Dunn County, WI Obituaries
July 2006

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July 2, 2006 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Nick E. Biondich

Dunn County News, Sun, July 2, 2006, A6

Nick E. Biondich, age 82, of Menomonie, formerly of Superior, died Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Nick Emil Biondich was born Dec. 28, 1923, the son of Croatian immigrants Nick and Katherine (Biondich) Biondich. After graduation from Luther L. Wright High School in 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. As a sergeant, he served during World War II as a squad leader with Baker Company, 35th Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lighting) at Guadalcanal New Georgia, the Liberation of the Philippine Islands, and as part of the U.S. Occupation Forces of Japan in the Pacific Theater.

During his service, he received many decorations, including the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster for wounds suffered against the Japanese during the liberation of the Philippine Islands, and the Army Good Conduct Medal. Following occupation duties in Japan, he was honorably discharged and returned to Ironwood, Mich.

Nick married Betty Obiden on Feb. 2, 1955. Nick worked for the United States Postal Service for 30 years, retiring in 1983. Nick started out as a postal guard on the mail trains as they traveled throughout the Midwest. He later transferred to the main post office in Duluth, Minn. Nick and Betty moved from Superior in 1994 and resided in Menomonie.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie and the Disabled American Veterans.

Nick is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty; three sons, Nick Jr. of St. Paul, Minn., Richard (Peg) of Menomonie, and Mitchell (Nancy) of Chesapeake, Va.; grandchildren, Marko (Abby), Derek, Kendyl and D.J.; a sister, Betty Mortorelli of Superior; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Anne and Katherine.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 1, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Military honors were provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be at a later date at the family plot in Ironwood. Rhiel’s Funeral Service in Menomonie served the family.

Dunn County News, Wed, July 5, 2006 No obits
Arlene M. Quilling

Dunn County News, Sun, July 9, 2006, A6

Arlene M. “Jimmie” Quilling, age 81, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Arlene was born Sept. 6, 1924, in La Crosse, the daughter of George Louis and Laura (Johns) Hoeth. She married James Decker Quilling on June 7, 1946, in La Crosse.

Arlene’s early years were spent in La Crosse County, where she graduated from Central High in 1941. She attended La Crosse Teachers College for one year before transferring to the Stout Institute from where she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in home economics. Following graduation, Arlene served as a home economics agent in St. Croix County with an office in Baldwin. She also taught home economics at the Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy in Menomonie in 1952 and 1953.

During the early years of their marriage, James and Arlene owned and operated Quilling Dairy, locating their home and business on Dairyland Road. She served as a bookkeeper and secretary for the business. Following the sale of the business, James and Arlene moved to a 350-acre farm south of Menomonie where they lived until their retirement in 1991.

From 1966 to 1986, Arlene served as an administrative assistant in the office of the Dean of the School of Home Economics at UW-Stout. Arlene was an active member of the First Congregational-United Church of Christ in Menomonie beginning in 1946 and also sang in he choir. She enjoyed doing volunteer work in the community as well as at the church. She loved being with her family, doing needlework, reading and playing bridge.

She was a loving mother and grandmother to three sons, Richard (Lynne) and Steven (Sue) of Menomonie and Jerry (Mary Jo) of Plymouth; one daughter, Betsy (Patrick) Donegan of Gurnee, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Eric (Nicole), Todd, Lee, Evan and Alex Quilling, all of Menomonie, Andrea Quilling of Hammond, Kaylie Quilling of Los Angeles, Calif., Michael Quilling of Milwaukee, and Robin and Erin Donegan, both of Gurnee; a great-grandson, Mitchell Quilling of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Arlene is preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and two nephews.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 10, 2006, at the First Congregational-United Church of Christ in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Bergetta R. Modersohn

Dunn County News, Sun, July 9, 2006, A6

Bergetta Running Modersohn, age 90, of Menomonie, went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, July 4, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

She was born March 31, 1916, in Colfax to John Alvin and Berthea K. (Peterson) Running. Following graduation from Colfax High School, she attended college and was a member of the Eau Claire City Band.

Bergetta married Charles William Modersohn on June 12, 1942, in Beloit. They lived in Chicago until Charles joined the Navy. Following his military service, Bergetta and Charles lived in Beloit, where they were active members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Bergetta was choir director at Our Savior’s and also taught Sunday School for many years. Bergetta found the Lord at an early age and always lived her faith. She was a humanitarian who was concerned and cared about everyone.

Bergetta loved music and could play several instruments, including the piano, guitar, saxophone and clarinet. She enjoyed playing golf and bridge, and enjoyed skiing, skating and swimming. She was also a Packer fan and a baseball fan.

In 1985, Bergetta and her husband moved to Lake Tainter near Menomonie and were members of Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. This past year they moved into Menomonie and became members of Christ Lutheran Church.

Bergetta is survived by her loving husband of more than 64 years, Charles Modersohn; three children, Alan Jon Modersohn of Ettrick, Brian Craig (Mary) Modersohn of Rockford, Ill., and Daryl Joyce (Jimmy) Johnson of Ettrick; three grandchildren, Amber (Matt) Beard, Brianna Modersohn and Shawn Michael Modersohn; two great-grandchildren, Evan and Alex Modersohn; three stepgrandchildren, Adeline, Melinda and Dylan Lackey; two nieces and two nephews, Mary (Jim) Anderson, Ellen Berscheid, Michael Saumer and Steve (Judy) Saumer, all of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Sylvia Running and Alvilde Saumer; and beloved aunt, Hazel Peterson.

A memorial service was held at noon on Friday, July 7, 2006, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

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

Elaine K. VerHaagh

Dunn County News, Sun, July 9, 2006, A6

Elaine K. VerHaagh, age 89, of Menomonie, died Thursday, July 6, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Elaine is survived by three children, William VerHaagh of Delafield, Marilyn (Otto) Waldbuesser of Menomonie, and John (Cecile) VanHaagh of Shorewood; two grandchildren, Susan (Dan) Caturia of Arkansaw and Carolyn (Deno) Mense of Hayward; and a great-granddaughter, Savannah Caturia of Arkansaw.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George in 1999; a daughter-in-law, LaVerne VerHaagh; two brothers in infancy; and a brother, Hugh Baughkman.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Elaine’s name to the Menomonie Public Library, Mabel Tainter (for new addition), or the Menomonie Free Clinic.

Funeral services are 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2006, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. James Harrington officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at Mt. Olivett Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Friends may call one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home.

William "Bill" S. Price

Dunn County News, Sun, July 9, 2006, A6

William “Bill” S. Price, age 84, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006, at the American Lutheran Home in Menom-onie.

He was born in Mallard, Iowa, on June 16, 1922, the son of Willie and Sarah (Loughead) Price.

Bill graduated in 1940 from Loyal High School in Loyal.

During World War II, he served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater with the U.S. Navy until his honorable discharge on April 20, 1946.

Bill married Caroline A. (Olson) Connell in Merrillan on Nov. 3, 1949.

He retired in 1980 after a 25-year career as a truck driver with Janesville Auto Transport Co.

Bill and Caroline lived in numerous areas of Wisconsin, as well as Spearfish, S.D. They returned to the Menomonie area in 1988.

He was an active member in the Red Cedar Antique Auto Club.

He is survived by five sons, Edward Connell of Wheeler, John (Connie) Price of Menomonie, Randy Price of Stoughton, Patrick Price of Boyceville, and Clinton Price (Erin King) of Madison; three daughters, Marcia (Glenn) Standard of Prairie Farm, Lori (Rick) Vergin of Dallas, and Beth Ludens of Spearfish; 25 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Caroline; a daughter, Sarah Sutherland; a son, Victor L. Connell; two grandsons, Tad Connell and Aaron Price; two brothers, Charles and Walter; and his sister, Sarah Price.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 8, 2006, at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home in Eau Claire with Pastor Paul L. Pillman, the pastor care consultant of the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie, officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire.

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

Richard L. Zeilinger

Dunn County News, Wed, July 12, 2006, A6

Richard L. Zeilinger, age 77, of Durand, formerly of Eau Galle, died Friday, June 30, 2006, at the Oakview Care Center in Durand after a courageous battle with COPD.

Richard “Dick” was born May 11, 1929, the son of Julius and Mayme (Bauer) Zeilinger. He was raised and lived most of his life in the Eau Galle community. He married Lorraine Poeschl on Feb. 23, 1957, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand. After marriage, they farmed on the family farm in Eau Galle. In May 1999 they retired and moved to Durand where he remained the rest of his life.

Dick was an avid deer hunter, coon hunter and fox hunter, but his first love was farming.

Dick is survived by his wife, Lorraine; three children, Daniel Zeilinger of Eau Claire, Dawn (Mike) Hall of Stillwater, Minn., and Paul (Kelly) Zeilinger of Eau Galle; six grandchildren, Cassara, Christopher, Sophia, Jacob, Lucas and Caleb; and one brother, LaVerne (Marjorie) of Menomonie.

His parents, infant son, David, and two sisters, Laura Zeilinger and Lorraine Ebensperger, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 5, 2006, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Eau Galle with the Rev. Jerry Hoeser officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand.

James T. Bignell

Dunn County News, Wed, July 12, 2006, A6

James T. Bignell, age 52, of Menomonie, died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at his home in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, rural Menomonie.

James was born July 19, 1953, in the Porcupine area of Pepin County, rural Arkansaw, the son of James and Genevieve (Krawleski) Bignell. He grew up in the Arkansaw area. James married Teresa Lammo on July 24, 1976, and they later divorced. James later married Donna Hase on July 10, 1985. In 1988, they moved to the Menomonie area where he owned his own concrete business.

James is survived by his wife, Donna; his children, Deanna (Matthew) Link, Jayme Bignell and Thomas Bignell, all of Menomonie, Matthew (Laura) Bignell of Somerset, Jessica (Nathan) Fasbender of Cornell, and Timothy Peterson of Rock Falls; five grandchildren; his mother, Genevieve Bignell of Menomonie; three sisters, Florence Hoyt of Knapp, Gloria Hoyt of Nelson, and Char Larrabee of Menomonie; four brothers, Carl and Harvey, both of Texas, Royal of Menomonie, and Frank of Durand; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father in 1976, a son, James, and five nephews.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Clifford Larrabee officiating. Burial was in the Forest Center Cemetery, town of Spring Brook.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Nick A. Bresson

Dunn County News, Wed, July 12, 2006, A6

Nick A. Bresson, age 78, of Menomonie, died Monday at his home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

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Nickolas A. Bresson

Dunn County News, Sun, July 16, 2006, A6

Nickolas A. Bresson, age 78, of Menomonie, passed away on Monday, July 10, 2006, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Nick was born on Aug. 21, 1927, in Canby, Minn., the son of Alfred and Kunigunda (Bartemus) Bresson. When a young child, he moved with his family to Morris, Minn.

Nick graduated in 1945 from the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris. Nick entered the Minnesota Army National Guard in January 1947 and served his country in the Korean War from August 1951 to June 1952. He reached the rank of master sergeant and was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious achievement.

Nick married Gert Drewes in 1950. He attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of science degree in 1957. He taught agriculture and industrial arts for 12 years in Brandon, Minn., before moving the family to Menomonie, where he managed and owned a Sears store, retiring in 1991.

Nick and Gert spent wonderful years traveling the United States with friends, golfing and following the Menomonie High School athletic teams. Nick was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Menomonie Moose Lodge, and the American Legion. After retiring, he volunteered for the Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, Moose Lodge, and his church.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gert; five daughters, Carol (Doug) Reed of White Bear Lake, Minn., Joan Custer of Gilroy, Calif., Cathy Hanson of Vadnais Heights, Minn., Pat (Rod) Evenson of Menomonie, and Karen (Matt) Flug of Menomonie; one son, John (Connie) Bresson of Plano, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Andrea (Brian) Lauer, Matt and Jamie Hanson, Jessica, Kevin and Renee Bresson, Nikki, Chelsey and Brooke Evenson, and MacKenzie and Emma Flug; two great-grandchildren, Autumn and Morgan Lauer; six sisters, Bernice Riley, Madelyn Breckenridge, Florence Loher, Blanche Van Kempen, Kunda Wannigman and Alpha Reed; and a sister-in-law, Rose Jacobson.

Nick is preceded in death by his parents and six brothers-in-law.

Funeral services were Friday, July 14, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Military honor will be provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

The family thanks Northwest Wisconsin Hospice HomeCare for the care they provided Nick in his final days.

James F. Coggins

Dunn County News, Sun, July 16, 2006, A6

James F. Coggins, age 59, of Colfax, formerly of St. Paul, Minn., died peacefully on Sunday, July 9, 2006. He fought a courageous battle after complications from surgery.

Preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Norma.

Survived by a son, Scott, and his fiance, Jill; his significant other, Jacquelin Hasse; a brother, Frank; and many other great friends.

He was a wonderful father and good friend and will be deeply missed by all. He loved to tell us many stories from all his amazing experiences in life. He certainly lived life to the fullest and he gave us many great memories to share.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Monday, July 17, 2006, at the Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson. An open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the white tent outside. Casual or golf attire is encouraged.

Memorials preferred to the American Heart Association.

Jay J. Halvorson

Dunn County News, Wed, July 19, 2006, A6

Jay J. Halvorson, age 49, of Menomonie, died Thursday, July 13, 2006, at his home after struggling many years with depression.

Jay Joseph Halvorson was born on May 23, 1957, in Menomonie to Merlin and Eileen (Myrick) Halvorson. He attended Menomonie, Eau Claire, Siren and Hurley schools in Wisconsin, and graduated in 1975 from Escanaba High School in Michigan. He attended Bay de noc College in Escanaba. He also attended Northern Michigan in Marquette, North Eastern Technical Institute, and District I Technical Institute, leading up to his career involving utilities, cable and telephone construction. He eventually became a journeyman electrician and recently became eligible as a master electrician. He was a member of I.B.E.W., Local 14.

Jay was baptized at the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the town of Red Cedar.
He enjoyed a passion for fishing, bicycling, skiing and gourmet cooking, and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Jay is survived by his mother, Eileen (Jimmy) Bizeau of Escanaba; his father, Merlin Halvorson of Menomonie; a brother, Mark Halvorson of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Christa (Dustin) Halvorson-Strand of San Antonio, Texas; a nephew, Brady Woldseth of San Antonio, Texas; aunt and godmother, Beatrice Miller of Menomonie; and an uncle, Lawrence Halvorson of Menomonie.

Jay was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Vincent Myrick and Nettie Wojahn; paternal grandparents, Ole and Mabel Halvorson; two uncles, Joe Myrick and John Halvorson; and one aunt, Minda Keyes.

Services were held on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial was in Froen Cemetery in the town of Red Cedar.

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

Arthur E. Heinz II

Dunn County News, Wed, July 19, 2006, A6

Arthur E. Heinz II, age 18, town of Lucas, Dunn County, died Saturday, July 15, 2006, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in the town of Lucas.

He was born Aug. 8, 1987, in Menomonie, to Arthur Edward Heinz and Patricia Stoeklen. Art attended Knapp and River Heights elementary schools and graduated this past May from Menomonie High School. He was currently employed at TNT Logistics.
Art loved tearing down and working on anything with a motor. He also enjoyed helping people and was a wonderful uncle to his nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

Art is survived by his parents, Patricia and Daniel Suckow of Menomonie; his sisters and brother, Alisha Heinz of Menomonie, Kari Line of Sartell, Minn., Fred Heinz of Sauk Centre, Minn., and Amy Thomas of Valley City, N.D.; stepbrothers and stepsister, Nathan Suckow of Beldenville, Darrick Suckow of Siren, and Brooke Suckow of Menomonie; his grandparents, Thomas and Aloisia Stoeklen of Menomonie, Sylvia Twingstrom of North Branch, Minn., Janet Carter of Menomonie, and Floyd Snyder of Menomonie; uncles, Thomas Stoeklen and his son, Cody, of Menomonie, and Manfred (Kitty) Stoeklen of Germany; and by other uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Heinz; his grandfather, Ferdinand Heinz; uncle, Louis Heinz; and great-grandparents, Ole and Viola Steinmeyer and Leo and Opal Stoeklen.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 20, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Steve Carlson officiating.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Albert John Tschudy

Dunn County News, Wed, July 19, 2006, A6

Albert John Tschudy died on Sunday, July 16, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his death.

Albert John Tschudy was born on July 14, 1923, in Monroe to Albert Tschudy and Marion Salter Tschudy. He was the oldest of three sons born to the family. His father died when he was six years old so the boys were raised by their mother with the support of a loving family. He graduated in 1942 from Monroe High School.

He started school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that fall, but enrolled in the Air Force on Dec. 9, 1942. He was a bombardier in the mighty Eighth Air Force. He seldom spoke of his war experience, but several comrades on his plane tell how he saved their lives.

After leaving the service, he went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he graduated from the agriculture program. He later went on to get his master’s degree from the UW-Madison. He was awarded a professorship from the UW-Madison.

Through the years he was employed as a teacher and by the state of Wisconsin’s University Extension as a 4-H club agent, a county agent, a resource development agent, and a small business resource development agent. He was a very dedicated worker who individuals enjoyed working with because of his honest approach.

On May 21, 1950, he married Christine Thompson in Hayward. They had five children together. He enjoyed his children and took great delight in his grandchildren.

Through the years he was an active member of many organizations: Rotary; the Masonic Lodge; the Scottish Rite Chapter, Valley of Eau Claire, the Zor Shrine; the Hayward Musky Shrine; AARP; Round Lake Property Owners Association; the Hayward Civic Club; the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association; the American Legion; the NREA; and church boards. Outside of work, he enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, socializing with friends and his family, golfing, traveling and a good game of cards.

He was a devoted husband and a loving father and grandfather. He enjoyed his family and is remembered by family and friends for his warm entertaining ways.

He leaves behind his wife, Christine Tschudy, of Hayward; a daughter, Margaret (Kenneth) Stauss of Menomonie; a son, Kenneth (Melanie) Tschudy of Junction City; a son, Ted (Sheryl) Tschudy of New Richmond; a daughter, Marilyn Dehnert of Colfax; a daughter, Janet (Steve) Sisul of Viroqua and La Crosse; grandchildren, Lindsay Dehnert, Bryan Tschudy, Kari Stauss, Megan Stauss, Mathew Tschudy, Jessica Sisul and Nicole Sisul; a brother, Jim (Claire) Tschudy of Loudon, Tenn.; three sisters-in-law, Jeanne King of Minneapolis, Minn., Marjorie Sanzi of Bradenton, Fla., and Carla Tschudy of Broomfield, Colo; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Deceased members of his family are his parents, Albert and Marion Tschudy; his brother, Robert Tschudy; his brothers-in-law, Paul King and George Sanzi; a sister-in-law, Mary Tschudy; and a son-in-law, Carl Dehnert.

A celebration of his life is Saturday, July 22, 2006, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Hayward. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. with the service following at 11 a.m.

The family wishes that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the American Lutheran Nursing Home or the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family.
To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

David Wilson

Dunn County News, Sun, July 23, 2006, A6

David Wilson, 59, of 3269 Heidelinde Rd., Farmville, N.C., died Friday, July 21, 2006, at his home.

Mr. Wilson was a veteran, having served in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Wilson and Glessie Burke Wilson; a son, Timothy Wilson; and a brother, Paul W. Wilson.

He is survived by his wife, Heidelinde Wilson of the home; one son, David Steven Wilson of Greenville, N.C.; two stepdaughters, Beverly Lynn Devers of Xenia, Ohio and Diane Sue Silva of Greenville; two sisters, Joyce Mayes of Monroe, Mich. and Dorothy M. Wylie of Deerfield, Mich; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 3:30 p.m. from the Farmville United Methodist Church, by Rev. David Harrington. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

Those desiring to make a memorial may please consider Community Home Care and Hospice, 2506 Charles Blvd., Greenville, NC 27858.

Arrangements by Farmville Funeral Home, Farmville, N.C.

Raymond C. Hiben

Dunn County News, Sun, July 23, 2006, A6

Raymond C. Hiben was born May 5, 1927, in the town of Hay River, Dunn County, the son of John and Susan Hiben. He attended Pine Grove School.

Ray remained in the Boyceville area where he met Lucille Kegen. They were married Sept. 13, 1948. They were blessed with three beautiful children: Jerry (Julie) Hiben, Cindy (Bill) Lee and Sue (Jeff) Booth, all of the Boyceville area. Ray had eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. There are two living sisters, Ann Kopesky of Minneapolis, Minn., and Sylvia Makos of California; a foster sister, Violet Brisbine; and one brother, Victor Hiben of Boyceville.

Two brothers, John Hiben and Cornell Hiben, and five sisters, Sue and Jane (in infancy), Adell Kosman, Dorothy St. Lawrence and Marie Polomny, passed away.

Ray and Lucille attended the Boyceville Methodist Church. Ray’s first job was at the Downing Window and Box Factory. When Ray and Lucille moved onto the farm, he worked out and farmed. He was employed at the Armory Creamery, Overgard Construction, and Barron County Lime Co. Ray’s love for the outdoors was throughout his life and he loved hunting and fishing.

In Ray’s years of hunting, 35 deer were tagged, of which only three were doe. He shared that wisdom of how to get the big buck, or where and how to catch fish with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A week or weekend trip to Minong was a family tradition. While cutting firewood or logging, he enjoyed the woods. Ray knew all the species of trees by the bark. He used birch bark to make bird houses and miniature size canoes.

His most favorite pastime was visiting at the kitchen table with family and friends, reliving a hunting or fishing trip, or just sharing a cup of coffee. Ray could strike up a conversation wherever he was. He loved a good joke and never missed an April Fool’s trick. He enjoyed playing out fun pranks. Those of us involved can still hear him laugh.

Every year Grandpa and Grandma would have a fall roundup. A cash bonus was given to all the grandkids for helping throughout the summer, even if they were the youngest. Ray worked to give to others. Even after retirement, Ray loved to help on the farm. He had a kindness for animals.

Ray enjoyed being busy: making maple syrup, picking strawberries or blackberries, trapping gophers, carpenter work, and making crafts. He could make something out of most anything. The gifts Ray made — tin men, wishing wells, carvings — will always be a reminder of his love. All of these things — his whole life — he shared with his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. This is how Ray lived out God’s words — showing us the importance of family and friends, and the holidays and reunions we shared as a family.

A special gift from God was playing the harmonica. Ray was a man of many talents and spoke his Czechoslovakian language throughout his life. He appeared tall, strong and invincible. He spent his life giving, only asking love in return. He knew how to share God’s wonders by picking bouquets of wild flowers and taking the time to notice the wild tiger lilies in bloom.

A beautiful person has left this earth. He leaves behind wisdom and many beautiful shared memories. May Ray live in our hearts forever n— a sadly-missed husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend.

“They are not lost who find the light of the sun and stars and God.”

Virginia Mae Uetz

Dunn County News, Sun, July 23, 2006, A6

Virginia Mae Uetz, age 85, of Clarksville, Tenn., died Monday, July 10, 2006, at the Gateway Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 4, 1921, in Dunn County, daughter of Lewis A. Bourasau and Alma Rassbach Bourasau.

She attended Soldiers Chapel at Fort Campbell. She was a very community-oriented lady and served on numerous civic community organizations. She was a member of Ringgold Homemakers, Tuesday Morning Needlers, Smith-Trahern Mansion Committee and former president of Business Professional Women’s organization. She was co-owner of Grandpa’s Snack Bar and Tel Star Drive-In.

Survivors include her son, Jerry Uetz of Kingston Springs; two daughters, Pat Sherman of Clarksville and Barbara Guerci of Patterson, N.Y.; a sister, Delores Hansen of Menomonie; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Uetz.

Memorial services were held Thursday at the Neal-Tarpley Funeral Chapel in Clarksville with Father John Baptiste officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Smith-Trahern Mansion, 1 Public Square, Fourth Floor, Clarksville, TN, 37040.

Arrangements entrusted to Neal-Tarpley Funeral Home, 335 Franklin St., Clarksville, TN 37040.

Violet M. Hague

Dunn County News, Sun, July 23, 2006, A6

Violet M. Hague, age 77, of Elk Mound, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 22, 2006, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Margaret DeMaris officiating. Burial was in the Poplar Hill Cemetery-Rock Elm, rural Elmwood.

Rhiel's Funeral Service in Menomonie served the family.

Clara M. Larsen

Dunn County News, Wed, July 26, 2006, A6

Clara M. Koolmo Larsen, age 101, died Sunday, July 23, 2006, at Lutheran Village of Columbus in Columbus, Ohio.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1904, in the town of Sherman, Dunn County, to Jens O. and Margaret (Aunbak) Koolmo. She resided in German Village, Ohio, for 20 years. Clara retired as a manager from Higbees Department Stores. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Rachel Circle, and a former member of the Scandinavian Club and German Village Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert B. Larsen, in 2000.

She is survived by her children, Lenora May (John) Habenicht of Laguna Woods, Calif., and Thomas H. (Sue) Larsen of German Village; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Minnie Badgerow.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2006, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Interment will be in Tramway Cemetery, town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

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

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Rose of Concern Fund, c/o Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, 750 E. Broad St., Columbus OH 43205.
To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

John R. Fredrickson

Dunn County News, Wed, July 26, 2006, A6

John R. Fredrickson, age 73, of Menomonie, died Sunday, July 23, 2006, at his home suddenly and very peacefully.

John Raymond Fredrickson was born on Dec. 24, 1932, in Bridger, Mont., to John and Frances (Syblon) Fredrickson. He grew up on a farm in Montana. On Dec. 17, 1954, he married Shirley Holton and they spent the next 52 years together.

In 1967, he moved to Eden Prairie, Minn., where he worked for Hesston Corporation for 13 years. Then in 1980, John took a job in Menomonie as branch manager for Farm Systems of Mankato. With his experience there, he decided to open his own business in Menomonie in 1983. It was called Menomonie Farm Sales/Specialty Sales. He worked for many years with grain handling equipment and drying systems. More recently, John was driving truck over the road.

John’s hobbies included skydiving, scuba diving, motorcycling and playing guitar.

John is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; a daughter, Karen Fredrickson of Forest; a son, John “Jutebox” (Darci) Fredrickson Jr. of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Jesse and Jaime Fredrickson-Bernier and Joby Lindy; one great-granddaughter, Charlotte Mendosa; a brother, Edwin (Darlene) Fredrickson of Bridger; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends; and his little dog, Missy.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of his life will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the “Bridge of Hope” in Menomonie.

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

Allene H. Mickelson

Dunn County News, Wed, July 26, 2006, A6

Allene H. Mickelson, age 80, of Menomonie, died Monday, July 24, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Allene Hope Scheidecker was born March 4, 1926, in rural Colfax, Dunn County, to Carl R. and Alvilda C. (Erickson) Scheidecker. She was baptized and confirmed at the Colfax Lutheran Church and graduated from Colfax High School.
After high school, Allene held various jobs, including jobs at Presto, Sanna Dairies and the Lange Canning Co.

She married Stanley Mickelson on Nov. 2, 1945, in Prairie Farm. Allene and Stanley celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year.

Allene was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie for more than 50 years. She loved art, especially painting, and she also enjoyed quilting, flower gardening and collecting family photographs.

Allene is survived by her two children, Ronald (Sally) Mickelson of Menomonie and Belinda Jo (Steven) Lane of Talent, Ore.; three grandchildren, Melissa (Gene) Gerry of Winona, Minn., Brennen (Tina) Mickelson of Mishicot, and Kimberli McLean of Santa Maria, Calif.; six great-grandchildren, Danielle and Megan Gerry, Ashley and Blaine Mickelson, and Erica and Peter McLean; three brothers, Richard (Shirley) Scheidecker of Eau Claire, Roland (Arlene) Scheidecker of Elk Mound, and Robert (Cindy) Scheidecker of Sand Creek; four sisters-in-law, Ethel Losness of Menomonie, Jeanette Mickelson of Eau Claire, and Thelma Kittel and Madeline Mickelson, both of Amery; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Stanley, last March.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

The family suggests memorials to E.L.C.W. at Peace Lutheran Church or the Dunn County Health Care Center Sugar Bowl.
To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfh.net.

Roy L. Hulbert

Dunn County News, Sun., July 30, 2006, A6

Roy L. Hulbert, age 83, of Menomonie, died Friday, July 28, 2006, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born May 25, 1923, in Ladysmith, to Merritt and Carrie (Haberly) Hulbert and was raised in Dunn County. During World War II, from 1943 to 1946, Roy served in the U.S. Army in France and Germany.

Following his military service, Roy returned to the Menomonie area. He married M. Irene Witt on July 8, 1947, in Menomonie.

Roy worked at Wisconsin Milling Company and Lakeside Aluminum Plant and then went into commercial building construction, retiring in 1985.

In 1971, Roy and his wife moved to Rice Lake, where they lived for many years. Roy has resided in Menomonie the last 10 years.

Roy was a member of the Laborers Union Local #317 of Eau Claire. He loved fishing and hunting. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Roy is survived by a son, Ronald (Julie) Hulbert of Menomonie; a daughter, Judy (Dick) Agnew of Menomonie; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Stella Witt of Menomonie; lifelong friends, Harold and Rosie Schreiner of Durand; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John Hulbert; his wife, Irene Hulbert; and 10 brothers and sisters.

A celebration of Roy’s life will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Family and friends are welcome at the funeral home from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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

Dr. James J. Runnalls

Dunn County News, Sun., July 30, 2006, A6

Jim Runnalls died Thursday, July 20, 2006, at his home in Sagle, Idaho. “Doc,” as he was known to his students, taught industrial education for 27 years at the University of Wisconsin-Stout before retiring to Idaho.

A private memorial service will be held commemorating Jim’s life.

He was a big man with a big heart. A friend, he always said, was someone he hadn’t met yet. He couldn’t resist swapping stories with strangers, and delighted in finding a common thread.

In his final years, Jim did what he loved most. He spent hours in his “wood shop,” building furniture for his family. He said it kept him alive. He spent his last day installing garden gates he had made for his wife, Annette.

James Jene Runnalls was born June 2, 1927, in Rawlins, Wyo., 35 minutes before his twin brother, Bill, to Swedish immigrants Olga Hagman Vickman and John Albert Vickman. His mother died several days later from childbirth complications. The twins were then adopted by Alfred and Willa Runnalls. They grew up in Greybull, Wyo.

After high school graduation, Jim served in the Army during World War II and then enrolled at the University of Wyoming. He returned to service briefly during the Korean Conflict before he graduated with his bachelor’s degree.

He was married May 24, 1952, to Nelva Earline Gross, a fellow school teacher in Blue Hills, Neb. They pursued education together as they raised a family in Port Huron, Mich., Mankato, Minn., Columbia, Mo., and Menomonie. Jim received his master’s degree in 1956 from Colorado State University and his doctorate in 1965 from the University of Missouri. After they received their doctorates, the couple accepted teaching positions at Stout, where they remained for the rest of their careers. Nelva Runnalls died in 1989.

Jim married Annette J. Fraser in 1990. They moved to Idaho in 1994 after Annette retired from her teaching position at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. There they built their dream home with a view of the mountains they loved.

Jim is survived by his wife, Annette Fraser-Runnalls of Sagle, Idaho; a daughter, Andrea Nemitz of Buxton, Maine; a son, Christopher Runnalls of Germantown; four grandchildren, Gillian and Nathanial Philbrick of Maine and Keelan and Kirsten Runnalls of Germantown; his sister, Lillian Davis of Spokane Valley, Wash.; and Annette’s children, John, Douglas, Cameron, Andrew, Alex and Mary Fraser, and their respective children, Alex and Bailey; Megan, Elizabeth, Scott and Shannon; Jenna Rae and Garrett; Clara Fraser and Alex Liddiard.

Lakeview Funeral Home in Sandpoint, Idaho, is handling local arrangements. Please visit Jim’s memorial at www.lakviewfuneral.com and sign his online guest book.

Cleo F. Herrmeyer

Dunn County News, Sun., July 30, 2006, A6

Cleo F. Herrmeyer, age 96, Menomonie, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Brett Boight officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Rhiel's Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church. A full obituary will appear in Wednesday's Dunn County News.

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