William Amundson, 88, of Dallas died Feb. 6 at the home of his daughter,
Wanda, in Chippewa Falls.
Mr. Amundson was born Sept. 7, 1909 in the Town of Dallas to Andrew
and Inger (Nelson) Amundson. He married Laura Larson on Oct. 13, 1936.
They lived most of their married life on a small farm in rural Dallas,
where Mr. Amundson farmed and worked at sawmills, the Dallas Ford garage,
WPA, the Dallas Creamery, and for over 20 years for the Town of Dallas.
Mr. Amundson is survived by a daughter, Wanda Kohls of Chippewa Falls;
six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura, on Dec. 16, 1991; and
a son, Robert.
John William Avery, 75, of Cumberland died Feb. 3 at the Cumberland
Extended Care Unit.
Mr. Avery was born on March 11, 1922 in Cumberland to Stace and Eliza
Jane (Pinkham) Avery. He served in the Army during WWII, had been self-employed
as a mechanic and had also worked as a mechanic at various implement and
automobile dealerships. Mr. Avery had also hauled milk for Stella Cheese
Co. in the Shell Lake area for over 15 years.
He is survived by his wife, Irene; three sons, Carl of Wisconsin Dells,
Burt of Comstock, and Jim of Cumberland; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild,
two brothers, Charles of Tacoma, Wash., and Robert of Cumberland; and two
sisters, Eileen Kopischke of Milwaukee, and Blanche Avery of St. Paul,
Orpha E. Bailkey, 76, of Chetek died Feb. 1 at Land O'Lakes, Fla.,
where she spent her winters.
Mrs. Bailkey was born on May 17, 1921 in Eau Claire to John and Anna
(Loberg) Jorgenson. She married Chester Bailkey on July 30, 1942 in Chetek.
Mrs. Bailkey was a homemaker and had owned an upholstery business in Chetek
for many years. She loved doing crafts and had been a member of the Sons
of Norway and the Chetek American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by three brothers, Jerome of Trego, Alvin of Zephyr
Hills, Fla., and Lloyd of Land O'Lakes.
Mrs. Bailkey was preceded in death by her husband, Chester, on Oct.
Jane M. Berenger, 81, of Rice Lake and formerly of Chetek, died Jan.
24 at her home.
Mrs. Berenger was born June 5, 1916 to Egan and Elsa (Winstedt) Strandel
in Chicago, Ill. She married Robert Lee Berenger there, moved to Chetek
in 1976 and later to Rice Lake.
She is survived by a daughter, Pamela Johnson of Streamwood, Ill.;
two sons, Gary of Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Robert Jr. of Plymouth; three
grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Mrs. Berenger was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in 1985,
and a son, Earl, in 1991.
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.
Ronald "Shark" Chartier, 59, of Winona, Minn., and formerly of Rice
Lake, died Jan. 28 at his home.
Mr. Chartier was born on June 13, 1938 in Los Angeles, Calif., to Roger
and Florence Chartier. His family lived in Rice Lake and operated the Northern
Cafe. Mr. Chartier graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1956, where
he'd played football and was an avid Packers fan. He married Karen DeRousseau
in 1957 and the couple had three children. He later moved to Winona, married
Donna Dorn in 1970 and had two children.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; three sons, Roger of Laughton, Okla.,
Kevin of Eau Claire,Chad at home; two daughters, Diane of Wausau and Shelly
of Winona, Minn.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his mother,
Florence, of Winona; two sisters, Marcia and Karen, both of Winona; and
a brother, Terry Sand of Glenwood City.
Galen Willis Clark, 76, of Cameron died Jan. 31 at the Lakeview Medical
Mr. Clark was born on June 30, 1921 in Hawkins to Willis and Elsie
Clark. He lived in Bainville, Mont. until the age of 16, joined the Marines
in 1942 and served in the Army during WWII until 1945. He married Marceile
Miller on July 31, 1947 in Racine. Mr. Clark was a musician and worked
as a prison guard in Waupun. He retired to northern Wisconsin and had enjoyed
He is survived by his wife, Marceile; five sons, Gary of Kennewick,
Wash., Kenneth of Yelm, Wash., Brian of Eugene, Ore., Richard of Santa
Rosa, Calif., and Jeffery of Graham, Wash.; a daughter, Lisa of Cumberland,
five grandchildren; and a brother, Norman of Waupun.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis, in 1975.
Ronald Coleman, 69, of Mikana died Feb. 7 at the Lakeview Medical Center
in Rice Lake.
Mr. Coleman was born to Archie and Jenny (Barton) Coleman on Sept.
27, 1928 at Brill. He moved with his parents to Mason and completed his
schooling there. He completed a tour in the Navy and trained thoroughbred
horses in Chicago. Ill., with his wife, Elizabeth, until he retired in
1991 and moved to Mikana.
He is survived by a son, Douglas of Indiana; a daughter, Kimber Lee
Nichols of Hebron, Ill.; two grandchildren; a brother, Virgil of Las Vegas,
Nev.; two sisters, Merle Zieman of Arizona, and Helen Sykes of Texas.
Shannon J. Dennis, 22, of Barron died Jan. 31 at Barron Medical Center
Mr. Dennis was born on Dec. 10, 1975 in Rice Lake to Beverlee (Turgeson)
Dennis. He grew up in Barron and graduated from Barron High School in 1994.
He was a quarterback on the high school football team, played hockey, and
was a catcher on the baseball team. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing
golf. Mr. Dennis had attended UM-Duluth and was currently a senior at UW-Stout.
He is survived by his mother, Beverlee Dennis of Barron; a brother,
Chad of Stevens Point; a sister, Gina Byers of Burnsville, Minn.; and his
grandmother, Luella Turgeson of Barron.
Clara M. Drinken, 86, of Rice Lake died Feb. 6 at the Rice Lake Convalescent
Mrs. Drinken was born on Sept. 9, 1911 at Jonesdale to Alfred and Lina
(Troesch) Schultheiss. On Nov. 14, 1934 she married Ralph Drinken at Merrill.
They farmed in the Town of Stanfold for several years. The couple purchased
a farm in the Town of Rice Lake in 1937, where they farmed until 1994.
Mrs. Drinken served on the town election board for many years and loved
farming, dancing, card playing and gardening.
Mrs. Drinken is survived by a daughter, Rose Kilmer of Rice Lake; a
son, Henry of Rice Lake; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren;
and a sister, Helen Punke of Edgar.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, in 1994.
Ernest H. Erickson, 76, of Rice Lake died Jan. 22 at Lakeview Medical
Mr. Erickson was born March 2, 1921 to Elick and Ovidia (Foss) Erickson
at Duluth, Minn. He moved with his parents to Prairie Farm, graduated from
Clear Lake High School, and on June 2, 1942 married Erline Anderson at
Rice Lake. Mr. Erickson served in the European Theatre during WW II and
later returned to Rice Lake. He worked at the Rice Lake Creamery until
1952 and was a dairy farmer in the Town of Stanley until his retirement
in 1984. The couple had lived in Rice Lake since 1996, where Mr. Erickson
was a member of the American Legion Post.
He is survived by his wife, Erline; three sons, David, Duane, and Bernard,
all of Eau Claire; two daughters, Eileen Robarge and Katherine Broker,
both of Rice Lake; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two
brothers, Alvin and Robert, both of Wheeler.
Allen P. Fish, 65, of Rockford, Ill., died Feb. 2 at the VA Hospital
Mr. Fish was born on March 28, 1932 in Rice Lake to Paul and Ellen
(McGrath) Fish. He married Jayne Cobb in Pine City, Minn., on Feb. 16,
1952 and served in the Army from 1952-1953. He worked as a pipefitter for
Centro Metalcut for many years and enjoyed fishing and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Jayne: two sons, Craig of Byron, Ill.,
and Kevin of Rockford; a daughter, Peggy Blocker of Rockford; eight grandchildren;
a brother, Raymond; and three sisters, Margie, Marion, and Cathy.
Mary V. Fraley, 87, of Barron died Feb. 3 at the Barron Medical Center's
extended care unit there.
Mrs. Fraley was born on Aug. 16, 1910 in Salt Rock, W.Va., to Floyd
and Pearl (McComas) Bias. She grew up in the Salt Rock area and married
Luther Fraley on Jan. 20, 1934 at Cabell County, W. Va. The couple farmed
in West Virginia for several years and moved to the Barron area in 1948,
where they operated a dairy farm north of Barron until they retired in
1973. Mrs. Fraley was a member of the Homemakers club amd the ladies circle
of the UMC and loved flowers, crocheting and knitting. She especially enjoyed
her grandchildren and family.
She is survived by four sons, Robert of Missoula, Mont., John of Brooklyn
Park, Minn., Chester of Iola, and Edwin of Northbrook, Ill.; three daughters,
Betty Eggebraaten of Rochester, Minn., Nancy Delton of Missoula, Mont.;
and Alice Schultenover of Holly, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
and three sisters; Shirley Bias and Mabel Perry, both of Salt Rock, and
Ruth Bias of California.
Mrs. Fraley was preceded in death by her husband, Luther, in 1986.
Donald A. Frankenberg, 74, of Cameron died Jan. 25 in Rice Lake.
Mr. Frankenberg was born on Dec. 7, 1923 to Arthur and Ruth (Veness)
Frankenberg in Exeland, and the family moved to Cameron soon after. He
served in the Army during WWII and on Dec. 7, 1946 married Harmony White
in Cameron. He worked for the Soo Line Railroad for almost 10 years and
then for Fehr Concrete until retirement. He enjoyed hunting, trout fishing
He is survived by his wife, Harmony; a son, Steven of Cameron; a daughter,
Sandra Hessler of Cameron; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a
brother, Frank of Minneapolis, Minn.; and a sister, Carole Ekern of Cameron.
Irene Krippner Gannon, 88, of Eau Claire died Jan. 20 at the Oakwood
Villa Nursing Home in Altoona.
Mrs. Gannon was born Oct. 5, 1909 to Charles and Delphine (Chartier)
Mercier. She married Paul Krippner on Feb. 13, 1929 in Meadville, Pa. He
died Jan. 25, 1974, and she married Walter Gannon on May 21, 1988 in Eau
Claire. Mrs. Gannon was employed by National Presto Industries in the 1970s
until she retired.
She is survived by her husband, Walter; two daughters, Nancy Kaner
of Rice Lake, and Karen Johnson of Eau Claire; three sons, William of Minneapolis,
Minn., Paul of Tariffville, Conn., and Ron of Strum; six sisters, Jeannette
Wistra of Kenosha, Lucille Krippner of Duluth, Doris Erikson of Bloomington,
Minn., Mary Jane Scott of Racine, Marion Van Helden of Polson, Mont., and
Donna Meyers of Rice Lake; four brothers, DeWayne of Racine, Wallace and
Vernon, both of Kenosha, and Charles of Severna Park, Md.; 17 grandchildren;
14 great-grandchildren; and the children of her husband, Walter.
Besides her husband, Paul, Mrs. Gannon was preceded in death by a son,
Richard; and two grandsons.
Hazel M. Haggard, 89, of Barron died Feb. 6 at Barron Medical Center
Mrs. Haggard was born April 23, 1908 in Kansas City, Kan., to James
and Kate (McDonald) Kerr. On May 2, 1931 she married Joseph Haggard at
Chicago, Ill. They lived in Kansas City until moving to Green Bay in 1992.
They moved to Barron in 1995 and had been residents of Maplecroft Living
She is survived by two sons, Joe of Atlanta, Kan., and Terry of Independence,
Mo.; Nancy Grittman of Trego; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;
and a sister, Helen Stanton of Spooner.
Mrs. Haggard was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, in 1996.
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.
Irene Haughian, 77, of Haugen died Feb. 10 at the Rice Lake Convalescent
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.
Lawrence N. Hoff, 80, of Almena died Jan. 28 a Barron Medical Center.
Mr. Hoff was born July 4, 1917 in the Town of Arland to Edwin and Olga
(Johnson) Hoff. He grew up in the Arland area, entered the Army in 1942
and served in WWII in the Pacific Theatre. On Nov. 24, 1945 he married
Goldie Nottom at Prairie Farm. He hauled milk, served as Arland town constable
and then worked in the timber industry for several years. They moved into
Almena in 1954, and Mr. Hoff worked as a pipe layer in the St. Paul and
Minneapolis area until he retired in 1979. He was a member of Laborers
Union Local 563.
He is survived by four sons, Steve, Eugene, Michael, and Lawrence Jr.,
all of Almena; three daughters, Patricia of Minneapolis, Kathleen Hustad
of Rice Lake, and Brenda Downing of Almena; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;
and three brothers, Alvin of Ridgeland, Marvin "Mike" of Poskin, and Leonard
of New Brighton, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Goldie, in 1983; and a son, Douglas,
Mable M. Huerth, 87, of Shell Lake died Jan. 28 at the Indianhead Medical
Mrs. Huerth was born May 15, 1910 in Dobie to Prosper and Exelia Boury.
She married Gilman Huerth on Nov. 8, 1927, in Sarona. They farmed in Sarona
and then lived in Rockford, Ill., before they moved to Shell Lake in 1970.
She is survived by four daughters, Mavis Schlapper of Sarona, Joyce
Wade of Shell Lake, Ramona Belliveau of Plover, and Patricia Pinkston of
Rice Lake; a son, Vilas of Poysippi; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren;
and a sister, Armella Holcomb of Rice Lake.
Mrs. Huerth was preceded in death by her husband, Gilman, in 1993,
and two grandchildren.
Nelldora E. Irish, 70, of Cameron died Jan. 16 at Lakeview Medical
Center in Rice Lake.
Emma C. Jann, 95, of Wausau and formerly of Eau Claire, died Jan. 29
at Marywood Convalescent Center in Wausau.
Mrs. Jann was born April 3, 1902 in Granton to Frederick and Fredericka
(Klabunde) Grassman. She married Fred E. Jann on Nov. 17, 1920 in the Town
of Grant in Clark County. She had been active in church women's groups
and Bible classes. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, crocheting,
upholstering, nature, music, traveling and family gatherings.
She is survived by two daughters, Doris Holdorf of Wausau and Genevieve
Dolinko of Evanston, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and
Mrs. Jann was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, on Aug. 3, 1967;
two sons, Richard and Robert; and a daughter, Elizabeth Sholund.
Janet L. Johnson, 57, of Chetek died Feb. 1, 1998 at the University
of Pittsburgh (Presbyterian) Medical Center there.
Mrs. Johnson was born on May 25, 1940 in Goodman to Francis and Irene
(Kelsey) King. She married George Johnson on Aug. 8, 1959 in Beloit. The
couple moved in 1972 to Chetek, where they and owned and operated Windsong
Resort for many years.
She is survived by her husband, George; three sons, James of Chetek,
Ronald of Linn Creek, Mo., and Matthew of Eagle, Colo.; her mother, Irene
of Janesville; three brothers, Jack of Beloit, James of Whitewater, and
Joe of Milton; and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by two sons, Michael and Timothy.
Victoria Kittleson, 88, of Chetek died Jan. 28 at the Knapp Haven Nursing
Mrs. Kittleson was born March 30, 1909 in Richland Center to Enoch
and Charlotte (Richardsen) Grey. She married Henry Kittleson on May 15,
1931 in Sand Creek. She had taught school in the Chetek, Sand Creek, Greenwood,
Washington-Irving and Otterholt school districts for many years and did
substitute teaching after she retired. Mrs. Kittleson lived in the Chetek
area most of her life. She loved flowers, gardening, poetry and children's
She is survived by one daughter, Mavis of Barron; two sons, Darrell
of rural Amery, and Curt of Manitowoc; one brother, Clinton of Cameron;
15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, in 1995; one son,
Erwin, in 1989; and two grandsons, Gary and Lance Kittleson.
Agnes K. Kollath, 95, of Rice Lake died Feb. 7 at the Knapp Haven Nursing
Home at Chetek.
Ms. Kollath was born May 29, 1902 to Karl and Helene (Oleson) Fossum
in the Town of Doyle. She lived in the area, which her grandparents had
pioneered, until 1924, when she moved to Chicago, Ill., and later to Bensenville,
Ill. There she had been a member of the VFW Auxiliary and had worked at
American Can Co. until she moved to Rice Lake in1966.
She is survived by two daughters, Arlene Christopherson of Sun City
West, Ariz., and Barbara Reher of Cape Coral, Fla.; five grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Esther Helland of Sun City,
Ariz., and Inga Helland of Racine.
She was preceded in death by a son, George; and a grandson, Ron.
Richard J. Kurschinsky, 73, of Rice Lake and formerly of Shell Lake,
died Jan. 23 at his home.
Mr. Kurschinsky was born March 20, 1924 to John and Rachel (Moore)
Kurschinsky at Menomonie. He moved to Rice Lake with his family, graduated
from Rice Lake High School and served in WW II. He earned a bachelor of
arts degree from UW-Stout, taught auto mechanics in vocational schools
at Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point, and retired to the Shell Lake area.
Mr. Kurschinsky was a member of the Shell Lake American Legion Post and
the National Rifle Assn.
He is survived by three sons, Richard Kurshinsky of Cameron, Curtis
Kurshinsky of Chippewa Falls, and Jon Kurshinsky of Eau Claire; two daughters,
Sue Schwartz of Eau Claire and Carol Kallenbach of Hillsdale; 11 grandchildren;
two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack of Rice Lake, and Tom Kurshinsky
of Rockford; and a sister, Mary Stodola of Zephyr Hills, Fla.
Jon W. Larson, 37, of Rice Lake died Jan. 25 from injuries suffered
in a snowmobile accident.
Mr. Larson was born Sept. 18, 1960 to Allyn "Bud" and Kathleen "Toots"
(Schneider) Larson. He attended Rice Lake schools and graduated from the
Rice Lake High School in 1979. He married Jennique Derousseau here on April
26, 1986 and had worked with his family in the Larson Oil Co. in Rice Lake
until the present time. He was a member of the Bobcat Snowmobile Club.
He is survived by his wife, Jennique; two daughters, Jenna and Jenee,
both of Rice Lake; his mother, Kathleen of Rice Lake; two brothers, Scott
of Rice Lake and Kim of Chassell, Mich.; two sisters, Peggy Gill of Cumberland,
and Mary Bangsberg of Long Lake; and his grandmother, Mabel Stroupe of
Mr. Larson was preceded in death by his father in 1996.
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.
Martin J. Leuthner, 103, of Rice Lake died Feb. 2 at the Rice Lake
Mr. Leuthner was born on Nov. 22, 1894 in a log cabin 5 miles southeast
of Rice Lake to Conrado and Maria Leuthner. He received his education in
the Whittier School and worked as a farmhand in the Rice Lake area until
he purchased his own farm east of Rice Lake. In 1963 he purchased a dairy
farm west of Rice Lake and operated it until he retired.
He married Margaret Bungartz in 1917 in Rice Lake. She died in 1961,
and, in 1963, he married Myrtle Beylund in Rice Lake. He had been an avid
deer hunter, was one of the original members of the Rice Lake senior citizens
center, was on the crew that remodeled the old Stinn building into the
senior citizens center and had enjoyed playing cards there. He had lived
at the Convalescent Center since July 1992.
Mr. Leuthner is survived by two daughters, Millicent Larson of Vancouver,
Wash., and Genevieve Zimmer of Rice Lake; three stepdaughters, Alice McCracken
of Barron, Doris Enquist of Rice Lake, and Betty Whitlow of Sauk Rapids,
Minn.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his second wife, Myrtle, in 1991.
Everett Lightner, 87, of Minong and formerly of Barron, died Jan. 26
at Community Nursing Home in Spooner.
Mr. Lightner was born July 24, 1910 at Barron to Melbourne and Grace
(Woolridge) Lightner. He attended the Otterholt and Doritty Creek rural
schools and graduated from Barron High School in 1931. He enlisted in the
Army after graduation, served in Hawaii from 1931-1934, worked on federal
projects in Greenland, Canada and Alaska in 1942 and served with the continental
Army during WWII, with a year of occupation duty in Japan.
While Mr. Lightner was the mayor of Barron, from 1954-66, plans for
a hospital in Barron were begun. He had served as commander of Brown-Selvig
Post 212 and, since 1946, had held every office in the Post. He had served
at various levels, including commander of the 10th District American Legion.
In 1958 he was Barron's outstanding citizen and was honored by the
local VFW at its first Barron Loyalty Day observance. In 1965 he became
the veterans service officer for Barron. Mr. Lightner also was active in
ham radio, was a traffic handler for several years, and won many awards.
He was a member of the Wild River's Radio Club and the River Rats.
Mr. Lightner is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a son, Lloyd of Rice
Lake; three stepchildren, four grandchildren, seven stepgreat-grandchildren;
a brother, Corliss of Oconto; and a sister, Colleen of Wisconsin Rapids.
George W. Lievens, 59, of Rice Lake and formerly of Joliet, Ill., died
Feb. 4 at his home.
Mr. Lievens was born on Nov. 9, 1938 at Joliet to William and Margaret
(Lonka) Lievens and raised in Lockport, Ill. On Dec. 27, 1958, he married
Dorothy Williams at Joliet. She died in 1995, and on Nov. 16, 1996 he married
Charlotte Johnson of St. Croix Falls. Mr. Lievens was a member of the Rice
Lake Elks Lodge and the Loyal Order of the Moose.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; two sons, Michael of Biloxi,
Miss., and Matthew of Winston Salem, N.C.; two daughters, Mary Jane Wahl
of Rice Lake, and Marie Knorr of Joliet; 10 grandchildren; his mother,
Margaret Van de Vorde of Lemont, Ill.; two stepsons, Todd Johnson and Terry
Johnson; two stepgrandchildren; a brother, Daniel; and three sisters, Mary
Ann Wojtowicz, Peggy Thomas, and Mary Therese Rayburn.
Walter A. Mitchell, 85, of Birchwood died Jan. 20 at the Rice Lake
Mr. Mitchell was born March 18, 1912 to Harry and Pansy Mitchell at
Wilkensburg, Pa. His parents moved to Minneapolis, Minn., where he grew
up, graduated from West High School in 1932, and went to work for his father
in the Mitchell Battery Co. On June 6, 1938, he married Virginia Beyer
in Minneapolis. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of WW II and was
discharged in 1946. He returned to work at the Mitchell Battery Co. in
Minneapolis and later moved to Milltown, where the couple owned a theater.
After a move to Menomonie, Mr. Mitchell worked for Menomonie Aluminum until
employment at UW-Stout in 1967, where he was in charge of ordering for
the school stores. He retired in 1978 and in 1980 moved to Birchwood, where
he resided until entering the Rice Lake Convalescent Center. He was a member
of the VFW Post in Menomonie, a member of the Birchwood American Legion
and loved to hunt and fish.
Mr. Mitchell is survived by a son, Scott of Birchwood; and a close
friend, Ervin Engelbrecht of Birchwood.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, in 1978.
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.
Herbert L. Nelson, 74, of Rice Lake died Feb. 3 at Lakeview Medical
Mr. Nelson was born Dec. 15, 1923 to Nels and Gunda Nelson in the Town
of Stanfold, where he grew up and attended Columbia School. He married
Naomi Albrecht on June 3, 1947 in Forest Junction. As a young man he did
electrical wiring and installed furnaces. He worked for Randall Supply
in Rice Lake and in 1950 began work for Mally's Plumbing here. In 1978
he went into partnership and bought Mally's Plumbing and continued in the
plumbing business until his retirement in 1997. Mr. Nelson had been a member
of the Rice Lake Golden K Club, and enjoyed fishing, camping, woodworking,
and antique collecting.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi; two sons, Gary of Lafayette, La.,
and Danny of Rice Lake; three grandchildren; and two sisters, Helen Boettcher
of Rice Lake and Elizabeth Olsvig of Cameron.
Helen Marie Neuenfeldt, 87, of Turtle Lake died Jan. 26 at Barron Riverside
Mrs. Neuenfeldt was born on Sept. 18, 1910 in Irvington, Iowa, to John
and Ida (Hocamp) Grafing. She married August Neuenfeldt in Turtle Lake
on Nov. 24, 1928.
She is survived by a son, Donald of Turtle Lake; a granddaughter, also
of Turtle Lake; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Howard of Turtle Lake;
and three sisters, Pearl Hoffman of Turtle Lake, Eva Heppner of Almena,
and Ella Fenske of Rice Lake.
Mrs. Neuenfeldt was preceded in death by her husband, August, on Nov.
Eleanor L. Olson, 80, of Rice Lake, and formerly of Cameron, died Feb.
9 at Heritage Manor in Rice Lake.
A complete obituary notice will appear in next week's Chronotype.
Howard "Joe" Parker, 53, of Rice Lake died Feb. 3 at Lakeview Medical
Mr. Parker was born July 12, 1944 to Mildred and Howard Parker Sr.
He moved with his family to the Sarona-Shell Lake area, where he grew up
and received his education. He worked at a variety of jobs until he became
Mr. Parker is survived by one sister, Sandra Tripp, of Rice Lake.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Wendy Stauffer, in 1990.
Carrie L. Priewe, 74, of Birchwood died Feb.1 at the Rice Lake Convalescent
Center in Rice Lake.
Mrs. Priewe was born on Sept. 7, 1923 to Henry and Ratie Moore in Gladstone,
Mich., where she grew up. She graduated from Gladstone High School in 1943
and moved to Racine, where she worked in a plant that manufactured airplane
parts used in the war effort. When the war ended, she worked as a waitress
and on October 1962 married Wilbert George Priewe in Miami, Okla. and became
a homemaker. In 1993 the couple moved to Birchwood.
She is survived by her husband, Wilbert; and a son, Michael Larrabee
Dawn Marie Purcell
Dawn Marie Purcell, 39, of Rice Lake died Jan. 23 at Lakeview Medical
Mrs. Purcell was born Aug. 31, 1958 in Los Angeles County, Calif.,
to Allen and JoAnne Winistorfer. She grew up, received her education and
worked at various jobs there, and on Aug. 9, 1980 married Bobby Purcell
Sr. in Las Vegas, Nev. The couple lived in California, where Mrs. Purcell
was a homemaker. In 1986 they moved to Rice Lake, where she worked at the
Super 8 Motel and at the St. Croix Casino in Turtle Lake until 1995.
She is survived by her husband, Bobby; three daughters, Gloria Rodriguez
of Missouri, Branda Steiner of Janesville, and Rendy of Rockford, Ill.;
four sons, Ken of Butte, Mont., Bobby Jr., Darald, and Mike Chisshire,
all of Rice Lake; 15 grandchildren; her father, Allen of California.; three
sisters, Candy Dennis of Missouri, Vivian Torkelson of Minnesota, and Priscilla
Ward of California; a brother, David of Phillips; and close friend Bridgette
Haile of Rice Lake.
Mrs. Purcell was preceded in death by two sons.
Victoria V. Raboin, 80, of St. Paul, and formerly of Rice Lake, died
Jan. 30 at Sholom Homes there.
Mrs. Raboin was born on Sept. 12, 1917 in Bethel, Minn.
She is survived by six daughters, Shirley Campeau of Shafer,Minn.,
JoAnn Schwagel of Minneapolis, Beverley Holmstrom of Cumberland, Bonnie
Norton of Marathon, Fla., Judy Storrs of Sarona, Doris Workman of Rice
Lake; a son, Victor Williams of Center City; 30 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren;
two great-great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Margie Hayhurst, Jeannette
Ratzlow, Ellen Enger, Jane Ann Moline, Yvonnie Kramer, Lavonne Hagen, Darlene
Moline; and three brothers, William Nelson, Leroy Nelson, and Lyle Tharp.
Clarence "Teener" B. Rothbauer, 52, of Chetek died Jan. 26 at Barron
Mr. Rothbauer was born Oct. 31, 1945 in Bloomer to Edward and Lucy
(Mikl) Rothbauer. He married Marcia Johnson on Sept. 30, 1972 at St. Paul's
Catholic Church in Bloomer. He moved to Chetek in 1981, where he delivered
newspapers. He also worked for Wonder Wash in Barron and Rice Lake and
for Auto Wash in Chetek. Mr. Rothbauer had a love for plants.
He is survived by his wife, Marcia; two brothers, Leonard of Greenfield,
and Lawrence of Cadott; and three sisters, Geraldine, Annabelle and Delores
Rothbauer, all of Bloomer.
Richard R. Rugg, 83, of Barron died Feb. 6 at Barron Medical Center
Mr. Rugg was born on May 11, 1914 in Lakewood to Arthur and Laurella
(Frye) Rugg. He grew up there and was a logger for the Connor Lumber Land
Co. at Laona from 1945-1955. He moved to Havana, Ill., in 1955 and worked
at Caterpillar until retiring in 1972. He moved to Rock City, Ill., in
1974 and lived there until 1979, when he moved to Barron. On May 8, 1981,
he married Linda Hall at Barron. Mr. Rugg enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; four sons, Gerald of Goshen, Ala.,
Owen of Springfield, Ill., Richard of Rockford, and Duane of Milwaukee;
two daughters, Sharon Hardy of Havana and Bonnie of Springfield; 12 grandchildren;
13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Leslie of Lakewood; and three sisters,
Violetta Radley of Gridley, Calif., Florence Wilson of Neenah, and Marilyn
Jacobs of Menasha.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter and a great-grandson.
Frank Ferdinand Rust, 89, of Barron and formerly of Almena, died Jan.
27 at Barron Medical Center's extended care unit.
Mr. Rust was born on July 11, 1908 in Town of Arland to Gotfred and
Theresa (Minnecker) Rust. He married Marie Schanno in Almena on Nov. 6,
1934 and farmed near Poskin. He retired after 43 years and the couple moved
to Barron in 1978.
He is survived by his wife, Marie; a daughter, Joan Huset of Poskin;
four grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.
Frank J. Shimek, 88, of Sarona died Jan. 25 at the Lakeview Medical
Mr. Shimek was born Oct. 4, 1909 in Omaha, Neb., to Frank and Antonia
(Kodesh) Shimek. He spent his youth in Haugen and then moved to Sarona,
where he married Mary Wenzel on May 25, 1937. Mr. Shimek was a road supervisor
and farmed in the Town of Sarona and was employed by West Lawn Farms until
He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, John of Rochester, Minn.,
and Raymond of Sarona; a brother, Joseph of Lyle, Ill.; and two sisters,
Helen Uchytil of Haugen and Mary Uchytil of Rice Lake.
Mr. Shimek was preceded in death by a son, Robert.
Nellie B. Soholt, 97, of Rice Lake died Jan. 27 at the Rice Lake Convalescent
Mrs. Soholt was born on July 2, 1900 in Brill to Herbert and Ida (St.
Claire) Coleman. She married Chester Soholt on Sept. 23, 1923 in Duluth.
The couple lived in the Long Lake area until they moved to Rice Lake in
She is survived by a sister, Ella Coleman of Dallas; and nieces and
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester, in 1967.
Bruce D. Sorensen, 69, of Spooner died Feb. 3 at his home.
Mr. Sorensen was born April 28, 1928 at Milltown to Augie and Ruby
(Olson) Sorensen. His family moved to Spooner when he was 11, and he graduated
from Spooner High School in 1946. On Jan. 4, 1945 he married Carole J.
Skinner at Pine City, Minn. He attended pharmacy school at the University
of Minnesota and received his degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder
in 1953. Mr. Sorensen returned to Spooner and went into partnership with
his father at the Red Cross Pharmacy. He also worked for 4 years at the
Spooner Hospital pharmacy and at the Indianhead Medical Center pharmacy
in Shell Lake.
Mr. Sorensen was an avid gardener and enjoyed traveling. He was a member
of the Masonic Lodge, the Royal Arch Mason, and the Commandry 40 KT, all
of Spooner; the Zurah Shrine of Madison; the Hayward Musky Shrine Club;
Rice Lake Elks Lodge; the Wisconsin Pharmaceutical Assn.; the Spooner Area
Chamber of Commerce; and the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce. He had served
on the board of directors of the Shell Lake State Bank and the Railroad
Memories Museum of Spooner and had been a member of the Spooner Volunteer
He is survived by his wife, Carole; three sons, Steve and Kris, both
of Spooner, and Monte of Schofield; a daughter, Kim Sorensen of Santa Anna,
Calif.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his mother, Ruby,
of Spooner, and a brother, Jerry of Edmonds, Wash.
Frank J. Sprenger, 59, of the Town of Madge died Jan. 29.
Mr. Sprenger was born May 11, 1938 at Stanberry to Joseph and Alice
(McPeak) Sprenger. He graduated from Hayward High School in 1956, received
a bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls, and taught at Holcombe. On Oct.
22, 1960 he married Katie Farley at Hayward. Mr. Sprenger taught science
at the Rice Lake Middle School for 31 years and retired in 1994. The couple
had resided in the Town of Madge for 25 years.
He is survived by his wife, Katie; three sons, Joseph, and Glen, both
of Sarona, and Jessica "J.C." of Oshkosh; four grandchildren; and a brother,
Omar of Stanberry.
Robert Sykes, 65, of Cumberland died Feb. 7 at Cumberland Hospital.
Mr. Sykes was born on Oct. 15, 1932 to Joseph and Lolita Sykes at Chetek.
He moved with his family to the Barron area, where he attended Paul Revere
School and the Barron High School. He worked as a farm laborer and entered
the Army in 1952. Mr. Sykes served in the Army during the Korean War from
1952 to 1954 and then returned to the Chetek area, where he worked as a
truck driver for Bill Wold. Later he farmed and drove truck for Berg's
Trucking of Dallas. On Aug. 26, 1989 he married Marie Coon Armstrong in
Stillwater, Minn., and then worked for Koser Iron Works in Barron until
He is survived by his wife, Marie; a daughter, Janey Dalrymple of Cameron;
a granddaughter; his mother, Lolita of Cameron; two stepsons, Paul Armstrong
of Eau Claire and Kurt Armstrong of Neenah; and a brother, Wayne of Townsend,
Nora I. Symens, 89, of Birchwood and formerly of Rock Island, Ill.,
died Jan. 22 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Rice Lake.
Mrs. Symens was born Dec. 14, 1908 to Clarence and Augusta Clark in
Henry County, Ill., where she grew up and received her education. She worked
as a housekeeper and cook in Geneseo, Ill., and married Darrow Robinson
in 1929. They moved to Rock Island, where she was a homemaker. Mr. Robinson
died in 1934, and she married Paul Symens in Iowa in 1938. The couple lived
in Rock Island, where Mrs. Symens was one of the first crossing guards
for the Rock Island School System.
She was a board member of the First Church of Christ Scientist and
the Hauberg Senior Citizens. She was a member of the Rock Island Chorus
and served on the Hauberg Senior Citizens board. She loved to travel and
attend dinner theaters. Her husband, Paul, died in 1973, and she moved
to Birchwood in 1993 to live with her daughter.
She is survived by a daughter, Leila Geist of Birchwood; six grandchildren;
11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Josie Hufford of Wakefield, R.I.
She was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Robinson.
M. Louise Toftness
M. Louise Toftness, 89, longtime resident of Cumberland, died Jan.
30 at her home.
Mrs. Toftness was born in Amery on July 22, 1908 to Andrew and Mathie
(Fredrickson) Johnson. The family moved to Cumberland when she was young,
where her parents owned and operated the Commercial Hotel. She grew up
in Cumberland, owned and operated Louise's Beauty Shop, and married I.N.
Toftness on Aug. 4, 1934. The couple were aviators and active in the development
of the Cumberland Airport. They were world travelers, and became involved
in an exchange of ideas on chiropractic care during a trip to mainland
China. Mrs. Toftness was a key figure in the annual chiropractic convention
in Cumberland and had been a manager of the Foundation for the Advancement
of Chiropractic Research.
She is survived by two sisters, Violette Pfeil of Oshkosh and Evelyne
Lemenanger of Kankakee, Ill., and nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Toftness was preceded in death by her husband, I.N., in 1990.
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, 94, of Barron died Jan. 16 at Barron Riverside Manor
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 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.
Eugene Wyka, 64, of Haugen died Jan. 31 at the Holy Family Hospital
Mr. Wyka was born on July 8, 1933, in Chicago, Ill., to Stephen and
Bertha (Skrotzki) Wyka. He married Joan Dolan there on Oct. 29, 1955. The
couple lived there until they moved to Bear Lake Township in 1973. He had
co-owned the Crisis Prevention Institute in Brookfield and had managed
marketing research there.
He is survived by three sons, Gene of Grafton, Michael of Bloomington,
Minn., and Chris of Eau Claire; a daughter, Catherine Mary Alexander of
Milwaukee; seven grandchildren; a brother, Robert of Chicago; and two sisters,
Theresa Zientera and Geri Stupay, both of Chicago.