Miscellaneous Barron County, Wisconsin Obituaries - 1998

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Mathilda Anderson
Mathilda "Mayme" Anderson, 84, of Barron died March 28 at Barron Medical Center extended care unit.
Mrs. Anderson was born Jan. 28, 1914 in Barron to Adolph and Mathilda (Nelson) Amundson. She grew up and attended school in Barron and married Ivan Anderson on May 10, 1937 at Richmond, Va. She worked at Jerome Foods for over 30 years, enjoyed polkas and family gatherings, and her favorite saying was, "There is no such word as can't."
She is survived by two sons, Nels of North Hudson and Kirk of Hopkins, Minn.; a daughter, Connie Steen of Barron; a brother, Romie Amundson of Rice Lake; a sister, Helen Secco of Chicago; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan, in 1995 and two daughters, LeeAnn and Nancy.

Dorothy Beecroft
Dorothy Clare Beecroft, 75, of Cumberland died March 6 at her home.
Mrs. Beecroft was born June 21, 1922 in Cumberland to Charles and Genevieve (Yuill) Tappon. She graduated from Cumberland High School in 1940 and married Lawrence Beecroft in Cumberland on Nov. 10, 1946. Mrs. Beecroft worked at Ben Franklin for 10 years and was a lab technician at Stella Cheese for 25 years.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence, of Cumberland; three daughters, Mary Schoenhals of Roberts, Patti Farmer of Fayetteville, N.C.; and Nancy Bowen of Cumberland; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Peke Kost, and Maydean Farr, both of Cumberland.
Mrs. Beecroft was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Kathleen.

Erwin Berry
Erwin "Berry" Berry, 74, of Loves Park, Ill., died April 4 at his home.
Mr. Berry was born July 18, 1923 in Birchwood to James and Mabel (Filkens) Berry. He served in the Marine Corps during WW II and had participated in the Battle of Okinawa and the occupation of Japan. On Jan. 25, 1947 he married Jeanette Rodema in Racine and they moved to the Rockford in 1955. Jeanette died on Sept. 24, 1977, and Mr. Berry married Audrey Champayne in Loves Park on July 29, 1978. He was a store manager at the Singer Sewing Machine Co. for 28 years and co-owned Vic and Jim's Tavern from 1976-1996. He was a longtime member of VFW Post 9759, the Marine Corps League, and the Early V8 Ford Club. Mr. Berry was an avid bowler and collector of antique cars.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey; a daughter, Linda VanderKoy of Kirkland, Wash.; two stepdaughters, Gail Houy of Chester Springs, Pa., and Rebecca Duncan of Rockford; a stepson, Bruce Reshel of Sycamore, Ill.; two grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Kennard Bishop
Kennard S. Bishop, 90, of Dallas, died April 10 at Barron Medical Center.
Mr. Bishop was born April 19, 1907 in the Town of Dallas to Daniel and Nora (Acton) Bishop. He was born, raised and spent all his life on the family farm. On Dec. 16, 1936 he married Verna Hansen in Dallas. Mr. Bishop was active in the Barbershop Chorus for many years and enjoyed traveling and writing poetry.
He is survived by his wife, Verna; a son, Charles of Kasson, Minn.; a daughter, Beverly Wagner of Fort Atkinson; three grandsons; and a sister, Lela Vossberg of Minneapolis, Minn.

Melvin Bonkrude
Melvin W. Bonkrude, 89, of Dallas died March 28 at the Dallas Healthcare Center.
Mr. Bonkrude was born July 24, 1908 at Dallas to Peder and Christina (Saglein) Bonkrude. He attended school at Dallas and farmed for his brother Paul in Canada and later near Dallas. On June 8, 1932, he married Una Ellefson in Prairie Farm. He was a substitute rural mail carrier in Dallas for a number of years, hauled milk in the Dallas area, and operated a gas station and was a partner with Russel Dodge in a used car business in Dallas. Later, he owned and operated a sawmill, did carpentry work and built several houses in Dallas.
Mr. Bonkrude was an avid fisherman and hunter, enjoyed camping and traveling, loved music and playing the violin, was a pilot and had been a member of the former Dallas Flying Club. He had served on the Dallas Village Board.
He is survived by his wife, Una; a daughter, Bonnie Miller of Rice Lake, a granddaughter; two grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and a sister, Mabel Locke of Dallas.

Betty Brinker
Betty L. Brinker, 70, of Barron died March 16 at her home.
Mrs. Brinker was born Aug. 8, 1927 in Boone, Iowa, to Guy and Leah (McNurlin) Cave. She grew up in Ogen, Iowa, and married Donald Brinker on June 3, 1950 at Fort Dodge, Iowa. They lived in Wilton until moving to Barron in 1963, where she was a nurse's aide at the Barron Medical Center and a teacher's aide at Woodland Elementary School. She had also worked at Wee Folks day care center and at Jeffrey's Restaurant in Barron. Mrs. Brinker was a sports fan and enjoyed playing cards, golf, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by a two sons, James of Stanley and David of Rice Lake; three daughters, Donna of Morton Grove, Ill., Sheryl Rasmussen of Baldwin, and Maria Vruwink of Almena; seven grandchildren; and a brother, James, of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Mrs. Brinker's husband, Donald, died in 1990.

Harold Brunette
Harold J. Brunette, 77, of Rice Lake died March 16 at the Lakeview Medical Center.
Mr. Brunette was born to Peter and Johanna (Rose) Brunette on Sept. 22, 1920 at Haugen. He attended Rice Lake public schools and graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1939. He returned to Rice Lake after serving in the Army during WWII and married Mardell Stodola at Barron on Nov. 21, 1946. He was a photographer for several years and then co-owned the Band B Photo Studio in Rice Lake until working for the Rice Lake Utilities in 1950. He was office manager and purchasing agent and then superintendent of utilities from1965-1982. He enjoyed photography, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Mardell of Rice Lake; three daughters, Kathleen Pasdra, Cheryl Hunt, and Gail Berschneider, all of Schofield; five grandchildren; and three sisters, Dorothy Foltz of Haugen, Eleanore Riehl of Modesto, Calif., and Betty Anderson of Milwaukee.
Mr. Brunette was preceded in death by a daughter, Kari.

Burnham Catura
Burnham "Buck" Oliver Catura, 70, of Whitehall and formerly of Rice Lake, died April 6 at his home in Trempealeau County Health Care Center in Whitehall.
Mr. Catura was born March 20, 1927 at Menomonie to Sarah (Ohnstad) and Earl Catura. At age16, he moved with his family to Rice Lake. In high school, he was a radio announcer at WJMC and became involved with harness racing with his father. He enjoyed the camaraderie of many racing old-timers of the Rice Lake community. He graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1945 and left early in his senior year to enter the Navy. On Dec. 17, 1944, he was assigned to the Naval Air Station Control Tower at Kodiak, Alaska. After his discharge, he continued to pursue his radio career and worked at several radio stations, most notably KDAL in Duluth. He attended Northwestern University in Chicago and Northland College in Ashland. From the age of 25, due to mental illness, he resided at Tomah Veterans' Hospital and then health care centers in various counties.
He is survived by a sister, Sally Deutsch of Rice Lake; two nephews, Dane Deutsch of Rice Lake and William Hrudka of Eau Claire, a niece, Tammy Deutsch of Menomonie; an aunt, June Tongen of Altoona; and three cousins, Marian Foged of Sarona, and Lois Anderson and Carolyn Ohnstad, both of Menomonie.

Esther Dean
Esther Dean, 90, of Rice Lake died Thursday at the Heritage Manor there.
Mrs. Dean was born July 17, 1907 to William and Johanna (Johnson) Foltz at Lone Rock. She moved to the Haugen area with her parents and later lived in a number of states, including Arizona and California, before returning to Rice Lake in 1988.
She is survived by a son, Donald Graham of Aurora, Colo.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Dean was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter.

Joseph DeSantis
Joseph Scott DeSantis, 35, of Rice Lake died April 5 at his home.
Mr. DeSantis was born Nov. 17, 1962 in Cumberland to John and Jeanne (Pierson) DeSantis. He attended school in Cumberland, graduated from Cumberland High School in 1981 and married Roberta Dahl in 1988. He attended WITC in Rice Lake, graduated from Minnesota School of Drafting and owned and operated Sunshine Cabinets. He enjoyed wildlife and was active in Ducks Unlimited.
He is survived by a daughter, Jordyn DeSantis and a son, Jacob DeSantis, both of Rice Lake; his father, John DeSantis of Bancroft; his mother, Jeanne DeSantis of Cumberland; three brothers, Daniel of Altoona, and David and Richard, both of Cumberland; and six sisters, Valerie Bunker of Topeka, Kan., Lynette Johnson of St. Cloud, Minn.; Pamela DeSantis and Lonna DeSantis, both of Cumberland; Marlene DeSantis of Barronett, and Della Schindler of Eau Claire.

Theodore Emerson
Theodore Emerson, 38, of Barron died March 15 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.
Mr. Emerson was born on Dec. 24, 1959 in Shawano to Franklin and Mary (Yaws) Emerson. He grew up and attended school in Barron. After graduation from Barron High School, he worked for Koser's Ironworks in Barron. He married Trudy Klovstad there on Dec. 31, 1981, and they lived in Barron for many years. Mr. Emerson enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Trudy; a daughter, Stacy of Barron; his mother, Mary of Barron; and two brothers, Thomas of Barron, and James of Winter.

Russell Frasier
Russell L. Frasier, 63, of Barron and formerly of Algonquin, Ill., died March 15 at the Barron Medical Center.
Mr. Frasier was born to Roy and Jessie (France) Frasier on July 19, 1934 in Rice Lake, where he attended public school and graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1952. He married Maxine Hyland at Chetek on Sept. 25, 1954 and after service in the Army returned to Rice Lake in 1956. The couple moved to Algonquin, where he was a truck driver until 1993 and then worked for Stanley Smith Security until moving to Barron in 1995. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 1157 AF and AM at Cary, Ill.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine; two sons, James of Burbank, Ill., and Dale of Woodstock, Ill.; two daughters, Kimberly Frasier and Kay-Anne Toppel, both of Algonquin; and five grandchildren.

Richard Glaser
Richard F. Glaser, 84, of Ridgeland died April 12 at the Barron extended care unit.
Mr. Glaser was born Jan. 10, 1914 to Henry and Angelica (Zuelke) Glaser in the Town of Prairie Farm. He was raised there and then married Artys Buchhloz on Aug. 15, 1936. He farmed in the Town of Wilson in Dunn County for many years, operated the Gambles Store in Ridgeland and worked at the Farmers Union in Ridgeland. He had served as custodian and treasurer at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
He is survived by a son, Steven of New Brighton, Minn.; a daughter, Sandra Buchner of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Glaser was preceded in death by his wife, Artys, on Jan. 2, 1987.

Vilas Hall
Vilas A. Hall, 88, of Rice Lake died April 12 at the Lakeview Medical Center.
Mr. Hall was born Jan. 13, 1910 to R. Perry and Zella (Ambrose) Hall at Viola. The family moved to the Town of Rice Lake in 1912, where they farmed for many years. He married Lorna Hines Boelter on Jan. 13, 1972 in Rice Lake. Mr. Hall was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and Rice Lake Elks Lodge.
He is survived by a stepson, Dan Boelter of Foxfire Village, N.C.; three stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and a sister, Odessa "Susie" Mullikin of Rice Lake.

Mata Hover
Mata I. Hover, 82, of Rice Lake and formerly of the Barron area, died April 12 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Rice Lake.
Mrs. Hover was born on Aug. 16, 1915 in the Town of Maple Grove in Barron County to George and Cora (Lake) Raven. She grew up there and married William Jergenson in December 1935 in the Town of Clinton, where they farmed. William died in 1956. She married Len Hover on May 8, 1958 at Barron, and the couple farmed in the Town of Barron until retiring and moving to Cameron. They had spent their winters in Florida. Mrs. Hover was a member of the Paul Revere Homemakers.
She is survived by a son, Jerry Jergenson of Barron; a daughter, Arlene Sykes of Townsend, Mont.; two stepsons, Allen Hover of Brooklyn Center, Minn., and Harley Hover of Barron; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Seitz of Maple Grove, Minn., and Lois Olson of Canon City, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Howard Raven of Barron and Lyle Raven of Oakdale, Minn.; and a sister, Fern Rexes of Barron.
Mrs. Hover was preceded in death by her second husband, Len, in 1992.

Harold Johnson
Harold H. Johnston, 80, of Rice Lake died suddenly April 13 at his home.
Mr. Johnston was born July 28, 1917 to Esther and Hubert Johnston in Minneapolis. His parents moved to Brooklyn Center, Minn., where he grew up and received his education. After graduating from Brooklyn Center North High School in 1935, he majored in engineering at Dunwoody Trade School in Minneapolis.
On Oct. 12, 1940 he married the former Esther Hanson in Minneapolis. During WW II, he worked at a war plant in New Brighton, Minn., and in 1946 moved with his family to Rice Lake. In 1947 he and brothers Miles and Herbert started a small woodworking firm that grew into Mastercraft Industry. He was active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and in the business community of Rice Lake. He loved nature and photographing its beauty and rock collecting.
Mr. Johnston is survived by his wife, Esther; a son, Darwin of Rice Lake; three daughters, Diane McCush and Rena Ulland, both of Rice Lake, and Sylvia Johnston of Minneapolis; eight grandchildren; two brothers, John of Rice Lake and Edward of Victorville, Calif; and a sister, Margie Mastrian of Golden Valley, Minn.

William Jensen
William H. Jensen, 70, of Dallas died April 6 at Barron Medical Center.
Mr. Jensen was born Sept. 11, 1927 in the Town of Sioux Creek, Barron County, to Frank and Anna (Minners) Jensen. He grew up there, graduated from the Chetek High School in 1945 and then served in the Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict. On Sept. 25, 1954 he married Shirley Pelz in Chetek. He hauled milk in the Dallas/Sand Creek area for 20 years, worked briefly for Dairyland Power Co. briefly building highlines and as a heavy equipment operator for Klein Construction of Dallas for 23 years. He also worked for Baldwin Body Shop in Dallas during the winters. Mr. Jensen retired in 1989. He had served on the Dallas Lutheran Church council, the Dallas Fire Department as fire chief and the Dallas Village Board. He was the Dallas Cub Scout Cubmaster for many years and had enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two sons, Kim of Clayton and Ken of Dallas; a daughter, Susan Christianson of Chetek; six grandchildren; and a sister, Deloris Johnson of Anaheim, Calif. Mr. Jensen was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen.

Lucetta Johnson
Lucetta "Lucy" Johnson, 73, of Chetek died April 3 at her home.
Mrs. Johnson was born Jan. 19, 1925 in Barron to Alfred and Veva (Ward) Coons. She graduated from Barron High School in 1943 and married Baron Johnson there on Dec. 31, 1945. The couple moved to Almena in 1949 and had lived on Prairie Lake since 1984. In 1967 she began work as a postal clerk in Almena and in 1977 was appointed postmaster. She retired from that position in 1987 and then did volunteer work at Barron Hospital and Riverside Manor, taking her Yorkshire dog, Shadow, to nursing homes around the county. Her favorite charities were the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics and Save the Children Foundation, and she had sponsored several children throughout the years. She enjoyed water aerobics, bus trips, cooking, baking, and collecting cookbooks.
She is survived by her husband, Baron; two daughters, Sharon Jorgensen of Cameron and Debbie Dibble of Spencer; a son, Larry of Vancouver, Wash.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five adopted grandchildren; and an adopted great-grandchild. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie, in 1949.

Blanche Jorstad
Blanche Jorstad, 100, of Dallas died March 16 at the Barron Medical Center.
Mrs. Jorstad was born March 1, 1898 at Prairie Farm to Frank and Pauline (Moen) Sprague. She moved with her family to the Ridgeland area and grew up there. Mrs. Jorstad lived most of her life in Chippewa Falls, where she worked for clothing and department stores. She married Axel Jorstad on July 30, 1966 and they resided in Dallas.
She is survived by a stepson, Robert of Dallas, a stepdaughter, Sandra Drentlaw of Northfield, Minn.; five stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
Her husband, Axel, died April 4, 1973.

George Klump
George W. Klump, 76, of Cameron died April 11 at his home after a prolonged illness.
Mr. Klump was born in the Town of Glendale, Monroe County, on Jan. 18, 1922, to George and Florence (Oldfield) Klump. He grew up in the Kendall-Elroy area, graduated from Elroy High School and then worked as a farm hand in the Kendall area until entering the Army and serving in the Philippine Islands. He later worked for the Ohio Chemical Co. in Madison and at various jobs in Chicago before moving to Rice Lake and working at Paul's Sheet Metal and Roofing. On June 1, 1974, he married the former Phyllis Wiesner in Wausau and retired from Paul's Sheet Metal and Roofing in 1988. Mr. Klump had been a member of the Mikana VFW Post for over 30 years and had served as fire marshal for the Town of Stanley for 7 years.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; three sons, Jon of Cameron, Dennis of California; and Jeff of Nevada; two daughters, Jodi of Cameron and DeEtta of Oregon; host daughter, Natalie Latham of Frisco, Colo.; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother, Leonard of Tomah; and five sisters, Frances Britzman of Sparta, Doris Prochaska and Florence Krause, both of Tomah; Angie Saxby of Wilton, and Shirley Winkelman of Portage.

Victor Laveau
Victor Laveau, 93, of Stoughton and formerly of the Sarona area, died March 18 at the home of his daughter in Stoughton.
Mr. Laveau was born on Dec. 9, 1904 in Rice Lake to Joseph and Caroline (Coon) Laveau. He lived and farmed most of his life in the Sarona and Rice Lake areas. On June 21, 1927 he married Clara Magnus in Rice Lake. In 1955 he became caretaker and Clara became the cook and dietitian of the Audubon Camp of Sarona, land he had previously farmed. Clara died in 1964, and on Oct. 19, 1968 he married Ada Dickson. The couple continued to work at the Audubon Camp until 1970, when Mr. Laveau retired and the couple moved to California. There he worked as a substitute janitor in the Brea School District and later for the Sjostedt Yard and Garden Care. He also did yard work for many neighbors until returning to Stoughton in 1992 to live with his daughter, Eunice.
He is survived by his wife, Ada, of Brea Calif.; two daughters, Eunice Laveau of Stoughton, and Hazel McKennon of Seabeck, Wash.; a son, Victor of Anaheim, Calif; three stepchildren; a sister, Hazel Drake of Spooner; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren. Mr. Laveau was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Gladys Mae; and a grandson, Eugene Brown.

Marion Martin
Marion Martin, mother of Mary Hoeft and grandmother of Ryan and Kelly Hoeft, died March 17.
She was born in Oshkosh to Frank and Marie Schneider and married Norbert Martin in 1944.
She worked for more than 30 years at the First National Bank in Oshkosh, where she was a guard on the Women's All-Star basketball team and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oshkosh.
Her interests included playing bridge, caring for animals and giving basketball advice to her grandchildren.
She moved to Rice Lake in 1986 to be closer to her family.

Chester O'Dell
Chester J. O'Dell, 82, of Oceanside, Calif., and a former area businessman, died there April 5.
Mr. O'Dell was born in Colorado on June 4, 1915. He graduated from Longmont (Colo.) High School and attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. He married Evelyn Nelson in Minneapolis in1939. He traveled the northeast for Pillsbury Mills, owned a Shell bulk plant in Rice Lake and retail bakeries in Chicago, Ill., and Madison. He was a member of the Eau Claire Consistery and Zor Shrine and had received Scouting's Silver Beaver award. The couple lived in Madison for 30 years before moving to Oceanside 12 years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; two sons, Donald of Middleton and James of Oceanside; two grandchildren; and a sister, Marilene Crooker of The Dalles, Ore.

Ethyl Olson
Ethyl Marie Olson, 68, of Barron died March 30 at the Terraceview Living Center in Shell Lake. Ms. Olson was born on Dec. 19, 1929 in Rice Lake to Oscar and Nora (Horind) Olson. She lived at AG-RI Cove and at Melody Manor in Barron until March 3, 1998, when she became a resident of Terraceview Living Center. She is survived by a brother, Wallace of Spooner; two sisters, Donna Van Helden of Eau Claire and Marvel Flodquist of Elk River, Minn., and nieces and nephews.

Violet Olson
Violet Elizabeth Olson, 75, of Fond du Lac died in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 29.
Mrs. Olson was born in Poskin to Peter and Annie Peterson. On Oct. 4, 1942 she married Wayne Olson, and they lived in the Poskin area for many years before moving to Fond du Lac. She was a member of a circle at the Methodist Church and had volunteered for 12 years at the Americana Nursing Home there. She enjoyed daily walks with her husband and wintering in Phoenix. The couple had volunteered for many years with nutritional meals to the homebound.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne; a daughter, Eva of Rice Lake; two sons, Bill of Phoenix, and Jim of Greensboro, N.C.; four grandchildren; a brother, Eugene of Poskin; a sister, Carlotta Siewert of Coon Rapids, Minn.; and her mother-in-law, Myrtie.

Dorothy Orsund
Dorothy Alice Orsund, of Cupertino Calif., and formerly of Rice Lake died March 26 in Cupertino, Calif.
Ms. Orsund was born Aug. 19, 1910 to Rikka and Chris Orsund on their farm in The Town of Doyle. She graduated from Rice Lake High School and worked as a secretary in Rice Lake and Stevens Point for several years. She later moved to Los Angeles and in 1969 to Yorba Linda, Calif. She was part owner of Thoro'Bred Racing Plates, a company that makes horseshoes for thoroughbred racehorses, where she worked until retiring in 1967. In March1995 she moved to Cupertino to be near her sister, Gertrude Hathaway, who died in 1996, and her niece, Lillian Jeffery of San Jose, Calif. After a car accident in the fall of 1996, she moved to the Sunny View nursing facility. Ms. Orsund loved to read and travel. She had visited much of the world by cruise ship.
She is survived by her niece, Lillian Jeffery, five great-nieces and nephews and 11 great-great nieces and nephews.

Russell Popple
Russell E. Popple, 31, of Madison and formerly of Reedsburg, died April 13 at his home in Madison.
Mr. Popple was born March 18, 1967 in Duluth, Minn., to Patricia and Roger Popple. He grew up in Reedsburg, where he graduated from Webb High School in 1985. He graduated from UW-Plattville in 1990 with a degree in broadcast journalism and worked as an assistant to Senator Kasten in Washington, D.C., until 1993. He then moved to Madison and worked at various jobs while attending classes at UW-Madison to prepare for medical school.
He is survived by his parents, Patricia and Roger of Rice Lake; three brothers, Mitchell of Aurora, Colo., Daniel of Madison, and Matthew of Rice Lake; two sisters, Dana Morlock of Prior Lake, Minn., and Karen Popple, a student at UW-River Falls; and his maternal grandmother, Annice Jensen of Altoona.

Alice Ritter
Alice L. Ritter, 86, of Prairie Farm died April 6 at the Pioneer Nursing Home there.
Arnold Rockow Arnold D. Rockow, 72, of Barron died April 3 at Barron Medical Center's extended care unit. Mr. Rockow was born on Aug. 28, 1925 in Hamilton County, Iowa, to John and Agnes (Lentz) Rockow. He grew up there and moved to the Poskin area with his parents at the age of 18. He farmed, was in the machinery salvage business for many years, and moved into the City of Barron in 1985.
He is survived by his mother, Agnes of Barron; two brothers, Melvin of Chippewa Falls and John of Cumberland; and many nieces and nephews.

Hazel Roux
Hazel Roux, 87, of Rice Lake died March 25 at Lakeview Medical Center here.
Mrs. Roux was born on Feb. 17, 1911 at Lake Mills to Johanna and William Reichert. At an early age she moved with her parents to the Brill area, where she grew up and attended Brill School. On July 30, 1929 she married Leslie Roux at Dobie. The couple farmed in the Town of Rice Lake for most of their lives. After retiring from farming in 1982, she and her husband moved into the City of Rice Lake. Mrs. Roux loved to fish, garden and feed the wild ducks and songbirds.
She is survived by four daughters, Darlene Hildebrandt, Joan Frolik, Carole Avery and Diane Bertschenfeld, all of Rice Lake; a son, Dale of Phoenix, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Norma Scheurer Dana of Barron.

Sidney Scharmota
Sidney F. Scharmota, 77, of Minocqua died April 10 at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.
Mr. Scharmota was born Sept. 20, 1920 in Barron to Frederick and Anna (Holmstrom) Scharmota. He grew up and attended school in Barron and served in the Army in Europe during WW II. After the service he returned to Barron, married Eleanor Bergthold in Rice Lake on Oct. 7, 1950 and worked in the tire business. He enjoyed his family, children and grandchildren.
He is survived by three sons, Fred of Altoona, Bob of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Larry of Crystal Lake, Ill.; a daughter, Suzanne Slade of Minocqua; a sister, Esther West of Hemet, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Scharmota was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor, in 1983.

Clara Schneider
Clara S. Schneider, 83, of Rice Lake died March 31 at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center.
Mrs. Schneider was born July 19, 1914 to Lydia and Frank Stepanek in the Village of Haugen. She grew up in the Town of Oak Grove, attended Marquette School and married Edwin Schneider on July 3, 1939 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Haugen. She was a homemaker, and the couple farmed in the Town of Oak Grove, where Mrs. Schneider was active in the Dobie parish. In 1959 the couple retired from farming and later moved to Rice Lake. She was a member of the Catholic Council of Women and loved to cook and fish for panfish.
She is survived by her husband, Edwin; a daughter, Joanne Broome of Center City, Minn.; a son, Ron of Rice Lake; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Ella Doyle, Emily Wavrunek, and Mae Fitzgerald, all of Rice Lake.

Eileen Seemann
Eileen E. Seemann, 79, of Cameron died March 30 at Lakeland, Fla.
Mrs. Seeman is survived by her husband, William; two sons, James of Cameron and Jerry of Orlando, Fla.; two daughters, Jeanie Willman of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Judy Lien of Cameron; a brother, George Cline of Bellingham, Wash.; a sister, Vivian Nelson of Fox Lake, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A complete obituary will appear in next week's paper.

Mildred Spooner
Mildred D. Spooner, 92, of Barron died April 3 at Barron Medical Center. Mrs. Spooner was born Oct. 14, 1905 in Cumberland to Henry and Clara (Rice) Hummel.
Mrs. Spooner attended rural schools in the Cumberland area. In 1925 she graduated from the Teachers College in River Falls. On Aug. 19, 1931, she married Clyde Spooner in Barron. Mrs. Spooner taught school in Cumberland and Turtle Lake for 33 years. She was a member of the Audubon Society and the Historical Society and became an honorary member of the Wisconsin Retired Teachers Assn.
She is survived by three sons, Edward of Rice Lake, Maurice of Heartville, Mo., and Cecil of Issaquah, Wash.; a daughter, Ruth Hanson of Renton, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Spooner was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde, in 1966; and a granddaughter, Debra.

Bernice Steinhart
Bernice C. Steinhart, 91, of Rice Lake died March 30 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home here. Mrs. Steinhart was born on Jan. 10, 1907 in Rhinelander to John and Christina (Hasselquist) Bernstein. She taught school for 25 years in the Rhinelander area.
She is survived by a son, John of Rice Lake; a daughter, Mary Robinson of Iron River; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Hilding of King; and a sister, Jean Gross of Rhinelander. Mrs. Steinhart was preceded in death by her husband, Michael.

Margarite Strid
Margarite Ann Strid, 74, of Rockford, Ill., died there March 25 in P.A. Peterson Center for Health.
Mrs. Strid was born on Sept. 5, 1923 in Rice Lake to Edward and Ida (Fredrick) Butler. She attended the Meadow Creek School and graduated from the Rice Lake High School. She lived most of her life in the Rockford area and married Raymond Strid there on Oct. 15, 1960. She retired from the Construction Industry Welfare Fund after over 35 years of service. Mrs. Strid was an exceptional cook who enjoyed delighting her family and friends with her food.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond; two brothers, Eugene of Madison, and John of Coralville, Iowa; and two sisters, Maxine Dutilly of Rice Lake and Ellen Fredericks of Turtle Lake.

Lloyd Sweeny
Lloyd Louis Sweeny, 20, of Rice Lake and formerly of Spring Valley, died March 22 in Lucas Township, Dunn County, following an automobile accident.
Mr. Sweeny was born on Oct. 8, 1977 at Menomonie and grew up in the Spring Valley and Elmwood areas. He graduated from Elmwood High School in 1996, was a Spec. 4 in the Army Reserve 327th Engineer Company at Ellsworth and had planned to attend UW-Barron County this fall to become a teacher.
He is survived by his mother, Colleen Flanscha of Spring Valley; his father, Lloyd Sweeny of Menomonie; six sisters, Jennifer Sweeny of Eau Claire; Bonnie and Mirranda Sweeny, and Rebecca Flanscha, all of Spring Valley; Brandi Flanscha of Menomonie; and Jessica Flanscha of Manitowoc; and maternal grandparents, Louis and Betty Rineck of Menomonie.

Vey West
Vey Wesley West, 91, of Rice Lake died March 24 at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center.
Mr. West was born April 16, 1906 at Monroe to Dennis and Sara West. At the age of 2, he moved with his parents to the Haugen-Sarona area, where he grew up and received his elementary education. After graduating from Durand High School in 1924, he worked for the Davey Tree Co. in Kent, Ohio, and later for the Department of Natural Resources in Barronett.
On Feb. 15, 1939, he married Violet Crotteau in Minneapolis, Minn. He worked for the Department of Natural Resources until the outbreak of WW II, when he went to work for Badger Ordnance at Baraboo. After the war, he returned to Sarona and started a potato business, which he operated until selling it in 1970. He then worked for the Ag Stabilization and Conservation Service as a district director for a 15-county area until retiring in 1981, when he and his wife moved to Rice Lake. He had been president of the Village of Haugen, was active in the Republican Party, and had served on the Rice Lake hospital board, WITC vocational school board, and the County Board. He had been a member of the Shell Lake and Rice Lake Masonic lodges. Mr. West enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Violet; five daughters, Teryl Schneider of Minnesota, Judy Danna of Florida, and Karen Slagstad of Haugen; Sari West of Rice Lake; and Michelle "Mickee" Cerase of Maryland.; 22 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three foster children, Barbara Frost of Washington, Bob Mosansky of Montana, and John Mosansky of Rice Lake.


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