Dunn County Obituaries
June 2001

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
June 3, 2001 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Joan B. Andreassen

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 3, 2001, A6

Joan B. Andreassen, age 69, of Eau Claire, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born Oct. 8, 1931, in Menomonie, the daughter of Ephrain and Clara (Brevad) Brack. She graduated from Menomonie High School and The Stout Institute. After college, she lived and worked in the Twin Cities.

Joan married George Andreassen in 1956. After marriage, they owned and operated the Key Motel in St. Cloud, Minn. She moved to Eau Claire in 1972 where she raised her family. After raising her family, she moved to the Twin Cities. She retired in 1986 and returned to Eau Claire.

Joan is survived by two daughters, Sue (Mark) Gardow of Eau Claire and Sandra Andreassen of San Diego, Calif.; two sons, Scott of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Stuart of Deephaven, Minn.; and six grandchildren, Jenni, Josh, Tracy, Brady, Andrew and Caitlin.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Carol Lindgren; and twin sons, Jeffrey and Jerome.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 2, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with burial in Menomonie's Evergreen Cemetery.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Dorothy E. Werner

Dorothy E. Werner, age 85, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

She was born March 29, 1916, in the Town of Weston, Dunn County, the daughter of Henry and Minnie Mae (Hendricks) Stoeklen. Dorothy grew up in the Weston community and attended St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School.

Dorothy married Arthur W. Werner on Nov. 24, 1937, in Menomonie. After marriage, they farmed for many years in the Weston Valley where her three children, James, Gerald and Mary, were born and raised. After retiring from farming, Dorothy worked for Dan and Kathy Werner in the dry cleaning business in Menomonie.

In 1970, Dorothy and Art moved to Siren where she enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with her many grandchildren. Her latter years were spent at her daughter's home where she enjoyed painting at the ceramic shop. At the time of her death, Dorothy was a resident of the American Lutheran Home.

Dorothy is survived by a daughter, Mary Mae (Rodney) Timm of Wilson; two sons, James of Milwaukee and Gerald (Jane) of Trego; a sister, Martha Lecheler of Menomonie; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur; three sisters, Tressie Hartfield, Mary Hammer and Eleanor Fedderly; and six brothers, Leo, Lloyd, Herbert, Delbert, Bob and Louis Stoeklen.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2001, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie where a PCCW rosary service is scheduled at 4 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 o'clock.

Irene M. Larson

Irene M. Larson, age 73, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at her home with hospice.

Irene was born Feb. 4, 1928, in Pine City, Minn., to Rudolph and Evelyn (Schumaker) Klande. She married Robert R. Larson on Nov. 22, 1983, in St. Paul, Minn. Her interests included playing cards, bowling and fishing. She also loved her pets, especially her cat "Misty."

Irene is survived by her husband, Robert R. Larson; three daughters and two sons, Rita Mach of Menomonie, Robert Burnett of St. Paul, Minn., Dennis (Sandra) Burnett of Hutchinson, Minn., Debra (Gary) Page of Arizona and Sandra Larson of Menomonie; four step-children, Sharon, Joyce, Rick and Gary; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Terance Klande and Earl Kuhn, Jr.

Memorial Service will be held Monday, June 4, at noon at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Ralph Thompson officiating. Visitation will take place Monday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the Funeral Home. Interment is at Birchwood Cemetery, Pine City, Minn.

The family would like to express a "thank you" to friends, neighbors, hospice and medical staff at the Amery Medical Center who have cared and supported for her in her passing.

Donna M. Kado

Donna M. Kado, age 50, of Menomonie, died Friday, June 01, 2001 at her home, with hospice.

The former Donna Marie Shafer was born Jan. 21, 1951 in Menomonie, WI to Jerry and Jane (Kuester) Shafer. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1969.

Donna married Douglas Kado on Jan. 24, 1970 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. She also graduated from Shirley's Beauty School in 1970, and then worked as a beautician at Alma's for twenty years. She also worked at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Menomonie for three years.

Although Donna faced many years of illness, she faced each day as a gift from God. She was blessed with two beautiful children, Chad Kado and Nicole Kado Bignell, and a wonderful grandson, Dakota, who was the joy of her life.

Donna enjoyed life to the fullest. She had many travels, some that were smooth, many were rough, but she faced them with much strength and dignity. She was the rock that held her family together.

Donna is survived by: Her husband, Doug; a son, Chad of Menomonie; a daughter, Nicole (Mike) Bignell of Menomonie; grandson, Dakota Bignell; parents, Jerry and Jane Shafer of Menomonie; brother, Steve 'Curly" (Mary) Shafer of Hutchinson, Minn.; two sisters, Bonnie (Dan) Seichter of Blaine, Minn., and Kim (Don) Sabby of Menomonie; grandmother, Minnie Kuester; uncle, Donald Kuester; mother-in-law, Kitty Kado-Bune; many brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many very close wonderful friends, who she loved very much. Donna will be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Archie and Grace Shafer; maternal grandfather, Walter Kuester; and her father-in-law, Willard "Wimp" Kado.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m., Monday June 4, 2001, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

David H. "Diff" Diffendorfer

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 6, 2001, p. A6

David Harry "Diff" Diffendorfer, age 59, of Owatonna, Minn., died Sunday, June 3, 2001, surrounded by family members at his home.

He was born Dec. 4, 1941, in Menomonie, the son of Irvin and Carol (Killian) Diffendorfer. He graduated from Menomonie High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

On Jan. 14, 1961, he married Jane McLeod in Menomonie. After living in surrounding communities in southern Minnesota, they made their home in Owatonna in 1972.

David worked for the Crenlo Corporation for several years and then began a 28-year career at Modern Metal Products (formerly Muckle Mfg.), ending in March 2000. David then obtained his real estate license and worked for ERA Gillespie Real Estate.

David was active in the Park and Recreation League, City League, and high school sports as an umpire, referee and coach. He was also a member of the Eagles Club and participated in many activities, including the pancake breakfasts. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, where he was a Past Exalted Ruler. David served as president of the Owatonna Coin and Stamp Club.

Anyone who knew "Diff" was aware of his very enthusiastic support of the Green Bay Packers. He was the ultimate "Packer Backer." "Diff" was an avid fisherman and a charter captain on Lake Michigan for eight years aboard the McAdoo with co-captain Jeff McKay. He was a coin and sports card collector for many years, finding enjoyment in organizing coin shows and inspiring interest in coin and card collecting. "Diff" found great pleasure in wildflower gardening and bird feeding. He was also an amateur photographer for much of his life.

David is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jane; two daughters, Cheryl Diffendorfer of Rochester, Minn., and Cindy (Frank) Green of Ellendale, Minn.; two sons, Tim Diffendorfer of International Falls, Minn., and Brian Diffendorfer (Shandra Saufferer) of Owatonna; his mother, Carol Diffendorfer; a sister, Julie Falkner (Steve Hall); two brothers, Michael (Delphine) Diffendorfer and Randy (Gretchen) Diffendorfer; nine grandchildren, Justin, Keslie, Maison, Nicholas, Nicole, Braeden, Spencer, Casey and Jessalyn; special family members, Amy Honsey, Tammy Welk, Dennie Faulker and Doug Kleeberger; and companion, Sadie.

David was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father, Irvin; and two brothers, James and Larry.

Visitation was held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna, and is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the Michaelson Funeral Home and will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Beatrice Donnelly Ryan

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 6, 2001, p. A6

Beatrice Donnelly Ryan, age 90, of Chicago, Ill., died Tuesday, May 29, 2001.

She was the eighth of 10 children born to Nicholaus and Elizabeth Engeldinger. Beatrice married Kenneth Donnelly in 1928. They farmed the Donnelly home farm in Spring Brook township until Kenneth's death in 1950. Three children were born to this union. After Kenneth's death, Beatrice moved to Chicago. Later, Beatrice married Bill Ryan, who died in 1986.

Beatrice opened her home in Chicago to numerous foster children who affectionately called her "Ma." She was known for her discipline and home baked cookies.

She is survived by two daughters, Geraldine (Gorden) Hite of Chicago and Avis Rosol of Apache Junction, Ariz.; a daughter-in-law, Judy Donnelly of Chicago; one brother, Clarence (Hazel) Engeldinger of Menomonie; and her beloved 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.

One son, James Donnelly, preceded her in death in 1999.

A Mass of Resurrection and burial was Friday, June 1, 2001, in Chicago.

Robert W. Anderson

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 6, 2001, p. A6

Robert Wesley Anderson, age 73, of Wheeler, died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Robert was born Dec. 10, 1927, in the Town of Otter Creek to Glen and Bonnie (Harvey) Anderson. He married Margaret Lloyd on Dec. 17, 1945, in Orange, Texas.

Robert spent years as a truck driver and remained accident free. He also was a dairy farmer in Dunn County. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. In retirement, he and Margaret took many trips, including traveling through Texas and Alaska. Robert also enjoyed playing the keyboard.

Robert is survived by his wife, Margaret Anderson; two daughters, Carol (Lyle) Ebling and Patricia (Kevin) Davis; four sons, Glen Anderson, John (Jane) Anderson, James (Cindy) Anderson and Joseph Anderson; 15 grandchildren, Debra Ebling, Steven Ebling, Brynda (Dr. Joel) Sengbusch, Sgt. Jason (Amy) Ebling, Stacey (Steve) Asmus, Tracey Anderson, Michael, Travis and Robert Anderson, Erica (Mark) Anderson, Erin and Trisha Seever, Jamie Anderson, Richard (Danette) Krufchke and Terry Anderson; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce Goodell of West St. Paul, Minn., and Jeannie (Stan Marquardt) Jantzen of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Robert Lee (Sue) Lloyd of Vider, Texas; an aunt, Winnie Dennemeyer; an uncle, Arnold Anderson; nieces, nephews and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Lee Anderson, and his parents, Glen and Bonnie (Harvey) Anderson.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Hay River, Dunn County.

Robert will be remembered for his kindness, caring, loving ways. He cherished his family, always showing love, compassion and encouragement. His faith in each one of us will be treasured forever.

Raymond L. Genrich

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 6, 2001, p. A6

Raymond L. Genrich, age 72, of Menomonie, died Monday, June 4, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Nancy Diller officiating. Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday. Interment will be in Teegarden Cemetery, Town of Lucas, Dunn County, with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Glenn E. Holten

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 10, 2001, A6

Glenn E. Holten, age 87, of Prairie Farm died Thursday, June 7,2001 at Cumberland Memorial Hospital. He was born September 26, 1913 in Dunn County Wisconsin to Otto and Ragna (Peterson) Holten and was raised in the Prairie Farm area and attended the Prairie Farm Heights School.

Glenn worked for farmers and loggers in the area and later entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II as a medic. On November 14, 1946 he was married to Inez Haugen at Stillwater, Minnesota. They farmed west of Prairie Farm until retirement.

Glenn was a member of United Lutheran Church of Prairie Farm and the Prairie Farm American Legion. He enjoyed dartball, horseshoes and loved to visit with friends.

Survivors include one daughter LuAnn (Harlan) Johnson of Prairie Farm; four sons, Lennie (Linee) Holten of Boyceville, Gordon (Debbie) Holten of Woodbury, Minnesota, Harold (Peggy) Holten of Prairie Farm, Dale (Linda) Holten of Prairie Farm; 21 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; four brothers, Ray (Bette) Holten, Lloyd, Robert Holten all of Menomonie and Donald (Jean) Holten of Prairie Farm; two sisters Elvera Waite of Prairie Farm and Mildred Moberly of Blaine, Minnesota; brother-in-law Stanley Waite; sister-in-law Janice Holten; and special friend Edna Rye as well as many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Inez on February 20, 1993; grandson Ryan Holten on August 3, 1993; sisters Laura Moen, Adeline Waite and brother Orville Holten.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 11 from the United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm with Rev. Oz Twedt officiating and interment in Akers Cemetery, Township of Prairie Farm with military rites by Holum-Waite Post 259. Arrangements with Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas & Cameron.

Christine M. Reinecke

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 10, 2001, A6

Christine M. Reinecke, age 68, of Wheeler died Thursday, June 7,2001 at the Dunn County Healthcare Center in Menomonie. She was born January 30, 1933 at Spring Valley, Wisconsin to Myron and Grace (Gardner) Hill.

Christine was married to Earl Reinecke on March 4, 1949 at Wheeler. She lived in the northern Wisconsin area all her life and worked for the family doing cooking, gardening and helping on various other area farms. Christine enjoyed fishing and was a very good Mom.

Survivors include two sons, Earl Reinecke Jr. of Boyceville and Dan Reinecke of Wheeler; and one daughter, Sharon Reinecke of Dallas; four grandchildren, Jerry Zebro, Sherry Thalacker, Gena Zebro and Mellissa Hubbard; four sisters, Eldora Hickman, Lucille Bundy, Joyce Casey, and Dorothy Hill; and four brothers, Myron Hill, Danny Hill, Floyd Hill and Lloyd Hill as well as many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Christine was preceded in death by her husband Earl on July 24, 1995 as well as by a brother Evan Hill.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, June 9th at the Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas with Rev. Nathan Emmons from the First Baptist Church in Barron officiating and interment at Vanceburg Cemetery in the Township of Sheridan, Dunn County. Arrangements with Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas & Cameron.

Michael B. Styer

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 13, 2001, A6

Michael B. Styer, age 49, of Newark, Ohio, formerly of Menomonie, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark, Ohio.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

[See additional obituary on June 17 - below]

 

Michael R. Hotchkiss

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 13, 2001, A6

Michael R. Hotchkiss, age 57, of rural Blair, died Saturday, June 9, 2001, in Saint Vincent's Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Mike was born Sept. 28, 1943, in Menomonie to Russell and Arlene (Weaver) Hotchkiss. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Mike married Patricia Johnson on Sept. 26, 1975, in Racine.

Mike worked for Green Manufacturing in Racine for more than 20 years prior to his employment driving truck for Schneider National for the last 10 years. Mike and Patti moved to Blair from Kansasville in 1994.

Mike was a member of the Union Grove American Legion and Gale-Ettrick VFW Post #11156.

Mike is survived by his wife, Patti; two children, Nick and Katie; two sisters, Mary (Larry) Ericksmoen of Blair and Rosa (Terry) Giertz of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Hotchkiss of Menomonie; his mother-in-law, Carol Petro of Racine; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by a brother, Nick.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at the Jack Funeral Home with burial in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, both in Blair. The Rev. Gary Hanson officiated.

John E. "Jack" Curtis

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 17, 2001, A6

John E. "Jack" Curtis, age 85, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, died of a paralyzing stroke on Jan. 2, 2001, at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn.

Col. Curtis was born in Cloquet, Minn. His home was in Menomonie. Prior to W.W. II he graduated from Michigan State University in Hotel Management. However, the war prevented any career in this field. Jack entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in July, 1942, and flew combat missions during the early days of the war in the S.W. Pacific. He transferred to the new Air Force and continued to serve after W.W. II in various bases/assignments in this country, including the Armed Forces Staff College, and in West Germany between 1963-1966.

Jack retired from the USAF on July 31, 1969, at Langley AFB, Va., after 28 years of active service. He was an instructor and the Dean of Men at Humphrey College in California for several years before he retired a second time. Col. Curtis was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Retired Officer's Association. He has been a staunch member of the Episcopal Church all of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Loie Shires Curtis; three sons, Paul G., Andrew L. and David W., all of California; a daughter, Margaret Curtis (Gary) Simpson of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; two sisters, Elizabeth J. (Victor) Lien of Menomonie and Peggie J. (Arland) Boettcher of McLean, Va.; a brother, Robert W. (Ingrid) Curtis of Summer, Wa., and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Curtis, and a son, John E. Curtis, Jr.

Both family and friends will sadly miss John E. Curtis.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday June 20, 2001, at Grace Episcopal Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Robert Samuels officiating. A light reception will follow. Burial of the cremains will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie at a later date.

Michael B. Styer

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 17, 2001, A6

Michael B. Styer, age 49, of Newark, Ohio, formerly of Menomonie, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark, Ohio.

He was born Nov. 17, 1951, in Menomonie to Bernard and Marvel (Larson) Styer. He was raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1969. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1979 with a Master's degree in Business Management and Vocational Education. Michael has been college administrator for the last 22 years.

Michael married Nancy Ambrose on April 1, 1989, in Las Vegas, Nev. They have resided in Newark, Ohio, for the past 5-1/2 years.

Mike served in the National Guard Reserves. He also enjoyed all sports. He was past president of WACWE and active in other college and educational organizations.

Mike is survived by his wife, Nancy; his father, Bernard Styer of Menomonie; a brother, Thomas (Patsy) Styer of Menomonie; a niece, Heidi Styer, and a nephew, Brett Styer; two brothers-in-law, Steven (Mashi) Ambrose of Phoenix, Ariz. and Edward, Jr., (Maxine) Ambrose of Winona, Minn.; nieces and nephew-in-law, Cheryl Peters, Michelle Connaughty, James Ambrose and Sheena Oakley, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marvel Styer, in March, 2000, and his mother and father-in-law, Stella and Edward Ambrose, Sr.

Funeral services were at 9 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2001, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Entombment was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Winona, Minn.

Evelyn C. Evenson

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 17, 2001, A6

Evelyn C. Evenson, age 86, of Prairie Farm, died Monday, June 11, 2001, at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.

Evelyn was born Sept. 24, 1914, to Willis and Etta (Olson) Breezee in the Town of Sheridan, Dunn County, where she was raised and attended Vanceburg Country School.

On Feb. 17, 1937, she was married to Edwin Evenson at Colfax, and they farmed in the rural Prairie Farm area until retirement.

Evelyn enjoyed quilting and baking and, in the past four years as a resident of Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm, she looked forward to their outings as well as playing bingo and bean bags.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edwin, on Apr. 12, 2000; great grandson, Tyler Roemhild; brothers Ray, Milton, Glenn and Morris Breezee; sister, Bessie Seeger, and son-in-law, Erlin Boe.

She is survived by her daughters, Lois Boe of Menomonie and Beverly (Edward) Shultz of Prairie Farm; granddaughters, Peggy (David) Rassbach of Prairie Farm and Jody (Dan) Hiben of Ridgeland; great granddaughters, Brittany and Megan Rassbach and Nicole Hiben; brother, Vernon (Julie) Breezee of St. Paul, Minn.; sister, Berdella Taylor of Colfax, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 15 , at First Lutheran Church of Arland with Rev. Kenneth Kuziej officiating and interment in New Hope-Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Sand Creek.

Arrangements are with Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas & Cameron.

 

Alpha L. Zebro

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 17, 2001, A6

Alpha L. Zebro, age 79, of Wheeler, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

The former Alpha Leona Engebretson was born July 4, 1921, in Graytown, Township of New Haven, Dunn County. She attended Hilson grade school and graduated from Boyceville High School.

Alpha married Verlon Zebro and they farmed in the Town of Hay River for many years. They also owned the Baxterville Store. Alpha worked for six years at Fabre Tek in Amery and at Schultz Bros. Dime Store in Menomonie before becoming Hay River Town Treasurer for 16 years.

She enjoyed sewing, cooking and gardening. She was a former member of the Dunn County Homemakers and 4-H leader. Alpha enjoyed life and was a loving mother who will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Alpha is survived by her husband, Verlon; a son, Robert (Dawn) Zebro of Wheeler; a daughter, Linda (Robert) Lorenz of Wheeler; four grandchildren, Kevin (Sonya) Zebro, Brian, Melissa and Melody Zebro; two great-grandchildren, Megan and Tasha; a brother, Herbert (Clenora) Engebretson of Menomonie; a sister, Hazel Pritchard of Nixa, Mo., nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Donna; a sister, Edna Ziemer, and two brothers, Dewane and George Engebretson.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2001, at Hay River Lutheran Church in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County, with Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial was in Hay River Cemetery.

Willard "Pine" C. Hardy

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 17, 2001, A6

Willard "Pine" Charles Hardy, age 86, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born Sept. 21, 1914, in Menomonie to John Charles and Antoinette (Larson) Hardy. Pine worked for Peterson Lumber, 0 & N Lumber and for the Menomonie Public Schools during his lifetime.

Pine married Julia "Sonny" Vigerust on Dec. 28, 1940, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Pine was an avid sports fan. As a young man, he was manager for the Lakeview Eagles Baseball team and after several boys returned home from World War II, he managed them as the Menomonie Blue Caps. His love of sports continued through his coaching of the Central School 6th grade basketball teams. Pine was also treasurer of Phil Johnson's Boy Scout Troop 23 for many years.

Pine is survived by his wife of 60 years, Julia "Sonny" (Vigerust) Hardy; two daughters, Julie A. Marshall of Sun Prairie and Linda (Clark) Beier of Genesee; one son, John Charles (Gloria) Hardy of Phoenix, Az.; one foster daughter, Beverly (Ron) White of North Branch, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Bryan Cheesebro of Milwaukee, Greg (Anna) Cheesebro of Gays Mills, Jason (Anne) Beier of Mt. Horeb, Matt (Lana) Beier of Madison, Dori (David) Stowell of West Salem, Sven (Amanda) Nelson of Louisville, Ky., Thor Nelson of Sun Prairie and Diana (Mark) Nieto of Sutter Creek, Ca.; seven great-grandchildren and three sisters-in-law, Lois Hardy of Chetek, Audrey (Ferd) Anderholm of Rochester, Minn., and Ruth Vigerust of Menomonie. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Louis Hardy.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2001 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial was at Tramway Cemetery in Menomonie Township.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Dunn County Health Care Center.

 

Terry Ray Cochran

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 17, 2001, A6

Terry Ray Cochran, age 47, of Menomonie, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

He was born July 20, 1953, in Shreveport, La., to Elbert and Esther (Scarlett) Cochran. Terry was raised in Springhill, La., where he was active in Boy Scouts. He graduated from Springhill High School and then received his B.A. and M.E.D. from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, La.

Terry married Tena Kathleen Payne on April 16, 1976, in Springhill, La.

He worked as a photographer for Northeast Louisiana University then became Director of Education at Winnfield Humana Hospital in Winnfield, La. He taught at Campti High School in Campti, La., before moving to Menomonie in 1989. He attended UW-Eau Claire and later became the Library Media Specialist at Tiffany Creek Elementary School in Boyceville and then Boyceville Middle School/High School.

Terry earned his Black Belt from Superior Martial Arts Karate Club in Menomonie, and was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Terry was a gentle man and loving son, husband and father. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Terry is survived by his wife, Kathleen Cochran of Menomonie; three children, Aaron Colby, age 19, Rachel Alyssa, age 15, and Christopher Lamar, age 7, all at home in Menomonie; his mother, Esther Cochran of Springhill, La.; a sister, Teresa VanDeLoo of Plano, Tex., and her children, Kevin and Amy VanDeLoo; mother-in-law, Doris Payne of Springhill, La.; sister-in-law, LeAnn (Warren) Meyer of Newhall, Ca., and their children Chris and Katie Meyer, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Elbert Oscar Cochran, and his father-in-law, Duel Lamar Payne.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery, Menomonie. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Memorials are suggested to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Virginia McDonald

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 20, 2001, A6

Virginia McDonald, age 72, of 446 Piltz Ave., Wisconsin Rapids, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2001, at her home.

Virginia was born June 16, 1929, in Menomonie to Ernest and Jeanette (Adams) Styer. She married Matthew McDonald on Oct. 23, 1945, in Menomonie. He died Sept. 3, 1983.

Virginia at one time worked for Consolidated Papers, Inc.

Survivors include eight sons, Steven (Peg) of Wisconsin Rapids, Lynn (Marilyn) of Nekoosa, Paul (Linda) of Arlington, Texas, Patrick (Dawn) of Boyceville; Jack (Deb) of Nekoosa, Jerry (Melissa) of Nekoosa, Joseph (Tracy) of Port Edwards, and Jeff (Roxie) of Nekoosa; three daughters, Mary (Art) Shaw of Nekoosa, Julie (John) Reimer of Nekoosa, and Jeanne (Guy) Ferguson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 25 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Norbert (Elaine) Styer of Albuquerque, N.M.; Richard (Ione) Styer of Mankato, Minn., and Eugene (Joan) Styer of Sturgeon Bay; and two sisters, Betty (George) Gehlauf of Fairborn, Ohio, and Phyllis Peterson of Port Orange, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two infant sons.

Funeral Mass was Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids with the Rev. Villiam Menzel officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Menomonie.

Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids handled arrangements.

 

Dorothy H. Wolske

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 20, 2001, A6

Dorothy H. Wolske, age 93, of Menomonie, died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Dorothy was born Sept. 19, 1907, in Barron County, the daughter of George and Rose (Peterson) Sumter. She was raised in the Elmwood area and married Emil A. Wolske on March 16, 1925, at Hatchville.

After marriage, they farmed and owned and operated the Wolske Orchard near Hatchville for many years until they retired and moved to Menomonie in 1993. Emil passed away June 29, 1994. Dorothy resided the last 11 months at the Heritage of Elmood Nursing Home.

Dorothy is survived by five daughters, Clarice Groepper, Bonnie (Donald) Stoll, Nancy (Richard) Frank and Delores (Ed) Ferber, all of Menomonie, and Betty (Harold) Turner of Coram, Mont.; one son, David (Virginia) Wolske of Menomonie; a brother, Raymond (Bobette) Sumter, and a sister-in-law, Margaret Sumter, both of Ellsworth; 22 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Emil; three sons-in-law, Lyle Ferber, Ernest Davis and Charles Groepper; three brothers, Robert, Lyle and an infant, Lloyd; and one sister, Ethel Sumter.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Spring Valley, with the Rev. Shawn Kauffeld officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Town of Spring Lake, rural Spring Valley.

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

 

Frances A. Reykdal

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 20, 2001, A6

Frances A. Reykdal, age 85, of Menomonie, formerly of Ashland, died Monday, June 18, 2001, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Frances was born May 8, 1916, in Ashland to John and Agnes (Pazuiski) Slodke. She married Roy Reykdal on Nov. 28, 1938. Frances was a secretary for the Veteran's Administration for over 20 years in Ashland County. She has resided in Menomonie the past year and a half.

Frances is survived by her son, Robert (Joanne) Reykdal; two grandchildren, Noelle (Michael) Johnson and Bret Reykdal; one great-granddaughter, Alia Johnson; one niece, Sherry Wallerman; one sister-in-law, Sarah Reykdal, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy, and two sisters, Victoria and Pauline.

Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 22, 2001, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Father Lyle Schulte officiating. Interment will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Funeral Home.

Frank C. Daley Jr.

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 24, 2001, A6

Frank C. Daley Jr., age 77, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Medical Center-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Frank was born Aug. 5, 1923, in Pawtucket, R.I., to Frank Sr. and Margaret (Duryea) Daley. He resided in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., until he entered the Navy. During World War II, Frank was assigned in the Atlantic to the carrier USS Santee. After the war, he was assigned to Patuxent River, Md., were he met Olive Hovlid, and their squadron was transferred to Olathe, Kan., where he married Olive on Jan. 28, 1946. Shortly after, they moved to Menomonie where they have resided the last 53 years.

Frank worked as a house painter and worked as a painter for the University of Wisconsin-Stout for more than 20 years. He liked the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. The last few years he became an avid gardener.

Frank is survived by his wife, Olive Daley; three sons and two daughters, James Daley of Rosalia, Wash., William Daley of Colfax, Robert Daley of Cottonwood, Idaho; Jo (John) Klatt of Menomonie, and Mary Daley of Hudson; six grandsons; one great-granddaughter; two stepgrandsons; one stepgreat-granddaughter; one stepgreat-grandson; one sister, Elizabeth (Norman) Quiel of Hyde Park, N.Y.; one brother-in-law, Gordon Keeling of Hyde Park; and other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ruth Keeling and Dorothy Kraft.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 23, 2001, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck and Kathy Fullarton, intern, officiating. Burial was in Tramway Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans' Honor Guard.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

John "Jack" Olson

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 24, 2001, A6

John "Jack" Olson, age 73, of 411 Laurelwood Court, Reedsville, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center in Manitowoc.

He was born Oct. 2, 1927, in Menomonie, the son of the late Carl and Clara (Eiseth) Olson. On Feb. 11, 1978, he married Mary Phillips at Reedsville. John served in the U.S. Army as a medic. He was a funeral director for many years, serving several communities in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

John's favorite pastime was golfing with Jerry. He was a member of the AMVETS and a former member of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors' Association.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; two sons, Jeffery and special friend, Amy Braun, of Reedsville, and Gary Olson of Menomonie; a daughter, Jackie (Bob) Krueger of Eau Claire; two grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Alice and James Anderson of Oconomowoc, James and Katheryn Phillips of West Bend, John and Grace Phillips of Genesee, and Mrs. Richard Olson of Menomonie; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard.

Funeral services were Friday, June 22, 2001, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Reedsville with the Rev. Tom Long officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

The Wieting Funeral Home in Reedsville assisted the family with arranagements.

John especially enjoyed working with Bob Pietroske and Dale Kocourek of Pietroske, Inc. of Manitowoc. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Lynn Baatz and her staff for all of their care and concern.

George H. Johnston Jr.

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 24, 2001, A6

George H. Johnston Jr., age 44, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at his home after a long illness with ALS.

George was born Sept. 6, 1956, in New Richmond to George Sr. and Bernie (Schug) Johnston. He attended and graduated from Glenwood City High School in 1974. During high school George worked with his father at the Downing Feed Mill and later at the Woodville Elevator. George owned and operated a sanitation service for many year with 1,100 patrons.

In November 1987 at the age of 31, George was diagnosed with ALS. It has been a long battle and he always smiled and never complained.

George married Susan Olson on July 9, 1988, in Baltic, S.D. He was a very active member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie. A man of faith, yearly he wrote and talked to the confirmation class about his journey of faith. He lived his life as a servant for Christ.

George is survived by his wife, Susan Johnston of Menomonie; two sons, Donald and Billy of Menomonie; his parents, Mac and Bernie Johnston of Glenwood City; two brothers and one sister, Jeffrey (Carmen) Johnston of Pigeon Falls, James Peter (Cindy) Johnston of Glenwood City, and Vicky (Craig) Beckon of Woodville; two special friends, Milford Farley of Downing and Don Wilhelm of Toledo, Ohio; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

George was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Josephine Schug, and paternal grandparents, Harold and Maude Johnston.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2001, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating.

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. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to ALS research.

Carl J. Krig

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 27, 2001, A6

Carl J. Krig, age 79, formerly of Boyceville, died Saturday, June 23, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Carl was born Sept. 9, 1921, in Boyceville to Emil and Anna (Johnson) Krig. He was baptized Oct. 23, 1921, and confirmed Aug. 9, 1936, both as a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Connorsville. Carl married Helen James on June 14, 1947. They were blessed with five children.

Carl farmed his whole life, until retiring, in the Town of Tiffany. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville. In February 2001, Carl and Helen moved off the farm and resided at Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

Carl enjoyed fishing and hunting deer and bear. He very much enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Carl is survived by his wife, Helen Krig of Glenwood City; five children, Patricia (Terry) Moe of Menomonie, John (Jeannie) Krig of Boyceville, Carol (Benedict) Schlosser of Boyceville, Charles (Shirlie) Krig of Prairie Farm, and Richard (fiance Donna Stadler) of Frederic; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alfred and Peter Krig; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ruth Chapman.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Eugene Wekander officiating. Kerrie Holmlund was organist. Pallbearers were Roger Krig, Dale Krig, Greg James, Randy James, Doug James and Jerry Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Charlie Kovacik and Jim Strand. Burial was in Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Connorsville.

Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City handled arrangements.

Delta L. Sawyer

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 27, 2001, A6

Delta L. Sawyer, age 90, of Arden Hills, Minn., formerly of Downsville, died Sunday, June 24, 2001, at the Presbyterian Homes in Arden Hills.

Delta was born Jan. 13, 1911, in the Town of Weston, Dunn County, to Aaron and Delta (Burgett) Holmberg. She grew up in Downsville where her father was the town blacksmith. She attended high school in Menomonie. Delta married E. Dewey Sawyer in 1932 in Downsville.

Once married, Dewey and Delta first lived in Downsville and then moved to St. Paul, Minn., living on Fairfield Street. When E. Dewey Sawyer died as a resultof a car crash in 1958, Delta continued to work at St. John's Hospital in St. Paul. In the mid-1960s, Delta bought a small house on Daly Street where she lived until she needed the assistance of others for her daily care. She often commented about the nice people caring for her and the good food she received at Presbyterian Homes of Arden Hills.

Throughout her life, Delta valued her family highly, continuing to drive to Wisconsin whenever she could to visit her brothers, sisters, and other relatives and friends there. Downsville was always "home."

Delta is survived by two sons, L. Cal (Kay) Sawyer and Ed A. (Sandra M.) Sawyer; five grandchildren, Greg, Alison, E. David and Mikel (Verna) Sawyer and Halena (Jim) Gazelka; two great-granddaughters, Elizabeth and Allison Gazelka; one great-grandson expected by Mikel and Verna; and several other nieces and nephews who were dear to her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and seven brothers and sisters, Alma (Albin) Lemon, A. Kalmer (Helen) Holmberg, Hazel (William) Pease, Elda (Rudy) Krueger, Alea (Jim) Sumter, Ellof (Lila) Holmberg and Orrin (Margaret) Holmberg.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. All friends and relatives are invited to a time of visitation at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 29, and one hour before services on Saturday. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery in the Town of Dunn.

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