Dunn County, WI Obituaries
September 2004

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
September 1, 2004 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Frank J. Belisle

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 1, 2004, A6

Frank J. Belisle, age 99, of River Falls, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at The Lutheran Home in River Falls.

Frank was born April 15, 1905, in the township of Georgetown in Polk County. He graduated from Turtle Lake High School, earned a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota.
He served schools in Wisconsin for 44 years. Frank was a principal in Nelson, Augusta and Woodville. He taught in Menomonie public schools for 13 years. In 1955, he was appointed registrar and director of placement at UW-Stout. He retired from public education in 1970.

Frank married Betty Newell in Durand on June 6, 1929, and in 1999 they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Betty died on Sept. 15, 1999.

Frank was a member of the United Methodist Church, Retired Teachers' Association, Menomonie Masonic Lodge, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout Century Club.

Survivors include a son, James (Margery) Belisle of Bloomington, Ind.; a daughter, Dorothy (Bill) Romoser of River Falls; five granddaughters, and six great-grandsons.

The family prefers memorials to the Frank and Betty Belisle Scholarship Fund at UW-Stout.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with Pastor Rosalind Dryver-Scott officiating. The family will greet friends and family during a reception after the service.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls (715) 425-8788.

Charles A. Cummings

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 1, 2004, A6

Charles A. Cummings, age 89, of Menomonie, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Charles Alton Cummings was born on Aug. 22, 1915, in the town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Earl and Edith (Weeks) Cummings. He was baptized and confirmed at the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the town of Red Cedar. On Nov. 4, 1937, he married Charlotte Behling at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, where they have remained members.

He farmed all his life in the town of Dunn and the town of Spring Brook. Charles also worked for 15 years for the town of Spring Brook. After his retirement, he did custom hauling.

Charles was an avid snowmobiler and a member of four snowmobile clubs. He was also a member of the Red Cedar Antique Car Club. Some of the other hobbies he enjoyed were hunting, bowling and traveling.

Charles is survived by his wife, Charlotte of Menomonie; one daughter, Carolyn (Joe) Drinkman of Amery; one son, Roger (Judy) Cummings of Menomonie; six grandchildren, Gene (Maureen) Drinkman, Lisa (Steve) Hoff, Dana (Lisa) Drinkman, Amy (John) Stalter, Tahnee (Mark) Sand, and Chad (Meghan) Cummings; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Laurane Wendt of Menomonie; three sisters-in-law, Adeline Cummings and Eleanor Schaefer, both of Menomonie, and Doris (Gordon) Fouks of New Richmond; many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one infant sister, Virgil, and one brother, Dale Cummings.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial will be in Forest Center Cemetery, town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Herbert H. Link

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 1, 2004, A6

CORRECTION:

The list of survivors of Herbert H. Link, who died Aug. 24, should have read Terry (Donna) Link of Colfax rather than Terry (Donald) Link of Colfax.

Adeline I. Brenn

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 5, 2004, A6

Adeline I. Brenn, age 83, of Menomonie, formerly of Grand Marais and Golden Valley, Minn., died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Adeline was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Chicago, the daughter of Henry and Lillian (Zulfer) Muehlhausen. Adeline grew up in the Chicago area. She married Edward Brenn on Feb. 8, 1940. After marriage they lived in the Chicago area. They later moved to Golden Valley and retired to Grand Marais. In 1998, Adeline moved to Menomonie to be closer to her family.

She is survived by a son, Allen (Barbara) Brenn of Golden Valley; a daughter, Susan (Thomas) Kilgore of Menomonie; a grandson, Andrew Kilgore; a granddaughter, Julie Brenn; a sister-in-law, Bernice Muehlhausen; and two nieces, Jackie (Fred) Ingraham and Cindy (Dean) Nephew.

Adeline is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward, in 1984; and a brother, Henry Muehlhausen.

No formal services are planned. Burial will be at a later date in Golden Valley. Memorials are preferred to the National Diabetes Association.

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

Betty Jane Hemauer

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 5, 2004, A6

Prayers for Betty Jane (Wolfgram) Hemauer, age 74, will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 201 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine, Ill.  A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 465 N. Benton St., Palatine. She passed away Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Northwest Community Hospital.

Betty was born Dec. 29, 1929 in Menomonie. She has been a resident of Palatine since 1962. Betty was a dental assistant.

Betty had a great love for all types of animals and took great pleasure in feeding the birds and squirrels in her back yard. Whenever there was a stray animal, Betty was always willing to take it in and care for it. Most important in Betty's life was her love that she had for family, husband, children and grandchildren. She loved to spend time playing games and participating in many other family activities. Betty also enjoyed decorating her home for each holiday, which brought great enjoyment to everyone. She will be deeply missed but is leaving to all those who loved  her many fond memories.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Alfred J. Hemauer of Palatine; two daughters, Beverly (Patricia) Taylor of Elburn, Ill., and Peggy Hemauer of Prospect Heights, Ill.; six sons, Steve Hemauer of Chippewa Falls, Bill (Cyndi) Hemauer of Algonquin, Ill., Dan (Debra) Hemauer of Harvard, Ill., Rich (Diane) Hemauer of Richmond, Ill., Pete (Cathy) Hemauer of Elgin, Ill., and Scott Hemauer of McHenry, Ill.; and a sister, Barb Holmberg of St. Paul, Minn.

Additionally she was the grandmother of Aimee, Jim, Daniel, Katie, Brianna, Ryan, Tyler, Ally, Zach, Jessica, Kristin, Erin and Megan; and special aunt of Duke, Speedy, Linda and Sandy.

Visitation will be at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 6.

Memorials would be appreciated in memory of Betty for: Save-A-Pet, 31664 N. Fairfield Rd, Grayslake, Ill 60030 or to the American Cancer Society, 100 W. Palatine Road, Suite 150, Palatine, Ill 60067.

Arrangements by Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, Palatine.

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Kenneth A. Eddy

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 5, 2004, A6

Kenneth A. Eddy, age 80, of Menomonie went to his heavenly home Saturday morning, Sept. 4, 2004.

Kenneth was born on Feb. 21, 1924, the eldest son of Clement and Lillian (Lewis) Eddy in Walker, Minn. After graduation from Alango High School, he moved to Tacoma, Wash. In 1943, he was drafted into the Army and later transferred to the Air Force where he served in the European Theater during World War II.

After he was discharged in 1945, he took his apprenticeship as a machinist in Eau Claire. He was employed at White Machine Works and then Presto Industries.

In 1952, Kenneth married Shirley Doescher. After her death in 1974, he married Irene (Brensdal) Mars in 1975.

After Presto closed, they moved to Menomonie where Kenneth was employed at Sanna Dairies until he was disabled from a stroke in 1981.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Irene Eddy of Menomonie; a son, Douglas (Lynn) Eddy of Roberts; two stepsons and two stepdaughters, Gene (Lori) Doescher of Round Lake Beach, Ill, Sandra Umbs of Eau Claire, Randal Mars of Las Begas, and Ronda Lee of Knapp; three brothers, Lyle (Ardith) Eddy, Donald Eddy, and Willard (Diane) Eddy, all of Janesville; five sisters, Laura (Edwin) Lawrenz of Tomah, Vera (Bill) Manor of Chippewa Falls, Shirley Meier of Elk Mound, Ruth (Lloyd) White of Janesville, and Judy (James) Luedtke of Kewaskum; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Shirley; two brothers, one in infancy and Theodore (Agnes) Eddy.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating. Burial is at Rest Haven Cemetery, Eau Claire with full military honors provided by VFW Post 305 of Eau Claire.

Family and friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church on Tuesday.

Eleanor E. Koehler

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 5, 2004, A6

Eleanor E. Koehler, age 96, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Care Partners Assisted Living in Menomonie.

Eleanor Emily Koehler was born on March 19, 1908, in Halsey to Ferdinand and Augusta Koehler. She attended grade school in Ashland. After grade school, she worked for Dr. Joseph S. Smith who helped her continue her education.

Eleanor graduated from Wausau High School in 1941 and received her bachelor of arts degree from UW-Whitewater. She received a master's degree in 1953 from UW-Madison. Eleanor taught ninth grade English for 35 years in Menomonie.

She was a life member of the Wisconsin Retired Teachers' Association and she was a member of the Dunn County Area Retired Educators' Association for many years.

Eleanor was a lifelong baptized and confirmed member of the Lutheran church and was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. She also participated in several bridge clubs.

She is preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Mary, Martha, Lydia, Olga and Hilda; and three brothers, Gerhart, Harry and Edwin.

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating. Burial was in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Anita M. Fennie

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 5, 2004, A6

Annie M. Fennie, age 63, formerly of Boyceville, died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Anita was born Nov. 22, 1940 in Boyceville to Ernest and Lulu (Welsh) Fennie. She was a "special" child all her life, and lovingly called her friends and family by the name Joey. She lived at home for the first 12 years of her life and then at the Northern Colony until the new facility in Dunn County was built in 1972.

The Dunn County Health Care Center was to be her final home and she loved living there with her fellow residents, nurses and aides.

She was a happy girl and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Anita was preceded in death by her parents, sister Corinne Frieburg, and brother-in-law Orville Graese. Anita is survived by two sisters and one brother, Roberta Graese of Glenwood City, Carolyn Tofson and her husband, Roger, of Wisconsin Dells, and Donald Fennie and his wife, Mary, of Colfax. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A private funeral service will be held at the Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City with burial in the Tiffany Cemetery, Boyceville.

Bernard Obermueller

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 5, 2004, A6

Bernard Obermueller, age 79, of Glenwood City, died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at the Dunn County  Health Care Center in Menomonie. Services are pending with the Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City.

Myrle C. Lehmann

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 8, 2004, A6

Myrle C. Lehmann, age 93, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Lance L. Eilenfeldt

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 8, 2004, A6

Lance L. Eilenfeldt, age 35, of Menomonie, formerly of Waterloo, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at his home in the town of Tainter, Dunn County.

Lance was born July 29, 1969, in Fort Atkinson to Lynn Eilenfeldt and Lavon (Yelk) Eilenfeldt. Lance attended schools in Waterloo and graduated from high school in California.

He worked as a dry wall installer for the Carpenters Union of St. Paul, Minn., the last five years.

He was a member of the Tainter Lake Sportsmen's Club, an avid pool player, and loved to fish.

Lance will be sadly missed by his beloved friend, Linda Slowiak of Eau Claire; his mother, Lavon Eilenfeldt of Waterloo; his father, Lynn Eilenfeldt of Texas; a sister, Lori (Stacy) Hoege of New Auburn; his maternal grandparents, Harvey and Gertrude Yelk of Waterloo; his special companion, Bugsy; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and two aunts, Patricia and Cynthia.

His zest for life was so that he loved each day as though it was his last.

A memorial and celebration of Lance's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at Lambs Creek Park/Boat Landing across from Jake's Supper Club.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at the Pederson Funeral Home in Waterloo with the Rev. Robert Kosky officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Waterloo.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.

Rhiel's Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family locally.

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Deborah A. Confer

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 8, 2004, A6

Deborah A. Confer, age 48, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Deb was born Dec. 9, 1955, in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Lloyd and Lorraine (Hanke) Confer. Deb grew up and attended schools in Michigan. She moved with her mother and stepfather to Menomonie in 1986. While in Menomonie, Deb was involved with the Very Special Arts Choir, the Chippewa Valley Fishing Club, and the Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Activity Program.

Deb was a member of the Tainter United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School until 1996. Deb also enjoyed playing bingo at the Menomonie Moose Lodge on Thursday nights. For the last two years, Deb has attended Indianhead Enterprises in Menomonie.

Deb is survived by a brother, Michael Confer of Michigan, several aunts and uncles, and other relatives and friends.

Her parents and her stepfather, Carl Lidster, precede her in death.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at the Tainter United Methodist Church, rural Colfax, with the Rev. Steve Groves officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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

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

Marcy L. Stoddard

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 8, 2004, A6

Marcy L. Stoddard, age 50, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at University Wisconsin Hospital, surrounded by her loving family and friends as they listened to her favorite song, "What a Wonderful World."

Marcy was born July 19, 1954, in Madison to Mary Jane and Michael Joseph Gentilli. She was married to Phil Stoddard on Oct. 20, 1990. Marcy graduated from Edgewood High School in 1972 and spent that summer traveling in Europe. Upon her return, she began working at St. Mary's Hospital until she moved to Missoula, Mont., in 1989 where she was employed at St. Patrick's Hospital.

The time she and Phil spent in Missoula was one of her favorites and friendships she developed there remain strong today. Phil and Marcy returned to Madison in 1991 and she decided to pursue other career opportunities which led her to working at Don's Hallmark, Yankee Trading Co., and most recently, Savior Faire. She loved her experience at Savior Faire which she never referred to as a job but rather that at was a "neat place to work." The friendships developed at Savior Faire were very evident by the "Get Well Messages and Wishes Book" from customers. She was so touched by those messages.

Anyone who knew Marcy could always count on the wonderful smile and her willingness to help anyone in anyway because "NO" was not in her vocabulary. What mattered most to Marcy was family and there was no one closer to her than her twin sister, Mary. They were not only sisters; they were best friends and during Marcy's recent stay at UW Hospital, Mary never left her side. Marcy never asked anything of anyone, but we all knew she was scared, and it was Mary she turned to in her last few days, and the comfort Mary provided her will only be known to them.

Family outings and functions were always something she looked forward to. We can now only appreciate how precious the memories will be of the family celebrating Mary and Marcy's 50th birthday at "Uncle Mick's" cabin this past July. Marcy's pride and joy were her nieces and nephews and her love for them was evident by never forgetting their birthdays or special occasions.

While she loved all her nieces and nephews, it was the "Miracle Babies," Jack, Sid and Ellie, who brought her so much joy and we can now only understand why the bond between her and them was so special. We will never forget that whenever they saw Marcy, the first thing they said was "Marcy, bubbles; Marcy, bubbles."

Her early morning ritual was to make it a point to call her parents and see what was up and if the coffee was on or where we should go for breakfast. She cherished the time she spent with her mother in helping her in anyway possible. Her Tuesday morning coffee with her father at the truck stop was their special time to talk.

Marcy loved to golf, do yard work, read mystery novels, sit on the dock by the lake on a sunny day, checking out which Culver's had the best flavor of the day, and an occasional trip to Ho-Chunk. Marcy will be remembered for the positive attitude on life and that great smile. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Phil of Madison; her parents, Jane and Michael Gentilli of Madison; her sister, Mary (Kevin) Retelle of Madison; three brothers, Michael (Susan) Gentilli of Woodbury, Minn., Joseph (Teri) Gentilli of Verona, and Robert (Cheryl) Gentilli of Belleville; a sister-in-law, Diane Gentilli of Missoula; her mother-in-law, Ruth Stoddard of Spring Green; father-in-law, Roland Stoddard of DeForest; three brothers-in-law, Brian (Kris) Stoddard and Mike (Linda) Stoddard, both of Spring Green, and Jan (Jennifer) Stoddard of Mt. Horeb; three sisters-in-law, Sally Dischler of Sun Prairie, Sandy (Dean) Ducharme) of Spring Green, and Susie (Tom) Bindl of Plain; 13 nephews; and 11 nieces.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Patrick in 1999, and brother-in-law, Bob Dischler in 2004.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at UW Hospital and Clinics. A special thanks to Dr. Connor and Dr. Tannehill; both are amazing individuals and Marcy was fortunate to have them fighting for her. To the staff in the TLC Center, with special acknowledgement to Amalie Meyer, Chris Dressler, Karen Holets, Liz Fahlstrom, Shandra Peterson and Dr. Regan. We can't say enough about the care they provided Marcy in her last three days and how much easier they made this difficult time for us.

Funeral services were Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church. A private burial will follow at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center or the St. Maria Goretti "Building Our Faith" campaign fund.

Cress Funeral Home in Madison handled arrangements.

What a Wonderful World

I see trees of green

red roses too

I see them bloom

for me and you

and I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue

and clouds of white

the bright blessed day

and dogs say goodnight

and I think to self, what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow

so pretty in the sky

are also an the faces

of people passing by

I see friends shaking hands

saying how do you do

they're really saying, I love you

I hear babies cry

I watch them grow

they'll learn much more

than I'll ever know

and I think to myself, what a world

Yes, I think to my self, what a Wonderful World

OH .... YEAH!!

Viola M. Lausted

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 8, 2004, A6

Viola M. Lausted, age 79, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at the Bloomer Medical Center.

The former Viola Mary Jones was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Mauston to Clarence and Mary (Walter) Jones.

Viola taught grade school for four years before her marriage. She married Edward Lausted on Dec. 25, 1948. They lived and worked on the family farm where she enjoyed her beautiful flower gardens.

Viola was active in church work, teaching Sunday School and Bible School for many years. She directed the church choir for 11 years and was active in the church women's group, holding various offices.

Viola taught craft classes at the Menomonie Vocational School and was vocational homemaker advisor for several years. She also did volunteer work at the area nursing home in the craft department. In later years, Viola continued to make craft items as loving gifts for family and friends.

Viola is survived by her husband of 55 years, Edward Lausted of Menomonie; daughter, Mary (Bruce) Browers of Duluth, Minn.; a son, Charles Lausted of Miami, Fla.; grandchildren, Michael (Elnora) Browers, Jesse (Kristine) Browers, Laura Browers, John Browers, Melissa (Wayne) Ellsworth, Hunter Lausted and Chase Lausted; a brother-in-law, Wesley (Delores) Lausted of Madison; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her brother, Harold Jones; two sisters, Grace McNown and Lucille Fry; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Lausted; and one grandson, Jay Lausted.

The family wishes to thank her doctors and dedicated staff at the Bloomer Medical Center for their kind and loving care.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at the Tainter United Methodist Church in the town of Tainter, Dunn County.

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

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Memorials can be sent to the Tainter United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Myrle C. Lehmann

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 12, 2004, A6

Myrle C. Lehmann, age 93, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie surrounded by his family.

He was born on April 29, 1911, in the town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Paul and Blanche (Seitz) Lehmann. He was baptized and later confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.  When a young boy, he moved with his family to the Buttermilk Coulee region and the later to an 80-acre farm on CTH K and STH 72 in the town of Weston, Dunn County.

Myrle married the former Martha Robertson on June 5, 1930, in St. Paul, Minn. They were married nearly 67 years before her death in 1997. For 13 years, Myrle taught in several rural schools. He and his wife moved to the family farm on Gypsy Hill, where Myrle was town clerk for many years. After retiring from farming, he worked at UW-Stout as a purchasing agent. Upon retiring from Stout, he did small business accounting and taxes.

Myrle was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie for more than 50 years. He loved antique cars and enjoyed telling wonderful stories. He also loved his family and will be sadly missed.

Myrle is survived by a daughter, Betty (Russell) Gabriel of Baden, Pa.; a son, Gene (Jo) Lehmann of Menomonie; six grandchildren, Julie Miller of Baden, Jan (Charles) Schultz of Winfield, Ill, Barbara Thornton of Gibsonia, Pa, Tim (Kathi) Lehmann and Steve (Sherry) Lehmann, both of Menomonie, and Cindy (Greg) Hoff of Boyceville; 12 great-grandchildren, Valerie (Joe) Neller, Adam Miller, Derrick Schultz, Samantha Schultz,
Amy Hoff, Heather Lehmann, Lindsay Lehmann (fiance Rich Reiten), Tara (Jeremy) Wendt, Allen (Cheryl) Hoff, Kevin Hoff, Carrie Lehmann and Dylan Lehmann; three great-great-grandchildren, Austin and Cody Wendt and Jazzmyn Hoff; a sister Irma Johnson of Lake Forest, Minn; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Lehmann of Menomonie and Orpha Crist of Tulsa, Okla.; three step-great grandchildren, Chad, Justin and Samantha Warner; two step-great great grandchildren, Sky and Hunter Warmer; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Martha, one sister, Vivian Reinhardt; two brothers, Herb and Kenneth Lehmann; one great-grandson, Michael Lehmann; one grandson-in-law, David Thornton; three brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.

Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial was in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

The family prefers memorials to Our Savior's Lutheran Church or donor's favorite charity.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Alice Irene Heagle

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 12, 2004, A6

Alice Irene Heagle, 91, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at Clairemont Nursing and Rehabilitation in Eau Claire.

She was born on Jan. 8, 1913, in Beulah, N.D., to Lewis and Belle Wetzel. The family moved to Gilman, Wis., when Alice was just a young girl. She graduated from Gilman High School and went on to attain a two-year teaching certificate from Eau Claire Normal School, then returned to North Dakota to teach for one year.

She then returned to Wisconsin, married John J. Heagle. They began farming a 120-acre farm near Downsville, which they farmed successfully for 50 years. The family was lifelong members of St. Joseph’s parish in Menomonie.

She asserted a great deal of influence on all of her sons to become teachers.  She instilled the value of hard work done well, and had a very strong sense of justice that she put to good use over many years, working most of her adult life in various forms of church work, both on the parish and diocesan level. In the late 1980s, she received the Brother James Miller Peace and Justice Award jointly with her son, Father John Heagle.

Alice is survived by her four sons, Robert (Dorothy) of Mondovi, Fr. John of Lincolnl City, Ore., Lawrence (Kim Wilson) of Fall Creek, and Anson (Diana) of Mukwanago; seven grandchildren, Michael, Jennifer, Karen, Denise, Mary, Jonathan and David; and two sisters, Lucille Kondrusuk of Gilman and Gertude Bahrke of Plant City, Fla.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John “Jack”; her sisters, Gladys Browing and Ruth Lewis; and brothers, Raymond and Francis Wetzel.

The Heagle family wants to express particular thanks to Sister Michaela Hedican and all the Sisters of St. Bede who welcomed Alice warmly as another Sister in their midst at the Clairemont, and to the great staff of the Clairemont as well, who gave her such loving care.

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. John Heagle officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.  Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, where a prayer service was held Friday evening, was in charge of arrangements. 

Lance L. Eilenfeldt

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 15, 2004, A6

Lance L. Eilenfeldt, age 35, of Menomonie, formerly of Waterloo, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at his home in the town of Tainter, Dunn County.

Lance was born July 29, 1969, in Fort Atkinson to Lynn Eilenfeldt and Lavon (Yelk) Eilenfeldt. Lance attended schools in Waterloo and graduated from high school in California.

He worked as a dry wall installer for the Carpenters Union of St. Paul, Minn., the last five years.

He was a member of the Tainter Lake Sportsmen's Club, an avid pool player, and loved to fish.

Lance will be sadly missed by his beloved friend, Linda Slowiak of Eau Claire; his mother, Lavon Eilenfeldt of Waterloo; his father, Lynn Eilenfeldt of Texas; a sister, Lori (Stacy) Hoege of New Auburn; his maternal grandparents, Harvey and Gertrude Yelk of Waterloo; his special companion, Bugsy; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and two aunts, Patricia and Cynthia.

His zest for life was so that he loved each day as though it was his last.

A memorial and celebration of Lance's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at Lambs Creek Park/Boat Landing across from Jake's Supper Club.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at the Pederson Funeral Home in Waterloo with the Rev. Robert Kosky officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Waterloo.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.

Rhiel's Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family locally.

Alice Dixon

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 15, 2004, A6

Alice Dixon, age 84, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, in San Jose, Calif.

Alice Emerson was born Feb. 4, 1920, to Lewis and Emma (Sabatke) Emerson in Knapp, one of seven children.
She attended Pleasant Dale Rural School, Boyceville High School, and Dunn County Normal School. She taught in the rural school system in Dunn County prior to moving to California in 1945, where she worked in a defense factory in support of the World War II effort.

On June 4, 1946, she was united in marriage to Nino Bollentino in Boyceville. Three sons were born to this union. Following the death of her first husband, she married Albert Dixon in San Jose.

Alice was a fine seamstress and spent many hours in this line of work, along with her long and faithful service to her family, her Lord, and her church.

She is survived by two sons, Randy Bollentino and Todd (Melanie) Bollentino; four grandchildren, Benjamin Murphy, Brianna Bollentino, Adria Jermey and Samuel Bollentino; two sisters, Luella (Charles) Stokke of Menomonie and Donna (Ollie) Stewart of Everett, Wash.; and two brothers, Calvin (Doris) Emerson of Cutbank, Mont., and James (Ruby) Emerson of Menomonie.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Nino Bollentino; husband, Albert Dixon; one son, Steven; and two sisters, Arvilla (Richard) Schlottman and Lyla (Richard) Spielman.

Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Los Gatos, Calif., with interment at Los Gatos Memorial Cemetery with Darling & Fischer Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Gerald "Bud" C. Newton

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 15, 2004, A6

Gerald "Bud" C. Newton, age 83, of Wheeler, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Bud was born Sept. 23, 1920, in Durand to Charles and Marcella (Baur) Newton. He graduated from St. Pat's High School in Eau Claire. He was a decorated war veteran, serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Philippines and New Guinea. He married Virginia Vincent on June 16, 1944, in Eau Claire. Virginia died in 1982.
Bud worked as a fireman for the Eau Claire Fire Department.

Bud was an outdoorsman, enjoying duck hunting. He was an avid Packer fan. He loved to play baseball and to paint. He also loved barbershop music. He was a member of VFW Post 306.

Bud is survived by a son, Charles (Jeri) of Wheeler; one grandson, Jeremiah; three sisters, Barbara "Bobby" Larson of North Carolina; and Marcella "Dolly" Miller and Jeanette "Todo" Langill, both of California; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Virginia; one sister, Lorraine "Sis" Klier; and one brother, Harold "Hal" Newton.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at the Golden Funeral Home, 1405 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, with Pastor Doug Vick officiating. Inurnment will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.

To offer online condolences, please go to the obituaries at www.goldenfuneralhome.com

Golden Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joseph Danovsky

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 15, 2004, A6

Joseph Danovsky, age 91, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at his home.

He was born Nov. 2, 1912, in the town of Sheridan, Dunn County, to Andrew and Anna (Bilik) Danovsky. He was raised in the town of Sheridan where he attended Oak Lawn School.

Joe married Violet Johnson on Jan. 12, 1938, in Glenwood City. To this union two children, Gary and Shirley, were born. Together, Joe and Violet farmed in the town of Sherman until 1947. They then owned and operated a tavern in Boyceville until 1950. From 1950 to 1970 they farmed in the town of Menomonie. Joe also worked at Mills Fleet Farm in Menomonie from 1965 until retiring in 1975.

Joe and Violet spent winters in Texas and Arizona and the summer months at Moon Lake. Joe loved to hunt, fish, play cards and visit with his many friends. He also loved the time he could spend with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed.

Joe is survived by his wife of 66 years, Violet Danovsky of Menomonie; a son, Gary (Donnalee) Danovsky of Menomonie; a son-in-law, Junior (Corrine) Larson of Menomonie; six grandchildren, Terry (Janet) Larson of Glenwood City, Cynthia (Michael) Lee, Joe (Mary) Larson and Jon (Paula) Danovsky, all of Menomonie, Jeff (Tena) Danovsky of Colfax, and Brent (Jessica) Larson of Knapp; granddaughter-in-law, Kim Larson of Menomonie; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sue Lausch of Texas, Augusta Ursini of New Mexico, and Emily Stephens of Florida; a brother-in-law, Arnold Johnson of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Shirley Larson; a grandson, Randy Larson; three brothers, Emil, Andy and Paul; two sisters, Mary and Anna; and an infant sister, Judith.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial was in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth M. Wold

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 15, 2004, A6

Ruth M. Wold, age 87, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Ruth was born March 7, 1917, in Emmetsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Ethel (Clayton) Block. When a young child, she moved with her family to Menomonie, where she grew up. Ruth married Loren Wold in 1948.

Ruth worked for Ada Hosford for a few years; she also worked for Anderson Cleaners, Lee's Drug Store, and mostly as a bookkeeper at Richartz Implement for approximately 20 years until she retired. Loren passed away in 1980.

Although Ruth and Loren never had children, their cocker spaniels, Sandy and Taffy, were like their children. For the last four years, Ruth has made her home at Potter's Country Home, where the staff and residents made her feel at home. The Wold family would like to thank the staff there for all their terrific care.

Ruth is survived by a sister, Nira (Ted) Richartz of Menomonie; best friend, Gladys Block of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Her parents; husband, Loren; two brothers, Harlan and Herbert Block; and pets, Sandy and Taffy, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Julie Ann Stansbury

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 19, 2004, A6

Julie Ann Stansbury, age 37, of La Crescent, Minn., died on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Medical Center after a five year battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

She was born on May 23. 1967, in Menomonie to Lee and Ann (Chamberlain) Stansbury. Julie had worked at Visual Changes in La Crosse and was a talented musician. She was a graduate of the first class of occupational assistants at WWTC. She was a very friendly and outgoing person and everyone she met liked her. Julie appreciated all the support she received from family and friends the last five years.

She is survived by her parents, Lee and Ann; her son, Richard Lee; two sisters, Laurie Brindle and Denise (Raymon) Slaughter; two nephews, Troy Brindle and Patrick Slaughter; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent with the Rev. Todd Misna officiating. Ennichement was held in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1440 West Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607.

Dr. Ernest Levine Nelson

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 19, 2004, A6

Dr. Ernest Levine Nelson, age 98, of Altoona, formerly of Menomonie, passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at Grace Edgewood in Altoona.

He was born May 7, 1906, in Eau Claire to Peter and Christine Nelson. He attended Eau Claire High School, State Teachers College, and the University of Minnesota -- School of Dentistry. He married Helen Proux on June 22, 1942, and Gail Kurell on Oct. 9, 1967.

He was a principal in Lodi as well as an assistant principal in Independence prior to going into dentistry. He practiced dentistry at the Northern Colony in Chippewa Falls, briefly in Ladysmith, and practiced most of his life in Menomonie, retiring in 1983.

He enjoyed classical music and was a big Badger football fan.

He is survived by his step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ann Nelson of Chippewa Falls; nieces, nephews and friends; and his beloved bird, Charlie.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Helen and Gail; parents; 11 brothers and sisters; and stepdaughter, Patricia (Kenneth) Bodine.

A memorial service for Ernest was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3214 Golf Road, Eau Claire, with Pastor David K. Anderson officiating. Interment was in Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire.

Memorials preferred to Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Grace Foundation.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin served the family.

Irene Marie Soberg

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 19, 2004, A6

Irene Marie Soberg, age 88, of Sarasota, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004.

She was born Jan. 21, 1916, in Cadott to Jens C. and Martha Marie (Foss) Christopherson.

A graduate of Stout State College in Menomonie, she taught commercial food classes at Chadsey High School in Detroit, Mich. She moved in 1980 to Sarasota from Dearborn, Mich.

She was a member of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel Florida Chapter, Genealogical Society of Sarasota, DAV Auxiliary of Sarasota, and Community of Hope Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Clarence J. of Sarasota; a brother, James Christopherson of Lakeland, Fla.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Her parents and a son, Robert J. Soberg, preceded her in death.

Committal services were Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at the Chapel of the Palms Mausoleum with entombment in Palms Memorial Park.

Memorials are preferred to Community of Hope Lutheran Church, 5560 Bee Ridge Road, Suite D-2, Sarasota, FL 34233.

Palms Funeral Home in Sarasota handled arrangements.

Ben Monte-Auburn Lancaster /

Wolfram F. Niessen

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 19, 2004, A6

Ben Monte-Auburn Lancaster, formerly Wolfram F. Niessen, age 81, of Wheeler, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, at his home.

He was born in Krefeld, Germany, and lived in Wheeler for many years. Ben was best known as an energetic sculptor who enjoyed working in many materials. He was also a professor of sculpture and art history at Northern Michigan University. He previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

He was best known for sculpture and portrait making of many internationally known individuals and his love for forest improvement at his land in Dunn County.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Joyce (Simonds) Niessen of Marquette, MIch.; his sons, Marcus B. Niessen of Liverpool, N.Y., Gordon A. Niessen of Katy, Texas, and Clifford H. Niessen of Manassas, Va. He is also survived by his stepmother, Ursula Steinhofer of Neustadt, Germany, and four siblings. He has five grandchildren.

Ben was cremated and his ashes will be spread on his forest home during a private ceremony.

Those wishing to honor his memory with a memorial are invited to plant a tree in his name.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

Richard "Dick" Thatcher

Dunn County News, Sun, Sept. 19, 2004, A6

Richard "Dick" Thatcher, age 81, of Monona, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004.

He was born Sept. 30, 1922, in Knapp to John and Emily (Petrie) Thatcher. On Dec. 26, 1945, he married Doreen "Dodie" Halverson in Menomonie. In 1947, they moved to Madison, where Dick was employed with the Gisholt machine company. For eight years he worked as a class A mechanic for Northland Greyhound.

His career shifted into heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) where he apprenticed at Wolf, Kubly & Hirsig, and worked for Seifert Heating & Air Conditioning before going into business for himself. He officially retired in 1984, but he never quit puttering around with machines and gadgets.

Dick had a rich and full life. He was a loveable character who had a zest for life and loved good times with friends and family. His hobbies included pool, shuffleboard, bowling, boating and traveling.

When Dick and Dodie moved to Monona in 1957, Dick joined the 4 Lakes Yacht Club and bought his first boat. They were avid boaters and enjoyed many trips to Wisconsin lakes and the Mississippi with friends and family. Dick's greatest love was traveling and he never missed an opportunity to take a trip. When his job required winter vacations, they started traveling to Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula with family and friends.

He loved to travel in their RV. Their travels covered most of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. They were among some of the last tourists allowed into Havana, Cuba, before Castro took power. He recalled hearing rebel shots at night from the nearby hills.

After retiring, he scared the neighborhood when he built a Kit Fox experimental aircraft in their backyard and garage; unfortunately, due to his health, he never got to see it fly.

Dick is survived by his wife of 58 years; a sister, Eleanor Crosby of Vero Beach, Fla., and Madison; two sisters-in-law, Ester (Phil) Thatcher of Madison and Betty (Mike) Michaels of Oshkosh; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Philip and John; five sisters, Sue Woodbury, Nina Anderson, Dora Schillinger, Angie Erb and Edna Sunderman; and two brothers-in-law, Ed Crosby and Mike Michaels.

A celebration of Dick's life was held on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at the Gunderson East Funeral Home in Monona.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center.

Dick was one in a million and died as he lived; a true soldier. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Donald Hutchins Samdahl

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 22, 2004, A6

Donald Hutchins Samdahl, age 80, of 26 Brookshire Green, Bloomington, Ill., died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, at his residence.

He was born July 7, 1924, in Menomonie to Carl and Hazel Regina Hutchins Samdahl. He married his wife, Georgene Samdahl, on May 26, 1964, at Wausau. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Donald Samdahl Jr. of Virginia and Eric Todd (Tracy) Samdahl of Colorado; one daughter, Suzann Leslye Samdahl of Arizona; one brother, C. David (Eda) Samdahl of Menomonie; one sister, Ruth (William) Petryk of White Bear Lake, Minn.; and two grandchildren, Breanna and Jaden.

His parents preceded him in death.

Don retired from General Electric in Bloomington. He had worked at the Board of Certified Safety Professional, Savoy. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He was honored as an outstanding graduate of the College of Chemical Engineering at the University of Alabama.

He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He was active in the Naval Reserves for 16 years.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, in the Chapel of the 2nd Presbyterian Church, 313N East St., Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to the Community Cancer Center, Normal.

Raymond O. Olson

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 22, 2004, A6

Raymond O. Olson, age 90, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born Oct. 16, 1913, in Pepin County to Edward and Marie (Anderson) Olson. He was baptized Dec. 25, 1915, at Drammen Lutheran Church.

Raymond married Selena Odegard on July 4, 1933, in Mondovi. They farmed in Mondovi before moving to Menomonie in 1938, where they farmed until their retirement.

Raymond was a member of Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church and served on the Church Council and on various other committees. He also served on the Bountivale School Board.

Throughout their years of farming in Menomonie, Raymond was also a carpenter, building the barn on their farm as well as doing many other jobs for friends and neighbors. In later years his carpentry skills were applied to wonderful mementos in people's homes: doll furniture, small cabinets, doll cradles, etc.

Raymond was also an avid baseball fan, hunter and fisherman.

Raymond is survived by four daughters, Deloris (Roy) Cropp of Menomonie, Donna Smith of Baldwin, Dorothy (Keith) Behling of Richland Center, and Dianne (Fred) Weier of Strum; a daughter-in-law, Judy (Dave) Jensen of Elk Mound; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Olson of Eau Claire; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 68 years, Selena; one son, David Olson; four sisters, Selma, Myrtle, Jessie and Cora; three brothers, Harry, Arnold and Bob; a son-in-law, Lane Smith; and two grandchildren, Linda Cropp and Steven Cropp.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, with the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Burial was in Froen Cemetery in the town of Red Cedar.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Clara R. Strong

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 22, 2004, A6

Clara R. Strong, age 100, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

James R. "Bear" Berry

Dunn County  News, Sun, Sept. 26, 2004, A6

James R. "Bear" Berry, age 50, of Wheeler, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born Aug. 6, 1954, in Chicago to James and Audrey (Porter) Berry. At age 10 he moved with his family to Wheeler where he grew up. He graduated in 1972 from Boyceville High School. He then entered the service and served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
After his service in the Navy, he returned to Wheeler where he and his good friend, Joe Larson, started Larson-Berry, Inc. Jim later married Diane Arnold. After marriage, they moved to Eau Claire for a short time before returning to Wheeler where he remained the rest of his life.

Jim is survived by his wife, Diane; children, Dean of Boyceville, Rita (Corey) of Woodruff, and David and Doug, both of Colfax; his mother, Audrey Berry of Fairmont, Minn.; one brother, Greg (Karen) of Lakeview, Minn.; two sisters, Linda (Chuck) Smith of Fairmont and Lori (Steve) Mitchell of Beaver Dam; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, James; grandparents, Robert and Hazel Porter; and uncle, Galen Porter.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at the Hay River Lutheran Church, rural Wheeler, with the Rev. Erik Sevig officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Betty Jane (Wolfgram) Hemauer

Dunn County  News, Sun, Sept. 26, 2004, A6

Correction: Survivors of Betty Jane (Wolfgram) Hemauer, age 74, who died Sept. 1, 2004, include a daughter, Beverly (Patrick) Taylor of Elburn, Ill. The obituary published Sept. 5, 2004, stated Beverly (Patricia) Taylor of Elburn, Ill. The News regrets the error.
 

Clara Strong

Dunn County  News, Sun, Sept. 26, 2004, A6

Clara Strong, age 100, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Clara was born March 11, 1904, in the town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Andrew and Johanna (Torgerson) Boland. She and her sister, Esther, were raised in the Little Elk Creek area.

Clara attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. She taught three years in South Dakota before attending The Stout Institute where she graduated in 1928.

On Aug. 28, 1930, Clara married Charles R. Strong of Chetek in Menomonie. They moved to Detroit, Mich., were Clara taught Child Development and Nursery School in a high school for 30 years and Charles taught Auto Mechanics. She and Charles enjoyed road trips throughout the United States and spending time at their cottage in Chetek.

The cornerstone of Clara's life was her faith in Jesus Christ and her commitment to His ministry. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. Clara opened her heart and home, hosting Bible studies based on the teachings of Stuart Briscoe and his wife, Jill. Clara's kindness touched many.

Clara is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and a lifetime of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles; and her sister, Esther Boyle.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Visitation begins one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church to support ElCA World Hunger and MIssionary Outreach per Clara's request.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Mildred Dereng

Dunn County  News, Sun, Sept. 26, 2004, A6

Mildred Dereng, age 92, of Menomonie, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Mildred was born July 12, 1912, in Chicago to Leon and Antonina (Kuca) Wasilewski. She married Roman Dereng. They lived in Chicago and Indiana until they retired to Minnesota and Wisconsin.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and visiting with her friends and family.

She is survived by her son, Don (DiAnn) Dereng of Stewartville, Minn.; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Eleanor Spooner of Attleboro, Mass.; two brothers, Leonard Wasilewski of Knox, Ind., and George Wasil of Geneva, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roman, in 1993, parents, and a sister.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Rhiel Funeral Service in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Daniel Curtis Gorton

Dunn County  News, Sun, Sept. 26, 2004, A6

Daniel Curtis Gorton, age 70, of Baraboo, died on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004 at the University Hospital in Madison from injuries sustained in a fall.

Daniel was born in Minneapolis, Minn., to Amy (Smith) Gorton and Erwin Gorton on Nov. 23, 1933. Dan was raised in Wisconsin and graduated from Glenwood City High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Bliss, Texas, and he was married there to Barbara A. Traxler of Menomonie. He attended the University of River Falls and received a B.S. Degree in Agriculture in 1961. After five years with the Wilson Meat Company, Dan joined the Production Credit Association of Madison in 1966 and became Manager of the PCA of Dodgeville in 1973, remaining there for 20 years. He moved to Baraboo in 1993, retiring as CEO of Harvestland Farm Credit after his involvement in four mergers with adjoining associations in 1998.

Dan was active on state and regional Farm Credit Boards as well as Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph's Parish Council, Wisconsin Agri-Business Council, Elks Lodge, and was a Board Member and Secretary of the Wisconsin Federation of Co-Ops and had received their Co-Op Builder Award in 2000.

Dan enjoyed golfing, traveling and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He spent many days helping his family and friends with building projects and helping in any way he could.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Debbie Fredenberg, son Kevin (Susan) and son, Steven (Kristin), and grandchildren, Stephanie (Tony) Busch, Scott Fredenberg, Nicole and Joshua Gorton, Jonathan and Jennifer Gorton. He is further survived by his sister, Edith (Henry) Gates of Salt Lake City, Utah, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Visitation was held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 300 East St., in Baraboo today (Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004) from 1p.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial which was held at 2:30 p.m.

Private family committal services will be held in Menomonie.
The Redlin Funeral Home, Baraboo, assisted the family with arrangements.

"We will always cry sometimes, because we miss him; but we will always laugh more, because we knew and loved him."

Richard E. Brown

Dunn County  News, Sun, Sept. 26, 2004, A6

Richard E. Brown, age 77, of Menomonie died Friday Sept. 24, 2004 at his home.

Richard was born Dec. 9, 1926, in Menomonie to Harvey and Rose (Kochendorfer) Brown. He enlisted in the Navy and was discharged in 1946.

Richard married Maxine Ziehme on Oct. 24, 1946, in Stillwater, Minn. They lived in the Hatchville area until returning to Menomonie in 1952. He was a cheesemaker at Summit Cheese Factory in Wilson for several years. Richard also worked at Twin City Milk Producers in Elmwood and Menomonie before working in the maintenance department at UW-Stout from 1966 until his retirement in 1987.

Richard was a member of The United Methodist Church in Menomonie and the American Legion. He loved gardening, making wine, fishing, hunting, ice fishing and camping. After retirement they lived traveling the country, especially to their favorite places, Branson, Mo., and the House on the Rock in Spring Green.

Richard is survived by three daughters, Linda (Allen) McIntyre of Menomonie, Connie (Michael) Johnson of Hudson and Cindy (Jerry) Tape of Cottage Grove, Minn.; five grandsons, Kevin (Jean) Jacobs of Menomonie, Kurt (Patricia) Jacobs of Menomonie, Scott Johnson of Hammond, Jason Johnson (fiancé Abby) of Hudson and Joshua Tape of Cottage Grove, Minn.; four granddaughters, Kari Lange of Colfax, Shannon Johnson of New Richmond, and Jenna and Kelsey Tape of Cottage Grove, Minn.; two great-grandsons, Cody Jacobs of Menomonie and Kakotah Jacobs of Colfax; one great-granddaughter, Sydney Jacobs of Menomonie; two step-grandsons, Michael (Melva) McIntyre and Patrick (Carol) McIntyre of Wheeler; several step-great grandchildren; two brothers, Harvey (Marg) Brown of Prescott and Harold Brown of Weatherford, Okla. He is further survived by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends, and special neighbors, Marvin and Rhonda Whitman of Menomonie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maxine; two sisters, Janet Florence and Mary Foslid and three brothers, Robert "Midge," John and Ed.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rosalind Dryver-Scott officiating.

Burial of his cremains will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Knapp with Military Honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church.

Sylvia E. Sneen

Dunn County News, Wed, Sept. 29, 2004, A6

Sylvia E. Sneen, age 88, 3504 Hoover Ave., Altoona, precious mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, went to be with our Lord on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004.

Sylvia was born May 11, 1916, the daughter of Oscar and Blanche (Wagnild) Amundson. She is preceded in death by Philip, her beloved husband of 69 years, who died in April 2004. Philip and Sylvia were married July 14, 1934, and farmed near Elk Mound for 55 years. They had a strong work ethic and meticulously cared for the farm they loved.
Sylvia especially loved her gardens, flowers and plants, as well as preserving and passing on her Norwegian heritage to her family. She was an active and dependable member of Spring Brook and Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Churches and their Ladies Aid Societies and Circles, Elk Meadow Homemakers and 4-H Club, and the Elk Mound PTA and Band Parents.

Her love and concern for people were also evident to all at the Clairemont Nursing Home where she worked for nearly 20 years. She was an excellent seamstress and especially loved sewing and quilting for the needy with her church and homemaker friends. In spite of her failing vision, she made heirloom quilts for all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Last week she completed her last two quilts for her youngest great-grandchildren.

Sylvia is survived by her daughters, Carol (Phil) Stokes, Marlys Moholt and Sharon (Tom) Morse; 11 grandchildren; Michael, David and Jeffrey Stokes and Melissa (Stokes) Lundquist, Mark and Eric Moholt and Amy (Moholt) Hickey, and Jennifer (Morse) Halseth, and Andrew, Tina and Betsy Morse; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Idella Bruness and Elaine (Nick) Loechler; a brother, Norman (Sylvia) Amundson; and brother-in-law, Donald (Jean) Sneen. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, her "Sunday Angel," and numerous friends.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Dean Brockmeier officiating. Interment will be held in Spring Brook Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home in Eau Claire and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Friends and family are invited to sign the guest book online at www.fullerspeckien.com.

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