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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonita Jane Lee
Bonita Jane Lee was born Dec. 20, 1944 in St. Croix Falls to Bert and Dorothy Lee. She grew up on Hamilton Street in St. Croix Falls with her brothers, Jack, Warren, and Danny. She enjoyed swimming, ice skating, squirrel hunting, bike riding, choir, cheerleading, and was active in church and bible memory groups. She remembers playing along the St. Croix River banks where there was a cow pasture across from their house and picking wildflowers and mayflowers with Aunt Mabel. She dated for six years and later married the Love of her Life, Reuben Swanson Aug. 3, 1963, the same year she graduated high school from St. Croix Falls. Reuben and Bonnie lived in a small home just above her parents’ house on Hwy 87 for the first two years of marriage and had two children, Brent and Brad. They purchased the 80-acre farm in Eureka in 1966 and later had three daughters, Brenda, Rebecca, and Briana. Reuben and Bonita have lived on the farm ever since and would be celebrating their 55 year Anniversary this August. Reuben worked many jobs including running a construction company with his brother before becoming a full time dairy farmer. Bonnie enjoyed decorating and caring for her home, which had a large addition added to make room for the family. She also enjoyed caring for her large gardens, canning, freezing and sometimes selling produce. She also hunted during the gun deer season and would help cut wood. Bonnie frequently cared for other children along with her five. She enjoyed cooking for seven or 50 people. She was a great baker and always had something sweet made to go with coffee for the many who dropped in unexpectedly. She sewed clothing for herself and her children, and enjoyed her crafts, teaching the kids to enjoy them as well. Bonnie sold Avon for many years and enjoyed visiting others more than the business. She would take her kids swimming in the summer if they got their garden work done. She taught the children to work as a family, but always made time for picnics in the fields or a trip to the swimming hole. She always helped make the best costumes and frequently helped with school projects. She was a good teacher and mother to her children. 
Bonnie always loved the Lord and took her children to church and Sunday school, but more than that, she taught her children about God and frequently discussed scripture and applied it to everyday living. She played piano by ear, was a gifted singer, and frequently sang in church for services, funerals, etc. She loved her grandchildren and great granddaughter. The kids enjoyed the animals on the farm, a pony, cows, beef cattle, pigs, dogs, cats, geese, ducks, chickens, guinea hens, sometimes squirrels, rabbits, you name it, it probably lived on the farm at least once. In October of 2017, Bonnie suffered a massive stroke which eventually led to her living in the Frederic Nursing and Rehab facility. Her mind was okay and she could use her right arm, and she lived there until her passing July 18, 2018. Bonita is survived by her husband, Reuben Swanson; sons, Brent (Sharon Johnson) Swanson, Brad (Vickie) Swanson, and daughters, Brenda (Duane True) Forsman, Rebecca Jensen, Briana (Mark Anderson) Swanson; grandchildren, Brandon, Savannah and Zachary (Jackie Gorney) Swanson, Shane (Jerrica Jones) and Christopher Swanson, Brandon Peer, Elizabeth Peer, Lillian, Roselyn and Jay (Alivia Bostrom) Forsman, McKayla (Josh Nelson) Swanson, Mackenzie and Madisen Jensen, Mara Swanson, Chloe and Haley Anderson; great granddaughters, Lacey Swanson, Elliana, Trinity and Aubriela Larrabee and great grandson Carter Bostrom; and brothers, Jack (Shirley) Lee, Warren (Barb) Lee and Dan (Nancy) Lee. Preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Dorothy Lee and her granddaughter, Nicole Swanson, and great grandson, Jaxon Larrabee. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend to many. She is with her Lord and Savior and singing her heart out. A funeral service was held 2 p.m. July 22, at the Alliance of the Valley Church in St. Croix Falls, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment took place in the Fristad Lutheran Cemetery in Centuria. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com. 

Lazette Kathryn McLeod
Lazette Kathryn McLeod (Nee: Peper), 96, of Eau Claire, born May 14, 1922 in Centuria, died July 20, 2018. Lazette was the youngest of four children born to William C. and Matie Mohs Peper. Lazette graduated from Centuria High School in 1940. She later attended and graduated from the Minneapolis School of Business. On Dec. 15, 1945 she married Donald McLeod. Their son George was born in 1947. Their marriage lasted for 63 years until Donald's death in 2009. Lazette enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, gardening, reading, and traveling. She worked for many years at Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op in Centuria; and after retiring, became the first woman elected to the board of directors. 
In 2012 Lazette moved to Eau Claire to be closer to her son and daughter-in-law. She lived at Heather Wood Assisted Living where she enjoyed the friendship of many residents and staff. She was a member of St John's Lutheran Church of Centuria for her entire life, attending Trinity Lutheran Church during the years she lived in Eau Claire. Lazette leaves to celebrate her memory; her son, George (Lynne) McLeod of Fall Creek; granddaughters Jennifer (Chad) Amundson of White Bear Lake and Ashley (Mike) Danks of Hibbing; great grandchildren, Melissa and Jason Amundson and Allison Danks; Sisters-in-law, Lauryl Flatten, Joan Wulf, and Jane Larsen; and many loving friends and relatives. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on July 27 at St John's Lutheran Church, in Centuria. Pastor Timothy Blauert will officiate, music will be provided by Mike and Cheryl Peper. Visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m. at St John's Lutheran Church prior to the service. A luncheon will be served at the church following the funeral service. Lazette's remains will be laid to rest at Balsam Lake Cemetery next to her husband in a private ceremony. 
Memorials preferred to St John's Lutheran Church, Centuria or your local Humane Association. Many thanks to the caring staff at Heather Wood Assisted Living in Eau Claire, where Lazette spent the last six and one half years of her life. To express online condolences, please visit www.kolstadfamilyfuneralhome.com. Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. 

Lois Mae Jacobson
Lois Mae Jacobson of St. Croix Falls peacefully passed away on July 20, 2018 in her home with her children and closest family by her side. Lois was born Jan. 26, 1932 in Laketown Township to Bredo and Theresa Ellefson who owned a dairy farm that remains under family operation to this day. She attended grade school at the Laketown School and high school at Luck where she met her life love Bob Jacobson. Lois and Bob were wed at the Cushing Lutheran Church on June 27, 1953 and remained faithful to each other, their three children, and their extended families throughout their lives. Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob, and her brothers, Bryce and Bruce. She is survived by her three children, their spouses (David and Teri, Tim and Linette, Terri and Kurt); her six grandchildren (Casey and Bailey, Kirsten and Ashley, Sam and Matty), and her older brother, Orlin and younger brother, John. Lois graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a B.A. in elementary education and taught for two years in Polk County before children came. Lois and Bob settled in St. Croix Falls in 1963 where Bob eventually took the position of Elementary Supervisor for the St. Croix Falls School District and Lois settled into raising a family, taking an active role in Redeemer Lutheran church activities, and supporting community events. Lois loved welcoming family and friends into her home where the door was always open, coffee was always on, and fresh baked goods adorned the table. She loved photographing gatherings and outdoor settings, gardening and flowers, and shared a keen interest in the outdoors with Bob that included hiking, camping, downhill skiing and swimming. However, her true love in later years was her grandchildren that was expressed in simple hugs and kisses, presents under the tree, never missing a birthday, and rarely missing a game, confirmation, or concert that she was able to attend. Although Lois required caregivers at her side over the past several months, she will be remembered as a true caregiver herself to both her immediate and extended family, her large network of friends, and to the community. Please remember her and her passing generation in your thoughts and prayers. The extended Jacobson and Ellefson family would like to say a special thank you to the caregivers at ‘Because There’s No Place Like Home’ and ‘Adoray Hospice Care’ for their dedicated and heart felt care. A funeral service was held 4 p.m., July 24 at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the Luck Village Cemetery in Luck. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, WI. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com. 

Larry Wayne Coen
Larry Wayne Coen, age 81, passed away July 10, 2018 at the Golden Age Manor in Amery. Larry was born on March 29, 1937 to Alvin and Madeline Coen. Larry enlisted in the Army after high school and was trained as a medical technologist. After serving in the army he worked at Lakeview Memorial Hospital in Stillwater, Minn., and there he met Patricia VanTassel. They were married and from that union two children were born, Bart (Lisa) and Bret. After Patricia’s passing, Larry met Katherine (Kitty) Johnson. They were married in 1998 and resided in Amery until Larry’s health prevented him from living at home. Larry moved into the Golden Age Manor and Kitty lived in an apartment nearby. This allowed them to continue to spend time together. Larry loved fishing, gardening and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and quirky sayings. His grandchildren share his love for animals and nature. From deer to bunnies his home in the country was sometimes a menagerie. Larry and Kitty often hosted family events and picnics. Every holiday was complete with decorations. Larry is preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia, his parents, Madeline and Alvin; siblings, Ruby, Ruth, Ora, Mertyl and Edward. He is survived by his wife Kitty, siblings, Iva, Alice and Robert; Sons, Bart (Lisa), Bret, a stepson, Matt (Sandy), step-daughters, Michelle (Travis) and Becky; his pride and joys were his 11 grandchildren, Hannah, Allie, Morgan, Brett, Bailey, Michael, Matthew, Brenna, Jayden, Asher and Ryann. A celebration of life was held at 11 a.m. on July 18 at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church with Father Gene Murphy officiating. Visitation was held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the Church. Interment took place following the service at the St. Patrick’s cemetery in Milltown, Wis. To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute please visit www.williamsonwhite.com Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 222 Harriman Avenue North Amery, Wisconsin 54001. 

Dean R. Wettig
Dean R. Wettig, 73, of Milltown passed away on April 19, 2018 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Dean was born on Nov. 15, 1944 in Minneapolis, Minn., the son of Robert and Charlotte Wettig. He married Linda McKinney on Nov. 6, 1964. Dean was retired from the Polk County Highway Department where he had over 30 years of employment. He was a man of strong faith and a long time member of the Milltown Lutheran Church. He enjoyed snowmobiling or any activity with his children and grandchildren, he loved his dog Buddy and he enjoyed going to car shows and liked seeing all the classic cars. Dean had other enjoyments but above all it was his family he enjoyed the most. He will be dearly missed. Dean leaves to celebrate his memory, son, Jeff Wettig, Milltown, daughter, Tracey Martinez (Greg Johnson) Webster, grandchildren: Amanda (Pete) Travica, Grand Rapids, Minn., Sean Martinez, Webster and Emily Martinez, Webster, great grandchildren: Preston and Carly Travica, Grand Rapids, Minn., brother, John J. Wettig, Rice Lake, Wis.; brother and sister-in-law, Dennis (Edith) McKinney, Luck, Wis.; sister-in-law, Marlyce McKinney, Frederic, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends and his dog Buddy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlotte Larson and Robert Wettig, wife, Linda Wettig and step-sister, Fran Davison. A Memorial Service for Dean will be held at the Milltown Lutheran Church on July 21 at 11 a.m. Dean's family will greet visitors beginning at 10 a.m. Please join the family for lunch and continued fellowship in the church basement following the service. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Diane Sapp 
It is with great sadness that the family of Diane Sapp announces her passing after a hard-fought battle with breast cancer on June 24, 2018 at the age of 76. Diane will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Barb Arens, her sister Phyliss Nelson, and her step-children, Peggy, Mike, Tom, and Steve Sapp. She will also be greatly missed by her grandson Jalen Arens and his wife, Summer. Diane was predeceased by her parents Evelyn and Elmer Wickstrom, and her loving husband of 41 years, Roger Sapp on March 16, 2018. 
Diane was born on March 25, 1944 to Evelyn and Elmer Wickstrom. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota and went on to have a successful career practicing Law, including time spent in the JAG unit of the Army National Guard, as well as practicing in the U.S. Federal Court. Throughout her life she was a tireless animal lover who rescued countless abused, injured, or abandoned animals. Diane's passion was helping anyone or anything in need. Graveside services for both Diane and Roger were held at the Milltown Cemetery on June 30. Military Honors were rendered by the Milltown V.F.W. and the Wisconsin State Military Honors Team. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Sharon Grace Johnson (Petersen)
Sharon passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018 at Regions Hospital. She had been surrounded by her loved ones as she walked home to be with Jesus. She will be greatly missed by all. By Gods grace we will be together again. Sharon Grace Johnson (Petersen) was born in Amery on Sept. 24, 1945. She was the daughter to Raymond and Esther Petersen. Sharon was the youngest of four children. Kenneth, Raymond and Ruth Ann were her siblings. She grew up on a dairy farm five miles east of Luck, on County Road I. Sharon attended grade school at Lafollet and finished her schooling at Luck High School in 1963. Sharon met Dale Johnson from Grantsburg, Wis. dancing at Indian Creek. They married Sept. 28, 1963. They had three children, Doug, Deborah, and Dana. They lived on a hobby farm in Luck, next to Sharon's parents for 20 years. Sold the farm in 1990 and moved into town. During Sharon's life she worked at West Publishing, Stokley's, and owning and operating Johnson Upholstery for 27 years. While working and raising her children she was very active in her community. Participated in Luck Winter Carnival, Community Booster Club, 4-H leader, Sunday School Teacher, Council member, Ruby's Pantry, and many more. She loved being with family and friends. Sewing, quilting, baking, bowling, camping, traveling and garage sales were among her favorite hobbies. Sharon loved her church and believed in spreading Gods love through food, fellowship, sewing and hard work. She believed in supporting the youth of our church. Sharon believed in Luther Point Bible Camps ministry. This place provides a foundation of faith for our youth. She would help in fund raising, cleaning cabins and sewing new curtains. Sharon leaves to celebrate her memory: her husband, Dale Johnson, Luck, Wis.; son, Doug (Lori) Johnson, Luck, Wis.; daughter, Debbie (Pat) Lunsmann, Citrus Springs, Fla.; Dana Paulsen, Cushing, Wis., grandchildren: Savannah (Nick) Schommer, Jeremiah Johnson, Kalley Lunsmann, Brady Lunsmann, Tyler Paulsen, Madison Paulsen and Josh Paulsen, great grandchildren: Marley Johnson, Serenity Schommer and Noah Schommer and her brother, Ray (Judy) Petersen, Spencer, Wis., and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Esther Petersen, brother, Kenneth Petersen and Ruth Ann Sullivan. The funeral service for Sharon was held on July 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Bone Lake Lutheran Church. Visitation was held at the church on July 9 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and then again on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Pallbearers were Jeremiah Johnson, Steve Petersen, Ron Sullivan, Kenny Johnson, Jim Sullivan, Christopher Wood and Zachary Wood. Honorary Pallbearers will be Kerry Petersen, Kent Petersen and Scott Petersen. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Jerry L. Doolittle 
Jerry L. Doolittle, AKA: "OMJ" (Old Man Jerry), age 79, passed away on July 7, 2018, at the Christian Community Home of Osceola. Jerry was born March 4, 1939, in St. Croix Falls, to Lawrence and Leona (Wold) Doolittle. Jerry grew up around the Cushing/Eureka Center area. He attended school in St. Croix Falls, Wis. On Feb. 24, 1962, Jerry married the love of his life, H. Virgina Hawkins in Taylors Falls, Minn. This union was blessed with five children. Jerry worked many different jobs in his life time: Cushing Feed Mill, Trap Rock, Burnett Dairy and Johnson's Feed Mill just to name a few. His last job before retiring at the age of 70 was being a greeter at WalMart. He loved people. It has been said that Jerry could walk in to a room of strangers and an hour later he could tell you the name and a story about most of the people in the room. If you saw him at the gas station it would turn into a long conversation and he did not want it any other way. Jerry loved to fish and took many trips to Canada and North Dakota. One of his great pleasures was fishing with family, friends and most of all his grandchildren. If he could not be fishing he was happy just being outside and watching nature. Jerry grew to love dirt track and NASCAR racing. Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Ginger Doolittle; parents, Lawrence and Leona Doolittle; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Marian Doolittle. Jerry is survived by his children: Nancy (David) Jensen, Robin (Greg) Alling, Thomas (Brenda) Doolittle, Deborah (Jeff) Williams, and Andrew (Miranda) Doolittle; nine grandchildren: Jesse (Becky Linc) Gross, Jeff (Jen) Jensen, Thomas (Amanda) Doolittle JR., Dylan Doolittle, Zach Doolittle, Aaron Doolittle, Matthew Doolittle, Nathan Doolittle, and Bailey "Princess B" Doolittle; four great grandchildren: Richard, Evan, Julyann, and Fayth; also many other family and friends.  
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 12 at Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m. on July 13, at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, with Pastor Marilyn Crossfield officiating. Interment will be in Cushing Cemetery, Cushing, Wis. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Condolences may be left at www.grandstrandfh.com.

Ernest Davison
Ernest Davison, 94, of Siren, Wis., passed away peacefully at his home with family by his side on May 14. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be truly missed. Ernest was born in Henning, Minn., on Sept. 6, 1923 to George and Nellie (Holcomb) Davison. He joined the Navy at age 17 and served on the USS Salt Lake City during WWII. They escorted Doolittle on Tokyo Raid. He served his country from 1940-1945. Ernest met and married Rose while in the Navy in California. In 1955 they moved to Minnesota with their four children. He did masonry work for many years and upon retirement, he and Rose moved to Siren, Wis. Ernest is survived by his three children, Michael Davison, Nancy (Richard) Christensen and Ginny (Bruce) Christensen; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Everett (Virgiline) Davison and many other family and friends. Ernest is preceded in death by his wife, Rose; son, Ernest; parents; siblings; companion Marcella and many other family members. A celebration of life will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m., June 25, 2018 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Interment will be in the Kahbakong Cemetery, Taylors Falls, Minn, with Military Honors. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com 

Donald "Don" J. Gruber
Donald “Don” J. Gruber, 80 of Balsam Lake Township passed away June 10 at his residence with his loving family by his side. Don was born Oct. 24, 1937 in Carroll County, Iowa, the son of Myrtle (Halsel) and Joseph Gruber. Don was raised in Iowa and moved to Wisconsin to live with his brother. Here he met Katy. They were married on Nov. 28, 1957. They raised four children in the Balsam Lake area. Don was a machinist at Thompson Machine and had a passion for building things. He enjoyed building a dune buggy and a kit car, making pine furniture, driving “Allis”, sunny days by the pool and family. Don is survived by his wife, Katy, children, Tammy (Dwayne) Wassberg of Amery, Donna Gruber of South St. Paul, Minn., Kim Gruber of Balsam Lake, Doug (Michelle Mitchell) Gruber of Milltown, nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Ed Gruber, Bill Gruber, Marie Thulen and Rita Deardorf. A Memorial Mass will be 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, June 14 with Father Gene Murphy officiating. Family and friends may gather for a visitation from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Please join the family for continued fellowship and a luncheon following in the church hall. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

Delores Irene Davison
Delores Irene Davison died peacefully on May 28 in St. Croix Falls at the age of 84. Delores is survived by a sister, Eleanore (Norman) Barber; 13 nieces; 10 nephews; and assorted great and great-great nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Henry, Kenneth, Wesley, Wallace, Rolland, and Melvin; five sisters, Louise (Elmer) Swenson, Marie (Ray) Christensen, Lucille, Bernice (William) Grinnell, and Joanne, and by one nephew. Delores was born on April 28, 1934 and was the youngest child of Charles “Floyd” Davison and Bertha Alice Voge. Delores was a devoted daughter and lived her entire life in or around St. Croix Falls. She worked part time at Ray’s Gas & Oil, and she was a long time member of Eureka Baptist Church. She will be remembered for her beautiful cross-stitch and needlework as well as being a lover of card games and jigsaw puzzles, which she enjoyed doing with family and friends. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. June 1, 2018 at Eureka Baptist Church with a visitation on hour prior to the service. Interment was in the New Home Cemetery, Eureka Township, Wis. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.

Lydia Ellen (DeFord) Rennicke
Lydia Ellen (DeFord) Rennicke, Lydia would like to let you know that her work here is done. She received a call from the Lord. She obtained a new assignment from which she will not be directly returning. Her new mission has some great benefits including a reunion with some family, friends, and pets that she has not seen in a long time. Lydia is at a wonderful place where she will be playing music, painting pictures, practicing karate, playing chess, reading books, fishing and riding horses. Laughter, warmth, and love are guaranteed. She left explicit instructions for her husband, children, other family and friends to rejoice and celebrate her mission here, which has not been fully, beautifully, and successfully completed. Nonadherence to this instruction will not be tolerated. The house may be full of clutter, but that was books, knicknacks, and love. She was usually surrounded by her beloved animals which included horses, dogs, cats, birds, and sometimes fish. Her home was made up of gratitude, faith, loyalty, love, laughter, and forgiveness. Lydia was born on June 3, 1961, in Champaign-Urbana III., to John DeFord and Lydia Ann (Longacre) DeFord. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from college and also received her black belt in karate in Minneapolis, Minn. She lived with her family on a hobby farm in Comstock, Wis. She studied paiting from Nita Engle, Gloria Allen Miller, and Paul Oman. She played music at church and also at the Pipe Dream Center. She passed away on Feb. 3, around 8:40 p.m. at Luther-Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis., in the company of her husband, James (Jim) Rennicke; her father, John DeFord; her two brothers, John DeFord and Kevin DeFord; and her two sons, Jesse R. Rennicke and Derek J. Rennicke. In life, her smile could light up a city. Now, her smile will light up heaven. She died with dignity, grace, and courage. She is and was loved. She is and will be missed. A funeral service will be held June 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the Georgetown Lutheran Church, 877 190th Avenue, Balsam Lake. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. A lunch will follow.

Roald T. Johnson
Roald T. Johnson, 86 of Milltown, passed away at the United Pioneer Home in Luck on May 6. Roald was born in Luck on May 15, 1931 the son of Reynold and Selma (Severson) Johnson. Roald leaves to celebrate his memory: daughter, Sharon (Steve) Jorgenson, Luck, Wis.; son, Wayne (Kristi) Johnson, Milltown, Wis.; daughter-in-law, Debbie Johnson, St. Croix Falls, Wis.; brother, Roger (Connie) Johnson, Centuria, Wis.; brothers-in-law, David (Sandy) Halvorson, Duane (Jean) Halvorson, Jerry Halvorson, sister-in-law, Alice Kleven, grandchildren, Thomas, Bryan, Michael (Sabrina), Kayla Johnson, Derek Jorgenson, Shauna (Max) Musial, April Johnson and Beth Johnson, great-grandchildren, Emma Johnson, Brooklyn Johnson, Abigail Johnson and Preston Thibault, many nieces, nephews, cousins and other friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reynold and Selma (Severson) Johnson, infant sister, Joan Johnson, wife, Elaine Johnson, son, Larry Johnson, great granddaughter, Tiffany Johnson, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joe and Lillian Halvorson, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Roger and Judy Halvorson, Donna Kounkel, Merle and Georgine Burrows. The funeral service for Roald was held on May 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Eureka Baptist Church with Pastor Seth Brickley officiating. Visitation was on May 10 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria and again on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He was laid to rest at North Valley Cemetery with full military honors. Pallbearers were Derek Jorgenson, Bryan Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Earl Ericksen, David Halvorson and Steve Jorgenson. Honorary Pallbearer was Special Friend, Chuck Beals. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Neal W. Robinson
Neal W. Robinson, 90, of Chippewa Falls, died May 22 at Azura Memory Care in Stoughton, Wis. He was born Sept. 12, 1927, in St. Croix Falls, Wis., to John and Minnie (Fruehling) Robinson. He graduated from St. Croix Falls High School and spent a semester in the Merchant Marines. On Sept. 18, 1948, he married Deloris J. Andersen at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls. They continued to live there and raise their five children until 1962, when they moved to Chippewa Falls. Neal was employed by Northern States Power (now Xcel Energy) in St. Croix Falls, Lake Wissota, and Eau Claire until retiring in 1982. After retirement Neal and Deloris started wintering in the south, spending many winters at Texas Trails Resort, where they volunteered in many social activities and taught dance lessons. Neal is survived by his five children, Donita (Cliff) O’Donnell of Middleton, Wis., Dara (Charles) Harings of Chippewa Falls, Dean Robinson of Savannah, Ga., Deneal (Hector) Perez of Racine, Wis., and Tammy (Eugene) Tambornino of Chippewa Falls; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Donald (Barb) Robinson and Wayne (Diane) Robinson; sister-in-law, Ruby Eibs; brother-in-law, Chester Andersen; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Deloris in 2005; brother, John Robinson; and two grandsons, Christian Harings and Chad Tambornino. Neal is returning to the dance floor, asking his wife of 57 years, “Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?” A celebration of life service was held at 11:00 a.m., May 30 at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls with Rev. Aaron Sturgis officiating. Interment will be at Prairie View Cemetery, Village of Lake Hallie. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. May 30 at the funeral home. Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family. Visit www.pedersonvolker.com to express online condolences.

David "Fred" Peterson
David "Fred" Peterson, 64 of Centuria passed away at his home with his loving family at his side on May 27. David was born on May 2, 1954 in Amery, Wis., the son of Stanley and Hazel (McLeod) Peterson. He graduated from Unity High School in 1972 and then attended W.I.T.C. in New Richmond where he earned a degree in Machine Tooling. During his working career, he was employed by Brandtjen & Kluege Inc. of St. Croix Falls and MPC Incorporated in Grantsburg, Wis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to his cabin, going to ball games and he was a Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Twins fan. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed. David leaves to celebrate his memory: daughters, April Peterson (Wayne 
Vlasnik), Balsam Lake, Wis.; Karissa Peterson (Josh Hoffman), Luck, Wis.; his girlfriend, Christine Mathews, Centuria, Wis. and her son, Steven Mathews of Centuria, grandchildren: Ben, Tanner, Olivia, Abbi, Braden, Riley and Brooklyn, also the mother of his children, Jeanne Johnson, his siblings, Doug (Dottie) Peterson, Judy Skow and Dale (Toni) Peterson and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his 
parents, Stanley and Hazel Peterson. A Celebration of David's life will take place at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home on May 31, 2018 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Robert J. Carlson
Robert J. Carlson, 88, known to many as Bob, passed away peacefully May 17 in Prescott, Ariz. He was born Sept. 12, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minn., to Carlyle and Helen Carlson. He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Business Administration. He married the lovely Joann Ferguson in 1952, whom sadly predeceased him on April 28, 2016. He is survived by his four children; Jon Carlson (Jan), Minnetonka, Minn., Jodie Briggs (Greg), Cambridge, Minn., Rob Carlson (Shanna), Balsam Lake, Wis., and Tom Carlson, Balsam Lake, Wis., along with nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bob's career spanned decades of leadership with 35 years of service at John Deere & Company leaving there as a Senior Vice President and moving onto United Technologies Corporation and Pratt & Whitney as President. He later became Chairman, President and CEO of BMC in Minneapolis, Minn., followed by a term as CEO of Case Corporation. Bob also served on the Board of Directors of Deere & Company, United Technologies, BMC, Tenneco Inc., and H.B. Fuller. He was also a member of the American Swedish Institute and a business envoy for President Clinton. Bob was a member of Conquistadores del Cielo, an inductee to the Snowmobile Hall of Fame, and member of Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn., and Troon Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Bob also was an Eagle Scout and served in the U.S. Army. Defining his life passions were family, friends, animals, the outdoors and a sharp focus on business-leadership. His biggest pleasure came from gathering family and friends at his home on Balsam Lake, Wis. He enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandsons, chopping firewood to keep the hearth warm, tending to all his dogs, and plowing snow after a blizzard while always on the watch for the next life challenge. A Celebration of Life for Bob and Joann Carlson will occur this summer in Balsam Lake. Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or The National Honor Society.

Carl Mathias Lindgren
Carl Mathias Lindgren, age 82, of St. Croix Falls passed away May 25 at the St. Croix Falls Regional Medical Center. Carl was born Aug. 23, 1935 to Hjalmer and Flora (Gay) Lindgren in Minnesota. Carl is survived by his wife, Lois; son, Carl Jr (Sharon) Lindgren; grandchildren, Khyrstyne, Nicholas, and Morgan Lindgren; siblings, Laura Blumer, Charlotte Carlson, Pete (Donna) Lindgren, Raymond (Nita) Lindgren, Marvin (Lynn) Lindgren and Ellen (David) Kasper, many nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
Carl is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Donna; son, Shawn and brother-in-law’s, Aaron Blumer and Lawrence Carlson. A memorial service was held 11:00 a.m., May 29 at the First Lutheran Church in Taylors Falls, Minn., with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the Kahbakong Cemetery, Taylors Falls. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com. 

Elizabeth "Liz" Fryslie 
Elizabeth "Liz" Fryslie, age 85 (Mrs. Don) passed away on May 25 at her home near Watertown. Funeral services were held on May 31 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hosanna Lutheran Church at Watertown with The Reverends Janine Rew-Werling and Craig Werling officiating. The organist and soloist will be Angie Eickmeyer. Casket bearers will be Alfred Fryslie, Jeff Peterson, Roy Gjerde, John and Jerry Schmidt, and Jason Krause. Visitation will be one hour preceding services in the Church on Thursday morning. Following a luncheon in the Church fellowship hall, burial will be in the Vienna Lutheran Cemetery at Vienna. She was born Elizabeth Irene Pope on Dec. 25, 1932 at Great Falls, Montana, the daughter of Art and Willa (Hull) Pope. Liz as she became known, grew up in the Omak, Wash. area graduating from Omak High School in 1950. She then attended and graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1954. On July 11, 1954 she was united to Donald H. Fryslie who was stationed in the area in the United States military. The couple lived in several places over the years. During these years, Liz taught school. As she taught, she also went on to obtain her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, Wis. She retired from teaching in the St. Croix Falls Elementary School at St. Croix Falls, Wis., that was in 2003. The couple returned to South Dakota, making their home at Pelican Lake, near Watertown. Some of the things Liz enjoyed over the years was tending to her flower gardens, reading – especially Christian books, attending Bible Study at the Church, sewing, playing bridge, and most of all, visiting – you immediately felt "at home" with Liz. Over the years she and Don enjoyed countless trips across all the States, and foreign travel - loving the trip to Germany. In her community besides her being active in her Church, she had also served as President of her local PEO Chapter in Watertown. 
She was a member of Hosanna Lutheran Church at Watertown. Preceding her in death were her parents. Survivors include her husband of nearly 65 years, Don of Watertown, children, Stan (Becky) Fryslie of Watertown and Donna (Brian) Stromquist of Oak Grove, Minn., and four grandchildren, Elizabeth "Liz", Nick, Andrea, and Matthew. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials in her memory to the Prairie Lakes Hospice at Watertown. Funeral arrangements are announced by the Furness Funeral Home at Clark where there is an on-line registry at www.furnessfuneralhome.com.

John "Doug" Thompson
John Douglas Thompson, age 91 of St. Croix Falls (formerly of Hudson, Wis.), died May 10 at Spring Valley Health Care Center in Spring Valley, Wis. Doug was born Feb. 27, 1927, in Taylors Falls, Minn., to Eyner and Florence (Northquist) Thompson. He was a graduate of Centuria High School and served in the U.S. Navy as a Fireman 2nd Class from 1945 to 1946. He was united in marriage to Helen Frokjer on Sept. 5, 1952, in Centuria. Doug was employed as a lineman with Rural Electrical Association in Centuria, and later by N.S.P. (Xcel Energy) in Amery (1961-1967) and Hudson (1967-1988). Doug enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycling, snowmobiling and many other activities. In 1988, Doug retired and moved to Sutherland, Ore., where he was very active in the outdoors hiking and sightseeing. In Oregon he was a volunteer at the church, senior center, salmon fish hatchery as well as many others. He returned to St. Croix Falls, Wis., in 1998 where he also was an active volunteer at Shepard of the Valley Church and the American Legion Post 143. Doug will be remembered for his fun loving, positive attitude and telling jokes and limericks where he would laugh harder than anyone else, which in turn made everyone else laugh. He loved spending time at deer camp with the 'boys' and was suspected of sneaking back to the shack to sit in his chair by the fire after everyone else left the shack to go on stands. Doug was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen in 2014; and his sister, Bonnie Wyatt. He is survived by his children, LaVonne Thompson of St. Croix Falls, Wis., and Loren Thompson of Houlton, Wis.; grandchildren, Jarrett Rost, Kalyn (Jan) Rost-Friedrich, Marki Thompson, and Mitch Thompson; also many nieces and nephews. Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. May 18 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls. Celebration of life will be 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 17 at the American Legion in St. Croix Falls and continues one hour prior to the service at the church on May 18. Interment with military honors will be in St. Croix Falls Cemetery. Grandstrand Funeral Home of Osceola handled the arrangements.

Janet R. Moore 
Janet R. Moore, 80, of Balsam Lake, passed away May 9 at the Good Samaritan Society Home in St. Croix Falls, Wis., with her loving family at her side. She was born Feb. 16, 1938 in Amery, Wis., to Albert and Julia (Korsan) Ogilvie. Janet graduated from Balsam Lake High School. She married Robert Moore on Sept. 24, 1960. She was a lifelong resident of Balsam Lake, lifetime member of the Holy Trinity United Methodist Church and served a long career with the Polk County Government Center and County Clerk's Office.
She leaves to celebrate her memory: children, Cheryl (Greg) Foley, Timothy (Paula) Moore and David (Michelle) Moore, grandchildren, Jaimi (Tony) Folsom, Kayla Potter, Charity (Jordan) Schaar, Jim Moore, Julia (Tim) Plourde, Justin Moore, Emma Moore and Zenia Moore, great grandchildren, Carter and Quinn Folsom and Flora Schaar, sisters, Rose Price and Jean Wulf and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Julia Ogilvie, husband, Robert Moore, sisters, Florence Baker and Harriet Wade, brother, Donald Ogilvie, a stillborn baby brother and her son-in-law, Donald Potter.
Funeral Services for Janet will be at 11:00 a.m. May 17 at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church in Balsam Lake with Pastor Freddie Kirk officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. May 16 and again one hour prior to the service at church on May 14. Janet will be laid to rest beside her husband, Robert at Balsam Lake Cemetery following the service. Please join the family back at the church for continued fellowship and a luncheon after the interment. Pallbearers will be grandchildren, Jim Moore, Justin Moore, Emma Moore, Zenia Moore, Charity Schaar, Julia Plourde and Kayla Potter and Honorary Pallbearer, Jaimi Folsom. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Nancy (Carpenter) Merrill-Strong 
Nancy (Carpenter) Merrill-Strong, 72, peacefully passed away on May 12 at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, with her daughter Michaela by her side. Nancy Diane Carpenter was born in Pequot Lakes, Minn. on April 25, 1946, to Ernest "Cap" and Leona Carpenter. Shortly after her birth the young family moved to the Carpenter homestead in Danbury, Wis. Nancy was the oldest of six children. She attended Danbury Schools until the transition to Webster Schools, where she graduated in 1964. Nancy excelled in academics graduating with a BA in Language Arts, and MA in Education Administration from the University of Minnesota. While in college Nancy traveled to Paris, France. She loved the French Culture and was a student of the French Language in which she was fluent. Her life mission was gaining access to Education Services for Native Americans and holding Governments accountable to the people they serve. Nancy was fierce when it came to the rights of Women and Minorities, a tribal member of the Bad River of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, she strongly identified with injustices and discriminatory practices, and she had zero tolerance for such things in life, and was never afraid to give voice to her feelings. Nancy's life work has attributed to the empowerment of Women and Minorities, she leaves a legacy of programs developed, funded and implemented throughout Indian Country, including grassroots efforts of Ojibwe Language Revitalization. Nancy touched many lives during her time here, she is survived by her only child Michaela (Vernon Jr.) Lowe, grandchildren; Damon Bearhart, Adrian Bearhart, Jasmine Lowe, Elizabeth Gross, Abigail Lowe and Sage Lowe, sisters; Jeanne Payer and Patti Carpenter, brother, Michael (Michelle) Carpenter, several nieces, nephews and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest "Cap" and Leona (Beggs) Carpenter, sisters, Janice Gangelhoff and Joanne Carpenter, husband of 18 years, Larry Merrill and her late husband, Fabian Strong. Celebration of Life Services will be held at the Danbury United Methodist Church in Danbury, Wis., on May 21 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Edward Crise will officiate. The family will greet visitors at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. Please join the family for lunch and fellowship at the church following the service. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Frank Michael "Mickey" Babcock
Frank Michael "Mickey" Babcock, 69, of Luck died May 13 at his home. He was born Sept. 22, 1948 in Cumberland, Wis., to Frank and Ruby (Huehn) Babcock. Mickey was raised in Cumberland and graduated from Cumberland High School in 1967. Mickey enlisted in US Navy and served for four years during the Vietnam War, spending much of that time in the Pacific Theater with the 7th Fleet on the U.S.S. Enterprise. He married Linda Bates and they raised their daughter in Oregon. Mickey worked for many years for the Marion County Correctional Facility. He returned to the Luck area in 2009. Mickey loved his dogs and the outdoors, fishing and watching the swans, beaver and otters rowing on the river. He also enjoyed collecting unusual rocks and plants. He was a faithful Christian and member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Mickey is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Babcock of Luck; his son, John Koenig of Salem, Ore; his mother, Ruby Nystrom of Cumberland; brothers: Craig (Suzzan) Babcock of Tacoma, Wash., and David (Donna) Nystrom of Montgomery, Ala.; his sister, Mary (Jim) Bolles of Forest Lake, Minn.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mickey was preceded in death by his father, Frank Babcock, stepfather, Donald Nystrom and his brother, Terry Babcock. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. May 17 at St. Paul Lutheran Church - Cumberland with Rev. John Miels officiating and full military honors to follow. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.

Christopher Scott Gehrke
Christopher Scott Gehrke, 47, of Luck passed away in his home on April 30. Christopher was born on Feb. 14, 1971 in Stillwater, Minn., the son of Scott and Sharon (Johnson) Gehrke. He leaves to celebrate his memory: daughters, Danielle Gehrke (Chaz Smallwood), Siren, Wis.; Kasidy Gehrke, Balsam Lake, Wis.; mother of his children, Nikki Gehrke, Balsam Lake, Wis.; Fiancée, Dorothy Sveback, Centuria, Wis.; sisters, Robin (Rick) Kieffer, Spooner, Wis.; Heather (Chuck Warner) Gehrke, Prescott, Wis.; brothers, Todd (Mildred) Gehrke, Cottage Grove, Minn.; Trent (Cheryl) Gehrke, Somerset, Wis., nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Scott and Sharon Gehrke. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Balsam Lake American Legion, 311 Tuttle Street on May 12 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Sylvia J. Kreft
Sylvia J. Kreft, 94, of Centuria passed away on May 3 at Golden Age Manor in Amery. She was born Nov. 5, 1923 in Salisbury, England daughter of Florence (Pitkeathly) and Frederick Snowdon. Upon leaving school, she joined the Women's Land Army in 1940 serving six years. While serving in the land Army, she worked on three farms around Devon, England. In 1944, she met a U.S. Soldier who was stationed nearby. She married Clifford Kreft, May 6, 1944 in Uffcombe, England. June 6, 1944, Clifford left for the Normandy invasion in France. When the war ended, Clifford returned to the United States, and Sylvia followed him six months later, arriving in New York April 1, 1946 to start her new life. As a young couple, they worked on several farms and raised their six children in Amery, Wis., and Stillwater, Lindstrom and Center City, Minn. Upon the death of her husband Clifford (Dec. 1967), Sylvia and her son Roy purchased a dairy farm in Centuria, Wis., the farm is still family owned. Sylvia enjoyed everything about the farm life, from milking cows, raising chickens, gardening, excellent cook & baker and knitting many scarves and mittens in her spare time. The old fashion cookstove in her kitchen was her "best friend" providing her with warmth and contentment. She was a member of Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher, Superintendent and President of the UMW for many years. Sylvia is survived by her children; Fred of Osceola, Roy (Millie) of Centuria, Peter (Donna) of Star Prairie, Susan (Mike) Reed of Centuria, John (Cindy) of Luck, Robert (Candy Lund) of Balsam Lake, many grandchildren, many great grandchildren with two more expected in August 2018, and many other friends and family. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings; Raymond, Donald, Ken, Doreen and Vera all of England, great granddaughter; Sylvia Pieper, daughter-in-law; Rosemary Kreft. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. May 22 at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church rural Centuria with Pastor Freddie Kirk officiating. Family and friends may gather for a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Sylvia will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Fairview Cemetery in Lindstrom, Minnesota at a later date. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Barry Arthur Erickson
Barry Arthur Erickson was born in Siren on May 28, 1950 to Rex A. and Arlene (Sund) Erickson. Barry died at home sitting in his favorite recliner listening to the Gaithers. Barry loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He served him by helping others however he could.
Barry graduated from High School in Luck, Wis., and then attended WITC in Rice Lake for Auto-mechanics, he also attended the Polk County Teachers College in 1969 where he met Deanna Pickard and they were united in marriage on December 30, 1972 at the First Baptist Church in Amery. They lived most of their married life in the Milltown Community. He worked for the Polk County Highway Department for many years in several different positions. He retired from the Highway Department in 2005. His family meant the world to him and he truly was the center of that world. He taught them the value of hard work, the importance of laughter, how to give generously out of all you have and all that you are, and to make sure every stray (person) had a home – especially for the holidays.
He loved fiercely and was immensely proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was loyal and protective. He approached death the same way he approached life, his way, on his terms and with no fear. He was a "Much Blessed", stubborn old cuss who was richly loved and will be greatly missed. Barry leaves to celebrate his memory: wife Deanna (Pickard) Erickson, son, Rex (Heidi) Erickson, daughters, Heather Ann Erickson, Amanda (Jordan) Hammond, grandchildren: Irric (Lora) Erickson, Kendra Erickson, Johannah Erickson, Lars Erickson, Kale'a Hammond, Liam Hammond, Israel Hammond, Siobhan Hammond and Maverick Hammond, great grandchildren, Ariya Erickson and Dakoda Erickson, sister, Jill (Todd) Route, brother, Randy (Donna) Erickson, nieces and nephews: Toby Erickson, Katie (Joe) Tolan, Adam (Emily) Erickson, Sara Route, Nick (Shannon) Route, great nephew and niece, Bentley Route and Addison Route, step-father, Kenny Kakac. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex A. Erickson and Arlene (Sund) Kakac. A Memorial Service for Barry will be held on May 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Trade Lake Baptist Church. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Dave Price will officiate the service. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Gerald Rogers, Giingaabow
Gerald Rogers, Giingaabow, 72, of the Round Lake Community, rural Luck, passed away on April 28 at his home with his loving family at his side. Gerald was born in La Crosse, Wis., on Aug. 2, 1945 the son of Sadie (Scottie) and John Rogers. Gerald leaves to celebrate his memory: son, John M. Rogers, granddaughters, Cheona Miller-Rogers and Alaina Rogers, sisters, Gladys Rogers, Mary Bedausky, Nancy Bedausk and Marlene Merrill, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by: parents, John and Sadie Rogers, wife, Rosemary Mihallow, siblings, Delores Rogers, Patricia Free, Josephine Cadotte, Walter Rogers, Joseph Rogers, David Rogers, Benny Rogers, niece, Stacy Rogers, nephews, Terrance Rogers, Travis Buck, Wesley Rogers, Wendell Rogers, Richard Cobenais Jr. and William Rogers. Gerald loved his family, friends and adventure. The funeral service was held at the Round Lake Community Center at 12:00 p.m. on May 1 with David "Maabin" Merrill and Thomas Saros officiating. He was laid to rest at the Johnstown Township Cemetery in Round Lake following the service. Pallbearers were Brandon Merrill, John Merrill, Anthony Garcia, Thomas Fowler, Shane Gasper, Marino Kendall. Honorary Pallbearers were Patrick Fowler Jr., Ricky Mosay, Marrio Torres, Marcell Merrill, Jay Rogers, Carlos Mosay and Frank Merrill. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

King Arthur Norman Gustafson 
Dear Dad, As I sit here trying so hard to write your obituary I just can't find the words I want to say. How am I supposed to do this and not make it sound like a list of facts? You were so much more than that. You were born in Duluth on April 18, 1936. What a beautiful city to be born in. You were raised the only boy in a house full of sisters. I'm so sorry for you or maybe I should be sorry for your sisters (just kidding). They loved you and will miss you. So many cool things you got to do. You traveled with your family on mission trips to South America, how fun that must have been. You went to Frederic school where you met mom. I'm so proud of you serving our country for two years in the Army. And you will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling with military honors. How exciting is that? I loved hearing your stories of your time in the Army they were always so cool. You and mom got married and had five awesome kids if I do say so myself. First you were blessed with a daughter to call your little girl, Orchid Englund of Centuria Wis. Then you were blessed with three boys to chase around Chris (Becky) Gustafson of N.C., Norman Gustafson of Centuria Wis., and Timmy Gustafson of Dresser Wis. Then the good lord decided that you needed another little girl, Coreen Gustafson of St. Croix Falls, Wis. We all have our memories of you - some good, some bad - but none-the-less they are ours to keep. I always loved coming to visit you at the VA home in Minneapolis, everyone there loved you so much. Everywhere we went they would say "Hi King.” You loved to talk about the farm and how someday we would get it built back up and all the animals we would have. I loved your stories of working construction and running all the big equipment. But some of my favorites were always about the grand ball we would have when the farm was ready. I know that on your 82nd birthday, Heaven welcomed you with one really awesome ball. I am so glad that myself and the boys were able to spend your birthday with you here…before you went to be seated at the left hand of God. I know you are shining down on us and planning some cool adventures for all of us. You will always be the King of our world. I love you and miss you, but I know you are happy and watching over all of us kids and our kids and grandkids and your sisters and their families. Dad I love you higher than heaven and back. Until we meet again I will do my best to make you proud. Have a beer, don't forget the salt and some supreme pizza, and remember all our Hooters trips they were a blast. All the girls loved you!! The good Lord broke the mold with you! Remember to behave. Ok, let's be real - have fun dad!!

Sherrie L. Smith-Toland 
Sherrie L. Smith-Toland, 60, of Centuria, passed away on April 24 at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, Minn. Sherrie was born on Nov. 16, 1957, in Hudson, Wis., the daughter of Joyce (Hince) and James Smith. She graduated from Pepin High School in 1975 and went on to get her cosmetology license. She worked in Centuria at a beauty salon, and later at Alcan Manufacturing, until her father fell ill, after which she received her barber license to help him run his business, Jim's Barber Shop. She eventually took over the shop in 1985 until she retired due to her deteriorating health in April 2014. Even in retirement, Sherrie was active in her community, and served on the Centuria Memory Days planning committee and acted as the church treasurer at Fristad Lutheran Church. Sherrie leaves to celebrate her memory: mother, Joyce Smith, Centuria, Wis.; her husband, Roy Toland, Centuria, Wis.; children: Stephanie Toland (Daryl Rakotz), Turtle Lake, Wis.; Brittany Toland (Jeffrey Krohn), Amery, Wis. and James Toland, Amery, Wis.; grandchildren, Karter and Aleah Krohn, Amery, Wis. and Baby Rakotz on the way, brothers, Steve (Jill) Smith, St. Croix Falls, Wis.; Ron Smith (Laurie Juleen), Centuria, Wis.; niece, Meghan (Austin) Muchow, nephews, David Smith (Dani), Brian Smith, Sean Smith, Drew Smith and Greg Smith, great-niece, Brielle Smith and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, James Smith. Celebration of Life was held on April 28 at Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria, Wis. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Beverly Florence Hashmi
Beverly Florence Hashmi (née Kamish) died peacefully in her home on April 28 in Roseville, Minn., at the age of 82. Beverly is survived by her husband, Nabi; daughters Sabina (Joshua) and Sitara (Tom); grandchildren Lyndon, Winston, Sterling and Dante; siblings, Donna Best, Eleanor Bleyle and Don Kamish. She is preceded in death by her parents James and Julia Kamish of Centuria Wis.; sisters Betty Erickson and Jeanne Brown and brother Larry Kamish. Beverly was born in Centuria, Wis., and graduated from Centuria High School in 1953. After moving to St. Paul, Beverly worked for Brown & Bigelow for ten years. She married Gulzar Nabi Hashmi in June 1961. Beverly was a proud mother and grandmother. She is remembered as a kind and thoughtful person who always thought of others before herself. She loved springtime and enjoyed tending to her garden of beautiful flowers for all to enjoy. A Celebration of Beverly's Life is scheduled for May 4 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 350 Michigan Ave., Centuria, Wis. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Beverly's life.