Dunn County, WI Obituaries
August 2006

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August 2, 2006 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Cleo Herrmeyer

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 2, 2006, A6

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

Cleo was born April 19, 1910, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Frank and Amelia (Reckin) Schreiner. When a young child, she moved with her family to a farm in the Spring Valley area, where they remained for several years before moving to a farm near Menomonie. Later, they moved into Menomonie.

She graduated in 1928 from Menomonie High School. Cleo married George C. Herrmeyer on June 8, 1932, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie. After marriage, they lived in Illinois for three years, in Marble, Minn., for a year, and in Mountain Iron, Minn., for several years before returning to Menomonie in 1943.

Cleo worked as a nurses’ aid at both nursing homes in Menomonie and at Memorial Hospital. She also did home health care work and worked at the Lange Canning Co.

Cleo enjoyed doing ceramic painting and spending time with family and friends.

Cleo is survived by a son, H. Frank (Mary) Herrmeyer of Menomonie; a daughter, Carol Cagle of Salt Lake City, Utah; 10 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George, in 2000; and a son-in-law, Robert Cagle.

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

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is in charge of arrangements.

Herman Finder

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 2, 2006, A6

Herman Finder, age 60, of Blaine, Minn., formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, July 31, 2006, at Camilia Rose Care Center in Coon Rapids, Minn.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Paul Pillman officiating. Burial will be in Lucas Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.

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Lawrence G. Burns

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 2, 2006, A6

Lawrence G. Burns, age 91, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Magdalena "Lena" M. Sagstetter

Dunn County News, Sun., Aug. 6, 2006, A6

Magdalena “Lena” M. Sagstetter, age 101, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Lena was born Oct. 2, 1904, in West Prussia, Germany, the daughter of Johannes and Anna (Ludwig) Maczkowicz, and was raised in Germany. In 1924, Lena came to the Elmwood area of the United States to live with her uncle and help raise his family.

She married Mathias Sagstetter on May 25, 1925, at St. Nicolas Catholic Church at Farm Hill, rural Elmwood. Together, they ran the general store at Farm Hill for several years. In 1937, they moved to Menomonie where Lena raised her 10 children and helped her husband with his implement business, selling Minneapolis Moline equipment.

Lena was an avid fisherman. She was a number one fan of the Green Bay Packers. Lena also sang in St. Joseph’s Resurrection Funeral Choir until she was 99, and was an avid gardener.

Lena is survived by two sons, Alfred (Pat) of Mesa, Ariz., and Robert (Barbara) of Marshfield; six daughters, Anita Thoeny of Sun Prairie, Lois (Marvin) Hoff and Bunny (Steve) White, both of Menomonie, Jane Wilson of Roseville, Minn., Jerene (Ed) Grilz of Maplewood, Minn., and Diane (Dennis) Reidt of Fond du Lac; 38 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Jim Bosley of Rochester Hills, Mich.; and a sister, Lucy Antel of Germany.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1978; six children in infancy; a son, Lester, in 1995; a daughter, Rita Bosley in 2005; two sons-in-law, Roger Thoeny and Erling Wilson; two daughters-in-law, Sharon Sagstetter and Mary Sagstetter; a granddaughter, Lucinda Thoeny; two brothers; and five sisters.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery-Farm Hill, rural Elmwood.

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 in charge of arrangements.

Lawrence G. Burns

Dunn County News, Sun., Aug. 6, 2006, A6

Our beloved Lord called Lawrence G. Burns, age 91, of Menomonie, home on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006.

Lawrence was born Oct. 22, 1914, in Ludington, the son of Lawrence Sr. and Sophia (Wisner) Burns. When a young child he moved with his family to Irvington and then to Menomonie. Lawrence graduated in 1934 from Menomonie High School. He married Loretta Brehm on Feb. 1, 1941, and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year.

Lawrence had a variety of jobs in the 1930s, 1940s, and his lifetime. Lawrence entered the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp, Company 2602, in 1939 and drove truck. He operated a Standard Station at Broadway and Crescent. He drove truck for Harold Fletcher. His last employment before retiring was with Beatrice Foods, where he was a machine operator for 37 years.

Lawrence was a member of the Teamsters Union, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and the Menomonie Moose Lodge. Lawrence was quiet a sportsman. He enjoyed hunting deer, turkey and raccoon with his brother, Morris. He also enjoyed fishing with his sons and friends. He loved scouting around for ginseng and being in the outdoors. He especially loved camping with his family.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren, brothers, a sister, nieces, nephews, cousins, and his friends.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Loretta; two daughters, Barbara (Kevin) Ullom of Downing and Judy Burns of Menomonie; two sons, Larry (Mary) of White Bear Lake, Minn., and Michael of Dorel, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Jeanette Bordini of Kaukauna; two brothers, Edward of San Jose, Calif., and Lavern of Annandale, Minn.; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Morris Burns.

Funeral services were on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2006, 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 assisted the family with arrangements.

Patrick K. "PK" Quilling

Dunn County News, Sun., Aug. 6, 2006, A6

Patrick K. “PK” Quilling, age 69, of Kenosha, died on Sunday, July 30, 2006, at his residence.

Born on Oct. 29, 1936, in Menomonie, he was the son of James K. and Mildred E. (Jones) Quilling.

He was a graduate of Menomonie High School.

From Aug. 29, 1956, until Aug. 21, 1959, P.K. honorably served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army where he was a master paratrooper during the Beirut/Lebanon Crisis and was awarded the good conduct medal.

On Oct. 6, 1962, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Connie O. Brehm.

He was employed with Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local #118 for more than 37 years. Many of those years were spent with Advanced Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

P.K. was a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. He proudly served as the president of Local #118 for many years. He was also a member of VFW Post #10301 in Racine, a longtime member of Unity Lodge #367, F&AM, a member of AAONMS Shriners of Milwaukee, and Scottish Rite of Milwaukee.

P.K. had been involved with the CYC and the Boys and Girls Club as a volunteer, coach, board member and benefactor since the 1970s. His life was devoted to his family, his children, and now grandchildren, and to CYC Sports. The Pat Quilling family was honored as “Sport Family of the Year” in 1987.

Pat was pivotal in the development of CYC’s youth football program. He was a key member of the Football and Sports Advisory Committee. As coach of football from PeeWee to senior level, Pat had a positive impact on hundreds of youth. He embodied the mission of Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha/CYC Sports. There was no better way to honor Pat and his legacy than to name the football field at CYC Park on Sept. 28, 2002, for one who had given so much.

His blood flowed green and gold. He had an insatiable appetite for anything to do with the Green Bay Packers.

He is survived by his loving wife, Connie of Kenosha; his mother, Mildred Kappler of Kenosha; two sons, Scott (Michelle) Quilling and Randy (Shannon) Quilling, both of Kenosha; his six grandchildren, Randy Jr., Amanda, Ryan, Amber, Hayden and Aaron; and his sister, Judith Greiner of Oklahoma City, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, James David Quilling.

Funeral services were on Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, at St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 5900 Seventh Ave., Kenosha. Entombment followed in All Saints Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances to the Scleroderma Foundation, Attn.: Donations, 300 Rosewood Dr., Ste. 105, Danvers, MA 01923 or the Boys & Girls Club/CYC, c/o Pat Quilling, P.O. Box 1761, Kenosha, WI 53141, would be appreciated by the family.

P.K.’s family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr.’s Shaler, Issa and Russell of Froedtert Hospital and the entire staff of Hospice Alliance as well as Fr. James Braun and Lynn Heller for the wonderful and compassionate care given to P.K. during his illness.

Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home in Kenosha handled arrangements.

Make online condolences at www.piasecki-althaus.com.

Lawrence J. Smith

Dunn County News, Sun., Aug. 6, 2006, A6

 

Lawrence “Larry” J. Smith, age 51, of Owatonna, Minn., died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006, at Custer Regional Hospital in Custer, S.D., of an apparent heart attack.

He was born July 5, 1955, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Theodore and Jane (Quinlin) Smith. He graduated from high school in Whitefish Bay. Larry graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie with a bachelor of science degree and later received his master’s degree in technology management. Following his graduation from college, he was employed by 3M for 25 years in Menomonie. Larry was currently employed by Pemstar, Inc., in Rochester, Minn., as a senior quality engineer.

Larry was married to Karen Knoll in 1983 and they later divorced. He married Patty Meier on Feb. 10, 2001, in Owatonna.

He is survived by his wife, Patty; daughter, Holly of Owatonna; sons, Ryan and Luke of Menomonie; brother, Gerald (and Sheila) Smith of Waxhaw, N.C.; sisters, Mary (and Pat) Flume of Stamford, Conn., and Martha Reitman of Milwaukee; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Nelson (and special friend Larry Lageson) of Owatonna and Nancy (and Duane) Martinz of Custer; brothers-in-law, Rick (and Karen) Clemens of New Hampton, Iowa, and Bob (and Thelma) Clemens of Wichita Falls, Texas; mother-in-law, Shirley (and Dick) Dahl of Owatonna; father-in-law, Dick (and Sharon) Clemens of Owatonna; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Doug and Mark.

Larry would want to be remembered as a loving father and husband and a devoted Catholic. He enjoyed having fun with family and close friends and riding his Harley.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Michaelson Funeral Home, 1930 Austin Road, Owatonna, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or the donor’s choice.

Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna is handling arrangements.

Herman H. Finder

Dunn County News, Sun., Aug. 6, 2006, A6

 

Herman H. Finder, age 60, of Blaine, Minn., formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, July 31, 2006, at the Camilia Rose Care Center in Coon Rapids, Minn.

Herman was born Jan. 25, 1946, in the town of Lucas, rural Menomonie, the son of Albert and Lottie (White) Finder. Herman grew up in the town of Lucas and attended Menomonie High School. He worked at several jobs around the Menomonie area.

Herman married Arlene Walsh-Kringle on Feb. 24, 1978. After marriage, they moved to the Twin Cities where he worked for several years until ill health forced him to retire early.

Herman enjoyed camping and fishing. He enjoyed his cats and had many as pets over the years.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene of Blaine; two stepchildren, Doug Kringle of Blaine and Diane Kringle of Colfax; his mother, Lottie Finder of Menomonie; two brothers, Alvin and Rodney Finder, both of Menomonie; a step-granddaughter, Jasmine Kringle; also, Casey and Randy, who were as close as grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends.

Herman was preceded in death by his father, Albert, in 1976.

Funeral services were on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Paul Pillman officiating. Burial was in the Lucas Cemetery, town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

JoAnne M. Smith

Dunn County News, Wed., Aug. 9, 2006, A6

JoAnne M. Smith, age 51, of Wheeler, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, as a result of an auto accident in the town of Tainter, Dunn County.

JoAnne Marie Stabenow was born on July 14, 1955, to Robert and Delores (Olson) Stabenow in Baldwin. She married Randy Smith on Nov. 24, 1994, in Menomonie.

JoAnne worked for the Menomonie School District as a custodian for three years and was currently employed by MarketPlace Foods in Menomonie.

She loved fishing, camping, and was a collector of lighthouse memorabilia. She was a loving and caring person who especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Randy Smith of Wheeler; four daughters, Susann (Brian) Fawcett of Wheeler, Billie Jo (Daniel) Tesmer of Menomonie, Angie (Jamie) Metcalf of Menomonie, and Carrie Cornellier of Menomonie; one son, Jonathon Cornellier of Menomonie; two stepdaughters, Sarah Smith of Ellsworth and Tiffany Smith of Durand; her mother, Delores Stabenow of Menomonie; 23 grandchildren; seven brothers; seven sisters; and by many other relatives and friends.

A memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Steven Crites officiating.

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

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

Thomas R. Puskarich

Dunn County News, Wed., Aug. 9, 2006, A6

Thomas R. Puskarich, age 90, the last surviving child of his parents, passed away Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland.

He was born Nov. 18, 1915, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Matthew and Agnes (Cindrich) Puskarich.

He served in the U.S. Army from January 1942 until Oct. 3, 1944. On Nov. 19, 1944, he married Anna Marie Speziale in Hewlett, Long Island, N.Y. From 1953 to 1977, he sailed on the Great Lakes for the Interlake’s Steamship Company. While he was sailing on the Great Lakes, he used to make latch hook rugs in his spare time.

Thomas was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland, American Legion Post 90, and the DAV. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and his dogs.

He is survived by five children, Anna Marie Evans of Ashland, Thomas (Mary) Puskarich Jr. of Madison, Agnes Patterson of Menomonie, Sandra Puskarich of Kansas City, Mo., and Tim (Edith) Puskarich of Wyoming; four grandchildren, Robert C. Evans III, Amy M. (Steve) Ottmann, Alex Puskarich and Matthew Puskarich; three great-grandchildren, Anthony C. Evans, Christina J. Ottmann and Gabrielle M. Evans; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anna Marie, on Sept. 13, 2003; a son, Dominic, in 1963; five brothers; two sisters; and his three pet dogs.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland with Father Henry Willenborg, O.F.M., officiating. Inurnment took place in St. Agnes Cemetery in Ashland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church or to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School.

Arrangements were by Frost Home for Funerals in Ashland.

Beverly J. Norton

Dunn County News, Wed., Aug. 9, 2006, A6

Beverly J. Norton, age 74, of Wilson, N.Y., passed away after a short illness on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, Mont.

She was born on April 13, 1932, to Ethel and Harvey W. Bergstrom in Stevens Point.

She graduated in 1950 from Menomonie High School. Following graduation, she attended Fairview Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minn., graduating in 1953. After graduation, she was employed as a RN at the hospital in Menomonie.

She married Lloyd C. Norton, of Ridgeland, on April 29, 1955, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie, after which they moved to Missoula, Mont. Because of her husband’s military career, Beverly had the opportunity to travel extensively, both within the USA and throughout Europe and the Far East.

She enjoyed an extensive career in nursing, working at several hospitals in Wisconsin and New York. Her last position was that of evening supervisor at the New Fane Hospital in New York. She retired in 1984.

Beverly was a grand master bridge player, participating in local, national and international tournaments.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harvey W. Bergstrom; her mother, Ethel T. Rasmusen; her stepfather, Ove B. Rasmusen; and her husband, Ret. Major Lloyd C. Norton.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy King, and grandsons, Brian and Kevin King, of Stevens Point; a son, Gary, of Charleston, S.C.; her son, Larry Norton, and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Thompson, and granddaughter, Emma, of Missoula; her sister, Patricia L. Skubis of Belleville; a stepbrother, Kenneth Rasmusen, and wife, Eleanor, of Naples, Fla.; a stepsister, Lois Ryman and husband, Robert, of Chippewa Falls; sister and brother-in-laws, George and Janice Norton and Barbara Norton of Ridgeland; and aunts, Gertrude Madsen of Stevens Point and Anita Bergstrom of Eagle River.

She will be missed by her family, numerous nieces and nephews, her friends, and her beloved dogs, Beau and Maggie.

Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, at the Ridgeland Lutheran Church, 216 Scranton St., Ridgeland, WI 54763. Visitation will be held at the church from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Services will begin at 1 p.m.

Randy Norton, Kevin McIntyre, Kevin King, Brian King, Steve Przekwas and Carl Frey will serve as pallbearers.

Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services.

Douglas D. Stallsmith

Dunn County News, Wed., Aug. 9, 2006, A6

Douglas D. Stallsmith was born Oct. 13, 1933, in Middletown, Ohio, to Faye and Jack Stallsmith. Doug grew up in the Middletown area. He attended Miami University of Ohio. At Miami he received his BS degree in industrial arts education in 1955. Upon his graduation from Miami, Doug was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Doug attended pilot training and aircraft control and warning training. He served for three years in the Air Force. He reached the rank of captain.

Doug married Nancy Meese in June 1957. Upon Doug’s discharge from the Air Force, they moved back to Ohio to start their teaching careers. Doug taught for seven years at Shaw High School in East Cleveland, Ohio. While at Shaw he also coached the cross country and track teams for five years. It was while at Shaw High School that Doug became involved in the implementation of a new approach to teaching industrial arts. The program took five years to plan and implement. This new plan received a lot of attention from industry and university programs.

In 1966, Doug took a position at UW-Stout in Menomonie. He became a part of the American Industry Project. Doug taught for 29 years at UW-Stout. Most of that time he spent in the Industrial Management Department. Although he developed and taught many courses over the years, his main courses were the Industrial Enterprise course and the Time & Motion Study course. While at UW-Stout he was honored several times for outstanding teaching and received the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge award for his development of the Industrial Enterprise course. Doug also coached cross country and track while at UW-Stout.

Doug and Nancy were very active in the international student program at UW-Stout. Over the years they have been friendship host to more than 100 international students which represents about 15 different countries throughout the world.

Doug was very much into sports of all kinds throughout his life. One of the most important outside activities Doug was involved in was his church, the United Methodist Church. Being a member for more than 40 years, Doug served in many roles in the local, district, and Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Doug was very proud of his two children, Dan and Debbie, and especially what they have accomplished in their chosen fields.

Doug is survived by his wife, Nancy; two children, Daniel of Cedar Creek, Texas, and Debra Stallsmith of Madison; his mother, Faye Stallsmith of Middletown; and two brothers, Jerry Stallsmith of Boise, Idaho, and Michael Stallsmith of Pocatello, Idaho.

He is preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Margaret DeMaris officiating.

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

Memorials, if desired, may be directed to the Trinity United Methodist Church or the Stout Foundation for International Students.

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

Mary J. Tyler

Dunn County News, Sun., Aug. 13, 2006, A6

Mary J. Tyler, age 85, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Mary Janet Larson was born on Oct. 24, 1920, in Menomonie to Martin and Katherine (Hall) Larson. On July 10, 1954, she married Gordon Tyler in Menomonie.

She worked at Parker Pen for many years. She and Gordy also owned and operated the Rathskeller Bar for a number of years.

She lived in Menomonie all her life and spent her recent years at Autumn Village and the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Mary loved to attend church services at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie with her very dear friend, Cindy Gergen. She also loved to walk and had a great sense of humor and a wonderful, warm smile for everyone.

Mary is survived by special cousins, Hazel Rhead, Marge Piatkiewicz and Lois Debee; special friends, Cindy Gergen, Jerome Jacobs and Marie Waller; and other relatives and friends.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gordy; her three brothers, Claude, Clarence and Arthur; a brother-in-law, Ronald Tyler; and a sister-in-law, Shirley (Tyler) Brunn.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Mark Halaas officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Memorials are suggested to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

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

Eleanor M. Jenny

Dunn County News, Sun., Aug. 13, 2006, A6

  Eleanor M. Jenny, age 88, of Menomonie, died peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center surrounded by her family.

Eleanor Mary Hafele was born on Dec. 8, 1917, in Rice Lake, the third of eight children of Leon-ard and Ida (Weber) Hafele. After graduating from high school, she was united in marriage to Donald Jenny at St. Joseph’s Church in Rice Lake on Aug. 3, 1938.

In 1947, Don convinced Eleanor to move their young family to Menomonie where they purchased the Menomonie Greenhouse, a business they owned and operated very successfully for more than 30 years. After retiring from the floral business, they operated Don’s Nursery on Highway 29 for several years until Don’s death in 1985.

Eleanor was the bookkeeper for the business in addition to making a home for her husband, her children and her brother, Leo. Eleanor taught her children how to make many unwritten recipes that were family favorites, such as kraut strudel, potato soup, kolaches, “spring salad,” and homemade sausage. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, watching “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” making cinnamon rolls for her great-grandchildren, and going to the casino.

An avid and voracious reader, Eleanor read the newspaper daily and all sections of the Sunday paper. She always had a book waiting for her on her nightstand. She instilled in her children a strong Catholic faith and always had a long list of names on her daily prayer list.

Eleanor is survived by her four children, Mary Beth (Gary) Garton of Rhinelander, Linda (Don) Kuester of Menomonie, Susan (Tom) Kuziej of Hayward, and Richard (Nancy) Jenny of Essex Junction, Vt.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one brother, John Hafele of Rice Lake; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; his husband, Don, in 1985; five brothers, Walter, Leonard “Bud,” Leo, Edward and Robert; and one sister, Catherine Parks.

Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating.

Rhiel’s Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Henry “Hank” Burgraff

Dunn County News, Wed., Aug. 16, 2006, A6

Henry “Hank” Burgraff, age 79, born in Superior on Oct. 11, 1926, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, at Mercy Medical Center.

Surviving him are his wife of 61 years, Evelyn; children, Sue Davies, Steve (Kathy) Burgraff, Ken (Linda) Burgraff, Chris (Jerry) Schmidt, and Barbara (Charles) Dickens; 21 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his son, Rusty; sister, Amy Boehme; brother, Ted Burgraff; and his parents.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church in Wayland, Iowa. Burial was in Sugar Creek Mennonite Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at the Ankeny Funeral Home in Iowa.

Lyle A. Beguhn

Dunn County News, Sun., Aug. 20, 2006, A6

Lyle A. Beguhn, age 86, of Menomonie, passed away Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, at Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Lyle was born on June 25, 1920, in Menomonie, to Alfred and Edna (Grundman) Beguhn. He married Marjorie Eckert on July 2, 1941, in Menomonie. She passed away on March 17, 1987. He later married Betty (Bingham) Eckert on May 18, 1991, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Lyle owned and operated Beguhn Feed Mill for 53 years. He was involved in 4-H and was a meat animal supporter for years. He was also active in tractor pulling at the local fairs. He loved to take his friends to Turtle Lake for a fun time and enjoyed giving small children candy when they came to the feed store with mom and dad. He was the #1 fan of MHS football and never missed a game. Lyle was also involved with a dartball team and softball team. Lyle always put everyone before himself. He loved opening and ushering for the church on Sundays.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Betty Beguhn; his children, Tom Beguhn (special friend Paula) of Menomonie, Jerry (Barb) Beguhn of Rice Lake, and Richard (Cheryl) Beguhn of Menomonie; his stepchildren, Sue (Al) Vasey of Cottage Grove, Minn., Dan (Julie) Eckert, Jeff (Sandy) Eckert and Randy (Tami) Eckert of Menomonie; his grandchildren; Laurie (Russell), Angie (Mark), Ryan, Andrea, Ryan (Mary), Steve and Sara; step-grandchildren, Jody, Jenny, Jason, Joel, Jeremy, Ginger, Jessie, Amy, Amber, Dustin, Bobbi, and Josh; great-grandchildren, Josh, Cory, Breana, Dominick and Jocelyn; and five sisters, Grace Warren of Menomonie, Alice DeLong of Menomonie, Doris (Richard) Dahlby of Menomonie, Millie Bauch-Baxter of Ladysmith and Margie (Howard) Smith of Menomonie. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marjorie; and a sister, Helen Amick.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday Aug. 21, 2006, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie on Sunday, Aug, 20, 2006, from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Lyle will be forever loved and missed by all those whom he had touched in life.

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

Dustin David Baier

Dunn County News, Sun., Aug. 20, 2006, A6

Dustin David Baier, age 20, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Dustin was born May 20, 1986, in Menomonie to Richard Baier and Lora Norby. He attended grade school in Menomonie and Boyceville and graduated in 2005 from Menomonie High School. Dustin chose to be baptized at age 10, was later involved in the youth group at the Menomonie Alliance Church, and continued his search for the Lord with Jesus Fellowship of Believers.

Dustin was a good athlete who loved wrestling, football and basketball, along with rollerblading and kayaking. He was an adventurous spirit and loved running free in the rain. Dustin was an extremely loyal friend who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He had the heart of a lion and his loving and caring nature will truly be missed.

Dustin is survived by his mother, Lora Norby (Tim Bauer) of Menomonie; his father, Richard (Tara) Baier Jr. of Menomonie; brothers and sisters, Chastity (Darren) DeSimone of Rio Rancho, N.M., best friend, Richard (Melisa) Baier, Joseph Baier, Asher Baier, Vincent Penney and Karalin Zimmerman, all of Menomonie; maternal grandmother, LeNore Norby of Menomonie; and paternal grandparents, Richard and Marilyn Baier of Elmwood. He was a loving uncle to Cyrus, Hazen, Richard and Aiden. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Dustin was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, LaMoine Norby; an uncle, Emanuel Norby; and an aunt, Tina Baier.

A “Time for Remembrance” was held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, and funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, at the funeral home, with a viewing one hour prior to the service. Pastor Tim Dodson officiated. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.

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

Margaret M. Schrantz

Dunn County News, Sun., Aug. 20, 2006, A6

Margaret M. Schrantz, age 88, of Elk Mound, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, peacefully at her home, with her daughter and caregiver at her side.

She was born Nov. 22, 1917, in Colfax, the daughter of Peter and Mathilda “Tillie” (Doelle) Schumacher, and grew up on the family farm near Lake Tainter. She married Ervin Schrantz, of Elk Mound, on Jan. 5, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie.

After marriage, they farmed on the Schrantz family farm near Elk Mound for many years. After the death of her husband in 1991, Margaret continued to live and thrive on the family farm.

Margaret had a strong faith and remarkable courage and was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elk Mound. She enjoyed her many parish friends, family and neighbors. She loved gardening, her flowers, the farm and the outdoors. She was especially fond of her special “adopted family,” Peter and Lucille Schumacher, and their five children and many grandchildren.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Rita Schrantz of Altoona; her sister, Agnes Schumacher of Colfax; and many nieces and nephews, their children, and many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin; her parents; three brothers, Rev. Charles, Frank and Joe Schumacher; and a sister-in-law, Helen (Ed) Lassek.

A Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elk Mound with the Revs. Victor Inbaraj and Henry Hoerburger officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Alice M. Schwenneker

Dunn County News, Sun., Aug. 20, 2006, A6

Alice M. Schwenneker, age 52, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at  the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Services are pending with the Cremation Society of Wisconsin.

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William A. “Tony” Pate

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 23, 2006, A6

William A. “Tony” Pate, age 64, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, at his home.

He was born May 29, 1942, in Louisville, Ky., to William and Jane (Davenport) Pate, and was raised in Duluth, Minn.

William worked for 25 years as a special education teacher in Minnesota. He has resided in Menomonie the last 15 years.

He will be missed and remembered fondly by all who knew him.

William is survived by a daughter, Tera Pate (David) Coppola of Lomira; a son, Nathan Pate (partner Mary Heikkila) of Minneapolis, Minn.; his longtime friend, Cara Iverson of Two Harbors, Minn., and her children, Spencer and Ethan Iverson; a brother, Stephen Kiser of Warner Robins, Ga.; a sister, Barbara Kiser of London, England; and by other relatives and good friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and stepfather, Jesse Dorrance Kiser.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial will be at a later date.

Family and friends are welcome one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home.

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

Audrey V. Oium

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 23, 2006, A6

Audrey V. Oium, age 77, of Menomonie, formerly of the Eleva Strum area, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

She was born on Nov. 16, 1928, in Lookout to Arthur and Cora (Austin) Berg. Audrey married George Thompson. They later divorced. On Nov. 16, 1972, she married Arnold Oium in Eleva. He preceded her in death in 1992.

She is survived by one stepdaughter, Ardys (LaVerne) Bacon of Arkansaw; one stepson, Virgil (Loretta) Oium of Basset, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Services will be held on Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, at 1 p.m. at the Kjentvet-Smith Funeral Home in Eleva with the Rev. Ted Simpson officiating. Burial will be in the Chimney Rock Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, from 11 a.m. until the time of services at the Kjentvet-Smith Funeral Home in Eleva.

Elmer L. P. Mielens

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 23, 2006, A6

Elmer L. P. Mielens, age 88, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie.

Elmer Ludwig Paul Mielens was born March 10, 1918, in Munger, Mich., to Paul and Emma (Luepke) Mielens. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Munger and later married Dorothy Lange at Bethel Lutheran Church in Bay City, Mich., on March 15, 1947.

Elmer worked on the family farm until purchasing his own farm in Munger in 1946. He also worked as a surveyor for the ASCS office in Bay County, Mich., for more than 25 years, and in the winter months he worked for DeFoe Ship Building. In later years he worked for Rupp Oil Co. in Bay City until retiring in 1980. In 1998, Elmer and Dorothy moved to Menomonie to be near their son, Paul, and his family.

Elmer enjoyed bowling and traveling with his son, Paul, to bowling tournaments across the country. He also loved woodworking and making toys and lawn ornaments. Elmer will be sadly missed.

Elmer is survived his wife, Dorothy Mielens of Menomonie; a son, Paul (Diane) Mielens of Menomonie; his grandchildren, Jeremy, Jason and Sarah Mielens, all of Menomonie; a brother, Norman (Pat) Mielens of Munger; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a stepfather, William Burns.

Funeral services are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Curtis Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Bay City at a later date.

Family and friends are welcome at the funeral home Thursday one hour prior to services.

The family suggests memorials to Faith Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

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

Dale Swan Johnson

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 23, 2006, A6

Dale Swan Johnson, age 54, of Iron River, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, after a short battle with stomach cancer.

He was born Aug. 7, 1952, in Shell Lake to Amy (Swan) and Earl Johnson. He became a follower of Jesus Christ and was baptized during his teenage years. He graduated from Shell Lake High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in Bible and Theology from Crown College, formerly St. Paul Bible College, in May 1974.

He married Deborah Steiner June 23, 1973. They were blessed with four children. He was divorced in 1995. Dale later married Amy Howard on July 27, 1997, in Mondovi. He served churches in Savage, Mont., Cornell, Mondovi and Iron River. He was pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Iron River from May 2005 to the present. Music, Bible Camp, youth, and outdoor ministries have always been special interests of Pastor Dale.

In addition to his wife, Amy, Dale is survived by his four children: Angela Johnson of Appleton, Jody Johnson of Eau Claire, Malinda (Anthony) Eichelberger of Eau Claire, and Daniel Johnson of Eau Claire; three stepchildren, Augusta (Chris) Kirk of Prior Lake, Minn., Katie Howard of Spokane, Wash., and Grant (Jen) Howard of Plymouth; five siblings, Darlene (Allen) Timm of Bloomington, Minn., Naomi (Raymond) Kiminski of Moose Lake, Minn., Lynnette (James) Flottum of Hayward, Corrine (Ron) Sonnenberg of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Dean (Darlene) Johnson of Barronett; two grandchildren, Anthony and Nathaniel Eichelberger; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Amy Johnson of Shell Lake.

Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at the Iron River Community Center. An interment service will be held at 4 p.m. at Lakeside Cemetery in Barronett.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts to the Grace Baptist Church Building Fund or to Wood Lake Bible Camp near Grantsburg.

His sense of humor, his love for the outdoors, but especially his genuine love for each person he encountered and for the Lord, will make him sorely missed and remembered with great love.

Frost Home for Funerals in Ashland is handling arrangements.

Darlene (Snider) Brennan

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 23, 2006, A6

Darlene (Snider) Brennan, age 58, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, at her home in Apache Junction, Ariz., surrounded by her family, following a three-year battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Marie Snider; two brothers, Kenny and Darrel; her mother-in-law, Mary Brennan; a niece, Debby Moreland; and a nephew, Mike Snider.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Patrick Brennan; four children, Renita, Patrick, Johnny (Brooke) and Donald (Heidi); six grandchildren; six siblings, Leonard (Mary Ann) of Downsville, Rita of St. Paul, Minn., Donald (Nancy) of Downsville, Lyle (Jean) of Post Falls, Idaho, Lorna of Menomonie, and Larry (Lori) of Newport, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville.

Thomas A. Troubaugh

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 23, 2006, A6

Thomas A. Troubaugh, age 61, of Mondovi, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at his home.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Church of Christ.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 9 pm on Tuesday, Aug. 239, 2006 at the Rock Falls Fire Hall.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

Alice M. Schwenneker

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 27, 2006, A6

Alice M. Schwenneker, age 52, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

She was born on Nov. 28, 1953, in Montana to Benjamin and Ruby (Yates) Schwenneker.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed farm life, gardening, horses, friends, going to parades, and going to car shows with a Model T.

Alice is survived by her special friend, Glen Garey; mother, Ruby Krosinski; two brothers, Ben (Linda) of Osseo and Joe (Michelle) of Hixton; sister, Betty (Mike) Sprinkle of Fairchild; stepbrothers, Howard (Margaret) Krosinski of Humbird, Scott Krosinski of Livingston, Mont., and Kenny (Linda) Krosinski of Black River Falls; many nieces and nephews; and other loving relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Schwenneker; an infant sister, Barbara; sisters, Cynthia Conforti and Evonn Emmons; brother, Mark; stepfather, Frank Krosinski; and stepsister, Barbara Krosinski.

A graveside service was held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at the Town of Mentor Cemetery, rural Humbird, with Pastor Ralph Schram officiating.

Prock Funeral Home served the family.

Fern L. Knopps

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 27, 2006, A6

Fern L. Knopps, age 81, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Fern LuVerne Behling was born Aug. 30, 1924, in the town of Sherman, Dunn County, to George C. and Minna (Metzger) Behling. Fern graduated in 1942 from Menomonie High School.

She worked for 23 years at the First National Bank in Menomonie. Later, she worked in St. Paul, Minn., at Fairway Foods for five years and then at St. Anthony Park State Bank for 10 years. Following her retirement in 1986, she moved back to Menomonie.

Fern was a longtime member of Peace Lutheran Church. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her “treasure of gold.” In her spare time, she loved to play cards, dance, and bake for family and friends.

For the past nine years, Fern resided at the Dunn County Health Care Center. The family would like to thank everyone at the DCHCC for the exceptional care she received while there.

Fern is survived by a daughter, Donna (Bruce) Dischinger of Roseville, Minn.; three granddaughters, Kristi (Dave) Funni of Island Lake, Ill., Melissa (Tom) Bozzay of Naperville, Ill., and Rachel Dischinger of St. Paul; four great-grandchildren, Shealeigh, Breanna and Kiera Funni and Clara Bozzay; a brother, Lloyd (Vi) Behling of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Marvin Behling; and four sisters, Hazel Hagen, Clara Schuttz, Irma Tietz and Ruth Behling (in infancy).

Memorial services were 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, town of Sherman, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Peace Lutheran Church Building Fund or Sunday School Bible Distribution, or the Dunn County Health Care Center Sugar Bowl Fund.

Master Sgt. Arnold H. Widvey

Dunn County News, Sun, Aug. 27, 2006, A6

Master Sgt. Arnold Henry Widvey, U.S. Army (Retired) entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Augusta, Ga.

Mr. Widvey was a native of Connorsville. He had lived in Augusta since 1959. Mr. Widvey served his country in the U.S. Army and Army Air Corps for 23 years, serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He retired as a master sergeant and received the Combat Infantryman Badge for service in Vietnam. Mr. Widvey was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. His family said, "He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and he was a True Patriot and a devoted Christian Gentleman."

He is survived by his wife, Letty Widvey; his son and daughter-in-law, Liam Widvey and Geraldine of Aiken, SC; his daughter and son-in-law, Alana W. Powell and Tim, of Martinez, GA; grandchildren, Jesse Widvey, Daniel Powell and Svend Widvey; and a sister, Arlene Hein of Austin, Minn.

He was preceded in death by a son, Arvid Widvey.

Funeral services are 11 am on Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Bill Reinhardt officiating. Interment will follow at Bellevue Memorial Gardens in Grovetown, GA.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are in charge of Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 David Road, Augusta, GA 30907  (706) 364-8484.

Viola Schutz

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 30, 2006, A6

Viola Schutz, age 83, of Menomonie, formerly of Elmwood, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Viola was born Jan. 26, 1923, in Elmwood, the daughter of Emil and Alma (Henneman) Schutz, and grew up in Elmwood.

Viola is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Edwin, Norman, Rueben and Lloyd Schutz.

Graveside services are 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at the Spring Lake Cemetery, rural Spring Valley. Rev. Charles DeMaris will officiate.

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

Richard W. Bosshart

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 30, 2006, A6

Richard William Bosshart, age 79, of Cambria, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, at home.

Richard was born on June 3, 1927, in Boyceville, the son of John and Velma Piatt Bosshart.

Richard served his country in the U.S. Army and on May 17, 1949, he married Georgia A. Gryniel in Waukegan, Ill.

Richard was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kingston. He was a carpenter and enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia; three daughters, Sandra (Rick) Ball of St. Francis, Karen (Robert) Jones of Milwaukee, and Sharon (Leonard) Deschler of Racine; three sons, Michael (Patricia) Bosshart of Cambria, Joseph (Cheryl) Bosshart of West Allis, and Gerald Bosshart of Milwaukee; three sisters, Sally Olson of Menomonie, Mary (Jack) Forrest of New Berlin, and Ella Witlert of Menomonie; two brothers, Clarence (Mary) Bosshart of Menomonie and Fred (Nona) Bosshart of Menasha; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and dear friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Patricia.

Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kingston with burial in the Salemville Cemetery.

Wachholz Family Funeral Homes in Markesan handled arrangements.

Kevin Francis Bagan

Dunn County News, Wed, Aug. 30, 2006, A6

Kevin Francis Bagan, age 84, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, at Midland Hospice.

Kevin was born Dec. 17, 1921, in Menomonie, the son of Thomas Bagan and Elizabeth Lackner Bagan.

His formative years were spent living and working with his close-knit family on their dairy farm. After high school, he attended River Falls State Teachers College.

Kevin was a B-17 pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. He was assigned to the 4th Ferrying Group when his unit was demobilized after World War II.

Kevin was self-employed in the transportation industry after his military service. His hobbies included boating and fishing. When he retired, Kevin developed skills as a painter, enjoyed traveling by RV, wintering in Mesa, Ariz., and cultivating old and new friendships.

Kevin married Nancy Lovold Allen on Aug. 26, 1961. She survives. Kevin’s brothers, Patrick Bagan and Bernard “Tony” Bagan, preceded him in death. Four siblings have survived him: Virginia Nordmann of Lake Forest Park, Wash., Bernice Grenier of Scottsdale, Ariz., Michael Bagan of Menomonie, and Betty Anderson of Waupaca. Three stepsons also survive Kevin: David Allen of Deming, N.M., Gregory Allen of Topeka, and Russell Allen of Chandler, Ariz. Five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.

At Mr. Bagan’s request, cremation is planned. Service and burial will be held in La Crosse at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66604.

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