Dunn County, WI Obituaries
June 2006

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
June 4, 2006 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Kay Marquez

Dunn County News, Sun, June 4, 2006, A6

A Celebration of Life for Kay Ellen Johnson Marquez will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2006, at the Colfax United Methodist Church.

Kay was the eldest daughter of Frances (Prince) and George Johnson, who owned movie theaters in Colfax and Stanley in the 1940s and 1950s.

She was born July 20, 1938, in Rice Lake and passed away Oct. 14, 2005, in McAllen, Texas, after a long battle with leukemia.

Survivors include her sons and daughter, Robert of McAllen, Ian of Bellevue, Neb., Jeffrey of Springport, Mich., and Stacy Weaver of Edinburg, Texas; four grandchildren, Solomon, Melissa, Michael and Leon; and her sister, Lee Carlson, of Norfork, Ark.

Keeping Kay’s long-expressed wishes, the family requests that people attending the Celebration of Her Life wear bright colors and bring happy memories to share.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

Mavis E. Gulbertson Karnatz

Dunn County News, Sun, June 4, 2006, A6

Mavis E. Gulbertson Karnatz, age 73, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 3, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial was in Spring Lake Cemetery, town of Spring Lake, Pierce County.

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

Jean A. Harris

Dunn County News, Sun, June 4, 2006, A6

Jean A. Harris, age 68, of Menomonie, died at her home, Friday, June 2, 2006, after a 14-month battle with kidney cancer.

The former Jean Anne Brown was born July 27, 1937, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Albert and Anne (Ortner) Brown. She was raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1955. Jean then attended Stout State College and graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1961.

Jean married Tom Harris on July 6, 1963, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Jean was an elementary school teacher for many years. She taught in schools in Racine, Menomonie, Bloomington, Minn., Anoka-Hennepin, Minn., and then returned to Menomonie in 1974 where she retired in 1999. Jean had a great impact on the children she taught, and they loved and remembered her years later when they were adults.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and the C.L.C.W. She was also a volunteer at the Interfaith Volunteers of Dunn County Food Pantry and delivered Meals on Wheels.

Jean enjoyed their lake cabin, traveling, crocheting, having lunch with the girls and playing cards with good friends. She was a lifelong learner, an avid reader and a great hostess. But most importantly, she loved spending time with her grandchildren, whom she adored. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Jean is survived by her husband, Tom, of Menomonie; a son, Daniel (Susan) Harris, of Menomonie; a daughter, Molly (Patrick) Powers, of Hudson; her two grandchildren, Benjamin and Amelia Powers; a sister, Patricia Reidt, of Eau Claire; a brother, Albert L. (Mary Lou) Brown, of New Holstein; and she is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Anne Brown.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

Jean’s wish was for memorials to be given to the Interfaith Volunteers of Dunn County Food Pantry.

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

Ricky R. Shane

Dunn County News, Sun, June 4, 2006, A6

Ricky R. Shane, age 59, of Menomonie, died Friday, June 2, 2006, at his home.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Ricky R. Shane

Dunn County News, Wed, June 7, 2006, A6

Ricky R. Shane, age 59, of Menomonie, died Friday, June 2, 2006, at his home.

Ricky Ralph Shane was born Nov. 1, 1946, in Chippewa Falls to Elmer and Dorothy (Blake) Shane. In 1953, Elmer, Dorothy, Ricky and Sam moved to the family farm in the town of Red Cedar. Ricky was confirmed at St. Katherine’s Church in Beyer Settlement. He attended Beyer Settlement Grade School, later transferring to the Colfax Grade School. He graduated in 1964 from Colfax High School.

After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and went to Vietnam in January 1965, serving his country for three years. He attended UW-River Falls briefly. Ricky worked at Andersen Windows in Bayport, Minn., during his college days. He also worked at the Colfax Creamery and the Holsum Bread factory in Eau Claire. In May 2004, Ricky retired from Sanna Dairies, now called ConAgra Foods, in Menomonie after working for 30-plus years.

Ricky loved fishing. Not many fishing season openers went by without him heading to the trout streams, anticipating a shore lunch with his fishing friends. He enjoyed hunting small game, big game and birds. He was a member of the Dunn County Fish and Game Association in Menomonie. And he especially enjoyed the hunting trip he and his brothers made to Colorado to hunt elk. Ricky also loved to read westerns and everything about world and American history.

Ricky is survived by four brothers, Sam (Charlene) Shane of Colfax, Tom (Carolyn) Shane of Menomonie, Jeff (Deanna) Shane of Menomonie, and Scott Shane of Colfax; two sisters, Kathie (Pastor Gary) Brown of Menomonie and Rebecca (Stephen) King of Racine; nieces and nephews, Erin and Ron Lemler, Brianne Shane, Cara Shane, Jackie and Jon Koehler, Mathew Shane (Dalonna Hitz), Morgan Shane and Ryan Shane; three stepnieces and stepnephews, Vicki Behling, Travis (Brooke) Behling and Valerie Behling; one great-niece, Kennedy Shane; and great-stepnieces and great-stepnephews, Derrick, Max, Johnny and Timber Koehler and Denver and Jayden Behling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Dorothy Shane; maternal grandparents, Arnold and Wilma Blake Cook; and paternal grandparents, Frank and Lolita (Campbell) Shane.

Memorial services were Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Martin Wegner officiating. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery in the town of Colfax, Dunn County, with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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

Mae Gibson Schlottman

Dunn County News, Wed, June 7, 2006, A6

Mae Gibson Schlottman, nee Harvey, age 96, of Boyceville, died Sunday, June 4, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Mae was born Jan. 21, 1910, in Badenheath, Scotland, to Robert J. and Agnes “Nancy” (Findley) Harvey. When she was nine months old, she came to the USA with her parents. Mae married Chester Schlottman on June 6, 1928, in Wheeler. Five children were born to this union.

She was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Boyceville and the Sherman Ladies Aid.

Mae is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chester; daughter, Doris Dunn; two sons-in-law, Charles Dunn and Ralph Williams II; a great-granddaughter, Heather Dunn; four brothers, John, Robert Jr., William and Gilbert Harvey; and two sisters-in-law, Caryol Harvey and Elizabeth Harvey.

Mae is survived by four children, Roger (Johanna) Schlottman and Kenneth (Judy) Schlottman of Boyceville, Arlyss (Larry) Hintzman of Menomonie, and Ruth Ann Williams and Gary Fero of Boyceville; 12 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; six stepgreat-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Agnes Harvey; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2006, at the Anderson Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City with the Rev. Tim Matthaei officiating. Burial will be in the Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services Friday at the funeral home.

Dorothy F. Melby

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 11. 2006. A6

Dorothy F. Melby, of South Milwaukee, was born on May 25, 1910, and found eternal peace on Thursday, June 1, 2006.

Dorothy was the beloved mother of Dolores and John; loving grandmother of John (Karen) Emanuelson of Shorewood, Jan Ellen (Tim) Eckardt of Riverside, Ill., and Sarah (Brian) Cochran of Bates, Ore.; great-grandmother of Nicholas and Ethan Emanuelson and Parker Jane and Evelyn Eckardt. Dorothy is also survived by a sister, Josephine Biestek of Kewadin, Mich., and seven nephews.

Upon graduation from Stout Institute (now UW-Stout) in Menomonie, Dorothy began her teaching career in home economics in Williams Bay. After marriage to Elword R. Melby, she lived in South Milwaukee. She taught home economics (foods) in the Cudahy schools until her retirement. After she retired, she enjoyed living in her husband’s boyhood home in Menomonie for six months each year.

Dorothy was a 60-year charter member and past president of Chapter AW of the P.E.O. Sisterhood (an organization that supports education for women). She was proud to be a member of that organization, and treasured her many years of involvement as a P.E.O.

Dorothy was a lifelong devout Episcopalian, and a member of both St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in South Milwaukee and Grace Episcopal Church in Menomonie. Her funeral service and burial were held in Menomonie.

Dorothy left behind a lifetime of love, affection, and memories for her family, longtime friends, and many students she taught.

If desired, memorials to Cottey College, Nevada, MO 64772; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, South Milwaukee, WI 53172; Grace Episcopal Church, Menomonie, WI 54751, or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Frederick L. Meixner

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 11. 2006. A6

Frederick L. Meixner, age 73, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Fred was born July 14, 1932, in the town of Peru, Dunn County, to Leo and Clara (Brunner) Meixner. He was raised in the town of Peru and worked at Bill Sperstad Trucking until he joined the Army.

After his time in the service, Fred continued to work for Sperstad Trucking. He later worked on a farm for Leo Zeilinger, eventually taking over the Zeilinger farm upon the deaths of Leo and his wife, Mary.

Fred is survived by one sister, Lorraine Meixner of Eau Claire; and three brothers, Leon (Carolyn) of Ellsworth, Francis of Whitehall, and Michael of Menomonie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Jerome, Charles and George; and one sister, Catherine.

Funeral services were Friday, June 9, 2006, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand with Father Jeffrey Burrill officiating. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Durand.

Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand.

Jeffery T. Lee

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 11. 2006. A6

Jeffery T. Lee, age 43, of Eau Claire, passed away Friday June 9, 2006, at the Oakwood Villa Nursing Home in Altoona.

Funeral Services are pending. Fuller Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Gloria J. Keck

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 11. 2006. A6

Gloria J. Keck, age 57, of Boyceville, died Saturday, June 10, 2006, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Vila E. Jackson

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 11. 2006. A6

Vila E. Jackson, age 84, of Knapp, went home to be with Jesus, on Friday, June 9, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Vila Eleanor Schwartz was born Jan. 9, 1922, in the Town of Eau Galle, Dunn County, to John L. and Effie M. (Stratton) Schwartz.

As a young child, she moved with her family to the Town of Weston. Vila attended Nippersink grade school and graduated from Elmwood High School in 1939.

Before her marriage, Vila worked as a telephone operator at the telephone office in Elmwood. She married Clifford Jackson on Sept. 10, 1941, in Elmwood. Together, she and her husband farmed in the Town of Lucas until retiring and raised a close and loving family.

Vila was an active member of the Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Knapp. She belonged to the Ladies Mission Fellowship, taught Sunday school for almost 60 years and taught children after school, in the Good News Club for 20 years. Vila was also a great hostess and entertained many pastors and missionaries who were a great influence on her children. She did all things for Jesus.

Vila enjoyed embroidering gifts for her grandchildren, gardening, canning, baking delicious pies, reading and taking walks. She was also a faithful letter writer to friends and family. Vila loved her family dearly and she will be sadly missed.

Vila is survived by her husband, Clifford Jackson of Knapp; three daughters and three sons Mary Lou Schlough of Wheeler, Barbara (Norman) Slaymaker of Chame, Panama, Central America, Lois (Richard) Shackleton of Knapp, Stephen (Ithie) Jackson of Asuncion, Paraguay, Paul (Betty) Jackson of Huxley, Iowa, and Timothy (Sandy) Jackson of Knapp; 21 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Dale Jackson of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Verna Jackson of Zumbrota, Minn.; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lucille (Phil) Crownhart; a son-in-law, Arnold Schlough; a grandson, Tommy Shackleton; two brothers-in-law, Gerald and Leonard Jackson; and a sister-in-law, Lorna (Victor) Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at the Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Knapp, with Pastor LeRoy Nelson officiating.

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

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

Isaiah Travis Fern-Denzer

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 11. 2006. A6

Isaiah Travis Fern-Denzer joined God and the angels in heaven one hour after his birth on Thursday June 8, 2006. Isaiah is the beloved son of Travis and Christina Denzer of Woodville.

Isaiah was born at 12:35 a.m. at United Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. weighing 3 pounds, 10.5 ounces and was 17 inches in length. He sported a full head of brown curly hair and shared many physical similarities with his 17-month-old brother, Ethan. His spirit remained strong while he shared his short life in the arms of family before embracing God.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandmother, Kimberly Denzer and maternal great-grandmother, Maxine Bengtson.

Survivors include Isaiah’s parents, Travis and Tina, and brother Ethan of Woodville; maternal grandparents David and Cris Fern of Baldwin, great-grandparents Richard and Clarice Fern of Baldwin and Howard (Shirley) Bengtson of Menomonie; paternal grandfather Mark (Sony Quist) Denzer; and great-grandparents Donald and Doris Denzer of Ellsworth and Edward and Dorene Place, of Beldenville; aunts Jody (Steve) Alton, Laura Fern, Taylor Fern all of Baldwin; uncle Elijah (LeAnn Heesch) Denzer of Ellsworth. He is further survived by many great aunts and uncles, cousins, other family and friends.

The memorial service for Isaiah is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Monday, June 12, 2006, at Peace Lutheran Church in Baldwin, with Pastor John Hanson officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the funeral service.

Arrangements are by Keehr Family Funeral Home, Spring Valley.

Shaun A. Johnson

Dunn County News, Wed, June 14, 2006, A6

Shaun A. Johnson, age 39, of St. Croix County, died Monday, June 12, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Shaun was born on Oct. 12, 1966, in New Richmond. On Aug. 24, 1993, he was married to Michele Hammond.

Shaun is survived by his wife, Michele Johnson; children, Vincent, Dolton, Thomas and Angela Johnson; parents, Ronald Johnson and Barbara Viellieux; siblings, Anita Caroon, Melline Wagner, Tammie Raska, Tom (Faith) Raska, Harold (Theresa) Johnson and Nikki (Jeff) Johnson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Shaun in death were his grandparents; sister, Wanita Johnson; and best friend, Joseph Danille. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at 3 p.m. at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Baldwin with the Reverend Stephen Allison officiating. Visitation was from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at the funeral home.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Baldwin.

Phil A. Hughes

Dunn County News, Wed, June 14, 2006, A6

Phil A. Hughes, age 95, of Woodville, formerly of Menomonie, Lucas Township, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 11, 2006, at the Baldwin Hospital, surrounded by his wife and family.

Phil was born Aug. 17, 1910, on the 1890s farm of his grandparents and parents in Lucas Valley, rural Menomonie. He operated the dairy and sheep farm until he retired in 1973. Phil and his wife, Edith, then traveled throughout the United States in their motor home. Phil enjoyed fishing and gardening. In August of 2004, they moved to Woodville to the Park Place Apartments.

Phil is survived by his loving wife of 76 years, Edith; a son Gene (Lynne) of Eagan, Minn.; a daughter-in-law, Joan Hughes of Menomonie; grandchildren, Debra (David) Johnson; David (Jackie) Hughes; Dawn (Mike) Seaton; Charles (Jacqueline) Hughes; Daniel (Jonda) Hughes; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Evelyn Dzik, of St. Paul, Minn.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Wayne; a great-grandson, Gregory; and a sister, Hilda Miller.

Funeral services were held this morning (Wednesday, June 14, 2006) at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rhiel’s Funeral Service-Menomonie is serving the family.

Earl J. Hoffman

Dunn County News, Wed, June 14, 2006, A6

Earl James Hoffman, age 33, of Wheeler, died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 11, 2006, at Fountain City.

He was born June 16, 1972, in Burlington, to Richard and Margaret (Endl) Hoffman and moved with his family to the Wheeler area on Jan. 3, 1982. Earl was raised in the Wheeler/Colfax area and graduated from Elk Mound High School in 1991.

Earl married Dianna Adamek on July 18, 1992, in Wheeler. Together they had three children, Brittany, Briana and Neil. He later married Casey Olson on Sept. 20, 2003, in Glenwood City and they were blessed with a daughter, Paige.

Earl loved racing and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, and he was a great mechanic who could fix anything. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Earl is survived by his wife, Casey, of Wheeler; three daughters, Brittany, age 13, Briana, age 11, and Paige, age 3; a son, Neil, age 9; his parents, Richard and Margaret Hoffman; four sisters, Dawn (John) Hunter of Delevan, Cindy (Gil) Valdez of Williams Bay, Sheila Varela (Chad Holcomb) of Janesville, and Stephanie (Tony) Dunn of Knapp; four brothers, Randy Hoffman of Menomonie, Bob (Nancy) Hoffman of Menomonie, Rick (Debbie) Hoffman of Wheeler, and Ron (Robin) Hoffman of Sand Creek; paternal grandmother, Margaret Loback of Menomonie. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews; three very special friends, Tamara Scales, Troy Hitz and Jay Quilling; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Jr.; maternal grandparents, Myrtle and Ignatz Endl; and paternal grandfather, Edwin Hoffman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2006, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Brad Peterson officiating. Family and friends are welcome at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

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

Rosalie M. Morgan

Dunn County News, Sun, June 18, 2006, A6

Rosalie M. Morgan, age 62, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

The former Rosalie May Babcock was born on Nov. 9, 1943, in Minnesota to Irvin and Elsie (Bischoff) Babcock. She later moved to Milwaukee with her family where she attended Cosesco High School.

Rosalie married Dennis R. Morgan on Feb. 20, 1965, in Waukegan, Ill. She enjoyed truck driving with her husband. Rose was a very caring, loving person who was like a mother to so many. She will be sadly missed.

Rose’s family would like to thank Dr. Michael Feigal, the Red Cedar Medical Center, Lifeline and the Menomonie Ambulance Service for their loving care of Rose. And a special thanks to Genise Chapman.

Rosalie is survived by her children, Theresa Morgan, Lisa Connell and Jennifer Morgan, all of Menomonie, Duane Morgan of Duluth, Minn., and Susan Ashraf of Milwaukee; grandchildren, Zack Morgan, Andy Morgan, Steven Connell, Adrienne Ferry, Sammy Morgan, Chase Morgan, DJ Morgan, Lyssa Wait and Rose Morgan; a great-granddaughter, Ashlie Flanigan; a sister, Sue (Don) Flesberg of Cornell; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Sahal of Milwaukee and Rose Babcock, Minneapolis, Minn.; her dogs, Tucker and Snuggles; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dennis; a son, Jessie Oldham; a daughter, Kimberly; two brothers, Robert and Daniel Babcock; two sisters, Carmen Cutting and Marie Ruiz; a half-brother, Albert Babcock; and a half-sister, Betty Corbett.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 17, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial was in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

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

Alvin L. Quilling

Dunn County News, Sun, June 18, 2006, A6

Alvin L. Quilling, age 90, of Menomonie, died at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born on April 26, 1916, in the town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Leonard and Lillian (Lentz) Quilling. Alvin was baptized and confirmed at the Salem Iron Creek Church, now the United Methodist Church, and was a lifelong member there. He attended Iron Creek grade school and graduated in 1933 from the Dunn County School of Agriculture. Alvin helped organize the Spring Brook 4-H Club, of which he was a member until graduating.

On May 25, 1937, Alvin married Marie Ethel Rogers at the United Methodist parsonage in Menomonie. They farmed in the town of Red Cedar for many years, where Alvin enjoyed raising and showing prize-winning registered Holstein cattle.

Alvin was a member of the national, state and county Holstein-Friesian associations, the American Dairy Association, Wisconsin Master Farmers, and Dunn County Farm Bureau. He was also on the Dunn County Fair Board for 23 years and the Menomonie City Council, and was an active member of the Iron Creek United Methodist Church. His church and Sunday School were very special to him in his life.

Alvin also enjoyed traveling and spent winters in Arizona and Florida.

Alvin is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Marie Quilling of Menomonie; a daughter, Margaret (Clyde) Douglas of Elk Mound; a son, Glenn (Lois) Quilling of Elk Mound; six grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Marjorie Quilling of Elk Mound, Ruth Mueller of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Betty (Maynard) Moe of Menomonie, Mary (Robert) Trainor of Menomonie, twin brother and sister, Marshall (Jo) Quilling of Menomonie and Marlys (George) Churchill of Elmwood, and Richard (JoAnne) Quilling of Elk Mound; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; and an infant son, Allen.

Funeral services were Friday, June 16, 2006, at the Salem Iron Creek United Methodist Church in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, with Pastor Margaret DeMaris officiating. Burial was in the Iron Creek Cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

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

Elsie O. Hathaway

Dunn County News, Sun, June 18, 2006, A6

Elsie O. Hathaway, age 89, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

She was born Oct. 3, 1916, in Menomonie, to Herman and Emma (Schultz) Lemke. Elsie married Earl Hathaway on July 2, 1948, and they celebrated 57 years of marriage together.

Elsie lived in Menomonie her entire life. She retired from UW-Stout in 1982. In retirement, she enjoyed cooking, all her needle projects and meeting with friends. She was also very proud of being a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Elsie is survived by one son, LaVern (Phyllis) Heitkamp of Thiensville; one step-son and two step-daughters all of St. Paul, Minn., Daniel (Bev) Hathaway, Patricia (Don) Skarsten, and JoAnne (George) Fortili; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, 11 step-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl; one son, Marvin Heitkamp; one step-great-grandson, John Skarsten; and her brothers, Fred, Edward and Harold Lemke.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 19, 2006, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Brett Voigt officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery immediately following the church service. Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

A special thank you to all of the people involved at the Dunn County Health Care Center for the outstanding care given to Elsie.

Memorials in memory of Elsie may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church land purchase.

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

Gerhart Bakke

Dunn County News, Sun, June 18, 2006, A6

Gerhart Bakke, age 88, of Menomonie, formerly of Madison, died Saturday, June 17, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Velma L. Grutt

Dunn County News, Wed, June 21, 2006, A6

Velma Lucile Grutt, age 84, of Eau Claire, died Saturday, June 17, 2006, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

She was born Jan. 24, 1922, in the town of Stanton, rural Dunn County, the daughter of Frank and Doretta (Smith) Grutt.

Velma attended and graduated from Boyceville High School and went on to attend Palmer Technical College. Following her schooling, she moved to Eau Claire and worked at United Rubber Co. for more than 40 years until her retirement.

Velma was a longtime member of Chapel Heights United Methodist Church where she was involved in choir, church circles, Bible school, and many other various activities.

She loved to brag that she graduated from high school with Andy Pafko, then an aspiring future major league baseball player.

Among her hobbies were crafts, scrapbooking, golfing and people watching. She loved to travel, most notably to Munich for Oktoberfest, and also her cruises to many countries. Spending time with her family was very important to her. Velma’s grandnieces and grandnephews adored her.

She is survived by her niece, Diane (John) Zurbuchen of Eau Claire; her grandnephews, Tate (Paula) Zurbuchen and Jesse (Amy) Zurbuchen, both of Elk Mound; and her great-great-grandnieces and nephews, Ali, Makenna, Noah, Kourtney and Ryan Zurbuchen, all of Elk Mound.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Carmen Schlottman.

Memorial services are 2 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2006, at Chapel Heights United Methodist Church in Eau Claire with Pastor Jim McKay officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

Family and friends may call one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Memorials are preferred to Chapel Heights United Methodist Church, 300 East Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701.

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

Eva F. Williams

Dunn County News, Wed, June 21, 2006, A6

Eva F. Williams, age 96, of Menomonie, died Thursday, June 15, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Eva was born May 8, 1910, in the Elmwood area, the daughter of Derby and Ruby (Fox) Keyser. She grew up in the Elmwood area. She married Clifford Williams on Sept. 6, 1957, in Lake Elmo, Minn. Eva worked for many years as a cook at Memorial Hospital in Menomonie.

Eva is survived by several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clifford in 1990; two brothers; and seven sisters.

Graveside services were Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at the Poplar Hill Cemetery, town of Rock Elm, rural Elmwood, with the Rev. Paul Pillman officiating.

Rhiel’s Funeral Service in Menomonie served the family.

Norma Jean Rudiger

Dunn County News, Sun, June 25, 2006, A6

Norma Jean Rudiger, age 81, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Norma Jean Andress was born Dec. 5, 1924, in Beaver Brook, Washburn County, to Norman and Eva (Powell) Andress. When Norma was a young girl her mother died and Norma was raised by an aunt and uncle, Perry and Florence McHenry, of Downing.

Norma attended Duncan Creek Grade School in New Auburn and graduated from Menomonie High School. She then worked as a telephone operator in Menomonie for several years. Norma married Harvey Rudiger on Oct. 5, 1945. She and her husband operated the Hudson Road Dairy Farm west of Menomonie on Highway 29 for many years.

Norma was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie and a lifetime member of the Dunn County Historical Society. She was a member of the Homemakers Club and a local card club.

Norma resided at the Galloway Apartments in Menomonie before moving to the Dunn County Health Care Center in 1999.

Norma is survived by her brother, Allen (Fusako) Andress of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her 9-year-old adopted daughter, Terry Lee Rudiger; her husband, Harvey Rudiger; three sisters, Opal Dahle, Echo Mattison and Evelyn Johnson; and a half brother, William Powell.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 24, 2006, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

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

Wallace H. Jerome

Dunn County News, Sun, June 25, 2006, A6

Wallace H. Jerome, age 97, of Barron died Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at Barron Riverside Manor. He was born March 22, 1909, in Spooner, the son of Frederick and Mary (Icke) Jerome. He graduated from Barron High School in 1928, and attended the Wisconsin Agricultural Short Course at Madison in 1930. He worked as an inspector of poultry and eggs for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. In 1935, he entered the University of Minnesota and later completed his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a bachelor of science degree in poultry husbandry in 1941.

He married Marion E. Estenson on Aug. 15, 1943, at New Richmond. They had five children together: Jerome, Lawrence, Mary Ella, Candace and Julie. Marion Jerome passed away in 1987. On Sept. 1, 1990, he married Ethel Voigt at Barron.

Wallace was a pioneer in the turkey industry. He founded Jerome Foods, Inc., which was later renamed The Turkey Store Company. This included all stages of turkey production, from breeding and hatching; to feeding and growing; to processing and marketing turkey products. The company became a significant leader in the turkey industry.

Wallace retired from the company in 1980 when his son, Jerry Jerome, took over as president and chairman of the board. He has given an amazing amount of time and resources to many local, state and national organizations.

Another cause dear to Mr. Jerome’s heart was his interest and support of youth earning him many awards as a result. He not only dedicated himself to the poultry industry, but he has given back tremendously to his community, including the land donation and construction of the Barron Area Community Center in 1989. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Barron.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Jerome of Barron; two sons, Jerome K. “Jerry” (Billie) Jerome of Cumberland, and Lawrence F. “Larry” (Shelley) Jerome of Barron; three daughters, Mary Ella Jerome of Barron, Candace (David) Arp of Decorah, Iowa, and Julie (William) Brown of Hopkins, Minn.; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; two step-sons, Stuart (Sheila) Voigt of Victor, Mont., and Steven Voigt of Cameron; four step-daughters, Beverly (Dave) Mankowski of Weyerhauser, Darlene Zalesky of Rice Lake, Barbara (Bob) Schieffer of Rice Lake, and Ilene (Alan) Rausch of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; 23 step-grandchildren and 20 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marion E. Jerome; his twin brother, Willis Jerome; and his sister, Amy Eggen.

Visitation is being held at First United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 25, 2006, from 3 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the services at the church.

Funeral services are Monday, June 26, 2006, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Barron with Rev. Tom LaChapelle officiating. Burial is in the Wayside Cemetery in Barron.

Rausch-Rockman Funeral Service of Barron handled the arrangements.

Debra Jean Marie Leslie

Dunn County News, Sun, June 25, 2006, A6

Debra Jean Marie Leslie, age 51, of Eau Claire, went home to be with the Lord after losing her 10-month battle with cancer on Friday, June 23, 2006. She was at home surrounded by her family.

Debi was born Jan. 16, 1955, to Raymond and Catherine (Schoenoff) Giere in Menomonie. She graduated from Menomonie High School in 1973 and afterwards continued her education at beauty school.

Debi then worked at Alma’s Beauty Salon and was part owner of Two’s Company Beauty Salon in Colfax. Debi moved to Eau Claire where she held several jobs, including working at Mestads and later at Bridal and Bow Ties.

She and her husband, Steve. were married Feb. 23, 2002, in Maui, Hawaii. Debi then worked in their family business. Debi and Steve enjoyed vacationing in Hawaii during the winter months.

Debi had a joyful outlook on life and will be greatly missed by all.

She is survived by her husband, Steve; a son, Justin (Amy) Scherer of Eau Claire; two granddaughters, Isabel and McKenna; a brother, Larry (Jayette) Giere of Menomonie; two sisters, Laura Ellingboe of Eau Claire and Becky (David) Clark of Boyceville; and her father, Raymond Giere of Boyce-ville.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine Giere, and one son, Jay Scherer.

Stokes and Mundt Funeral Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home in Altoona. Funeral services are Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Lake Street Methodist Church, with an additional visitation for one hour prior to services at the church.

Carl W. Wyss

Dunn County News, Sun, June 25, 2006, A6

Carl W. Wyss, 90, of Menomonie, died Friday, June 23, 2006 at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. Arrangements are pending with Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Alice Suckow

Dunn County News, Sun, June 25, 2006, A6

Alice Suckow, 92, of Menomonie (formerly of Elk Mound), died Friday, June 23, 2006 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie, Arrangements are pending with the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Carl W. Wyss

Dunn County News, Wed, June 28, 2006, A6

Carl W. Wyss, age 90, of Menomonie, died Friday, June 23, 2006, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

He was born April 6, 1916, in the town of Stanton, Dunn County, to Fred Sr. and Freda (Schutz) Wyss. Carl worked on his brother’s farm until joining the Army during World War II. He served with the 128th Infantry, 32nd Division, in New Guinea and the Philippines from 1940 to 1945.

Carl married Marion Mattison on May 10, 1947, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie. They were happily married for more than 59 years. Together, they farmed in the town of Lucas from 1947 until 1982 when they moved into town because of ill health.

Carl was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and VFW Post 1039. He delivered Meals on Wheels and was a nominee in 1997 for the “Good Neighbor” award. Carl also enjoyed gardening and watching the Packers, Badgers, Brewers and Spring Valley Cardinals.

Carl is survived by his wife, Marion of Menomonie; a son, Larry (Diane) Wyss of Chippewa Falls; a daughter, Peggy Timm (Mike Cady) of Wilson; six grandchildren, Amy (Todd) Schwartz of Menomonie, Tammy (Troy) Waller of Boyceville, Wendy (Dean) Lipke of Knapp, Jamey Wyss of Menomonie, Mandy (Dean) Stasiek of Wilson, and Troy Timm of Oceanside, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Brittany Waller, Daniel Schwartz and Coy Stasiek; one sister, Mrs. Herbert (Hulda) Werner of Colorado; one brother, Loren (Betty) Wyss of Knapp; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Edward, Alfred, Harry, John, Fred and Rhinhart Wyss; two sisters, Adelia (Marvin) Husby and Margaret (Roy) Larson; a son-in-law, Mark Timm; a daughter-in-law, Lynda Wyss; and a great-grandson, Cam Stasiek.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Carol Peterson officiating. Burial was in Christ Lutheran-Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.
To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Alice L. Suckow

Dunn County News, Wed, June 28, 2006, A6

Alice L. Suckow, age 92, of Menomonie, formerly of Elk Mound, passed away quietly on Friday, June 23, 2006, surrounded by family.

Alice was born June 4, 1914, the daughter of Benjamin and Ernestine (Brooks) Liermann. She was raised in Knapp and graduated from Knapp Grade School and Menomonie High School. After high school, she attended and graduated from Dunn County Normal with a degree in business.

Alice worked as a bookkeeper for the Knapp Creamery until she married Howard Suckow on Oct. 1, 1938, at the Methodist parsonage in Elmwood. After marriage, they lived for a short time in Rusk, before moving to Elk Mound, where Alice stayed home to raise her family.

Alice was an active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound and the Dunn County Homemakers. She served on the Elk Mound Election Board for more than 50 years and was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She also was a member of the Elk Mound PTA and an Elk Mound band and athletic parent. Alice was recently inducted into the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Alice is survived by her son, Dennis (Betsy) of Marshfield; one daughter, Karla Jean (Rev. Philip) Bushy of Hudson; two granddaughters, Caroline (Jim) Walter of Granton and Linda (Bobby) Lang of Marshfield; four great-grandchildren, Hannah and Megan Walter and Quincy and Bennett Lang; two sisters, Ernestine Prinkey of Albuquerque, N.M., and Louise (Cpt. Leland ret.) Kirkemo of Oak Harbor, Wash.; two brothers-in-law, Harold Kruetzer of Menomonie and George (Mervyn) Suckow of Lillian, Ala.; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Alice is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard; two sons, Bruce and Allen; a sister-in-law, Lila Kruetzer; and a brother-in-law, Marle Prinkey Sr.

Memorials, if desired, can be made in Alice’s name to the organization of the donor’s choice or the Trinity United Methodist Church.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 29, 2006, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Margaret DeMaris officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Knapp.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, where an Order of the Eastern Star service is scheduled at 7 p.m., and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Rhiel’s Funeral Service in Menomonie is serving the family.

Mildred Harlson

Dunn County News, Wed, June 28, 2006, A6

Mildred Harlson, age 87, of Menomonie, died Saturday, June 25, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Funeral services are at 10:30 am Thursday, June 29, 2006, at the Health Care Center in Menomonie. Interment will be at a later date at Nora Cemetery in Rice Lake.

Friends may call form 9:30 to 10:30 am at the nursing home. Arrangements are with the Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Home in Dallas.

Jackie H. Norton

Dunn County News, Wed, June 28, 2006, A6

Jackie H. Norton, age 74, of Cathedral City, Calif., formerly of the Boyceville/Menomonie area, died Saturday, June 24, 2006, in California.

Funeral services are at 1 pm Saturday, July 1, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. LeRoy Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the Ford Cemetery in the town of Menomonie. Family and friends are welcome from 11 am until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

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