Miscellaneous Barron County, Wisconsin Obituaries - 1997


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Arthur Anderson
Arthur Anderson, 82, of Chetek, died March 3 at Barron Medical Center.
Mr. Anderson was born March 30, 1914 in the Town of Dovre to Albert and Lena (Anderson) Anderson. He married Bernice Cary on May 6, 1982 in Chetek. Mr. Anderson had worked for Barron County and was also a farmer and a self-employed carpenter. During WW II he served in the Army as a machine gunner in the South Pacific in the 41st Division. He earned the Bronze Star and also served in the military police. He was a member and past commander of the Chetek American Legion. Mr. Anderson also had been a member of the board of the Town of Sioux Creek and was active at the Chetek pool hall.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice; two stepdaughters, Barbara Bredvick of Chetek and Eileen Fraley of Iola; a brother, Willis of Chetek; two sisters, Bertha Pierson of Waco, Texas, and Doris Ranney of Chetek; seven stepgrandchildren; and nine stepgreat-grandchildren. 

Elmer Anderson
Elmer Anderson, 96, of Cumberland died March 16 at Cumberland Extended Care Unit. 
Mr. Anderson was born May 20, 1900 in Star Prairie to Ole and Inger (Roesthe) Anderson. He was married June 6, 1928 to Mildred Loney. He was raised in Star Prairie, living there until 1934 and then moved to the Cumberland area and farmed until 1969. He lived in the Comstock area and was employed at 3M in Cumberland, where he worked from 1950-65.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred; two daughters, Donna Young of Berryville, Ark., and Marilyn Peer of Cumberland; two sons, Dennis of Pine Island, Minn., and Richard of Cumberland; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. 

Thomas Baker
Thomas Baker, 66, a former Rice Lake resident, died March 2 at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center in Spokane, Wash. 
Mr. Baker was born Jan. 8, 1931 in New Richmond to William Clifford and Ellen Baker. He graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1948 and then moved to Idaho, where he worked at Safeway Foods and for the Retail Clerks Union. On April 22, 1951 he married Myrtle Ayers in Mullen, Idaho. After working at the Sunshine Silver Mine in Wallace, Idaho, the couple moved to Rice Lake. Mr. Baker farmed in Rice Lake a few years before founding the B and B Foundry near Gundy's Canyon in the Blue Hills, which he operated for 7 years. He then worked for Crotteau's Hide and Fur and later in construction for 6 years until becoming an independent contractor in siding and insulation. In 1982, the couple moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where Mr. Baker built the Cattle Baron Restaurant. He later served as a contracting consultant until retiring in 1995, when he moved to Spokane. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and playing pool, as well as socializing with people wherever he lived.
Survivors include his wife, Myrtle; five daughters, Donna Stillwell and Judy Fedeniro, both of Spokane, Debbie Bolin of Irving, Texas, Carla Gagner of Deer Park, and Sandy Harelstad of Cameron; a son, Jeff of Rice Lake; and 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Paul Brown
Paul Lee Brown, 82, of Rice Lake and formerly of Tecopa, Calif., died March 9 at Rice Lake Convalescent Center.
Mr. Brown was born Dec. 9, 1914 in Crab Orchard, Ky., where he grew up and was educated. He married the former Kay Barbarich. Mr. Brown had worked as an ink marker and later owned and operated a restaurant. He lived in Tecopa, Calif., before moving to Rice Lake to be near his grandniece, Vickie Stoeklen.
Survivors include three brothers, Clarence, Ralph and Corbett; and two sisters, Wanita Jarrison and Leona Thompson. 

Harold Case
Harold Case, 77, of Barron died March 22 at his home.
Mr. Case was born in Rice Lake on March 21, 1920 to Theodore and Audrey Case and graduated from Rice Lake High School. During World War II he served with the 4th Division in the European Theater for 4 years. In 1943 he married Alvine Mauch of Easton, Penn. He was employed at Uniroyal until his retirement. He was an ardent Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his daughter Frances Case of Eau Claire; a sister-in-law Marie Snow of Easton, Penn.; and one granddaughter. 

Wilbert Charley
Wilbert B. Charley, 81, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Cumberland, died March 1 at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas.
Mr. Charley was born Sept. 8, 1915 to Crawford and Nellie Charley in Oaktown, Ind., where he grew up and received his elementary and part of his high school education. He then worked at a hospital in Chicago, where he met the former Madeline Neby, whom he married there on Feb. 14, 1939. He later moved to Cumberland and bought a dairy farm there, which he operated until 1964. After leaving the farm, he worked for 3M in Cumberland until retiring in 1975. In 1996, he moved to Las Vegas to live with his sister, Mary Smith.
Survivors include his twin brother, Lewis of Memphis, Ind.; and four sisters, including Mary Smith of Las Vegas.
Mrs. Charley died in November 1995. 

Violet Checkalski
Violet Muriel Checkalski, 83, of Weyerhaeuser died March 20 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.
Mrs. Checkalski was born Sept. 13, 1913 in North Branch, Minn., to Alexander Shinler and Alma Johnson. She came to Rusk County in 1916, and on June 23, 1937 she married Albert Checkalski in Bruce. Mrs. Checkalski was a homemaker and a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Darlene Hoehn of Hawkins; a grandson; and a sister, Edith Hanson of Weyerhaeuser. 

Winclof Czerwonka
Winclof "Vince" Czerwonka, 97, of Chetek died March 25 at Knapp Haven Nursing Home there.
Mr. Czerwonka was born Sept. 12, 1899 in Barron County to Michael and Mary (Opelka) Czerwonka. On Dec. 22, 1936 he married Edna Jorstad in Deerfield, Ill. The couple lived in Illinois until 1938, when they moved to a farm near New Auburn. They moved to Chetek in 1945 and to their present home in 1948. Mr. Czerwonka worked for the Barron County Highway Department until retirement in 1964. He was a member of the Rosary Society and the Knights of Columbus. He had resided at Knapp Haven since 1992.
Survivors include his wife, Edna; a son, Marvin of Janesville; a daughter, Marlene Harnish of Tacoma, Wash.; and five grandsons and two granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Mary Ann Harnish. 

Timothy Davis
Timothy "Trapper" J. Davis, 38, of Rice Lake, died March 3 at Lakeview Medical Center.
Mr. Davis was born Dec, 15, 1958 to Gary and Arlene Davis in Rice Lake, where he grew up and attended school. As a young man, he worked at various jobs in the Rice Lake area. Later he worked with his brother, Mike, as a drywall contractor and was known as one of the best in his line of work. He attended classes at WITC-Rice Lake and obtained his GED degree in 1986. On May 25, 1991 he married the former Marianne Wood in Rice Lake. Mr. Davis enjoyed hunting and trapping.
Survivors include his wife, Marianne; three sons, John, Timothy and Trapper; a daughter, Harley Rose, all at home; a granddaughter; his parents, Gary and Arlene Davis of Rice Lake; five brothers, Gary, Mike, Rick and Randy, all of Rice Lake, and Greg of Birchwood; paternal grandmother Melvina Davis of Cameron; and maternal grandfather Herman Miller of Rice Lake. 

Vera V. Didier
Vera V. Didier, 78, of the Town of Long Lake, died March 24 at the Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake.
Mrs. Didier was born Jan. 21 1919 to August and Augusta Till in Bangor, Mich. On Dec. 2, 1939 she married Henry Didier in Evanston, Ill. Following their marriage they lived in Evanston and then in Bangor, Mich. They moved to the Town of Long Lake in 1980.
She is survived by her son Henry of Webster, Minn.; three daughters, Dorothy Didier of Marion, of Ohio, Lois Nisbet of East Haven, Conn., and Linda Lubensky of Sarona; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her sister Ruby Racki of Paw Paw, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1984 

Bernice Fairman
Bernice Helen Fairman, 76, of Cameron and formerly of Exeland, died March 4 at Heritage Manor in Rice Lake.
Mrs. Fairman was born March 6, 1920 in Chicago to Edward and Pauline (Metz) Eleder. She graduated from Lindblom High School there in 1937 and married William Fairman on July 3, 1941. They moved to a farm near Exeland in 1948, where they operated a dairy farm for many years. The couple moved to rural Cameron in 1985. Mrs. Fairman worked at Dairyland State Bank in Bruce and Exeland for 25 years. After moving to Cameron, she became a United Methodist Women member. She also had been a member of the Weyerhaeuser VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include two daughters, Sally Wojtkiewicz of Cameron and Marge Fairman of Ladysmith; a son, William of Boca Raton, Fla.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Eldred "Jack" Eleder of Palos Park, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William, on June 15, 1987. 

John Fillmore
John F. Fillmore, 96, of Rice Lake, died March 30 at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center.
Mr. Fillmore was born in Foley, Minn., on Aug. 3, 1900 to Emmett and Effie (Hildebrandt) Fillmore. He moved to Barron as a young man, where he farmed and married Florence Shackleton on Sept. 23, 1923. She preceded him in death, and he later married Zemira Lathe. Mr. Fillmore entered the ministry in 1948, serving as pastor for the Assembly of God Church in Grandview, Minn., and later at the Assembly of God Church in Cable. He later moved to Hayward, where he operated a jail ministry. After the death of his second wife, he moved to Rice Lake.
Survivors include four sons, Glen of Albuquerque, N.M., Harold of Altoona, Theodore of Big Lake, Minn., and Lloyd of Lockport, N.Y.; and 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. 

Emma Flor
Emma C. Flor, 88, of Chetek died March 6 at Barron Medical Center.
Mrs. Flor was born March 18, 1908 in Oriska, N.D., to Garhardt and Julia (Uhlenkamp) Riesner. She married John Flor on July 11, 1936 in Milwaukee. Mrs. Flor had been a homemaker and had worked as a nutritionist for Chetek schools. She also was the proprietor of B&B in Chetek and had worked at Carlson Poultry and Nuwood, or Carter's Cafe, in Chetek. Mrs. Flor had been president of the Ladies Guild at her church and was a den mother for Cub Scouts, working at blue and gold banquets. She also enjoyed playing cards.
Survivors include two sons, G.C. "Butch" Flor of Chetek and James Flor of Apple Valley, Minn.; a daughter, Jackie Brohman of Chetek; a brother, Albert Riesner of St. Cloud, Minn.; a sister, Sister Mary Martin of Washington, D.C.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. Flor died in September 1963. 

Hattie Frank
Hattie B. Frank, 85, of Almena, died March 24 at Barron Medical Center.
Mrs. Frank was born July 2, 1911 in the Town of Dallas to Charles and Martha Gowin. She married Charles Bagley, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Frank raised five children and had worked in many nursing homes over the years and at Barron Medical Center. She later married Edward Frank, who also preceded her in death. Mrs. Frank baby-sat for many families in the community.
Survivors include a daughter, Janice Tahtinen of Almena; three sons, Ronald Bagley of Barron, Charles Bagley of Spooner, and Russell Bagley of Ladysmith; 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Margie Horel. 

Doris Gasser
Doris L. Gasser, 74, of Rice Lake, died March 18 at her home. 
Ms. Gasser was born May 15, 1922 to Roy and Frieda Gasser in the Town of Honey Creek, Sauk County, where she grew up and was educated. In 1955, after further education, she moved to Rice Lake, where she practiced naturopathy for many years.
Survivors include two sisters, Jeanette Ward of Sauk City, and Bythia Gasser of Prairie du Sac. 

Leighton George, 79, of Cumberland died at his home March 15. 
Mr. George was born Dec. 6, 1917 in Rice Lake to John Sidney and Ella Fake. He had been the owner of the Cumberland Advocate, working as an editor for the paper 23 years. Mr. George also had served on the Cumberland City Council, Library Board, Planning Commission and the Chamber of Commerce. He was a charter member of the Barron County Campus Foundation. Mr. George was a veteran of WWII and a member of the American Legion and the Rice Lake VFW. He also had been active in the Rice Lake Elks for many years and had been a clarinetist for the Rice Lake Municipal Band, the Rice Lake Elks Band and the UW Center-Barron County Communiversity Band.
Survivors include his wife, Nina; two daughters, Diane George of St. Louis Park, Minn., and Peggy George of New Brighton, Minn.; a granddaughter; and a sister, Evelyn Burton of Rice Lake. 

John Gilbertson
John O. Gilbertson, 82, of Rice Lake died March 19 at Lakeview Medical Center.
Mr. Gilbertson was born May 11, 1914 in the Town of Dovre to Hans and Clara (Johnson) Gilbertson. He grew up in the towns of Dovre and Maple Grove and served in the Army during WW II. He had farmed in the Town of Arland and hauled milk in the Barron and Cameron area. Mr. Gilbertson also worked for Swan Farms near Cameron and later at Sanna Dairy in Cameron. He had lived in Rice Lake the past 20 years.
Survivors include two sisters, Mary Peterson of Cumberland and Helen Slayton of Chetek; and a companion, Alma Livingston of Rice Lake. 

Yvonne Goldsmith
Yvonne Rose Goldsmith, 84, of Cumberland died March 16 at Cumberland Extended Care Unit. 
Mrs. Goldsmith was born May 12, 1912 in Rice Lake to William and Cordelia (Couture) Burton. She married H. J. "Goldy" Goldsmith on Oct. 17, 1937 in Cumberland. Mrs. Goldsmith attended Rice Lake Normal School and taught in country schools for a year before moving to Cumberland. She then worked at Nelson Hardware for over 25 years. Mrs. Goldsmith was a member of the Cumberland Golf Club, Ladies Bridge and the St. Bridget Circle of her church.
Survivors include two daughters, Gail George of Barron, and Mary Olson of Maple Grove, Minn.; three sons, Bill of Minneapolis, Tom of Cumberland and Joe of Eau Claire; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Durand Burton of Bloomer.
Mr. Goldsmith died Jan. 19, 1982. 

Lawrence Grocke
Lawrence "Larry" Grocke, 57, of Shell Lake died March 5 at Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake.
Mr. Grocke was born Nov. 9, 1939 to George and Loretta Grocke in Chicago, where he grew up, graduating from Fox Lake Community High School in 1958. On June 7, 1958 he married Barbara Grude in Fox Lake, Ill. Mr. Grocke served in the Army from 1958-62 and worked for Anchor Coupling in Libertyville, Ill., until 1968, when he bought the Back of the Moon Resort on Bear Lake near Haugen, which he operated until 1976. After selling the resort, he worked in management for Amsco in Rice Lake until 1984, when he left the company to become an independent sales representative for P.C. Miller Associates in Brookfield, Ill., until his retirement in 1996. On May 9, 1985 he married the former Beverly DeGidio in Shell Lake. He worked for Northwood Sales in Medford.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly; two sons, Steven of Rice Lake and Kenneth of Shell Lake; a daughter, Lauren Blihovde of Barron; a stepson, Richard DeGidio of Sarona; a stepdaughter, Denise DeGidio of Shell Lake; 14 grandchildren; his mother, Loretta Grocke of Wooster, Ill.; three brothers, James, Burton, and George; and four sisters, Margaret Ruffalo, Diane Ericson, Linda Falstad and Jeanette Scott.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter. 

Betty Hanson
Betty Jean Hanson, 66, of Cumberland died March 14 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn. Funeral services were Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in McKinley, with Rev. Joel Kreger officiating. Interment of cremains was in McKinley Cemetery.
Mrs. Hanson was born March 1, 1931 in Milwaukee. She grew up in the Luck and Frederic area, graduating from Frederic High School in 1949. On April 15, 1950 she married Gordon Hanson in Frederic. She was a member of Indian Creek American Legion Auxiliary and the Cumberland Senior Citizens. Mrs. Hanson enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include five sons, Gordon Jr., of Cumberland, John of Colorado Springs, Colo., Wayne of Chetek, William of Ozark, Ala., and Leonard of Louisville, Ohio; two daughters, Barbara Hanson of Cumberland, and Debra Perrault of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and a sister, Mabel Reno of Frederic.
Mr. Hanson died July 27, 1996, and a daughter, Susan Hanson, died in 1984. 

Cora Henrichs
Cora Henrichs, 93, of Birchwood died March 19 at Heritage Manor in Rice Lake.
The former Cora Ruesch was born Aug. 9, 1903 in Evanston, Ill. In May of 1924 she married Arthur Henrichs at Evanston. He died in 1959.
Mrs. Henrichs is survived by a son, Arthur Jr., of Birchwood; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Edna Davis of Lebanon, Ohio, and Irma Schultz of Vacaville, Calif. 

William Hill
William Hill, 90, of Birchwood died March 6 at his home.
Mr. Hill was born May 22, 1906 to William and Regina Hill in the Town of Doyle. At an early age he moved with his parents to the Twin Lakes area, where he grew up and attended school in Angus and Brill. After finishing his education, he farmed in the Brill area, and on Aug. 19, 1930 he married the former Irene McGill in Brill. The couple farmed in the Town of Oak Grove until retirement.
Survivors include his daughter, Jean Carol Hill of Birchwood.
Mrs. Hill died in January 1974. A son, William, died at Fort Sill, Okla., in Feb. 1964. 

Edith Holter
Edith Holter, 85, of Chetek died March 15 at Knapp Haven Nursing Home in Chetek. 
Ms. Holter was born March 1, 1912 in the Town of Dovre to Charles and Maria (Newman) Holter. She attended business college in Eau Claire, and had worked for New York Life Insurance in Eau Claire and then in Minneapolis for 40 years. Ms. Holter served during WWII in the Navy Waves, working in Washington, D.C., for the Bureau of Ships. She lived in Minneapolis for 12 years, retiring in the early 1970s. Ms. Holter had been a member of the Sons of Norway of Minneapolis.
Survivors include two brothers, George and Carl, both of Chetek; and two sisters, Mabel Meisner of Chetek and Anne Pederson of 

Leon Horton
Leon E. Horton, 96, of Chetek, died March 23 at Barron Medical Center. Visitation is also an hour prior to services at 1 p.m. Thursday at Chetek Advent Christian Church, with Rev. Norman Phillips officiating.
Mr. Horton was born Sept. 10, 1900 in Trevor to Alfred and Flora (Proctor) Horton. He married Leah Rae Henry on June 17, 1925 in Winona, Minn. He had farmed near Chetek, moving to town in 1971. Mr. Horton had been sexton for Lake View Cemetery for over 23 years and served many years as a 4-H leader. Mr. Horton had been on the county conservation board, clerk for rural School District 10, and he was a past manager of the Shipping and Livestock Assn. He and his wife traveled a lot, having gone to Alaska, Yellowstone National Park and the Holy Land. He collected rocks and shells and encased them in plastic clocks, plaques and other items. In 1983 he received a certificate of honor and appreciation from the City of Chetek.
Survivors include his wife, Leah; and several nieces and nephews.
A son, Leonard, died March 16, 1932. 

Caspara Hoveland
Caspara Hoveland, 99, a resident of Knapp Haven Nursing Home in Chetek, died March 13.
Mrs. Hoveland was born July 30, 1897 on a farm north of Sand Creek, the daughter of Carl and Maren (Isaakson) Noer. On Dec. 3, 1926 she married Herman Hoveland in Stillwater, Minn. The couple farmed near Sand Creek until 1952, when they moved to San Antonio, Texas, where they owned and operated a Dairy Queen for 2 years. They returned to Wisconsin in 1954, retiring in Eau Claire, where Mrs. Hoveland lived until 1991. She was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Sand Creek and First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. She was much appreciated for her beautiful crewelwork and afghans.
Survivors include a daughter, Hannah Greenhill of Whitewater; and a son, Dr. Carl Hoveland of Athens, Ga.
Mr. Hoveland died in 1971. 

Kylah Justine Humphrey Lindsay, 3 months, died March 9 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.
Kylah was born Nov. 22, 1996 in Rice Lake to Melissa Humphrey and Brent Lindsey. She is survived by her parents; maternal grandparents, Bruce and Cindy Lamers of Rice Lake; maternal grandfather, Thomas Humphrey of Neillsville; paternal grandparents Bill and Benay Lindsay of Rice Lake; great-grandparents, George and Darlene Bixby of Neilsville; and paternal great-grand father, George Russeau of Rice Lake. 

Geralyn Jacobson
Geralyn Jacobson, 53, of Cumberland died March 30 at Barron Medical Center.
Ms. Jacobson was born Dec. 16, 1943 in Barron to Harold and Etta (McManus) Weise. She grew up in Barron, graduating from high school there in 1962. She worked for a year at the University of Minnesota and on June 8, 1963 she married Alvin Jacobson in Barron. They lived at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla., returning to Barron in 1965. She worked at the Bank of Barron for 16 years and Rice Lake Implement for many years. The past 11 years she had worked at Barron Electric.
Survivors include her parents, Harold and Etta Weise and a son, Daniel, all of Barron; a daughter, Tammy Jacobson of Prescott; two brothers, Dennis Weise of Cameron and Lonnie Weise of Shoreview, Minn.; and three grandchildren. 

Lillian Johnson
Lillian Johnson, 94, of Spooner died March 9 at Community Memorial Nursing Home in Spooner, where she had been a resident since 1985. 
Mrs. Johnson was born March 27, 1902 to Otto and Anna (Blankenburg) Metzdorf in Ashland and attended schools there. She served as the town clerk of the Town of Brooklyn and postmaster at Lampson from 1939-41. She lived in the Spooner and Trego area for many years and had been an active member of the Spooner Senior Citizens and the Trego Royal Neighbors of America.
Survivors include three sons, Earl Ackley of Minong, John Lawson of Hertel, and Otto Lawson of Sheldon, Iowa; five stepsons, Harvey Lawson of Sheldon, Iowa, Marvin Johnson of North Pole, Alaska, Astrid Johnson of Anchorage, Alaska, and Melvin Johnson and Vincent Johnson, both of Shell Lake; three daughters, Mildred Magnus of Spooner, Lillian Hoselton of Kenosha and Anna Johnson of Shell Lake; two stepdaughters, Louise Paskett of Duluth, and Hilda Sommerfeld of Spooner; a brother, Ray Metzdorf of Ladysmith; a sister, Mildred Neuman of San Diego, Calif.; and 26 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Paul Ackley, Harvey Lawson and Oscar Johnson, and two sons, Paul Ackley and William Lawson 

John `Tony' Johnson
John A. "Tony" Johnson, 76, of Dallas died March 14 at Barron Medical Center. 
Mr. Johnson was born Jan. 9, 1921 in the Town of Barron to Albert and Gena (Shold) Johnson. He was raised near Barron and attended Beckwith School. Mr. Johnson graduated from Barron High School in 1939 and farmed in the Town of Maple Grove for several years. On Jan. 14, 1942 he married Lorraine Johnson in Barron. Mr. Johnson served in the Army and later moved to Denver, Iowa, and worked as an artificial inseminator. In 1958 the couple returned to Wisconsin, where he continued to work as an artificial inseminator. They moved to Dallas in 1977. Mr. Johnson loved animals, especially horses and dogs and was involved in horse pulling for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; two sons, Jerry of Plymouth, Minn., and Lenny of Green Bay; a daughter, Vicky Crane of Cadott; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild; and two sisters, Iona Borchers of Denver, Iowa, and Nona Dannheim of Circle Pines, Minn. 

Edward P. Klein
Edward P. Klein, 82, of Barron and formerly of Cameron, died March 15 at Barron Medical Center's extended care unit. .
Mr. Klein was born June 20, 1914 in Hillsdale to Edward and Ida (Grubb) Klein. He was raised in the Hillsdale area, graduating from Barron High School in 1933. In 1934 he graduated from an agricultural short course in Madison and in 1938 received a bachelor's degree in agriculture from UW-Madison. Mr. Klein was active in agriculture during high school and was one of the first Barron Future Farmers of America members to receive the State Farmers Award in agriculture. On Aug. 19, 1944 he married Burdine Brunner in Chippewa Falls. He taught school for several years and also worked as a salesman, farmer and real estate broker. Mr. Klein was an avid gardener and loved to travel, spending the last 16 winters in Florida. He was active in the Cameron Civic Club, having served as president, and was instrumental in obtaining land for the Cameron beach.
Survivors include his wife, Burdine of Barron; three daughters, Jill Williams of Houston, Texas, Susan Danielson of Wauwatosa and Connie Parris of Ardsley, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and two sisters, Jeanette Juten of Washington, D.C., and Katherine Couch of Houston.
A son, John Edward, died in 1953. 

Isabel E. Kuhrt
Isabel E. Kuhrt, 69, of Barron, died March 29 at the Knapp Haven Nursing Home in Chetek.
Mrs. Kuhrt was born Sept. 27, 1927 in Rice Lake to Edward and Ida (Fredrick) Butler. She grew up here and graduated from Rice Lake High School. She attended Normal School in Rice Lake for 2 years then taught in Collingwood and Pine Grove country schools. She married Dwight Kuhrt on Feb. 5, 1949 in Pine City, Minn., and they farmed in the Town of Clinton. They moved to Barron in 1970, where she worked at the Barron Nursing Home from 1967 to 1979. She enjoyed square dancing, gardening and golfing. She was an active member of the Salem Lutheran Church choir and taught Sunday School. She was the branch secretary for AAL until she became ill.
She is survived by her husband, Dwight; a son, Michael of Barron; two daughters, Linda Mullikin of Barron and Cindy Kuhrt of Madison; four grandchildren and one great-grandson; two brothers, Eugene Butler of Madison and John Butler of Iowa City, Iowa; and three sisters, Maxine Dutilly of Rice Lake, Ellen Fredricks of Turtle Lake and Margarite Strid of Rockford, Ill. 

Curtis Knutson
Curtis Knutson, 61, of Ridgeland died March 1 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Mr. Knutson was born July 5, 1935 in the Town of Wilson, Dunn County, to Edwin and Lillian (Moen) Knutson. He was raised there and graduated from Colfax High School in 1952.
Mr. Knutson worked for the Ridgeland Farmers Union until joining the Army in 1954, serving for 2 years. He returned to work at the Farmers Union and on Jan. 19, 1955 married Dorrene Hanson in Ridgeland.
The couple moved to Sand Creek in 1963, where he operated a gas station until 1971. They farmed in the Town of Wilson until 1982, when he started driving bus for the Colfax school system.
Mr. Knutson was a member of AA for 24 1/2 years and served as president of the Sand Creek AA group for many years. He also had served on the board of Arbor Place in Menomonie.
Survivors include his wife, Dorrene; three sons, Terry of Ridgeland, and Michael and Tom, both of Colfax; a daughter, Jill Rose of Elk Mound; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Eugene and Dennis, both of Ridgeland; and two sisters, Arlys Deutsch and Louise Anderson, both of Chetek. 

John Knutson
John H. Knutson, 56, of Chetek died March 12 at his home.
Mr. Knutson was born Feb. 13, 1941 in Rice Lake, graduating from Chetek High School in 1959. He attended UW-River Falls and served in the Army. On Oct. 3, 1964 Mr. Knutson married the former Mary Madison in Sand Creek. He worked as a commercial airline pilot for North Central Airlines, Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines flying DC-9s and 757s from 1967 until his death. He also farmed in the Town of Sioux Creek on his days off. Mr. Knutson was a member of the American Legion, EAA, Airline Pilots Assn., and was a 4-H leader. He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, airplanes and, most of all, spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; a daughter, Heidi of Duluth; a son, Tim of Chetek; and two sisters, Karen Skoug of Silver Bay, Minn., and Mary 
Schuck of Green River, Wyo. 

Robert Larson
Robert Larson, 53, of Dallas died March 12 at Barron Medical Center. 
Mr. Larson was born Sept. 4, 1943 in Chippewa Falls to Harold and Irene (Huset) Larson. He was raised in Dallas and graduated from Barron High School. He worked for the Village of Dallas while going to school and later worked at ABC Co. of Chetek. Mr. Larson also worked for Dan Nelon at the Skelly Station in Dallas and later as caretaker of the Dallas Healthcare Center. He most recently worked at Tamarack International in Chetek. Mr. Larson enjoyed listening to country music and playing knives in accompaniment with friends. He also loved bowling and being with people.
Survivors include his parents, Harold and Irene Larson; and a brother, Jerry, all of Dallas. 

Lou Lemke
Lou Evelyn Lemke, 73, died March 14 at her home at Eden Youth With A Mission in Weyerhaeuser. 
Mrs. Lemke was born Oct. 10, 1923 in Dothan, Ala., to Arthur and Ruby Mae (Fain) Rabun. She grew up in Lakeland, Fla., and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1941. Mrs. Lemke entered nurses training in Florida, graduated in June 1944, enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps and served at Lawson General Hospital near Atlanta through May 1946. In September 1946 she enrolled in St. Paul Bible School. She served as a nurse, graduating in May 1949. She then served 2 years at a Native American mission, also working in the hospital at the White Earth Indian Reservation near Ogema, Minn. On June 17, 1951 she married William Lemke, a pastor at Evangelical United Brethren Church near Wayland, Iowa. For the next 45 years she and her husband were active in pastoral ministry and training young people for Christian missionary work. Mrs. Lemke became an effective Bible teacher and mentor of young women.
Survivors include her husband, William; three sons, William Dale of New York City, Bryant of Minneapolis, and Bernard of Charlotte, N.C.; five grandchildren and one great-grandson; and a sister, Alice Reeves of Charleston, S.C. 

Wilfred Lewis
Wilfred A. Lewis, 72, of King died March 15 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. 
Mr. Lewis was born June 5, 1924 in Haugen to Andrew and Grayce (Zimmerman) Lewis. He joined the Army Air Force at age 17 and was stationed in India during WWII and was a tailgunner on a B-17 bomber. After 23 years in the Air Force, he retired Jan. 31, 1964, then worked for a short time for the U.S. Park Service at Yellowstone National Park and for Presto in Eau Claire.
Survivors include his daughter, Denise Rankin of Cornell; a brother, Von of Haugen; and three sisters, Florence Sherman of Cameron, Pearl Amundson of Talluah, La., and Helen Winter of Rock Island, Ill. 

Donald Link
Donald J. Link, 74, of Battle Lake, Minn., died March 20 at Lake Regional Hospital in Fergus Falls, Minn.
Mr. Link was born March 12, 1922 in Menomonie to Henry and Helen (Suchow) Link. He graduated from Rice Lake High School and on Dec. 2, 1942 entered the Army, serving in WW II in the European Theatre. Later Mr. Link was employed by Chippewa Motor Freight Company as a truck driver for many years. After retiring in 1981, he moved to Battle Lake. Mr. Link enjoyed fishing, and he was an artist who enjoyed doing oil paintings and was active with the Phelps Mill Festival. Mr. Link was on the board for the Veterans Memorial in Battle Lake, and he was a member of the Art of the Lakes Assn., in Battle Lake. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Survivors include special friend Jackie Estes of Battle Lake; two daughters, Judy Wilhelmi of Minooka, Ill., and Darla Manzara of Chicago; a son, Donald Jr., of DePere; five grandchildren; a sister, Marlys Olson of Minneapolis; and a brother, Galen of Florida.
He was preceded in death by a son, Tom. 

Timothy McAndrew
Timothy "Emil" McAndrew, 46, of Winona, Minn., died March 13 at La Crosse Lutheran Hospital.
Mr. McAndrew was born Nov. 20, 1950 in Rice Lake to William and Patricia (Mally) McAndrew. He moved from Tiffin, Ohio, to Winona in 1963. He graduated from Winona Cotter High School in 1968 and attended the Winona Area Vocational Technical College, where he received his State of Minnesota engineer's license. He also attended Winona State University for 2 years. He had been the operations manager/production director for May Broadcasting of La Crosse since 1990. Mr. McAndrew was a musician, both playing and recording music. He had played in several bands, including the Ferraris, the North Country Band and WEDG. He was also a co-owner of Emil's Place in Winona from 1980-82.
Survivors include his mother, Patricia of Irwin, Pa.; four brothers, Michael of Santa Maria, Calif., John of Minnetonka, Minn., Paul of St. Paul, and Patrick of Greensburg, Pa.; and two sisters, Mary McAndrew of Jeanette, Pa., and Rebecca McAndrew of South St. Paul. 

Cleo McDonald
Cleo McDonald, 81, died March 4 at Heritage Manor in Rice Lake. 
The former Cleo Rose was born Nov. 20, 1915 in Bertiville, N.D. After the death of her first husband, Donald Blauer, in Sauk Rapids, she married Burley McDonald on Jan. 2, 1979 in St. Cloud, Minn. They resided in Minneapolis for several years, and in 1982 they moved to Rice Lake. Mrs. McDonald was known for her piano playing.
Survivors include her husband, Burley; two daughters, Sandra Jenkins of San Antonio, Texas, and Mona Robinson of Oak Park, Minn.; four sons, Rex Blauer of Oronoco, Minn., Bradley Blauer of Sauk Rapids, and Brian and Kurtis Blauer, both of Sartell, Minn.; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; her mother, Jessie Ruben of Sauk Rapids; a stepdaughter, Sharon Kuhns of Burnsville, Minn.; and three stepsons, Gerald McDonald of Fridley, Minn., Dennis McDonald of Laguna Hills, Calif., and Kenneth McDonald of Rice Lake. 

Thomas Matthys
Thomas Lee Matthys, 42, of Vadnais Heights, Minn., died March 10 at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, Minn. 
Mr. Matthys was born May 31, 1954 in Cumberland to Morris and Agnes (Copeland) Matthys. He graduated from Cumberland High School in 1972. In 1974 he graduated from Dunwoody Institute in the baking division. Mr. Matthys was employed as a bakery manager at Jerry's Cub Foods in Edina, Minn.
Survivors include his mother, Agnes of Cumberland; two brothers, Gary of Barron, and Randy of Augusta, Ga.; and four sisters, Virginia Sande of Fridley, Minn., Patricia Quernemoen and Nancy Prescott, both of New Brighton, Minn., and Susan Oswald of Chetek. 

Timothy McAndrew
Timothy "Emil" McAndrew, 46, of Winona, Minn., died March 13 at La Crosse Lutheran Hospital. 
Mr. McAndrew was born Nov. 20, 1950 in Rice Lake to William and Patricia (Mally) McAndrew. He moved from Tiffin, Ohio, to Winona in 1963. He graduated from Winona Cotter High School in 1968 and attended the Winona Area Vocational Technical College, where he received his State of Minnesota engineer's license. He also attended Winona State University for 2 years. He had been the operations manager/production director for May Broadcasting of La Crosse since 1990. Mr. McAndrew was a musician, both playing and recording music. He had played in several bands, including the Ferraris, the North Country Band and WEDG. He was also a co-owner of Emil's Place in Winona from 1980-82.
Survivors include his mother, Patricia of Irwin, Pa.; four brothers, Michael of Santa Maria, Calif., John of Minnetonka, Minn., Paul of St. Paul, and Patrick of Greensburg, Pa.; and two sisters, Mary McAndrew of Jeanette, Pa., and Rebecca McAndrew of South St. Paul. 

Peggi Meyers
Peggi Jean Meyers, 38, of Rice Lake, died March 8 as the result of an accident in Bloomer. 
Mrs. Meyers was born June 9, 1958 in Silver Bay, Minn., to Paul and Virginia (Richter) Feiertag. She married Dan Meyers on Aug. 5, 1978 and was later divorced. Mrs. Meyers was raised in Silver Bay and graduated from Silver Bay High School in 1976. After graduation she moved to Rice Lake. She attended college at Eau Claire and was attending classes at UW-Stout.
Mrs. Meyers is survived by a daughter, Jessica, and a son, Daniel; her sisters, Patty Dockendorf of Lino Lakes, Minn., and Judy Fuchs and Julie Schaefer, both of St. Cloud, Minn.; grandmother Malinda Richter of Comstock; and her parents, Paul and Virginia Feiertag; and companion Ike 
Vick of Comstock. 

Donald Morley
Donald E. Morley, 75, of Birchwood died March 19 at Rice Lake Convalescent Center.
Mr. Morley was born April 28, 1921 to Frank and Mary Morley in Hayward. He resided in Barron County, where he worked in construction as a mason. Mr. Morley lived in Birchwood for the past 11 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry of Iowa and Julius of Birchwood; three daughters, Judy Conoboy of Chetek and Jeanette Licht and Joy Dery, both of Eau Claire; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Woodrow of Spooner and Frank of Minnesota. 

Albert Nordin
Albert William Nordin, 82, of Cumberland and formerly of Almena, died March 13 at Cumberland Hospital. 
Mr. Nordin was born Nov. 5, 1914 in the Town of Turtle Lake to Olaf and Charlotte (Nordstrand) Nordin. On April 17, 1940 he married Grace Lewis in the Town of Prairie Farm. He had farmed most of his life near Arland. After retirement, he was a Green Thumb worker for several years in the county.
Survivors include his wife, Grace; a daughter, Laurie Olson of Fall River; a son, Larry of Las Vegas; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ina Bjurstrom of Prairie Farm.
A son, LeRoy, died in 1988. 

Donald Olson
Donald E. Olson of Chetek died March 3 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.
Mr. Olson was born July 17, 1946 in Leona to Elmer and Viola (Hansen) Olson. He worked for many years as a security guard for St. Luke's Hospital in Racine and also as a private security guard. He had lived in Chetek, Racine and Eau Claire.
Survivors include three sisters, Betty Good of Racine, Dora Ames and Hope White; and a brother, David, all of Chetek. 

Elaine Olson
Elaine "Dolly" Olson, 72, of Prairie Farm, died March 10 at Barron Medical Center.
Mrs. Olson was born July 28, 1924 in the Town of New Haven, Dunn County, to Peter and Emma Peterson. On July 3, 1945 she married Albert Olson in Prairie Farm. They had farmed in the Town of Prairie Farm, and Mrs. Olson later worked for Jerome Foods in Barron. She was a member of the Friendship Circle at her church.
Survivors include her husband, Albert; a son, Jerry of Barron; two grandsons; a brother, Art Peterson of Roberts; and five sisters, Olga Christenson and Rosella Johnson, both of Ridgeland, Vera Hrdlichka of Menomonie, Lotus Nevin of Almena and Mary Lou Anderson of New Richmond. 

Harlend Robinson
Harlend J. Robinson, 73, of Brown Deer died March 18 at his son's home in Kenosha.
Mr. Robinson was born Dec. 3, 1923 in Freemont to John and Irene (Yates) Robinson. He married Coleen Steffen on Oct. 16, 1945 in Illinois. He graduated from Milton Union High School in Milton. He had been a maintenance technician for apartment complexes in the Milwaukee area. He served in the Navy as the ship cook from 1943-46. Mr. Robinson was a member of the American Legion of Milwaukee.
Survivors include his wife, Coleen; son John, Steven and David, all of Kenosha; three sisters, Murial Bickle of Edgerton, Sylvia Wenzel of Janesville and Lilia Kock of Whitewater; and six grandchildren. 

Robert Carl Schenk
Robert Carl Schenk, 63, of New Lisbon, died March 5 at Hoss Memorial Hospital in Mauston.
Mr. Schenk, the son of Carl and Lillian Schenk, and was born March 6, 1933 in Rice Lake. He married Anne Simmons on June 7, 1958 in Haugen. Mr. Schenk lived 35 years in Kenosha, where he was employed by American Motors and the Chrysler Corporation for 30 years before moving to the New Lisbon area in 1993. He was a member of the Dusty Roadrunners Good Sam Camping Club, Carriage Travel Club and the Local 72 UAW. He served for 2 years in the Army.
He is survived by his wife, Anne; a son, Bruce of Kenosha; two daughters, Connie Piquette of Houston, Texas, and Colleen Schenk of Waukegan, Ill.; his father, Carl, of Rice Lake; two brothers, John of Gurney, Ill., and Carl R. of Hermantown, Minn.; a sister Charlene Dakin of Lafayette, Calif.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Selmer M. Severson
Selmer M. Severson, 91, of Sand Creek died March 21 at the Dallas Healthcare Center.
Mr. Severson was born March 26, 1905 in Sand Creek to Sam and Tone (Homme) Severson. He was raised at Sand Creek and attended school there. On Jan. 30, 1929 he married Beatrice T. Wheeler in Barron. They owned Severson's Grocery Store in Sand Creek for 47 years. Mr. Severson was a member of the Sons of Norway and an avid flyer and enjoyed fishing and playing the violin.
He is survived by his son Michael of Chetek; his daughter LuWanna Rederer of Chetek; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his brother Maurice of Sand Creek; and his sister Gladys Sells of Chetek.
He was preceded in death by his wife Beatrice on Aug. 25, 1988 and a daughter, Darlene Waterhouse. 

Dennis Siewert
Dennis W. Siewert, 36, of Rice Lake, died March 10 at Lakeview Medical Center. 
Mr. Siewert was born July 14, 1960 to DeWayne and Rita Siewert in Rice Lake, where he resided all his life.
Survivors include his parents, DeWayne and Rita; two brothers, Mark of Phillips and Scott of Eau Claire; and his maternal grandmother, Beatrice Howard of Rice Lake. 

Sister Ambrosine Gembara
Sister Ambrosine Gembara, SSJ-TOSF, of Immaculata Congregational Home in Bartlett, Ill., died March 16 . A Mass of Resurrection was March 20 at the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Immaculata Convent, with burial in Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Ill.
Sister Gembara spent 66 years in religious life teaching primary grades at St. Adalber in Milwaukee; and St. Mary of Perpetual Help and Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago. Prior to coming to Immaculata Convent she lived in Rice Lake at St. Francis Convent.
Survivors include two sisters, Claire Piwowar and Sister M. Louise, SSJ; and a brother, Matthew. 

Mabel Spahn
Mabel Spahn, 83, of Birchwood, died March 9 at Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry, Ill.
The former Mabel Morey was born Nov. 11, 1913 in Chicago to Edward and Grace Morey. She resided in Chicago, where she married John F. Spahn. Mrs. Spahn had worked at Laystrom Manufacturing as a punch press operator for over 30 years, retiring to Birchwood in 1982.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara White of Crystal Lake, Ill.; a son, John of Hampshire, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Spahn died in 1971. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Wayne and Donald; and five grandchildren. 

Carl Stang
Carl A. Stang, 91, of Prairie Farm died March 5 at the Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm.
Mr. Stang was born April 29, 1905 in the Town of Prairie Farm, the eldest son of David and Anna Marie (Johnson) Stang. He was baptized and confirmed in the Solum Norsk Evangelical Lutheran Church and grew up on the family farm. During WW II he served overseas in the Army vehicle maintenance division. Upon returning home, he remained on the farm with his brothers and sisters until moving to Pioneer Home in April 1993. He was an active member of the American Legion.
Survivors include a brother, Julius; and a sister, Marie Stang, both of Prairie Farm. 

Hazel Stokes
Hazel Stokes, 77, of Barron, died March 30 at Barron Medical Center. Interment will be at Wayside Cemetery in Barron.
Mrs. Stokes was born Dec. 6, 1919 in the Town of Maple Grove to Jess and Maud (Hanson) Lake. She grew up in the Barron area and on Nov. 6, 1937 she married Alvin Stokes in Rice Lake. She worked at the Munsingwear plant in Barron and later at the Farmers Store in the dry goods department. Mrs. Stokes then worked at the apron factory for a short time. In later years she was a homemakers aide for the Department of Social Services. She also helped her husband with his bait shop. Mrs. Stokes was a member of United Methodist Women and an active member of Hope Ladies' Aid for over 50 years. She enjoyed her flower gardens, quilting and sewing.
Survivors include two sons, Larry of Barron, and Gerland of Almena; two daughters, Patricia Turgeson of Rice Lake and Darlene Nelson of Barron; 15 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; a brother, Niles Lake of Belvedere, Ill.; and three sisters, Dorothy Schneider of Eau Claire, Eleanor Erickson of Barron, and Irene Finsterwalder of Roseville, Minn.
Mr. Stokes died in 1988. Mrs. Stokes was also preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Ann, and a granddaughter, Rebecca Diane. 

Lumir Subrt
Lumir Subrt, 77, of Poynette and formerly of Rice Lake, died March 26 at the Columbia County Health Care Center in Wyocena.
Mr. Subrt was born March18, 1920 in Rice Lake to Rudolf and Otillie Subrt. He spent his early years in the Town of Bear Lake. In 1941 he entered the Army and served in France during World War II, where he was wounded in the Battle of Normandy and was awarded the Purple Heart. Later he was with the Corps of Engineers division in France. In 1945 he returned home to farm and later moved to Chicago, where he operated a landscaping and tree trimming business. On Nov. 20, 1965 he married Eleanor Svitak in Chicago. They moved to Poynette in 1981. Mr. Subrt was a member of the VFW, Veterans For Peace and the WFLA-ZCBJ Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, and his son Clark, both of Poynette; and two sisters, Martha Frolik of Rice Lake and Mary Jean Just of Cumberland. 

Robert Taylor
Robert D. Taylor, 52, of Dallas died March 4 in Aspen, Colo.
Mr. Taylor was born Sept. 19, 1944 in Rice Lake to Arthur and Viola (Borgen) Taylor. He was raised on a farm near Dallas and graduated from Barron High School in 1962. He entered the Army and served 2 years in Thailand before attending Chippewa Valley Technical College, where he graduated with a degree in agribusiness. Mr. Taylor had spent a winter working in the ski patrol at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen. On Oct. 7, 1972 he married Lynn Perry in Barron. They farmed near Dallas and, later, Mr. Taylor worked as a rural mail carrier for the Chetek post office. He had served on the church council, including as president. He also had served on the Town of Dallas board. Mr. Taylor had been active in bowling, golf, softball and skiing and also enjoyed deer hunting and watching and reading about sports. He had also served as Dallas Girls Softball coach and was supportive of community athletics. One of his biggest joys was supporting his daughters' activities at home and in school.
Survivors include his wife, Lynn; two daughters, Jessica and Amanda, both of Dallas; two sisters, Sharon Sawusch of Park Ridge, Ill., and Jan Kearsey of Aspen. 

Bernard Thome
Bernard F. Thome, 68, of Rice Lake died March 3 at St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield.
He was born Jan. 2, 1929 to Fred and Frances Thome in the Town of Bear Lake, where he grew up and attended Edgewood Rural School. As a young man, Mr. Thome worked at the concrete factory in Rice Lake, Master Engines Exchange and Vinopal's City Service Station as a mechanic from 1948 until his induction into the U.S. Army in January 1951. In 1953, he returned to Rice Lake and continued working as a mechanic at City Service Station, which later became known as Main Street Service Station. He worked there for Chuck Hildebrandt until the station closed. He was working part-time as a mechanic for Cenex in Rice Lake.
Mr. Thome married the former Betty Lou Hanson in Rice Lake on Aug. 13, 1955 and was a widower since February 1996. Survivors include a son, Steve of Cameron; two grandchildren; two brothers, Ray Thome of Lisle, Ill., and Larry Thome of Rice Lake; and five sisters, Audrey Bilodeau, Mildred Frank and Betty Sirek, all of Rice Lake, Agnes Hrouda of Haugen, and Suzanne Thome of Lisle, Ill. 

Stuart A. Turgeson
Stuart A. Turgeson, 48, of Barron, died March 29 at his home.
Mr. Turgeson was born Aug. 19, 1948 in Rice Lake to Stanley and Luella (Kuhrt) Turgeson. He grew up in Barron and graduated from Barron High School. He entered the Army and served in Vietnam, where he was wounded, and received the Purple Heart. He worked in construction in Minneapolis and later moved to South Carolina, where he drove heavy equipment for a construction company. On Oct. 11, 1980 he married Julie Hutzler at Chetek. They later separated. Mr. Turgeson had worked at Birchwood Manufacturingin Rice Lake for 11 years and at Jerome Foods in Barron for the past 5 years. He was a member of the Barron Men's Nite Golf League.
He is survived by his mother, Luella of Barron; his daughter Brittany of Chetek; five brothers, Ronald and John of Rice Lake, Roger of Huntington, Ind., Douglas of Barron, and David of Hillsdale; nine sisters, Nancy Miller of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Rosemary Wold of Prairie Farm, and Beverly Dennis, Vicki Walker, Karen Kurschner and LuAnn Turgeson, all of Barron, Norma Lundequam of Chetek, Rebecca Ordway of Almena, and Kristy Nelson of Cameron. 

Clarence Wanek
Clarence R. Wanek, 83, of Madison died at his west side home on March 16.
Mr. Wanek was born to George and Rose (Jelinek) Wanek on Aug. 28, 1913 in the Town of Bear Lake. He graduated from Rice Lake High School and the Barron County Normal School. Mr. Wanek married the former Ella Schleiss in Rice Lake in 1938 and taught school in the Rice Lake area for many years. They moved to Iron River, where he managed a feed mill, and in 1950 the couple moved to Madison, where Mr. Wanek worked in a seed lab for the Department of Agriculture and later worked as a salesman at Wolf Kubly Hardware until his retirement. Mr. Wanek enjoyed many hobbies, including gardening, painting and helping neighbors with odd jobs. He treasured many trips he took with his wife, including a trip to Australia.
Survivors include his wife, Ella; and 19 nieces and nephews.

Marvin Weinkauf
Marvin Carl "Bud" Weinkauf, 82, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., died March 15 at his home.
Mr. Weinkauf was born July 22, 1914 in Wausau. He had worked in insurance for many years in Rice Lake. Mr. Weinkauf had been a longtime member and past Exalted Ruler of the Rice Lake Elks Lodge, also having served as district deputy for the state Elks Lodge. He also had been a Shriner.
He and his wife, Glady, moved from Rice Lake to Fountain Hills in 1983. Mr. Weinkauf had been active in the community and his church.
Survivors include his wife, Glady; a son, Franklin; two grandchildren; and a sister, Ina Dudley.

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