Dunn County, WI Obituaries
July 2003

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
July 2, 2003 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Russell Webster

Dunn County News, Wed, July 2, 2003, A6

Russell Webster, age 84, of Wisconsin Rapids, formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, June 30, 2003, at the Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.

[See complete obituary below]

 

Stuart H. O'Flanagan

Dunn County News, Wed, July 2, 2003, A6

Stuart H. O'Flanagan, age 96, of Kadoka, S.D., formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, June 30, 2003, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, S.D.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgeland.

Local arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

[See complete obituary below]

Rachel M. LaRose

Dunn County News, Wed, July 2, 2003, A6

Rachel M. LaRose of Menomonie went peacefully into God's arms on Saturday, June 28, 2003.

Rachel was born Rachel Marie Link on April 24, 1919, in Wymere, N.D., to Samuel and Martha (Breitzman) Link. Rachel graduated from Menomonie High School. She was united in marriage to Lester Fabian LaRose on May 24, 1939, in Fall City.

Rachel worked at the ordnance plant in Eau Claire during World War II. She then took time out to raise her four children. After her children were grown, she worked for several years at Bark's Bakery on Main Street in Menomonie and later took a position at the University of Wisconsin-Stout-Harvey Hall until she retired.

Rachel liked traveling and baseball. She was a Girl Scout leader and a long time member of the Salem Iron Creek United Methodist Church. Her sense of humor and quick wit will be greatly missed.

'GO REST HIGH ON THAT MOUNTAIN, FOR YOUR WORK ON EARTH IS THROUGH."

Rachel is survived by her four children, Marian (Ray) Martinez of Milwaukee, Bernard "Bud" (Sally) and William "Bill" (Cheryl) LaRose, both of Eau Claire, and Barbara (Christian) Hamm of Menomonie; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four brothers, Elmer (Marsha) and Francis (Ann) Link, both of Billings, Mont., Melvin (Ellen) Link of Elk Mound, and Herbert (Marlys) Link of Menomonie. Rachel is also survived by her partner in life, Paul Bjork of Menomonie.

Rachel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lester; three brothers, Samuel, Sherman and Richard Link; and three sisters, Hazel Radle, Esther Larson and Linda Struess.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 2, 2002, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Brian Armstrong officiating. Burial was in the Iron Creek Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

John B. Carswell

Dunn County News, Wed, July 2, 2003, A6

John B. Carswell, age 84, of Menomonie, died Friday, June 27, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

John was born Nov. 12, 1918, in Clear Lake, the son of Allan and Winnogene (Everest) Carswell. John graduated from high school in Eau Claire in 1937. He moved with his family to Menomonie where they owned and operated Carswell Family Service Station.

John married Dorothy Writz on June 28, 1943, in Milwaukee. John was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943, served in the South Pacific, and was discharged in 1945. After service, they resided in Menomonie where they owned and operated the "Dairy Mart" for several years. John worked for the federal government as a quality control inspector for 27 years, retiring in 1976.

John was a very loving father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Dorothy; a son, Jerry (Paula) of Superior; a daughter, Susan (Gale) Kreibich of La Crosse; and three grandchildren, Jon and Jeff Carswell and Meran Kreibich.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and five brothers.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Military honors were provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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

Michele Hilary Hoyt

Dunn County News, Wed, July 2, 2003, A6

Michele Hilary Hoyt, age 53, wife of Frederick Hoyt, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2003, in Plattsmouth, Neb.

She was born April 9, 1951, in Hampstead, England.

She is survived by her husband, Fred; two sons, Robert (Shanon), and Michael (Erin); six grandchildren; her mother; and two sisters.

Services were held Saturday, June 28, 2003, at Hosanna Lutheran Church of Plattsmouth.

Michele is the daughter-in-law of Wayne and Joyce Hoyt of Menomonie.

Stuart H. O'Flanagan

Dunn County News, Sun, July 6, 2003, A6

Stuart H. O'Flanagan, age 96, of Kadoka, S.D., formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, June 30, 2003, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, S.D.

He was born May 20, 1907, in the Town of Dallas, Barron County, the son of Harvey and Edith (Dodge) O'Flanagan. He grew up on a farm and received his education in the Dallas area.

Stuart was united in marriage to Norma Frisle on Aug. 16, 1933, in Barron.

Stuart started working for the Dunn County Highway Department in April 1927 as a patrolman. In 1942, the county appointed him as patrol superintendent, a position he held for 11 years. In 1952, he was elected to the office of highway commissioner, which he held until his retirement in June 1972.

During these years he was chairman of Division 6 and chairman of the County Highway Commissioners and Committeemen's Organization. Later, he became a member of the Machinery Committee and the Dunn County Park Board.

After his retirement, he worked for Mathy Construction Co. for four years as a blacktop salesman. In 1996, they moved to Ottawa, Ill., to be near their children.

Stuart was a member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie where he served on various committees. He had been a member of the Rotary Club, Historical Society, Menomonie Masonic Lodge #154, F.&A.M., and a 32nd Degree Mason. He also belonged to Eau Claire Scottish Rite Valley, where he served as master of the lodge for one year.

His wife, Norma, preceded him in death on March 19, 1997. He continued to reside in Ottawa until moving to Kadoka on May 20, 2000.

Stuart was united in marriage to Rev. C. Arlene Denzer on Aug. 4, 2000. They continued to make their home in Kadoka. While in Kadoka, he was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Rev. C. Arlene O'Flanagan of Kadoka; one daughter, Lois (Dale) Pettyjohn of Kadoka; two sons, Raymond (Sandra) O'Flanagan of Ottawa, and Steven (Barbara) O'Flanagan of Marseilles, Ill.; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; four stepchildren, David (Barbara) Denzer of La Crosse, Judy (Stan) Winsand of Gilmanton, Kathryn (Galen) Johnson of Elk River, Minn., and Douglas (Barbara) Denzer of Wild Rose; 12 step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Sidney O'Flanagan of Dallas, Giles O'Flanagan of St. Cloud, Minn.,and David O'Flanagan of Hinckley, Minn.; one sister, Irene Wicklund of Hinckley; a sister-in-law, Stella O'Flanagan of Hinckley; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his first wife, Norma, Stuart was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Robert O'Flanagan, and a sister, Lucille Losness.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka with Pastors Gary McCubbin and C. Arlene Denzer-O'Flanagan officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgeland.

Memorial services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Don Iliff officiating. There will be a Masonic service by Menomonie Lodge #154, F.&A.M.

Visitation is one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Travis Lee Schluessler

Dunn County News, Sun, July 6, 2003, A6

Travis Lee Schluessler, age 21, of Red Wing, Minn., died suddenly on Saturday, June 28, 2003,in Hastings, Minn.

Travis was born Dec. 4, 1981, in Red Wing. He lived in Red Wing until moving to Spring Valley. He started kindergarten in Spring Valley and attended school there until his freshman year in high school. While in Spring Valley, he played football, baseball and basketball. He loved to hunt and fish and was an avid Viking football fan. Travis attended high school in Red Wing a couple of years, then completed his education at Fort McCoy. While at Fort McCoy, Travis earned the honor of platoon leader.

Travis had a big heart and was very loving. He was also independent and at age 13, while showing off his driving skills, ran over a newly planted tree at his aunt's house, which, of course, no one would admit to doing.

He is survived by his mother, Vicki (Chuck) Weber of Spring Valley; his father, Gary (Debbie) Schluessler of Spring Valley; a sister, Ashley Schluessler of Spring Valley; stepsisters and brothers, Candace Weber of Virginia, Tanya Vanasse of Eau Claire, Mark Vanasse of Spring Valley, Teresa Traun of Hudson, Tammy (Curt) Gregg of Spring Valley, and Tina Vanasse of Spring Valley; step-niece, Kiarha Weber of Virginia; grandparents, Orville and Sally Pierce of Spring Valley, Darline and Jim Thompson of Menomonie, and Fay Johnson of Cannon Falls, Minn.; great-grandparents, Blythe Pierce of Spring Valley and Lucile Shelstad of Red Wing; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Gilman Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Alice Hamm officiating. Special music was provided by Carole Lynum, organist, and Anita Gokey, vocalist. Cremation followed the service.

Pallbearers were Travis' cousins, Eric Margelofsky, Brandon Margelofsky, Derek Schluessler, Dustin Schluessler, Josh Wood and Jeremy Wood.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Sarah C. Formoe

Dunn County News, Sun, July 6, 2003, A6

Sarah Christine Formoe passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2003.

Sarah was born June 15, 1982, in Menomonie to Craig and Sharon (Bloom) Formoe. She grew up in Boyceville and graduated from Boyceville High School in May 2000. Sarah was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Boyceville. Sarah was attending Chippewa Valley Technical College, pursuing a degree as an administrative assistant, as well as working part time at Johnson Motors in Menomonie.

She enjoyed working on the computer and spending time with her family. Sarah also loved spending time with her boyfriend, Nathan, riding tractor in the fields or going to tractor pulls.

Sarah is survived by her parents, Craig and Sharon Formoe; two sisters, Amy (Joshua) Corr of Boyceville and Lori Formoe of Menomonie; two grandmothers, Shirley Bloom and Marian Formoe, both of Boyceville; two special nephews, Rian and Nathan Corr of Boyceville; soulmate, Nathan Hoffman of Downing; two uncles, Larry (Marian) Bloom of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Michael (Tammy) Bloom of Seymour; two aunts, Mary (Joe) Larson of Menomonie and Janell (Tom) Newcomb of Chippewa Falls; cousins, Brian and Zachary Bloom of Sierra Vista, Molly, Trenton and Alex Bloom of Seymour, Kyle and Chelsea Larson of Menomonie, and Jarod Newcomb of Chippewa Falls; and Nathan's parents, Jerry and Cheryl Hoffman of Downing.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Vernon Bloom and Vernon Formoe.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 5, 2003, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Kevin Leidich officiating. Burial was in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Mom's "Sweet Sarah Sunshine" and Dad's "Sarah Christine, My Little Jellybean," we love you always and forever with all our hearts. May God be with you 'til we meet again.

Sarah

 

Smiles bright as sunshine,

your laughter in the air.

Giggles, oh so catching

Sarah, you were there.

Remember Teddy Ruxpin,

and the secret clubs we shared.

Sisters, we are sisters

Sarah, you were there.

Prom night, prom night,

So beautiful you were,

Everyone stopped to stare.

Sarah, oh Sarah. You were there.

You've flown away now

like a butterfly,

Fragile wings through the air.

Our angel you will always be

Sarah, you are here.

-Lori and Amy

 

David Russell Webster

Dunn County News, Sun, July 6, 2003, A6

David Russell Webster, age 84, of Wisconsin Rapids, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2003, at Riverview Hospital.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at Ford Cemetery in Menomonie.

Mr. Webster was born Feb. 1, 1919, in Downing to James McClellan Webster and Flossie (Plummer) Webster. He married Carolyn E. White on March 2, 1940.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the conflict with Japan. He retired from American Motors in Kenosha in 1979. Mr. Webster also worked at Parker Pen in Menomonie for many years until its closing.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn of Wisconsin Rapids; one daughter, Carol (Roland) Weier of Wisconsin Rapids; one son, Charles (Lori) Webster of Elkhorn; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James, who died at birth; a sister, Lucille (Francis) Grimme; his parents; his stepfather, Charles Ordermann; and a grandson.

Delores White

Dunn County News, Wed, July 9, 2003, A6

Delores (Fisher) White, age 77, of Menomonie, died Tuesday July 8, 2003, at her home with hospice.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

[See complete obituary below]

 

Delores O. White

Dunn County News, Sun, July 13, 2003, A6

Delores O. White, age 77, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at her home.

The former Delores Fisher was born March 21, 1926, in Menomonie to Louis and Olga (Moe) Fisher. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. She also attended schools in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1944.

Delores married Ralph White in 1970 in Las Vegas. After their marriage, they moved to Spring Valley.

Delores worked at The Fair Store in Menomonie for several years and Sandy Lee Mfg. for 13 years before going to work for Richard Rudisill in Spring Valley for 20 years. She retired from there in 2000 when Ralph became ill. After Ralph's death, Delores moved back to Menomonie in February 2000.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening, fishing and spending time with her family. She will be sadly missed.

Delores is survived by two daughters, Linda (Doug) Dyle of Hudson and Julia Ziehme (Craig Comstock) of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Scott (Shelly) Burr of Spring Valley, Jamie (Stacy) Burr of Baldwin, and Wendy (Jon) Webb of Menomonie; two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Miller and Pierce Burr; two brothers, Hub (Lois) Fisher and Allan Fisher (Faye Leiter), both of Menomonie; one sister, Alice Myers of Madison; and other relatives and friends.

She is further survived by sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Gloria "Babe" (Curtis) Nelson of Stockholm; sister-in-law, Helen Gillis of Plum City; and stepchildren and step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph White; her mother and father, Olga and Louis Fisher; a daughter, Constance Fox; and a son, Thomas Luebke.

Funeral services were Friday, July 11, 2003, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial was in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Marjorie M. Klundby

Dunn County News, Sun, July 13, 2003, A6

Marjorie M. Klundby, age 86, of Eau Claire, died Wednesday July 9, 2003 at her home.

Marjorie was born Oct. 14, 1916 in Menomonie to Martin and Mildred (Barnes) Krogstad. She married Gordon Weghorn on May 9, 1939.

After Gordon's death, she married Everett Klundby on August 18, 1947 in Jefferson. Together, they owned and operated a business in Wilson. After Everett's death in 1955, she moved to Eau Claire where she had a rental business and also worked at Luther Hospital for many years.

Marjorie was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Westgate Sportsman's Club and First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. She enjoyed playing cards, dancing and volunteering for Westgate Sportsman's Club.

She is survived by one sister, Maybelle Kadinger of Menomonie; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Gordon Weghorn; second husband, Everett Klundby; sister, Lila Kistner, and three brothers, Marvin, Clyde and Laurence Krogstad.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m., Monday, July 14, 2003 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Reverend Arne Peterson officiating.

Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie. There will be a visitation at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Margaret R. Brandenburg

Dunn County News, Wed, July 16, 2003, A6

Margaret R. Brandenburg, age 81, of Menomonie, died Sunday, July 13, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Margaret was born Feb. 24, 1922, in Menomonie, the daughter of Jesse and Catherine (Cosgrove) Ryder. She grew up on the family farm in Downsville and graduated in 1940 from Menomonie High School. She worked at various jobs around Menomonie when she was a young adult.

Margaret married Jim Brandenberg on Nov. 12, 1947, in Park Falls. They lived near Star Prairie for a short time. In 1948, they moved to Menomonie, and in 1961, they moved to the Ryder home farm near Downsville. Margaret worked as a bookkeeper for Retzloff & Ryder for many years.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Jim; a daughter-in-law, Chris Brandenburg of Menomonie; two grandchildren, a grandson, Jim Brandenburg Jr. of Menomonie, and a granddaughter, Amy (friend, John Nelson) Brandenburg of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Ryder of Menomonie; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James in 2000; a sister, Marion Nelson; and three brothers, Lawrence, Ralph and Steven Ryder.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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

Kayla Marie Wayne

Dunn County News, Wed, July 16, 2003, A6

Kayla Marie Wayne, age 19, of Menomonie, died Friday, July 11, 2003, at her home in the Town of Dunn, rural Menomonie.

Kayla was born April 26, 1984, in La Crosse, the daughter of Gary and Dianne (Thornton) Wayne. She grew up in Menomonie and attended St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School and Menomonie High School, graduating in 2002.

Kayla recently completed her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She was planning a teaching career in special education. Kayla was currently working for Aurora Community Services in Menomonie.

Kayla was a loving, generous person who loved cooking and baking. She enjoyed helping others and spending time with her family and friends.

Kayla is survived by her parents, Gary and Dianne Wayne of Menomonie; a brother, Bryan (Jody) Wayne of Rochester, Minn.; maternal grandparents, Cleo Thornton of Durand and Tom (Pat) Thornton of Grandview; paternal grandparents, Roy and Kathyrn Wayne of Downsville; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Alvin "Al" R. Scheffler

Dunn County News, Wed, July 16, 2003, A6

Alvin "Al" R. Scheffler, age 89, of Elk Mound, died Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk Mound with Father Henry Hoerburger officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Elk Mound with military honors conducted by Menomonie American Legion Post #32.

Al was born on Sept. 30, 1913, in Pine River, Lincoln County, to Carl and Maria (Baumann) Scheffler.

He served his country in the United States Navy, stationed at Pearl Harbor, and was honorably discharged after completing his enlistment.

Al married Odilia Yaeger on May 16, 1947, in Elk Mound. They farmed together in Dunn County for more than 40 years.

He enjoyed watching the Packers, listening to Brewer games, playing cards, reading, and gardening. He loved to hunt and fish. His successful bear hunt with his friend, Pete Schumacher, was a most memorable one.

Al is survived by his wife of 56 years; his four sons, Lloyd (DiAnna) Scheffler of Elk Mound and their children, Terri and Jim, Alan Scheffler of Gliman and his children, Mike, Matthew and Marissa, Dale (Diane) Scheffler of Menomonie and their children, Shawn, Jared, Evan, Ethan, DaNae and Carissa, and Dennis (Leisha Hayes) Scheffler; one daughter, Marie (Dan) Kudela of Elk Mound and their sons, Steve Scheffler and Tim; his sister, Margaret Becker of Milwaukee; a brother, LaVerne (Angie) Scheffler of Kenosha; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ed (Elizabeth) and Harold (Elsie); sisters, Mabel (Paul) Bagland, Irene (Louis) Brandt, and Frances (Jim) Neuens; a brother-in-law, Warren Becker; and one great-grandson, Devin Lehman-O'Neal.

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

Dorothy C. Score

Dunn County News, Wed, July 16, 2003, A6

Dorothy C. Score, age 79, of Menomonie, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Dorothy Charlotte Tietz was born on Sept. 6, 1923, in the Town of Weston to Frances and Paul Tietz. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. She was very active while a member there. She attended Twin Hill School and graduated from Dunn County Agricultural School in 1941. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for one year. She graduated from Eau Claire Business College in 1943.

On April 23, 1949, Dorothy married Leland M. Score in Menomonie. In 1960, the family became members of Peace Lutheran Church. Her Christian faith at Peace Lutheran was so very important to her. She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Choir for many years.

Dorothy worked as a teller for many years at the former Bank of Menomonie. She also volunteered at the Myrtle Werth Medical Center as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. During election time she could be found working on the Election Board.

She is survived by two daughters, Judith (Richard) Felts of Shawano and Kristine (Robert) Dorobiala of Woodbury, Minn. She is also survived by and will be dearly missed by five granddaughters, Brooke Dorobiala (Washington, D.C.), Bethany Dorobiala (Woodbury), Tamara Felts, Tiffany Felts and Tialynn Felts (all of Shawano). She is further survived by two siblings, Donald (Anita) Tietz (Bloomington, Minn.) and Lorraine (Donald) Raether (Crystal, Minn.), and two sisters-in-law, Jean Tremble and Beverly Waller (both of Menomonie). Many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends also survive Dorothy.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Leland; her parents, Paul and Frances Tietz; her in-laws, Sigwald and Esther Score; brothers-in-law, John Tremble and Norman Waller; and nieces, Carol Barresi and Betty Tremble.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2003, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Donna L. Johnson

Dunn County News, Wed, July 23, 2003, A6

Donna L. Johnson, age 55, of Fontana, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at her home.

She was born Feb. 4, 1948, in Highland Park, Ill., the daughter of John and Grace (Kruger) Brasa. She married Dale Johnson on Aug. 1, 1970, in Deerfield, Ill. Donna was the orchestra director at Badger High School in Lake Geneva the last 16 years.

She graduated in 1970 from UW-Whitewater and taught orchestra at Menomonie and Chippewa Falls prior to teaching at Badger. While living in Menomonie, she was a member of the Ludington Guard Band, choir director for the Congregational Church, and an active participant in pit orchestras and on stage at the Mabel Tainter Theater. She was also a founding member of the Colfax Madrigal Consort and a member of the Menomonie Choral Society.

She was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Walworth, the Beloit-Janesville Symphony as a viola player, the Wisconsin School Music Association where she was an adjudicator, and she was a coach for the Wisconsin State Honors Orchestra.

Donna is survived by her husband, Dale Johnson of Fontana; two sons, Eric (Sheila) Johnson of Zionville, N.C., and Mark Johnson of Albuquerque, N.M.; her parents, John and Grace Brasa of Lake Forest, Ill.; and a sister, Joan Brasa of Crown Point, Ind.

Memorial services were Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Walworth with the Rev. John Hogue officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Memory Gardens in Delavan Township.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family wishes memorials in Donna's name to the American Cancer Society or VNA Hospice.

Margaret V. Kothlow

Dunn County News, Sun, July 20, 2003, A6

Margaret V. Kothlow, age 90, of Menomonie, died Saturday, July 19, 2003, at her home.

The former Margaret Evenson was born on Aug. 19, 1912, in the Township. of Sherman, Dunn County, to Edward and Edith (Retzloff) Evenson. She married Victor Kothlow on June 28, 1929, in Stillwater, Minn.

Together they farmed in Town of Red Cedar for many years. After retirement, they moved into Menomonie.

Margaret loved flowers, entertaining family and friends and cooking.

Margaret is survived by two sons and one daughter, Russell (Ruth) Kothlow of Elk Mound, Eileen Stark of Menomonie and Jerry Kothlow of Menomonie; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Milton (Alice) Evenson of Menomonie, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Victor; five brothers, Roy, Ralph, Clifford, Alvin and Louis Evenson; a sister, LaVille Stetler; a son-in-law, Bud Stark, and a daughter-in-law, Annette Kothlow.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Township of Sherman, Dunn County.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 21, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and on Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Cyril "Craig" Johnson

Dunn County News, Wed, July 23, 2003, A6

Cyril "Craig" Johnson, age 25, of New Richmond died Monday, July 21, 2003, in New Richmond.

Visitation for Craig is from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Cullen-Crea-Hegstrom Funeral Home in New Richmond.

Burial will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday in Menomonie at the Holy Pentecostal Mission, N6622 530th (Cedar Falls Road).

Arlo C. Meyer

Dunn County News, Wed, July 23, 2003, A6

SGT/MAJOR Arlo C. Meyer, USA, retired, age 63, of Belmont, N.H., died at his home on Thursday, July 17, 2003, of cancer.

He was born Oct. 20, 1939 in Menomonie, the son of Fred and Mattie (Jensen) Meyer. He was a graduate of Menomonie High School.

SGM Meyer served two tours in Vietnam. He retired after 26 years in the United States Army. After his retirement, he was employed by the U.S. government in transportation and later at First Student Transportation in Belmont.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Janice; two sons, Morris Mercier of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Robert Mercier of Franklin, N.H.; a daughter, Theresa Conrad of Belmont; four grandchildren, Brianna Mercier, Roxianne Barnes, Michael Mercier and Joseph Conrad; a sister, Beverly Mulhollam of Fullerton, Calif; his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Goss of Laconia, N.H.; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Graveside services with military honors were held on Monday, July 21, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans' Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Health and Hospice, Inc., 780 N. Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.

Helen Marie Holum

Dunn County News, Wed, July 23, 2003, A6

Helen Marie Holum, age 87, of Wilson, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at her home in Cady Township.

Helen was born Aug. 4, 1914, in Wheeler, the daughter of John and Ingaborg (Larson) Smith. She was baptized at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Wheeler and confirmed at Hay River Lutheran Church of Wheeler. Helen attended Big Beaver School. She was a long-time member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Spring Valley.

On March 23, 1941, she married Clarence Holum in Northwood, Iowa. They lived at Boyceville on a farm for a few years and also in town . In the late 1940s, Helen and Clarence moved to Spring Valley and in 1950 bought their home in Cady Township.

Helen had many talents and hobbies. She was a seamstress and a member of the Garment Workers Union. She loved gardening, fishing, bird watching and all wildlife. She enjoyed hunting and was a member of the N.R.A. Her musical talents included playing the accordion, piano, violin, banjo and guitar.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Clarence, who died May 2, 1989; four sisters, Margaret Rasmussan, Eleanor, Julia (Mrs. Mike) Flynn, and Gladys (Mrs. Clarence) Tronrud; and five brothers, Thorvold, Harold, Clarence, Anton and Arnold Smith.

Survivors include one daughter, Bonnie (Phil) Irwin of Wilson; one granddaughter, Deana (Darold) Helmer of Roberts; one grandson, Paul Irwin of River Falls; one sister, Lillian Hovland of Boyceville; five great-grandchildren, Dustin, Jackie and Jeremy Irwin and Cassandra and Heather Helmer; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 19, 2003, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley wih the Rev. Christine Schneewind officiating. Music was provided by Abraham Romo, organist Linda Anderson, and vocalist Darla Holm. Burial was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery of Spring Valley.

Pallbearers were Phil Irwin, Paul Irwin, Darold Helmer, Dustin Irwin, Steve Rositzki and Allan Faber.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Ethel M. Schlough

Dunn County News, Sun, July 27, 2003, A6

Ethel M. Schlough, age 93, formerly of Connorsville, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

A memorial service was held Saturday, July 26, 2003, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Boyceville with Father Jerry Hoeser officiating. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery in Glenwood City.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Robert J. Gilgenbach

Dunn County News, Sun, July 27, 2003, A6

Robert J. Gilgenbach, age 70, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003. at his home.

He was born Aug. 28, 1932, in Menomonie, the son of William J. and Sylvia (Votapek) Gilgenbach. He lived his entire life in the Menomonie area, graduating in 1950 from Menomonie High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1951 to 1954.

Bob graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1960. He married Sonja Olson on June 19, 1965, in Minneapolis, Minn. He was the owner-operator of Wilson Rock and Limestone Co., Inc. He retired in 1994.

Bob was a member of the VFW, American Legion, NRA, Dunn County Fair Board and the Knapp Village Board. He enjoyed working in his rose garden, hunting, walking with his dogs, and spending time with his family.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sonja; one daughter, Susan (Bruce) Baker of Oceanside, Calif.; one son, Steven (Melissa) of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Marissa, Brandon and Madison Baker; two sisters, Ruth McCormick of Richardson, Texas, and Betty Anderson of Mondovi; and one sister-in-law, Clara Krueger of Menomonie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bill, and one nephew, James Gilgenbach.

Memorial services were Friday, July 25, 2003, at the Menomonie Alliance Church in Menomonie with Pastor Jack Stimmel officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Menomonie.

Memorials may be sent to the Menomonie Alliance Church or Northwest Wisconsin Homecare.

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

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Dunn County  News, Wed, July 31, 2003, A6 Gilgenbach addition

Military Honors were provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard at services for Robert J. Gilgenbach, age 70, of Menomonie, who died on Tuesday, July 22, 2003.

Helen Olson

Dunn County  News, Wed, July 31, 2003, A6

Helen Olson, age 85, of Prairie Farm, died Sunday, July 27, 2003, at the Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm.

Helen was born Aug. 3, 1917, in the Town of Sheridan, Dunn County, to Ingabrit and Mette (Solem) Klefstad. She was baptized and confirmed at Hay River Lutheran Church in the Town of Hay River. On Aug. 31, 1940, whe was married to Erling Olson at Sand Creek and they farmed in the Town of Sheridan until retiring.

Helen was a member of United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm where she was active in the WELCA and Ruth Circle. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and spending time with her many grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons, Dennis (Sheila) and Donald (Gail) Olson, all of Wheeler; daughters, Diane (Harold) Rooker of Blaine, Minn., and Pat (Orland) Bygd of Prairie Farm; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Oline Stevens of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Erling, on July 18, 1988; brothers, Adolph Bottolfs and Ole, Eric and Odin Klefstad; and sisters, Gusta Peterson, Agnes Murray and Anne Klefstad.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2003, from the United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm with the Rev. Oz Twedt officiating. Interment will be in Vanceburge Cemetery in the Town of Sheridan.

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

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

Orelle Peterson Moore

Dunn County  News, Wed, July 31, 2003, A6

Orelle Peterson Moore, age 89, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, in Tampa, Fla.

A native of Menomonie, Orelle spent her childhood on a farm where her favorite pastime was riding horses. After graduating from high school, she attended Dunn County Teachers College, graduating in 1933. She taught at Clinton Heights School, a one-room schoolhouse in Almena. She was a member of Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church. She was very proud that she was the second organist to play the Moller pipe organ for Sunday services. Orvelle loved music and continued to play her organ until she passed, never allowing her profound deafness to dampen her enthusiasm.

She married Robert L. Moore of Barron in 1938. They relocated to New Jersey where their only child Gerald was born. In 1950, the family moved to Cecilton, Md. She was very active in the Cecilton Methodist Church and served many years as church organist and taught Sunday School. She served two four-year terms as president of the United Methodist Women and started the three circles. She was a dedicated Mom until the nest was empty and then moved to a ranch near West Points, Mo., to renew her love of livestock, especially horses. After ranching for several years, she retired with Bob to Heber Springs, Ark.

While a resident of Heber Springs, she was a member of the United Methodist Church and an active member of the Joy Circle. She was also a volunteer with Cleburne County Hospital. For the 25 years that she and Bob enjoyed their retirement, they traveled the country in their camper and loved to play Rummicube and Pinocole with friends. She was known for always repaying a kindness with one of her homemade angel food cakes.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Robert Moore; her parents, Pete and Anna Peterson; and brother, Gordon Peterson of Menomonie.

She is survived by her son, Jerry (Laurie) Moore of Tampa; her grandson, Casey; and her cousins, Beatrice Miller, Avis Kiser, Jane Klatt, Edna Iverson, Sally Head and Louise Crowder. She also leaves behind many family members and friends all over the country.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. at Little Elk Creek Church of rural Menomonie on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003. Private interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Almena.

Memorials may be made to the organ fund at Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church, N3845 570th St., Menomonie, WI 54751.

Ruth B. Jacobson

Dunn County  News, Wed, July 31, 2003, A6

Ruth B. Jacobson, age 93, of Menomonie, died Sunday, July 27, 2003, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Ruth Beatrice Husby was born Aug. 28, 1909, to Louis and Bertha (Micheels) Husby.

She was a graduate of Menomonie High School, the Dunn County Normal School, and the Stout Institute. She married Julius C. Jacobson on Feb. 22, 1930. They resided on the Jacobson family farm until 1961 when she and Julius moved to Menomonie.

Ruth taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for 37 years and was active in parish work at Calvary and New Hope Lutheran Churches for more than 60 years. She was a lifetime member of Evangelical Lutheran Church Women, formerly the ALCW, and served as an officer of the state organization at its inception.

Ruth was also an active member of the Dunn County Historical Society and was instrumental in the development of both the Caddie Woodlawn Park and the Empire in Pine Museum.

Ruth is survived by two sons, Tom (Sarah) Jacobson of Menomonie and David (Ardith) Jacobson of Onalaska; two daughters, RuthAnn Jacobson and Michael Mulyck of Anna Maria, Fla., and Rosemary Jacobson of Menomonie; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; two sisters, Coly Florin of Eau Claire and Dorothy (Herb) Schutz of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Julius; one granddaughter, Julie Anna Jacobson; and her five brothers.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville with the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Irene F. Chinnock

Dunn County  News, Wed, July 31, 2003, A6

Irene F. Chinnock, of Eau Claire, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2003, at Eau Claire where she resided the last six years.

Irene was born June 11, 1903, in Minneapolis, Minn., to John T. and Catherine Kelly and later the family lived for many years in New Richmond.

She was married to Grant Chinnock of River Falls and they had no children. Her husband worked for many years at Andersen Windows in Bayport, Minn., and Irene was a homemaker.

All of Irene's and her husband's siblings predeceased her. She is survived by her nieces and nephews. Interment was in River Falls.

Evelyn A. McIntyre

Dunn County  News, Wed, July 31, 2003, A6

Evelyn A. McIntyre, age 68, of Boyceville, passed away at her home with hospice care on Monday, July 28, 2003, after a long courageous battle with cancer and Parkinson's.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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