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Glenn Virgil Mattson
Glenn Virgil Mattson, 82, of Luck, Wis., passed away peacefully on June 13 at St. Croix Regional Medical Center. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1614 270th Ave., Luck, Wis., on June 23 – visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the service at 11:00 a.m. Military Honors will be presented at the church following the service

​Gladys Frokjer
Gladys Frokjer, Memorial Service will be held on June 9 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake. Gladys's family will greet visitors at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. Gladys will be laid to rest at the Sand Lake Cemetery.

Roald T. Johnson
Roald T. Johnson, 86 of Centuria passed away on May 6 at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. The funeral service for Roald will be held on May 11 at Eureka Baptist Church. Visitation will be May 10 at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and again at the church Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. A full obituary will be in the next edition.

James W. Hallgren
James W. Hallgren, 59 of Eureka Township passed away on March 17 at his home. Services will be held on March 31, at 11:00 a.m. at North Valley Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held on March 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home and again at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A full obituary will be in the next edition. 

Bennet Bystrom
Bennet Bystrom, 75, of rural Luck, Fox Creek area passed away on March 18 at the American Heritage Nursing Home in Hammond. 

Reena C. Webber
Reena C. Webber, 63, of Balsam Lake, passed away on Feb. 26 at her home. In respect to Reena's wishes there will not be any public services held.

Leo John Chartrand
Leo John Chartrand, age 95, of Centuria, passed away on Dec. 10, 2017 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. A Memorial Service will be held on Feb. 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Please join the family for lunch and continued fellowship following the service. A private immediate family interment will take place at a later date.

Gary A. Tews
Gary A. Tews was born on Feb. 24, 1953 and passed away on Jan. 25, 2018. Funeral Services will be on Feb. 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Spirit River Church in Isanti, Minn.

Duane S. Roufs
Duane S. Roufs, 85, of Luck passed away on Nov. 18 at the Good Samaritan Society of St. Croix Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake on Nov. 25 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church on Nov. 25 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Duane will then be laid to rest at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Centuria following the service will full military honors. Duane's family will be hosting a lunch back at the church following the cemetery service and invite their guests to join them. 

Carol Arlene Park-Coen
Carol Arlene Park-Coen, 78 of Luck, passed away on Oct. 16 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. The funeral service for Carol will be held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Luck. Time and date were pending at the time of print. A full obituary will appear in the next edition.

Walmar "Wally" Quist
Walmar "Wally" Quist, 99, of St. Croix Falls, passed away at the Good Samaritan Society Home on Oct. 16. Services have not been arranged by time of this edition.

LaVerne G. Anderson
LaVerne G. Anderson, 81, of Centuria, passed away on Oct. 9 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Services are being arranged. Please visit for updated information. A full obituary will appear in the next edition.

Sharon Marsh
Sharon Marsh, 77, passed away peacefully on Aug. 23, 2017 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. She was preceded in death by her son Scott Lipke. Leaves to celebrate her memory; her loving husband Dennis Marsh, her daughters; Michelle Knotz and Debbie Lipke, her step-children; Terry Winehart, Joanne Richie, John Marsh, Bill Marsh, and Kiki Smith.

Nancy Jane Orr Audette
Nancy Jane Orr Audette was born on June 19, 1921 at home in Georgetown Township, to parents George H. Orr and Marie Fish Orr. Nancy married Felix Audette on Oct. 19, 1946. They had two children, Catherine Ann and Jeffery Lee. Visitation will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 at the Williamson ~ White Funeral Home, 222 Harriman Ave. N. Amery, and 1 hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, Aug. 26 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1050 Keller Ave. N., Amery. Interment will take place at Georgetown Lutheran Cemetery in Georgetown Township with a luncheon to follow at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
Elaine “Faye” Jasper
Elaine "Faye" Jasper, 64, of Rice Lake died Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Dove Healthcare - West Eau Claire. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Bone Lake Lutheran Church-Luck on Monday, July 10, 2017, burial to follow in Bone Lake Cemetery. There will be visitation for one hour prior to the service.

Joseph "Joe" Kadrmas
Joseph “Joe” Kadrmas, age 89, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017 at his residence. Memorial services will be held at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, Wis., on Monday, June 26, visitation at church will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the service at 12:00. Military Honors will be presented following the service.

Howard "Howie" E. Hanson
Howard “Howie” E. Hanson, age 80, of Luck, Wis., formerly of St. Paul Park, Minn., passed away April 12, in Amery, Wis. Memorial services will be held at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 228 1st Avenue East, Milltown, Wis., on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Ruby M. Malinovsky
Ruby M. Malinovsky, age 92, of Frederic, Wis., passed away April 22 at Frederic Nursing and Rehab. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Frederic on Thursday, April 27 - visitation at church will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by Mass at 11:00 a.m. Ruby will be laid to rest at St. Dominic Catholic Cemetery following the service.

James D. Carnery
James D. Carnery, 78, of St. Croix Falls, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Services were being planned at the time of this edition. Please visit for updated information.

Linda Lemieux
Linda Lemieux, 58, of Luck, Wis., passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 11, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. A Visitation Gathering will be held Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Rowe Funeral Home, 101 Cedar St. W., Frederic, Wis., from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A Social Gathering will take place at the Skol Bar in Frederic after the visitation.

Donald D. Smith
Donald D. Smith, 71, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Amery Regional Medical Center. Services are currently being planned for a future date. Please visit for further details.

Richard E. Larson
Richard E. Larson, age 82, a resident of Grantsburg, died March 5. A visitation will be held Friday, March 10 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Grantsburg. Funeral service will be Saturday, March 11, at 11:00 a.m. (visitation 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) at Central United Methodist Church in Grantsburg. Online condolences can be made at

Linda Wettig
Linda L. Wettig, 70, of Milltown, Wis., passed away on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at the United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Linda was born on Nov. 6, 1946 in Amery, Wis., the daughter of Donald and Bernice (Beers) McKinney. Services are currently pending.

Harlan E. Seck
Harlan E. Seck, 80, of Luck, passed away Feb. 27 at his residence. Memorial Services will be held at Luck Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 4, visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the service at 11:00 a.m.

June L. O’Donnell
June L. O’Donnell of Frederic, Wis. died on Jan. 20, 2015 at the Frederic Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. She was 89 years old. Celebration of June’s life will be held Friday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Frederic.

Olivia Hansen
Olivia Hansen, 92, of Luck, Wis. died Friday, May 29, 2015 at United Pioneer Home in Luck. Funeral services were held at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, Luck, Wis. on Monday, June 1. Olivia was laid to rest next to her husband, Lester at Bone Lake Cemetary.

Norman A. Syrjala
Norman A. Syrjala of Cushing, Wis. passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Frederic Nursing and Rehab. There will be a visitation at Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, Wis. on June 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., followed by a gathering at the Cushing Community Center, 2510 - 241st Street, Cushing, Wis., 54006.
Ernest Davison
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 

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

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 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 

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

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

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

Bruce G. Biedler w/picture
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.

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.

Gloria Jean Larsen 
Gloria Jean Larsen, 83 of Centuria passed away in the early morning on March 19 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul with loving family at her side. Gloria Schwartz was born on Sept. 9, 1934 the daughter of Marie and John Schwartz.  
Gloria attended grade school at the South Milltown School before going to Milltown and graduating in 1952. She worked at Stokleys canning company, painted in the Cities during the summer, and worked at the ammunition plant in Arden Hills. She fell in love with the farm boy next door, literally across the field, and married Gordon Larsen in 1954. Together they built Wis-Lar Farms with their children - Jim, Jeanne, and Jerry. Their work proved successful being named the first dairy herd in the state of Wisconsin to yield a 20,000 pound rolling herd average. Early on in their marriage, Gloria became a member of the 35 Birthday Club. Besides being actively involved on the family dairy farm Gloria became active in the Polk County Homemakers organization, where she was Historian for many years at the county level. During that time she compiled the "I Heard The School Bells Ringing" historical book about the one and two room school houses in Polk County. She was a county representative to the state Homemakers for several years. Working with youth was important to Gloria to give them the opportunity to try new things, she was a 4-H leader and project leader for the South Milltown 4-H for over 20 years. “She could always make me smile, share her talent secrets, and had the patience of a saint,” said granddaughter Jena Alling. Agriculture was in her blood, continuing on with advocating agriculture and education through the Unity Area FFA Alumni events in the community. Expanding on her service to the community she joined the Unity Lions Club. Her creativity and artistry could be seen every year at the Polk County Fair with her watercolor and acrylic paintings with grand champion ribbons. Plus her sewing skills making clothes for the kids, grandkids and quilt tops for the women at Milltown Lutheran Church. She taught me many things, from being a hard worker, to making amazing pies, said granddaughter Jenelle Larsen. Gloria loved her gardens, whether it was her flowers or berries. She would pick berries and make amazing raspberry jam that was a hit at the local farmer's market. She would teach her grandkids how to make homemade bread rolls, how to make swedish-palt, and shared her artistic talents making crafts with the kids all the time. Hours of time would have been spent baking for bake sales, pot lucks, or making treats for people who came to visit. Often times salesmen would stop by and be invited in for lunch. “She could cook for an army in the matter of an hour,” said granddaughter Jennifer Larsen. Modest achievements for Gloria included being on the Polk County Homemakers Board for years having served as President and Historian, Polk County 4-H Leader Award for 20+ years, Honorary Wisconsin State FFA Degree, 15 year tenure in the Unity Lions Club, and an active quilt maker for the Milltown Lutheran Church. Gloria leaves to celebrate her memory: daughter, Jeanne (Al) Alling, Centuria, Wis.; son, Jerry (Stephanie) Larsen, Centuria, Wis.; daughter-in-law, Evelyn Larsen, Centuria, Wis., grandchildren: Jennifer Larsen, Julia (Jacob) Erickson, Johanna (Brian) Backes, Jenelle Larsen, Joshua Larsen, Jonathan Larsen, Joe Larsen, Jena Alling and Anna Larsen, great grandchildren, Jade and Jasper siblings: Ramona Anderson, Lois Berglund, Geraldine (Don) Seaberg, Marjorie Boertjen, John (Olga) Schwartz and Galen (Alice) Schwartz, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marie Schwartz, her husband, Gordon Larsen, son, Jim Larsen and grandson, James Larsen. The funeral service for Gloria will be held on March 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the Milltown Lutheran Church. Pastor Angie Kutney will officiate. Visitation will be held on March 22 at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and again at the church Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Gloria will be laid to rest alongside her husband Gordon at the Milltown Cemetery following the funeral service. The family invites guests to join them in the church fellowship hall for lunch following the cemetery service.
Casketbearers will be Joe Larsen, Joshua Larsen, Jonathan Larsen, Anna Larsen, Brian Backes and Jacob Erickson. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

John David Freer
John David Freer, age 9, of Langdon, N.D. passed away Friday, March 2 at the Sanford Hospital, Fargo, N.D. A memorial service will be held March 10 at 1:00 p.m. at the Langdon Area High School gym in Langdon, N.D. Visitation will be held on March 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the school gym. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Kamp Kace, P.O. Box 6462, Fargo N.D. 58109 or the Ronald McDonald House Charity of the Red River Valley, 1330 18th Avenue South, Fargo, N.D. 58103. John David Freer was born April 11, 2008 at St. Croix Falls, Wis. to Rory and Carey (Fultz) Freer. In 2011, the family moved to Langdon, N.D., where he grew up and was currently in the fourth grade. John was diagnosed with cancer in Dec. of 2011; he was a strong fighter during his battle with cancer. Things he enjoyed were football, video games, wrestling, Legos, and playing with his brothers. He is survived by his parents, Rory and Carey; brothers Edward and Brock; paternal grandparents Randy and Denise Freer and Herschel and Mary Brown; and maternal grandparents Vicki Fultz and John Fultz. He is survived by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jo M. Lindoo
Jo M. Lindoo left this life on Feb. 27. She was born in St. Croix Falls, Wis., on Dec. 31, 1959. She passed on to the Next Place with her family and friends seeing her off. Jo grew up in Milltown, Wis. She attended Unity High School where she was a three-sport athlete, playing volleyball, basketball, and track and field. She attended UWEC as an undergrad majoring in physical education while also playing on the women’s basketball and softball teams. Jo earned her Master’s degree at Washington State University (Pullman). Jo was hired as the Recreation Director and basketball coach at Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee. She went on to UWWhitewater as a lecturer and aquatics specialist. Jo was assistant volleyball and softball coach. Jo took a one-year position at UWEC in the Kinesiology department and was assistant volleyball coach. She became a certified personal fitness trainer and worked at Gold’s Gym and Highland Fitness (her favorite). She proceeded to torture her clients whom she absolutely adored. Jo married Gretchen Beckstrom on Feb. 25, 2013, while on a trip to Hawaii, though they have been together for over 20 years. Jo was a strong advocate for Title IX, working to ensure that girls and women had equal opportunity to participate in the sports they loved. Jo was one of six women in Wisconsin who ran an organization: Women’s Sports Advocates of Wisconsin from 1987-1996. The group was responsible for gathering and sending information to all high schools in Wisconsin to nominate girls for the WSAW Award. A yearly banquet honored the athletes who met both athletic and academic criteria. Jo’s tenacity, persistence, and downright stubbornness served her well in many aspects of her life. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1995 and survived another 23 years. (Probably another record!) Through all that, she maintained her amazing positive attitude. Jo just took on the obstacles as they came. She had to give up driving, but just commuted to work on her trusty bike seven miles (one way!) year-round through rain, sleet, sub-zero temps and snow. Jo was known for being “thrifty” with money but was so generous of heart. She wanted to raise money for the Breast Cancer Fund and go on their fundraiser mountain climb. They turned her down for the trek because of the liability with her seizures but she raised the money anyway and did her OWN mountain climb. She and Gretchen climbed Mt Quandry -14,265ft! If there were children or animals around, Jo was drawn to them so she could play too. Jo enjoyed board games – especially Rummikub. She hated to lose and was an unabashed cheater. She loved the outdoors and was a fearless adventurer. She enjoyed all varieties of skiing, biking, hiking, camping, backpacking, gardening, swimming, sailboarding, and bird watching. She went on several backpacking trips. Jo was strong as an ox and if someone’s pack was too heavy, Jo would haul some of the extra weight for you. It must be noted that she DID go ballistic the time she discovered she was carrying a friend’s curling iron in the remote wilderness. Oh, that girl could swear a blue streak and was well-versed in cuss words. Her family sailed the Caribbean for a few months when Jo was a kid. She traveled all over the US, the Canadian Rockies, Australia, and Europe. Jo’s favorite place on Earth was her family cabin (no running water or electricity) on a remote island on Rainy Lake. She loved to share this place with her loved ones. Jo always had a project going...building an outdoor biffy, making something out of wood, doing needlework, making colorful switch plates, beading, or dreaming up some weird activity that she expected everyone else to try. Jo will be remembered for her sense of humor, her warmth, and her quick and beautiful smile. She loved music and danced whenever possible. She was very disappointed not to see our first woman president be elected. Jo was a fierce feminist. She was renowned for her strange hat collection and shockingly mismatched wardrobe. Most importantly, Jo Lindoo shared her heart willingly and genuinely and gave the best hugs ever! She was well-loved by all who knew her. Jo was preceded in death by her father, Jack; and brother, Jim Lindoo. (Not to mention a long list of beloved pets). She is survived by her wife, Gretchen Beckstrom; her mother, Eldora Adachi; her brother, Jeff (Janna) Lindoo; sister-in-law, Kathy (Mike) Mlynarczyk; nieces and nephews, Deanna (Gary) Kaufman, Derek (Lisa) Lindoo, Megan Ait, Ben (Isaam) Haddou, Dave (Beth) Lindoo; and several great nieces and nephews, Emma, Caleb, Shania, Amin, Tarik, Soraya, Ruby and Jack, and Angie Carty, who became part of the family after the Caribbean trip. We would like to thank the wonderful Mayo Hospice team who has taken care of Jo all these last months. We are so grateful for their kindness and compassion. A special thank you to Monika, Kara, Renee, Kayte and Evelyn. You are incredible people.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on March 10 at the WEST CHAPEL location of Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn. A Celebration of Life will follow from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Details available later. Please wear bright black! Feel free to wear a crazy hat and leave your bras at home! In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local Humane Association, to Mayo Clinic Brain Research, or simply do an act of kindness for someone. For online condolences, please visit

Doris Ann Scharfenberg
Doris Ann Scharfenberg passed away peacefully at Good Samaritan's of St. Croix Falls on Feb. 15 at the age of 92. She is survived by her brother Kimball Fleming of Escondido, Calif., her son, Douglas (Katherine), of St. Croix Falls, her daughters; Jane Hernandez of Sacramento, Calif., Gretchen Scharfenberg (Bruce Nicholson) of San Anselmo, Calif., daughter-in-law, Jill Scharfenberg of Traverse City, Mich., nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, her son Bruce, and parents Leroy and Muriel Fleming. She was also preceded in death by several life-long friends, among whom was Lynne Romney (Mitt Romney's older sister) who was also Doris's relative by marriage. Born Doris Fleming in Detroit 1925, she attended Hillsdale college in Michigan, graduating in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. While at Hillsdale she met and married James Scharfenberg, a WWII Veteran whom had served in the Aleutian Island Campaign. Doris and Jim raised their four children, Bruce, Douglas, Jane, and Gretchen in Detroit, and later in Farmington Hills, a Northwestern Detroit suburb. During the summers Doris took her four young children on camping trips to Upper Michigan, and twice on road trips to Southern California to visit her brother Kimball. Because James worked in the auto advertising industry, and summers were the busiest time of year in preparation for the fall unveiling of the new car models, he was unable to accompany his family, so Doris managed these trips without him. This was in an era when Donna Reed, June Cleaver, and others were the domestic household role models of the day. Doris's dauntless women-can-do spirit may have largely been the result of, while growing up in the prohibition-era Detroit, her mother Muriel had been a police officer, serving in one of the first women's police departments in the country. After her children grew up, Doris drew upon her camping and travel experiences and became a travel writer, touring the globe and chronicling her extraordinary adventures in numerous travel publications. Throughout her later years she fondly (and a bit too frequently!) recounted tales of being nose to nose with a polar bear in Northern Canada, riding an elephant in the jungles of Thailand, riding a dogsled on Alaska's Iditarod Trail, and rafting both the Grand Canyon and the River of No Return. She also told of meeting country music legend, Kenny Rogers backstage at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, not being a country music fan, having to ask one of the stage hands afterwards, "Who was that nice man again?" She was a member of the Midwest Travel Writer's Society, and had served as president of the Detroit Women Writer's Association, receiving several awards and special recognitions from each organization. Doris's specialty was writing about travel in Michigan. Besides numerous articles, she published several books, the most popular of which was the Michigan travel guide "The Long Blue Edge of Summer", followed by " The Long Blue Edge of Ontario", (Michigan's neighbor to the North). In 1967, the Scharfenberg family moved from the city of Detroit to suburban Farmington Hills. This was during the era of "white flight", when many caucasian families sought to escape the city's transition into predominantly black populace. But Doris harbored no trace of that motivation for leaving the city, and she commuted faithfully to her beloved Outer Drive Faith Lutheran Church as it too transitioned into a predominantly black congregation, several of whose members still fondly recall Doris Scharfenberg. While in her seventies, Doris joined with fellow church members Prentice and Pandora Hall to organize the lead camping trips into Michigan's upper peninsula for groups of black Detroit youths, who otherwise would not have had an opportunity to experience the same adventures as she had enjoyed with her own children in years past. She befriended, and for years became the voluntary caretaker of a retired black Lutheran minister who had become totally blind. Doris also took a Farmington Hills neighbor under her wing; a war bride who, after having married a GI and coming from Germany following WWII, had been left by her husband, living in an unfamiliar country and culture, and having a minimal grasp on the English language, she was disoriented, desperately lonely, and nearly suicidal. For years, Doris was her lifeline. Doris Scharfenberg lived in a state of continuous (and often overstated!) gratitude for her good, long adventurous life, and especially for her family. A life-long Christian, Doris was an avid reader of Christian literature, and a seeker of God's truth. Among her many travel destinations was one particularly somber one, which had touched her very deeply: the former Nazi death cap at Dachau, Germany, which now stands as a monument to the machinations of the "master race". The height of mankind's scientific and cultural ascent had arrived with a descent into a chasm of unimaginable depravity, forever challenging the myth of our essential goodness and confirming the hard truth spoken by Jesus; that God is good and mankind is not. It is fitting, upon her passing, to recall some of her many achievements and good deeds. But Doris fully understood the hopeless incompatibility between mankind and a God whose unselfish nature is the opposite of ours. Hopeless without an intercessor, homeless without her Savior. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Doris will be held at the Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls on March 4 at 3:00 p.m. Submitted by her son, Doug Scharfenberg.

Laverne "Doug" Olson
Laverne “Doug” Olson, age 87, of Blaine, Minn., passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, surrounded by his loving family. Laverne was born on July 29, 1930 to Roy and Mabel (Hoiby) Olson in Dresser, Wis. He graduated from Osceola High School in the class of 1948. He enlisted in the United States Army on his 18th birthday and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. He volunteered to join the 187th Airborne Infantry in Korea and was wounded in combat. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star and was honorably discharged in 1952 as a Corporal. He enjoyed playing on the men’s softball team for many years, in and around Osceola. He worked as an over-the-road truck driver traveling from Wisconsin to California. He married Bernice Rogers, from Centuria, Wis., on June 29, 1963. They moved to Little Canada, Minn. He quit his long hauls when their first child was born the following year. He went to work for Old Dutch Foods delivering semi-trailer loads of potato chips and products around the five state area for the next 28 years (he retired in 1992). He especially enjoyed his routes to the UP of Michigan. Laverne and Bernice built a home in Coon Rapids, Minn., in 1968. In 1982, they built an addition on the garage where Laverne took up locksmithing in his new shop. They divorced in 1992 but remained friends. Laverne was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan. He enjoyed boating, golfing, crosswords, playing the lotto, watching sports and movies, music (country western and polka), spending time with his family (especially his grandkids) and in recent years, he took up playing bingo at the senior center. He enjoyed joking and laughing with friends he made over the past four years, both staff and residents, at his assisted-living community. Laverne was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Mabel, brothers Elroy “Bud” and Harold. Survived by his former wife, Bernice, his children Roxanne, Doug (Leah), Rochelle (Ryan) and Robynn (Eric) Isaacson; grandchildren, Brooke, Morgan, Bailey, Gavin, Kendall, Emma, Danica, Ella, Jared; many nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held on March 3, at 11:00 a.m., at the Grandstrand Funeral Home, 941 State Road 35, Osceola, Wis., with visitation at 10:00 a.m. A luncheon will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 2355 Clark Rd., Dresser, Wis. after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Pat Tillman Foundation at Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at

Beverly Marie Posey
Beverly Marie Posey, age 84, of Amery, passed away on Feb. 23 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Beverly was born on April 24, 1933 to Alfred and Jennie (Hanson) Pearson in Apple River Township, Wis. She was united in marriage to Vincent Posey on May 17, 1951 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Turtle Lake, Wis. Bev’s hobbies included her flower and vegetable gardens, and she loved picking and canning berries. There wasn’t a berry patch that was safe if she was able to pick it. She also enjoyed baking cookies and sweet rolls in her spare time, as well as reading and sewing. Her trips to the thrift stores, garage sales and shopping cannot be forgotten. Bev’s greatest passion was to take care of people. While raising her children she started working at a nursing home caring for the elderly and also became a foster parent for several disabled or challenged people. She loved holding and caring for her grandkids to her great, great grand babies; she loved the little ones and they loved her. Bev’s own challenges in life were many but they were always the last on her list. Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Jennie (Hanson) Pearson; husband, Vincent Posey; brothers, Leon Pearson and Laverne (Lois) Pearson; sister, Mary (Ed) Molamphy; daughter in law, Cheryl Posey and son in law, Billy Johnson. She is survived by her children, David (Marion) Posey, Debbie Johnson, Greg Posey and friend Barb, Cindy (Bob) Fontier, and Jeff (Pam) Posey as well as a sister, Doris (Bud) Flugstad. She is also survived by her grandkids, Missy (Brian) Menter, Charity (Jay) Williams, Travis (Laurie) Posey, Auna (Mike) Johnson, Josh (Jill) Posey, Nikki (Mike) Rohloff, Shauna Posey and Derek Posey, 17 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends. Funeral services was held at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 28 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amery, Wis. A visitation was held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery, as well as for the hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Range, Wis. The pallbearers will be Travis Posey, Josh Posey, Derek Posey, Jay Williams, Mike Rohloff and Brian Menter. To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute visit Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery.