibado, age 86, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

The former Doris Marie Edwards was born Dec. 15, 1915, in the Town of Seymour, Eau Claire County, to Nathaniel and Etta M. (Seger) Edwards.

When a young girl, she moved with her family to the Twin Cities where they remained several years before returning to Colfax where she graduated from Colfax High School.

Doris married Wayne Thibado on Nov. 30, 1942, in Moffit, N.D. Together they farmed in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, for many years. Doris also worked at Presto in Eau Claire during the Vietnam War years and then worked for Dunn County Human Services as a home health aide.

Besides caring for her own children, Doris babysat for her grandchildren and many other children. Her home was a refuge for many.

Doris was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church She loved to travel and enjoyed gardening, reading, bird watching, picking berries, canning, cooking and baking. Her home and family were the most important things to Doris. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Doris is survived by three sons, Wayne Jr. (Susan) and Kenneth, both of Menomonie, and David (Cindy) of Phoenix, Ariz.; one daughter, Lynda Thibado of Colfax; two stepdaughters, Doris Ford of Knapp and Carol Cuellar of Milwaukee; a foster daughter, Dawn Holte; 18 grandchildren, Kate and Corrine, Julie and Steve, Paul and Michelle, Ken, Kevin and Chris, Nate, Jason, Charley and Amy, and Joe, Karen, Rick, Mary and Randy; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father and stepmother; her husband, Wayne Thibado Sr.; two brothers, Neil and Allen; four sisters, Zale, Inez, Eithel and Esther; and a stepdaughter, EvaJean.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2002, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Brian Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Town of Dunn, Dunn County.

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

Lois L. Yauch

Dunn County News, Sun, May 5, 2002, A6

Lois L. Yauch, age 84, of Elmwood, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Lois was born Feb. 23, 1918, in the Irvington area of Dunn County, the daughter of Alvin and Olga (Knaack) Grimme. She grew up in the Irvington community.

Before marriage, Lois worked at Lakeside Aluminum in Menomonie and later in the cafeteria at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Lois married Lyle E. Yauch on Jan. 12, 1946, at her parents' home in Irvington. After marriage, they moved to Elmwood.

After the death of her mother-in-law, Lois and Lyle moved into the Yauch family home and helped raise Lyle's younger brothers and sister.

Lois then worked with her husband in their milk hauling business for many years. Lyle died in 1976. Lois continued to help with the family milk hauling business with her son, Roger. Lois also worked as a nurse's aide at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Lois is survived by two sons, John (Judy) of Plover and Roger of Wausau; three daughters, Barbara (Mike) Fischer of Ft. Myers, Fla., Susan (Dan) McNeil of Barron, and Cindy Yauch of Elmwood; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lorraine Kendall of Ukiah, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two brothers, Raymond and Clayton Grimme.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. today (Sunday) at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Elmwood with the Rev. Martin Wegner officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Hill Cemetery-Rock Elm, rural Elmwood.

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

Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood is handling arrangements.

Hazel M. Stark

Dunn County News, Sun, May 5, 2002, A6

Hazel M. Stark, age 89, of Menomonie, died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at her home.

The former Hazel Marie Adams was born July 1, 1912, in Menomonie to Ernst and Mary (Schultz) Adams. She was raised in Menomonie and attended school here.

Hazel married George Stark on April 19, 1936, in Stillwater, Minn. They lived in Menomonie were Hazel was a homemaker and raised her family. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie for many years.

She loved gardening, her flowers, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Hazel is survived by her daughter, Sandy Gerth of Menomonie; two grandchildren, Julie (Gary) Gray and Dean Gerth, both of Menomonie; three great-grandchildren, Stacey and Rachel Gray and Steven Gerth; a sister-in-law, Stella Metzger of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; one daughter, Janice Bradford; one sister, Gala Evenson; and two sons-in-law, Hub Bradford and Arnold Gerth.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

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

Mildred H. Hinzman

Dunn County News, Sun, May 5, 2002, A6

Mildred H. "Millie" Hinzman, age 75, of Stillwater, Minn., passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2002, from complications of diabetes.

She was born June 4, 1976, at her parents' farm in Wilson, the daughter of Helge and Myrtle (Skillingstad) Swenson.

Millie attended Cady Creek School and Spring Valley High School, graduating in 1944.

Millie met her lifelong partner of 56 years, Bill, while helping her father deliver milk to his father's farm. They were united in marriage on March 29, 1946, at Wilson Lutheran Church in Wilson.

The couple took up residency in Menomonie where they started their family. The couple later moved to White Bear Lake following Bill's career with Andersen Corporation.

She raised their three children, Shari, Gary and Rick, in White Bear while being employed at 3M, participating in Restless Wheels Trailer Club, and attending South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church. Following the children' graduation from high school, Bill and Millie moved to Stillwater and joined St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Millie enjoyed going to the lake, visiting friends and family, playing cards, going to the casino, and making new friends wherever she went.

Millie is survived by her husband, William of Stillwater; a daughter, Shari (John) Couch of Eagan; two sons, Gary (Ginny) of Maplewood and Rick (Beth) of Grant; seven grandchildren, John, Jennifer, Julie, Brent, Amy, Emily and Allison; two great-grandchildren, Elise and Joseph; and a brother-in-law, Norman Hinzman of Wheeler.

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

Services were held Monday, April 25, 2002, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stillwater.

Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation Services handled arrangements.

Ruth G. Olson

Dunn County News, Wed, May 8, 2002, A6

Ruth G. Olson, age 93, of Menomonie, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Ruth was born July 19, 1908, in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County, the daughter of Peter and Bertha (Hofland) Johnson. She graduated from Dunn County "Aggie" High School in 1927 and St. Olaf College in 1931.

She married Henry Olson on Sept. 16, 1931, in Stillwater, Minn. They farmed on her family farm in the Town of Lucas until retiring.

Ruth was a lifelong member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School for 25 years and was active in the Altar Guild, Women's Circle and Quilters. She served 40 years as secretary-treasurer of the Aggie Alumni Association, was a 4-H leader, and a member of the Lucas Women's Club.

Ruth was a compassionate caregiver, always looking for the good in all, and a loving mother. To her family she was a saint in the world. How blessed we have been.

She is survived by five children, Lola (Don) Thompson of Menomonie, Richard (Carolyn) Olson of Knapp, Marvin (Myrna) Olson of Burnsville, Minn., Donald (Trisha) Olson of Hugo, Minn., and Eileen (David Suckow) Olson of Eagan, Minn.; 16 grandchildren, Ann (Bill) McLaughlin, Karen (Scott) Pauly, Jill (Craig) Aakhus, Deb (Bret) Milberger, Daryl (Becci) Olson, Wane (Mary) Olson, Barry (Lisa) Olson, Steven Olson, Barb (Gary) Bergman, Stan Olson, Joel (Shelly) Olson, Dean (Brenda) Olson, Kevin (Laurie) Olson, Erin (Tom) Olson, Ryan (Joy) Olson and Cina (Dan) Harbinson; 32 grandchildren; 12 nieces and nephews; several cousins; and other relatives and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband; two infant grandchildren, Mary Jo Thompson and R.J. Olson; and a grandson, Dave Thompson.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2002, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

A gathering of relatives and friends will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2002, at the church and also one hour prior to services on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Ruth's name may be given to Our Savior's Church Building Fund, Radio Fund, or Quilters.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

David P. Uetz

Dunn County News, Wed, May 8, 2002, A6

David P. Uetz, age 73, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at his home in Rockford, Ill., surrounded by his loving family.

David was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Menomonie to Frank and Ida (Gehrke) Uetz.

After graduating from Menomonie High School in 1946, he joined the Army Air Corps and then into the U.S. Air Force.

He attended Marquette University, receiving his degree in 1953.

He married Claudine Foshee in 1980 in Rockford.

He was employed by Valspar Co. until his retirement in 1992.

He is survived by his wife, Claudine, and five stepchildren and their families, all of Rockford; two brothers, John (Pat) Uetz of Jacksonville, Fla., and William (Norma) Uetz of Elk Mound; one sister, Marion (Glenn) Erickson of Oroville, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Francis Uetz.

Mary V. Gibson

Dunn County News, Wed, May 8, 2002, A6

Mary "Mae" V. Gibson, age 106, formerly of Knapp, went home on Monday, May 6, 2002, at Upland Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dodgeville.

Mae was born May 15, 1895, on a farm in the Town of Wheaton, the daughter of Bradley B. and Mary V. (La Fosse) Sherman. She lived there until the age of 10 when she moved to her Uncle Charlie's (La Fosse) farm in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County. On Oct. 4, 1914, she married Walter Dehnhoff. Walter died of pneumonia on Feb. 14, 1919, and it was then she moved to Knapp. She remarried Nov. 11, 1925, to Henry B. Gibson. Henry died Nov. 20, 1940, due to a stroke.

Mae was a member of the Gospel Mission Baptist Church of Knapp. She will be remembered and greatly missed by all her family and friends. She has been an inspiration and joy to all who have known her.

Mae is survived by two daughters, Edna (Sam) Geracie of Greendale and Phyllis (Bill) King of Arena; one son, Charles Gibson of Phillips; 39 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and other loved ones.

Mae was preceded in death by six sisters, Hattie Sherman, Bessie (Henry) Canfield, Sadie McClelland-Menard, Minnie Sherman, Rhoda Bemis-Piechoviak and Ida (Melvin) Brice; one brother, Frank B. Sherman; one son, Melvin (Lois) Dehnhoff of Menomonie; five stepdaughters, Louise (Harold) Sullivan, Cloteal "Pat" (Woodrow) Teasdale, Grace (Bud) Warne, Ester (Virgil) Sheets and Fanny (Mike) Gooddale; and four stepsons, Rodney G. Gibson, Noel Gibson, Howard Gibson and Everette Gibson, who along with her parents and husbands went home before her.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2002, at Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Knapp with the Rev. LeRoy Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery in the Town of Lucas.

Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Ernest J. Maki

Dunn County News, Sun, May 12, 2002, A6

Ernest Jeremiah Maki, age 81, of Menomonie, peacefully passed from this world to the next on Wednesday, May 8, 2002, in Menomonie surrounded by loved ones in his own home.

Ernest was born June 12, 1920, in a log cabin in Allen Junction, Minn., the son of Johannes and Selma (Kangas) Maki. He moved with his family to Duluth, Minn., at age 10. Ernest graduated in 1939 from Duluth Central High School. He married Evelyn Molberg on Sept. 22, 1941, in Duluth.

His life was full of achievement and his heart full of compassion. Commonly referred to as "the greatest man I have ever known," he touched hundreds of lives wherever he went. Ernest's steps were Divinely ordered even before he was born since his mother never used her ticket for the Titanic.

God purposed him to bake mac-and-cheese for President Eisenhower on a ship, and to bake cherry pies for the troops on the fields on Normandy while in the U.S. Army during World War II. Ernest baked dozens of rolls throughout his life for his children and grandchildren.

There were also much higher callings. He pastored in six churches and ministered to countless people throughout his ministry. He was the source of hope and refuge that many looked to in times of distress. He was a fountain of joy that overflowed love onto every person he met. His compassion was anointed oil that left a train of healing in its wake.

Ernest is survived by his wife, Evelyn; four sons, Calvin (Ann) of Boca Raton, Fla., Jonathan (Judith) of DeWitt, Mich., Winton (Linda) of Edgar, and Orrin (Kathie Ann) of Wausau; three daughters, Dana (Donald) Knapp of Oswego, N.Y., Lori (Denis) Cunningham of Cardiff, Calif., and Barbara (Michael) Vondras of Stickney, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Lawrence of Duluth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Irene, and two brothers, Tauno and Roy.

His smile and constant joy truly will be missed by all. But now his work is finally finished and he is home with Jesus.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 11, 2002, at First United Pentecostal Church in Spooner with the Rev. Dennis Witkus officiating. Burial will be on Monday, May 13, at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Clarence "Sonnie" G. Hudson

Dunn County News, Sun, May 12, 2002, A6

Clarence "Sonnie" G. Hudson, age 64, of Wheeler, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002 at Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Sonnie was born on April 28, 1938, to Rube and Melva (Adkins) Hudson in the Prairie du Chien area. He lived in the Prairie du Chien area until 1983, when he moved to Wheeler. He married Ann Reid on Dec. 1, 1984, at Grace United Methodist Church in Wheeler.

Sonnie was a logger for most of his life. He then worked as a sheet metal worker at Midwest Ducts in Prairie Farm for seven years. He liked to hunt, take care of his lawn and race cars.

Sonnie is survived by his wife, Ann Hudson of Wheeler; 11 children, Michael (Pat) Hudson of Dubuque, Iowa; Jane Copus of Monroe; Duwaine (Penny) Hudson of Monroe; Dennis (Wendy) Hudson of Monroe; Rosemary Rogge of Davis, Ill.; Joey Hudson of Pill Lake; Darlene Preston of Monroe; Shayne Hudson of Pill Lake; Misty (Robert) Welles of Phoenix, Ariz.; Shawn (Carla) King of Wheeler, and Odessa Hudson of Wheeler; and 16 grandchildren, John, Monica, Richard, Brandy, Lexi, Tina, Angela, Timmy, Brianna, Robert, Melissa, Heath, Tiffany, Amanda, Tanner and Kaylee; one great-grandson, Austin; one sister, Cheryl Hudson of Gilette, Wyo., and one brother, David (Connie) Hudson of Prairie du Chien.

Sonnie was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Allison; two granddaughters, Melinda and Cassandra; one sister, Charlotte Ostander, and two brothers, Gary and Ronnie Hudson.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 11, 2002, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Gail Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, Township of Hay River.

Visitation was held Friday at Olson Funeral Home.

Florence E. Blank

Dunn County News, Sun, May 12, 2002, A6

Florence E. Blank, age 91, of Menomonie, died Thursday, May 9, 2002 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Florence Esther Wentlandt was born on January 25, 1911 in Spring Valley, the daughter of Herman and Pearl (LaRue) Wentlandt. She grew up and attended schools in the Spring Valley, Taylor County and Menomonie areas. in 1929 she graduated from the Dunn County Teacher's College (Normal School). Florence and bob resided on the Blank home farm. Florence remained at home to take care of David until he began school. she spent her first 12 years of teaching at rural schools in Dunn County. Later Florence returned to Normal School to teach classes and became the supervisor of student teachers for eight years there. Her next position was supervising the rural school teachers and then on to the Menomonie School District for 10 years. Florence was recruited by UW-Stout to teach and supervise the early childhood education department. No matter where she taught or supervised her motto was: Those are "my kids" and even more so, "I'd rather teach than anything."

Florence is survived by a grandson, Michael (Leissa) Blank of Menomonie; two great grandchildren, David Michael Bland and Gayla Thatcher; a sister, Evelyn Millar of Mich.; a very special and true friend, Linda Karales of Menomonie; A godchild, Nancy Ellefson of Ellsworth; nieces, nephews and cousins and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; he husband, Bob; a son David; one brother and three sisters, Lloyd Wentlandt, Tressie Wagner, Bonnita Eastling, Kathleen Paradise; and a beloved cousin, Lois Hanson.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 13, 2002 at the united Methodist Church in Menomonie with Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Falls Cemetery in Twp. of Red Cedar, Dunn Co. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled the arrangements. Memorial may be directed to the Florence Blank Scholarship Fund in Lieu of flowers.

Donald G. Reid

Dunn County News, Sun, May 12, 2002, A6

Donald G. Reid, age 83, of Wheeler died Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2002 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Rev. Gail Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorsen Cemetery in Menomonie. Friends may call Friday from 4-8 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Saturday all at the funeral home.

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Donald G. Reid

Dunn County News, Wed, May 15, 2002, A6

Donald G. Reid, age 83, of Wheeler, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at his home.

Don was born Oct. 28, 1918, in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Frank and Cecil (Schumacher) Reid. He married LaVerle E. Hoyt in August 1948 in Menomonie. They moved to Wheeler in 1963. He worked for Presto for 10 years and was a salvage dealer all his life.

Don liked to fish and hunt and was especially proud of his grandchildren.

Don is survived by a daughter, Ann Reid King Hudson of Wheeler; three stepsons, Robert (Trudy) Rice and Donald (Barb) Rice, both of Menomonie, and Darwin "Whitey" (Janice) Rice of Wheeler; two grandchildren, Shawn (Karla) King and Odessa Hudson, both of Wheeler; 11 step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Olson of Menomonie and Ruth Diaz of Hemit, Calif.; one brother, Ray Reid of Louisiana; one half brother, Laverne Hood; and other relatives and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LaVerle; two infant sons., a stepdaughter, Helen McGee; a grandson, Stuart King; a granddaughter, Allison Hudson; two brothers, Francis "Buck" and William "Jim" Reid; and a sister, Doris Johnson.

Funeral services are Saturday, May 18, 2002, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Gail Mitchell officiating. Military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Thomas K. Ranney

Dunn County News, Wed, May 15, 2002, A6

Thomas K. Ranney, age 51, formerly of Wheeler, died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

Thomas was born July 19, 1950, in Menomonie to Kenneth and Nellie (Cockeram) Ranney. He graduated from high school in Boyceville. He worked in Milaca, Minn., as a plant manager for Superior Feed Products, in a liquid feed mill in Boscobel, and held various welding jobs since 1995 in the Menomonie area.

Thomas was a wonderful father. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting.

Thomas is survived by his son, Justin Ranney of Wheeler; two stepchildren, Robin (Rick) Huebner and Ed Hendrickson, both of Glenwood City; a sister, Beverly (Gaylen) Johnson of Eau Claire; one niece, Tanya (Brian) Neuenfeldt of Eau Claire; four great-nieces and great-nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Private family services will be held with burial in Sherman Cemetery in the Town of Sherman.

Ellamae Nelson

Dunn County News, Wed, May 15, 2002, A6

Ellamae Nelson, age 85, of Menomonie, died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

The former Ellamae Wolters was born Nov. 22, 1916, in Onalaska to Emil and Anna (Moe) Wolters. She graduated in 1935 from La Crosse Logan High School.

On Sept. 14, 1945, Ellamae married George Nelson in La Crosse. They lived in Rice Lake before moving to Menomonie in 1952. Ellamae was manager of the Campus Art Store in Menomonie for many years.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and active in the Women's Circle. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and was an avid reader. Ellamae also enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

The family wishes a special thank you to go to all the people who were part of Ellamae's health care.

Ellamae is survived by two sons, Ray G. Nelson of Chippewa Falls and Clark E. (Kari) Nelson of Hudson; five grandchildren, Ramona E. (Phil) Myers, Spencer K. Nelson, Breeon G. (Rob) Hanks, Benjamin G. Nelson and Jamie N. (Kyle) Blaha; two great-grandchildren, Zachary Myers and Gordon Blaha; a sister, Alva Van Riper of Onalaska; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; a sister, Geneva; and an infant son, Leo.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery in La Crosse.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Dolores E. Schleusner

Dunn County News, Wed, May 15, 2002, A6

Dolores E. Schleusner, age 82, of Menomonie, died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Dolores E. Suckow was born July 31, 1919, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Albert and Augusta (Schroeder) Suckow. She was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. She married Rudolph W. "Ole" Schleusner on Oct. 10, 1940, at Peace Lutheran Parsonage in Menomonie.

Dolores worked 13 years at Lakeside Aluminum, Schultz Bros. Dime Store and at Sanna Dairies, and for 28 years she assisted Mid Place at her home on Lamb's Creek.

Dolores was a member of the Royal Neighbors, Prairie and Dunn County Homemakers, Women of the Moose, Myrtle Werth Hospital Auxiliary, Peace Lutheran Church and Priscilla Circle, and her "Stitch and Chatter" group.

Dolores is survived by two sons, Billy (Jean) Schleusner and Rudy (Judy) Schleusner, both of Menomonie; two daughters, Rudine (Art) Karczewski of Stuart, Fla., and Earlyne Young of Menomonie; seven grandchildren, Tammy Rae Johnson (John McNamara), Tammy Lynn (Mike) Polta, Brent (Jenny) Schleusner, Toby Johnson, Joel Montgomery, Shane Schleusner and Kristi (Travis) Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Joshua and Crystal McNamara and Berkley Johnson; a special friend, Jim Tilleson; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ole; four sisters, twin sister Doris, Eileen, Helen and Mabel; and four brothers, Oscar, Allen, Harry and Earl.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

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.

Clayton "Mac" McClelland

Dunn County News, Wed, May 15, 2002, A6

Clayton "Mac" McClelland, age 80, formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, May 13, 2002, in Dunedin, Fla.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

Herbert R. Harrison

Dunn County News, Sun, May 19, 2002, A6

Herbert R. Harrison, age 84, of Menomonie, died Friday, May 17, 2002, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

Herbert was born Oct. 28, 1917, in the Town of Wheaton, Chippewa County, the son of John and Ruth (Hultman) Harrison. He grew up in the Elk Mound area and graduated in 1935 from Elk Mound High School.

He married Grace Kent on March 23, 1942, at the Rusk Bethel Baptist Church. After marriage, Herb and Grace lived and farmed on the Rusk Prairie for many years. In 1989, they moved off the home farm to a home near Cedar Falls.

Herb was active in his community. He served as a member of the town board and as a director of Dunn County Farm Bureau and held various offices within the church. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Amy Chapel in Elk Mound. Herb and Grace enjoyed traveling throughout the country, especially seeing the beauty of God's creation.

Herb will be remembered and missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Grace; two daughters, Sharon (Dallas) Schaefer of Menomonie and Kathleen (David) McClurg of Viroqua; a son, Paul (Susan) of Menomonie; six grandchildren, David (Carrie) and Kevin (Angela) Schaefer, Beth (Timothy) Lee, Amy (William) Arbuckle, Dawn McClurg and Kent (Renee) McClurg; six great-grandchildren, Brandon and Jeremy Lee, Will, Justin and Jemma Arbuckle, and Savannah Schaefer; a brother, Wayne (Arlene); three sisters-in-law, June Harrison, Margaret Kent and Mary Hairdahl; an aunt, Eleanor Meyer; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Herb was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Elwood, three brothers-in-law, and two sisters-in-law.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2002, at the Menomonie Alliance Church with Pastor Dale Bussinger officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Falls Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Alvin W. Evenson

Dunn County News, Sun, May 19, 2002, A6

Alvin William Evenson passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, at RHD Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

He was born in Dunn County.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Avis (Tuveng) Evenson; two daughters, Roxanne (Edward) McNealy and Randance (Donald) Moore; one sister, Margaret Kothlow, and one brother, Milton (Alice) Evenson, both of Menomonie; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Edith (Retzloff) Evenson; one daughter, Regina Ellen Roganti Evenson; one great-grandson, Jacob Matias; one sister, LaVille Stetler; and five brothers, Roy, Ralph, Clifford, James and Louis.

Alvin served in the U.S. Army for two years in Italy. Returning home from service, he worked for the Dunn County Highway Department and Sherman and Hay River Townships. He spent two seasons in Tule, Greenland. Then he worked for the Red Cedar Sand and Gravel Co. until he and his family moved to Dallas in 1959. Alvin worked for Moorman Bros. Plbg. Co. and Love Field Plbg. Co., plumbing in new homes, business places, churches and schools. During this time, with a lot of hard work and study, Alvin became a master plumber. He had his own business for 15 years.

Alvin was an active member of Walnut Hill Lutheran Church since 1959, a member of The Norwegian Society and the Dystonia Support Group, and a lifetime member of both Legion Post 453 and VFW Post 8627.

Alvin enjoyed fishing, deer and pheasant hunting, also baseball with his family and friends. He was a loved and well-liked man who will be leaving everyone who knew him with a lot of special memories. He will truly be missed by all.

Memorial services are10 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2002, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wheeler with Pastor Jerry Hibbard officiating. Burial will be in Hay River Lutheran Cemetery following services.

John F. Shepard

Dunn County News, Sun, May 19, 2002, A6

John F. Shepard, age 85, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

John was born June 23, 1916, on the home farm in the Town of Tiffany, Dunn County, the son of James and Agnes (Schramske) Shepard. He grew up in Tiffany Township and graduated in 1935 from Glenwood City High School. John served from 1943 to 1946 in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Lois Parent on Jan. 27, 1944, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Cylon.

After the service, John worked construction and for the railroad. In 1953, they moved to the Shepard family farm and farmed until he retired in 1976. They moved into Glenwood City where John worked as a greenskeeper at the Glen Hills Golf Course until 1990. In 1995, John and Lois moved to Menomonie where he remained the rest of his life.

John enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, and visiting with his friends and neighbors.

John is survived by his wife, Lois; three sons, Lawrence (Vickie) and Michael (Claudia), both of Menomonie, and John (Linda) of Downing; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and four brothers, Lawrence of Rhinelander, George of Balsam Lake, William of Glenwood City, and Harris of Mansfield, Ga.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary Radle; three sons, Gregory, Robert and Ronald; a brother, Ed; and two sisters, Leona Steinberger and Julia Shepard.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 18, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery in Glenwood City.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Lawrence E. Cronk

Dunn County News, Sun, May 19, 2002, A6

Lawrence E. Cronk, age 90, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Lawrence was born Nov. 4, 1911, in Eau Claire, the son of Edward and Alice (Sanders) Cronk. Lawrence moved with his family to the Louisville area of Dunn County and grew up in that area. He later moved with his family to Menomonie. Lawrence served with the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, patrolling the East Coast. After the service, Lawrence worked as a pneumatic pipe fitter, working throughout the United States.

Lawrence married Doris Harmston on June 1, 1976, in Menomonie. He remained in Menomonie until moving to the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in October 2001. His wife, Doris, preceded him in death on July 18, 1998.

Lawrence is survived by two stepdaughters, Glenyce Peterson of Menomonie and Mary Hovind of Trego; a stepdaughter-in-law, Adrianne Harmston of Menomonie; six step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and three sisters-in-law, June Cronk of Orlando, Fla., Christine Cronk of Nissawa, Minn., and Doris Cronk of River Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris; three brothers, Albert, Kenneth and David; and a nephew, James Cronk.

Memorial services are 4 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2002, at the First Congregational Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating.

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

Martin C. Casper

Dunn County News, Wed, May 22, 2002, A6

Martin C. Casper, age 89, of Menomonie, died Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born April 23, 1913, in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to Herman and Minnie (Schultz) Casper. Martin was raised and lived his entire life in the Town of Menomonie. He married the former Violet Wellstein on Nov. 1, 1941, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Together, they farmed in the Town of Menomonie all their lives.

Martin was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and served on the Church Council. He was a charter member of Dunn County Farm Bureau.

Martin is survived by his son, Carl Casper of Menomonie; a brother, Edwin of Menomonie; three sisters-in-law, Elvera Casper and Mable Jaeger, both of Menomonie, and Blanche Wellstein of Waukesha; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Violet; three brothers, John, Louis and William Casper; five brothers-in-law, Ben Schaefer, Frank Jaeger, and William, Paul and Ben Wellstein; five sisters-in-law, Minnie Schaefer, Hope and Elvira Wellstein, and Frances and Ruth Casper; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Brett Voigt officiating. Burial was in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

 

Annette L. Kothlow

Dunn County News, Wed, May 22, 2002, A6

Annette L. Kothlow, age 55, of Menomonie, died Saturday, May 18, 2002, at her home with her family by her side.

The former Annette Hase was born Jan. 29, 1947, in Eau Claire to Jack and Lois (King) Hase. She was raised in Elk Mound and graduated in 1965 from Elk Mound High School. She then enrolled in the bookkeeping program at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Annette married Jerry Kothlow on May 27, 1967, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie. Together, they farmed in the Town of Red Cedar. Annette later worked at Sanna Dairies-Swiss Miss from 1983 until becoming ill.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound. She enjoyed her flower gardens and loved her family and friends. She will be sadly missed by all.

Annette is survived by her husband, Jerry of Menomonie; two daughters, Melissa (Steve) Gilgenbach of Menomonie and Rebecca Kothlow of St. Louis Park, Minn., and boyfriend, Marc Ruska of Eau Claire; four brothers and three sisters, Jack (Lynne) Hase Jr. of Waukesha, Patricia Fogel of West Salem, Wilbur "Bill" (Sandi) Hase of North Prairie, Stella Hase of Altoona, Rosemary (Roland) Palmer of Chippewa Falls, Butch (Janet) Hase of Waukesha, and Mike "Moose" (Dawn) Hase of Elk Mound; a sister-in-law, Kim Hase of Elk Mound; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Tom Hase.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2002, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Brian Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

 

Clayton "Mac" O. McClelland

Dunn County News, Wed, May 22, 2002, A6

Clayton "Mac" O. McClelland, age 80, formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, May 13, 2002, in Dunedin, Fla.

He was born March 14, 1922, in Eau Claire to Raymond and Mable (Johnson) McClelland. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was a POW in Germany.

Clayton married Annabelle Styer in December 1952. They lived in Menomonie and Mac worked as a general agent for 22 insurance offices in Michigan. In 1971, they moved to Punta Gorda, Fla., where they lived until 2000 when they moved to Dunedin.

Mac was a charter member of the Menomonie Toastmasters Club, commodore of the Menomonie Boat Club, and a member of the American Ex-POW's, the DAV, and the Family Motor Coach Association. He was also a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Dunedin.

Mac enjoyed family gatherings, playing cards, boating, camping, traveling in his converted bus, and going to coffee with the "boys." He also enjoyed working in his workshop and was always fixing something. He always did everything to the fullest, whether it was work or play, and was a friend who knew no boundaries. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Mac is survived by his wife, Annabelle; two daughters, Joli (Robert) Baker of Dunedin and Sharon (Eugene) Wamser of Aurora, Colo.; one son, Michael (JoAnn) Merriman of Danville, Calif.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Roy McClelland; and a sister, Gladys Youngren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with Father Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in St. Henry's Catholic Cemetery in the Town of Eau Galle, Dunn County, with military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Vella B. Harry

Dunn County News, Sun, May 26, 2002, A6

Vella B. Harry, age 90, formerly of Boyceville, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

The former Vella Belle Yoder was born Oct. 21, 1911, in Knapp to Jacob and Eva Jane "Effie" (Crye) Yoder. She was raised in Knapp and attended school there.

Vella married Herman Harry on Nov. 18, 1931, in Menomonie. They farmed on the Irish Ridge in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County, for 15 years before moving to Boyceville. Vella lived in Boyceville until going to the nursing home in 1998.

Vella loved to crochet and enjoyed gardening.

Vella is survived by one daughter, Joan (Homer) Clover of Pisgah Forest, N.C.; three sons, Ernest (Lorraine) Harry of Fridley, Minn., Michael (Judith Ann) Harry of Minneapolis, Minn., and Philip (Cheryl) Harry of Blaine, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Herman, and a brother, Ira Yoder.

Funeral services were Friday, May 24, 2002, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial was in Teegarden Cemetery, Town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Robert J. McKay

Dunn County News, Sun, May 26, 2002, A6

Robert J. McKay, age 75, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born April 13, 1927, in La Crosse to Leslie and Miriam (Dake) McKay. He was raised in Menomonie and graduated in 1944 from Menomonie High School. After serving in the U.S. Navy for two years, he returned to Menomonie and received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Bob married the former Phyllis Williams in Story City, Iowa.

He taught industrial arts in Great Falls, Mont., and also coached basketball. He took several teams to state and won the Montana State Basketball Tournament one year. In 1957, he moved to the Twin Cities and taught industrial arts in St. Louis Park High School, later retiring as vocational director in 1986. He returned to Menomonie a few years later.

In his younger days, Bob enjoyed taking his Labradors to field trials with his father. He was a very good golfer and an avid sports fan, especially of basketball. He was also a great fan of his grandchildren's sporting events.

Bob was a member of the America Legion, the F. & A.M. Paul Revere Lodge 321 of St. Louis Park, Minn., and the Scottish Rite Valley of Minneapolis, Minn.

With Bob's death, we have lost a strong supporter of public education. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Bob is survived by a daughter, Leslie (Michael) Foley of Mound, Minn.; a son, John (Barb) McKay of Knapp; a very special friend, Mary Langford of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Rachel and Justin Foley and Travis and Ashley McKay; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Phyllis.

Funeral services were Friday, May 24, 2002, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Lanor I. Hagen

Dunn County News, Sun, May 26, 2002, A6

Lanor I. Hagen, age 81, of Madison, Fla., formerly of Prairie Farm and Menomonie, died Thursday, May 23, 2002, at Lake Park of Madison in Madison, Fla.

Lanor was born June 18, 1920, in Gilmanton, the daughter of Coy and Julia (Espa) Drinkwine. She grew up in the Prairie Farm area. Lanor married Henry Hagen and they lived in the Prairie Farm area, Grenora, N.D., and Menomonie before moving to Madison, Fla., in 1975. Henry died in 1980.

Lanor is survived by one son, Jerry Hagen of Madison, Wis.; three daughters, Joanne Billings of Clearwater, Fla., and Pat Warren and Sharon Sweitzer, both of Madison, Fla.; three brothers, Denver Drinkwine of Wheeler, Perry Drinkwine of Boyceville, and Leroy Drinkwine of Downsville; four sisters, Hazel Hagen of Grenora, Wilma Stevens of Boyceville, Grace Geroch of Miami, Okla., and Lucille Crosby of Ridgeland; 13 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Local funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with Bruce Cichesse officiating. Burial will be in Vanceburg Cemetery, Town of Sheridan, Dunn County.

Ann M. Helling

Dunn County News, Sun, May 26, 2002, A6

Ann M. Helling, age 97, of Wausau, died Friday, May 24, 2002, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Merrill.

Ann is survived by a daughter, Katharine (Ed) Slewitzke of Merrill; three sons, R. David Helling M.D. (Bonnie Birk) of Wausau, Charles (Barbara) Helling of Waukesha and Michael Helling of Godfrey, Ill; a sister, Loretta Forcey of Wausau; two brothers, Rev. Charles Blecha of Menomonie and George Blecha of Minneapolis; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a daughter, Sally.

The funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at the Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Rev. Steve Gross and Rev. Charles Blecha will co-celebrate.

Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Wausau.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, until the time of service at the church.

Brainard Funeral Home in Wausau assisted the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Beverly Farm Foundation, 6301 Humbert Rd., Godfrey, Ill 62035.

Rev. Louise R. Ackerman

Dunn County News, Wed, May 29, 2002, A6

Rev. Louise Rodgers Ackerman died Friday, May 24, 2002, of pneumonia at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Louise was born July 15, 1915, to Henry and Louise Allen Rodgers of Albany, N.Y., the youngest of four children, and the only girl. Her brother, John Rodgers, of New Haven, Conn., survives her.

Louise graduated in 1937 from Vassar College. She graduated from Hartford Seminary and was ordained in the Congregational Church in 1942. She was one of the first women clergy in Vermont, where she pastored two parishes.

Louise met her husband, William "Bill" Ackerman, at Hartford Seminary. Bill was an ordained Disciples of Christ minister. They were married in 1944.

Louise and Bill had three children, Alan Ackerman (Betsy St. Aubin) of Berkeley, Calif., Nancy Schofield (Ken) of Menomonie, and George Ackerman (Diane Grove) of Kent, Ohio; and four grandchildren, David and Blake Schofield of Menomonie and Clara and Esther Ackerman of Berkeley.

Louise spent most of her married life in Texas. She served as interim minister for the Congregational Church in El Paso. She also spoke and preached in Fort Worth, Monahans and Mason, Texas. Bill and Louise worked for social justice, civil rights and peace.

Louise moved to Menomonie in 1981 upon the death of her husband. She was in interim minister for the Alma-Cochrane Congregational Church. She published "To Theophilus, With Love", a book of religious poetry, in 1990. In retirement, she continued to serve her church.

Louise was a pioneer, a pastor, and a poet. Her quiet strength came from her personal relationship with God. Louise lived her faith, worked for just causes, and served her fellow travelers.

Memorial services for Rev. Louise Ackerman are Sunday, June 30, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Menomonie.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

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

 

JoAnne C. Meyer

Dunn County News, Wed, May 29, 2002, A6

JoAnne C. Meyer, age 60, of Menomonie, formerly of Plum City, surrounded by her family at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn., went peacefully to her Father on Sunday, May 26, 2002.

She was born Nov. 28, 1941, in Hallock, Minn., the daughter of William and Nora (Hanson) Emerson. She graduated from Red Wing High School. JoAnne married August Meyer Jr. on Aug. 29, 1959. After marriage, they farmed and JoAnne was a homemaker. In 1967, they moved to Plum City where they farmed.

JoAnne earned her nursing degree in 1981. She then worked as a nurse at the Chippewa Valley Hospital in Durand and Myrtle Werth Medical Center in Menomonie. She was the director of nursing at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home and director of nursing at the Clairemont Nursing Home in Eau Claire. JoAnne then worked as the administrator of the Pepin Manor in Pepin until retiring.

JoAnne is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, the love of her life and best friend, August; five daughters, Debbie (Jeff) Gilles of Altoona, Shelley (Darren) Bjugstad of Barron, Jodi (Gene) Eike and Paula (Ron) Bates, both of Hudson, and Angie (Mark) Wieser of Wisconsin Dells; two sons, Ron of Fairmont, Minn, and Richard (Patti) of Elmwood; 17 grandchildren; her mother, Nora Emerson of Red Wing; two brothers, Calvin (Jackie) Emerson of Farmington, Minn., and Dennis (Kate) Emerson of Milledgeville, Ga.; and her father-in-law, August Meyer Sr. of Red Wing.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Everson; one brother, Dale Emerson; her mother-in-law, Coral Meyer; and her aunt, Bertha Hanson.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at the Menomonie Alliance Church in Menomonie with Pastors Jack Stimmel and Joel Anderson officiating. Burial was in Burnside Cemetery in Red Wing.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand was in charge of arrangements.

Patricia R. Wolf

Dunn County News, Wed, May 29, 2002, A6

Patricia R. Wolf, age 58, of Menomonie, died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

The former Patricia Rae Godfreson was born Jan. 16, 1944, in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to George and Hazel (Scheel) Godfreson. When she was an infant, her family moved to North Menomonie where Pat grew up. She attended North Elementary School and graduated in 1962 from Menomonie High School.

Patricia married George E. "Butch" Wolf on June 16, 1962, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Pat worked in Menomonie at Sandy Lee Manufacturing, LaRue Products, Ben Franklin, and retired from Creative Ideas due to ill health. In addition to these jobs, she did the bookkeeping for George's 76 Service Station for 32 years.

Pat was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Church Circle, and her Neighborhood Card Club. She was also on the board of National Mutual Benefit, Branch 927. Pat enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, the animals, and her plants and flowers. She enjoyed going to craft sales and plays at the theater with her sister. She collected baskets and glassware and loved to crochet. But most important to her was her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Pat is survived by her husband, George "Butch" Wolf, her son, Gordon (Karen) Wolf of Menomonie; her daughter, Michele Wolf of Menomonie; her grandchildren, Kyle, Tony, Katie Rae, Josh and Tuffy; her sister, Mary Ann (Leonard) Snider of Menomonie; her father-in-law, Anton Wolf of Arkansaw; a brother-in-law, Larry (Judy) Wolf of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Laurel (Bill) Peterson of Menomonie; nieces and nephews, Dan and Doug Snider and Martin, Sarah, Norah, Lylah and Amanda Peterson; and special friends, Pam Ford, Rosie Judkins and Sharon Raprager.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Richard; and one nephew, Mike "Hoss" Snider.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Whelan officiating. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

 

Myrtle E. Phillips

Dunn County News, Wed, May 29, 2002, A6

Myrtle E. Phillips, age 96, formerly of 424 Platt St., Eau Claire, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

She was born Sept. 9, 1905, in Menomonie to Ever and Mary (Berseth) Aune.

Myrtle married David S. Phillips in Decorah, Iowa, on Nov. 19, 1940. She was employed at National Presto Industries for 25 years, retiring in 1970.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and its Friendship Club.

Survivors include a sister, Marjorie Kraft of Menomonie, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David in 1975; three brothers, Carl, Peter and Arthur Aune; and four sisters, Alma Hillman, Sophie Marine, Carrie Mackmer and Helen Halvorson.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2002, at Grace Lutheran Church Chapel, Eau Claire, with Pastor Rolf A. Nestingen officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Eau Claire.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home in Eau Claire and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church.

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