Gerald Lee "Jerry" Wilk
Gerald Lee "Jerry" Wilk, age 76 of Balsam Lake, formerly Hudson, died on June 18th, 2019 at his home. Jerry was born on Dec. 29, 1942 in Spring Valley, to Frank and Celia (Colburn) Wilk. He grew up in Spring Valley and was a 1962 graduate of Spring Valley High School. On May 2, 1964, Jerry was married to Bonnie Lee Bowell at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley, and the couple were blessed with two children; a daughter Susan and a son, Matthew. For 10 years, Jerry worked at the Hart Ski Corporation in St. Paul. In 1980, he began a 27-year career with the City of Hudson, beginning as a maintenance man at the courthouse before taking a position with the Parks Department. Jerry would retire from the Department of Public Works where he helped maintain the streets of Hudson. Jerry held a great love for the outdoors, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was fond of spending time with family and truly adored his grandchildren. Jerry was a staple at all of his grandchildren's sporting events and school activities. He enjoyed playing cribbage and various card games, but was often caught playing by his own rules. In his younger years, he participated in softball and bowling leagues in Hudson. Before his wife's death in 2009, Gerald and Bonnie enjoyed traveling with their camper to destinations in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Recently, Jerry and his companion Audrey delighted in making friends as they wintered in Bullhead City, Ariz. Jerry will remain in the hearts of his children, Susan (Mark) Brathol of Lake Nebagamon, and Matt (Peggy) Wilk of Menomonie; friend and companion, Audrey Moldenhauer of Balsam Lake and her children, Traci (Jerry) Goossens of Clear Lake and Todd Moldenhauer of Wilson; grandchildren, Derrek (Kayla) Pedersen of New Richmond, William Pedersen of Superior, Megan Wilk (Bryce Pittman) of Woodville, Mattie Mae Wilk of Menomonie, and Alex Goossens of Clear Lake; siblings, Betty Hunter of Menomonie, and Harold (Darlene) Wilk of Menomonie; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Bonnie; grandson, Dyllon Pedersen; his parents; brother, Frank Wilk Jr. and his wife Colleen; and Audrey's son, Troy Moldenhauer. Mass of Christian Burial for Jerry was held at 11 a.m. on June 21, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson. Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m., with a 6:45 p.m. prayer service, on June 20 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, and one hour prior to mass at church on June 21. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery in Hersey. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family. Services entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, (715)386-3725. www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com
Carol Jean Kolasinski
Carol Jean Kolasinski died peacefully on April 24, 2019 in Chico, California, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was 72. Carol was born on June 22, 1946 to Jeanette and Gilbert Paulsen. She was the youngest of six children. The family lived just outside of Frederic on their farm, and Carol graduated from Frederic High School in 1964. She attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls and worked part time at the River Falls Hospital. In the summer of 1967 she attended a dance at the Vets’ Club where she met Jerry Kolasinski. Carol and Jerry married later that year. While attending college and before having children, Carol worked at the River Falls First National Bank while Jerry worked at his father’s insurance agency. Without question, Carol’s greatest joy was her family. Her three children, Jon, Julie, and Jill were all born and raised in River Falls and when all three were in elementary school Carol went back to college to finish her degree. Always keen with numbers, Carol graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UWRF in 1982. Upon graduation, she worked at Sternat and Associate’s until 1998, when she and Jerry moved to Sacramento, Calif., to be closer to their first grandson, Joseph. Carol continued to work in accounting and eventually as a senior internal auditor at a casino near Chico, Calif., where she eventually settled. But by far, her greatest life work was her children and grandchildren, and she never missed an opportunity to be with them even though they were scattered around the globe living in Poland, Texas, and California. In recent years, her favorite time with her children and grandchildren was at a family cabin near Frederic visiting her siblings and old friends, as well as playing cards and dominoes for hours on end with her grandchildren. Walking, camping, and spending time outside were favorite activities of Carol’s. She loved to quilt and had an insatiable appetite for playing games, including Sudoku, and reading. She loved history, especially World War II and the era of John F. Kennedy’s presidency. She was feisty and strong and loved debating on any topic that tickled her intellectual funny bone. One of Carol’s greatest gifts was connecting with people from all walks of life. Quietly gregarious and deeply empathetic, she was never shy to point out the injustices in the world and stand by her beliefs. Carol was preceded in death by her parents and husband Gerald, and brothers, Gary Paulsen and Duane Paulsen. She is survived by her three loving children, Jon (Basia) of Warsaw, Poland, Julie (Pat) Slupski of Chico, Calif., and Jill Kolasinski (Rip Esselstyn) of Austin, Texas; Grandchildren, Arek and Olaf Kolasinski, Joseph and Paul Slupski, and Kole, Sophie, and Hope Esselstyn; Brother David (Gale) Paulsen; Sisters Janice (Ron) Johnstone, and Betty (Guy) Byram; along with many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held for Carol on July 9 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic, Wis., at 11 a.m. followed by refreshments.
Edward John Fink
Edward John Fink, age 86 of New Richmond, died June 21, 2019 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul following a battle with Cancer. Ed was born on August 28, 1932 in Seattle, Wash.; the son of Lloyd and Lyela Fink. He was raised in Seattle where he graduated from Edmunds High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the armed forces. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Upon his return, he began working for Great Northern Railway. He worked in the dining services. He would work his way through the ranks and a few name changes (Burlington and then Amtrak). He thoroughly enjoyed his work and retired as Head Steward of the dining car. In 1965, he was united in marriage to Jane Hansen. Together, they embarked on fifty-four years of hard work and fun. They owned and operated motels in Prairie du Chien and Baldwin, Wis., as well as a liquor store in La Crescent, Minn. Outside of being an entrepreneur, he was a gifted carpenter who enjoyed tinkering. He built by hand their cabin on Balsam Lake and subsequently had great memories their. He was an avid outdoorsman when given the opportunity, as he loved partridge hunting and fishing. He and Jane enjoyed time spent traveling in their Winnebago motor home and camping at various parks around the state. Ed is survived by his wife Jane; children Ted (Pat) Hansen of Balsam Lake, Linda (David) Hawkins of Roberts, Don Hansen of New Richmond, Debbie Monzel of Hudson; grandchildren Mark (Rachel) Hansen, Kim (Tim) Burlage, Heidi (Doug) Green, Aaron (Kelly) Moe, Jennifer (Adam) Brown, Emily Monzel, Adam Monzel; great grandchildren Kylie, Chad, Ella, Jordan, Jackson, Dylan, and Addyson. Ed is preceded in death by his brother Donald (Leona) Fink. A time for family and friends to gather to remember Edward, will be on June 27, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home; 1010 Newton Street in Baldwin. Interment with full military honors paying tribute to his service in the Navy will be in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.
Catherine "Kay" Gunderson
Catherine "Kay" Gunderson, 74, of Milltown passed away on June 21, 2019 at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., with her loving family at her side. She fought a brave battle but turned out to be one she could not win. Kay was born on May 10, 1945 to Tom and Margie Jackson from New Richmond, Wis. She attended school and graduated from New Richmond High School. After graduation she started working at UFE in Dresser, Wis. This is where she met and fell in love with Lynn Gunderson. They married on Sept. 18, 1965 and have been married for 53 plus years and have been blessed with two sons, Gregg and Jason. Kay and Lynn lived in St. Croix falls for a short time until they bought a farm not far from Centuria. They lived there for 43 years and then bought a home in Milltown where they lived until she passed away. Kay had a full life devoting herself to caring for her family. She was an excellent seamstress and loved making clothing and costumes for Kiddie Parades, Halloween, etc. There were many days spent at a fabric outlet picking out just the right material and then rushing home to start sewing. She also bowled on a league for many years and did quite well. Kay did find time after the kids started school to start up a few small business ventures, but in the end her thrift store Nifty Thrifty turned out to suit her best. She loved helping people and this was a great place to do that. If someone came in after a house fire or were just down on their luck they never left empty handed whether they had money to pay or not. Her husband Lynn and son Jason helped out at the store so she had a lot of quality time with them. When her son Gregg and his wife Peggy moved to Milltown she was delighted to have her entire family so close. Kay's family would like to include into their family, Joyce Turnquist and her sons Cody and Dusty. Kay and Joyce met while working together at Super Value in Balsam Lake and quickly developed a strong bond and became like family. They spent many special occasions together but particularly loved Christmas. Kay enjoyed watching Cody and Dusty as they grew from little boys into men. Kay loved holidays and never missed a chance to get her family together. All of us are going to miss Kay very much. There's a deep void in our lives now that we must deal with. All we can do now is keep loving her and keep her memories alive. She will be our Guardian Angel now and forever. Kay leaves to celebrate her memory: husband, Lynn of Milltown, sons, Gregg (Peggy) and Jason of Milltown, sister, Ginny Gehrman (Dave), Centuria, granddaughter: Paige Ennis (Andrew), New Richond, Wis.; great grandchildren: Aubree, Brynlee and Caiden Ennis of New Richmond, best friend, Joyce Turnquist, Centuria, Wis.; many nieces, nephews and too many friends to count. She was preceded in death by: parents, Tom and Margie Jackson, sister, Ferne Johnson, nephew, Ted Johnson and nephew, Mike Gehrman. A Celebration of Life will be held on June 29 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Centuria, Wis. Kay's family will greet visitors at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Following the service please join the family for lunch and continued visitation in the church fellowship hall. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Phyllis Arlene Erickso
Phyllis Arlene Erickson, 91, of Cumberland, died June 23, 2019, at United Pioneer Home. She was born September 30, 1927, in Duluth, Minn., to Odin and Mildred (Risberg) Williams. After she graduated high school Phyllis was married in McKinley, Wis., on May 29, 1946, to Carl Erickson who preceded her in death on June 16, 2014. Phyllis was a wonderful cook and shared her talents first at East Luck School and later at the Pioneer Nursing Home for 24 years. During her retirement years, Phyllis and Carl enjoyed "sneaking off" to the casino, feeding her numerous hummingbirds, growing African violets, traveling, and making several trips to Hawaii. Friday mornings were spent with the girls at the local coffee shop. Phyllis followed the adventures of her grandchildren; whether it was in sports, talents, or the day-to-day excitements. She is survived by two sons, Dale Erickson of New Hope, Minn., and Gary (Mary) Erickson of Cumberland; two daughters, Jill Cook of Luck, and Nancy Bennett of Rice Lake; daughter-in-law, Ruth Ann Erickson; 11 grandchildren, Lori, Jerimy, Timothy, Nicholas, Melanie, Ryan, Kirt, Ben, Bill, Andrea and Deanna; 24 great-grandchildren, Cody, Kylie, Bailey, Chloe, Madeline, Greta, Nori, Jonas, Anya, Ueli, Ella, Molly, Liam, Billy, Riley, Wyatt, Hunter, DeAirus, Marquez, Matteo, Kaylin, Parker, Aubrie, and Mason; one great-great granddaughter, Avah; nieces, nephews, and many other family and friends. Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; grandson, Todd; son-in-law, Kevin; and brother, Merle Williams. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. June 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church, McKinley, Wis., with Rev. Diane House officiating. Burial will be in McKinley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 29 at the church. Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.
Ruth B. Blake
Ruth B. Blake, widow of Dr. John C. Blake, DDS died at the age of 99 on June 9, 2019 at Frederic, Wisconsin. Ruthie was born May 20, 1920 to Louis and Hannah Olson of South St. Paul, Minn. She came to Milltown in 1937 and worked for her sister and brother-in-law at "Brasks" tavern in Milltown. On April 20, 1940 she married Dr. John C. Blake, the dentist in Milltown for 35 plus years. She is proceeded in death by her husband Dr. John C. Blake, parents Louis and Hannah Olson, sisters Ida Brask of Milltown, Adeline Beaulieu of West St. Paul, daughter-in-law Patricia A. Blake (Nelson) of Forest Lake, Minn., grandson Garth J.B. Poole of Brentwood, Calif. She is survived by her daughter, Geraldine A. Moore of Milltown, Wis., son John T. Blake of Forest Lake, Minn., grandchildren Ryan Poole of Las Vegas, NV., Toni L. Quinn (Andrew) of Blaine, Minn., Damon J. Blake (Chelsey) of Wyoming, Minn., Nathan J. Blake (Nancy) of Circle Pines, Minn., great grandchildren Braeden Poole of Brentwood, Calif., Isabella R. Blake of Circle Pines, Minn., Patricia R. Blake, of Wyoming, Minn., Michael Cable of Wyoming, Minn. Many nieces, nephews, and friends. Ruthie lived in the home she and Dr. Blake had built in Milltown (on the hill) until November 2008. She moved into Pleasant Living Apartments in Milltown at that time. Jan. 19, 2012 she moved into the Frederic Nursing and Rehab. Community that has been her home until passing. As Ruthie wished there will be no visitation or formal services. She will be buried next to her husband at the Milltown Cemetery. Those of you who knew her well will always remember the traits that made her "someone you will never forget". She took great pride in her home and yard and could always be seen cutting the lawn or picking up the leaves or twigs. She always love having a little fire going in what she called her (back 40). In her younger years she enjoyed playing softball on a Milltown team, and enjoyed bowing in a league in Frederic. She also raced cars on an ice track on Half Moon Lake and did a little dirt track racing outside of Milltown. She liked to be active and was. She was a fighter to the end, never wanting to trouble anyone. Thanks for all the memories mom, we miss you already--Gerry, John and all.
Marion Lucile Ransom Swanson
Marion Lucile Ransom Swanson, age 93, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2019 at Willow Ridge Health Care, Amery, Wis. Marion was born July 21, 1925, in Montello, Wis. She was the second child of Fred W. and Lucile (Penfield) Ransom. Marion graduated from Montello High School in 1943 and attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison earning a bachelor's degree in home economics in 1947. While at the University of Wisconsin Marion met Lester Swanson of Amery, Wis., and was married on Sept. 8, 1951. They settled in Darlington, Wis., and Craig and Steven were born. In 1955, the family moved to St. Paul, Minn., and Lynn was born. In 1958, the family moved to St. Croix Falls and John was born. Marion was manager for the veterinary practice until 1986. Upon retirement, Marion and Lester moved to their home on Deer Lake returning to St. Croix Falls in 2002. They moved to River Bend in Amery in Aug. 2012 and Lester passed away on Dec. 31, 2012. Marion is preceded in death by her husband, Lester; son Craig; parents; and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Arlene Ransom. She is survived by her children, Steven (Kris) Swanson of St. Croix Falls, Lynn Swanson of St. Paul, Minnesota and John Swanson of Bloomington, Minn.; six grandchildren, Elizabeth, Amanda, Patrick, Matthew, Natasha and Victor; two great-grandchildren, Inga and Markus; special nieces, Karen Harris and Roberta Ziegler; also other relatives and friends. Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., June 11, at the United Methodist Church, St. Croix Falls, Wis., with Rev. Ran Yoo officiating. Visitation will be 10 – 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at St. Croix Falls Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the United Methodist Church, St. Croix Falls, Wis., or the donor's choice. Grandstrand Funeral Home of Osceola handled the arrangements.
James M. Einberger
James M. Einberger, 64 of Balsam Lake passed away at his home on the morning of May 28, 2019. James was born in St. Paul, Minn., on Nov. 30, 1954. James graduated from Tartan High School in 1973. He worked for Fisher Nut Factory, S&T Products, Polaris Industries and SMC throughout his working career. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling and spending time with his family and friends. James leaves to celebrate his memory: his mother, Louise (Drinkwine), Einberger Centuria, wife, Lisa (Bibeau) Einberger, Balsam Lake, children: Nichole Leggett, Fond du Lac, Wis.;.Christina (Tim) West, Clear Lake, Wis.; Tyler Leggett Jr, Balsam Lake, Wis.; and Kori Einberger (Branden Strenke), Balsam Lake, Wis., grandchildren: Bradley Knutson, Joshua Knutson, Sean Singh, Tristan Knutson, Caleb Knutson, Elizabeth Meyer, Lillie West, Cheyanne Knutson, Leo Strenke and Jameson Strenke and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his birth mother, Gertrude (Rivet) Einberger, father, Leo Einberger, brothers, Sonny "Leo" Einberger and Lawrence Einberger, children, Eric and Erica Einberger, and his father-in-law, John Bibeau. A Celebration of Life for James was held at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake on June 5 at 11 a.m. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Howard Noel Seim
Howard Noel Seim, 87, born in Granite Falls, Minn., in 1932, resident of Columbia Heights, Minn., went to be with the Lord on May 28. Howard is survived by his wife Vonnie of nearly 63 years and his children: Paula (Scott) Starker, Shari (Timothy) McMullen, Daniel (Denise) & Julie (Daniel) Nentl, and nine grandchildren: Samuel (Sarah) & Benjamin (Allison) McMullen, Amanda Starker, Morgan, Taylor & Ryan Seim & Eleanor, Griffin & Henry Nentl. Howard enriched our world as a Christian, guardian, keeper of tradition, lutefisk lover, administrator, inventor/patent holder, military man, education advocate, Electrical Engineer, farmer, problem-solver, wood worker/builder, loyal family man & friend. Visitation June 3 at 11 a.m., memorial service at 12 p.m., followed by a luncheon at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 7th St NW, New Brighton, Minn. Burial to follow at Sunset Cemetery. Sunset Kapala-Glodek Funeral Home. sunsetfuneralservices.com 612-789-3596.
Walter Jeff Creuzer
Walter Jeff Creuzer, 68 of Centuria passed away on May 29, 2019 at the Divine Rehabilitation Center in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Jeff was born on Feb. 14, 1951 in Siren, Wis., the son of Walter J. and Lillian (Eliason) Creuzer. Jeff graduated from Luck High School in 1969 and Rice Lake Vocational School in 1971 with a Carpentry degree. He worked as a carpenter most of his life. He also worked at Indianhead Glass. He married Darlene Alling on Aug. 12, 1972. They lived in St. Croix Falls for 36 years of their married life. After a house fire they purchased their retirement home near Loveless Lake, Centuria. As a carpenter Jeff worked for Gordon Fox, Roger Lehman, Bruce Hendricks and Ronnie Chinander. He loved working with wood and making things run better. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and traveling all over the U.S. and Canada with his family and he loved visiting with his friends. He was so proud of his two children who supplied him with his true loves: his grandchildren. Jeff leaves to celebrate his memory: wife, Darlene, Centuria, Wis.; son, Michael (Katie) Creuzer, Isonville, Ky.; daughter, Jennifer Paulus, Port Washington, Wis.; his grandchildren: Isabella, Juliana, Ava, Liam, Elise and Ian Creuzer and Sullivan and Josephine Paulus, sister, Laurelei Creuzer, Osceola, Wis.; sister, Therese Creuzer, Luck, Wis.; many aunts, uncles, cousins and his great friends, brother and sisters in law, nieces and nephews of Milltown, Cameron, N.C., Bessemer, Ala. and Glendale, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Lillian. A Celebration of Life was held on June 3, 2019 at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Charlotte Anne Tesberg Stanley
Nov. 27, 1940- May 14, 2019. Charlotte Anne Tesberg Stanley was born in Merrill, Wis., on Nov. 27, 1940 to C. Arthur and H. Margaret (Samuelson) Tesberg. Charlotte graduated from Wausau High School in 1958 and from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in Sociology. She was a member of the Iota Beta Sorority. Charlotte taught first grade in Columbia Heights, Minn., and Hudson, Wis., and as a substitute teacher for the Luck and St. Croix Falls, Wis., school districts. During college, Charlotte met the love of her life, whom she called “Mister Wonderful,” Ronald Harold Stanley on a blind date to a Gustavus vs. Augsburg football game. They were married a year later on December 29, 1962, at First English Lutheran Church in Wausau, Wis. Charlotte brought two daughters into the world, Marilyn Kay Stanley and Carolyn Anne Stanley (Anderson). When the Reverend Stanley was ordained at Christ Chapel at Gustavus on June 6, 1963, Charlotte too was called to a life of service. She served the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America alongside her husband at Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Hudson, Wis., from 1963 to 1970, at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas from 1970 to 1975, and then at Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake, Wis., from 1975 to 2003. While many people may not have recognized the role of minister’s wife as a full-time position, for Charlotte it was a sacred life-long vocation and a 24-hour on call commitment that she performed with respect, modesty, and at times very little fanfare. To be the spouse of the minister was her calling, which she met with serious devotion to sharing the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Charlotte’s ministry was to portion the abounding grace of our Heavenly Father, which she did faithfully. Her authentic and enduring message was that we are all beautifully and perfectly made by our creator and fearlessly loved. She led by example through her kindness, humility, and her very unique sense of humor. Charlotte’s gift to the community was her candid ability to face some of life’s most challenging and tragic hardships with a pun, a smile, an infectious giggle, and a “mom joke.” Her distinctive laugh alongside with her chocolate chip cookies, Chex party mix, hugs, phone calls, hot-dish, and birthday cards were her thoughtful gifts to fellow travelers. As her life progressed, multiple sclerosis took away her ability to walk and she became a wheelchair user, like her daughter who was paralyzed in a motor vehicle accident. Rooted deeply in her own personal and her family’s experiences she became an unlikely advocate, turned caring ally for all community members with disabilities: whether they were caused by illness, accident, mental health, or addiction. Her life showed us that humor, unpretentiousness, and sharing an anecdote or a song could be key in bridging our divides. That a raucous belly laugh can be healing in miraculous ways. It is her amazing laugh that will be most greatly missed. Charlotte is preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Margaret Tesberg and her husband Ronald Stanley. She will be deeply missed by her daughter Marilyn Kay Stanley and her companion Randal Kent Lind and his daughter Madison Alice Lind, her daughter Carolyn Anne Anderson, her husband Carl Anderson, and her two grandsons Oskar Peter Anderson and Axel Magnus Anderson. Visitation will be held at Williamson-White Funeral home in Amery, from 5-7 p.m. on June 11. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on June 12, with visitation one hour prior to service, at Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake Wis., with the Reverend Diane Norstad and the Reverend Chuck Arndt officiating. There will be a luncheon and a graveside service following. Memorials are preferred to the family, in lieu of flowers, which will be directed to Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake.
Kathleen Christensen, 64, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on May 17, 2019 at her home in Eau Claire, Wis. Kathleen was born on Nov. 20, 1954 in Brookings, S.D. to Clyde and Alice (Berg) Kunze. After moving to a few small towns in South Dakota and Wisconsin, the Kunze’s slowly moved east to settle in Luck. Kathleen graduated from Luck high school in 1973, and from Lakeland College with a degree in Accounting. Kathleen held several jobs in her lifetime, most recently prior to retirement, as Director at Lakeland College Chippewa Falls Campus. She touched many hearts and was an inspiration to all who knew her. She enjoyed golfing, gardening, cooking, music, theater, traveling, and most of all spending time with her family and friends. Kathleen is survived by her husband Joe, her children Michael (April), Leah (Mike), Alison (Shaun) and grandchildren Zachary, Alexis, Abigail, Ashley, Alex, Kaeleeand Caleb. She is also survived by her mother Alice, brothers, sisters and their spouses, Randy (Meg), Charlie, Ron, Debbie (Phillip), Doug (Deb), Brenda (Steve), Russ (Deb), Karen and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Kathleen was proceeded in death by her father Clyde, her sister-in-law Vicki. A memorial service was held May 22 at 1 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1120 Cedar Street, Eau Claire, Wis., with Pastor Josh Toufar officiating. There will be no formal visitation prior to the service at the church. A celebration of life with visitation was held at Wild Ridge Golf Club, 3905 Kane Road, Eau Claire, Wis., immediately following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kathie's memory to: The Wisconsin Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (https://komenwisconsin.org) Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com. Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, Wis., 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Bonnie Raye Murray (nee Cilek)
Bonnie Raye Murray (nee Cilek), age 75, of Clear Lake, died on May 10, 2019 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She passed away in her home in the arms of family. Bonnie was born the daughter of Ray and Ann (Mehle) Cilek on May 26, 1943 in Chicago, Ill. She graduated from Washington High School in St. Paul, Minn., with the class of 1961. That same year, she married Kenneth Wesenberg. During his military service, she and Ken lived in Missouri, Washington D.C., and Germany. Bonnie married Donald Elmore Murray in St. Paul, Minn., on Dec. 31, 1977. She and Don moved to Amery/Clear Lake, Wis., to raise their family in the wide-open country. She worked as a bookkeeper and owner of Ecology Products/EP Baler, a recycling and baler manufacturing business started in the mid-80s with her husband Don. Bonnie loved happy-go-lucky gatherings with friends and family where she was renowned for often enjoying her champagne straight from the bottle. In her later years, she took great pride in tending her landscaped yard and orchard. She shared endless laughs with her loved ones and never tired of shenanigans. Bonnie is preceded in death by her grandparents; mother, Ann (Mehle) Cilek; father, Ray Cilek; sister Janet Cilek; brother, Fred Cilek; ex-husband, Ken Wesenberg; husband, Don Murray; son, Clint Wesenberg. She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Murray; daughter-in-law, Lynette (Compton Peterson) Wesenberg; grandchildren, Ciara Wesenberg, Christopher Wesenberg, Cayel Wesenberg; step-grandchildren, Ryan Peterson and Amanda Peterson; sister, Jeanne (Cilek) Sherman; and her honorary daughters, Lynn (Marier) Weirauch (niece) and Purdy the cat; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held May 24 at 11 a.m. at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (728 S. Knowles Avenue, New Richmond, Wis. 54017) with a visitation starting one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.
Nancy Allison (Brunberg) Dahlquist
Nancy Allison (Brunberg) Dahlquist of Dresser passed away suddenly on May 14, 2019, she was 65 years old. Nancy was born Dec. 9, 1953 to Audrey (Brunberg) Scheuer in St. Croix Falls, Wis., and raised in Dresser. She graduated from Osceola High School. Nancy married Randy Dahlquist on June 24, 1972. They had three children together. She graduated with honors from WITC and Century College for Dietary Management. Nancy worked at the St. Croix Hospital as a cook and went on to be the Dietary Manager for over 25 years. Nancy enjoyed reading, puzzles, gardening, spending time at their cabin, spending as much time with her grandchildren and great-grandson as possible and going to the casino. Nancy was preceded in death by her mother, Audrey (Brunberg) Scheuer and her brother Devlin Daniel Scheuer. Nancy is survived by her husband, Randy Dahlquist; daughter, Katy Dahlquist; son Jeremy Dahlquist; daughter Allison (Dahlquist) Lannert; and son-in-law Ben Lannert; grandchildren, Andrew Erickson, Bethany Erickson, Xavier Lannert, Oliver Lannert and Jamason Johnson; great-grandson Jonathan Struck; sisters; Heidi (Royce) and Peggy; Brothers; Tony (Bonnie), Brad, Clint (Kyla) and Eric; also nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at Grandstrand Funeral Home in Dresser/Osceola at 11 a.m. on May 21. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. A luncheon will be at 1 p.m. in a private room at the Dalles House in St. Croix Falls. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com
Georgette Murphy, 11-21-1930 to 4-14-2019
Georgette Ruth (Randall) Murphy was born Nov. 21, 1930, to Lawn and Marion (Jensen) Randall in Taylors Falls, Minn. Georgette was first born with two siblings, John and Marilyn. She grew up in the Balsam Lake area and graduated from Balsam Lake High School in 1948. Georgette was united in marriage to Raymond Murphy of Milltown on March 31st, 1951, and to this union three children were born, Michael, Donald and Jaclyn. Ray and Georgette were life-long residents of Polk County and raised their family in the Luck area. Georgette worked with the Polk County Department of Social Services for many years and was proud to serve on the Luck School Board. Her passion was sewing for her family and friends, leaving lots for them to remember her by from clothing to quilts, handbags and many crafts. In preparation for their retirement, Ray and Georgette moved to their home on Apple River and subsequently to Balsam Lake. After their retirement, Ray and Georgette spent their winters in Florida with their daughter and her family until packing all her sewing machines, material for multiple projects to keep her busy for the winter became too burdensome and she preferred the solitude in her own very organized sewing room in Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawn and Marion Randall; husband, Ray Murphy; and brother, John Randall. Left to mourn her passing are her children, Mike (Arlene) Murphy of Almena, Don (Jill) Murphy of Frederic, and Jacky (Bob) Ouellette of Balsam Lake/Naples, Fla.; sister, Marilyn (Paul) Score of Boyceville; and sister-in-law, Ann Randall of Balsam Lake. She is survived by six grandchildren, Jason (Lisa) Murphy of Almena, Lynda (John) Clem of Carson, Virginia, Veronique (Mike) Berens and Beau Ouellette of Naples, Florida, Dan (Daria) Murphy of Frederic, and Jenny (Jake) Stone of Grantsburg; five great-grandchildren, McKayla, McKenzie and Troy Berens of Naples, Florida, and Wyatt and Levi Murphy of Frederic; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins very near to her heart. Services will be April 25 at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. with services held at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall following the service with interment at St. Patrick’s Cemetery following. You are invited to leave condolences, memories and photos at www.rowefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home, 715-472-2444 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, www.wicremationcenter.com.
Coriliss "Corky" S. Canada
Coriliss "Corky" S. Canada, age 72, of St. Croix Falls, passed away on March 30, 2019 at the Osceola Medical Center. Corky was born on Dec. 8, 1946 in Toler Creek, Ky., to parents John and Fern (Younts) Meade. She is survived by her significant other, Jim Baxter of St. Croix Falls; sons, Raymond Canada of Eau Claire, Wis., Robert (Vonda) Canada of Hudson, Wis., and Darrel (Greta Maria) Canada of Thorlaksholm, Iceland as well as her seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, John, Fern and brother, Johnny. Corky was blessed with artistic talents and well known for her portrait art in many creative mediums as well as her skill in gardening and love of flowers. She will be greatly missed by friends and family. A visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis, with a pasta buffet and social hour at Village Pizzeria in Dresser starting at 5:30 p.m. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Harris Arnold Parent
Harris Arnold Parent of Osceola died on April 3, 2019 at the Christian Community Home Nursing Facility in Osceola, after suffering from recent health issues. He was 90. Harris was born on March 18, 1929, in Somerset to Amable Jr. and Katheryn (Harrington) Parent. He was the youngest of eight children. He graduated from Somerset High School in 1947. Wanting to serve his country, Harris joined the Naval Reserves soon after graduation. He also started working at Andersen Corporation. He volunteered for active duty service after the start of the Korean War and served two years on active duty supporting the war effort. After completing his service and returning home, Harris rejoined Andersen Corporation. He married Mary Ann Marlene Murtha of New Richmond in 1955. They were married for 57 years and had two sons and three grandchildren. In 1958 they moved to Osceola, where Harris owned and operated Parent Osceola Cleaners. In 1966 Harris started serving the Village of Osceola as the Village Clerk and Treasurer. By 1975 the combined village and cleaning workload was too great, and Harris sold the cleaning business and became full-time Village Administrator. He retired as Village Administrator after 28 years of faithful service to the Village of Osceola. While Village Administrator he served as an officer with the Wisconsin Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Association for 13 years. In 1977, Harris became the first President of that organization from Western Wisconsin. He served on the St. Joseph’s Church Counsel, was a member of the American Legion, and was a charter member of both the Osceola Knights of Columbus chapter and Osceola Lion’s Club. He was preceded in death by his parents Amable Jr. and Katheryn Parent, wife Marlene Parent, Brothers Clarence and Wallace Parent, and Sisters Eileen Rivard, Marcella Landry and Viola Phaneuf. He is survived by his two sons Steven (Phops) Parent and Richard Parent; grandchildren Stephanie, Alexander and Samuel Parent; Sisters Camilla Langness and LaVerne Mealey; many nieces and nephews; and numerous friends. A mass of Christian burial was held 11:00 a.m., April 10 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Osceola, Wis. A visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., April 9 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, and had visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on April 10. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Debra Ann Appel (nee Asp)
Appel, Debra Ann (nee Asp) age 66, of Luck, Wis. passed away peacefully on April 1, 2019 with her family at her side due to complications from pneumonia. She loved four wheeling, camping, gardening, motorcycling and spending time with her family. Deb is survived by her husband of 45 years Joseph G. Appel ; sons, Jeremy (Katie), Jeffery (Naomi) and Paul; grandchildren, Paige (Zach) Horn, Haley, Brooklyn, Maya, Morgan and Ayden; siblings Darryl Petersen, Kay White, Kim Harstad, and Dawn Dix; many nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Deb is preceded in death by her parents; father Harold Asp and wife Barb, mother Catherine Petersen and husband Pete. A Celebration of Life will be held on April 13, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Moe Lutheran Church 451 30th St. Clear Lake Wis., 54005.
Janice Kay Kammerud
Janice Kay Kammerud was called home to her Lord and Savior on April 6, 2019, at the age of 76. Jan was born on Dec. 21, 1942, the second daughter to Gordon and Gwen Peterson. She was raised in St. Croix Falls with her two sisters and was a 1961 graduate of St. Croix Falls High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Iver Kammerud, and they shared 58 years of marriage and raised their four children together. She will be dearly missed and survived by her beloved husband, Iver; sisters Peggy Peper and Kathleen Peterson; children Jeff (Penny) Kammerud, Brian (Stephanie) Kammerud, Julie (Jeff) Larcom, and Beth (Jim) Parson-Stauner; grandchildren Chelsea (Thomas) Kovar, Kyle Kammerud, Alisen (Tyler) Howard, Jacob Larcom, Joshua Larcom, Jessica (Isaac) Milkey, Evelyn Parson, Connor Parson; great-granddaughter Gianna Milkey, and two great-grandbabies due this summer. Jan was employed by Drs. Bretl and Thomas for 17 years and enjoyed adjusting and dispensing new glasses to patients. Her best friend was Kitty Seversen, almost like a sister and joined Kitty at a weekly bible study group for more than 20 years. They also got together weekly for a tea session so they could discuss the faults of their husbands and solve the world’s problems. Jan and Iver loved camping, which they did for over 50 years. In the end, there is no greater joy than knowing she is in Heaven as a believer in Jesus Christ, and that is what it is all about. Memorials preferred to the Inter- Faith Givers. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2019 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 140 S. Madison Street, St. Croix Falls, Wis. with a visitation starting at 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed on line at www.grandstrandfh.com
Janet Evelyn Adams
Janet Evelyn Adams, age 82, of Frederic, formerly of Dresser passed away on March 31, 2019 at the Frederic Nursing Home. Janet was born on April 29, 1936 in Kimball, Minn., to parents Leonard and Mabel (Jacobson) Ashwill. She enjoyed quilting, cooking baking, traveling and socializing with her bowling league. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Janet always had a smile and laugh for everyone she met. A proud Finn who exemplified SISU throughout her life. She married Edward Adams on June 7, 1958 at the Church of Incarnation in Minneapolis. Janet is survived by her children, Andrea (Gerald) Matzelle of Lake Mills, Carla Vossen of St. Croix Falls and Michael Adams. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, Alanna and Adam Vossen and Joseph and Jacob Matzelle. Janet is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward; son Thomas; sister, Gladys Ashwill and brother, Donald. A visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00pm, April 6 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Interment will be held in the Sand Lake cemetery, Dresser, Wis. Online condolences may be left at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Nancy J. Yetter
Nancy Jean Yetter, 49, of Forest Lake, Minn., and formerly of Dresser, Wis., died March 4, 2019, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Nancy was preceded in death by her grandparents. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Chuck Yetter; two daughters, Jessie (Andrew) Hegge and Cheryl (Daniel) Mansur; three sons, Josiah, Daniel, and Christopher Yetter; grandson, Melchizedek Hegge; parents, Ellsworth and Arlene Johnson; sister, Barb (Garry) Roth; two brothers, Gerald Walker and Brian (Tanya) Johnson; also aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Nancy was born March 16, 1969, in Amery, Wis., to Ellsworth and Arlene Johnson. She was a 1987 graduate of Amery High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Nancy was united in marriage to Lewane "Chuck" Yetter on Oct. 19, 1991, in Deronda, Wis. She was a homemaker and homeschooled their five children. Nancy had been employed for the last 10 years at St. Croix Regional Hospital. Nancy and Chuck moved their family from Dresser to Forest Lake, Minn., in 2017. She was a longtime member of Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Nancy enjoyed quilting, knitting, crocheting, baking, and reading. She volunteered at the hospital providing crocheted animals for children. Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m., March 9 at Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Friday at Grandstrand Funeral Home of Osceola, and continues one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Memorials are preferred to the donor's choice.
Louise Marie Clark
Louise Marie Clark of Centuria, a great lady who's enthusiasm and joy for living life will be missed by all who knew her, passed away in her loving husbands arms on March 11, 2019 at her home. Married for 72 years, she will be missed most by her husband, Bob, her eight children and their spouses, her 24 grand children, 32 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Louise leaves to celebrate her memory: her husband, Robert I. Clark, children: Janice (LeRoy) Oestreich, Connie Boet, Kenneth (Marsha) Clark, Jim Clark, Sue (Robert) Vialpando, Patti (Rick) Katzmark and Bill (Sandy) Clark, 24 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, her sister, Barb (Rich) Hoogheem and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Laura and Anson Bailey, sister, Elaine Gibson, brother, Bill Bailey and her son, Michael Clark. She was an active competitor, she truly enjoyed her bowling teams - their travels and adventures made many great memories. She was Secretary of the Saturday night bowling league at McKenzie Lanes for 30 years and much fun was had by all. Our Weezie (Louise) loved her garden and gardening and she generously shared the fruits of her labor. Feeding people was her version of sharing her love. She worked at North Oaks Golf Club in Shoreview, Minn. for 25 years and catered locally for several years - her recipes have been shared by many. Weezie's big hugs, warm smiles and laughter will be dearly missed. Please join her family for a Celebration of Life March 16 at the Milltown Community Center in Milltown, Wis. from 2:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m. Louise will be laid to rest at St. John's Cemetery, Centuria at a later date. Please visit www.kolstadfamilyfuneralhome.com for a full obituary. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Bruce R. Matson
Bruce R. Matson, age 69, of Dresser passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 2, 2019, at the Christian Community Home of Osceola, Wis., after many months of battling a series of strokes. Bruce was born April 22, 1949, in St. Croix Falls to Alvin and Susan (Johnson) Matson. He was a 1967 graduate of Unity High School and a 1971 graduate of Wisconsin State University – Superior. After working on the family farm and for National Car Rental, Bruce opened Matson Tax Service, which he operated successfully for over 40 years. Bruce was united in marriage to Evy Ericson on April 27, 1974. He later married Carol Watt on May 28, 1988, in St. Croix Falls. Bruce enjoyed gardening, hiking, bicycling, coaching soccer, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. As any good Wisconsinite, he enjoyed cheering on his Packers every week. Bruce was kind, gentle, and a man of deep integrity. He spent decades serving in various organizations, including Big Sandy Camp, Alliance Church of the Valley, New Home Cemetery, and Valley Christian School. Bruce was preceded in death by his first wife, Evy in 1986, and nephew, Hayden Watt. He is survived by his parents, Alvin and Susan Matson; wife, Carol Matson; daughter, Kelly (Tate) Watts; sons, Mark (Margo) Matson and Luke (Rachel) Matson; grandchildren, Seth Watts, Cora, Noah, and Brooks Matson; sisters, Valerie (Larry) Hanson and Jolene (Rich) Polosky; brother, Brian (Ruth) Matson; as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m., March 8 at Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls. Visitation will be 4 - 7 p.m. on March 7 at Grandstrand Funeral Home of Osceola, and continues one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in New Home Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given to the Alliance Church of the Valley or the American Stroke Association.
David L. Gustafson
David L. Gustafson, 79, of Frederic passed away in the early morning on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. David was born on Jan. 9, 1940 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of John and Adeline Gustafson. David attended Frederic High School and graduated in 1958. After high school, David worked for Western Union installing and repairing their systems. He married Judith Jenson on Aug. 17, 1963. They lived in Princeton, Minn., and then moved to Coon Rapids, Minn. David left Western Union and the family moved to Milaca, Minn., where he began working for Judith's uncle installing laundromat equipment throughout the US. David and Judith purchased the Wash House in 1975 and the family moved to Frederic, Wis. Later they went on to own the Milltown Laundromat and the Frederic Liquor Store. In addition to being a business owner, David worked at Durex in Luck, Wis., for 15 years. David enjoyed attending his children's and grandchildren's athletic events and years of Gustafson Brothers Racing. He enjoyed checking in on Doug and Mason as they worked in the fields and with the pigs on the farm. Every morning David met with friends for coffee and conversation and would then go over to visit with his brother Daniel until his passing recently. He also enjoyed his trips to the casino and the friendships he developed from the bus trips he would take. David leaves to celebrate his memory: son, Doug (Doreen) Gustafson, Frederic, Wis.; daughter, Kim Gustafson, St. Paul, Minn.; and son, Steven Gustafson, Frederic, Wis.; grandchildren, Allison, Carly, Mason and Matthew; sister, Diane (David) Schroeder, sister-in-law, Lois Gustafson, many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Adeline; his wife, Judith; brothers, Jack, Mark, Daniel and his sister Carole. A Memorial Service for David will be held at Zion Lutheran Church of Bone Lake on March 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Pastor Mike Fisk will officiate the service. Following the service, please join the family for lunch in fellowship in the church social hall. David will be laid to rest alongside his wife Judith at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in the spring. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Duane M. Hoverman
Duane Milton Hoverman, age 84, of Osceola, Wis., passed away peacefully on Feb. 20, 2019, at the Christian Community Home in Osceola. Duane was born Oct. 12, 1934, to Lawrence Hoverman and Bessie (Eveland) Hoverman in Eau Claire, Wis. Shortly after graduating from Osceola High School in 1952, Duane married Phyllis Jane Olson. They purchased a home on the St. Croix River, north of Osceola where they raised four children and lived together for more than 60 years. Along with being a husband and father, Duane served his country as a private in the U.S. Army and as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. Duane was an avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors throughout his life. Duane was also a talented musician, playing the sousaphone in his high school band, U.S. Army Band, and Jolly Joe's Polka Band. Duane was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Phyllis; brothers, Lawrence, Donald, and Ron. He is survived by his four children, Cynthia Rodenwald of St. Cloud, Minn., Randy Hoverman of Osceola, Wis., Tom Hoverman of Minnetrista, Minn., and Wendy Gelle of Savage, Minn.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and a host of friends. Duane was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by his family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m., March 2, 2019, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis., with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Marion Agnes (Frey) Swanson
Marion Swanson, a long-time resident of Centuria, Wis. area, died on the Feb. 14, 2019 at Christian Community Home in Osceola, Wis. Born in 1932 to Aggie and Charlie Frey. A graduate of Roberts High School, she went on to work in the corporate office of Northwest Airlines before marrying Robert William (Bizz) Swanson in 1955. Marion worked many years on the family dairy farm, raising four children and was an avid school supporter. When she retired from farming, she enjoyed working in food service at Unity High School where she could interact with all the kids. Marion was also an active member/supporter of the Milltown VFW Post 6856 and Auxiliary. She loved family gatherings, playing cards, gardening, long talks with her grandchildren and doing whatever she could to be sure her children were happy. Marion will be fondly missed by her children, Robert C. (Charlie) Swanson, Rhonda Peters (Harry), Renee Jenkins (Tom), her sister Pat (Frey) Delander, Grandchildren; Elizabeth Lundin, Nina Northquest, Zach Swanson, Adam Swanson, Miranda Swanson, Becky (Esden) Brunett , Joe Swanson, Great-Grandchildren; Owen Brunett, Colten Brunett, Elijah Northquest, MacKenna Johnson, Avery Northquest, Austin Northquest, Brecken Northquest, John Northquest, Aaden Lundin. She was predeceased by Carmen Hawkins (sister), Robert W. Swanson (husband), Randy Swanson (son), Andy Lundin (grandson), Quintin Brunett (great grandson). A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Feb. 19 at 12 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake, Wis. Marion will be laid to rest at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of the Lakes, Christian Community Home, 2650 65th Avenue, Osceola, Wis. 54020 or Milltown VFW Post 6856 and Auxiliary, 1503 200th Avenue, Milltown, Wis. 54858. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Donald (Donn) Johnson
Passed away on Feb. 17, 2019 after a life well lived. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Jean; children; Donn (Deb) Johnson, Karen (Rick) Cramlet, Joel Johnson, Jeffrey (Dayna) Johnson, Brian Johnson, Kevin (Kim) Johnson; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial Service Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at Sandberg Funeral Home, 2593 E. 7th Ave., North St. Paul, Minn. with visitation one hour prior to Service. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred. Sandberg Family Funeral Home, 651-777-2600, sandbergfuneralhome.com
Theodore M. (Ted) Hellerud died Feb. 5, 2019, at a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, following injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. His daughters Georgia and Susan were at his side. A lifelong resident of Polk County, Wis., Ted was born on Aug. 28, 1946, to Harvey and Helen (Williamson) Hellerud. Ted graduated from Unity High School in 1964 and studied engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he met his wife, Deborah Ballinger. He farmed and did mechanical work near Milltown for most of his adult life. Ted also operated a hot air balloon business and enjoyed flying his ultralight aircraft over the countryside. His unique skills and hobbies brought him into contact with many people who shared his love of adventure. An enthusiastic global traveler, Ted spent time in Brazil, Bali, Philippines, Fiji, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Iceland, Greenland, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, and New Zealand. For the past fifteen years he lived in Thailand during the winter months where he made many close friends who mourn his passing. He is survived by daughters Georgia (Demetris) Zambas of Stewartsville, N.J., and Susan (Chad) Mitchell of Hager City, Wis.; son Rusty Springer (Krista) of Eau Claire, Wis.; granddaughter Devorah Zambas; grandsons Neo Zambas, Max Mitchell, Brady Mitchell; sisters Margaret (Helmut) Behling of Andover, Mass., Sara (Michael) DeLuca of New Richmond, Wis., Susan Hellerud of Stillwater, Minn., Priscilla Fjorden of Turtle Lake, Wis., as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Ted’s vibrant life at the VFW Hall, 1503 200th Ave., Milltown, Wis., on March 16, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Gloria Lee Grace (Dowd) Breault, from Georgetown, Wis., passed away peacefully at the Luck Pioneer Home on Feb. 13, 2019 after a long battle with COPD and Sepsis. Gloria was born in Amery, Wis. on Dec. 7, 1942, to Art and Rose Dowd. Gloria graduated in 1961 as part of the first graduating class of Unity High School. In August of 1963 she married Jerome (Jerry) Breault from whom she had known since they were both toddlers. After they tied the knot they purchased property across the field from where Gloria was born and raised. Here they began their life together, married for 55 years and raised three children. Gloria loved her family to the moon and back. Her children and grandchildren were her whole world. She enjoyed pitching horseshoes, participating on leagues, playing cards with friends, and sewing anything and everything you could imagine. Gloria was a woman who enjoyed any sort of physical activity, and was always full of great energy. Along with her well-known energy, Gloria always had a smile at the ready for anyone around her. Gloria leaves to celebrate her memory: husband, Jerome (Jerry) Breault of Balsam Lake, Wis.; as well as her three children, Julie (Craig) Bushweiler of St. Croix Falls, Donald (Cheri) Breault of Chippewa Falls, Wis. and Tammy Allen (Nick Walton) of Balsam Lake, Wis.; her beloved grandchildren, Chasidy (Adam) Shannon, Phillip (Amanda) Bushweiler, Chase (Nicole) Bushweiler, Tyler (Thy) Breault, Hallie and Brody Allen and Josh Bushweiler; great grandchildren; Kash, Wyatt, Xander, Riley, Mason, Oliver, Jose, Gavin, Lincoln, and Tyler. She also leaves behind all her siblings, Tom (Rita) Dowd, Centuria, Kathy (Larry) Hanson, Star Prairie, Mike (Pat) Dowd, St. Croix Falls, Wis., Sharon McQuillan (Dowd), Siren, Patti (Steve), Salmon, Idaho. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents Art and Rose Dowd of Range, Wis. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Amery, Wis., on March 2 at 11 a.m. with Father Gene Murphy Presiding. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. She will be laid to rest at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Georgetown, Wis. at a later date this spring. The family wishes to invite their guests to join them for lunch and fellowship at the church following the service.
Dorothy "Dottie" Marie Johnston
Dorothy "Dottie" Marie Johnston, 93, of Balsam Lake passed away on Jan. 27, 2019 at the Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minn. Dorothy "Dottie" Ruck was born on Oct. 12, 1925 in Balsam Lake, on the Ruck family farm the daughter of Ernest "Jack" and Grace (Rogers) Ruck. Dottie lived her early life in the community attending Balsam Lake High School graduating as salutatorian. She worked at a local grocery store where she met Bud. He was the love of her life and they were married in 1947 in the local church where she was baptized. Dottie was a dedicated homemaker who loved to cook and sew, skills she passed on to their three daughters. With her Wisconsin background she enjoyed fishing and her culinary skills included wild game Bud provided. Dottie was a wonderful neighbor and friend wherever they lived in the Midwest. During their 60+ years of marriage Dottie and Bud began camping and traveling via motor home. They traveled extensively in the United States and internationally to Europe, Africa and New Zealand. In retirement both Bud and Dottie were active in the local VFW and American Legion. Dottie also remained active in Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church. Dottie leaves to celebrate her memory: daughters, Patricia (Donald) Frederick, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Susan (Joseph) Pleskac, Estero, Fla.; Janice (Thomas) Whistler, Brownsville, Texas; grandchildren: Mike (Melissa) Frederick, John (Shannon) Frederick, Tim (Kate) Pleskac, Jeff (Tasha) Pleskac, Christine Whistler, James Whistler, Anna Whistler and David (Mandy) Whistler, great grandchildren: Ben and Alex Frederick, Dorothy and Mae Frederick, Quinn and Liam Pleskac, Riley and Terri Pleskac, Alexandria Burdette, Andy and Zander Whistler, her sister-in-law, Audrey Ruck, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Art "Bud" Johnston, parents, Grace and Ernest "Jack" Ruck and her brother, John "J.R." Ruck. A Memorial Mass will be held on May 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. Dottie's family will greet guests at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Following the service please join the family for lunch and continued fellowship in the church social hall. Dottie will be laid to rest alongside her husband Bud at St. Patrick's Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be given to either Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Balsam Lake, Wis., (ourladyofthelakes.ws), or the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org) in Dottie's name. Donations can be made directly to either organization or checks sent to the following address: Dorothy Johnston Memorial c/o Sue Pleskac, 9006 Astonia Way, Estero, Fla. 33967. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Geraldine Ethel (Clark) Anderson
Geraldine Ethel (Clark) Anderson, 91, of Dresser passed away peacefully on Jan. 26, 2019. She was born on Feb. 18, 1927 in her childhood home in Dresser. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Dresser. She attended Dresser Elementary School, Osceola High School, and graduated from Superior State Teacher’s College (now University of Wisconsin-Superior), earning a Bachelor of Science. Geraldine taught elementary school for three years in Beloit, Wis., two years at the Polk County Normal School (Teacher’s College), and thirty-five years at Osceola Elementary School retiring in 2000. Geraldine was very involved in her community. She served as member and president of the Business and Professional Women of Beloit, lifetime member and Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, member and president of the Dresser Women’s Club, Cub Scout Den Mother, member and Treasurer of Dresser Boy Scout Troop Council. She was a life-long active member of Bethany Lutheran/Peace Lutheran Church, serving on committees, women’s groups, choir, teaching Sunday School, and mentoring confirmation students. Geraldine was a long-term member and president of the Dresser Village Library Board, and was named the 2016 Wisconsin Library Association Trustee of the Year. Geraldine was passionate about teaching young people to read and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed spending time at the lake, walking, reading, music, and sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings. She was preceded in death by parents Eugene and Ethel (Gilbertson) Clark, brother Ellis Clark, husband Wilmer ‘Jack’ Anderson, daughter Mary Drinkwine, son-in-law Marvin Drinkwine, son John Anderson, and grandson Duane Rannow. Geraldine is survived by daughter-in-law Cheryl (John) Anderson, their children Diana Rannow, and Tad (Katie) Anderson, and their children Tallis and August; son Paul (Rebecca) Anderson, their children Claire and Hannah; son Mark (Susan) Anderson, their children Sarah, Thomas, Brian and Erin; granddaughter Pam Drinkwine (Jana Rieck), their daughter Brittney Williams and her children Marianna and Dakota. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. and funeral services at 11 a.m. on Feb. 8 at Peace Lutheran Church, 2355 Clark Road, Dresser Wis., 54009, followed by interment at Bethesda Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family respectfully requests that memorials be given to the Dresser Village Library or Peace Lutheran Church. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Lloyd Kenneth Woltz
Lloyd Kenneth Woltz, 88, of Milltown, Wis., passed away on Jan. 8, 2019 at his home with his loving family at his side. Lloyd was born on April 8, 1930 in Janesville, Minn., the son of Lawrence and Hattie (Goodrich) Woltz. He married Jean McGregor on Nov. 18, 1950 in Easton, Minn. The couple farmed there until moving to Luck in 1957 where they started a new dairy farm and raised their family. They lived there until moving to Milltown where they lived during their retirement years. Lloyd enjoyed going to thrashing shows, loved his horses, horse sales, going fishing, dancing in his younger years, playing cards and he loved his snuff. Lloyd leaves to celebrate his memory: children, John (Beverly) Schutte, Mike (Patti) Woltz, Don (Judy) Woltz, Bruce Woltz (Lori Ostby), Janice Woltz, Julie (Don) Stark, Brian (Leah) Woltz, Cathy (Darrin) Ellefson, eleven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, siblings, Russell Woltz, Wayne Woltz, Irma Lee Faulkner, nieces, nephews and many other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Hattie Woltz, wife, Jean in June of 2017, siblings, Omar Woltz, Larry Woltz and Luealla Fitzpatrick. A Celebration of Life will be held on Jan. 18 at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria, Wis. from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria, Wis., has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Roy E. Johnson
Roy Eugene Johnson of Taylors Falls, Minn., passed away on Jan. 8, 2019, at the age of 84. Roy was born on April 19, 1934, to Algot and Agnes (Nelson) Johnson in White Bear Lake, Minn. The family moved to Bruno, Minn., and then in 1940 moved to a farm in Palmdale, Minn. He was confirmed and a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund, Minn. Roy graduated from Taylors Falls High School in 1952. He enlisted in the Army and served from 1956-59 and was stationed primarily in Germany. Before and after his service he helped out on the farm and worked for a school supply company in the Twin Cities. Roy had known Donna Thorsell from Luther League at church. They started dating and were married at Immanuel Lutheran on Sept. 5, 1959. They moved to a farm near Palmdale, Minn., where they lived for over 58 years of marriage and raised three boys. Roy grew crops and raised beef cattle. To supplement this, in 1962 he started driving school bus. Little did he know that he would end up driving bus for over 30 years for Taylors Falls and Chisago Lakes schools. He was a Shafer Township board member for over 40 years and was active in the Lions Club and VFW. He was the church custodian and cemetery caretaker for many years. Roy enjoyed attending and watching sports of all kinds. He liked going out to eat and playing cards with friends and family. He especially enjoyed coffee, treats, and socializing after events, especially Sunday church services. Roy is survived by his sons, Wayne (Rachel), Vern (Julie), and Darin (Ann); grandchildren, DeAnna, Jodi, Elizabeth, Adam, and Sarah; six great grandchildren; brother, Lloyd; sisters, Alice and Harriet; and many other family and friends. Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; his parents; brothers, Iver, Herman, and Harry; daughter in-law, Cindy Johnson; and grandson, James Nesbitt. Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m., Jan. 12, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in the Almelund Cemetery.
Gordon Sherwood Fox
Gordon Sherwood Fox, age 89, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., passed away on Jan. 10, 2019, at St. Croix Falls Regional Medical Center. He was born April 26th, 1929, in Centuria, Wis., to Bert and Martha (Stoltz) Fox. The family moved to St. Croix Falls one year later. He grew up with four brothers, Dale, Tommy, Robert, Jerome, and one sister, Audrey; all have preceded him in death. Gordon graduated from St. Croix Falls High School where he was a star basketball player. At a young age he helped his father in carpenter work and continued on to establish his own building contractor business. He built many residential homes and commercial buildings in the surrounding area, including the original Trollhaugen Chalet, Taylors Falls Motel, St. Croix Falls Motel, (converted for use as the former St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Headquarters), Edling’s Apartments, and many church additions. Gordon was active in the community, serving as President of the Lion's Club, on the original Board of Directors of the Friends of Wisconsin Interstate Park, and President of the First Lutheran Church of Cushing. He served in the Naval Air Reserve for 35 years, as Aviation Ordinance First Class, retiring in 1989. Gordon and Marion (Burnstead) were married at First Lutheran Church of Cushing on July 14, 1951. After living in Minneapolis for two years, they built their home and lived in St. Croix Falls. Gordon broke his hip in July of 2018. After surgery at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, he entered the Good Samaritan Center in St. Croix Falls. He enjoyed two days at home with home healthcare before entering the hospital on Jan. 5. Gordon enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He especially enjoyed sharing his travel experiences while in the Naval Air Reserve, talking about all the cars and trucks he owned and his building accomplishments. He and Marion enjoyed traveling, and spending retirement winters in Orange Beach, Ala., and Mesa, Ariz. Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Marion; children Lynnette (Greg) Lyons of Two Harbors, Minn., Lonnie (Joan) Fox of St. Louis Park, Minn., Julieann Fox (Michael Smith) of Siren, Wis., Janelle Fox (Deven Hui) of Rochester, Minn.; grandchildren Brad (Heather) Fox, Charlie (Andrea) Lyons, Alyssa (John) Johnson, Jenna Fox, Ian Martin, Nathan Martin; and six great-grandchildren, Logan and Josie Johnson, Graham and Wesley Fox, Haven Martin and Alexander Lyons. We will all miss his soft voice and friendly smile. A memorial service was held 11 a.m., Jan. 14, at the Cushing Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cushing. A visitation was held from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Jan. 13 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home and continued one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date in the Cushing Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Lawrence L. Larson
Lawrence L. Larson, age 82, of Balsam Lake, formerly of Lindstrom, Minn., died on Jan. 13, 2019. He is preceded in death by his wife Janet. Larry is survived by his sons Larry Jr. (Zoey), Mike (Lori), Dan, Shawn (Kathy), Pat and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom, Minn. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com
Lucille Victoria Fouts
Lucille Victoria Fouts, 75, of Amery and formerly of the Round Lake Community, Luck passed away on Dec. 14, 2018 at the Golden Age Manor in Amery, Wis. Lucille was born on Nov. 9, 1943 in Cumberland, Wis., the daughter of William and Agnes Scottie. She leaves to celebrate her memory, son, Richard Westling (Elizabeth), Cumberland, Wis., daughter, Debra Clayton (Jonathan), Portland, Ore., and Ronald Westling (Kelly), Estacada, Ore., many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Agnes Scottie, her husband, Dale Fouts and her brothers and sisters. Lucille was loved dearly by her family and friends and she will be very much missed. Visitation for Lucille was held at the Round Lake Community Center on Dec. 16 beginning at 12 p.m. and continue until the service on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Round Lake Community Center. She will be laid to rest at Johnstown Township Cemetery at the Round Lake Community. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Kenneth J. Chapdelaine
Kenneth J. Chapdelaine, Age 86 of Balsam Lake, CMSGT USAF (RET), died Dec. 11, 2018. Ken served in the Minn., Air National Guard for 42 years. Ken was preceded in death by son, John; sister Beverly Heutmaker; brother, Vernon. Survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Loretta; children, Larry, Linda (Dan) Gloor, Betty (Paul) Torell, Paula (Tony) La Salvia and Peter (Michele). Grandchildren, Diana and Brad Chapdelaine and their mother, Karen, Crystal and Eric Gloor, Noah and Ayden La Salvia, Luke and Taylor Chapdelaine; great grandchild, Layla Fredrickson; brother, Bob; nieces and nephews, other family and many friends. Ken loved gardening, fishing and was an active volunteer with many organizations. Ken was a mechanic and loved to tinker with his tractors. Visitation Dec 18 from 4-8 p.m. at Holcome-Henry-Boom-Percell Funeral Home, 515 Highway 96 W, Shoreview. Mass of Christian Burial Dec 19, 10:30 a.m. (visitation 9:30 a.m.) at St. Ann Church, 320 Pine St., Turtle Lake, Wis. Interment St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Mendota, Minn.
Virginia L. Youngman
Virginia L. Youngman, 100, of Centuria, passed away on Dec. 12, 2018 at Lawson Manor Assisted Living in Luck, Wis., with her family at her side. She was born on April 4, 1918 in Sleepy Eye, Minn., the daughter of Jake and Tressa (McGuire) Breigenzer. She married Fred (Fritz) Youngman on May 29, 1947 and to this union one son Dean was born. The family resided in Sleepy Eye until moving to Centuria in December of 1953 where she has resided since. She worked for the United States Department of Agriculture in Brown County, Minnesota and Polk County, Wis., most of her adult life, retiring in July of 1975. She enjoyed baking, cooking, traveling with her friends and spending time with her family. Virginia leaves to celebrate her memory: grandchildren; Jennifer Kahl, St. Croix Falls, Wis.; Eric Youngman (Bobbi Fjorden), Centuria, Wis.; and Stacy Youngman (Jamie Booth), Balsam Lake, Wis.; great-grandchildren,; Jameson Kahl, Josey Kahl and Riley Youngman, sister-in-law, Bernice Youngman, special friends, Lynn and Gary Heilig and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Tressa Breigenzer, husband, Fred "Fritz" Youngman, son, Dean Youngman and his wife, Susan Youngman, sister, Betty and husband Willard "Shorty" Schmidt, sister-in-law, Kathleen and husband Delbert Kuester and brother–in-law, Ralph Youngman. A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake on Dec. 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. with visitation at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Please join the family for lunch and continued visitation after the service in the church lunch/fellowship hall. Virginia will be laid to rest alongside her husband Fred in the spring at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Centuria. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Sharon (nee Parkins, Strenke) Eby
Sharon A. Eby, age 75 of Hayward, Wis., passed away at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minn., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. She was born in Frederic, Wis., on May 2, 1943 to the late Everett and Marge (Rostad) Parkins. Sharon spent most of her youth in Milltown, Wis., and was a 1961 graduate of Unity High School. Sharon moved to the Hayward area in 1976 to purchase the Milwaukee Inn in Northwoods Beach, and then went on to work at positions in customer service and bookkeeping.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Mark Eby I and her children, Rayanne (Roy) Pedretti of Verona, Wis., and Kevin (Kim) Strenke of Monroe, N.C. Sharon is further survived by her sister, Lorna Britain of Milltown, Wis., and her brother Gary Parkins of Danbury, Wis., step-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sharon's children would like to express their gratitude to Sharon's step-daughter, Pam Watts, for all the loving care and assistance she provided to their mother. Per Sharon's wishes, no funeral or memorial service will be held.
Richard Wesley Bump
Richard Wesley Bump, 81, of Balsam Lake passed away on Dec. 8, 2018 at his home with his loving family at his side. Richard was born in St. Paul, Minn., on July 26, 1937 the son of Harry and Margaret (Young) Bump. Richard proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1954 – 1957. He married Dorothy Karnes on March 11, 1957 while still serving in the Army. In 1971 Richard and family moved to Balsam Lake where he further pursued his love of all things outdoors; hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling and traveling the country. He was an avid reader, his favorites were westerns and there was hardly a weekend that he wasn't watching a movie at the theatre. Richard was a proud member of the Local 455 Pipefitters of St. Paul since 1971. Richard leaves to celebrate his memory: wife, Dorothy Bump, Balsam Lake, Wis.; children: Julie (Tom) Libonate, Amery, Wis.; Tim (Lori) Bump, Amery, Wis.; Margaret (Jon) Jaeb, Hudson, N.H., grandchildren: Karri Becker, Nicole Hudson, Andy Bottolfson, Rick Bottolfson, Josh Bump, Mike Bump, Jake Bump, Nathan Jaeb and Sarah Jaeb, great grandchildren: Spencer and Evan Hudson and Ezra Bump, his brother, Tom Bump and many other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Margaret and his brother Harry. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Following the service military honors will be rendered outside the church by the Balsam Lake American Legion and the State of Wisconsin Veteran Funeral Details Team. Please join the family for lunch and fellowship following military honors. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Patrick Bryant McKee
Celebrating the Life of Patrick Bryant McKee, Feb. 28, 1953 – Nov. 26, 2018
Patrick McKee was born in Norfolk, Va. to Thomas and Mabel McKee. His family moved to Florida when he was nine years-old, and he lived in Jacksonville until moving to Gainesville for college at the University of Florida. Pat then moved to Minnesota to study theology at St. John’s University in Collegeville. He quickly adopted all things Minnesotan, including Nordic skiing. Pat passed away Nov. 26, 2018 in St. Paul, Minn. Pat met his wife Rita Felling at the University of Minnesota Newman Center when he was completing his MBA at Carlson and Rita was working as an RN in St. Paul. They celebrated their wedding reception at the Felling Family Farm and shared marriage, faith and adventure for 38 years. Pat worked with churches and with many businesses providing management consulting, sales and systems engineering. He taught management at St. John’s University in Collegeville. He also taught at the Minnesota School of Business, St. Mary’s of Winona, and Unity High School. He coached his kids’ soccer teams and Rochester High School Nordic ski team. He skied many Birkebeiners and Vasaloppet races and did triathlons in the “off-season.” He taught Sunday school, confirmation, RCIA and many adult enrichment and faith formation classes. Pat’s Eagle Scout heart was alive in the woods and in the mountains, and many McKee Family Road Trips brought the family to Colorado hiking trails, North Carolina mountain lakes, and many national parks in addition to the annual road trip to visit his family in Jacksonville. Pat was a man of deep faith and integrity and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a proud brother and a friend who invited others into his love of Nordic skiing, Irish Fair and Interstate Park volunteering, wood chopping, and business ideas. He also inspired community through his work with Iraqi refugee families and members of the Dakota community. Pat proudly called every time he renewed his driver’s license to say that he “checked the box” to be an organ, tissue and eye donor. He generously gave the gifts of tissue and eye donation, a legacy we all celebrate. Left to honor Pat and celebrate his life are his wife Rita (Felling); children Patricia (SO Ben Franske), Katie (Matthew Webster) and Mark; grandchildren Isaac, Meg and Wendell; his brother Tommy; his sisters Judy and Cathy; his Fitzgerald cousins, and many nieces and nephews whom he loved and who laughed at his jokes. Pat will be deeply missed. Mass of Christian burial Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 507 W Main St, Balsam Lake, Wis., 54810, with a visitation one hour prior to service. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com. “I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23. Funeral information at https://www.grandstrandfh.com/. Memorial gifts in honor of Pat can be made to: Minnesota DNR Future Forests Fund -https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/gifts/future_forests.html National Parks Foundation – https://www.nationalparks.org LifeSource Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation – https://www.life-source.org/contribute/charitable-contributions/make-a-gift/
Marilyn Joanne Schmalz
Marilyn Joanne Schmalz passed away on Nov. 13, 2018, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Marilyn was born on Jan. 16, 1931, in Star Prairie, Wis., to her loving parents Melver and Clara Pearson. She was baptized and confirmed at West Immanuel Lutheran Church and remained a faithful servant of the Lord throughout her life. After graduating from St. Croix Falls High School in 1949, she moved to St. Paul to pursue a career in bookkeeping and accounting, working for various companies including the fledging Northwest Airlines. She met the love of her life, Richard Schmalz, in 1950 and they were married at Fristad Lutheran Church on Feb. 17, 1951. Following their marriage, they settled in St. Paul, moving to Denver when Richard entered the Army. Following his discharge, they settled on a farm in St. Croix Falls because raising their family in the country was important to them both. Their union was blessed with four children and the family grew in later years to embrace eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Marilyn's heart was big enough to hold and nurture each and every one. As a wife, mother and grandmother, she was ever loving, kind, gentle, thoughtful, patient and supportive. Marilyn was a woman of deep faith in her Lord and always willing to serve her community. She was active throughout her life at Fristad Lutheran Church, receiving the Lay Service Award in 2014. In her later years, she greatly enjoyed her work and the friends she made at Interfaith Caregivers, which continued until two years before her passing. Marilyn was creative and enjoyed many activities: painting, reading, cooking, camping, fishing, pontoon boat rides around the lake, bonfires and games of all kinds, especially if those activities involved any member of her extended family. She was up for almost anything and graciously played along with her grandkids even when they thought they were in charge. Marilyn leaves to celebrate her memory her Husband of nearly 68 years, Richard Schmalz of St. Croix Falls, Wis.; Children, Deborah Schmalz and husband Steve of Champlin, Minn.; Steven (Gina) Schmalz of St. Croix Falls, Wis.; John (Julie) Schmalz of Shafer, Minn., and Mark (Karen) Schmalz of Charleston, S.C., Grandchildren, Joshua, Michael, Tabitha, Ashley, Jenifer, Jessica, Jacob, Theresa, Great-Grandchildren, William, Leo, Fiona, Andrew, Anastasia, Drake, Francesca, Lilliana, Ryder, Caleb, McKinley, Tyler, Abigail, Great- Great Granddaughter Adrienne and Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Tim (Mary) Schmalz, Gretchen Schmalz and Ruth (Cliff) Krueger and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Melver and Clara Pearson, Sister-in-law, Meredith Morgan and Brother and Sister–in-law, William and Carol Schmalz.
A Celebration of Life for Marilyn was held on Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria. Internment at Fristad Lutheran Cemetery will occur in the future.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria, Wis.
Michael Norman "Mike" Powell
Michael Norman "Mike" Powell, 63, of Cumberland died Nov. 15, 2018 at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1954 in Frederic, Wis. to Norman and Janette (Roberts) Powell. He graduated from Shell Lake High School in 1973, then served with the US Army in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was married in Cumberland, Wis., on Aug. 26, 1978 to Barbara Vucenic. Mike worked for over 30 years for the Town of Maple Plain, retiring in 2016. Mike enjoyed hunting, logging, rock hunting, assisting with the 4H dog project, motorcycling and repairing cars. He is survived by his loving wife, Barb, of Cumberland; their daughter, Monica LaVeau of Shell Lake; two grandchildren: LeLu and Micah; two nieces, two nephews and several cousins. Mike was preceded in death by his parents. A brief prayer will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at Cumberland Baptist Church led by Pastor Gary Dorn and with full military honors accorded by the Anderson-Thomson Post #98 American Legion immediately following. Burial will be in the spring at Lorain Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at the church. Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.
Shirley J. Braun
Shirley J. Braun, née Sinclair, 83 of Osceola died Nov. 11, 2018 with her family by her side. Shirley was born in Vancouver, Wash., on Feb. 26, 1935, the youngest of five children of Glen Elder and Frances Lily Sinclair. She was married to Charles Braun for 58 years of loving marriage. Shirley served in the US Navy and met Charles, also in the Navy, in Norfolk, Va. They were married in 1957 and after a short time living in Bremerton, Wash., settled in Wisconsin. Shirley’s priorities were family and community. While living in Wausau, she served as den mother for the local Cub Scouts troop and as a Sunday school teacher in the First Presbyterian Church. In Osceola, Shirley was an active member in the Osceola Women’s Club (OWC), and in 1975 she was recruited to become the first professional librarian of what is now the Osceola Public Library. With some secondhand book shelves and books purchased by the OWC, they set up shop in two rooms of the Osceola Inn, and shortly afterward the location now known as the Emily Olson House on River Street. Shirley went about the business of supplying the residents of Osceola with literature to both educate and entertain. Shirley carried on her duties 12 years and resigned in 1987. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Frank Braun; father Glen Elder Sinclair; mother Frances Lily Gordon Sinclair; brother Clyde Gordon Sinclair and wife Cheryl; brother Frank Elder Sinclair and wife Bettie; brother Glendale Sinclair and wife Katherine; sister Frances Eva Nold and husband Stanly. Shirley is survived by her sons Gregory Braun of Osceola, Dale Braun and wife Elizabeth of Somerset, Wis.; Glen Braun and wife Karen of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren Caitlin Tessman and husband Alex and son Dominik of River Falls, Wis., Chelsea Veverka and husband Matthew of St. Paul, Minn. A private service will be held at a later date to celebrate Shirley’s life. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made in honor of Shirley’s life-long joy of reading to the Mill Pond Learning Foundation, Inc. http://millpondlf.com/donate/ or by calling their offices at 715-294-3753.
Devlin Daniel Scheuer "Diz"
Devlin Daniel Scheuer “Diz”, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 17, 2018. He was born on Sept. 12, 1967. He was an avid fisherman, camper, and all round outdoorsman. Devlin worked many years as a mason, was owner operator of Lil’ Izzy’s Snack Shack. He loved his cat Buddy and was a wonderful uncle to his nieces and nephew’s. He was a free spirit. He is preceded in death by his parents Buster and Audrey; and sister Kathy Gay. He is survived by his sisters Nancy (Randy), Heidi (Royce), and Peggy; brothers Tony (Bonnie), Brad, and Clint (Kyla); and best friend and brother Eric (Poo); and many many other relatives and friends. Devlin was one of the kindest, sweetest, gentlest people. He graduated from Osceola High School. He was a loved brother and best friend. He would do anything for anybody without asking for anything in return. He loved trains and ships and liked to collect antiques. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Rest in peace brother.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 26 at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser, Wis. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are being handled by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online on www.grandstrandfh.com.
Nora Marion Brihn
Nora Marion Brihn, of Centuria, passed away Nov. 5, 2018 with her family at her side. She was born in Centuria, the daughter if Myrvin and Marion Hoey. Nora earned a degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine's in St. Paul. She participated in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps. She had a long career in nursing and retired from the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. She enjoyed cross-country skiing, traveling, bird watching, quilting and spending time with her family and friends. Nora leaves to celebrate her memory: children, Jane Street, Tom (Kathy) Poirier, Mary (Stuart) Bibeau, Julie Poirier, Laurie (Dana) Whitehead, Myrvin Poirier and Lisa Brihn (Matthew), many grandchildren and great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Myrvin and Marion Hoey, siblings, Joan, Carol, Maryldeane and a son-in-law, Bill Street. Private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Animal Society of choice by the gifter. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Barbara (Barb) A. Drinkwine
Barbara (Barb) A. Drinkwine, 70, passed away Oct. 29, 2018 at her home in Dresser. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 51 years, Gary, along with her four sons David (Theresa), Bradley (Ericka), Joseph (Christine), and Matthew (Jeanie); along with 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. During Barb's free time she enjoyed spending time with her family baking, reading, and sewing. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 9 a.m., Nov. 5 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Osceola, Wis. A visitation was held one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Monday. Interment was in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wis. at 12 p.m. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home.
Ila L. Raygor
Ila Leigh Raygor, age 95, of Dresser, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Ila was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph; son, Donnie (Betty) Raygor; grandson, Danny Raygor; granddaughter, Susie Raygor Jasperson; three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her daughter, Charlene (Dan) Mealey; grandchildren, Jerry (Marie) Raygor and Tracy Phernetton; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; also many nieces, nephews, other family and close friends. Ila was born Oct. 6, 1923, in LeRoy Township, Audubon County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Herbert and Jessie (Emery) Renshaw. Ila was united in marriage to Joseph Raygor on Sept. 14, 1938, in Bayard, Iowa. Ila and her family moved from Iowa to a farm near Dresser in 1956. She lived there for 38 years, until she and Joseph moved into Dresser in 1994. Ila was a waitress, assisted Joseph with their farm, and they ran a construction company from 1972 to 1987. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser. Ila enjoyed music, singing, playing piano and organ, quilting, and sewing. Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., Nov. 10, at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Private family interment will be in Bethesda Cemetery. Grandstrand Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials are preferred.
Marjorie Suzanne Lindemann
Marjorie Suzanne Lindemann, 83, of Cumberland died Oct. 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Hospital. She was born Nov. 27, 1934 in Monroe, Wis., to Melvin and Marion (Zimmerman) Agen. She graduated from Barron High School in 1952, then attended UW Madison, graduating from UW Stout and UW Eau Claire many years later. After the death of her first husband, Frank Gidio, Marjorie married Harold Lindemann in 1980, who then preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 2017. Marjorie retired from teaching at Shell Lake High School in 1999 and then invested her time and energy into the pursuit of visual arts. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Omoto (Loren) of Maitland, Fla., and Margaret Gidio of Cumberland; and stepdaughter: Laura Madigan (Mike) of St. Paul, Minn. She leaves behind seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Marjorie was preceded in death by daughter, Katherine Gidio. Burial will be at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. If desired, memorials should be given to a favored project or charity. Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland/ Turtle Lake is serving the family.
Gregory "Greg" S. Maxwell
Gregory "Greg" S. Maxwell, age 60, of Luck passed away on Oct. 25, 2018 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls. Greg was born on June 26, 1958 in Minneapolis to parents, Jack and Margaret (Vogt) Maxwell. Greg is survived by his son, Dan (fiance Alex) Maxwell of Luck, daughter, Gena Maxwell of Fargo, N.D. brother, Mark Maxwell of Willow River, Minn.; sisters, Pam (Ryan) Helgeson of White Bear Lake, Minn., Kim (Marshall) Anderson of Prescott, his two grandchildren, Jack and Natalyn Maxwell and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Margaret. Everything mother nature provided in his life he loved and cherished eternally. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 31 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at New Home Cemetery. Arrangements are by Grandstrand Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Osceola.
Jeffrey Todd Crossfield
Jeffrey Todd Crossfield, age 43, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., died on Oct. 24 at Regions Hospital in St Paul, Minn., surrounded in love by his family and friends. Jeff was born July 10,1975 to Timothy and LeAnna Crossfield. He is the oldest brother of Joshua, Daniel and Michael. Jeff grew up in a large extended family and loved the many family gatherings and adventures had with his cousins. He graduated from St. Croix Lutheran school in 1994. Jeff was a hard worker. He worked at Petco and GNC (to name a couple) before he started at the Target Distribution Center in Fridley, Minn., where he has been working in the warehouse for 18 years. Jeff loved sports; basketball, football, baseball. When time would allow, the game was always playing in the back ground. If he couldn’t listen he’d get caught up on KFAN. In 2004 he met the love of his life, Marilyn Renee Carpenter. They were married on July 30, 2005. They welcomed daughter Emily in 2006 and Zaylie in 2010. As a family they loved to take road trips and everything Disney. Jeff was a quiet, strong, generous person and the best husband and father, son and brother, and so much more. He loved his girls. He loved his family. Jeff also loved all creatures. He loved creating his fish tanks, having turtles, guinea pigs to name a few. He also leaves behind his beloved fur children, Amorette Valentine, and Kidani Dakota. It is with hope we say good bye and with God’s grace we walk this journey till the day we see your face again. He is survived by his loving wife Marilyn Crossfield, daughters Emily and Zaylie, parents Timothy and LeAnna Crossfield, Brothers Joshua (Jocelyn), Daniel (Mackenzie), Parents in Law Tom & Linda Carpenter, Brothers in Law Michael (Elizabeth), Jonathan (Carrie), Nieces; Brooklyn & Macie, Nephews Isaac & Noah, Jonah & Luke. Grandma Betty Crossfield, Grandma In Law Elaine Rud. Many Aunts, Uncles, cousins and beloved friends. He was proceeded in death by his brother Michael, Maternal grandparents Jayne & Paul Tassler, Paternal grandpa Donald Crossfield, fur children Sasha and Tearzak.
Daniel Edward Hutton
Daniel Edward Hutton, 67, of Luck passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 12, 2018. Daniel was born on Jan. 6, 1951 in Siren, Wis., to Henry and Marjory (LeMieux) Hutton where he grew up helping on the family farm. He graduated from Luck High School in 1969. He continued working on the farm for the first summer after graduation and then went to work for Durex, Inc. in Luck until he retired in 2015. Daniel married Debora Hiller on May 4, 1974 and they had two children, Shawn and Tanya. He enjoyed racing his Dodge Super Bee in his younger years and also had a 1957 Chevy that he loved. He was a life-long Green Bay Packer fan and often had to hurry through his chores to be in front of the TV for kickoff time. He also enjoyed spending time in his gardens and he had an amazing green thumb. He loved going for walks in his woods with his dogs, camping, deer hunting, fishing, grilling, cooking and trying new recipes. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. You would often see him on his Ford 8n tractor and skidsteer grinning from ear to ear. Daniel is survived by his wife, Debora; son, Shawn (Shawndell); daughter, Tanya (Glen); brothers, Rick and Tim (Kathy) Hutton; grandchildren, Alyssa, Colton, Aushie, Ryley, Shelby and Molly; great-grandchildren, Gianna, Naudia and Jameson; as well as extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Marjory and brother, Joseph. A Memorial Celebration will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home, 206 Second Ave. E., Luck on Oct. 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. You are invited to leave condolences, memories and photos at www.rowefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, www.wicremationcenter.com.
Maurine June Melin
Maurine June Melin, 90, of Centuria passed away peacefully on Oct. 13, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Glenn Melin; son, Timothy Melin; parents, Roy and Clara Chinander; brother Roland Chinander and his wife Viola and brother John Chinander. She is survived by her sons Lynn (Sharon) of Atlanta, Ga., and Mark (Mirjam) of Clinton, Wis.; daughter Kathleen of Saint Croix Falls, Wis.; daughter-in-law Debbie of Osceola, Wis.; grandchildren Ryan, Andy, Nick, Kodiak, Blaze, Lark, Meredith, Glenn, Travis, Dylan, Jennifer, Ben, Court and 17 great grand-children; her sisters-in-law Marguerite Chinander, St. Croix Falls, Wis., and Hettie Lou Garland, Ashland, N.C.; and cousin Dorrinne Weir Jensen Bebault, Osceola, Wis. Maurine was born April 25, 1928, at the hospital in Taylors Falls, Minn., and grew up on the family farm in the Lamar community. She attended Lamar School and graduated from Centuria High School in 1945. Afterwards, she worked as a clerk at Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative in Centuria where she met Glenn Melin. They were united in marriage on Aug. 19, 1950. Maurine was a devoted wife and mother. After her children grew older, she worked at the Centuria Post Office as a clerk. She was active in a variety of roles at Fristad Lutheran Church, as a board member for Lamar Community Center, and managed the tax roles for Centuria for many years. She loved her family, friends, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who she gathered to the table often with her baking, cooking, and hospitality. She and Glenn loved to travel and visited South America, Western Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, and the continental United States. Maurine also donated 16 plus gallons of blood to the American Red Cross. Funeral Services were held at Fristad Lutheran Church Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Richard Matthew Vollmer
Richard Matthew Vollmer, 89, of St. Croix Falls, passed away Aug. 4, 2018 at the St. Croix Falls Good Samaritan Society. Richard is survived by his wife, Gloria; eight children, Mark and Fiancée Debbie, Mary (Michael), Nadine, Alexis (John), Nicole, James, Samantha (Charlie) and Simon (Dez); five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many, many friends. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, George and Millie, brother, Jim and sister, Marg. Memorials preferred to St. Joseph Catholic Church or St. Croix Falls Good Samaritan Society. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Aug. 27 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola with a visitation one hour prior to the service. A private family interment will be held in Spooner. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com
Herman John Raska
Herman John Raska, 68, of New Richmond passed away Aug. 14, 2018 at the Osceola Medical Center. Herman was born on March 5, 1950 to Melvin and Norma (McConnell) Raska in Eureka Center, Wis. He attended Osceola High School and graduated in 1968. Herman was united in marriage to Bonnie Kobs on Nov. 25, 1978 in East Farmington, Wis. This marriage was blessed with five children. Herman worked on area farms while in high school. He also worked for Maxon in St. Paul, Minn., Willson Excavating in Amery, Wis., Carslon Excavating and Septic “Digger Bob” in Frederic, Wis., along with helping his brother at Raska Sewer Service in Osceola, Wis. Herman had the biggest heart. He was a man who put his family first above himself. He would drop everything to help anyone. He loved making everyone laugh even in awkward predicaments. He loved nicknaming his grandchildren and others. He loved digging in the dirt with his “big toys” and his grandchildren. He loved hunting with the crew. He had a great sense of humor and loved making funny faces. He was the hardest worker, loved hugs and enjoyed watching his westerns and listening to country music. He had a great love of chocolate chip and Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies and not gaining a pound. His faith and working on the farm were important to him. He took care of the dogs and had a love/hate relationship with the cats. His favorite things were his pocket plaid shirts and handkerchiefs. And above all else, his deep devotion for his wife and everlasting love for his family. Herman is preceded in death by Parents, Melvin “Pete” and Norma Raska; sibling, Brian Raska; parents-in-law, Leonard and Gert Kobs and grandparents, aunts and uncles. Herman is survived by his loving wife of almost 40 years, Bonnie; children, Marty (Koren), Mickey (Jennifer), Melvin, Amy (Michael) and Darcie (Daniel); grandchildren: Dominic, Bailey, Hailee, Faith, Anthony, Addison, Peyton, William, McKenzie, Ryley, Lucas, Emily, Easton and Leo; siblings, Carol (Paul) Kammerud, Sandy (Duane) Callin, Butch (Sue) Raska, Leon (Sheree) Raska, Mary (Jerry) Larson, LaVonne (Tom) Schlingman, Bev (Doug) Johnson, Keith (Sue) Raska and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends. Memorials are preferred.
A celebration of life was held 3 p.m., Aug. 21 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, with visitation two hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Roger John Neumann
Roger John Neumann was born Aug. 9, 1950 in St. Paul, Minn. to Leona (Goetschel) and Clarence (Jim) Neumann. He was called home to be with Jesus on Aug. 14, 2018. He was 68 years old. Roger was baptized on Aug. 27, 1950 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, No. St. Paul, Minn. He was confirmed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Farmington, Wis. He attended Oak Knoll Country School and graduated from Osceola High School in 1968. He married Laurie Johnson at West Immanuel Lutheran Church on March 22, 1975. This union was blessed with three children, Bjorn, Crystal and Brett. His life was centered a round the three "F's"- Faith, Family and Farming. He served the Lord faithfully at Zion Lutheran Church on the Christian Day School Board and Church Council for many years. We rejoice that he is now joined with his loved ones who have gone before him. Family was very important to him. Nothing made him happier that to watch his children, and then his grandchildren, whether it be sporting events, church activities, showing cattle at the fair, tractor driving, pedal pulling, school plays and concerts, anything they were involved with. He was very proud of them all. His other great passion was farming. His family moved to the farm on "The Flat" in 1953. He was involved with the farm as soon as he could walk. Nothing gave him more satisfaction than planting and watching the crops grow, milking cows, harvesting and hauling the harvest to market. Cows and tractors, he loved it all. He enjoyed being involved with the Polk County FSA COC. In the past he also served on the Polk County Coop Board. He was a seed dealer for Renk Seed Co. for 45 years and enjoyed several trips with his fellow dealers. He was an avid pedal tractor, toy tractor, and big tractor collector. He was the instigator of pedal tractor pulling in Western Wisconsin beginning in 1983. He was the president of the Wisconsin State Pedal Pullers Association. Tractor pulling was another activity that he loved. He was an avid supporter of 4-H and FFA. He loved making new friends and watching kids grow through the years. Roger loved and lived life to the fullest. His main goal was to make people smile and be happy. His hearty laugh was infectious. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Leona Neumann. He is survived by his wife, Laurie; children, Bjorn (Jamie) Neumann of New Richmond, Crystal (Derek) Ruter of Shannon, Ill., Brett (Beth) Neumann of River Falls, Wis.; grandchildren, Ben and Gabbie Neumann, Emma, Rielly and Payton Ruter, Brayden Richison, Haylee and Maddisyn Weidell, and Brynnleigh Neumann. A Funeral Service will be held on Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church 252 State Road 35 Osceola. Visitation will also be held on Aug. 18, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Osceola. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
Dale William Bebault
Dale William Bebault, 86, of Osceola, passed away Aug. 15, 2018 at the Christian community Home in Osceola. Dale Bebault was born on Sept. 12, 1931 in Little Sauk, Minn., to Arthur and Florence (Gardner) Bebault. Dale attended South High School through the 10th grade. Dale joined the Navy in 1951 and served three and a half years on the USS Albany, a heavy cruiser ship. He was honorably discharged as a boatswain’s mate 3rd class on June 28, 1959. Dale married Onalee Susanne (Sue) Lyons on June 23, 1956. They raised four children. Sue passed away on Aug. 2, 1992. Dale worked for Nelson Rubbish Removal Service from 1955 to 1958. Dale and Sue moved their family from Minneapolis to Osceola and started working for Jenson Transfer until 1961. Dale drove semi for Stillwater Manufacturing and also drove school bus for Osceola. He worked for the Osceola Beverage Company for several years. He was also employed at Red Arrow Sports until it closed. Dale then worked as a janitor/courier for the Osceola School District until he retired in 1993.
Dale married Dorrinne Jensen on April 29, 1995. They enjoyed traveling together. In the summer months you could find Dale on the golf course. On Nov. 12, 2012 both Dale and Dorrinne entered into the Christian Community Home. They were together until Dorrinne moved to the Amery Memory Care in Jan. 2018. Dale was an avid reader and a Packers fan. Dale is preceded in death by parents; first wife, Sue; infant son, Mitchell and several siblings. Dale is survived by wife, Dorrinne; children, Susette (Gary) Peer, Mark (Sherri), Michael (Carla) and Jeffrey; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Doreen Pavlak and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral service was held 11 a.m., Aug. 20 at the Osceola United Methodist Church. A visitation was held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 19, 2018 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola and continued one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment was in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Osceola. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Mary Jane Larsen
Mary Jane Larsen, 87, of St. Croix Falls, died Aug. 18, 2018 at Capitol View Transitional Care in St. Paul, Minn. Mary Jane was born Jan. 16, 1931, in Taylors Falls, Minn., to Russell and Elvie (Nelson) Blair. She was a graduate of St. Croix Falls High School. Mary Jane was united in marriage to Norman Larsen in 1951. She was a day care provider and homemaker for her family. Mary Jane was a member of First Lutheran Church in Cushing. She was a skilled seamstress and enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, arts and crafts, painting, and baking. Mary Jane is survived by her daughter, Debbie Leland of St. Paul, Minn.; sons, Ronnie Blair of St. Croix Falls, Wis., Dean Larsen of St. Paul, Minn., and Dale Larsen of Centerville, Minn.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother, Howard "Chuck" (Donna) Blair of Wolf Creek, Wis.; also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Norman in 2014. Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., Aug. 25, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, Wis. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola and continues one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Memorials are preferred to the American Lung Association.
Svend Verner Jensen
Svend Verner Jensen was born March 24, 1925, at Milltown, with twin sister Elsa, to Marius and Johanna Jensen. Svend and Elsa were baptized in their home soon after they were born. He grew up in the Milltown area. Svend was confirmed in the Milltown area. He attended Sunnyview and Pleasant Valley Elementary School and graduated from Milltown High School in Milltown. After graduation he worked as a farm hand for three years and tested milk for DHIA for two years. Svend was drafted into the Army during the Korean War in Nov. 1950 to Oct. 1952. After he was discharged he again tested milk until the spring of 1955. During that time he met HelenNetta Monson at a dance and she later became his wife on Sept. 16, 1955. After marriage they lived in New Richmond for four months. They lived in Amery for the remainder of his life. During his married life he worked at hauling can milk, driving school bus and doing construction for Joyle Anderson, was a volunteer fireman and drove bulk petroleum truck which he retired from. After retiring he worked part-time maintenance at the Bremer Bank. He wintered in Arizona for 11 winters. Svend was a member of the Swedish Congregational Church, Clear Lake, and later was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Amery for 35 years. He enjoyed camping, playing golf, DRINKING COFFEE, sports, dancing until health problems occurred and he loved his family and his grandchildren. On Aug. 17, 2018 Svend passed away at the age of 93 years and five months at the Golden Age Manor where he had been living for the past four years. He is preceded in death by his mother, Johanna; father, Marius; brother, Einer; twin sister, Elsa; sister, Inger; and daughter-in-law, Debbie. He will be missed by his wife, HelenNetta; daughter, Alane (Clifford) Kurkowski; son, Paul Jensen; grandchildren, Alex Kurkowski, April (John) Einseg, Joshua Jensen, Felicia Jensen and Olivia Jensen; and great grandson, Corbin Einseg. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Amery. The Celebration of Life will be held on Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. Private interment will be at the Swedish Congregational Church Cemetery in Clear Lake.
Jacqueline L. Nyberg
Jacqueline L. Nyberg, age 69, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., died on Aug. 11, 2018. She was born on Dec. 8, 1948 in Tucson, Ariz., to parent’s John and Phyllis Nyberg. Jackie had managed the St. Croix Falls Theatre for many years. She is preceded in death by her parents and survived by her siblings David (Kandace) Nyberg and Marcia (Charlie) Schmidt; nieces Kourtney (David), Kelsey Nyberg, and Amber (Josh) Langley; and great nieces and nephews. Jackie enjoyed activities with her friends at both the Methodist Church in Osceola and her apartment building, Forest Heights in St. Croix Falls, helping out at People Loving People Thrift Store in Dresser, Wis., and liked spending time with friends and loved being with family. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Aug. 16, 11 a.m. at Osceola Methodist Church in Osceola, Wis., with visitation one hour prior to the service at church. A private family interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wisconsin. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com
Earl J. "Dick" Spaulding
Earl J. "Dick" Spaulding, 92, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at Golden Age Manor in Amery with loved ones by his side. He was born May 20, 1926 in St. Paul, Minn., to Earl M. and Mabel Spaulding. When Earl was 10 years-old the family moved to their farm in Grantsburg, Wis. In May of 1944 he graduated from Grantsburg High School where he was active in varsity basketball and football. On July 1, 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving at Great Lakes Training Center in Chicago, Ill. Later he served on a destroyer in the Philippine Islands. He was honorably discharged in July 4, 1946. On March 15, 1947 he was married to Arlene Wiberg of Siren, Wis. They moved to River Falls, Wis., where Earl continued his college education. In 1949, they moved to Spring Lake Park, Minn., where Earl was employed by the Cornelius Co. in Anoka, Minn. In 1956 Earl began working for Honeywell, Inc. at the Twin Cities Arsenal in their Metrology Laboratory. There he met Les Becker who became like a brother to him. Earl worked at Honeywell until his accident in November of 1978. In 1962, with their three children Richard, Pamela and David, they moved to Centuria, WI to "live in the country". Earl enjoyed deer hunting with his dad and sons in the Grantsburg area. He was an avid reader of books and the Minneapolis Star and Tribune newspaper, especially Sid Hartman's column. He was a fan of the Minnesota Vikings and the Twins. For 20 years he and his wife enjoyed the winter in the warm sunshine of Arizona and the many friends they made there. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, son, Richard, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Vernon and Dorothy Stream, and brother-in-law, Howard Anderson and son-in-law Jerry Hallberg. Earl is survived by his wife of 71 years, Arlene, daughter, Pamela Hallberg, son, David Spaulding, granddaughter, Jamie Hallberg, "special kid", Dale (Jan) Brainard, cousins Margaret (Ken) Waldhauser and Marlene (Harlan) Downing, brother-in-law and sister-in-law DuWayne and Rose Wiberg and many other family and friends. A Celebration of Life for Earl will be held on Aug. 18, at 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church rural Centuria. Earl's family will greet visitors at the church beginning at 2 p.m. Pastor Steve Ward will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded following the service outside the church. Please join the family for lunch and fellowship following the military honors. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Floyd A. Norlund
Floyd A. Norlund passed away on Aug. 10, 2018 at the University of Minnesota Hospital surrounded by family at his side. Floyd was born May 24, 1939, in Pine Island, Minn., to his parents Hans Algot and Opal Louise (Watson) Norlund. At a young age Floyd moved to Wisconsin. He graduated from Milltown High School in Milltown, Wis., in 1957. He was later united in marriage that same year in September to Joan (Jo-Ann) Ellen Kaiser. The couple made their home in White Bear Lake, Minn., where they raised their five children. Floyd worked for and and eventually retired from the Metropolitan Transit Bus Company after many years of service. Floyd and Joan later moved to rural Balsam Lake, Wis., where they have resided for the past 20 plus years. Floyd was a very humble and kind person to everyone he had contact with. He enjoyed woodworking, working outdoors and made the best apple pies. He also loved being with his family and friends, especially his grandkids and great grandkids who he loved joking and playing with. He also loved discussing the future of the Packers with his brothers Arlen and Bob. Floyd was preceded in death by his father Hans Algot Norlund and mother Opal Louise Watson Norlund and daughter Becky Lou Norlund. He is survived by wife Joan, daughter Sherry (Jim) Stawnychy, Wendy (Norm) Schweitz, Tammy (Adam) Skinner and son Rick (Deb) Norlund, ten grandchildren, Kristal (David) Mazzola, Amber (Tony) Macheledt, Melissa (Jack) Schermann, Tyler Schwietz, Alicia (Jeremy) Thompson, Kyle (Alexis) Schwietz, Jeff Skinner, Valarie (James) Ostrander, Jamee Norlund, Logan Norlund, 14 great grandchildren and his brothers Arlen (Dory) Norlund, Bob (Mary) Norlund. He also leaves behind a nephew, nieces, many cousins, and extended family and friends, including his very good friend Jim Duncan. A funeral service to celebrate Floyd’s life will take place at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17, at Georgetown Lutheran Church. There will be a visitation 1 hour prior to services at Georgetown Lutheran Church from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Interment will follow services in the Georgetown Lutheran Church Cemetery. To sign an online guestbook and view a video tribute please visit www.williamsonwhite.com Arrangements were made with the Williamson ~ White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery, Wis.
Scott Everett Backes
Scott Everett Backes was received into the loving arms of his Savior on Aug. 12, 2018 after a brief but courageous battle with colon cancer. He was 47 years and 6 days old. Scott was born on Aug. 6, 1971 in St. Croix Falls, Wis., to Everett and Marylin (Eveland) Backes. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nye, Wis. Scott attended school in Osceola, Wis. In 1995, he met his life partner Jenny Kretman. Their union of 23 years produced two sons, Trevor Backes of Balsam Lake, Wis., and Devin Backes of Osceola, Wis. Scott worked at Tenere (Osceola) for the last five years. There he established many friendships but none more genuine than that of his friends Pedro and Johnny. They enjoyed Wednesday night bingo at Tippy’s and sharing practical jokes. Scott’s true passions were hunting, fishing, rock picking and most importantly, spoiling his granddaughter Ava. Their daily ritual included listening to bluegrass music at night while sharing a popsicle. Scott was preceded in death by his father Everett J. Backes; grandparents Martin and Agnes Eveland; aunt and uncle Rose and Ray Lee; and cousins Michael and Matt Lee. He is survived by his partner Jenny Kretman; sons Trevor and Devin Backes; granddaughter Ava Lynn Mae Backes; mother Marilyn J. Backes; sister Sheri (Tony) Anderson; brothers Jeff (Tracy) Backes, Kyle (Heather Jennings) Backes, Dani *Karen) Backes, Brant (Jamie) Backes, and Bruce Backes; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at West Immanuel Church in Osceola, Wis. Visitation one hour prior to the service at church. A private family interment will take place at a later date. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wis. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
Gary Allen Hansen
Gary Hansen passed away peacefully on July 28, 2018 at the St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was 71 years-old. Gary was born March 25, 1947 in Amery, Wis., to Kermit and Bernice Hansen. He was raised on the family farm south of Milltown, Wis., graduating from Unity High School in 1965. He was drafted into the Army in 1966 and married Katheleen Fox before being sent to Vietnam in 1967. Gary achieved the rank of Staff Sargeant, fought on the front lines during TET, survived his missions as a "tunnel rat" and arrived home in the fall of 1968 with a Bronze Star. He and Kathy spent the next 13 years dairy farming (receiving the Land-O-Lakes Young Farmer of the year award) and raising their two children. When the beginning of spinal arthritis and economic inflation forced him to discontinue farming, he began his new career as a commercial truck driver. He spent the next 20 years truly enjoying the challenge of driving in all weather, across the country and in downtown Chicago. Health issues eventually demanded that he stay near home. He drove dump truck, snow plow and road graders for five years before becoming too disabled to continue. He had accumulated millions of miles with a perfect driving record and collected good friends along the way. In 1989, he married Terry (Fox) Jones and moved to Bay City, Wis./Red Wing, Minn. area, where he would live for the rest of his life. Gary will be remembered for his quiet easy nature, his sharp intelligent and fierce sense of humor, a love of animals, and his wide range of interests: driving cars, machinery, and motorcycles, traveling, history, gemstones, jewelry, and devoted friendships. And of course his hobby of buying and driving used vehicles of every descriptioin (last count 88 +). He lived his philosophy of laughing and learning every day! He is survived by wife Terry Hansen, children Nichole (Craig) Kollman, Michael Hansen, Emma Kollman, Trent Jones, Luke Jandl, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and good friends. He will be missed... A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 15, at the American Legion, 710 Pearl Street, Prescott, Wis., with a gravesite ceremony at 4:30 p.m. in the Pine Glen Cemetery, also in Prescott. Please consider making a donation to the Wounded Warriors organization or to your local no-kill animal shelter in Gary's name.