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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.
Elaine "Faye" Jasper w/pic
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.

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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 

Ken Davy
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 Gustafson
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 w/pic
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. – ASPCA – 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

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

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.

Jessie Booth Nielsen
Jessie Booth Nielsen Nordquist, 97 years old, passed away peacefully with her daughter at her side on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Jessie was born to Nellie Hermaine and George Albert Booth at St. Croix Hospital. She grew up in St. Croix Falls, Wis., Taylors Falls, Minn., and Chippewa Falls, Wis. She graduated from St. Croix Falls High School. At a young age she worked in Chicago, Ill., as a nanny and at the Chinese Lantern in Duluth as a waitress. She lived most of her life in Luck, Wis., and worked as a nurse’s aide at the United Pioneer Home. However, she escaped the long Wisconsin winters for 10 years when she lived in Youngtown and Chino Valley, Az. Jessie was very talented in sewing along with crocheting. She enjoyed gardening/tending to her flowers, she loved to dance, have fun, play cards, “shoot the breeze,” cooking, hosting holiday meals and baking - she was famous for her chocolate chip cookies. Most of all mom/grandma/great-grandma Jessie loved to be with family. She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Dale Booth, George Booth and Harry Booth along with her sisters, Henrietta Dallquist, Vivian Holmquist and Nancy Deason. She is survived by her brother, LeRoy Booth of St. Croix Falls, Wis.; sister, Francis Weller of Taylors Falls, Minn.; children, Sandra (Larry) Fagerberg of Shoreview, Minn., and Dennis (Colleen) Nielsen of Red Wing, Minn. She is the proud grandmother of five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and survived by many special family members. We want to send a special “thank you” to the staff at the Good Samaritan Care Center in St. Croix Falls and St. Croix Hospice for the loving and wonderful care they gave her. She was definitely a “spark plug” and loved you all! Memorial Services will be held at Luck Lutheran Church, Luck, Wis., on Friday, June 16, visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. followed by the service at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Julie Brenden will be officiating. You are invited to leave condolences, memories and photos at Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, , 715-825-5550.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Palmgren
Jacqueline "Jackie" Palmgren, age 69, of Brooklyn Park, Minn. and Balsam Lake, Wis. passed away Friday, May 5, 2017. Preceded in death by husband, John and parents, Cornell and Gwen Wing. Survived by son, Daniel Palmgren; granddaughters, Hannah and Sarah; and many family and friends. Jackie was an owner of Osseo Sports and Bottlers Supply for over 50 years. Memorial Service 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Evans-Nordby Funeral Home, 34 2nd St. NE, Osseo, Minn. with visitation starting at 4:00 p.m.

Donna Mae Tebben
Donna Mae Tebben, age 77, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., passed away peacefully at home on May 7, 2017 surrounded by her family. Donna was born March 7, 1940 in Louriston Township, Chippewa County, Minn. on the family farm to Donald and Opal (Elliot) Petersen. She attended rural country grade school and graduated from Clara City High School with honors. Donna married Kenneth Tebben on Aug. 29, 1958. They made their home in Blackduck, Minn. and eventually moved to St. Croix Falls, Wis. in 1970. Donna enjoyed traveling to France, Switzerland and many places in the United States. She especially enjoyed camping with her family and grandchildren. Upon retirement in 2001 Ken and Donna took a two month camping trip throughout Alaska. Donna loved reading, garage sales and visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Donna is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Ken; mother, Opal Petersen; children, Robin (Scott) Hendrickson, Kurt (Brenda) Tebben, Karla (Kevin) Gordon; grandchildren, David (Brittany) Henderickson, Kristina (John) Carlson, Shawn (Molly) Tebben, Alyssa (Corey) Schmaltz, Andrea (Dean) Skinner, Mindy (Nick) Diehl, Micheal (Stacia) Swiontek, Christopher (Kari) Gordon, Andi Gordon (Blake Lehane); 14 great-grandchildren; sister Diane (Harlan) Ruiter; brother Dale (Janice) Petersen; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Donna is preceded in death by her father Donald Petersen; and great-granddaughter, Christian Gordon. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Adoray Hospice. Memorials preferred to Adoray Hospice, First Presbyterian Church or the local Alzheimer’s association. Funeral Services will be held, 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in the St. Croix Falls Cemetery. 

Albert R. Curtis
Albert R. Curtis, age 79 of Cumberland, Wis., died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, February 6, 2017. Albert Roland Curtis was born on July 8, 1937 in Amery, Wis. the son of Roland & Alice (Armstrong) Curtis. Growing up farming with his family, Albert lived and worked on various farms in and around Polk County. He attended country schools and graduated from Luck High School in 1957. After graduation, Albert was married to Rose McGrady in North Dakota in 1958 and together they had one son, Bert. They later divorced. Albert worked for many years in St. Paul, Minn. as a roofer. He later moved to Luck, Amery and eventually settled in Cumberland, Wis. where he was employed in maintenance for Seneca Foods. Albert is preceded in death by his parents, Roland & Alice Curtis; 2 infant sisters, Margaret and Mary; sisters, Iva Lillie & Esther Nelson, and brother in law, Don Lundquist. Survived by Son Albert “Bert” (Gretchen) Curtis, St. Paul, Minn. Grandchildren
Shane Perry, Chris Brunkhorst, & Jessica Baker nine Great Grandchildren Sisters & Brothers: Mary Lundquist, Luck, Wis., Dale Curtis (Marlene Anderson), Stillwater, Minn. Ruth (Rudy) Mothes, Siren, Wis., Wayne (Sharon) Curtis, Marine on St. Croix, Minn. Leo Curtis, Stillwater, Minn., Cecil Curtis, Luck, Wis., Brother in Law Steve Nelson, Marine on St. Croix, Minn., Many Nieces, Nephews and Family. Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Scheuermann Funeral Home in Clear Lake, Wis. There will be a visitation at the Funeral Home an hour before the service. Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Turtle Lake, Wis. Scheuermann Funeral Home and Cremation Services are handling the arrangements.

Michael "Mike" David Alling
Michael "Mike" David Alling, son, brother, uncle, husband, father, jack of many trades, avid fisherman, hunter, and gardener, passed away April 3, 2017, at the age of 57, from cancer. Mike was born in Leonardtown, Md. on March 21, 1960. Michael grew up and lived in Md., Wis., Minn., Fla., and Calif. Michael resided in Amery, Wis., with his wife Jeannie, and son Ethan. Michael is survived by his wife Jeannie, his son Ethan, mother Alma, stepfather Norman, brothers Dean (Lisa), George JR (Tammy), Arnie (Rhonda), and sister Penny, as well as many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father George Sr. Michael is loved and will be greatly missed. Memorials preferred.

Frederick A. Fors
Frederick A. Fors, born to Frank and Florence (Williams) Fors of Wolf Creek, Wis. on Feb. 21, 1932. Frederick passed away at home on April 23, 2017. Fred was a member of the United States Army Reserve serving eight years; three of those years were served as active duty. Fred served time overseas for just over a year as a paratrooper. On Sept. 19, 1970 he married his loving wife Doris, and helped to raise her three children. Fred’s hobbies included gardening, reading western novels, wood working, and being a member of the Taylors Falls Lions Club. He was very proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved being a grandpa and was always interested in what the grandkids were doing and cared most about their success. Fred is survived by his wife Doris Fors, his three children: Cheryl (Guy) Kolman, Terry (Brian) Heichel, and Kevin (Shelley) Price. His grandchildren: Kelly (Brodie) Dailey, Tiandra (Brad) Dulon, Jesse Adams, Miranda Adams, Adam Price, and Jesel Fasbender. Great Grandchildren: Chase, Molly, Brianna, Grace and Evelyn Dailey, Wyatt and Tatum Dulon, Lilly Adams and Dennis Groeneveld. Fred is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Florence Fors, Son-in-law Dennis Adams, five brothers and four sisters, as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taylors Falls, Minn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in the Kahbakong Cemetery in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at

Dr. Lloyd Laures Olson
Dr. Lloyd Laures Olson passed away peacefully surrounded by family April 17, 2017 at his home in St. Croix Falls. Lloyd was born in Langford, South Dakota on Nov. 10, 1925 to Otto and Clara (Larson) Olson, he was the second born of four children. He graduated from Langford High School in 1943. Lloyd worked on the farm until he was drafted into the infantry on Feb. 16, 1945 where he served in the Philippines and Korea. He was awarded the Army of Occupations Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on December 15, 1946 as a Sergeant Major 6th infantry division. Lloyd attended Concordia College in Moorhead from 1947-1950, studying Chemistry, Physics and Biology. He finished in three years and was admitted into Medical School at the U of S.D., Vermillion in 1950 and he also received his Bachelor of Science Degree. After two years he transferred to the U of Washington, Seattle and completed his last 2 years of Medical School, graduating in 1954. He then went on to do his internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN for one year. Lloyd married his wife of 61 years, Barbara J. Shodean on October 9, 1955 at her Lutheran Church in Audubon, MN. Lloyd’s General Surgery Residency was at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis/Fort Snelling Registered at the U of M. Then surgical training: Vascular, Chest, Urology, General GI, Plastic, Orthopedic at Minneapolis General and GYN at Northwestern. Four years of training during 1955-1959. In the fall of 1959 he began his career at St. Croix Valley Memorial Hospital. During this time he and Barb raised seven daughters, having two sets of twins. He worked for 31 years as the General Surgeon in St. Croix Falls, doing 23,980 operative cases before retiring. In 2008 he was honored by having the new St. Croix Regional Center Surgery Center named after him; the Lloyd Olson Surgery Center. Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Clara; sister, Marjorie Locken; and brother, Richard Olson. Lloyd is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Elizabeth (Marvin) Malsam, Debra (Mark) Schoen, Laurie (Randy) Fisk, Kathy (David) Danielson, Karen (Patrick) Hedlund, Marcia (Christopher) Sletten and Mary Hepinstall; 23 grandchildren, Nicole (Stephane) Hubert, Aaron Malsam, Rachel (Daniel) Kovac, Emily (Finley) Alverson, Nathaniel Schoen, Thomas Fisk, Matthew Fisk, Michaela Fisk, Amanda (Josh) Schwemmer, Lindsay (Michael) Felien, Kayla Hedlund, Luke Hedlund, Benjamin Hedlund, Noah Hedlund, Olivia Hedlund, David Danielson II, Sarah Danielson, Jessica Hepinstall, Zachary Hepinstall, Hannah (Sletten) Moore, Jacob, Isaac, and Joseph Sletten; 11 great-grandchildren, Abigail Graybill, Jude, Indigo, Tarikua, Iris and Hazel Kovac, Lois and Felix Schwemmer, Beckham and Selah Felien and Baby Alverson; Many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Shepard of the Valley Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls, Wis. and will continue one hour prior to the service at the Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls. Interment will be in the St. Croix Cemetery. Military Honors by the St. Croix Falls American Legion Post #143. Memorials preferred to Shepard of the Valley Lutheran Church, The Lloyd Olson Surgery center or donor’s choice. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. 

Della Parker
Della Parker left this world on April 13, 2017 to be with her Lord and Savior. She was born Nov. 17, 1928 on a farm in Somerset, Wis., to Arthur and Viola Kastens. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in East Farmington, Wis. Della married Leonard Nelson on Oct. 28, 1949 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Amery, Wis. They had five children: Kathryn, James, William, Barbara and Richard. Leonard passed away on Jan. 26, 1967 from cancer. On Feb. 12, 1982 Della married Duane Parker at Bethesda Lutheran, Dresser, Wis. Duane and Della spent their years with their children and grandchildren and traveled to Phoenix, Orlando, Hawaii, San Diego and enjoyed winters at Le High Acres in Florida. Duane passed away Feb. 26, 2003. Della was active in her church at Farmington Lutheran, participating in Quilting Circle, Bible Study and OWLS. She was also active in the Rambling River Center, Homemakers Club and Garden Club. Della liked to read and travel and camp with her family at Sand Lake. She is survived by children, Kathryn (John) McKenzie, James (Linda) Nelson, William (Mary) Nelson, Barbara (Dan) Schoenecker, Richard (Jo Ellen) Nelson, 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, two step children Karen Juvland and Jim Parker and six step-grandchildren, brothers Gerald Kastens, Harold Kastens, sister Elaine Anderson and many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by parents Arthur and Viola, brother Laddie, husbands Leonard and Duane. Della's hope was that her faith in God would leave a legacy to her family, and that they would always keep God in their lives. Della's funeral will be at Farmington Lutheran Church on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation preceding the funeral from 9:00 until 10:45 a.m. Interment will be at Bethesda Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dresser, Wis. Della's family thanks Dr. Lee and the staff at Fairview Southdale for her wonderful care these past years. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Farmington Lutheran Church, 20600 Akin Road, Farmington, Minn. 55024. Arrangements by White Funeral Home 952-469-2723. Online condolences at:

Harriette J. (Hansen) Wagman
Harriette J. (Hansen) Wagman, died on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the age of 98. She was born on Feb. 2, 1919 to Hans and Mathilda (Olson) Hansen of Cushing, Wis, being one of seven children. Harriette was baptized and confirmed at the Cushing Lutheran Church. She graduated from the Bass Lake Grade School, St. Croix Falls High School and the Minneapolis School of Business. Upon completion of her business education course in 1937, she moved to Grantsburg, Wis. and became employed at the Abstract Office and then at the First Bank of Grantsburg, where she worked for many years. She met Clarence Wagman and they married on Nov. 17, 1945 at Forestwood Lodge in Grantsburg. She became a member of the United Methodist Church in 1945 and brought her quiet force to the congregation and to the United Methodist Women, caring deeply for both the edifice as well as the members of her Church. Harriette was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Wagman; parents, Hans and Mathilda Hansen; sisters, Elvina Lilligren and Cleone Tomlinson; and brothers, Burnell, Earl, Kenneth and Clyde. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Beverly Hanson and Irene Hansen; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Although Harriette never bore any children of her own, she was mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to many who already miss her profoundly. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Grantsburg, Wis. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Grantsburg. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Appleyard's Home for Funerals, 19 W. Messenger St., Rice Lake, Wis. In Lieu of flowers, Harriette wished to have any donations go to the Grantsburg Food Shelf.

Carol M. Olson
Carol M. Olson, age 87 of St. Croix Falls, Wis., passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease on April 13, 2017 to join her Lord and Savior. She was born on Jan. 27, 1930 to parents Floyd and Evelyn Thompson in Superior, Wis. She attended schools in Superior and graduated in 1948. Carol worked at the Kresky’s store in Superior in the notions department, there she met her husband Rueben Olson who was the assistant manager. They married on July 19, 1952 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Superior. They moved around a lot in their early years finally settling in St. Croix Falls, Wis., to open their own Ben Franklin Store in 1966. Rueben and Carol had three children Karen, Randy, and Greg. Carol was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Legions, Lions Club, Christian Women’s, and the Chamber of St. Croix Falls. Carol in preceded in death by her parents, husband Rueben; son Greg; sister Lenore Haim; son-in-law Terry Osterbauer; and her granddog Reco who passed a few hours prior. She is survived by her daughter Karen Osterbauer; son Randy (Becky) Olson; grandchildren Adam (Melanie) Bazille and Morgan Heichel Lindgren; great grandchildren Oliver and Eli Bazille. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser, Wisconsin. Visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Interment at Peace Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at

Darlene M. LeBeau
Darlene M. LeBeau, age 86 of Osceola, Wis., died on April 10, 2017. She was born in Lesterville, S.D. on April 30, 1930 to parents Reinhard and Pauline Frank. She lived in Osceola for almost 40 years, and worked in food service for most of her life. Darlene is preceded in death by her father Reinhard Frank, mother Pauline Frank (Wacker), brothers Donald Frank and Edward Frank, sister Milet "Millie" Barry (Frank), daughter Theresa O'Leary (LeBeau), and daughter Renee Thomas (LeBeau). She is survived by her brother Fred Frank of Tyndall, S.D., son Michael LeBeau of Duluth, Minn., six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Memorial Service 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser, Wis., with visitation one hour prior to the service at church. A private family interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at

Carlos Albert Bergeron
Carlos Albert Bergeron, 78, of St.Croix Falls, Wis., passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Regions hospital in St Paul, Minn. He was born in St. Croix Falls on May 14, 1938 to Charles and Bessie Bergeron. While Carlos was still a baby his parents and three others were killed when a train hit their car by Trap Rock near Dresser, Wis. Carlos was raised by his Aunt and Uncle Isabelle and Gordon Olson. Carlos graduated from High School in St Croix Falls in 1956 and joined the Army where he served two tours of duty (1956-1958 and 1966-1969). He served his second tour as a Military Policeman at several locations including Fort Meade (Md), Germany, and Roberts (Wis.). He attained the rank of Spc-4 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He married Marlys Haselhuhn on May 4, 1961 and together they raised four children. Carlos worked as a Cheese Maker for F & A Dairy in Dresser until his retirement. In retirement, he enjoyed Metal Detecting, Ham Radio, and Bird watching. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Marlys, son Jim, daughter Christina. He is survived by his children: Carmen, Julie (David), Charles (Angela), 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren. A private graveside ceremony will be held at Wolf Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at

Marion M. Majeske
Marion M. Majeske, age 90, of Balsam Lake, Wis., passed away on April 3, 2017 at Willow Ridge Nursing Home in Amery, Wis., after most of her family was able to visit and say goodbye. Marion was born on Nov. 4, 1926 at home in Apple River Township, Wis., to Luther and Sarah (Hopkins) Olsen. Marion attended Blake Grade School and later graduated from Milltown High School in 1944. On Aug. 26, 1944 she married Donald Majeske. They had three children, Constance (1946), Trudence (1948) and Theodore (1949). They were married for 45 years before Donald passed in Sept. of 1989. Marion enjoyed working on the family dairy farm where she helped with the milking chores in the morning and evening until she was 79. She loved the outdoors, the woods and flowers, and her family and friends. Especially important to her was her faith in God. Some of her many interests and hobbies included gardening, needlework, baking, reading and writing poetry. 
Marion is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald, sister Dorothy and her former daughter-in-law, Penny Sura Majeske. She is survived by her children, Constance (Themen) Danielson, Trudence (John) Peach and Theodore (Chris) Majeske; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the East Balsam Baptist Church, 1816 108th Street C. Rd I, Balsam Lake, Wis., with Visitation being held one hour prior to the services at the Church. Interment will take place at the Bunyan Union Cemetery following the service. To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute please visit Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 222 Harriman Avenue North Amery, Wis. 54001. 

Kathleen Ann Christensen
Kathleen Ann Christensen, 77 of Centuria passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls, Wis. She was born in Grantsburg, Wis., June 14, 1939 the daughter of Frank and Lulette (Falstrom) Dahlberg. Kae graduated from Grantsburg High School and received her Master's Degree from UW-River Falls. She was an elementary teacher with the Unity School District and a social worker in Washington County, Minn. She enjoyed quilting, traveling and wintering in Texas. Kae is survived by her significant other, Jack Heddle, children; Chris Paulson, Gerry (Karen) Paulson, Jack Paulson, Wendy Manley, Tim Christensen, Jerry (Julie) Christensen, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, sister Jane (Joe) Yira, brothers; John Dahlberg, Verner (Violet) and Bud Dahlberg, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Fristad Lutheran Church, Centuria, Wis., with Pastor Mel Rau officiating. Family and friends may gather for a visitation one hour prior to the service. Please join the family for a luncheon and continued fellowship in the church hall following the service. Inurnment will take place in Cushing Cemetery. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Leon L. Kromrey
Leon L. Kromrey was born on Feb. 2, 1932 in Farmington, Wis. to Lawrence J. Kromrey and Irene A. (Krenz) Kromrey. He graduated from Osceola High School in 1951. After High School, Leon worked at Sheeley Construction. He was later drafted into the United States Army in September of 1952 where he did basic training at Fort Sill. He fought in the Korean War as a Foreign Observer. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He was later honorably discharged the summer of 1954 after Cease Fire. He later married RoseMarie K. (Bibeau) Kromrey on November 24, 1956 in Centuria, Wisconsin at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Leon later started employment at Andersen Windows, retiring June of 1990 after 35 years of service. His hobbies included wood-working, gardening, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, cutting wood, being outdoors in the heart of the northwoods and enjoying birds and wildlife, in addition to fun times with family while he lived at Church Pine Lake. Over the years, Leon enjoyed the memories of many cabin experiences, trips in the Kubota to the St. Croix River, and picnics at Schoen Park. One of his greatest joys was special times with family and friends. Leon was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Irene Kromrey; sister Leona (Walter) Gleason; son-in-law Mark Hibbard; grandson Joseph Kromrey. Leon leaves to celebrate his memory: wife, RoseMarie (Bibeau) Kromrey, Dresser, Wis; daughter, Julie (John) Leisch, Dresser, Wis.; Steven (Lori) Kromrey, Osceola, Wis.; Douglas (Teri) Kromrey, Star Prairie, Wis.; Amy (Jeremy) Tinney, Dresser, Wis.; twelve grandchildren: Roxanne (Tim) Neumann; Ryan (Kassi) Leisch; Steven (Sarah) Kromrey; Katy (Mark) Ellefson; Martha (Kevin) Shangle; Brian (Grace) Kromrey; Jessica (Matt) Rehrig; Chad (Nicole) Kromrey; Melissa (Collin) Western; Andrew Kromrey; Ashlyn Tinney; Kaden Tinney; thirteen great grandchildren; Addy; Teddy; Lia; Jayce; Kyler; Lauren; Lexi; Leyla; Amelia; Harvey; Sebastian; Ryan and Leo. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in East Famington, Wis. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis., with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. and will continue one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment in the St. Mary’s Cemetery. The Grandstrand Funeral Home of Osceola has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Donald D. Smith
Donald D. Smith, 71, of St. Croix Falls/Eureka Township passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Amery Regional Medical Hospital with his family at his side. Don was born on Oct. 25, 1945 in St. Croix Falls, Wis. to Clifton and Evelyn (Thayer) Smith. Don was a very active man most of his life. He was a hard worker and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends on the river camping and fishing. Don also enjoyed bowling, gardening and cooking outside. Don religiously spent part of his day reading his bible, listening to Christian music and watching Jimmy Swaggart Ministries on TV. Don worked as a mechanic most of his life. He owned Smitty's Auto Repair in Centuria, Wis., for 13 years. He also did a lot of work for many of the local cemeteries for 20+ years. Later in his working years he worked in the plumbing and heating industry. Don also spent some time working in Auto Sales. A Celebration of Life will be held on April 9, 2017 beginning at 3:00 p.m. with an Open Mic. Remembrance of Don at 3:30 p.m. Anyone that wishes to share memories of Don may do so at that time. This Celebration will be held at the St. Croix American Legion Post 143, on 807 Pine Street, St. Croix Falls, Wis. 54024, 715-485-1485. Don leaves to celebrate his memory: wife, Evelyn Smith, St. Croix Falls, Wis.; children: David (Janalee) Smith, Columbia, S.C.; Michelle (Scott) Nesbit, East Bethel, Minn.; Jennifer (David) Lackner, Dresser, Wis. and Jordan (Ashley) Cross, St. Croix Falls, Wis.; grandchildren: Rayah Smith, Elliana Smith, Zacharia Smith, Andrew Lackner, Abbigail Lackner, Carson Cross, Emra Cross, Ayla Cross, Paisley Cross, and Paxton Cross, brothers and sisters: Darlene Barnes, Donna Mae Smith, Rose Peterson, Isabell Mullins, Ruth Nutt, Lois Lott and Les Smith and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifton and Evelyn and his brother Daniel Smith. The Kolstad Famiy Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Richard (Dick) Bruner
Richard Allen Bruner, age 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather; passed away peacefully in his sleep at Regions Hospital in St. Paul Minn., from complications brought on by illness; on March 22, 2017. Richard was born in River Falls, Wis., on Feb. 6, 1930 to Merle and Olvia Bruner. Richard attended Baldwin/Woodville High School. After the family moved to Hudson, Wis. in 1946 Richard met the love of his life, Marjorie Hancock, and the couple married three years later on July 16, 1949. 
The couple had three sons; Michael Charles, Matthew Allen, and Mark Merle. Dick was a lover of all that was outdoors and also a hard worker who enjoyed working with his hands as well as various jobs in the sheet metal/machining industry. Richard retired from Harvey Vogel MFG of Minn., Minn., after 26 years of service. Richard and Marjorie enjoyed 25 years of retirement, enjoying their home in Wolf Creek, Wis., as well as traveling to destinations such as Alaska and the Panama Canal. Richard was preceded in death by; his parents Merle and Olvia, sister Dolores (Bruner) Hillstead, and grandson Nathan Richard Bruner. Left to celebrate his memory; his loving wife of 68 years Marjorie, children Michael Bruner of Baldwin, Wis., son Matthew (Ann) Bruner of Wolf Creek, Wisconsin, Mark (Lori) Bruner of Wolf Creek, Wisconsin; sister Betty (Bruner) Predmore/Siefkin, grandchildren Kris Bruner, Miranda (Bruner) Giesler, Roxann (Bruner) Palmer, Nikki Bruner, Jacob Bruner, Randy Bruner; 12 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and many wonderful friends. Services were held Monday, March 27, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, Wis.; Arrangements were entrusted to Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at

Phyllis Lorraine Clemensen
Phyllis Lorraine Clemensen was born July 18, 1929 to Dorothy and William Clemensen in Amery, Wis. She graduated from Amery High School and then trained to become a dental assistant. In 1949, she married Stanley Hallman. Together they had four children and farmed in the Joel community for many years. After their children were grown, Phyllis returned to work as a dental assistant at Dental Arts in Amery. When Phyllis and Stanley retired from farming, they bought an RV and traveled for many years seeing various parts of the United Starts until Stanley’s passing in 1986. In 1989, Phyllis married Sydney Nevin. Together they enjoyed dancing, winters in Arizona, and spending time with family and friends. Phyllis was proceeded in death by her parents William and Dorothy Clemensen, husband Stanley, sister Shirley and her husband Harvey, and son-in-law Bruce. She was survived by husband Sydney Nevin, children Bryan Hallman (Jan), Lynn Hallman, Cindy Lundmark, Jerry Hallman (Roxie), step-children Carolyn Nevin, Linda Woolson, Sue Capra (Mike), Deb Fox (Al), nine grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 17 step great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the First Lutheran Church with Pastor Tim Bjorge officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Williamson-White Funeral Home. Interment will take place at the Amery Cemetery following the service. To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute please visit Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services 222 Harriman Avenue North Amery, Wis. 54001. 

Lynn (Perkins) Hallman
Lynn (Perkins) Hallman, age 66 of Amery, Wis., passed away unexpectedly in his home on Thursday, March 23, 2017. He was born on Dec. 16, 1950 in Amery, Wis., the son on Stanley and Phyllis Hallman. He grew up in the Clayton area and enjoyed playing football, basketball, baseball and participating in FFA and 4-H before graduating from Clayton High School in 1969. Many may not have known, Lynn was a talented musician who mastered the trumpet and was an organist for Faith Lutheran Church in Clayton. As a young adult, Lynn was blessed with two beautiful daughters who he cherished his entire life. He was a dedicated Wisconsin farmer before becoming a tenured custodian for the Clayton School District. He finished his career as a maintenance technician at St. Croix Regional Medical Center where he developed many lifelong friendships. Lynn had the gift of sarcasm, loved his family and had a passion for golf. He was a talented woodworker who found joy in sharing his crafts with family and friends. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Stanley and Phyllis and brother-in-law, Bruce. He leaves behind his daughters, Jessica Smith (Kevin) and Rachel Hansen (Mark); three beloved grandchildren, Camden, McAdam, and Kylie; three siblings Bryan Hallman (Jan), Cindy Lundmark, and Jerry Hallman (Roxie); a nephew, six nieces, and several great nieces and nephews. Though retirement was short, Lynn found enjoyment spending time with his grandkids, joking around with friends and family, and winning the drink hole in a good round of golf. A joint visitation for Lynn Hallman and his mother, Phyllis Hallman (Nevin) will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery, Wis., and one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Amery. To sign an online guestbook and view a video tribute please visit Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery.  

Warren Gilbert Nelson
Warren Gilbert Nelson was the first born child of Margaret and Noble Nelson, born on Dec. 31, 1940, in Culver City, Calif. His parents always lived in California, and they moved several times during Warren's childhood. They lived in Schafter, Bakersfield, Porterville, and Sacramento, eventually settling in San Jose, Calif. After Warren's birth, Margaret gave birth to Steven, William, and Marilee, Warren's brothers and sisters. They spent summers in Wisconsin, and much time at Camp Nelson, riding horses, fishing and eating Margaret's wonderful cooking. After Warren finished high school, he attended the University of California Berkeley and graduated with a degree in Political Science. He often talked about his time at UC Berkeley, listing the names of the professors he had studied under during this politically-charged time. During his time at UC Berkeley, he met Irene Boltz, his future wife. Warren and Irene were married in 1965. Irene gave birth to their daughter Chandra Irene Nelson in 1968. Chandra was Warren's only child. During their marriage, Warren and Irene spent many nights listening to famous musicians just getting their start in San Francisco's budding nightclub scene, then getting ticketed for speeding across the Bay Bridge driving home in Irene's convertible! Warren and Irene divorced in 1979. Warren loved meeting new people and talking with them, so a career in sales came naturally. He worked in gem sales and managed a Best Products showroom before going to work in his father's Ford tractor business with his brother William. Warren had a passion for the game of Bridge. He was a Life Master Bridge player and played with Omar Sharif, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates, to name just a few of the famous people he played with. He and his long-time girlfriend Annee Christensen spent 20 years traveling the world and playing Bridge together. They stayed in castles in Europe, visited Singapore, rode in gondolas while being serenaded by musicians, and spent much time in Warren's favorite town in Mexico, Zihuatanejo. The two loved to travel and eat fine food at the French Laundry and other well-known restaurants. Warren truly loved life and lived it to the fullest! In 2007, Warren's first and only grandchild, Andrew was born. Warren loved Andrew with all his heart and enjoyed visiting him in the Bay Area after he moved to Wisconsin in the spring of 2007. He especially loved having Andrew, Chandra, and her husband Andre, visit him in his new home. Warren enjoyed watching Andrew grow and excel in school, basketball, skateboarding, and Parkour. On May 28, 2007, Warren packed up his Mercedes and drove to his new home in Wisconsin. He had enjoyed the summers there as a child, so much so that he decided to retire there. He loved the people, the lakes and the slower pace of life. He loved that everyone cared about each and every person in the community. He also enjoyed getting away from the Bay Area traffic and spending his days fixing up his new home, shopping for antiques, and fishing. His greatest joy was running for and being elected as a County Supervisor, for multiple terms. He would send articles from the paper, where he was cited for his controversial comments! Warren was very opinionated and never missed an opportunity to tell people exactly what he thought! His daughter was grateful that he was welcomed into the Amery community despite his many opinions. He loved living in Amery and was grateful for the many friends he made and how kind people were to him. The last three years, Warren so enjoyed spending time with his dear friend Ruth Mugerauer dining, antiquing, and acting like a couple of teenagers! They would take off on adventure, with the top down on his car and an empty tank of gas, just to see where they would end up. Yes, as you guessed, Warren was not a planner! He lived life his way and always to the fullest! He will be greatly missed by his daughter Chandra, who enjoyed talking to him every day. He would laugh at her stories of California life and she would say, "Laugh it up Chuckles," which would only make him laugh harder. She will miss picking up the phone to ask him how to cook a whole squash in the oven, a Wisconsin thing he learned, and to tell him the latest news about Andrew! Warren was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Steven. He is survived by his daughter Chandra Nelson-Robak and her husband Andre Robak, grandson Andrew, brother William, sister Marilee (Craig) Eerkes, cousins Pat (Jim) Anderson and Susan (Gary) Bohn, his dear friend Ruth Mugerauer, as well as many other loving relatives and friends. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Williamson ~ White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery, Wis., and one hour prior to funeral services. A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the funeral home. A private family interment will take place at a later date in California. To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute please visit Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 222 Harriman Avenue North, Amery, Wisconsin 54001. 

Karen Lynn Hastings
Karen Lynn Hastings, age 71 of Amery, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Willow Ridge Nursing Home. Karen was born on Oct. 30, 1945 in St. Paul, Minn., to Edward and Francis (Wittig) Davison. Karen is survived by daughters, Ricki (Ben), Peggy, Wendy (John) and Kelly; sons, Mike (Dixie), Darin, Jeremy, Tom (Janet); 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Denny (Kathy) Davison, Roger (Julie) Davison, many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Karen is preceded in death by her husband Ron; parents, Edward and Francis Davison; a niece, Samantha. Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Williamson-White Funeral Home with Pastor Lori Peper officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the services on Saturday at the Funeral Home. A private family burial will take place at a later date in the spring at the Balsam Lake Cemetery. To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute please visit Arrangements were made with the Williamson ~ White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery, Wisconsin.

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Ronald Hastings, age 82, of Amery, Wis., peacefully passed away in his home on Feb. 22, 2017. He is preceded in death by parents, Thomas and Aurelia and seven siblings. Ron is survived by his loving wife Karen and children Tom (Janet), Peggy, Wendy (John), Kelly, Mike (Dixie), Ricki (Ben), and Darin, Jeremy, grandchildren; great grandchildren; brother Ray; a sister Donna and many nephews and nieces. Ron's passions were to play music and golf. He will be greatly missed. Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Williamson~White Funeral Home with Pastor Lori Peper officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:30 p.m. A private family interment will take place at a later date in the spring. To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute please visit The Williamson~White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery are assisting the family.  

Richard "Dick" E. Larson
Richard “Dick” E. Larson, age 82, a resident of Grantsburg passed away at his residence on Sunday, March 5, 2017 after his extended battle with pancreatic cancer. Dick was born on July 7, 1934 in St. Croix Falls to the late Henning and Rowena (Edgell) Larson. He lived most of his life in St. Croix Falls, he owned and operated Larson Seed and Fertilizer for over 20 years. Dick was always very involved. He was a member of the Agricultural Advisory Board, Advisory Committee for the Spooner UW Ext. Station, Chairman of the Polk Co. Farm Service Office, Wis. Crop Improvement Assoc., Polk Co. Chairman of Vegetable Marketing Assoc., Wis. Delegate Nat. Marketing Assoc., Polk Co. Delegate to the Wis., Conservation Congress; served on the Environment and Migratory Committees, board member of the Friends of Crex, lifetime member of Balsam Lake Rod and Gun Club, Burnett Co. Deer Advisory Committee Member, President of Polk Co. Sportsman Club, member of Wildlife Feeding and Event Committees, delegate to Russia for the U.S. People to People Program, charter member of Citizens Against Government Waste, major benefactor of Mayo Clinic, board of directors for the First National Bank of SCF, chairman of the township of St. Croix Falls, and member of the board and zoning committee of the St. Croix Falls Township. Dick moved to Grantsburg from St. Croix Falls. He designed and built from scratch his log home. Many friends helped with this project. While in Grantsburg, he continued to farm, just on a smaller scale. A favorite crop to grow and share was sweet corn. He also enjoyed making maple syrup, a skill he learned at a young age. He continued to hunt out west and locally, as long as his health would allow. Dick was an advocate for the local wildlife and had a passion for the “proper” management of Crex Meadows and the wildlife it serves. His vast assortment of stories and jokes will be missed. He is preceded in death by his parents; and former wife, Virginia M. Larson. He is survived by his children: Elizabeth (Ken) Manthey, Mary Louise (Brock) Bentson; grandchildren: Emily Manthey, Rachel Manthey, Peter Bentson, and Kathleen Bentson; his great-grandchildren, Kayla Craig and Trey Davis; also survived by his nephew, Steven Lillestrand; niece, Susan Lillestrand-Akins; former sister-in-law, Dorothy Lillestrand; and cousins, other family and friends. A Visitation will be held Friday, March 10, 2017 from 5-8:00 p.m. at the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Grantsburg Chapel. A Funeral Service will held for Dick on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (visitation 10-11 a.m.) at Central United Methodist Church in Grantsburg, with Pastors Ran Yoo and Kookho Kim officiating. A spring interment will be held at St. Croix Cemetery. A heartfelt appreciation to St. Croix Regional Hospice for their care and support. Special gratitude to the Fabulous Five who walked with Dick thru his journey. Memorials are preferred to the family to be used for conservation in his memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Grantsburg. Online condolences can be made at

Herman J. Skog
Herman J. Skog, 89, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, of Milltown, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at his home with his family at his side. Herman was born on April 24, 1927 in Isle, Minn., the son of Iver and Amanda (Erickson) Skog. Herman was raised in Isle, Minn., and graduated from Isle High School in 1945. He served his country in the United States Army from 1946 – 1947. He married Joyce Johnson on June 25, 1947 in Hudson, Wis. The couple made their home in South St. Paul until 1978 when they moved to Milltown. Herman was a self employed carpenter by trade. He enjoyed working, carpentry, cutting wood, spending time at his cabin and spending time with his beloved wife Joyce and his family. Herman leaves to celebrate his memory: loving wife of 70 years, Joyce Skog, children: Paulette (Sonnie) Kapaun, Daryl (Deborah) Skog, Brian (Becky) Skog and Ron (Annette) Skog, seven grandchildren, Kenneth, Keith, Kellie, Brianne, Brandy, Stephanie and Jenny, eight great-grandchildren, Justin, Bryce, Austin, Ashley, Ashley, Alexis, Allison and Elijah, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sons, Paul Arthur and Douglas Allen Skog, brothers, Frank and Bernie Skog, his sister, Eleanor Templin and his parents, Iver and Amanda Skog. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Milltown Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Angie Kutney officiated. Military Honors were accorded at the church. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.