Dunn County, WI Obituaries
July 2002

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
July 3, 2002 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Isabel "Isi" E. Schmitz

Dunn County News, Wed, July 3, 2002, A6

Isabel "Isi" E. Schmitz, age 85, of Menomonie, formerly of Wausau, died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Isabel E. Abraham was born Jan. 18, 1917, in the Town of Wein, Marathon County, to Gustave and Bertha (Yonke) Abraham. She graduated from Trinity Lutheran Church School in Wausau and later married Claude P. Schmitz on Oct. 11, 1941, in Wausau. He preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 1965.

Isabel and her husband owned and operated Red's Place Resort on Lake Alice at Tomahawk from 1947 to 1970. Isabel then moved back to Wausau and worked as a custodian at Wausau West High School from 1970 to 1978. She resided in Wausau until March 2001 when she moved to the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Isabel enjoyed taking care of her flowers, doing embroidery and painting.

Isabel is survived by her son, Dale (Gloria) Schmitz of Menomonie; two grandsons, Michael and Mark Schmitz, both of Menomonie; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gustave and Bertha Abraham; her husband, Claude; and three sisters, Alma Herr, Ella Burrow and Elsie Klug.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Xee Hang

Dunn County News, Wed, July 3, 2002, A6

Xee Hang, age 56, of Menomonie, died Friday, June 28, 2002, at her home with hospice.

Visitation at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is from 9 a.m. until midnight on Friday, July 5, 2002; from 9 a.m. until midnight on Saturday, July 6; and from 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 7, until 11 a.m. on Monday, July 8.

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Durand.

Julia "Sonny" I. Hardy

Dunn County News, Sun, July 7, 2002, A6

Julia "Sonny" I. Hardy, age 83, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Julia I. Vigerust was born Sept. 22, 1918, in Menomonie, to Anton and O'Lena (Freseth) Vigerust. She married Willard Hardy on Dec. 28, 1940, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. They celebrated more than 60 years of marriage.

Julia graduated in 1936 from Menomonie High School and in 1939 from Dunn County Normal. She received a bachelor of science degree in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In 1979, she attended International Summer School in Oslo, Norway.

Julia taught for two years at Starkey School in Hatchville and then for 23 years at East School in Menomonie.

She was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church where she was confirmed in 1932. She was most proud of her 50 years' singing in church choirs at both Our Savior's and Trinity Lutheran in Waupaca. Julia was a charter member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary Teachers' Society. She was a golden member of Retired Educators in Menomonie and was vice president of the Sons of Norway, Solheim Lodge No. 258, of which she had been a member for 30 years.

Julia was a rosemaler (Norwegian rose painting) and an active quilter. She hand-quilted quilts for the grandchildren. The great-grandchildren have each been given rosemaled rocking chairs. Julia was finishing the last chair this year. The chairs were purchased at auctions by a dear friend and co-teacher, Belva Osegaard.

Julie is survived by two daughters and one son, Julie A. Marshall of Sun Prairie, John (Gloria) Hardy of Phoenix, Ariz., and Linda (Clark) Beier of Genesee; a foster daughter, Beverly (Ron) White of North Branch, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Bryan Cheesebro (Janeen Martin) of West Allis, Greg (Anna Rodriguez) Cheesebro of Gays Mills, Jason (Anne) Beier of Mt. Horeb, Matt (Lana) Beier of Madison, Dori (David) Stowell of West Salem, Sven (Amanda) Nelson of Louisville, Ky., Thor Nelson of Sun Prairie, and Diana (Mark) Nieto of Sutter Creek, Calif.; eight great-grandchildren, Laura and Joshua Beier, Abigail and Benjamin Stowell, Mark, Travis and Char Nieto, and Odin Cheesebro-Rodriguez; two sisters, Audrey (Ferd) Anderholm of Rochester, Minn., and Ruth Vigerust of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willard "Pine" Hardy; and three sisters, Hazel "Toots" Grudt, Oletta Simon and Margaret "Peggy" Stevens.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 6, 2002, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating. Burial was in Tramway Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie.

The family suggests memorials to the Dunn County Health Care Center, the Menomonie Public Library, or the charity of the donor's choice.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Irene J. Davis

Dunn County News, Wed, July 10, 2002, A6

Irene J. Davis, age 79, of Deerwood, Minn., died on Saturday, July 6, 2002, at the Cuyuna Range Medical Center in Crosby.

She was born on Aug. 19, 1922, in Wabasha, Minn., to Fred and Lilly (Belden) Moy. She has been a resident of Deerwood since 1977.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Marlene Thompson of Deerwood, Jean (Richard) Nolan of Deerwood, and Joyce (Jerry) Sohns of Shakopee, Minn.; sons and daughters-in-law, John (Susan) Miner of Bloomington, Minn., Robert (Susan) Miner of Unalaska and Cordova, Alaska, and Michael and Jeanette Miner of Deerwood; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy Miner and Milo Davis; a son, Ronald Miner; a grandson, Richard Busby; a sister, Jean Moy; a brother, LeRoy Moy; and parents, Fred and Lilly Moy.

Memorial graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2002, at Christ Lutheran-Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Arrangements with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, Minn.

Vivian Fletcher

Dunn County News, Wed, July 10, 2002, A6

Vivian Fletcher, age 85, of Menomonie, died Monday, July 8, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Graveside services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2002, at Christ Lutheran-Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the United Methodist Church in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Irvine R. Price

Dunn County News, Wed, July 10, 2002, A6

Irvine R. Price, age 87, died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at Capeside Nursing Home in Siren.

He was born Oct. 28, 1914, in Eau Galle, the son of Wesley and Mary (Smith) Price. When an early age, Irvine moved with his parents to Menomonie where he attended Menomonie High School.

Irvine married Caroline Holm on Dec. 19, 1938, in Decorah, Iowa. After marriage, they lived in Kentucky for three years before moving to the Rusk community where Irvine hauled milk and farmed.

He moved with his family to Luck in 1950 where he worked at Duncan Yo-Yo for 18 years. He also worked at the Twin Cities Arsenal in New Brighton, Minn., and McNally's Machine Shop in Grantsburg before moving to Webster in 1997. His wife, Caroline, passed away Oct. 21, 2001.

Irvine's hobbies were spending time with his family, camping, hunting and fishing.

Irvine is survived by three daughters, Sandra (William) Olmschenk of Fridley, Minn., Jo-Ann (Darrel) Rachner of Webster, and Becky Kurkowski of Frederic; a son, Larry (Mary) Price of Frederic; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Louise Barnhart and Fannie Grambo, and a brother, Harold Price.

Graveside services were held June 22 at West Denmark Cemetery in Luck.

The Cremation Society of Minnesota handled arrangements.

Carol E. Tischman

Dunn County News, Wed, July 10, 2002, A6

Carol E. Tischman, age 69, of Menomonie, died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Carol was born Dec. 24, 1932, in Bruce, the daughter of Elmer and Mabel (Thaler) Christianson. Carol moved with her family to Menomonie in 1944. She graduated from Dunn County Aggie in 1951 and from Dunn County Normal in 1953. Carol taught in rural schools in Dunn County and later for the Glenwood City School District.

She married Richard Tischman on Dec. 10, 1955, and lived in Menomonie until 1960 when they moved to the Town of Lucas, where they farmed. They later divorced and Carol moved into Menomonie in 1984 when she has remained the rest of her life.

Carol enjoyed volunteering at the Menomonie Senior Center. She enjoyed family gatherings and visiting with family and friends. She was also interested in doing genealogy.

Carol is survived by a daughter, Sara (Terry) Bundy of Arkansaw; three sons, Thomas (special friend, Sarah Slama), Mark (Lori), and Daniel (Colleen), all of Menomonie; eight grandchildren, Stephanie Bundy, Bobby Slama, Tyler and Lexi Tischman, and Cory, Ryan, Andrew and Aaron Tischman; two sisters, Marian Williamson of Menomonie and Audrey Bracher of Elk Mound; five brothers, Myron Christianson of Eau Claire and Gilbert, Lyle, Calvin and Vic Christianson, all of Menomonie; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Allen; and three stepbrothers, James, Carl and Edward Hoff.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2002, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Brett Voigt officiating. Burial will be in the Ford Cemetery, Town of Menomonie.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Harriet J. Clark

Dunn County News, Sun, July 14, 2002, A6

Harriet J. Clark, age 88, of Menomonie, died Saturday, July 13, 2002 at Our House Assisted Living in Menomonie with hospice.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Monday at Olson Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Mary Jane Crownhart

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 17, 2001, A6

Mary Jane Crownhart, age 55, of Menomonie, died Saturday, July 13, 2002, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Mary was born March 22, 1947, in Durand, the daughter of Frank and Adeline (Schober) Crownhart. She grew up on a farm in rural Elmwood and graduated in 1965 from Elmwood High School. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1969 and her master's degree from UW-Stout in 1974.

Mary had a 33-year career in education, serving as a teacher in Ladysmith and Spring Valley. She served as principal, athletic director, transportation director, and safety coordinator in Plum City. Mary worked as guidance counselor in Hudson and Menomonie. In March 2002, she retired from the Menomonie School District where she also enjoyed teaching behind-the-wheel driver education.

A pioneer in women's athletics, Mary also served as a coach and an official of multiple sports. In 1987, she was among the very first women to officiate the WIAA High School Girls' State Softball Tournament. She umpired at the state level three additional years, including the 2002 state tournament. Mary served on WIAA Sports Advisory Committees and was a member of numerous professional associations.

Mary's life was dedicated to community service. Among her contributions were serving as president of the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce, fundraiser for the United Way, and as an emergency medical technician in Hudson. The Menomonie Noon Rotary Club honored Mary with a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of her service to humanity.

Mary is survived by her parents, Frank and Adeline Crownhart of Elmwood; two sisters, Kathy (Dave) Krings of Lakeville, Minn., and Jean (Dick) Zeithaml of Colfax; two brothers, Dave and Dan (Geneva) Crownhart, both of Denver, Colo.; a niece and nephew, Jenna and Jacob Krings of Lakeville; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with the Revs. Varkey V. Joseph and Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Those wanting to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Friends of Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Harriet J. Clark

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 17, 2001, A6

Harriet J. Clark, age 88, of Menomonie, died Saturday, July 13, 2002, at Our House Assisted Living in Menomonie with hospice.

The former Harriet Jane Millar was born Feb. 2, 1914, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to William and Ruth (Stephens) Millar. She attended Waneka Country School, graduated from Menomonie High School and Dunn County Normal, and then received a bachelor of science degree in education from River Falls State College.

Harriet married Clinton L. Clark on Oct. 23, 1937, in Norwalk. They celebrated 56 years of marriage before her husband's death in June 1994.

Harriet taught at several one-room rural schools in Dunn County. She then went to Menomonie Junior High School where she taught mathematics and science, retiring in 1976.

She was a lifelong Menomonie area resident. Harriet was a member of the Ideal Homemakers and the Retired Teachers' Association. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, tatting, playing cards, gardening and reading.

Harriet will be remembered by many students as a strict but good teacher. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Harriet is survived by two sons and four daughters, David (Judy) Clark of Olive Branch, Miss., Jean Krumm of New Richmond, Nancy (Richard) Maki of Mounds View, Minn., James (Ann) Clark of Eau Claire, Karen (Larry) Smith of Boyceville, and Marilyn (Kurt) Bents of Rice Lake; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a brother, Jerry (Phyllis) Millar of Menomonie; three sisters-in-law, Janet Millar of Columbus, Margaret Millar of West Allis, and Betty Millar of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clinton Clark; three brothers, William, Duncan and Jeptha Millar; a sister, Mary Millar; a great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Smith; and a son-in-law, Neal Krumm.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Brian Armstrong officiating. Burial was in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Mildred K. Olsen

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 17, 2001, A6

Mildred K. Olsen, age 94, formerly of Menomonie, died Saturday, July 13, 2002, at Oakwood Villa Nursing Home in Altoona.

Mildred Lucille Keil was born March 30, 1908, in Elgin, Ill., to Wilhelmina (Zellmer) and Charles Richard Keil. On the advice of a favorite high school teacher, she attended Wooster College in Wooster, Ohio, and received her bachelor's degree in English and speech in 1929. She went on to earn her master's degree in English at Northwestern University in 1930 and began a long teaching career.

She married Kay Theodore (K.T.) Olsen in a rose garden ceremony on June 10, 1933, on the Iowa State campus in Ames, and lived in Fort Dodge and Des Moines before moving to Menomonie in 1947. Together, they had two children, Dennis and Virginia, while living in Iowa, and later welcomed two adopted children, Joseph and Emilie, into their family in Menomonie.

Mildred influenced many children and young adults during her teaching career, which included public elementary and high schools in Fort Dodge and Menomonie, and also at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She was an avid reader and writer, always interested in words and ideas.

She enjoyed active participation in PEO, UW-Stout Faculty Wives, and Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Gardening and bridge playing were two favorite activities.

She is survived by daughters Virginia (Lee) Molgaard of Ames, Iowa, and Emilie (Loren) Anderson of Eau Claire, and son Joseph (Judy) Olsen of Independence, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Pearl; her husband, Kay T.; and her son, Dunnis, and daughter-in-law, Kathleen.

Memorial services are 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Oakwood Villa Nursing Home's chapel, 2512 New Pine Drive, Altoona, with Pastor John Hosmann officiating. Private family interment.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

Irene E. Carey

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 17, 2001, A6

Irene E. Carey, age 84, of Menomonie, formerly of Oshkosh, died peacefully on Sunday, July 14, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Irene Savela was born Dec. 9, 1917, in Eveleth, Minn. Adopted as an infant, Irene's parents, John and Jenny (Aho) Savela raised her on a farm in Wadena County, Minnesota. She attended Hay Creek School and graduated in 1937 from Sebeka High School. She then attended Minneapolis Vocational School of Nursing and graduated from there in 1940. On Dec. 24, 1941, she married Robert Ellis Carey in Minneapolis. He preceded her in death on May 5, 1977.

After World War II ended, Irene followed her husband in his military career, making homes for her family in various U.S. Army locations in Europe and the southern United States. In 1963, the Careys moved to Oshkosh and made a permanent home there while Robert served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. Irene remained in Oshkosh until June 2001 when she moved to the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie. Irene was lifelong letter writer, loved reading, taking trips, and being active in her church. She was also a long time volunteer at the Oshkosh Marion Manor meal site.

Irene is survived by her son, Robert (Gisela) Carey, a grandson, Christopher, and a granddaughter, Susannah, all of Schwalbach, Germany; a daughter, Kathleen Ingala of Menomonie; a son-in-law, Alan Chaganos and granddaughters, Rachel and Mary, all of Berlin; her birth brother, Arnold (Lydia) Hamala of Reno, Nev.; many nieces and nephews in Minnesota, California and Nevada; and relatives and friends in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Jenny Savela; her brother, Melvin Savela; her birth parents, Enoch and Hannah (Ihalainen) Hamala; her birth sister, Helen Gilpin; and her husband, Robert, and daughter, Patricia (nee Carey) Chaganos.

Funeral services are planned for late August in Sebeka with burial in Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Sebeka.

The family requests memorials be designated to the Dunn County Health Care Center Sugar Bowl Fund (3001 USH 12E, Menomonie, WI 54751) or Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oshkosh (1526 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901).

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Minnie L. Brewer

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 17, 2001, A6

Minnie L. Brewer, age 86, of Wheeler, died Sunday, July 14, 2002, at her home.

Minnie was born March 19, 1916, in the Town of Hay River to Alfred and Carrie (Payson) Larson. She married Vernon M. Brewer on Jan. 10, 1952, in Stillwater, Minn.

Minnie worked at Sanna Dairies for 17 years, retiring in 1978. She loved to garden, especially flowers, canned her famous dill pickles, loved her cats, and made quilts and rugs.

She was a member of the Hay River Lutheran Church and joined Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wheeler where she was a member of the Ladies Aid.

Minnie is survived by her husband, Vernon; three sons, Ruben "Howard" (Grace) Mewes of Amery, Keith (Judy) Mewes of Saginaw, Minn., and Verlon (Laurie) Brewer of Wheeler; one daughter, Cheryl (Larry) Polonec of Boyceville; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Marlin (Grace) Larson of Hill City, S.D.; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gene Mewes; one grandson, Keith Mewes Jr.; two sisters, Alvena Minor and Evelyn Kindschy; and two brothers, Charles and Verlon Larson.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2002, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wheeler with the Rev. Gerald Hibbard officiating. Burial will be in Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Hay River.

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.

Robert F. Muza

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 21, 2002, A6

Robert F. Muza, age 79, of Menomonie, Wis., died Friday, July 19, 2002 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

He was born April 7, 1923 in Chicago, Ill. to Frank and Mary (Molutke) Muza. Bob served in the U.S. Army during World War II (1942-1945) and the Korean War (1951-53). He earned rank of Master Sergeant and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Croix De Guerre (France).

He graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1949. He married the former Donna J. Donley on July 23, 1949 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie.

Bob practiced law with wife, Hon. Donna J. Muza and father-in-law Willis E. Donley from 1949 to 1969 and founded Muza and Muza Lawyers in 1969 with wife Donna. He practiced law with his wife Donna until 1979 when she became a Circuit Court Judge,

From 1979 to the time of his death he practiced law with son, Stephen F. Muza. Bob also taught Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering and Construction Law at UW Stout for several years and taught Real Estate Law for Brokers at the Wisconsin Technical College. He founded Insured Title & Abstract Company of Dunn County, Inc. (ITACO) in 1992 at age of 70.

Bob had several interests including hunting, bowling, golf and community service. He was a member of Lions International, served as President and Secretary of Menomonie Lion's Club; District Governor of District 27-E; Chairman of Committee of Constitution and By-Laws; Coach for Little League baseball; member of Menomonie Chamber of Commerce; original Member of Main Street Committee; a member of City of Menomonie Board of Zoning Appeals and St. Joseph's Catholic Parish Finance Committee.

Bob's first greatest pleasure was the time he spent with his wife, children and grandchildren. His second greatest pleasure was his Law Office. His office door was always open to anyone in need of help, regardless of the person's income or social status. Once you entered his office door, your needs were first and and he would do anything in his power to help you.

His employees were treated as part of his family. Their needs too, were a primary concern in his life. He treated everyone he met as a friend and with respect and those who knew him well knew he had a soft heart and as he would say "my bark is worse than my bite;" "I yell for you, not at you;" "I have a marshmallow inside and a concrete outside;" and to sum it all up, "I'm just a Pooh Bear."

Bob will always be remembered for his kind and generous heart and helping hand, and will be greatly missed by the many who know him, worked with him and loved him.

Bob is survived by his wife, Hon. Donna J. Muza of Menomonie; three sons and one daughter, Robert M. (Kathy) Muza of Sterling Heights, Mich., Stephen F. (Robin) Muza of Menomonie, John T. Muza (Mary Pagels) of Menomonie, Mary (Wes) Wibel of Colfax; one sister, Lillian Stawicki of Chicago, Ill., 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five children in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte and Rev. Charles Blecha officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Menomonie with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call Monday, July 22 from 4-8 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Winnie Mae Vercauteren

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 21, 2002, A6

Winnie Mae Vercauteren, age 76, of Weyauwega, died Friday, July 12, 2002, at the Weyauwega Health Care Center.

She was born June 22, 1926, in Menomonie, the daughter of the late Noel and Hulda (Lemon) Raprager. On Oct. 6, 1956, she married Albert Vercauteren in Menomonie. They lived in the Menomonie area several years and moved to Weyauwega in 1963.

Winnie and Albert operated the Wega Cafe for several years. Winnie then worked at the Weyauwega Hotel as a cook in the Coffee Shop for 13 years. She later worked as a cook for the Weyauwega-Fremont School District's hot lunch program. After leaving the school, she worked several summers cooking for Camp Young Judea near Waupaca. Following her retirement, Winnie was very involved with the Weyauwega Nutrition Center and other community activities.

Survivors include her husband, Albert; a daughter, Gloria (James) Larsen of Weyauwega, her grandson, Reuben Larsen of Weyauwega; a brother, Richard (Sharon) Raprager of Elk Mound, and two sisters-in-law, Ardella Raprager of Superior and Hazel Raprager of Plymouth. She is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Cheryle Larsen; two brothers, Neil and Louis Raprager, and four sisters, Dorothy Peterson, Dora Klatt, Ruth Yaeger and Lola Bell Raprager.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 15, 2002, at Hope United Church of Christ in Fremont, with Rev. John Peterson officiating. Burial was in Evanswood Cemetery in the Town of Weyauwega.

The Cline-Hanson-Dahlke Funeral Home in Weyauwega assisted the family.

Mark A. Bagan

Dunn County News, Wed, July 24, 2002, A6

Mark A. Bagan, 33, of Menomonie, was found dead on Saturday, July 20, at his home in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Mark was born Feb. 2, 1969, in Menomonie, the son of Thomas "Pat" and Gloria (Eleason) Bagan. He grew up on the family farm in rural Menomonie and attended Menomonie schools. He farmed in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County.

He is survived by his mother, a brother, a sister, three nieces, a nephew, several aunts and uncles, and many cousins.

Mark is preceded in death by his father, Thomas "Pat" Bagan, in 2001.

No formal services are being planned. The family will receive family, friends and neighbors from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

 

Shirley L. Ward

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 28, 2002, A6

Shirley L. Ward, age 69, of Prairie Farm, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at Barron Memorial Medical Center in Barron.

Shirley was born May 4, 1933, in Pittsford, Mich., to Martin and Flossie (Pulcheon) Minor.

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

She is survived by two daughters, Jo Paulus of Minong and Martha Windsor of Prairie Farm; five grandchildren, Chad Ward of Moose Lake, Minn., Rikki Lara of Minong, Brandi and Candi Blietz of New Richmond, and Richard Ostrander of Sherry; three great-grandsons, Kyler Fitzgerald of Rice Lake, Brenon Ward of Moose Lake, and Ethen Laramogrovejo of Minong; three brothers, Jerry Minor of Reno, Nev., Wayne Minor of Pittsburgh, Mich., and Roland Minor of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; and one sister, Beverly Snyder of Ann Arbor, Mich.

A memorial service will be held for Shirley at 3:30 p.m. today (Sunday) at Calvary Lutheran Church in Minong with Pastor Craig Nelson officiating. Private family interment.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

 

Morris J. Dahl

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 28, 2002, A6

Morris J. "Morry" Dahl, age 79, of Eau Claire, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Dove Healthcare in Eau Claire surrounded by his family.

He was born March 25, 1923, in Menomonie to John E. and Manda (Score) Dahl.

He retired from Phoenix Steel in 1986, and was a butcher for many years before his employment at Phoenix Steel. As a young teenager he was a Junior Ski Jumping Champion, and learned to love the game of golf by being a caddy, once even caddying for Sam Snead. He was a World War II veteran, serving with the famous 10th Mountain Division. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star.

He married Anna Mitchell on July 27, 1946, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie. After retirement, he and Anna enjoyed golfing, fishing, traveling and spending time with family.

Morry is survived by his children, Susan (Chuck) Ouimette of Hazelhurst, Sandy Patten of Eau Claire, and James (Laurie) Dahl of Woodinville, Wash.; grandchildren, Charlie (Becky) and Rich Ouimette, Loren (Tessa) Patten, and Justin and Jordan Dahl; one great-grandson, Hunter Quimette; a twin sister, Marlys "Dolly" Gynnild of Eau Claire; and a brother, John "Babe" (Pat) Dahl Jr. of St. Croix Falls.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; his parents; a brother-in-law; and a sister-in-law.

A memorial service for Morry will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at First Lutheran Church with Pastor Marshall Hall officiating. Interment of both Anna and Morry will be held at 4 p.m., also on Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie with military rites provided by the Menomonie Veterans' Honor Guard.

Memorials are preferred to the Northwest Hospice Association or First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to all those at Northwest Hospice, Dove Healthcare, and Grace Edgewood in Altoona.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

Edward E. Estergaard

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 28, 2002, A6

Edward E. Estergaard, age 48, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2002, as the result of a car accident.

He was a resident of Menomonie where he lived with his beloved wife, Dawn, and their children, Chase and Carly. He is also survived by his son, Chad, and wife, Tammy, of Watford, Ontario; daughter, Deidre Estergaard of London, Ontario; grandchildren, Kirstyn, Samantha, Jordanne and Hunter; mother, Elva Estergaard of Thamesville, Ontario; sisters, Linda Holden and Carrie Ramsay of London, Ontario; and stepmother, Marg Estergaard of Eden, Ontario.

Ed was preceded in death by his father, Norman Estergaard, and son, Shaun Estergaard, who died in a car accident just two months ago.

Ed was much loved by his family and friends for his good humor, positive attitude, and concern for people. Through his career, he developed many friends throughout the world and condolences have been received from these by the family. He will also be greatly missed by his many golfing buddies.

A memorial for Ed will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at 7 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3400 Horlacher Lane, Eau Claire.

Doris L. Hovind

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 28, 2002, A6

Doris L. Hovind, age 70, formerly of Nekoosa, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at the home of her daughter, Kim Allard, near Menomonie, just a few miles from where she grew up. She had waged a long and courageous battle against stroke and kidney failure.

The former Doris Louise Erickson was born June 24, 1932, in the Town of Tainter, Dunn County, to Andrew and Lillian (Batchelder) Erickson.

She married Lyle J. Hovind of Cedar Falls on April 3, 1948, in Stillwater, Minn. The couple moved to the Milwaukee area in 1948 and settled in the suburb of Greenfield, where they raised their family, and resided for 25 years. In 1981, they moved to their beloved country home near Nekoosa, where they enjoyed many years of happy, healthy retirement.

Doris was a nature lover and enjoyed gardening and crafts. She was also a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and will be sadly missed by all those that loved her.

Doris is survived by her seven children, Larry Hovind of Ladysmith, Julie Messman of Wisconsin Dells, Jeffery (Susan) Hovind of Pewaukee, Steven (Patricia) Hovind of New Berlin, Annette (Christian) Jensen of Menomonee Falls, Terri Danko of Fond du Lac, and Kim (Douglas) Hovind-Allard of the Town of Tainter; her mother, Lillian Erickson of Colfax; three brothers, Ted (Carol) Erickson of Boyceville, Virgil "Red" (Jill) Erickson of Colfax, and Chuck (Alberta) Erickson of New Prague, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; her father, Andrew Erickson; two brothers, Donald Erickson and Ross Erickson; and other half brothers and sisters.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Laura Cronin, R.N., and the staff of Northwest Wisconsin Hospice.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 27, 2002, at Grace United Methodist Church in Wheeler with the Rev. Steve Groves officiating. Burial was in Cedar Falls Cemetery in the Town of Red Cedar.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Donald R. Millar

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 28, 2002, A6

Donald R. Millar, age 89, of Columbus, Ohio, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at his home. He was the executive vice president of the U.S. Trotting Association from 1948 to 1967 and a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was born and raised in Menomonie.

Donald was educated at Stout Institute, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His parents, James David and Magdalena Nussbaum Millar, and brothers Marshall and Gordon Millar precede him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Varley Millar; children, James Millar and Susan (Frank) Metcalf; grandchildren, Andrew (Cynthia), Benjamin (Linda Rattner), and Elizabeth Metcalf; great-grandchildren, Madeleine, Olivia, Maximillian, and Genevieve Metcalf; sisters-in-law Evelyn (Mrs. Marshall) and Irma (Mrs. Gordon) Millar; cousin, Jerry (Phyllis) Millar.

A memorial mass was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2002 at St. Agatha Catholic Church in Columbus, Ohio. Msgr. David R. Funk officiated.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.schoedinger. com. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to Mt. Carmel Hospice, 793 West State St., Columbus, Ohio 43222, in his memory.

Arrangements were made by Schoedinger Northwest Chapel.

Lillian H. Redgren

Dunn County News, Wed, July 31, 2002, A6

Lillian H. Redgren, age 86, of Menomonie, died Sunday, July 28, 2002, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

The former Lillian Hilder Behrens was born April 30, 1915, on the family farm in Greenwood to Alexander and Agnes (Hagland) Behrens. She graduated from Greenwood High School and cosmetology school in Milwaukee. Lillian married James Edward Redgren on Aug. 11, 1940, in Menomonie.

Lillian began her long career in cosmetology in Menomonie. She worked in salons owned by Mattie Reed, Grace Eick and William Metling. Eventually, she purchased the Crystal Beauty Shop from Metling. She enormously enjoyed her work and her customers, cheerfully 'coifing' them over the years in various hairstyles such as the marcel, the poodle, the beehive, and the bubble.

During a time when women entrepreneurs were unusual, she developed her business. Whenever she wished to expand, she had to have the money saved because loans were not readily available for women.

"Taking the bull by the horns" was one of her favorite expressions. With energy and enthusiasm, she tackled whatever task she saw as one that needed to be done.

Lillian could not only live in the moment but also plan for the future. She cared deeply for her family and friends; her grandchildren were her special delight. She was known for her generous spirit, her joyous, positive attitude, and for her belief that anything was possible.

She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, the Church Altar Guild, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and a bridge club. She will be sadly missed by all of her family.

Lillian is survived by two daughters, Jean Biggs and Carol VandeBerg, both of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Lisa VandeBerg and Jeffrey (Leann) VandeBerg, both of Menomonie, and Devin Biggs and Lane Biggs, both of Madison; two great-grandchildren, Dakota and Kado VandeBerg; four sisters and one brother, Lucille Schmit of Menomonie, Mildred Eisenhart of Kensington, Md., Eileen Battenberg of Knoxville, Tenn., Neil Behrens of Miami, Fla., and Edith Warner of Chetek; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim Redgren; two sisters, Adeline Jackson and Irma Hertzog; and five brothers, Lee, Edwin, Karl, William and Louis Behrens.

Memorial services are 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

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

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association.

 

Viola M. Guldvog

Dunn County News, Wed, July 31, 2002, A6

Viola M. Guldvog, age 61, of Menomonie, died peacefully at her home with hospice on Sunday, July 28, 2002.

Viola was born June 14, 1941, in Saratoga, Wyo., to Linden White and Edith Mowry. She completed the eighth grade in Hayward and then worked for many years as a dishwasher, cook and waitress. She was also employed as a nurses' aid at Bullar Nursing Home in Saratoga and as a housekeeper at Parkside in Menomonie, and worked at the Dunn County Humane Society caring for animals.

Viola was married to Selmer Bernard "Bud" Guldvog on Nov. 1, 1979, by Judge Donna Muza. Bud and Viola had many happy years together.

Viola enjoyed spending time with family and friends, baking, gardening and caring for children. She also had a great love of animals, especially her cat, Odie.

Mother was known for her love of others; her heart was big and kind. She had unconditional love for all people, especially her family. Her grandchildren were extra special. Her faith carried her through her life and her last two months with cancer. We will miss you greatly. We love you.

Viola is survived by two children, Herbert (Beverly) White of Downing and Bobby Jo White of Wheeler; seven grandchildren, Samuel White, Megan Lauersdorf, Claira White, Tammy Joyner, Jerry Cardiff, Cathy Peterson and Richard Peterson; three sisters and a brother, Jacqualine Miller of California, Mary Fryer of Deer Park, Helen Lomker of Baldwin, and Linden "Butch" Knutson of Mauston; two stepsisters and one stepbrother; her stepmother, Dorothy Knutson of Tenstrike, Minn.; two sisters-in-law, Glenna (Willard) Quarderer and Sondra Campbell, both of Boyceville; and many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.

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

The family would like to thank all the caregivers that did such an excellent job. Your help and kindness is greatly appreciated.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at Grace Episcopal Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Canon S. Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery in Prairie Farm, Barron County.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie where a prayer service is scheduled at 7:30 o'clock.

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