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

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

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

Gladys Frokjer update
The funeral service for Gladys Frokjer has been changed to 3:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake on April 14. A full obituary will appear in an upcoming edition.

Gladys Opal Frokjer
Gladys Opal Frokjer, 96, of Osceola Christian Community Center passed away on Feb. 11 at the Osceola Christian Community Center. A Memorial Service will be held on April 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake. Gladys's family will greet visitors at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. Gladys will be laid to rest at the Sand Lake Cemetery. A full obituary will be in a future edition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Norman A. Syrjala
Norman A. Syrjala of Cushing, Wis. passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Frederic Nursing and Rehab. There will be a visitation at Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, Wis. on June 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., followed by a gathering at the Cushing Community Center, 2510 - 241st Street, Cushing, Wis., 54006.
Shirley McClain Duffert 
Shirley McClain Duffert, 89, of St. Croix Falls and formerly of the Balsam Lake area, died on April 9 at the Christian Community Home in Hudson, Wis., after a short and dignified fight with leukemia. Shirley was born in Chicago, Ill. to Charles and Helga McClain on July 28, 1928. She graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in St. Paul, Minn., in 1946 and went on to earn a BA and MA in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota. She enjoyed a successful career in several Fortune 500 companies as well as at the Medical School of the University of Minnesota. She was an avid reader and wordsmith. She loved the English language almost as much as she loved the Word of God. She had a sparkling wit and was able to hold her own in successful conversation on most any subject with any person at any time. Shirley loved to travel and visited many of the States during her lifetime as well as making several trips to the British Isles. She loved baseball in general and the Minnesota Twins in particular. Shirley leaves to celebrate her memory: son, Charles M. (Kathleen) Duffert, Wausau, Wis.; grandchildren: Erin (Richard) Desvousges, Lauren (Ryan) Krebsbach and McClain (Kate) Duffert, great grandchildren: Shirley Jean, Richard Joseph and Brynn Felice Desvousges, Charlotte Mystery and Harrison Adventure Krebsbach and Aberdeen Ryland McClain Duffert, niece, Elizabeth (Dennis) McClain Roberts and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Helga McClain, husband, Jerome Duffert, brother, Charles McClain and sister-in-law, Raenell McClain. The funeral service for Shirley were held at the East Balsam Baptist Church on April 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Shirley was laid to rest at the Balsam Lake Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers will be Richard Desvousges, Ryan Krebsbach, McClain Duffert, Dennis Roberts, Aaron Roberts and Steve Volgren. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Phyllis Jane (Olson) Hoverman
Phyllis Jane (Olson) Hoverman, age 81, of Osceola, Wis., passed away peacefully on April 10, at the Christian Community Home in Osceola. Phyllis was born Jan. 21, 1937, to Gordon and Isabel (Hazel) Olson in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Shortly after graduating from St. Croix Falls High School in 1955, Phyllis married Duane Hoverman. They purchased a home on the St. Croix River north of Osceola where they raised four children and lived together for more than 60 years. Along with being a wife and mother, Phyllis served her local community in roles including dressmaker, personal banker, and director of a Polk County Elderly Nutrition Program meal site. One of Phyllis’ loves was traveling with members of her family. She visited Israel, several countries in Europe, and the Caribbean. She and Duane made many memories traveling the U.S. by motor home during their retirement. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Alta, and brother, Carlos. She is survived by her husband; their four children, Cynthia Rodenwald of St. Cloud, Minn., Randy Hoverman of Osceola, Tom Hoverman of Minneapolis, Minn., and Wendy Gelle of Byron, Minn.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and a host of friends. Phyllis was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., April 21 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis., with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Condolences may be expressed online at

David Allen Osborne 
David Allen Osborne, age 65, of Balsam Lake, Wis., died on April 13 at Willow Ridge Healthcare in Amery, Wis. David was born the son of Frank and Doris (Thompson) Osborne on Jan. 10, 1953 in New Richmond, Wis. He attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from New Richmond High School with the class of 1972. In his teens, he was a Golden Gloves Boxer. David worked at F & A Dairy in Dresser, Wis., Brantjen and Kluge in St. Croix Falls, Wis., Xccent in Osceola, Wis., and Bishop Fixture and Millwork in Balsam Lake, Wis. He retired in 2015. David enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing trips to Canada and Alaska, and spending time visiting with family and friends. He was an honest, hardworking man. He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Osborne; brothers, Francis, Michael, and James; sister, Dianne Fletch; brother-in-law, John Klescewski; granddaughter, Hailey Rose Nordahl; and grandson, Hogan Ray Enriquez. David is survived by his daughters, Tammy Osborne and April (Leonel) Enriquez; grandchildren, Marcus Nordahl, Breanna Hanvelt, Nixon Osborne, Isaiah Osborne, Olivia Enriquez, Rico Enriquez; mother, Doris Osborne; siblings, Mary (Gary) Johnson, Ron (Janet) Osborne, Karen Klescewski, Marlene (Douglas) Schmidt, Noreen (David) Briese, Beverly (Bernie) Kloskowski, Sherry (Bill) Mercer; sister-in-law, Joette Osborne; brother-in-law, Bill Fletch; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A Funeral Service was held on April 16, at 11:00 a.m. at Cornerstone Assembly of God 1350 Heritage Drive New Richmond, Wis. Visitation was held on April 15, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel 112 W 3rd Street New Richmond, Wis., and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. to11:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Erin Prairie, Wis. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

James Arnold Olson w/picture
James Arnold Olson, age 74, of Osceola, Wis., passed away peacefully on April 15, at home surrounded by his family. James was preceded in death by parents, Arnold and Evelyn (Route) Olson. He is survived by his wife, Marlene Olson of Osceola, Wis.; two step-children, Heather Belisle of St. Croix Falls, Wis. and Kyle (Trisha) Belisle of River Falls, Wis.; five granddaughters, Cassie (Travis) Meyer, Kim (Alex) Miller, Jaelyn (Trent) Barkla-Dockendorf, Katee Belisle, and Tori Belisle; three great-grandchildren, Harrison, Madilyn, and Carter; sister, Diane (Jon) Swanson Marshfield, Wis.; niece, Holly Swanson, and nephew, Chris (Jackie) Swanson. Jim was born in Amery, Wis., on Nov. 20, 1943, and graduated from Amery High School in 1961. He served his country in Germany from May of 1961 and was honorably discharged from the Army in May of 1964. On Dec. 23, 1989, he married the love of his life, Marlene Sorum. They built a home together in the country outside of Osceola that they shared for 29 years making so many wonderful memories to cherish for always. 
Jim worked as a mason from 1966 until 1999, when he was injured and forced to retire in 2001. Jim loved to fish and hunt. His fishing took him as far as Costa Rica which was one of his most memorable fishing trips. Every year, once winter set in he also loved to go ice fishing as much as possible. His other passion was his gardens. Not only were they a thing of beauty but also many meals were served fresh from the garden to friends and family. He was so proud of the fruits of his labor. Jim was also very proud of his granddaughters and loved watching them all grow into the beautiful young women they've become today. Most recently he had the pleasure of visits from his great grandchildren. As he watched them play he would smile and be in awe of them. He would say to Marlene, "They are so smart!" Jim will be missed dearly by so many. Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., April 20, at West Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osceola, followed by military honors. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Grandstrand Funeral Home of Osceola is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at

Bruce G. Biedler w/picture
Bruce G. Biedler, 75, of Balsam Lake, Wis., and formerly of St. Paul, Minn., passed away on April 16 at his home in Balsam Lake with his loving family at his side. Bruce was born on Aug. 10, 1942 in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Eileen (Vail) and Melvin Biedler. As a young man Bruce served his country in the United States Army from Feb. 28, 1962 – Feb. 18, 1965. After his honorable discharge he remained in the Army Reserve until February of 1968. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He will be dearly missed. Bruce leaves to celebrate his memory: his wife, Virginia, Balsam Lake, Wis.; children: Denise (Brian) VanVleet, Centuria, Wis.; Roy (Tricia) Biedler, Crystal, Minn., and Robin Gail "Little Lelani" Biedler, Hawaii, grandchildren: Dakota Frohn, Centuria, Sierra and Kylie VanVleet, Centuria, Reese, Landry and Hattie Biedler, Crystal, Minn., brother, Douglas Biedler, Wash., and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Biedler and his mother, Eileen Krueger.
The funeral service for Bruce will held on April 20 at 10:00 a.m. at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria. Visitation will be held at the funeral home beginning at 9:00 a.m. Bruce will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis following the funeral service with full military honors on April 23 at 1:00 p.m. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Terry Lee Overturf
June 7, 1954 - March 29, 2018. Terry Lee Overturf was born on June 7, 1954 in Gary, Ind. to Cullen and Dorothy (Treece) Overturf. He attended school in Hobart, Ind., in the graduating class of 1973. On April 5, 2007, he married Cindy (Nissen) Anderson. Terry worked for 30 years at Bethlehem Steel in Burns Harbor, Ind. After he met Cindy he moved to St. Croix Falls, Wis. He then worked 10 years driving the U.S. mail. Terry loved fishing, hunting, singing Southern gospel music, and Hobart Brickies football. 
Terry was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jack and Tim Overturf. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Anderson; daughter Tanja Overturf; sons, Trent (Heather) Overturf and Trevor (Taryn) Overturf; stepchildren, Randy (Marilyn) Anderson, Greg (Jessica) Anderson, and Tracy (David) Dougherty; grandchildren, Makenzie and Michael; siblings, Sandra (Rick) Harvey, and Frank (Micki) Overturf; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A celebration of Terry's life will be held on April 8, 2018 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the VFW in Hobart, Ind. 

Mary B. Chapin
Mary B. Chapin, age 71, of St. Croix Falls passed away on March 27 at. St Croix Regional Medical Center. Mary was born June 27, 1946 in Beloit, Wisconsin to Peter and Adeline (Battees) Miller. As a child, she moved to the Eureka area and was raised in the care of Harry and Reba Owen. Mary graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1964. On July 11, 1972 she married Jim Chapin and together they raised two daughters, Jenny and Jodi. Mary loved to travel with her husband Jim. Her favorite trip was their cruise to Alaska. When she wasn’t traveling, she loved to read, bake, listen to music, and have fun with her grandkids. She enjoyed volunteering with the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 143 of which she was a life member. Mary also looked forward to her monthly lunch date with her high school friends. Mary is survived by her husband Jim, daughters Jenny (Kenny)Culver, Jodi (David) Christensen, stepdaughter Julie (Troy) Scott, grandchildren Sydney, Kelsey, Joe, Brooke, and Nicole, Siblings Marjorie Broker, Bernard Miller, Peter (Toni) Miller, and Joe Anderson. Foster siblings Vivian (Jim) Palecek, Nancy Owen, Jack (Linda) Owen, Jane Rose, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, foster parents; first husband Richard Owen, siblings George Miller, Mike Anderson and Virginia Richardson. The Chapin Family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center who took such wonderful Care of Mary in her final days. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., April 21, at the St. Croix Falls Methodist Church with a visitation one hour prior to the service and a Celebration of Life will be held at the American Legion in St. Croix Falls immediately following the church service. A private family interment will be held at a later date in the Pleasant Hill cemetery. 

Barbara H. Olsen
Barbara H. Olsen, 92, of Frederic and formerly of Balsam Lake, passed away on March 30 in the early hours at the Frederic Care and Rehab Nursing Home. Barbara Gardner was born on Dec. 5, 1925 in Rockford, Ill. the daughter of Harvey and Anna (Wells) Gardner. Barbara leaves to celebrate her memory: her daughter, Sherry DeLozier, Balsam Lake, Wis.; grandchildren: Kevin (Jennifer) DeLozier, Frederic, Wis.; Kim (David) Peterson, Centuria, Wis.; Robbie Helsing, Minneapolis, Minn.; great grandchildren: Tyler Peterson, Kyle Peterson and Ceira DeLozier, half siblings: Gloria Dowell, Karen Phelan, Cheryl Jasik and Richard "Dick" Gardner and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Anna Gardner, son, James Robert Helsing, husbands, Robert H. Helsing and Raymond Olsen. Graveside services will be held at the Radisson Cemetery in Radisson, Wisconsin in the spring. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements. 

Gladys Opal Frokjer
Gladys Opal Frokjer, 96, passed away peacefully on Feb. 11. Gladys was born March 15, 1921, in Dresser, Wis., to Valborg E. (Hanson) and Henning T. Lindahl. She was born and grew up on the family's dairy farm, of which she told and wrote of her many cherished memories. She was confirmed at Sand Lake and was also a long time member of Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake Wis. After graduating from St. Croix High School in 1938, she went on to Polk County Normal and received her teaching certificate. Her love of education did not end there and in 1959 she obtained her B.S. degree, while still teaching. Through her career, Gladys touched many lives in countless ways and made lifelong friends, whether they were teachers or students. On June 5, 1943 she married the love of her life, Howard Frokjer and settled on their first farm in Dresser, Wis., in which she hung the "red gingham curtains" she always had envisioned. Some years later, they sold the farm and purchased the Ace Gas Station at Centuria, Wis., and also built a Tastee-Freeze Drive In. They purchased a lake home on Balsam Lake, Wis., in 1956, where many happy years were spent. It was with the abundance of maple trees and good friends; they started their Kemah Park maple syrup endeavor. In 1974, Gladys retired early from teaching to care for her aging mother until her death, then pursued her other interests. After they moved from the lake to a nearby farm, her love of decorating and antiques again flourished. In 1986, they sold the remainder of the farm to the Five Flags Golf Course and they moved to Texas in 1989. Their time in Texas was again filled with new friends and activities. In 1999, they returned to Luck, Wis., to make their home there. Sadly, in 2001, Howard passed away and Gladys went on to live her life to the fullest, although alone. She returned to the Balsam Lake area and spent time decorating her new home and became a member the "PoCo Penners". She wrote many endearing stories of growing up, family, and adventures. She again moved back to St. Croix Falls in 2008 and became part of the "Pine Court" gang. Weekly coffee parties and great conversations were an enjoyed activity. She was always thrilled to make new friends while keeping her shopping trips and lunches with her closest friends and nieces. In 2011, she was overwhelmed by the love she was shown at her 90th birthday party and couldn't believe it again in 2016 at the age of 95, that so many family, friends and former students came together just for her. She became a resident at Royal Oaks in Osceola, where she was met with open arms into a new family. There she met old friends and again made new friends, including Kayla, who formed a special bond with Gladys and along with all of the staff kept a watchful eye over her. Macular degeneration was slowing robbing her of eyesight, her ability to drive and her voracious love of reading and crossword puzzles. With a suggestion to the Lion's Club from a dear neighbor, Gladys received her own magnifying reader, which allowed her to read again. In 2017, she became a resident of Christian Community Home in Osceola. She again endeared herself to all the staff and residents, who fondly called her "Gladdy". Gladys was the oldest of four siblings whom all preceded her in death, her sister, Doris Klein, and brothers, Gordon, Donald and Gerald (who died at birth) Lindahl. Gladys was an amazing, intelligent, loving woman who will be remembered for her kindness, devotion to family and friends, independence, friendship, patience, sense of humor, quick wit and perfect manners. She will be sadly and forever missed by her nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews, which include the Kleins, the Lindahls, the Frokjers and the Rogers families. A Memorial Service will be held on April 14 at 3:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake. Gladys' family will greet visitors from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please join the family for a meal and fellowship in the church fellowship hall following the service. Gladys will be laid to rest at the Bethesda Church Cemetery in Sand Lake. Honorary Pallbearers will be Richard Klein, Jim Klein, Tom Klein, Jeff Warner, Brian Lindahl and Terry Lindahl. Please no flowers but consider a donation in Gladys' name to the Inter Faith Counsel of Balsam Lake or the Lions Eye Club. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

LaVerne John Johnson
LaVerne John Johnson, 86, of Cushing passed away on March 13, 2018 at Good Samaritan's Nursing Home in St. Croix Falls. LaVerne was born on Sept. 7, 1931 in Grantsburg, Wis. to Eli and Edna (Nelson) Johnson. He grew up in rural Sterling Township working on his parents' farm and also farms of other local neighbors. LaVerne served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War period and was stationed in Japan. He worked at Swift and Company in the Twin Cities and finished his work career retiring from the Ford Plant in St. Paul, Minn. He enjoyed cars both old and new and older tractors and had a great deal of knowledge about them. He also enjoyed hunting, family events, tractor pulls, car races and car shows. You could ask him just about any question regarding older cars and he would know the answer. Being a veteran LaVerne was also a member of the American Legion from Grantsburg, Wis., Post 185. LaVerne was a very friendly person and always took the time to talk to friends and relatives. He was always willing to help friends and family when asked and many times offered help before being asked. Preceding LaVerne in death were his parents Eli and Edna Johnson, brother, LeRoy, brother Robert, and sister Donna Martini.
LaVerne is survived by his son Allen (Theresa), stepson Scott DeRocker, daughters Julie, Donna, Susan and grandchildren, brother Dale (Sharon), brother Daniel (Cindy) and sister Nora (Doug) Wood and many nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. LaVerne was raised in a Christian home attending church at a young age and memorized scripture, which stayed with him throughout his life. As his health failed LaVerne expressed to family members his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior and his desire to go to his heavenly home. Funeral services were held at Trade River Evangelical Free Church in Grantsburg, Wis., on Saturday, March 17, at 11:00 a.m. He was laid to rest at the Trade River Cemetery following the service with Military Honors rendered by the Grantsburg American Legion Post 185. Pallbearers were Zach Wood, Chris Wood, Doug Johnson, Scott DeRocker, Jonathon DeRocker and Joel DeRocker. Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Roger S. Sapp 
Roger S. Sapp, 88, of Milltown passed away on March 16 at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, Wis. Roger was born on Jan. 9, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio the son of Franz and Anna Sapp. As a young man Roger began his Military career in the Ohio State Militia and then later served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 23 years attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. During that time Roger earned a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University and a Masters Degree in Business from Xavier University. After graduating Roger assisted in the groundbreaking computer age while working for several companies as an Electrical Engineer. Some of the companies Roger worked for are Lockheed – on the Jet Star Project, Fairchild Semiconductors, Control Data, and Pioneer Magnetics. After retiring from his electrical engineering career, Roger was a beloved bus driver for Blake School. He always shared his passion of electrical engineering with anyone he met including children, grandchildren, and anyone who appeared to show the slightest interest! J Roger was passionate and vocal about his relationship with Jesus Christ. His faith was the foundation of his life. He was a 32 year resident of Milltown, Wis., where he resided with his wife of 41 years, Diane. During their time there, Roger and Diane provided sanctuary for many injured, orphaned, and unwanted domestic and wild animals. Roger was a very mischievous soul and always found humor in side-stepping the rules. Roger leaves to celebrate his memory: his wife, Diane Sapp, Milltown, Wis.; children: Stephen Sapp, Marblehead, Ohio; Thomas (Mary) Sapp, Apple Valley, Minn.; Margaret Sapp, Minneapolis, Minn.; Michael (Gretchen) Sapp, Bloomington, Minn. and Barb (Kory) Arens, Dubai, U.A.E., many grandchildren and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Franz and Anna and his sister, Alice May Smith. Memorial services was held at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria, on March 21, officiated by Pastor Angie Kutney of Milltown Lutheran. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ray Dumire
Ray Dumire, age 93, of St. Croix Falls and formerly of Balsam Lake, passed away Feb. 23 at Good Samaritan Society in St. Croix Falls. Ray was born in Taylors Falls, Minn., on June 15, 1924, the son of William and Ruth (Hosier) Dumire. The family lived in Lykens, Wis. They moved to Waterloo, Iowa later in 1924. His parents, with other family members, went to the State of Washington in a model T Ford in 1926. They returned to Iowa in 1927. Ray attended the Elk Run elementary school, walking 1 ½ miles each way until the 7th th grade when bus service was furnished. In 1936 the family settled in Balsam Lake. Ray spent many summers with his Uncle Gordon and family in South Dakota. At age 18 he went to California to work in the Kaiser Shipyards. He entered the United States Army on July 30, 1943 and began basic training at Camp Roberts, Calif. He left the states in March 1944 bound for the South Pacific. He fought in New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, the Fiji Islands, Bougainville and the Philippine Islands. He was wounded on Feb. 23, 1945 on Sumar Island in the Philippines. He was returned to the states to hospitals in Van Nuys, Calif. and Walla Walla, Wash. He was honorably discharged in September, 1945. On Dec. 14, 1948, he was united in marriage to Charlotte Berg. They lived in South Dakota for two years, returning to Balsam Lake in 1951 where he began employment at the Polk County Highway Department and remained there until 1986, when he retired. Ray was a volunteer fireman for many years. He was a Cub Scout leader, Boy Scout leader, taught gun and snowmobile safety, was commander of the VFW Post, Union Treasurer, longtime American Legion member and active church member. His favorite pastime was fishing, especially with his children and grandchildren. Ray leaves to celebrate his memory: children, John, Jeanie, Jody, grandchildren, Jason, Jessica, Justin, Cassie, Amanda, Kristina, great grandchildren, Paige, Liam, Johnny, Sylas, Anson, Camryn, Jolene and Jared. He is preceded in death by his parents, infant brother and his wife Charlotte. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., March 2 at Bone Lake Lutheran Church with Pastor Ann Fenlason officiating. Visitation will be held March 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria and again one hour prior to the service at church on Friday. Ray will be laid to rest along with his wife at Balsam Lake Cemetery.
The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

Anita L. (Zacharias) Youngren
Anita L. (Zacharias) Youngren peacefully joined her Lord and Savior in heaven on Feb. 11 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls. Anita was born in Mecan, Wis., on Aug. 26, 1932 to parents, Edwin and Dora (Hoffman) Zacharias. The family moved to St. Croix County, Wis. in 1941 and settled in Erin Township. She was confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Richmond and graduated from New Richmond High School in 1950. She married Byron Youngren in 1952 at The Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. Anita loved her flower and vegetable gardens, canning fruits and vegetables, making her “homemade” greeting cards and recognizing family member’s birthdays and anniversaries. She truly loved time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and her Lord Jesus. Anita is survived by her daughters, Donna (Duane) Johnson of Dresser, Barbara (Craig) Zimpel of Woodbury, Minn., and Dorothy Sveback of Centuria; her eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren; and one brother, Herbert Zacharias of New Richmond. She is preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Dora, brothers, Norman and Arnold and her grandson, Gregory Roy Johnson. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, rural Dresser. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church on Feb. 23. Family interment will take place at a later date in Deer Park Cemetery in Deer Park. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at

Michael Anthony “Mike” Murphy
Michael Anthony “Mike” Murphy, fondly known as “Murph”, age 74, passed away at his home in Siren, Wis. with family by his side on Feb. 15. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan. 13, 1944, the son of Sylvester and Mabel (Fridley) Murphy. Mike was a 1962 graduate of Luck High School. He went on to attend the Minnesota School of Business, and earned his two-year teaching certificate, before graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Physical Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. In 1967, he began his career in Siren, Wis., teaching Junior High Mathematics. Mike married Barbara Mitchell on June 1, 1968 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Frederic, Wis. Their marriage was blessed with three children. Mike was a caring husband, father and grandfather. He was a teacher, mentor, coach and friend. He was dedicated to his students and instrumental in starting the Applied Mathematics Program, Track and Field Team, and Hockey Program. Stemming from his younger years of playing basketball and fast pitch softball, Mike was passionate about sports and enjoyed being a coach. He organized softball tournaments, as well as free throw and math contests to keep students and community motivated. Mike was named Coach of the year and Volunteer of the year for the State of Wisconsin - as well as Citizen of the year in 2013 for Siren, Wis. He was Track Coach of the year and his name was added to the Siren School wall of fame. He was a devoted member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church and of the Knights of Columbus. Mike will be remembered for his wonderful smile that inspired so many. Mike “Murph” leaves to celebrate his memory, his loving wife, Barbara Murphy, Siren, Wis.; children, Tim (Therese) Murphy, Joliet, Ill., and Lynn Murphy, Siren, Wis.; grandchildren, Izaiah Murphy and Kanya Ann Marie Dwire; sister, Pat Sandgren, Chaska, Minn.; brother-in-law, Jim (Mary) Mitchell, Amery, Wis.; nephews, Ryan, Cory, and Dominick Sandgren, and Paul Mitchell. Mike was preceded in death by his son, Michael Murphy Jr. “Tony”; parents, Sylvester and Mabel Murphy; and parents-in-law, David and Eleanor Mitchell. A Memorial Visitation honoring the life of Mike Murphy will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Siren High School on Feb. 25. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. (visitation 10:00-11:00 a.m.) at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Frederic, Wis. on Feb. 26, with a luncheon to follow at Tesora in Siren. Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren. Online condolences may be expressed at

Ellen Cordula (Werner) Dillon
Ellen Cordula (Werner) Dillon, 54, of Roseville, Minn., and formerly St. Croix Falls, Wis., passed away on the morning of Feb. 16, after a relentless struggle with a second bout of cancer. She was receiving intensive care at Regions Hospital in St. Paul Minn., when her body took just about all that it could and left her with no choice but to take her final rest, with her daughters right by her side. Ellen was born in Erlangen, Germany to the parents Otto Deiß and Bridgitte Werner, and was the oldest of seven siblings. Ellen left Germany in the early 1980’s to relocate to America, eventually settling in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and our hearts. She is survived by her daughter Lilly; her daughter Emily and Emily’s daughter Anna; her son Norman and his fiancé Sarah and their children – Dominic, Silas, and Sophie; her son Dan and his wife Amber; and her fiancé William.
Ellen spent her life raising her children with the utmost compassion, teaching them to live life with an accepting outlook and to strive for kindness when at all possible. She dedicated her career to helping others, beginning at Good Samaritan Society of St. Croix Valley and continuing on for over 20 years at St. Croix Regional Medical Center in the kitchen department until her death, devoted to serving those in need. Our Ellen made her mark on hundreds of hearts and souls, and will forever be remembered for the Angel on Earth that she so consistently resembled. She is an irreplaceable loss, who we will mourn greatly, for a long time to come. We thank all that have been supportive through this trying time, from the bottom of our hearts. There will be a memorial service at 4:30 p.m. on March 3, at North Valley Lutheran Church with visitation one hour prior. The church is located at 1988 220th Ave., Centuria, Wis. Family and friends are asked to wear bright colors to the service rather than black – as Ellen would like that. 
 “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Mother Teresa

David Leroy Linder
David Leroy Linder, age 86, of Centuria passed away Feb. 11 at Amery Memory Care. He was born the oldest of 12 children to David and Hulda (Dodd) Linder on Feb. 14, 1931 in Grantsburg, Wis. David attended school in Grantsburg and at an early age went to work on the family farm. On Oct. 13, 1951, he married Barbara Gibson, shortly after he went to serve his country in the Korean War as a U.S. Marine. Following the military, he attended school to become an Auto Body Mechanic and worked in that field for approximately 20 years. He also farmed his own property and worked at the Flea Market in St. Croix Falls for over 20 years. He was known as an outdoorsman and loved gardening, fly fishing and collecting tractors. He is survived by his children, Daniel Linder, Kathy (Gus) Hochstetler, Jacqueline Otto, Timothy (Edna) Linder, and Jeffrey (Shirley) Linder; 20 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; special friend, Phyllis Linnell; siblings, Ronald Linder, Roger (Karen) Linder, Carole Shern, Raymond (Caroline) Linder, Dennis (Mary) Linder, Doug (Sue) Linder, Judi (Bill) Edmonson, and Bryan (Joanell) Chinander. David was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara; siblings, Jerry and Michael; sister-in-law, Joanne; and brother-in-law, Ray. A private graveside service with military honors will be held on Feb. 16 at 12:00 p.m. at West Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Feb. 16, at Servant Hall by West Immanuel Lutheran Church followed by a light meal and visitation continuing until 3:00 p.m. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Dennis Earl Walton
Dennis Earl Walton, 70, of Centuria passed away on Jan. 19, at the V.A. Health Care Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Dennis was born on Oct. 21, 1947 in St. Paul, Minn. the son of Warren and Marie (Weiss) Walton. He graduated from Johnson High School in South St. Paul, Minn. Dennis served his country in the United States Marines from 1966- 1969 and served in Vietnam from August 1968 – March 1969. After being honorably discharged from the Marines he worked as a Master Auto Mechanic for most of his working career. He also served as a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Maplewood, Minn. and as a part-time Deputy Sheriff in Polk County, Wis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, his horse "Spirit" and most affectionately his grandchildren. Dennis leaves to celebrate his memory: his wife, Kathy Walton, Centuria, Wis.; children: Paul (Nicole) Wyganowski, Princeton, Minn.; Derrick (Joanne) Walton, Midland, N.C.; Douglas (Lisa) Walton, Yuma, Ariz.; Dennette (Brad) Stellrecht, Chetek, Wis.; Diana (Todd) Steever, Cape Coral, Fla., Amy (Mark) Hoffman, Centuria and Janice Williamson (Scott Schmid) Centuria, 27 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, siblings, Roberta Bertrand, George (Lorie) Walton, Jerry (Sue) Walton and Marie (Jim) Bertrand, many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Marie Walton, brother, Richard Walton and sisters, Veronica Hart and Nancy Weeks. Dennis' family will greet visitors at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria on Jan. 25 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dennis will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in May. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Sandra May Katz 
Sandra was born May 28, 1937 in St. Croix Falls to Leo and Leona Katz. She passed away peacefully at age 80 at her home in Roseville on Jan. 18. Sandra lived her childhood and young adult life in St. Croix Falls, and graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1955. She was a good student and a very good musician. Sandra studied piano from the age of 10 through her school years. By high school, she was playing advanced classical music with ease. One of her favorite pieces to play was La mer by Claude Debussy. After graduation Sandra worked for 10 years as a telephone operator in St. Croix Falls. When she had saved up enough money, she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and received a four-year degree in three years. After graduation, Sandra worked at 3M as a production control analyst for 25 years until her retirement in 2001. Sandra’s main interests in life were horses and cats. She owned a horse starting in high school and belonged to the Dalles Saddle Club for many years. She enjoyed Saddle Club meetings and trail riding immensely. In high school she “adopted” a cat and later owned cats for most of her adult years. She was a devoted mother to her cats, whom she considered to be family. Sandra also loved to ski in her younger years. The Skyline Ski Area (the forerunner to Trollhaugen) was just up the hill from her home in St. Croix Falls, so Sandra skied often and well. During her years working at 3M she lived in Hudson, Wis. and then Maplewood, Minn. She enjoyed visiting her nieces and nephews and her extended family over the years, traveled, and loved to read. Sandra’s mother Leona and father Leo Katz preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister Karen McCarville and brother-in-law James of Lindstrom Minn., their children, Kevin (Gina) McCarville, Michelle McCarville, Erin (Nathaniel Damron), Shannon McCarville, and Meghan (Manuel Mendoza), and her four grandnephews – Dylan, William, Alexander, and Henry. She is also survived by cousins on both sides of her family. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment was at St. Croix Cemetery in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at

Kelly Elizabeth Kiska 
Kelly Elizabeth Kiska, age 51, of St. Croix Falls, passed away Jan. 21, at her home in St. Croix Falls. Kelly was born April 26, 1966 to Andrew and Marilyn (Hanson) Kiska in St. Croix Falls, Wis. She was baptized at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, Wis. and later confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Kelly attended the Polk County Special Ed School. Upon graduation she went to work at Endeavors (formerly Polk County Adult Development Center). She worked there until her health declined a couple of years ago. Kelly enjoyed family camping trips, Disney World and riding snowmobile and motorcycle with her dad. She traveled to Hawaii, Florida, Branson and California through Camp Friendship Tours. Kelly also took part in the Special Olympics as a bowler. In 2000 she left her family home to live at a group home, Rosewood, in Clear Lake, Wis. When it closed 11 years later, she moved to Angels in Waiting, an adult family home in Milltown, Wis. Kelly is preceded in death by her grandparents, Earl and Evelyn Hanson and Andrew and Mildred Kiska; aunts, Janice Johnson and Diane Hanson and uncle, Ron Chinander. Kelly is survived by her parents, Andy and Marilyn Kiska; sisters, Julie Fehlen and Jenae (Todd) Nagel; niece, Phylicia (Alain) Petit; nephews, Andrew Fehlen, Sam Nagel and Gabe Nagel; godparents; uncle, Brian (Judy) Hanson; aunt Katherine Chinander; several cousins and her second family at Angels in Waiting, Cindy, Karena, Angie, Marnie and Erin. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Feb. 3 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls, Wis., a visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at a later date in the Cushing Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at 

Victoria L. Nelson
Victoria L. Nelson, 67, of Eureka Township, Polk County, Wis. and formerly of Almelund, Minn., passed away at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Victoria was born on July 25, 1950 in Stillwater, Minn. to Vernon and Lois (Janilla) Dahl. Vicky had been sick with several problems, virtually for years. She is finally free from all the pain and suffering she has endured. Vicky was well known as a true friend to all of nature's animals. Victoria leaves to celebrate her memory: her husband, Bruce Nelson, Centuria, children: Jamie (Melanie) Beckman, Eagan, Minn.; Rochelle (Jesse) Beckman, Webster, Wis., Richard (Shelagh) Beckman, Eagan, Minn. and Bert (Teya) Nelson, North Branch, Minn., grandchildren: Ian, Taylor, Marissa, Arianne, Brohdee, Abigail, Lyla and Reed, her sister, Nancy (John) Rowland and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Lois and a brother in infancy. A Celebration of Life for Victoria will be held on Jan. 27 at 11:00 a.m. at North Valley Lutheran Church, 1988 220th Avenue/County Hwy G, Centuria, Wis. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Maggie Isaacson will officiate the service. Please join the family for lunch in fellowship following the service in the church basement. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Bette Lea Cross
Bette Lea Cross, age 65, of St. Croix Falls, passed away Jan. 9 at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Bette was born Aug. 24, 1952 in Osceola, Wis. to Leonard and Olga (Olson) Kulzer. She attended school in Osceola, Wis. Bette married Leonard Cross on July 29, 1978 at Fristad church in Centuria, Wis. Bette enjoyed playing solitaire and spending time with her family. Bette is survived by her husband, Leonard; children Jason (Jana) Meyer, Jeremy (Kelly) Cross, and Katerine Cross; grandchildren, Alex Clark, Samantha (Kenny) Beck, Kaylee (Devan) Summers, Jason II (Codi) Meyer, Kayla (Lance) Johnson, and Bailey Hansen; sisters, Judy (Gordy) Anderson, Kay Larson, Linda Kulzer and Lynn Kulzer; brothers, Burt (Sherry) Kulzer and Arnie (Connie) Kulzer and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Bette is preceded in death by her mother Olga; daughter, Missy Koppendrayer; brother, Jerry Kulzer and sister, Kathy Ajer. 

Judith Lynn (Goettsch) Doyle-Forster
Judith Lynn (Goettsch) Doyle-Forster, 79, beloved grandma and great grandma, mother, wife, traveler, and loving friend passed away peacefully at home with family, Dec. 3. Judy was born Jan. 11, 1938 in Elberon, Iowa, daughter of Harold and Genevieve Goettsch. In 1956, Judy married Sumner Middleton in Park Forest, Ill. Together they had two children Michael and Robin Lynn. In 1973 Judith met Robert Doyle. Married in 1974 in Las Vegas, Nev., they began a life filled with love, traveling, and real estate adventures from Boulder, Henderson and Las Vegas, Nev. to their Mexico vacation home. In 1991 Bob lost his battle with cancer and passed away. Blessed to have found love once more, Judy met Anthony “Tony” Forster. Together they shared in many of the same life adventures as well as adding new ones to the stories to tell. On Feb. 12, 1999 they married in Reno, Nev. Traveling to the Hunting Lodge in Wisconsin, or the Tee Pee in Ely, Nev., the Las Vegas townhouse, their grand home in Laredo, Mexico or that time in Africa hunting; it was a life of excitement and adventure. Meeting many new friends, reconnecting with dear friends, adding to the Family tree of his and hers...the amazing family reunions just kept growing with love. Wherever the travels, Judy always made time for family and friends. With a heart filled for love, she would give every bit of herself to those near and dear. Judy “Gma” is survived by Grandchildren; Michael “Mickey” Auborn; William “Billy” Auborn; Matthew “Matt” Gregson; Katylynn Gregson, two great grandchildren; Ireland and Summer Auborn. Plus the many loving, dear friends and their families. She is preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Robin, her son Michael; her husband Bob; her late husband, Tony. A celebration of life will be held Jan. 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Superstition Cremation and Funeral located at 398 E Old West Highway, Apache Junction, Ariz. The family welcomes those whose life was blessed by Judy to join in the celebration to share memories and moments of joy. A Lay to Rest cremation placement will be held in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 26, 2018 at Davis Memorial Park. A Celebration of Life and Memorial will take place in early summer 2018 in Minnesota. The family wishes to thank and share the kindness, compassion, devotion, care, and support given to Judy and family from Hospice of the East Valley. We are very blessed to have your professional assistance during this difficult time. Dr. Allen, Nurse Colleen, Alma, Jessica, Nurse Pat, Chancellor Tom, and so many more. 

Leslie "Les" A. Palank
Leslie “Les” A. Palank age 65, of Chisago City, Minn., passed away suddenly at his home on Dec. 30. Les was born in St. Croix Falls, on Dec. 15, 1952 to Edward J. and Valeta I. (nee Vaerst) Palank. He graduated from Chisago Lakes High School in Lindstrom, Minn. in 1971. After high school Les attended two years of mechanical drafting school in Minneapolis. Leslie’s draft number for the Vietnam War was three although having been called “Slinky” in school, he was rejected from the draft since he was under the minimum weight requirements. Les went on to work for 29 years as a custom welder for Production Aids in Wyoming, Minn. As a teenager, Leslie was great having around since he stood near 6’ 5” tall – he could reach the best apples and pears from our trees. He enjoyed spending time up at The Shack in the north woods, kayaking on the St. Croix River and canoeing the BWCA. Les also traveled with his mother Valeta on a major trip through Canada by train to the Churchill area on the Hudson Bay and they took a Tundra Buggy tour to see the polar bears in the wild. He also enjoyed horseback riding and took great pride with his 25 plus years as an active member of the Dalles Saddle Club helping whenever and wherever he could. He helped with all the electronic equipment for horse shows and other venues. He was also their safety representative. He was often seen around town with his Dalles Saddle Club jacket and hat. In the recent years Les worked as a handy man. He also did excavation and construction work. He did seasonal farming at a few farms in Chisago City. He also enjoyed snow plowing in the North Metro and lawn mowing in the local area. This past year Les became passionate about making video’s flying his drone. Les used his entrepreneurship to invent and construct a Corn Bin Corn Buster, this is being used in corn bins today. Les is survived by his two brothers, Darrell E. of Chisago City, Minn. and Douglas A. (Vicki) of Omaha, Neb.; niece, Jessica (Jon) Hendricks of Neb., nephew, Tim Palank of Del., niece, Charissa Palank of Okla. and nephew, Zachary Palank of Okla.
Les was preceded in death by his parents; two horses, Comanche and Gamyra (Myra), and his beloved Pomeranian mix “Shazbots”, and cat “Shadow.” Memorials preferred to the Dalles Saddle Club. A Celebration of Life will be held 4:00 p.m., Jan. 20, 2018 at Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom with visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. A private interment will take place at a later date. Condolences may be expressed online at

Robert Eugene Olson
Robert Eugene Olson, 80, passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2017, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. He was born Oct. 29, 1937 in Grand Forks, N.D. to Victoria and Enyard Olson. Robert attended school in Grand Forks, N.D. He enlisted in the Army National Guard and then he joined the Navy as a SeaBee. He made a successful career of welding and fabrication. He could repair anything you could put in front of him and then improve upon it’s design. He had a passion for airplanes, history, and any and all types of old radios. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his family and was sharing one of the many stories he loved to tell. He was preceded in death by his mother, Victoria Olson; Father, Enyard Olson; Mother-in-law, Gina Lewis; Father-inlaw, Chuck Lewis; and Son-in-law, Scott Marble. He is survived by his wife, Cathy Olson; his children, Jon Olson, Bill Olson, Kim(Olson)Schulte, Shannon(Olson), Gilbert (Don), Julie (Olson) Rogers, and Shaun Olson; Grandchildren; Great Grandchildren; three Brothers, Don, Rick, John and five Sisters, Judy, Nancy, Carrie, Becky, Sherry; Nieces and Nephews. In Lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to one of Bob’s favorite charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The ALS Association, or The American Lung Association. A celebration of life were held from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Jan. 2, 2018 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed on line at

Margaret Adeline Lowe 
Margaret Adeline Lowe, age 88, of St. Croix Falls, passed away Dec. 24, at the Golden Age Manor in Amery. Margaret was born on Nov. 30, 1929 to Walter and Anna (Waisonen) Fish in Cokato, Minn. She met and later married Robert Lowe on Sept. 22, 1948. This marriage was blessed with two children, Timothy and Conni. Margaret is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Dr. Timothy (Anke) Lowe and Conni Hollis; grandchildren, Felecia (Todd) Massey, Michael Lowe, Jennifer Lowe, and Teresa Larson; great-grandchildren, John Massey, Catherine Massey, Erek Nelson, Calvin Nelson, Nick Larson, Sydnie Baker and Cody Baker; great-great-grandchild, Sarah Anna Nelson and many other relatives. Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Anna Fish; and brother Walt (Marge) Fish. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Jan. 5, 2018 at the Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls, Wis. with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www. 

David Roy Edling 
David Roy Edling was born June 18, 1957 to Rayola and John Edling of St. Croix Falls. After many years of illness, David died Dec. 24 in Las Cruces, N.M. David graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1975. He attended U.W. Eau Claire and Rice Lake Technical College before entering the Milwaukee Area Technical College Mortuary Science Program. David became a licensed funeral director and mortician in Wis. and Minn. He worked one year in Wausau, Wis. then returned to St. Croix Falls to work with his father. David was the fourth generation to serve his community through Edling Funeral Home. When Edling Funeral Home expanded to serve both Grantsburg and St. Croix Falls area, David moved to Grantsburg, becoming an integral part of the community, serving with compassion, integrity and gentle care. He was a master storyteller and his family came before all else. David is survived by his mother, Rayola Edling; his children, Paul Edling, Andrea (Zach) Phillipps, Nicole (Shannon) Kingston-Kemp; sisters, Jude Edling and Barbara Edling; brother, Steven (Mary) Edling; four grand-daughters; three nephews and Kay Kingston. David is preceded in death by his father, John Edling and grandparents. Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m., Jan. 1, 2018 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser, Wis. A visitation was held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Dec. 31, 2017 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Interment was in the St. Croix Cemetery, St. Croix Falls, Wis. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed on line at 

Leo John Chartrand
Leo John Chartrand, age 95, of Centuria, passed away on Dec. 10, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Leo was born on July 8, 1922 in Mont Laurier, Quebec, Canada to Paul Emile Chartrand and Marie Laure (L'Allier) Chartrand. His family moved to the United States in 1925 settling on a farm in the Georgetown area east of Balsam Lake. He attended Blake School. After serviing the US Army he went to vocational school for carpentry under the GI Bill. On Aug. 31, 1946 he married Marian E. Swenson from Almelund, Minn. They raised two daughters, Shirley and Susan. He worked as a carpenter and in 1956 bought a farm near Centuria, where he built a new home for his family that he lived in until the time of his death. The summer before he died he was still mowing his yard. Leo was a member of the Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria, where he served on the Board of Trustees, participated in the Merry Mates couples group with his wife, Marian, and built the cross that hangs above the altar. He and his brother, Richard, worked together for many years in the home construction business. Leo enjoyed fishing (often in Canada), deer hunting, snowmobiling with the Centuria snowmobile club, cabin time with his family, playing cards and pool, motorcycling, traveling throughout the US, Canada and a trip to Europe and Mexico. He especially liked to be with family working on projects and tinkering in his shop. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marian of 52 years (died 1999), brothers: Oscar and Emil Chartrand, sisters: Lauraine Backes, Andree Backes, Rose Waterman and Marie Rose Chartrand. He is survived by his daughter, Shirley (Charles Stewart) Chartrand and Susan (James) Wonka, grandchildren: Terri (Troy) Schmit, Todd (Michaela Van Heel) Wonka, great grandchildren: Brennen Wonka, Eve Schmit and Kyle Schmit, dear friend Leota Schwanz, brothers, Richard (Sandi) Chartrand, Roger (Judy) Chartrand and sister, Jacqueline (Arnold) Stoeberl, many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

William Herbert Price
William Herbert Price, age 78, of Cameron, died Dec. 14, at Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire. He was born on Jan. 22, 1939 in Elkview, W.Va to Herbert and Virginia (Monk) Price. Bill graduated from Elkview High School and then entered the United States Air Force and served during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged and retired as a Technical Sergeant E6. He was married to Jarjorie Hendrickson on June 2, 1974 in Paxton, Ill. Bill worked for Luck Plumbing and Heating for many years. He loved to read, going fishing and spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends at the cabin. 
Bill Price is survived by his wife, Marjorie “Marge” Price of Cameron; three children, Missy Felonk (Matt Helland) of Cameron, Randy Boehme (Joy) of Princeton, Minn., and Austin Boehme of Atlanta, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Drew, Conner and Aurora Felonk, Spencer and Olivia Helland, Devin, Taryn and Braedin Boehme; three brothers, Bob Price (Janet), Bernie Price (Vivian) and Frank Price (Libby); a sister, Ginny Estep (Marvin); and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Virginia Price; and a niece, Sheila Nelson. Funeral Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Appleyard's Home for Funerals, 19 W. Messenger St., Rice Lake, Wis.

Vernon "Nii Gann Ji We" Lowe Sr. 
Vernon "Nii Gann Ji We" Lowe Sr. (Getaway), 69, of the Round Lake Community, Luck passed away on Dec. 15. Vernon was born on March 6, 1948 in Johnstown Township, Wisconsin the son of Charles J. and Susan (Wakemeup) Lowe. Vern and his wife Susie (Susan Caroline (Burke) Lowe) of 30 years together raised a beautiful family of four children, Missy, Katy, Robert and Vern Jr. Vern had many jobs throughout his lifetime but the one he enjoyed the most was working at the St. Croix Casino for 27 years as a shift manager where he got to meet and make a lot of friends. Vern's passion was his love for his family whether it be his children, grandchildren or extended family. He was always there for them. He loved going to the races and also watching Nascar racing where the #48 was his favorite. He loved to watch his grandkids play sports, he loved playing bingo, playing slot machines, and watching all-star wrestling. He loved to talk smack about football and giving his kids a hard time about their teams especially when his Kansas City Chiefs were winning. Vern and Susie were foster parents to many kids throughout the years. Vern spent the last 16 years with his partner Jo Anne Thompson along with her daughters, Nikki, Lori and Andrea. Vern and Jo were also taking care of his great great nephew Johnnie. Vern also loved hunting, fishing and going camping with all his family. You will forever be in our hearts Papa. Vernon leaves to celebrate his memory: children, Missy (Joel) Zappa, Katy Merrill, Robert Lowe, Vern (Michaela) Lowe Jr. and Andrea Thompson, grandchildren, Pasquale Zappa, Gianna Zappa, Danielle Lowe, Rayn Merrill, Rayven Merrill, Garrett Merrill, Carlie Merrill, Ashton Lowe, Kadence Lowe, Camden Lowe, Jasmine Lowe, Abigail Lowe, Sage Lowe, Damon Bearheart, Adrian Bearheart, Lizzy Gross and Johnnie Severson-Greer, great grandchild, Theodore (Teddy) Zappa, loving partner, Jo Thompson and her children, Nikki and Lori, brother, Pete (Jenny) Lowe, many nieces and nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by, wife Susan Caroline (Burke) Lowe, father, Charles Lowe, mother, Susan Wakemeup, brothers, Richard, Stanley and David Lowe, sisters, Ida Mae Merrill and Mary Jane Frogg and his son-in-law, Russell Merrill Jr. Funeral Services were held at the Round Lake Community Center on Dec. 18, 2017. Vernon was laid to rest at the Georgetown Township Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott Lowe, Stevie Lowe, Butch Buck, Clifford Martin, Ed Burke and Todd Bents. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Burke, Gerry Pieper, Josh Lundequam and David Lowe. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Cenuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Robert "Bob" Erickson
Robert "Bob" Erickson, 93, of McKinley died Friday, Dec. 15, at United Pioneer Home. He was born Nov. 9, 1924 in McKinley, Wis., to Frank and Siri (Peterson) Erickson, was raised in McKinley and graduated from Luck High School in 1942. In 1944, he entered the Navy and served on the U.S.S. Hornet. He was married in Minneapolis, Minn. on Feb. 24, 1948 to Phyllis Johnson who preceded him in death on Oct. 11, 1981. They raised 11 children and Bob both dairy farmed and worked many years operating heavy equipment. In 1994, he married Gwen (Moore) Graff. Bob loved fishing, hunting, farming, and gardening. In his later years he spent time feeding and watching all types of wildlife in his backyard. Bob also enjoyed traveling the country, especially enjoyed fishing in Canada with his brother, nephew and sons. He enjoyed winters in Texas walking the beach and much camaraderie with old friends. He is survived by daughters, Marjorie Erickson of Minneapolis, Susan (Ernie) Lessard of Siren, Sharon (Brian) Paulsen of Milltown, Melady (Mike) Dietrich of Golden Valley, Minn. and Kathy (Ted) Zindars of Luck; five sons, Jim (Cheryl) Erickson of Frederic, Jeffery (Sandra) Erickson of Grantsburg, Jerry (Julie) Erickson of Frederic, Joseph and John Erickson, both of Cumberland; 21 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; two stepsons; five step grandchildren and one step great grandson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwen; son, Jason; brothers: Axel, Herbert and Carl. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Dec. 22, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church - McKinley with Pastor Diane House officiating and full military honors accorded by the Indian Creek American Legion Post #396 and the State Honors Team. Burial will be in McKinley Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.

Fred B. Jorgenson
Fred B. Jorgenson, 83 of Luck, Wisconsin passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 10, at the Cumberland Memorial Hospital. Fred was born in Laketown Township on Aug. 23, 1934 the son of Martha and Fred W. Jorgenson. Fred worked on oar boats for four years, Whirlpool Corporation in St. Paul and Telelect in Bloomington. He was also a patrolman for Luck Township for five years and served on the Burnett Dairy Board for eight years and was an ASCS committee member for 10 years. Fred was a dairy farmer until 1999 and raised beef cattle while semi-retired from 1999 until 12-09-2017. Fred loved dairy farming and it was not unusual to hear him singing and yodeling at the top of his lungs from the back 40. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and his trips to Montana elk hunting with the guys. He loved his family and was so proud of each and every one. As Fred would always say, “Nothing to this farming!!” Fred leaves to celebrate his memory: Wife, Marian, daughters, Sharon (Darryl) Christensen, Rebecca Larson and Diana (Randy) Virkus, grandchildren, Jeremy and Sara Holm, Jennifer and Krissy Holm, Nick and Steph Mueller, Greg and Lana Larson, Justin and Jen Virkus, Rachel and Matt Nasholm, great grandchildren, Hanna, Gavin, Jayden and Tarynn, one sister, two brothers and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and three brothers. A Memorial Service will be held on Dec. 14, at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Bone Lake. Pastor Mike Fisk will officiate. Fred’s family will greet visitors at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Please join Fred’s family for continued visiting and a lunch in the church basement following the service. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorials Preferred to Interfaith Caregivers. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.