Dunn County, WI Obituaries
July 2004

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July 4, 2004 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Rebekah Kay Traynor

Dunn County News, Sun, July 4, 2004, A6

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

Rebekah was born May 27, 1974, in Menomonie, the daughter of Richard and Darlene (Metling) Traynor. Rebekah grew up in El Paso Township and attended Gilman Elementary School.

She attended Spring Valley High School and graduated with the Class of 1992. Rebekah excelled in the classroom and graduated as Salutatorian.

While in school, Rebekah was involved in many activities. She especially enjoyed volleyball and basketball. After high school, Rebekah attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she was on the Dean's List and continued to enjoy sports playing basketball for the Falcons. She trained in Spring Valley as a First Responder and trained as an E.M.T. in Prescott.

After a battle with infectious mononucleosis, Rebekah's health deteriorated, causing her to suffer both physically and emotionally for a number of years. Despite her hardships, she remained strong in her faith and seemed to find a way to always smile and touch people's lives. She was unable to continue her work as an E.M.T. and also unable to continue her education.

Faith was an important part of Rebekah's life. As a young girl, she enjoyed two mission trips, one to Mexico, and the other with her family to Guatamala.

Rebekah loved to water ski and play cards. She was an avid euchre player and loved to play with family and friends. She has also been collecting stamps for the last 15 years and has compiled a vast collection. She was especially fond of the family dog, Bailey, joking that she sometimes felt like Bailey could be her psychiatrist because she was such a good listener.

Rebekah and her family were thankful for all the many prayers and concerns shown on her behalf over the years. Her family extends their gratitude for the many acts of kindness and prayers during this trying time.

Survivors include her parents, Dick and Dar Traynor of Ellsworth; two brothers and two sisters, Joseph (Melissa) Traynor of Woodbury, Minn., Rachel (Robert) Fuller of Clear Lake, Jen (Steven) Hince of Beldenville, and Jeremiah "Bubba" (Monica) Traynor of Spring Valley; a niece, Sydney Traynor; a nephew, Jackson Fuller; her grandpa, Vic Traynor of Spring Valley; aunts and uncles, Kathleen (Richard) Hathaway of Menomonie, Ramona (Donald) Burns of Menomonie, Jim (Lynn) Traynor of Spring Valley, Larry (Linda) Traynor of Spring Valley, Sherri (Don) Anderson of East Bethel, Minn., Pat Carmen and Bob Vogt of Plymouth, Minn., Joyce Traynor and Ken Peskar of Nokomis, Fla., Bob (Kathy) Traynor of Spring Valley, and Mike (Claudia) Traynor of Spring Valley; many cousins, other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Evelyn Traynor and Raymond and Leona Metling; her two uncles, Carroll Sandvig and LaMoine Sandvig, and an aunt, Yvonne Hitz.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Pastors Chuck Cooley and Bill Lemke officiated the service. Special music was provided by Karyn Waller.

Cremation followed the service with burial of cremains at a later date.

Honorary pallbearers were Melissa Traynor, Robert Fuller, Steven Hince and Moncia Traynor. Pallbearers were Joe Traynor, Rachel Fuller, Jen Traynor and Bubba Traynor.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, handled arrangements.

Gordon James Larrabee

Dunn County News, Sun, July 4, 2004, A6

Gordon James Larrabee, age 79, of Men-omonie, passed away Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born April 12, 1925, on the family farm in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to Bert and Helena (Klatt) Larrabee. He attended the Forest Center Grade School and graduated from the Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy.

Gordon married Iona M. Eccles in 1947. They had two sons and then later divorced.

In December 1945, Gordon volunteered for the Army, serving five and one-half years. He had two tours in Germany. He was a lifetime member of the DAV. After the service, Gordon worked at Lakeside Aluminum in Menomonie. Later, Gordon and his family moved to Racine where he worked for an electric company for several years, and later was employed by Western Publishing Co. in Racine for 21 years, retiring in April 1987. After Gordon's retirement, he moved back to Menomonie to be with his relatives, where he lived until his death.

He is survived by one son, Gordon "Jim" Larrabee of Crescent City, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Virginia "Midge" Larrabee of Menomonie; a brother-in-law, Ed Lombard of Palos Park, Ill.; and several nieces and a nephew, who all loved him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael in 1971; one sister, Verna (Ed) Lombard; and three brothers, Everett, Earl and Norman.

The family would like to extend a thank you to Dr. Brown, the nursing staff at the hospital and Hospice staff for their care and concern, and Pastor Panier for his visits and words of encouragement.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 3, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Elmer Panier officiating. Military honors were conducted by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be in Forest Center Cemetery in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, at a later date.

Alan Lee Sorenson

Dunn County News, Sun, July 4, 2004, A6

Alan Lee Sorenson, age 47, village of Rockdale, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, June 29, 2004.

He was born on Feb. 27, 1957, Eau Claire , a son of Donald I. and Delores E. (Hanson) Sorenson. He was a graduate of Eau Claire North High School and the Herzing School of Electronics.

Alan served in the United States Army from July 1975 until July 1978. He lived in Wyoming for about two years in 1982 and 1983 and moved to the Madison area in 1984. He was a cellular phone technician and worked for Verizon Wireless Phone Co. for five years until his illness.

Alan married the former Nola Jolene Harvey on Sept. 27, 1997, at the Deerfield Lutheran Church in Deerfield. He was a member of the Deerfield Lutheran Church and the Madison Packer Backer Fan Club. Besides being an avid Packer Backer and Badger football fan, Alan enjoyed NASCAR and #17, spending time with his family, golfing, fishing and Harley's. Alan had a great passion for cooking.

Alan is survived by his wife, Nola; mother, Delores E. Sorenson of Eau Claire; brothers and sisters, Eric (Barbara) Sorenson of Onalaska, Debra Sorenson (special friend Caden Johnson) of Madison, Amy Severson (special friend Greg Simonson) Eleva, and Bradley (Sheri) of Eau Claire; many nieces and nephews; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many special friends.

Alan was preceded in death by his father, Donald I Sorenson in 1981; grandparents, Oscar and Tilla Hanson and Lester and Laura Sorenson; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were Friday, July 2, 2004, at the Deerfield Lutheran Church with the Rev. Larry Sexe officiating. A memorial services will be held at a later date in his home town of Eau Claire.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to UW Health in Cottage Grove, the Oncology Clinic at 1 S. Park St., Madison, and to the Hospice staff for all their kind and compassionate care.

Olson-Holzhueter-Cress Funeral & Cremation Services in Deerfield handled arrangements.

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Isaac J. Bauler

Dunn County News, Sun, July 4, 2004, A6

Isaac Joseph Bauler, two and a half days old, of 702 Sixth Ave., Belle Plaine, Iowa, formerly of Waterloo, Iowa, died Monday, June 28, 2004, at University Hospitals, Iowa City, from complications of birth.

He was born June 26 at 12:30 a.m. at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, son of Mark A. and Jodi L. Donicht Bauler.

Survivors include his parents of Belle Plaine; a brother, Nathan A. Bauler, at home; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Arlene Bauler of Waterloo; maternal grandparents, Bruce and Katie Donicht of Menomonie; paternal great-grandmother, Mildred Morehouse of Waterloo; maternal great-grandparents, Eldon and Anita Larson of Menomonie; and maternal great-grandmother, Eunice Donicht of Menomonie.

Preceded in death by his paternal great-grandparents, John and Irene Bauler; paternal great-grandfather, Raymond Morehouse; and maternal great-grandfather, Leonard Donicht.

Private family graveside services were held Thursday at St. Mary's of Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Eagle Center.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Hargarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service of Waterloo served the family.

A. Maxine Burton

Dunn County News, Sun, July 4, 2004, A6

A. Maxine Burton, age 93, died Wednesday, June 30, 2004, after a brief stay at the Glenhaven Care Center in Glenwood City.

Maxine was born Feb. 14, 1911, in a little yellow house on the south side of Torgerson Creek in the town of New Haven in the northwest corner of Dunn County.

Alexa Maxine VanBlaricom was the seventh of 17 children of George and Josphine Ione (Connors) VanBlaricom.

Maxine walked over two miles to the Hilson Grade School with her brothers and sisters. Bad weather often kept them home, but being firm believers in education, her parents made sure all finished the first eight years of school. Her sister, Vera, skipped a grade and they went to Clear Lake High School together.

These early years formed Maxine's work ethics. All had their chores to do and learned to cook, bake, wash and iron clothes. There was always a large garden and Maxine helped preserve hundreds of jars of vegetables and wild berries for use during the winter months, and there was always the need to help with the younger children. This strong family relationship continued throughout their lives with family reunions being celebrated together. They were each others best friends and were wonderful role models for all the children and grandchildren.

While attending Clear Lake High School, she worked for her room and board; these were happy years. She made many lasting friendships and was very active in plays, intramural sports, track and glee club. She graduated at the top of her class of 1931 with her sister, Vera, right behind in scholastic honors.

In 1933, Maxine married Leon Burton and they farmed near Boyceville until 1965. To this union were born eight children. Maxine continued the tradition of large gardens, preserving fruits and vegetables for winter use. She also raised cucumbers for extra income and loved to try new pickle recipes to enter in the Boyceville Pickle Festival.

They retired from the farm in 1965 and moved to Boyceville where she resided until declining health caused her to stay at Glenhaven Care Center. Leon died in 1967 and Maxine worked for several years at the Knapp House, the Boyceville Restaurant, and the Boyceville School Library.

She loved to read and was always abreast of the latest news in the world. She loved to knit, crochet and quilt. She made quilts for all her children and grandchildren. She was very active in 4-H and Red Cross bloodmobile visits, and volunteered at the Boyceville Public Library.

Maxine was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Boyceville. She sang in the choir and was the quilt chairperson for the women's sewing group. Her faith was strong and unwavering. She was a gentle person and lived a Christian life. She believed in thrift, and felt if you had two cents, one must be given to someone more in need.

Maxine was married to Earl C. Burton from 1979 until 1987.

Maxine is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leon; son, Donn; six brothers, Wylie, Wayne, Maynard, Verlyn, Dale and Donn; three infant brothers; and five sisters, Elva Burrill, Vera Shern, Opal Bradshaw, Shirley Horky and Dixie Hubbard.

Maxine is survived by two sons, Keith (Charlotte) Burton of Colfax and Earl (Joanna) Burton of St. Louis, Mo.; three daughters, Opal (Gary) Kunz of Fall Creek, Patricia (Wayne) Larson of Ruckersville, Va., and Carol Wadlo of Ellsworth; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Burton of Knapp; 14 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 13 stepgreat-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marjorie Knaack of Green Bay and Frances Nelson of Prairie Farm; three sisters-in-law, Mable VanBlaricom, Emma VanBlaricom and Edith VanBlaricom; a brother-in-law, John Horky; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She will be missed by all who remain behind.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 3, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Nancy Diller officiating. Burial was in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Memorials are preferred to the Boyceville Methodist Church or Public Library.

Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City handled arrangements.

Lorraine M. Olson

Dunn County News, Sun, July 4, 2004, A6

Lorraine M. Olson, age 86, formerly of Menomonie, died Friday, July 2, 2004, at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.

Lorraine was born Oct. 26, 1917, in Edgewater to Edgar and Eleanor (Schultz) Franklin. She graduated from Menomonie High School. Lorraine was married to Edward Olson on Sept. 25, 1937, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Parsonage in Menomonie by Pastor Mittlesteadt. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's on June 3, 1939. She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the last few years, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Woodville.

Lorraine worked at Parker Pen, Sanna Dairies, and was a teacher's assistant in the Menomonie School District. Lorraine and Edward lived in Menomonie most of their lives, but also resided in Venice, Calif., Chicago and Spring Valley.

Lorraine was a good athlete, especially at golfing and bowling. She also liked to go dancing, camping and fishing. She especially enjoyed having coffee with Clara Krueger, a dear friend and neighbor for 20 years.

Lorraine is survived by her husband of 66 years, Edward Olson of Woodville; two daughters, Jean (Paul) Rickard of Woodville and Cherri (Steve) Kading of Downing; four grandchildren, Charles Rickard of River Falls, Jennifer Kading of Menomonie, Samuel Kading of La Crosse, and Jason Kading of Downing; one brother, Jack (Lois) Franklin of Eau Claire; one sister-in-law, Mary Olson of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Eleanor Franklin.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday, July 5, 2004, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Wayne Hilgendorf officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, town of Menomonie.

Friends are welcome from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from noon until time of services Monday at the church.

The family prefers memorials in lieu of flowers.

Keith Joseph Coenen

Dunn County  News, Wed, July 7, 2004, A6

Keith Joseph Coenen, age 38, of MIddleton/Waunakee, formerly of De Pere, died peacefully while at the family cabin in Mountain on July 4, 2004.

He was born July 24, 1965, in Green Bay, the son of Ervin L. and Janice (Derouin) Coenen. Keith attended Beauty Grove, Westwood Elementary, and West De Pere Middle and High Schools, graduating in 1983. Keith graduated from UW-Stout in Menomonie in December 1987 with a degree in Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Manufacturing Engineering.
He worked his way through college in Architectural Millwork at RW Bruner, Inc., in Menomonie. Following graduation, he continued there for 16 years, advancing with every department. He accepted a supervisory position in 2003 with Marshall Erdman & Associates/Techline Division in Waunakee.

Keith died of natural causes in his sleep at the cottage. He was helping others and was surrounded by family and friends. Everyone who knew Keith had experienced his unlimited "Helping Hand," his ready smile, and contagious laugh.

Following college, he married his favorite college "Buddy," Carrie L. Rymer, on Jan. 28. 1989, at Cuba City. They have one 10-year-old son, Kyle Edward. The family now lives in Middleton.

Surviving Keith are his wife and son; his parents; paternal grandmother, Regina Coenen; his brothers, Larry (Debra) Coenen and Chad Coenen (Alishia Albert); his in-laws, Rodger and Carole Rymer, brother-in-law, Todd (Kim Lees) Rymer; sister-in-law, Jodi (Lars) Sorensen; seven nieces and nephews; aunts; uncles; and numerous friends and co-workers. His black lab, Ebony, also survives.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Leo and Gertrude Derouin; his paternal grandfather, Edward P. Coenen; and Carrie's grandparents, Allen and Elsie Rymer and Edwin and Pearl Waterstreet.

Keith was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Menomonie and most recently Asbury UMC of Madison. He was active in sports and drama productions, 4-H, coaching youth soccer, co-ed volleyball, and grilling picnic specialties were all a part of his enjoyment. Keith was adventurous, outgoing, and an outdoor enthusiast (fishing, hunting, ATVing, snowmobiling, and camping). Helping others with remodeling and building projects were his genuine "Gifts" to others. Any request was "No Big Deal." He always had a pocketful of patience for his son, and everyone else. Keith enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends.

A memorial service for Keith will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2004, at Bethany United Methodist Church, 1110 Echo Lane, Ashwaubenon, with Pastor Jill Quilling officiating.

Friends may greet the family after 1 p.m. until time of service.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ryanfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established for Kyle's education.
"God must have had a remodeling job for He called Keith home."

Ryan Funeral Home in De Pere (920-336-3171) is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert W. Robertson

Dunn County  News, Wed, July 7, 2004, A6

Robert W. Robertson, age 59, of Menomonie, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 3, 2004, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born Feb. 16, 1945, in Redby, Minn., to Daniel and Fannie (Robertson) Raincloud. Bob was a talented drummer and singer at many pow-wows. He enjoyed gathering with his many family and friends. Bob also loved to tease and joke a lot and had wonderful nicknames for many of us. He worked for Weather Rite of Minneapolis, Minn., until his health forced him to retire. Bob was a grandfather, father and brother and will be missed by all.

Bob is survived by a son, Jay (Stephanie) Robertson of Seward, Alaska; his former wife, Peggy Robertson of Menomonie; six grandchildren, Curtis, Noah, Seth and Claire Robertson, all of Alaska, and Nick and Josh Robertson of Stanley; four sisters, Fran Embertson and John, Philomene Armstrong, Rose (Vince) Kehna, and Betty Strong, all of Minneapolis; two brothers, Frank (Georgette) Robertson of Bemidji, Minn., and George Robertson of Minneapolis; special sister-in-law, Judy Head of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael; and a brother, Charles.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 2004, at the Menomonie Alliance Church with the Revs. Jack Stimmel and Ralph Tjelta officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Falls Cemetery, town of Red Cedar, Dunn County.

Family and friends are welcome from 10 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Alan L. Sorenson

Dunn County  News, Wed, July 7, 2004, A6

A memorial service for Alan L. Sorenson will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1310 Main St., Eau Claire.

Alan passed away on June 29, 2004, at his home in Rockdale with his wife, Nola (Harvey), and his family by his side.

He was the son of Delores E. (Hanson) Sorenson and the late Donald J. Sorenson.

Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery following the service. Lunch will then be served at the church.

Rebecca A. Meacham

Dunn County  News, Wed, July 7, 2004, A6

Rebecca A. Meacham, age 83, died Monday, July 5, 2004, at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Born in Monice, she was a teacher at Warren Township, Indianapolis, Ind., and Noblesville Elementary for 38 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church.

Survivors include daughters, Jack (Beverly) Brundson of Fort Wayne and Dr. Joseph (Marietta) Wolfe of Martinsville, Ind.; son, Walter T. Meacham of Indianapolis; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three step-grandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Iris House of Rhinelander and Joyce Greensburg of Rockford, Ill.; and a brother, Eugene Taylor of Rockford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Walter M. Meacham; parents; a sister, Lillian LaBlonde; and a brother, John Taylor.

Services are 1 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2004, at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling also 4 to 8 p.m.today (Wednesday) at the funeral home. Burial in Mound Cemetery in Downing.

Memorials to Downing UMC, New Haven UMC, South Indiana UMC Camp, or Visting Nurse & Hospice Home.

Doris Lillian Keck

Dunn County  News, Wed, July 7, 2004, A6

Doris Lillian Keck, age 69, of Knapp, died Monday, July 5, 2004, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

The former Doris L. Schutts was born on Jan. 24, 1935, in Knapp to Arnold and Fern (Jeske) Schutts. She was baptized at the Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Knapp and attended Knapp Elementary School. After graduating from Boyceville High School, Doris worked at a local restaurant. She later married Duane Keck on March 29, 1955, in Stillwater, Minn. They resided in the Dunn County area and together raised their four children.

She was able to play both the piano and accordion by ear, liked to clean and decorate, and attend family gatherings. She was also an avid NASCAR fan who especially enjoyed watching Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Doris treasured time spent with family and friends.

Doris is survived by two sons, Michael (Roxanne Strand) Keck and David Keck, both of Menomonie; a daughter, Lisa Keck of Knapp; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Cory) Nye of Connorsville, Kim Keck of Ridgeland, and Brandon, Karissa, Allison, Thomas and Danny Keck Jr., all of Menomonie; five great-grandchildren, Sawyer, Brady and Hunter Nye, McKenna Weber and Tylor Bowell; two sisters, Mary Lou Hughes of Clear Lake and Judy (Jerry) Strebush of Woodville; a brother, Jerry Schutts of Knapp; and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Duane; one son, Danny Sr.; one grandson, Joseph Keck; and a brother, Raymond Schutts.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2004, at Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Knapp with the Rev. Leroy Nelson officiating. Burial will follow in Teegarden Cemetery in the town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Family and friends are welcome from 11 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Rebecca A. Meacham

Dunn County News, Sun, July 11, 2004, A6

Rebecca A. Meacham, age 83, died Monday, July 5, 2004, at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Born in Monico, she was a teacher and retired from teaching, after 38 years, in 1982. She was a member of the New Haven United Methodist Church in Mew Haven, Ind.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly (Jack) Brunson of Fort Wayne and Marietta (Dr. Joseph) Wolfe of Martinsville, Ind.; a son, Walter T. Meacham of Indianapolis, Ind.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Iris House of Rhinelander and Joyce (Ed) Guensburg of Rockford, Ill.; and two brothers, Eugene (Mary) Taylor of Rockford and L.A. (Betty) Taylor III of Pelican Lake.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Walter M. Meacham; parents; a sister, Lillian LaBlonde; and a brother, John Taylor.

Services were Saturday, July 10, 2004, at the Downing United Methodist Church in Downing. Burial was in Mound Cemetery in Downing.

Memorials to Downing UMC, New Haven UMC, South IN UMC Camp, or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.

D.O. Mc#Comb & Sons Funeral Home of Fort Wayne handled arrangements.

Annette Brekke Kurz

Dunn County News, Sun, July 11, 2004, A6

A memorial service for Annette Brekke Kurz will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at the United Methodist Church, 411 Wisconsin River Drive, Port Edwards, WI 54469 (715-887-3011).

Please join the Kurz family in celebrating our mother's life.

Ruth M. Schlough

Dunn County  News, Wed, July 14, 2004, A6

Ruth M. Schlough, age 81, formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, July 12, 2004, at the Evansville Manor in Evansville.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Ruth M. Schlough

Dunn County  News, Sun, July 18, 2004, A6

Ruth M. Schlough, age 81, formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, July 12, 2004, at Evansville Manor in Evansville.

The former Ruth Matilda Krause was born on Jan. 17, 1923, to Archie and Lorena (Rehm) Krause in Dunn County. She married David Schlough on Feb. 10, 1940. Ruth was a member of the Hay River Lutheran Church in the town of Hay River, Dunn County.

Ruth is survived by three grandchildren, Laurie Kuebli of Albany, James (Debbie) Schlough of Woodford, and Jeff (Dawn) Schlough of Browntown; three great-grandchildren, Aaron Kuebli, Trent Kuebli and John Schlough; one sister, Adeline Lawver of Madison; two brothers, Bud (Florence) Krause and Orville (Gloria) Krause, both of Madison; four sisters-in-law, Millie Krause of Stoughton, Darlene Krause of Fairbanks, Alaska, Helen Gleason of New Richmond, and Betty Schlough of Menomonie; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn (Ron) Bonjour of Gratiot; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David; two brothers, Russell and Dick Krause; a son, Don Schlough; and a grandson, John Schlough.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Erik Sevig officiating. Burial will be in the New Richmond Cemetery in New Richmond.

Family and friends are welcome from noon until time of services at the funeral home.

The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers.

Hildur E. Noland

Dunn County  News, Sun, July 18, 2004, A6

Hildur E. Noland, of Menomonie, age 99, died Friday, July 16, 2004, at the North Ridge Care Center in New Hope, Minn.

Hildur was born on Aug. 23, 1904, in Trondheim, Norway, to Peter and Laura (Isckson) Oveson. She came from Norway when she was 2-years-old and settled in the Colfax area. She married Elmer Noland on Aug. 24, 1933, in Menomonie and moved to Norton. Later, they farmed in Boyceville until residing in Menomonie in 1962. In 1996, Hildur moved to Maple Grove, Minn., to live with her daughter and has resided at the North Ridge Care Center in New Hope since 1999.

Hildur held various jobs after farming, such as working at the Lange Canning Factory in Menomonie and cleaning for a hotel, Judge Peterson and Howard Thedinga.

Hildur has been a caretaker for her family and a hard worker. She enjoyed knitting afghans, quilting and gardening. Her family and her faith were most important. She was a member of Boyceville Methodist Church for many years.

Hildur is survived by two children, Robert Noland of Bellville, Ohio, and Mary (James) Gray of Maple Grove, Minn.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Olga Loback of Wheeler; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer; two daughters, Elsie Vehrs and Helen Booth; a brother, Erling; a daughter-in-law, Betty Noland; a son-in-law, Curtiss Booth, Jr.; five grandchildren; and a step-brother, Theodore.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 19, at United Methodist Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Steve Groves officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax. Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church on Monday.

Harold D. Stuckert

Dunn County  News, Sun, July 18, 2004, A6

Harold D. Stuckert, of Elk Mound, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born Aug. 18, 1932, in rural Bloomer, the son of Henry and Frances (Szymanski) Stuckert. He was baptized on Sept. 11, 1932, at Brush Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Bloomer, and confirmed June 23, 1946, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Eagleton. He grew up on family farms and attended schools in Bloomer, Chippewa Falls and Elk Mound, graduating from Elk Mound High School in 1950. He was in the U.S. Navy in 1956-57, serving on the USS Newport News stationed out of Norfolk, Va.

He and Carol Scharlau were married on Sept. 13, 1958, at the Colfax Lutheran Church. Harold was employed at Roberts Wholesale Co. in Eau Claire from 1958-68 and at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Hilltop Recreation and the Mech. Shop) from 1968 until retiring in 1992.

Harold loved youth sports, especially baseball, coaching Little League and Babe Ruth teams in Eau Claire and American Legion baseball in Elk Mound. In later years he operated the game clock for Elk Mound High School football and basketball games. He enjoyed playing baseball, deer hunting, bird hunting, fox hunting (with Rob, Don and Wally), farming, playing cards, and hop-waltzing. He volunteered for the Elk Mound Area Fire Department and served on the Village Council. He was a member of the Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife, Carol of Elk Mound; a daughter, Brenda (Steven) Johnson of Eau Claire; a son, Donald (Jeanne) of Portage; four grandchildren, Emily and Andrew Johnson and Theresa and Lauren Nagy; two sisters, Dona Nyhus of Verona and Carol (Thomas) Labs of Denver, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Ethel (Harold) Hendrickson of Beloit, Ida Scharlau of Beloit, Delores Huber of Colfax, Eleanor Brockman of Beloit, and Joan Scharlau of Colfax; a brother-in-law, Earl Iverson of Menomonie; and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law, (Arthur and Laura); brothers-in-law, Robert Nyhus, Arthur Scharlau, Gerald (Gaynel) Scharlau and Berwyn Brockman; and a sister-in-law, Irma Iverson.

Services were held Friday, July 16, 2004, at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church in Elk Mound.

Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax handled arrangements.

James M. Sims

Dunn County News, Sun, July 25, 2004, A6

James M. Sims, age 75, of Menomonie died Thursday, July 22, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born Dec. 4, 1928, in Mountainburg, Ark. to Jesse W. and Sara (Kilpatrick) Sims. As a young child he moved with his family to Oklahoma.

Jim worked as a pipeliner for over 25 years all across the United States and in Argentina. He has lived in the Menomonie area since 1972.

He enjoyed playing pool, gardening, singing, playing guitar and reading Louis L'Amour novels. He was also known as the world champion bread maker.

Jim is survived by six sons and three daughters, Jimmy (Brenda) Sims Jr. of Oklahoma City, Okla., Kenneth Sims of Muldrow, Okla., Carol (Randy) Collins of Ft. Smith, Ark., Cindy (Steve) Short of Muldrow, Okla., Billy (Gina) Sims of Muldrow, Okla., Tim Sims of Menomonie, John Sims of Ark., Jennifer (Wayne) Flick of Knapp, and Shalako Sims of Knapp; special friend, Violet Drury and her family; 22 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one brother and three sisters, Leonard Sims of California, Esta London of Muldrow, Okla., Lena Mae London of Muldrow, Okla., and Marie (Vernon) Twist of Okla.; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Kenneth, Starr and Quanah Sims; and one sister, Katie Sims.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, July 26, 2004, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Steve Crites officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. today (Sunday) and an hour prior to the service on Monday.

Herbert Alvin Johnson

Dunn County News, Sun, July 25, 2004, A6

Herbert Alvin Johnson, age 89, of Menomonie died Thursday, July 22, 2004, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born Feb. 21, 1915, in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County to Christ and Anna (Enner) Johnson. He was baptized in June 1915 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville and confirmed Nov. 24, 1929, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Glenwood City.

Herbert and his parents farmed in the area around Downing until 1951 when they sold the farm and moved to a farm near Glenwood, Minn. Herbert farmed in Glenwood until 1981 and then moved back to Wisconsin.

Herbert married Bertice Krueger of Menomonie on Sept. 22, 1981. They lived in the Town of Menomonie on STH 79.

Herbert enjoyed working in the soil and each year he would plant two beautiful gardens of vegetables and flowers. He also enjoyed reading and visiting with friends and relatives. Many of his activities stopped after his eyesight failed in 1999.

Herbert is survived by his wife, Bertice of Menomonie; two stepchildren, Barbara (James) Johnson of Dallas and Daniel Krueger of Boyceville; five step-grandchildren; several step great-grandchildren; four cousins, Delbert (Elaine) Johnson of River Falls, Deloris Brezina of Boyceville, Avis (Herbert) Smithback of Menomonie, and Frances Reynolds of Boyceville; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and many cousins.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Brett Voigt officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Family and friends may call at the church from noon on Tuesday until the time of the service. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling the arrangements.

Duane 'Duffy' Skjerly

Dunn County News, Sun, July 25, 2004, A6

Duane "Duffy" Skjerly, age 72, of Ridgeland died Friday, July 23, 2004, at Barron Medical Center.

Duane was born June 22, 1932 to John & Olga (Christopherson) Skjerly at Barron. He was raised on the family farm in the Town of Wilson, rural Ridgeland. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and upon returning home, went to work for the Farmer's Union. He later worked for Midwest Ducts for 28 years.

After retiring, Duane worked for Dunn County Waste Management. He was a conscientious worker, missing only Christmas Eve 2003 and the past two Wednesdays and Saturdays. He was a member of the Willard Hinzman American Legion Post in Ridgeland.

Duane was also an active member of New Hope-Pine Creek Lutheran Church who served the church in many capacities. He has been the building fund treasurer since 1979, served on the church council and on the property and management committee, was the president of the Cemetery Association, and was the one who went up to unwind the rope in the bell tower.

One of the joys of his life was golfing. He was a member of the Pine Crest Golf Course for 28 years and played in the Tuesday night men's league, the Friday retired men's league, and any other time he could.

Duane is survived by his sister-in-law, Esther Skjerly of Ridgeland; nieces and nephews, Judy Keilholtz (Tom Bonkrude) and Debbie (Loren) Tieg, Dawn (Jody) Kunkel of Almena, all of Almena; Randy (Harriet) Skjerly of St. Paul, Minn.; Brad (Jean) Skjerly of Colorado Springs, Col.; Tim Keilholtz of Eau Claire; Mary (Bill) Dexter of Cameron; Karen (Tom) Schaat of Barron; Connie Dillon of Sand Creek; and Annette (Dwaine) Mason, Rick (Jerilyn) Keilholtz, Nathan (Rochelle) Keilholtz, and Steve Skjerly, all of Ridgeland; aunts, Laura and Ella Christopherson of Ridgeland; uncle, George Balsamo of Florida; 34 grandnieces and nephews; 20 great-grandnieces and nephews, as well as many cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ervin; sister-in-law, Arlene; and niece, Ruby.

Funeral services will be held at 1 a.m. on Monday, July 26 ,at New Hope-Pine Creek Lutheran Church in rural Ridgeland, with Rev. Barbara Koch officiating. Interment is in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by the Willard Hinzman American Legion Post 511 of Ridgeland.

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

Catherine M. Bammert

Dunn County News, Sun, July 25, 2004, A6

Catherine M. Bammert, age 89, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at the Colfax Area Nursing Home.

Catherine was born April 30, 1915, in Downsville, the daughter of Adolph and Theresa (Bauer) Bauer. Her mother died when she was seven years old and she then spent about five years at St. Michael's Orphanage in La Crosse along with three of her brothers. Her two sisters lived with relatives.

In 1928, after the death of her brother Paul, the three of them came home to live with their Dad in Downsville. She had good memories of the orphanage in La Crosse. She finished grade school in Downsville.

Catherine married Walter Bammert on April 27, 1943, at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Eau Galle. After marriage, they moved to the home farm at Dunnville. She loved being a mother and a homemaker. Catherine was a member of St. Henry's Altar Society. She enjoyed entertaining, playing cards, visiting, and making the best homemade buns and chocolate cake that everyone enjoyed. Her husband, Walter, died Sept. 2, 1992.

Catherine is survived by four sonS, Paul (Kay) of American Falls, Idaho, and James (Sharlene), Frank (Karen), and Larry (Faun), all of Menomonie; one loving daughter, Theresa (Loren) Nerison of Colfax; seven grandchildren, Charles, Cory Dee, Paula Kay, Joey, Lisa and Jody Bammert and Raymond Nerison; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband Walter, she was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Joseph (who died with his mother during childbirth); three brothers, Roman, Paul and Edward Bauer; and two sisters, Rosina Forster and Irene Bauer.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 24, 2004, at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Eau Galle with the Rev. Jerry Hoeser officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, town of Dunn, Dunn County.

Arrangements were made by the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand.

Ann (Rudow) Chartraw

Dunn County News, Sun, July 25, 2004, A6

A memorial service for Ann (Rudow) Chartraw, who died Feb. 23, 2004, in Carson City, Nev., will be conducted on Saturday, July 31, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Menomonie.

There will also be a brief ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery immediately following the service. Remembrances, memories and reflections are most welcome that day.

Gladys V. Buss

Dunn County News, Wed, July 28, 2004, A6

Gladys V. Buss, age 91, of Menomonie, died Monday, July 26, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Gladys was born on March 5, 1913, in the town of Red Cedar to Christ and Sophia Lee. She married Alfred Buss on March 11, 1936, in Menomonie. Together, they farmed in the town of Menomonie. Gladys also worked at Sanna Dairies for many years until retirement. She was a longtime member of Peace Lutheran Church.

Gladys is survived by three children, Myrna (Marvin) Olson of Burnsville, Minn., and LeRoy (Nancy) Buss and Marlin Buss, both of Menomonie; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfred; four brothers, Clifford, Joy, Clarence and Lloyd; and two sisters, Myrtle and Jennie.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2004, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, town of Menomonie.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from 9 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church.

Walter T. Anderson

Dunn County News, Wed, July 28, 2004, A6

Walter T. Anderson, age 78, a longtime resident of Knapp, died Thursday, July 22, 2004, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a lengthy illness.

Walter was born Jan. 22, 1926, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Delmar and Florence (Benjamin) Anderson. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and his first wife, Elaine (Isaacson) Anderson.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Beatrice (Coey) Slama Anderson; one brother, Robert of Barron; one sister, Dorothy Jones (Wendell) of Carson City, Nev.; eight children, Allen Slama (LaVonne) of Freeport, Ill., Kristine (Slama) Polzer (David) of Durand, Deborah Pearce (George) of Lake Tahoe, Calif., Robert Anderson (Linda) of Menomonie, Randall Anderson of Bayfield, Skyler Anderson (Jayne) of Menomonie, Kelly (Slama) Von Holtum (Jeff) of Plum City, and Jody Anderson (MaryAnn) of Hager City; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Walt, better known to some as "Wally, the Old Dutch Man," was the owner/operator of a chip/candy route for 32 years. His biggest enjoyment in life was time spent with family, friends, and coffee buddies.

Memorial services are 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2004, at the First United Methodist Church in Knapp.

Visitation is from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family.

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