Arnold "Swede" Anderson, 87, of Rice Lake died Sunday at Heritage Manor
Mr. Anderson was born Jan. 31, 1911 to Mr. and Mrs. Anton Anderson at
Appleton, Minn. He married Viola "Ole" Sirlee there on Oct. 21, 1934, and
they moved to Watertown, S.D., where he managed a locker plant until moving
to Rice Lake in 1943. He owned and operated Anderson Locker Plant here
He is survived by a son, Jerry of Stone Lake; a daughter, Sharon Pellowski
of Lake City, Minn.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his wife, Viola, in 1986.
Albert P. Bader, 73, of Barron died Tuesday at his home.
Mr. Bader was born Aug. 23, 1924 on the family farm in the Town of Clinton
to Alfred and Mary (Marx) Bader. He was raised on the farm and was a WW
II veteran. Mr. Bader married Delorice Malone at Barron on Nov. 12, 1947,
and they farmed near Poskin for many years. He also operated Al's Repair
in Poskin and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Barron VFW
Post. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Delorice; his mother, Mary of Barron; a
son, Mark of Centerville, Minn.; three daughters, Mary Ann Peterson of
Barron, Carol LeSueur of Parker, Colo., and Betty Bruno of Milwaukee; two
brothers, Clarence of Rockford, Ill., and Paul of Clayton; two sisters,
Lorraine Schmitz of Cameron and Phyllis Floan of Milwaukee; 11 grandchildren;
and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Bader, in 1996.
Vera Marjorie Berg, 82, of Oak Harbor, Wash., died Tuesday, May 5, at
Whidbey Island Manor.
Mrs. Berg was born in Laharp, Kan., on Dec. 8, 1915 to Robert and Tina
(Malne) Walker. She grew up and graduated from high school in Kansas, and
on Oct. 16, 1947 married Lars Berg in Nevada. They moved to Hawaiian Gardens
in Orange County, Calif. In the early 1950s, they moved to a farm in Canton
and moved to Oak Harbor in 1985. She loved canning, cooking, gardening
and visiting friends.
She is survived by two sons, Robert of Oak Harbor and Larry of Cottage
Grove; five grandchildren; and a twin sister, Veta Feitchmeir of Modesto,
Mrs. Berg was preceded in death by her husband, Lars, on Aug. 8, 1991.
Grace Dorothea Bird, 84, of Comstock, died April 19 at Cumberland Extended
Mrs. Bird was born Dec. 21, 1913 in Mason City, Iowa, to Charles and
Gladys (Willoughby) Shepherd. She married Wilbur Bird on April 13, 1934
in Turtle Lake and worked at 3M Co. in Cumberland for 24 years.
She is survived by four sons, Kenneth of Comstock, Daniel of Cornelius,
Ore., Bradley of Grove City, Minn., and Ronald of Brainerd, Minn.; 11 grandchildren;
27 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Charlene
Francis of Mason City; and a half-sister, Darlene Arndt of Mason City.
Mrs. Bird was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur, on Jan. 12,
Sister Ann Boyd
Sister Ann Michael Boyd, 71, of Bartlett, Ill., died April 15 at the
Immaculata Congregational Home there.
Sister Boyd was born July 3, 1926 to Charles and Agnes Boyd and was
a member of the religious congregation The Sisters of St. Joseph, Third
Order of St. Francis. Prior to her retirement, she was an licensed practical
nurse and therapist, with a ministry in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Colorado,
and Illinois. She held the position of Mother General in the community
of the Sisters of St. Francis of St. Clare of the Diocese of Superior when
they merged with the Sisters of St. Joseph-TOSF in 1967.
She is survived by a brother, Oscar; aunts Ada Belle and Martha Merritt;
cousins Dorothy Williams and Jean Carson; a niece; a nephew; and the sisters
with whom she spent 45 years of her life.
Donald James Burton, 70, of St. Augustine, Fla., died April 18.
Mr. Burton was born Aug. 14, 1927 in Rice Lake and was a 1945 graduate
of Cameron High School.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a son, Stephen of Columbia Heights,
Minn.; a sister, Shirley Hubbard of Minneapolis, Minn.; a brother, Ralph
of Babbitt, Minn.; and two grandchildren.
Gene Butte, 79, of Chetek died Saturday at Lakeview Medical Center in
Mr. Butte was born Aug. 29, 1918 in Mt. Carmel, Ill., to Frank and Gertrude
(Baxter) Butte. He had been a steel roller for Inland Steel in Gary, Ind.,
for 30 years until moving to Stoughton. He married Clara there on June
5, 1989, and they moved to Chetek. He served in WW II in the South Pacific,
was a longtime VFW member and past commander of Post 7591 in Stoughton,
was a member of the Knights of Columbus and had been a commentator for
his church for over 10 years.
He is survived by his wife, Clara; two daughters, Lois Schwenn of Union
Grove and Mary Ann Butte of Whiting, Ind.; a stepdaughter, Sherrie Imm
of Nyssa, Oreg.; a stepson, Daniel Stiehm of Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother,
Herschel of Dunnelon, Fla.; two sisters, Alice Kondik of Logo Vista, Texas,
and Mary Sax of Horse Shoe, N.C.; three grandchilden; and a stepgrandchild.
Sigrid Caroline Carlson, 83, of Barron and formerly of the Chetek area
died April 18 at the home of her sister, Agnes Anderson.
Ms. Carlson was born July 28, 1914 in the Town of Dovre to Sigurd and
Lillian (Olson) Carlson. She attended Chetek High School, and later was
employed at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire and as a nanny in Chicago. Much
of her life was spent at the homestead, giving generously of herself to
her extended family and others. She was the proverbial "Nana" to her nieces
and nephews and wrote weekly letters to family members who lived away from
home. Letters she received in return were saved and now form an extensive
She is survived by siblings Iduna Holter of Chetek; Mathilda Swanson
and Agnes Anderson, both of Barron; Chris of Chetek; Ruth Anderson of Barron;
Martin of Chippewa Falls; Naomi Post of Beone, Iowa: Dorothy Ostlie of
Northfield, Minn.; 23 nieces and nephews, 40 great-nieces and nephews and
12 great-great-nieces and nephews.
James Harold Copeland, 81, of Rice Lake died April 15 at the Lakeview
Medical Center in Rice Lake.
Mr. Copeland was born May 15, 1916 to James and Alma (Franzen) Copeland
at Mellen. After graduating from high school, he served in the Army during
WW II. He was honorably discharged in August 1945, and then worked for
a potato farm doing mechanical work, did brickwork, worked for Minnesota
Mining, and later for the 3M Company in Cumberland until retiring in 1978.
He was a member of the American Legion and Rice Lake Senior Center.
He is survived by a son, Harold of Rice Lake; a daughter, Marlene Dickenson
of Cameron; seven stepchildren; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;
a brother, Chuck Copeland of Comstock; and a sister, Agnes Matthys of Cumberland.
Mr. Copeland was preceded in death by his wife, Alvina; a son, Rick;
and a daughter, Donna.
Marne L. Curtis, 70, of Rice Lake died April 25 at Lakeview Medical
Mrs. Curtis was born Sept. 27, 1927 to Patria and Harry Weber at Belvidere,
Ill., where she grew up, received her education and cared for her father
until his death. On Sept. 9, 1950 she married Jack (John) Curtis in Belvidere,
where she was a security guard at Wiese Deptartment Store for a short time
until becoming a homemaker. In 1972 the couple moved to Shell Lake. She
had lived in Rice Lake since 1992.
She is survived by two special friends, Roy Odden of Rice Lake and Charlene
Maki of Hayward.
Mrs. Curtis was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra.
Eufemia DeNucci, 100, of Cumberland died May 8 at Cumberland Extended
Mrs. DeNucci was born Nov. 24, 1897 in Chicago, Ill., to Joseph and
Bambina (DiGiovanni) Lucente. She married Joseph DeNucci Sr. in Cumberland
on Sept. 29, 1917 and had worked at 3M Co. in Cumberland for 10 years.
She was a longtime member of the altar society of St. Anthony Catholic
She is survived by two sons, Joseph Jr. of Cumberland and Fred of Richfield,
Minn.; two daughters, Lucille Nelli of Cumberland and Mayme Ricci of St.
Paul, Minn.; 27 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild;
six stepgrandchildren; and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren.David LaFinniere
David LaFinniere, 75, of Rice Lake died Sunday at Lakeside Nursing and
Rehabitation Center in Chippewa Falls. There will be a private funeral
service at the Jarocki Funeral Home in Rice Lake, with Rev. Kevin Gordon
officiating and interment in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis,
Minn., with full military rites.
Mrs. DeNucci was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, on July 12,
1984; and by a son, Lt. Leonard DeNucci.
Walter R. Erdman, 73, of the Town of Long Lake died April 17 at the
Community Hospital in Spooner.
Mr. Erdman was born Feb. 5, 1925 to Walter and Nellie (Oestriech) Erdman
at Evansville and raised there. He served with the Navy during WW II and
later owned and operated a Mobil service station at Janesville and then
drove school bus for the Spooner school district for 24 years until retiring
last January. He vacationed on Long Lake for many years and had lived there
for 25 years. Mr. Erdman served from 1982-1988 on the Long Lake Town Board
and was the town chairman for two terms and served from 1988-1992 on the
County Board of Supervisors. He enjoyed the lake and nature.
He is survived by a son, Mark of Elkhorn; a grandson, Daniel; two brothers,
Robert of Janesville and Francis of Evansville; and a special friend, Lorraine
Thompson of Earl.
John W. Emerson, 16, of Winter died May 1 in Barron.
Mr. Emerson was born May 12, 1981 in Barron to James and Lorie (Meyer)
Emerson. He grew up in Bruce and Winter, attended elementary schools in
Bruce, and was a junior at Winter High School. He was a member of the varsity
golf team and the pep club and enjoyed music, playing basketball and fishing.
The teen enjoyed being with his friends and his family.
He is survived by his parents, James and Lorie; a brother, Jim of Winter;
his paternal grandmother, Mary Emerson of Barron; and his maternal grandparents,
Bob and Doris Meyer of Bruce.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Franklin Emerson; and his
uncle, Ted Emerson.
Myron E. Falkner, 58, formerly of Rice Lake, died April 22 in Kent,
Mr. Falkner was born Jan. 19, 1940 in Wisconsin Rapids. He graduated
from Rice Lake High School in 1958 and served in the Air Force. He married
Lynnette Smith of Sinclair, Wyo., and was employed by IBM until retiring
He is survived by his wife, Lynnette; three sons, Michael of San Diego,
Calif., Eric of Kent, Wash., and Anthony of Portland, Ore.; a grandson;
his mother, Hazel of Rice Lake; and two sisters, Phyllis Kringle and Norma
Frank, also of Rice Lake.
Dale Edward Featherly, 49, of the Town of Webb Lake died May 5 at the
Community Hospital in Spooner.
Mr. Featherly was born Feb. 19, 1949 in the Town of Chicog to Donald
and Beatrice (McKee) Featherly. He was a lifelong resident of that area
and had worked as a logger and a truck driver. On May 11, 1984 he married
Bonnie Piaseczny in Pine City, Minn.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; two sons, Richard of Rice Lake and
Dale of Birchwood; a daughter, Denise Featherly of Cameron; nine grandchildren;
a brother, Richard of New Auburn; three sisters, Tessie Huset of Silver
Bay, Minn., Zelda Monnier of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Bonnie Jackson
of the Town of Chicog.
Harold John Gille, 79, of Turtle Lake died April 25 at Golden Age Manor
Mr. Gille was born Dec. 4, 1918 in White Bear Lake, Minn., to Nicholas
and Mary (Fenton) Gille. The family moved to rural Amery and later to a
farm in rural Turtle Lake. In September1946, he married Florence Nottom.
He farmed and then owned and operated heavy equipment until retiring in
He is survived by two sons, Tom of Maple and Dennis of Amery; a daughter,
Joyce Booth of Glenwood City; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Rosie
Yeske of Amery, Ethel Yeske of Turtle Lake, and Mary Buchholtz of Milltown;
and a brother, Joe of Danbury.
Mabel M. Hanson, 83, of Barron died April 19 at Barron Medical Center
extended care unit.
Mrs. Hanson was born April 12, 1915 in Taylor, Neb., to Otto and Molly
(Thompson) Ostendorf. She grew up in Taylor and moved to Frederic in 1935.
She married Alvin Hansen, who preceded her in death. She moved to Barron
and worked at the nursing home in Cameron and then as a cook and waitress
at the White House in Poskin, Maloney's and the Mileage Diner in Barron.
She then married Helmer Hanson, who also preceded her in death. She had
been a resident of Monroe Manor for several years until moving into extended
care unit 2 years ago.
She is survived by five sons, Richard Hansen of Fridley, Minn., Robert
of Barron, Karl Hansen and Gene Hansen, both of St. Paul, and Dennis Hansen
of Birchwood; four daughters, Carole Holmquist of Barron, Lois Hoff of
Almena, Darleen Cizek of Rice Lake, and Patty Hanson of Black Mountain,
N.C.; two sisters, Eva Thompson of Campbell, Calif., and Mae Dwinell of
California; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Hanson was preceded in death by her husbands, Alvin Hansen and
Helmer Hanson, and by a son, Larry Hansen.
Jordan Kyle Hartung, 3, of Rice Lake died April 15 at the St. Paul Children's
Jordan was born Feb. 8, 1995 to Candi Hartung at Barron. He loved dinosaurs
and his little sister, Courtney, and cousin, Michael.
Jordan is survived by his mother and stepfather, Candi Hartung and Jim
Holec; his sister, Courtney Hartung Holec; his grandparents, Nancy and
Sam Swanson, all of Rice Lake; his great-grandmother, Erline Walker of
Prairie Farm; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Florella M. Hollister, 82, of Rice Lake died May 1 at Lakeview Medical
Mrs. Hollister was born May 9, 1915 to Sadie and Roy Smith at Chetek,
where she grew up and received her education. On March 7, 1933 she married
Ben Hollister at Barron. The couple farmed in Barron County, including
the Sioux Creek, Chetek and Rice Lake areas, until retiring and moving
into Rice Lake in 1959. Mrs. Hollister began working at St. Joseph Hospital
in Rice Lake in 1960, and when the hospital closed she continued working
for Northland Care Nursing Home in the same facility until retiring in
the late 1960s. She loved to make crafts ranging from knitting to pound
She is survived by her husband, Ben; two daughters, Lois Johnston of
Cameron and Colleen Manecke of Rice Lake; a son, DeWayne, of Marine on
St. Croix, Minn.; 14 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren;
and a sister, Ardella Johnson of Chetek.
She was preceded in death by a son and a great-great-granddaughter.
Roy Sanford Hustad, 86, of Cumberland died April 26 at Barron Medical
Mr. Hustad was born March 27, 1912 in Cumberland to Sever and Sena (Robot)
Hustad. On Dec. 30, 1941 he married Eileen Wickstrom, who preceded him
in death on Nov. 26, 1975. On May 29, 1989 he married Catherine Miller
at Elk Mound. He farmed in the Cumberland area.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine; three sons, Allen and Loris,
both of Cumberland, and Greg of Colfax; a daughter, Sharon Neuenfeldt of
Somerset; six grandchildren; three stepsons, Orrin Haugli of Menomonie,
Paul Haugli of Elk Mound, and John Haugli of Cambellsport; two stepdaughters,
Mary Pfeiffer of Cambellsport and Anita Imnel of Fond du Lac; five stepgrandchildren;
and a sister, Mabel Ness of Rice Lake.
Patricia J. Kuehn, 73, of Fall Creek died May 4 at Sacred Heart Hospital
in Eau Claire.
Mrs. Kuehn was born Oct. 30, 1924 to Harry and Lilian (Hoehn) Saunders
in Eau Claire. On Oct. 12, 1946 she married Harold Kuehn in Eau Claire.
They lived in Fall Creek before moving to Rice Lake, where they lived for
30 years before returning to Fall Creek 11 years ago. She had worked as
a secretary for several years, including 3 years for Uniroyal; 5 years
for Cooper-Spangler Engineers in Rice Lake; and 7 years for American Excelsior
in Rice Lake. Mrs. Kuehn's hobbies were playing cards, fishing, collecting
birdhouses and working puzzles. She was an avid sports fan and loved the
Green Bay Packers and the Fall Creek Crickets. Family gatherings and being
with her grandchildren were her priorities.
She is survived by her husband Harold; a daughter, Mary Gustafson of
Fall Creek; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Ernest Koski, 61, of Barronett, died April 18 at Cumberland Extended
Mr. Koski was born Nov. 3, 1936 in Chicago to Ernest and Helen (Vinseck)
Koski. On July 6, 1963, he married Loretta Kabakovich. He served in the
armed forces and worked for General Motors Electromotive in LaGrange, Ill.,
for 15 years.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta; a daughter, Kimberly Ruthenberg
of Barronett; a grandson; and two sisters, Patricia Hayes of Rockford,
Ill., and Helen Lever of Coral Gables, Fla.
Alan "Kooch" Kuehndorf, 52, of Barron died May 4 at his home.
Mr. Kuehndorf was born June 11, 1945 in Rice Lake to Charles and Marcella
(Korsbon) Kuehndorf. He grew up and attended school in Barron and graduated
from Barron High School in 1963. He attended college in Eau Claire for
2 years and owned and operated his own business, Al's Auto Body, for over
20 years. On June 11, 1988 he married Marilyn Lawrence in Iowa. He enjoyed
Harleys and fast cars.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; three sons, Nathan and Zachary
of Barron and Justin of Glenwood City; a daughter, Ali of Barron; a stepson,
Troy Samson of Barron; seven grandchildren; a brother, Gale of Barron;
and a sister, Patti Johnson of Chico, Calif.
David LaFinniere, 75, of Rice Lake died Sunday at Lakeside Nursing and
Rehabitation Center in Chippewa Falls.
Mr. LaFinniere was born Aug. 10,1922 to Joseph and Mary (Mechaquette)
LaFinniere in Iron River, Mich. In 1941 he enlisted in the Army, where
he served in the African and European Theatres and received numerous decorations
and citations. After discharge in 1946, he was an auto mechanic and later
drove semi for the auto industry until his retirement.
He is survived by a brother, Russell of Fairchild; and a sister, Mary
Driver of Rice Lake.
Mr. LaFinniere was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth.
Niles J. Lake, 76, of Belvidere, Ill., died May 12 at St. Anthony Medical
Center in Rockford, Ill.
Mr. Lake was born March 4, 1922 in Barron to Jesse Lake and Maude Hansen.
On Jan. 17, 1944 he married Evelyn Peterson in Pine City, Minn. The couple
had lived in Algonquin, Ill., until moving to Belvidere in 1973. Mr. Lake
was a retired semi truck driver. He had been employed by Shedd's Foods
and later by Waddell Truck Center. He was a member of the Belvidere Lodge
60 A.F.&A.M., the Scottish Rite Valley of Freeport, the Tebala Shrine,
the Boone County Shrine Club and the Teamsters Local 330.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; a son, Jeffrey of Lake in the Hills,
Ill.; six daughters, Florence Ross of Carpentersville, Ill., Janet Bruening
and Tina Black, both of Algonquin, Ill., Judith Karsten of Hampshire, Ill.,
Linda Galik of Lake in the Hills, Ill., and Carol Stumpf of Belvidere;
10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy Schneider
of Eau Claire and Irene Finsterwalder of Minneapolis, Minn.
Rose M. Livingston, 90, of Rice Lake died April 22 at Heritage Manor
in Rice Lake.
The former Rose Saffert was born Dec. 19, 1908 at Sleepyeye, Minn. At
the age of 13 she and her parents moved to the Rice Lake area. On April
17, 1927 she married Hubert J. Livingston Sr. They farmed in the Canton
area for many years. After her husband's death in 1959, she worked at Herberger's
and later at Brecka's Flowers and Gifts. She was a member of the Canton
She is survived by six daughters. Marion Brecka, Lois King and Patricia
Drost, all of Rice Lake, Jeanette Lampien of Chetek, Marcella McDonald
of Holmen and Marjorie Montagne of St. Croix Falls; three sons, Donald
of Rice Lake, Charles of Milltown and Hubert of Minnetonka, Minn.; 46 grandchildren;
98 great grandchildren; three sisters, Agnes Becker and Veronica Butorac,
both of Menomonee Falls, and Margaret Kimler of Hanover, Minn.; and three
brothers, Louis, Leonard and Florian Saffert, all of Rice Lake.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert; and three great-grandchildren.
Mabel C. Meisner, 93, of Chetek died April 26 at Barron Medical Center.
Mrs. Meisner was born on Jan. 24, 1905 in the Town of Dovre in rural
Chetek to Charles and Maria (Newman) Holter. She married Robert Meisner
in October of 1948, in Chicago, Ill. She was an inspector for Stewart/Warner
Co. in Chicago for many years before moving to Chetek in 1969. She was
a member of the Dovre Ladies Aid, the Dovre Lutheran West Oak Grove Circle
and the Dovre Lutheran Choir. She enjoyed quilting with the Dovre Ladies
Aid and Circle.
She is survived by a sister, Anne Pederson of Cameron; two brothers,
George and Carl, both of Chetek; two stepsons, Robert and William, both
of Naperville, Ill.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Meisner was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in 1975.
Thomas H. Moeller, 55, of Rice Lake died April 30 at his home.
Mr. Moeller was born on March 4, 1943 to Madeline and Henry Moeller
at Milwaukee. He moved with his parents to the Hayward area, where he grew
up and received part of his education before moving to Page, Ariz., where
he graduated from high school. He then attended technical school and on-the-job
training to become a machinist and worked in the Chicago area before moving
to Rice Lake in 1994. He had been employed by Thomas Precision Machining
of Rice Lake. Mr. Moeller loved hunting and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
He is survived by a daughter, Virginia (Ginger) Dietrich of New Auburn;
and a brother, Tim, of New Berlin.
Edgar W. Nelson, 80, of Rice Lake died May 10 at the Heritage Manor
Mr. Nelson was born Nov. 10. 1917 in Cumberland to John and Olga (Josephson)
Nelson. He graduated from Cumberland High School and worked for several
grocery and hardware retail stores in Cumberland and later in Rice Lake,
including Johnson Forbes Hardware. On Sept. 22, 1940 he married Anna Marie
Cotone at Cumberland. The couple owned and operated the Herberger Grocery
Department from 1951 to 1959. They opened the V&S Hardware Store (True
Value) in Rice Lake in 1961 and co-owned it with Don Zaspel until 1977.
Mr. Nelson was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Rice Lake
He is survived by his wife, Anna Marie; a sister, Jean Algeo of Cumberland;
and six nieces and nephews.
Joseph Nelson, 92, of Rice Lake, died April 24 at his home.
Mr. Nelson was born Oct. 12, 1905 at Dallas to Anton and Mary (Ruse)
Nelson. On Aug. 1, 1928 he married Evelyn Johnson at St. Paul, Minn., and
the couple lived in Rice Lake, where he owned and operated Joe's Electric
until 1955. He was then employed as an electrician in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
He had been a member of the Electricians Union, was an avid baseball fan
and loved to hunt and fish.
He is survived by two sons, R.L. of Rice Lake and Wayne of Waukesha;
two daughters, Maryida Trujillo of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Janet of
Rice Lake; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Mr. Nelson was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, in 1973.
Frank M. Oser, 72, of Rice Lake died April 19 at his home.
Mr. Oser was born April 22, 1925 at Toluca, Ill., where he grew up and
received his education. He worked as a farm laborer until entering the
Navy in July 1943 and serving in WW II. After his discharge, he returned
to Illinois and worked at various jobs before moving to Nevada in 1976,
where he lived until moving to Rice Lake in 1997.
He is survived by two sons, Tom of Rice Lake and Steve of Nevada; two
daughters, JoAnn and Diane, both of Arizona; and by several grandchildren
Mr. Oser was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 1995.
Walter A. Peterson, 93, of Menahga, Minn., and formerly of Rice Lake,
died April 19 at Green Pines Nursing Home there.
Mr. Peterson was born Oct. 25, 1904 to Nellie and John Peterson in Noonan,
N.D. His parents moved to Menahga, where he was raised and received his
education. On Jan. 27, 1940 he married Ruth Melgaard in Minneapolis and
continued working as a floor refinisher. The couple later started their
own floor refinishing business in Minneapolis and operated it until retiring
in 1969. They moved to Wisconsin and later to Rice Lake and, following
the death of his wife in 1983, Mr. Peterson moved to California and later
He is survived by a brother, Byron of Portland, Ore.; and three sisters,
Mildred Eberhardt of Paradise, Calif., Edna Millard of Louisville, Ky.,
and Helen Anderson of Plymouth, Minn.
Mr. Peterson was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, in 1983.
Wayne Delmar Prairie, 59, of Birchwood died May 12 at Lakeview Medical
Center in Rice Lake.
Mr. Prairie was born Sept. 3, 1938 in Momence, Ill., to Delmar and Louise
(Hebert) Prairie. On July 27, 1959 he married Roberta Workman in Kankakee,
Ill. He worked for the Strongheart Dog Food Co. and Munyon and Hibbs grain
elevator and Applelawn Farms in Momence until moving to Birchwood in 1981,
where he was a tractor driver for Birchwood Lumber and Veneer. Mr. Prairie
was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved camping, spending time with
his family and socializing with friends.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta; two sons, Tracy of Costa Mesa,
Calif., and Richard of New Richmond; four daughters, Theodora Guterriz
of Sandwich, Ill., Katherine Depoister of Birchwood, and Alberta Iacono
and Kathaleene Birkholz, both of Bolingbrook, Ill.; nine grandchildren;
his mother, Louise of Momence; two sisters, Linda Mollema of St. Anne,
Ill., and Debra Filipek of Lake Village, Ind.; five brothers, Ronnie of
Phoenix, Ariz., Gerald of Joliet, Ill., Dean of Bersrod, Germany, and Steve
and Frances, both of Momence.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua Depoister.
Gathern G. Rathbun, 77, of rural New Auburn died April 16 at Luther
Hospital in Eau Claire.
Mr. Rathbun was born Oct. 31, 1920 in the Town of Rusk in Rusk County
to George and Sadie (Nichols) Rathbun. He married Leah Coleman on Feb.
5, 1938 in the Town of Sampson. He was a dairy farmer in the Bear Lake
community until the 1950s and maintained the town roads. He worked as a
road builder and retired as a mechanic from the Uniroyal Goodrich Tire
Co. after 25 years.
He is survived by his wife, Leah; two sons, Rex of Chippewa Falls and
Max of Cornell; a daughter, Judie James of New Auburn; a sister, Ruth Erbeck
of DePere; 23 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Rathbun was preceded in death by a daughter, Jean DuBois; and four
Kevin John Reif, 41, of Rice Lake and formerly of Chicago, Ill., died
May 5 at the Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.
Mr. Reif was born Dec. 29, 1956 in Chicago to Jerome and Dorothy Reif.
He attended school there and worked for Local One Union Co. as a maintenance
man for over 12 years. On May 6, 1986 he married Diane Thies in Chicago.
He is survived by his wife Diane; four brothers, Robert of Arizona,
Joseph of Skokie, Ill., Patrick of Mount Prospect, Ill.; and Jerome of
Edward David Ricci, 78, of Cumberland died April 29 at the Cumberland
Mr. Ricci was born Sept. 5, 1919 in the Town of Crystal Lake in Barron
County to Herman and Antonia (Ranallo) Ricci. On Aug. 5, 1954 he married
Harriet Johnson in Las Vegas, Nev. He worked at 3M Co. in Cumberland for
many years and was an accomplished shoemaker and leather harness and saddle
He is survived by his wife, Harriet; and three brothers, Paul and Andy,
both of Cumberland, and August of Seattle, Wash.
Mr. Ricci was preceded in death by a stepson, Douglas Krug; and a stepdaughter,
Joyce D. Robotka, 64 of Chicago, Ill., and formerly of Birchwood, died
May 9 at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago.
Mrs. Robotka was born June 29, 1933 to Gertrude and Jack Stursa at Rice
Lake. She grew up in the Tuscobia and Haugen area and graduated from Rice
Lake High School. She worked at Herberger's in Rice Lake and in August
of 1956 married Frank Robotka at Haugen. The couple lived in Birchwood,
where she worked as a secretary for the Birchwood Lumber and Veneer Co.
and then as a teacher's aide for the Birchwood school system. Her husband
died in 1976 and she later moved to Chicago to work for the Chicago Motor
Club. She was planning to move back to the Rice Lake area. She liked to
sew, shop, play bingo and watch her son shoot pool.
She is survived by her son, Steven of Chicago; a grandson; her mother,
Gertrude of Rice Lake; a sister, Sharon Hanson of Eagan, Minn.; and a brother,
Jack of Rice Lake.
John Leonard "Buck" Rybicki, 92, of Weyerhaeuser died April 19 at the
Rusk County Nursing Home.
Mr. Rybicki was born Nov. 19, 1905 to Stanley and Constance (Witkowski)
Rybicki. He was a lifelong resident of the Rusk County area, where he had
been self-employed as a mechanic. Mr. Rybicki entered the nursing home
in January 1991.
Gladys S. Schweitzer, 80, of DeKalb, Ill., died May 7 at the Oak Crest
Retirement Center in DeKalb.
Mrs. Schweitzer was born Nov. 17, 1917 in Weyerhaeuser to William and
Ruth (Lovke) Simpson. On Dec. 1, 1944 she married Willard Schweitzer in
Naperville, Ill. She had lived in Rice Lake, Birchwood, Barron and Arlington
before moving to DeKalb, where she was employed at J.B. Inderrieden Canning
Co., Del Monte, and the DeKalb County Home Bureau.
She is survived by four sisters-in-law, Rosemarie Simpson of Rice Lake,
and Edna and Alma Schweitzer, both of DeKalb, and Ethel Rockabrand of El
Paso, Texas; two brothers-in-law, Lee Olsen of Rice Lake and Robert of
Mrs. Schweitzer was preceded in death by her husband, Willard.
Rodney W. Schnuckle, 62, of Sarona died April 22 at his home.
Mr. Schnuckle was born Aug. 25, 1935 to Mable and Rollin Schnuckle in
Duluth, Minn., where he grew up and graduated from Denfeld High School
in 1953. He worked in the Duluth area and then enrolled at UM-Duluth, where
he majored in math and physics. He married Karen Hill on June 20, 1959
there, graduated from UM-Duluth in 1961, and went to work for IDS in Minneapolis,
where he worked in data processing and computer operations. In 1982 he
assumed the duties of director of the data center for MSI Insurance in
Arden Hills, Minn., until retiring in 1994 and moving with his wife to
their retirement home on Long Lake. He loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Karen; two sons, Scott of Rockaway, N.J.,
and Gary of Los Angeles, Calif.; two grandchildren; a brother, William
of Duluth; and two sisters, Beverly Rich of Buffalo, N.Y., and Lois LaMont
of Denver, Colo.
Lawrence T. Schwaab, 84, of Rice Lake died April 27 at Lakeview Medical
Mr. Schwaab was born Dec. 7, 1913 to Frances and Lawrence Schwaab at
Milwaukee. At age 6, he moved with his family to Plymouth, where he received
his education and worked during high school in his father's machine shop
as an apprentice tool and die worker. He graduated from Plymouth High School
in 1931 and worked his way to the position of foreman at Cleveland Container
Company before moving to Philadelphia, Penn. He returned to Plymouth at
the beginning of WW II and worked in the shipyard at Manitowoc. He later
worked in numerous businesses until retiring as a gunsmith in 1977 from
Donaldson's Department Store in Minneapolis. He moved to Radisson and married
Ethel Mattson there. They moved to Hayward and then to Rice Lake in 1992.
Mr. Schwaab was an active member of the Hayward Moose Lodge before transferring
to the Rice Lake Moose Lodge. He was an expert gunsmith and gun engraver.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel; a daughter, Kay McAllister of Hayward;
a son, Karl of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren;
a stepdaughter, Shirley Haug of Manitowoc; and three sisters, Virginia
Schwaab and Mary Truitt, both of Plymouth, and Ruth Plate of Sarasota,
Daniel "Bogman" Searles, 55, of rural Frederic died May 5 at his home.
Mr. Searles was born in Wisconsin Rapids April 15, 1943 to Nora and
Harold Searles. He lived at Hertel until joining the Navy in 1961. In 1965
he began dividing his time between Wisconsin and Florida until returning
to Wisconsin permanently in 1981. He retired from Searles Cranberry Marsh
in the fall of 1997. His interests included scuba diving in Florida and
local lakes, trap shooting at Southfort and Fishbowl Sportsmen Club, camping,
sailing and snowmobiling.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy; two sons, Christopher of Shoreview,
Minn., and Andrew of Monterey, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Kari Ann Piccione
of Siren and Paula Stellrecht of Rice Lake; four grandsons; his parents,
Nora and Harold of Hertel; and two sisters, Linda Root of Hertel and Sue
Peters of Lorgan Town, W. Va.
June Freeman Siewert, 80, of Rice Lake died April 15 at the Rice Lake
Mrs. Siewert was born May 26, 1917 in Mellen to William and Lillian
(Brown) Bruns. She attended school in Mellen, graduated from Mellen High
School and attended Milwaukee School of Nursing. She worked as a registered
nurse at Lakeside Hospital and Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake for
32 years. She married Clifford Freeman in Superior, and he preceded her
in death in 1969. Later she married Ben Siewert at Rice Lake, and he preceded
her in death in 1986. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by a son, William Freeman of Rice Lake; four grandchildren;
two great-granddaughters; and two brothers, William Bruns of Harlington,
Texas, and Donald Bruns of Hudson.
In addition to her husbands, Mrs. Siewert was preceded in death by a
son, James Freeman, in 1993.
Mildred E. Simonds, 89, of Dodge Center, Minn., died May 2 at Fairview
Nursing Home there.
Mrs. Simonds was born Jan. 2, 1909 in Barron to Casper and Mary (Olson)
Sundsmo. She grew up in Barron and on Sept. 19, 1931 married Robert Simonds
in Freeport, Ill. They lived at Barron for several years before moving
to Elkhart, Ind., and then to St. Paul, Minn., where they lived for over
45 years. After retiring in 1982 they moved to Tucson, Ariz., where they
lived until settling in Dodge Center in 1989.
She is survived by two sons, Robert of Meridian, Calif., and Milford
of Kasson, Minn.; three daughters, Elaine Saunders of Maplewood, Minn.,
Adrienne Schmidt of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Trudy Brown of River Falls;
11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Simonds was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in 1990;
a grandson; and a granddaughter.
Eddie O. Solie, 81, of Rice Lake died April 27 at the Rice Lake Convalescent
Mr. Solie was born Sept. 9, 1916 at Dallas to Gilbert and Antona (Kvernen)
Solie. He entered the Army during WW II and after discharge in 1945 returned
to Rice Lake, where he was employed by GTE as a service technician until
retiring in 1981. On Oct. 12, 1957 he married Evelyn Kucko at Barron. He
was a member of the Rice Lake American Legion Post, Blue Hills Fiddlers
and Pickers and the Dusty Strings.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn; a daughter from a previous marriage,
Gloria Hunsicker of Arizona; a daughter, Kelly Brown of Rice Lake; five
grandchildren; a brother, Ginnard of Chetek; and two sisters, Gena Olson
of Rice Lake and Ann Haglund of Albert Lea, Minn.
Maxine B. Speed, 67, of Rice Lake died April 16 at the Heritage Manor
in Rice Lake.
Mrs. Speed was born June 25, 1930 to Roy and Beatrice Frost at Sioux
Falls, S.D. She married J. Don Speed in October of 1948 in Hayward and
worked at Wright Products for over 24 years.
She is survived by two daughters, Beatrice Speed and Sharon Albrecht,
both of Rice Lake; a grandson; two sisters, Geraldine Hakkila of Iron,
Minn., and Gloria Hissa of Iron River; and three brothers, Odean, Leland,
and Larry Kiggins, all of Iron River.
Mrs. Speed was preceded in death by her husband, J. Don, in 1974; and
two sons, Ronnie and Lonnie.
Lou Ann Stokes
Lou Ann Stokes, 43, of Barron, died April 25 at her mother's home there.
Ms. Stokes was born Aug. 6, 1954 in Rice Lake to Kenneth and Vada (Isaacson)
Stokes. She grew up in Barron, graduated from Barron High School in 1972
and worked at Mastercraft in Rice Lake for several years. She then worked
for Jerome Foods in Barron for 13 years and, later, at the Harvest Inn
for a short time.
She is survived by a son, Corey Stokes of Virginia Beach, Va.; her mother,
Vada; four brothers, Guy and Lee, both of Barron, Tom of Hillsdale and
Joel of Cameron; two sisters, Linda Gregoire of Bloomington, Minn., and
Barbara Balts of Chetek.
Dean Curtis Strand, 75, of Mikana died April 29 at Regions Hospital
in St. Paul, Minn., after complications from an injury at his Rice Lake
farm April 9.
Mr. Strand was born April 13, 1923 to Oscar and Gertrude (Wenhaug) Strand
in the Town of Doyle. He was raised on the family farm, attended Rice Lake
public schools and served with the Army Air Corps in Alaska during WW II.
He met Norma Jean Archer of Hope, Ariz., while working as a salesman in
Chicago and attending Northwestern University in Evanston. The couple married
in December 1951 and had recently retired to their Mikana home on Red Cedar
Lake. He had worked as a regional sales representative for several commercial
abrasives firms, had owned and operated Great Lakes Grinding, a precision
metal finishing company in Chicago, and since the late 1970s had operated
the family farm near Rice Lake.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Jean; three sons, Michael of Minnetonka,
Minn., Jeffrey of Des Plaines, Ill., and David of Frisco, Texas; a daughter,
Gale Strand of Minneapolis; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Eleanor
Okerson of Fredricksburg, Va.
Mary Ellen Tighe
Mary Ellen Tighe, 76, of Minneapolis died April 24.
The former Mary Ellen Quinn was born Feb. 19, 1922 in Rice Lake. She
graduated from St. Joseph's grade school and Rice Lake High School. She
married Walter "Al" Tighe in 1946. They lived in Rice Lake, then later
moved to the Twin Cities. Mrs. Tighe was a bookkeeper at Standard Oil for
She is survived by her husband, Walter; a son, Terry of Sterling Heights,
Mich.; a brother, Thomas Quinn of Rice Lake; and five grandchildren.
William Vine, 88, of rural Friendship died April 25 of cancer.
Mr. Vine was born Oct. 8, 1909 in Greenwood to Edward and Mina (Harlow)
Vine. On March 10, 1934 he married Evelyn Weaver in Birchwood, and they
resided there until moving to Milton in 1956. He worked for General Motors
until retiring in 1971 and moving to Friendship, where they lived at Buck
Lodge. Evelyn preceded him in death on April 16, 1980, and he married Florence
Dayboll of Burlington on July 14, 1988. He was an avid outdoorsman and
loved to hunt, fish and trap. Mr. Vine had been in 49 states, worked on
the pipeline in Alaska, and always had a story to tell over a cup of coffee.
He is survived by his wife, Florence; two sons, William Jr. of Janesville
and Jack of Arkdale; three daughters, Annis Marceau of Hancock, Shirley
Reynolds of Grand Marsh and Gladys Gruevenfilder of Blanchardville; a sister,
Mae Breezee of Adams, two stepchildren, Jerry Dayboll and Mary DeFazio,
both of Burlington; 13 grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren.
Mr. Vine was also preceded in death two grandsons, Steve Arms and Mike
Anna Vobornik, 87, of Ladysmith died April 28 at the Ladysmith Nursing
Mrs. Vobornik was born April 6, 1911 in Illinois. She moved to Rusk
County as a child and in 1931 married Louis Vobornik in Ladysmith. She
is survived by a son, Richard of Ladysmith; two daughters, Ruth Kopras
of Bruce and Judi Holzbauer of Madison, 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren;
and a sister, Lucy Matus of Weyerhauser.
O. Glenn Werts
O. Glenn Werts, Jr., 88, of Chetek died May 2 at St. Joseph's Hospital
in Chippewa Falls.
Mr. Werts was born May 26, 1909 to Orval and Eva (Curtis) Werts in Russell,
Iowa. The family moved to the Cameron area when he was 5, and he attended
the Greenwood Country School and then graduated from Cameron High School
in 1928. He attended the University of Iowa at Ames for 1 year and on June
21, 1933 married Vera Marsh at Cameron. The couple farmed in the Canton
area until 1978. Mr. Werts was also employed part time by Kohel Implement
for 15 years and was a rural mail carrier in the Canton area for 38 years.
He was a member of the Rice Lake Elks Club and had been an avid sportsman
who enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and bowling and following his grandchildren's
He is survived by a son, Edward of Canton; three daughters, Betty Lawin
of Eagleton, Kathy Bagley of Spooner and Judy Antczak of Canton; 15 grandchildren;
21 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Noonan of Green Bay.
Mr. Werts was preceded in death by his wife, Vera, on March 25, 1994;
and a daughter, Nancy Crowell.