Dunn County Obituaries
November 1998

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the November 1, 1998 issue of the Dunn County News.

 

Index to Obituaries

 
Beatrice S. Vasey

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 1, 1998, p. A6

Beatrice S. Vasey, 84, of Gresham, Ore., formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, n Gresham at a local care center from a heart attack.

She was born Dec. 3, 1913, in Day County, SD, to John and Kari Sjerven. When a young girl, Bea graduated from high school in Pierpont, SD, and was a valedictorian of her class. She then went on to attend St. Paul Bible College for two years, graduating in 1935.

After graduating, Bea went to work for Wisconsin Rural Missions for five years, teaching Bible schools. During this time, Bea met Frank Vasey and they were married on Oct. 4, 1940, at the home of Bea’s aunt and uncle in St. Paul, Minn.

Following marriage, they lived in the Louisville area of Dunn County, rural Menomonie, for several years where Bea cared for their home and had three children. In 1952, they moved to Gresham where Bea had a fourth child.

She was a member of Rockwood Evangelical Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School. Bea was state president of World Gospel Mission Prayer Bands and taught Happy Hour Bible Clubs.

Bea and Frank liked to travel, going to Parker, Ariz., and Slab City, Calif., in the winter. She also was a great cook.

She is survived by her husband, Frank, of Gresham; children, Leon Francis Vasey of Okinawa, Flossie Vasey Bussmeier of Federal Way, Wash., Mae Vasey Huston of Gresham, and Vernon Edgar Vasey of Portland, Ore.; four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Edgar and Vernon Sjerven.

Local funeral services are 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998, at Forest Center Church of the Nazarene with burial in Forest Center Cemetery, rural Menomonie.

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

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Roy S. Larson

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 1, 1998, p. A6

Roy S. Larson, 95, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Roy was born Oct. 31, 1902, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Andrew and Sophie (Severson) Larson. He was raised on the farm in the Town of Red Cedar and attended school at Little Elk Creek.

Roy married the former Beatrice Harrington on Nov. 14, 1925, in Stillwater, Minn. He worked as a farm hand and also delivered milk for an area farmer prior to working for the Farmer Store Co. in Menomonie, where he was manager of the hardware department for many years. He was a lifelong Menomonie-area resident.

Roy was a nature lover who enjoyed gardening and landscaping. He also enjoyed sports, especially baseball, softball and basketball, and he enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Roy appreciated the little things in life.

He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

He is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Larson of Wisconsin Rapids and Marvel (Bernie) Styer and Ruth Hendrickson of Menomonie; seven grandchildren, Dan (Anne) Karnes of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Buck (Marita) Karnes of Waunakee, Gary Karnes of Wisconsin Rapids, Tom (Patsy) Styer of Menomonie, Mike (Nancy) Styer of Newark, Ohio, Peggy (Steve) Schuknecht of Fort Atkinson, and Kay (Dan) Sprader of Fond du Lac; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beatrice; four sisters, Laura Larson, Geda Wingert, Inga Larson, and Lillian Larson; two brothers, Arnold Larson and Herman Larson; and one grandson, Timothy Hendrikson.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 30, 1998, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial was in Froen Cemetery in the Town of Red Cedar.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Victor Henry King

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 1, 1998, p. A6

Victor Henry King, 90, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 28, 1998, at the Clairemont Nursing Home in Eau Claire.

Victor was born on March 9, 1908, on a farm in the Hardscrabble/Blue Hills area east of Rice Lake. His parents were Gideon LeRoi ("the King" in English) of St. Alphonse, Quebec, Canada, and Lena Hetzennekkar of Regensburg, ,Germany.

Victor was the youngest of five surviving children, and was the only one of the children to have been born in a frame house; all of the others were born in a tent, covered wagon or log cabin.

Victor attended a one-room country elementary school in the Blue Hills area, and graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1927, where he was a running back on the football team. After high school, he moved to Chicago and found an opportunity to work as a shipping clerk for the Owl Drug Co.

This aroused his interest in the profession of pharmacy. He enrolled in the University of Illinois School of Pharmacy, graduating in 1923 with a degree in pharmaceutical chemistry. He became a licensed and registered pharmacist (R.Ph) in Wisconsin and Florida.

On Oct. 20, 1933, he married high school sweetheart Madeline Ramona Favell of Superior and Rice Lake.

Madeline had just graduated from Superior State Teachers’ College with a degree in education, but now was ready to help take on the challenges of running a drug store. (Madeline and Victor recently marked their 65th wedding anniversary.)

Their first store was in Beaver Dam and was known as Kings’ Pharmacy. They opened a second store in Edgerton within a few years, and then a third in Elkhorn.

This store and town were Victor’s most enjoyable. He operated King and Morgan Drug Store with Madeline, and with his university friend and fellow pharmacist, William Morgan, until 1954.

Vic sold his portion of the Elkhorn store and moved to Menomonie in 1955 to begin a new career as the senior drug and narcotics inspector for the State of Wisconsin Pharmacy Regulating Board.

He continued in this role until his retirement in 1978 at age 70, having remained licensed, active, and well-known as a pharmacist throughout the state.

Victor loved the outdoors and all kinds of outdoor fun, including hiking, skiing, camping, backpacking, skating, canoeing, fishing, ice fishing, and many other active pursuits. He participated in these as much as possible with his family and friends.

Victor was very active in Boy Scouting as a Den Dad with Den 5 of Troop 23, and as a troop committee member of Troop 23, Menomonie. He was also a Brotherhood member of Otyokwa Lodge #337 of the Order of the Arrow, Chippewa Valley Council.

His Scouting interests set a model for his son, Tom, and both grandsons, Adam and Seth, who are all Eagle Scouts, and are also members of the Order of the Arrow (as is daughter-in-law, Debbi).

Victor is survived by his wife of 65 years, Madeline F. King of Eau Claire; his daughter, Karen A. King of Hudson; as well as his son, Thomas W. King, daughter-in-law, Debra R. King, and his grandsons, Adam G. King and Seth T. King, all of Eau Claire.

Victor’s quick literate wit, his wry sense of humor, his wisdom, his love of fun and his love of every moment of life will be remembered fondly and greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation was held from noon to 2 p.m. at Hope United Methodist Church at the corner of Golf Road and Fairfax Street in Eau Claire on Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998. Funeral services followed at 2:30 p.m. at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the King Scholarship Fund at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Foundation or to the Alzheimer’s Association – Indianhead Chapter.

Fuller-Speckin Funeral Home in Eau Claire assisted the family.

Jacob J. Brandt

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 1, 1998, p. A6

Jacob J. Brandt, 18, of Eau Claire, died suddenly Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, in Eau Claire.

Jacob was born May 12, 1980, in Menomonie to John and Debra (Johnson) Brandt. Jacob attended school in Amery and Rice Lake and completed his GED.

Jacob had lived in the Glenwood City and the Eau Claire area. Jacob worked with this father, John, in construction and other various construction projects in the area.

He enjoyed music, hunting and fishing. Jacob as active in a Bible group in Menomonie.

Jacob is survived by his father, John (Doris) Brandt of Glenwood City; his mother, Debra (John) Ekern of Birchwood; paternal grandparents, Harold and Betty Brandt of Glenwood City; material grandmother, Lois Johnson of Mahtomedi, Minn; stepmaternal grandparents, Orlie and Carole Ekern of Cameron; steppaternal grandmother, Mary Wald of Menomonie; three sisters, Cheyenne Springer of Birchwood, Charity Wefel of Colfax, and Jessica (Mike) Hollman of Grand Forks Air Base, SD; three stepsisters, Callie Ekern of Rice Lake, Brenda Christianson of Menomonie, and Becky (Norman) Glomski of Milwaukee; four stepbrothers, Bruce (Kelly) Christianson, Ben (Kay) Christianson, and Bernie Christianson, all of Menomonie, and Cody Ekern of Rice Lake; nieces, nephews and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

Jacob was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ray Johnson.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 1998, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Glenwood City with the Rev. Ralph Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Hersey.

Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Oliver N. Herdahl

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 1, 1998, p. A6

Oliver N. Herdahl, 82, of Prairie Farm died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, at his home.

He was born June 6, 1916, in Connorsville to Ole and Olga (Strand) Herdahl. He was raised and attended school in Connorsville and later farmed with his parents there.

On March 15, 1941, he was married to Dorothy E. Shafer at Forest. In 1942, they moved to a farm near Boyceville, and then in 1955 to a farm near Prairie Farm. In 1974, Oliver retired from farming due to ill health. In 1990, they moved to Barron, and then in 1997 returned to Prairie Farm.

He was a member of United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm.

Oliver enjoyed fishing, hunting and sports, especially baseball and horseshoes, and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Herdahl of Prairie Farm; two sons, Duane (Dorothy) Herdahl of Thaxton, Miss., and Gary (Julie) Herdahl of Prairie Farm; three daughters, Donna (John) LeGore III of Cold Springs, Minn., Judy (DeWayne) Seeger of Prairie Farm, and Carol Litland of Almena; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one brother, Phil (Doris) Herdahl of Boyceville; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law, Ronald Litland, two brothers, and one sister.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 31, from the United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm with the Rev. Oz Twedt officiating. Interment was in Akers Cemetery, rural Prairie Farm.

Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron, handled arrangements.

Ruby M. Maser

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 1, 1998, p. A6

Ruby Marie Maser, 87, of Eau Claire, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, at Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Ruby was born July 4, 1911, in Menomonie to John S. and Ida (Preus) Kraft. When a young adult, she worked at Kraft State Bank in Menomonie. She married Albert W. Maser on Aug. 25, 1934, in Menomonie.

She spent her lifetime devoted to her family, her home and her church, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie and Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

She is survived by her son, Gary (Barbara) Maser, and grandson, Robert, all of Eau Claire; her brother, John E. (Ruth) Kraft of Menomonie; her sister-in-law, Fern Kraft of Merced, Calif.; a number of nieces and nephews, as well as cousins and many friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1972; her parents; two brothers, Earl and Harold; and two sisters, Lanetta Grutt and Viola Burmeister.

Funeral services are 1:30 p. m. Monday, Nov. 2, at Grace Lutheran Church Chapel with Pastor Howard Fehr officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

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

Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home in Eau Claire is assisting the family with arrangements.

Myrtle L. Trinko

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 1, 1998, p. A6

Myrtle L. Trinko. 84, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Myrtle Lorraine Fagerlind was born Jan. 2, 1914, in Dunnville to Gustav and Sarah (Brostrum) Fagerlind, who immigrated from Gottenberg, Sweden, to Dunn County.

Myrtle married Marshall McIvor in 1930 in Dunn County. She later married Albert Trinko in 1957 in Iowa. They both preceded her in death. Myrtle was a lifelong resident of Dunn County.

She loved to have her family visit her and she enjoyed family picnics and family gatherings. Myrtle had many friends whom she enjoyed talking to and going places with. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Myrtle is survived by three daughters and one son, Pauline (Neil) Gilstrap of Casper, Wyo., Bruce (Sandra) McIvor of Menomonie, Phyllis Knutson of Carson City Nev., and Judith (Elvin) Stoner of Connorsville; a daughter-in-law, Shirley McIvor of Mesa, AZ.; a sister, Mayme Hallock of Wabasha, Minn.; 16 grandchildren, Carl Larson, Sheila Erickson, Jeffery Stanton, Tim Knutson, Lila Pettit, Kathy Leibforth, Bonnie Smith, Gail McIvor, Jody McIvor, Darren McIvor, Beth Whitwam, Lloyd McIvor, Clinten Stoner, Michael Stanton, Kim McIvor and Marshall Gilstrap; 22 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Marshall McIvor and Albert Trinko; a son, Palmer McIvor; an infant son; two brothers; and five sisters.

Funeral services for Myrtle are 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

Friends may call from m4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Ned E. Andrews

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 1, 1998, p. A6

Ned E. Andrews, age 89, of Wheeler, WI, died Friday, Oct. 30, 1998, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Ned was born Aug. 24, 1909, in the Town of Hay River, Dunn Co, to Robert and Mattie (Goodell) Andrews. He then moved with his family to New Richmond where they lived until 1913 when they returned to the Town of Hay River.

Ned attended Lochiel grade school and later took some classes at Mankato Commercial College.

He married the former Tinka Hendrikson on Sept. 15, 1928 in Menomonie.

After their marriage, they farmed I the Town of Hay River. Ned was also a rural mail carrier for several years. He later went to work for the Dunn County Highway Department, retiring in 1973.

Ned was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wheeler and served on the church board. He was also a volunteer for the Office on Aging, and volunteered in commodity distribution for twelve years as a site manager in Wheeler and Boyceville. Ned enjoyed working with youth baseball and he also enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting, and gardening.

He is survived by 1 daughter and 5 sons, Luana Nygaard of Hudson, Stanley Andrews of Wheeler, Allen (Marlys) Andrews of Wheeler, James (Susan) Andrews of White Bear Lake, MN, Wayne (Sheila) Andrews of Washburn, 26 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, a sister, Wilma (Delbert) Nygaard of Wheeler, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Tinka in March of 1998; a daughter, Lynn Kay Amundson; a grandson, Trevgor Amundson; and a sister, Sheila Anderson.

Funeral services for Ted will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wheeler, with Rev. Jon Becker officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, and at the church an hour before the service on Tuesday.

Frances C. Tietz

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 4, 1998, p. A6

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Frances C. Tietz, 99, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie where she resided the last seven years.

The former Frances Charlotte Marie Thomas was born Nov. 14, 1898, in Eau Claire to Karl and Mary (Ludwig) Thomas. She was raised in Eau Claire and baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

In 1920, Frances married Paul Tietz and moved to a farm in the Town of Weston that they purchased from his parents. They left the farm in 1944 and moved to Menomonie where Paul was associated with the Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Co.

Frances was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie until her husband’s death and continued her strong Christian faith through her membership in Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

She is survived by two daughters and one son, Dorothy Score of Menomonie, Lorraine (Donald) Raether of Crystal, Minn., and Donald (Anita) Tietz of Eagle River.

She is also survived by and will be dearly missed by eight grandchildren: Judith (Richard) Felts of Shawano, Kristine (Robert) Dorobiala of Woodbury, Minn., David (Marina) Raether of San Marino, Calif., Thomas (Cheryl) Raether of St. Louis Park, Minn., John (Judy) Raether of Robbinsdale, Minn., Susan (Steve) Correll of Crystal, Greg (Kathy) Tietz of Minnetonka, Minn., and Michael (Leah) Tietz of Eden Prairie, Minn.

Frances is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her parents; two brothers, Frank and George Thomas; and son-in-law, Leland Score.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 1998, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie or donor’s choice.

Frances C. Tietz, 99, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie where she resided the last seven years.

The former Frances Charlotte Marie Thomas was born Nov. 14, 1898, in Eau Claire to Karl and Mary (Ludwig) Thomas. She was raised in Eau Claire and baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

In 1920, Frances married Paul Tietz and moved to a farm in the Town of Weston that they purchased from his parents. They left the farm in 1944 and moved to Menomonie where Paul was associated with the Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Co.

Frances was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie until her husband’s death and continued her strong Christian faith through her membership in Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

She is survived by two daughters and one son, Dorothy Score of Menomonie, Lorraine (Donald) Raether of Crystal, Minn., and Donald (Anita) Tietz of Eagle River.

She is also survived by and will be dearly missed by eight grandchildren: Judith (Richard) Felts of Shawano, Kristine (Robert) Dorobiala of Woodbury, Minn., David (Marina) Raether of San Marino, Calif., Thomas (Cheryl) Raether of St. Louis Park, Minn., John (Judy) Raether of Robbinsdale, Minn., Susan (Steve) Correll of Crystal, Greg (Kathy) Tietz of Minnetonka, Minn., and Michael (Leah) Tietz of Eden Prairie, Minn.

Frances is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her parents; two brothers, Frank and George Thomas; and son-in-law, Leland Score.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 1998, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie or donor’s choice.

Wilbur J. Lehmann

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 4, 1998, p. A6

Services were held for Wilbur J. "Bill" Lehmann, who died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998, near Sagehen Reservoir in Idaho while hunting. He was 68.

A native of Menomonie, he grew up on a farm, graduating from high school to become a purchasing agent for leading food industry companies.

Mr. Lehmann served in the U.S. Army for four years and later worked for Castle and Cook, and Norcal-Crocette as a purchasing agent. During this time, he lived in Oregon and Scotts Valley. He moved to Idaho after retiring.

Mr. Lehmann generously gave his time to helping neighbors and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Meribeth Lehmann; sons Richard, Ronald and Randall Lehmann; daughter Sheryl Willis; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; mother Gertrude Drury; brother Jim Lehmann; and sisters Alice Ritchie and Elsie DeLong.

Condolences may be sent to Meribeth Lehmann, 3135 S. Blackcat Road, Meridian, Idaho 83642.

Edwin M. Mitlyng

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 4, 1998, p. A6

Edwin Maurice Mitlyng, 89, formerly of Menomonie, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, in Tucson, Ariz.

He was born July 15, 1909, in Menomonie, the son of John and Amelia (Hawkinson) Mitlyng. He was baptized and confirmed in Menomonie.

It was about 1935 when he went to California to live because he couldn’t stand the cold winters here. He also served in World War II, spending most of the time in Germany. He returned to California after that and worked in construction, driving big machines.

He is survived by two sisters, Evelyn Stovern of Prairie Farm and Harriet Dittsworth of Yakima, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Alma, and one brother, Julius.

The remains were buried Monday, Nov. 2, 1998, in Mamre Cemetery west of Menomonie.

Flora Lou Russell

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 4, 1998, p. A6

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Flora Lou (Amthor) Russell, 71, a lady better known as "Lou," died in her sleep early Sunday morning, Nov. 1 (All Saints Day) at her Lake Tainter home after a dignified struggle against cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Lou was born in Waupun on June 19, 1927, to Dr. and Mrs. Walter Amthor. She attended the public schools in that city and then went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in English.

On her birthday, June 19, 1942, she was one of several girls from Waupun to go to the Ripon College campus for a dance staged for the attendees of that year’s Badger Boys State. It was there that she met her future husband, John Russell, representing Menomonie at Boys State.

It was not until after the end of World War II, on April Fools’ Day of 1946, that the couple was reunited and two years later, again on her birthday, June 19, 1948, Lou and John were married at Trinity Episcopal Church, her home church in Waupun, by Bishop Sturtevant of the Fond du Lac Diocese.

After both had graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the couple moved to Menomonie in 1953 to establish a home on Lake Tainter and a portrait photography studio over the First National Bank.

For the next 45 years, the couple worked together as equal partners in the photographic studio, in the publishing business, Oak Point Press, and in a variety of other related enterprises. Russell’s Lakeside Studio is still in business.

During the 1960s and ‘70s, Lou and John presented a program on portrait photography, "Put the ‘Pro’ in your Motions," at numerous state, regional, and national conventions. Their work was also featured in two national professional photography publications.

Lou, with her husband, was a founding member of the Menomonie Theater Guild, the Menomonie Concert Association, the Menomonie Boys Choir, and for many years served as a volunteer, giving tours of the Mabel Tainter Memorial. In recent years, Lou’s passion for history and the role of women in Wisconsin life led her to develop and present a historical program on the important role of women in the early life of Dunn County.

Music defined much of Lou’s life.

She shared her love of music and her gift of song with countless others, playing the organ for services and special events at Grace Episcopal Church for over 30 years (retiring only this past spring), forming a quartet (most recently known as the Celebration Singers) that continues singing to this day, and inspiring her children to take up song in their work and lives.

Her strong and beautiful alto voice led the family, her church, and her many friends in glorious celebration of life and of God through music.

Lou was a faithful and devoted Christian, serving God and Grace Episcopal Church on the church vestry, by helping to organize the church’s early apple pie socials at Connell’s Sunridge Orchard, editing her church newsletter, and through her activism in the Episcopal Church Women of the Eau Claire Diocese. She was the major force in planning and preparing the popular Victorian Christmas events at the John Holly Knapp home (Bundy Hall), the Eau Claire Diocese Conference Center.

Lou is survived by her husband and four children: Linda, an actress/singer in new York; Jeffery (Linda), a management consultant in Madison; Cynthia (Stephen), a special education consultant for the Ashwaubenon Schools in the Green Bay area; and Steven (Kobi), a professional juggler based in Colfax.

Three grandchildren, Hallie in New York, and Mackenzie and Andrew of Sobieski, will greatly miss their grandma. She is also survived by her sister, Carol Teska of Green Lake, and an uncle, Stuart Andrews of California.

Lou’s love and passion for life, music, and faith touched hundreds of people who called her a friend. Her sharp wit, wisdom, and feistiness were evident even into the last hours of her life.

She died quietly, peacefully and with a smile. Her music and the many songs that she sang during her 71 years sustain her spirit in the hearts, minds, and souls of others.

A funeral mass for family and members of Grace Church and the Episcopal community will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. Her friends in the community are encouraged to attend a special memorial celebration of her life to be held at the Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater on Saturday (Nov. 7) at 4 p.m.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Internment will be in the Cedar Falls Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Lou Russell Memorial Fund at the First Bank and Trust. Contributions to this fund will go to supporting her many passions and causes.

The family expresses its special thanks to the Wisconsin Partnership Program and its staff, Kathryn Raines, Carolyn Larson and Jim McConnell, for the loving care, attention, and support they gave Lou and her family in her last days.

The family also wishes to thank Dr. Nathan Rich, at Red Cedar Medical Center, Dr. Dan Rushing at Marshfield Clinic, and Judy Rivard and Peggy Troller at Northwest Homecare for the personal and loving medical care that they provided to Lou throughout her illness.

Finally, the family offers its thanks to all of those who have responded with overwhelming compassion and love towards Lou and her family during the past several months – especially her Grace Episcopal Church extended "family."

Eugene R. Boettcher

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 4, 1998, p. A6

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Eugene R. Boettcher, 78, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born March 4, 1920, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Otto and Ida (Graske) Boetcher. Eugene was baptized until April 18, 1920, and confirmed April 9, 1933 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie where he has been a lifelong member. He attended Dunn County Agricultural School.

Eugene married Gertrude Kuesel of Hatchville on Sept. 4, 1944.

He worked for R.D. Young Poultry Farms, and later moved to a farm west of Menomonie where he and his wife farmed for nearly 30 years. While on the farm, Gene also worked as a brick setter for Menomonie Brick Co., and he served as the assessor for the Town of Menomonie.

Gene later worked as assessor for the City of Menomonie and chief building inspector from 1967 until his retirement in 1990.

In 1977, Gene and his family moved to the city of Menomonie, where he resided until his death.

Gene served as St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Council and as church treasurer from 1944 until 1964. He also served as chairman of the building committee during the planning and construction of the current St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Menomonie for more than 25 years, and also served as lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis Northern Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District for two years. He served on the Tramway School Board for several years, and was a member of the church dartball league.

Gene also enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, and was an avid snowmobiler. He was a charter member of the Wilson Creek Riders Snowmobile Club.

Gene will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gertrude Boettcher; one son and two daughters, Thomas (JoAnn) Boettcher of Hastings, Minn., Sandra Boettcher of Minot, ND, and Sheilah Boettcher of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Robert, Rebecca and Nathan; two sisters and four brothers, Margaret Gratz of Eau Claire, John (Mary) Boetcher of Altoona, Marvin (Marge) Boetcher of Hobart, Ind., Janet Leach of Menomonie, Kenneth (Lyn) Boetcher of Graham, Wash., and Donald (Carol) Boettcher of Waterford; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bert.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Daniel Schmidt officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Bertha O. Beck

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 8, 1998, p. A6

Bertha O. "Ollie" Beck, 84, of Spring Valley, died Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Ollie was born March 24, 1914, in Blenker. She was one of 12 children born to George and Theresa (Weinfurter) Baierl. She attended St. Killian Catholic School in Blenker.

On Nov. 23, 1936, Ollie married Harold Beck in Detroit, Mich., and lived there for about 7 years. In 1943, they moved to Wilson, where they farmed for a number of years.

In 1958, Harold died and one year later Olive [sic] moved to Clinton, Iowa. She worked as a seamstress at a dry cleaning shop in Iowa.

In 1971, Ollie moved back to the Wilson area. She worked as a nurses aide at the Spring Valley Health Care Center for about five years. After retiring, she worked for Green Thumb and served lunch at the Spring Valley Senior Center until she was 80.

Ollie lived at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home for a while and was presently a resident of Spring Valley Health Care Center. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley.

Survivors include one brother, Lawrence (Orel) Baierl of Wilson, several nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Harold; two infant sons; seven brothers, George, Hank, Rudy, Herman, Daniel, Ingelbert and Fred Baierl; and three sisters, Rose Baierl, Eleanor Schafhauser and Margaret Hillstead.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 7, 1998, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley, Father Varkey Velickakathu and Sister Karen Freund officiated the service. Music was provided by Ellen Rominski, organist, and the Sacred Heart Choir. Burial was in St. Bridget's Catholic Cemetery in Wilson.

Bearers were Jerry Grunow, Randy Grunow, Dale Simonson, John Hillstead, Gordon Maske, Mike Hull and Leo Langer.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Virginia Mary McKennon

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 8, 1998, p. A6

Services will be held for Virginia Mary McKennon, 83, of Garden City, Mich., on Monday, Nov. 9, 1998, from St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Flint, Mich. The Rev. Roger Kilponen will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Hills Cemetery.

She passed away Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998, at Manor Care Health Service.

She was born Sept. 20, 1915, in Menomonie.

Survivors include two sons, Karl O. (Dallas) and Gary L. (Barbara), six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

L.J. Griffin Funeral Home of Westland, Mich., is handling arrangements.

Oakley "Duke" Whistler

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 8, 1998, p. A6

Oakley F. "Duke" Whistler, 82, of Downing, died Thursday, Nov. 5, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Duke was born June 10, 1916, in the Township of New Haven, Dunn County, to Herbert and Grace (Freeman) Whistler. He attended the local schools and graduated from Boyceville High School in 1935.

Duke married Ardith Lefstad on Aug. 6, 1938. It was an enduring marriage and a great friendship. Two children were born of this marriage, son Michael and daughter Gail.

Duke's working life took many different paths and turns. After high school, he worked for the Dunn County Highway Department; as an assembler and welder for the American Hoist and Derrick Company of St. Paul, Minn.; and the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships in Minneapolis as an inspector.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific Theater of operations and rose to the rank of technical sergeant. After the service he returned to the area, where he operated a small welding shop in Connorsville, followed by a 10-year stint with a heavy construction contractor, which involved many moves.

His wife and children accepted the nomadic life without a complaint. Many thanks to them for standing by him during this phase of their life. They lived in 13 different states and got to see many places and people. It was a very interesting time in their lives, despite many moves.

Duke's employment ended by working for the Department of Defense in the Los Angeles area. He retired from the Defense Department in 1974 and his family relocated back to their roots in Wisconsin, among friends and neighbors.

They had many good retirement years with fishing, hunting and mingling with friends, both new and old. Advancing years and associated health problems slowed their activities, but Duke, thanks the powers that be, had many happy and productive years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Ardith, and a daughter, Gail Gonzales.

Duke is survived by a son, Michael, of California; son-in-law, David Gonzales of California; sister Fern Eder of Minneapolis; brother-in-law Paul (Shirley) Lefstad, Menomonie; sister-in-law Sarah Whisler [sic] of Arizona; two granddaughters, Marcella and Michelle; and grandson, Andrew.

He is further survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1998, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville with Reverend Jon Becker officiating. Final disposition will be at the Eau Claire Memorial Crematory.

Friends may call at the church on Tuesday one hour prior to services. Everts Funeral Home is in charge of services.

Sverry T. Holmgren

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 11, 1998, p. A6

Sverry T. Holmgren, 90, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998, at Lutheran Hospital in Eau Claire.

Sverry was born May 3, 1908, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Thure and Hulda Holmgren. He served in the Swedish Navy.

In October 1934, Sverry married the former Vivian Andersson in Stockholm, Sweden. He worked as a carpenter in Sweden before moving to the United States in 1961 and settling in Minneapolis, where he continued to work as a master craftsman.

After retiring, Sverry moved to Menomonie and has lived here since. He was a member of Carpenters Union Local 851 and enjoyed making beautiful furniture. He also enjoyed traveling extensively with his wife before her death.

Sverry is survived by two daughters, Margaret (Delrae) Hjeltness of Port Angeles, Wash.; Gunnel Stenberg of Grodinge, Sweden; five grandchildren, Jeff (Jacqueline) Hjeltness of Menomonie; Kirk (Cristy) Hjeltness of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho; Erik (Nancy) Hjeltness of Spokane, Wash.; Johna Stenberg of Grodinge, Sweden; Katarina Hertel of Grodinge, Sweden; and nine great-grandchildren, Tyler, Katlin, Cameron, Danika, Dane and Kari Hjeltness and Sara, Josephine, and Johnanna Hertel; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vivian; an infant brother and sister and two other brothers.

A memorial service for Sverry will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Rev. Jack Stimmel officiating. Burial of the cremains will be in Christ Lutheran-Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Agnes O. Julson

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 11, 1998, p. A6

Agnes O. Julson, 88, of Eau Claire, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998, at the Clairemont in Eau Claire.

Agnes was born April 20, 1910, in the Town of Curran near Pigeon Falls to Anton and Oline (Estensen) Johnson. She was reborn through the waters of Holy Baptism in fall 1910 at Pigeon Creek Evangelical Lutheran Church. Agnes confessed her faith in the Savior through the Rite of Confirmation in fall 1924.

On July 27, 1931, Agnes married Glen J. Julson. They made their home in Eau Claire and were charter members of Pinehurst Lutheran Church.

The Lord blessed them with four children: Mary A. Hegna (Thomas) of Menomonie, Harvey Julson (Shirley) of Eau Claire, Glenn Julson (Janie) of Eau Claire, and Donald Julson (Carol) of St. Louis, Mo.

Agnes worshipped her Lord regularly at Pinehurst Lutheran Church and served with the Ladies Aid and Altar Guild of the church. Her hobbies included crocheting and tatting.

For the last two years, she has been a resident of Clairemont Home in Eau Claire. Her husband, Glen, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 4, 1987.

In addition to her four children, Agnes is survived by her sister, Gladys Semb; her brother, Kenneth Johnson; one brother-in-law, several sisters-in-law, 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one grandchild, one sister, and five brothers.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1998, at Pinehurst Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Rogers officiating. Burial was in Rest Havens Gardens Cemetery.

Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home in Eau Claire handled arrangements.

Carrie Bakken

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 11, 1998, p. A6

Carrie Bakken, 101, died Monday, Nov. 9, 1998, at Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm.

Carrie is survived by a nephew, Richard Halvorson of Menomonie and three nieces, Carol Broten of Prairie Farm, Cynthia Sivigny of Stillwater, Minn., and Marion Krahenbuhl of Barron; and sisters-in-law Viola Halvorson and Ellen Halvorson of Menomonie.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 at West Akers Lutheran Church of rural Prairie Farm. Burial will be in West Akers Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church.

Gladys A. Thompson

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov . 15, 1998, p. A6

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Gladys A. "Tillie" Thompson, 71,of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1998, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Gladys Angeline Morgan was born Aug. 23, 1927 (on Morgan Mountain) in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County, to Henry and Verna (Birthman) Morgan. She graduated in 1945 from Dunn County Agricultural School and married Eugene Thompson on Nov. 6,1945 in Menomonie.

Gladys worked for 20 years as a waitress at Schultz Bros. in Menomonie, and later in food service at the Dunn County Health Care Center, retiring in 1989.

Gladys was a lifelong resident of Menomonie. She was a member of the DAV in Menomonie.

She was one of the best jitterbug dancers and enjoyed dancing at the 400 Club, Irvington Night Club, and Alcatraz. Her favorite band was Gene Weiss. Gladys also enjoyed playing cards, bowling and traveling with friends.

She came from a large family where something was always going on. She loved her country music and the sing-alongs during family get-togethers. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Gladys is survived by her husband, Eugene "Bud" Thompson of Menomonie; two daughters and one son, Sandy (Del) Yoder of Phoenix, Ariz., Vicky (Al) Boucher of Panama City, Fla., and James Thompson of Menomonie; six sisters and one brother, Opal (Harry) Cockeram of Menomonie, Mary (George "Bud") Clark of Rice Lake, Catherine Clark of Menomonie, Fern Joki of Proctor, Minn., Lulu (Merlyn) Leach of Red Wing, Minn., Peter Morgan of Red Wing, and Patty (Jon) Keyes of Proctor, Minn.; six grandchildren, Chad Yoder, Heather (John) Yoder Southway, Kerry Robinson, Kim (Michael) DePaepe, Kurt Robinson and Erik Thompson; two great-grandchildren, Alexandria Southway and Madison Robinson; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Jean Madison, and one brother, John Morgan.

Memorial services for Gladys are 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial of the cremains will be in St. John’s Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn county.

Friends may call one hour before services Monday at the funeral home.

Alberta L. Krueger

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 15, 1998, p. A6

Alberta L. Krueger, 77, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998.

She was born Dec. 19, 1920, in Durand to William G. and Clarisa Ann (Noris) Behnke.

She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Harrison, Ark., and a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur J. Krueger; one sister, Beatrice Proudlock of Menomonie; and three nephews, Bill, Dan and Mike Proudlock, all of Menomonie.

Services are 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, at the Holt Memorial Chapel in Harrison with Pastor Bob Everett officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Interment will be in Waubeek Cemetery in Durand at a later date.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Holt Memorial Chapel in Harrison.

Rev. Arnold E. Olson

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 15, 1998, p. A6.

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Reverend Arnold E. Olson, 77, Menomonie, went to his heavenly home Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998, at the Friendship Manor in Menomonie. He had lived there for 14 years due to Alzheimers Disease.

Arnold was born Nov. 6, 1921 to Annos and Olga (Aske) Olson on a farm near Howard, SD. He grew up in Howard and graduated from Howard High School in 1939. He then went to General Beadle Normal School in Madison, SD, and became a junior high school teacher in Alpena, SD.

After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Navy and became a commissioned officer, after attending Columbia University, New York City. His active duty was in the Pacific Theater, aboard a hospital ship, the LST 464.

After the service, Arnold attended the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota and became a child welfare worker with the Hennepin County Welfare Board in Minneapolis.

During this time Arnold married Lorraine Larson of Minneapolis on Nov. 10, 1948. He then answered his life long call to the ministry and enrolled in Luther Seminar in St. Paul. Arnold was ordained in his home church, Bethany Lutheran in Howard on June 22, 1952. Also as a seminary student he was also Superintendent of Lake Park/Wild Ride Children’s Home in Fergus Falls, Minn.; a new concept in child care, a home, not an orphanage.

Arnold served churches in Clam Falls, Wis., Redfield, SD, Menomonie, Wis, Durand, Wis; and as an interim pastor in Osseo, Wis. He was instrumental in organizing two major church building programs. In 164, Arnold started teaching Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He was an Associate Professor when he retired in 1987.

Arnold was a member of Rotary International, the American Legion Post #32 and the United Church of Christ and he was a clergyman with the Northwest Association of the United Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, 50; sons David of Red Wing, Minn.; Paul of White Bear Lake, Minn.; and Daniel of Menomonie; and brothers Lloyd of Apple Valley, Calif.; and Newell of Williamsburg, Va.

In addition, he is survived by 6 grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, Annos and Olga Olson; and a sister, June.

Funeral services for Arnold will be at noon on Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, at the First Congregational Church-United Church of Christ in Menomonie with Reverend Bob MacDougall officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran-Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, and at the church one hour before the service on Monday.

Thea Jeatran Ahrens

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 18, 1998, p. A6

Thea Jeatran Ahrens, 82, of Tampa, Fla., died at home on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1998, after a long illness.

A native of Menomonie, she moved to Florida in 1964.

She was a teacher and vocational director at Miami Jackson High School until her retirement and relocation to Tampa.

Thea is survived by her son, Timmer, daughter, Nicky, and daughter-in-law, Vicki, all of Tampa; and two sisters, Sophie Mitchell and Nicky Handelman, both of Philadelphia.

Marshall Williamson

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 18, 1998, p. A6

Marshall Williamson, 73, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998.

He was born Jan. 10, 1925, in Menomonie to the late Fredrick and Mary Etta (Brewer) Williamson. On June 7, 1947, he married the former Dorothy Ingram. He served two years in the Merchant Marines.

In 1948, he worked as an engineer for WEAU-Eau Claire. Marshall and Dorothy came to Green Bay in 1961. He worked for Post Corp. at Channel 11 and then in 1984 he was employed by Busse Broadcasting until his retirement in January 1990.

Marshall was a former member of the Y's Mens Club.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Ronald Schiltz of Suamico; a son, Mark Williamson of Santa Barbara, Calif.; two grandchildren, Josh and Amy Schiltz of Suamico; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Eldon and Marion of Menomonie and John and Janet of Elmwood; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ramona and Galen Riedt of Barron and Mary and John Sterry of Bloomer. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Thompson.

Services were Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Bethany Methodist Church, 1110 Echo Lane, with the Rev. Charles Cederholm officiating.

Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay, handled arrangements.

Shelley Pax

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 18, 1998, p. A6

Shelley Pax, 31, 2956 27th St., Birchwood, died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998, of injuries received in an auto accident in Rice Lake Township.

Shelley was born Aug. 12, 1967, in Spooner. She attended Birchwood Public Schools, graduating in 1985 from high school. She then entered the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie where she received her bachelor of science degree in 1989 and a master's degree in psychology in 1991.

Shelley was a school psychologist in Mayville for four years, and returned to Birchwood in 1996. Shelley served as school psychologist at New Richmond High School and was presently employed by the Rice Lake School System.

She was a member of the National Education Association, and while living in Fond du Lac, she was a member of the Domestic Violence Task Force and the Crisis Phone Line Organization, and an ER Advocate.

Shelley is survived by Rusty Myers and daughter, Josie, of Birchwood; her mot her and stepfather, Beverly and James Skar of Edgewater; her father and stepmother, Arlyn and Kay Pax of rural Menomonie; a brother, Richard Pax of Barron; two stepbrothers, James Skar of Edgewater and Daniel Pax of Menomonie; a stepsister, Dawn Pax of Menomonie; grandparents, Lois Anderson of Spring Valley and Ruth Pax of Baldwin; Butch and Cheryl Myers; special friends Deanna and Howie Hargrave of Rice Lake; aunts, uncles, cousins and other special friends.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Birchwood, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery in Birchwood.

Appleyard's Home for Funerals in Rice Lake handled arrangements.

Marguerite B. Simpson

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 18, 1998, p. A6

Marguerite B. "Peg" Simpson, 83, of Durand, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 16,1998, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire surrounded by her family.

Peg was born Sept. 6, 1915, in Dunn County to W. W. "Walt" and Agnes (Adams) Flick. She graduated in 1934 from Durand High School. After graduation, she worked for Flick Motors in Menomonie and later at St. Benedicts Community Hospital in Durand.

She married Robert J. Simpson Jr. on June 19, 1939, at St. Mary's in Durand and lived in rural Durand her entire married life.

Peg's life was dedicated to her family and to eradicating injustice wherever she saw it. She had an immense respect for all life. She enjoyed reading, quilting and many other hobbies.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Robert; children, Robert (Janet) Simpson of Universal City, TX, James (Kathleen) Simpson of Woodbury, Minn., Carol (John) Buhlman of Eau Galle, Daniel (Diane) Simpson of Durand, Ruth (Joe) Robelia of Maplewood, Minn., Marguerite (Bill) Schutten of East Troy, Helen (Bob) Kees of Durand, Bridget (Paul) Kovac of Ewing, NJ, Barbara Gongora of Rochester, Minn., Matthew (Kris) Simpson of Menomonie, and Jo Ann Rucker of Durand; 20 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald (Grace) Flick of Menomonie; and a sister, Agnes (John) Simpson of Durand.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Ann; her parents, Walt and Agnes Flick; and stepmothers, Anna Haack Flick and Amanda Hehli Flick.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998, at St. Mary's Assumption Church in Durand. The Rev. Ed Shuttleworth officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a memorial be given to St. Mary's School, 901 W. Prospect, Durand, WI 54736.

Goodrich Funeral Home in Durand handled arrangements.

Dolores Marcott

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 22, 1998, p. A6

Dolores Marcott, 78, of Wilson, died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood where she had resided since July.

Dolores was born May 8, 1920, in Lake Mills, the daughter of Ervin and Anna (Liesling) Strassburg. She was baptized at Lake Mills, confirmed at Little Black Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.

On Jan. 22. 1938, Dolores married Norman Marcott in Stetsonville. They lived in Stetsonville until 1954, when they moved to Cadott. They owned and operated the Clear Creek Cheese Factory until 1960.

In 1964, they purchased the cheese factory in Cady Township. They owned and operated the Cady Cheese Factory and also opened the Cady Cheese Store there. In 1978, they retired and moved to Arizona. They returned to Wilson in 1997.

Survivors include her husband, Norman, of Wilson; two sons, Richard (Joyce) Marcott of Spring Valley and Dale (Wendy) Marcott of Wilson; one sister, Sylvia (Joseph) Schutkowski of Tempe, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Eve (Ed) Ellefson, Lana (Jody) Anderson, Julie (Chris) Blegen, Kim (Tim) Smith, Pam (Gary) Tamburello, and Johannah Marcott; five great-grandchildren, Christopher and Steven Blegen, Kelley and Kelsey Ellefson, and Thomas Smith; and other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, one brother, Roland Strassburg, and one daughter, Deanna Mickelson.

Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Martin Wegner officiating. Music was provided by Kathy Brown, organist, with congregational singing. Burial was in St. Michael's cemetery in Spring Valley.

Bearers were Dolores' granddaughters: Eve Ellefson, Lana Anderson, Julie Blegen, Kim Smith, Pam Tamburello and Johannah Marcott.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Oliver Reppe

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 22, 1998, p. A6

Oliver "Red" Reppe, 87, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998, at the Sherman Oaks Convalescent Hospital in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Oliver was born on April 4, 1911, in Menomonie to Erick and Anna (Berseth) Reppe.

He spent his early years hunting, fishing and caddying at the Menomonie Country Club Golf Course. At age 16, he started working in the brick yards with his father. During the winter, he worked on his brother's farm.

At age 18, he started work for Nestles Milk Products as a fireman in the boiler room and continued to work there for 18 years as an engineer.

On Sept. 3, 1935, Oliver and Bernice Molitor were married in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. They have been married for 63 years.

In 1945, Oliver and Bernice and their two sons moved to Van Nuys, Calif. Oliver worked for two years at Areo Service and then for the next 45 years as chief engineer in charge of maintenance at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and School in Van Nuys.

Oliver enjoyed t raveling, gardening, golfing and especially woodworking. He was also an avid baseball fan.

Oliver is survived by his wife, Bernice Reppe of Reseda, Calif; two sons, William (Margo) Reppe of Menomonie and Eugene Reppe of Sherman Oaks; three sisters, Borgena Lee and Ellen Reppe, both of Menomonie, and Signa Brown of Boyd; five grandchildren, David Reppe of Grants Pass Ore., Kathleen (William) Sandlian of Hemet, Calif., William (Cyndee) Reppe of Jamestown, RI, Charles (Judy) Reppe of Adelanto, Calif, and Shawna Reppe of Menomonie; 12 great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Reppe, Danielle Reppe, Jeremy Jones, Torri Reppe, Joshua Reppe, Andy Jones, Alex Reppe, Krystle Reppe, Kyra Reppe, Tonya Reppe, Petrice Long and Rachelle Reppe; a sister-in-law, Marguerite (Molitor) McKee of Wausau; and many other relatives and friends.

Oliver was preceded in death by his parents, nine brothers and sisters, and two grandchildren, Gregory Boerstler and Petrice Boerstler.

Funeral services will be held at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church. Burial will be in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

Oliver will be sadly missed by his family and many wonderful friends.

Margaret Denning

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 22, 1998, p. A6

Margaret A. Denning, 82, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie, where she resided the last several years.

The former Margaret Audrey Werner was born Aug. 3, 1916, in Weston to Mathew and Mary (Frank) Werner. She married Clarence Denning on Aug. 19, 1940, at the Little Brown Church in Iowa. Margaret lived in the Menomonie area all her life.

Margaret is survived by a daughter, Deanna (Berton) Thorson of Menomonie; one grandson, David Thorson of Menomonie; three brothers and two sisters, Arthur (Dorothy) Werner of Wilson, Helen Strader of Eau Claire, Clarence (Lucille) Werner of Menomonie, Goldie Werner of Menomonie, and Robert (Virginia) Werner of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence; a daughter, Eileen; two sisters, Edna Thompson and Frances Becker; and one brother, Elmer Werner.

Funeral services for Margaret are 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Daniel Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family with arrangements.

Marie I. C. Wyss

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 22, 1998, p. A6

Marie I. C. Wyss, 86, of Hammond, formerly of Boyceville, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1998, at the Baldwin Hospital in Baldwin.

The former Marie Irma Caroline Reetz was born Aug. 18, 1912, in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County to Frank and Ida (Lindeman) Reetz. She attended Pine Grove Country School in the Town of Hay River. On Nov. 6, 1935, Marie married John Wyss at St. John's Lutheran Church in Boyceville.

They farmed for many years in the Town of Stanton. When their son took over the farm, Marie went to work as a nurses aide at Memorial Hospital in Menomonie. After her husband's death, she later moved to Palmyra to live with her daughter. Marie resided the last five years at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.

Marie was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Boyceville and belonged to the Ladies Aide. She enjoyed babysitting for her grandchildren and her daily walks and reading. She also enjoyed baseball games, fishing and camping.

Marie is survived by two sons and one daughter, Orville (Doris) Wyss of Boise, Idaho, Robert (Sharon) Wyss of Boyceville, and Shirley (Robert) Freiermuth of Palmyra; eight grandchildren, Kenneth Wyss, Carol (Jeff) Marson, Sherilyn (Rich) Stalker, Kelly Wyss, Michelle (Shawn) Cormican, John Wyss, Robert (Jill) Freiermuth, and Josette (Matt) Kuehl; six great-grandchildren, Jason and Ashley Stalker, Adam and Brianna Cormican, and Josh and Ben Freiermuth; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John, in 1979; two brothers, Raymond and Alfred Reetz; an done sister, Edna Wyss.

Funeral services for Marie are 2 p.m. today (Sunday, Nov. 22) at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Kevin Leidich officiating. Burial will be in Hay River Cemetery in the Town of Hay River.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Sunday at the church. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Joseph A. Filipa

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 22, 1998, p. A6

Joseph A. Filipa, 85, of Boyceville, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire after suffering a stroke on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Joe was born Sept. 27, 1913, in Boyceville to Paul and Anna (Boda) Filipa. He was baptized and confirmed at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville.

He farmed with his father and brother and was a milk hauler in his younger years.

On May 30, 1937, Joe married Anne Menich of Chicago. They stayed in Chicago where he worked in a radio factory for almost three years. In April 1940, Joe and Anne moved to Boyceville, where they lived the remainder of their lives.

Joe farmed north of Boyceville for many years until 1961, when he and Anne bought the Boyceville Drug Store. It didn't take Joe long to figure out that he didn't want to be a businessman and he was back into farming in less than a year; leaving the store for Anne to run. He continued to farm full time until 1980 and part time until now.

Joe was an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, serving in various positions, including church president.

In his retirement years, Joe enjoyed gardening, going to his grandchildren's sporting events, tinkering with machinery that didn't work, and talking to his friends. He was looking forward to the birth of his first great-grandchild.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anne, in 1987; two brothers, Paul and infant Ludwig Filipa; two sisters, Pauline Frano and Ann Filipa.

Joe is survived by one daughter, Sharon (William) Reineke of Eau Claire; one son, Alan (Nancy) Filipa of Boyceville; four grandchildren, Lisa Reineke and husband Patric Hardiman of Bancroft, Jeff (Teresa) Reineke of Mesa, Ariz., John Filipa of Madison and Tim Filipa of Boyceville; and three sisters, Emily Henricksen, Helen Sokol and Marion Lipovsy, all of Boyceville.

He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Township of Tiffany, with Rev. Louis Krestes officiating. Burial will be in the Tiffany Cemetery, Boyceville.

Friends may call at Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City today (Sunday) from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour before services Monday at the church.

Mary Lou Lemke

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 25, 1998, p. A6

Mary Lou Lemke, 67, of Rhinelander, formerly of Menomonie, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander.

Mary Lou was born Oct. 19, 1931, in Menomonie, the daughter of Albert Sr. and Augusta (Windler) Lemke. At age 16, she moved to the Person Health Care Center for the developmentally disabled in Rhinelander, where she resided the rest of her life.

Mary Lou is survived by her sister, Dorothy Greeley of Menomonie, several nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Albert Lemke Jr. and Louis Lemke; and three sisters, Verna Schroeder, Martha Zimmerman and Ruth Lemke in infancy.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 23, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob Jarvis officiating. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie.

Murle C. Loback

Dunn County News, Wed, Nov. 25, 1998, p. A6

Murle C. "Slim" Loback, 63, 1925 Stillwater Ave., St. Paul, Minn., died Friday, Nov. 20, 1998, at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul.

He was born Oct. 5, 1935, in Dunn County, the son of Clifford and Luella (Hintzman) Loback. He had worked for Ralston Purina in Minneapolis for 40 years. He married Corrine "Tootie" Bresina on Sept. 15, 1962, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Bloomer.

He is survived by his wife, Corrine; one son, Eric of St. Paul; one daughter, Dawn (Troy) Leinen of California; his stepmother, Olga Loback of Ridgeland; two brothers, Larry (Kufji) of Florida and Stanley of Ridgeland; three sisters, Verla Loback of St. Paul, Della Bendtson of Ridgeland, and Carolyn (Sheldon) Vanasse of Bloomington, Minn,; and two granddaughters, Nicole Loback and Stephanie Dack.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford, and his mother, Luella.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, at Notre Dame church in Chippewa Falls. The Rev. Eric Berns was celebrant of the funeral Mass. Music was provided by Judy Brist.

Casket bearers were Dolly Schindler, Janie Bowe, Charlie Armstrong, Jane Wold, Mavis Bleskachek and Rhonda Roen. Burial was in North Catholic Cemetery in Bloomer. Military rites were conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council at Tuesday's services. Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls handled arrangements.

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