Judith A. (Greenquist) Johansen
Judith A. (Greenquist) Johansen was born Aug. 21, 1934 to Gib and Marie Greenquist in St. Croix Falls. She graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1953. While attending school, Judy was active in cheerleading, drama and choir. She sang in the church choir and taught Sunday school as well. After high school, Judy attended the former Miller Hospital where she became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She used her nursing degree in various hospitals including, St. Croix Falls and Divine Redeemer in South Saint Paul. She also enjoyed her time as a school nurse. Judy married Charles Johansen on May 28, 1955 in El Paso, Texas. While Judy remained in St. Croix Falls, just months after their marriage, Charles was deployed to Germany as a member of the U.S. Army. Charles and Judy had three children and raised them while Charles attended college to become a teacher and begin his career. Judy loved baking and cooking various goodies and was well known for her sugar cookies and rice pudding. The loves of her life were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. You could often find her playing on the floor with them, attending their many events and rocking the babies to sleep. Judy also enjoyed time spent with family and friends where good times and many laughs were had by all. Judy passed away on Nov. 14, at the Christian Community Home of Osceola. Judy is survived by her husband of 62 years, Charles; one son, Thomas (Karen) Johansen; two daughters, Jodi (Neil) Schwanz and Kelly (Chris) Nelson; nine grandchildren, Tyler, Mallory, Gini, Libby, Tessa, Kendra, Lucas, Olivia and Carly; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ron (Melodie) Greenquist. Judy is preceded in death by her parents; brother, John and an infant brother Robert Wade. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Nov. 21, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser. A visitation will be held from 4:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Nov. 20, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Walmar Axel Quist w/picture
Walmar Axel Quist was born Nov. 30, 1917 to John and Albertina Quist. He was raised on a farm south of Centuria. Wally attended Lamar Public School. He worked at the Linseed Mill in Shafer Minn. and the Twin City arsenal during World War II. In 1962 he bought a farm outside of Milltown, and while he worked the farm he continued driving truck where he was honored by Western/Conoco Gas Company for exemplary service as a long haul trucker with over one million miles of delivery without incident or accident. In 1943 he married Myrtis Johnson and together they raised five children. He later married Fern Cecilia and they were dedicated in love and best friends until his passing. Fern was by his side as Wally passed away peacefully on Oct. 16, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Nursing home in St. Croix. He lived a beautiful life of 99 years, and left behind an incredible Legacy. Wally was preceded in death by his parents John and Albertina, his brother Vincent, his sisters Pearl, Margaret, Florence and Lila as well as his great grandson Ryan. Wally leaves to celebrate his memory his children, Steven (Joyce) Quist, Linda Larson (Kenny Nelson), Dona (Terry) Lundmark, Kathleen (Calvin) Wehking, Barbara Quist (Tony Davis), Several Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, Myrtis Green the mother of his children, and Fern Quist his loving wife. Wally was dearly loved by his family and community, and will be sorely missed. A Memorial Service will be held for Walmar Quist at the North Valley Lutheran Church in rural Centuria, Dec. 2 at 11:00 a.m. The family will greet visitors at the church one hour prior to the service. Please join the family for lunch and continued fellowship following the service in the church basement. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Warren Kirk w/picture
Warren Kirk, 80 years-old, of Luck, passed away on Nov. 1 at Florida Hospital-Tampa. A celebration of life will be held next spring or summer 2018 at the Kirk Family Cabin in Luck. Warren was born on March 26, 1929 in Luck to Martin and Agnes (Bertelsen) Kirk. Warren graduated from Luck High School in 1947. On May 30, 1953 Warren married the former, Doris Heil in Cuba City, Wis. Warren was employed by Luck Telephone Company from July 1949 to July 1989. Warren held various positions including Plant Manager and CEO. After retirement, Warren served on the Luck Telephone Company's Board of Directors until 2003. Warren always like to have fun! Fishing was a big part of his retirement. He took many annual fishing trips to Canada with his wife, Doris, followed by his son, Kevin; and Grandson, Aaron; and Great-Grandson; Owen. Four generatings of fishing fun! In 1989, Warren and Doris became snowbirds and relocated to Buttonwood Bay, Sebring, Fla. Warren enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling with Doris, reading, watching Bold and the Beautiful, bingo, card playing, i-pad junkie and wood-carving. He participated in three woodcarving clubs and hosted a weekly carving get together called "Warren's Warrior's" at his home in Florida. Warren is survived by his daughter, Debra Kirk, and wife, Carol, of Eau Claire. He was blessed with three grandchildren; Aaron Chivers, and wife Angela of Luck; Heather Crandell and husband, Brad, of Verona, Wis.; and Amanda Weidenbach and husband, Ted of Richfield, Minn.; and nine great-grandchildren; Emily, Megan, Owen, Ivan, Little Gus, Kate, Julia, Maddie, and Henry. He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris, in 2000; his brother Raymond Kirk, 2011; and his sister, Marian, 2001, and great-grandson, Drew, in 2010. The Kirk family would like to share Warren's favorite prayer: Fisherman's Prayer, God grant that I may live to fish until my dying day; And when my final cast is made and my life has slipped away; I pray that God's great landing net will catch me in its sweep: And God in his mercy will judge me big enough to keep! Memorials can be sent to: Luck Alumni Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 251, Luck, WI. 54853-0251, email@example.com.
Keith B. Johnson
Keith B. Johnson, of St. Paul, formerly of St. Croix Fall, passed away Nov. 1. Keith was born Nov. 18, 1942 in Amery, to Henry and Myrtle (Solum) Johnson. Keith was raised in Centuria, where his parents owned and operated Johnson's Drug Store. He graduated from Unity High School in 1961 and University of Wisconsin at River Falls with a degree in education. For more than 35 years, Keith was a dedicated teacher in the St. Croix Falls School District, retiring in 2000, and continuing to substitute teach for several years. He married Mary Bentley in Green Bay, on April 10, 1976. Together they had two children, with whom they took weeks-long car trips and smaller adventures. Keith was a warm and loving husband and father, quick to blow on wounds and dole out hugs. Keith loved the outdoors. He canoed. He camped. He hiked. He painted landscapes and wildlife. His summers were planned with the best days left open for trips to Crex Meadows or floating from St. Croix to Osceola. His winters were spent cross country skiing and creating elaborate sledding runs for his kids. Keith was very active in the St. Croix Falls Lions Club, serving in various capacities for 40 years, planning the annual Halloween penny carnival and chartering the Deer Park and Dresser Lions Club. In 2011, he received the Melvin Jones Award for his commitment to Lionism. He was preceded in death by his parents and his furry retirement companion, Ellie, a miniature schnauzer. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary, of Roseville, Minn.; children, Jenna (Mark) Brouwer and Adam (Liz Wiggen) Johnson, both of Minneapolis, Minn,; and grandson, Henrik Brouwer. Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Nov. 11 at Bradshaw Celebration Of Life Center, 2800 Curve Crest Blvd, Stillwater, Minn. with visitation one hour prior to service and a time of fellowship to follow. Memorials to the Michael J. Fox Foundation or Crex Meadows preferred.
Patricia Cain Jenson
Patricia was born June 28, 1927 to Frederick and Everett “Pat” Cain. She was the fifth child in a very active family. She survived to be the last living sibling. The family included Clarice, Shirley, Jean, Lois, Daryl “Spike”, and Jerry. After graduating from St. Croix Falls High School, she considered going to nurses training as two of her sisters had, but opted for the Polk County Normal School. This turned out to be a fateful decision as her first contract to teach was at Pleasant Valley School. On the school board was a gentleman named Raymond Jenson. In the spring of that school year, one of the students invited Pat for popcorn (her favorite food) at their house. Well, it so happened that Mr. Jenson was the owner of that house! After the promised popcorn, he gave her a ride home. Three weeks later they were married! Patricia gained two daughters as well as a husband and Ray gained a son! Pat has been an active member of her church and active member of the Pleasant Valley Homemakers. She “played” the bass in the Homemakers band. As if this wasn’t enough to tie up her time she was also able to be a huge help for Ray on the farm. She was fortunate to be able to travel to Alaska, Norway, Mexico City, Costa Rica and Hawaii. Our family has always had great times hosted by Pat. There were holiday dinners, crab dinners, and snowmobiling suppers for family and friends. On Oct. 30, at 90 years of age, she left us to join her parents, siblings, three grandchildren, Rosemary Jenson, Suzanne Kruse, Thomas Kruse, and her husband. She is survived by her children, Jerry, Danny (Kay), Tony (friend Anna), Patricia McKenzie (Wes) and Janet Cree (Bill). Also, by grandchildren, Deborah Humphrey, Elizabeth Vetter, Melanie Moe, Cammila Steffen, Julie Jenson, Lonnie Jenson, Eric Jenson, Grace Jenson, Jeffrey Jenson, and Carlton Busby. Survived also, by great grandchildren Matthew, Nathan, Samantha, Nicholas, Brandon, Amy, Allie, Zachary, Brandon, Kaitlyn, Joshua, Alex, Jacob, and Avery; and six great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her dear friend and card playing partner, Pat Jenson of St Croix Falls. A celebration of life will be held 1:00 p.m., Nov. 18 at the Cushing Evangelical Lutheran Church with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Scott M. Lunsmann
Scott M. Lunsmann, 67, of Milltown, passed away at his home on Nov. 1 from cancer with his loving family at his side. Scott was born on March 17, 1950 in River Falls, the son of Morris and Jeanette (Olson) Lunsmann. Scott attended and graduated from Unity High School and also attended school in Rice Lake for accounting. Scott married LaVonne Austinson on Nov. 16, 1974. Scott, LaVonne and his family lived in the Twin Cities until they moved to Centuria when the children were young until he built his home in Milltown. He worked sewer and water for awhile but ended up doing construction and concrete work and later started his own business. Scott also built and owned a tavern for awhile. He enjoyed playing softball and was on pool teams. One of his favorite enjoyments besides spending time with his grandchildren was traveling around the states. One of his favorite trips was when he went to Germany. He also enjoyed traveling to Mexico which he and LaVonne did for many years and spending the winters in the warmth of Mexico with many friends he made over the years. Scott leaves to celebrate his memory: his wife LaVonne Lunsmann, Milltown; children, Chad Lunsmann, Chicago, Ill.; Jeremiah (Kari) Lunsmann, Centuria and Autumn (Ryan) Hyden, Milltown; grandchildren, Jonathan, David, Amelia, Mason, Dakota and Ashley, sister, Penny (Jerry) Neely, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving family and friends. Scott was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Jeanette Lunsmann and his brother Jeffrey Lunsman.
Scott's family greeted visitors on Nov. 6 at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Steven J. Benjamin
Steven J. Benjamin, 47, of Luck, Round Lake Community passed away on Nov. 6 at his home. Steven was born on May 19, 1970 to Ronnie and Marion Benjamin in Minneapolis, Minn. Steven lived most of his life in the Round Lake Community where he raised his family. He worked for the St. Croix Tribe where he had various positions over the years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, racing, music, pow-wow, cookouts, family events, working on cars and many other things. Steven leaves to celebrate his memory: wife, Shannon Lowe, son, Coty J. Benjamin (Sommer), daughter, Lexi J. Benjamin (Forrest), grandchildren, Grayson D.J. Benjamin Matrious and Abigail A.J. Benjamin, brother, Lonnie W. Benjamin (Jackie Lowe), sister, Lorena Benjamin, brother, Maurice Benjamin, many nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Ronnie, brother, Richie Merrill, sister, Rhonda Benjamin and brother, Brian Kelly Buck. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Round Lake Community Center and continue through Thursday when services begin. He will be laid to rest at the Johnstown Township Cemetery/Round Lake Community. Pallbearers are Coty Benjamin, Jason Brown, Judd Danielson, Lenny Bauer, Brandon Merrill, Daniel Bugg, and Robert Lowe. Honorary Pallbearers are Rodney Jacobson, Emery Skinaway Sr., Thomas Bugg III, Todd Sam, Brandon Hatfield, Mark Stoner, Tyler Buck Jr., Butch Buck, Gary Stoner and Verne Lowe Jr. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
LaVerne G. Anderson
LaVerne G. Anderson, 81, of Centuria, passed away on Oct. 9, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. LaVerne was born on March 30, 1936 in Nye, Wis., the son of George and Amanda (Heichel) Anderson. LaVerne was a Veteran of the United States Army having served his country from 1954 – 1956. He was a retired Andersen Window employee of 32 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, playing cards, cribbage, dancing, attending auctions and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He leaves to celebrate his memory: Special Friend, Connie Cox, Centuria, Wis.; son, David Anderson, Balsam Lake, Wis.; daughter, Darcia Anderson, Balsam Lake; grandchildren, Jeremiah, Cody, Mitchell, Mariah and McKenzie, brothers, Eldred Anderson, Dresser; Ron Anderson, Balsam Lake, and Arland Anderson, Dresser, two great-grandchildren Estelle and Isabel, special friend, Jim Dalton and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Amanda, wife, Joan (Hanson) Anderson of 24 years and his brother Eugene "Bud" Anderson. The funeral service for LaVerne was held on Oct. 13, at 11:00 a.m. at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home, followed by Military Honors. Honorary Pallbearers were Marty Anderson, Marc Anderson, Ron Walker Anderson, George Anderson, Jamie Cox, Kyle Anderson and Matt Hanson. He was laid to rest at Bethesda Cemetery in Sand Lake Cemetery, rural Dresser, Wis. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria was entrusted with arrangements.
Alice D. Anderson
Alice D. Anderson, 94, passed away peacefully Oct. 14, at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, Wis. Alice was born on March 18, 1923 to John and Ruth Hughes (Scheid) in Campbellsport, Wis. Alice enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, canoeing and many other outdoor pursuits with her family. She was an avid card player and enjoyed membership in several card clubs over the years. She and Harvey also spent time traveling and visiting relatives around the country. Alice is survived by sons, Douglas (Merodie) Anderson, James (Julie) Anderson, Craig (Joyce) Anderson, Michael (Jamie) Anderson; daughter, Patricia (Ned) Froberg; seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Alice is preceded in death by her husband, Harvey. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, Nov. 12, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 143, 807 Pine Street, St. Croix Falls, Wis. - 715-483-1485. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Burial will be held at a later date at Wolf Creek Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home, www.rowefh.com and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, www.wicremationcenter.com .
Louis "Louie" Jerome Klocek
Louis “Louie” Jerome Klocek, age 84, of Dresser, Wis. passed away Oct. 27 at the Christian Community Home in Osceola. Louie was born on Sept. 30, 1933 to William and Martha (Dulas) Klocek in Freeborn, Minn. He joined the United States Army on June 24, 1954 and was honorably discharged on Oct. 3, 1956. On June 22, 1954 he married his sweetheart, Janice Latusek. He started his career as a carpenter and later owned and operated Louie’s Inn for 26 years. Louie enjoyed fishing, hunting, raising horses, farming and gardening. He will be greatly missed. Louie is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janice; children, Lynn (Vern Everson) Klocek of Eagan, Minn. and Elizabeth (Mike) Korhonen of Osceola, Wis.; step-grandchildren, Tyler and Kayla Korhonen; his fur grandson, Max; Siblings, Angie Sauer of Ariz., Evie Strauser of Minn., Matt (Violet) Klocek of Fla., Janice Puckett of Wis. and Kenny (Jackie) Klocek of Tenn.; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Louie is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Adrian, Beatrice, Leona, Alex, Hubert and Rosie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Nov. 4 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Jamie Marie Aubart
Jamie Marie Aubart, age 37, of Dresser, Wis., passed away Oct. 26 at Regions Hospital. Jamie was born Sept. 6, 1980 in St. Croix Falls, Wis. to Scott Aubart and Sandra Cross. She attended Osceola High School and graduated class of 1999. Jamie started her career as a CNA and Med Tech working for St. Croix Good Samaritan Society, Comforts of Homes, Christian Community Home and also home care. Jamie enjoyed four wheeling, singing, collection porcelain dolls, playing solitaire, scrapbooking, taking photos and her Harley rides with Peter. She especially enjoyed the time spent with her three children. No matter what problems Jamie had going on in her life, everyone around her was more important. She always wanted to be assured that others were okay, she had a Huge Heart. Jamie was a very loving and giving person who will be dearly missed. Jamie is survived by her children, Macey, Dylan and Ryland Aubart; grandson, Aaron Woods; parents, Scott (step-mom Shannon) Aubart and Sandy Cross; brothers, Joe Aubart, Tony (Ashley) Aubart and Joshua Cross; boyfriend, Peter; many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Jamie is preceded in death by her brother, Scottie Aubart. Funeral services will be held, 2:00 p.m., Nov. 2 at West Immanuel Lutheran Church, Osceola. A visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Nov. 1 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Carol Arlene Park-Coen
Carol Arlene Park-Coen went into the eternal resting arms of her Savior on Oct. 16, 2017. Carol was born Aug. 23, 1939 to Arthur and Elma Asper. She was raised in Laketown township on the family farm, and graduated from Luck High School in 1957. On June 13, 1959 she married James Willis Park Sr., and to this union God gifted her with a son, James Willis Park, Jr. and daughter Pamela Jo. Carol lived in Centuria with Jim for 30 years where they operated Park Funeral Home and Park Ambulance Service. Carol was an EMT for the ambulance where she displayed passion for her fellow man in years of emergency calls. She also assisted Jim in the funeral home business, while raising their children. Carol lost her son, James Willis Park, Jr. on Sept. 17, 1985 and her husband James Willis Park, Sr. on May 19, 1989. Upon the sale of the business's, Carol moved to Riv U Let Ranch, north of Luck, with Richard C. Coen and they wed on Dec. 21, 1991. They resided there until June of 2015, when they moved to the United Pioneer Apartments in Luck. Carol loved being a member of the Rowdy Red Hatters, sporting her purple and red wherever she went, be it at a school function for one of her granddaughters or out to lunch with the ladies. She was an artist enjoying painting and sketching as well as crocheting. She was very active in the St Peter's Church women's ministry, serving others. She loved her hobby farm, her lifetime friends, and spending time with her family was number one for her. She will always be fondly remembered for her ability to bake up delicious treats, breads and meals. Sunday dinners were a tradition she has passed on to her daughter. Carol has left to mourn her husband, Richard C.Coen of Luck, daughter and son in law, Pam and Philip Stratmoen of St. Croix Falls, Granddaughters, Kaija (Kevin) Hikel of Centuria, Leah (Marc) Gilker of St.Croix Falls, Grandsons, Matthew (Danielle) Park of Cushing, Nathon (Justin Musil) Park of Newport Minn. Step-sons Tom Coen of Milltown, Dan Coen of Frederic, and Step Daughter Becky Doll of Rice Lake. Brother, Steven (Donna) Asper of Luck, Sister in law, Nora (Rollin) Asper of Luck, Brother in law, John (Laruel) Park, Sr. of Luck; 14 Great-grand children, Tyler, Peyton, and James Park, Elias, Judah, Felix, Tirzah, Jubilee, Cedar and Corinth Hikel and Coen and Wells Gilker, Kimberly Doll and Mariah Coen. Numerous nephews and nieces and lifelong friends. A Memorial service was held on Oct. 21, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Luck. "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away." Rev 21:4. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
John Peter Wilson
John Peter Wilson, 78, of the St. Croix Falls/Centuria, Wis. area passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at his home with his family at his side. John Peter Wilson was born July 10, 1939 in Lincoln Township, Polk County Wis., son of Lawrence and Muriel (Nelson) Wilson. He went to Goose Lake Elementary School. He was very proud to be the last person that graduated from the Balsam Lake High School with his last name being Wilson in 1957. He married the love of his life, Kathie, on Aug. 25, 1962. John was a veteran of the United States Army having served his country from April 3, 1963 - April 3, 1965. He was stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Darmstadt Germany. John started his career at the Andersen Window Corporation in 1962, retiring from there in 1997. John was a member of Legion Post 346 in Centuria. John joined Fristad Lutheran Church in 1962. He enjoyed his hobby farm and had many different animals over the years, he had a very special passion towards horses. John had many different hobbies that he enjoyed, his favorites being wood working, fishing, hunting season at his parent's farm with his brothers and friends was always a special time for him. He loved spending time with his family and friends. They lived on the hobby farm from 1966 through 2000, then moved to a one level home, with a smaller barn so the horses could come with. The new home is still on the original property that they owned just around the corner. John leaves to celebrate his memory: wife of 55 years, Kathie Wilson, St. Croix Falls, Wis.; children: Nancy Wilson, Milltown, Wis.; Jodi Swenson (Darren Solfest) Houlton, Wis.; Christopher (Wendy) Wilson, Fox Creek, Wis. and Melissa (Eric) Peterson, Duluth, Minn.; grandchildren, Stephan Haack, Ashley Amirante, Brandi Swenson, Tyler Amirante, Paige Swenson and Brionna Roettger, great grandchildren, Xander Haack, Paxton Haack, Ayden Swenson and Kylie Lindgren, special friends, Becky and Wally Watland, siblings, Ronald (Christine) Wilson, David (Rita) Wilson and Shirley (Mike) Miller and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death his parents, Lawrence and Muriel (Nelson) Wilson, and brothers, Lawrence Jr. and Richard Wilson and three infant children. The funeral service for John was held on Oct. 21, at 2:00 p.m. at Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria. Visitation was Friday at Fristad Lutheran Church from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and again at the church Saturday one hour prior to the service. John was laid to rest at the Fristad Lutheran Cemetery with Military honors rendered by the St. Croix Falls American Legion Post 143. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Marcella "Marcy" Davison w/pic
Marcella “Marcy” Davison passed away at United Pioneer Home in Luck, on Oct. 19. Marcella was born April 1, 1926 in Rice Lake, Wis., to Rennie and Helen Bushweiler. She is preceded in death by her husband Vernon in 1996 and infant daughter Donna Rae in 1946. Marcella is survived by her daughters Sue (Dan) Rattle, Norma (Bob) Anderson, Bonnie (Don) Guttormson, and son Les (Connie) Davison; 13 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren; and her loving companion Ernest (Red) Davison. Marcella worked at the Chisago House in Taylors Falls for many years. A private service will be held with interment at Kahbakong Cemetery in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Lucille Mann Monson
Lucille Mann Monson, 72, of Savannah, Tenn., died on Sept. 29, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Herbert Davis and Mildred Persis Farlee Mann. Lucille attended Grace Sanctuary. Before retiring she worked at Brotoloc Healthcare, Aurora Community Center, an abuse center, and Amery Hospital. She worked as a dietary cook, a personal care worker, and an abuse advocate. She is survived by her sons, Thad Allen Monson of Savannah, Tenn., and Trent Lee Monson of San Ysidro, Cal.; a daughter, Lorna Rae Monson of Balsam Lake, brothers, Rick Mann of McGregor, Minn., Bill Mann of Onamia, Minn., and Julian Mann of Swaldale, Iowa; a sister, Sylvia Troup of Ham Lake, Minn.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents her sister, Joyce Thompson and her grandson preceded her in death. Visitation services were at 1:00 p.m. with Memorial Services at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck.
Gerald (Jerry) Hoyt
Gerald (Jerry) Hoyt passed away Sunday evening Oct. 8, 2017. He was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and even though he spent his last months struggling against this disease his smile and sense of humor never left him. Jerry was born Oct. 23, 1961 in Durand, Wis., the first son of parents Webster and Doris Hoyt. He loved to fish and spent his last summer competing in a local fishing league with lifelong friend Dennis Stordahl. When Jerry was not fishing he was reading, spending time outdoors, enjoying a bonfire, playing cards, shooting pool, joking with family and friends, and then sharing these stories with his friends at Ward’s. Jerry’s last day was spent with over 50 of his family and friends who gathered to spend a day in his honor. The sun shined all day which was one of the many gifts shared. Not only was Jerry able to spend the afternoon outside but he was able to see his beloved Packers win one last game. He left us peacefully and in the embrace of loved ones. Jerry is preceded in death by his father Webster Hoyt. His memory will continue to live with his mother, Doris Hoyt; siblings, Jean (Brian) Chryst, Deborah Hoyt, Nancy (Rick) Buehre, Richard Hoyt, Dennis Hoyt, Randy Hoyt; many nieces and nephews, and many more friends. A celebration of life was held from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Oct. 18, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Gary A. Bystrom
Gary A. Bystrom, 61, of St. Croix Falls, passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 14, 2017. Gary was born in St. Croix Falls on May 12, 1956 to Gene and Marjorie (Williamson) Bystrom. Gary was the oldest of five children. Gary attended and graduated from St. Croix Falls high school. After graduation he worked on the farm. He started his career off at Kessler Blacktopping, Brandtjen & Kluge, Computype, Durex and lastly Tenere. In 1983 Gary became a father to his oldest son, Derek and in 1985 to Son, Richard. Gary loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. Trapshooting was also a long time hobby. Gary had to leave these things behind due to his long time battle and complications of diabetes. Gary is survived by his sons, Derek (Amber) Bystrom, Richard (Amanda Meyer) Bystrom; siblings, Bonnie (Tony) Scheuer, Rodney (Jennifer) Bystrom, Kenneth (Beverly) Bystrom, Vickie (Brad) Swanson; granddaughters, Morgan Bystrom and OvieElla Meyer; special friend, Tamara Cordie; her sons, Joe and Chris Cordie; her daughter, Maryanne; her grandchildren and many other nieces, nephews and other relatives. Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Marjorie Bystrom. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Oct. 18, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. A visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Oct. 17 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Aundria May Walgren-Schadow
Aundria May Walgren-Schadow, 38, of Balsam Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 14, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Aundria was born on March 14, 1979 in Wadena, Minn. the daughter of Cindy L.(Hunter) Walgren and Roger Arthur Walgren. Aundria attended school in Osceola, and graduated from Osceola High School in 1997. She was currently employed at the Tenere Corporation in Osceola. She loved all types of music, enjoyed swimming, camping, vacations, mud bogs, tubing on the river, four wheeling, bonfires, sitting outside on the swing and looking at the stars, but most of all she loved her children. She leaves to celebrate her memory: son, Brendon Mattison, Pillager, Minn.; daughters, Ryhley Mattison and Kaedince Schadow, Balsam Lake; mother, Cindy Walgren, Pillager, Minn.; father, Roger (Sherri) Walgren, Laporte, Minn.; sister, Angela Walgren, Brainerd, Minn.; grandmother, Marlene Lindeman, Motley, Minn.; grandfather, George Urbanski, Taylors Falls, Minn.; aunts, uncles and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Wayne Hunter, Lawrence Lindeman and Janet and Art Walgren. A Memorial Service was held on Oct. 18, at 11:00 a.m. at East Balsam Baptist Church with a visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Donald R. Langel
Donald R. Langel, 83, of Luck, Wis. passed away at Regions Hospital on Oct. 5, from injuries he sustained in an ATV accident on Sept. 24, 2017. Don was born on Sept. 6, 1934 in Chippewa Falls, Wis., the son of Edward J. and Jessie Rae (Smith) Langel and later moved to Lewis and Amery, Wis. Don married Clarice Johansen of Milltown on June 8, 1957. To this union four children were born, Jim, Ann, Kay and Gail. He spent his career as a Union Electrician. He spent many years mostly with Northern Electricians and Hansen Electric. He worked as a mechanic for Russ Laursen and started racing in his early 20's. He started racing 50's and 60's coupes in Milltown, Wis. Later, he was a driver and mechanic on sprint cars that raced at Twin Cities Speedway, Cedar Lake Speedway, the Minnesota State Fair and race tracks in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Regina, Saskatchewan and Fargo, North Dakota. He loved snowmobiling and grooming the trails. He was a founding member of the Luck ATV Club and an avid advocate for ATV access to county and village streets and roads. He was a long-time member of the Luck Lions Club. He was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus and was Grand Knight for Council 6370 for three years. He participated in the Multiple Sclerosis Snow Tour for at least 25 years. Don received many awards and recognitions, including the outstanding involvement award for volunteer snowmobile safety instruction. He served as an instructor for 40 years. He was honored by the State of Wisconsin as a charter member of the first snowmobile club in Polk County. He was also honored as a Melvin Jones Fellow for the Lions Club International. Don was also on the parish council of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Frederic as well as chairing many committees for its church festival for 52 years. Don was an endless giver of any spare time he had to the Lions, Knights, the ATV Club, snowmobile safety, the Luck Town Board and the entire Community. He lived life to the fullest and above all else, he did it his way. Celebration of Life for Don was held on Oct. 7, at the Luck Lions Club Hall. Memorial Mass was held on Oct. 9 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Frederic. Don was laid to rest at St. Dominic Catholic Cemetery in Frederic following the Mass. Honorary Pallbearers were Jerry Spies, Don Supinski, Jim Schommer, Jack Fjorden, Bill Johnson and Max Littlefield. Don leaves to celebrate his memory: daughter, Ann Langel, (husband, Kevin Pachucki), Madison, Wis.; daughter, Kay Langel, Siren, Wis. and daughter, Gail (Nathan) Hibbs, Dickinson, N.D.; grandchildren, Tatia, Logan, Jeret and Mason Hibbs all of Dickinson, N.D., sister, Virginia Johnson, St. Croix Falls, Wis., nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Jessie Langel, wife, Clarice, son Jim and brothers, Dick and Bob Langel. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria was entrusted with arrangements.
Harold J. Flom, DC
Dr. Harold Jerome Flom peacefully passed away in the early hours of Oct. 7. Born to Iver O. Flom and Sarah Katherine Walsh, Nov. 10, 1922, he was raised on a farm outside Minot, North Dakota alongside his fraternal twin brother, Herbert, and three other brothers, and two sisters. Harold married Kathryn Reinholdt in 1944. He served in the US Army 1943-46, stationed in Hawaii. After his Honorable Discharge, he attended and graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic. Dr. Flom served the communities of Lindstrom, Minn., and St. Croix Falls, Wis., as a beloved Chiropractor for many years. He was, as well, an entrepreneur. He was a long-time member of the Dresser VFW, the Sons of Norway, and was an active and beloved leader in the St. Croix Falls Church of the Nazarene for 60 years. Harold was preceded in death by Kathryn, his loving wife of 65 years, his son-in-law, Paul Dennis, and all of his siblings. He is survived by his eight children: Elizabeth Utecth (Michael), Lynette Bledsaw (Jim), Stephanie West (Steven), H. Douglas Flom (Sandra), Anthony Flom (Hannah), Riggs Flom (Jeri), Michele Flom (Robert Echols), and Lori Dennis. He will be missed by his 27 grandchildren as well as many great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Oct. 14 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1947 110th Ave., in Dresser, Wis. Visitation 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wisconsin and one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. Interment at Sand Lake Cemetery in Dresser, Wisconsin. Memorials preferred to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, 17001 Prairie Star Parkway #100, Lenexa, KS 66220. Make checks payable to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. Harold Flom’s name/128193 in the memo. Or http://www.ncm.org Select USA/Canada Nazarene Disaster Response (ACM1187) in the area where you can list a church put Harold Flom’s name.
Robert (Bob) Mason Walker
Robert (Bob) Mason Walker was born April 18, 1957 in St. Paul, Minn. He passed away at age 60 on Sept. 29, in Las Vegas, Nev. after a prolonged hospitalization. He was a former resident of Polk County, Wis. and a four year resident of Boulder City, Nev. Bob was the son of Pearl Elvira (Petersen) Walker and Orieon Mason Walker. He married Heather Gaylord in 2002 and they made their home in the St. Croix Falls, Wis. area until 2013 when they moved to Nevada. Bob enjoyed family time, traveling to see relatives, and watching his children enjoy life. He was a skilled woodworker, crafting furniture for his loved ones. Bob spent his youth in the St. Paul suburbs, Stillwater, Minn., and visiting family in the St. Croix Falls area. After graduating from Stillwater High School, Bob attended the 916 Vocational Technical Institute, graduating in 1978. In the beginning of his career, he worked in the biomedical field. With his interest in computer software, he taught himself to program and developed the WOSYST equipment management software which was initially used by hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul. He then co-founded St. Croix Systems, Inc. in 1993. St. Croix Systems evolved into a global leader in health care asset management, winning awards for best clinical engineering management software from 1999-2002. In 1996 Bob engineered the Feed Supervisor software, which became the premier farm feed management system with a global presence. He was known as a brilliant software engineer. Bob developed innovative software programs supporting dairy farmers until the time of his passing. Bob is remembered for how much he cherished those he loved. He was a genuinely kind and loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. A truly selfless and patient man who put others before himself, he had a strong capacity for loving unconditionally. Known as a family man, Bob is survived by his wife, Heather Gaylord, son Jack Tezazu Walker (age 11) and Jack's adult siblings Sarah, David, and Lauren Lund. Bob will be missed by his sisters Joan Brownstein and Julie Robbins of St. Paul, and Lana (Larry) Jorstad of Bayfield, Wis., as well as in-law siblings Brent (Joanne) Gaylord of Valier, Mont., Kirk (Vicki) Gaylord of Novato, Calif., Kathleen (Peter) Gionis of St. Croix Falls, and Gretchen (Marilyn Lehrner) Braner of Las Vegas. Bob enjoyed his numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mourning his passing include close friends Keith Sather of Dresser, Wis., Maeta Burns-Penn of St. Croix Falls, and step-mother-in-law Dorothy Gaylord of Punta Gorda, Fla. A graveside service will be held at the St. Croix Falls Cemetery on Nov. 25 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon to share memories at the St. Croix Falls United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Jack Walker Education Fund at the Boulder Dam Credit Union at (702) 293-7777. From one of Bob's favorite books, The Hobbit: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." - Gandolf the Grey.
Duane Charles Doolittle
Duane Charles Doolittle, 79, of St. Croix Falls, Sterling Township, passed away at his home on Sept. 25. Duane was born on Oct. 12, 1937 in Sterling Township the son of Ralph J. and Blanche L. (Hoover) Doolittle. Duane leaves to celebrate his memory: his wife of 58 years, Charlotte of St. Croix Falls; children, Kim (Mike) Maguire, St. Croix Falls; Jon (Ann) Doolittle, Cumberland; Lyle Doolittle, St. Croix Falls; Beth (Loren) Walters, Fort Worth, Tex. and David (Pam) Doolittle, Wake Forest, N.C., grandchildren, Angie Henrich, Ryan Christensen, Darren Christensen, Keaton Doolittle and Taylor Doolittle, great grandchildren, Aiden Anderson, Drew and Andy Henrich, Ava and Brooke Christensen, Zach, Sadie, Holden, Smith and Olive Christensen, step grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Blanche, his older sister, Hazel Mae Anderson and her husband Edward and his baby sister Eleanor Louise Doolittle. Duane provided for his family with farming and driving school bus. He actively supported his church in service to his Lord and Savior. Duane enjoyed competing in softball and bowling throughout his life.
He supported his community by serving on many boards including school, church, creamery, cemetery and township. Duane's teasing, laughter and sense of humor will be missed by many. The funeral service for Duane was held on Sept. 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls. Casket bearers were Jon Doolittle, Lyle Doolittle, David Doolittle, Ryan Christensen, Darren Christensen, Keaton Doolittle and Corey Henrich. Duane will be laid to rest at the Wolf Creek Cemetery.
The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Marian E. Davison
Marian E. Davison, 82, of St. Croix Falls, passed away on Sept. 25. She was born in Stanford Township, Minn. on July 22, 1935 to parents Wayne and Edith Langmade. Marian married Donald Anderson on June 12, 1954 in Bethel, Minnesota and had four sons. Marian married Rolland Davison on Aug. 13, 1971. She is preceded in death by Donald in 2014 and her husband Rolland in 2015; son Jeffrey Anderson; siblings Gloria, Agnes, and Arnold. Marian is survived by sons James (Barb) Anderson, Joel (Zelda) Anderson, and John (Barb) Anderson; the Davison kids Rolland (Rose) Davison, Linda (Chuck) Davison, Susan Youngren, and Scott (Shari) Davison; siblings Kenneth Langmade, Lyle Langmade, Betty Barth, Wayne Langmade, Evelyn Babbitt, Eleanore Gardiner, and Marilyn Lee; many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial Service 11:00 a.m. Oct. 5 at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls, with visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Interment at New Home Cemetery in Eureka. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com
David Nels Johnson
David Nels Johnson, age 83, of St. Croix Falls passed away Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at his home. David Nels Johnson was born Feb. 5, 1934 in Sargent County, North Dakota. He was raised by his father and mother Axel and Amanda (Nelson) Johnson near Cogswell, North Dakota. He grew up with nine other brothers and sisters; Paul, Rose, Tilly, Eleanor, Ethel, Joe, Ole, John and Linnea. He went to country school where he was taught by his sister Ethel. David attended Gwinner High School where he played basketball and boxed and he later moved to Grantsburg, Wis., to finish his senior year of high school. David went to work at Armours and worked there for 19 years. He served his country in the Army from 1957-1959 where he spent most of his time in Berlin, Germany. After his service he returned to work at Armours. David met his wife Janice Henry in the summer of 1959 and they got married on April 15, 1961. They lived in Minneapolis until December of 1964 when they moved to the farm on County Road G. They started out their farm with raising beef cattle. Dave also still drove to Armours in South St. Paul and worked until they shut down in 1972 sharing rides with two other locals. After that he started dairy farming. He continued to farm until March of 1993, when his son Tom took over, retiring to where he and Jan remained until his passing. David enjoyed hobbies of hunting, fishing and his large garden that he and Jan grew together. He loved sharing their berries, sweet corn and pumpkins with others. For over 40 years he and his family enjoyed raising Airedales and they remained his constant companion. To fill the time between ice fishing and field work, Dave and Jan got their whole family involved in the tradition of collecting sap and making their own maple syrup each spring. David also enjoyed auctions and garage sales where he would acquire pieces to add to his large collection of antique fishing lures and equipment as well as Land O’ Lakes memorabilia. David is preceded in death by his parents, Axel and Amanda; brothers, Paul, Joe and John; sisters, Rose, Tilly, Eleanor, Ethel and Linnea; and nephew, Jason Henry. Left to celebrate his memory include his wife, Jan; brother, Ole (Katherine) Johnson, sister-in-law Marian Johnson; son, Tom (Kim) Johnson; daughter, Vicki (Dave) Datt; grandchildren, Jordan and Jake Johnson, Nathan, Sam and Zach Datt; along with many other loving nieces, nephews and other relatives. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m.Saturday, Sept. 30, at the First Lutheran Church in Cushing, Wis. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. and will continue one hour prior to service at the church Saturday. Interment will be at the Cushing Cemetary.
Norma Welling, 82, of Balsam Lake, Wis., passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Norma was born July 5, 1935, the youngest of seven children, to John and Alma Ahlgren. She lived and worked on the family farm, Maple Crest, in Clam Falls Township. Norma attended Frederic schools excelling in Forensics and student government. After graduating in 1952, she attended Polk County Normal School in St. Croix Falls and received her teaching certificate in May of 1954. Norma went on to teach in Farmington and St. Croix Schools. In May of 1955, she met Jack Welling. After three months of courtship, the two were engaged. They married on June 16, 1956, at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Frederic, Wis. Jack and Norma settled in Minneapolis where she continued her teaching profession for about eight more years. In the following years she took pride in raising her three children along with her husband, Jack. Norma was an excellent seamstress, baker, and homemaker. In Jan. of 1972, Jack and Norma purchased Skylite Supper Club and Sportsman’s Bar in Balsam Lake. After an extremely successful seven years, they sold the business. After selling the business, Norma worked in the insurance industry and later as a member of the Meals on Wheels program, preparing meals at the Milltown Community Center. After retiring, Norma enjoyed her grandchildren and caring for her husband in addition to socializing with family and friends. Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; father, John; mother, Alma; siblings, Elizabeth, Jeannette, John Jr., Carl, Myrtle, and Anita. Norma is survived by her daughter, Marcia (Brad) Nielsen; sons, Michael and Matthew Welling; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Hans and Jonathan Nielsen and Taylor Welling; along with sisters-in-law, Audrey Yates, Murva Jacobsen; brother-in-law, Donald Jacobsen; nieces, Carolanne Hartman, Delphine (Joe) Casey, Kristine (Tom) Haldeman, Laurie Radmer, Patricia Schulz, Shirley (Tim) Chapman, Diana (Mike) Hovatter, Cindy (Geneo) Komarec, Mary Ellen (Bob) Kurzhals, Nannette (Jim) Oberg, Kathleen Jacobsen; nephews, John (Carol Jean) Nelson, Tom (Linda) Yates, Dan (Lyn) Yates, Jeff (Lesli) Yates, Mark (Kris) Jacobsen, Steven Jacobsen, Jim (Mary) Jacobsen; along with many beloved friends. Norma has touched many lives during her life. Please join us on Friday, Sept. 29, at Rowe Funeral Home, 206 2nd Ave. East in Luck. Visitation will be begin at 12:00 p.m. with the memorial service at 1:00 p.m. Following the memorial service we will have a Celebration of Life Gathering at McKenzie Lanes, 75 State Hwy 35, Centuria, Wis. 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.
Connie Lorraine Olson
Connie Lorraine Olson, age 61 of St. Croix Falls, Wis., passed away Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 in Coon Rapids, Minn. Connie was born on Jan. 27, 1956 to John and Lorraine (Strong) Motzko. She was united in marriage to Gary Olson on June 27, 1980.
Connie was a mother to everyone. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, playing darts and visiting. She especially enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren. Memorials preferred to Rodney Motzko. Connie is survived by her husband, Gary Olson; children, Rodney (Becky) Motzko, Pamela (Jason) Hanson and Timothy (Shari) Olson; grandchildren, Damian, Dominic, Derek and Delilah Hanson, Kinsley Roinestad-Olson and baby Olson. Many nieces, nephew and other relatives. Connie is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. The family invites everyone to 5 J’s in Centuria, Wis., following the service. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Online condolences may be expressed at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Beatrice (Matson) Merrill
Bea Merrill, 97, of Luck Wis., formerly of Osseo Minn., passed away on Sept. 14, 2017. Bea was born in Eureka Township, Wis., and moved to St. Paul as a teen. She worked at General Mills James Ford Bell Technical Center for 42 years, developing many lifelong friendships. She was married to Daniel Merrill from 1972 until his death in 2011. Married for 40 years, one of their passions was working with Hmong refugees in Minnesota. Also preceding Bea in death were parents, Matt Peter and Sarah (Jensen) Matson, brother, Lloyd and sister, Ardell Molitor. Bea invested her life in serving others. She was a Red Cross First Aid instructor for many years and active in leadership of the Pioneer Girls Club at Powderhorn Park Baptist Church and Camp Cherith. Bea loved the outdoors and travel, camping in the Teton Mountains with friends when she was young. In later years, she enjoyed trips to the western U.S. and to Jamaica with Dan, and several trips to Europe and Asia, including Hmong refugee camps. Bea loved children. She was “Mom” to two Hmong girls, Kia Lor and Ka Lee, who enriched her life greatly. Bea is survived by brother, Alvin (Susan) Matson, brother-in-law, LeRoy Molitor, and Dan’s children, Bruce, Tom (Beth), Linda (Herb) Bush, David (Mary), Mark (Mary Beth), Diane (Mike) Laughlin, Sue (Mark) Cotter, and many step-grandchildren. She was a special aunt to Bruce (Carol) Matson, Valerie (Larry) Hanson, Brian (Ruth) Matson, Jolene (Rich) Polosky, Jackie (Ray) Ogren, and Laurie (Bill) Orak. Many other friends and relatives will remember Bea’s sweet spirit, generosity, and enthusiasm for life. The family appreciates the wonderful care she received from the staff while residing at Lawson Manor and United Pioneer Home. Memorials will be distributed to her designated charities. A Memorial Service will be held 4:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, at Eureka Baptist Church at 2393 210th Ave, St Croix Falls Wis. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Russell B. Chivers
Russell B. Chivers, 84, of Balsam Lake, Wis., passed away on Sept. 6, 2017 at his home with his loving family at his side. Russell was born on Oct. 25, 1932 in Cushing, Wis., the son of Roy and Amy Chivers. Russell enjoyed hunting chipmunks and gophers, feeding deer and gray squirrels, he was an avid gardener, and he collected mallard and squirrel figurines, liked putting puzzles together, working on projects with his grandsons, tinkering on old cars, traveling and spending time with his family. He served in the United States Marines from November 1951 – November 1953. He leaves to celebrate his memory: wife, Bernice Chivers, Balsam Lake, Wis.; daughter, Amy (Jim) Feesl, St. Paul, Minn.; son, Richard (Jessica) Chivers, White Bear Lake, Minn.; daughter, Roseann (Joseph) Hansen, Lexington, Minn., seven grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Chivers, his mother, Amy Honas and brothers, Raymond, Norman and Robert. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria. Pastor Diane Norstad will officiate the service. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Military honors will be rendered following the funeral service. He will be laid to rest at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Laketown Township at a later date. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Joan Cox, 81, of Amery and formerly of Fox Creek, Wis., passed away on Sept. 7, 2017 at the Amery Regional Medical Center. Joan was born on Aug. 15, 1936 in Tomah, Wis., to Howard and Florence Bigelow. Joan married Lyle Cox Dec. 22, 1952 in Pine City, Minn. She was a homemaker who enjoyed raising their four children, canning, cooking, gardening, live music and was known as the “Pepper Lady” and for her sense of humor. Joan leaves to celebrate her memory: four children, Penny (Mike) Effertz, Shelley Pederson, Barb (Jim) Stolis, Darrell (Jeannie) Cox, seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one sister Caryl Sass. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Florence, her husband Lyle Cox, siblings; Birdine, Patrick and Duane.
Memorial services will be held at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids, Minn. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Bernard Peter Greene II
Bernard Peter Greene II, of Apache Junction, Arizona, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 5, 2017. Bernard was born on March 3, 1947 to Verner and Isabelle Greene at the LADD Memorial Hospital in Osceola, Wis. He graduated from Taylors Falls High School and then pursued a career in trucking. Bernie is preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Lenore (Wayne) Greene. Bernie is survived by his sons, Bernard Peter III, and Brandon; stepchildren, Jolene (Nathan) Wille, Missy (Anders) Johnson; grandchildren, Bernard Peter IV, Delilah, Malcolm, Bo, Maggie, Kaylee, Jacob, and Taylor; siblings, Barbara, William (Jane), Richard (Randi), Bruce (Joane), Christine (Dennis) Lien, Brian, Kathleen, Ramona (Kurt) Bear, Jerome Paul (Christine), Janice, Dorothy (Patrick) Morrissey, Carol (Bob) Stanek, And Verner Jr. (Caroline) Greene; uncle, Theodore (Luella) Greene and Aunt, Francis Weller. Memorials preferred to Bernard P. Greene IV, at 2386 90th Ave, Osceola, Wis., 54020. A mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. A visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Shafer, Minn. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Online condolences may by expressed at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Thomas G. Foeller
Thomas G. Foeller, age 80, peacefully passed away Sept. 10, 2017 at Willow Ridge Healthcare in Amery with his family by his side. He was born July 18, 1937 in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Thomas and Loretta (Sniezek) Foeller. Tom graduated from Cretin High School in St. Paul, Minn. in 1955. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1956 and was stationed in Key West, Fla. where he served aboard the submarine US Grenadier SS525 until 1960. This was one of proudest accomplishments. On Feb. 9, 1957 he was united in marriage to Judith Belmont. Their marriage was richly blessed with eight children, four sons and four daughters. Prior to his service in the Navy, he was employed at Univac in St. Paul, Minn., and returned to working there after his tour of duty. He was transferred to Iowa in 1963 and from there to Pennsylvania where he continued his career at Univac until 1965 when he chose to pursue his dream of owning his own company developing and building computer and communications hardware. Tom and his family returned to the St. Paul area in 1970 where he continued his career and eventually moved to Balsam Lake, Wis., where he and Judy finished raising their family. He changed careers in the late 1980s and started a company in the printing and publishing industry in New York City until his "unofficial" retirement in 1992, but continued to keep himself busy working on other business ventures. Tom had a great love of books and was an avid reader. He collected cameras, and as a result became a very accomplished photographer. He also had a love of speed which led to his interest in aviation and drag racing. He competed in drag racing at the Minnesota Speedway and received his pilot certificate in the 1960's as well his instrument rating, which allowed him to fly twin engine airplanes, something he was very proud of and loved to do. He was a man of a great faith and love of God. Above all, Tom cherished his family
and he and Judy enjoyed spending time with their many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Thomas is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judith, children; Kelly (Dean) Frokjer, Thomas (Beth) Foeller, Zachary J. Foeller (Amy Albrecht), Kathleen (Kevin) Tarman, Laurene (Mark) Robbins, Gregory (Tara) Foeller, Danielle (Ben Buck) Foeller, Alexander Foeller, 28 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandchild, Zachary T. Foeller, brother, Joseph Foeller, sister, Mary Cady and brother-in-law, Joseph Cady. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Our Lady of the Lakes in Balsam Lake with Father Gene Murphy officiating. Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
Inurnment will take place privately at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner, Wis. Please join the family for continued fellowship and a luncheon following the service. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Lee E. Sedlund
Lee E. Sedlund, age 66, of Lindstrom, Minn., passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Sunday, July 16, 2017. He was born on Oct. 3, 1950 in St. Croix Falls, Wis. to Donna and Ellis Sedlund. Lee was baptized by his great grandfather, Rev. N.J.W Nelson as an infant in St. Peter, Minn. and was confirmed June 6, 1965 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund, Minn. As a boy he loved to roam the woods with friends where he grew up in Palmdale, Minn. Lee was the oldest of six children. The family eventually moved to Almelund, Minn. He was a resident of Chisago County his entire life. He began his schooling in Taylors Falls, Minn. In his school years he was an active member of FFA and also spent a lot of time working for local farmers. He graduated from Chi-High in 1968 and enlisted in the United States Navy shortly after turning 18. Most of his four year service was spent on a refueling ship called the U.S.S Hassayampa during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge, he worked a few maintenance jobs and eventually returned to Almelund working with his dad on the family farm. He was a volunteer with the Almelund Fire Department for many years. He purchased the Almelund Hardware store in 1984 and expanded with a second location in Lindstrom, Minn. His experience in the Navy and determination to fix things on the farm developed his mechanical expertise. Lee successfully ran his business, Lee’s Lindstrom Appliance Service, from 1978 until he retired in 2016. He was always passionate about his work truck dubbed, “Lee’s Toolbox” that carried his tools and parts. In 1986, he married Christina Adams at Chisago Lakes Lutheran Church. Together they lived in Lindstrom and raised their two daughters. The family would enjoy visiting state parks and Lee loved early morning cross country skiing. Some of the greatest family memories were on vacations to San Diego, Idaho, Arizona, Florida, and Washington D.C. In retirement, he had a standing tee time every Friday with his friends and also enjoyed fishing, gardening, home projects, and spending time with his family. He loved learning new things and was happy to share his knowledge with anyone who asked. He will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and humor.
He is preceded in death by his beloved grandmother Ruby, father Ellis, and sister Jan Sedlund. Survived by wife Christina, daughters Leah, and Anne (Jared) McLafferty; grandson Ronan McLafferty; mother Donna Sanborn; siblings Ronald (Cindy) Sedlund, Vicki (Ed) Henderson, Susan Putnam, & Kimberly (Scott) Rickhoff; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Memorial services were held Friday, July 28, 2017 at Immanual Lutheran Church in Almelund, Minn. Visitation was held Thursday at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom and one hour prior to service at church. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com
Manetta O. Christensen
Manetta O. Christensen, 91, of Milltown, Wisconsin passed away on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at the Amery Regional Medical Center with her loving family at her side. Manetta Coen was born on Dec. 22, 1925 in Bismarck, N.D. the daughter of George and Gertrude (Hall) Coen. Manetta resided at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, Wis. for the past five and a half years. She enjoyed raising miniature horses, loved creation, the full moon and sunsets. She loved her God Jehovah; she loved people and was often referred to as "Hug-Bug" or "Hugs". She loved spending time with her family and visiting her farm when she was able. Manetta leaves to celebrate her memory, children: Linda (Roland) Hall, Cushing, Wis.; Georgia (Greg) Maier, Balsam Lake, Wis.; Danny (Anita) Christensen, Milltown, Wis. and Julie Thomas, Milltown, Wis.; grandchildren, Annette Christensen, David Christensen, John Christensen, Dustin (Sarah) Christensen, Jason Hall, Gina (Mark) Koalhase, Jennifer (Scott) Langermann, Chad (Bonita) Christensen, Katie (Cliff) Luedtke, Angela Rider, Kristin Overby, Joy Maier, Debra (Ryan) Kelley, Rebecca (Nick) Taylor and Darren (Lauren) Thomas, great grandchildren:Jacob, Richard, Javier, Alisa, Jason Jr., Jeremy, Jessica, Matt, Lindsey, Luke, Amanda, Monica, Samantha, Ashley, Joshua, Brianna, Baylee, Matthew, Shayla, Savannah, Amelia, Tristan, Annalise, Arabella, Ari and Evelyn and many great-great grandchildren and daughter-in-law, Patty Christensen. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Gertrude Coen, husband, Raymond Christensen, brothers, Lou and Donald, sisters, Mabel Shannon and Donalda Christensen, sons, Richard and Ronald Christensen and a grandson David Maier. Visitation will be held at the Milltown Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until a Memorial Talk at 2:00 p.m. Following the service everyone is invited to the Milltown Community Center for lunch and continued fellowship. Manetta will be laid to rest alongside her husband Raymond at the Milltown Cemetery. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Walter Dwight Dole
Walter Dwight Dole, age 91, of Dresser, Wis. passed away Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Dwight was born on Nov. 30, 1925 to Algar and Hazel (Cummins) Dole in Chicago, Ill. Dwight joined the Army on Sept. 27, 1944 and was honorably discharged on Nov. 18, 1946. On Oct. 31, 2002 he was united in marriage to Sharon (Closson) O’Rourke. Dwight started his employment as a truck driver. He later moved into sales at Sears for many years. During his retirement he worked as a funeral assistant at the Edling Funeral Home. Dwight enjoyed fishing, feeding the deer, bird watching, watching football and MASH, traveling, camping and wintering down in Texas. He was also a member of the Dresser American Legion and a member at the Alliance Church. Dwight is preceded in death by his parents, Algar and Hazel Dole; brother, Rodger and sister, Bernice. Dwight is survived by his wife, Sharon; children, Pamela (John) Cleary and Lori (Dwight) Carlblom; grandchildren, Kevin, Kyle, Kreg Gilson, Calah Ronzheimer and Charity Cobb; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Elizabeth Conkling, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m on Aug. 25, 2017 at the Alliance Church in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the St. Croix Falls cemetery. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Online condolences may be left at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Kimma Lee Mosay
Kimma Lee Mosay, "ni-o-gaw-ba-wi-kway", 46, of the Round Lake Community, Luck, Wis. passed away on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire with her loving family at her side. Kimma Lee Mosay was born in Amery, Wis. on March 2, 1971 to Raymond Allen Mosay and Virginia Violet Mosay. She is survived by her sons, Lorne "Hank" Jackson and Gerald Richard Jackson, grandchildren, Raymond Jackson, Tayten Jackson, Carter Jackson, Nizhoni Jackson and Nindonis Thayer, brothers, Adonis Mosay, Desmond Mosay and Robert Schieve, sisters, Lisa Mosay, Linnia Mosay, Sharon Williams, Susan Lowe and Marylou Rogers, special friend to the family, Tim Severson. Kimma left behind a beautiful, huge circle of friends, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Virginia Mosay, siblings, Renee Maki, Jerald Lowe, Kevin Dean Mosay, Rae Ellen Lowe and Delvin Braithwaite. Funeral services were held at the Round Lake Community Center in rural Luck, Wis. on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Kimma was laid to rest at the Johnstown Township Cemetery. Casketbearers were Fabian Jackson, Josh Richardson, George Mosay, Ricky Mosay, Curtis Crone, Bill Rainey, Jay Rogers and Michael Rainey. Honorary Casketbearers were Timmy Severson, Ed Conger, Brad Lamphere, Dwayne Decorah, Carlos Mosay, Derek Mosay, Phillip Quagon, Duane Mosay, Ishem Mosay, Jeremy Martin, George Rainey, Christifer Sonnenberg Sr. and Bruce Rainey Sr. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Susan Lorraine (Hansen) Vlasnik
Susan Lorraine (Hansen) Vlasnik, of Luck, Wis. was born Oct. 12, 1946 and passed away Aug. 17, 2017 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake, Wis. Susan was active in NMB - National Mutual Benefit and was devoted to her nursing career of over 45 years. Susan is preceded by her parents, Richard and Lorraine Hansen; infant brother, Michael; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy (Wes) Buttz, June (Jim) Branville; brother, John Hansen; father-in-law, Al Vlasnik; sister-in-law, Sandy Anderson; and aunt, Irene. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Dale; sons, Wayne (April), Rob (Thea); brother, Roger (Mavis) Hansen; sister, Bonnie (Jim) Katzmark; sisters-in-law, Linda (John) Smoczyk, Shelia Hansen; mother-in-law, Rose Vlasnik; 16 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, Wis., on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. The funeral service will be held at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, Luck on Thursday, Aug. 24 with visitation at 10:00 a.m. followed by the service at 11:00 a.m. Susan will be laid to rest at Bone Lake Cemetery following the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, www.rowefh.com, 715-472-2444.
Barry Andrew Lehman
Barry Andrew Lehman “Beater Wagon”, 72, passed away in his home early morning of July 29, 2017 with family by his side. He was born to Andrew and Margaret (Erickson) Lehman on May 25, 1945 in Grantsburg, Wis. Barry is proceeded in death by his parents and brother Bob. Barry graduated from St. Croix Falls High School and worked as a butcher and farmer in his younger years. Barry retired after 29 years of loyalty to Rosenbauer (General Safety) as an assembly/welder on fire trucks. Barry married his high school sweetheart Betty (Gudmunsen) on March 7, 1964. They resided in Eureka Center and Cushing area for 53 wonderful years. To this union Barry is survived by his children Kevin (Jennifer) Lehman and their children Nathaniel (Rachel) Maack, Willie and Justin Lehman of Cushing, WI. Teresa (Kevin) O’Brien and their children Ashley (Michael) Peterson, Derek (Chelsea) O’Brien, Samantha O’Brien of Eureka Center, Wis. and his great grandchildren Sawyer, Landon and Willow Peterson. Barry is survived by siblings; Mary Ann (Glen) Mattson, Gordy (Darlene) Lehman, sister in law Ellie Lehman, Lucy (Jerry) Bean, twin brother Gary (Carol) Lehman, Marcy Plomski, Pat (Jim) Linehan, Roger (Vicky) Lehman, Betty (Duane) Fisk with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Barry enjoyed telling jokes, the outdoors, hunting bear, deer, and geese. In his younger years he enjoyed pitching for Sportsman’s Bar fast pitch softball team. Later in life he played golf, watched western movies and supervised all of us as we planted/weeded the garden year after year. Please join us in a celebration of life in honor of Barry at the Cushing Community Center in Cushing, Wis. on Sunday, Aug, 27, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
William "Mr. Bill" Henry Moran
William "Mr. Bill" Henry Moran, 73 of Balsam Lake, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at his home. Bill was born on July 16, 1944 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Harold and Pauline (Maskow) Moran. Bill married Diane "DeDe" Sacia on July 2, 1966 in Galesville, Wis. Bill and Diane and their two children moved to Balsam Lake in 1974. A devoted workaholic, Bill's first job was helping out at his parents' drug store. After graduating high school he worked part time at Sacia Orchards as well as working in printing and later left to work in construction. Unable to endure not working in the long winter months he went back to printing, working at the Polk County Ledger. After leaving there he worked at Inter County Co-Op (ICCPA). Not wanting any free time (He didn't know how too, like some us) he also became Co-owner of the laundromat in Balsam Lake and built the car wash. After that endeavor he started a business with his son running a stand at the Pea Pick-in Flea Market. He retired from ICCPA in 30+'s years. He continued to work at both the flea market and at Eagle Industries with his wife. Bill leaves to celebrate his memory: his son, Eric (Velia) Moran, Shakopee, Minn.; daughter, Erin (Bryan) Nielsen, Brooklyn Park, Minn.; granddaughters, Nicole and Samantha Nielsen, sisters-in-law, Rachel Wason, Sally Schumacher, Peggy (Robert) Halmrast and Beverly Sacia and his grand-dog, Harley. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Pauline and his wife, Diane "DeDe". A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria, Wis. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Pastor Arveda "Freddie" Kirk will officiate the service. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.