Dunn County, WI Obituaries
August 2005

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
August 3, 2005 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Doris B. Clark

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug, 3, 2005, A6

Doris B. Clark, age 87, of Wheeler, died Sunday, July 31, 2005, at Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

She was born Feb. 23, 1918, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Fred and Mayme (Ankney) Goodell. Doris was a lifelong resident of Wheeler and a lifelong member of Wheeler's Grace United Methodist Church. She was active in many of the church functions and her maternal grandfather, Charles Ankney, laid the cornerstone while her father, Fred, helped to build the structure. For this, the church was very near and dear to her heart. Doris was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Wheeler. She was a kind and gentle person who touched many lives and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delbert Clark; son, Lance Clark; three brothers, Donald, Merlin and Lynes Goodell; and two sons-in-law, Ray Norton and Red Erickson.

She is survived by her sons, Dr. John (Sandra) Clark of Wisconsin Rapids and Lee (Martha) Clark of Menomonie; four daughters, Barbara Norton of Ridgeland, Jill Erickson of Colfax, Donna (Allen) Wintrone of Dallas, Texas, and Sally (Gary) Clark of Eau Claire; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth (Grace) Goodell of Downing and Paul (Phyllis) Goodell of Hudson; two sisters, June (Herb) Norton of Downing and Helen (Perry) Drinkwine of Boyceville; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine and Gladys Goodell, both of Wheeler; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, from Grace United Methodist Church in Wheeler with the Rev. Nancy Diller officiating. Interment will be in Hay River Cemetery in the town of Hay River, rural Wheeler.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas and two hours prior to the service Friday at the church.

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

Albert D. Nowacki

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug, 3, 2005, A6

Albert D. Nowacki, age 73, of Menomonie, died Saturday, July 30, 2005, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born Jan. 2, 1932, in Athens to Theodore and Loretta (Somers) Nowacki. He was raised in Athens and graduated from Athens High School where he was remembered as a star basketball player. Albert was also a volunteer firefighter in Athens.

In the late 1950s, he moved to Milwaukee where he met Helen Janett. They were married on Aug. 20, 1960.

Albert worked as a carpenter and was a member of Carpenters Union Local #264 in Milwaukee.

Albert's hobbies were hunting, fishing, gardening and walking his dog, Skooter. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Michael, and close friends, Tim, Tina and Jack Zunker.

Albert is survived by his wife, Helen of Menomonie; a son, Anthony "Tony" Nowacki of Menomonie; a daughter, Beth (Dusty) Meister of Richfield, Minn.; a grandson, Michael Meister of Richfield; two brothers, Norbert Nowacki of Athens and Hebert (Mary) Nowacki of Sheboygan; four sisters, Christine (Ray) Lapinski of Random Lake, Betty (Jake) Rogaczewski of Athens, Pat (Earl) Sticka of Chilton, and Helen (Del) Dassow of Stetsonville; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Father Jerry Hoeser officiating. The family will meet with relatives and friends from 6 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

There will also be a funeral mass at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Athens with Father Charles Hiebl officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Burial will follow in the Athens Cemetery.

Donald R. Sunne

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 7, 2005, A6

Donald R. Sunne, age 78, of Fertile, Iowa, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.

Funeral service will be Monday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m. at Pilot Knob Lutheran Church in rural Forest City with Rev. Bob Snitzer officiating. Burial will be Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 1:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and an hour prior to service at the church.

Petersen Lund Funeral Home in Forest City, Iowa, is handling arrangements.

[See complete obituary below]

Brian Davies

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 7, 2005, A6

Brian Davies, age 83, of Skokie, Ill., died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, at Alden Estates in Evanston, Ill., after a long illness.

He was born in Pengam, Wales, UK, on March 28, 1922, to John and Annie Maud Davies. Brian had his first birthday on the ocean coming to the United States. His boyhood was spent in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Davies was a U.S. Army Air Force Veteran of World War II's European Theater. He was recently awarded the Jubilee of Liberty Medal from the Government of France. A former Staff Sergeant in the USAAF, he was an aerial gunner/bombardier/navigator in the Ninth Air Force's 394th Bomb Group, 587th Bomb Squadron the famous "Bridge Busters," and was awarded the U.S.A.-Presidential Unit Citation and the French Croix De Guerre. He flew 65 combat missions supporting the allied Liberation of Europe and the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

Brian was the co-founder and manager of Tri-State Industrial Lubricants of Skokie, currently located in Bensenville, Ill. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Skokie, Glenbrook Shrine Club, Masons, and a life member of the Skokie Valley V.F.W. Post No. 3854.

Brian will be remembered for his generosity, kindness and always putting others first.

He is survived by: his wife of 45 years, Josephine, nee Hattery; a son, Dwight A. Davies; a brother, Emyrs (Francis) Davies; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Everett (Clara) Walde, Gerald (Anna Mae) Goetzinger, Archie (Leona) Thorson, Ralph (Carol) Hattery, Ted (Carol) Erickson, Rueben (Beatrice) Ladner, Wallace Hattery and Dave (Chris) Dummer; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; his sister, Audrey Pope Behling; brothers-in-law, Harry Jack Hattery and David Boyer.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at Hay River Lutheran Church in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County, with Rev. Erik Sevig officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military honors by the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery Honor Guard. Visitation was at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled local arrangements.

Edwin R. Kovach

Dunn County  News, Wed, Aug. 10, 2005, A6

Death notices

Edwin R. Kovach, age 74, of Cheyenne, Wyo., died Sunday, July 17, 2005, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cheyenne.

Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.

Doris Helen Zollver

Dunn County  News, Wed, Aug. 10, 2005, A6

Doris Helen Zollver, age 78, of Chetek/Cameron, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, at the Knapp Haven Nursing Home in Chetek.

She was born Feb. 13, 1927, in Rice Lake to Herman and Ruth (Hanson) Knutson. She married Richard Zollver on Feb . 6, 1954, in Pine City, Minn.

Doris worked more than 30 years for the Farm Home Administration (FMA) in Menomonie as a secretary. She and Richard lived in Menomonie from 1955 to 1993, when they moved permanently to the Chetek area.

She was very active in the Chetek Lutheran Church and in "The Hannah Circle." Previously, she had been a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie and was very active in that church.

Doris was a sports enthusiast, enjoying the Green Bay Packers, but really the Brewers. All baseball was her main interest. She enjoyed fishing and working in her yard and flower garden, but she admired and loved watching birds. She was very adamant about "shooing away" those darn pesky squirrels that would partake in her bird food. Doris was very proud and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by one son, Paul of Superior; two daughters, Karin (Joe) Millie of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Kristine (Brent) Hanson of Menom-onie; one daughter-in-law, Jane Zollver of Colorado Springs, Colo; six grandchildren, Megan, Andria, Jamey and William Millie, Tony (Devon) Lentz and Geoff (Diana) Lentz; three great-grandchildren, Holly and Allen Lentz and Seth Lentz; one brother, Burton (Sonja) Knutson of Chetek; one sister, Eilene Dahl of Chetek; several nieces and nephews; many cousins; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Richard, in 1993, and one son, William, in 1993.

Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, at the Chetek Lutheran Church in Chetek with Pastor Keith Ruehlow officiating. Burial will be in Wayside Cemetery in Barron.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Burnham-Ours Funeral Home in Chetek and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Jeffrey C. Pierce

Dunn County  News, Wed, Aug. 10, 2005, A6

Jeffrey C. Pierce, age 44, of Elmwood, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, at the River Falls Hospital.

Jeffrey was born on July 5, 1961, in the town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to Bonnie M. (Pierce) Peter and Charles Pierce. He was raised in Menomonie and attended school there. He worked for many years in Key Largo, Fla., and later moved back to Wisconsin when his mother became ill. Jeffrey was currently working at the Waverly Bar in Elmwood.

Jeffrey enjoyed life and was cherished and loved by all who know him.

Jeffrey is survived by his partner, Scott Blodgett; his stepfather, Bill Peter; three sisters and one brother, Vicky Pierce (Carl Heifner) of Boyceville, Debbie Pierce of Menomonie, Terry (Michelle) Pierce of Altoona, and Patty Hulsey of Menomonie; nieces and nephews, Shalene (Justin) Hirsh, Shawn Willett, Brent Pierce, Nathan Pierce, Aubree Gingrich, Hannah Pierce, Misty Lee Pierce, M. Jay Pierce, Tonya Husley and Lisa Amundson; a great-niece, Kyleigh Rae Pierce; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bonnie M. (Pierce) Peter and Charles Pierce; two sisters, Judy and Julie Pierce; and a niece, Nicole K. Christianson.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating. Burial will be in Irvine Creek Cemetery, town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

Visitation is one hour prior to services.

Donald R. Sunne

Dunn County  News, Wed, Aug. 10, 2005, A6

Donald R. Sunne, age 78, of Fertile, Iowa, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m. at Pilot Knob Lutheran Church in rural Forest City, Iowa, with the Rev. Bob Snitzer officiating. Burial was Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 1:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie. Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and an hour prior to services at the church. Petersen Lund Funeral Home, 505 N Clark St., Forest City, IA 50436 (641-585-2685).

Donald R. Sunne was born May 26, 1927, in Waukesha, the son of Oscar and Hazel (Copp) Sunne. He grew up in Eau Claire. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Philippine Islands.

On May 28, 1949, he married Ruth Irvine at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Four children were born to this union. Don worked in plumbing sales. In 1961, the family moved to Fertile. Don retired from Wolverine Brass in 1998.

Don's faith was an important part of his life. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire and taught Sunday School and served on church councils throughout his adult life. He also served on the Board of Regents for Waldorf College in Forest City for 12 years. The Christian legacy he left is treasured by his family and friends and his sense of humor will never be forgotten.

Don is survived by his wife, Ruth of Fertile; three daughters, Susan (Roger) Ouverson of Vinton, Iowa, Julia (Edward) Olson of Joice, Iowa, and Mary (Dennis) Lee of Zumbrota, Minn.; one son, David (Julie) Sunne of Dundee, Iowa; and a sister, Doris (James) Anderson of Laguna Vista, Texas. He will also be missed by his 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Melvin Oien.

Although the family grieves his loss, we rejoice in knowing that Don is in the loving arms of his heavenly Father.

John J. Staiger

Dunn County  News, Wed, Aug. 10, 2005, A6

Death Notice

John J. Staiger, age 54, of Colfax, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, in Ontario, Canada.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

[See complete obituary below]

 

James E. Emerson

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 14, 2005, A6

James E. Emerson, age 79, of Menomonie died Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending with Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

[See complete obituary below]
 

Irene H. Werner

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 14, 2005, A6

Irene H. Werner, age 81, of Menomonie, died peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005, at her home in the town of Menomonie.

Irene was born Dec. 27, 1923, in the town of Menomonie, the daughter of Fredrick Jr. and Leona (Grambo) Potter. She lived most of her life in the Menomonie area. Irene loved living in the country, gardening and being around her family.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and a longtime member of the Beaver Creek Homemakers. Irene married Milton Werner in 1943. Irene was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a hard worker all her life, and took care of people and children.

Irene is survived by three daughters and one son, Wanda (Don) Barclay of Billings, Mont., Judy (Allen) Millar of Menomonie, Cheryl (Don) Zahurones of West Salem, and Ron (Ann) Werner of Menomonie; eight grandchildren, Tim, Lisa, Joanne, Lynn, Missy, Mike, John and Ashley; 10 great-grandchildren, Morgan, Becky, Audrey, Erin, Scott, Kristen, Jordan, Jennifer, Samantha and Nicholas; and a sister, Ruby Emerson of Menomonie.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Milton; a son, Bill; a grandson, Chuck; and a sister, Edna Prim.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Harold E. Poeschel

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 14, 2005, A6

Harold E. Poeschel, age 86, of Boyceville, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, surrounded by his family, at his home in the town of Sherman, Dunn County.

Harold was born on May 19, 1919, in the Bear Creek area of the town of Canton, Buffalo County, to John and Sophie (Eide) Poeschel. Harold grew up on the family farm and attended the neighborhood rural elementary school. He married Margaret Prissel, of Durand, on May 19, 1942, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand. They were happily married for more than 63 years.

Harold and his family farmed for more than 50 years, starting in Buffalo County and finishing in Dunn County, while Margaret taught at many area elementary schools. Harold also worked for several years at Lakeside Aluminum in Menomonie. Harold enjoyed dancing, playing cards, fishing, traveling and especially family gatherings.

Harold is survived by his wife, Margaret; a daughter-in-law, Suzanne Poeschel of Schaumburg, Ill.; a daughter, Susan (Robert) O'Keane of Milwaukee; a son, John (Mary Jo) of Boyceville; five grandchildren, Christopher (Laura), Timothy (Linda), Patrick (Alysanne), Carly and Michael; three great-grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew and Courtney; a sister-in-law, Pauline Poeschel of Durand; a sister, Helen Switzenberg of Mondovi; a brother, Raymond (Loretta) of Durand; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Joan; two sons, Gary and Robert; two brothers, Walter and Richard; a sister, Alice Heike; two brothers-in-law, Martin Heike and Walter Switzenberg; and a sister-in-law, Christina Poeschel.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Larry Daniels OCD officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Menomonie.

Rhiel's Funeral Service of Menomonie served the family.

John J. Staiger

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 14, 2005, A6

John J. Staiger, age 54, of Colfax, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, while on a fishing trip to Lake Kashabowie, Ontario, Canada.

John James Staiger was born on Oct. 16, 1950, in Hastings, Minn., to James and Lorraine (Hubley) Staiger. He was raised in River Falls and graduated from River Falls High School. Following high school, he attended UW-River Falls and UW-Stout and received his law enforcement certificate from Chippewa Valley Technical College.

John married Rebecca Stone on June 19, 1971, in River Falls. They moved to the Menomonie area in 1972. John was a patrolman with the Menomonie Police Department and also worked part-time as a special conservation warden. In 1982, he joined the Dunn County Sheriff's Department where he currently served as patrol lieutenant.

John was a member of Menomonie Masonic Lodge #164. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, but most important to him was the time he spent with his family. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

John is survived by his loving wife, Becky of Colfax; a daughter, Sarah (Rodney) Schaefer of Menomonie; a son, Brent of Colfax; a granddaughter, Jenna Schaefer of Menomonie; his father, James (Alice Kropp) of Rochester, Minn.; a sister, Vicki (Greg) Nelson of Elmwood; three sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Ken) Ames, Susan (Jerry) Erzen and Cindy (Kenny) Stone; a brother-in-law, Rodney (Jane) Stone; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, at the United Methodist Church, 2703 Bongey Drive, Menomonie, with the Rev. James Thunstrom officiating.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Carl R. Dehnert

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 17, 2005, A6

Carl R. Dehnert, age 55, of Colfax, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2005, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Carl was born March 1, 1950, in Oconomowoc to Robert and Esther (Christenson) Dehnert. He was the oldest of three children born to the Dehnerts. He attended Lakeside grade school and Oconomowoc High School. After graduating from high school, he moved to Menomonie where he attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout. For the majority of his life, Carl worked at Con Agra Foods.

On Oct. 15, 1983, he married Marilyn Tschudy. They have one daughter, Lindsay.

Carl enjoyed living on Tainter Lake, where he enjoyed fishing and giving his family and friends pontoon rides. He was an avid car racing fan and looked forward to his Wednesday night car racing group. One of Carl's greatest pleasures was a trip to Hawaii with his family.

Carl is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Tschudy) Dehnert; his daughter, Lindsay Dehnert; two brothers, Dean (Barbara) Dehnert and family and Gary (Claire) Dehnert and family; and a foster sister, Nancy Lee and family. Also surviving are his father and mother-in-law, Albert and Christine Tschudy; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Margaret and Kenneth Stauss and family, Kenneth and Melanie Tschudy, Ted and Sheryl Tschudy and family, and Janet and Steve Sisul and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Esther Dehnert.

Funeral services are at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, at the First Congregational Church-UCC in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating.

Visitation is at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday until time of services.
Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

The family would like donations to go to the "Make A Wish Foundation" of the "Mayo Heart Fund."

Carl's favorite saying after his trip to Hawaii was "Makala," which means goodbye. Goodbye Carl, we will miss you.

James E. Emerson

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 17, 2005, A6

James E. Emerson, age 79, of Menomonie, passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Jim was born March 14, 1926, in Dunn County, the son of Lewis and Emma (Sabatke) Emerson. He graduated as valedictorian from Boyceville High School. Jim also attended Eau Claire Teachers College and the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

He married Ruby Potter on Dec. 6, 1946, in Menomonie. He served in the U.S. Army, was a salesman for many years, and also a farmer.

Jim is survived by his wife, Ruby of Menomonie; a son, Craig Emerson of Knoxville, Tenn.; a daughter, Linda (Daniel) Neuens of Spring Valley; four grandchildren, Shannon, Stacy, Seth and Cameron; four great-grandchildren, Jordan, Brandon, Connor and Kayla; one brother, Calvin (Doris) Emerson of Cut Bank, Mont.; two sisters, Luella (Charles) Stokke of Menomonie and Donna (Ollie) Stewart of Stanwood, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Lyla Spielman, Arvilla Schlottman and Alice Dixon.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Paul Pillman officiating. Burial will be in Knapp's Forest Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until time of services.

[See additional obituary below]

Daniel M. Vinovich

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 17, 2005, A6

Daniel M. Vinovich, age 75, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, at his home.

Services are planned for a later date. Please call the Olson Funeral Home for service times: (715) 235-2154.

Eunice Louise Gasteyer King

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 21, 2005, A6

Eunice Louise Gasteyer King, age 82, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, Minn. Eunice suffered a stroke at 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, while camping with family at Solon Springs. She was rushed to the hospital but sadly passed away four days later with family by her side.

Eunice was born on the family farm in Dunn County on Oct. 30, 1922, to William and Clara (Zeilinger) Gasteyer. She was raised on the home farm in Eau Galle and lived there until moving to Red Wing, MInn., in 1942. Eunice met her husband, Grant King, while living in Red Wing. They were married Sept. 25, 1943, in the little country church across the road from the homestead. Two sons were born to this union. Their family lived in different parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

While living in Chippewa Falls in the 1960s through the 1970s, Eunice and Grant organized square dance lessons and formed a club of 68 couples. Eunice served diligently for a number of years at the Rock Elm Methodist Church ice cream socials, baking up to eight pies for each social.

Eunice and Grant spent winters in Texas at Casa Del Valle where Eunice was a painting instructor and where she excelled in shuffleboard, winning first place in tournaments year after year. Eunice enjoyed traveling and camping. With car and trailer, Eunice and Grant traveled all across the country and in Alaska and Mexico. Eunice was an exceptional gardener and cook.

She loved her life, her family, and her friends. In return, all that knew her loved her.

Eunice is survived by her husband, Wilbert "Grant" of Menomonie; two sons, Robert King of Big Lake, Minn., and Thomas King of Hibbing, Minn.; two brothers, William C. Gasteyer and Gerald "Jerry" Gasteyer, both of Eau Galle; and two sisters, Sally Hoeft of Winona, Minn., and Donna Oesterreicher of Eau Claire. She will also be missed by her six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Johnny Gasteyer, another sibling that died at birth, and Edward Brenner; and two sisters, Ann Wendler and Lila Lehman.

Memorial services are 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, at the United Methodist Church, 2703 Bongey Drive, Menomonie, with the Rev. Rosalind Dryver Scott officiating. Reception following with gratitude to the United Methodist Women's Society.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to your favorite charity.

Caroline V. Strawn

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 21, 2005, A6

Caroline Violet Strawn, age 79, of Colfax, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, at Maplewood Nursing Home in Bloomer.

She was born June 6, 1926, in Spalding, Minn., to Martin and Florence (Johnson) Erickson. She attended Bear Valley school in the town of Colfax. She lived most of her life in and around the Colfax area. She enjoyed a variety of crafts and especially loved cats and dogs.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clarence Ritchie, Odien Gullickson and Nellodean Strawn; a grandson, Robert Foslid; and a brother, Clifford.

She is survived by her children, Clifford (Joyce) Foslid, Charles (Sue) Ritchie, Dale Ritchie, Paul Ritchie, Duane (Im Li) Ritchie, and Juanita (Marvin) Wright; grandchildren, Tammy (Kyle) Dresel, Todd and Eric Ritchie, and Kristina and Markus Wright; great-grandchildren, Janesa, Jacob and Jamee Foslid and Brooklyn Dresel; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Colfax with Pastor David Bakken officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.

Sampson-Kastner Funeral Home in Colfax was in charge of arrangements.

Carol J. Koepnick

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 21, 2005, A6

Carol J. Koepnick, age 82, was called home to heaven on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005. She recently moved to Las Cruces, N.M., with her husband, Willis, to watch their granddaughter grow up. Carol was born on May 10, 1923, in Eau Claire to Peter and Pearl Nelson.

Carol worked as a medical records technician and retired as the director of medical records at the Dunn County Health Care Center. She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

She is survived by her husband, Willis; one daughter, Ann (Ralph) Samaniego of Las Cruces; a granddaughter, Sara Samaniego of Las Cruces; two brothers, John Nelson and Bill Nelson, both of Ohio; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Margaret Howe and Virginia Ney; and one brother, Bob Nelson.

At Carol's request, cremation took place in New Mexico.

A memorial service and inurnment will take place in Menomonie at a later date.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family.

James E. Emerson

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 24, 2005, A6

James E. Emerson, age 79, of Menomonie, passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Paul Pillman officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until time of services.

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Knapp, with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association, 1227 B Menomonie St., Eau Claire, WI 54703.

Patricia L. Lemke

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 24, 2005, A6

Patricia L. Lemke, age 60, formerly of Menomonie, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

Pat was born Aug. 13, 1945, in Menomonie, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Schwartz) Lemke. She graduated in 1963 from Menomonie High School. She started work at Crystal Beauty Shop in Menomonie immediately after graduation from high school and completed her apprenticeship and earned her license. Pat worked there until a severe stroke forced her to retire in 1991. In 1995, she became a resident of the Area Nursing Home in Colfax, where she remained the rest of her life.

Pat is survived by her sister, Sally (William) Skaare of Hudson; a niece, Lisa (Ronald) Rowan of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; two nephews, Steven (Jane) Skaare of Stanley and Kevin (Nadine) Skaare of River Falls; four great-nieces; three great-nephews; and other relatives and friends. She is also survived by a special friend, Diann Hovland, of Wheeler, who did so many things for her and spent many hours with her during her illness.

Her parents and an infant sister precede her in death.

Her sister, Sally, would like to thank the entire staff of the Area Nursing Home in Colfax for their excellent care of Pat.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until time of services Friday at the church.

Rhiel's Funeral Service in Menomonie is serving the family.

Roxanne R. Phillips-Davis

unn County News, Wed, Aug. 24, 2005, A6

Roxanne R. Phillips-Davis, age 61, of Galesville, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, at her home.

She was born Sept. 18, 1943, in Plum City to George A. and Esther E. (Nelson) Lamon. She married Dennis C. Phillips on Dec. 31, 1962, and they later divorced. On Sept. 6, 1983, Roxanne married James E. Davis. While living in Menomonie, she owned Roxanne's Draperies and was involved, with her husband Jim, in the ownership of J.E.D. Construction Co. After moving to Galesville, Roxanne and Jim were owners of Grandma's Hardware Store.

Roxanne was very involved in her church, signing in the church choir and preparing sedar dinners. A 43-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Roxanne was a Past Matron. She had also served as a guardian for Jobs Daughters, had cooked many lodge dinners, and was currently the president of the Social Order of The Beauceant in La Crosse.

Roxanne is survived by her husband, James E. Davis of Galesville; two daughters, Kristine (David) Alf of Menomonie and Trisha (James) Rush of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three grandsons, Sean, Schuyler and Justin Alf; her mother, Esther Lamon of Elmwood; two sisters, Glenda (Ralph) Arnold of Chicago and Dana (Steve) Orr of Kansas City, Kan.; and a brother, George (Nancy) Lamon of Elmwood.

Roxanne was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services were Wednesday in Christ Episcopal Church, 111 N. Ninth St., in La Crosse. The Rev. Mary Limbach officiated, and burial was in Poplar Hill Cemetery in Rock Elm. The Order of the Eastern Star held a service Tuesday evening at the funeral home -- Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 515 McHugh Road, Holmen.

Memorials may be given to the Christ Episcopal Church for the kitchen remodeling.

Randy W. Chatt

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 24, 2005, A6

Randy W. Chatt, age 47, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, at his home.

Randy was born Nov. 13, 1957, in Menomonie, the son of William Robert and Jeannette (Lunke) Chatt. He grew up in Menomonie and was employed as a cook for 30 plus years at the Country Kitchen.
He enjoyed anything concerning guns, baseball, coins, fishing, his dogs, music, racing, and talking with friends and family.

Randy is survived by a brother, Rick (Liza) of River Falls; two nephews, Joseph and Samuel; two nieces, Elizabeth and Lydia; a special friend, Brenda Chaney of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services are 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until time of services.

Ruth J. Draeger-Jacobsen

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 28, 2005, A6

Ruth J. Draeger-Jacobsen, age 77, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, after suffering a heart attack.

The former Ruth Johanna Owen was born Dec. 2, 1927, in Eau Claire, to Charles and Lena (Schultz) Owen. She was raised in Dunn and Polk counties and attended Balsam Lake High School in Balsam Lake. Ruth worked several years as a nanny for the owners of the Hunky Dory Resort on Bone Lake and also at their home in St. Paul, Minn. She also helped her parents in a restaurant in Hillsdale.

Ruth married Earl Draeger on Dec. 2, 1948, at the Peace Lutheran Church parsonage in Menomonie. She raised her family while also working on the farm. She later worked at Sandy Lee Mfg. in Menomonie until it closed. Ruth also worked in food service at the Dunn County Hospital and in 1974 received a Food Service Supervisor certificate from Chippewa Valley Technical College. She was then food service supervisor at the Dunn County Health Care Center until retiring. After Earl's death, Ruth later married James Jacobsen on Feb. 28, 1986, in Stillwater, Minn.

Ruth was a member of Peace Lutheran Church. She enjoyed her flowers, gardening, embroidering and collecting many things, including bells, mini lanterns, butter dishes, bird plates and anything to do with cardinals. She also enjoyed polka music, dancing, going to flea markets and trips up north. Ruth loved going all out for the holidays, especially Halloween. But her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On Dec. 4, 1999, Ruth was stricken with a life-altering stroke, that stripped her ability to walk and to dance. After six long, painful years, Ruth is once again able to dance joyously. Keep dancing to heaven's music Ruth ... until we dance with you again.

Ruth is survived by: her husband, Jim; two sons and two daughters, Fred E. (Karmen) Draeger of Wabasha, Minn., Roger A. Draeger of Menomonie, Susan R. (Ted) Hoyt of Menomonie and Carol A. (David) Weber of Menomonie; a step-son, Lee (Kay) Jacobsen of Downing; nine grandchildren, David Draeger, Jenny DeLong, Lisa (Charles) Miller, Terra Draeger, Tim Draeger, Jeremy Hoyt, Lacey Hoyt, Hayley Weber, and Dana Weber; four step-grandchildren, Kenny Jacobsen, Brittany Jacobsen, Paul Steiber and Gina Steiber; five great-grandchildren, Nathan, Abbigale, Ashley, Tyler and Samantha; two sisters, Scharleen (Miles) Knutson of Rock Falls, Ill., and Donna Retzloff of Colfax; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Earl Draeger; two brothers, Daryl Owen and Denver Owen; and a sister, Elaine Harshman.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Family and friends are welcome at the church from noon on Wednesday until the time of the service. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Irma L. Link

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 28, 2005, A6

Irma L. Link, age 83, of Menomonie, formerly of Elk Mound, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Irma was born May 25, 1922, on the family farm south of Elk Mound, the daughter of Emil and Elizabeth (Ausman) Link. She grew up in that area and graduated in 1941 from Elk Mound High School. She was a resident at the Health Care Center for more than 30 years.
Irma is survived by two brothers, Kenneth Link of Eau Claire and James Link of Beloit and other family members and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, town of Elk Mound.

Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. until time of services Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials, if desired, can be donated in Irma's name to Evergreen Cemetery.

Valborg J. "Vollie" Kressin

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 28, 2005, A6

Valborg J. "Vollie" Kressin, age 92, of Colfax, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

She was born March 7, 1913, in Running Valley Township, rural Colfax, to Ole K. and Henrietta (Hanson) Trandum. She spent her entire life in the Colfax area, and was very active in the community.

She and her husband, Delmar, were instrumental in bringing ambulance service and commodity food distribution to Colfax. She was also involved in bringing "Meals on Wheels" to Colfax. She was very active in her church, being involved with Bible study, circle and ladies aid. She was a bookkeeper for the creamery in Colfax for 20 years. She did a great deal of volunteer work and also loved to travel.

Vollie was a member of the Sons of Norway and Merry Mixers, and was respected and liked by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delmar August; two sisters; three brothers; and parents.

She is survived by her sons, Roger and daughter-in-law, Karen, of Colfax, Vernon and daughter-in-law, Gerry Ann, of Lakeland, Fla., and daughter, Marilyn and son-in-law, Dale Liesch of Burnsville, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Vollie were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at the Colfax Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul Tobiason officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.

She will be missed so much by her family and friends.

Sampson-Kastner Funeral Home in Colfax served the family.

Leonard W. Jackson Sr.

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 28, 2005, A6

Leonard W. Jackson Sr., age 81, of St. Louis Park, Minn., passed away Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, after a three-year illness.

Survived by his wife, Marion, of 61 years; son, Leonard Jr.; grandson, Dana; granddaughter, Molly (Michael) Knutson, great-grandson Colten (the joy of Leonard's life): a brother, Merlin (Bess); a sister, Beulah (Art): a sister-in-law, Gladys; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by daughter, Ruth; grandson, Darien; and two brothers, Emmett and Conrad.

A celebration of Leonard's life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, for friends, relatives and neighbors at the home of Mrs. Leonard Jackson, 9202 West 28th St., St. Louis Park, Minn. (55426).

Memorials to donor's choice.

Private interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Eugene Howe

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 28, 2005, A6

Death notice -

Eugene Howe, age 83, of Menomonie, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Arrangements are pending with the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Eugene C. Howe

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 31, 2005, A6

Eugene C. Howe, age 83, of Menomonie, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, surrounded by his family, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Gene was born Feb. 12, 1922, in the town of Weston, Dunn County, the son of Carl and Anna (Brehm) Howe. He grew up in the Weston community. Gene married Marie Noll on Oct. 13, 1949, in Menomonie. After marriage, they lived in Menomonie and Gene worked at the Hatchville Cheese Factory.

In 1956, they moved to Hatchville, where they lived above the cheese factory and Gene served as manager of the factory. In 1971, Gene and Marie purchased the Hatchville Cheese Factory and operated it until 1985, when they retired.

After retiring, Gene drove bus for Menomonie Transportation for eight years. He also enjoyed spending time and helping his son on the farm. In 2001, they sold the facility and moved to Menomonie. In 2004, Gene became a resident of the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home.

Gene served nine years on the board of directors of Dunn Electric Cooperative. He was a member of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, Knights of Columbus and St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where he ushered for many years. In his younger years, Gene enjoyed bowling and hunting.

The family would like to thank the staff on Oak Street at the Heritage of Elmwood for the great care Gene received.

Gene is survived by his wife, Marie; two daughters, Carole (Lonnie) Hintzman of Chippewa Falls and Jeanne (James) Kremer of La Crosse; two sons, Steven (Diane) of Menomonie and William (Deborah) of Spring Valley; nine grandchildren, Scott Hintzman, Valerie Wing, Kari Velasco, Kraig, Kristofer, Daniel and Sarah Howe, and Justin and Jackie Kremer; four great-grandchildren, Alexander, Allison and Samuel Wing and Christopher Velasco; two brothers, Maurice (Eileen) and Wilbur (Ivadel), both of Menomonie; two sisters, Annella Frank and Lorraine Trainor, both of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Ida Noll of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial was in St. Henry's Cemetery in Eau Galle.

Rhiel's Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Harry W. Egan

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 31, 2005, A6

Harry W. Egan, age 85, of Menomonie, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Memorial services are at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Family and friends may call one hour prior to services at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family. The family prefers memorials to Our Savior's Lutheran Church or charity of donor's choice.

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