Dunn County Obituaries
July 1999

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the July 4, 1999 issue of the Dunn County News.

 

Index to Obituaries

 
Frederick A. “Fritz” Shock

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 4, 1999, A6

Frederick A. “Fritz” Shock, 80, of Menomonie, died Thursday, July 1, 1999, at his home.

He was born Sept. 10, 1918, in Stanley to George and Selma (Lakowsky) Shock. When a young man he served his country in the Civilian Conservations Corps, Calvary 32nd Division, as well as the 94th Army Division in the European Theater under Patton. Fritz was a veteran of World War II and survivor of the Battle of the Bulge.

Fritz married Phyllis Rudiger on Dec. 6, 1941, in Chippewa Falls. A barber by trade, he owned and operated the Lakeview Barber Shop in Menomonie from 1950 until he retired in 1984.

He was a member of Hosford-Chase Post #32 of The American Legion and VFW Post #1039 of Menomonie.

An avid fisherman, Fritz also enjoyed gardening, playing the guitar, and morning walks with his beloved wife, Phyllis. With his sharp wit and delightful sense of humor, he was always ready with a joke and loved family gatherings with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Fritz is survived by his wife of 57 years, Phyllis; four children, Donna (Thomas) Muenich of Colfax, Larry Shock of Menomonie, Linda (Steven) Price of Spring Valley, and Peggy (Tod) Tibbetts of Silt, Colo.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Fritz was the last surviving member of his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral services for Fritz were Saturday, July 3, 1999, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Jennifer Elliott officiating. Burial was in Mamre Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, with military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard of Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.   

Stella E. Thatcher

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 4, 1999, A6

Stella E. Thatcher, 60, of Menomonie, died Thursday, July 1, 1999, in Menomonie.

Stella was born Sept. 6, 1938, in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County, to Thomas and Clara (Kegan) Thatcher. She graduated from Glenwood City High School.

Stella was a member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie.

She lived with Avis Kizer for 25 years before moving into her own apartment.

Stella will be sadly missed by family and friends.

She is survived by four brothers and six sisters, Calvin (Avanell) Thatcher of New Richmond, Miles (Marie) Thatcher of Salem, Ore., Vera Dresser of Menomonie, Jim Thatcher of Knapp, Celia Dresser of Knapp, Lila (Sumner) Dresser of Knapp, Jane (James) Blacklock of Merrimack, Marvin (Beverly) Thatcher of Spring Valley, Deloris (Allen) McClelland of Woodville, and Pat (James) Smith of Downing; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Stella was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Clifford Thatcher of Boyceville and Van Thatcher of Knapp; and one sister, Margie Smith of Somerset.

Funeral services for Stella were Saturday, July 3, 1999, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial was in Teegarden Cemetery in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Ona Ann Vera (Lovlien) Johnson

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 4, 1999, A6

Ona Ann Vera (Lovlien) Johnson, 76, formerly of 3118 N. 6th St., Eau Claire, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington in Bloomington, Minn.

She was born on Dec. 26, 1922, in Colfax to Melvin and Ella (Peterson) Lovlien. She graduated from Colfax High School and attended Wisconsin State University in Eau Claire.

Ona married Kenneth R. Johnson on Nov. 24, 1945, in Colfax.

Ona received her Registered Nursing Degree at Luther Hospital School of Nursing in 1944. She worked at Buffalo Memorial Hospital in Mondovi and then at Lutheran Hospital in Eau Claire, where she was in charge of Central Supply and Purchasing Director for several years. After retiring from her medical profession, Ona and Kenneth owned and operated two group homes in Eau Claire for several years.

She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and the American Business Women’s Association.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Theis; a grandson, Bradley John (Stacy) Theis, both of Bloomington, Minn., and a brother-in-law, Willard (Annie) Johnson of Eau Claire. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Kenneth, on Aug. 20, 1994.

Ona dedicated her life to helping others and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Ona’s great enjoyment was air travel with her family. She made several trips to Hawaii and also visited Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. this Wednesday, July 7, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, with Pastor Frederick W. Thieste officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Gardens Cemetery in the Town of Washington.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home, Eau Claire, and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Opal Jorstad

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 4, 1999, A6

Opal Jorstad, 81, of Prairie Farm, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at the Barron Medical Center.

Funeral services were Friday, July 2, 1999, at the United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm. Interment was in Sunset Cemetery, rural Prairie Farm.

Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas was in charge of arrangements.    

Sara J. Steinmetz

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 4, 1999, A6

Sara J. Steinmetz, 46, of Eau Galle, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at home with hospice.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family with arrangements.    

Randy S. Larson

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 7, 1999, A6

Randy S. Larson, 39, of Menomonie, died Friday, July 2, 1999, at his home.

He was born Nov. 30, 1959, in Menomonie to Junior and Shirley (Danovsky) Larson. Randy was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie. He was raised in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County, and graduated in 1978 from Boyceville High School. He married Kimberley Bird on May 2, 1981, in Menomonie.Randy farmed in the Town of Stanton all his life. He and his brother, Brent, took over the family farm in 1994. Randy graduated from CVTC in 1995.

He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville until recently joining Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. He was also godfather to Steven Larson and Brian Metzger.

Randy will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberley, of Menomonie; two daughters, Tina and Stacey, at home; his father, Junior Larson (Corine Hellendrung) of Menomonie; three brothers and one sister, Terry (Janet) Larson of Glenwood City, Cynthia (Mike) Lee of Menomonie, Joe (Mary) Larson of Boyceville, and Brent (Jessica) Larson of Knapp; grandparents, Joe and Violet Danovsky of Menomonie; father-in-law, William (Mary Lu) Bird of Menomonie; three brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law, Frederick (Laurel) Bird of Menomonie, James (Susan) Bird of Bloomington, Minn., Kathie (Mark) Metzger of Menomonie, and Michael (Jodi) Bird of Menomonie; grandmother-in-law, Anna Bird of Boyceville; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Larson; mother-in-law, Esther Bird; and grandparents, Selmer and Ruby Larson.

Memorial services for Randy were Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Roy F. Holden

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 7, 1999, A6

Roy Forrest Holden, 88, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born Nov. 9, 1910, in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County, to H.R. and Amelia (Haase) Holden. He was raised in the Town of Menomonie.

Roy married Mildred Sproatt on March 23, 1940, in Menomonie. They farmed in Dunn County for many years, while Roy also worked at Wisconsin Milling Co. in Menomonie. He later worked at Sanna Dairies, retiring in 1975. Roy and his wife moved into Menomonie in 1966, and after his retirement Roy enjoyed repairing law mowers.

He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Menomonie. Roy was a well-liked man, and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Roy is survived by his wife, Mildred of Menomonie; five children, Stanley (Vicki) Holden of Elk Mound, Karen (Harold) Shaver of Waller, Texas, Don (Connie) Holden of Menomonie, Judith (Clarence) Yaeger of Menomonie, and Jean (Richard) Stell of Houston, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Arthur “Jack” (Betty) Holden of Menomonie; one sister-in-law, Gladys Holden of Menomonie; cousins, nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Otto and Russell Holden; two sisters, Gertrude Homer and Ruth Spielman; and a grandson, Luke Holden.

Funeral services for Roy are 11 a.m. Friday, July 9, 1999, at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Menomonie with the Revs. Ken Owens and Gordon Hanson officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, and an hour before services Friday at the church.

Joyce O. Siler

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 11, 1999, A6

Joyce O. Siler, 68, of Connorsville, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at Knapp Haven Nursing Home in Chetek.

Joyce was born April 8, 1931, in Irvington, Dunn County, to Marion and Favorite (Hathoway) Smith. Joyce married Dallas Siler on Sept. 22, 1948. Health problems caused her to retire to her home in Connorsville after she worked 15 years at Jerome Foods and 15 years at McMillans.

Joyce is survived by three sons, Douglas (Julie) of Connorsville, Bruce (Susan) of Independence, Mo., and Royal (Sara) of Glenwood City; two daughters, Elaine (John) Larson and Valerie McLin, both of Chetek; six grandchildren, Jessica Below, Shawn Larson, Justin Larson, Katie Siler, Spencer McLin and Bruce Siler Jr.; five stepgrandchildren, Erica, Tyler, Cory, Shannon and Sara; her mother, Favorite Smith of Connorsville; six sisters, Eunice Donicht of Menomonie, Fern (Donald) Gleiter of Aurora, Iowa, Marion (Leonard) Berger of Menomonie, Doris (Robert) Campeau of Coon Rapids, Minn., Sharon (John) Durbin of Hudson, and Janet (David) Ericson of Hampton, Minn.; two brothers, Dale (Linda) Smith of Jesup, Iowa, and Allan (Nancy) Smith of Boyceville; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Joyce was preceded in death by her father, Marion; two brothers, Delbert and Morris Smith; and one sister, Irene Schmidt.

Memorial services were Friday, July 9, 1999, at the Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City with the Rev. Paul Doering officiating. Burial of the cremains was in Mound Cemetery in Downing.

Joanna A. Jakel

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 11, 1999, A6

Joanna A. Jakel, 87, 327 S. Gershwin, Stetsonville, died Friday, July 2, 1999, at Memorial Nursing Home in Medford where she resided one day.

She was born Nov. 3, 1911, in Colfax and attended Hillside Grade School in the Town of Tainter.

Funeral services were Monday, July 5, 1999, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville with Father Frederick J. Brost officiating. Cremainal interment was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Stetsonville. Hemer Funeral Service in Medford handled arrangements

Harriet E. Denning

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 11, 1999, A6

Harriet E. Denning, 83, of Menomonie, died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System.

Harriet was born March 10, 1916, in the Township of Tainter, Dunn County, and grew up in that community. She was the daughter of Joseph and Grace (Steies) Schumacher.

Harriet married Charles L. Denning on June 26, 1945, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie. After their marriage, they farmed on the Denning home farm until they retired in 1986.

Charles died in 1993 and Harriet has resided in the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home before moving to Potter’s Country Home, where she has remained the rest of her life.

Harriet in survived by two sons, Joseph (Margaret) of Lincoln, Neb., and James of Kimberly; two daughters, Mary Denning of Antigo and Lucille Mounce of Menomonie; five grandchildren, and two sisters, Katherine Fisher of Colfax and Rose Kohlman of Plum City.

Her parents; her husband, Charles, and a sister, Frances McCarthy, precede her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home, with a P.C.C.W. rosary service at 4 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Raymond W. Griffith

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 11, 1999, A6

Raymond W. Griffith, 87, of Menomonie, died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Raymond was born March 29, 1912, in Clear Lake, Ia., to Jeremiah and Clara (Ervin) Griffith.

He is survived by his wife, Aretta, of Menomonie; six children, Rosemary (Jack) Meyers of Lake Elmo, Minn., Jerry (Barb) Griffith of Hugo, Minn., Colleen (Jack) Kelly of Keller, Tex., Margaret (Bob) Siebenaler of Holton, Tod (Sue) Griffith of Colfax, and Terry (Taryn) Griffith of Menomonie; son-in-law Robert Vick of Burbank, Calif.; sister Elma Dodge of Minneapolis, Minn.; brother, Don (Betty) Griffith of St. Paul, Minn.; brother-in-law, Elwin (Neatise) Bucholz of Osseo; 20 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Vera McBreen and Ester McCutcheon; brothers Earl and Vern Griffith; daughter RaeEllen Vick, and grandson Mark Siebenaler.

A memorial service for Raymond will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 12, 1999, at Christ Lutheran Church, Menomonie, with visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Private interment.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

Helen B. Kure Helen B. Kure, 76, of Menomonie, passed away Sunday, July 11, 1999, at Lakeside Nursing & Rehabilitation in Chippewa Falls.

Helen was born Feb. 7, 1923, in Cadott to Rudolph and Barbara Kure.

She is survived by a sister, Gladys (Clayton) Douglas; a brother, Emil (Wanda) Kure; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Raymond (Dorothy) Kure.

A memorial service will be held for Helen at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, 1999, at the VFW Hall in Cadott. Private interment.   The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

G. Evelyn Olson

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 14, 1999, A6

G. Evelyn Olson, 83, formerly of Knapp, died Monday, July 12, 1999, at the Wesley Willows Retirement Center in Rockford, Ill.

She was born July 8, 1916, in Knapp to Burton and Elsie (Morrell) Christison. She married Carlton H. Olson on May 7, 1939, in Knapp. Evelyn and Carlton owned and operated the Olson Cash Market in Knapp for several years. Evelyn was also employed as a secretary at the Bellin Hospital in Green Bay until her retirement.

She was a former member of the Knapp United Methodist Church in Knapp where she served as a choir director. Later, after Evelyn moved to the Green Bay area, she became a member of the First United Methodist Church in Green Bay.

She is survived by one son, Richard B. (Dee) Olson of Freeport, Ill.; one grandson, Kevin R. (Susan) Olson of New York, N.Y.; one granddaughter, Amy J. Jensen of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; two great-grandchildren, David and Jennifer Jensen; two sisters, Shirley Salter of Altoona and Joyce Marine of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Carlton, and one brother, Lowell Christison.

Funeral services for Evelyn are 11 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 1999, at the Knapp United Methodist Church in Knapp with the Rev. Goldie Bundy officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Knapp.

Memorials have been established for the Wesley Willows Retirement Home and the Alzheimers Foundation.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family with arrangements.

Eunice E. Clough

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 18, 1999, A6

Eunice E. Clough, 86, of Menomonie, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Eunice Radke, a lifelong resident of Menomonie, was born June 17, 1913, in Menomonie to Martin and Elsbeth (Joecks) Radke. She graduate from Menomonie High School. Eunice married Myrle E. Clough of Boyceville on Jan. 22, 1933, in Menomonie. A son, James Malcom, was born later that year.

Eunice was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church for many years, and a member of the quilting group making wonderful designs for the tops of quilts. She also enjoyed gardening and birdwatching, and was a beautiful seamstress.

Eunice was dearly loved by her grandchildren, as she always had special activities planned for their visits. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Patricia J. (Grudt) Clough of Milliken, Colo.; three grandchildren, Michael A. Clough of N. Syracuse, N.Y., Christine K. (Steve) Fisher of Arvada, Colo., and Lori J. Fleming of Liverpool, N.Y.; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruby Bobb of Osgood, Ind.; a brother-in-law, Jule Clough of Glendale, Calif.; several nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Eunice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Myrle; her son, James, and a brother, William Radke.

Funeral services for Eunice will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church an hour before the service on Tuesday.     The family suggests memorials to Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Francis L. Gates

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 18, 1999, A6

Francis L. Gates, 80, of Colfax, formerly of Menomonie, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

Francis was born May 30, 1919, in Minneapolis, Minn., the son of Frank and Lillian (Hansen) Gates. He grew up in that community and graduated from high school in Minneapolis. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater.

Francis married Lila Osberg on Sept. 20, 1941. After completing his military career, they made their home in Minneapolis for many years. They retired to Menomonie for several years before moving to Las Vegas, Nev., for nine years.

Francis returned to Menomonie in 1997 after the death of his wife, Lila. In 1998, Francis became a resident of the Area Nursing Home in Colfax where he resided the rest of his life.

Francis is survived by a daughter, Penny Budnick of Colfax; a son, Bruce (Betty) Gates of Las Vegas; one sister, Donna (Larry) Rowles of Brooklyn Center, Minn.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a grandson, Erik Gates, in 1997, and a brother, Bruce Gates.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 19, 1999, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Stanton-Goodrich-Funeral Home in Menomonie where a prayer service is scheduled tonight at 6:30 o’clock.    

Youa Vang

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 18, 1999, A6

Youa Vang, 13, of Menomonie, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Friends may call until Monday morning, July 19, 1999, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial will be Monday in Forest Hill Cemetery in Durand.

Jean Retzloff

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 18, 1999, A6

Mrs. Ron (Jean S. Boda) Retzloff, 1026 Butternut Lane, Oneida, died Friday, July 16, 1999.

She was born June 26, 1944, in Clear Lake to the late Emil and Olive (Jenson) Boda. Jean was raised and attended grade schools in Connorsville and high school in Boyceville before going to the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education. She taught one year in DeKalb, Ill.

On Oct. 28, 1967, she married Ron Retzloff in St. Paul, Minn. After starting their family of two children, the family moved to Green Bay in 1972. Since 1974, Jean has taught family and consumer education (F.A.C.E.) at Bayport High School and was scheduled to retire at the end of the 1999 school year.

Jean was an astute, competent lady, who will be remembered as an unselfish person. She loved her family dearly and treated friends with respect.

Golfing and reading were leisure time activities along with crafting and exercise. Jean seemed proud of her new home and appreciated the associated comforts. Travel to the Southwest United States and Alaska were immensely enjoyable trips. Lastly, but probably of most importance, Jean had a fond appreciation of the natural world, often realized while on trips to the family cabin, where fishing was good and eagles soared. We all pray that Jean has plenty of wind beneath her wings.

Survivors include her husband, Ron; a son, Theron Retzloff of Cottage Grove; a daughter, Renee Retzloff of Anchorage, Alaska; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and John Veloske of Las Vegas, Nev.; her mother-in-law, “Babe” Retzloff of Menomonie; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Olive Boda.

The family will receive friends at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20. There will be a memorial service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Steve Fewell officiating.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Santa Maria Nursing Home and the staff of Unity Hospice and Rev. Steve Fewell for their wonderful care and to all of Jean’s friends, co-workers and relatives for all the love and support they have shown to Jean and to her family.

A memorial fund has been established in her name.

James D. Allen

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 18, 1999, A6

James D. Allen, 40, of Prairie Farm, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

James was born Aug. 5, 1958, to Donald and Joanne (Quaderer) Allen in River Falls. On June 14, 1976, he was married to Minnie Poirier in Menomonie.

He is survived by his wife, Minnie of Prairie Farm; three sons, Mike of Prairie Farm, Eric of Ridgeland, and Tommy of Cumberland; one daughter, Jennifer of Prairie Farm; his mother, Joanne of Turtle Lake; a grandson, Tommy Jr. of Star Prairie; three brothers, Larry (Tammy), George (Lisa) and Tom (Lisa) Allen, all of Prairie Farm; two sisters, Peggy (Harold) Holten of Prairie Farm and Judy (Phil) Lockwood of Colfax; his father-in-law, Ben Poirier of Barronette; 15 nieces; 10 nephews; two grandnieces; one grandnephew; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, two infant sisters, his grandparents, and his mother-in-law.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Monday, July 19, 1999, from New Life Church of the Nazarene in Wheeler with the Rev. Steve Crites officiating. Interment will be in Hay River Cemetery, Hay River.

Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron, is handling arrangements.

Palma M. Knoepke

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 21, 1999, A6

Palma M. Knoepke, 83, of the Rutledge Home, Chippewa Falls, formerly of the Town of Eagle Point, died Monday, July 19, 1999, at the Rutledge Home.

She was born July 7, 1916, to Elizabeth (Kaiser) and Gustav A. Neuman in the Town of Dallas, Barron County, where she grew up.

Palma married Arnold T. Knoepke on July 12, 1947, at Barron Lutheran Church in Barron. She and her husband farmed in the Town of Otter Creek, Dunn County, until retiring and moving to Chippewa Falls in 1975.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eagleton and formerly was a 28 year member of Popple Creek Church, Town of Grant in Dunn County.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy (Scott) Coulson and Lou Ann (Richard) Krueger, both of Chippewa Falls; three sisters, Helen Tollefson of Barron, Mamie Jorstad of Chetek, and Violet Mickelson of Ridgeland; two brothers, Raymond (Evelyn) Neuman of Dallas and Emil Neuman of Prentice; seven grandchildren, Melissa (Paul) Peterson, Deborah (Ricky) Berg, Nicole Kappus, Angela (Jay) Sullivan, Chad Coulson, Lisa Coulson and Kyle Coulson; and two great-grandchildren, Zachary Peterson and Rylee Berg.

She was preceded in death by her husband on May 22, 1993; her parents; her daughter, Darlene Knoepke on Aug. 17, 1953; one sister, Hilda Vergin; and two brothers, Walter and Robert Neuman, both in infancy.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eagleton with the Rev. Larry Koester officiating. Burial will be in Popple Creek Cemetery, Town of Grant, Dunn County.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel in Chippewa Falls and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

Memorials would be appreciated in Palma’s memory to the donor’s choice.

John E. Murray

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 25, 1999, A6

John E. Murray, 85, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood where he resided the last two months.

John was born May 27, 1914, in the Town of Dunn, rural Menomonie, the son of James and Margaret (Myers) Murray, and grew up in that community.

John married Alice Calhoun on Dec. 21, 1940, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie. After they farmed in the Town of Dunn for several years, John began his career as an auctioneer, which spanned 40 years, covering central Wisconsin. He retired in 1992 as an auctioneer.

John was a great carpenter, building four houses. He was always busy building something and was always willing to help anyone.

He is survived by his wife, Alice; one son, Jerry (Mary Sue) of Grafton; five grandchildren, Tom, Michael, Jim, Patricia and Dan; three-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Hagen of Menomonie and Margaret Ausmussen of Eau Claire.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Bennie Lee, and a brother, Hugh Murray.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 24, 1999, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Edward C. Crosby

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 25, 1999, A6

Edward C. Crosby, 86, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, in Madison.

Edward was born July 28, 1912, in Knapp to Edward and Lenora (Cole) Crosby.   Edward drove for the Greyhound Bus Co. for 37 years without an accident.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Thatcher) Crosby of Florida and Madison; two sons, Edward (Pat) and David (Jan), both of Florida; one sister, Lola O’Mera of Boyceville; one brother, Donald (Phyllis) of Madison; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all of Madison; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Wednesday, July 21, 1999, in the Monona Methodist Church.

William G. Fisher

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 28, 1999, A6

William G. Fisher, 75, of Menomonie, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

William Gustav Fisher was born Aug. 14, 1923, in Menomonie to Gustav and Anna (Kuehnle) Fisher. He married Audrey McMartin on June 2, 1944, at Calvary Lutheran Church in the Town of Dunn. They farmed on the home farm for several years. Bill then worked at the Menomonie Farmers Union and the Dunn County Highway Department, retiring in 1984.

Bill was a lifelong member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. He was also an active member of the Red Cedar Antique Auto Club and loved restoring his Model A and Model T Fords.

Bill is survived by his wife, Audrey Fisher of Menomonie; four children, Marcia (Donald) Henderson of Colfax, Barbara (James) Beaty of Bismarck, N.D., Roger (Linda) Fisher of DePere, and Sharon (Kenneth) Secraw of Colfax; 10 grandchildren, Jenni (Donald) Sokup of Colfax, Jason Malone (special friend, Shannon Lorenzen) of Colfax, Jeffrey and Jacob Beaty of Bismarck, Nikole, Megan and Gregory Fisher of DePere, Dason and Dylan Cook of Colfax, and Serena Secraw of Colfax; two great-grandchildren, Michael and Katlyn Sokup of Colfax; eight stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; one brother, Herbert Fisher of Menomonie; three sisters, Edna Grundeman of Chippewa Falls, Ruby Roth of Menomonie, and Ruth (Raymond) Steinke of Chippewa Falls; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Mabel Hage, and a son-in-law, Michael Malone.

Funeral services for William were Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial was in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Agnes Borghild Sinz

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 28, 1999, A6

Agnes Borghild Sinz, 81, of Wilson, passed away Sunday, July 25, 1999, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Agnes Foslid was born March 11, 1918, in Colfax to Albert and Isabel (Score) Foslid. She attended Bear Valley Grade School and graduated in 1937 from Colfax High School.

On April 1, 1939, Borghild married Marvin Brunkow. They resided in Menomonie and had five children. She later married LaVerne Sinz of Menomonie on Feb. 14, 1972. They raised beef cattle on their farm outside of Wilson.

Borgie was famous for her fabulous lefsa, which she enjoyed making for so many. She also enjoyed having a big garden and many flowers. She was an avid bowler and made many friends over her 35 years of bowling. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Borgie is survived by her husband, LaVerne Sinz of Wilson; three daughters, Shirley Mittlestadt of Boyceville, Marjorie “Tootie” (Richard) Smasal of Eau Claire, and Carol (Bill) Mittlestadt of Boyceville; two sons, Paul and Lyle Brunkow; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Vernice Lemke of Eau Claire; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Almer and Vernon Foslid.

Funeral services for Borgie were Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Jon Becker officiating. Burial was in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

W. Edwin Canfield

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 28, 1999, A6

 W. Edwin “Ed” Canfield, 92, formerly of Boyceville, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

Ed was born Oct. 2, 1906, in the Town of Tiffany, Dunn County, the eighth child of William E. and Margaret (DeLong) Canfield. He attended Chimney Rock Grade School and graduated from Glenwood City High School in the class of 1923.

Ed married Frieda Schmidt on July 22, 1931, at the United Methodist Church in Connorsville. They farmed in northern Dunn County for many years. Ed later worked as a tender for a local plasterer.

Ed made his home with his son for four years before moving into Glenhaven Nursing Home where he resided the last 10 years.

Ed was a member of the United Methodist Church in Connorsville and a Modern Woodsman.

He is survived by four children, W. Elton “Bud” (Jeane) Canfield of Glenwood City, Patricia (Virgil) Schoonover of Boyceville, Anita Davis of Whittier, Calif., and Judith (Leon) Helgeson of Clear Lake; 12 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 14 stepgreat-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frieda, on May 1, 1985; four brothers, Raymond, Jerry, Theodore and Harvey; five sisters, Bessie Burton, Della Van Dien, Ida Canfield, Daisy Schmidt and Elsie Ozburn; and a great-grandson, Aaron Schoonover.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, July 29, 1999, at the United Methodist Church in Connorsville with the Rev. Nancy Diller officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery, Town of New Haven, Dunn County.

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

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