Dunn County, WI Obituaries
May 2004

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
May 2, 2004 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Allen Charles Phillips

Dunn County News, Sun, May 2, 2004, A6

Allen Charles Phillips, age 55, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born Jan. 30, 1949, in Menomonie to Jesse L. and Mavis (Burck) Phillips and baptized at Peace Lutheran Church. He attended Twin Hill Elementary School in the town of Weston and Menomonie High School.

Allen resided in Dunn County all his life, working on the family farm and also at Phillips and Sons Feed Mill. He loved fishing, playing cards, especially cribbage, and bike riding, and enjoyed drinking coffee and visiting with good friends.

Allen is survived by two sisters and two brothers, Irene M. (Edwin) Johnson of Spring Valley, Raymond L. Phillips of Elmwood, Russell B. Phillips of Menomonie, and Audrey A. (Larry) Stabenow of Wheeler; many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Otto and Anna Burck and Burleigh and Olive Phillips; his parents, Jesse and Mavis Phillips; and a nephew, Kyle James Stabenow.

Funeral services were Friday, April 30, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial was in Grand View Cemetery in the town of Dunn, Dunn County.
 

Edward H. Erickson

Dunn County News, Sun, May 2, 2004, A6

Edward H. Erickson, age 43, of Eau Claire, died suddenly Wednesday, April 28, 2004, in Eau Claire.

Ed was born on Dec. 29, 1960, to the late Leonard and Sally (Russell) Erickson in Ashland. He grew up on Madeline Island. On April 30, 1983, Ed married Renee Lynette Reynolds. They moved to Elk Mound in 1983. Ed loved his children, cat Fred, construction work, traveling, his big red truck, his tools and the Ski Sprite family.

He is survived by his wife, Renee; sons, Kelsey Russell Erickson (Ashley Luer) and Kyle August Erickson; and a daughter, Mackenzie Anne Erickson, all of Eau Claire; brothers, Evan (Waggie) Erickson and Jimmy Erickson, all of Madeline Island; sisters, AnyaErickson of Florida, Kathryn Erickson (Paul Haugli), of Elk Mound; nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Family and friends are invited to attend memorial gathering on Sunday, May 2, 2004, (today) from 3-5 p.m. at Evergreen Funeral Home, Golf Road (one block East of Hwy 93), in Eau Claire. Interment will be at a later date. Evergreen Funeral Home is serving the family.

 

Kenneth Franklyn Benson

Dunn County News, Sun, May 2, 2004, A6

Kenneth Franklyn Benson of Victorville, Calif., went home to his Heavenly Father on April, 8, 2004. He was a resident of the High Desert for more than 15 years.

Kenneth was born in Eagle Point in Chippewa County, on Oct. 30, 1917, and lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota until 1950 when he moved his family to Anaheim, Calif. He married Helen Shirley McGee of Glenwood City. For most of his life he was a building contractor, building many prestigious homes in the West Anaheim area. In his early years, he worked at the tire company, Gillette, in Eau Claire. Kenneth was a proud member of the United States Army Air Corp and was stationed in India during the second World War.

Kenneth received his 50-year pin from the Elks Club in 2004 and was a real good friend of Bill W. and Dr. Bob for 22 years.

Kenneth is survived by his large family including daughter Kendra (and Doug) Hankins of Victorville, daughter Kathlyn (and Bill) Jackson of Apple Valley, son Scott (and Deborah) Benson of Victorville, daughter Juliann Valencia (and David Gatewood) of Apple Valley and stepdaughter Kathy McNabb of Westminster. He leaves one brother, Warren Benson of Minneapolis, and sister Ardis Lausted of Menomonie.

Kenneth was the blessed grandfather of Douglas and Rebecca Hankins, Dean and Twyla Hankins, Darin and Katie Rudd, David and Peggy Rudd, Danyelle Rudd and Greg DeCarlo, Dawn and Zoel Bastarache, Jason Gibson, Angel and Santos Adams, Anna and Jason Owens, Christopher Benson, Mark Valencia, and Joelle Schwarch and Gregory Benson. He was the blessed great-grandfather of Daniel, Chad, Domineeque, Kaitlyn, Danica, William, Zoel III, Parker, Destiny, Callie, Kalika, Hudson, Landon, Brianna, Austin, David Jr., Aubrey, Caslista and Sean. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Amanda Benson; brothers Rudolph, Harold and John; and sister Rosella, all of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

No services are scheduled. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kenneth's name to a charity of your choice or to MADD.


God looked around His garden and He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this earth and saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering; He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids and whispered "Peace be Thine."
It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn't go alone.
For part of us went with you the day God called you home.

Viola M. Steinmeyer

Dunn County News, Sun, May 2, 2004, A6

Viola M. Steinmeyer, age 92, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Viola Marie Schultz was born Jan. 27, 1912, in the town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to William and Victoria (Hansen) Schultz. She was raised in the town of Red Cedar and attended Cedar Falls Grade School.

Viola married Ole A. Steinmeyer on Sept. 18, 1930, in Menomonie. After farming eight years in the town of Menomonie, they moved to the town of Weston where they continued to farm until retiring in 1976.

Viola resided at Tantara Apartments in Menomonie the last 27 years where she enjoyed playing bingo. She was an active member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville. She was a member of a church circle and the quilting group. Viola loved her grandchildren very much and enjoyed spending time with her sisters and sisters-in-law. She also enjoyed fishing, bowling, dancing, and watching football and baseball games.

Viola is survived by one daughter, Janet Carter (Floyd Snyder) of Wheeler; a son-in-law, Pete (Lavonne) Bodette of Minnesota; a daughter-in-law, Ilene Steinmeyer of Menomonie; 14 grandchildren, Norman Suckow, James (Lisa) Suckow, Daniel (Patty) Suckow, Annette (Paul) Place, Yvonne (Chris) Goodell, Melvin Carter Jr., Steven (Kristy) Bodette, Randal (Michelle) Bodette, Mark (Heidi) Bodette, Peter T. (Janna) Bodette, Lisa (Tim) Bodette-Blattner, Stacy Steinmeyer (Roger Miller), Shawn Steinmeyer (Arleen Zachman), and Shantel Steinmeyer (David Miller); 33 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Joyce (Gilmer) Hagen, Mary (Kenneth) Tilleson, and Leotta Tilleson, all of Menomonie; one brother, Gerald (Barbara) Schultz of Hungry Horse, Mont.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ole Steinmeyer; a daughter, Betty Bodette; a son, Paul Steinmeyer; two brothers, William and Harold Schultz; one sister, Fern Boyes; two grandsons, William Suckow and Jeff Schultz; and one granddaughter, Nicole Bodette.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 1, 2004, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville with the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery in the town of Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Dunn County  News, Wed, May 5, 2004

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Arlene L. Kuesel

Dunn County News, Sun, May 9, 2004, A6

Arlene L. Kuesel, age 57, of Hudson, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at her home in Hudson.

Arlene was born July 18, 1946, in the town of Weston, Dunn County, the daughter of Walter and Esther (Krueger) Kuesel. Arlene grew up in this area. She attended schools in Elmwood and graduated in 1964 from Elmwood High School. Arlene lived most her adult life in the New Richmond and Hudson areas.
Arlene is survived by two sisters, Carolyn (Richard) Olson of Knapp and Rosie (fiancé John Culhane) McArthur of Prescott; a brother, John (Linda) Kuesel of Bay City; three aunts; one uncle; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Robert and Merlyn.

Funeral services are 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 10, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran Church/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of services Monday at the church.

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

Vada R. Kinsley

Dunn County News, Sun, May 9, 2004, A6

Vada R. Kinsley, age 91, formerly of Wheeler, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at The Lutheran Home in River Falls.

The former Vada Ruth Hoag was born Aug. 21, 1912, in the Town of Otter Creek, Dunn County, to Irvin and Mary Ann (Calhoun) Hoag. She was raised in the Town of Otter Creek and attended Little Otter grade school. She then worked as a waitress in Wheeler and Menomonie before moving to Chicago where she continued doing waitress work.

Vada married LeRoy Kinsley in Chicago, where they lived for many years. He preceded her in death in 1965. Vada moved back to the Wheeler area and worked as a waitress in Minneapolis.

After selling her farm, Vada moved to an apartment in Boyceville before going to The Lutheran Home in River Falls.

Vada enjoyed snowmobiling and became a member of the Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club and Elk Point Sno-Mo-Nauts.

She also enjoyed dancing, visiting friends and relatives, and tending her flowers. She was a busy lady and always on the go. She never let any grass grow under her tires.

Vada is survived by a niece, Jean (Lyle) Rambo of Afton, Minn.; many great nieces and great nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LeRoy; a sister, Vera Noland, and a brother, Russell Hoag.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 10, 2004, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Gail Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Hay River Cemetery in the Town of Hay River, Dunn Co.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 6 p.m. today (Sunday) and an hour prior to the service on Monday.

Roy A. Schliesleder

Dunn County News, Sun, May 9, 2004, A6

Roy A. Schliesleder, age 75, of Rockford, Ill, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at Swedish American Hospital.

He was born March 22, 1929, in Milwaukee to Roy and Margaret Schliesleder. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Roy married Corrine J. Nygaard on Oct. 21, 1967, in Wheeler. He lived in Rockford and was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and a 20-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous.

His favorite pastime was playing golf with friends. He was employed as an instructor at Barbara Olson School of Hope and as a customer service representative at Patterson Dental, retiring in 1991.

Roy is survived by his wife, Corrine of Rockford, Ill.; one son, Albert Roy (Inae) Schliesleder, currently serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan; one daughter, Margaret (Bryan) Turner of Olive Branch, Ill.; five grandchildren, Nichele, Dustin and Nathan Turner, and Angela and Albert Jr. Schliesleder.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret.

There will be a celebration of Roy's life at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial will be in Hay River Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County, with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Family and friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Ann Marie Kurschner Crider

Dunn County News, Sun, May 9, 2004, A6

Ann Marie Kurschner Crider, age 64, of Baldwin, died suddenly on Monday, May 3, 2004, at the Baldwin Area Medical Center.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 8, 2004, at the Living Word Chapel in Forest with Pastor Randy Dean officiating. Burial was in New Haven Cemetery in Connorsville.

Arrangements were entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.

Dunn County News, Wed, May 12, 2004, A6

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Glenard Griffiths

Dunn County  News, Sun, May 16, 2004, A6

Glenard Griffiths, age 85, of Momence, Ill., died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at the Momence Meadows Nursing Home.

He was born Dec. 17, 1918, in Crooksville, Ohio, the son of Leonard and Rachel (Sowers) Griffiths. He married Maxine McCay on Nov. 19, 1942, in Forest Center. He pastored for the Church of the Nazarene for more than 40 years in Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois and Indiana and was presently affiliated with the First Church of the Nazarene in Kankakee, Ill.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and his hobbies included wood crafts, fishing and telling stories.

He is survived by a daughter, Marilyn (Keith) Boelk of Bourbonnais, Ill.' a sister, Eva Grace Boughman of Zanesville, Ohio; two brothers, Raymond (Mary) Griffiths and Willis and Hazel Griffiths, all of Zanesville, Ohio; a brother-in-law, Branson Spring of Delaware, Ohio; two grandchildren, Heather (Jon) Thompson of Longmont, Colo., and Brian Boelk of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and great nieces and grand nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, who passed away Dec. 19, 1994; parents; twin brother, Leonard Griffiths; and sister, Theodora Spring.

Services were Thursday, May 13, 2004, at the First Church of the Nazarene with Dr. Norman Bloom officiating. Burial was Saturday, May 15, 2004, in the Forest Center Cemetery.

Memorials to hospice are requested.

The Bourbonnais Chapel on the Schreffler Funeral Homes handled arrangements.

Jean Elaine (Fortin) Noel

Dunn County  News, Sun, May 16, 2004, A6

Jean Elaine (Fortin) Noel, age 61, of Chandler, Ariz., died Friday, April 20, 2004, in Phoenix, Ariz., following a lengthy illness.

She was born on July 18, 1942, in Menomonie to James Antim and Margaret Rachel Proper Fortin. She attended schools in Menomonie, graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School, and attended UW-Eau Claire.

Jean moved from her native Wisconsin to Arizona in 1971. She worked many years for Motorola, where she retired as an electronics supervisor. Jean had a sparkling personality and never knew a stranger.

Jean is survived by her loving husband, Duane Ray Noel; a son, Todd Michael Brewer (Shariann Summerrain) of Colorado; a daughter, Mari-Hope Brewer of Arizona; granddaughters, Kaylin Jean Brewer, Quincey Thompson and Darin Thompson; brother, Skip Fortin of Jefferson; a sister, Mary Jo (Fortin) Cockeram of Rockford, Ill.; lifelong friends, Susan and Don Lane of Fort Wayne, Ind.; an aunt, Delma Rose Weber of Boyceville; an uncle, John Fortin of Murrey, Ky.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bob Fortin.

A visitation was held on Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at the Chapel of Bueler Mortuary, Chandler, Ariz. Services followed. Graveside services were held on Saturday, May 8, 2004, at the Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah.

Arrangements by Bueler Mortuary.

Mabel K. Hintzman

Dunn County  News, Sun, May 16, 2004, A6

Mabel K. Hintzman, age 81, of Colfax, currently residing at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie, went to be with her Lord and her husband on Wednesday, May 12, 2004.

The former Mabel Kathryn Hendricks was born May 15, 1922, in the town of Weston, Dunn County, to Lonnie and Sina (Steinmeyer) Hendricks. Mabel married Kenneth Hintzman on Dec. 26, 1942, in Menomonie. They had recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. They had a very special loving relationship. Out of this marriage three daughters were born: Barbara, Judith and Helen.

Mabel graduated in 1940 from Menomonie High School. She worked at Montgomery Wards in Menomonie for 17 years and for nine years she did housekeeping in one of the residential halls at UW-Stout. Mabel was a wonderful mother, homemaker, seamstress and gardener. She was a woman of many talents.

Mabel and her husband were members of the VFW and Peace Lutheran Church. Mabel also belonged to the Priscilla Circle. After retiring in 1982, Mabel and Ken bought a home on Tainter Lake. They loved to spend their retirement fishing, traveling, playing cards, and entertaining their family and friends at their lake home.

Mabel will be remembered for her love of life, her laughter, her wonderful smile, and her ability to look at life with happiness and enjoyment. She will be sadly missed and always remembered as a great wife and mother.

Mabel is survived by three daughters, Barbara (Fred) Drinkman of Downing, Judie (Jack) Weber of High Point, N.C., and Helen (Gary C.) Stevens of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Bruce Drinkman of Glenwood City, Diane Drinkman of Madison, Scott (Shirley) Drinkman of Downing, and Tammy (Dan) Luther of Barron; seven great-grandchildren, Angela, Joshua and Samantha Drinkman of Glenwood City, Jordan and Erin Drinkman of Downing, and Brandon and Brittany Luther of Barron; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away in December 2003; her father, Lonnie Hendricks; her mother, Sina Hendricks-Sweeney, and stepfather, Floyd Sweeney; two brothers, William "Bud" Hendricks and Raymond Hendricks; two sisters, Lorraine Giere and infant Luella Hendricks; two sisters-in-law, Helen Hendricks and Frences Hendricks; one brother-in-law, Vernon Giere; and a very special friend, Arlys Laberee.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 15, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery in the town of Sherman.

God looked around his garden and He found an empty place,
He then looked down upon this earth and saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest,
God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering; He knew you were in pain.
He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids and whispered "Peace be Thine."
It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn't go alone,
For part of us went with you the day God called you home.

Doris L. Spielman

Dunn County  News, Sun, May 16, 2004, A6

Doris L. Spielman, age 85, formerly of Boyceville, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Doris was born April 6, 1919, in Boyceville to Otto E. and Anna M. (Krug) Skamser. She was a lifelong resident of Boyceville where she was confirmed in 1934 at St. John's Lutheran Church. Doris married Gale Spielman on Oct. 4, 1940, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boyceville. As a longtime member of St. John's, she served as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher and belonged to the Altar Guild and Ladies Aid.

Doris worked along side her husband, Gale, at the Boyceville Feed Mill from 1953 until retiring in 1970. Doris became a resident of the Dunn County Health Care Center in 2003.

Doris is survived by her husband, Gale Spielman of Menomonie; a son, Dorian (Aneta) Spielman of Menomonie; two grandsons, Drew (Melissa) Spielman of De Pere and Wyatt Spielman of Menomonie; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Helen Spielman and Orland (Myrtle) Spielman; nephews, Ronald Grutt of Boyceville, Keith Smith and Douglas (Cindi) Spielman; nieces, Theolyn Bacher of Cape Canaveral, Fla., Karen (Timothy) Larson, Lynn (David) Dummer and Janice (Martin) Engel; many great-nieces and great-nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Tayah Larson, Charlotte Evenson and Viola Grutt.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, May 17, 2004, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Keith Leidich officiating. Burial will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Susan M. Cropp

Dunn County News, Wed, May 19, 2004, A6

Susan M. Cropp, age 53, of Eau Claire, formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, May 17, 2004, at her home.

Susan was born Jan. 30, 1951, in Menomonie to Keith and Bernetta (Erickson) Cropp. She was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Susan graduated in 1969 from Menomonie High School. She graduated in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a bachelor of science degree in home economics. After graduation, Susan worked at Weather Shield in Medford as a payroll director for a few years before becoming a homemaker. Susan moved to Eau Claire in 1992 and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Susan loved and cherished her family. She also loved animals. Susan liked to make crafts, kit and sew, and was a good seamstress.

Susan is survived by a daughter, Katherine (Elvis) Bauman of Rhinelander; her parents, Keith and Bernetta Cropp of Knapp; a brother, Robert (Kimberly) Cropp of Durand; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Tramway Cemetery, town of Menomonie.

Friends are welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from 10 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church.

Lawrence Braaten

Dunn County News, Wed, May 19, 2004, A6

Lawrence Braaten, age 89, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2004, in Orlando, Fla.

He was born July 15, 1914, in Colfax, the son of the late Melvin O. Braaten and Julia Hanson Braaten.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Jesse Erpenbach, of 67 years of marriage; two daughters, Jane (David) Weiss of Randallstown, Md., and Patricia (Bryce) Valek of Gloucester, Va.; a son, Robert (Linda) Braaten of Chesapeake, Va.; two brothers, Merlyn Braaten of Menomonie and Paul Braaten of Lakeville, Minn.; his grandchildren, Michael, Jennifer, Bryan, Karen, Ryan and Laura; and his great-grandchild, Alyssa.

He grew up on a farm in Elk Mound, graduated in 1936 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and returned to earn a master's degree in 1950.

He was a World War II veteran, having served on The USS White Plains during the Bettle of Leyte Gulf, and then serving in the Naval Reserve for 30 years.

He retired from the Federal Civil Service in 1979, having served with the Veterans Administration, Bureau of Naval Personnel, and the U.S. Office of Education in Washington, D.C. He enjoyed his home in Arlington, Va., for more than 25 years and also in Orlando.

Two sports he definitely loved: basketball, where he was a referee for 30 years, and golf, where he made three holes-in-one during his many years of playing the game.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 300 East Church St., Orlando, FL 32801. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery.

Donations may be made in his memory to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home and Lake Ivanhoe Chapel in Orlando handled arrangements.

Glen V. Howe

Dunn County News, Wed, May 19, 2004, A6

Glen V. Howe, age 70, of Elk Mound, died Sunday, May 16, 2004, at his home with hospice after a long and courageous battle with COPD and cancer with his family by his side.

Glen was born Feb. 25, 1934, in Elk Mound to Vernon and Olive (Longberg) Howe. He was baptized and confirmed at the Lutheran church in Elk Mound. He attended school in Elk Mound and served his country in the National Guard and the U.S. Marine Corps. On May 22, 1954, he married Faylene Keilholz at the Colfax Lutheran Church. Together, they raised seven children.

Glen was employed at Zutter's Elevator in Elk Mound, Coca Cola in Eau Claire, American Brass, Kahler's Plumbing and Heating in Kenosha, and Walters Brewery and Uniroyal in Eau Claire. He was also a stationary engineer at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois. Glen was a member of Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church in Elk Mound and a 50-year member of Howe-Path Post No. 37 of the American Lagion.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Faylene; three daughters, Susan Howe, Denise (Casey) Anderson and Danita Howe, four sons, Steven (Lori), Jerome (Laurie), Jeffry and Lenn (Kandy) Howe; grandchildren, Nicole, Joshua (Liz) and Natasha Price, Damion (Marilyn), Stefan, Anthony (Jenny), Timothy, Amanda, Benjamin, Jacob, Dayn and Lea Howe, and Destiny and Deja Curry; great-grandchildren, Israel Lachapelle, and Courtney, Dyllan, Olivia and Ezekeal Price; a sister-in-law, Mary Brenden; a brother-in-law, Delmer (Maizie) Chapman; uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his faithful companion, Rascal.

He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, a sister, Karen Chapman, and brothers-in-law, Lynn Keilholz and Fred Brenden.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church with Pastor Dean Brockmeier officiating. Burial will be in Barum Church Cemetery.

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

Because of construction of STH 40, it is recommended that visitors take CTH H to CTH M to Colfax.

Patricia "Pat" Naland

Dunn County News, Wed, May 19, 2004, A6

Patricia "Pat" Naland, of Menomonie, died Sunday, May 16, 2004, in Rochester, Minn.

She was born Sept. 16, 1937, in Lincoln, Neb., to Lester and Nelda Sherman. She was raised in Lincoln, earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1959, and a master's degree in counseling in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She worked at Lutheran Social Services in Menomonie and Eau Claire until she became ill.

She married Paul Naland on Sept. 14, 1958.

She spent many years in International Falls, Minn., as well as Menomonie. She enjoyed reading, travel, holidays with the family, and her beloved cats.

She is survived by her husband, Paul; brother, Richard Sherman of Hawaii; sons, Robert of Fargo, N.D., and Randy of Eveleth, Minn.; daughters, Kris Geer of Brownton, MInn., Kathy of Minneapolis, Minn., and Karen Freeman of Spirit Lake, Iowa; and grandchildren, Alicia, Brooke, Aaron, Loren, Gretchen, Michael and Samuel.

There will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.

A memorial service is scheduled in Menomonie at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

The family would prefer memorials sent to the Forever Families Endowment at Lutheran Social Services, 3136 Craig Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

Goldie H. Ockler

Dunn County News, Sun, May 23, 2004, A6

Goldie H. Ockler passed away on Thursday, May 20, 2004, at the home of her daughter, Donna, in Missoula, Mont., where she has resided for the past 12 years. She was 103 years young.

Goldie was born in Menomonie to Joseph and Susan Rice on Nov. 25, 1900. She had five sisters and one brother. She attended school in Wisconsin.

Goldie married Jake Ockler in 1917. They were married for 45 years. He passed away in 1962. There were five children by this union: Harold, Clarence, Lloyd, Donnabell and Robert. She worked at Stout State University in Menomonie for 12 years as a cook. In 1951, they moved to Missoula. Goldie then went to work for the University of Montana as a vegetable cook for 15 years, retiring in 1966.

Goldie enjoyed cooking and was especially known for her cinnamon rolls. cookies and donuts. She made the sweetest Kool-Aid ever made. She loved working in her yard and flower gardens, knitting, crocheting, sewing, beadwork, and several other crafts. She found great enjoyment spending time with each of her grandchildren. She also loved plane rides. She was a very good seamstress and made many of the clothes the family wore.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters and brother; her husband, Jake Ockler; three brothers, Clarence, Harold and Lloyd; a grandson, Marlin Stubb, son-in-law, Arthur Stubb; and daughters-in-law, Eunice Ockler and Mildred Ockler.

She is survived by her daughter, Donnabell Stubb of Missoula; a son, Robert (Marilynn) Ockler of Anaconda; a niece, Agnes Nelson of Wisconsin; grandchildren, Darrell (Rona) Ockler of Utah, Sandra (Jerry) Wickes of Missoula; Harlan (Nora) Ockler of Six Mile, Shirleen (Galen Engelbart) Warthen of Iowa, Debra (Bill) Arnott of Arizona, Joe (Mary Ellen) Stubb of Missoula, Dawn (Bob) Gilbert of Wisconsin, Bill (Diane) Ingalls of California, Tim Ockler of Illinois, Robyn Ockler of California, and Sean (Shanell) Ockler of Iowa; 44 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers: great-grandchildren -- Gary Stubb, Greg Wickes, Lon Ockler, Shad Ockler, Brian Arnott and Ben Arnott. Honorary pallbearers: Bill Ingalls, Joe Stubb, Bill Arnott, Darrell Ockler, Harlan Ockler, Jerry Wickes, Sean Ockler, Tom Ockler and Galen Engelbart.

Donations may be sent to 707 Defoe St., Missoula, MT, to go to the charity the deceased requested.

A memorial service will be held at Livingston Malletta & Geraghty Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 25, at 1 p.m. with an interment service immediately following at the Missoula City Cemetery. There will be a luncheon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church after burial.

Shirlee A. Owen

Dunn County News, Sun, May 23, 2004, A6

Shirlee A. Owen, age 64, of Elk Mound, died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at her home in the town of Spring Brook, rural Elk Mound, Dunn County.

Shirlee was born Sept. 8, 1939, in Elk Mound, the daughter of Norman "Brownie" and Dorothy Grutt Schrantz. Shirlee grew up in Elk Mound, graduating in 1957 from Elk Mound High School. After high school, she worked for five years in Minneapolis as a secretary.

Shirlee returned to Elk Mound where she met and married Richard Owen on May 8, 1965, in Elk Mound. After marriage, they lived in Palmyra, where she worked at a restaurant and at the Palmyra Elementary School as a cook. They returned to rural Elk Mound in 1976 where she worked for the University of Wisconsin-Stout in food service for 25 years, retiring May 10, 2002.

Shirlee is survived by a son, Michael (Sue Stage) Schrantz of Eau Claire; a daughter, Tamara (Dennis) Pahl of Wheeler; six grandchildren, William and Tara Pahl, Jessie Schrantz, and Kelly, Tessa and Emily Stage; a sister, Sandra (Wilbur) Hase of Waukesha; an aunt and godmother, Ede Schrantz of Elk Mound; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leonard and Ruby Owen of Elk Mound; and a brother-in-law, Dennis (Judy) Owen of Eau Claire.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Richard in 2001.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 22, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Henry Hoerburger officiating. Burial was in the Falls City Cemetery, town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

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

James W. Hardy

Dunn County News, Sun, May 23, 2004, A6

James W. Hardy, age 84, of Menomonie, died Saturday, May 22, 2004 at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born March 31, 1920, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to William and Anna (Hartz) Hardy. Jim attended grade school at Shady Lawn School near Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1938.

In October of 1941, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army and was taking infantry training at Fort Frances E. Warren, Cheyenne, Wy., when WW II was declared. He was transferred into the U.S. Army Air Corps in January of 1942 and was stationed at Merced Air Force Training Base, Merced, Ca., as chief clerk of the Commissary Department.

After discharge from the service in 1945, Jim went to work as administrative manager at Cook's Steak and Chop House in downtown Los Angeles, where he met Harriette E. Schneider. They were later married on Oct. 10, 1972.

Jim also managed Liquor Stores and Junior Markets in the Los Angeles area from 1952 until his retirement in 1985. After retirement, Jim and his wife moved back to Menomonie to live. They enjoyed going to the Bolo Inn with friends and relatives.

Jim is survived by two sisters-in-law, Lois (Charles) Loftquist of Woodbury, Minn., and Lois Hardy of Chetek; a special niece, Elaine Hilmanowski of Downsville, and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriette; his mother and father; three brothers, Wilbert, LaVern, and Louis Hardy, and three sisters, Reitta Hilmanowski, Evelyn Karlen and Helen Hardy.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 25, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Paul Pillman officiating. Burial will be in Elmhurst Cemetery in St. Paul, Minn., with Military Honors.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and an hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie or charity of donors choice.

Robert R. Gavic

Dunn County News, Wed, May 26, 2004, A6

Robert R. Gavic, well-known trial attorney, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2004, at his home in Spring Valley.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Jorv Gavic (Jaci) of River Falls, Jeri Quy (Sam) and Jean Gavic (Louis Bochenski), both of Woodbury, Minn., and Kari Delaney (John) of Stillwater, Minn.; a brother, Ralph Gavic (Pat); a sister-in-law, Janet Gavic; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his stepchildren, Todd Traynor (Corrie) of Rocklin, Calif., Lori Traynor of River Falls, Tom Traynor (Rosie) of Irvine, Calif., and Mike Traynor of Chicago; 13 grandchildren (Kaci, Brandon, Collin and Mackenzie Gavic, Olivia Quy, Lindsey and Kathryn Anderson, Kiandra Trealoff, and Kevin, Megan, Walker, Ayden and Korinn Delaney); and four stepgrandchildren (Tyler, Kathleen, Aiden and Brenden Traynor).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Matilda Gavic; his brothers, Vernon Gavic and Baby Gavic; and his first wife, Violet, with whom he had his four children.

Robert "Bob" was born on Nov. 8, 1926, in Spring Valley and baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at St. John's Lutheran Church.

After graduating in 1944 from Spring Valley High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Corps, serving as a radio operator until his honorable discharge in 1946.

Following his discharge from the service, Bob attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and subsequently Drake University Law School, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1951.

He was admitted to the Iowa Bar in May 1951 and was then appointed as a special agent for the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In 1953, he resigned his appointment and was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar to begin his private practice of law in his home town of Spring Valley, where he continued to practice until a few months before his death.

In addition to his extensive law practice, Bob was involved in many community activities to which he freely devoted his time, energies and expertise. Among other things, he was a member of Wisconsin American Legion Post 0227, and one of those most responsible for the construction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Eau Galle dam, reservoir and park, the annexation of properties necessary to the growth of Spring Valley, the purchase and modernization of the Bank of Spring Valley, the construction of the Spring Valley Golf Course, and the present post office.

Together with a few Vikings football players, a Twin Cities orthopedic specialist, and a former law school buddy practicing law in St. Paul, he formed a fast food franchise known as "The Quarterback Club." And then, of course, there were the expandable travel trailer, the snowmobile "kick-start," and the Arizona School of Umpires, all of which Bob did the work on and which made money for some, but not for Bob.

Those who still remember Bob as a boy recall that he worked in his father's automobile agency, doing whatever there was for him to do, that he clerked at what was known as the "Davis Store" in Spring Valley while in high school, and gained local fame regarding the selling of "red suspenders." He was known as a fierce competitor on the basketball court, both in high school and college.

Many of the "old-timers" remember the famous Duffy"s Darlings baseball team of 1947, which Harry Duffy of Duffy's Cleaners coached and on which Bob, Bill Rudesill, Gordon Emerson, Bryon and "Cub" Brooks, Al Johnson, Lefty Hanson, and others played. The team lost to Ellsworth in a 14-inning playoff game to see who would go to the state tournament, a loss, which in later years, Bob revenged by coaching a successful Spring Valley team.

This competitiveness carried over into his practice of law. At times, he had associates who practiced with him, and his son, Jorv, was associated with him for many years and at the time of his death.

Essentially, though, Bob was a "loner" and an uncommonly gifted lawyer who took on difficult cases from many parts of the state (sometimes cases which other lawyers rejected), developed them through his own personal investigations, did his own trial preparation and research, and tried them alone in both state and federal courts. In an age when the approach to law increasingly is directed toward building files in preparation for settlement, Bob preferred to prepare for trial and let the juries decide. He believed that if the facts were properly presented, the jury would decide right. And, from his point of view, they almost always did. As one judge who presided over many of his trials said, "Juries liked him because he was honest, spirited, and he spoke their language, an uncommon lawyer who spoke the language of the common man, and even though sometimes even I couldn't figure out how they arrived at the verdicts in his favor, he was always able to somehow persuade me not to overturn them."

The sole assumption of responsibility for each of the many cases he tried, however, took its toll. And, over the years, their cumulative effect was more than he could find some way to cope with. In the end, in the one battle he fought for himself so courageously and as desperately as any of the battles he had fought for others all over the state, he could not win, even with the devoted support of his wife and family.

And then it was that God took his broken, exhausted body in his arms and said, "Come with me. You don't belong here anymore." And he left us.

Funeral services were Sunday, May 23, 2004, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. Rev. Christine Schneewind and Rev. Kenneth Sortedahl officiated the service. Mary Nelson was organist. Bob's granddaughter, Lindsey Anderson, sang a duet with her friend, Alejandro Carrera, and Bill Jenkinson provided other special music. Burial was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Spring Valley. Rickerd-Danielson American Legion Post 227 performed military honors at the cemetery with "Taps" played by Kara Gunderson. Pallbearers were Paul Gavic, Tom Gavic, Jim Gavic, Ken Sortedahl II, Gary Johnson and Jim Furuglyas.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Harold "Spike" Jackson Tubbs

Dunn County News, Wed, May 26, 2004, A6

Harold "Spike" Jackson Tubbs, age 91, of Eau Claire, formerly of Menomonie, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2004, at Heritage Assisted Living Facility with his wife of 69 years, Gwen, and his children at his side.

Spike was born Sept. 13, 1912, to the late Carl A. and Lavina J. (Woods) Tubbs in Tainter. He and his wife have resided the last 11 years in Eau Claire, and for the previous 58 years in Menomonie.
Spike worked for Menomonie Cenex (formerly Menomonie Farmers Union Cooperative) for 43 years and served as the manager for 32 of those years. During retirement, Spike and Gwen managed a sales portfolio with Knaack Specialty Advertising.

Spike was well-known in the Menomonie area. He was a charter member of the Menomonie Lions Club, he served on the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and is a past board member of the Farmers Credit Union.

Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn C. (Goodrich) Tubbs; his daughter, Sharon Ann Southard (Donald) of Eau Claire; his son, Myron Harold Tubbs (Sandy) of Greenfield; grandchildren, Donald W. Southard Jr. (Kristin) of Eau Claire, Gwen Southard-Schuppel (Jim) of Eau Claire, Christian Tubbs (Char) of Hartland, Stephen Tubbs (Tracey) of Brown Deer, Brian Tubbs (Terri) of Franklin, and Paul Tubbs of Greenfield; eight great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; two sisters, Nora Lokken of Menomonie and Nancy Clausen (Len) of Racine; stepbrothers; and stepsisters.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ralph Karnes; brother, Allen Tubbs; and two sisters, Adeline Staudenmayer and Nettie Myrick-Wojahn.

Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Evergreen Funeral Home, Golf Road, Eau Claire (one block east of Hwy. 93).

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, May 27, 2004, at the Lake Street Methodist Church, 337 Lake St., Eau Claire, with the Rev. E. Doyle Blanton officiating. Interment will be in the Cedar Falls Cemetery.

Memorials are requested to be sent to the Menomonie Lions Club, "In Memory of Spike Tubbs," P.O. Box 44, Menomonie, WI 54751, or to a charity of your choice.

Evergreen Funeral Home of Eau Claire is serving the family.

Nancy J. Prince

Dunn County  News, Sun, May 30, 2004, A6

Nancy J. Prince, 73, of Colfax, died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

Nancy was born June 13, 1930, in Colfax to J. Howard and Evelyn (Bratten) Paul. She was raised in Colfax and graduated from Colfax High School in 1948. On Aug. 9, 1952, she married Thomas Prince in Cheyenne, Wyo., and together they raised five children.

Nancy was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a member of the senior citizens organization, and a devoted volunteer at the Area Nursing Home, all in Colfax.

Survivors include two sons, John of Arizona and Mark of Illinois; three daughters, Susan (Scott Housenga) Prince of Colfax, Pam (Pat Michels) Secora of Chippewa Falls, and Paula (Tarry Turner) Prince of Colfax; a sister, Jane (Orville) Larson of Colfax; seven grandchildren, Chad, Kyle, Blake, Michelle, Ryan, Mallory and Marlley; Pat Michels' children, Jennifer, Kevin, Kyle and Brittney, and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas; a granddaughter, Chenoa; her mother and father-in-law, Gilbert and Leona Prince; two brothers-in-law, Arnold Sumstad and Denis Prince, and a nephew, Terry Prince.

Funeral services for Nancy will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk Mound with Father Hoerburger officialing. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Sampson Funeral Home, Colfax, where there will be a 7 p.m. prayer service.

God looked around His garden and He found an empty place.

He then looked down upon this earth and saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest.

God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain, He knew that you would never get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb.

So He closed your weary eyelids and whispered "Peace be Thine.."

It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn't go alone.

For part of us went with you the day God called you home.

Albert "Sam" Albertson

Dunn County  News, Sun, May 30, 2004, A6

Albert "Sam" Albertson was born on Feb. 24, 1934, in Winona, Minn., and died of leukemia on Sunday, May 23, 2004, at the VA Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and two tours of duty in Vietnam.

He was a former resident of Bennett Valley and Eleva, several USAF bases in the states and abroad, and most recently Colfax and Naylor, Mo.

He is survived by longtime companion, Marlys Canfield of Naylor; a son, Jeffrey (Joann) Albertson of Miami, Fla.; two grandchildren, Jeremy and Christina of Trenton, Fla.; a sister, Ardelle (John) Williamson of Trempealeau; a brother, Roger (Joan) Albertson of Mathis, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orvin and Arleen Albertson, and his grandparents, Albert and Anna Albertson and Samuel and Thea Stevens.

A memorial service will be held this week in Poplar Bluff, Mo., for family and friends. On Friday, June 18, at 11 a.m., family and friends will gather at the Sampson Funeral Home, 1017 Railroad Ave., Colfax, for a memorial service with the Rev. Thomas Boyer officiating.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 3 p.m. that day at the VA Cemetery in Spooner.

In lieu of flowers, please consider leukemia cancer research or the charity of your choice.

Berta F. Johnson

Dunn County  News, Sun, May 30, 2004, A6

Berta F. Johnson, age 61, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, Minn.

The former Berta Faye Barton was born Nov. 25, 1942, in Charles City, Iowa, to Howard and Eva (Helmke) Barton. The family moved to Wells, Minn., were Berta graduated from Wells High School. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Mankato State University in Mankato, Minn. On Oct. 2, 1962, she married Darrell Johnson in Wells.

Berta moved to Menomonie and taught children with learning disabilities in Menomonie elementary schools from 1976 until retiring. After retiring, she volunteered her time for the American Red Cross and Literacy Volunteers of America. She also enjoyed gardening and traveling and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Berta is survived by a daughter, Lori (Jeff) Rhudy of Rochester; two sons, Pat (Dyan) Johnson of Woodbury, Minn., and Michael Johnson; five grandchildren, Adam, Jarod and Bryan Rhudy and Taylor and Vanessa Johnson; one sister, Mary Beth (Jim) Sinkbell of Good Thunder, Minn.; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Eva Barton; her ex-husband, Darrell Johnson; and one brother, Bill Barton.

Funeral services were Friday, May 28, 2004, at the First Congregational Church-UCC in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Christina A. Walter

Dunn County  News, Sun, May 30, 2004, A6

Christina A. Walter, age 97, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Christina Adeline Lindstrom was born on Nov. 23, 1906, in Chippewa County to John and Frances (Mathis) Lindstrom. She moved with her parents to a farm in Burnside Valley near Urne where she was the oldest of 10 children.

Christina attended business college in St. Paul, Minn., and on-the-job training as a telephone operator and became the telephone operator in Eau Galle. She then moved to Menomonie and commenced a 22-year association with Wisconsin Bell Telephone Co.

Christina married Clarence C. Walter on May 18, 1928, in Stillwater, Minn. In 1940, her husband became Dunn County's traffic officer, and shortly after this, she resumed her work with the telephone company until her retirement in 1962. When Clarence was elected Dunn County Sheriff in 1964, she served as cook, matron and helpmate to her husband until he retired in 1968. They moved to their home on Tainter Lake where Christina lived until moving to The Oaks in April 2000.

Christian is survived by two sons, Clarence (Joan) Walter Jr. of Colfax and John Walter of Burke, Va.; seven grandchildren, Daniel (Marlene) Walter of Lincoln, Neb., Michael (Debra) Walter of Eau Claire, John (Ranae) Walter of Menomonie, David (Angeline) Walter of Eau Claire, Patricia (Randal) Harrington of Eugene, Ore., Scott (Agnes) Walter of Nancy, France, and Richard (Susan) Walter of Walnut Creek, Calif.; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Florence Abbott and Leona Grippen; one brother, John Lindstrom; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence; three sisters, Idell Johnson, Olive Stewart and Ruby Wamsley; two brothers, Alvin and Victor Lindstrom; and a daughter-in-law, Joyce Walter.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Brett Voigt officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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

Ila Wright

Dunn County  News, Sun, May 30, 2004, A6

Ila Seitz Patridge Green Wright, age 89, of Menomonie, died Friday, May 28, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Ila Lucile Seitz was born June 14, 1914, in Devon, Mont., to Frank and Lettie Mae (Myers) Seitz. Her mother died when Ila was just 11 days old. At the age of six months, a cousin, Nellie (Harvey) Patridge of Hatchville, Dunn County, took Ila and raised her. Harvey died in 1922. Nellie took her 5-year-old son, Glen, and 8-year-old Ila to Menomonie and found work. Ila graduated in 1934 from Menomonie High School.

She worked at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., and later worked at the Chippewa County Home in Chippewa Falls.

Ila married Thomas Charles Green of Waukesha on June 11, 1939. After his death in 1947, Ila and the children moved back to Menomonie in 1948. She worked in the cafeteria at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and later married Walter Wright on Nov. 24, 1973. After Walter's death in 1994, Ila moved to Minneapolis to be with her daughter. She returned to Menomonie in 1997 and lived at Autumn Village and the American Lutheran Home. She resided at the Dunn County Health Care Center since 2002.

Ila was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Peace Circle and Bible Study, and was one of the founders of the Sunshine Group at the church. She also enjoyed mending and sewing for the residents at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

She is survived by one daughter, Carol Ann (Lyle) Blair of Minneapolis; two sons, Thomas Charles Green of Hastings, Minn., and John Donald Green of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Neva Feiler of St. Paul, Minn.; two brothers, Carl (Laura) Seitz of Arizona and Grant Seitz of Alma; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Seitz of Rochester, Minn., and Elaine (Robert) Stein of Solon Springs; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Thomas Green; her second husband, Walter Wright; a sister, Zelda Ritzman; and three brothers, Rocsus, Leonard and Roy Seitz.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. today (Sunday) at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Family and friends are welcome to call one hour prior to services at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

NOTE: A correction appeared in the next issue of the newspaper.

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