Dunn County Obituaries
June 2002

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June 2, 2002 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Melvin A. Christopher

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 2, 2002, A6

Melvin A. Christopher, age 104, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born May 26, 1898, in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to Austin and Mattie (Larson) Christopher.

Melvin married Linda Stokke on Sept. 5, 1923, at the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church. After their marriage, they farmed the Christopher home farm in the Little Elk Creek area in the Town of Menomonie. In 1962, the farm was recognized as a Century Farm.

Melvin and his wife moved to Tantara Apartments in Menomonie in 1980.

Melvin was an active community servant. He was a member of the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church, held several positions there, and was the last survivor who helped build the church. He was also treasurer for the Town of Menomonie for 40 years.

Melvin enjoyed having coffee with the Kernel coffee bunch and visiting with his fellow apartment building dwellers.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Linda Christopher; his daughter, Lenise Christopher of Las Vegas, Nev., and Menomonie; four nieces, Marjorie Olson and Pearl Ninas, both of Menomonie, Wilma Niemi of Mesa, Ariz., and Amy Olson of Seattle, Wash.; special friends, Jack and Anita Kothlow of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Stella Borchert, Garda Braford and Evelyn Rautio; one niece, Ellen Johnson; and two nephews, James Borchert and Willis Borchert.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2002, at the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church, Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial will be in Froen Cemetery, Town of Red Cedar.

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

Selena O. Olson

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 2, 2002, A6

Selena O. Olson, age 87, of Menomonie, died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Selena Orvilla Odegard was born Oct. 15, 1914, in Mondovi to Elwin and Sena (Skildum) Odegard. She was raised in Mondovi and graduated from Mondovi High School.

Selena married Raymond Olson on July 4, 1933, in Mondovi. They farmed in Mondovi before moving to Menomonie in 1938 where they farmed until their retirement.

Selena was a member of the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church, the E.L.C.A. Women's Group, Bible Study and Church Circle, and she taught Sunday School. She also enjoyed sewing quilts with the quilting group. She loved to read, especially western books, also crocheting, knitting, playing cards, and her flower gardens. She had much love for her painting projects and enjoyed sharing coffee time with many friends and family.

Selena is survived by her husband, Raymond; four daughters, Deloris (Roy) Cropp of Menomonie, Donna Smith of Baldwin, Dorothy (Keith) Behling of Richland Center, and Dianne (Fred) Weier of Strum; a daughter-in-law, Judy Jenson of Elk Mound; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Allen (Polly) Odegard of Granville, N.D., Clarence (Joyce) Odegard of Port Wing, and Einar (Arlene) Odegard of Mondovi; one sister, Evelyn (Ervin) Anderson of Strum; two sisters-in-law, Ethel Odegard and Agnes Odegard, both of Mondovi; one brother-in-law, Ken Toebe of Seeley; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, David Olson; three brothers, Sanford, Elwood and Maurice Odegard; a sister, Carol Toebe; a son-in-law, Lane Smith; and two grandchildren, Linda Cropp and Steven Cropp.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 1, 2002, at the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church, Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial was in Froen Cemetery, Town of Red Cedar.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Gerda A. Hall

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 2, 2002, A6

Gerda A. Hall, age 88, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

The former Gerda Amelia Behrents was born Oct. 31, 1913, in Mandal, Norway, to Govert and Amelia (Opsal) Behrents. When a small child she moved with her family to Milan, Minn., and later to the Little Elk Creek area near Menomonie. She attended Little Elk Creek Grade School and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1937.

Gerda married Thomas Hall on June 26, 1937, in Menomonie. They moved to Milwaukee were Gerda worked as a seamstress for Fontaine's and at Johnston Cookie Co. For many years she also did child care in her home, sometimes for as many as 13 children at once. After her husband's death in 1982, Gerda moved back to Cedar Falls near Menomonie.

Gerda was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church, a sewing club, and Babies Aid in Milwaukee. When she moved back to Menomonie, she belonged to the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and Bible Study.

Gerda sewed for her family all of her life and enjoyed the Stitch and Chatter group she belonged to.

Gerda is survived by her son, James (Kathy) Hall of New Berlin; five grandchildren, Cynthia (Carl) Solie, Paul (Leslie) Hall, David Hall, Robert Hall and Jonathan Hall, all of the Milwaukee area; two great-grandchildren, Evan and Erik Solie; one brother and two sisters, Norman (Lorraine) Behrents, Helen (Ted) Olechno and Alice (Arnie) Hovind, all of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas; three sisters, Jennie Kistner, Borghild Espland and Olga Thorud; one brother, Einar Behrents; and her daughter and husband, Jane (Gene) Fritz.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2002, at the Menomonie Alliance Church with the Rev. Jack Stimmel officiating. Burial is 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2002, in Good Hope Cemetery in Milwaukee.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Menomonie Alliance Church.

Joan M. Keyes

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 2, 2002, A6

Joan Marie Keyes, age 48, of Knapp, died Saturday, May 25, 2002, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Joan was born Oct. 23, 1953, in Baldwin, the daughter of Vernon and Marion (Timm) Anderson. She was baptized and confirmed and a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville.

Joan was raised in Woodville and attended Baldwin-Woodville schools, graduating with the class of 1972. She was united in marriage to Robert Keyes on Oct. 3, 1981, at Zion Lutheran Church.

Joan's favorite pastimes were her family, knitting, cross-stitching, crafting, cooking, camping and country music festivals. She was also a good bowler and participated in league competition. She was a lifelong collector of "Precious Moments" figurines.

Joan enjoyed her job a WESTconsin Credit Union in Baldwin, working with her co-workers and the public.

Survivors include her husband, Robert of Knapp; a daughter, Sarah (Jeremy) Dahl of Knapp; two stepsons, David (Lisa) Keyes of Menomonie and Jeff (Cheryl) Keyes of Knapp; four grandchildren, Danielle, Cheyenne, Jordyn and Delan Keyes; her parents, Vernon and Marion Anderson of Woodville; two brothers, Larry (Barb) Anderson and Floyd Anderson, both of Baldwin; one sister, Sandra Anderson of Roseville, Minn.; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Delbert and Evelyn Keyes of Sun City, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Sue Brenne of Woodville; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her nephew, Steven Anderson; a sister-in-law, Lynne Anderson; and a brother-in-law, Richard Keyes.

Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at Zion Lutheran with the Rev. Penny Holste officiating. Organist Judy Albrightson and vocalist Kris Wellens provided special music. Burial was in Forrest Hill Cemetery in Knapp.

Pallbearers were Chad Anderson, Tracy Anderson, Bruce Timm, Brad Boldt, Howard Mittlestadt and Jason Klopp.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Rollin "Rollie" Oas

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 2, 2002, A6

Rollin "Rollie" Dale Oas, age 78, of Altoona, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born May 24, 1924, in Elk Mound, the son of Clarence and Mattie (Karns) Oas. He attended Elk Mound High School, graduating in 1942. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1942 and served in Panama during World War II. He began working at the Uniroyal plant in February 1946, retiring in 1986. Rollin married Harriet Krathwohl in 1947 and lived in Elk Mound.

Rollie was a member of the American Legion since 1947, serving in various capacities with Howe-Paff Post in Elk Mound. He faithfully distributed flags on the graves of other veterans for many years.

Rollie enjoyed outdoor activities, including hunting, camping, snowmobiling and four-wheeling, and was a member of Good Sam's Camping Club for several years.

He is survived by his two sons, Steve (Paulette) of Fall Creek and Craig (Connie) of Altoona; seven grandchildren, Aaron (Kelly), Theresa (Don) Wideman of Madison, Stephanie and Adam of Fall Creek, and Amanda, Jordan and Hannah of Altoona; three great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer and Colton of Madison; a sister-in-law, Bev Oas; and many nieces and nephews. His special friend, Mary Jennings, also survives Rollie.

Rollie especially enjoyed family times with his grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday, June 1, 2002, at St. James Trinity Church in Fall Creek with Paston Doug Brandt officiating. Burial of cremains will be at a later date in the Cedar Falls Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given.

Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home in Eau Claire assisted the family with arrangements.

Robert E. Smith

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 2, 2002, A6

Robert E. Smith, age 84, of Menomonie, died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born Aug. 4, 1917, in St. Paul to Eugene and Evelyn (Jensen) Smith.

Robert was a farmer in Dunn County, a school bus driver and milk hauler. He also resided in California for a time, where he worked for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, but returned to Menomonie in 1998.

Robert was a member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie. He was an avid baseball fan and in his younger years enjoyed coaching little teams.

Robert is survived by his wife, Delora; five sons, Jerry of Menomonie, Richard of Tucson, Ariz., Jim (Colleen) of Menomonie, Bill (Barb) of Middleton and Randy Smith; one daughter, Mary Ann (Keith) Jensen of Dallas; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; eight step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; many nieces, nephews and cousins, and an aunt, Ruth Jensen of Minneapolis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Tommy; two brothers, Richard and Jack, and a sister, Vivian Bucholz.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Hay River Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Hay River.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church an hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Phillip W. Suckow

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 2, 2002, A6

Phillip W. Suckow, age 76, of Menomonie, died Friday, May 31, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending with the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

A full obituary will be run in Wednesday's edition of the Dunn County News.

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Joyce E. Peterson

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 2, 2002, A6

Joyce E. Peterson, age 83, of Davenport, Fla., and Menomonie, died Friday, May 31, 2002, at her home in Menomonie with hospice.

The former Joyce Elizabeth Nogle was born Aug. 24, 1918, in Mondovi to Louis and Amelia (Rasmus) Nogle. As a young girl she moved with her family to Eau Claire and graduated from Memorial High School in 1936. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1940 with an Elementary Education degree.

Joyce married Glenn Peterson on June 20, 1942, in Eau Claire. They lived in Menomonie and owned Peterson Lumber. Joyce also taught at both North and East elementary schools in Menomonie, retiring in 1982. Glenn preceded Joyce in death and she later married Eugene Peterson on Aug. 5, 1985, in Menomonie.

Joyce was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. She was in the church choir and taught Sunday School. She was also active in other clubs. She was a charter member of the Delta Kappa Gamma education sorority. She belonged to Amateur Radio in Florida and was known as "KC4WDX." She was active in the Civil Air Patrol and the Retired Teachers. Joyce loved to travel, golf, square dance, swim and paint (rosemaling). She was a 2002 Florida Senior Games golf putting champion.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Eugene Peterson; a son, Tim Peterson (Jan) of Shakopee, Minn.; a daughter, Judy Kirk (Brad) of Menomonie; four stepchildren, Barry Peterson of Madison, Richard (Maryann) Peterson of Chippewa Falls, Jean (Mike) Adair of Alexandria, Va., and Joan (John) Friedenfels of Menomonie; a grandson, Ryan Kirk of Madison; five step-grandchildren, Terry (Erin) Peterson of Tennessee, Sarah Peterson of Georgia, and Jared, Ashley and Stefani Friedenfels of Menomonie; a sister, Margaret Broten of Eau Claire; a brother, Robert Nogle of Planfield; a brother-in-law, Robert (Betty) Peterson of Chippewa Falls, and nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Glenn, and two brothers, Adrian and Marshall Nogle.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be in Little Elk Creek Cemetery in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County.

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

George L. Anacker

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 2, 2002, A6

George L. Anacker, age 82, of Menomonie, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery in the Town of Tiffany, Dunn County.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, and at the church an hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

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Phillip W. Suckow

Dunn County News, Wed, June 5, 2002, A6

Phillip W. Suckow, age 76, of Menomonie, died Friday, May 31, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Phil was born May 22, 1926, in the Town of Sherman, Dunn County, the son of Alfred and Gladys (Oas) Suckow. Phil grew up in the Town of Tainter. He graduated from Menomonie High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Phil married Rachel Ponto on April 21, 1950, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie. After marriage, they made their home in Menomonie. Phil worked as a meat cutter at the Farmers Store for many years until the business closed. Phil then worked for Badger Iron until he retired. Rachel died in July 1998.

Phil was a member of VFW Post 1039 of Menomonie and the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Phil is survived by two sons, Steve and Daniel (Cindy), both of Menomonie; two daughters, Ann (Dan) Link and Lisa (Jeff) Rassbach, both of Menomonie; and four grandchildren, Kallie and Krista Link and Kyle and Morgan Rassbach.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother, and two sisters.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Brett Voigt officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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

James A. Mattern

Dunn County News, Wed, June 5, 2002, A6

James A. Mattern, age 57, of 1123 Faxon St., Superior, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at St. Luke's Hospital and Regional Trauma Center.

He was born Dec. 29, 1944, in Sheboygan and served with the U.S. Air Force from 1962-66. He was a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the State of Minnesota.

Mr. Mattern was a member of the Pilgrim Lutheran Church, the Elks, Blinded Veterans of America and B.O.L.D. He was a former board member of the Lighthouse for the Blind.

He is survived by two sons, Robert (Jodie) Mattern of Hudson and David (Mary Jo) Mattern of Eau Claire; a daughter, Laura (Michael) Burke of Plymouth, Mass.; three grandchildren, Taylor Mattern, Harrison Mattern and Cameron Burke; and a sister, Susan (Michael) Bock of Fox Lake, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Roberta (Boggs) Mattern, and an infant brother, James.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Downs Funeral Home in Superior.

Funeral services with military rites are 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2002, at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Superior. Burial will be at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery in Superior.

Pallbearers will be Bob Allie, Ed Bruchez, Paul Buckley, Tim Curfman, Johnilee Nyberg, Bob Hollick and Jim Christbaum.

John W. Raisley

Dunn County News, Wed, June 5, 2002, A6

John W. Raisley, age 62, of Menomonie, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born Sept. 7, 1939, in Naples, Italy, to John A. and Mary E. (Lementia) Raisley. He was raised mostly in New York City and graduated in 1958 from St. Anne's High School in the Bronx, N.Y. He later graduated from Mankato State University.

John worked as a chemical dependency counselor in Kansas City, Mo., and was manager of an auction company in Rochester, Minn. He also worked in construction for several years.

John married Karen Schmidt on Sept. 23, 1982, in Kansas City. They moved to Menomonie in 1989.

He enjoyed life to the fullest and loved Harley cycles. His boys and wife loved him dearly and he will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

John is survived by his wife, Karen; three sons, John (age 18), Brandon (age 16), and Eric (age 15), all at home; a special daughter, Tracy Schillinger; special friends, Ronnie and Tracy Green, Charlie Buhr and Shawn Schillinger; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

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

Funeral services are 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2002, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

George L. Anacker

Dunn County News, Wed, June 5, 2002, A6

George L. Anacker, age 82, of Menomonie, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born Sept. 17, 1919, in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County, to Lewis and Alma (Gunderson) Anacker. He was raised in the town of Stanton and attended Goff Grade School.

George married the former Maxine Sorenson on Sept. 18, 1943, in Glenwood City. While farming in the Town of Stanton, he also worked for 10 years at the Barron Lime Quarry. George served several years on the Goff School Board. In 1965, they moved to St. Paul, Minn., and George worked 18 years for Newport Cold Storage.

While in St. Paul, George was a member and served on the Church Council at First Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Teamster's Union. After retiring, they returned to the Town of Stanton. George resided the last 15 years at Tantara Apartments in Menomonie.

He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and enjoyed traveling after his retirement.

George is survived for four sons and two daughters, Lynda (Robert) Bird of Boyceville, Donald (Maxine) Anacker of Orlando, Fla., Randell (Linda) Anacker of St. Paul, Phillip (Mary) Anacker of Cottage Grove, Minn., Kenneth Anacker of Orlando, and Pamela Anacker (fiance Jeff Behnke) of Woodbury, Minn.; 16 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; special friend, Carol Wagner of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maxine; his youngest son, Barry; a brother, Martin; and a sister, Mable Moe.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial was in Mound Cemetery, Town of Tiffany, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Dwight L. Agnew

Dunn County News, Sun, June 9, 2002, A6

Dwight Luther Agnew, age 90, of Menomonie died Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at his home.

He was born Dec. 28, 1911 in Delta, Colorado to Charles Clinton and Ella Josephine (Dunlop) Agnew. The youngest of four children (two sisters and one brother), Dwight was raised on a farm and attended elementary school and graduated from high school in Delta, Colorado. He studied Forestry at Colorado State College in Fort Collins, Colo. and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He then obtained an A.B. degree in History Education at Park College in Parkville, Mo.

After graduating from Park College, Dwight taught high school in Cortez, Colo. In 1938, he married Elizabeth Nancy Godard, whom he had met at Park College. They were married in Yorkville, Ill. Betty preceded him in death in 1985.

Dwight received his M.A. degree in American History from the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa and then taught high school and junior college in Waukon, Iowa.

He served in the U.S. Army for three years during WWII. He was part of the Army Combat Engineer Corp. and later the Topographical Engineer Corp., surveying and building roads and air strips in New Guinea and the Philippines.

After the war, he received his Ph.D. degree in American History at the State University of Iowa in Iowa City, before beginning his career as an educator and administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He joined the staff there in 1947 as Chairman of the Department of Social Science. He taught History and was appointed the Dean of the School of Liberal Studies in 1964. He retired in 1976.

Dwight was a charter member and past president of the Menomonie Kiwanis Club and received the Citizenship and Life Membership Awards. He received the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce, Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award in 1978 and was past president of the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador's Club. He was presented the Book Award of Merit by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin for James Huff Stout, Maker of Models. And he was presented the Distinguished Service Award by UW Stout Alumni Association in 1990. Dwight was past president of the Dunn County Historical Society and the Mabel Tainter Library, Library and Educational Society. Dwight served on the Menomonie Public Library Board of Trustees, the Wisconsin Library Trustees Assoc. Board of Directors, the Selective Service Board, the Dunn County Veterans' Memorial Committee and the United Way Board. He was Dunn County Centennial Celebration Co-chairman, belonged to the Friends of the Devil's Punch Bowl-Wisconsin Farmland Conservancy, was a Heart to Heart Program volunteer mentor, and delivered Meals on Wheels. Dwight was a very active member of First Congregational Church, UCC, serving as Deacon, Moderator and council member as well as singing in the church choir and soloist. He also enjoyed golfing, reading, writing and traveling. During his life he traveled to New Guinea, Manila, Alaska, Hawaii, Russia, Scotland and South Africa.

Dwight is survived by his son, David Bruce Agnew, Attorney and CEO of a national real estate investment company, The Amstar Group, based in Denver Colo.; his daughter-in-law, Christine Ebeling Agnew, civic volunteer; grandson, Daniel Godard Agnew, student at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; grandson Michael David Agnew, student at the University of Arizona, Tucson, all of Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

A Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at First Congregational Church, UCC in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating. The family will meet with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the Menomonie Public Library at 600 Wolske Bay Rd., Menomonie, WI 54751 or the UW-Stout University Foundation, at The Louis Smith Tainter House, 320 S. Broadway, P.O. Box 790, Menomonie, WI 54751.

Dorothy P. Johnson

Dunn County News, Sun, June 9, 2002, A6

Dorothy P. Johnson, age 81, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Dorothy was born April 20, 1921, in Dane County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Fred and Dora (Mielke) Pernot. After graduating from college in 1940, she was a teacher in the Eau Claire School System for many years. While working in that system, she met her husband of 59 years, Olaf L. Johnson, and they married on Jan. 3, 1945.

In 1955, they moved to Menomonie and worked seven years on a farm. They resided in Menomonie the rest of their lives. After the death of her son, Morris Johnson in 1962, she returned to college to further her teaching career. After completing two years of college, Dorothy took a position teaching second grade students at North Elementary in Menomonie. She taught for more than 20 years while continuing her education to obtain a Master of Elementary Education degree.

Dorothy and Olaf were members of the Elks Club and the Menomonie Senior Citizen Center. Dorothy was a member of the DET board of directors. She also enjoyed taking numerous motor coach tours from Menomonie throughout the United States. Olaf died in June 2000.

Dorothy is survived by two sons, Owen C. (Vickie) Johnson of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Peter M. (Terry) Johnson of Schroon Lake, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Olaf; a son, Morris; and two brothers, Harold and Edward Pernot.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2002, at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Menomonie with Pastor Larry Borner officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran Church-Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Ellen M. Anderson

Dunn County News, Sun, June 9, 2002, A6

Ellen M. (Helstrom) Anderson, age 88, formerly of Minneapolis, Minn., died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at the Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire.

She was born Dec. 31, 1913, in Colfax, the daughter of Howard and Mabel (Vossler) Taylor. Ellen married Miles Helstrom in December 1930. They resided in Eau Claire where they raised their family. Miles died in 1982.

She worked as a nurses aide in the O.B. Department at Luther Hospital from 1958 to 1965. Ellen then moved to Minneapolis where she was a nurses aide and switchboard operator at General Hospital until her retirement in 1979.

On April 15, 1989, Ellen married Rev. Harvey Anderson in Minneapolis. Harvey died in 1994.

She was a member of the Park Avenue Methodist Church in Minneapolis and a former member of First Baptist Church in Eau Claire. She enjoyed traveling, family gatherings, and being involved in church activities.

Survivors include a son, Keith (Leone) Helstrom of Eau Claire; two daughters, Mary Lee (Earle) Evans of Wichita, Kan., and Suzanne (Fred Shiffer) Rathke of Menomonie; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two stepsons, Loren Anderson of Anoka, Minn., and Dwight Anderson of Minneapolis; four step-grandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, John Helstrom; a daughter, Jeanine (Helstrom) Delaney; a granddaughter, Cynthia Minot; two brothers, Howard and Clarence Taylor; and a sister, Marion Daley.

Funeral services are 1:30 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2002, at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire with Pastor Andrew Boe officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home in Eau Claire and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Dale R. Tjelta

Dunn County News, Sun, June 9, 2002, A6-A17

Dale Richard Tjelta, age 52, of rural Ridgeland, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at his home in the Town of Sheridan, Dunn County.

Dale was born Feb. 8, 1950, in Eldora, Iowa, to Andrew and Malinda (Harstad) Tjelta. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and received Christ as his personal Savior in his high school years. His family moved to the farm near Prairie Farm in January 1952, which he eventually purchased and lived there until his death. He attended Vanceburg Grade School and later Prairie Farm Elementary and High School.

Dale was a member of United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm and had served on the Church Council and as congregational president. He also was a Sunday School teacher for many years and youth group leader. He was member of the Lions Club and served as club president, and was active in Prairie Farm Dairy Days. Dale enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends.

His home was home to his mother and all of his brothers, sisters and their families. He was a cherished and trusted son, brother, friend and the "favorite uncle." He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his mother, Malinda Tjelta of New Richmond; five brothers, Ivan (Barb) of Decorah, Iowa, Arnold (Janet) of New Richmond, Harold (Eileen) of Nampa, Idaho, Ralph (Katha) of Blaine, Minn., and Wayne (Darlene) of Menomonie; five sisters, Margaret Tjelta of Apple Valley, Minn., Ruth Refsnider of New Richmond, Irene (Larry) Olson of Fort Collins, Colo., Lois (Len) Kallsen of Little Falls, Minn., and Joyce (Keith) King of Wallasey Merseyside, England; 20 nieces and nephews; 19 grandnieces and grandnephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 8, 2002, from the United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm with the Rev. Oz Twedt officiating. Burial was in Vanceburg Cemetery in the Town of Sheridan, Dunn County.

Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron, handled arrangements.

Jeremy James Marsden

Dunn County News, Sun, June 9, 2002, A17

Jeremy James Marsden, age 22, of Menomonie, formerly of Beaver Dam, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, unexpectedly at his home as the result of diabetes.

He was born May 26, 1980, in Beaver Dam, the son of Mark and Mary Elizabeth Stanley Marsden. Jeremy graduated from Menomonie High School, class of 1998, and was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, majoring in telecommunications. He was employed by Arby's Restaurant in Menomonie as assistant manager.

Jeremy was a member of First Congregational Church in Menomonie where he was confirmed. He loved computers and was a district computer technician for Menomonie High School. He was a member and officer of DECA, and played violin in the orchestra. Jeremy enjoyed baseball, fishing, camping, hiking outdoors, snowmobiling, and his cat.

Jeremy will be sadly missed by his mom, dad, brother, family and friends.

Survivors include his parents, Mark and Mary Marsden of Janesville; one brother, Jonathon Marsden of Eau Claire; paternal grandparents, Frank and Suzann Marsden of Beloit; maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Stanley of Beloit; his great-grandmothers, Kathleen "Kay" Marsden of Beloit and Marie White of Janesville; aunts and uncles, Kristi and Kevin Hayden of Janesville, Heidi and Curtis Nelson and Richard and Joan Stanley, all of Beloit, Ron and Sandy Stanley, who are his Godparents, of Harvard, Ill., Dennis and Rose Kenney of Beloit, Judy Stanley of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and Harold and Marge Stanley of Shullsburg; and numerous cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his grandfather, George Stanley, and his great-grandfathers, Frank Marsden Sr. and James White.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 8, 2002, at the First Baptist Church in Beloit with the Rev. Gen Van Galder officiating. Burial was in Emerald Grove Cemetery in Emerald Grove.

Daley-Murphy-Wisch & Associates Funeral Home in Beloit handled arrangements.

A memorial service will be held here at a later date at the First Congregational Church.

Memorials may be given in his name to the American Diabetes Foundation.

 

Vernon N. Green

Dunn County News, Sun, June 9, 2002, A17

Vernon N. Green, age 83, formerly of Menomonie, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 6, 2002, with his family at his side.

Vernon was born on Sept. 10, 1918, in Elk Mound, the son of the late Anton Green and Margaret (Michelbook) Green. He attended Elk Mound High School where he was an accomplished musician and active in oratory and drama. Vernon also attended Vocational School of Police Science and Law Enforcement.

On April 20, 1974, Vernon married Doris (Karns) Green at the Little Brown Church in Iowa. The couple resided for many years in Menomonie. While in Menomonie, Vernon was a long time member of the Moose Lodge and after serving in several offices, including president, he was honored into the Pilgrims, the highest honor of the Moose Lodge. Vernon spent countless hours volunteering his services at the Moose Lodge.

In 1994, the couple moved to DeForest. In DeForest, the couple resided in a wonderful retirement community where they met and socialized with many dear friends. Vernon especially enjoyed the pool games and woodworking at the recreation center. In 2000, Vernon and Doris moved to Plymouth.

Vernon held many jobs prior to joining the Menomonie Police Department in 1951. He worked his way through the ranks until becoming chief of police in 1962. Vernon retired in 1975 from the Police Department. He continued with law enforcement for several years after his retirement, working as a deputy sheriff and bailiff in Dunn County. Even after his days in law enforcement, he was known and loved as "Chief" by many.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; a brother, George (Agnes) Green of Stoughton; seven children, Gerald (Lois) Green of Stoughton, Linda (Gary) Jahn of Phoenix, Ariz., Ron (Bernie) Bien of Menomonie, Robert (Donna) Duffy of Grafton, Va., Linda (Ron) Bussey of Nashville, Tenn., Barry (Barb) Duffy of Scandia, Minn., and Sue (Jim) Peterson of Plymouth; 10 grandchildren, Richard Green, Bekke White, Jennifer Robbins, Brian Duffy, Kristin Eichorst, Jill Moldrem, Craig Skaare, Daniel Duffy, and Chelsea and Brady Peterson; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in the Town of Dunn.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, where there will be a Moose Pilgrim Memorial Service at 5:30 p.m., and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

A memorial fund is being established in his name.

 

Harvey E. Engel

Dunn County News, Sun, June 9, 2002, A17

Harvey E. Engel, age 98, of Menomonie, died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Harvey was born March 3, 1904 and raised in the Town of Waumandee, Buffalo County. He was the son of Christian and Rosa (Hassler) Engel. He had six brothers and two sisters, and a twin sister who died at birth.

Harvey married Mildred Salwey on Sept. 14, 1926 at the Salwey home farm in rural Alma. After their marriage, they farmed in Jahn's Valley, Buffalo County until 1947 when they moved to the Town of Weston in Dunn County.

They owned and operated Engel's Store for many years until they retired in 1972. Harvey also worked as a foreman at Midwestern Block Factory for many years, and also worked part-time at Sandy Lee Mfg.

Harvey and Mildred were both members of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Mildred died in 1998 and Harvey has been a resident of the American Lutheran Home since February of this year.

Harvey is survived by a daughter Mary (Joseph) Weber of Menomonie; a son, Harlow (Chris) Engel of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a brother Wilbur (Dora) Engel of Fresno, Calif.; six grandchildren: Jolene (Carl) Jalowitz, Donald (Patti) Weber, David (Carol) Weber, Dennis (Ranee) Weber, Jodi (Chad) Preston, all of Menomonie, and Joyce (Tadd) Baumann of St. Cloud, Minn.; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Linda M. Christopher

Dunn County News, Sun, June 9, 2002, A17

Linda M. Christopher, age 100, of Menomonie, died Friday, June 7, 2002 at Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

The former Linda Marie Stokke was born March 16, 1902 in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn Co., to Louis A. and Bertine (Iversen) Stokke. She attended Little Elk Creek grade school and graduated from Menomonie High School.

Linda married Melvin Christopher on Sept. 5, 1923 at Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church. After their marriage they farmed the Christopher home farm in the Little Elk Creek area in the Town of Menomonie. Linda and Melvin moved to Tantara Apartments in Menomonie in 1980.

Linda was an active community servant. She was a member of Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church, belonged to the church women's group, and taught Sunday School for many years. She also made the baptismal towels for many baptisms at Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church. Linda was a member of the Menomonie Women's Club, a homemakers group, the Myrtle Werth Hospital Auxiliary and was also a volunteer at the hospital. Along with her husband as treasurer, Linda served the Town of Menomonie for 40 years.

Linda is survived by her daughter, Lenise Christopher of Las Vegas and Menomonie; two nieces, Lois Wulf of Lancaster and Eda (David) Samdahl of Stillwater, Minn.; four nephews, Delvin (Judy) Stokke, Leon (Lourdes) Stokke both of Menomonie, Dean (Eileen) Stokke of Colfax, Donald (Serina) Sovick of Prospect Heights, Ill.; special friends, Jack and Anita Kothlow of Menomonie and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 78 years, Melvin; three sisters, Clara Bolp, Inga Sovick and Seena Stokke; two brothers, Herman and Edwin Stokke; one niece and three nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn Co., with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial will be in Froen Cemetery also in the Town of Red Cedar. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Memorials may be directed to Little Elk Creek Church building fund.

 

Chelsea Kay Hanson

Dunn County News, Sun, June 9, 2002, A17

Chelsea Kay Hanson, infant daughter of Lane Hanson and Sabrina Whitlock of Menomonie, passed on June 5, 2002 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

Chelsea was born Dec. 19, 2001 in Menomonie, WI. She was a bushel of fun, had a wreath of a smile, and a giggle that will be sadly missed.

Chelsea is survived by her parents, Lane and Sabrina; her brother and sister, Matthew and Charlene; her grandparents, Bill and Helen Hanson, Charles Whitlock, Jr., and Linda Jeske; her great-grandmothers, Catherine Whipple and Rosemary Whitlock; five uncles and six aunts: Lonnie Hanson, Lawrence (Chris) Hanson, Allen (Candi) Colding, Carolyn Hanson, Cecilia (Chris) Beals, Cathy (Charles) Berrett, and Catrina Whitlock; seven great-uncles and five great-aunts: Robert Whipple, Gary (Dawn) Whipple, Butch Whipple, Chuck Horne, Wayne (Nona) Hanson, Bernard (Bernie) Gilles, Elmer (Mary) Sharp, and Frances Arnould; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Charlene Whitlock.

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m., Sat., June 8, 2002 at United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial in Cedar Falls Cemetery, Twp. of Cedar Falls. Friends may call Sat. from 9-11 a.m. at the church. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

 

Beth M. Dunn

Dunn County News, Sun, June 9, 2002, A17

Beth M. Dunn, age 78, of Menomonie died Saturday, June 8, 2002 at Dunn County Health Care Center.

Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11 at Knapp United Methodist Church in Knapp with the Rev. Goldie Bunde officiating. Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery, twp. of Stanton, Dunn Co. Friends may call Monday, June 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and Tuesday one hour prior to services at the church.

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Beth M. Dunn

Dunn County News, Wed, June 12, 2002, A6

Beth M. Dunn, age 78, of Knapp, died Saturday, June 8, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Beth was born on May 15, 1924, in Knapp to William and Ida (Mason) Bliss. She graduated in 1941 from Menomonie High School. She married James Dunn on Sept. 22, 1942, in Knapp and they lived in the Knapp area most of their lives.

Beth worked at Sanna Dairies/Swiss Miss for over 20 years, retiring in 1986. After retirement, Beth and Jim wintered in Texas until his death in 1991. In 1995, Beth continued her travels with her special companion, Warren Benson Sr.

Beth was involved in many activities. Her favorite was music, which included playing piano and organ for her church, Knapp United Methodist, singing with the Pierce County Ecumenical Choir, and the Senior Jammers. She also was active in her church, and a member of the Eastern Star, Royal Neighbors, and Matson-Miller Legion Auxiliary Unit #330. But most important to Beth was her family and her faith.

Beth is survived by her special companion, Warren Benson Sr. of St. Paul, Minn.; two sons, James W. (Carol) Dunn of Colorado Springs, Colo., and David J. Dunn of Eleva; a daughter, Cheryl M. (Jim) Welch of Menomonie; eight grandchildren, Laura (Ted) Ellifson, Michele (Franco) Pisani, Burke (Liz) Welch, Mark (Jessica) Dunn, Stacey Dunn, Brian (Mindy) Dunn, Molly (Brady) Deal and Adam Welch; six great-grandchildren, Erika Cobb, Karlee Cobb, Zachary Welch, Emma Welch, Gabriella Pisani and Malcolm Dunn; one brother, John (Darlene) Bliss of Knapp; her mother-in-law, Ida Dunn of Knapp; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jim, and one brother, Morry Bliss.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 11, 2002, at the Knapp United Methodist Church in Knapp with the Rev. Goldie Bunde officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery, Town of Stanton, Dunn County.

There was a Matson-Miller Unit #330 Legion Auxiliary Memorial Service Monday evening at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, which was in charge of arrangements.

Minnie S. Hendrickson

Dunn County News, Sun, June 16, 2002, A6

Minnie S. Hendrickson, age 86, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Minnie was born Oct. 4, 1915, in Eau Claire, the daughter of Louis and Louisa (Friedl) Wolf. Minnie attended Sacred Heart Elementary School in Eau Claire. In 1929, Minnie moved with her family to a farm they purchased in the Louisville area of Dunn County. She married Carl Hendrickson on June 9, 1934, and they lived and farmed in the Louisville area until they retired. Carl passed away in November 1979.

Minnie was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie and the PCCW.

Minnie is survived by two children, a son, James (Betty) Hendrickson of Menomonie, and a daughter, Carol (Norbert) Dienger of Chippewa Falls; six grandchildren, Dave (Kari), Tom (Sherry) and Bill (Shelly) Hendrickson, all of Menomonie, Dan (Jane) Dienger and Randy (Becky) Dienger, both of Chippewa Falls, and Debbie (Gary) Loew of Birchwood; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Anton Wolf of Arkansaw; two sisters, Agnes Legge of Menomonie and Rose Mary (Ray) Johnson of Chippewa Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Louise Murray; and one brother, Frank Wolf.

Funeral services were Friday, June 14, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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

Laurence S. Gold

Dunn County News, Sun, June 16, 2002, A6

Laurence S. Gold, age 50, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, June 11, 2002, at his home.

He was born Aug. 1, 1951, in Eau Claire to Edward and Nina (Beebe) Gold. Laurence was raised in Chippewa Falls, graduated in 1969 from Chippewa Falls High School, and then graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in political science.

Laurence enjoyed both reading and writing science fiction and was active in the Democratic Party. He has resided in Menomonie the last six years.

Laurence will be sadly missed by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gold; his brother, Joe; his sister, Kathryn Bennett and her family; his canoeing buddies; and his many friends.

Following cremation, there will be a private gathering at a later date.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie assisted the family.

George L. Wolf

Dunn County News, Wed, June 19, 2002, A6

George L. Wolf, age 80, of Elmwood, died Friday, June 14, 2002, at his home in rural Elmwood.

George was born Dec. 24, 1921, in the Town of Eau Galle, Dunn County, rural Elmwood, the son of William J. and Julia (Yenny) Wolf. He was raised in that community and on June 27, 1944, he married Angeline Bates at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood. After marriage, they farmed in the Elmwood and Eau Galle area. His wife, Angeline, passed away Jan. 12, 2002.

George's hobbies were spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and woodworking. His passions were driving tractors, cutting wood and attending auctions.

George is survived by six sons, Larry (Mary) of River Falls, Bob (Judy) of Menomonie, Jim of Arizona, Bill (Teresa) of Hudson, Joe (Teresa) of Elmwood, and Tony (Jennifer) of Lino Lakes, Minn.; five daughters, Mary Ann (John) Ausman of Elk Mound, Rita (Rick) Nelson of White Bear Lake, Minn., Sue (Nick) Sperger of Durand, and Molly Wolf and Sherry (Dick) Risler, both of Elmwood; 34 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Esther Thoms of Eau Claire, and one brother, Herbert of Racine.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and twin sisters, Lorraine Karshbaum and Lorretta Rothbauer.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Eau Galle with the Rev. Joseph Smetana officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ruth Donley

Dunn County News, Wed, June 19, 2002, A6

Mary Ruth Donley, age 74, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, in Tucson, Ariz.

She was born Jan. 18, 1928, in Minneapolis, Minn. She was a strong advocate for education and held bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota, majoring in library science.

She was a college librarian for 34 years, the last 30 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie. She managed the introduction of its computer catalog program, adaptive technology for the handicapped, and the start of its first all-campus computer lab. She retired as an assistant professor and assistant to the Director of Special Services.

Since moving to Tuscon in 1995, she has been a faithful member and volunteer at the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew. Her interests varied from genealogy, bridge, local history, opera, the symphony, and baseball to her many travels in Europe. She had plans to travel to Antarctica, but died before she could go.

Mary was an inspiration to her family and many friends.

She is survived by her brother, George (Grace) Donley of Las Cruces, N.M.; her sister, Martha (Everett N.) of Hickman; and six nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Friday, June 7, 2002, at the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew in Tucson.

Contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Bring's Broadway Chapel in Tucson handled arrangements.

 

LaVerne F. W. Hintzman

Dunn County News, Wed, June 19, 2002, A6

LaVerne F. W. Hintzman, age 87, of Menomonie, died Monday, June 17, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

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Bernice M. Reppe

Dunn County News, Wed, June 19, 2002, A6

Bernice M. Reppe, age 88, of Menomonie, died Sunday, June 16, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Bernice was born Oct. 18, 1913, in Elk Mound, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Remmel) Molitor. At an early age, Bernice moved with her family to Menomonie where she attended St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School and graduated from Menomonie High School.

Bernice married Oliver "Red" Reppe at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where she was a long-time member. In 1945, Bernice and Oliver moved to California with their two sons, William and Eugene. The family joined St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Van Nyes where Bernice became involved with the Catholic Daughters of America.

Bernice worked at J.C. Penny's for 10 years and then worked at West Valley Hospital as a supervisor of medical records for 20 years until retiring. After retiring, she continued to do volunteer work at several hospitals. Bernice was extremely creative and was gifted in the art of toll painting, rosemalling, ceramics and many other handicrafts.

In 1947, Bernice was elected Grand Regent of the Court of Corvallis. She was also California State Chairman of Extension. During her 50 years with the Catholic Daughters of America, she installed three courts for the State of California. Bernice was an active member of the Forever Young Club and held the office of recording secretary for 11 years. Bernice returned to Menomonie in 1999 where she remained the rest of her life.

Bernice will be sadly missed by her family and her wonderful friends.

Bernice is survived by her two sons, William (Margo) Reppe of Menomonie and Eugene Reppe of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; five grandchildren, David Reppe of Palmdade, Calif., Kathleen (William) Sandlian of Hemet, Calif., William (Cyndee) Reppe of Jamestown, R.I., Charles (Judy) Reppe of North Kingston, N.C., and Shawn (Eric) Gilbertson of Elk Mound; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ellen Reppe of Menomonie and Signa Brown of Boyd; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oliver; a sister, Marguerite McKee; and two grandchildren, Greigory and Petrice Boerstler.

No formal services will be held in Menomonie. There will be a graveside service at a later date at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Calif.

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

Esther C. Washburn

Dunn County News, Sun, June 23, 2002, A6

Esther C. Washburn, age 95, of the Town of Eau Galle, died Friday, June 21, 2002, at the Myrtle Werth Hospital - Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Esther was born March 28, 1907, in the Township of Dunn, Dunn County. She was the daughter of Christian G. and Clara (Burck) Kraft. Esther graduated from the Dunn County Normal School in 1923 and taught rural and elementary school for 14 years. Esther married Myron B. Washburn on July 14, 1937, in Menomonie. After marriage, they farmed in the Township of Eau Galle all their lives.

Esther was an active member of New Hope Lutheran Church. She served on the first Council of New Hope Lutheran Church and held offices in the various Women's Groups. She served as Parish Secretary of New Hope and Little Elk Creek Lutheran Churches for 10 years. Esther was a member of the Howison School Board for three terms. She also served as Secretary of the Rose Hill Cemetery Association for 40 years.

Esther is survived by her son, John, of Eau Galle; a sister, Gladys Lambert of Menomonie; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Kraft of Durand and Ellen Kraft of Menomonie, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded by her parents; her husband, Myron, in 1992; three brothers, Leon, Clarence and Cyril Kraft, and two sisters, Alma Sinz and Vera Turner.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville, with Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Downsville.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

LaVerne F. W. Hintzman

Dunn County News, Sun, June 23, 2002, A6

LaVerne F. W. Hintzman, age 87, of Menomonie, died Monday, June 17, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

LaVerne was born Nov. 21, 1914, to Alie and Theresa (Schultz) Hintzman in the Town of Sherman on the farm that would be his home for 87 years. He attended Hillcrest Grade School and worked for his parents on the farm until 1951. Then he went to work for the Dunn County Highway Department and later as a grader man for the Town of Sherman.

LaVerne married Isabel Flick on May 31, 1941, at Friedens (now Peace) Lutheran Church in Menomonie. In November, following his father's death in September, 1953, LaVerne and his wife bought the family farm and LaVerne continued to work for the township and farm.

LaVerne was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Downsville for many years, president of the Menomonie Farmers Union Co-op for one year and served nine years as a board member. He was treasurer of the Hillcrest School District, project leader for the Hillcrest Comets 4-H Club, and president of the Menomonie Co-op Spray Ring. He served on the Peace Lutheran Church Council for three years and was congregational president one year. LaVerne also served as captain of the ushers and headed the money counters at the church for many years. He was the sexton at the Sherman Cemetery for many years.

In 1964, the Hintzman family hosted a Japanese IFYE (International Foreign Youth Exchange) student and enjoyed a long-lasting friendship with Kikue (Usui) Kato.

LaVerne and Isabel traveled to all 50 states as well as the Canadian Provinces, Germany, Switzerland, Leichtenstein, Italy, Israel, Mexico and Bermuda.

Over the years, they raised lovely Glads and gave them to churches, nursing homes, the hospitalized, for anniversaries and birthdays, etc. In 1992, LaVerne won grand champion with his prize Glads over the entire flower department at the St. Croix County Fair.

LaVerne enjoyed gardening and yard work, and after his retirement from farming in 1979, this became his hobby. But his heart truly was in working with power machinery.

LaVerne is survived by his wife, Isabel of Menomonie; one daughter, Dixe Lee (Roger) Lesneski of Ashland; two sons, Lonnie (Carole) Hintzman of Eau Claire and Lynn Hintzman of Menomonie; seven grandchildren, Michael (Diana) Lesneski of Ashland, Christine (Jim) Siebert of Ridgeland, Mathew (Traci) Lesneski of St. Paul, Minn., Christopher (Lynn) Lesneski of Superior, Scott Hintzman of Eau Claire, Valerie (Steve) Wing of Eau Claire, and Monica Hintzman of Menomonie; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Gregory Lesneski of Ashland, Joshua and Jordan Siebert of Ridgeland, and Alexander Wing of Eau Claire; two sisters, Vivian (Roy) Welk of White Bear Lake, Minn., and Mildred (Gene) Welk of Menomonie, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were Friday, June 21, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Whelan officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Town of Sherman, Dunn County.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

"Home is the hunter home from the hill and the sailor home from sea."

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Marjorie M. Burton

Dunn County News, Sun, June 23, 2002, A6

Marjorie M. Burton, age 81, of Altoona and formerly of Menomonie, died Thursday, June 20, 2002, in Eau Claire.

Marjorie was born Aug. 19, 1920, in Minneapolis to Andrew R. and Irma G. (Kleiner) Johnston. At an early age, her family moved to Iowa, where her father was superintendent of schools in several small communities. At the age of 13, she moved with her family to Menomonie, where she attended high school, graduating in 1937. In 1940, she entered nurses training in Chicago, graduating in 1943. She then was engaged in staff and supervising positions at Cook County Hospital.

In 1947, she was married to E. Orville Pryor, who preceded her in death. One daughter, Judith, was born to that marriage. In 1949, she returned to Menomonie, where she was employed at Memorial Hospital and later at the Dunn County Health Care Center. In 1960, she was married to Donald Burton. They were married for 10 years. In 1983, she moved to Altoona, where she was employed at the Eau Claire Center of Care, retiring in 1992.

Marjorie is survived by a daughter, Judith (Jeff) Lezotte of Onalaska; a sister, Phyllis Mars of Hallie, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with the Rev. Goldie Bunde officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service with internment in Forest Hill Cemetery, Knapp.

Jeanette A. Mickelson

Dunn County News, Wed, June 26, 2002, A6

Jeanette A. Mickelson, age 69, of Ridgeland, died Sunday, June 23, 2002, at her home.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2002, at the Ridgeland Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Zion-Sheridan Cemetery in the Town of Sheridan.

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

Barbara Y. Hintz

Dunn County News, Wed, June 26, 2002, A6

Barbara Y. Hintz, age 70, of Menomonie, died Saturday, June 22, 2002, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Barb was born March 13, 1932, in Menomonie to Leopold and Tina (Walseth) Rudiger. She graduated from Menomonie High School and worked at Parker Pen in Menomonie for several years. Barb married Willard Hintz on May 28, 1954, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Together, they farmed in the Town of Sherman.

Barb is survived by her husband, Willard of Menomonie; four children, Jeanne Stevenson, Mike (Donna) Hintz, Nancy Giertz and Rich (Rhonda) Hintz, all of Menomonie; six grandchildren, Amanda and Matt Stevenson, Amy and Cory Giertz, and Hailey and Devyn Hintz; one brother, Gene Rudiger of Menomonie; two sisters, Phyllis Shock of Menomonie and Pat Swenty of Eau Claire; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating. Burial was in Mamre Cemetery, Town of Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

 

"Thank you, Mom, for teaching me

the most valuable lesson I would learn;

that you can love someone with everything

and expect nothing in return."

- Linda Ellis

Gilbert F. Ponto

Dunn County News, Wed, June 26, 2002, A6

Gilbert "Gib" F. Ponto, age 80, of Menomonie, died Saturday, June 22, 2002, in Hayward.

Gib was born Oct. 26, 1921, in the Town of Menomonie to Albert and Elizabeth (Schrader) Ponto. He married Hazel Lemke on Sept. 19, 1942, in Rockford, Ill. Gilbert enlisted in the Air Corps as a medic in 1942 and served in World War II until 1945. After leaving the service, he became a mechanic and worked for Berg's Chevrolet. Later, Gib owned Gib's Auto Repair for 21 years, retiring in 1985.

Gib was a lifelong resident of Menomonie, a life member of the VFW, where he held the office of past Ninth District commander as well as holding other offices, and a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Gib is survived by his wife, Hazel Ponto of Menomonie; three daughters, Lucille (Vaughn) Lierman of Fall Creek, Ardith Rogers of Colfax, and Patricia Kutney of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; four grandsons, Randy (JoAnn), Kevin (Sandy) and Bryn (Sheila) Lierman and Shawn (Kelly) Kutney; six great-grandchildren, Eric (fiancee Paula), Jeff, Jason, Alicia, Andrew and Cheyenne Lierman; two sisters, Helen Weaver and Adeline (Kenneth) Kothlow, both of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Tamara Rogers; four brothers, Gerhart, Lawrence, Donald and David (infant); and five sisters, Gertrude Klingenberg, Agnes Hagen, Dorothy Ponto, Vera Chaffee and Rachel Suckow.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial was in St. Paul's Cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

 

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