Beatrice (Matson) Merrill
Bea Merrill, 97, of Luck Wis., formerly of Osseo Minn., passed away on Sept. 14, 2017. Bea was born in Eureka Township, Wis., and moved to St. Paul as a teen. She worked at General Mills James Ford Bell Technical Center for 42 years, developing many lifelong friendships. She was married to Daniel Merrill from 1972 until his death in 2011. Married for 40 years, one of their passions was working with Hmong refugees in Minnesota. Also preceding Bea in death were parents, Matt Peter and Sarah (Jensen) Matson, brother, Lloyd and sister, Ardell Molitor. Bea invested her life in serving others. She was a Red Cross First Aid instructor for many years and active in leadership of the Pioneer Girls Club at Powderhorn Park Baptist Church and Camp Cherith. Bea loved the outdoors and travel, camping in the Teton Mountains with friends when she was young. In later years, she enjoyed trips to the western U.S. and to Jamaica with Dan, and several trips to Europe and Asia, including Hmong refugee camps. Bea loved children. She was “Mom” to two Hmong girls, Kia Lor and Ka Lee, who enriched her life greatly. Bea is survived by brother, Alvin (Susan) Matson, brother-in-law, LeRoy Molitor, and Dan’s children, Bruce, Tom (Beth), Linda (Herb) Bush, David (Mary), Mark (Mary Beth), Diane (Mike) Laughlin, Sue (Mark) Cotter, and many step-grandchildren. She was a special aunt to Bruce (Carol) Matson, Valerie (Larry) Hanson, Brian (Ruth) Matson, Jolene (Rich) Polosky, Jackie (Ray) Ogren, and Laurie (Bill) Orak. Many other friends and relatives will remember Bea’s sweet spirit, generosity, and enthusiasm for life. The family appreciates the wonderful care she received from the staff while residing at Lawson Manor and United Pioneer Home. Memorials will be distributed to her designated charities. A Memorial Service will be held 4:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, at Eureka Baptist Church at 2393 210th Ave, St Croix Falls Wis. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Russell B. Chivers
Russell B. Chivers, 84, of Balsam Lake, Wis., passed away on Sept. 6, 2017 at his home with his loving family at his side. Russell was born on Oct. 25, 1932 in Cushing, Wis., the son of Roy and Amy Chivers. Russell enjoyed hunting chipmunks and gophers, feeding deer and gray squirrels, he was an avid gardener, and he collected mallard and squirrel figurines, liked putting puzzles together, working on projects with his grandsons, tinkering on old cars, traveling and spending time with his family. He served in the United States Marines from November 1951 – November 1953. He leaves to celebrate his memory: wife, Bernice Chivers, Balsam Lake, Wis.; daughter, Amy (Jim) Feesl, St. Paul, Minn.; son, Richard (Jessica) Chivers, White Bear Lake, Minn.; daughter, Roseann (Joseph) Hansen, Lexington, Minn., seven grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Chivers, his mother, Amy Honas and brothers, Raymond, Norman and Robert. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria. Pastor Diane Norstad will officiate the service. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Military honors will be rendered following the funeral service. He will be laid to rest at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Laketown Township at a later date. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Joan Cox, 81, of Amery and formerly of Fox Creek, Wis., passed away on Sept. 7, 2017 at the Amery Regional Medical Center. Joan was born on Aug. 15, 1936 in Tomah, Wis., to Howard and Florence Bigelow. Joan married Lyle Cox Dec. 22, 1952 in Pine City, Minn. She was a homemaker who enjoyed raising their four children, canning, cooking, gardening, live music and was known as the “Pepper Lady” and for her sense of humor. Joan leaves to celebrate her memory: four children, Penny (Mike) Effertz, Shelley Pederson, Barb (Jim) Stolis, Darrell (Jeannie) Cox, seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one sister Caryl Sass. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Florence, her husband Lyle Cox, siblings; Birdine, Patrick and Duane.
Memorial services will be held at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids, Minn. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Bernard Peter Greene II
Bernard Peter Greene II, of Apache Junction, Arizona, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 5, 2017. Bernard was born on March 3, 1947 to Verner and Isabelle Greene at the LADD Memorial Hospital in Osceola, Wis. He graduated from Taylors Falls High School and then pursued a career in trucking. Bernie is preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Lenore (Wayne) Greene. Bernie is survived by his sons, Bernard Peter III, and Brandon; stepchildren, Jolene (Nathan) Wille, Missy (Anders) Johnson; grandchildren, Bernard Peter IV, Delilah, Malcolm, Bo, Maggie, Kaylee, Jacob, and Taylor; siblings, Barbara, William (Jane), Richard (Randi), Bruce (Joane), Christine (Dennis) Lien, Brian, Kathleen, Ramona (Kurt) Bear, Jerome Paul (Christine), Janice, Dorothy (Patrick) Morrissey, Carol (Bob) Stanek, And Verner Jr. (Caroline) Greene; uncle, Theodore (Luella) Greene and Aunt, Francis Weller. Memorials preferred to Bernard P. Greene IV, at 2386 90th Ave, Osceola, Wis., 54020. A mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. A visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Shafer, Minn. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Online condolences may by expressed at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Thomas G. Foeller
Thomas G. Foeller, age 80, peacefully passed away Sept. 10, 2017 at Willow Ridge Healthcare in Amery with his family by his side. He was born July 18, 1937 in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Thomas and Loretta (Sniezek) Foeller. Tom graduated from Cretin High School in St. Paul, Minn. in 1955. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1956 and was stationed in Key West, Fla. where he served aboard the submarine US Grenadier SS525 until 1960. This was one of proudest accomplishments. On Feb. 9, 1957 he was united in marriage to Judith Belmont. Their marriage was richly blessed with eight children, four sons and four daughters. Prior to his service in the Navy, he was employed at Univac in St. Paul, Minn., and returned to working there after his tour of duty. He was transferred to Iowa in 1963 and from there to Pennsylvania where he continued his career at Univac until 1965 when he chose to pursue his dream of owning his own company developing and building computer and communications hardware. Tom and his family returned to the St. Paul area in 1970 where he continued his career and eventually moved to Balsam Lake, Wis., where he and Judy finished raising their family. He changed careers in the late 1980s and started a company in the printing and publishing industry in New York City until his "unofficial" retirement in 1992, but continued to keep himself busy working on other business ventures. Tom had a great love of books and was an avid reader. He collected cameras, and as a result became a very accomplished photographer. He also had a love of speed which led to his interest in aviation and drag racing. He competed in drag racing at the Minnesota Speedway and received his pilot certificate in the 1960's as well his instrument rating, which allowed him to fly twin engine airplanes, something he was very proud of and loved to do. He was a man of a great faith and love of God. Above all, Tom cherished his family
and he and Judy enjoyed spending time with their many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Thomas is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judith, children; Kelly (Dean) Frokjer, Thomas (Beth) Foeller, Zachary J. Foeller (Amy Albrecht), Kathleen (Kevin) Tarman, Laurene (Mark) Robbins, Gregory (Tara) Foeller, Danielle (Ben Buck) Foeller, Alexander Foeller, 28 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandchild, Zachary T. Foeller, brother, Joseph Foeller, sister, Mary Cady and brother-in-law, Joseph Cady. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Our Lady of the Lakes in Balsam Lake with Father Gene Murphy officiating. Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
Inurnment will take place privately at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner, Wis. Please join the family for continued fellowship and a luncheon following the service. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Lee E. Sedlund
Lee E. Sedlund, age 66, of Lindstrom, Minn., passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Sunday, July 16, 2017. He was born on Oct. 3, 1950 in St. Croix Falls, Wis. to Donna and Ellis Sedlund. Lee was baptized by his great grandfather, Rev. N.J.W Nelson as an infant in St. Peter, Minn. and was confirmed June 6, 1965 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund, Minn. As a boy he loved to roam the woods with friends where he grew up in Palmdale, Minn. Lee was the oldest of six children. The family eventually moved to Almelund, Minn. He was a resident of Chisago County his entire life. He began his schooling in Taylors Falls, Minn. In his school years he was an active member of FFA and also spent a lot of time working for local farmers. He graduated from Chi-High in 1968 and enlisted in the United States Navy shortly after turning 18. Most of his four year service was spent on a refueling ship called the U.S.S Hassayampa during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge, he worked a few maintenance jobs and eventually returned to Almelund working with his dad on the family farm. He was a volunteer with the Almelund Fire Department for many years. He purchased the Almelund Hardware store in 1984 and expanded with a second location in Lindstrom, Minn. His experience in the Navy and determination to fix things on the farm developed his mechanical expertise. Lee successfully ran his business, Lee’s Lindstrom Appliance Service, from 1978 until he retired in 2016. He was always passionate about his work truck dubbed, “Lee’s Toolbox” that carried his tools and parts. In 1986, he married Christina Adams at Chisago Lakes Lutheran Church. Together they lived in Lindstrom and raised their two daughters. The family would enjoy visiting state parks and Lee loved early morning cross country skiing. Some of the greatest family memories were on vacations to San Diego, Idaho, Arizona, Florida, and Washington D.C. In retirement, he had a standing tee time every Friday with his friends and also enjoyed fishing, gardening, home projects, and spending time with his family. He loved learning new things and was happy to share his knowledge with anyone who asked. He will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and humor.
He is preceded in death by his beloved grandmother Ruby, father Ellis, and sister Jan Sedlund. Survived by wife Christina, daughters Leah, and Anne (Jared) McLafferty; grandson Ronan McLafferty; mother Donna Sanborn; siblings Ronald (Cindy) Sedlund, Vicki (Ed) Henderson, Susan Putnam, & Kimberly (Scott) Rickhoff; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Memorial services were held Friday, July 28, 2017 at Immanual Lutheran Church in Almelund, Minn. Visitation was held Thursday at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom and one hour prior to service at church. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com
Manetta O. Christensen
Manetta O. Christensen, 91, of Milltown, Wisconsin passed away on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at the Amery Regional Medical Center with her loving family at her side. Manetta Coen was born on Dec. 22, 1925 in Bismarck, N.D. the daughter of George and Gertrude (Hall) Coen. Manetta resided at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, Wis. for the past five and a half years. She enjoyed raising miniature horses, loved creation, the full moon and sunsets. She loved her God Jehovah; she loved people and was often referred to as "Hug-Bug" or "Hugs". She loved spending time with her family and visiting her farm when she was able. Manetta leaves to celebrate her memory, children: Linda (Roland) Hall, Cushing, Wis.; Georgia (Greg) Maier, Balsam Lake, Wis.; Danny (Anita) Christensen, Milltown, Wis. and Julie Thomas, Milltown, Wis.; grandchildren, Annette Christensen, David Christensen, John Christensen, Dustin (Sarah) Christensen, Jason Hall, Gina (Mark) Koalhase, Jennifer (Scott) Langermann, Chad (Bonita) Christensen, Katie (Cliff) Luedtke, Angela Rider, Kristin Overby, Joy Maier, Debra (Ryan) Kelley, Rebecca (Nick) Taylor and Darren (Lauren) Thomas, great grandchildren:Jacob, Richard, Javier, Alisa, Jason Jr., Jeremy, Jessica, Matt, Lindsey, Luke, Amanda, Monica, Samantha, Ashley, Joshua, Brianna, Baylee, Matthew, Shayla, Savannah, Amelia, Tristan, Annalise, Arabella, Ari and Evelyn and many great-great grandchildren and daughter-in-law, Patty Christensen. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Gertrude Coen, husband, Raymond Christensen, brothers, Lou and Donald, sisters, Mabel Shannon and Donalda Christensen, sons, Richard and Ronald Christensen and a grandson David Maier. Visitation will be held at the Milltown Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until a Memorial Talk at 2:00 p.m. Following the service everyone is invited to the Milltown Community Center for lunch and continued fellowship. Manetta will be laid to rest alongside her husband Raymond at the Milltown Cemetery. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Walter Dwight Dole
Walter Dwight Dole, age 91, of Dresser, Wis. passed away Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Dwight was born on Nov. 30, 1925 to Algar and Hazel (Cummins) Dole in Chicago, Ill. Dwight joined the Army on Sept. 27, 1944 and was honorably discharged on Nov. 18, 1946. On Oct. 31, 2002 he was united in marriage to Sharon (Closson) O’Rourke. Dwight started his employment as a truck driver. He later moved into sales at Sears for many years. During his retirement he worked as a funeral assistant at the Edling Funeral Home. Dwight enjoyed fishing, feeding the deer, bird watching, watching football and MASH, traveling, camping and wintering down in Texas. He was also a member of the Dresser American Legion and a member at the Alliance Church. Dwight is preceded in death by his parents, Algar and Hazel Dole; brother, Rodger and sister, Bernice. Dwight is survived by his wife, Sharon; children, Pamela (John) Cleary and Lori (Dwight) Carlblom; grandchildren, Kevin, Kyle, Kreg Gilson, Calah Ronzheimer and Charity Cobb; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Elizabeth Conkling, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m on Aug. 25, 2017 at the Alliance Church in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the St. Croix Falls cemetery. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Online condolences may be left at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Kimma Lee Mosay
Kimma Lee Mosay, "ni-o-gaw-ba-wi-kway", 46, of the Round Lake Community, Luck, Wis. passed away on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire with her loving family at her side. Kimma Lee Mosay was born in Amery, Wis. on March 2, 1971 to Raymond Allen Mosay and Virginia Violet Mosay. She is survived by her sons, Lorne "Hank" Jackson and Gerald Richard Jackson, grandchildren, Raymond Jackson, Tayten Jackson, Carter Jackson, Nizhoni Jackson and Nindonis Thayer, brothers, Adonis Mosay, Desmond Mosay and Robert Schieve, sisters, Lisa Mosay, Linnia Mosay, Sharon Williams, Susan Lowe and Marylou Rogers, special friend to the family, Tim Severson. Kimma left behind a beautiful, huge circle of friends, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Virginia Mosay, siblings, Renee Maki, Jerald Lowe, Kevin Dean Mosay, Rae Ellen Lowe and Delvin Braithwaite. Funeral services were held at the Round Lake Community Center in rural Luck, Wis. on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Kimma was laid to rest at the Johnstown Township Cemetery. Casketbearers were Fabian Jackson, Josh Richardson, George Mosay, Ricky Mosay, Curtis Crone, Bill Rainey, Jay Rogers and Michael Rainey. Honorary Casketbearers were Timmy Severson, Ed Conger, Brad Lamphere, Dwayne Decorah, Carlos Mosay, Derek Mosay, Phillip Quagon, Duane Mosay, Ishem Mosay, Jeremy Martin, George Rainey, Christifer Sonnenberg Sr. and Bruce Rainey Sr. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Susan Lorraine (Hansen) Vlasnik
Susan Lorraine (Hansen) Vlasnik, of Luck, Wis. was born Oct. 12, 1946 and passed away Aug. 17, 2017 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake, Wis. Susan was active in NMB - National Mutual Benefit and was devoted to her nursing career of over 45 years. Susan is preceded by her parents, Richard and Lorraine Hansen; infant brother, Michael; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy (Wes) Buttz, June (Jim) Branville; brother, John Hansen; father-in-law, Al Vlasnik; sister-in-law, Sandy Anderson; and aunt, Irene. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Dale; sons, Wayne (April), Rob (Thea); brother, Roger (Mavis) Hansen; sister, Bonnie (Jim) Katzmark; sisters-in-law, Linda (John) Smoczyk, Shelia Hansen; mother-in-law, Rose Vlasnik; 16 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, Wis., on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. The funeral service will be held at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, Luck on Thursday, Aug. 24 with visitation at 10:00 a.m. followed by the service at 11:00 a.m. Susan will be laid to rest at Bone Lake Cemetery following the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, www.rowefh.com, 715-472-2444.
Barry Andrew Lehman
Barry Andrew Lehman “Beater Wagon”, 72, passed away in his home early morning of July 29, 2017 with family by his side. He was born to Andrew and Margaret (Erickson) Lehman on May 25, 1945 in Grantsburg, Wis. Barry is proceeded in death by his parents and brother Bob. Barry graduated from St. Croix Falls High School and worked as a butcher and farmer in his younger years. Barry retired after 29 years of loyalty to Rosenbauer (General Safety) as an assembly/welder on fire trucks. Barry married his high school sweetheart Betty (Gudmunsen) on March 7, 1964. They resided in Eureka Center and Cushing area for 53 wonderful years. To this union Barry is survived by his children Kevin (Jennifer) Lehman and their children Nathaniel (Rachel) Maack, Willie and Justin Lehman of Cushing, WI. Teresa (Kevin) O’Brien and their children Ashley (Michael) Peterson, Derek (Chelsea) O’Brien, Samantha O’Brien of Eureka Center, Wis. and his great grandchildren Sawyer, Landon and Willow Peterson. Barry is survived by siblings; Mary Ann (Glen) Mattson, Gordy (Darlene) Lehman, sister in law Ellie Lehman, Lucy (Jerry) Bean, twin brother Gary (Carol) Lehman, Marcy Plomski, Pat (Jim) Linehan, Roger (Vicky) Lehman, Betty (Duane) Fisk with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Barry enjoyed telling jokes, the outdoors, hunting bear, deer, and geese. In his younger years he enjoyed pitching for Sportsman’s Bar fast pitch softball team. Later in life he played golf, watched western movies and supervised all of us as we planted/weeded the garden year after year. Please join us in a celebration of life in honor of Barry at the Cushing Community Center in Cushing, Wis. on Sunday, Aug, 27, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
William "Mr. Bill" Henry Moran
William "Mr. Bill" Henry Moran, 73 of Balsam Lake, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at his home. Bill was born on July 16, 1944 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Harold and Pauline (Maskow) Moran. Bill married Diane "DeDe" Sacia on July 2, 1966 in Galesville, Wis. Bill and Diane and their two children moved to Balsam Lake in 1974. A devoted workaholic, Bill's first job was helping out at his parents' drug store. After graduating high school he worked part time at Sacia Orchards as well as working in printing and later left to work in construction. Unable to endure not working in the long winter months he went back to printing, working at the Polk County Ledger. After leaving there he worked at Inter County Co-Op (ICCPA). Not wanting any free time (He didn't know how too, like some us) he also became Co-owner of the laundromat in Balsam Lake and built the car wash. After that endeavor he started a business with his son running a stand at the Pea Pick-in Flea Market. He retired from ICCPA in 30+'s years. He continued to work at both the flea market and at Eagle Industries with his wife. Bill leaves to celebrate his memory: his son, Eric (Velia) Moran, Shakopee, Minn.; daughter, Erin (Bryan) Nielsen, Brooklyn Park, Minn.; granddaughters, Nicole and Samantha Nielsen, sisters-in-law, Rachel Wason, Sally Schumacher, Peggy (Robert) Halmrast and Beverly Sacia and his grand-dog, Harley. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Pauline and his wife, Diane "DeDe". A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria, Wis. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Pastor Arveda "Freddie" Kirk will officiate the service. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Sherwin "Sherm" Rodney Gronlund
(Jan. 12, 1933 – Aug. 11, 2017) Sherwin “Sherm” Rodney Gronlund, age 84, of Amery, Wis., passed away at Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center on Aug. 11, 2017, with his family at his side. He was born on Jan. 12, 1933 in a farm house in Cushing, Wis., Town of Laketown, as the third and youngest child of Oliver and Violet (Akerlind) Gronlund. He was baptized and confirmed at the Atlas United Methodist Church. Sherm attended school in the Atlas/Luck area and graduated from Luck High School in 1951. He was known as “Shorty” by all of his good friends and relatives during his youth. Sherm remained close to his classmates and looked forward to their annual class reunion every fall. Sherm still has his high school letter sweater that he wore as a high school cheerleader. After graduating from high school, Sherm served in the US Air Force from 1952-1956 and spent his time at bases in San Antonio, Miss., and finally in Alaska. He served as a Radio Interceptor Operator at Elmendorf Air Force Base during the Korean War and established many lasting relationships during that time. Hearing his experiences about “stealing” Morse code from the Russians was shared frequently with various family members. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in February of 1960. He also spent two summers working for the US Fish & Wildlife Service at King Salmon, Alaska. Early in 1959 he met the love of his life, Leaon D. Lindh from Frederic, Wis., and they were united in marriage at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic on Dec. 19, 1959. The following year they moved to Amery, Wis., and it was there they were blessed with two daughters, Pam and Jane. Sherm and Leaon were members of Amery’s Congregational Church, UCC. Sherm graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from UW-River Falls in 1960 and received his Master of Science in Teaching from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1971. He began his teaching career as an English Teacher at Amery High School in the fall of 1960 and retired in 1994. Over his teaching career, Sherm also served as the Forensics Advisor and accompanied many students to regional and state competitions in addition to volunteering at the WIAA State Track and Field Meet in LaCrosse for 22 years. Although he was “retired” from teaching, Sherm maintained his role as the “Voice of the Warriors”, announcing all of the sporting events at Amery School District for over 45 years, with his last football game being the Fall of 2016. Sherm was proud to only have missed two sporting events over the years and was known for his impeccable accuracy at every game he announced. Sherm and Leaon spent 25 enjoyable years living on the shores of Bear Trap Lake, until they decided in 1997 to move to a Pondhurst condo in Amery, where Sherm served as Treasurer for Pondhurst Condo Association for 17 years. Sherm was honored in 2004 when he and Leaon were chosen as the Amery Fall Festival Parade Marshalls. Sherm and Leaon loved to travel and had many memorable trips to Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, England and France while also spending their summers camping in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In the last one- ½ years Sherm traveled to Hawaii to visit Pearl Harbor and Kauai; Denver, Colorado and finally San Antonio, Texas. Sherm loved sporting events and attended his grandchildren’s high school and college events; various WIAA high school state tournaments; and Wisconsin Badgers events as a passionate and devoted fan. He was also a dedicated Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan. The television in Sherm’s house was either on a sporting event, news or a history channel. Sherm read at least one to two books a month on his Kindle, usually about various worldwide historical events and especially World War II. His memory of various events and occurrences over the years was impeccable and he has logged numerous events and weather statistics over the years. Sherm also maintained a special connection with many of his former students through various social media on his Facebook, Shapchat and Twitter accounts. Sherm was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a true friend to many and will be missed by all. Sherm is survived by his daughters Pam (Dave) White of Eau Claire and Jane (Brad) Ayer of Clear Lake. He is further survived by three grandchildren, Kaela (Ola) Akau of Kauai, HI; Derek (Ingrid) Wold in the US Army in San Antonio, Texas; and Ryan Ayer of Chicago, Illinois; along with four great-grandchildren – Kallie and Kaisa Akau and Jiselle and Henrik Wold; a special cousin–Cindy Bolton of Phillips, Wisconsin; Special foreign exchange student daughter, Fiona (Richard) Lilgert of Helperby, North Yorkshire, UK; and many other special nephews, nieces and other relatives and very good friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Leaon; mother and father, Oliver and Violet; his brother Roger and sister-in-law Bernadette; sister Jane (Keckeissen) and brother-in-law Arthur “Keck”; and various other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the family, which will be designated at a later date. Please join the family in celebrating Sherm’s life. The family requests you bring written memories/stories of Sherm that could be shared with his great grandchildren children. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Williamson-White Funeral Home, 222 Harriman Avenue North in Amery, and on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service. The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at the Congregational Church UCC in Amery with the Reverend Barry Schaefer officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wis. The family would like to thank the physicians and staff at Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire and Bloomer for their care. A special thanks to the staff at Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center along with the Mayo Clinic Hospice Staff. Sherm always had the best seat in the house as the Voice of the Warriors, and he now has the best seat in the house of the Lord where his voice will be forever strong! Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson~White Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 222 Harriman Avenue North Amery, Wis. 54001. To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute please visit www.williamsonwhite.com
Edward L. Adams
Edward L. Adams, age 86 of Amery, formerly of Dresser, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at Golden Age Manor in Amery. Edward was born on Dec. 14, 1930 in Hinckley, Minn. to parents Peter and Hilda (Berdan) Adams. Edward was employed as a pipefitter at Honeywell where he worked for many years before retiring. He loved playing his fiddle as well as working in his shop fixing cars, welding things and just spending time tinkering. He and Janet enjoyed traveling around the country and to Mexico. He married Janet Ashwill on June 7, 1958 at the Church of Incarnation in Minneapolis. Edward is survived by his wife Janet, children, Thomas Adams of St. Croix Falls, Andrea (Gerald) Matzelle of Lake Mills, Carla Vossen of St. Croix Falls and Michael Adams. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Alanna and Adam Vossen and Joseph and Jacob Matzelle. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Henry. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Interment will be held in the Sand Lake cemetery, Dresser, Wis. Online condolences may be left at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Barry Lehman (Eureka Center) born on May 25, 1945, passed away July 29, 2017 at age 72. Barry leaves a wife Betty, son Kevin, and daughter Teresa O'Brien, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren, eight siblings, Mary Mattson (Luck), Gordon (Falun), Lucille Bean (Stillwater, Minn.), twin brother Gary (Osceola), Marcy Plomski (Luck), Pat Linehan (Taylor Falls), Roger (Luck), and Betty Fisk (Wyoming, Minn.). He was preceded in death by mother, Margaret (1971), brother Bob (1987), father Andrew (1993), and nephew Tim. Celebration of Life is held at the Cushing Community Center on Aug. 27, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Michael David Ubbelohde
Michael was a devoted husband and father, marrying his grade school sweetheart, Julie Eileen Erickson in 1973 and never looking back. He placed her and his two sons above everything else in his life, making sure to attend every sporting competition, school event, and important moment in their lives. This was never truer than when Mike put his life on hold for several years after Julie contracted ovarian cancer. He developed a love of the outdoors during hunting trips to the family cabin with his parents, siblings, and friends at an early age. He shared this love with Julie and his boys, taking the family on many camping, canoeing and cross-country skiing trips, as well as other family vacations. He would often spend free time running, biking, hunting with his dogs, and on the water. He also enjoyed taking frequent bird hunting excursions with his siblings. In addition to the outdoors, Mike had many other hobbies. He taught himself photography and took pleasure in sharing pictures captured from nature, many of which are displayed in custom frames he built. He also learned home repair and spent many hours helping friends and family with their projects. This expanded into woodworking after he retired in 2006, when he started restoring furniture and crafting wooden canoes and kayaks. Education was a passion Mike turned into a life-long career. After graduating from UW-River Falls in 1973, Mike taught with Julie in Arcadia, Wis., before moving to Spooner in 1980. In addition to teaching high school English, he coached track for his entire career, and had stretches of coaching football and girls’ basketball. He is preceded in death by his wife, Julie, and his parents, Fred and Bonnie and his sister-in-law Susie Pepper. He is survived by his sons, Greg and David, and his siblings Jon (Kristine), Elizabeth (Joe Erickson), Sarah Jane Craig (Doug Craig), Robert (Miriam), and numerous nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spooner on Aug. 7, at 11:00 a.m., with a visitation at the Spooner Funeral Home on Aug. 6, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to N7724 McKinley Lake Road, Spooner, Wis. 54801.
Elaine "Margie" Beyl
Elaine "Margie" Beyl, 87, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, Wis., with her loving family at her side. Elaine Marjorie Youngren was born on March 25, 1930 in Taylors Falls, Minn., the daughter of Otto and Gerda Youngren. Margie attended Lamar Grade School and graduated from Centuria High School in 1948. She was confirmed at Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria where she also married Warren Beyl of St. Croix Falls on Aug. 12, 1950. They were married for 61 years until the time of his death in 2011. She had worked at Alcan and other sewing factories early on and then on the family farm. She was a member of the Polk County Homemaker's Club, Christian Women's Club, the Lioness Club, and volunteered with Interfaith Care Givers. Margie was involved in many of the Fristad Lutheran Church activities throughout her years. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, hardanger stitching, and gardening and loved to bake for her family and friends, especially during holiday get-togethers. Margie is survived by her children, Tom (Lorrie) Beyl, St. Croix Falls; Gayle (Scott) Adler, Sparta, N.J.; Steve (Jodie) Beyl, St. Croix Falls; grandchildren, Shannon (Steven), Cory and Kami; great grandchildren, Logan and Bailey; step-grandchildren, Cassie (Mark), Andy (Chas), Justin, Jerred and Austin; step-greatgrandchildren, Avery, Griffin, Gavin, Carson and Isabella, sister-in-law, Nancy Beyl Savre, many nieces and nephews, and her loving dog and companion Bree. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren, parents, Gerda and Otto, siblings, Norman Youngren, GloryAnn Johnson, Byron Youngren, Beatrice Franke, Russell Youngren, Hazel Anderson and Ardella Peterson and brother-in-law, Doyle Beyl. Funeral Services for Margie were held at the Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Margie was laid to rest alongside her husband Warren at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Eureka Township. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements. www.kolstadfamilyfuneralhome.com
Elsie M. Marklund
Elsie M. Marklund, 93, of Cumberland died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at Care and Rehab-Cumberland. She was born Nov. 1, 1923 in Cumberland, Wis., to Robert and Hannah Justina (Lundberg) Marklund. Elsie will be dearly missed by her loved ones, Ann, Jon and Taylor Doolittle of Cumberland; Brenda, Dale and Bethany Stoll of Ladysmith; Mary, Paul and Amanda Luecke of Lino Lakes, Minn. and Tom Jacobson of Crosby, Minn., along with other dear friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ernest Marklund. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at Skinner Funeral Home, Cumberland with Pastor John Miels officiating. Burial will be in McKinley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.
Robert Duane Roettger
Robert Duane Roettger, born to Harold and Laura Roettger, and a lifelong resident of Centuria, Wis., passed away peacefully on Aug. 5, 2017. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends, most especially by his loving wife of 44 years, Bonnie, who remained by his side during the last months of his illness. Rob was born in St. Croix Falls on Nov. 25, 1949. He graduated from Unity High School in 1967, and then attended college in Eau Claire and also Stout in Menomonie. He was a highly skilled carpenter and worked a plethora of jobs before becoming a maintenance worker at Unity School in Balsam Lake, where he was praised for his great work ethic. He and his wife also volunteered for Interface Caregivers, Adoray Hospice, and at the hospital in St. Croix Falls. Known for his great sense of humor, Rob could brighten the day of anyone he encountered. He was light-hearted, but also very grounded and focused. He had a calming manner which was reassuring to family and neighbors who came to him for anything. Rob had many hobbies and interests. He had an analytical brain that liked numbers and math. He put together puzzles of 1500 pieces regularly, as well as worked on crossword puzzles. He loved all forms of Baseball, especially the statistics part of it where he could remember every significant record ever held. He admired the Twins, minor league ball, and watching his kids play little league. He enjoyed playing golf as well, holding a season pass for several years when he would play a quick nine holes after work. He also had a passion for trains, particularly the Soo Line, where he also delved into model railroading. Rob also loved wildlife. While he hunted and fished, he was just as happy jumping in the car and driving around to look for deer on the backroads. He would feed the birds out of the dozen or so feeders they had and enjoyed identifying them and logging the date and species of bird in a journal and music! Rob cherished music. If there was a guitar lying around, he would pick it up and play. He would do the same thing with a piano. But his voice was his favorite instrument as he was constantly singing or humming. A devoted family man, Rob took great care of his wife, children, and grandchildren. When the kids were small he and Bonnie would load them up in the car and take them on cross-country road trips to places such as Texas, New York, Montana, Florida, and California. He was very energetic with the grandchildren and made sure they had fun, while also reassuring them that they were loved. He was also a devoted husband to his wife. Rob was preceded in death by his father, Harold. He is survived by his mother, Laura; his wife, Bonnie (Heckes); his children, David, Robbie, and Jeremy; his grandchildren, Zackary, Brionna, and Eathan; his siblings, Cliff, Ron, Ruth, and Jeanne; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and many friends. There will be a visitation at Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 11. The funeral service will follow at noon. There will be a lunch immediately following at the American Legion in Centuria. The family would like to thank the folks at Golden Age Manor in Amery, United Pioneer Nursing home in Luck, the Amery Hospital and the Hospital in St. Croix Falls, where the doctors, staff, and everyone else there made his last days a little better.
Michael Ray Bozych
Michael Ray Bozych, 58, Centuria, Wis., passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at his home. Michael was born on July 13, 1959 in Grand Rapids, Minn., to Kenneth and Lydia Bozych. He graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1977. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1977-1981. He attended and graduated from Pipestone Vocational Tech. with an Associate degree in meat processing. Mike was employed at Market Place Foods as a meat cutter/butcher. He was married to Gina Robertson April 24, 1996-2012 and together they raised four children. Mike liked to fish, hunt, grill BBQ meats and tell stories with friends and family. He loved laughter and his children.
He will be greatly missed by his children, grandchildren, family, friends and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Lydia Bozych. He is survived by his children: Brent Bozych (Rose Lindberg), Lydia Bozych (Jacob Mussehl), Lucas Robertson (Misty Graham) and Crystal Robertson (Patrick Hillman). Grandchildren: Brynlee, Hayden and Kinsley Hillman and Annabelle Robertson, sister: Deb Price, his
significant other, Debbie Landey and his beloved dog Gracie. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Mike’s family will greet visitors at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of
service. Following the service continued fellowship and lunch will be held at the Centuria American Legion Hall. Mike will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at later date. Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Marjorie Jean Shores
Shores, Marjorie Jean (Tengwall) proud Mom and Grandma, age 74, of St. Croix Falls, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. Marge was born to Arthur and Ruth Tengwall, in her home near Sunburg, Minn., on Aug. 5, 1942. She was the youngest of six children. She attended a one-room country elementary school, and was baptized and confirmed at West Lake Lutheran Church. She graduated from Kerkhoven High School in 1960. Marge lived in St. Croix Falls, Wis., for 39 years where she was an active member and volunteer in her community. Some of her many activities include American Legion Auxiliary member & treasurer, active Peace Lutheran Church member, golf league, bowling league, and card club. Marge loved music and singing, cooking, making lefse, gardening, and being involved with the community, her family, and friends. She worked as a manager at Chisago Lakes Distributing for 25 years. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Earl and Elroy Tengwall; honorary son Scott DeVille. She is survived by her sons, Wade (Christa) and Derek; grandchildren, Emma, Olivia & Sophie Shores, Anthony Michel, and Danielle & Jordan DeVille; sister Lila (Jim) Lundberg, brothers Delos (Colette) and Virgil Tengwall, sister-in-law Judy Tengwall; many beloved nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church Dresser, Wis. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Steven A. McKenzie
Steven A. McKenzie, 89, of Osceola, Wis., passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on June 19, 2017. Steve was born in Taylors Falls, Minn., on March 14, 1928 to James and Sadie McKenzie. He grew up on the family farm in rural St. Croix Falls and graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1946. Steve attended the University Wisconsin-River Falls where he received his Bachelors of Science degree. In 1950 he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served for several years in Korea. On July 30, 1954 Steve married the love of his life, Florence Alm at the First Presbyterian Church in St. Croix Falls. They were 11 days short of celebrating their 63rd anniversary. He taught at the Frederic Elementary School before moving into social work for Polk County. Helping teens facing life’s challenges was one of his passions. Years later Steve went into business in Osceola where he owned Wichser Associates Insurance, Riverside Realty and Travel Express. He was a terrific husband, father and grandfather. Steve loved his family more than anything else in this world and always put them first. Cooking, gardening, talking politics and traveling were a few of his great loves. He felt very fortunate to have been able to make numerous trips to Europe where he learned more about his Scottish heritage.
His faith was very important to him. He taught Sunday school, served numerous terms on the church session and took great pride in being one of the youngest elders on the Presbytery. Steve was always willing to listen, provide words of wisdom and loving guidance. He will be greatly missed by his family, relatives and friends. Steven was preceded in death by parents, Jim and Sadie, sisters, Belle Krause, Inez Henchen, Dorothy Getschel, brothers Edward and Howard McKenzie as well as many nieces and nephews. Survived by his wife Florence, children Kay (Jeff) Chaussee, Chris (Julie) McKenzie, Richard (Carol) Bulman, grandchildren Justin, Steven, Craig, Stephanie and Alexus, sister in law, Lynn Small and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Steve will be held Saturday, July 29, 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, St. Croix Falls Wis. The service will be preceded by a visitation at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Steve McKenzie scholarship fund.
Elaine "Faye" Jasper
Elaine "Faye" Jasper, 64, of Rice Lake died Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Dove Healthcare - West Eau Claire. She was born July 7, 1952 in Siren, Wis., to Donald and Hazel (Johnson) Hutton. Faye was married on Feb. 6, 1971 to Rick Jasper and they began their family. Faye was primarily a homemaker, but she worked as a secretary for some time, as well as operated several home based businesses including Avon. Faye was an active member of New Directions in Rice Lake, a non-profit by serving as a member of the Board, and in the office of secretary and treasurer in years past. She also was a home health aid and volunteered by providing transportation to folks that were home bound for a few years. Faye is survived by her former husband, Rick Jasper of Milltown; her children: Wendy Jo Jasper of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Matthew Jasper of Milltown; her grandchildren: Tanner, Alex, Christine, Matt, Jr., and Galaxy; siblings: Bonnie Emberson of Eau Claire and LeRoy Hutton of Frederic; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Raymond and Wayne Hutton. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Bone Lake Lutheran Church-Luck on Monday, July 10, 2017 with Pastor Marilyn Crossfield officiating and burial to follow in Bone Lake Cemetery. There will be visitation for one hour prior to the service. Skinner Funeral Home of Rice Lake is serving the family.
Mary Katherine Jensen
Mary Katherine Jensen, age 71, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017 at her residence in Spooner, Wis. She was born June 10, 1946 in Lake City, Minn., the daughter of Hans Philip and Elaine Lucille (Schnoebelen) Nelsen. Mary worked as a Registered Nurse and caregiver at several hospitals and nursing homes throughout her career. She was a faithful member of the Spooner Baptist Church and always looked forward to meeting up with the coffee club. She enjoyed photography, gardening and fishing. She is survived by her children, Teresa (Jim) Kruizenga of Hudson, Wis., John (Rhonda) Jensen of Ellsworth, Wis. and Michelle (Scott) Pettee of New Richmond, Wis.; her grandchildren, Katie Kruizenga, Ryan (Laura) Kruizenga, Kyle (Brielle) Anfinson, Nathan (Jenny) Anfinson, Kirsten Kruizenga; Michael Jensen, Olivia Jensen, Michelle (Mitch) Elmgren, Sean Pettee and Tesia Pettee; her great-grandchildren, Adrian Anfinson, Austin Anfinson, R.J. Kruizenga, Cameron Kruizenga and one more expected soon; her siblings, Eileen Nelsen of Hudson, Wis., Jim Nelsen of New Richmond, Wis., Kathy (Greg) Moyer of Turtle Lake, Wis., Joe (Kathy) Nelsen of Elk Mound, Wis., and Leannē (Russ) Charlton of Elgin, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her sister, Theresa Nelsen. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Spooner Baptist Church, W7135 Green Valley Road in Spooner, where visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Spooner Baptist Church. For information, please contact Spooner Funeral Home at 715-635-8919 or leave your condolences for the family online at www.bratley-nelsonchapels.com.
Ken Davy, Ken the Barber, the story teller, my dad, died early Monday morning, June 19, 2017.
His parents, brother, sister-in-law and many in-laws preceded him. He leaves behind his wife Pat, of nearly 58 years now living in Mulberry, Fla. Daughter Laura and husband Matt Murray living in Austin TX grandchildren Emily, Caleb, Jesse, Justin wife Shayla and great granddaughter Madison Jo. Daughter Chris Coffin living in Blaine, Minn., grandchildren Samantha and Cortney. Son, Bob and wife Zona living in Cottage Grove, Minn., granddaughters Hannah Davy and Rachel Begg husband Austin and great grandson Cy. Ken the Barber cut hair for about 40 years. His shop moved from Davenport Iowa to Osceola, Bruce, Frederic, Amery and finally St. Croix Falls. I think he chopped any of the handsome guys hair in an attempt to give me an unfair advantage with the girls. Thanks dad, I wish it had worked. So guys, if you didn’t like your haircut, it was my fault. He told stories. As family we liked them the first 12 to 15 times he shared them, and could help him with the ending when he confused stories. “No dad, that’s from the story of the horse that stepped on Grandma’s foot and she bent the cast iron pan on Grandpa’s head, when he told her to move her feet.” When he told stories you had one of two thoughts; is he full of it, or he is. An old timer in St. Croix Falls is sitting up right now saying, “Yep, I knew that guy well!” He laughed often and really hard. Laughing so hard he cried was common. Our family watched Red Skeleton, Jonathan Winters, Sanford and Son, Good Times, and Happy Days. He would laugh so hard we would laugh at him. He told jokes and loved hearing them. He would keep coffee hot in the shop all day, and told customers to stop for a cup anytime. Once I went in for my annual haircut, and every seat in the shop was full except for the barber chair. I told the guys no jokes! He has to focus. He loved to fish and hunt and a 1.5 pound 8 inch sunny or fourteen pound 19.5 inch northern was typical of his catch. He went to Canada a few times and visited our lake place where he actually did catch a 10 and 12 pound northern in consecutive days. Sorry, you probably heard that story. He hunted and was so proud of his big buck. He really did hit it on a dead run (standing broadside) at 650 yards (40 feet) Again I apologize, you already knew that story too. Finally, he loved baseball. More specifically, he loved to watch me play. When I posted that he died, some of my St. Croix Falls teammates replied, “He is in all of my baseball memories.” When it came to baseball he was always around the field. He spent hours talking to players, coaches and anyone who didn’t see him coming in time. He assisted coach Voss for a year or two and would coach first base. When I’d reach first base he’d say, “You know what to do.” Then the first baseman would announce, “He’s going!” No pressure dad! Eyes fixed on the opposing pitcher. I would get an aggressive lead-off and with any movement from the mound find second base. He would say, “Go!” but I was usually half way down by then. He had slow reflexes. He umpired for a year, but only one of our games from behind the plate. He called anything above shoe laces the bottom of the strike zone. To be fair he wasn’t too tall and would have swung. When I or any of the guys cleared the fence he would beam from ear to ear and be our loudest fan. I remember him missing only one game. I went four for four in Webster with two homers on either side of the goalposts, bounced one over and a single. He was so upset, that I don’t think he missed another game. Yep, you probably heard about that one too. For our family I want to say, “Thanks Dad and God Bless!” We laugh hard, love the outdoors, and had a great time playing baseball. You are loved and missed. In lieu of flowers our family requests donations to the youth baseball program in St. Croix Falls. We know he would be proud of that.
Send to: St. Croix Falls Baseball Association In Memory of Ken Davy PO Box 873 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024
Marjorie (Margie) Gustafson (nee Schneedwind), 87, of Amery Memory Care, died June 23, 2017. Margie was a graduate of Milltown High School and Polk County Normal School and Teachers College. Margie was a teacher, homemaker, and master gardener. She taught elementary grades at Wolf Creek School, Sterling Township, Polk County, and Luck School. As a longtime resident of south Milltown Community, she was active in Polk County Homemakers, local 4-H Club and many church activities. She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Clifford, brother Henry Schneedwind, sisters Janice Ditlefsen and Ruth Lundeen. She is survived by her children, Martha Gustafson (Frank Greenley), Steve Gustafson, eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, her brother Jon (Jan) Schneedwind, and sister Karen Schneedwind. A celebration of Margie's life will be held at Fristad Lutheran Church, Centuria, Wis. on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, with visitation at 10:00 a.m. and service at 11:00 a.m. A reception in the church hall to follow service.
Jerry Duane Schultz
Jerry Duane Schultz passed into God's loving arms on Monday, June 5, 2017, at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Ala. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Annette (Johnson) Schultz. He has three children: his son Scott and wife Diane; his son Todd and wife LaDonna; and his daughter Kris Anne. He has one sister, Marion Froemming. Jerry and Annette have seven grandchildren: Jill Hartl and her husband Jason; Jenna Papes and her husband Rob; Jennifer Vollmer and her husband Chris; Carrie and her husband Keith Henning; Duane Langston; Raechel Schultz; and Ian Schultz. They have six great grandchildren: Keller and Brannon Hartl; Keller, Cadence, and Claire Henning; and Mila Papes. Jerry was born May 14, 1932, in Balsam Lake, Wis., to Myrle (Smith) and Irwin Schultz. He graduated from Balsam Lake High School in 1950. He lived in Balsam Lake until he joined the Air Force on June 5, 1951, during the Korean War. Following his marriage to Annette on Dec. 30, 1951 they moved to Cape Cod, Mass., where he reached the rank of Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged on June 4, 1955. Jerry was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal while serving in the Air Force. Jerry and Annette later moved to Florida where they raised their three children. There, Jerry worked in the burgeoning Space Program for several years before becoming involved in the cable TV industry. As an entrepreneur/inventor, he was responsible for the development of standby power supplies for cable TV. As an inventor he also holds a U.S. Patent. Throughout his career, he started multiple successful companies, which eventually led them to Georgia, then to Alabama. Jerry and Annette lived the last twenty-five years together on beautiful Lake Martin in Dadeville, Ala. Annette still lives in their lakefront home that was designed and built by Jerry in 1999.
Edward A. Erickson
Edward A. Erickson passed peacefully with grace to be with Jesus, his beloved Helen and family. He was a man of faith, and was ready to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He completed his earthly journey on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the age of 96 years and seven months. He was born at home on Nov. 23, 1920 in McKinley Township, Polk County, Wis., to the late Hilda (Lindahl) and E. Anton Erickson, the youngest of six children. He graduated from Luck High School in 1938, worked on his parents’ farm for a few years and then went to work in Minneapolis. On June 25, 1949 he married Helen Dahlquist, whom he had met on a blind date. After they moved back to Wisconsin, Ed began working for Wisconsin Hydro Electric (Northern States Power), and the family moved to Turtle Lake in 1952. Ed and Helen were long time members of Parkview United Methodist Church in Turtle Lake and faithfully served in many ways throughout the years. He also served as trustee on the Village of Turtle Lake council. He retired from the engineering department of NSP in Amery, Wis., in 1982 and enjoyed 35 years of retirement. He kept busy playing golf, bowling, and traveling with Helen. He also enjoyed having coffee with fellow NSP retirees, and tending to his yard and garden. Ed and Helen were known for their flower gardens, and they were awarded Turtle Lake’s “Garden of the Month” twice. He was very independent, and mowed his lawn and tended to his garden into his 90s. His wife of 64 years, Helen, and brothers Clifford, Kenneth, Everett, Leonard and sister Helen preceded him in death. He is survived by his children, Annie (Joe) Soltau, Janet (Jerry) Kunkel and Tom (Mary) Erickson; grandchildren Jessica Kast, Dan (Missy) Erickson, Lisa (Josh) McCann, Jenna (Andy) Krueger, Holly (Jared) Sandeen and Ryan (Brittany) Erickson; great grandchildren Kennedy, Fred, Nadia, Chase, Anika, Natalie, Owen, Reese, Paisley, AJ, and Gianna along with sister-in-law, Ellen Erickson and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Parkview United Methodist Church, Turtle Lake, Wis., on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 1:30 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service with Pastor Sudhama Ananda officiating. Burial will follow at the McKinley Cemetery, Cumberland, Wis. The family wishes to thank the excellent staff and residents at Golden Age Manor for helping to make his last few years pleasant ones. He truly felt part of a community. Thank you also to Adoray Hospice for the tender care he received in the last few weeks of his life. Skinner Funeral Home of Turtle Lake is serving the family.
John Kelly Randall
When friends try to describe John, the repetitive theme is “respected.” To his family, he was our ROCK. John Kelly Randall left us to join our heavenly Father on June 25, 2017. John was the second child of Lawn and Marion Randall. He was born on Sept. 5, 1932. This was the same month that his parents bought what would eventually be the home farm on East Balsam Lake some 11 years later. John enjoyed school and athletics, played all sports, football, baseball and basketball. After graduating from Balsam Lake High School, Uncle Sam sent him to Korea. He never talked much about war, but fondly remembered the strong bonds of friendship. John froze his feet while serving in the regular army 3rd Division HQ 7th Regiment Sergeant 1st class CIB, this injury continued to plague him throughout his life. After John was honorably discharged, he used the GI bill to attend University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He graduated with a double major in Applied Sciences. This is where he met his wife and lifelong partner Ann Eitland. They married Aug. 5, 1956. The young couple started life in central Wisconsin with John working as a veterinarian supply salesman. With the beginning of their family and Lawn's declining health the couple returned to the farm east of Balsam Lake. As in Paul Harvey's, "So He made a Farmer", John was a true steward of the land. He was an active member in numerous aspects of the farm and dairy industry. He was a board member of the Range Creamery. Shortly after changing milk companies, John and Ann were honored as "Young Dairy Couple of the Year" by MidAmerican Dairy. He helped support the farming profession through the UW extension and was one of the first to adopt many new programs. He also held the title of Director of the PCA and was involved with Farm Credit. The farm was always on display and visited by many groups including field trips for grade school classes, tours from foreign dignitaries, and Day on the Farm with Wisconsin Governor, where 400 people were served a sit-down meal. Family was always the main focus of John's life. He believed that education should be the foundation to his children's success and life achievements. This lead to John serving 17 years on the Unity School board, he was also a member of CESA and various other national education committees. John and Ann were 4H leaders and active supporters of bible camp for many years. Some of John's fondest memories were the family vacations spent with Ann, his children, grandchildren and extended family members. Church and Country were also a lifelong devotion. John served as a board member of both Faith Lutheran and Holy Trinity Churches and spent time as Commander of Post 278 Legion, VFW and honor guard. Anyone that ever needed an listening ear, a sounding board or some genuine words of advice were welcome to join him as coffee and ice cream were being served at the house. Though John "tried" to retire from farming when his son took the lead, you can say farming was in the blood. Even four days before his passing he wanted to take a drive by the fields, "just to check on things". John was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, four brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law. He is survived by his wife of almost 61 years, Ann Randall. Children: Faith (Ron) Goodroad, David Randall, Joy Randall and Gay Randall. The light of his life, grandchildren: Jason (Nicole) Randall, Matthew (Amber Schalke) Randall, Justin (Danielle Brust) Randall, Talena (Mike) Davis and Jahnna Randall. The hope of tomorrow, great-grandchildren: Raegan and Alex Davis, Jasmine and Jadynn Randall, Sawyer and Gideon Randall. Newest great-granddaughter: coming in September. Also, sisters Georgette Murphy and Marilyn (Paul) Score. Sister-in-law: Marilyn Jacobson. For how much John gave to his family and friends, it was all of us that were blessed to have him in our lives. He was kind, honest and led by example. Always believing in people's abilities that they themselves did not believe they had. John's last words were, "Remember to always SMILE". A Memorial Service for John will be held on July 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church. John's family will greet visitors at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria on Wednesday, July 5, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and then at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Following the service Military Honors will be rendered at the church. The family invites their guests to join them inside the church for lunch and continued fellowship following the Military Honors. John will be laid to rest at the Balsam Lake Cemetery with a private ceremony.
Jean Helen Woltz
Jean Helen Woltz, 88, of Milltown, Wis., passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Golden Age Nursing Home in Amery with her family at her side. Jean was born on March 16, 1929 in Mapleton, Minn., the daughter of John and Gladys McGregor. She attended school and graduated from high school in Mapleton. She married Lloyd Woltz on Nov. 18, 1950 in Easton, Minn., and the couple farmed there until moving to Luck, Wis., in 1957 where they started a new dairy farm and raised their family. They remained on the family farm until retiring and then moved to Milltown where they enjoyed retirement. She enjoyed cooking, gardening; she always had a big garden. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren and spending time with her family. Jean loved to tell people that “Her cows always milked best.” Jean leaves to celebrate her memory: her husband, Lloyd, children: John (Beverly) Schutte, Mike (Patti) Woltz, Don (Judy) Woltz, Bruce Woltz (Lori Ostby), Janice Woltz, Julie (Don) Stark, Brian (Leah) Woltz and Cathy (Darrin) Ellefson, 11 grandchildren and many great grandchildren, her sister, Shirley Jaeger, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Gladys McGregor and her brother Robert McGregor. Jean's family will greet visitors on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Cora Maria Bos
Cora Maria Bos, 53, of Amery, Wis., passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., with her loving family at her side. Cora was born on June 2, 1964 in Whittier, Calif., the daughter of Kary and Albert Bos. Cora leaves to celebrate her memory: her children, Dillon J. Nelson, Balsam Lake, Wis.; Harley M. Nelson, Balsam Lake, Wis.; Curtis R. Nelson, Osceola, Wis. and April K. Lindberg, Amery, Wis., her parents, Kary and Albert Bos, Calif., brothers, Rudo (Diane) Bos, Pete (Julie) Bos, Robbie (Christie) Bos, Michael Bos and Paul (Nora) Bos, sister-in-law, Jo Bos, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother Gerry Bos. Cora's family will greet visitors on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a service at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Diane Norstad will conduct the service. We are incredibly saddened to say our goodbyes to this amazing woman. Cora was a caring, thoughtful and compassionate soul who never missed the opportunity to say “I love you.” She always had a quirky wonder for the world around her and saw the best in everyone she met. She was the most important person in so many people's lives and her infectious happiness will forever be missed. She donated her major organs, tissues and bones. Her heart went to research and her lungs saved a life within hours of the donation. She is potentially going to save or help over 60 different families. She is a hero and will never be forgotten. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Susan Dresser (Thompson) Miles
Susan Dresser (Thompson) Miles was born to James and Agnes Thompson on October 4, 1933 in St. Croix Falls, Wis. She passed away at Willow Ridge Healthcare Facility in Amery, Wis., under Hospice care on June 9, 2017. As she was growing up, her love of horses grew with her. There was never a time she wasn’t in the saddle or wishing to be riding. Graduating from St. Croix Falls High School in 1951, she was honored as the Valedictorian of her class of 36 peers. She went on to college in Madison, Wis., where she was honored for outstanding studies at the annual women’s Freshman Honor Night. After a brief stint of working in the Twin Cities, living with girlfriends, she returned to St. Croix. Allen Miles asked for her hand in marriage and they tied the knot on Jan. 28,1955. Sue became a first time mom later that year, with three more children to follow. As the years progressed, she wore numerous hats; mother, waitress, manager, banker, investment advisor, but most of all - friend to all. Once you met Sue, you were no longer a stranger to her; she would welcome you into her home and life. After retirement, Sue enjoyed taking off with her friends, hopping in the car and going for drives. Many of these drives took her far into remote areas of the beauties of Wisconsin. Horses were always part of her life and she would jump at the chance to head off into the woods, possibly riding over the dappled sunlit ground of Rock Creek Farm or a ride on an uncharted path in a State Park. She was always ready to ride. Sue is survived by her children, Becky Berhow of Osceola, Wis., Dave (Kim) Miles of Hudson, Wis., Barb (Carl) Kleinkort of Colorado Springs, Colo., Bob (Sara) Miles of Richfield, Minn.,11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Sue is preceded in death by her husband Allen Miles, sister Mary Jensen, brother James Thompson II and granddaughter Carissa Berhow. Visitation will be held, Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Funeral Services will be held Friday, June 16, 2017 11:00 a.m. at the Alliance Church of the Valley, 1259 State Road 35, St. Croix Falls, Wis. Luncheon to follow. Private interment will be at the St. Croix Falls Cemetery. Memorial donations preferred: Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County, Wis. – www.interfaithpolk.org ASPCA – www.aspca.org Thank you to Adoray Hospice; to our in-home caregivers; nurses and staff at Willow Ridge HealthCare Facility; and our friends and family who spent numerous hours assisting Sue. You all made a difference.
Larry A. Lieffring
Larry A. Lieffring, age 58 of Dresser, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Larry was born on Feb. 13, 1959 in Harvard, Ill. to parents, Alfred and Sharon (Schallenberger) Lieffring. His family moved to the Grantsburg area in 1970 and later to Osceola where he graduated from high school in 1977. After high school Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served his country for the next 17 years with most of his time stationed in Virginia. He married Brenda Schultz on July 21, 1979 in his parent’s back yard. After his retirement from the military he moved to Osceola to be near family. He took a job with the U.S. Postal Service and was mail carrier in the Dresser and Osceola areas until the time of his passing. Larry loved hunting, camping, fishing, canoeing, collecting trains and coins and was an avid Packers fan. He also loved watching Eagles and taking photos for the family gatherings. Larry will be remembered for the time he spent checking on his father making sure he was doing alright and also taking his dad down for coffee. He loved and cherished the time he had with his children and grandchildren. Larry is survived by his wife Brenda; children, Susan (Junior) Lieffring-Dove of Perris, Calif.; Donald Lieffring of New Richmond, Jennifer (Eli) Walker of Wanderoos and Douglas Lieffring of Dresser, his father, Alfred of Osceola, sisters, Pamela (Philip) Collova of Dresser, Mary (Jon) Knopp of Deer Park and Leah Lieffring of Osceola; his seven grandchildren, Devin, Messiah, Asziah, April, Annabelle, Jordyn and Landen. He is preceded in death by his mother, Sharon, sister, Deb, brother, Bryan and his grandparents on both sides of the family. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Osceola Community Church with Pastor Larry Mederich officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. Interment was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements were by Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed at www.grandstrandfh.com
Vernon G. Nelson
Vernon G. Nelson passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, spanning multiple generations on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vernon was born on May 28, 1931.
He grew up in Balsam Lake, one of three sons of Gudrun and Fred Nelson. Vernon is a veteran of the United States Air Force where when stationed in Liverpool met his wife of 65 years, Anne. Vernon and Anne married on March 24, 1952 in Liverpool. After many years of traveling the world together, Anne and Vern moved back to Milltown Wis., where they started a family that would lead to the upbringing of three beautiful girls. They moved around Minnesota and Wisconsin as their family grew. After 40+ years as a specialized auto-body technician, Anne and Vern retired, returning to Milltown to build their dream log home by their own hands. Here they welcomed their first grandchildren and started many family traditions. From fishing excursions in the spring, cutting wood and mastering fires in the fall to long hikes in the woods year-round, the memories are countless. Vernon was ever-patient, extremely hardworking and kind through and through. His midwestern values were comforting to everyone who knew him. He was an amazing listener, his laugh was contagious, and his words of wisdom left a mark on us all. Vernon leaves to celebrate his memory: his wife, Anne of Balsam Lake, daughters, Margot Nelson, Balsam Lake, Wis.; Suzanne (Michael) Schumann, St. Paul, Minn., and Linda Wesely, Moose Lake, Minn., grandchildren, Bridget McElroy, Crystal, Minn.; Peter (Jennifer) Schumann, Chicago, Ill.; Madeline Wesely and Christopher Wesley of Moose Lake, Minn.; brothers, Donald (Iris) Nelson, Balsam Lake, Wis., and Allan (Carol) Nelson Eustis, Fla., and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Gudrun Nelson, a daughter in infancy, Mary Nelson and a grandson, Thomas Nelson McElroy. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Milltown Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Angela Kutney will officiate. Vernon's family will greet visitors at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Vernon will be laid to rest at the Milltown Cemetery with full military honors. Following the cemetery services, please join the family at the church for lunch and continued fellowship. In Lieu Of Flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Oliver William Cohen
Oliver William Cohen passed away unexpectedly on May 24, 2017 at the age of 21. Oliver was born on April 16, 1996 in Washington, DC to Bridget Mary Murphy of St. Paul, Minn., and the late Andrew S. Cohen of New York, New York. Oliver attended grade school at Nativity of our Lord Catholic School in St. Paul, and graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall St. Paul in 2014. As a boy, he loved sledding at the park across the street from his home and dressing up as Batman! Oliver had a witty sense of humor, a sharp mind and a deep intellectual curiosity. His interests spanned from postmodern literature, to politics and history, chess and films. He even built his own computer, and learned how to code. He also delved into music and shared that passion by making special playlists for his young cousins. He had been working on his New Year's resolution of listening to a new band's album of music each day. Throughout his life, Oliver loved summers with family at Bone Lake, Wisconsin where he enjoyed jumping on trampolines, and tubing behind the boat with cousins. Oliver's love of bacon inspired a passion for cooking! He loved to cook for friends and family, and for the last year he had been working as a cook at The Happy Gnome in St. Paul, Minn. Oliver will be greatly missed and remembered for his curiosity, intelligence, warm smile, and gentle soul. Oliver is survived by his beloved Mother, Bridget Mary Murphy and brother, Benjamin Andrew Cohen; Grandparents: Evelyn Cohen of New York City, N.Y.; Judith (Beddor) and Robert E. Murphy of Minneapolis, Minn.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Visitation 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 at O'halloran and Murphy Funeral Home, 575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-0796. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 31 at Nativity Of Our Lord Catholic Church, Stanford at Prior Aves., St. Paul. Private family burial, Holy Rosary Cemetery, Balsam Lake, Wis. Memorials preferred to Cretin-Derham Hall or Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
Gordon John Lindahl
Gordon John Lindahl, 87, passed away on May 28, 2017 in St. Croix Falls from pneumonia and complications from kidney failure and COPD. Gordon was born on Dec. 5, 1929 in Dresser, Wis., on the farmstead where he lived until he moved to St Croix Falls in 2015. He is the son of Henning and Valborg Lindahl. Gordon is preceded in death by his wife Marie (Backes), parents, sister Doris (Klein), brothers Donald and Gerald, and granddaughter Olivia Lundberg. He is survived by six children Terry (Darla) Lindahl, Jeanine Weinzierl, Kevin (DeAnna) Lindahl, Eileen (Paul) Lundberg, Brian (Teresa) Lindahl, and Janet (Steve) Rudie; thirteen grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; sibling Gladys (Frojker), and several nieces and nephews. Gordon attended St. Croix Falls High School and after graduating in 1947, operated the family farm. In Dec. of 1952 Gordon met the love of his life, Marie Backes, and they were wed on June 12, 1956 at Saint Anne’s Church in Turtle Lake, Wis. Together they raised their six children on the family dairy farm in Dresser. Gordon was active in the National Farmers Organization for many years, served on the Polk Country Board, and served on the Town of Garfield Planning Commission. After retiring from dairy farming, Gordon was still active with various seasonal jobs including Friday Canning, Osceola Co-op, and bus driver for the St. Croix Falls School District. His gift of gab served him well in these roles. Gordon enjoyed all sports, especially the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and St. Croix Falls High School athletics. He had an innate ability to remember sports statistics and anything to do with numbers. His hobbies included berry picking, gardening, jigsaw puzzles, and the card games of Sequence and Solitaire. He enjoyed deer hunting, reading maps and the study of geography. Gordon was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be fondly remembered by family and friends. Memorials to Interfaith Caregivers preferred.
Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Osceola. Visitation 5:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola and one hour prior to the Mass at church. Interment at Sand Lake Cemetery in Dresser. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com
Dennis Jerome Buerke
Dennis Jerome Buerke, age 75, passed away peacefully at his home on May 22, 2017. He was born to Henry “Shorty” and Margaret "Peg", in Lakeville, Minn. After graduation, he went on to serve his country in the US Navy from 1959-1962. Denny enjoyed the outdoors; mostly hunting and fishing. He also became quite a collector, collecting vintage Budweiser, Coke and numerous other items. Denny is preceded in death by his parents, Henry “Shorty” and Margaret “Peg” Buerke, his brother Darrell and his sister Diane. Dennis is survived by his daughters, Dara (Charles), Suzette (Tracy), and Denise; brothers, David (Joanne), Doug (Phyllis), and Don (Maggie); grandchildren, Samantha, Alisha, Nicholas, Gabby, Chelsea and Brooklynn and many nieces and nephews. Denny was a not one who enjoyed the spotlight so in lieu of a memorial his immediate family will be paying tribute and honoring him as he requested.
Theodore P. Nykreim, Jr.
Theodore P. Nykreim, Jr., 76, of Stockholm, Maine, died on May 3, 2017, after a long illness, with his fiancé, Valada Delaney, by his side. Theo was born in Fox Creek, Wis., to Theodore Nykreim and Ann (Maier) Nykreim. He attended grade school in Balsam Lake, Wis., and in 1958 was in the first graduating class of Unity High School, Balsam Lake, (Polk County) Wis. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in electrical engineering. Theo became a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, and as a pilot, flew C130s, carrying supplies into Vietnam. Theo worked for Boeing Aircraft, where, with two others, developed and patented the skin that covers airplanes, that shell is still used. Theo also worked for Lockheed, Rockwell, and E Systems. Theo loved airplanes, books, and the Acadian culture. He was a member of several heritage groups: Get Salmon Back into Maine, and Go Van Buren, promoting tourism in Northern Maine, and was elected Selectman for Stockholm, Maine. Theo was predeceased by his parents, his son Torbjorn Nykreim, and wife, Thea Ann. He leaves his fiance, Valada, his children from a first marriage: Thea Maia, Guthorm Nykreim, Michael Nykreim and step daughter, Lauree Morris. He also leaves brothers Charles Nykreim (Wash.), Kermit Nykreim (Wash.) and sister, LaVonne Heydel (N.J.), plus numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held on May 19, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Cemetery, in Caribou, Maine. A reception for Theo will follow at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stockholm, Maine.