Dunn County, WI Obituaries
May 2003

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
May 4, 2003 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Forrest Leahy Thomas

Dunn County News, Sun, May 4, 2003, A6

Forrest Leahy Thomas, age 22, died suddenly, April 27, 2003.

Dearly loved son of Noreen Leahy and Frank Lowry and John Thomas and Kathy Ruggles; loving brother of Ronayne Thomas, Sarah and A] Broadfoot, Cari and Diana Witcher, Douglas Johns; uncle to Gabriel Witcher and Evelyn Johns; grandson to the late James and Mary Margaret Leahy and Paul and the late Patricia Thomas; nephew to Richard Thomas, David Thomas and Dawn Theelke-Thomas, Cindy Thomas, Bruce and Deb Thomas, George DeFlorin and Jane Thomas DeFlorin and James, Michael, the late Kenneth, Patricia and Sheila Leahy and fun-loving cousin to Tess and Olivia Standa, Jennifer, Kenan and Devin Leahy, Ryan and Patrick DeFlorin and Colleene Thomas.

A recent graduate of Kendall College, Forrest was employed at Jacky's Bistro in Evanston, Illinois. A ceremony will be held at the Congregational Church on Wilson Avenue in Menomonie at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 12.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Forrest Thomas Memorial Trust at Box 94, Downsville, to benefit land conservation efforts. Forrest found great joy in the natural environment of Wisconsin.

Marion W. Longbotham

Dunn County News, Sun, May 4, 2003, A6

Marion W. Longbotham, age 85, of Sauk City, died Saturday, May 3, 2003 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Sauk City.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Marion W. Longbotham

Dunn County News, Wed, May 7, 2003, A6

Marion W. Longbotham, age 85, of Sauk City, died Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Maplewood Nursing Home.

The former Marion Wagner was born June 7, 1917, in Menomonie to Phillip Wagner and Gena (Sneen) Wagner. She married Gilmore Thomas Longbotham on July 24, 1959, in Ithaca, N.Y., at the Ithaca Campus Chapel.

Marion was raised in the Rice Lake area and graduated in 1934 from Rice Lake High School. She attended The Stout Institute and received a bachelor's degree with a home economics major in 1938. She worked as an instructor in Evansville and taught home economics from 1940-43. She worked with her parents in the greenhouse business from 1943-47 in Menomonie. She worked as a home agent for Winnebago County from 1947-50, Rusk County, 1950-54, and Chippewa County COS, 1954-56.

She received her master's degree in 1957 from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill. She became a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1957 and was also appointed a Home Extension specialist that same year. She retired in 1979.

Marion belonged to many professional clubs and organizations, including the American Home Economics Association, the Wisconsin Home Economics Association, the Wisconsin Home Agents Association, and the National Home Agents Association.

Marion was preceded in death by her father, Phillip Wagner, her mother, Gena Wagner, and her husband, Gilmore Longbotham.

Marion is survived by her son, Tom (Dorothy) Longbotham of Westfield; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a loving cousin, Sally (Bob) Ash of Eau Claire, who helped her in her time of need; a longtime friend and companion, Patricia (Reuben) Borgen and daughters, Trisha and Tracy of Mazomanie; and by many cousins.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Menomonie.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Ward B. Ellingson

Dunn County News, Sun, May 11, 2003, A6

Ward B. Ellingson, age 50, of Hudson, died accidentally on Friday, May 2, 2003, as a result of an automobile accident near Hammond.

Ward was born on May 19, 1952, in Tiaopi, Minn, the son of Glen and Verneal (Nelson) Ellingson. He received his elementary schooling in Tiaopi and LeRoy, Minn. prior to graduating from LeRoy High School.

On Sept. 24, 1971, he was united in marriage to Diane A. Lawson in LeRoy. This union was blessed with children Nicole, Monica and Mitchell. For many years, Ward owned Midstates Remarketing, Midstates Truck & Trailer in Wilson. Most recently, he owned and operated Big Rig Wash in Menomonie.

Wad thoroughly enjoyed being outdoors. He enjoyed boating with his family and golfing on a beautiful day. He also enjoyed working on his cars and riding motorcycles. He also enjoyed the rewards of woodworking.

His greatest joy in life was his family, spending time with his children and the joy of watching them become parents.

Ward is survived by his wife, Diane; three children, Nicole (John) Rich of Eden Prairie, Minn., Monica (Daniel) Miller of Katy, Texas, and Mitchell Ward Ellingson of St. Paul, Minn.; his father, Glen Ellingson of Ostrander, Minn.; and siblings, Mark (Joan) Ellingson of Halstead, Kan., Bruce (Marie) Ellingson of Kentucky, Grant (Luanne) Ellingson of Kansas, Pam (Bruce) Mensink, Janet (Larry) Schier of Chicago, Clay (Sue) Ellingson of Moorhead, Minn., Jon (Marilyn) Ellingson of Nebraska, and Cedric (Lori) Ellingson of Hudson.

Funeral services were Monday, May 5, 2003, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minn., with Pastor Chuck Claus officiating. Interment will be private.

O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

Craig S. Wiese

Dunn County News, Sun, May 11, 2003, A6

Craig S. Wiese, age 40, of Roberts, died from injuries received from an automobile accident on Saturday, May 3, 2003, near New Richmond.

Craig was born on March 5, 1963, in Rice Lake, the son of Larry and Linda (Johnson) Wiese. He received his elementary and high schooling in Rice Lake, graduating in the class of 1981.

On Oct. 6, 1984, he was united in marriage to Lori Johnson at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake. This union was blessed with children Sara and Jon. In 1992 he and his family moved to Menomonie where he worked for AFG Glass. In 1999, they moved to Roberts where he worked for Johnson Controls in Hudson. He currently worked for QC Inspection in Burnsville, Minn.

Craig was a devoted faith member of Cross Lutheran Church in Roberts where he served as a church board member and prayer minister. He was an active member of the Roberts Lions Club and an avid fan of NASCAR racing.  He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family. His love of outdoors brought him to appreciate the beauty of woodworking and carpentry. He will be remembered as a friend to all.

Craig leaves to celebrate his life, wife Lori; children, Sara, 17-years-old, and Jon, 15-years-old; parents, Larry and Linda Wiese of Rice Lake; brothers, Brent Wiese of Rice Lake and his children, Travis and Becky, and Cory (Tami) Wiese of Wausau and their children, Cody, Cole and Colton; and in-laws, Gladys (Roger) Roux of Cumberland and Fred (Debbie) Johnson of Wyoming, Minn.

Craig was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Claude and Cathrine Johnson, and paternal grandmother, Eunice Schlag.

Celebration of life for Craig was Thursday, May 8, 2003, at Cross Lutheran Church in Roberts with Pastor Dean Simpson officiating. Burial was in Warren Cemetery of Roberts. Casketbearers were Travis Oraskovich, Dave Mulcahy, Robert Henson, Gary Burns, Tom Sullwold and Paul Heimal.

O'Connell Family Funeral Homes of Hudson and Baldwin handled arrangements.

Alvin C. McClelland

Dunn County News, Sun, May 11, 2003, A6

Alvin C. McClelland, age 79, of Menomonie, died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire after a very brief illness.

Alvin was born Dec. 31, 1923, in the Town of Dunn to Floyd and Ellen (Erickson) McClelland. He attended Valley View School. The skill of farming, his lifelong occupation, was learned at his father's knee.

Alvin married the love of his life, Esther Laura Lierman, on April 11, 1944, in the Town of Menomonie. They farmed in the Town of Red Cedar until retirement in 1979.

Alvin remained very dedicated to his church and his faith throughout his life. In early retirement, he enjoyed being at the camper on Lake Nancy -- fishing and picking blueberries -- as well as trips to Florida to see his son and family. In later retirement, he enjoyed reading, gardening and woodworking.

Alvin is survived by one son, Robert (Susan Dianne) McClelland of Menomonie; two grandchildren, Jennifer (Eric) Schindeldecker of Eau Claire and Rion (Hannah) McClelland of Northfield, Minn.; one sister, Betty (Clifford) Lee of Menomonie; four brothers, Maynard (Arlene) McClelland of Glenwood City, Don McClelland of Tomah, Virgil (Kate) McClelland of Menomonie, and Jim (Jean) McClelland of Boise, Idaho; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by h is wife, an infant son and his parents.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the  Rev. Brett Voight officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie.

Friends may call from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Dick Granger Klatt

Dunn County News, Sun, May 11, 2003, A6

Dick Granger Klatt, age 89, of Menomonie, died peacefully at his home on Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, surrounded by his caring family.

Graveside services are 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2003, at Peace Lutheran Cemetery with the Rev. Toby Ellison officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Alta L. Dahlke

Dunn County News, Sun, May 11, 2003, A6

Alta L. Dahlke, of New Lisbon, passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2003, at Fair View Nursing Home in Mauston, after a brief illness and stay at the Dunn County Health Care Center and Myrtle Werth Hospital in Menomonie.

She was born on April 2, 1908, in the town of Woodland, near Wonewoc, at the home of her parents, Edward and Mary Hochmuth. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wonewoc.

She attended Wonewoc Grade School through grade six and then St. Paul's Lutheran for grades 6 and 8, getting confirmed in 1922. She attended Wonewoc High School and graduated from there in 1926.

In 1931 she was united in marriage to Carl Dahlke.

They retired from their businesses in 1977. Alta continued to do sewing and tailoring through her retirement years until 2002.

Alta was a blessed lady who had the God-given talent to maintain her own home throughout her married years and since the time of Carl's passing. She enjoyed gardening and preserving fruits and vegetables from her yard, as well as maintaining a multitude of flowers and shrubs.

Alta was a long-time member of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Lisbon and an active member of the Ladies Aid Society.

For many years she taught vacation bible school at the church. And she was also active in the "Caring Friends." She served as the congregation's recording financial secretary for numerous years until January 2003.

For 25 years Mr. and Mrs. Dahlke worked as custodians of their church. Alta also assisted her husband as an officer of AAL Branch 222 for many years.

Alta always enjoyed the visits of all her family members and kept close touch with them all.

Survivors include: Marilyn (Jerry) Wegener, Santa Clarita, Calif.; Dianne (Jack) Harris, Williamsburg, Va.; Richard (Pat) Dahlke, West Salem; Robert (Barbara) Dahlke, Menomonie; David (Grace) Dahlke, Beloit; Dale (Linda) Dahlke, Menomonie; 23 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sisters Leona Mueller, Hillsboro, and Edna Duddleston, LaValle; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and beloved son-in-law Robert (Fran) Peregrine, Oconomowoc.

Alta was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, in 1979; a daughter, Nancy, in 1990; a sister, Louise Boehme, Milwaukee; and an infant brother, Earl, in 1923.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 12, 2003, at 7 pm at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Lisbon. Friends may visit at the church from 4-7 pm. Private burial services will be held at the family plot in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Wonewoc.

Frank V. Giglio

Dunn County News, Sun, May 11, 2003, A6

Frank V. Giglio, age 62, of Menomonie, died Friday, May 9, 2003, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Angeline B. Sol

Dunn County News, Wed, May 14, 2003, A6

Angeline B. Sol, age 94, of Menomonie, died Saturday, May 10, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Angeline was born Oct. 21, 1908, in Campbellsport, the daughter of Nicholas and Mary (Reimer) Kadinger. Angeline resided in Campbellsport until age 12 when she moved with her family in 1920 to the Dunnville area of Dunn County.

Angeline married Albert Sol on June 25, 1928, in Little Chute. After marriage, they lived in Little Chute for more than a year before moving in 1930 to the Dunnville area of Dunn County where they farmed for many years until retiring from farming in the early 1970's.

Albert died in December 1978 and Angeline continued to live on the farm until 1995 when she moved to the Galloway Apartments in Menomonie. In 1998, Angeline moved to the American Lutheran Home, where she remained the rest of her life.

Angeline is survived by a daughter, Mary Ida (Robert) Riley of Alturas, Calif.; a son, Kenneth (Gloria) of Menomonie; a daughter-in-law, Margaret "Peg" Sol of Menomonie; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-granddaughters; two stepgreat-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Agnes Schumacher of Little Chute and Bernetta Probst of River Falls; a brother, Frank Kadinger of West Bend; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Robert in 2001; four sisters; and six brothers.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte 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 where a prayer service is scheduled tonight at 7:30 o'clock.

Judi M. Schwartz

Dunn County News, Wed, May 14, 2003, A6

Graveside services for Judi M. Schwartz who died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, in Illinois are 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2003, at the Cedar Falls Cemetery in the Town of Red Cedar.

Lunch will follow the services at the Tainter United Methodist Church.
Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

 

Evelyn J. Bechel

Dunn County News, Wed, May 14, 2003, A6

Evelyn J. Bechel, age 87, of Menomonie, died Monday, May 12, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Evelyn Williams was born Jan. 26, 1916, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Birney and Minnie (Knoepke) Williams. She was baptized on Nov. 13, 1915, and later confirmed on May 31, 1931, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie where she was a lifelong member.

Evelyn married Marvin Benson, and later married Harold Bechel in 1977, at Peace Lutheran Church. They both preceded her in death.

Evelyn enjoyed bowling, fishing, crocheting, picking berries, gardening, and playing bingo and cards. She also enjoyed dancing on Sunday afternoons at Club 10 and caring for her African violets. She was a member of Chapter 682, Women of the Moose, in Menomonie. Evelyn lived in the Menomonie area all her life, the last four years at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Evelyn was a loving mother and had many friends. She was also committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Evelyn is survived by four sons, DuWayne Benson of Bellevue, Neb., Gerald (Mary) Benson of Woodbury, Minn., Dennis (Jane) Benson of Two Rivers, and Brian (Vonda) Benson of Reedsburg; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Bernice Solberg of Cottage Grove, Ore.; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Marvin Benson; her second husband, Harold Bechel; three brothers, Walt, Laverne and Hugh Williams; and two cousins, Herman and Ruth Ziehl.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2003, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial will be in Forest Center Cemetery, Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
 

Dean Meacham

Dunn County News, Wed, May 14, 2003, A6

Dean Meacham, age 83, formerly of Downsville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 10, 2003, at Casa Real Care Center in Santa Fe, N.M.

Dean was born April 30, 1920, in Downing to Condon and Helen Meacham. He lived most of his life in the Downsville area where he owned and operated a semi-tractor trailer.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Helen, and brother, Leo.

He is survived by three children, Terry Meacham of Santa Fe, Dan Meacham of Chippewa Falls, and Kate Meacham of Richmond, Va.; three sisters, Frances Chandler, Connie Hurtgen and Ann Ohman; two brothers, Walter and Clinton Meacham; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City.

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

 

Leo E. Styer

Dunn County News, Wed, May 14, 2003, A6

Leo E. Styer, age 86, of Sarasota, Fla., died quietly on April 27, 2003, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital while under the care of Hospice of Southwest Florida. He had suffered strokes in 1995, December, 2002, and a week before his death.

He was born Sept. 12, 1916 on a dairy farm in the Town of Weston in Dunn County. When he was 6 years old, his father moved into Menomonie so that the children could attend St. Joseph's Catholic School. He graduated from Menomonie High School in 1934. He received a bachelor's degree in 1938 from Stout Institute, now known as University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie. He received a master's degree from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1954.
He married Betty Webb of Viola, also a Stout graduate, on July 15, 1940, in Menomonie.

He was employed from 1938 to 1942 at St. Patrick's High School in Kankakee Ill., where he established and directed an industrial arts program.

He served at Lincoln Park (Mich.) High School from 1942 to 1974, taking a partial break from teaching in 1943-45 to work as a tool-and-dye maker and draftsman at war defense facilities. At the high school, as an industrial arts teacher, he taught printing, woodworking and metalworking. He later became department head. He began a vocational education co-op program and was named its coordinator in 1951. He also helped expand this program -- under which students worked part-time in their study fields -- into the retail trades.

He served on curriculum and school-addition planning committees. For several years, he was faculty manager of the athletic program, but never saw a football or basketball home game because he was busy selling and taking tickets. Yet, he did play with the faculty in a benefit basketball game in which the players rode donkeys.

Styer was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic men's association. He joined at age 19 in 1935 when his father sponsored him in Menomonie. He was a member of the Kankakee, Ill., council and in 1948 joined the new Robert H. Jones Council No. 3078 in Lincoln Park, Mich.

At various times, he was a board member, fraternal activities chairman, chancellor, program chairman, lecturer and program emcee. He also was a member of the Fourth Degree, the highest level a Knight can attain.

He was a member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Parish in Allen Park as it was being organized and grew to include an elementary school.

Upon his retirement in 1974, he moved from Allen Park, Mich., to Sarasota, living at Sunrise Cove on Siesta Key, then at Ashton Lakes. He was on the grounds committee at both locations.

Survivors include his wife, Betty (Webb); daughter Patricia Ann of Northampton, Mass.; son James Leo and wife Margaret (Shea) of Sarasota; a sister, Annabel McClelland of Marietta, Ga.; a brother, Lavern of Milwaukee, Wis.; three grandchildren, Daniel Joseph, Kathleen Mary, and Patricia Margaret children of Jim, all of Battle Creek, Mich.; and two great-grandchildren, Christopher Michael, child of Kathie, and Kathryn Nerys, child of Dan.

Preceding him in death were his parents, James R. Styer and Anna F. Poehnelt Rassler Styer; brothers, Robert; Elmer, Charlie and Clarence; and sisters, Martha Nutter, Florence Hartung, Elsie Rassler Schwantes and Edna Rassler Mundinger.

A memorial Mass was said May 3, 2003, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Sarasota.

Francis V. Giglio

Dunn County News, Sun, May 18, 2003, A6

Francis Vincent Giglio died in late April at his Menomonie apartment of heart failure.

He had battled heart disease and congestive heart failure for several years prior to his passing.

Frank was born June 22, 1940 at Newark, N.J. His parents, Sabastian and Patricia Giglio, were Sicilian. He had three sisters, Rose, Vincenza, and Margaret.

His parents and one sister preceded him in death.

Frank was a Naval Veteran and worked on a submarine. Frank had an education degree and a master's degree in business.

He liked to travel, meet new people and talk. He lived in many places including New Jersey, Wyoming, Utah, a Kibbutz in Israel, Arizona, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Frank had a severe hearing disability, but that did not stop him.

He worked for many years as an orderly in various group home settings. He liked to care for the helpless, the disabled and the elderly. Frank loved children and was affectionately known as "Mr. Potato Head" to many of them.

Frank was an avid reader and loved to learn. He liked the Internet and had many online friends. He was also very interested in genealogy and family histories.

He was a member of the Menomonie Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A short memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at the LDS chapel 2721 E. 5th St., Menomonie.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank's name may be made to the LDS church or your local library.

Mary Bateman

Dunn County News, Wed, May 21, 2003, A6

Mary Bateman, age 96, of Colfax, died Saturday, May 17, 2003, at her home in Colfax.

Mary was born Sept. 28, 1906, in Reilinger, Germany, to Jacob and Pauline (Waldbuesser) Buchner. On June 29, 1926, she married Chester Bateman in Stillwater, Minn. Mary was employed as a C.N.A. at the Northern Colony in Chippewa Falls and later at the county home in Menomonie.

Mary and Chester owned and operated a bar/hotel/restaurant in Colfax and farmed in the Town of Grant for many years. She was a longtime member of the Holden Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her grandson, Allan (Marlys) Kruger; three great-grandchildren, Kelly, Tracy and Allison; two sisters, Lena (Lewis) Olson and Lorraine (Lavern) Miller; and one sister-in-law, Alma Buchner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chester; one daughter, Delores Christensen; three sisters, Amelia Fagerland, Louise Langer and Elsie Sudbrink; and one brother, Bill Buchner.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 20, 2003, from the Holden Lutheran Church with Pastor Jeannie Warner officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.

Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax handled arrangements.

Clifford O. Marlett

Dunn County News, Wed, May 21, 2003, A6

Clifford O. Marlett, age 84, of Menomonie, died Friday, May 16, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Clifford was born Nov. 28, 1918, in the Town of Tiffany to Bert and Nellie (Keck) Marlett. He lived most of his life in the Dunn County area.
Clifford married Lucille Donicht on Aug. 24, 1940, in Stillwater, Minn. He served in the U.S. Navy from Oct. 28, 1944, to Nov. 1, 1945. Upon returning, he went to work for the Dunn County Highway Department, retiring in 1982.

Clifford enjoyed fishing, visiting with people, and he worked on woodcrafts as a hobby.

Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, six brothers, and five sisters.

Clifford is survived by his wife, Lucille Marlett of Menomonie; a son, Barry (Patricia) Marlett of Menomonie; two daughters, Diana (Dennis) Lentz of Eau Claire and Joyce (Lewie) Benitz of Wisconsin Rapids; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at the Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City with the Rev. Ralph Thompson officiating. Burial was in Mound Cemetery in Downing.

Alvin Glen Iverson

Dunn County News, Wed, May 21, 2003, A6

Alvin Glen Iverson, age 83, of Spring Valley, died Friday, May 16, 2003, at the Spring Valley Health Care Center.

Alvin was the first-born and only child of Clarence and Mattie (Helgeson) Iverson on May 16, 1920. He was born on the family farm in Town of Cady in St. Croix County and was baptized at the parsonage of the Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville. In 1933, he was confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church.

Alvin attended the Denver School and was allowed to start at age 5 and completed eighth grade at age 13. He then enrolled in Woodville High School, graduating with the class of 1937 and was salutatorian.

Alvin enrolled in a two-year Rural Education course at River Falls State Teachers College and taught a short time in a country school. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio, for a few years, then moved back to Wisconsin in the fall of 1941. He found work in Minneapolis, Minn., at the National Bushing and Auto Parts Co.

In June 1941, Alvin entered the U.S. Air Force and made a career serving his country for 25 years. He was a U.S.A.F. retired personnel officer.

On April 10, 1943, Alvin married Mildred Steiro at Trinity Lutheran Church at Minnehaha Falls, Minn. After retiring from the Air Forde, Alvin worked at several jobs in Fort Worth and Wisconsin, including selling insurance for Lutheran Brothrhood, working at General Dynamics, and working at Sons Tool in Woodville. He was also a handyman and a carpenter and built custom cabinets. He was very active in the church and served in many ways. His hobbies included woodworking, genealogy, and writing family stories. He loved to do research on his computer about family histories.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife, Milly, who died in 1996.

Survivors include three sons, Alvin A. (Dora) Iverson if Baytown, Texas, Paul (Sue) Iverson of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Matthew (Margaret) Iverson of Newport, Minn.; four daughters, Marie (Bill) Stanley of San Antonio, Texas, Catherine Iverson of Lakewood, Colo., Christine (Valerian) Ahles of Atchison, Kan., and Sue Lynn (Robert) Gilbertson of Spring Valley; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Monday, May 19, 2003, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Carmen Peterson officiating. Mary Nelson was organist with congregational singing. Cremation was in Eau Claire. Military honors were provided by Ricker-Danielson American Legion Post #227 of Spring Valley.

Pallbearers were Paul Iverson, Tyler Gilbertson, Aaron Ahles-Iverson, Erik Iverson, Benjamin Ahles-Iverson, Alvin A. Iverson, Matthew Iverson and Phoebe Ahles-Iverson.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Louis A. Wooley

Dunn County News, Wed, May 21, 2003, A6

Louis A. Wooley, age 84, of Burkburnett, Texas, died Sunday, May 11, 2003.

Mr. Wooley was born in Ridgeland and attended schools there and in Menomonie. He served in the CCC in Northern Wisconsin and in North Menomonie. He enlisted in Company A, 32nd Division, Wisconsin National Guard. He left with Company A for training and served in World War II with that unit in the South Pacific area, including New Guinea and Australia.

After the war, he returned to Menomonie and worked at the pressure cooker plant for two years. He was active in Post 1039 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving as senior vice commander. The Post was then located down by the lake in the former Milling Company office building.

He re-enlisted in the Army when work became scarce in the area. He retired after 20 years from the Air Force as a master sergeant in 1963 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He served in the Army and Air Force in this country, Germany and Italy.

Mr. Wooley's first wife, Thelma Barker, died in 1966. He married Lorena Edwards in 1973. Lorena died in 1998.

Mr. Wooley's sister, Hazel Palmer; his mother, Florence, and his father, Albert, preceded him in death.

Survivors include two stepdaughters; one stepson; a sister, Carla Moberg of Minneapolis, Minn.; and a brother, John Wooley of Sturtevant.

He was much loved by his many nieces and nephews. He was Uncle Louis to them all. The family wishes to especially note the loving care bestowed on Louis by his special friend, Sue Price of Burkburnett.

Cremation has taken place and burial of the cremains will be at Lake Placid, Fla., beside his wife, Thelma.

William J. Burke

Dunn County News, Wed, May 21, 2003, A6

William J. Burke, age 76, of Elk Mound, died Saturday, May 17, 2003, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2003, at Evergreen Cemetery, Town of Elk Mound, Dunn County, with the Rev. Dean Brockmeir officiating.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.
 

Dwight E. Crosby

Dunn County News, Wed, May 21, 2003, A6

Dwight E. Crosby, age 73, of Colfax, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born July 31, 1929, in Menomonie to Dick and Alice (Jones) Crosby. Dwight was raised in the Town of Sherman on the family farm. He attended Blanchard Grade School and graduated in 1947 from Boyceville High School.

Dwight married Joan Lunn on May 20, 1953, at the Colfax Lutheran Church in Colfax. Together, they farmed the Crosby family farm in the Town of Sherman until retiring in 1989, when they sold the farm and moved to Colfax.

He was a member of the Colfax Lutheran Church and Northwest Rod and Gun Club of Dunn County, and a past member of Dunn County Farm Bureau and other various cooperatives.

In his early years, Dwight was an avid roller-skater. He also enjoyed skiing, fishing and hunting. Later, he enjoyed reading, playing cards, doing word-find puzzles, and pulling good jokes. He was a sports fan, especially of Colfax High School. After retiring, he enjoyed traveling to visit family around the country. Dwight will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Dwight is survived by his wife, Joan Crosby; one son, Richard Crosby of Colfax; two daughters, Mary (Alan) Peterson of Ridgeland and Rose (Charles) Mueller of Colfax; three grandchildren, Chad Peterson of Menomonie and Bethany and Heidi Peterson of Ridgeland (Heidi was the proud godmother of Dwight); one great-granddaughter, Ivy Jo Harmon of Ridgeland; a special friend, Howard Lambertson of Colfax; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2003, at the Colfax Lutheran Church in Colfax with the Rev. Leslie Walck officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery in the Town of Sherman at a later date.

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.

   
Zelda L. Cale

Dunn County News, Wed, May 28, 2003, A6

Zelda L. Cale, age 91, of Woodville, died Thursday, May 22, 2003, at Park View Nursing Home in Woodville.

The former Zelda Lila Pitzrick was born on March 3, 1912, in the Township of Stanton, Dunn County, to Charles and Alaura Irene (Raprager) Pitzrick. She attended Meadow Brook grade school in the Town of Stanton and graduated from the eighth grade.

Zelda married Clifford T. Cale on April 12, 1933, in Minneapolis, Minn. Clifford was a dairy farm hand and Zelda worked with her husband on different dairy farms. Zelda also worked as a waitress, she worked a few years in the Freeman Shoe Factory in Beloit, and then several years at the Amplyfone Electronic Factory at Richmond, where she was working when Clifford suffered a major stroke in 1970. Zelda quit her job in 1973 and took Clifford home to care for him until 1989, when she injured her back in a bad fall. Zelda cared for Clifford for almost 16 years before he had to then go to the Park View Nursing Home.

Zelda was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, having joined a few months ago. She belonged to the Busy Fingers Craft Club, did embroidery and other sewing and also enjoyed reading, writing letters, and playing cards. In her early years she liked to square dance and other dances.

Zelda was a kind and loving person. She enjoyed people and was willing to give a helping hand to anyone who needed it. She will be sadly and greatly missed by all who knew her.

Zelda is survived by a brother-in-law, Richard (Luella) Cale of Menomonie, several nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her parents; her husband, Clifford; two sisters, Alma and Julia; and two brothers, Walter and Fred; several aunts and uncles and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2003, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Keith Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery, Township of Lucas, Dunn County.

Friends are welcome on Sunday from noon until the time of service at the funeral home.

David L. Rasmussen

Dunn County News, Wed, May 28, 2003, A6

David L. Rasmussen, age 59, of Menomonie, died Sunday, May 25, 2003, at Myrtle Werth Hospital -- Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

David was born May 16, 1944, in Menomonie to David E. and Margaret (Schultz) Rasmussen. He attended the Beaver Valley rural school and later graduated from Glenwood City High School. David entered the U.S. Navy, where he served four years. Upon his return he attended UW-Stout in Menomonie, where he earned a Bachelor's degree.

David married Darlene Schlosser on Jan. 29, 1977, at St. Henry's Church in Eau Galle. David worked several years for Dunn County Salvage and later worked for Menomonie Disposal and for Cenex 45, all in Menomonie. David enjoyed riding motorcycle, fishing and working.

David is preceded in death by his father, David E. in 1998, and sister Donna Jean.

David is survived by a son, James Rasmussen of Tony; mother, Margaret Rasmussen of Glenwood City; two brothers and one sister, Philip Rasmussen and wife Shirley of Fond du Lac, Paul Rasmussen and wife Jan of Glenwood City, and Ilene Claflin and husband Roger of Elmwood; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, May 28) at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Glenwood City, with Rev. Ralph Thompson officiating. Interment will be in the Glenwood City Cemetery at a later date.

Friends may call one hour prior to services today (Wednesday) at the church,

Everts Funeral Home served the family.

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