Dunn County, WI Obituaries
May 2006

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May 3, 2006 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Richard H. Lake

Dunn County News, Wed, May 3, 2006, A6

Richard H. Lake, age 29, town of Hay River, passed away Friday, April 28, 2006, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Richie was born June 19, 1976, in Menomonie to Rick and Gloria (Retz) Lake.

He was a jack-of-all-trades and had a heart of gold. He loved playing games, not only with the children, but on children. His new-found family of Glory, Erica and Taylor made him so happy, no matter what they were doing.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, riding a 4-wheeler, off-road truck racing, driving tractor, playing paintball games, hunting and fishing.

He enjoyed, too, doing taxidermy work with his dad and uncle, working on the race truck, tractors and anything with power, tractor pulling, and spending special time with his family, friends and pets.

Richie is preceded in death by his grandfather, Herbert Lake; a cousin, MacKenzie Bussiere; an uncle, Emil “Butch” Retz Jr.; and a brother-in-law, Charles Frey.

Richie is survived by his parents, Rick and Gloria Lake of Boyceville; a sister, Jenny Lake (Jerry Conrad) of Mondovi; fiancé, Gloria Watts of Boyceville, and children, Erica and Taylor; grandparents, Alice Lake and Margaret and Emil Retz of Boyceville; in-laws, Charlienne Frey and Terry Conrad (Mike Smith); nieces and nephews, Cody, Hannah, Trevor, Daniel, Elizabeth, Chance, Anthony, Nicholas and Samatha; aunts and uncles, Jeff (Kelley) Lake, Lonna (Bill) Borgert, Aneta (Dorian) Spielman, Dede Nutter, Melanie Lake, Susan (Don) Klingman, Kathryn (Ted Seeger) Herdahl, Carla (Dennis) Miller, and Franklin (Julie) Retz; cousins, Jake, April, Jermey (Sue), Tonya, Tessa (Troy), Tina, Lisa (Todd) Wyatt, Drew (Melissa), Lindsey, Andrew, Alex, Elizabeth, Stephanie, Miranda, Stacy, Nerissa, Samuel, Tina, Andrea (Greg), Amanda, and Kari (Rich); dogs, Henry and Pepper; and many friends.

Richie will be sadly missed by all.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2006, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Paul Carlson officiating. Burial will be in the Hay River Cemetery, town of Hay River.

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

Brittany Ann Sather

Dunn County News, Sun. May 7, 2006, A6

Brittany Ann Sather, age 19, of Menomonie, passed away with her unborn child on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at St Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Brittany, the daughter of Shelly Knutson and Mark Sather, was raised in the Menomonie area and graduated in 2005 from Menomonie High School. She was confirmed at and a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Brittany enjoyed caring for infants and young children all of her life. She met her fiancée, Jesse Olson, through friends and they enjoyed three loving years together, spending time with family and friends. Brittany shared a special bond with her younger sister, Tayler. Brittany was Tayler’s hero and best friend. Brittany was a fun-loving person who always put others first; she always left a special note for everyone. Anyone who met Brittany loved her. What she wanted most in life was to be a mom.

Brittany is survived by her fiancé, Jesse Olson of Boyceville; her mother, Shelly Knutson of Colfax; her father, Mark (Roshelle) Sather of Eau Claire; two sisters, Tayler Sather of Eau Claire and Jamie Jo (fiancé Jeremy) Sather of Bloomer; one brother, Jason (Vannessa) Sather of Bloomer; a stepbrother, Keagan Metzenbauer of Eau Claire; grandparents, Dennis (Dixie) Knutson of Bloomer and James Sather of Eau Claire; step-grandparents, Larry (Sharon) Metzenbauer of Cadott; aunts and uncles, Denise (Tom) Wirth and Julie (Tony) Theisen, both of Eau Claire, Becky (Rich) Knutson of Colfax, Dave (Sandy) Sather of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Jeff (Kristi) Sather and Randy (Jennifer) Sather, both of Eau Claire; a godchild, Aren Theisen of Eau Claire; and by many other relatives and friends.

Brittany was preceded in death by her grandmother, Shirley Sather.

Funeral services are Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday night at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, also one hour prior to the services at the church.

Margaret H. Retz

Dunn County News, Sun. May 7, 2006, A6

Margaret H. Retz, age 83, of Boyceville, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2006, at the Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

Margaret was born Nov. 17, 1922, to Andrew and Sophia (Balash) Blasko. She was baptized on Dec. 3, 1922, and confirmed on Sept. 8, 1935, both at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville.

Margaret married Emil Retz on May 1, 1943, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and they were blessed with 63 years of marriage. They spent their lives together on the Retz homestead in the town of Hay River, farming and raising their family of six children.

Margaret was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boyceville where she was active in many church activities, including Ladies Aid, LWML, Altar Guild, sewing circle, and a quilting group that sent patchwork quilts throughout the world. She also served as AAL secretary for many years and helped with the first Relay for Life Walk organized in Menomonie.

The Lord was first in her life; then her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, grand doggers, and many other relatives and friends. She loved gardening, sewing, and feeding and watching the birds. She loved to cook and bake, especially Slovak dishes, for the many family gatherings at her and Emil’s home. She loved to play jokes on and surprise people in many ways.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents; three infant brothers; a son, Emil Jr.; a grandson, Richie Lake; a great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Bussiere; three brothers, John, Andrew and Edward; and a sister, Clara Ulicny.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Emil of Boyceville; four daughters and one son, Susan (Donald) Klingman of Eau Claire, Gloria (Rick) Lake of Boyceville, Kathryn Herdahl and Ted Seeger of New Richmond, Franklin (Julie) Retz of Boyceville, and Carla (Dennis) Miller of Waukesha; grandchildren, Kari (Rich) Swedberg, Jenny Lake and Jerry Conrad, Tina Denucci, Andrea (Greg) Friberg, Amanda Herdahl, Elizabeth Retz, Stephanie Retz, Nerissa Retz, Stacy Retz, Miranda Retz, Samuel Retz, Andrew Miller and Alex Miller; great-grandchildren, Nicole Bussiere, Amaya Denucci, Evan Friberg, Jabin Friberg, Elsie Swedberg and Alma Swedberg; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Margaret will be sadly missed by all.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2006, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Paul Carlson officiating. Burial will be in the Hay River Cemetery, town of Hay River, Dunn County.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Darrell A. Cotts

Dunn County News, Sun. May 7, 2006, A6

Darrell A. Cotts, age 83, of Menomonie, died Saturday, May 06, 2006, at home, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s and cancer.

Darrell was born Aug. 10, 1922, in the Town of Weston, Dunn County, to John and Maude (Kistner) Cotts. He was raised on the home farm and attended elementary school at Twin Hill. He later graduated from the Dunn County School of Agriculture.

On Sept. 24, 1947, Darrell married Irene Skillings at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. He farmed the family farm and raised registered Angus cattle and quarter horses. His crowning glory was winning reserve champion with his horse, Just Aledo Breeze, at the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City in 1978.

After retiring from farming, Darrell worked for Menomonie City Housing and Cutler Farms. He loved woodworking and made several cherished pieces for friends and family members. Darrell served on the Weston Town Board, New Hope Lutheran Church Council and the Dunn County Drainage Board.

He loved the outdoors, especially deer hunting and pheasant hunting. He also enjoyed watching his grandsons grow up and play sports. More recently, he looked forward to his evening backrubs from his daughter and talking horses with her, since she carries on her dad’s love of horses.

Darrell is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Irene Cotts of Menomonie; a daughter, Pamela (Jim) Biesterveld of Menomonie; two grandsons, John Biesterveld of Valley View, Texas, and Matthew (Wendy) Biesterveld of Alma; a sister, Susie (Eugene) Weber of Menomonie; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Wanda Mortel, Donald (Dorothy) Skillings, Dale (Kathie) Skillings, Marlys (Robert) Jensen and Daniel (Marg) Skillings, all of Menomonie, and Lorraine Cotts of Spooner; nine nieces; 11 nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews; special friends, Ron and Marcia Cutler and Brenda Steinberger; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Stanley Cotts; a brother-in-law, Brownie Mortel; and a nephew, Steven Mortel.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville, with Pastor Steven Carlson officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in the Town of Dunn. Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Creucio ‘Hank’ Casarez

Dunn County News, Sun. May 7, 2006, A6

Creucio “Hank” Casarez, age 71, of Wheeler, died Thursday, April 27, 2006, at his home. He was born Sept. 20, 1934, to Cresencio and Pas (Varela) Casarez at St. Paul, Minn. He was employed with Whirlpool in St. Paul for more than 29 years. Hank was married to Julie Crittenden on July 31, 2004, at Wheeler.

Hank was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lupe and Fransis; and one brother, James. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Cris (Renee), Charlie and James (Terri); daughters, Corrine (Dennis), Claudia, Cynthia (Joel), Collette and Roxanne; 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Mickey, Mae, Bill, Raina, Juanita, Roberta, Joey, John and Gregory, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3, from Dallas Lutheran Church with Rev. Kenneth Kuziej officiating and interment in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spooner. Friends may call for the hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements were with Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron.

Laverne M. Brook

Dunn County News, Sun. May 7, 2006, A6

Laverne M. “Smoke” Brook, age 73, of Connorsville died Monday, May 1, 2006, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Laverne was born April 10, 1933, in the town of Tiffany, Dunn County, to George and Ida (Wold) Brook. Laverne worked for Sweeney Road Construction and later for Harnisch Lumber and Wold Construction. After retiring, he went to work for Friday Canning Co.

He enjoyed ice fishing.

Laverne is preceded in death by his parents; a nephew, Paul Brook; and brother-in-law, Marvin Zimmerman.

Laverne is survived by three sisters and two brothers, Doris (Ray) Sells of Huntsville, Ala., Ruth Zimmerman of Lake Mills, Gerald (Linda) Brook of Newnan, Ga., Merlin (Anita) Brook of Downing, and Janice (George) Norton of Ridgeland; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. on Monday, May 8, 2006, at Grace Lutheran Church in Connorsville with the Rev. Paul Carlson officiating. Interment of the cremains will be in the church cemetery at a later date.

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

Anderson Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City is assisting the family.

Marie L. Bakken

Dunn County News, Sun. May 7, 2006, A6

Marie Louise Bakken, age 90, died Tuesday, May 2, 2006, at the Taylor Park Nursing Home in Rhinelander.

Marie was born on Dec. 8, 1915, in Menomonie. She graduated from Menomonie High School and later attended The Stout Institute.

During World War II, Marie moved to Mobile, Ala., and worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. Shortly after the war ended, she returned to Menomonie where she met and married Grant Bakken on June 24, 1948.

Marie was very involved in many community organizations and activities, including Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Evergreen Cemetery Association, American Red Cross, Special Olympics, and many other community activities. She loved music, fishing, bowling, gardening, the Packers, the Brewers, and the Ludington Guard Band concerts. Most of all, she loved her family.

In 1993, Marie and Grant moved to Rhinelander to be closer to their daughter.

Survivors include her daughter, Carol (Jeff) Jackamino; a granddaughter, Jamie; two nieces, Betty Lee and Dawn Brown; and a nephew, Jim Price.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grant; her father and mother, George and Caroline Price; a brother, George; two sisters, Loretta and Verna; and an infant daughter, Sirona Marie.

Funeral services were Friday, May 5, 2006, at the Hildebrand-Russ Funeral Home, 365-4343, with the Rev. Norman C. Peterson officiating. Inurnment will be in Menomonie at a later date.

Share memories of Marie online at hildebrandfh.com.

Stanley E. Coffin

Dunn County News, Wed, May 10, 2006, A6

Stanley E. Coffin, age 89, of Menomonie, died Monday, May 8, 2006, at Care Partners in Menomonie.

He was born Sept. 25, 1916, in Eau Claire to Al and Julia (Myrvold) Coffin. Stanley graduated from Marshfield High School.

He was a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II and spent three and one-half years in Burma and India as a combat engineer.

On Jan. 28, 1946, Stanley married Marion Lee at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake. He worked for the J.C. Penny Co. before moving to Menomonie and opening a Skogmo’s Clothing Store in 1959, later becoming Coffin’s Department Store.

Stanley was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie. He loved fishing on his pontoon boat in the summer and ice fishing off Wolske Bay in the winter. For 30 years, Stan and Marion spent most summers in Chetek fishing and enjoying life. Stan also loved traveling and just talking to people.

Stanley is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marion; two sons, Jim Coffin and Gary Coffin, both of Menomonie; two grandsons, Che Coffin of Minneapolis, Minn., and Sean Coffin of Maryland; a brother, Wayne “Bud” (Rose) Coffin of Sioux Falls, S.D.; two sisters, Doris Schwellenbach and Ruth Solie, both of Eau Claire; two brothers-in-law, Harold (Rose) Lee of Menomonie and James (MaryAnn) Lee of Florida; many nieces and nephews; and his special pal, “Buddy.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Julia Coffin; a sister, Gen, and her husband, John Childs; and two brothers-in-law, Arnie Schwellenbach and DeWayne Solie.

Memorial services are at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2006, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Brittany Ann Sather

Dunn County News, Wed, May 10, 2006, A6

Brittany Ann Sather, age 19, of Menomonie, passed away with her unborn child on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at St Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Brittany was born Feb. 26, 1987, the daughter of Shelly Knutson and Mark Sather. She was raised in the Menomonie area and graduated in 2005 from Menomonie High School. She was confirmed at and a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.
Brittany enjoyed caring for infants and young children all of her life. She met her fiancé, Jesse Olson, through friends and they enjoyed three loving years together, spending time with family and friends. Brittany shared a special bond with her younger sister, Tayler. Brittany was Tayler’s hero and best friend. Brittany was a fun-loving person who always put others first; she always left a special note for everyone. Anyone who met Brittany loved her. What she wanted most in life was to be a mom.

Brittany is survived by her fiancé, Jesse Olson of Boyceville; her mother, Shelly Knutson of Colfax; her father, Mark (Roshelle) Sather of Eau Claire; two sisters, Tayler Sather of Eau Claire and Jamie Jo (fiancee Jeremy) Sather of Bloomer; one brother, Jason (Vannessa) Sather of Bloomer; a stepbrother, Keagan Metzenbauer of Eau Claire; grandparents, Dennis and Dixie Knutson of Bloomer and James Sather of Eau Claire; stepgrandparents, Larry (Sharon) Metzenbauer of Cadott; aunts and uncles, Denise (Tom) Wirth and Julie (Tony) Theisen, both of Eau Claire, Becky (Rich) Knutson of Colfax, Dave (Sandy) Sather of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Jeff (Kristi) Sather and Randy (Jennifer) Sather, both of Eau Claire; a godchild, Aren Theisen of Eau Claire; and by many other relatives and friends.

Brittany was preceded in death by her grandmother, Shirley Sather.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Raymond G. Einum

Dunn County News, Wed, May 10, 2006, A6

Raymond G. Einum, age 86, of Menomonie, died Sunday, May 7, 2006, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Raymond Gerald Einum was born on June 7, 1919, in the town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to John and Delia (Kincaid) Einum. In 1940, he married Lottie Ione Sorenson in Menomonie. When they were first married, Ray owned and operated a milk route and also worked at Nestles Milk Inc.

In 1944, he was inducted into the U.S. Army. After basic training, he was sent overseas and attached to an infantry company with the 32nd Division in the Philippine Islands, where he experienced combat in the hills of northern Luzon. Following the war, he was sent to Japan as part of the American Occupation Force. His duty was over in 1946 and he returned home.

Upon his return, Ray worked for Sanna Dairies until 1951, then in construction, and at Lakeside Aluminum Co. for a short time. In 1954, he started working at UW-Stout. Shortly after, he was indentured into an apprenticeship program in the electrical trade. During this time, he attended classes at Eau Claire Technical College for three and one-half years. On completion of his apprenticeship, he worked at UW-Stout until 1981 when he retired. In retirement, Ray worked as a handy man for a property management company.

Ray was a long-time member of Christ Lutheran Church, a member of the Moose Lodge and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a retired member of the Electrical Workers of America. His hobbies were golfing, traveling, and making wood crafts.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Lottie Einum; a son, Dan (Gail) Einum of Madison; a daughter, Jill Einum of Menomonie; a daughter-in-law, Donna Einum of Appleton; three grandsons, David (Pierrette) Einum of Salt Lake City, Utah, Paul (Cherie) Einum of Chicago, and James E. Einum II of Montreal, Canada; two granddaughters, Sarah Einum of Appleton and Chelsea (Adam) Bobay of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; an infant sister; and one son, Jim, who died in 1993.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2006, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie.
To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Marian E. DeLong

Dunn County News, Wed, May 10, 2006, A6

Marian E. DeLong, age 71, of Menomonie, died Monday, May 8, 2006, at her home.
The former Marian Elizabeth Priefer was born Sept. 5, 1934, in Milwaukee to Arthur and Margaret (Ohm) Priefer. When a young child, she moved with her family to the Durand-Eau Galle area and attended Durand schools.

Marian married Raymond DeLong on Aug. 22, 1952, in Milwaukee. They lived in the Eau Galle area before moving to Menomonie. Marian has lived in Menomonie the last 45 years and raised her family here.

Marian is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. She enjoyed bowling, traveling, cooking, crocheting, and her plants and flowers. She also enjoyed watching figure skating and bird watching. Marian loved her cats and was an enthusiastic Minnesota Twins fan, Green Bay Packer fan, and an Elvis Presley fan. But most important to her was her family and she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Marian is survived by her children, Gloria (Ronald) Johnson of Bloomer, Carol (Bob) Sell of Baldwin, Terry (Sharee) DeLong of Madison, James (Tracy) DeLong of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Christine Omann of Glenwood City, and Sharon Barr of Ham Lake, Minn.; her grandchildren, Michael Reid of Menomonie, Stephanie Reid of Bloomer, Troy Sell of Baldwin, Brian (Sarah) Sell of Boyceville, Michael and Aaron DeLong of Madison, Danielle and Casey DeLong of Brooklyn Park; Steven, Ashley and Scott Omann of Glenwood City; Micaela and Brittney Barr of Ham Lake, and Josie Johnson of Bloomer; great-grandchildren, Derek Rock, Wyatt Sell and Sean Barr; a brother, Ronald (Tina) Priefer of Reno, Nev.; a sister, Patricia (Paul) Nielsen of Orlando, Fla.; special friend, Richard Odahlen of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Raymond.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2006, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with Pastor Chris Schneewind officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Arthur J. Shad Sr.

Dunn County News, Sun, May 14, 2006, A6

Arthur J. Shad Sr., age 81, of Menomonie, died Friday, May 12, 2006, at Luther Midelfort Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Corning, Iowa to Isaac and Sarah (Sickles) Shad. At the age of 10, Art left home to work on other farms in the area. When he was 19, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp 2nd Division, 1003rd Platoon, served in the Pacific theater during World War II, and was part of the occupation force in Japan. After his discharge from military service in 1946, he returned to Corning to work on the railroad.

Art married Betty Ann Threlkeld in 1946 in Chicago, Ill. They moved to Norfolk, Va., where Art started Art Shad Home Improvement. They moved to Missouri in 1961 and to Minnesota in 1966 while Art continued his home improvement business and also enjoyed farming. In 1973 Art moved to Wisconsin and to the Dunn County area in 1976 where he started Art Shad Seamless Gutters. He is very proud of his 45 years in the rain gutter business and that his company still lives on.

After his divorce, Art later married Eileen Apel in 1981 in Iowa and they resided in Menomonie.

Art loved animals and in his golden years has enjoyed raising Pomeranians and his horses and also enjoyed gardening and flowers. He was a former member of the V.F.W. Post 1039 in Menomonie. But most importantly, Art loved visiting with friends and telling stories.

Art is survived by three daughters and two sons, Mary Ann (Wayne) Gee of Arkansas, John Lee Shad of North St. Paul, Minn., Marsha Kay Shad of Webb City, Mo., Marjorie Fay (Steve) Benson of North Branch, Minn., and Art (Luz) Shad Jr. of Menomonie; 14 grandchildren, George and Tammy Ehrlichman, Tracy, Trevor and Carlee Shad, Francisco and Christopher Shad, Luther Shad, Steven Carl Benson, Christine Bush, Rebecca Dubois, David Benson, Nathan Shad and Carlos Ortiz; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold Dean Shad of Cass Lake, Minn.; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Sarah Shad; two brothers, Paul and Willard Shad; a sister, Bonnie Shad; his son, James Edward Shad; his wife, Eileen Shad; and a grandson, Gregory Ehrlichman.

A celebration of Art’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Following the service, all friends and family are welcome for a luncheon at the home of Art Shad Jr., E4682 430th Ave., Menomonie.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Lois Grohn

Dunn County News, Sun, May 14, 2006, A6

Our cherished wife, mother, grandma, friend and aunt, Lois Grohn, passed away peacefully at her Elk Mound home on Tuesday, May 9, 2006.

Lois graced the world with her presence on April 14, 1925, in Arkansaw to Randle and Grace Bignell. Upon completing high school at Dunn County Aggie in 1943, and while attending Eau Claire Teachers’ College, she began teaching at the Fosbroke School, a one-room school house in rural Elk Mound. It was while teaching there that she fell in love with a local farmer. On Oct. 5, 1945, Lois married the love of her life, Gordon Grohn. They were married 60 years and were an example of faithfulness, love and forgiveness to many couples.

Lois was a vital part of many community and church organizations, serving as a leader in Homemakers, 4-H, TOPS, Aid Association for Lutherans, Ladies Aid and Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML). She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Eau Claire her entire married life.

The most important thing about Lois was the gift of faith given her by Jesus Christ. Her “joy in the Lord” and assurance of eternal life impacted everything in her life, and left a lasting impression on those around her. Through her Savior’s love and her sense of humor, she was able to nurture and love her husband and family.

Lois is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gordon; five children, Luther (Virginia) Grohn of Elk Mound, Lyle (Sue) Grohn of Elk Mound, Daniel (Margie) Grohn of Elk Mound, Kathy (Steve) Foster of Menomonie, and Carolyn (Ted) Hackman of Idaho Falls, Idaho; five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Dennis, Margaret, Josephine and Tiffany; two foreign exchange daughters, Manuela and Terhi; and many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David James; three brothers, Judd, Vaughn and Donald Bignell; a sister, Margaret Bignell; and a daughter-in-law, Sheila Foster Grohn.

We mourn her passing from this life to life eternal, and yet we also rejoice in the truth that she now “rests from her labors,” and that we, who believe in Christ, will one day see her again.

A celebration of the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 15, 2006, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, preceded by a visitation one hour before the service. A visitation will also be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today (Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 14, 2006) at the Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be sent to Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, PO Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141-1993. To God alone be the Glory!

Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the Grohn family online at www.fullerspeckien.com.

Ellen Gilbertson

Dunn County News, Sun, May 14, 2006, A6

Ellen Gilbertson passed away in Eau Claire on Wednesday, May 10, 2006, six days after her 81st birthday.

Ellen and her twin sister, Eileen, were born to Evelyn “Evie” and Joseph “Mike” Michaelson on May 4, 1925. She lived with her family at 425 Vine St. in Eau Claire until she married.

Ellen was a graduate of Eau Claire High School, class of 1942. She was a flag twirler and played the violin in the high school orchestra.

She married the love of her life, Roger A. Gilbertson, on Aug. 26, 1944. From the time she met Roger “Gimo” to the time of her death, she never failed to run for her lipstick and perfume when she heard him coming up the driveway. Their daughter, Cheryl, was born on Jan. 31, 1946. The family grew to four when son, Terry, was born on Nov. 2, 1949. Jody joined the Gilbertson family in 1958.

Ellen and Roger raised their family in Menomonie where Rog worked for Wisconsin Bell and Ellen was a “stay-at-home mom.” She was a “Mom Extraordinaire” who put her husband, children and mom and dad before herself. She volunteered as a Den mother, Brownie leader, sewed majorette outfits, taught Sunday School at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, and welcomed every kid in “Hoot and Holler” into her home.

When she became a grandmother to Lisa, Chad, David, Brian, DJ and Suzanne, she became a “Grandmother Extraordinaire!” Needless to say, she followed suit when her great-grandchildren, Erica, Chelsea, Martin, Danielle, Emily and Ashton, joined the family.

She had a zillion friends that included high school pals, neighbors and sorority sisters in Menomonie and Eau Claire. Her sisters-in-law were her dear and wonderful buddies, allies, and occasionally, “partners in crime.” They shared hundreds of hours of laughter and fun. Their shopping trips to the Twin Cities while the “guys when hunting” were monumental moments of joy and camaraderie. She adored her brothers-in-law, daughter-in-law, her cousins, and many nieces and nephews. Ellen loved her family!

Ellen was fun-loving, energetic, kind, and as pretty-as-a-picture from the time of her birth to the time of her very peaceful death. We, her survivors, Roger Gilbertson, Cheryl Gilbertson-Merrill, Terry Gilbertson and Mary, Lisa Merrill-Pelnar and Jason, Chad Merrill and Michelle, David Gilbertson, Brian Gilbertson, DJ and Kelly Pophal and Suzanne and Jeremy Crawell, Ione and Everett Baker, Edith Gilbertson, Yvonne Howell, Donald Brunn, great-grandchildren, loving nieces and nephews, and many friends will miss her every day.

We celebrate her reunion with her mom and dad, sister Eileen, George and Johanna, Renie and Vern, Howie, Elmer and Marge, Les and Lorraine, Gerry and Gale, Otelia, Harold, Helen, Gladys, George, Roy, Harvey, Art, Norm and Stan, Peggy and Steve and Budge, and many other friends and family who welcome her with open arms.

See you in Heaven, Mom!

Funeral services are at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2006, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire with Pastor Andrew Hinwood officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday, May 14) at the Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral home and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Esther E. Knetel

Dunn County News, Wed, May 17, 2006, A6

Esther E. Knetel, age 94, of Glenwood, Minn., died on Saturday, April 29, 2006, at her cabin on Lake Minnewaska under the care of her family and Pope County Hospice.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at the All Saint’s Chapel in the Glenwood Retirement Village with Pastor Krista Lee officiating. An interment will be held at a later time at the Hector Cemetery in Hector, Minn.

Esther Ella Knetel, the daughter of Carl and Minnie (Roepke) Koepp, was born June 12, 1911, at the family home in Lake Lillian, Minn., one of 13 brothers and sisters. She grew up as the big sister to her younger siblings and attended a church affiliated school. German was the language spoken at school and home.

Esther went to work at the Empress Cafe in Hutchinson, Minn., in the early thirties. She eventually married the owner, Henry Knetel, on Aug. 26, 1939.

In 1940, the cafe was sold and they moved to Tracy, Minn., to own and operate the Coast-to-Coast Hardware Store. Esther and Henry had two daughters, LaVonne and Judy. In 1954, they sold the business and moved to Glenwood to operate the Coast-to-Coast Store.

Henry died unexpectedly on April 27, 1957. Esther’s focus turned to raising LaVonne and Judy as a single parent and eventually shared in raising her grandchildren. Esther worked at the Glenwood Retirement Village as a nurse’s aid until her retirement in 1981. She also worked at the Lakeview Good Samaritan Center.

She enjoyed making crafts, sewing baby bibs, ceramics, baking and sharing what she made with those around her. She especially loved summertime when she would spend time at the cabin with her family.

Esther’s favorite pastime was fishing with her grandchildren and four fishing buddies. Esther dearly loved her daughters, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, and the friends she made while living at the Plaza. She will live forever in the hearts of those who love her.

Esther is survived by her daughter, LaVonne and husband Harold Anderson of Boyceville; six grandchildren, Drew and wife Susan Anderson, Damon and wife Julie Anderson, Kecia Anderson, Lori Gislason, Kim and husband Larry Lambert, Tana and husband Jeffrey Robasse and Brian Jones; nine great-grandchildren, Breanna, McKenna and Hunter Anderson, Justin Jones, Rebecca and Vivian Lambert, and Christine, Jackie and Gavin Thomas; four sisters, Lilly Kirkvelit of Cottonwood, Elizabeth Kressin of Hutchinson, Vera Johnson of Cosmos, and Violet Danielson of Atwater; several nieces, nephews, extended family, in addition to her many friends and one special cat named Hobbs.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Minnie Koepp; husband, Henry Knetel; daughter, Judy Knetel Jones; brothers, Frank, Carl, David, Mike and Robert Koepp; and sisters, Elsie Hornemann, Frieda Schulze and Helen Barrick.

Dunn County News, Sun, May 21, 2006, A6

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Evelyn E. Beguhn

Dunn County News, Wed, May 24, 2006, A6

Evelyn E. Beguhn, age 92, of Menomonie, passed away Monday, May 22, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie. She is our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.

Evelyn was born Sept. 1, 1913, to Henry and Ida (Cook) Hintz. She was the oldest of six children, and grew up in the town of Sherman on the family farm. She worked very hard throughout her life, and one of her proudest accomplishments was completing eight grades in seven years at Blanchard School in the town of Sherman. She was unable to continue formal schooling and fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher due to her responsibilities on the family farm, but she was a lifelong learner and taught many of us along the way.

Upon leaving the family farm, she worked as a nanny, housekeeper and cook. She married Herbert Beguhn Jr. on June 16, 1934. They had one daughter, Arla. And Evelyn was a wonderful homemaker and mother. Once Arla started high school, Evelyn returned to work, owning and operating the “Shoe Hospital,” where she repaired and dyed shoes. She also worked at the 400 Club and Montgomery Wards. She was a lifelong member of Peace Lutheran Church.

Evelyn enjoyed traveling the United States and Europe and camping with family and friends. She was a wonderful cook, baker, seamstress and gardener. Like her mother, she grew beautiful flowers and they gave enjoyment to many. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were blessed with her wonderful meals, baked goods, handmade clothing, and her laughter, love, great wit and good conversation. She also enjoyed card parties, senior center activities, and spending time with her daughter and family. Her sense of humor and her love, character, devotion, friendship and smile will forever be remembered and cherished by those fortunate to have known her. She touched many hearts.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Arla May of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Kim Das, Stephen May, Tara Flaschenriem and Leigh May; five great-grandchildren, Christopher and Chelsea Das, Colin and Landon May, and Lauren Flaschenriem; a sister, Loraine Wedam; a brother, Willard “Bill” Hintz; a brother-in-law, Lyle Behling; a sister-in-law, Jean Hintz; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Calvin “Kelly” May; two sisters, Edna Sitzman and Vernetta Behling; a brother, Vernon Hintz; three brothers-in-law, Gilbert Beguhn, Richard Sitzman and John Wedam; and three sisters-in-law, Alice Beguhn, Barb Hintz and Mary Ann Sterry.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2006, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Peace Lutheran Church Building Fund.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Darrell M. Williams

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 28, 2006, A6

Darrell Manford Williams, age 81, of Milton, died Sunday, May 14, 2006, at his son’s home in Tomah.

He was born on June 22, 1924, in Barron County to Grant and Gladys (Rhodes) Williams. He grew up in Boyceville and later lived in Menomonie. He served with the U.S. Army in World War II with time in Germany. He married Florence Eggleston of Menomonie on Jan. 5, 1945.

He is survived by two daughters, Kasandra Van Tassell of Sister Bay and Julie Williams of Rockford, Ill.; one son, Curtis of Tomah; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ione Jordan of Wellington, Ohio, Leone Schultz of Menomonie, and Deloris Compeau of Osseo; and two brothers, Grant of Menomonie and Merlin of Janesville.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Florence; his parents; one son, Von; one daughter, Vicky Halverson; and two sisters, Lorraine Harshman and Tresa Larson.

Memorial services were held Saturday, May 20, 2006, at Jehovah Witnesses’ Kingdom Hall in Janesville.

Grant M. Williams Jr.

Dunn County News, Wed, May 31, 2006, A6

Grant M. Williams Jr., age 80, of Menomonie, passed away at the Dunn County Health Care Center. On May 29, 2006, the Lord took him by the hand and said, “Come with me, you have suffered long enough.” He left his earthly home bound for heaven.

Grant was born on Aug. 28, 1925, in the town of Lucas, Dunn County, to Grant S. and Gladys (Rhodes) Williams. He was the fourth of eight children. The family later moved to Boyceville where Grant attended school.

He worked for farmers in the Boyceville/Knapp vicinity before being inducted into the U.S. Army in 1944 during World War II. He served in Luzon with the 136th Infantry, 33rd Division, and was one of only four or five that survived from his outfit. He was honorably discharged from service, and was disabled the rest of his life.

On Aug. 5, 1949, Grant married Barbara Leach in Stillwater, Minn. They were married 56 years, and to this union, five children were born. Grant was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and a lifelong member of the American Legion, VFW and DAV. He enjoyed camping, fishing, working in his yard and was an avid record keeper.

Grant was such a quiet, good-natured man, a devoted husband, and a loving father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Grant is survived by his wife, Barbara of Menomonie; two daughters, Jacquelynn (Eugene) Wilman of Wilson and Marcia (Kurt) Schoenberg of Eagan, Minn.; two sons, Lynn (Donna) Williams of Bloomington, Minn., and Kenneth (Jill) Williams of Menomonie; one brother, Merlin (Beverly) Williams of Janesville; three sisters, Ione Jordan of Wellington, Ohio, Leone Schultz of Menomonie, and Deloris (Wabeorn) Compeau of Foster; a brother-in-law, Vern Harshman of Knapp; 11 grandchildren, Tracy (Brian) Wellington, Chris (Annette) Wilman, Jim Wilman, Jeff Weimer, Matthew (Cari) Greeley, Ashley and Latacia Greeley (fiance Matt Morse), Jessica (Shaun) Rau, Joshua Williams, Teresa McBride and Travis Williams; four great-grandchildren, Damek and Bryce Wellington and Brianna and Brayden Wilman; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Travis Gayle Williams; his parents, Grant and Gladys Williams; two sisters, Lorraine Harshman and Tresa Larson; a sister-in-law, Florence Williams; a brother, Darrell Williams; four brothers-in-law, Gayle Liebke, Norman Larson, Eugene Schultz and Robert Jordan; a niece, Vicky Halvorson; and a nephew, Von Williams.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2006, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery in the town of Lucas, Dunn County, with full military honors conducted by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net

Shad M. Miland

Dunn County News, Wed, May 31, 2006, A6

Shad M. Miland, age 35, Menomonie, died unexpectedly on Monday, May 29, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Shad Michael Miland was born on June 7, 1970, in Menomonie to Terry and Mary (Hake) Miland. Shad graduated in 1988 from Menomonie High School. He then attended UW-Stout and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. Shad taught at several schools in the area and was currently teaching at Menomonie Day Treatment.

On July 18, 2005, Shad married Tonia Tokar in Las Vegas, Nev. They were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Addison and Aleaha. Shad was a wonderful father to his girls.

Shad loved playing softball and was a collector of comics and toys. He was an avid Packers fan and had attended several games with his dad and brother at Lambeau Field. Shad also enjoyed playing with his two dogs, Sophie and Alex.

Shad was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie and was a lifelong member there. He will be truly missed by his family and friends and all who knew him.

Shad is survived by his loving wife, Tonia of Menomonie; two beautiful daughters, Addison and Aleaha of Menomonie; his parents, Terry and Mary Miland of Menomonie; mother-in-law, Margaret Tokar of St. Paul, Minn.; his brother and best friend, Derek Miland of St. Paul, Minn.; maternal grandfather, Wilbur Hake of Menomonie; paternal grandmother, Lorraine Miland of Menomonie; a brother-in-law, Todd (Mary) Tokar of Cottage Grove, Minn.; aunts and uncles, Bonnie Hake of Lakeville, Minn., Corinne Kerns and Tom Hake, both of Menomonie, and Jim Hake and Greg Hake, both of San Diego, Calif.; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Hazel Hake; his paternal grandfather, Oscar Miland; and his good friend, Trevor Amundson.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.”

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Merna Jean (Woodmansee) Johnson

Dunn County News, Wed, May 31, 2006, A6

Merna Jean (Woodmansee) Johnson passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2006, at Luther Hospital.

She was born on March 13, 1928, in Madison to Roswell Park Woodmansee and Loretta Eleanor (Buck) Woodmansee. She graduated in 1946 from New Auburn High School and went on to nurses’ training at Luther Hospital, graduating in 1949. She was a nurse for 55 years, working for many of those years at Mount Washington Nursing Home.

Merna married George Robert Johnson on Sept. 1, 1950, in New Auburn. She and George farmed for a number of years in the town of Union.

Merna is survived by her husband of 55 years; three sons, Jeffrey (Susan) of Eau Claire, Steven (Kim) of Owatonna, Minn., and Joseph of Eau Claire; one daughter, Jennie (Bill) Stewart of Menomonie; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Lloyd (Joanne) Woodmansee of Eau Claire; one sister, Irma Vetter of Carrollton, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Herbert Woodmansee.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at the First Lutheran Church with Pastor Amy Odgren officiating. Interment was in Rest Haven Cemetery, Garden of Devotion, town of Washington.

Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home in Eau Claire was in charge of arrangements.

To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.lenmarkfh.com.

Elsie Theressa Amdahl

Dunn County News, Wed, May 31, 2006, A6

Elsie Theressa Amdahl, age 81, of Mondovi, died Monday, May 29, 2006, at the American Lutheran Home in Mondovi.

She was born on Feb. 9, 1925, in the town of Nelson, Buffalo County, to Thomas and Elizabeth (Sande) Amdahl. In 1943, she graduated from Nelson High School.

Elsie was a chiropractic assistant and personal secretary to Dr. Ralph Allen in Menomonie from 1951 to 1985. In 1985, she moved to Mondovi to live.

Elsie was a member of Central Lutheran Church and its ladies’ organizations.

She is survived by one brother, Lee (Marlys) Amdahl of Nelson; one sister, Anna Evanson of Trempealeau; nieces, nephews and other relatives, and a special friend, Janet Danzinger of Mondovi.

She was preceded in death by her fiancé, Orvin Norby; her parents; one brother, James Amdahl; and three sisters, Gertrude Paulson, Severine Ott and Evelyn Nyre.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2006, at the Central Lutheran Church in Mondovi with the Rev. Lowell Bolstad officiating. Burial will be in Lyster Cemetery, rural Nelson.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Kjentvet-Smith Funeral Home in Mondovi or one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

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