Patrick Bryant McKee
Celebrating the Life of Patrick Bryant McKee, Feb. 28, 1953 – Nov. 26, 2018
Patrick McKee was born in Norfolk, Va. to Thomas and Mabel McKee. His family moved to Florida when he was nine years-old, and he lived in Jacksonville until moving to Gainesville for college at the University of Florida. Pat then moved to Minnesota to study theology at St. John’s University in Collegeville. He quickly adopted all things Minnesotan, including Nordic skiing. Pat passed away Nov. 26, 2018 in St. Paul, Minn.
Pat met his wife Rita Felling at the University of Minnesota Newman Center when he was completing his MBA at Carlson and Rita was working as an RN in St. Paul. They celebrated their wedding reception at the Felling Family Farm and shared marriage, faith and adventure for 38 years. Pat worked with churches and with many businesses providing management consulting, sales and systems engineering. He taught management at St. John’s University in Collegeville. He also taught at the Minnesota School of Business, St. Mary’s of Winona, and Unity High School. He coached his kids’ soccer teams and Rochester High School Nordic ski team. He skied many Birkebeiners and Vasaloppet races and did triathlons in the “off-season.” He taught Sunday school, confirmation, RCIA and many adult enrichment and faith formation classes. Pat’s Eagle Scout heart was alive in the woods and in the mountains, and many McKee Family Road Trips brought the family to Colorado hiking trails, North Carolina mountain lakes, and many national parks in addition to the annual road trip to visit his family in Jacksonville.
Pat was a man of deep faith and integrity and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a proud brother and a friend who invited others into his love of Nordic skiing, Irish Fair and Interstate Park volunteering, wood chopping, and business ideas. He also inspired community through his work with Iraqi refugee families and members of the Dakota community. Pat proudly called every time he renewed his driver’s license to say that he “checked the box” to be an organ, tissue and eye donor. He generously gave the gifts of tissue and eye donation, a legacy we all celebrate. Left to honor Pat and celebrate his life are his wife Rita (Felling); children Patricia (SO Ben Franske), Katie (Matthew Webster) and Mark; grandchildren Isaac, Meg and Wendell; his brother Tommy; his sisters Judy and Cathy; his Fitzgerald cousins, and many nieces and nephews whom he loved and who laughed at his jokes. Pat will be deeply missed. Mass of Christian burial Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 507 W Main St, Balsam Lake, Wis., 54810, with a visitation one hour prior to service. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com. “I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6
“Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23. Funeral information at https://www.grandstrandfh.com/. Memorial gifts in honor of Pat can be made to: Minnesota DNR Future Forests Fund -https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/gifts/future_forests.html National Parks Foundation – https://www.nationalparks.org LifeSource Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation – https://www.life-source.org/contribute/charitable-contributions/make-a-gift/
Marilyn Joanne Schmalz
Marilyn Joanne Schmalz passed away on Nov. 13, 2018, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Marilyn was born on Jan. 16, 1931, in Star Prairie, Wis., to her loving parents Melver and Clara Pearson. She was baptized and confirmed at West Immanuel Lutheran Church and remained a faithful servant of the Lord throughout her life. After graduating from St. Croix Falls High School in 1949, she moved to St. Paul to pursue a career in bookkeeping and accounting, working for various companies including the fledging Northwest Airlines. She met the love of her life, Richard Schmalz, in 1950 and they were married at Fristad Lutheran Church on Feb. 17, 1951. Following their marriage, they settled in St. Paul, moving to Denver when Richard entered the Army. Following his discharge, they settled on a farm in St. Croix Falls because raising their family in the country was important to them both. Their union was blessed with four children and the family grew in later years to embrace eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Marilyn's heart was big enough to hold and nurture each and every one. As a wife, mother and grandmother, she was ever loving, kind, gentle, thoughtful, patient and supportive. Marilyn was a woman of deep faith in her Lord and always willing to serve her community. She was active throughout her life at Fristad Lutheran Church, receiving the Lay Service Award in 2014. In her later years, she greatly enjoyed her work and the friends she made at Interfaith Caregivers, which continued until two years before her passing. Marilyn was creative and enjoyed many activities: painting, reading, cooking, camping, fishing, pontoon boat rides around the lake, bonfires and games of all kinds, especially if those activities involved any member of her extended family. She was up for almost anything and graciously played along with her grandkids even when they thought they were in charge. Marilyn leaves to celebrate her memory her Husband of nearly 68 years, Richard Schmalz of St. Croix Falls, Wis.; Children, Deborah Schmalz and husband Steve of Champlin, Minn.; Steven (Gina) Schmalz of St. Croix Falls, Wis.; John (Julie) Schmalz of Shafer, Minn., and Mark (Karen) Schmalz of Charleston, S.C., Grandchildren, Joshua, Michael, Tabitha, Ashley, Jenifer, Jessica, Jacob, Theresa, Great-Grandchildren, William, Leo, Fiona, Andrew, Anastasia, Drake, Francesca, Lilliana, Ryder, Caleb, McKinley, Tyler, Abigail, Great- Great Granddaughter Adrienne and Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Tim (Mary) Schmalz, Gretchen Schmalz and Ruth (Cliff) Krueger and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Melver and Clara Pearson, Sister-in-law, Meredith Morgan and Brother and Sister–in-law, William and Carol Schmalz.
A Celebration of Life for Marilyn was held on Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria. Internment at Fristad Lutheran Cemetery will occur in the future.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria, Wis.
Michael Norman "Mike" Powell w/picture
Michael Norman "Mike" Powell, 63, of Cumberland died Nov. 15, 2018 at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1954 in Frederic, Wis. to Norman and Janette (Roberts) Powell. He graduated from Shell Lake High School in 1973, then served with the US Army in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was married in Cumberland, Wis., on Aug. 26, 1978 to Barbara Vucenic. Mike worked for over 30 years for the Town of Maple Plain, retiring in 2016. Mike enjoyed hunting, logging, rock hunting, assisting with the 4H dog project, motorcycling and repairing cars. He is survived by his loving wife, Barb, of Cumberland; their daughter, Monica LaVeau of Shell Lake; two grandchildren: LeLu and Micah; two nieces, two nephews and several cousins. Mike was preceded in death by his parents. A brief prayer will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at Cumberland Baptist Church led by Pastor Gary Dorn and with full military honors accorded by the Anderson-Thomson Post #98 American Legion immediately following. Burial will be in the spring at Lorain Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at the church. Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.
Shirley J. Braun
Shirley J. Braun, née Sinclair, 83 of Osceola died Nov. 11, 2018 with her family by her side. Shirley was born in Vancouver, Wash., on Feb. 26, 1935, the youngest of five children of Glen Elder and Frances Lily Sinclair. She was married to Charles Braun for 58 years of loving marriage. Shirley served in the US Navy and met Charles, also in the Navy, in Norfolk, Va. They were married in 1957 and after a short time living in Bremerton, Wash., settled in Wisconsin. Shirley’s priorities were family and community. While living in Wausau, she served as den mother for the local Cub Scouts troop and as a Sunday school teacher in the First Presbyterian Church. In Osceola, Shirley was an active member in the Osceola Women’s Club (OWC), and in 1975 she was recruited to become the first professional librarian of what is now the Osceola Public Library. With some secondhand book shelves and books purchased by the OWC, they set up shop in two rooms of the Osceola Inn, and shortly afterward the location now known as the Emily Olson House on River Street. Shirley went about the business of supplying the residents of Osceola with literature to both educate and entertain. Shirley carried on her duties 12 years and resigned in 1987. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Frank Braun; father Glen Elder Sinclair; mother Frances Lily Gordon Sinclair; brother Clyde Gordon Sinclair and wife Cheryl; brother Frank Elder Sinclair and wife Bettie; brother Glendale Sinclair and wife Katherine; sister Frances Eva Nold and husband Stanly. Shirley is survived by her sons Gregory Braun of Osceola, Dale Braun and wife Elizabeth of Somerset, Wis.; Glen Braun and wife Karen of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren Caitlin Tessman and husband Alex and son Dominik of River Falls, Wis., Chelsea Veverka and husband Matthew of St. Paul, Minn. A private service will be held at a later date to celebrate Shirley’s life. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made in honor of Shirley’s life-long joy of reading to the Mill Pond Learning Foundation, Inc. http://millpondlf.com/donate/ or by calling their offices at 715-294-3753.
Devlin Daniel Scheuer "Diz" w/picture(when I get it)
Devlin Daniel Scheuer “Diz”, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 17, 2018. He was born on Sept. 12, 1967. He was an avid fisherman, camper, and all round outdoorsman. Devlin worked many years as a mason, was owner operator of Lil’ Izzy’s Snack Shack. He loved his cat Buddy and was a wonderful uncle to his nieces and nephew’s. He was a free spirit. He is preceded in death by his parents Buster and Audrey; and sister Kathy Gay. He is survived by his sisters Nancy (Randy), Heidi (Royce), and Peggy; brothers Tony (Bonnie), Brad, and Clint (Kyla); and best friend and brother Eric (Poo); and many many other relatives and friends. Devlin was one of the kindest, sweetest, gentlest people. He graduated from Osceola High School. He was a loved brother and best friend. He would do anything for anybody without asking for anything in return. He loved trains and ships and liked to collect antiques. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Rest in peace brother.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 26 at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser, Wis. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are being handled by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online on www.grandstrandfh.com.
Nora Marion Brihn
Nora Marion Brihn, of Centuria, passed away Nov. 5, 2018 with her family at her side. She was born in Centuria, the daughter if Myrvin and Marion Hoey. Nora earned a degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine's in St. Paul. She participated in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps. She had a long career in nursing and retired from the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. She enjoyed cross-country skiing, traveling, bird watching, quilting and spending time with her family and friends. Nora leaves to celebrate her memory: children, Jane Street, Tom (Kathy) Poirier, Mary (Stuart) Bibeau, Julie Poirier, Laurie (Dana) Whitehead, Myrvin Poirier and Lisa Brihn (Matthew), many grandchildren and great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Myrvin and Marion Hoey, siblings, Joan, Carol, Maryldeane and a son-in-law, Bill Street. Private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Animal Society of choice by the gifter. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Barbara (Barb) A. Drinkwine
Barbara (Barb) A. Drinkwine, 70, passed away Oct. 29, 2018 at her home in Dresser. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 51 years, Gary, along with her four sons David (Theresa), Bradley (Ericka), Joseph (Christine), and Matthew (Jeanie); along with 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. During Barb's free time she enjoyed spending time with her family baking, reading, and sewing. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 9 a.m., Nov. 5 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Osceola, Wis. A visitation was held one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Monday. Interment was in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wis. at 12 p.m. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home.
Ila L. Raygor
Ila Leigh Raygor, age 95, of Dresser, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Ila was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph; son, Donnie (Betty) Raygor; grandson, Danny Raygor; granddaughter, Susie Raygor Jasperson; three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her daughter, Charlene (Dan) Mealey; grandchildren, Jerry (Marie) Raygor and Tracy Phernetton; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; also many nieces, nephews, other family and close friends. Ila was born Oct. 6, 1923, in LeRoy Township, Audubon County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Herbert and Jessie (Emery) Renshaw. Ila was united in marriage to Joseph Raygor on Sept. 14, 1938, in Bayard, Iowa. Ila and her family moved from Iowa to a farm near Dresser in 1956. She lived there for 38 years, until she and Joseph moved into Dresser in 1994. Ila was a waitress, assisted Joseph with their farm, and they ran a construction company from 1972 to 1987. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser. Ila enjoyed music, singing, playing piano and organ, quilting, and sewing. Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., Nov. 10, at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Private family interment will be in Bethesda Cemetery. Grandstrand Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials are preferred.
Marjorie Suzanne Lindemann
Marjorie Suzanne Lindemann, 83, of Cumberland died Oct. 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Hospital. She was born Nov. 27, 1934 in Monroe, Wis., to Melvin and Marion (Zimmerman) Agen. She graduated from Barron High School in 1952, then attended UW Madison, graduating from UW Stout and UW Eau Claire many years later. After the death of her first husband, Frank Gidio, Marjorie married Harold Lindemann in 1980, who then preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 2017. Marjorie retired from teaching at Shell Lake High School in 1999 and then invested her time and energy into the pursuit of visual arts. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Omoto (Loren) of Maitland, Fla., and Margaret Gidio of Cumberland; and stepdaughter: Laura Madigan (Mike) of St. Paul, Minn. She leaves behind seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Marjorie was preceded in death by daughter, Katherine Gidio. Burial will be at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. If desired, memorials should be given to a favored project or charity. Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland/ Turtle Lake is serving the family.
Gregory "Greg" S. Maxwell
Gregory "Greg" S. Maxwell, age 60, of Luck passed away on Oct. 25, 2018 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls. Greg was born on June 26, 1958 in Minneapolis to parents, Jack and Margaret (Vogt) Maxwell. Greg is survived by his son, Dan (fiance Alex) Maxwell of Luck, daughter, Gena Maxwell of Fargo, N.D. brother, Mark Maxwell of Willow River, Minn.; sisters, Pam (Ryan) Helgeson of White Bear Lake, Minn., Kim (Marshall) Anderson of Prescott, his two grandchildren, Jack and Natalyn Maxwell and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Margaret. Everything mother nature provided in his life he loved and cherished eternally. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 31 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at New Home Cemetery. Arrangements are by Grandstrand Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Osceola.
Jeffrey Todd Crossfield
Jeffrey Todd Crossfield, age 43, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., died on Oct. 24 at Regions Hospital in St Paul, Minn., surrounded in love by his family and friends. Jeff was born July 10,1975 to Timothy and LeAnna Crossfield. He is the oldest brother of Joshua, Daniel and Michael. Jeff grew up in a large extended family and loved the many family gatherings and adventures had with his cousins. He graduated from St. Croix Lutheran school in 1994. Jeff was a hard worker. He worked at Petco and GNC (to name a couple) before he started at the Target Distribution Center in Fridley, Minn., where he has been working in the warehouse for 18 years. Jeff loved sports; basketball, football, baseball. When time would allow, the game was always playing in the back ground. If he couldn’t listen he’d get caught up on KFAN. In 2004 he met the love of his life, Marilyn Renee Carpenter. They were married on July 30, 2005. They welcomed daughter Emily in 2006 and Zaylie in 2010. As a family they loved to take road trips and everything Disney. Jeff was a quiet, strong, generous person and the best husband and father, son and brother, and so much more. He loved his girls. He loved his family. Jeff also loved all creatures. He loved creating his fish tanks, having turtles, guinea pigs to name a few. He also leaves behind his beloved fur children, Amorette Valentine, and Kidani Dakota. It is with hope we say good bye and with God’s grace we walk this journey till the day we see your face again. He is survived by his loving wife Marilyn Crossfield, daughters Emily and Zaylie, parents Timothy and LeAnna Crossfield, Brothers Joshua (Jocelyn), Daniel (Mackenzie), Parents in Law Tom & Linda Carpenter, Brothers in Law Michael (Elizabeth), Jonathan (Carrie), Nieces; Brooklyn & Macie, Nephews Isaac & Noah, Jonah & Luke. Grandma Betty Crossfield, Grandma In Law Elaine Rud. Many Aunts, Uncles, cousins and beloved friends. He was proceeded in death by his brother Michael, Maternal grandparents Jayne & Paul Tassler, Paternal grandpa Donald Crossfield, fur children Sasha and Tearzak.
Daniel Edward Hutton
Daniel Edward Hutton, 67, of Luck passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 12, 2018. Daniel was born on Jan. 6, 1951 in Siren, Wis., to Henry and Marjory (LeMieux) Hutton where he grew up helping on the family farm. He graduated from Luck High School in 1969. He continued working on the farm for the first summer after graduation and then went to work for Durex, Inc. in Luck until he retired in 2015. Daniel married Debora Hiller on May 4, 1974 and they had two children, Shawn and Tanya. He enjoyed racing his Dodge Super Bee in his younger years and also had a 1957 Chevy that he loved. He was a life-long Green Bay Packer fan and often had to hurry through his chores to be in front of the TV for kickoff time. He also enjoyed spending time in his gardens and he had an amazing green thumb. He loved going for walks in his woods with his dogs, camping, deer hunting, fishing, grilling, cooking and trying new recipes. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. You would often see him on his Ford 8n tractor and skidsteer grinning from ear to ear. Daniel is survived by his wife, Debora; son, Shawn (Shawndell); daughter, Tanya (Glen); brothers, Rick and Tim (Kathy) Hutton; grandchildren, Alyssa, Colton, Aushie, Ryley, Shelby and Molly; great-grandchildren, Gianna, Naudia and Jameson; as well as extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Marjory and brother, Joseph. A Memorial Celebration will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home, 206 Second Ave. E., Luck on Oct. 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. You are invited to leave condolences, memories and photos at www.rowefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, www.wicremationcenter.com.
Maurine June Melin
Maurine June Melin, 90, of Centuria passed away peacefully on Oct. 13, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Glenn Melin; son, Timothy Melin; parents, Roy and Clara Chinander; brother Roland Chinander and his wife Viola and brother John Chinander. She is survived by her sons Lynn (Sharon) of Atlanta, Ga., and Mark (Mirjam) of Clinton, Wis.; daughter Kathleen of Saint Croix Falls, Wis.; daughter-in-law Debbie of Osceola, Wis.; grandchildren Ryan, Andy, Nick, Kodiak, Blaze, Lark, Meredith, Glenn, Travis, Dylan, Jennifer, Ben, Court and 17 great grand-children; her sisters-in-law Marguerite Chinander, St. Croix Falls, Wis., and Hettie Lou Garland, Ashland, N.C.; and cousin Dorrinne Weir Jensen Bebault, Osceola, Wis. Maurine was born April 25, 1928, at the hospital in Taylors Falls, Minn., and grew up on the family farm in the Lamar community. She attended Lamar School and graduated from Centuria High School in 1945. Afterwards, she worked as a clerk at Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative in Centuria where she met Glenn Melin. They were united in marriage on Aug. 19, 1950. Maurine was a devoted wife and mother. After her children grew older, she worked at the Centuria Post Office as a clerk. She was active in a variety of roles at Fristad Lutheran Church, as a board member for Lamar Community Center, and managed the tax roles for Centuria for many years. She loved her family, friends, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who she gathered to the table often with her baking, cooking, and hospitality. She and Glenn loved to travel and visited South America, Western Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, and the continental United States. Maurine also donated 16 plus gallons of blood to the American Red Cross. Funeral Services were held at Fristad Lutheran Church Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Richard Matthew Vollmer
Richard Matthew Vollmer, 89, of St. Croix Falls, passed away Aug. 4, 2018 at the St. Croix Falls Good Samaritan Society. Richard is survived by his wife, Gloria; eight children, Mark and Fiancée Debbie, Mary (Michael), Nadine, Alexis (John), Nicole, James, Samantha (Charlie) and Simon (Dez); five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many, many friends. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, George and Millie, brother, Jim and sister, Marg. Memorials preferred to St. Joseph Catholic Church or St. Croix Falls Good Samaritan Society. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Aug. 27 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola with a visitation one hour prior to the service. A private family interment will be held in Spooner. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com
Herman John Raska
Herman John Raska, 68, of New Richmond passed away Aug. 14, 2018 at the Osceola Medical Center. Herman was born on March 5, 1950 to Melvin and Norma (McConnell) Raska in Eureka Center, Wis. He attended Osceola High School and graduated in 1968. Herman was united in marriage to Bonnie Kobs on Nov. 25, 1978 in East Farmington, Wis. This marriage was blessed with five children. Herman worked on area farms while in high school. He also worked for Maxon in St. Paul, Minn., Willson Excavating in Amery, Wis., Carslon Excavating and Septic “Digger Bob” in Frederic, Wis., along with helping his brother at Raska Sewer Service in Osceola, Wis. Herman had the biggest heart. He was a man who put his family first above himself. He would drop everything to help anyone. He loved making everyone laugh even in awkward predicaments. He loved nicknaming his grandchildren and others. He loved digging in the dirt with his “big toys” and his grandchildren. He loved hunting with the crew. He had a great sense of humor and loved making funny faces. He was the hardest worker, loved hugs and enjoyed watching his westerns and listening to country music. He had a great love of chocolate chip and Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies and not gaining a pound. His faith and working on the farm were important to him. He took care of the dogs and had a love/hate relationship with the cats. His favorite things were his pocket plaid shirts and handkerchiefs. And above all else, his deep devotion for his wife and everlasting love for his family. Herman is preceded in death by Parents, Melvin “Pete” and Norma Raska; sibling, Brian Raska; parents-in-law, Leonard and Gert Kobs and grandparents, aunts and uncles. Herman is survived by his loving wife of almost 40 years, Bonnie; children, Marty (Koren), Mickey (Jennifer), Melvin, Amy (Michael) and Darcie (Daniel); grandchildren: Dominic, Bailey, Hailee, Faith, Anthony, Addison, Peyton, William, McKenzie, Ryley, Lucas, Emily, Easton and Leo; siblings, Carol (Paul) Kammerud, Sandy (Duane) Callin, Butch (Sue) Raska, Leon (Sheree) Raska, Mary (Jerry) Larson, LaVonne (Tom) Schlingman, Bev (Doug) Johnson, Keith (Sue) Raska and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends. Memorials are preferred.
A celebration of life was held 3 p.m., Aug. 21 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, with visitation two hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Roger John Neumann
Roger John Neumann was born Aug. 9, 1950 in St. Paul, Minn. to Leona (Goetschel) and Clarence (Jim) Neumann. He was called home to be with Jesus on Aug. 14, 2018. He was 68 years old. Roger was baptized on Aug. 27, 1950 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, No. St. Paul, Minn. He was confirmed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Farmington, Wis. He attended Oak Knoll Country School and graduated from Osceola High School in 1968. He married Laurie Johnson at West Immanuel Lutheran Church on March 22, 1975. This union was blessed with three children, Bjorn, Crystal and Brett. His life was centered a round the three "F's"- Faith, Family and Farming. He served the Lord faithfully at Zion Lutheran Church on the Christian Day School Board and Church Council for many years. We rejoice that he is now joined with his loved ones who have gone before him. Family was very important to him. Nothing made him happier that to watch his children, and then his grandchildren, whether it be sporting events, church activities, showing cattle at the fair, tractor driving, pedal pulling, school plays and concerts, anything they were involved with. He was very proud of them all. His other great passion was farming. His family moved to the farm on "The Flat" in 1953. He was involved with the farm as soon as he could walk. Nothing gave him more satisfaction than planting and watching the crops grow, milking cows, harvesting and hauling the harvest to market. Cows and tractors, he loved it all. He enjoyed being involved with the Polk County FSA COC. In the past he also served on the Polk County Coop Board. He was a seed dealer for Renk Seed Co. for 45 years and enjoyed several trips with his fellow dealers. He was an avid pedal tractor, toy tractor, and big tractor collector. He was the instigator of pedal tractor pulling in Western Wisconsin beginning in 1983. He was the president of the Wisconsin State Pedal Pullers Association. Tractor pulling was another activity that he loved. He was an avid supporter of 4-H and FFA. He loved making new friends and watching kids grow through the years. Roger loved and lived life to the fullest. His main goal was to make people smile and be happy. His hearty laugh was infectious. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Leona Neumann. He is survived by his wife, Laurie; children, Bjorn (Jamie) Neumann of New Richmond, Crystal (Derek) Ruter of Shannon, Ill., Brett (Beth) Neumann of River Falls, Wis.; grandchildren, Ben and Gabbie Neumann, Emma, Rielly and Payton Ruter, Brayden Richison, Haylee and Maddisyn Weidell, and Brynnleigh Neumann. A Funeral Service will be held on Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church 252 State Road 35 Osceola. Visitation will also be held on Aug. 18, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Osceola. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
Dale William Bebault
Dale William Bebault, 86, of Osceola, passed away Aug. 15, 2018 at the Christian community Home in Osceola. Dale Bebault was born on Sept. 12, 1931 in Little Sauk, Minn., to Arthur and Florence (Gardner) Bebault. Dale attended South High School through the 10th grade. Dale joined the Navy in 1951 and served three and a half years on the USS Albany, a heavy cruiser ship. He was honorably discharged as a boatswain’s mate 3rd class on June 28, 1959. Dale married Onalee Susanne (Sue) Lyons on June 23, 1956. They raised four children. Sue passed away on Aug. 2, 1992. Dale worked for Nelson Rubbish Removal Service from 1955 to 1958. Dale and Sue moved their family from Minneapolis to Osceola and started working for Jenson Transfer until 1961. Dale drove semi for Stillwater Manufacturing and also drove school bus for Osceola. He worked for the Osceola Beverage Company for several years. He was also employed at Red Arrow Sports until it closed. Dale then worked as a janitor/courier for the Osceola School District until he retired in 1993.
Dale married Dorrinne Jensen on April 29, 1995. They enjoyed traveling together. In the summer months you could find Dale on the golf course. On Nov. 12, 2012 both Dale and Dorrinne entered into the Christian Community Home. They were together until Dorrinne moved to the Amery Memory Care in Jan. 2018. Dale was an avid reader and a Packers fan. Dale is preceded in death by parents; first wife, Sue; infant son, Mitchell and several siblings. Dale is survived by wife, Dorrinne; children, Susette (Gary) Peer, Mark (Sherri), Michael (Carla) and Jeffrey; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Doreen Pavlak and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral service was held 11 a.m., Aug. 20 at the Osceola United Methodist Church. A visitation was held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 19, 2018 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola and continued one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment was in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Osceola. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Mary Jane Larsen
Mary Jane Larsen, 87, of St. Croix Falls, died Aug. 18, 2018 at Capitol View Transitional Care in St. Paul, Minn. Mary Jane was born Jan. 16, 1931, in Taylors Falls, Minn., to Russell and Elvie (Nelson) Blair. She was a graduate of St. Croix Falls High School. Mary Jane was united in marriage to Norman Larsen in 1951. She was a day care provider and homemaker for her family. Mary Jane was a member of First Lutheran Church in Cushing. She was a skilled seamstress and enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, arts and crafts, painting, and baking. Mary Jane is survived by her daughter, Debbie Leland of St. Paul, Minn.; sons, Ronnie Blair of St. Croix Falls, Wis., Dean Larsen of St. Paul, Minn., and Dale Larsen of Centerville, Minn.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother, Howard "Chuck" (Donna) Blair of Wolf Creek, Wis.; also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Norman in 2014. Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., Aug. 25, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, Wis. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola and continues one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Memorials are preferred to the American Lung Association.
Svend Verner Jensen
Svend Verner Jensen was born March 24, 1925, at Milltown, with twin sister Elsa, to Marius and Johanna Jensen. Svend and Elsa were baptized in their home soon after they were born. He grew up in the Milltown area. Svend was confirmed in the Milltown area. He attended Sunnyview and Pleasant Valley Elementary School and graduated from Milltown High School in Milltown. After graduation he worked as a farm hand for three years and tested milk for DHIA for two years. Svend was drafted into the Army during the Korean War in Nov. 1950 to Oct. 1952. After he was discharged he again tested milk until the spring of 1955. During that time he met HelenNetta Monson at a dance and she later became his wife on Sept. 16, 1955. After marriage they lived in New Richmond for four months. They lived in Amery for the remainder of his life. During his married life he worked at hauling can milk, driving school bus and doing construction for Joyle Anderson, was a volunteer fireman and drove bulk petroleum truck which he retired from. After retiring he worked part-time maintenance at the Bremer Bank. He wintered in Arizona for 11 winters. Svend was a member of the Swedish Congregational Church, Clear Lake, and later was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Amery for 35 years. He enjoyed camping, playing golf, DRINKING COFFEE, sports, dancing until health problems occurred and he loved his family and his grandchildren. On Aug. 17, 2018 Svend passed away at the age of 93 years and five months at the Golden Age Manor where he had been living for the past four years. He is preceded in death by his mother, Johanna; father, Marius; brother, Einer; twin sister, Elsa; sister, Inger; and daughter-in-law, Debbie. He will be missed by his wife, HelenNetta; daughter, Alane (Clifford) Kurkowski; son, Paul Jensen; grandchildren, Alex Kurkowski, April (John) Einseg, Joshua Jensen, Felicia Jensen and Olivia Jensen; and great grandson, Corbin Einseg. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Amery. The Celebration of Life will be held on Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. Private interment will be at the Swedish Congregational Church Cemetery in Clear Lake.
Jacqueline L. Nyberg
Jacqueline L. Nyberg, age 69, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., died on Aug. 11, 2018. She was born on Dec. 8, 1948 in Tucson, Ariz., to parent’s John and Phyllis Nyberg. Jackie had managed the St. Croix Falls Theatre for many years. She is preceded in death by her parents and survived by her siblings David (Kandace) Nyberg and Marcia (Charlie) Schmidt; nieces Kourtney (David), Kelsey Nyberg, and Amber (Josh) Langley; and great nieces and nephews. Jackie enjoyed activities with her friends at both the Methodist Church in Osceola and her apartment building, Forest Heights in St. Croix Falls, helping out at People Loving People Thrift Store in Dresser, Wis., and liked spending time with friends and loved being with family. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Aug. 16, 11 a.m. at Osceola Methodist Church in Osceola, Wis., with visitation one hour prior to the service at church. A private family interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wisconsin. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com
Earl J. "Dick" Spaulding
Earl J. "Dick" Spaulding, 92, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at Golden Age Manor in Amery with loved ones by his side. He was born May 20, 1926 in St. Paul, Minn., to Earl M. and Mabel Spaulding. When Earl was 10 years-old the family moved to their farm in Grantsburg, Wis. In May of 1944 he graduated from Grantsburg High School where he was active in varsity basketball and football. On July 1, 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving at Great Lakes Training Center in Chicago, Ill. Later he served on a destroyer in the Philippine Islands. He was honorably discharged in July 4, 1946. On March 15, 1947 he was married to Arlene Wiberg of Siren, Wis. They moved to River Falls, Wis., where Earl continued his college education. In 1949, they moved to Spring Lake Park, Minn., where Earl was employed by the Cornelius Co. in Anoka, Minn. In 1956 Earl began working for Honeywell, Inc. at the Twin Cities Arsenal in their Metrology Laboratory. There he met Les Becker who became like a brother to him. Earl worked at Honeywell until his accident in November of 1978. In 1962, with their three children Richard, Pamela and David, they moved to Centuria, WI to "live in the country". Earl enjoyed deer hunting with his dad and sons in the Grantsburg area. He was an avid reader of books and the Minneapolis Star and Tribune newspaper, especially Sid Hartman's column. He was a fan of the Minnesota Vikings and the Twins. For 20 years he and his wife enjoyed the winter in the warm sunshine of Arizona and the many friends they made there. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, son, Richard, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Vernon and Dorothy Stream, and brother-in-law, Howard Anderson and son-in-law Jerry Hallberg. Earl is survived by his wife of 71 years, Arlene, daughter, Pamela Hallberg, son, David Spaulding, granddaughter, Jamie Hallberg, "special kid", Dale (Jan) Brainard, cousins Margaret (Ken) Waldhauser and Marlene (Harlan) Downing, brother-in-law and sister-in-law DuWayne and Rose Wiberg and many other family and friends. A Celebration of Life for Earl will be held on Aug. 18, at 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church rural Centuria. Earl's family will greet visitors at the church beginning at 2 p.m. Pastor Steve Ward will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded following the service outside the church. Please join the family for lunch and fellowship following the military honors. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Floyd A. Norlund
Floyd A. Norlund passed away on Aug. 10, 2018 at the University of Minnesota Hospital surrounded by family at his side. Floyd was born May 24, 1939, in Pine Island, Minn., to his parents Hans Algot and Opal Louise (Watson) Norlund. At a young age Floyd moved to Wisconsin. He graduated from Milltown High School in Milltown, Wis., in 1957. He was later united in marriage that same year in September to Joan (Jo-Ann) Ellen Kaiser. The couple made their home in White Bear Lake, Minn., where they raised their five children. Floyd worked for and and eventually retired from the Metropolitan Transit Bus Company after many years of service. Floyd and Joan later moved to rural Balsam Lake, Wis., where they have resided for the past 20 plus years. Floyd was a very humble and kind person to everyone he had contact with. He enjoyed woodworking, working outdoors and made the best apple pies. He also loved being with his family and friends, especially his grandkids and great grandkids who he loved joking and playing with. He also loved discussing the future of the Packers with his brothers Arlen and Bob. Floyd was preceded in death by his father Hans Algot Norlund and mother Opal Louise Watson Norlund and daughter Becky Lou Norlund. He is survived by wife Joan, daughter Sherry (Jim) Stawnychy, Wendy (Norm) Schweitz, Tammy (Adam) Skinner and son Rick (Deb) Norlund, ten grandchildren, Kristal (David) Mazzola, Amber (Tony) Macheledt, Melissa (Jack) Schermann, Tyler Schwietz, Alicia (Jeremy) Thompson, Kyle (Alexis) Schwietz, Jeff Skinner, Valarie (James) Ostrander, Jamee Norlund, Logan Norlund, 14 great grandchildren and his brothers Arlen (Dory) Norlund, Bob (Mary) Norlund. He also leaves behind a nephew, nieces, many cousins, and extended family and friends, including his very good friend Jim Duncan. A funeral service to celebrate Floyd’s life will take place at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17, at Georgetown Lutheran Church. There will be a visitation 1 hour prior to services at Georgetown Lutheran Church from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Interment will follow services in the Georgetown Lutheran Church Cemetery. To sign an online guestbook and view a video tribute please visit www.williamsonwhite.com Arrangements were made with the Williamson ~ White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery, Wis.
Scott Everett Backes
Scott Everett Backes was received into the loving arms of his Savior on Aug. 12, 2018 after a brief but courageous battle with colon cancer. He was 47 years and 6 days old.
Scott was born on Aug. 6, 1971 in St. Croix Falls, Wis., to Everett and Marylin (Eveland) Backes. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nye, Wis. Scott attended school in Osceola, Wis. In 1995, he met his life partner Jenny Kretman. Their union of 23 years produced two sons, Trevor Backes of Balsam Lake, Wis., and Devin Backes of Osceola, Wis. Scott worked at Tenere (Osceola) for the last five years. There he established many friendships but none more genuine than that of his friends Pedro and Johnny. They enjoyed Wednesday night bingo at Tippy’s and sharing practical jokes. Scott’s true passions were hunting, fishing, rock picking and most importantly, spoiling his granddaughter Ava. Their daily ritual included listening to bluegrass music at night while sharing a popsicle. Scott was preceded in death by his father Everett J. Backes; grandparents Martin and Agnes Eveland; aunt and uncle Rose and Ray Lee; and cousins Michael and Matt Lee. He is survived by his partner Jenny Kretman; sons Trevor and Devin Backes; granddaughter Ava Lynn Mae Backes; mother Marilyn J. Backes; sister Sheri (Tony) Anderson; brothers Jeff (Tracy) Backes, Kyle (Heather Jennings) Backes, Dani *Karen) Backes, Brant (Jamie) Backes, and Bruce Backes; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at West Immanuel Church in Osceola, Wis. Visitation one hour prior to the service at church. A private family interment will take place at a later date. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Gary Allen Hansen
Gary Hansen passed away peacefully on July 28, 2018 at the St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was 71 years-old. Gary was born March 25, 1947 in Amery, Wis., to Kermit and Bernice Hansen. He was raised on the family farm south of Milltown, Wis., graduating from Unity High School in 1965. He was drafted into the Army in 1966 and married Katheleen Fox before being sent to Vietnam in 1967. Gary achieved the rank of Staff Sargeant, fought on the front lines during TET, survived his missions as a "tunnel rat" and arrived home in the fall of 1968 with a Bronze Star. He and Kathy spent the next 13 years dairy farming (receiving the Land-O-Lakes Young Farmer of the year award) and raising their two children. When the beginning of spinal arthritis and economic inflation forced him to discontinue farming, he began his new career as a commercial truck driver. He spent the next 20 years truly enjoying the challenge of driving in all weather, across the country and in downtown Chicago. Health issues eventually demanded that he stay near home. He drove dump truck, snow plow and road graders for five years before becoming too disabled to continue. He had accumulated millions of miles with a perfect driving record and collected good friends along the way. In 1989, he married Terry (Fox) Jones and moved to Bay City, Wis./Red Wing, Minn. area, where he would live for the rest of his life. Gary will be remembered for his quiet easy nature, his sharp intelligent and fierce sense of humor, a love of animals, and his wide range of interests: driving cars, machinery, and motorcycles, traveling, history, gemstones, jewelry, and devoted friendships. And of course his hobby of buying and driving used vehicles of every descriptioin (last count 88 +). He lived his philosophy of laughing and learning every day! He is survived by wife Terry Hansen, children Nichole (Craig) Kollman, Michael Hansen, Emma Kollman, Trent Jones, Luke Jandl, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and good friends. He will be missed... A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 15, at the American Legion, 710 Pearl Street, Prescott, Wis., with a gravesite ceremony at 4:30 p.m. in the Pine Glen Cemetery, also in Prescott. Please consider making a donation to the Wounded Warriors organization or to your local no-kill animal shelter in Gary's name.
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.