Miscellaneous Barron County, Wisconsin Obituaries - 1998

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William Amundson
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 Avery
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, Minn. 

Orpha Bailkey
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. 7, 1989. 

Jane Berenger
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 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. 

Ronald Chartier
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 Clark
Galen Willis Clark, 76, of Cameron died Jan. 31 at the Lakeview Medical Center here.
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 travelling.
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
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 Dennis
Shannon J. Dennis, 22, of Barron died Jan. 31 at Barron Medical Center there. 
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 Drinken
Clara M. Drinken, 86, of Rice Lake died Feb. 6 at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center.
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 Erickson
Ernest H. Erickson, 76, of Rice Lake died Jan. 22 at Lakeview Medical Center.
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 Fish
Allen P. Fish, 65, of Rockford, Ill., died Feb. 2 at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee.
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 Fraley
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 Frankenberg
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 and cribbage.
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 Gannon
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 Haggard
Hazel M. Haggard, 89, of Barron died Feb. 6 at Barron Medical Center there.
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 Center.
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 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. 

Irene Haughian
Irene Haughian, 77, of Haugen died Feb. 10 at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center. 

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. 

Lawrence Hoff
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, in 1979. 

Mable Huerth
Mable M. Huerth, 87, of Shell Lake died Jan. 28 at the Indianhead Medical Center there. 
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 Irish
Nelldora E. Irish, 70, of Cameron died Jan. 16 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. 

Emma Jann
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 five great-great-grandchildren.
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 Johnson
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
Victoria Kittleson, 88, of Chetek died Jan. 28 at the Knapp Haven Nursing Home there. 
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 literature.
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 Kollath
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 Kurschinsky
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 Larson
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 Rice Lake.
Mr. Larson was preceded in death by his father in 1996. 

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. 

Martin Leuthner 
Martin J. Leuthner, 103, of Rice Lake died Feb. 2 at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center.
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
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 Lievens
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 Mitchell
Walter A. Mitchell, 85, of Birchwood died Jan. 20 at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center.
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 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. 

Herbert Nelson
Herbert L. Nelson, 74, of Rice Lake died Feb. 3 at Lakeview Medical Center here.
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 Neuenfeldt
Helen Marie Neuenfeldt, 87, of Turtle Lake died Jan. 26 at Barron Riverside Manor. 
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. 14, 1984. 

Eleanor Olson
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 Parker
Howard "Joe" Parker, 53, of Rice Lake died Feb. 3 at Lakeview Medical Center here.
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 disabled.
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 Priewe
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 of Birchwood. 

Dawn Marie Purcell
Dawn Marie Purcell, 39, of Rice Lake died Jan. 23 at Lakeview Medical Center.
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 Raboin
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 Rothbauer
Clarence "Teener" B. Rothbauer, 52, of Chetek died Jan. 26 at Barron Medial Center.
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 Rugg
Richard R. Rugg, 83, of Barron died Feb. 6 at Barron Medical Center there.
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 Rust
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 Shimek
Frank J. Shimek, 88, of Sarona died Jan. 25 at the Lakeview Medical Center here.
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 his retirement.
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 Soholt
Nellie B. Soholt, 97, of Rice Lake died Jan. 27 at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center. 
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 1960.
She is survived by a sister, Ella Coleman of Dallas; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester, in 1967. 

Bruce Sorensen
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 Fire Department.
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 Sprenger
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
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 retirement.
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, Mont. 

Nora Symens
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
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. 

Eugene Wyka
Eugene Wyka, 64, of Haugen died Jan. 31 at the Holy Family Hospital in Manitowoc. 
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.


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