Bonita Jane Lee
Bonita Jane Lee was born Dec. 20, 1944 in St. Croix Falls to Bert and Dorothy Lee. She grew up on Hamilton Street in St. Croix Falls with her brothers, Jack, Warren, and Danny. She enjoyed swimming, ice skating, squirrel hunting, bike riding, choir, cheerleading, and was active in church and bible memory groups. She remembers playing along the St. Croix River banks where there was a cow pasture across from their house and picking wildflowers and mayflowers with Aunt Mabel. She dated for six years and later married the Love of her Life, Reuben Swanson Aug. 3, 1963, the same year she graduated high school from St. Croix Falls. Reuben and Bonnie lived in a small home just above her parents’ house on Hwy 87 for the first two years of marriage and had two children, Brent and Brad. They purchased the 80-acre farm in Eureka in 1966 and later had three daughters, Brenda, Rebecca, and Briana. Reuben and Bonita have lived on the farm ever since and would be celebrating their 55 year Anniversary this August. Reuben worked many jobs including running a construction company with his brother before becoming a full time dairy farmer. Bonnie enjoyed decorating and caring for her home, which had a large addition added to make room for the family. She also enjoyed caring for her large gardens, canning, freezing and sometimes selling produce. She also hunted during the gun deer season and would help cut wood. Bonnie frequently cared for other children along with her five. She enjoyed cooking for seven or 50 people. She was a great baker and always had something sweet made to go with coffee for the many who dropped in unexpectedly. She sewed clothing for herself and her children, and enjoyed her crafts, teaching the kids to enjoy them as well. Bonnie sold Avon for many years and enjoyed visiting others more than the business. She would take her kids swimming in the summer if they got their garden work done. She taught the children to work as a family, but always made time for picnics in the fields or a trip to the swimming hole. She always helped make the best costumes and frequently helped with school projects. She was a good teacher and mother to her children.
Bonnie always loved the Lord and took her children to church and Sunday school, but more than that, she taught her children about God and frequently discussed scripture and applied it to everyday living. She played piano by ear, was a gifted singer, and frequently sang in church for services, funerals, etc. She loved her grandchildren and great granddaughter. The kids enjoyed the animals on the farm, a pony, cows, beef cattle, pigs, dogs, cats, geese, ducks, chickens, guinea hens, sometimes squirrels, rabbits, you name it, it probably lived on the farm at least once. In October of 2017, Bonnie suffered a massive stroke which eventually led to her living in the Frederic Nursing and Rehab facility. Her mind was okay and she could use her right arm, and she lived there until her passing July 18, 2018. Bonita is survived by her husband, Reuben Swanson; sons, Brent (Sharon Johnson) Swanson, Brad (Vickie) Swanson, and daughters, Brenda (Duane True) Forsman, Rebecca Jensen, Briana (Mark Anderson) Swanson; grandchildren, Brandon, Savannah and Zachary (Jackie Gorney) Swanson, Shane (Jerrica Jones) and Christopher Swanson, Brandon Peer, Elizabeth Peer, Lillian, Roselyn and Jay (Alivia Bostrom) Forsman, McKayla (Josh Nelson) Swanson, Mackenzie and Madisen Jensen, Mara Swanson, Chloe and Haley Anderson; great granddaughters, Lacey Swanson, Elliana, Trinity and Aubriela Larrabee and great grandson Carter Bostrom; and brothers, Jack (Shirley) Lee, Warren (Barb) Lee and Dan (Nancy) Lee. Preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Dorothy Lee and her granddaughter, Nicole Swanson, and great grandson, Jaxon Larrabee. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend to many. She is with her Lord and Savior and singing her heart out. A funeral service was held 2 p.m. July 22, at the Alliance of the Valley Church in St. Croix Falls, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment took place in the Fristad Lutheran Cemetery in Centuria. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Lazette Kathryn McLeod
Lazette Kathryn McLeod (Nee: Peper), 96, of Eau Claire, born May 14, 1922 in Centuria, died July 20, 2018. Lazette was the youngest of four children born to William C. and Matie Mohs Peper. Lazette graduated from Centuria High School in 1940. She later attended and graduated from the Minneapolis School of Business. On Dec. 15, 1945 she married Donald McLeod. Their son George was born in 1947. Their marriage lasted for 63 years until Donald's death in 2009. Lazette enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, gardening, reading, and traveling. She worked for many years at Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op in Centuria; and after retiring, became the first woman elected to the board of directors.
In 2012 Lazette moved to Eau Claire to be closer to her son and daughter-in-law. She lived at Heather Wood Assisted Living where she enjoyed the friendship of many residents and staff. She was a member of St John's Lutheran Church of Centuria for her entire life, attending Trinity Lutheran Church during the years she lived in Eau Claire. Lazette leaves to celebrate her memory; her son, George (Lynne) McLeod of Fall Creek; granddaughters Jennifer (Chad) Amundson of White Bear Lake and Ashley (Mike) Danks of Hibbing; great grandchildren, Melissa and Jason Amundson and Allison Danks; Sisters-in-law, Lauryl Flatten, Joan Wulf, and Jane Larsen; and many loving friends and relatives. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on July 27 at St John's Lutheran Church, in Centuria. Pastor Timothy Blauert will officiate, music will be provided by Mike and Cheryl Peper. Visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m. at St John's Lutheran Church prior to the service. A luncheon will be served at the church following the funeral service. Lazette's remains will be laid to rest at Balsam Lake Cemetery next to her husband in a private ceremony.
Memorials preferred to St John's Lutheran Church, Centuria or your local Humane Association. Many thanks to the caring staff at Heather Wood Assisted Living in Eau Claire, where Lazette spent the last six and one half years of her life. To express online condolences, please visit www.kolstadfamilyfuneralhome.com. Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Lois Mae Jacobson
Lois Mae Jacobson of St. Croix Falls peacefully passed away on July 20, 2018 in her home with her children and closest family by her side. Lois was born Jan. 26, 1932 in Laketown Township to Bredo and Theresa Ellefson who owned a dairy farm that remains under family operation to this day. She attended grade school at the Laketown School and high school at Luck where she met her life love Bob Jacobson. Lois and Bob were wed at the Cushing Lutheran Church on June 27, 1953 and remained faithful to each other, their three children, and their extended families throughout their lives. Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob, and her brothers, Bryce and Bruce. She is survived by her three children, their spouses (David and Teri, Tim and Linette, Terri and Kurt); her six grandchildren (Casey and Bailey, Kirsten and Ashley, Sam and Matty), and her older brother, Orlin and younger brother, John. Lois graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a B.A. in elementary education and taught for two years in Polk County before children came. Lois and Bob settled in St. Croix Falls in 1963 where Bob eventually took the position of Elementary Supervisor for the St. Croix Falls School District and Lois settled into raising a family, taking an active role in Redeemer Lutheran church activities, and supporting community events. Lois loved welcoming family and friends into her home where the door was always open, coffee was always on, and fresh baked goods adorned the table. She loved photographing gatherings and outdoor settings, gardening and flowers, and shared a keen interest in the outdoors with Bob that included hiking, camping, downhill skiing and swimming. However, her true love in later years was her grandchildren that was expressed in simple hugs and kisses, presents under the tree, never missing a birthday, and rarely missing a game, confirmation, or concert that she was able to attend. Although Lois required caregivers at her side over the past several months, she will be remembered as a true caregiver herself to both her immediate and extended family, her large network of friends, and to the community. Please remember her and her passing generation in your thoughts and prayers. The extended Jacobson and Ellefson family would like to say a special thank you to the caregivers at ‘Because There’s No Place Like Home’ and ‘Adoray Hospice Care’ for their dedicated and heart felt care. A funeral service was held 4 p.m., July 24 at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the Luck Village Cemetery in Luck. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, WI. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Larry Wayne Coen
Larry Wayne Coen, age 81, passed away July 10, 2018 at the Golden Age Manor in Amery. Larry was born on March 29, 1937 to Alvin and Madeline Coen. Larry enlisted in the Army after high school and was trained as a medical technologist. After serving in the army he worked at Lakeview Memorial Hospital in Stillwater, Minn., and there he met Patricia VanTassel. They were married and from that union two children were born, Bart (Lisa) and Bret. After Patricia’s passing, Larry met Katherine (Kitty) Johnson. They were married in 1998 and resided in Amery until Larry’s health prevented him from living at home. Larry moved into the Golden Age Manor and Kitty lived in an apartment nearby. This allowed them to continue to spend time together. Larry loved fishing, gardening and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and quirky sayings. His grandchildren share his love for animals and nature. From deer to bunnies his home in the country was sometimes a menagerie. Larry and Kitty often hosted family events and picnics. Every holiday was complete with decorations. Larry is preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia, his parents, Madeline and Alvin; siblings, Ruby, Ruth, Ora, Mertyl and Edward. He is survived by his wife Kitty, siblings, Iva, Alice and Robert; Sons, Bart (Lisa), Bret, a stepson, Matt (Sandy), step-daughters, Michelle (Travis) and Becky; his pride and joys were his 11 grandchildren, Hannah, Allie, Morgan, Brett, Bailey, Michael, Matthew, Brenna, Jayden, Asher and Ryann. A celebration of life was held at 11 a.m. on July 18 at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church with Father Gene Murphy officiating. Visitation was held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the Church. Interment took place following the service at the St. Patrick’s cemetery in Milltown, Wis. To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute please visit www.williamsonwhite.com Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 222 Harriman Avenue North Amery, Wisconsin 54001.
Dean R. Wettig
Dean R. Wettig, 73, of Milltown passed away on April 19, 2018 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Dean was born on Nov. 15, 1944 in Minneapolis, Minn., the son of Robert and Charlotte Wettig. He married Linda McKinney on Nov. 6, 1964. Dean was retired from the Polk County Highway Department where he had over 30 years of employment. He was a man of strong faith and a long time member of the Milltown Lutheran Church. He enjoyed snowmobiling or any activity with his children and grandchildren, he loved his dog Buddy and he enjoyed going to car shows and liked seeing all the classic cars. Dean had other enjoyments but above all it was his family he enjoyed the most. He will be dearly missed. Dean leaves to celebrate his memory, son, Jeff Wettig, Milltown, daughter, Tracey Martinez (Greg Johnson) Webster, grandchildren: Amanda (Pete) Travica, Grand Rapids, Minn., Sean Martinez, Webster and Emily Martinez, Webster, great grandchildren: Preston and Carly Travica, Grand Rapids, Minn., brother, John J. Wettig, Rice Lake, Wis.; brother and sister-in-law, Dennis (Edith) McKinney, Luck, Wis.; sister-in-law, Marlyce McKinney, Frederic, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends and his dog Buddy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlotte Larson and Robert Wettig, wife, Linda Wettig and step-sister, Fran Davison. A Memorial Service for Dean will be held at the Milltown Lutheran Church on July 21 at 11 a.m. Dean's family will greet visitors beginning at 10 a.m. Please join the family for lunch and continued fellowship in the church basement following the service. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
It is with great sadness that the family of Diane Sapp announces her passing after a hard-fought battle with breast cancer on June 24, 2018 at the age of 76. Diane will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Barb Arens, her sister Phyliss Nelson, and her step-children, Peggy, Mike, Tom, and Steve Sapp. She will also be greatly missed by her grandson Jalen Arens and his wife, Summer. Diane was predeceased by her parents Evelyn and Elmer Wickstrom, and her loving husband of 41 years, Roger Sapp on March 16, 2018.
Diane was born on March 25, 1944 to Evelyn and Elmer Wickstrom. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota and went on to have a successful career practicing Law, including time spent in the JAG unit of the Army National Guard, as well as practicing in the U.S. Federal Court. Throughout her life she was a tireless animal lover who rescued countless abused, injured, or abandoned animals. Diane's passion was helping anyone or anything in need. Graveside services for both Diane and Roger were held at the Milltown Cemetery on June 30. Military Honors were rendered by the Milltown V.F.W. and the Wisconsin State Military Honors Team. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Sharon Grace Johnson (Petersen)
Sharon passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018 at Regions Hospital. She had been surrounded by her loved ones as she walked home to be with Jesus. She will be greatly missed by all. By Gods grace we will be together again. Sharon Grace Johnson (Petersen) was born in Amery on Sept. 24, 1945. She was the daughter to Raymond and Esther Petersen. Sharon was the youngest of four children. Kenneth, Raymond and Ruth Ann were her siblings. She grew up on a dairy farm five miles east of Luck, on County Road I. Sharon attended grade school at Lafollet and finished her schooling at Luck High School in 1963. Sharon met Dale Johnson from Grantsburg, Wis. dancing at Indian Creek. They married Sept. 28, 1963. They had three children, Doug, Deborah, and Dana. They lived on a hobby farm in Luck, next to Sharon's parents for 20 years. Sold the farm in 1990 and moved into town. During Sharon's life she worked at West Publishing, Stokley's, and owning and operating Johnson Upholstery for 27 years. While working and raising her children she was very active in her community. Participated in Luck Winter Carnival, Community Booster Club, 4-H leader, Sunday School Teacher, Council member, Ruby's Pantry, and many more. She loved being with family and friends. Sewing, quilting, baking, bowling, camping, traveling and garage sales were among her favorite hobbies. Sharon loved her church and believed in spreading Gods love through food, fellowship, sewing and hard work. She believed in supporting the youth of our church. Sharon believed in Luther Point Bible Camps ministry. This place provides a foundation of faith for our youth. She would help in fund raising, cleaning cabins and sewing new curtains. Sharon leaves to celebrate her memory: her husband, Dale Johnson, Luck, Wis.; son, Doug (Lori) Johnson, Luck, Wis.; daughter, Debbie (Pat) Lunsmann, Citrus Springs, Fla.; Dana Paulsen, Cushing, Wis., grandchildren: Savannah (Nick) Schommer, Jeremiah Johnson, Kalley Lunsmann, Brady Lunsmann, Tyler Paulsen, Madison Paulsen and Josh Paulsen, great grandchildren: Marley Johnson, Serenity Schommer and Noah Schommer and her brother, Ray (Judy) Petersen, Spencer, Wis., and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Esther Petersen, brother, Kenneth Petersen and Ruth Ann Sullivan. The funeral service for Sharon was held on July 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Bone Lake Lutheran Church. Visitation was held at the church on July 9 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and then again on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Pallbearers were Jeremiah Johnson, Steve Petersen, Ron Sullivan, Kenny Johnson, Jim Sullivan, Christopher Wood and Zachary Wood. Honorary Pallbearers will be Kerry Petersen, Kent Petersen and Scott Petersen. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Jerry L. Doolittle
Jerry L. Doolittle, AKA: "OMJ" (Old Man Jerry), age 79, passed away on July 7, 2018, at the Christian Community Home of Osceola. Jerry was born March 4, 1939, in St. Croix Falls, to Lawrence and Leona (Wold) Doolittle. Jerry grew up around the Cushing/Eureka Center area. He attended school in St. Croix Falls, Wis. On Feb. 24, 1962, Jerry married the love of his life, H. Virgina Hawkins in Taylors Falls, Minn. This union was blessed with five children. Jerry worked many different jobs in his life time: Cushing Feed Mill, Trap Rock, Burnett Dairy and Johnson's Feed Mill just to name a few. His last job before retiring at the age of 70 was being a greeter at WalMart. He loved people. It has been said that Jerry could walk in to a room of strangers and an hour later he could tell you the name and a story about most of the people in the room. If you saw him at the gas station it would turn into a long conversation and he did not want it any other way. Jerry loved to fish and took many trips to Canada and North Dakota. One of his great pleasures was fishing with family, friends and most of all his grandchildren. If he could not be fishing he was happy just being outside and watching nature. Jerry grew to love dirt track and NASCAR racing. Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Ginger Doolittle; parents, Lawrence and Leona Doolittle; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Marian Doolittle. Jerry is survived by his children: Nancy (David) Jensen, Robin (Greg) Alling, Thomas (Brenda) Doolittle, Deborah (Jeff) Williams, and Andrew (Miranda) Doolittle; nine grandchildren: Jesse (Becky Linc) Gross, Jeff (Jen) Jensen, Thomas (Amanda) Doolittle JR., Dylan Doolittle, Zach Doolittle, Aaron Doolittle, Matthew Doolittle, Nathan Doolittle, and Bailey "Princess B" Doolittle; four great grandchildren: Richard, Evan, Julyann, and Fayth; also many other family and friends.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 12 at Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m. on July 13, at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, with Pastor Marilyn Crossfield officiating. Interment will be in Cushing Cemetery, Cushing, Wis. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Condolences may be left at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Ernest Davison, 94, of Siren, Wis., passed away peacefully at his home with family by his side on May 14. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be truly missed. Ernest was born in Henning, Minn., on Sept. 6, 1923 to George and Nellie (Holcomb) Davison. He joined the Navy at age 17 and served on the USS Salt Lake City during WWII. They escorted Doolittle on Tokyo Raid. He served his country from 1940-1945. Ernest met and married Rose while in the Navy in California. In 1955 they moved to Minnesota with their four children. He did masonry work for many years and upon retirement, he and Rose moved to Siren, Wis. Ernest is survived by his three children, Michael Davison, Nancy (Richard) Christensen and Ginny (Bruce) Christensen; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Everett (Virgiline) Davison and many other family and friends. Ernest is preceded in death by his wife, Rose; son, Ernest; parents; siblings; companion Marcella and many other family members. A celebration of life will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m., June 25, 2018 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Interment will be in the Kahbakong Cemetery, Taylors Falls, Minn, with Military Honors. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com
Donald "Don" J. Gruber
Donald “Don” J. Gruber, 80 of Balsam Lake Township passed away June 10 at his residence with his loving family by his side. Don was born Oct. 24, 1937 in Carroll County, Iowa, the son of Myrtle (Halsel) and Joseph Gruber. Don was raised in Iowa and moved to Wisconsin to live with his brother. Here he met Katy. They were married on Nov. 28, 1957. They raised four children in the Balsam Lake area. Don was a machinist at Thompson Machine and had a passion for building things. He enjoyed building a dune buggy and a kit car, making pine furniture, driving “Allis”, sunny days by the pool and family. Don is survived by his wife, Katy, children, Tammy (Dwayne) Wassberg of Amery, Donna Gruber of South St. Paul, Minn., Kim Gruber of Balsam Lake, Doug (Michelle Mitchell) Gruber of Milltown, nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Ed Gruber, Bill Gruber, Marie Thulen and Rita Deardorf. A Memorial Mass will be 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, June 14 with Father Gene Murphy officiating. Family and friends may gather for a visitation from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Please join the family for continued fellowship and a luncheon following in the church hall. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the final arrangements.
Delores Irene Davison
Delores Irene Davison died peacefully on May 28 in St. Croix Falls at the age of 84. Delores is survived by a sister, Eleanore (Norman) Barber; 13 nieces; 10 nephews; and assorted great and great-great nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Henry, Kenneth, Wesley, Wallace, Rolland, and Melvin; five sisters, Louise (Elmer) Swenson, Marie (Ray) Christensen, Lucille, Bernice (William) Grinnell, and Joanne, and by one nephew. Delores was born on April 28, 1934 and was the youngest child of Charles “Floyd” Davison and Bertha Alice Voge. Delores was a devoted daughter and lived her entire life in or around St. Croix Falls. She worked part time at Ray’s Gas & Oil, and she was a long time member of Eureka Baptist Church. She will be remembered for her beautiful cross-stitch and needlework as well as being a lover of card games and jigsaw puzzles, which she enjoyed doing with family and friends. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. June 1, 2018 at Eureka Baptist Church with a visitation on hour prior to the service. Interment was in the New Home Cemetery, Eureka Township, Wis. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Lydia Ellen (DeFord) Rennicke
Lydia Ellen (DeFord) Rennicke, Lydia would like to let you know that her work here is done. She received a call from the Lord. She obtained a new assignment from which she will not be directly returning. Her new mission has some great benefits including a reunion with some family, friends, and pets that she has not seen in a long time. Lydia is at a wonderful place where she will be playing music, painting pictures, practicing karate, playing chess, reading books, fishing and riding horses. Laughter, warmth, and love are guaranteed. She left explicit instructions for her husband, children, other family and friends to rejoice and celebrate her mission here, which has not been fully, beautifully, and successfully completed. Nonadherence to this instruction will not be tolerated. The house may be full of clutter, but that was books, knicknacks, and love. She was usually surrounded by her beloved animals which included horses, dogs, cats, birds, and sometimes fish. Her home was made up of gratitude, faith, loyalty, love, laughter, and forgiveness. Lydia was born on June 3, 1961, in Champaign-Urbana III., to John DeFord and Lydia Ann (Longacre) DeFord. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from college and also received her black belt in karate in Minneapolis, Minn. She lived with her family on a hobby farm in Comstock, Wis. She studied paiting from Nita Engle, Gloria Allen Miller, and Paul Oman. She played music at church and also at the Pipe Dream Center. She passed away on Feb. 3, around 8:40 p.m. at Luther-Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis., in the company of her husband, James (Jim) Rennicke; her father, John DeFord; her two brothers, John DeFord and Kevin DeFord; and her two sons, Jesse R. Rennicke and Derek J. Rennicke. In life, her smile could light up a city. Now, her smile will light up heaven. She died with dignity, grace, and courage. She is and was loved. She is and will be missed. A funeral service will be held June 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the Georgetown Lutheran Church, 877 190th Avenue, Balsam Lake. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. A lunch will follow.
Roald T. Johnson
Roald T. Johnson, 86 of Milltown, passed away at the United Pioneer Home in Luck on May 6. Roald was born in Luck on May 15, 1931 the son of Reynold and Selma (Severson) Johnson. Roald leaves to celebrate his memory: daughter, Sharon (Steve) Jorgenson, Luck, Wis.; son, Wayne (Kristi) Johnson, Milltown, Wis.; daughter-in-law, Debbie Johnson, St. Croix Falls, Wis.; brother, Roger (Connie) Johnson, Centuria, Wis.; brothers-in-law, David (Sandy) Halvorson, Duane (Jean) Halvorson, Jerry Halvorson, sister-in-law, Alice Kleven, grandchildren, Thomas, Bryan, Michael (Sabrina), Kayla Johnson, Derek Jorgenson, Shauna (Max) Musial, April Johnson and Beth Johnson, great-grandchildren, Emma Johnson, Brooklyn Johnson, Abigail Johnson and Preston Thibault, many nieces, nephews, cousins and other friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reynold and Selma (Severson) Johnson, infant sister, Joan Johnson, wife, Elaine Johnson, son, Larry Johnson, great granddaughter, Tiffany Johnson, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joe and Lillian Halvorson, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Roger and Judy Halvorson, Donna Kounkel, Merle and Georgine Burrows. The funeral service for Roald was held on May 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Eureka Baptist Church with Pastor Seth Brickley officiating. Visitation was on May 10 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria and again on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He was laid to rest at North Valley Cemetery with full military honors. Pallbearers were Derek Jorgenson, Bryan Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Earl Ericksen, David Halvorson and Steve Jorgenson. Honorary Pallbearer was Special Friend, Chuck Beals. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Neal W. Robinson
Neal W. Robinson, 90, of Chippewa Falls, died May 22 at Azura Memory Care in Stoughton, Wis. He was born Sept. 12, 1927, in St. Croix Falls, Wis., to John and Minnie (Fruehling) Robinson. He graduated from St. Croix Falls High School and spent a semester in the Merchant Marines. On Sept. 18, 1948, he married Deloris J. Andersen at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls. They continued to live there and raise their five children until 1962, when they moved to Chippewa Falls. Neal was employed by Northern States Power (now Xcel Energy) in St. Croix Falls, Lake Wissota, and Eau Claire until retiring in 1982. After retirement Neal and Deloris started wintering in the south, spending many winters at Texas Trails Resort, where they volunteered in many social activities and taught dance lessons. Neal is survived by his five children, Donita (Cliff) O’Donnell of Middleton, Wis., Dara (Charles) Harings of Chippewa Falls, Dean Robinson of Savannah, Ga., Deneal (Hector) Perez of Racine, Wis., and Tammy (Eugene) Tambornino of Chippewa Falls; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Donald (Barb) Robinson and Wayne (Diane) Robinson; sister-in-law, Ruby Eibs; brother-in-law, Chester Andersen; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Deloris in 2005; brother, John Robinson; and two grandsons, Christian Harings and Chad Tambornino. Neal is returning to the dance floor, asking his wife of 57 years, “Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?” A celebration of life service was held at 11:00 a.m., May 30 at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls with Rev. Aaron Sturgis officiating. Interment will be at Prairie View Cemetery, Village of Lake Hallie. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. May 30 at the funeral home. Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family. Visit www.pedersonvolker.com to express online condolences.
David "Fred" Peterson
David "Fred" Peterson, 64 of Centuria passed away at his home with his loving family at his side on May 27. David was born on May 2, 1954 in Amery, Wis., the son of Stanley and Hazel (McLeod) Peterson. He graduated from Unity High School in 1972 and then attended W.I.T.C. in New Richmond where he earned a degree in Machine Tooling. During his working career, he was employed by Brandtjen & Kluege Inc. of St. Croix Falls and MPC Incorporated in Grantsburg, Wis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to his cabin, going to ball games and he was a Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Twins fan. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed. David leaves to celebrate his memory: daughters, April Peterson (Wayne
Vlasnik), Balsam Lake, Wis.; Karissa Peterson (Josh Hoffman), Luck, Wis.; his girlfriend, Christine Mathews, Centuria, Wis. and her son, Steven Mathews of Centuria, grandchildren: Ben, Tanner, Olivia, Abbi, Braden, Riley and Brooklyn, also the mother of his children, Jeanne Johnson, his siblings, Doug (Dottie) Peterson, Judy Skow and Dale (Toni) Peterson and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his
parents, Stanley and Hazel Peterson. A Celebration of David's life will take place at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home on May 31, 2018 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Robert J. Carlson
Robert J. Carlson, 88, known to many as Bob, passed away peacefully May 17 in Prescott, Ariz. He was born Sept. 12, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minn., to Carlyle and Helen Carlson. He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Business Administration. He married the lovely Joann Ferguson in 1952, whom sadly predeceased him on April 28, 2016. He is survived by his four children; Jon Carlson (Jan), Minnetonka, Minn., Jodie Briggs (Greg), Cambridge, Minn., Rob Carlson (Shanna), Balsam Lake, Wis., and Tom Carlson, Balsam Lake, Wis., along with nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bob's career spanned decades of leadership with 35 years of service at John Deere & Company leaving there as a Senior Vice President and moving onto United Technologies Corporation and Pratt & Whitney as President. He later became Chairman, President and CEO of BMC in Minneapolis, Minn., followed by a term as CEO of Case Corporation. Bob also served on the Board of Directors of Deere & Company, United Technologies, BMC, Tenneco Inc., and H.B. Fuller. He was also a member of the American Swedish Institute and a business envoy for President Clinton. Bob was a member of Conquistadores del Cielo, an inductee to the Snowmobile Hall of Fame, and member of Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn., and Troon Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Bob also was an Eagle Scout and served in the U.S. Army. Defining his life passions were family, friends, animals, the outdoors and a sharp focus on business-leadership. His biggest pleasure came from gathering family and friends at his home on Balsam Lake, Wis. He enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandsons, chopping firewood to keep the hearth warm, tending to all his dogs, and plowing snow after a blizzard while always on the watch for the next life challenge. A Celebration of Life for Bob and Joann Carlson will occur this summer in Balsam Lake. Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or The National Honor Society.
Carl Mathias Lindgren
Carl Mathias Lindgren, age 82, of St. Croix Falls passed away May 25 at the St. Croix Falls Regional Medical Center. Carl was born Aug. 23, 1935 to Hjalmer and Flora (Gay) Lindgren in Minnesota. Carl is survived by his wife, Lois; son, Carl Jr (Sharon) Lindgren; grandchildren, Khyrstyne, Nicholas, and Morgan Lindgren; siblings, Laura Blumer, Charlotte Carlson, Pete (Donna) Lindgren, Raymond (Nita) Lindgren, Marvin (Lynn) Lindgren and Ellen (David) Kasper, many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Carl is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Donna; son, Shawn and brother-in-law’s, Aaron Blumer and Lawrence Carlson. A memorial service was held 11:00 a.m., May 29 at the First Lutheran Church in Taylors Falls, Minn., with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the Kahbakong Cemetery, Taylors Falls. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Elizabeth "Liz" Fryslie
Elizabeth "Liz" Fryslie, age 85 (Mrs. Don) passed away on May 25 at her home near Watertown. Funeral services were held on May 31 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hosanna Lutheran Church at Watertown with The Reverends Janine Rew-Werling and Craig Werling officiating. The organist and soloist will be Angie Eickmeyer. Casket bearers will be Alfred Fryslie, Jeff Peterson, Roy Gjerde, John and Jerry Schmidt, and Jason Krause. Visitation will be one hour preceding services in the Church on Thursday morning. Following a luncheon in the Church fellowship hall, burial will be in the Vienna Lutheran Cemetery at Vienna. She was born Elizabeth Irene Pope on Dec. 25, 1932 at Great Falls, Montana, the daughter of Art and Willa (Hull) Pope. Liz as she became known, grew up in the Omak, Wash. area graduating from Omak High School in 1950. She then attended and graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1954. On July 11, 1954 she was united to Donald H. Fryslie who was stationed in the area in the United States military. The couple lived in several places over the years. During these years, Liz taught school. As she taught, she also went on to obtain her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, Wis. She retired from teaching in the St. Croix Falls Elementary School at St. Croix Falls, Wis., that was in 2003. The couple returned to South Dakota, making their home at Pelican Lake, near Watertown. Some of the things Liz enjoyed over the years was tending to her flower gardens, reading – especially Christian books, attending Bible Study at the Church, sewing, playing bridge, and most of all, visiting – you immediately felt "at home" with Liz. Over the years she and Don enjoyed countless trips across all the States, and foreign travel - loving the trip to Germany. In her community besides her being active in her Church, she had also served as President of her local PEO Chapter in Watertown.
She was a member of Hosanna Lutheran Church at Watertown. Preceding her in death were her parents. Survivors include her husband of nearly 65 years, Don of Watertown, children, Stan (Becky) Fryslie of Watertown and Donna (Brian) Stromquist of Oak Grove, Minn., and four grandchildren, Elizabeth "Liz", Nick, Andrea, and Matthew. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials in her memory to the Prairie Lakes Hospice at Watertown. Funeral arrangements are announced by the Furness Funeral Home at Clark where there is an on-line registry at www.furnessfuneralhome.com.
John "Doug" Thompson
John Douglas Thompson, age 91 of St. Croix Falls (formerly of Hudson, Wis.), died May 10 at Spring Valley Health Care Center in Spring Valley, Wis. Doug was born Feb. 27, 1927, in Taylors Falls, Minn., to Eyner and Florence (Northquist) Thompson. He was a graduate of Centuria High School and served in the U.S. Navy as a Fireman 2nd Class from 1945 to 1946. He was united in marriage to Helen Frokjer on Sept. 5, 1952, in Centuria. Doug was employed as a lineman with Rural Electrical Association in Centuria, and later by N.S.P. (Xcel Energy) in Amery (1961-1967) and Hudson (1967-1988). Doug enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycling, snowmobiling and many other activities. In 1988, Doug retired and moved to Sutherland, Ore., where he was very active in the outdoors hiking and sightseeing. In Oregon he was a volunteer at the church, senior center, salmon fish hatchery as well as many others. He returned to St. Croix Falls, Wis., in 1998 where he also was an active volunteer at Shepard of the Valley Church and the American Legion Post 143. Doug will be remembered for his fun loving, positive attitude and telling jokes and limericks where he would laugh harder than anyone else, which in turn made everyone else laugh. He loved spending time at deer camp with the 'boys' and was suspected of sneaking back to the shack to sit in his chair by the fire after everyone else left the shack to go on stands. Doug was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen in 2014; and his sister, Bonnie Wyatt. He is survived by his children, LaVonne Thompson of St. Croix Falls, Wis., and Loren Thompson of Houlton, Wis.; grandchildren, Jarrett Rost, Kalyn (Jan) Rost-Friedrich, Marki Thompson, and Mitch Thompson; also many nieces and nephews. Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. May 18 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls. Celebration of life will be 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 17 at the American Legion in St. Croix Falls and continues one hour prior to the service at the church on May 18. Interment with military honors will be in St. Croix Falls Cemetery. Grandstrand Funeral Home of Osceola handled the arrangements.
Janet R. Moore
Janet R. Moore, 80, of Balsam Lake, passed away May 9 at the Good Samaritan Society Home in St. Croix Falls, Wis., with her loving family at her side. She was born Feb. 16, 1938 in Amery, Wis., to Albert and Julia (Korsan) Ogilvie. Janet graduated from Balsam Lake High School. She married Robert Moore on Sept. 24, 1960. She was a lifelong resident of Balsam Lake, lifetime member of the Holy Trinity United Methodist Church and served a long career with the Polk County Government Center and County Clerk's Office.
She leaves to celebrate her memory: children, Cheryl (Greg) Foley, Timothy (Paula) Moore and David (Michelle) Moore, grandchildren, Jaimi (Tony) Folsom, Kayla Potter, Charity (Jordan) Schaar, Jim Moore, Julia (Tim) Plourde, Justin Moore, Emma Moore and Zenia Moore, great grandchildren, Carter and Quinn Folsom and Flora Schaar, sisters, Rose Price and Jean Wulf and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Julia Ogilvie, husband, Robert Moore, sisters, Florence Baker and Harriet Wade, brother, Donald Ogilvie, a stillborn baby brother and her son-in-law, Donald Potter.
Funeral Services for Janet will be at 11:00 a.m. May 17 at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church in Balsam Lake with Pastor Freddie Kirk officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. May 16 and again one hour prior to the service at church on May 14. Janet will be laid to rest beside her husband, Robert at Balsam Lake Cemetery following the service. Please join the family back at the church for continued fellowship and a luncheon after the interment. Pallbearers will be grandchildren, Jim Moore, Justin Moore, Emma Moore, Zenia Moore, Charity Schaar, Julia Plourde and Kayla Potter and Honorary Pallbearer, Jaimi Folsom. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Nancy (Carpenter) Merrill-Strong
Nancy (Carpenter) Merrill-Strong, 72, peacefully passed away on May 12 at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, with her daughter Michaela by her side. Nancy Diane Carpenter was born in Pequot Lakes, Minn. on April 25, 1946, to Ernest "Cap" and Leona Carpenter. Shortly after her birth the young family moved to the Carpenter homestead in Danbury, Wis. Nancy was the oldest of six children. She attended Danbury Schools until the transition to Webster Schools, where she graduated in 1964. Nancy excelled in academics graduating with a BA in Language Arts, and MA in Education Administration from the University of Minnesota. While in college Nancy traveled to Paris, France. She loved the French Culture and was a student of the French Language in which she was fluent. Her life mission was gaining access to Education Services for Native Americans and holding Governments accountable to the people they serve. Nancy was fierce when it came to the rights of Women and Minorities, a tribal member of the Bad River of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, she strongly identified with injustices and discriminatory practices, and she had zero tolerance for such things in life, and was never afraid to give voice to her feelings. Nancy's life work has attributed to the empowerment of Women and Minorities, she leaves a legacy of programs developed, funded and implemented throughout Indian Country, including grassroots efforts of Ojibwe Language Revitalization. Nancy touched many lives during her time here, she is survived by her only child Michaela (Vernon Jr.) Lowe, grandchildren; Damon Bearhart, Adrian Bearhart, Jasmine Lowe, Elizabeth Gross, Abigail Lowe and Sage Lowe, sisters; Jeanne Payer and Patti Carpenter, brother, Michael (Michelle) Carpenter, several nieces, nephews and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest "Cap" and Leona (Beggs) Carpenter, sisters, Janice Gangelhoff and Joanne Carpenter, husband of 18 years, Larry Merrill and her late husband, Fabian Strong. Celebration of Life Services will be held at the Danbury United Methodist Church in Danbury, Wis., on May 21 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Edward Crise will officiate. The family will greet visitors at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. Please join the family for lunch and fellowship at the church following the service. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Frank Michael "Mickey" Babcock
Frank Michael "Mickey" Babcock, 69, of Luck died May 13 at his home. He was born Sept. 22, 1948 in Cumberland, Wis., to Frank and Ruby (Huehn) Babcock. Mickey was raised in Cumberland and graduated from Cumberland High School in 1967. Mickey enlisted in US Navy and served for four years during the Vietnam War, spending much of that time in the Pacific Theater with the 7th Fleet on the U.S.S. Enterprise. He married Linda Bates and they raised their daughter in Oregon. Mickey worked for many years for the Marion County Correctional Facility. He returned to the Luck area in 2009. Mickey loved his dogs and the outdoors, fishing and watching the swans, beaver and otters rowing on the river. He also enjoyed collecting unusual rocks and plants. He was a faithful Christian and member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Mickey is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Babcock of Luck; his son, John Koenig of Salem, Ore; his mother, Ruby Nystrom of Cumberland; brothers: Craig (Suzzan) Babcock of Tacoma, Wash., and David (Donna) Nystrom of Montgomery, Ala.; his sister, Mary (Jim) Bolles of Forest Lake, Minn.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mickey was preceded in death by his father, Frank Babcock, stepfather, Donald Nystrom and his brother, Terry Babcock. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. May 17 at St. Paul Lutheran Church - Cumberland with Rev. John Miels officiating and full military honors to follow. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.
Christopher Scott Gehrke
Christopher Scott Gehrke, 47, of Luck passed away in his home on April 30. Christopher was born on Feb. 14, 1971 in Stillwater, Minn., the son of Scott and Sharon (Johnson) Gehrke. He leaves to celebrate his memory: daughters, Danielle Gehrke (Chaz Smallwood), Siren, Wis.; Kasidy Gehrke, Balsam Lake, Wis.; mother of his children, Nikki Gehrke, Balsam Lake, Wis.; Fiancée, Dorothy Sveback, Centuria, Wis.; sisters, Robin (Rick) Kieffer, Spooner, Wis.; Heather (Chuck Warner) Gehrke, Prescott, Wis.; brothers, Todd (Mildred) Gehrke, Cottage Grove, Minn.; Trent (Cheryl) Gehrke, Somerset, Wis., nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Scott and Sharon Gehrke. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Balsam Lake American Legion, 311 Tuttle Street on May 12 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Sylvia J. Kreft
Sylvia J. Kreft, 94, of Centuria passed away on May 3 at Golden Age Manor in Amery. She was born Nov. 5, 1923 in Salisbury, England daughter of Florence (Pitkeathly) and Frederick Snowdon. Upon leaving school, she joined the Women's Land Army in 1940 serving six years. While serving in the land Army, she worked on three farms around Devon, England. In 1944, she met a U.S. Soldier who was stationed nearby. She married Clifford Kreft, May 6, 1944 in Uffcombe, England. June 6, 1944, Clifford left for the Normandy invasion in France. When the war ended, Clifford returned to the United States, and Sylvia followed him six months later, arriving in New York April 1, 1946 to start her new life. As a young couple, they worked on several farms and raised their six children in Amery, Wis., and Stillwater, Lindstrom and Center City, Minn. Upon the death of her husband Clifford (Dec. 1967), Sylvia and her son Roy purchased a dairy farm in Centuria, Wis., the farm is still family owned. Sylvia enjoyed everything about the farm life, from milking cows, raising chickens, gardening, excellent cook & baker and knitting many scarves and mittens in her spare time. The old fashion cookstove in her kitchen was her "best friend" providing her with warmth and contentment. She was a member of Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher, Superintendent and President of the UMW for many years. Sylvia is survived by her children; Fred of Osceola, Roy (Millie) of Centuria, Peter (Donna) of Star Prairie, Susan (Mike) Reed of Centuria, John (Cindy) of Luck, Robert (Candy Lund) of Balsam Lake, many grandchildren, many great grandchildren with two more expected in August 2018, and many other friends and family. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings; Raymond, Donald, Ken, Doreen and Vera all of England, great granddaughter; Sylvia Pieper, daughter-in-law; Rosemary Kreft. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. May 22 at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church rural Centuria with Pastor Freddie Kirk officiating. Family and friends may gather for a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Sylvia will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Fairview Cemetery in Lindstrom, Minnesota at a later date. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Barry Arthur Erickson
Barry Arthur Erickson was born in Siren on May 28, 1950 to Rex A. and Arlene (Sund) Erickson. Barry died at home sitting in his favorite recliner listening to the Gaithers. Barry loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He served him by helping others however he could.
Barry graduated from High School in Luck, Wis., and then attended WITC in Rice Lake for Auto-mechanics, he also attended the Polk County Teachers College in 1969 where he met Deanna Pickard and they were united in marriage on December 30, 1972 at the First Baptist Church in Amery. They lived most of their married life in the Milltown Community. He worked for the Polk County Highway Department for many years in several different positions. He retired from the Highway Department in 2005. His family meant the world to him and he truly was the center of that world. He taught them the value of hard work, the importance of laughter, how to give generously out of all you have and all that you are, and to make sure every stray (person) had a home – especially for the holidays.
He loved fiercely and was immensely proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was loyal and protective. He approached death the same way he approached life, his way, on his terms and with no fear. He was a "Much Blessed", stubborn old cuss who was richly loved and will be greatly missed. Barry leaves to celebrate his memory: wife Deanna (Pickard) Erickson, son, Rex (Heidi) Erickson, daughters, Heather Ann Erickson, Amanda (Jordan) Hammond, grandchildren: Irric (Lora) Erickson, Kendra Erickson, Johannah Erickson, Lars Erickson, Kale'a Hammond, Liam Hammond, Israel Hammond, Siobhan Hammond and Maverick Hammond, great grandchildren, Ariya Erickson and Dakoda Erickson, sister, Jill (Todd) Route, brother, Randy (Donna) Erickson, nieces and nephews: Toby Erickson, Katie (Joe) Tolan, Adam (Emily) Erickson, Sara Route, Nick (Shannon) Route, great nephew and niece, Bentley Route and Addison Route, step-father, Kenny Kakac. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex A. Erickson and Arlene (Sund) Kakac. A Memorial Service for Barry will be held on May 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Trade Lake Baptist Church. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Dave Price will officiate the service. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Gerald Rogers, Giingaabow
Gerald Rogers, Giingaabow, 72, of the Round Lake Community, rural Luck, passed away on April 28 at his home with his loving family at his side. Gerald was born in La Crosse, Wis., on Aug. 2, 1945 the son of Sadie (Scottie) and John Rogers. Gerald leaves to celebrate his memory: son, John M. Rogers, granddaughters, Cheona Miller-Rogers and Alaina Rogers, sisters, Gladys Rogers, Mary Bedausky, Nancy Bedausk and Marlene Merrill, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by: parents, John and Sadie Rogers, wife, Rosemary Mihallow, siblings, Delores Rogers, Patricia Free, Josephine Cadotte, Walter Rogers, Joseph Rogers, David Rogers, Benny Rogers, niece, Stacy Rogers, nephews, Terrance Rogers, Travis Buck, Wesley Rogers, Wendell Rogers, Richard Cobenais Jr. and William Rogers. Gerald loved his family, friends and adventure. The funeral service was held at the Round Lake Community Center at 12:00 p.m. on May 1 with David "Maabin" Merrill and Thomas Saros officiating. He was laid to rest at the Johnstown Township Cemetery in Round Lake following the service. Pallbearers were Brandon Merrill, John Merrill, Anthony Garcia, Thomas Fowler, Shane Gasper, Marino Kendall. Honorary Pallbearers were Patrick Fowler Jr., Ricky Mosay, Marrio Torres, Marcell Merrill, Jay Rogers, Carlos Mosay and Frank Merrill. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
King Arthur Norman Gustafson
Dear Dad, As I sit here trying so hard to write your obituary I just can't find the words I want to say. How am I supposed to do this and not make it sound like a list of facts? You were so much more than that. You were born in Duluth on April 18, 1936. What a beautiful city to be born in. You were raised the only boy in a house full of sisters. I'm so sorry for you or maybe I should be sorry for your sisters (just kidding). They loved you and will miss you. So many cool things you got to do. You traveled with your family on mission trips to South America, how fun that must have been. You went to Frederic school where you met mom. I'm so proud of you serving our country for two years in the Army. And you will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling with military honors. How exciting is that? I loved hearing your stories of your time in the Army they were always so cool. You and mom got married and had five awesome kids if I do say so myself. First you were blessed with a daughter to call your little girl, Orchid Englund of Centuria Wis. Then you were blessed with three boys to chase around Chris (Becky) Gustafson of N.C., Norman Gustafson of Centuria Wis., and Timmy Gustafson of Dresser Wis. Then the good lord decided that you needed another little girl, Coreen Gustafson of St. Croix Falls, Wis. We all have our memories of you - some good, some bad - but none-the-less they are ours to keep. I always loved coming to visit you at the VA home in Minneapolis, everyone there loved you so much. Everywhere we went they would say "Hi King.” You loved to talk about the farm and how someday we would get it built back up and all the animals we would have. I loved your stories of working construction and running all the big equipment. But some of my favorites were always about the grand ball we would have when the farm was ready. I know that on your 82nd birthday, Heaven welcomed you with one really awesome ball. I am so glad that myself and the boys were able to spend your birthday with you here…before you went to be seated at the left hand of God. I know you are shining down on us and planning some cool adventures for all of us. You will always be the King of our world. I love you and miss you, but I know you are happy and watching over all of us kids and our kids and grandkids and your sisters and their families. Dad I love you higher than heaven and back. Until we meet again I will do my best to make you proud. Have a beer, don't forget the salt and some supreme pizza, and remember all our Hooters trips they were a blast. All the girls loved you!! The good Lord broke the mold with you! Remember to behave. Ok, let's be real - have fun dad!!
Sherrie L. Smith-Toland
Sherrie L. Smith-Toland, 60, of Centuria, passed away on April 24 at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, Minn. Sherrie was born on Nov. 16, 1957, in Hudson, Wis., the daughter of Joyce (Hince) and James Smith. She graduated from Pepin High School in 1975 and went on to get her cosmetology license. She worked in Centuria at a beauty salon, and later at Alcan Manufacturing, until her father fell ill, after which she received her barber license to help him run his business, Jim's Barber Shop. She eventually took over the shop in 1985 until she retired due to her deteriorating health in April 2014. Even in retirement, Sherrie was active in her community, and served on the Centuria Memory Days planning committee and acted as the church treasurer at Fristad Lutheran Church. Sherrie leaves to celebrate her memory: mother, Joyce Smith, Centuria, Wis.; her husband, Roy Toland, Centuria, Wis.; children: Stephanie Toland (Daryl Rakotz), Turtle Lake, Wis.; Brittany Toland (Jeffrey Krohn), Amery, Wis. and James Toland, Amery, Wis.; grandchildren, Karter and Aleah Krohn, Amery, Wis. and Baby Rakotz on the way, brothers, Steve (Jill) Smith, St. Croix Falls, Wis.; Ron Smith (Laurie Juleen), Centuria, Wis.; niece, Meghan (Austin) Muchow, nephews, David Smith (Dani), Brian Smith, Sean Smith, Drew Smith and Greg Smith, great-niece, Brielle Smith and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, James Smith. Celebration of Life was held on April 28 at Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria, Wis. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Beverly Florence Hashmi
Beverly Florence Hashmi (née Kamish) died peacefully in her home on April 28 in Roseville, Minn., at the age of 82. Beverly is survived by her husband, Nabi; daughters Sabina (Joshua) and Sitara (Tom); grandchildren Lyndon, Winston, Sterling and Dante; siblings, Donna Best, Eleanor Bleyle and Don Kamish. She is preceded in death by her parents James and Julia Kamish of Centuria Wis.; sisters Betty Erickson and Jeanne Brown and brother Larry Kamish. Beverly was born in Centuria, Wis., and graduated from Centuria High School in 1953. After moving to St. Paul, Beverly worked for Brown & Bigelow for ten years. She married Gulzar Nabi Hashmi in June 1961. Beverly was a proud mother and grandmother. She is remembered as a kind and thoughtful person who always thought of others before herself. She loved springtime and enjoyed tending to her garden of beautiful flowers for all to enjoy. A Celebration of Beverly's Life is scheduled for May 4 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 350 Michigan Ave., Centuria, Wis. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Beverly's life.
Shirley McClain Duffert
Shirley McClain Duffert, 89, of St. Croix Falls and formerly of the Balsam Lake area, died on April 9 at the Christian Community Home in Hudson, Wis., after a short and dignified fight with leukemia. Shirley was born in Chicago, Ill. to Charles and Helga McClain on July 28, 1928. She graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in St. Paul, Minn., in 1946 and went on to earn a BA and MA in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota. She enjoyed a successful career in several Fortune 500 companies as well as at the Medical School of the University of Minnesota. She was an avid reader and wordsmith. She loved the English language almost as much as she loved the Word of God. She had a sparkling wit and was able to hold her own in successful conversation on most any subject with any person at any time. Shirley loved to travel and visited many of the States during her lifetime as well as making several trips to the British Isles. She loved baseball in general and the Minnesota Twins in particular. Shirley leaves to celebrate her memory: son, Charles M. (Kathleen) Duffert, Wausau, Wis.; grandchildren: Erin (Richard) Desvousges, Lauren (Ryan) Krebsbach and McClain (Kate) Duffert, great grandchildren: Shirley Jean, Richard Joseph and Brynn Felice Desvousges, Charlotte Mystery and Harrison Adventure Krebsbach and Aberdeen Ryland McClain Duffert, niece, Elizabeth (Dennis) McClain Roberts and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Helga McClain, husband, Jerome Duffert, brother, Charles McClain and sister-in-law, Raenell McClain. The funeral service for Shirley were held at the East Balsam Baptist Church on April 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Shirley was laid to rest at the Balsam Lake Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers will be Richard Desvousges, Ryan Krebsbach, McClain Duffert, Dennis Roberts, Aaron Roberts and Steve Volgren. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Phyllis Jane (Olson) Hoverman
Phyllis Jane (Olson) Hoverman, age 81, of Osceola, Wis., passed away peacefully on April 10, at the Christian Community Home in Osceola. Phyllis was born Jan. 21, 1937, to Gordon and Isabel (Hazel) Olson in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Shortly after graduating from St. Croix Falls High School in 1955, Phyllis married Duane Hoverman. They purchased a home on the St. Croix River north of Osceola where they raised four children and lived together for more than 60 years. Along with being a wife and mother, Phyllis served her local community in roles including dressmaker, personal banker, and director of a Polk County Elderly Nutrition Program meal site. One of Phyllis’ loves was traveling with members of her family. She visited Israel, several countries in Europe, and the Caribbean. She and Duane made many memories traveling the U.S. by motor home during their retirement. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Alta, and brother, Carlos. She is survived by her husband; their four children, Cynthia Rodenwald of St. Cloud, Minn., Randy Hoverman of Osceola, Tom Hoverman of Minneapolis, Minn., and Wendy Gelle of Byron, Minn.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and a host of friends. Phyllis was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., April 21 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis., with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
David Allen Osborne
David Allen Osborne, age 65, of Balsam Lake, Wis., died on April 13 at Willow Ridge Healthcare in Amery, Wis. David was born the son of Frank and Doris (Thompson) Osborne on Jan. 10, 1953 in New Richmond, Wis. He attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from New Richmond High School with the class of 1972. In his teens, he was a Golden Gloves Boxer. David worked at F & A Dairy in Dresser, Wis., Brantjen and Kluge in St. Croix Falls, Wis., Xccent in Osceola, Wis., and Bishop Fixture and Millwork in Balsam Lake, Wis. He retired in 2015. David enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing trips to Canada and Alaska, and spending time visiting with family and friends. He was an honest, hardworking man. He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Osborne; brothers, Francis, Michael, and James; sister, Dianne Fletch; brother-in-law, John Klescewski; granddaughter, Hailey Rose Nordahl; and grandson, Hogan Ray Enriquez. David is survived by his daughters, Tammy Osborne and April (Leonel) Enriquez; grandchildren, Marcus Nordahl, Breanna Hanvelt, Nixon Osborne, Isaiah Osborne, Olivia Enriquez, Rico Enriquez; mother, Doris Osborne; siblings, Mary (Gary) Johnson, Ron (Janet) Osborne, Karen Klescewski, Marlene (Douglas) Schmidt, Noreen (David) Briese, Beverly (Bernie) Kloskowski, Sherry (Bill) Mercer; sister-in-law, Joette Osborne; brother-in-law, Bill Fletch; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A Funeral Service was held on April 16, at 11:00 a.m. at Cornerstone Assembly of God 1350 Heritage Drive New Richmond, Wis. Visitation was held on April 15, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel 112 W 3rd Street New Richmond, Wis., and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. to11:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Erin Prairie, Wis. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
James Arnold Olson
James Arnold Olson, age 74, of Osceola, Wis., passed away peacefully on April 15, at home surrounded by his family. James was preceded in death by parents, Arnold and Evelyn (Route) Olson. He is survived by his wife, Marlene Olson of Osceola, Wis.; two step-children, Heather Belisle of St. Croix Falls, Wis. and Kyle (Trisha) Belisle of River Falls, Wis.; five granddaughters, Cassie (Travis) Meyer, Kim (Alex) Miller, Jaelyn (Trent) Barkla-Dockendorf, Katee Belisle, and Tori Belisle; three great-grandchildren, Harrison, Madilyn, and Carter; sister, Diane (Jon) Swanson Marshfield, Wis.; niece, Holly Swanson, and nephew, Chris (Jackie) Swanson. Jim was born in Amery, Wis., on Nov. 20, 1943, and graduated from Amery High School in 1961. He served his country in Germany from May of 1961 and was honorably discharged from the Army in May of 1964. On Dec. 23, 1989, he married the love of his life, Marlene Sorum. They built a home together in the country outside of Osceola that they shared for 29 years making so many wonderful memories to cherish for always.
Jim worked as a mason from 1966 until 1999, when he was injured and forced to retire in 2001. Jim loved to fish and hunt. His fishing took him as far as Costa Rica which was one of his most memorable fishing trips. Every year, once winter set in he also loved to go ice fishing as much as possible. His other passion was his gardens. Not only were they a thing of beauty but also many meals were served fresh from the garden to friends and family. He was so proud of the fruits of his labor. Jim was also very proud of his granddaughters and loved watching them all grow into the beautiful young women they've become today. Most recently he had the pleasure of visits from his great grandchildren. As he watched them play he would smile and be in awe of them. He would say to Marlene, "They are so smart!" Jim will be missed dearly by so many. Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., April 20, at West Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osceola, followed by military honors. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Grandstrand Funeral Home of Osceola is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Bruce G. Biedler
Bruce G. Biedler, 75, of Balsam Lake, Wis., and formerly of St. Paul, Minn., passed away on April 16 at his home in Balsam Lake with his loving family at his side. Bruce was born on Aug. 10, 1942 in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Eileen (Vail) and Melvin Biedler. As a young man Bruce served his country in the United States Army from Feb. 28, 1962 – Feb. 18, 1965. After his honorable discharge he remained in the Army Reserve until February of 1968. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He will be dearly missed. Bruce leaves to celebrate his memory: his wife, Virginia, Balsam Lake, Wis.; children: Denise (Brian) VanVleet, Centuria, Wis.; Roy (Tricia) Biedler, Crystal, Minn., and Robin Gail "Little Lelani" Biedler, Hawaii, grandchildren: Dakota Frohn, Centuria, Sierra and Kylie VanVleet, Centuria, Reese, Landry and Hattie Biedler, Crystal, Minn., brother, Douglas Biedler, Wash., and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Biedler and his mother, Eileen Krueger.
The funeral service for Bruce will held on April 20 at 10:00 a.m. at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria. Visitation will be held at the funeral home beginning at 9:00 a.m. Bruce will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis following the funeral service with full military honors on April 23 at 1:00 p.m. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Terry Lee Overturf
June 7, 1954 - March 29, 2018. Terry Lee Overturf was born on June 7, 1954 in Gary, Ind. to Cullen and Dorothy (Treece) Overturf. He attended school in Hobart, Ind., in the graduating class of 1973. On April 5, 2007, he married Cindy (Nissen) Anderson. Terry worked for 30 years at Bethlehem Steel in Burns Harbor, Ind. After he met Cindy he moved to St. Croix Falls, Wis. He then worked 10 years driving the U.S. mail. Terry loved fishing, hunting, singing Southern gospel music, and Hobart Brickies football.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jack and Tim Overturf. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Anderson; daughter Tanja Overturf; sons, Trent (Heather) Overturf and Trevor (Taryn) Overturf; stepchildren, Randy (Marilyn) Anderson, Greg (Jessica) Anderson, and Tracy (David) Dougherty; grandchildren, Makenzie and Michael; siblings, Sandra (Rick) Harvey, and Frank (Micki) Overturf; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A celebration of Terry's life will be held on April 8, 2018 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the VFW in Hobart, Ind.
Mary B. Chapin
Mary B. Chapin, age 71, of St. Croix Falls passed away on March 27 at. St Croix Regional Medical Center. Mary was born June 27, 1946 in Beloit, Wisconsin to Peter and Adeline (Battees) Miller. As a child, she moved to the Eureka area and was raised in the care of Harry and Reba Owen. Mary graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1964. On July 11, 1972 she married Jim Chapin and together they raised two daughters, Jenny and Jodi. Mary loved to travel with her husband Jim. Her favorite trip was their cruise to Alaska. When she wasn’t traveling, she loved to read, bake, listen to music, and have fun with her grandkids. She enjoyed volunteering with the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 143 of which she was a life member. Mary also looked forward to her monthly lunch date with her high school friends. Mary is survived by her husband Jim, daughters Jenny (Kenny)Culver, Jodi (David) Christensen, stepdaughter Julie (Troy) Scott, grandchildren Sydney, Kelsey, Joe, Brooke, and Nicole, Siblings Marjorie Broker, Bernard Miller, Peter (Toni) Miller, and Joe Anderson. Foster siblings Vivian (Jim) Palecek, Nancy Owen, Jack (Linda) Owen, Jane Rose, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, foster parents; first husband Richard Owen, siblings George Miller, Mike Anderson and Virginia Richardson. The Chapin Family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center who took such wonderful Care of Mary in her final days. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., April 21, at the St. Croix Falls Methodist Church with a visitation one hour prior to the service and a Celebration of Life will be held at the American Legion in St. Croix Falls immediately following the church service. A private family interment will be held at a later date in the Pleasant Hill cemetery.
Barbara H. Olsen
Barbara H. Olsen, 92, of Frederic and formerly of Balsam Lake, passed away on March 30 in the early hours at the Frederic Care and Rehab Nursing Home. Barbara Gardner was born on Dec. 5, 1925 in Rockford, Ill. the daughter of Harvey and Anna (Wells) Gardner. Barbara leaves to celebrate her memory: her daughter, Sherry DeLozier, Balsam Lake, Wis.; grandchildren: Kevin (Jennifer) DeLozier, Frederic, Wis.; Kim (David) Peterson, Centuria, Wis.; Robbie Helsing, Minneapolis, Minn.; great grandchildren: Tyler Peterson, Kyle Peterson and Ceira DeLozier, half siblings: Gloria Dowell, Karen Phelan, Cheryl Jasik and Richard "Dick" Gardner and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Anna Gardner, son, James Robert Helsing, husbands, Robert H. Helsing and Raymond Olsen. Graveside services will be held at the Radisson Cemetery in Radisson, Wisconsin in the spring. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Gladys Opal Frokjer
Gladys Opal Frokjer, 96, passed away peacefully on Feb. 11. Gladys was born March 15, 1921, in Dresser, Wis., to Valborg E. (Hanson) and Henning T. Lindahl. She was born and grew up on the family's dairy farm, of which she told and wrote of her many cherished memories. She was confirmed at Sand Lake and was also a long time member of Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake Wis. After graduating from St. Croix High School in 1938, she went on to Polk County Normal and received her teaching certificate. Her love of education did not end there and in 1959 she obtained her B.S. degree, while still teaching. Through her career, Gladys touched many lives in countless ways and made lifelong friends, whether they were teachers or students. On June 5, 1943 she married the love of her life, Howard Frokjer and settled on their first farm in Dresser, Wis., in which she hung the "red gingham curtains" she always had envisioned. Some years later, they sold the farm and purchased the Ace Gas Station at Centuria, Wis., and also built a Tastee-Freeze Drive In. They purchased a lake home on Balsam Lake, Wis., in 1956, where many happy years were spent. It was with the abundance of maple trees and good friends; they started their Kemah Park maple syrup endeavor. In 1974, Gladys retired early from teaching to care for her aging mother until her death, then pursued her other interests. After they moved from the lake to a nearby farm, her love of decorating and antiques again flourished. In 1986, they sold the remainder of the farm to the Five Flags Golf Course and they moved to Texas in 1989. Their time in Texas was again filled with new friends and activities. In 1999, they returned to Luck, Wis., to make their home there. Sadly, in 2001, Howard passed away and Gladys went on to live her life to the fullest, although alone. She returned to the Balsam Lake area and spent time decorating her new home and became a member the "PoCo Penners". She wrote many endearing stories of growing up, family, and adventures. She again moved back to St. Croix Falls in 2008 and became part of the "Pine Court" gang. Weekly coffee parties and great conversations were an enjoyed activity. She was always thrilled to make new friends while keeping her shopping trips and lunches with her closest friends and nieces. In 2011, she was overwhelmed by the love she was shown at her 90th birthday party and couldn't believe it again in 2016 at the age of 95, that so many family, friends and former students came together just for her. She became a resident at Royal Oaks in Osceola, where she was met with open arms into a new family. There she met old friends and again made new friends, including Kayla, who formed a special bond with Gladys and along with all of the staff kept a watchful eye over her. Macular degeneration was slowing robbing her of eyesight, her ability to drive and her voracious love of reading and crossword puzzles. With a suggestion to the Lion's Club from a dear neighbor, Gladys received her own magnifying reader, which allowed her to read again. In 2017, she became a resident of Christian Community Home in Osceola. She again endeared herself to all the staff and residents, who fondly called her "Gladdy". Gladys was the oldest of four siblings whom all preceded her in death, her sister, Doris Klein, and brothers, Gordon, Donald and Gerald (who died at birth) Lindahl. Gladys was an amazing, intelligent, loving woman who will be remembered for her kindness, devotion to family and friends, independence, friendship, patience, sense of humor, quick wit and perfect manners. She will be sadly and forever missed by her nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews, which include the Kleins, the Lindahls, the Frokjers and the Rogers families. A Memorial Service will be held on April 14 at 3:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake. Gladys' family will greet visitors from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please join the family for a meal and fellowship in the church fellowship hall following the service. Gladys will be laid to rest at the Bethesda Church Cemetery in Sand Lake. Honorary Pallbearers will be Richard Klein, Jim Klein, Tom Klein, Jeff Warner, Brian Lindahl and Terry Lindahl. Please no flowers but consider a donation in Gladys' name to the Inter Faith Counsel of Balsam Lake or the Lions Eye Club. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
LaVerne John Johnson
LaVerne John Johnson, 86, of Cushing passed away on March 13, 2018 at Good Samaritan's Nursing Home in St. Croix Falls. LaVerne was born on Sept. 7, 1931 in Grantsburg, Wis. to Eli and Edna (Nelson) Johnson. He grew up in rural Sterling Township working on his parents' farm and also farms of other local neighbors. LaVerne served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War period and was stationed in Japan. He worked at Swift and Company in the Twin Cities and finished his work career retiring from the Ford Plant in St. Paul, Minn. He enjoyed cars both old and new and older tractors and had a great deal of knowledge about them. He also enjoyed hunting, family events, tractor pulls, car races and car shows. You could ask him just about any question regarding older cars and he would know the answer. Being a veteran LaVerne was also a member of the American Legion from Grantsburg, Wis., Post 185. LaVerne was a very friendly person and always took the time to talk to friends and relatives. He was always willing to help friends and family when asked and many times offered help before being asked. Preceding LaVerne in death were his parents Eli and Edna Johnson, brother, LeRoy, brother Robert, and sister Donna Martini.
LaVerne is survived by his son Allen (Theresa), stepson Scott DeRocker, daughters Julie, Donna, Susan and grandchildren, brother Dale (Sharon), brother Daniel (Cindy) and sister Nora (Doug) Wood and many nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. LaVerne was raised in a Christian home attending church at a young age and memorized scripture, which stayed with him throughout his life. As his health failed LaVerne expressed to family members his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior and his desire to go to his heavenly home. Funeral services were held at Trade River Evangelical Free Church in Grantsburg, Wis., on Saturday, March 17, at 11:00 a.m. He was laid to rest at the Trade River Cemetery following the service with Military Honors rendered by the Grantsburg American Legion Post 185. Pallbearers were Zach Wood, Chris Wood, Doug Johnson, Scott DeRocker, Jonathon DeRocker and Joel DeRocker. Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements. www.kolstadfamilyfuneralhome.com
Roger S. Sapp
Roger S. Sapp, 88, of Milltown passed away on March 16 at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, Wis. Roger was born on Jan. 9, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio the son of Franz and Anna Sapp. As a young man Roger began his Military career in the Ohio State Militia and then later served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 23 years attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. During that time Roger earned a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University and a Masters Degree in Business from Xavier University. After graduating Roger assisted in the groundbreaking computer age while working for several companies as an Electrical Engineer. Some of the companies Roger worked for are Lockheed – on the Jet Star Project, Fairchild Semiconductors, Control Data, and Pioneer Magnetics. After retiring from his electrical engineering career, Roger was a beloved bus driver for Blake School. He always shared his passion of electrical engineering with anyone he met including children, grandchildren, and anyone who appeared to show the slightest interest! J Roger was passionate and vocal about his relationship with Jesus Christ. His faith was the foundation of his life. He was a 32 year resident of Milltown, Wis., where he resided with his wife of 41 years, Diane. During their time there, Roger and Diane provided sanctuary for many injured, orphaned, and unwanted domestic and wild animals. Roger was a very mischievous soul and always found humor in side-stepping the rules. Roger leaves to celebrate his memory: his wife, Diane Sapp, Milltown, Wis.; children: Stephen Sapp, Marblehead, Ohio; Thomas (Mary) Sapp, Apple Valley, Minn.; Margaret Sapp, Minneapolis, Minn.; Michael (Gretchen) Sapp, Bloomington, Minn. and Barb (Kory) Arens, Dubai, U.A.E., many grandchildren and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Franz and Anna and his sister, Alice May Smith. Memorial services was held at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria, on March 21, officiated by Pastor Angie Kutney of Milltown Lutheran. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.