Miscellaneous Barron County, Wisconsin Obituaries - 1998

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Juliet Anderson
Juliet S. Anderson, 83, of rural Ridgeland died Jan. 12 at Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm.
Mrs. Anderson was born March 15, 1914 to Oscar and Mary (Hanson) Hoff. She moved with her family to the Prairie Farm area and attended Vanceburg School. On Nov. 11, 1931 she married Clarence Anderson at Dallas and they farmed in the Town of Sheridan. She enjoyed flowers and gardening, sewing, knitting, and baking, and was a member of Ruth Circle of the church.
She is survived by a son, Robert of New Richmond; two daughters, Marion Siebert of Ridgeland, and Janet Tjelta of New Richmond; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, on Jan. 9. 1986. 

Walter Armstrong
Walter Valentine Armstrong, 76, of Cumberland died Dec. 24 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn.
Mr. Armstrong was born Dec. 13, 1921 in Norwich, Conn., to Walter and Anna (Luppert) Armstrong. On Oct. 2, 1944 he married Elsie Denson there. Mr. Armstrong served in the Army during WW II, where he received the EAME Theatre ribbon with two Bronze Stars, the American Theatre ribbon, and the Good Conduct/Victory Medal.
He had been a resident of Cumberland since 1977, where he enjoyed woodworking as a part-time business, rose gardening, and cooking East Coast seafood dishes.
Mr. Armstrong is survived by his wife, Elsie; one son, Gary of Rice Lake; one daughter, Anna Richey of Cumberland; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn Armstrong of New Britain, Conn., and Marjorie Hutchinson of Norwich; two brothers, Larry Armstrong of Norwich and Richard Armstrong of Renton, Wash.
He was preceded in death by one grandson, Mattie Armstrong,. 

James Bates
James R. Bates, 82, of Barron died Jan. 9 at Barron Medical Center-Extended Care Unit there.
Mr. Bates was born March 4, 1915 in Mason City, Iowa, to Harry and Lelia (Bolen) Bates. He grew up in St. Louis Park, Minn.,and was stationed with the Army in Mexia, Texas, during WW II. On Jan. 26, 1943 he married Edna Place in Minneapolis. They moved to Barron in 1946, where they owned and operated Barron Signs Advertising until his retirement in 1990. Mr. Bates was a member of the Barron American Legion.
Mr. Bates is survived by three sons, Don, Jerry and Bill, all of Barron; a daughter, Virginia Klingelhoets of Barron; a brother, Richard of Vero Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, on Feb. 3, 1981 and by a great-granddaughter. 

Dorothy Beranek
Dorothy Beranek, 64, of Rice Lake died Jan. 10 at the Lakeview Medical Center.
Mrs. Beranek was born Aug. 12, 1933 at Spooner to Nicolai and Elizabeth (Johnson) Nelson. She graduated from Spooner High School in 1950, attended Barron County Normal School in Rice Lake and married Robert Beranek on Dec. 1, 1951. Mrs. Beranek was a homemaker and had worked as a teacher's aide in Rice Lake elementary schools for 14 years.
Mrs. Beranek is survived by her husband, Robert; two daughters, Jan Skaw of Rice Lake and Gayle Huseth of Cameron; two sons, Bruce of Colordo Springs, Colo. and Keven of Eau Claire; six grandchildren; a sister, Inez Elliott of Sarona; and two brothers, Marven of Earl and Marbry of Sellersburg, Ind. She was preceded in death by a grandson 

Clara Billings
Clara Billings, 93, of Rice Lake died Jan. 3 at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center.
Mrs. Billings was born Aug. 7, 1904 in Kennan to August and Amelia Parpart. She graduated from the Kennan High School, attended Kennan County Normal School, and then taught school for many years. She married John Billings on Aug. 14, 1926 in Kennan and they lived in Camp Douglas for many years. After her husband's death, she moved to Minnesota and worked for the University of Minnesota food service for several years. She had been a resident of Rice Lake since 1969.
Mrs. Billings is survived by five daughters, Gladys Hansen of Valders, Marian Fett of Seward, Neb., Lorraine McCann of Bloomer, Joan Frohmader of Cameron, and Shirley Bottke of Rice Lake; a son, Harold Billings of Bozeman, Mont.; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Martha Cull of Pewaukee. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1961; a son, John; and a grandson, Jeff Billings. 

Barbara Boortz
Barbara Jean Boortz, 58, of Superior died Jan. 9 at her home.
Mrs. Boortz was born on July 13, 1939 in Superior to Raymond and Jean Rink. She graduated from Central High School in Superior, was a cook at the Androy Hotel, and had been a member of the cribbage league in Duluth. Mrs. Boortz, an avid Packer fan, had been a lifelong resident of Superior
She is survived by her husband, Dennis; a son, Darren, and two daughters, Denise and Dianna, all of Superior; two granddaughters; three brothers, Donald Ludington of Orville, Calif. and Jim and Robert Rink, both of Superior; and two sisters, Donna Collins of Chaplin, Minn. and Carol Shanks of Superior. 

Vallina Boury
Vallina Boury, 95, of Manitowoc and formerly of Rice Lake, died Jan. 10 at St. Mary's Home there.
Mrs. Boury was born June 3, 1902 in Rice Lake to Frank and Minnie (King) Crotteau. She married Fred Boury on May 9, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minn., and had worked as a welder at the Manitowoc Shipyards during WW II. She was a violinist and enjoyed quilting.
She is survived by two sons, David and Larry, both of Manitowoc; three daughters, Maxine Kramer and Donna Zirk, both of Manitowoc, and Joyce Budnar of McFarland; 29 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Boury was preceded in death by her husband, Fred in 1979; by two daughters; a son; and two great-grandchildren. 

Olga Christenson
Olga L. Christenson, 79, of Ridgeland died Jan. 9 at the Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm.
Mrs. Christenson was born March 31, 1918 in the Town of Sheridan to Peter and Emma (Holten) Peterson. She was raised there, attended Forest Grove School and married Bert Christenson at Prairie Farm on Dec. 16, 1937. The couple farmed in the Town of Vance Creek until 1947, when they moved to New Richmond. They moved to Amery in 1953 and to a farm near Prairie Farm in 1962. Mrs. Christenson worked for Fabri-Tek at Amery and later for Jerome Foods at Barron and retired in 1984. In 1988 she moved to an apartment in Ridgeland. Mrs. Christenson enjoyed her children and helping others.
She is survived by four sons, Duane of St. Michael, Minn., Robert of Osceola, George of Star Prairie and Gary of Ridgeland; two daughters, Shirlee Southworth of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sonja Christenson of Verona; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; one brother, Art Peterson of Roberts; and four sisters, Rosella Johnson of Ridgeland, Verla Hrdlichka of Menomonie, Lotus Nevin of Almena and Mary Lou Anderson of New Richmond.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert, on June 25, 1987. 

Joseph Cipov
Joseph Cipov, 83, of Chetek died Dec. 29 at Barron Medical Center in Barron.
Mr. Cipov was born March 23, 1914 in Chetek to Gregor and Anna Cipov. He served in the Army during WW II and then worked as a stainless steel polisher in Chicago for many years before returning to the Chetek area 15 years ago. He was a member of the American Legion Post 179, the Lions Club and the Elks. Mr. Cipov loved dancing and fishing.
He is survived by one brother, Jim of New Auburn; two sisters, Helen Pakan of Lake Geneva and Anita Skorski of Winter Haven, Fla.; and longtime friend, Sally Eng of Chetek. He was preceded in death by his wife, Celia "June." 

Dolly Cross
Dolly O. Cross, 91, of Palm Desert, Calif., died there Jan. 7. 
Mrs. Cross was born June 4, 1906 in North Dakota to Charles and Mary (Hunt) Stewart. She attended Valley City North Dakota Teachers College and taught elementary school in North Dakota. She married George Cross, and they owned a butcher shop, part of Johnson Grocery in Rice Lake, for many years. Mrs. Cross was an elementary substitute teacher in Rice Lake in the early 30s. She was on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Women's Bowling Assn. for over 10 years, served as president of the Wisconsin Ladies Elks Bowling Assn., and bowled for many years on different teams in Rice Lake. She moved to California in 1977.
Mrs. Cross is survived by a son, Bob of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, George. 

Lonnie Davis
Lonnie L. Davis, 57, of Dallas died Jan. 1 at the Dallas Healthcare Center.
Mr. Davis was born Feb. 17, 1940 to Roy and Edna (Foster) Davis in Barron County. He spent most of his life in the Dallas area and on April 4, 1964 married Shirley Jones at New Auburn. He was a dealer in scrap metal and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Shirley; a son, Max of Chetek; three daughters, Darla Hengst and Helen Davis, both of North Dakota, and Tabatha Schmitz of Cameron; three grandchildren; one brother, Ralph of Chetek; four sisters, Iola Olson, Beverly Hintzman, and Nona Armstrong, all of Chetek, and Lola Braden of Rice Lake. 

Neil Doty
Neil Doty, 66, a former resident of Birchwood, died Dec. 29 in Roselle, Ill.
Mr. Doty was born in Rice Lake on Sept. 19, 1931. He graduated from Union Free High School and served in the Marine Corps from 1949 to 1951. Mr. Doty worked as a seaman on the Great Lakes for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. from 1955 to 1982 and as a custodian at Dupage College in West Chicago until 1993. He married Helen Kelsey there in February 1971.
He is survived by his father, James of Hilltop Rest Home in Rice Lake; three brothers, Carroll of Belle Center, Ohio, Ernest of Jeffersonville, Ind., and Calvin, a missionary in the Philippines.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, in 1987. 

Monsignor Gerald Durst
Monsignor Gerald F. Durst, 79, of Columbus, Ohio, died Dec. 26.
Mr. Durst was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Durst, who had operated the Northside Grocery in Rice Lake for many years.
He is survived by one brother, Joseph of La Crosse; and two sisters, Mary Koch of Milwaukee and Sister Luanne Durst of La Crosse. 

Larry Elwood
Larry H. Elwood, 60, died Jan. 12 at the Barron Medical Center.
Mr. Elwood was born in Rusk County and graduated from Weyerhaeuser High School in 1956. He served in the Army and later worked in Kenosha for American Motors.
He is survived by his mother, Anne, of Weyerhaeuser; two brothers, Dale of Chetek and Dick of Weyerhaeuser; and a sister, Barb Prorok of Chetek. 

Alfred Erickson
Alfred Leo Erickson, 76, of Cumberland died Jan. 8 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.
Mr. Erickson was born on April 25, 1921 in Arland to William and Elizabeth (Bauer) Erickson. On Jan. 10, 1942 he married Leona Strenke. He had been a farmer and worked for 3M Company in Cumberland for several years. He had operated a small engine repair shop for much of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Leona; four daughters, Darlene Sebens and Sharon Pearson, both of Cumberland, Beverly Davis of Cameron, and Brenda Ofelt of Turtle Lake; a son, Wayne of Cumberland; 14 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two brothers, Carl of Siren and Fred of Clayton; and two sisters, Florence Thompson of Cameron and Celia Hanson of Barron.
Mr. Erickson was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie; and two grandchildren. 

Henry Gazza Sr.
Henry J. Gazza Sr., 91, of Chetek and formerly of the Peoria, Ill., area, died Jan. 5 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Rice Lake.
Mr. Gazza was born Sept. 3, 1906 in Riverton, Ill., to Amato and Anastasia (Micheloni) Gazza. On April 13, 1929 he married Mae Scohy in Peoria. He worked for 40 years as a quality controller for Keystone Steel and Wire Co. of Bartonville, Ill., and was a member of the Keystone Goodfellows Club in Peoria. The couple had moved to Chetek 30 years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Mae; a son, Henry of Pekin, Ill.; one daughter, Anna Whittenburg of Chetek; two brothers, Tony Leonetti of Williamsville, Ill., and Sam Leonetti of New Jersey; a sister, Mary Leonetti of Springfield, Ill.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. 

Donald Hafele
Donald Hafele, 48, of Rice Lake died Dec. 25 at his home.
Mr. Hafele was born in Rice Lake on Jan. 5, 1949, to George and Clarice (Kringle) Hafele. He graduated from Cameron High School in 1967 and married Dorothy Folz at Bessemer, Mich., on Feb. 14, 1969. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and returned to Rice Lake in 1973. Mr. Hafele was a service manager working for Coca-Cola for 24 years. He was an Eagle Scout and enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.
Mr. Hafele is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two sons, Troy and Todd, both of Rice Lake; his mother, Clarice of Cameron; and a brother, Myron of Howard's Grove. 

Alberta Hanson
Alberta M. Hanson, 73, of Rice Lake died Jan. 13 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.
Mrs. Hanson was born Dec. 21, 1924 to John and Evelyn Meysembourg at Almena. Her family moved to the Campia area and she attended Campia School and graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1944. She married Eugene Hanson on Aug. 30, 1944 at Fort Sill, Okla., and began working for Wright Products in 1952. Mrs. Hanson took a leave of absence to raise a family and then returned to work for Wright Products until her retirement in 1988. She was a member of the Catholic Council of Women, was active in the St. Joseph Fall Festival and loved to paint and do wood crafts.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene; two daughters, Gloria Vonasek of Rice Lake, and Diann Olson of Maple Grove, Minn.; three sons, Larry of Rice Lake, LeRoy of Ladysmith, and Duane of Chetek; seven grandchildren; her stepmother, Eva Meysembourg of Sussex; two sisters, Lorretta Howenstein of Brookfield, and Doris Kraemer of Ocala, Fla.; five brothers, Leonard of Ocala, John of Madison, Jerald of Sussex, Donald of Brookfield, and Virgil of Powers, Mich.
She was preceded in death by a grandchild. 

Wanda Hanson
Wanda Hanson, 75, of Barron died Jan. 5 at her home.
Ms. Hanson was born Nov. 30, 1922 in the Village of Hillsdale to Clinton and Maude (LaSalle) Hanson. She grew up in the Town of Maple Grove, attended Victory School, and graduated from Barron High School. She then attended Rice Lake Normal School and the Eau Claire Teachers College. She earned a bachelor's degree in upper elementary education and a master's degree in social studies and language arts. Ms. Hanson began teaching in 1944 at the Victory School in the Town of Maple Grove. She taught at the Africa School near Wickware, at schools in Barron and at Riverview Middle School there until her retirement in 1995. She had been a church organist had taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school.
Ms. Hanson is survived by a brother, Seldon of Duluth; and many nieces, cousins, and friends. 

Margaret Herrington
Margaret Herrington, 89, of Rice Lake died Jan. 6 at Lakeside South in Chippewa Falls.
Mrs. Herrington was born Sept. 6, 1908 in Dunn County to Frank and Emma (Koepnik) Giese. She married Oscar Sahein in 1926. He died in 1930, and she married Charles Herrington in 1934. She lived in New York until moving to Rice Lake in 1955.
Mrs. Herrington is survived by a daughter, Janice Welch of Rice Lake; two sons, Arvid of Fort Ann, N.Y., and James of Beatrice, Neb; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Charles in 1981. 

Thomas Hochmayr
Thomas J. Hochmayr, 48, of Rice Lake died Jan. 13 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.
Mr. Hochmayr was born Jan. 29, 1949 to Karl and Cecilia (Tembreull) Hochmayr. He married Susan Perkowski on July 19, 1969 in Chicago, Ill. Mr. Hochmayr had owned and operated Hochmayrs' Photography in Cameron.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; two daughters, Dawn Nyht of Apache Junction, Ariz. and Linda Hochmayr of Zimmerman, Minn.; his mother, Cecilia of Chetek; and a brother, Robert of Aurora, Ill. 

Edith Huset
Edith M. Huset, 94, of Barron died Dec. 26 at Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm.
Mrs. Huset was born Nov. 23, 1903 in the Town of Dovre to Delbert and Etta (Thorne) Rich. She grew up in the Chetek area and on April 21, 1926 married Melvin Huset at Dallas. They operated farms in the Dallas area, the Town of Arland and the Town of Maple Grove. In 1966 they retired and moved into Barron. Mrs. Huset loved flowers, playing cards, quilting and family get-togethers.
She is survived by one son, Robert of Barron; two daughters, Delores Johnson of Pelican Rapids, Minn., and Eleanor Ranum of Ironton, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Alvin Rich of Rockford, Ill.; and two sisters, Lillian Nelson of Spooner and Mildred Nelson of Minong. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, in 1985. 

Nelldora Irish
Nelldora E. Irish, 70, of Cameron died Jan. 16 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. 

William Lathrop
William John Lathrop, 78, of Rice Lake died Jan. 15 in Seattle, Wash. Funeral services are Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. George's Church, 5306 13th Ave. South, Seattle.
Mr. Lathrop was born Nov. 19, 1919 in Rice Lake. He grew up here, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941 and earned the Bronze Star for his service with the Flying Tigers in the China/Burma/India theatre of WW II. He married Pearl Hopp and moved to Seattle. Mr. Lathrop operated a service station at Mercer Island, Wash., and later an automotive repair shop,Lathrop and Sons, in West Seattle.
His greatest passion was aviation, and he gave aerial tours to family and friends in his Piper Cherokee.
Mr. Lathrop is survived by his wife, Pearl; three sons, Jon, Patrick, and Arthur; a daughter, Bethany; two granddaughters; and a brother, Edward of Mercer Island. 

Doris J. Johnson
Doris J. Johnson, 69, of Barron died Dec. 22 at Barron Medical Center in Barron.
Mrs. Johnson was born March 8, 1928 in Barron to Herman and Ella (Hanson) Fankhauser. She married Wallace Johnson on Sept. 23, 1945 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Almena. They farmed for 10 years in the Barron area and later moved into the City of Barron. Mrs. Johnson worked many years at Edy's Diner, the Barron Supper Club and for Swenson's Catering Service.
She is survived by four sons, Dean of Medford, Lee of Chetek, and Mark and Kevin of Barron; two daughters, Linda Miles of Chico, Calif., and Deb Dietrich of Barron; three brothers, Glen Fankhauser of Rice Lake, Barry Fankhauser of New Zealand, and Lanny Fankhauser of Forest Lake, Minn.; one sister, Arvella Hill of Wayzata, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Wallace, died July 30, 1997. 

Alphonse Ivanauskas
Alphonse A. Ivanauskas, 82, of Rice Lake died Dec. 25 at his home.
Mr. Ivanauskas was born June 9, 1915 to Anthony and Elizabeth Ivanauskas in Chicago, Ill. After graduating from Kelly High School in Chicago, he enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and served two tours of duty. He married Rose Kodesh on Dec. 31, 1947 in Bethesda, Md., and the couple moved to Haugen in 1949. He attended technical school in Rice Lake and worked in Rice Lake for Fink Lumber Co. and First National Bank (Firstar Bank) from 1951-1977 and for The Rice Lake Credit Union until his retirement.
A veteran of WW II, Mr. Ivanauskas was a member of the Rice Lake American Legion. He loved all sports and was an avid bowler and golfer.
He is survived by his wife, Rose; three sons, Joseph of Rainier, Wash., John of Reno, Nev., and Francis of Waterford, N.Y.; three daughters, Mary Stumpp of Anaheim, Calif., and Betsy and Carol, both of Minneapolis, Minn.; three grandchildren; and one sister, Julia Giasson of Oklahoma City, Okla. 

James Ivey
James M. Ivey, 89, of Rice Lake died here Dec. 28 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home.
Mr. Ivey was born April 11, 1908 in Black River Falls. He graduated from Roberts High School and married Charlotte Larson in 1927. She died in 1951, and in 1952 he married Frances Stouffer at Shell Lake. They lived in Rice Lake, where Mr. Ivey had worked as a carpenter.
He is survived by his wife, Frances; a son, James of Bro
okfield; and two grandchildren. 

Jarvis family
A former Rice Lake woman, Rebecca A. Jarvis, 38, her husband, William L. Jarvis Jr., 38, and their daughter Katie Marie Jarvis, 14, of Esko, Minn. died Dec. 29.
Mr. Jarvis was born in Duluth, Minn., and attended school in Esko near Lake Nebagamon. He graduated from Proctor Senior High School and from WITC in Superior. He married Rebecca Voelker in Rice Lake on Aug. 28, 1982. He had worked at Ulland Bros. Construction, Diamond Match Co., and Lake Superior Paper Co. He was a sergeant with Company C, 434 Main Support Battalion of the Minnesota Army National Guard and was a member of the Esko volunteer fire department for 7 years. He coached hockey, soccer, baseball and softball and was an avid outdoorsman.
Mrs. Jarvis was born in Rice Lake and attended Rice Lake High School, UW-River Falls and WITC in Superior. She was employed at the Twig Bakery and Munger School
Katie Jarvis was born Dec. 10, 1983, in Duluth and was attending eighth grade at Esko Junior High School. She enjoyed vollyball, soccer, softball and performed in the band and choir.
Jarvis family members are survived by William's parents, William and Virginia Jarvis of Saginaw, Minn.; his sister Louise Chicras of Superior; Rebecca's parents, Clarence and Lois Voelker of Rice Lake; her sister Cheryl Longhenry of Rice Lake; and a brother, Jon Voelker of Rice Lake. William and Rebecca have two surviving sons, Kent and Kevin.
Memorials may be directed to the Kent and Kevin Jarvis Benefit Fund, c/o Northwest Bank, located at 1204 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet, Minn. 

DeWayne Johnson
DeWayne Virgil Johnson, 73, of Ridgeland died Jan. 7 at Barron Medical Center.
Mr. Johnson was born Jan. 17, 1924 in the Town of Prairie Farm to Alfred and Lena (Eggen) Johnson. He was raised in the Prairie Farm area, attended Young School there and then farmed with his father until entering the Army in 1945. He served in Killeen, Texas and on Sept. 15, 1945 married Rosella Peterson there.
The couple returned to the Prairie Farm area, where they farmed for 32 years and he worked for Jerome Foods of Barron for 20 years. They owned and operated the Dutchmen's Bar in Ridgeland from 1977-1989. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Prairie Farm American Legion and enjoyed hunting, fishing, crafts, working with wood and steel, and bread baking.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Rosella; a son, Bradley of Ridgeland; a daughter, Judy Lehman of Prairie Farm; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lorraine Miller of Prairie Farm. 

Curtis Kirkham
Curtis C. Kirkham, 83, of Palm Harbor, Fla., and formerly of Rice Lake, died Jan. 5 at Mease Hospital in Dunedin, Fla. Mr. Kirkham was born in Minneapolis, Minn.
He moved with his family to Rice Lake in 1948 to run the X-ray department at Lakeside Methodist Hospital. and was the hospital administrator from 1951 until his retirement in1975. During his tenure, Lakeside Methodist was recognized as the Outstanding Small Hospital in Wisconsin.
In Rice Lake, Mr. Kirkham had been president of the Northwest Area of the Wisconsin Hospitals Assn. and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of Loyal Arch Masons and Knights Templar of Minneapolis; Scottish Rite in Eau Claire; and Zor Temple Shrine of Madison. He was a past president of Highland Lakes Hi-Twelve.
Mr. Kirkham is survived by his wife, Gertrude; two sons, Bruce of Madison and Wayne of Dallas, Texas; a brother, Roy of Minneapolis; and three grandchildren. 

Eugene Kryzinski
Eugene Ronald Kryzinski, 74, of Rice Lake died Jan. 5 at Friendship Manor in Rice Lake.
Mr. Kryzinski was born April 9, 1923 to Steven and Anna Kryzinski in Milwaukee, where he attended school. He then worked for TeleDyne Industry in Milwaukee as a tool and die worker until his induction into the Army in 1943. He served in the European Theater of War and in 1946 returned to his job with TeleDyne.
On Dec. 26, 1964 he married Viola Buchholz in Milwaukee. Mr. Kryzinski retired from TeleDyne in 1980, and the couple moved to Rice Lake in 1982. He loved hunting, fishing, and bowling.
Mr. Kryzinski is survived by his wife, Viola; two daughters, Cheryl Shockemoehl of Dubuque, Iowa, and Cynthia Owens of Milwaukee; five grandchildren; two brothers, Richard and Gerald Kryzinski; a half-brother, Ralph Worzola; and two sisters, Bernadine Gorecki and Ruth Gosh, all of Milwaukee. 

Donald Lang Sr.
Donald "Banger" Lang Sr., 66, of Cameron died Dec. 25 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.
Mr. Lang was born to Edward and Bertha (Elliott) Lang on Dec. 1, 1931 at Piper City, Ill. After graduating from Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, Ill., Mr. Lang served with the Army in Korea. He returned to Chatsworth and was employed by Nichols Home Shield, later named AMSCO, in Chatsworth and Rice Lake for 42 years, retiring in 1996 as plant manager. Mr. Lang had lived in Cameron with his wife, Betty, for the past 1 1/2 years.
Mr. Lang is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, Ronald of Barron and Donald Jr. of Almena; three daughters, Cheryl Mancl of Chetek, Denise Raven of Dallas, and Krystal Rundhaug of Cameron; 16 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; a brother, Merle of Chatsworth; and five sisters, Evelyn Ortlepp and Shirley Edwards of Chatsworth, Betty Hill of Forrest, Ill., Jean Coyle of Lakeland, Fla., and Alma Payne of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 

Albert Larson
Albert W. "Slim" Larson, 93, of the Chetek area died Jan. 3 at the Barron Medical Center in Barron.
Mr. Larson was born Aug. 30, 1904 to Ole and Maria (Berg) Larson in the Town of Chetek. In 1940 he moved to Algonquin, Ill., and was a farm laborer and factory worker. In 1942 he joined the Army and served in North Africa under Gen. George Patton. In 1969 he returned to Chetek, built a house on Ten Mile Lake and worked as a taxidermist for many years.
Mr. Larson was a member of Chetek American Legion Post 179. He loved hunting, fishing and trapping. 

William Lathrop
William John Lathrop, 78, of Rice Lake died Jan. 15 in Seattle, Wash.
Mr. Lathrop was born Nov. 19, 1919 in Rice Lake. He grew up here, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941 and earned the Bronze Star for his service with the Flying Tigers in the China/Burma/India theatre of WW II. He married Pearl Hopp and moved to Seattle. Mr. Lathrop operated a service station at Mercer Island, Wash., and later an automotive repair shop, Lathrop and Sons, in West Seattle.
His greatest passion was aviation, and he gave aerial tours to family and friends in his Piper Cherokee.
Mr. Lathrop is survived by his wife, Pearl; three sons, Jon, Patrick, and Arthur; a daughter, Bethany; two granddaughters; and a brother, Edward of Mercer Island. 

Edward Motzer
Edward Motzer, 83, of Rice Lake died Jan. 12 at the Lakeview Medical Center here.
Mr. Motzer was born March 26, 1914 at New Auburn to John and Mary (Kramer) Motzer. He worked on the Ed Nelson farm before serving in the Army during WW II. Later, he worked for Birchwood Manufacturing, retiring in 1983.
Mr. Motzer is survived by a brother, Stanley, and a sister, Helen Holst, both of Chippewa Falls. 

Alice Nelson
Alice L. Nelson, 90, of Rice Lake died Jan. 18 at Heritage Manor here.
Mrs. Nelson was born in Barron on Aug. 14, 1907 to Oscar and Louisa (Reid) Bergeson. She married Ivar Nelson on April 17, 1937 in the Town of Stanfold, where they then farmed for many years. She was past secretary of the Lutheran Church Women.
She is survived by two daughters, Louise Leikness of Stoughton, and Ruth Cain of Navarre, Fla.; four grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.
Mrs. Nelson was preceded in death by her husband, Ivar, in 1997. 

Blanche Paulson
Blanche E. Paulson, 96, of Barron died Jan. 11 at the Barron Medical Center.
Mrs. Paulson was born on Sept. 20, 1901 at Popple Creek to Melvin and Stella (Seever) Dean. She married Henry Paulson at Menomonie on Nov. 22, 1919. They farmed in Dunn County until 1933 and in Barron County until they moved into Barron in 1955. Mrs. Paulson was a cook at the Barron Hospital for many years and had been a resident of the Parklawn Apartments in Barron for 10 years.
She is survived by two daughters, Irene Miller of Ridgeland and Sylvia Olson of Rice Lake; five sons, Melvin of Dallas, Basil of Haugen, Sherman of Rice Lake, Larry of Almena and Ronald of Cumberland; 26 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren and 23 great great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Paulson was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, in 1985; a daughter, Virginia Sykes in 1993; and two grandchildren. 

Craig Pedersen
Craig Brian Pedersen, 34, of Cumberland died Jan. 11 at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul.
Mr. Pedersen was born July 16, 1963 in Irvin, Scotland, to the late Harley and Lauralye (Carlson) Pedersen. He attended Milltown elementary schools and graduated from Cumberland High School in 1981. He lived in North Carolina for 15 years following graduation, and returned to Cumberland in March of 1997.
He is survived by a daughter, Ashley and his mother, Lauralye, both of Cumberland; two brothers, Kevin of New Mexico and Randy of Cumberland; and grandparents, Willard and Violet Carlson of Almena. 

Dorothy Radevich
Dorothy Radevich, 71, of Chetek and formerly of Argo, Ill., died Jan. 4 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.
Mrs. Radevich was born March 11, 1926 in Argo, Ill., to Hariton and Mary (Morgucz) Henaluk. On May 15, 1950 she married Dragisa "Jim" Radevich there, and was a secretary/bookkeeper for AFL-CIO there for 26 years. She moved to rural Chetek19 years ago and loved music and playing the piano.
Mrs. Radevich is survived by her husband, Jim; two daughters, Barbara Wilson of Chestertown, N.Y., and Kathy McCauley of Grand Island, Neb.; one grandson; and one sister, Olga Phillips of Justice, Ill. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary. 

Mary Rogers
Mary A Rogers, 89, of Milltown died Jan. 5 at the United Pioneer Home in Luck.
Mrs. Rogers was born Sept. 11, 1908 to Martin and Mary Korsan in Centuria. She graduated from high school there. On May 6, 1931 she married Kenneth Rogers there, and they moved to Balsam Lake.
She was instrumental in the move of St. Patrick's Catholic Church from Long Lake to Balsam Lake and was co-founder and first president of Mother Cabrini Altar Society. Mrs. Rogers worked on the Milltown blood bank for many years. She was a clerk at Holmberg Brothers Grocery in Balsam Lake and later at Taylors Store in Milltown.
Mrs. Rogers is survived by a daughter, Marie Olson of Minneapolis; a son, Kenneth of Almena; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth and son-in-law Arlie Olson. 

Dennis Rothenbuehler
Dennis Rothenbuehler, 56, of Chetek died Dec. 22 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn.
Mr. Rothenbuehler was born Nov. 3, 1941 in Baltimore, Md., to Perry and Mabel (Hill) Rothenbuehler. He was in the Air Force for 20 years, served in Vietnam and achieved the rank of technical sergeant. He had worked in beverage and food service for many years at the B&B in Chetek.
Mr. Rothenbuehler is survived by one son, Jack of Columbus, Ohio; one daughter, Erin of Madison; and one sister, Pam Wilson of Japan. 

Herman Schnoor
Herman I. Schnoor, 78, of Birchwood died Jan. 12 at his home.
Mr. Schnoor was born on July 6, 1919 to Herman and Ruth Schnoor at New Auburn, where he grew up, received his education and worked as a farm hand. He later worked for Oscar Meyer in Madison. He married Bredella Fleuter in 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa, and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of WWII. He returned to Madison in 1945 and worked for Oscar Meyer and as a concrete contractor. In 1952 he started a concrete construction business, which he operated until 1972, when he and his wife moved to Brill. There the couple operated Uncle Herman's Wonder Bar until the early 80s. Mr. Schnoor was a member of the American Legion, VFW and the Brill Area Sportsmans Club.
Mr. Schnoor is survived by three sons, Gary Schnoor of Birchwood, Jim Schnoor of Harris, Minn., and Bill Sudegeon of Rice Lake; six daughters, Peggy Raleigh of Sun Prairie, Betty Ninedorf of Tampa, Fla., Judy Pieschl of Bellevue, Idaho, Kathy Smith of Brill, Jackie Knallay of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Joyce Schnoor of Sarona; 28 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren; three brothers, Harvey Lund of Exeland, George Lund of Woodridge, Ill., and Roy Lund of Chicago, Ill.; and a sister, Glenice Ferri of Chicago.
Mr. Schnoor was preceded in death by his wife, Bredella, in 1984 

Mildred Seeger
Mildred Gladys Lenora Seeger, 91, of Prairie Farm died Jan. 15 at Barron Medical Center. .
Mrs. Seeger was born Nov. 22, 1906 to Carl and Clara (Swenson) Moen in Garness, Minn. She attended school in Garness through Grade 7 and then moved with her family to Wisconsin, where she completed her schooling in Dallas. She graduated from the Rice Lake Normal School on June 5, 1924 and taught at the Turtle Creek School for several years. On May 10. 1928 she married to John Seeger at Barron. They farmed south of Prairie Farm until 1956, moved into the village of Prairie Farm. She was a member of the United Lutheran Church Women and Hope Circle.
She is survived by two sons, Ronald of Rochester, Minn., and Herby of Turtle Lake; three daughters, Elaine Wells of Barron, Beverly Mullarky of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Mildred Sartor of Huntington Beach, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Alton Moen of Barron.
Mrs. Seeger was preceded in death by her husband, John, on Sept. 7, 1991. 

Edith Sellers
Edith C. Vernice Sellers, 87, of rural Chetek/Cameron died Jan. 7 at the Dallas Healthcare Center in Dallas.
The former Edith Cooper was born March 22, 1910 in Chicago. She married Terry L. Sellers on May 27, 1939 there and was a homemaker and worked as a bookkeeper in the Chicago area for many years. Mrs. Sellers moved to the Chetek area in 1970. She was a member of the Eastern Star and had a great love for reading, working crossword puzzles and playing piano.
Mrs. Sellers is survived by a nephew, Terry Sellers of Phillips; and a niece, Gayle Miskell of Ely, Minn. 

Dale Shaleski
Dale G. Shaleski, 56, of Cedarburg died Dec. 28 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.
Mr. Shaleski was a part-time resident of the Cameron-Chetek area. He is survived by his wife, Dulcie; a son, Stephen, and one daughter, Cynthia Zbytniewski, both of Milwaukee; and one grandson. 

Dorothy Svea
Dorothy Antoinnette Svea, 75, of Lake Nebagamon and formerly of Rice Lake, died Jan. 1 at her home.
Mrs. Svea was born Sept. 9, 1922 in Milwaukee to William and Emily (Napierla) Blockowitz. She had lived in Lake Nebagamon since 1989.
She is survived by four sons, Thomas Kordus of Renton, Wash., Rev. Timothy Svea of Cashton, Theodore Svea of St. Paul and Randal Svea of Madison; three daughters, Linda Pfeiffer of New Berlin, Sandra Damiani of Apple Valley, Minn., and Ramona Daniel of Marstons Mills, Mass.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward Blockowitz of Muskego; and two sisters, Sylvia Kwiakowski of Milwaukee and Jeannie Rendflesh of Muskego. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ervin Kordus. 

Rev. Earl Swanson
The Rev. Earl David Holst Swanson, 83, of Fort Frances, Ontario, died Jan. 2 at La Verendrye General Hospital there.
Mr. Swanson was born Sept. 9, 1914 in the Town of Wood River to Albert and Esther Swanson. He was raised and later worked on the family farm. He married Beth Cole on June 11, 1951. He graduated from Northpark Seminary in Chicago in 1955 and then served many churches, including one in Chetek. He later served the Evangelical Covenant church in Fort Frances for 42 years. He played semiprofessional hockey and amateur baseball and had been chosen 1995 Citizen of the Year in Fort Frances.
Rev. Swanson is survived by his wife, Beth; a son, Steve of Fort Mills, S.C.; a daughter, Alberta Madsen of Wayne, N.J.; four grandchildren; a brother, Stewart of Siren; and two sisters, Esther Swanson of St. Paul, Minn. and Gladys Carrol of Pocatello, Idaho. 

Charles Theos
Charles A. Theos, 73, of the Town of Madge died Dec. 26 at the Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake.
Mr. Theos was born Oct. 25, 1924 in Chicago, Ill., to Nicholas and Catherine Theos. He attended school in Chicago, and on June 25, 1953 married Darlys Wood there. They lived in Des Plaines, Ill., and operated the New Crystal Restaurant until moving to the Town of Madge, where they owned and operated the J&J Resort from 1977 until retiring in 1996. Mr. Theos was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Darlys; one daughter, Diana Cook of Dillon, Colo.; one granddaughter, Heather Wickstrom of Breckenridge, Colo.; one brother, Andrew of South Carolina; and one sister, Anna of Elgin, Ill. 

Doris Van Lone
Doris Van Lone, 88, of Noblesville, Ind., and formerly of Rice Lake and Hebron, died Jan. 13 at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville.
Ms. Van Lone graduated from the Eau Claire Teachers' College and retired in 1974 after 40 years as secretary for the Rice Lake High School. She had been a member of the hospital auxiliary craft class in Rice Lake.
She is survived by a niece, Ann Van Lone of Indianapolis, Ind. 

Jeanette Vruwink
Jeanette Vruwink, 94, of Barron died Jan. 16 at Barron Riverside Manor Nursing Home.
Ms. Vruwink was born Nov. 2, 1903 to Albert and Mary (Meylink) Vruwink in Cedar Grove. She moved with her family to Baldwin, where she attended school and did seamstress work. She later moved to Oak Park, Ill., where she worked at Mars Corp. and then returned to Cedar Grove after her retirement. In 1986 she moved to Barron and had lived there since.
She is survived by a brother, Harry of Barron; and three sisters, Mable of Barron, Olive Law of Red Wood Falls, Minn., and Elva Vergeront of Madison. 

Keith Walter
Keith Willis Walter, 73, of Stone Lake died Jan. 17 at the Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake.
Mr. Walter was born June 19, 1924 to Servington and Ruth (Folmer) Walter. He served in the Army from 1945-1947 and farmed in the area until his retirement in 1994. He married Freda Mikula on June 10, 1949. Mr. Walter was a member of the Stone Lake Lions and had served on the Stone Lake Town Board and the Washburn County ASCS Board.
He is survived by his wife, Freda; two sons, Gary and John, and a daughter, Patricia, all of Stone Lake; and five grandchildren. 

Gregory Weber
Gregory Ervin Weber, 71, of Gilbert, Ariz., died Dec. 26 at his home.
Mr. Weber was born April 21, 1926 in Rice Lake to Gregory and Helena Weber.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; one son, Vincent of Chatsworth, Calif.; and two daughters, Kelly Boghian of Las Vegas, Nev., and Shelly Lumbard of Van Nuys, Calif.; and two sisters, Marian Sirek of Mikana and Marcia Kurschinsky of Rice Lake.


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