David Leroy Linder
David Leroy Linder, age 86, of Centuria passed away Feb. 11 at Amery Memory Care. He was born the oldest of 12 children to David and Hulda (Dodd) Linder on Feb. 14, 1931 in Grantsburg, Wis. David attended school in Grantsburg and at an early age went to work on the family farm. On Oct. 13, 1951, he married Barbara Gibson, shortly after he went to serve his country in the Korean War as a U.S. Marine. Following the military, he attended school to become an Auto Body Mechanic and worked in that field for approximately 20 years. He also farmed his own property and worked at the Flea Market in St. Croix Falls for over 20 years. He was known as an outdoorsman and loved gardening, fly fishing and collecting tractors. He is survived by his children, Daniel Linder, Kathy (Gus) Hochstetler, Jacqueline Otto, Timothy (Edna) Linder, and Jeffrey (Shirley) Linder; 20 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; special friend, Phyllis Linnell; siblings, Ronald Linder, Roger (Karen) Linder, Carole Shern, Raymond (Caroline) Linder, Dennis (Mary) Linder, Doug (Sue) Linder, Judi (Bill) Edmonson, and Bryan (Joanell) Chinander. David was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara; siblings, Jerry and Michael; sister-in-law, Joanne; and brother-in-law, Ray. A private graveside service with military honors will be held on Feb. 16 at 12:00 p.m. at West Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Feb. 16, at Servant Hall by West Immanuel Lutheran Church followed by a light meal and visitation continuing until 3:00 p.m. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
Dennis Earl Walton
Dennis Earl Walton, 70, of Centuria passed away on Jan. 19, at the V.A. Health Care Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Dennis was born on Oct. 21, 1947 in St. Paul, Minn. the son of Warren and Marie (Weiss) Walton. He graduated from Johnson High School in South St. Paul, Minn. Dennis served his country in the United States Marines from 1966- 1969 and served in Vietnam from August 1968 – March 1969. After being honorably discharged from the Marines he worked as a Master Auto Mechanic for most of his working career. He also served as a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Maplewood, Minn. and as a part-time Deputy Sheriff in Polk County, Wis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, his horse "Spirit" and most affectionately his grandchildren. Dennis leaves to celebrate his memory: his wife, Kathy Walton, Centuria, Wis.; children: Paul (Nicole) Wyganowski, Princeton, Minn.; Derrick (Joanne) Walton, Midland, N.C.; Douglas (Lisa) Walton, Yuma, Ariz.; Dennette (Brad) Stellrecht, Chetek, Wis.; Diana (Todd) Steever, Cape Coral, Fla., Amy (Mark) Hoffman, Centuria and Janice Williamson (Scott Schmid) Centuria, 27 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, siblings, Roberta Bertrand, George (Lorie) Walton, Jerry (Sue) Walton and Marie (Jim) Bertrand, many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Marie Walton, brother, Richard Walton and sisters, Veronica Hart and Nancy Weeks. Dennis' family will greet visitors at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria on Jan. 25 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dennis will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in May. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Sandra May Katz
Sandra was born May 28, 1937 in St. Croix Falls to Leo and Leona Katz. She passed away peacefully at age 80 at her home in Roseville on Jan. 18. Sandra lived her childhood and young adult life in St. Croix Falls, and graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1955. She was a good student and a very good musician. Sandra studied piano from the age of 10 through her school years. By high school, she was playing advanced classical music with ease. One of her favorite pieces to play was La mer by Claude Debussy. After graduation Sandra worked for 10 years as a telephone operator in St. Croix Falls. When she had saved up enough money, she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and received a four-year degree in three years. After graduation, Sandra worked at 3M as a production control analyst for 25 years until her retirement in 2001. Sandra’s main interests in life were horses and cats. She owned a horse starting in high school and belonged to the Dalles Saddle Club for many years. She enjoyed Saddle Club meetings and trail riding immensely. In high school she “adopted” a cat and later owned cats for most of her adult years. She was a devoted mother to her cats, whom she considered to be family. Sandra also loved to ski in her younger years. The Skyline Ski Area (the forerunner to Trollhaugen) was just up the hill from her home in St. Croix Falls, so Sandra skied often and well. During her years working at 3M she lived in Hudson, Wis. and then Maplewood, Minn. She enjoyed visiting her nieces and nephews and her extended family over the years, traveled, and loved to read. Sandra’s mother Leona and father Leo Katz preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister Karen McCarville and brother-in-law James of Lindstrom Minn., their children, Kevin (Gina) McCarville, Michelle McCarville, Erin (Nathaniel Damron), Shannon McCarville, and Meghan (Manuel Mendoza), and her four grandnephews – Dylan, William, Alexander, and Henry. She is also survived by cousins on both sides of her family. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment was at St. Croix Cemetery in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Kelly Elizabeth Kiska
Kelly Elizabeth Kiska, age 51, of St. Croix Falls, passed away Jan. 21, at her home in St. Croix Falls. Kelly was born April 26, 1966 to Andrew and Marilyn (Hanson) Kiska in St. Croix Falls, Wis. She was baptized at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, Wis. and later confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Kelly attended the Polk County Special Ed School. Upon graduation she went to work at Endeavors (formerly Polk County Adult Development Center). She worked there until her health declined a couple of years ago. Kelly enjoyed family camping trips, Disney World and riding snowmobile and motorcycle with her dad. She traveled to Hawaii, Florida, Branson and California through Camp Friendship Tours. Kelly also took part in the Special Olympics as a bowler. In 2000 she left her family home to live at a group home, Rosewood, in Clear Lake, Wis. When it closed 11 years later, she moved to Angels in Waiting, an adult family home in Milltown, Wis. Kelly is preceded in death by her grandparents, Earl and Evelyn Hanson and Andrew and Mildred Kiska; aunts, Janice Johnson and Diane Hanson and uncle, Ron Chinander. Kelly is survived by her parents, Andy and Marilyn Kiska; sisters, Julie Fehlen and Jenae (Todd) Nagel; niece, Phylicia (Alain) Petit; nephews, Andrew Fehlen, Sam Nagel and Gabe Nagel; godparents; uncle, Brian (Judy) Hanson; aunt Katherine Chinander; several cousins and her second family at Angels in Waiting, Cindy, Karena, Angie, Marnie and Erin. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Feb. 3 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls, Wis., a visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at a later date in the Cushing Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Victoria L. Nelson
Victoria L. Nelson, 67, of Eureka Township, Polk County, Wis. and formerly of Almelund, Minn., passed away at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Victoria was born on July 25, 1950 in Stillwater, Minn. to Vernon and Lois (Janilla) Dahl. Vicky had been sick with several problems, virtually for years. She is finally free from all the pain and suffering she has endured. Vicky was well known as a true friend to all of nature's animals. Victoria leaves to celebrate her memory: her husband, Bruce Nelson, Centuria, children: Jamie (Melanie) Beckman, Eagan, Minn.; Rochelle (Jesse) Beckman, Webster, Wis., Richard (Shelagh) Beckman, Eagan, Minn. and Bert (Teya) Nelson, North Branch, Minn., grandchildren: Ian, Taylor, Marissa, Arianne, Brohdee, Abigail, Lyla and Reed, her sister, Nancy (John) Rowland and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Lois and a brother in infancy. A Celebration of Life for Victoria will be held on Jan. 27 at 11:00 a.m. at North Valley Lutheran Church, 1988 220th Avenue/County Hwy G, Centuria, Wis. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Maggie Isaacson will officiate the service. Please join the family for lunch in fellowship following the service in the church basement. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Bette Lea Cross
Bette Lea Cross, age 65, of St. Croix Falls, passed away Jan. 9 at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Bette was born Aug. 24, 1952 in Osceola, Wis. to Leonard and Olga (Olson) Kulzer. She attended school in Osceola, Wis. Bette married Leonard Cross on July 29, 1978 at Fristad church in Centuria, Wis. Bette enjoyed playing solitaire and spending time with her family. Bette is survived by her husband, Leonard; children Jason (Jana) Meyer, Jeremy (Kelly) Cross, and Katerine Cross; grandchildren, Alex Clark, Samantha (Kenny) Beck, Kaylee (Devan) Summers, Jason II (Codi) Meyer, Kayla (Lance) Johnson, and Bailey Hansen; sisters, Judy (Gordy) Anderson, Kay Larson, Linda Kulzer and Lynn Kulzer; brothers, Burt (Sherry) Kulzer and Arnie (Connie) Kulzer and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Bette is preceded in death by her mother Olga; daughter, Missy Koppendrayer; brother, Jerry Kulzer and sister, Kathy Ajer.
Judith Lynn (Goettsch) Doyle-Forster
Judith Lynn (Goettsch) Doyle-Forster, 79, beloved grandma and great grandma, mother, wife, traveler, and loving friend passed away peacefully at home with family, Dec. 3. Judy was born Jan. 11, 1938 in Elberon, Iowa, daughter of Harold and Genevieve Goettsch. In 1956, Judy married Sumner Middleton in Park Forest, Ill. Together they had two children Michael and Robin Lynn. In 1973 Judith met Robert Doyle. Married in 1974 in Las Vegas, Nev., they began a life filled with love, traveling, and real estate adventures from Boulder, Henderson and Las Vegas, Nev. to their Mexico vacation home. In 1991 Bob lost his battle with cancer and passed away. Blessed to have found love once more, Judy met Anthony “Tony” Forster. Together they shared in many of the same life adventures as well as adding new ones to the stories to tell. On Feb. 12, 1999 they married in Reno, Nev. Traveling to the Hunting Lodge in Wisconsin, or the Tee Pee in Ely, Nev., the Las Vegas townhouse, their grand home in Laredo, Mexico or that time in Africa hunting; it was a life of excitement and adventure. Meeting many new friends, reconnecting with dear friends, adding to the Family tree of his and hers...the amazing family reunions just kept growing with love. Wherever the travels, Judy always made time for family and friends. With a heart filled for love, she would give every bit of herself to those near and dear. Judy “Gma” is survived by Grandchildren; Michael “Mickey” Auborn; William “Billy” Auborn; Matthew “Matt” Gregson; Katylynn Gregson, two great grandchildren; Ireland and Summer Auborn. Plus the many loving, dear friends and their families. She is preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Robin, her son Michael; her husband Bob; her late husband, Tony. A celebration of life will be held Jan. 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Superstition Cremation and Funeral located at 398 E Old West Highway, Apache Junction, Ariz. The family welcomes those whose life was blessed by Judy to join in the celebration to share memories and moments of joy. A Lay to Rest cremation placement will be held in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 26, 2018 at Davis Memorial Park. A Celebration of Life and Memorial will take place in early summer 2018 in Minnesota. The family wishes to thank and share the kindness, compassion, devotion, care, and support given to Judy and family from Hospice of the East Valley. We are very blessed to have your professional assistance during this difficult time. Dr. Allen, Nurse Colleen, Alma, Jessica, Nurse Pat, Chancellor Tom, and so many more.
Leslie "Les" A. Palank
Leslie “Les” A. Palank age 65, of Chisago City, Minn., passed away suddenly at his home on Dec. 30. Les was born in St. Croix Falls, on Dec. 15, 1952 to Edward J. and Valeta I. (nee Vaerst) Palank. He graduated from Chisago Lakes High School in Lindstrom, Minn. in 1971. After high school Les attended two years of mechanical drafting school in Minneapolis. Leslie’s draft number for the Vietnam War was three although having been called “Slinky” in school, he was rejected from the draft since he was under the minimum weight requirements. Les went on to work for 29 years as a custom welder for Production Aids in Wyoming, Minn. As a teenager, Leslie was great having around since he stood near 6’ 5” tall – he could reach the best apples and pears from our trees. He enjoyed spending time up at The Shack in the north woods, kayaking on the St. Croix River and canoeing the BWCA. Les also traveled with his mother Valeta on a major trip through Canada by train to the Churchill area on the Hudson Bay and they took a Tundra Buggy tour to see the polar bears in the wild. He also enjoyed horseback riding and took great pride with his 25 plus years as an active member of the Dalles Saddle Club helping whenever and wherever he could. He helped with all the electronic equipment for horse shows and other venues. He was also their safety representative. He was often seen around town with his Dalles Saddle Club jacket and hat. In the recent years Les worked as a handy man. He also did excavation and construction work. He did seasonal farming at a few farms in Chisago City. He also enjoyed snow plowing in the North Metro and lawn mowing in the local area. This past year Les became passionate about making video’s flying his drone. Les used his entrepreneurship to invent and construct a Corn Bin Corn Buster, this is being used in corn bins today. Les is survived by his two brothers, Darrell E. of Chisago City, Minn. and Douglas A. (Vicki) of Omaha, Neb.; niece, Jessica (Jon) Hendricks of Neb., nephew, Tim Palank of Del., niece, Charissa Palank of Okla. and nephew, Zachary Palank of Okla.
Les was preceded in death by his parents; two horses, Comanche and Gamyra (Myra), and his beloved Pomeranian mix “Shazbots”, and cat “Shadow.” Memorials preferred to the Dalles Saddle Club. A Celebration of Life will be held 4:00 p.m., Jan. 20, 2018 at Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom with visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. A private interment will take place at a later date. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com
Robert Eugene Olson
Robert Eugene Olson, 80, passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2017, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. He was born Oct. 29, 1937 in Grand Forks, N.D. to Victoria and Enyard Olson. Robert attended school in Grand Forks, N.D. He enlisted in the Army National Guard and then he joined the Navy as a SeaBee. He made a successful career of welding and fabrication. He could repair anything you could put in front of him and then improve upon it’s design. He had a passion for airplanes, history, and any and all types of old radios. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his family and was sharing one of the many stories he loved to tell. He was preceded in death by his mother, Victoria Olson; Father, Enyard Olson; Mother-in-law, Gina Lewis; Father-inlaw, Chuck Lewis; and Son-in-law, Scott Marble. He is survived by his wife, Cathy Olson; his children, Jon Olson, Bill Olson, Kim(Olson)Schulte, Shannon(Olson), Gilbert (Don), Julie (Olson) Rogers, and Shaun Olson; Grandchildren; Great Grandchildren; three Brothers, Don, Rick, John and five Sisters, Judy, Nancy, Carrie, Becky, Sherry; Nieces and Nephews. In Lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to one of Bob’s favorite charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The ALS Association, or The American Lung Association. A celebration of life were held from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Jan. 2, 2018 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed on line at www.grandstrandfh.com
Margaret Adeline Lowe
Margaret Adeline Lowe, age 88, of St. Croix Falls, passed away Dec. 24, at the Golden Age Manor in Amery. Margaret was born on Nov. 30, 1929 to Walter and Anna (Waisonen) Fish in Cokato, Minn. She met and later married Robert Lowe on Sept. 22, 1948. This marriage was blessed with two children, Timothy and Conni. Margaret is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Dr. Timothy (Anke) Lowe and Conni Hollis; grandchildren, Felecia (Todd) Massey, Michael Lowe, Jennifer Lowe, and Teresa Larson; great-grandchildren, John Massey, Catherine Massey, Erek Nelson, Calvin Nelson, Nick Larson, Sydnie Baker and Cody Baker; great-great-grandchild, Sarah Anna Nelson and many other relatives. Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Anna Fish; and brother Walt (Marge) Fish. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Jan. 5, 2018 at the Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls, Wis. with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www. grandstrandfh.com.
David Roy Edling
David Roy Edling was born June 18, 1957 to Rayola and John Edling of St. Croix Falls. After many years of illness, David died Dec. 24 in Las Cruces, N.M. David graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1975. He attended U.W. Eau Claire and Rice Lake Technical College before entering the Milwaukee Area Technical College Mortuary Science Program. David became a licensed funeral director and mortician in Wis. and Minn. He worked one year in Wausau, Wis. then returned to St. Croix Falls to work with his father. David was the fourth generation to serve his community through Edling Funeral Home. When Edling Funeral Home expanded to serve both Grantsburg and St. Croix Falls area, David moved to Grantsburg, becoming an integral part of the community, serving with compassion, integrity and gentle care. He was a master storyteller and his family came before all else. David is survived by his mother, Rayola Edling; his children, Paul Edling, Andrea (Zach) Phillipps, Nicole (Shannon) Kingston-Kemp; sisters, Jude Edling and Barbara Edling; brother, Steven (Mary) Edling; four grand-daughters; three nephews and Kay Kingston. David is preceded in death by his father, John Edling and grandparents. Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m., Jan. 1, 2018 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser, Wis. A visitation was held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Dec. 31, 2017 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Interment was in the St. Croix Cemetery, St. Croix Falls, Wis. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed on line at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Leo John Chartrand
Leo John Chartrand, age 95, of Centuria, passed away on Dec. 10, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Leo was born on July 8, 1922 in Mont Laurier, Quebec, Canada to Paul Emile Chartrand and Marie Laure (L'Allier) Chartrand. His family moved to the United States in 1925 settling on a farm in the Georgetown area east of Balsam Lake. He attended Blake School. After serviing the US Army he went to vocational school for carpentry under the GI Bill. On Aug. 31, 1946 he married Marian E. Swenson from Almelund, Minn. They raised two daughters, Shirley and Susan. He worked as a carpenter and in 1956 bought a farm near Centuria, where he built a new home for his family that he lived in until the time of his death. The summer before he died he was still mowing his yard. Leo was a member of the Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria, where he served on the Board of Trustees, participated in the Merry Mates couples group with his wife, Marian, and built the cross that hangs above the altar. He and his brother, Richard, worked together for many years in the home construction business. Leo enjoyed fishing (often in Canada), deer hunting, snowmobiling with the Centuria snowmobile club, cabin time with his family, playing cards and pool, motorcycling, traveling throughout the US, Canada and a trip to Europe and Mexico. He especially liked to be with family working on projects and tinkering in his shop. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marian of 52 years (died 1999), brothers: Oscar and Emil Chartrand, sisters: Lauraine Backes, Andree Backes, Rose Waterman and Marie Rose Chartrand. He is survived by his daughter, Shirley (Charles Stewart) Chartrand and Susan (James) Wonka, grandchildren: Terri (Troy) Schmit, Todd (Michaela Van Heel) Wonka, great grandchildren: Brennen Wonka, Eve Schmit and Kyle Schmit, dear friend Leota Schwanz, brothers, Richard (Sandi) Chartrand, Roger (Judy) Chartrand and sister, Jacqueline (Arnold) Stoeberl, many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
William Herbert Price
William Herbert Price, age 78, of Cameron, died Dec. 14, at Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire. He was born on Jan. 22, 1939 in Elkview, W.Va to Herbert and Virginia (Monk) Price. Bill graduated from Elkview High School and then entered the United States Air Force and served during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged and retired as a Technical Sergeant E6. He was married to Jarjorie Hendrickson on June 2, 1974 in Paxton, Ill. Bill worked for Luck Plumbing and Heating for many years. He loved to read, going fishing and spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends at the cabin.
Bill Price is survived by his wife, Marjorie “Marge” Price of Cameron; three children, Missy Felonk (Matt Helland) of Cameron, Randy Boehme (Joy) of Princeton, Minn., and Austin Boehme of Atlanta, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Drew, Conner and Aurora Felonk, Spencer and Olivia Helland, Devin, Taryn and Braedin Boehme; three brothers, Bob Price (Janet), Bernie Price (Vivian) and Frank Price (Libby); a sister, Ginny Estep (Marvin); and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Virginia Price; and a niece, Sheila Nelson. Funeral Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Appleyard's Home for Funerals, 19 W. Messenger St., Rice Lake, Wis.
Vernon "Nii Gann Ji We" Lowe Sr.
Vernon "Nii Gann Ji We" Lowe Sr. (Getaway), 69, of the Round Lake Community, Luck passed away on Dec. 15. Vernon was born on March 6, 1948 in Johnstown Township, Wisconsin the son of Charles J. and Susan (Wakemeup) Lowe. Vern and his wife Susie (Susan Caroline (Burke) Lowe) of 30 years together raised a beautiful family of four children, Missy, Katy, Robert and Vern Jr. Vern had many jobs throughout his lifetime but the one he enjoyed the most was working at the St. Croix Casino for 27 years as a shift manager where he got to meet and make a lot of friends. Vern's passion was his love for his family whether it be his children, grandchildren or extended family. He was always there for them. He loved going to the races and also watching Nascar racing where the #48 was his favorite. He loved to watch his grandkids play sports, he loved playing bingo, playing slot machines, and watching all-star wrestling. He loved to talk smack about football and giving his kids a hard time about their teams especially when his Kansas City Chiefs were winning. Vern and Susie were foster parents to many kids throughout the years. Vern spent the last 16 years with his partner Jo Anne Thompson along with her daughters, Nikki, Lori and Andrea. Vern and Jo were also taking care of his great great nephew Johnnie. Vern also loved hunting, fishing and going camping with all his family. You will forever be in our hearts Papa. Vernon leaves to celebrate his memory: children, Missy (Joel) Zappa, Katy Merrill, Robert Lowe, Vern (Michaela) Lowe Jr. and Andrea Thompson, grandchildren, Pasquale Zappa, Gianna Zappa, Danielle Lowe, Rayn Merrill, Rayven Merrill, Garrett Merrill, Carlie Merrill, Ashton Lowe, Kadence Lowe, Camden Lowe, Jasmine Lowe, Abigail Lowe, Sage Lowe, Damon Bearheart, Adrian Bearheart, Lizzy Gross and Johnnie Severson-Greer, great grandchild, Theodore (Teddy) Zappa, loving partner, Jo Thompson and her children, Nikki and Lori, brother, Pete (Jenny) Lowe, many nieces and nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by, wife Susan Caroline (Burke) Lowe, father, Charles Lowe, mother, Susan Wakemeup, brothers, Richard, Stanley and David Lowe, sisters, Ida Mae Merrill and Mary Jane Frogg and his son-in-law, Russell Merrill Jr. Funeral Services were held at the Round Lake Community Center on Dec. 18, 2017. Vernon was laid to rest at the Georgetown Township Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott Lowe, Stevie Lowe, Butch Buck, Clifford Martin, Ed Burke and Todd Bents. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Burke, Gerry Pieper, Josh Lundequam and David Lowe. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Cenuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Robert "Bob" Erickson
Robert "Bob" Erickson, 93, of McKinley died Friday, Dec. 15, at United Pioneer Home. He was born Nov. 9, 1924 in McKinley, Wis., to Frank and Siri (Peterson) Erickson, was raised in McKinley and graduated from Luck High School in 1942. In 1944, he entered the Navy and served on the U.S.S. Hornet. He was married in Minneapolis, Minn. on Feb. 24, 1948 to Phyllis Johnson who preceded him in death on Oct. 11, 1981. They raised 11 children and Bob both dairy farmed and worked many years operating heavy equipment. In 1994, he married Gwen (Moore) Graff. Bob loved fishing, hunting, farming, and gardening. In his later years he spent time feeding and watching all types of wildlife in his backyard. Bob also enjoyed traveling the country, especially enjoyed fishing in Canada with his brother, nephew and sons. He enjoyed winters in Texas walking the beach and much camaraderie with old friends. He is survived by daughters, Marjorie Erickson of Minneapolis, Susan (Ernie) Lessard of Siren, Sharon (Brian) Paulsen of Milltown, Melady (Mike) Dietrich of Golden Valley, Minn. and Kathy (Ted) Zindars of Luck; five sons, Jim (Cheryl) Erickson of Frederic, Jeffery (Sandra) Erickson of Grantsburg, Jerry (Julie) Erickson of Frederic, Joseph and John Erickson, both of Cumberland; 21 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; two stepsons; five step grandchildren and one step great grandson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwen; son, Jason; brothers: Axel, Herbert and Carl. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Dec. 22, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church - McKinley with Pastor Diane House officiating and full military honors accorded by the Indian Creek American Legion Post #396 and the State Honors Team. Burial will be in McKinley Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.
Fred B. Jorgenson
Fred B. Jorgenson, 83 of Luck, Wisconsin passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 10, at the Cumberland Memorial Hospital. Fred was born in Laketown Township on Aug. 23, 1934 the son of Martha and Fred W. Jorgenson. Fred worked on oar boats for four years, Whirlpool Corporation in St. Paul and Telelect in Bloomington. He was also a patrolman for Luck Township for five years and served on the Burnett Dairy Board for eight years and was an ASCS committee member for 10 years. Fred was a dairy farmer until 1999 and raised beef cattle while semi-retired from 1999 until 12-09-2017. Fred loved dairy farming and it was not unusual to hear him singing and yodeling at the top of his lungs from the back 40. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and his trips to Montana elk hunting with the guys. He loved his family and was so proud of each and every one. As Fred would always say, “Nothing to this farming!!” Fred leaves to celebrate his memory: Wife, Marian, daughters, Sharon (Darryl) Christensen, Rebecca Larson and Diana (Randy) Virkus, grandchildren, Jeremy and Sara Holm, Jennifer and Krissy Holm, Nick and Steph Mueller, Greg and Lana Larson, Justin and Jen Virkus, Rachel and Matt Nasholm, great grandchildren, Hanna, Gavin, Jayden and Tarynn, one sister, two brothers and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and three brothers. A Memorial Service will be held on Dec. 14, at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Bone Lake. Pastor Mike Fisk will officiate. Fred’s family will greet visitors at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Please join Fred’s family for continued visiting and a lunch in the church basement following the service. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorials Preferred to Interfaith Caregivers. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
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
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, 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.