Dunn County, WI Obituaries
June 2004

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

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Donald L. Erickson

Dunn County News, Wed, June 2, 2004, A6

Donald L. Erickson, age 69, of Menomonie, died Monday, May 31, 2004, at his home with hospice.

Don was born Oct. 17, 1934, in Menomonie to Raymond and Agnes (Herrem) Erickson. He graduated from Menomonie High School in 1952 and enlisted in the Army. He served in Korea from 1952 to 1956. Don attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout after being discharged from the Army and graduated in 1959. Don married Vivian Albricht on June 19, 1957, at the Tainted United Methodist Church. He worked for the Flint Printing Co. for 33 years and the Dunn County Reminder, retiring in 1996.

Don was an active member of the Tainter United Methodist Church, serving as church treasurer for many years, teaching Sunday School for more than 40 years, and was chair of the Finance Committee. He also was a licensed lay speaker, doing pulpit supply in area churches. Don served several times as a lay member to annual conferences and was a district president of United Methodist Men.

Don was also a registered scouter for more than 50 years, serving as a cub master, Webelos leader, and an assistant scout master. He held district offices in Boy Scouts and received the Silver Beaver award.

Don was devoted to his family, church and scouting. He especially cherished his grandchildren.

Don is survived by his wife, Vivian; four children, Glen (Sharon) Erickson of Colfax, Glenda Williamson of Milton, Scott (Sheila) Erickson of Eau Claire, and Kendall (Shari) Erickson of Eden Prairie, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Ashley, Afton and Aryn Erickson, Joshua and Megan Williamson, Wendy and Lacey Deiss, Jacob Erickson, and Kiran and Hanna Erickson; one great-grandson, Briar Moore; two brothers, Robert (Katy) Erickson and Russell (Janice) Erickson, both of Minnesota; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Raymond, Harold and Larry.

Memorial services were Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at the Tainter United Methodist Church in the town of Tainter with the Rev. Steve Groves officiating. A private graveside service was held in the Tainter Church Cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

The family suggests memorials to the Tainter United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Dennis L. Harp

Dunn County News, Wed, June 2, 2004, A6

Dennis L. Harp, age 36, of Boyceville, died Sunday, May 30, 2004, at his home in Boyceville.

Dennis was born March 15, 1968, in St. Paul, Minn., to Eugene and Betty (Sanders) Harp. Dennis graduated in 1986 from Glenwood City High School. Dennis married Sandra Stafne on July 15, 2000, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville. He enjoyed watching dirt car and NASCAR racing and snowmobiling and he liked to deer hunt with bow and arrow. Dennis also enjoyed helping others. He would do anything for his children, wife and family.

Dennis is preceded in death in 1996 by his father, Eugene, maternal grandparents, Donald and Opal Sanders; paternal grandparents, Ray and Dorothy Harp; infant brother, Donald Ray Harp; and mother-in-law, Louise C. Stafne.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Sandra Harp of Boyceville; a son, Jordan Harp of Downsville; two daughters, Brittany and Samantha Harp of Boyceville; his mother, Betty Harp of Menomonie; father-in-law, Doug Stafne of South St. Paul, Minn.; a brother, Daniel (Teresa) Harp of Elk Mound; a sister, Debra (Philip) Pettey of Hillsboro, Ore.; aunts, uncles and cousins; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2004, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Glenwood City with the Rev. Ralph Thompson officiating. Interment of cremains will be in Mound Cemetery, Downing, at a later date.

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

Ronald Paul Metling

Dunn County News, Wed, June 2, 2004, A6

Ronald Paul Metling, age 58, of Red Wing, Minn., died Sunday, May 30, 2004, at his home.

He was born Dec. 12, 1945, in Menomonie to Paul and Irene (Olson) Metling. He graduated in 1964 from Menomonie High School and then joined the Army National Guard and retired after 20 years of service. In 1973, he moved to Red Wing. He married Mary Strand in 1974 and they later divorced.

For 20 years, he worked for the Red Wing Shoe Co. in the shipping department, leaving in 1993. He then was employed as a security officer at the Prairie Island nuclear plant from May-December 1998, and then went to Treasure Island as an assistant security supervisor until 2002. He became a custodian for the Red Wing School District and left in February 2004 when he began working at the Red Wing Service Center, where he was currently employed.

He was a member of St John's Lutheran Church and Leo C. Peterson Post #54 of the American Legion. He enjoyed golfing, watching the Red Wing Aces games, hockey, and many other sports.

He is survived by one son, Brian (Angela) Metling of Goodhue, Minn.; one grandson, Collin; and two sisters, Janice (Richard) Clemens of Anoka, Minn., and Sharon (David) Utke of Coon Rapids, Minn.

His parents and an infant son, Bradley, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Loren Lucht officiating. Burial was in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.  Mahn Family Funeral Home in Red Wing was in charge of arrangements.

Ila Seitz Partridge Green Wright

Dunn County News, Wed, June 2, 2004, A6

Correction:  Funeral services for Ila Seitz Partridge Green Wright, who died Friday, May 28, 2004, are 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6, 2004, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Family and friends are welcome to call at the church one hour prior to services. Olson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Alice M. Quilling

Dunn County News, Sun, June 6, 2004, A6

Alice M. Quilling, age 97, of Menomonie, Wis., died Friday, June 4, 2004 at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Alice Mabel Hintz was born August 13, 1906 in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County to Frank and Anna (Witt) Hintz. She was baptized on Aug. 19, 1906, at home, by St. John's Lutheran Church pastor. Alice attended Iron Creek School and then St. Paul's Lutheran Church School and was confirmed on March 20, 1921 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Alice married Earl J. Quilling on Oct. 17, 1925 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Iron Creek. They lived in Menomonie, where Alice was a homemaker. She was a long-time member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and active in the Ladies Group. She loved to garden, bake and play cards with her friends and she also did a lot of crocheting.

Alice is survived by two sisters-in-law, Pearl Schneck and Florence Sipple, both of Menomonie; nieces and nephews, Ardith (David) Jacobson of Onalaska, Stephen Hintz of N.C., and Herbert Grutt, Joan Keller, Geneva (Walter) Hasse, Donna Hasse and Richard (Shirley) Hintz, all of Menomonie; Maurice (Jean) Schneck of Minn., Eugene (Sue) Schneck of Ky., Donald (Barb) Schneck of Colo., Shirley (Richard) Neumann of Calif., Janet (Victor) Rhodes, Bonnie (Curt) Hagberg, Audrey Cropp and Joyce Quilling of Menomonie, Gerald (Molly) Quilling of Mich; and many great-nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl, in 1981; four brothers, Albert, William, George and Walter Hintz; and three sisters, Mary Lewis, Edith Harshman and Lillian Grutt.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Wednesday at church.
 

Rick L. Sitzman

Dunn County News, Sun, June 6, 2004, A6

Rick L. Sitzman, age 53, of Menomonie, died Thursday, June 3, 2004, at his home with hospice care after a brave battle with cancer.

Rick was born Oct. 18, 1950, in St. Louis Park, Minn., to Richard and Edna (Hintz) Sitzman, After the death of his father, when Rick was six years old, he and his mother moved to Menomonie where he grew up.
He graduated in 1969 from Menomonie High School and from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1975 with a degree in child development and family life. Rick married Micky Cinquegrana on Oct. 4, 1975, in Lake Wissota. After marriage, they lived in Brainerd, Minn., Wadena, Minn., and St. Paul, Minn., before returning to Menomonie where he remained the rest of his life and helped raise their children.

He is survived by his wife, Micky; one son, Tristan of Eau Claire; one daughter, Elise Sitzman, at home; father-in-law, Vincent (Clearice) Cinquegrana of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; brother-in-law, Pete Cinquegrana; sister-in-law, Mary Cinquegrana; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with Father Tom Krieg officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery at a later dater.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie where a prayer service is scheduled at 7:30 p.m.

Memorials may be given in memory of Rick to St. Joseph's Catholic Church Refurbishing Fund.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ida E. Drew

Dunn County News, Sun, June 6, 2004, A6

Ida E. Drew, age 90, of Menomonie, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilyn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Iron Creek Cemetery, town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

Family and friends may gather from 10 a.m. until time of services Friday at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

See complete obituary below.

Frieda Gesche

Dunn County News, Sun, June 6, 2004, A6

Frieda Gesche, age 94, of Elmwood, died Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, June 7, 2004, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Martin Wegner officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Spring Valley.
Friends may call from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley.

See complete obituary below.

Frieda L. Gesche

Dunn County News, Wed, June 9, 2004, A6

Frieda L. Gesche, age 94, of Elmwood, died Wed, June 2, 2004, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Frieda was born Sept. 5, 1909, in the town of Cady. St. Croix County. She attended Plainview Country School in the town of Cady. At the age of 10, complications caused from scarlet fever left Frieda unable to continue school. She lived all her life on the family farm in Cady. She had a special relationship with her sister, Esther Voelker, having lived with her for 83 years. Frieda became "spoiled" by Esther's cooking, because there was nobody who could cook like Esther.

Frieda loved listening to music and enjoyed The Lawrence Welk Show. It was not unusual when visiting Frieda and Esther to hear polka music in the background.

Preceding her in death were her parents; one brother, Elmer Gesche; and one sister, Esther Voelker.

Survivors include five nephews, Bernard (Eleanor) Voelker of Prescot, Wayne (Coryn) Voelker of Carver, Minn., Stanley (Carol) Voelker of Wilson, Lowell Gesche and Jana Marden of Neillsville, and LeRoy (Irma) Gesche of St. Paul, Minn.; one niece, Lennice (Bill) Howard of Minocqua; a sister-in-law, Louise Gesche of Elmwood; many grandnieces and grandnephews; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation was Sunday from 6-8:30 pm at the Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley. Funeral services were Monday, June 7, 2004, at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Rev. Martin Wegner officiated the service. Music was provided by organist Norma Jean Canfield with congregational singing. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery, Spring Valley.

Pallbearers were Bill Howard, LeRoy Gesche, Lowell Gesche, Stanley Voelker, Wayne Voelker and Bernard Voelker.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

William O. Reppe

Dunn County News, Wed, June 9, 2004, A6

William O. Reppe, age 68, of Menomonie, died Monday, June 7, 2004 at Myrtle Werth Hospital in Menomonie.

He was born April 7, 1936, in Menomonie to Oliver and Bernice (Molitor) Reppe. As a youngster he moved with his family to California where he grew up. Bill worked for the city of Los Angeles as a wildlife control officer.

He married Margo King on April 3, 1969, in California. They lived briefly in Las Vegas, Nev. for a few years before moving to Menomonie in 1990.

While in Menomonie, Bill worked for Willow Motors and also for Northtown Ford for several years. Bill was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife Margo; three sons, David of Palmdale, Calif., William (Cyndee) and Charles (Judy), both of Jamestown, R.I.; two daughters, Kathleen (William) Sandlian of Hemet, Calif., and Shawn (Eric) Gilbertson of Elk Mound; 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Eugene Reppe of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; fat her-in-law, Edward King of Menomonie; sister-in-law, Madeleine (Pat) Patterson of Renton, Wash.; one niece, Lori (Kerstan) Rilos of Kent, Wash., and three great nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two children, Greigory and Petrice.

As his family, we will miss his wonderful sense of humor, his determination, dependability and generosity. We will always remember family vacations and our experiences at the house in "Tick" Canyon. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and uncle.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Rev. Rolf Mork will officiate.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, and one hour prior to service Thursday at Church.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Robert J. Joncas

Dunn County News, Wed, June 9, 2004, A6

Robert J. Joncas, age 83, of Prairie Farm, died Saturday, June 5, 2004, at the Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm.

He was born Dec. 12, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minn., the son of Henry and Josephine (Caron) Joncas. He moved to the Wheeler area with his parents and they later moved to the Ridgeland area where he and his brother, Leo, operated a dairy farm for many years.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, enlisting on Aug. 30, 1942, in Seattle, Wash., and received his discharge on Dec. 2, 1945, at Great Lakes, Ill. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Barron.

He is survived by a brother, James Joncas of Woodville, Texas; a sister, Barbara Anderson; a sister-in-law, Donna Biederman of Menomonie; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leo and Henry; and a sister, Lorilda Mrdutt.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Barron with the Rev. Mike Hayden officiating. burial was in Wayside Cemetery in Barron.

Rausch-Rockman Funeral Service in Barron handled arrangements.

Danny G. Keck Sr.

Dunn County News, Sun, June 13, 2004, A6

Danny G. Keck Sr., age 46, Menomonie, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 12, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. LeRoy Nelson officiating.

Burial was in Teegarden Cemetery, town of Lucas, Dunn County, will military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Elizabeth F. Pinkepank

Dunn County News, Sun, June 13, 2004, A6

Elizabeth F. Pinkepank, age 98, of Menomonie, died Friday, June 11, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Elizabeth was born Aug. 26, 1905, in Menomonie and was raised and lived her entire life in the same house where she was born. She was the daughter of Charles and Ida (Diedrich) Pinkepank.

Elizabeth graduated from Menomonie High School and Eau Claire Teachers College. She taught school for several years before returning to Menomonie. Elizabeth became the head librarian at the Mabel Tainter Memorial Library and worked there for many years until she retired.

Elizabeth is survived by two nephews, Charles Pinkepank of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Jerry Pinkepank of Seattle, Wash.; a niece, Carol Gilchrist of Minocqua; a sister-in-law, Ramona Pinkepank of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; several grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mae Pinkepank; and two brothers, Frederick and Clyde Pinkepank.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

The family prefers memorials to the Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater or donor's choice.

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

Ida E. Drew

Dunn County News, Sun, June 13, 2004, A6

Ida E. Drew, age 90, of Menomonie, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Ida Emelia Hohlbein was born Feb. 28, 1913, in the town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Henry and Sarah (Maves) Hohlbein. She married George W. Drew on July 28, 1930, in Stillwater, Minn. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1988.

Ida was a lifelong Menomonie area resident. She worked at Sanna Dairies for many years, retiring in 1966. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie. She enjoyed canning, baking, embroidering and making quilts, and she also enjoyed fishing.

Ida is survived by three daughters, Betty Kistner and Dorothy (Charles) Heller, both of Bloomer, and Dona (Paul) Rowe of White Castle, Colo.; two sons, George R. (Mary) Drew of Green Mountain Falls, Colo., and William H. (Judy) Drew of Oscoda, Mich.; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; a son, Reginald; a grandson, Larry Bol; a great-grandson, Jason Petricek; a brother, William Hohlbein; and three sisters, Laura Scharlau, Nellie Kirkland and Safronia "Peg" Bolle.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in the Iron Creek Cemetery, town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

Family and friends may gather from 10 a.m. until time of services Friday at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Margaret Caroline Helena Rassbach

Dunn County News, Sun, June 13, 2004, A6

Margaret Caroline Helena Rassbach, age 101, entered the Church Triumphant in the joy of Christ Jesus' resurrection Tuesday, June 8, 2004.

One of four daughters of Herman and Anna Werth of Menomonie, she was the wife of George Henry Rassbach, mother of Donald George Rassbach (Beverly) and Rev. James Werth Rassbach (Sharon), and grandmother of James David Rassbach (Sandy) of New Auburn, Nancy Mattes (Gary) of Chetek, Dan Paul Rassbach (Shelley) of Chetek, Steven Edward Rassbach and Timothy David Rassbach (Susan) of St. Louis, Mo.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, George, son, Donald George, and grandson, Steven Edward; and is survived by one son, two daughters-in-law, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

The funeral worship was Friday, June 11, 2004, at the Lutheran Church of Saint Matthew, 1915 Hodgeboom Ave., Eau Claire, with the Rev. Steven Rutter officiating. Interment followed in Lakeview Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Saint Matthew pastoral visitation fund.

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

Family and friends may sign the guest book online at www.fullerspeckien.com.

Catherine M. Meixner

Dunn County News, Sun, June 13, 2004, A6

Catherine M. Meixner, age 66, of Menomonie, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Catherine was born Oct. 24, 1937, in Plum City to Leo and Clara (Brunner) Meixner. She resided at Northern Wisconsin Center from 1954 until moving to Menomonie and residing with Aurora Community Services with the support of Aurora Residential Alternatives in1987. Catherine was employed at Indianhead Enterprises from 1987 to 1999. Since 1999, she has attended the Reach, Inc., Day Services Program and Leisure Services Program in Menomonie.

Catherine has been an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and an active volunteer at the 0 to 3 program at Dunn County Human Services and at the Senior Center in Menomonie. She was an enthusiastic participant with the Very Special Arts Choir and the Chippewa Valley Fishing Club. Catherine was a very caring individual who enjoyed the companionship of many Menomonie friends.

Catherine is survived by one sister, Lorraine Meixner of Eau Claire; four brothers, Francis Meixner of Chippewa Falls, Michael Meixner and Fred Meixner, both of Weston, and Leon Meixner of Ellsworth; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends are welcome from 11 a.m. until time of services at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Lester W. Shafer Sr.

Dunn County News, Sun, June 13, 2004, A6

Lester W. Shafer Sr., age 80, of Menomonie, passed away Friday, June 11, 2004, in his home at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Lester was born on Dec. 21, 1923, in Dunn County, to Elma Christina Wright-Shafer and Ernest W. Shafer. He attended a series of schools, all in the Dunn County area, up to the seventh grade. He worked and was on his own from the age of 12. On April 14, 1942, at the age of 18, he was employed on the Thompson Dredge Boat on the Mississippi River. In 1943 he was inducted into the Navy and served his apprenticeship in Farragut, Idaho. He served in the Seaman Guard and then attended Gunners Mate School. From there he was shipped to Bremerton, Wash. and then to Honolulu, Hawaii. He was then assigned to the aircraft carrier, USS Monterey. He served in the Pacific Theatre until he was discharged on Feb. 19, 1946. In 1947 he served on the Federal Barge Lines. He then enlisted in the Army on March 14, 1948, and was sent to Germany where he joined the Second Army Calvary Regiment, where he served for the next six years. He was discharged from the Army at the rank of Sergeant on Feb. 3, 1954. He then spent the remainder of his career working on a total of 24 different ships throughout the world.

Lester is survived by his wife, Juanita L. Shafer of Wheeler; a son, Lester W. (Crystal) Shafer of Elk Mound; a brother, Arthur Shafer of Washington, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Bud, Stanley, Clifford and Dennis; one sister, Erna; two nephews; and one niece.

Lester's memory and achievements will remain in the hearts of his loved ones for all eternity.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in the township of Dunn, Dunn County, with military honors provided by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Family and friends may call at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday and at the Funeral Home one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

David Jay Block

Dunn County News, Wed, June 16, 2004, A6

David Jay Block, age 35, of Menomonie, died Saturday, June 12, 2004, in Eau Claire.

He was born April 10, 1969, in Menomonie, the son of David and June (Kabiuk) Block.

He grew up in Boyceville and graduated in 1986 from Boyceville High School. He worked for Jerome Foods and later All American Manufacturing, the Bolo Inn, and various other places. He enjoyed fishing and the Green Bay Packers. He loved spending time with his daughter, Toshia.

He is survived by his daughter, Toshia Block of Durand; his father, David (Cathy) Block of Ridgeland; his mother, June Block of Marshfield; his grandfather, Fred Block of Cameron; his grandmother, Agnes Rudeen of Ridgeland; three brothers, Derrick Block of Eau Claire, Chris Dormanen of St. Cloud, Minn., and Todd (JoAnn) Dormanen of Boyceville; a sister, Angela (Jim) Neubauer of Zumbrota, Minn.; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty Block, and his maternal grandparents.

Funeral services were Wednesday morning, June 16, 2004, at the Rausch-Rockman Funeral Home in Barron with the Rev. Jeff King officiating. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, town of Stanley, Barron County.

Rausch-Rockman Funeral Home in Barron handled arrangements.

Gerald "Papa Jerry" Best

unn County News, Wed, June 16, 2004, A6

Gerald "Papa Jerry" Best died Saturday, June 12, 2004, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Jerry was born May 29, 1940, in Springfield, Ill., to Walter and Gertrude (Lynch) Best. He graduated from high school in Springfield, then attended college there at the University of Chicago. He then went on to the St. Louis College of Pharmacy where he graduated in 1965.

He married Toni Schroeder on May 29, 1965, in Altoona. They lived in Eau Claire and Altoona where he worked as a pharmacist at Sacred Heart Hospital, East Side Drug Co-op, Chippewa Valley County Health Care Center, and in Cadott.

They moved to Menomonie in 1991 where he worked at Lee Drug/The Medicine Shoppe. He considered the staff at The Medicine Shoppe a second family and loved them very much.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Wisconsin Pharmaceutical Association.

He enjoyed fishing, especially with his grandchildren, and playing Santa Claus for them, bowling, curling, golf, and camping. Mostly, he just enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Toni of 39 years; two children, Nikki (Todd) Ballweg of Eagan, Minn., and Jason (Heather) Best of Wheeler; six grandchildren, Andrew, Patrick, Mason, Meghan, Shannon and Sean Michael; two brothers, Bill Best of California and Ray Best of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and three sisters, Dorothy Cour, Stella Fee and Catherine "Trinka" Best, all of Springfield. Trinka had a very special place in Jerry's heart.

Many nieces and nephews survive, along with special friends, Duzzy and Marlene Carlson of Bloomer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Walter and Jimmy; and one sister, Mary Vespa.

Funeral services were Wednesday morning, June 16, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with Father Tom Krieg officiating. Interment was in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Rhiel's Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Yvonne M. Bemis

Dunn County News, Wed, June 16, 2004, A6

Yvonne M. Bemis, age 74, of Menomonie, died Saturday, June 12, 2004, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born April 29, 1930, in Menomonie to Lyle and Mary (Knopps) Bemis. Yvonne graduated from Menomonie High School and lived in Menomonie all her life.
Yvonne was employed at Sandy Lee Mfg. in Menomonie for many years. She enjoyed playing cards with family and friends and she also had a love of horses and cats.

Yvonne is survived by a sister, Marcella (Warren) Dettinger of Hixton; one brother, Allen (Mary) Bemis of St. Paul, Minn.; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Dorla Johnson and Beverly Hovlid.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Paul Pillman officiating. Burial will be in Tramway Cemetery, town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) and one hour prior to services Thursday .

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Dunn County News, Sun, June 20, 2004, A6

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John G. Anshus

Dunn County News, Wed, June 23, 2004, A6

John G. Anshus, age 81, died Friday, June 11, 2004.

John was born and raised in Menomonie, was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a retiree of Allen Bradley Co. of Milwaukee after 33 years of service.

He is the beloved father of Michael (Carol Lynn) Anshus of Minnesota, Mark (Margaret) Anshus, Marcia Anshus, Thomas Anshus (good friend Diane), Charles Anshus, James (Cory) Anshus, Patrick (Carolyn) Anshus of Texas, and Elizabeth (Brian) Hoffman. Loving grandfather of Paul (Julie), Matthew (Lois), Sarah, David, Jeffrey, Erick, Kevin, Kristin, Melissa, Meredith, Travis, Michael, Emily, Olivia, J.J., and Bridget; great-grandfather of Lydia. Dear brother of Elaine Rockwell of Fresno, Calif. Special friend of Adeline Gehle and Karl Gehring. Further survived by other relatives and many friends at Layton Terrace.

Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kathryn (nee Lybert).

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 15, 2004, in Milwaukee.
If desired, memorials may be made in John's name to the American Cancer Society.

Suminski Family Funeral Homes in Milwaukee handled arrangements.

Duane M. Colvin

Dunn County News, Wed, June 23, 2004, A6

Duane M. Colvin, age 54, of Menomonie, died suddenly on Sunday, June 20, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Duane was born July 26, 1949, in Elkhorn to Robert and Ruth (Ives) Colvin. He grew up in Walworth and graduated in 1967 from Big Foot High School in Walworth. He entered the service and served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969 to 1976, serving two tours in Vietnam.
Duane married Katherine Svoboda on Oct. 14, 1972, in Elkhorn. After leaving the military due to his disability, the family moved back to Wisconsin. Duane attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he studied graphic arts and photography and remained the rest of his life.

Duane enjoyed music, photography and hand drumming. The focus of his life was his family, his wife, two daughters, and four grandchildren. He was a member of the First Congregational Church and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Duane is survived by his wife, Kathy; two daughters, Veronica (Scott) Ellingson of Hudson and Valerie (Joshua) Davidson of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Isaac and Jacob Ellingson and Leah and Dinah Davidson; his father, Robert Colvin of Elkhorn; one sister, Marcia (Bill) Sidwell of Rochester Hills, Mich.; four brothers, James of Menomonie, Peter (Ruby) of Fredericksburg, Va., Brian (Tracy) of Youngstown, Ohio, and Bruce (Kathy) of Harwich, Mass.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Ruth (Ives) Colvin, and a brother, Richard.

Funeral services are 3 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2004, at the First Congregational Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Sunday at the church.
Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Frances Marie Heilhecker

Dunn County News, Wed, June 23, 2004, A6

Frances Marie Heilhecker, age 96, of Menomonie, formerly of Milwaukee, died Monday, June 21, 2004, at Our House Assisted Living in Menomonie.

Frances was born Sept. 29, 1907, in Milwaukee to William and Eugenia (Keimig) Heilhecker. Frances grew up in Milwaukee and attended St. Francis of Assisi School. Frances was a member of the 3rd Order of St. Francis of Assisi since 1951.

When a young woman, she owned and operated her own beauty salon in Milwaukee for several years. Later, she managed a beauty salon for five years. After retiring, Frances did volunteer work at LaFarge Convent in Milwaukee. In 1988, she moved to Menomonie to live near her relative and remained here the rest of her life.

Frances was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie.

Frances is survived by a nephew, William Heilhecker of Boyceville; a niece, Susan Osborne of Homosassa, Fla.; and other relatives and friends.

Her parents and a brother, William, precede her in death.

A Memorial Mass is 9:10 a.m. on Friday, June 25, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Madison.

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

James J. Barton

Dunn County News, Sun, June 27, 2004, A6

James J. Barton, age 53, of Boyceville, died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at his home.

He was born March 23, 1951, in St. Paul, Minn. to Cyril and Bernice (Olchowa) Barton. The family lived in St. Paul for 13 years before moving to Boyceville. During his youth, James was in a boys youth choir which traveled all over the United States. He graduated from Boyceville High School in 1969. After graduation he entered the U.S. Air Force. Sgt. James Barton distinguished himself by meritorious achievement as Crew Chief, Bomber Branch, 307th Organizational Maintenance Squadron, 340th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Wing in U-Tapao, Thailand where he received the Bronze Star Medal.

Jim worked at Anderson Windows for 29 years at Bayport, Minn. He married Jane Traxler on Dec. 5, 1980, in Menomonie. Together they had one son, Jesse.

Jim was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church in Boyceville. He also enjoyed fishing in Alaska with his son, Jesse.

Jim is survived by his son, Jesse Alojs Barton of Boyceville; Jesse's mother, Jane Barton of Woodville; his father, Cyril James (Vivian) Barton of Boyceville; two brothers, Adolph (Mary) Barton of Anchorage, Alaska, and Michael Barton of Richfield, Minn.; two sisters, Anne (James) Wallner of W. St. Paul, Minn., and Irene Matson of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; one step-brother, Marshall (Rita) Traxler of Boyceville; one step-sister, Rita (Brad) Cook of New Richmond; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice Barton; grandparents, Adolph and Mary Barton; an uncle, Jerome Barton; a brother-in-law, John Matson; and his father-in-law, Raymond Traxler.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 28, 2004, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Boyceville, with Father Jerry Hoeser officiating. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery with military honors.

Family and friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Sunday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. And there will be a visitation at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Bette J. Berseth

Dunn County News, Sun, June 27, 2004, A6

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Colfax for Bette J. Berseth, age 89, who died Sunday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. Pastor Steve Groves will officiate.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Bette was born March 24, 1915, in Xenia, Ill., to Alfred and Eliza (Worton) Joles. She married Karstein Berseth of Colfax and resided there until moving to the St. Cloud area in 1988.

Bette is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kaye and Dennis Raffenbeul of St. Cloud, Minn.; three grandchildren, Kyle, Thad and Nicole Raffenbeul; a great-granddaugther, Teagan; two sisters, Delores Cutting and Dorothy "Dottie" Robertson of Crossville, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Karstein; sister, Mildred Hilson; and brother, Darward Joles.

Arrangements were made by Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids, Minn.

Bill Larson

Dunn County News, Wed, June 30, 2004, A6

Bill Larson, age 92, of Menomonie, died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born Dec. 10, 1911, in the town of Lucas, Dunn County, to Ole and Anna (Alseth) Larson. Bill attended Tramway Grade School and then completed Dunn County Agricultural School. After his schooling, he farmed on the home farm in the town of Lucas for many years. Bill and his brothers, "The Larson 9," played ball together for many years with their father as coach, and on various other teams.

Bill married the former Beverly Erickson on Dec. 10, 1954, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. They farmed in the town of Sherman until retiring in 1978. After retiring, they built a home on Tainter Lake. They enjoyed dancing at the 500 Club, fishing, and traveling to Las Vegas. Beverly preceded Bill in death in 1982.

In retirement, Bill enjoyed shooting pool with his many friends and relatives, and continued to shoot pool in tournaments until this past spring. He also enjoyed the trips to Florida with his daughters, taking rides in the country, and eating out. Bill was a member of the National Farmers Organization and Moose Lodge #1584. He was a long time member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, recently rejoining Christ Lutheran Church, his family church.

Bill had a special bond with his grandchildren and looked forward to the time they spent together. "Wild Bill" will be remembered fondly by everyone whose life he touched.

Bill is survived by three daughters, Debbie Larson-Anderson of Eau Claire, Denise Larson (Roland Hall) of Foster, and Carolyn Larson of Menomonie; one son, Mark Larson of Providence, R.I.; a stepson, Steve (Claire) Hove of River Falls; 11 grandchildren, Bill Barnes, Kerrie Barnes, Cory Anderson, Teri (Mark) Anderson-Levezow, Matthew Hintzman, Tony Hall, Kelly Hall, Alex Hall, Scott Hove, Jeff Hove and Angie Hove; five great-grandchildren; one brother, George (Ellie) Larson of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends; and a special friend, Cindy Suckow, who was like a daughter to Bill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beverly; one son, George Barnes; seven brothers, Andy, Boyd, Carl, Louis, Oscar, Roy and Sam; and two sisters, Julia Teegarden and Viola Stewart.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2004, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery in the town of Lucas.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Rebekah Traynor

Dunn County News, Wed, June 30, 2004, A6

Rebekah Traynor, age 30, of Menomonie, formerly of Spring Valley, died Saturday, June 26, 2004, at her home in Menomonie.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, July 1, 2004, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with Pastors Chuck Cooley and Bill Lemke officiating. Cremation will follow the service.

Friends may call at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) and an hour prior to services Thursday.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley is handling arrangements.

Gordon J. Larrabee

Dunn County News, Wed, June 30, 2004, A6

Gordon J. Larrabee, age 79, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Alan A. Sorenson

Dunn County News, Wed, June 30, 2004, A6

Alan A. Sorenson, age 47, village of Rockdale, passed away Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at home.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Cress Funeral Home in Deerfield.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Eau Claire.

 

Daniel Lee Willey

Dunn County News, Wed, June 30, 2004, A6

Daniel Lee Willey, age 46, of Rhinelander, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander.

He was born on Feb. 6, 1958, in Cherry Point, N.C., to Sherman and Viola (Rogers) Willey.

Mr. Willey attended school in Wausau and was then employed as a manager for K-Mart at stores in Wausau and Ironwood, Mich., for 18 years. Currently, he was employed at the Home Depot location in Rhinelander.

He is survived by his mother, Viola Traxler; wife, Debrah Willey; daughters, Opal and Amanda; brother, Steven (Cynthia) Willey; sister, Patricia Wehrman; stepbrother, Marshall Traxler, and stepsisters, Rita Cook and Jane Barton.

A memorial service for Mr. Willey will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 2, 2004, at the Carlson Funeral Home in Rhinelander with Chaplain John Uhlarik officiating.

Visitation with the family will be from 1:30 p.m. until time of services on Friday at the funeral home.

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