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DEATH NOTICE
Michael Olson
Michael Olson, age 74 of New Richmond died Nov. 5, 2018 at his home. A Memorial Service will be held on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 728 S Knowles Avenue New Richmond. Memorial Visitation will also be from 12 p.m.– 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will at a later date.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LaVerne G. Anderson
LaVerne G. Anderson, 81, of Centuria, passed away on Oct. 9 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Services are being arranged. Please visit www.kolstadfamilyfuneralhome.com 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 www.kolstadfamilyfuneralhome.com 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 www.kolstadfamilyfuneralhome.com 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 www.swedberg-taylor.com

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.
OBITUARIES
Bruce R. Matson
Bruce R. Matson, age 69, of Dresser passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 2, 2019, at the Christian Community Home of Osceola, Wis., after many months of battling a series of strokes. Bruce was born April 22, 1949, in St. Croix Falls to Alvin and Susan (Johnson) Matson. He was a 1967 graduate of Unity High School and a 1971 graduate of Wisconsin State University – Superior. After working on the family farm and for National Car Rental, Bruce opened Matson Tax Service, which he operated successfully for over 40 years. Bruce was united in marriage to Evy Ericson on April 27, 1974. He later married Carol Watt on May 28, 1988, in St. Croix Falls. Bruce enjoyed gardening, hiking, bicycling, coaching soccer, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. As any good Wisconsinite, he enjoyed cheering on his Packers every week. Bruce was kind, gentle, and a man of deep integrity. He spent decades serving in various organizations, including Big Sandy Camp, Alliance Church of the Valley, New Home Cemetery, and Valley Christian School. Bruce was preceded in death by his first wife, Evy in 1986, and nephew, Hayden Watt. He is survived by his parents, Alvin and Susan Matson; wife, Carol Matson; daughter, Kelly (Tate) Watts; sons, Mark (Margo) Matson and Luke (Rachel) Matson; grandchildren, Seth Watts, Cora, Noah, and Brooks Matson; sisters, Valerie (Larry) Hanson and Jolene (Rich) Polosky; brother, Brian (Ruth) Matson; as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m., March 8 at Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls. Visitation will be 4 - 7 p.m. on March 7 at Grandstrand Funeral Home of Osceola, and continues one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in New Home Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given to the Alliance Church of the Valley or the American Stroke Association.

David L. Gustafson
David L. Gustafson, 79, of Frederic passed away in the early morning on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. David was born on Jan. 9, 1940 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of John and Adeline Gustafson. David attended Frederic High School and graduated in 1958. After high school, David worked for Western Union installing and repairing their systems. He married Judith Jenson on Aug. 17, 1963. They lived in Princeton, Minn., and then moved to Coon Rapids, Minn. David left Western Union and the family moved to Milaca, Minn., where he began working for Judith's uncle installing laundromat equipment throughout the US. David and Judith purchased the Wash House in 1975 and the family moved to Frederic, Wis. Later they went on to own the Milltown Laundromat and the Frederic Liquor Store. In addition to being a business owner, David worked at Durex in Luck, Wis., for 15 years. David enjoyed attending his children's and grandchildren's athletic events and years of Gustafson Brothers Racing. He enjoyed checking in on Doug and Mason as they worked in the fields and with the pigs on the farm. Every morning David met with friends for coffee and conversation and would then go over to visit with his brother Daniel until his passing recently. He also enjoyed his trips to the casino and the friendships he developed from the bus trips he would take. David leaves to celebrate his memory: son, Doug (Doreen) Gustafson, Frederic, Wis.; daughter, Kim Gustafson, St. Paul, Minn.; and son, Steven Gustafson, Frederic, Wis.; grandchildren, Allison, Carly, Mason and Matthew; sister, Diane (David) Schroeder, sister-in-law, Lois Gustafson, many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Adeline; his wife, Judith; brothers, Jack, Mark, Daniel and his sister Carole. A Memorial Service for David will be held at Zion Lutheran Church of Bone Lake on March 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Pastor Mike Fisk will officiate the service. Following the service, please join the family for lunch in fellowship in the church social hall. David will be laid to rest alongside his wife Judith at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in the spring. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Duane M. Hoverman
Duane Milton Hoverman, age 84, of Osceola, Wis., passed away peacefully on Feb. 20, 2019, at the Christian Community Home in Osceola. Duane was born Oct. 12, 1934, to Lawrence Hoverman and Bessie (Eveland) Hoverman in Eau Claire, Wis. Shortly after graduating from Osceola High School in 1952, Duane married Phyllis Jane Olson. 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 husband and father, Duane served his country as a private in the U.S. Army and as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. Duane was an avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors throughout his life. Duane was also a talented musician, playing the sousaphone in his high school band, U.S. Army Band, and Jolly Joe's Polka Band. Duane was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Phyllis; brothers, Lawrence, Donald, and Ron. He is survived by his four children, Cynthia Rodenwald of St. Cloud, Minn., Randy Hoverman of Osceola, Wis., Tom Hoverman of Minnetrista, Minn., and Wendy Gelle of Savage, Minn.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and a host of friends. Duane was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by his family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m., March 2, 2019, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis., with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com. 

Marion Agnes (Frey) Swanson
Marion Swanson, a long-time resident of Centuria, Wis. area, died on the Feb. 14, 2019 at Christian Community Home in Osceola, Wis. Born in 1932 to Aggie and Charlie Frey. A graduate of Roberts High School, she went on to work in the corporate office of Northwest Airlines before marrying Robert William (Bizz) Swanson in 1955. Marion worked many years on the family dairy farm, raising four children and was an avid school supporter. When she retired from farming, she enjoyed working in food service at Unity High School where she could interact with all the kids. Marion was also an active member/supporter of the Milltown VFW Post 6856 and Auxiliary. She loved family gatherings, playing cards, gardening, long talks with her grandchildren and doing whatever she could to be sure her children were happy. Marion will be fondly missed by her children, Robert C. (Charlie) Swanson, Rhonda Peters (Harry), Renee Jenkins (Tom), her sister Pat (Frey) Delander, Grandchildren; Elizabeth Lundin, Nina Northquest, Zach Swanson, Adam Swanson, Miranda Swanson, Becky (Esden) Brunett , Joe Swanson, Great-Grandchildren; Owen Brunett, Colten Brunett, Elijah Northquest, MacKenna Johnson, Avery Northquest, Austin Northquest, Brecken Northquest, John Northquest, Aaden Lundin. She was predeceased by Carmen Hawkins (sister), Robert W. Swanson (husband), Randy Swanson (son), Andy Lundin (grandson), Quintin Brunett (great grandson). A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Feb. 19 at 12 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake, Wis. Marion will be laid to rest at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of the Lakes, Christian Community Home, 2650 65th Avenue, Osceola, Wis. 54020 or Milltown VFW Post 6856 and Auxiliary, 1503 200th Avenue, Milltown, Wis. 54858. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Donald (Donn) Johnson
Passed away on Feb. 17, 2019 after a life well lived. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Jean; children; Donn (Deb) Johnson, Karen (Rick) Cramlet, Joel Johnson, Jeffrey (Dayna) Johnson, Brian Johnson, Kevin (Kim) Johnson; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial Service Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at Sandberg Funeral Home, 2593 E. 7th Ave., North St. Paul, Minn. with visitation one hour prior to Service. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred. Sandberg Family Funeral Home, 651-777-2600, sandbergfuneralhome.com

Ted Hellerud
Theodore M. (Ted) Hellerud died Feb. 5, 2019, at a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, following injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. His daughters Georgia and Susan were at his side. A lifelong resident of Polk County, Wis., Ted was born on Aug. 28, 1946, to Harvey and Helen (Williamson) Hellerud. Ted graduated from Unity High School in 1964 and studied engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he met his wife, Deborah Ballinger. He farmed and did mechanical work near Milltown for most of his adult life. Ted also operated a hot air balloon business and enjoyed flying his ultralight aircraft over the countryside. His unique skills and hobbies brought him into contact with many people who shared his love of adventure. An enthusiastic global traveler, Ted spent time in Brazil, Bali, Philippines, Fiji, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Iceland, Greenland, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, and New Zealand. For the past fifteen years he lived in Thailand during the winter months where he made many close friends who mourn his passing. He is survived by daughters Georgia (Demetris) Zambas of Stewartsville, N.J., and Susan (Chad) Mitchell of Hager City, Wis.; son Rusty Springer (Krista) of Eau Claire, Wis.; granddaughter Devorah Zambas; grandsons Neo Zambas, Max Mitchell, Brady Mitchell; sisters Margaret (Helmut) Behling of Andover, Mass., Sara (Michael) DeLuca of New Richmond, Wis., Susan Hellerud of Stillwater, Minn., Priscilla Fjorden of Turtle Lake, Wis., as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Ted’s vibrant life at the VFW Hall, 1503 200th Ave., Milltown, Wis., on March 16, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Gloria Breault
Gloria Lee Grace (Dowd) Breault, from Georgetown, Wis., passed away peacefully at the Luck Pioneer Home on Feb. 13, 2019 after a long battle with COPD and Sepsis. 
Gloria was born in Amery, Wis. on Dec. 7, 1942, to Art and Rose Dowd. Gloria graduated in 1961 as part of the first graduating class of Unity High School. In August of 1963 she married Jerome (Jerry) Breault from whom she had known since they were both toddlers. After they tied the knot they purchased property across the field from where Gloria was born and raised. Here they began their life together, married for 55 years and raised three children. Gloria loved her family to the moon and back. Her children and grandchildren were her whole world. She enjoyed pitching horseshoes, participating on leagues, playing cards with friends, and sewing anything and everything you could imagine. Gloria was a woman who enjoyed any sort of physical activity, and was always full of great energy. Along with her well-known energy, Gloria always had a smile at the ready for anyone around her. Gloria leaves to celebrate her memory: husband, Jerome (Jerry) Breault of Balsam Lake, Wis.; as well as her three children, Julie (Craig) Bushweiler of St. Croix Falls, Donald (Cheri) Breault of Chippewa Falls, Wis. and Tammy Allen (Nick Walton) of Balsam Lake, Wis.; her beloved grandchildren, Chasidy (Adam) Shannon, Phillip (Amanda) Bushweiler, Chase (Nicole) Bushweiler, Tyler (Thy) Breault, Hallie and Brody Allen and Josh Bushweiler; great grandchildren; Kash, Wyatt, Xander, Riley, Mason, Oliver, Jose, Gavin, Lincoln, and Tyler. She also leaves behind all her siblings, Tom (Rita) Dowd, Centuria, Kathy (Larry) Hanson, Star Prairie, Mike (Pat) Dowd, St. Croix Falls, Wis., Sharon McQuillan (Dowd), Siren, Patti (Steve), Salmon, Idaho. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents Art and Rose Dowd of Range, Wis. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Amery, Wis., on March 2 at 11 a.m. with Father Gene Murphy Presiding. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. She will be laid to rest at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Georgetown, Wis. at a later date this spring. The family wishes to invite their guests to join them for lunch and fellowship at the church following the service.

Dorothy "Dottie" Marie Johnston
Dorothy "Dottie" Marie Johnston, 93, of Balsam Lake passed away on Jan. 27, 2019 at the Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minn. Dorothy "Dottie" Ruck was born on Oct. 12, 1925 in Balsam Lake, on the Ruck family farm the daughter of Ernest "Jack" and Grace (Rogers) Ruck. Dottie lived her early life in the community attending Balsam Lake High School graduating as salutatorian. She worked at a local grocery store where she met Bud. He was the love of her life and they were married in 1947 in the local church where she was baptized. Dottie was a dedicated homemaker who loved to cook and sew, skills she passed on to their three daughters. With her Wisconsin background she enjoyed fishing and her culinary skills included wild game Bud provided. Dottie was a wonderful neighbor and friend wherever they lived in the Midwest. During their 60+ years of marriage Dottie and Bud began camping and traveling via motor home. They traveled extensively in the United States and internationally to Europe, Africa and New Zealand. In retirement both Bud and Dottie were active in the local VFW and American Legion. Dottie also remained active in Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church. Dottie leaves to celebrate her memory: daughters, Patricia (Donald) Frederick, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Susan (Joseph) Pleskac, Estero, Fla.; Janice (Thomas) Whistler, Brownsville, Texas; grandchildren: Mike (Melissa) Frederick, John (Shannon) Frederick, Tim (Kate) Pleskac, Jeff (Tasha) Pleskac, Christine Whistler, James Whistler, Anna Whistler and David (Mandy) Whistler, great grandchildren: Ben and Alex Frederick, Dorothy and Mae Frederick, Quinn and Liam Pleskac, Riley and Terri Pleskac, Alexandria Burdette, Andy and Zander Whistler, her sister-in-law, Audrey Ruck, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Art "Bud" Johnston, parents, Grace and Ernest "Jack" Ruck and her brother, John "J.R." Ruck. A Memorial Mass will be held on May 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. Dottie's family will greet guests at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Following the service please join the family for lunch and continued fellowship in the church social hall. Dottie will be laid to rest alongside her husband Bud at St. Patrick's Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be given to either Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Balsam Lake, Wis., (ourladyofthelakes.ws), or the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org) in Dottie's name. Donations can be made directly to either organization or checks sent to the following address: Dorothy Johnston Memorial c/o Sue Pleskac, 9006 Astonia Way, Estero, Fla. 33967. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Geraldine Ethel (Clark) Anderson
Geraldine Ethel (Clark) Anderson, 91, of Dresser passed away peacefully on Jan. 26, 2019. She was born on Feb. 18, 1927 in her childhood home in Dresser. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Dresser. She attended Dresser Elementary School, Osceola High School, and graduated from Superior State Teacher’s College (now University of Wisconsin-Superior), earning a Bachelor of Science. Geraldine taught elementary school for three years in Beloit, Wis., two years at the Polk County Normal School (Teacher’s College), and thirty-five years at Osceola Elementary School retiring in 2000. Geraldine was very involved in her community. She served as member and president of the Business and Professional Women of Beloit, lifetime member and Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, member and president of the Dresser Women’s Club, Cub Scout Den Mother, member and Treasurer of Dresser Boy Scout Troop Council. She was a life-long active member of Bethany Lutheran/Peace Lutheran Church, serving on committees, women’s groups, choir, teaching Sunday School, and mentoring confirmation students. Geraldine was a long-term member and president of the Dresser Village Library Board, and was named the 2016 Wisconsin Library Association Trustee of the Year.
Geraldine was passionate about teaching young people to read and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed spending time at the lake, walking, reading, music, and sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings. She was preceded in death by parents Eugene and Ethel (Gilbertson) Clark, brother Ellis Clark, husband Wilmer ‘Jack’ Anderson, daughter Mary Drinkwine, son-in-law Marvin Drinkwine, son John Anderson, and grandson Duane Rannow. Geraldine is survived by daughter-in-law Cheryl (John) Anderson, their children Diana Rannow, and Tad (Katie) Anderson, and their children Tallis and August; son Paul (Rebecca) Anderson, their children Claire and Hannah; son Mark (Susan) Anderson, their children Sarah, Thomas, Brian and Erin; granddaughter Pam Drinkwine (Jana Rieck), their daughter Brittney Williams and her children Marianna and Dakota. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. and funeral services at 11 a.m. on Feb. 8 at Peace Lutheran Church, 2355 Clark Road, Dresser Wis., 54009, followed by interment at Bethesda Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family respectfully requests that memorials be given to the Dresser Village Library or Peace Lutheran Church. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.

Lloyd Kenneth Woltz 
Lloyd Kenneth Woltz, 88, of Milltown, Wis., passed away on Jan. 8, 2019 at his home with his loving family at his side. Lloyd was born on April 8, 1930 in Janesville, Minn., the son of Lawrence and Hattie (Goodrich) Woltz. He married Jean McGregor on Nov. 18, 1950 in Easton, Minn. The couple farmed there until moving to Luck in 1957 where they started a new dairy farm and raised their family. They lived there until moving to Milltown where they lived during their retirement years. Lloyd enjoyed going to thrashing shows, loved his horses, horse sales, going fishing, dancing in his younger years, playing cards and he loved his snuff. Lloyd leaves to celebrate his memory: children, John (Beverly) Schutte, Mike (Patti) Woltz, Don (Judy) Woltz, Bruce Woltz (Lori Ostby), Janice Woltz, Julie (Don) Stark, Brian (Leah) Woltz, Cathy (Darrin) Ellefson, eleven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, siblings, Russell Woltz, Wayne Woltz, Irma Lee Faulkner, nieces, nephews and many other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Hattie Woltz, wife, Jean in June of 2017, siblings, Omar Woltz, Larry Woltz and Luealla Fitzpatrick. A Celebration of Life will be held on Jan. 18 at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria, Wis. from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria, Wis., has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Roy E. Johnson
Roy Eugene Johnson of Taylors Falls, Minn., passed away on Jan. 8, 2019, at the age of 84.
Roy was born on April 19, 1934, to Algot and Agnes (Nelson) Johnson in White Bear Lake, Minn. The family moved to Bruno, Minn., and then in 1940 moved to a farm in Palmdale, Minn. He was confirmed and a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund, Minn. Roy graduated from Taylors Falls High School in 1952. He enlisted in the Army and served from 1956-59 and was stationed primarily in Germany. Before and after his service he helped out on the farm and worked for a school supply company in the Twin Cities. Roy had known Donna Thorsell from Luther League at church. They started dating and were married at Immanuel Lutheran on Sept. 5, 1959. They moved to a farm near Palmdale, Minn., where they lived for over 58 years of marriage and raised three boys. Roy grew crops and raised beef cattle. To supplement this, in 1962 he started driving school bus. Little did he know that he would end up driving bus for over 30 years for Taylors Falls and Chisago Lakes schools. He was a Shafer Township board member for over 40 years and was active in the Lions Club and VFW. He was the church custodian and cemetery caretaker for many years. Roy enjoyed attending and watching sports of all kinds. He liked going out to eat and playing cards with friends and family. He especially enjoyed coffee, treats, and socializing after events, especially Sunday church services. Roy is survived by his sons, Wayne (Rachel), Vern (Julie), and Darin (Ann); grandchildren, DeAnna, Jodi, Elizabeth, Adam, and Sarah; six great grandchildren; brother, Lloyd; sisters, Alice and Harriet; and many other family and friends. Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; his parents; brothers, Iver, Herman, and Harry; daughter in-law, Cindy Johnson; and grandson, James Nesbitt. Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m., Jan. 12, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in the Almelund Cemetery.

Gordon Sherwood Fox 
Gordon Sherwood Fox, age 89, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., passed away on Jan. 10, 2019, at St. Croix Falls Regional Medical Center. He was born April 26th, 1929, in Centuria, Wis., to Bert and Martha (Stoltz) Fox. The family moved to St. Croix Falls one year later. He grew up with four brothers, Dale, Tommy, Robert, Jerome, and one sister, Audrey; all have preceded him in death. Gordon graduated from St. Croix Falls High School where he was a star basketball player. At a young age he helped his father in carpenter work and continued on to establish his own building contractor business. He built many residential homes and commercial buildings in the surrounding area, including the original Trollhaugen Chalet, Taylors Falls Motel, St. Croix Falls Motel, (converted for use as the former St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Headquarters), Edling’s Apartments, and many church additions. Gordon was active in the community, serving as President of the Lion's Club, on the original Board of Directors of the Friends of Wisconsin Interstate Park, and President of the First Lutheran Church of Cushing. He served in the Naval Air Reserve for 35 years, as Aviation Ordinance First Class, retiring in 1989. Gordon and Marion (Burnstead) were married at First Lutheran Church of Cushing on July 14, 1951. After living in Minneapolis for two years, they built their home and lived in St. Croix Falls. Gordon broke his hip in July of 2018. After surgery at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, he entered the Good Samaritan Center in St. Croix Falls. He enjoyed two days at home with home healthcare before entering the hospital on Jan. 5. Gordon enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He especially enjoyed sharing his travel experiences while in the Naval Air Reserve, talking about all the cars and trucks he owned and his building accomplishments. He and Marion enjoyed traveling, and spending retirement winters in Orange Beach, Ala., and Mesa, Ariz. Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Marion; children Lynnette (Greg) Lyons of Two Harbors, Minn., Lonnie (Joan) Fox of St. Louis Park, Minn., Julieann Fox (Michael Smith) of Siren, Wis., Janelle Fox (Deven Hui) of Rochester, Minn.; grandchildren Brad (Heather) Fox, Charlie (Andrea) Lyons, Alyssa (John) Johnson, Jenna Fox, Ian Martin, Nathan Martin; and six great-grandchildren, Logan and Josie Johnson, Graham and Wesley Fox, Haven Martin and Alexander Lyons. We will all miss his soft voice and friendly smile. A memorial service was held 11 a.m., Jan. 14, at the Cushing Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cushing. A visitation was held from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Jan. 13 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home and continued one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date in the Cushing Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.

Lawrence L. Larson 
Lawrence L. Larson, age 82, of Balsam Lake, formerly of Lindstrom, Minn., died on Jan. 13, 2019. He is preceded in death by his wife Janet. Larry is survived by his sons Larry Jr. (Zoey), Mike (Lori), Dan, Shawn (Kathy), Pat and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom, Minn. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com

Lucille Victoria Fouts
Lucille Victoria Fouts, 75, of Amery and formerly of the Round Lake Community, Luck passed away on Dec. 14, 2018 at the Golden Age Manor in Amery, Wis. Lucille was born on Nov. 9, 1943 in Cumberland, Wis., the daughter of William and Agnes Scottie. She leaves to celebrate her memory, son, Richard Westling (Elizabeth), Cumberland, Wis., daughter, Debra Clayton (Jonathan), Portland, Ore., and Ronald Westling (Kelly), Estacada, Ore., many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Agnes Scottie, her husband, Dale Fouts and her brothers and sisters. Lucille was loved dearly by her family and friends and she will be very much missed. Visitation for Lucille was held at the Round Lake Community Center on Dec. 16 beginning at 12 p.m. and continue until the service on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Round Lake Community Center. She will be laid to rest at Johnstown Township Cemetery at the Round Lake Community. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Kenneth J. Chapdelaine
Kenneth J. Chapdelaine, Age 86 of Balsam Lake, CMSGT USAF (RET), died Dec. 11, 2018. Ken served in the Minn., Air National Guard for 42 years. Ken was preceded in death by son, John; sister Beverly Heutmaker; brother, Vernon. Survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Loretta; children, Larry, Linda (Dan) Gloor, Betty (Paul) Torell, Paula (Tony) La Salvia and Peter (Michele). Grandchildren, Diana and Brad Chapdelaine and their mother, Karen, Crystal and Eric Gloor, Noah and Ayden La Salvia, Luke and Taylor Chapdelaine; great grandchild, Layla Fredrickson; brother, Bob; nieces and nephews, other family and many friends. Ken loved gardening, fishing and was an active volunteer with many organizations. Ken was a mechanic and loved to tinker with his tractors. Visitation Dec 18 from 4-8 p.m. at Holcome-Henry-Boom-Percell Funeral Home, 515 Highway 96 W, Shoreview. Mass of Christian Burial Dec 19, 10:30 a.m. (visitation 9:30 a.m.) at St. Ann Church, 320 Pine St., Turtle Lake, Wis. Interment St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Mendota, Minn.  

Virginia L. Youngman
Virginia L. Youngman, 100, of Centuria, passed away on Dec. 12, 2018 at Lawson Manor Assisted Living in Luck, Wis., with her family at her side. She was born on April 4, 1918 in Sleepy Eye, Minn., the daughter of Jake and Tressa (McGuire) Breigenzer. She married Fred (Fritz) Youngman on May 29, 1947 and to this union one son Dean was born. The family resided in Sleepy Eye until moving to Centuria in December of 1953 where she has resided since. She worked for the United States Department of Agriculture in Brown County, Minnesota and Polk County, Wis., most of her adult life, retiring in July of 1975. She enjoyed baking, cooking, traveling with her friends and spending time with her family. Virginia leaves to celebrate her memory: grandchildren; Jennifer Kahl, St. Croix Falls, Wis.; Eric Youngman (Bobbi Fjorden), Centuria, Wis.; and Stacy Youngman (Jamie Booth), Balsam Lake, Wis.; great-grandchildren,; Jameson Kahl, Josey Kahl and Riley Youngman, sister-in-law, Bernice Youngman, special friends, Lynn and Gary Heilig and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Tressa Breigenzer, husband, Fred "Fritz" Youngman, son, Dean Youngman and his wife, Susan Youngman, sister, Betty and husband Willard "Shorty" Schmidt, sister-in-law, Kathleen and husband Delbert Kuester and brother–in-law, Ralph Youngman. A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake on Dec. 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. with visitation at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Please join the family for lunch and continued visitation after the service in the church lunch/fellowship hall. Virginia will be laid to rest alongside her husband Fred in the spring at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Centuria. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Sharon (nee Parkins, Strenke) Eby
Sharon A. Eby, age 75 of Hayward, Wis., passed away at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minn., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. She was born in Frederic, Wis., on May 2, 1943 to the late Everett and Marge (Rostad) Parkins. Sharon spent most of her youth in Milltown, Wis., and was a 1961 graduate of Unity High School. Sharon moved to the Hayward area in 1976 to purchase the Milwaukee Inn in Northwoods Beach, and then went on to work at positions in customer service and bookkeeping.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Mark Eby I and her children, Rayanne (Roy) Pedretti of Verona, Wis., and Kevin (Kim) Strenke of Monroe, N.C. Sharon is further survived by her sister, Lorna Britain of Milltown, Wis., and her brother Gary Parkins of Danbury, Wis., step-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sharon's children would like to express their gratitude to Sharon's step-daughter, Pam Watts, for all the loving care and assistance she provided to their mother. Per Sharon's wishes, no funeral or memorial service will be held.

Richard Wesley Bump
Richard Wesley Bump, 81, of Balsam Lake passed away on Dec. 8, 2018 at his home with his loving family at his side. Richard was born in St. Paul, Minn., on July 26, 1937 the son of Harry and Margaret (Young) Bump. Richard proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1954 – 1957. He married Dorothy Karnes on March 11, 1957 while still serving in the Army. In 1971 Richard and family moved to Balsam Lake where he further pursued his love of all things outdoors; hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling and traveling the country. He was an avid reader, his favorites were westerns and there was hardly a weekend that he wasn't watching a movie at the theatre. Richard was a proud member of the Local 455 Pipefitters of St. Paul since 1971. Richard leaves to celebrate his memory: wife, Dorothy Bump, Balsam Lake, Wis.; children: Julie (Tom) Libonate, Amery, Wis.; Tim (Lori) Bump, Amery, Wis.; Margaret (Jon) Jaeb, Hudson, N.H., grandchildren: Karri Becker, Nicole Hudson, Andy Bottolfson, Rick Bottolfson, Josh Bump, Mike Bump, Jake Bump, Nathan Jaeb and Sarah Jaeb, great grandchildren: Spencer and Evan Hudson and Ezra Bump, his brother, Tom Bump and many other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Margaret and his brother Harry. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Following the service military honors will be rendered outside the church by the Balsam Lake American Legion and the State of Wisconsin Veteran Funeral Details Team. Please join the family for lunch and fellowship following military honors. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Patrick Bryant McKee
Celebrating the Life of Patrick Bryant McKee, Feb. 28, 1953 – Nov. 26, 2018
Patrick McKee was born in Norfolk, Va. to Thomas and Mabel McKee. His family moved to Florida when he was nine years-old, and he lived in Jacksonville until moving to Gainesville for college at the University of Florida. Pat then moved to Minnesota to study theology at St. John’s University in Collegeville. He quickly adopted all things Minnesotan, including Nordic skiing. Pat passed away Nov. 26, 2018 in St. Paul, Minn.
Pat met his wife Rita Felling at the University of Minnesota Newman Center when he was completing his MBA at Carlson and Rita was working as an RN in St. Paul. They celebrated their wedding reception at the Felling Family Farm and shared marriage, faith and adventure for 38 years. Pat worked with churches and with many businesses providing management consulting, sales and systems engineering. He taught management at St. John’s University in Collegeville. He also taught at the Minnesota School of Business, St. Mary’s of Winona, and Unity High School. He coached his kids’ soccer teams and Rochester High School Nordic ski team. He skied many Birkebeiners and Vasaloppet races and did triathlons in the “off-season.” He taught Sunday school, confirmation, RCIA and many adult enrichment and faith formation classes. Pat’s Eagle Scout heart was alive in the woods and in the mountains, and many McKee Family Road Trips brought the family to Colorado hiking trails, North Carolina mountain lakes, and many national parks in addition to the annual road trip to visit his family in Jacksonville.
Pat was a man of deep faith and integrity and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a proud brother and a friend who invited others into his love of Nordic skiing, Irish Fair and Interstate Park volunteering, wood chopping, and business ideas. He also inspired community through his work with Iraqi refugee families and members of the Dakota community. Pat proudly called every time he renewed his driver’s license to say that he “checked the box” to be an organ, tissue and eye donor. He generously gave the gifts of tissue and eye donation, a legacy we all celebrate. Left to honor Pat and celebrate his life are his wife Rita (Felling); children Patricia (SO Ben Franske), Katie (Matthew Webster) and Mark; grandchildren Isaac, Meg and Wendell; his brother Tommy; his sisters Judy and Cathy; his Fitzgerald cousins, and many nieces and nephews whom he loved and who laughed at his jokes. Pat will be deeply missed. Mass of Christian burial Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 507 W Main St, Balsam Lake, Wis., 54810, with a visitation one hour prior to service. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com. “I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6
“Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23. Funeral information at https://www.grandstrandfh.com/. Memorial gifts in honor of Pat can be made to: Minnesota DNR Future Forests Fund -https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/gifts/future_forests.html National Parks Foundation – https://www.nationalparks.org LifeSource Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation – https://www.life-source.org/contribute/charitable-contributions/make-a-gift/ 

Marilyn Joanne Schmalz
Marilyn Joanne Schmalz passed away on Nov. 13, 2018, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Marilyn was born on Jan. 16, 1931, in Star Prairie, Wis., to her loving parents Melver and Clara Pearson. She was baptized and confirmed at West Immanuel Lutheran Church and remained a faithful servant of the Lord throughout her life. After graduating from St. Croix Falls High School in 1949, she moved to St. Paul to pursue a career in bookkeeping and accounting, working for various companies including the fledging Northwest Airlines. She met the love of her life, Richard Schmalz, in 1950 and they were married at Fristad Lutheran Church on Feb. 17, 1951. Following their marriage, they settled in St. Paul, moving to Denver when Richard entered the Army. Following his discharge, they settled on a farm in St. Croix Falls because raising their family in the country was important to them both. Their union was blessed with four children and the family grew in later years to embrace eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Marilyn's heart was big enough to hold and nurture each and every one. As a wife, mother and grandmother, she was ever loving, kind, gentle, thoughtful, patient and supportive. Marilyn was a woman of deep faith in her Lord and always willing to serve her community. She was active throughout her life at Fristad Lutheran Church, receiving the Lay Service Award in 2014. In her later years, she greatly enjoyed her work and the friends she made at Interfaith Caregivers, which continued until two years before her passing. Marilyn was creative and enjoyed many activities: painting, reading, cooking, camping, fishing, pontoon boat rides around the lake, bonfires and games of all kinds, especially if those activities involved any member of her extended family. She was up for almost anything and graciously played along with her grandkids even when they thought they were in charge. Marilyn leaves to celebrate her memory her Husband of nearly 68 years, Richard Schmalz of St. Croix Falls, Wis.; Children, Deborah Schmalz and husband Steve of Champlin, Minn.; Steven (Gina) Schmalz of St. Croix Falls, Wis.; John (Julie) Schmalz of Shafer, Minn., and Mark (Karen) Schmalz of Charleston, S.C., Grandchildren, Joshua, Michael, Tabitha, Ashley, Jenifer, Jessica, Jacob, Theresa, Great-Grandchildren, William, Leo, Fiona, Andrew, Anastasia, Drake, Francesca, Lilliana, Ryder, Caleb, McKinley, Tyler, Abigail, Great- Great Granddaughter Adrienne and Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Tim (Mary) Schmalz, Gretchen Schmalz and Ruth (Cliff) Krueger and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Melver and Clara Pearson, Sister-in-law, Meredith Morgan and Brother and Sister–in-law, William and Carol Schmalz.
A Celebration of Life for Marilyn was held on Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria. Internment at Fristad Lutheran Cemetery will occur in the future. 
Arrangements were entrusted to Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria, Wis.
Michael Norman "Mike" Powell w/picture
Michael Norman "Mike" Powell, 63, of Cumberland died Nov. 15, 2018 at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1954 in Frederic, Wis. to Norman and Janette (Roberts) Powell. He graduated from Shell Lake High School in 1973, then served with the US Army in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was married in Cumberland, Wis., on Aug. 26, 1978 to Barbara Vucenic. Mike worked for over 30 years for the Town of Maple Plain, retiring in 2016. Mike enjoyed hunting, logging, rock hunting, assisting with the 4H dog project, motorcycling and repairing cars. He is survived by his loving wife, Barb, of Cumberland; their daughter, Monica LaVeau of Shell Lake; two grandchildren: LeLu and Micah; two nieces, two nephews and several cousins. Mike was preceded in death by his parents. A brief prayer will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at Cumberland Baptist Church led by Pastor Gary Dorn and with full military honors accorded by the Anderson-Thomson Post #98 American Legion immediately following. Burial will be in the spring at Lorain Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at the church. Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.

Shirley J. Braun
Shirley J. Braun, née Sinclair, 83 of Osceola died Nov. 11, 2018 with her family by her side. Shirley was born in Vancouver, Wash., on Feb. 26, 1935, the youngest of five children of Glen Elder and Frances Lily Sinclair. She was married to Charles Braun for 58 years of loving marriage. Shirley served in the US Navy and met Charles, also in the Navy, in Norfolk, Va. They were married in 1957 and after a short time living in Bremerton, Wash., settled in Wisconsin. Shirley’s priorities were family and community. While living in Wausau, she served as den mother for the local Cub Scouts troop and as a Sunday school teacher in the First Presbyterian Church. In Osceola, Shirley was an active member in the Osceola Women’s Club (OWC), and in 1975 she was recruited to become the first professional librarian of what is now the Osceola Public Library. With some secondhand book shelves and books purchased by the OWC, they set up shop in two rooms of the Osceola Inn, and shortly afterward the location now known as the Emily Olson House on River Street. Shirley went about the business of supplying the residents of Osceola with literature to both educate and entertain. Shirley carried on her duties 12 years and resigned in 1987. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Frank Braun; father Glen Elder Sinclair; mother Frances Lily Gordon Sinclair; brother Clyde Gordon Sinclair and wife Cheryl; brother Frank Elder Sinclair and wife Bettie; brother Glendale Sinclair and wife Katherine; sister Frances Eva Nold and husband Stanly. Shirley is survived by her sons Gregory Braun of Osceola, Dale Braun and wife Elizabeth of Somerset, Wis.; Glen Braun and wife Karen of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren Caitlin Tessman and husband Alex and son Dominik of River Falls, Wis., Chelsea Veverka and husband Matthew of St. Paul, Minn. A private service will be held at a later date to celebrate Shirley’s life. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made in honor of Shirley’s life-long joy of reading to the Mill Pond Learning Foundation, Inc. http://millpondlf.com/donate/ or by calling their offices at 715-294-3753.
Devlin Daniel Scheuer "Diz" w/picture(when I get it)
Devlin Daniel Scheuer “Diz”, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 17, 2018. He was born on Sept. 12, 1967. He was an avid fisherman, camper, and all round outdoorsman. Devlin worked many years as a mason, was owner operator of Lil’ Izzy’s Snack Shack. He loved his cat Buddy and was a wonderful uncle to his nieces and nephew’s. He was a free spirit. He is preceded in death by his parents Buster and Audrey; and sister Kathy Gay. He is survived by his sisters Nancy (Randy), Heidi (Royce), and Peggy; brothers Tony (Bonnie), Brad, and Clint (Kyla); and best friend and brother Eric (Poo); and many many other relatives and friends. Devlin was one of the kindest, sweetest, gentlest people. He graduated from Osceola High School. He was a loved brother and best friend. He would do anything for anybody without asking for anything in return. He loved trains and ships and liked to collect antiques. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Rest in peace brother.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 26 at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser, Wis. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are being handled by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online on www.grandstrandfh.com. 

Nora Marion Brihn
Nora Marion Brihn, of Centuria, passed away Nov. 5, 2018 with her family at her side. She was born in Centuria, the daughter if Myrvin and Marion Hoey. Nora earned a degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine's in St. Paul. She participated in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps. She had a long career in nursing and retired from the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. She enjoyed cross-country skiing, traveling, bird watching, quilting and spending time with her family and friends. Nora leaves to celebrate her memory: children, Jane Street, Tom (Kathy) Poirier, Mary (Stuart) Bibeau, Julie Poirier, Laurie (Dana) Whitehead, Myrvin Poirier and Lisa Brihn (Matthew), many grandchildren and great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Myrvin and Marion Hoey, siblings, Joan, Carol, Maryldeane and a son-in-law, Bill Street. Private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Animal Society of choice by the gifter. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Barbara (Barb) A. Drinkwine
Barbara (Barb) A. Drinkwine, 70, passed away Oct. 29, 2018 at her home in Dresser. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 51 years, Gary, along with her four sons David (Theresa), Bradley (Ericka), Joseph (Christine), and Matthew (Jeanie); along with 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. During Barb's free time she enjoyed spending time with her family baking, reading, and sewing. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 9 a.m., Nov. 5 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Osceola, Wis. A visitation was held one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Monday. Interment was in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wis. at 12 p.m. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home.

Ila L. Raygor
Ila Leigh Raygor, age 95, of Dresser, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Ila was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph; son, Donnie (Betty) Raygor; grandson, Danny Raygor; granddaughter, Susie Raygor Jasperson; three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her daughter, Charlene (Dan) Mealey; grandchildren, Jerry (Marie) Raygor and Tracy Phernetton; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; also many nieces, nephews, other family and close friends. Ila was born Oct. 6, 1923, in LeRoy Township, Audubon County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Herbert and Jessie (Emery) Renshaw. Ila was united in marriage to Joseph Raygor on Sept. 14, 1938, in Bayard, Iowa. Ila and her family moved from Iowa to a farm near Dresser in 1956. She lived there for 38 years, until she and Joseph moved into Dresser in 1994. Ila was a waitress, assisted Joseph with their farm, and they ran a construction company from 1972 to 1987. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser. Ila enjoyed music, singing, playing piano and organ, quilting, and sewing. Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., Nov. 10, at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Private family interment will be in Bethesda Cemetery. Grandstrand Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials are preferred.

Marjorie Suzanne Lindemann 
Marjorie Suzanne Lindemann, 83, of Cumberland died Oct. 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Hospital. She was born Nov. 27, 1934 in Monroe, Wis., to Melvin and Marion (Zimmerman) Agen. She graduated from Barron High School in 1952, then attended UW Madison, graduating from UW Stout and UW Eau Claire many years later. After the death of her first husband, Frank Gidio, Marjorie married Harold Lindemann in 1980, who then preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 2017. Marjorie retired from teaching at Shell Lake High School in 1999 and then invested her time and energy into the pursuit of visual arts. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Omoto (Loren) of Maitland, Fla., and Margaret Gidio of Cumberland; and stepdaughter: Laura Madigan (Mike) of St. Paul, Minn. She leaves behind seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Marjorie was preceded in death by daughter, Katherine Gidio. Burial will be at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. If desired, memorials should be given to a favored project or charity. Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland/ Turtle Lake is serving the family.

Gregory "Greg" S. Maxwell
Gregory "Greg" S. Maxwell, age 60, of Luck passed away on Oct. 25, 2018 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls. Greg was born on June 26, 1958 in Minneapolis to parents, Jack and Margaret (Vogt) Maxwell. Greg is survived by his son, Dan (fiance Alex) Maxwell of Luck, daughter, Gena Maxwell of Fargo, N.D. brother, Mark Maxwell of Willow River, Minn.; sisters, Pam (Ryan) Helgeson of White Bear Lake, Minn., Kim (Marshall) Anderson of Prescott, his two grandchildren, Jack and Natalyn Maxwell and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Margaret. Everything mother nature provided in his life he loved and cherished eternally. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 31 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at New Home Cemetery. Arrangements are by Grandstrand Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Osceola. 

Jeffrey Todd Crossfield 
Jeffrey Todd Crossfield, age 43, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., died on Oct. 24 at Regions Hospital in St Paul, Minn., surrounded in love by his family and friends. Jeff was born July 10,1975 to Timothy and LeAnna Crossfield. He is the oldest brother of Joshua, Daniel and Michael. Jeff grew up in a large extended family and loved the many family gatherings and adventures had with his cousins. He graduated from St. Croix Lutheran school in 1994. Jeff was a hard worker. He worked at Petco and GNC (to name a couple) before he started at the Target Distribution Center in Fridley, Minn., where he has been working in the warehouse for 18 years. Jeff loved sports; basketball, football, baseball. When time would allow, the game was always playing in the back ground. If he couldn’t listen he’d get caught up on KFAN. In 2004 he met the love of his life, Marilyn Renee Carpenter. They were married on July 30, 2005. They welcomed daughter Emily in 2006 and Zaylie in 2010. As a family they loved to take road trips and everything Disney. Jeff was a quiet, strong, generous person and the best husband and father, son and brother, and so much more. He loved his girls. He loved his family. Jeff also loved all creatures. He loved creating his fish tanks, having turtles, guinea pigs to name a few. He also leaves behind his beloved fur children, Amorette Valentine, and Kidani Dakota. It is with hope we say good bye and with God’s grace we walk this journey till the day we see your face again. He is survived by his loving wife Marilyn Crossfield, daughters Emily and Zaylie, parents Timothy and LeAnna Crossfield, Brothers Joshua (Jocelyn), Daniel (Mackenzie), Parents in Law Tom & Linda Carpenter, Brothers in Law Michael (Elizabeth), Jonathan (Carrie), Nieces; Brooklyn & Macie, Nephews Isaac & Noah, Jonah & Luke. Grandma Betty Crossfield, Grandma In Law Elaine Rud. Many Aunts, Uncles, cousins and beloved friends. He was proceeded in death by his brother Michael, Maternal grandparents Jayne & Paul Tassler, Paternal grandpa Donald Crossfield, fur children Sasha and Tearzak.

Daniel Edward Hutton 
Daniel Edward Hutton, 67, of Luck passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 12, 2018. Daniel was born on Jan. 6, 1951 in Siren, Wis., to Henry and Marjory (LeMieux) Hutton where he grew up helping on the family farm. He graduated from Luck High School in 1969. He continued working on the farm for the first summer after graduation and then went to work for Durex, Inc. in Luck until he retired in 2015. Daniel married Debora Hiller on May 4, 1974 and they had two children, Shawn and Tanya. He enjoyed racing his Dodge Super Bee in his younger years and also had a 1957 Chevy that he loved. He was a life-long Green Bay Packer fan and often had to hurry through his chores to be in front of the TV for kickoff time. He also enjoyed spending time in his gardens and he had an amazing green thumb. He loved going for walks in his woods with his dogs, camping, deer hunting, fishing, grilling, cooking and trying new recipes. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. You would often see him on his Ford 8n tractor and skidsteer grinning from ear to ear. Daniel is survived by his wife, Debora; son, Shawn (Shawndell); daughter, Tanya (Glen); brothers, Rick and Tim (Kathy) Hutton; grandchildren, Alyssa, Colton, Aushie, Ryley, Shelby and Molly; great-grandchildren, Gianna, Naudia and Jameson; as well as extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Marjory and brother, Joseph. A Memorial Celebration will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home, 206 Second Ave. E., Luck on Oct. 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. You are invited to leave condolences, memories and photos at www.rowefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, www.wicremationcenter.com.

Maurine June Melin 
Maurine June Melin, 90, of Centuria passed away peacefully on Oct. 13, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Glenn Melin; son, Timothy Melin; parents, Roy and Clara Chinander; brother Roland Chinander and his wife Viola and brother John Chinander. She is survived by her sons Lynn (Sharon) of Atlanta, Ga., and Mark (Mirjam) of Clinton, Wis.; daughter Kathleen of Saint Croix Falls, Wis.; daughter-in-law Debbie of Osceola, Wis.; grandchildren Ryan, Andy, Nick, Kodiak, Blaze, Lark, Meredith, Glenn, Travis, Dylan, Jennifer, Ben, Court and 17 great grand-children; her sisters-in-law Marguerite Chinander, St. Croix Falls, Wis., and Hettie Lou Garland, Ashland, N.C.; and cousin Dorrinne Weir Jensen Bebault, Osceola, Wis. Maurine was born April 25, 1928, at the hospital in Taylors Falls, Minn., and grew up on the family farm in the Lamar community. She attended Lamar School and graduated from Centuria High School in 1945. Afterwards, she worked as a clerk at Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative in Centuria where she met Glenn Melin. They were united in marriage on Aug. 19, 1950. Maurine was a devoted wife and mother. After her children grew older, she worked at the Centuria Post Office as a clerk. She was active in a variety of roles at Fristad Lutheran Church, as a board member for Lamar Community Center, and managed the tax roles for Centuria for many years. She loved her family, friends, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who she gathered to the table often with her baking, cooking, and hospitality. She and Glenn loved to travel and visited South America, Western Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, and the continental United States. Maurine also donated 16 plus gallons of blood to the American Red Cross. Funeral Services were held at Fristad Lutheran Church Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Richard Matthew Vollmer 
Richard Matthew Vollmer, 89, of St. Croix Falls, passed away Aug. 4, 2018 at the St. Croix Falls Good Samaritan Society. Richard is survived by his wife, Gloria; eight children, Mark and Fiancée Debbie, Mary (Michael), Nadine, Alexis (John), Nicole, James, Samantha (Charlie) and Simon (Dez); five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many, many friends. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, George and Millie, brother, Jim and sister, Marg. Memorials preferred to St. Joseph Catholic Church or St. Croix Falls Good Samaritan Society. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Aug. 27 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola with a visitation one hour prior to the service. A private family interment will be held in Spooner. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com

Herman John Raska 
Herman John Raska, 68, of New Richmond passed away Aug. 14, 2018 at the Osceola Medical Center. Herman was born on March 5, 1950 to Melvin and Norma (McConnell) Raska in Eureka Center, Wis. He attended Osceola High School and graduated in 1968. Herman was united in marriage to Bonnie Kobs on Nov. 25, 1978 in East Farmington, Wis. This marriage was blessed with five children. Herman worked on area farms while in high school. He also worked for Maxon in St. Paul, Minn., Willson Excavating in Amery, Wis., Carslon Excavating and Septic “Digger Bob” in Frederic, Wis., along with helping his brother at Raska Sewer Service in Osceola, Wis. Herman had the biggest heart. He was a man who put his family first above himself. He would drop everything to help anyone. He loved making everyone laugh even in awkward predicaments. He loved nicknaming his grandchildren and others. He loved digging in the dirt with his “big toys” and his grandchildren. He loved hunting with the crew. He had a great sense of humor and loved making funny faces. He was the hardest worker, loved hugs and enjoyed watching his westerns and listening to country music. He had a great love of chocolate chip and Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies and not gaining a pound. His faith and working on the farm were important to him. He took care of the dogs and had a love/hate relationship with the cats. His favorite things were his pocket plaid shirts and handkerchiefs. And above all else, his deep devotion for his wife and everlasting love for his family. Herman is preceded in death by Parents, Melvin “Pete” and Norma Raska; sibling, Brian Raska; parents-in-law, Leonard and Gert Kobs and grandparents, aunts and uncles. Herman is survived by his loving wife of almost 40 years, Bonnie; children, Marty (Koren), Mickey (Jennifer), Melvin, Amy (Michael) and Darcie (Daniel); grandchildren: Dominic, Bailey, Hailee, Faith, Anthony, Addison, Peyton, William, McKenzie, Ryley, Lucas, Emily, Easton and Leo; siblings, Carol (Paul) Kammerud, Sandy (Duane) Callin, Butch (Sue) Raska, Leon (Sheree) Raska, Mary (Jerry) Larson, LaVonne (Tom) Schlingman, Bev (Doug) Johnson, Keith (Sue) Raska and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends. Memorials are preferred. 
A celebration of life was held 3 p.m., Aug. 21 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, with visitation two hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com. 

Roger John Neumann 
Roger John Neumann was born Aug. 9, 1950 in St. Paul, Minn. to Leona (Goetschel) and Clarence (Jim) Neumann. He was called home to be with Jesus on Aug. 14, 2018. He was 68 years old. Roger was baptized on Aug. 27, 1950 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, No. St. Paul, Minn. He was confirmed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Farmington, Wis. He attended Oak Knoll Country School and graduated from Osceola High School in 1968. He married Laurie Johnson at West Immanuel Lutheran Church on March 22, 1975. This union was blessed with three children, Bjorn, Crystal and Brett. His life was centered a round the three "F's"- Faith, Family and Farming. He served the Lord faithfully at Zion Lutheran Church on the Christian Day School Board and Church Council for many years. We rejoice that he is now joined with his loved ones who have gone before him. Family was very important to him. Nothing made him happier that to watch his children, and then his grandchildren, whether it be sporting events, church activities, showing cattle at the fair, tractor driving, pedal pulling, school plays and concerts, anything they were involved with. He was very proud of them all. His other great passion was farming. His family moved to the farm on "The Flat" in 1953. He was involved with the farm as soon as he could walk. Nothing gave him more satisfaction than planting and watching the crops grow, milking cows, harvesting and hauling the harvest to market. Cows and tractors, he loved it all. He enjoyed being involved with the Polk County FSA COC. In the past he also served on the Polk County Coop Board. He was a seed dealer for Renk Seed Co. for 45 years and enjoyed several trips with his fellow dealers. He was an avid pedal tractor, toy tractor, and big tractor collector. He was the instigator of pedal tractor pulling in Western Wisconsin beginning in 1983. He was the president of the Wisconsin State Pedal Pullers Association. Tractor pulling was another activity that he loved. He was an avid supporter of 4-H and FFA. He loved making new friends and watching kids grow through the years. Roger loved and lived life to the fullest. His main goal was to make people smile and be happy. His hearty laugh was infectious. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Leona Neumann. He is survived by his wife, Laurie; children, Bjorn (Jamie) Neumann of New Richmond, Crystal (Derek) Ruter of Shannon, Ill., Brett (Beth) Neumann of River Falls, Wis.; grandchildren, Ben and Gabbie Neumann, Emma, Rielly and Payton Ruter, Brayden Richison, Haylee and Maddisyn Weidell, and Brynnleigh Neumann. A Funeral Service will be held on Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church 252 State Road 35 Osceola. Visitation will also be held on Aug. 18, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Osceola. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Dale William Bebault 
Dale William Bebault, 86, of Osceola, passed away Aug. 15, 2018 at the Christian community Home in Osceola. Dale Bebault was born on Sept. 12, 1931 in Little Sauk, Minn., to Arthur and Florence (Gardner) Bebault. Dale attended South High School through the 10th grade. Dale joined the Navy in 1951 and served three and a half years on the USS Albany, a heavy cruiser ship. He was honorably discharged as a boatswain’s mate 3rd class on June 28, 1959. Dale married Onalee Susanne (Sue) Lyons on June 23, 1956. They raised four children. Sue passed away on Aug. 2, 1992. Dale worked for Nelson Rubbish Removal Service from 1955 to 1958. Dale and Sue moved their family from Minneapolis to Osceola and started working for Jenson Transfer until 1961. Dale drove semi for Stillwater Manufacturing and also drove school bus for Osceola. He worked for the Osceola Beverage Company for several years. He was also employed at Red Arrow Sports until it closed. Dale then worked as a janitor/courier for the Osceola School District until he retired in 1993.
Dale married Dorrinne Jensen on April 29, 1995. They enjoyed traveling together. In the summer months you could find Dale on the golf course. On Nov. 12, 2012 both Dale and Dorrinne entered into the Christian Community Home. They were together until Dorrinne moved to the Amery Memory Care in Jan. 2018. Dale was an avid reader and a Packers fan. Dale is preceded in death by parents; first wife, Sue; infant son, Mitchell and several siblings. Dale is survived by wife, Dorrinne; children, Susette (Gary) Peer, Mark (Sherri), Michael (Carla) and Jeffrey; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Doreen Pavlak and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
A funeral service was held 11 a.m., Aug. 20 at the Osceola United Methodist Church. A visitation was held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 19, 2018 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola and continued one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment was in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Osceola. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com. 

Mary Jane Larsen 
Mary Jane Larsen, 87, of St. Croix Falls, died Aug. 18, 2018 at Capitol View Transitional Care in St. Paul, Minn. Mary Jane was born Jan. 16, 1931, in Taylors Falls, Minn., to Russell and Elvie (Nelson) Blair. She was a graduate of St. Croix Falls High School. Mary Jane was united in marriage to Norman Larsen in 1951. She was a day care provider and homemaker for her family. Mary Jane was a member of First Lutheran Church in Cushing. She was a skilled seamstress and enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, arts and crafts, painting, and baking. Mary Jane is survived by her daughter, Debbie Leland of St. Paul, Minn.; sons, Ronnie Blair of St. Croix Falls, Wis., Dean Larsen of St. Paul, Minn., and Dale Larsen of Centerville, Minn.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother, Howard "Chuck" (Donna) Blair of Wolf Creek, Wis.; also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Norman in 2014. Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., Aug. 25, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, Wis. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola and continues one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Memorials are preferred to the American Lung Association.

Svend Verner Jensen 
Svend Verner Jensen was born March 24, 1925, at Milltown, with twin sister Elsa, to Marius and Johanna Jensen. Svend and Elsa were baptized in their home soon after they were born. He grew up in the Milltown area. Svend was confirmed in the Milltown area. He attended Sunnyview and Pleasant Valley Elementary School and graduated from Milltown High School in Milltown. After graduation he worked as a farm hand for three years and tested milk for DHIA for two years. Svend was drafted into the Army during the Korean War in Nov. 1950 to Oct. 1952. After he was discharged he again tested milk until the spring of 1955. During that time he met HelenNetta Monson at a dance and she later became his wife on Sept. 16, 1955. After marriage they lived in New Richmond for four months. They lived in Amery for the remainder of his life. During his married life he worked at hauling can milk, driving school bus and doing construction for Joyle Anderson, was a volunteer fireman and drove bulk petroleum truck which he retired from. After retiring he worked part-time maintenance at the Bremer Bank. He wintered in Arizona for 11 winters. Svend was a member of the Swedish Congregational Church, Clear Lake, and later was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Amery for 35 years. He enjoyed camping, playing golf, DRINKING COFFEE, sports, dancing until health problems occurred and he loved his family and his grandchildren. On Aug. 17, 2018 Svend passed away at the age of 93 years and five months at the Golden Age Manor where he had been living for the past four years. He is preceded in death by his mother, Johanna; father, Marius; brother, Einer; twin sister, Elsa; sister, Inger; and daughter-in-law, Debbie. He will be missed by his wife, HelenNetta; daughter, Alane (Clifford) Kurkowski; son, Paul Jensen; grandchildren, Alex Kurkowski, April (John) Einseg, Joshua Jensen, Felicia Jensen and Olivia Jensen; and great grandson, Corbin Einseg. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Amery. The Celebration of Life will be held on Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. Private interment will be at the Swedish Congregational Church Cemetery in Clear Lake.

Jacqueline L. Nyberg 
Jacqueline L. Nyberg, age 69, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., died on Aug. 11, 2018. She was born on Dec. 8, 1948 in Tucson, Ariz., to parent’s John and Phyllis Nyberg. Jackie had managed the St. Croix Falls Theatre for many years. She is preceded in death by her parents and survived by her siblings David (Kandace) Nyberg and Marcia (Charlie) Schmidt; nieces Kourtney (David), Kelsey Nyberg, and Amber (Josh) Langley; and great nieces and nephews. Jackie enjoyed activities with her friends at both the Methodist Church in Osceola and her apartment building, Forest Heights in St. Croix Falls, helping out at People Loving People Thrift Store in Dresser, Wis., and liked spending time with friends and loved being with family. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Aug. 16, 11 a.m. at Osceola Methodist Church in Osceola, Wis., with visitation one hour prior to the service at church. A private family interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wisconsin. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com

Earl J. "Dick" Spaulding 
Earl J. "Dick" Spaulding, 92, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at Golden Age Manor in Amery with loved ones by his side. He was born May 20, 1926 in St. Paul, Minn., to Earl M. and Mabel Spaulding. When Earl was 10 years-old the family moved to their farm in Grantsburg, Wis. In May of 1944 he graduated from Grantsburg High School where he was active in varsity basketball and football. On July 1, 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving at Great Lakes Training Center in Chicago, Ill. Later he served on a destroyer in the Philippine Islands. He was honorably discharged in July 4, 1946. On March 15, 1947 he was married to Arlene Wiberg of Siren, Wis. They moved to River Falls, Wis., where Earl continued his college education. In 1949, they moved to Spring Lake Park, Minn., where Earl was employed by the Cornelius Co. in Anoka, Minn. In 1956 Earl began working for Honeywell, Inc. at the Twin Cities Arsenal in their Metrology Laboratory. There he met Les Becker who became like a brother to him. Earl worked at Honeywell until his accident in November of 1978. In 1962, with their three children Richard, Pamela and David, they moved to Centuria, WI to "live in the country". Earl enjoyed deer hunting with his dad and sons in the Grantsburg area. He was an avid reader of books and the Minneapolis Star and Tribune newspaper, especially Sid Hartman's column. He was a fan of the Minnesota Vikings and the Twins. For 20 years he and his wife enjoyed the winter in the warm sunshine of Arizona and the many friends they made there. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, son, Richard, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Vernon and Dorothy Stream, and brother-in-law, Howard Anderson and son-in-law Jerry Hallberg. Earl is survived by his wife of 71 years, Arlene, daughter, Pamela Hallberg, son, David Spaulding, granddaughter, Jamie Hallberg, "special kid", Dale (Jan) Brainard, cousins Margaret (Ken) Waldhauser and Marlene (Harlan) Downing, brother-in-law and sister-in-law DuWayne and Rose Wiberg and many other family and friends. A Celebration of Life for Earl will be held on Aug. 18, at 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church rural Centuria. Earl's family will greet visitors at the church beginning at 2 p.m. Pastor Steve Ward will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded following the service outside the church. Please join the family for lunch and fellowship following the military honors. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Floyd A. Norlund
Floyd A. Norlund passed away on Aug. 10, 2018 at the University of Minnesota Hospital surrounded by family at his side. Floyd was born May 24, 1939, in Pine Island, Minn., to his parents Hans Algot and Opal Louise (Watson) Norlund. At a young age Floyd moved to Wisconsin. He graduated from Milltown High School in Milltown, Wis., in 1957. He was later united in marriage that same year in September to Joan (Jo-Ann) Ellen Kaiser. The couple made their home in White Bear Lake, Minn., where they raised their five children. Floyd worked for and and eventually retired from the Metropolitan Transit Bus Company after many years of service. Floyd and Joan later moved to rural Balsam Lake, Wis., where they have resided for the past 20 plus years. Floyd was a very humble and kind person to everyone he had contact with. He enjoyed woodworking, working outdoors and made the best apple pies. He also loved being with his family and friends, especially his grandkids and great grandkids who he loved joking and playing with. He also loved discussing the future of the Packers with his brothers Arlen and Bob. Floyd was preceded in death by his father Hans Algot Norlund and mother Opal Louise Watson Norlund and daughter Becky Lou Norlund. He is survived by wife Joan, daughter Sherry (Jim) Stawnychy, Wendy (Norm) Schweitz, Tammy (Adam) Skinner and son Rick (Deb) Norlund, ten grandchildren, Kristal (David) Mazzola, Amber (Tony) Macheledt, Melissa (Jack) Schermann, Tyler Schwietz, Alicia (Jeremy) Thompson, Kyle (Alexis) Schwietz, Jeff Skinner, Valarie (James) Ostrander, Jamee Norlund, Logan Norlund, 14 great grandchildren and his brothers Arlen (Dory) Norlund, Bob (Mary) Norlund. He also leaves behind a nephew, nieces, many cousins, and extended family and friends, including his very good friend Jim Duncan. A funeral service to celebrate Floyd’s life will take place at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17, at Georgetown Lutheran Church. There will be a visitation 1 hour prior to services at Georgetown Lutheran Church from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Interment will follow services in the Georgetown Lutheran Church Cemetery. To sign an online guestbook and view a video tribute please visit www.williamsonwhite.com Arrangements were made with the Williamson ~ White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery, Wis.  

Scott Everett Backes 
Scott Everett Backes was received into the loving arms of his Savior on Aug. 12, 2018 after a brief but courageous battle with colon cancer. He was 47 years and 6 days old. 
Scott was born on Aug. 6, 1971 in St. Croix Falls, Wis., to Everett and Marylin (Eveland) Backes. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nye, Wis. Scott attended school in Osceola, Wis. In 1995, he met his life partner Jenny Kretman. Their union of 23 years produced two sons, Trevor Backes of Balsam Lake, Wis., and Devin Backes of Osceola, Wis. Scott worked at Tenere (Osceola) for the last five years. There he established many friendships but none more genuine than that of his friends Pedro and Johnny. They enjoyed Wednesday night bingo at Tippy’s and sharing practical jokes. Scott’s true passions were hunting, fishing, rock picking and most importantly, spoiling his granddaughter Ava. Their daily ritual included listening to bluegrass music at night while sharing a popsicle. Scott was preceded in death by his father Everett J. Backes; grandparents Martin and Agnes Eveland; aunt and uncle Rose and Ray Lee; and cousins Michael and Matt Lee. He is survived by his partner Jenny Kretman; sons Trevor and Devin Backes; granddaughter Ava Lynn Mae Backes; mother Marilyn J. Backes; sister Sheri (Tony) Anderson; brothers Jeff (Tracy) Backes, Kyle (Heather Jennings) Backes, Dani *Karen) Backes, Brant (Jamie) Backes, and Bruce Backes; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at West Immanuel Church in Osceola, Wis. Visitation one hour prior to the service at church. A private family interment will take place at a later date. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.

Gary Allen Hansen 
Gary Hansen passed away peacefully on July 28, 2018 at the St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was 71 years-old. Gary was born March 25, 1947 in Amery, Wis., to Kermit and Bernice Hansen. He was raised on the family farm south of Milltown, Wis., graduating from Unity High School in 1965. He was drafted into the Army in 1966 and married Katheleen Fox before being sent to Vietnam in 1967. Gary achieved the rank of Staff Sargeant, fought on the front lines during TET, survived his missions as a "tunnel rat" and arrived home in the fall of 1968 with a Bronze Star. He and Kathy spent the next 13 years dairy farming (receiving the Land-O-Lakes Young Farmer of the year award) and raising their two children. When the beginning of spinal arthritis and economic inflation forced him to discontinue farming, he began his new career as a commercial truck driver. He spent the next 20 years truly enjoying the challenge of driving in all weather, across the country and in downtown Chicago. Health issues eventually demanded that he stay near home. He drove dump truck, snow plow and road graders for five years before becoming too disabled to continue. He had accumulated millions of miles with a perfect driving record and collected good friends along the way. In 1989, he married Terry (Fox) Jones and moved to Bay City, Wis./Red Wing, Minn. area, where he would live for the rest of his life. Gary will be remembered for his quiet easy nature, his sharp intelligent and fierce sense of humor, a love of animals, and his wide range of interests: driving cars, machinery, and motorcycles, traveling, history, gemstones, jewelry, and devoted friendships. And of course his hobby of buying and driving used vehicles of every descriptioin (last count 88 +). He lived his philosophy of laughing and learning every day! He is survived by wife Terry Hansen, children Nichole (Craig) Kollman, Michael Hansen, Emma Kollman, Trent Jones, Luke Jandl, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and good friends. He will be missed... A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 15, at the American Legion, 710 Pearl Street, Prescott, Wis., with a gravesite ceremony at 4:30 p.m. in the Pine Glen Cemetery, also in Prescott. Please consider making a donation to the Wounded Warriors organization or to your local no-kill animal shelter in Gary's name.