|Joel P. Wagner
Joel P. Wagner, age 25, of Menomonie, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at
Joel was born Nov. 15, 1975, in Eau Claire to Gary L. and Linda (Groff)
Wagner. He was raised in Menomonie and graduated in 1994 from Menomonie
Joel was going to graduate Magna Cum Laude in May from the University
of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in marketing education with a concentration
in business education and minors in history education and coaching basketball.
Joel was prepared to student teach starting Monday at Chippewa Falls
High School in marketing and business classes. He also coached basketball
for the sixth grade Menomonie All-Stars and ninth grade basketball for
Eau Claire Memorial.
Joel is survived by his parents, Gary and Linda Wagner of Menomonie;
one brother, Justin Wagner of Menomonie; his paternal grandmother, Carol
Wagner; his maternal grandfather, Robert Groff; aunts, uncles and cousins;
and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jason; maternal grandmother,
Daisy Groff; and paternal grandfather, Lenard Wagner.
Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, at Christian Life Ministries
Church in Menomonie with the Revs. Mike Pilla and Jim Crawmer officiating.
Burial was in Ford Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie.
Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.
Clarence W. Johnstone
Clarence W. Johnstone, a centenarian of 102, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001,
at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
Clarence was born Dec. 30, 1898, in Crookston, Minn., the son of William
and Carrie (Lerum) Johnstone. Clarence moved with his family to the Urne
area south of Durand where he attended school. Clarence worked at different
types of construction in his early years, eventually merging into a plumbing
career. He worked for various plumbers in the Menomonie area.
After retiring in the late 1960s, he purchased a home in Menomonie
where he lived and cared for himself until being admitted to Myrtle Werth
Hospital-Mayo Health System on Dec. 27, 2000. Clarence celebrated his 102nd
birthday in the hospital. On Jan. 2, 2001, Clarence was transferred to
the Dunn County Health Care Center, where he remained the rest of his life.
Clarence is survived by his sister, Fern Schimmel of Menomonie; five
nieces, Violet Williams and Marlas Ranke, both of Menomonie, Phyllis Erickson
and Jo Ann Bjorkman, both of Amery, and Marno Gerow of Boco Raton, Fla.;
as well as special friends, Joe and Judy Jax and Herb White, all of Menomonie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ben and Robert;
and two sisters, Mabel Hintzman and Nora Dale.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel
Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial
was in Riverview Cemetery in Downsville.
Shelly M. Vernon
Shelly M. Vernon, age 49, of Menomonie, died Sunday, March 25, 2001,
at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
The former Michele Marie Bodoh was born Dec. 30, 1951, in Neillsville
to Lawrence and Jessie June (Zilisch) Bodoh. She was raised in Menomonie
and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1970. She then attended Chippewa
Valley Technical College for two years, earning a degree in business. Shelly
worked as a CNA at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie for 22 years.
She married Richard Vernon on Oct. 23, 1982, at Our Savior's Lutheran
Church in Menomonie.
Shelly was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. She enjoyed working
with residents from Potter's Country Home as well as with the residents
from the American Lutheran Home. She also enjoyed gardening, camping and
downhill skiing. Shelly will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Shelly is survived by her husband, Richard; three children, Joel, Janette
and Jon, all of Menomonie; one sister, Barb (Lloyd) Strangeway of Chetek;
four brothers, Dennis (Debbie) Bodoh of Menomonie, Bob Bodoh of Chippewa
Falls; Ron Bodoh of Key West, Fla., and Tom (Deb) Bodoh of Brandon, S.D.;
four nieces and two nephews, Tara Baier, Rick Penny, Heidi and Chelsie
Bodoh, and Corey and Jennifer Bodoh; one great-niece and two great-nephews,
Kara, Vinny and Jo Baier; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Bodoh, and her parents.
Funeral services are 3 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2001, at Our Savior's
Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Revs. Ron Burke and Kurt Larson officiating.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Menomonie.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral
Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
Russell J. Lasocki
Russell J. Lasocki, age 56, of Menomonie, died peacefully at home on
Wednesday, April 11, 2001, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Russell was a loyal employee of the University of Wisconsin-Stout and
a member of the Instructional Technology Services Department.
Russ leaves behind a larger community of friends who will remember
him as a big man with a kind heart, a gentle soul, and a great sense of
He is survived by his loving wife, Leslie Koepke; two sisters, Paul
Walia and Ellrene (Keith) Whiting; and a nephew, Patrick Walia.
He was cared for by a loving circle of friends, including Kathy Nevins,
Maggie Madden, Julia Smith, Shelly Aamodt and Martha Wallen.
He was preceded in death by father, Alex, and mother, Irene.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001, at
the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 16, at
the First Congregational Church in Menomonie, followed by an open house
at the family home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Northwest Home Care/Hospice
or the Stout University Foundation for the Russell Lasocki Telecommunication
Systems Scholarship Fund.
Edward M. Grogan
Edward M. Grogan, age 90, of Wheeler, formerly of Lake City, Minn.,
died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.
He was born Oct. 6, 1911, in Glenwood City to Malcolm and Maybelle
(Baker) Grogan. Following high school graduation, Edward attended the School
of Engineering in Milwaukee, graduating in 1929.
He married the former Wilma Hyde on Dec. 18, 1946, in Milwaukee. They
moved to Lake City in 1947 and resided there until six years ago. Edward
was a self-employed electrician for many years. Ten years prior to retiring,
he worked at the Prairie Island Power Plant. He was a member of the First
Congregational Church in Lake City for many years.
Edward is survived by three sisters, Arlene (Russell) Quarderer of
San Antonio, Texas, Marilyn (Keith) Peterson of New Richmond, and Rosalie
(Leonard) Hoff of New Brighton, Minn.; one brother, James Grogan (Sandee
Gould) of Howard Lake, Minn.; two granddaughters, Mary Jo Hart of Thielman,
Minn., and Heidi (Herb) Wells of Bay City; a sister-in-law, Luella Grogan
of Wheeler; a niece, Betty (Bill) Heitmann of Blaine, Minn.; several other
nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wilma; a daughter,
Patricia Murphy; one brother, Alvin Grogan; and two infant brothers.
Funeral services are Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at Grace United Methodist
Church in Wheeler with the Rev. Gail Mitchell officiating. Burial will
be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, in Lakewood Cemetery in Lake
The family suggests memorials to Alzheimer's research.
Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.
Carole A. Thorn
Carole A. Thorn, 66, formerly of Eau Claire, died Saturday, Aug. 17,
2002, at Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation at Chippewa Falls.
She was born in Mankato, Minn., on Aug. 25, 1935, the daughter of Charles
"Ted" and Leona (Raedel) Hagen. She moved with her family to Eau Claire
where she graduated in 1953 from Eau Claire Senior High School.
Carole married Clifford R. Lorenz on Dec. 24, 1966, in Eau Claire.
Cliff died in 1973. She married Darrel "Doley" Thorn in Red Wing, Minn.,
on July 28, 1975. Doley died in 1977.
Carole was a secretary at Consumer's Co-op Credit Union many years
and then at OK Tire until 1985.
Survivors include her mother, Leona VanDenbroek of Altoona; two sons,
Mark (Debra) Lorenz of Menomonie and David Lorenz of Hallie; two sisters,
Janet Holman of Altoona and Marian (Marv) Grzys of Escondido, Calif.; two
brothers, Chuck (Arlene) Hagen of Eau Claire and Jim (Judy) Hagen of The
Woodlands, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Hagen; stepfather,
Clarence "Van" VanDenbroek; and a brother-in-law, Glen Holman.
Memorial services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn
Funeral Home in Eau Claire with Pastor Gerald Mann officiating. Burial
will be in Rest Haven Cemetery in the Town of Washington.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the
Allen G. Wendt
Allen G. Wendt, age 83, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002, at
Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.
He was born July 6, 1919, in Menomonie to Gustav and Lula (Hess) Wendt.
When a young man he served in the Civil Corps of Engineers where he participated
in the sport of boxing.
Allen was employed by Hitz Dairy for several years. He then owned and
operated a dairy farm in the Town of Dunn until retiring in 1981.
He enjoyed training his hunting dogs, hunting, fishing and driving
tractor for Doane Farms. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, and especially with his wife, Elaine.
He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Al is survived by his wife, Elaine of Menomonie; his son, Lyn (Geri)
Wendt of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Jody (Tony) Lemke, Lori (Ryan)
Olson, and Jeremy (Tara) Wendt, all of Menomonie; six great-grandchildren;
three stepchildren, Gary (Carol) Carlson of Portland, Ore., Bruce (Paula)
Carlson of LaCrescent, Minn., and Penny Hammer of Duluth, Minn.; five stepgrandchildren;
one stepgreat-grandchild; one sister, Lanett Marshall of Washington, Mo.;
one brother, Cliff (Carol) Wendt of Menomonie; his mother-in-law, Genevieve
Wekkin of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Wilmer;
two other brothers, Roy and Marvin; and a brother-in-law, Stanley Marshall.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, at the Olson Funeral
Home in Menomonie with the Rev John Mikkelson officiating. Burial was in
Evergreen Cemetery in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County.
Loretta (Harnisch) Winget
Loretta (Harnisch) Winget passed away suddenly on Saturday, Jan. 13,
2001, at her home in Chicago, Ill.
Loretta was born and raised near Connorsville, and spent a majority
of her time in Wisconsin and Florida as well as Illinois.
She is survived by three children, Geraldine Gerali, Sharon (Don) Novelle
and Shirley (John) Morris; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild,
all of Chicago. She is also survived by four brothers, Leonard Harnisch,
Marvin Harnisch, Laverne Harnisch and Ray (Dorothy) Harnisch, all of Wisconsin;
four sisters, Doris Sedlacek of Chicago, Mae Marnisch of St. Petersburg,
Fla., Joyce Deems of San Diego, Calif., and Helen (Frank) Genna of Palm
Harbor, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Douglas, John and Edward,
and her parents, William and Mary Harnisch.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, in Chicago.
H. Preston Grandstaff
H. Preston Grandstaff, age 81, of Menomonie, died Thursday, April 12,
2001 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
Henry Preston Grandstaff was born Sept. 4, 1919 in Tolu, Kentucky to
Andrew J. and Jessie P. (Bryles) Grandstaff.
He attended grade school in Rosiclare, Ill. and graduated from Fitchans
High School in Springfield, Ill.
He trained in optical dispensing at White Haines Optical Co. in Springfield
and went to work at Uhleman Optical Co. in Springfield. He later went into
business with Dr. C.C. Englehart, Ophthalmologist in Ironwood, Mich. Upon
the death of Dr. Englehart, Preston was called to Benson Optical in Eau
Claire in 1952.
In 1953 he accepted a position at Rochester Opticians, Rochester, Minn.
In 1954 he became the manager of Duffens Contact Lens Co. in Salina, Kan.
Preston fitted both artificial eyes and contact lens for ophthalmologists.
Preston married Eliza M. Repseth on Oct. 9, 1952 at Peace Lutheran
Church in Menomonie.
While in Salina, he was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. He
was a member and officer of the Mr. & Mrs. Club of St. John's and also
served as Sunday School treasurer for ten years.
He was an officer in various square dance clubs in Salina.
Preston served in the U.S. Army during W.W. II and was discharged in
Upon retirement in 1984 he and his wife moved to Menomonie. They became
members of Christ Lutheran Church and enjoyed the friendships of members
in the (Seniors) Silver Thread Club. He was also a past president and treasurer
of the Silver Threads.
Preston is survived by: His wife, Eliza; a beloved pet poodle, "Saydee;"
a nephew, James (Linda) Grandstaff of Springfield, Ill.; a niece, Barbara
Weber of Springfield, Ill.; grandnieces all of Springfield: Traci Grandstaff,
Trisha Lind, Casandra Miller and Christine Weber; a cousin, Harvey (Shirley)
Walton of Iowa; and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Don Duesing;
a brother, Robert and sister-in-law, Jane Grandstaff; and nephew, Rex Grandstaff.
There will be a Memorial Service at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April,
18, 2001 at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Rolf Morck officiating.
Burial of the cremains will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery.
It is suggested that memorials go to Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie.
Myrtle M. Jacobson
Myrtle M. Jacobson, age 83, of Ridgeland, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2001,
at the Barron Medical Center.
Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, at the Ridgeland
Lutheran Church with burial in the Hay River Lutheran Cemetery, Town of
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Mark Rausch
Funeral Home in Dallas and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
Clarence Robert "Bob" Krause
Clarence Robert "Bob" Krause, age 85, of Menomonie, went home to be
with the Lord with his family at his side on Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at Fairview
Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minn.
Bob was born Aug. 25, 1916, in Menomonie, the son of Robert and Clara
(Brado) Krause. Bob moved with his family to La Crosse where he grew up.
Bob graduated from La Crosse High School and attended one year of college
at La Crosse. He then attended college at Stout and graduated in 1939.
Bob taught at a vocational school in Wausau for a short time. Bob was a
civilian employee with the U.S. Navy at Navy Pier in Chicago during World
Bob married Helen Good of Menomonie in 1942. Helen preceded him in
death in 1956. After the war, he began his career with General Motors.
During his 37 years with General Motors, he lived in various states, serving
in a variety of management positions. In 1961, he married Helen Anderson
of Menomonie. Bob retired from the Fischer Body Division of General Motors
in 1982 where he was Director of Management, Manpower Training & Development.
During his retirement years, Bob and Helen enjoyed traveling between
their home in Michigan and their winter home in Cape Coral, Fla. In 1999,
they returned to Menomonie from their home in Michigan, and still wintered
Bob was an active member of the Stout Alumni Association, a 50-year
member of Menomonie Masonic Lodge #164, Free and Accepted Masons, and was
an avid fisherman and sports fan.
Bob is survived by his wife, Helen; three daughters, Jane M. (David)
Newsome of Houston, Texas, Peggy A. (Steve) Moe of Edina, and Mary Jo (John)
Hayes of Conway, S.C.; a stepson, David E. (Lore) Duenkel of Naperville,
Ill.; seven grandchildren, Lee Newsome, Stephany Moe, Alicia (Hayes) Jones,
Jan (Hayes) Skipper, Tracie (Hayes) Neal, Michael Duenkel and Sylvia Duenkel;
four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife in 1956; a
brother, Harold; a sister, Marge Knight; and a stepson, Richard Duenkel.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel
Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. David Tuff officiating. Burial
was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.
Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.
Mabel E. Hardy
Mabel E. Hardy, age 98, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002, at
the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
Mabel was born on Nov. 2, 1903, in the Town of Menomonie to John and
Augusta (Strehlau) Green. She married LaVerne Hardy in July 1924 in Menomonie.
She lived in the Menomonie area all her life.
Mabel worked at Ben Franklin and Jaeger's Bakery until retiring from
the bakery in 1967. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and enjoyed
gardening, crocheting, and babysitting, especially her grandchildren and
her neighborhood children.
Mabel is survived by two daughters, Dorothy Hardy of Menomonie and
Sandra (Kenneth) Marquardt of Forest Lake, Minn.; four grandchildren, Sheila
(Allan) Lemke of Anoka, Minn., Brian (Kelly) Marquardt of Lindstrom, Minn.,
David (Elizabeth) Marquardt of Longmont, Colo., and Scott (Jennifer) Marquardt
of Parkers Prairie, Minn.; six great-grandchildren, Mark (Rachel) Lemke,
Craig (Joy) Lemke, and Tanner, Lauren, Keller and Jack Marquardt; one great-great-grandson,
Dalton Lemke; four sisters, Edna Gallman, Esther Thibado and Marion (Clarence)
Ford, all of Menomonie, and Dorothy Dickerson of Warren, Mich.; one brother,
John (Ann) Green of North St. Paul, Minn.; nieces and nephews; and other
relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters,
Irma Hathaway and Lillian Wagner; and four brothers, Louie, Harry, Melvin
and Clarence Green.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at Peace Lutheran Church
in Menomonie with the Rev. J. David Whelan officiating. Burial was in Peace
Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Peace Lutheran
Goldie C. Larrabee
Goldie C. Larrabee, age 89, of Menomonie, passed away Sunday, Nov.
24, 2002, at the Dunn County Health Care Center.
The former Goldie Clara Braselton was born Feb. 24, 1913, in Georgetown,
Ill., to Jacob and Cora (Collom) Braselton. After graduating from the eighth
grade in Georgetown, she worked for several families in Gary, Ind. When
she was 19 she moved to Wisconsin to live with a sister. She met Everett
Larrabee and they were married on Dec. 24, 1932, at Forest Center in the
Town of Spring Brook in Dunn County. They farmed in the Town of Spring
Brook until 1989 when they moved to Menomonie. She was a resident of the
Dunn County Health Care Center for six years.
At the age of 70, Goldie decided she would like to earn her high school
diploma. She persevered and received her GED two years later in 1985. Goldie
was active in the Forest Center Church of the Nazarene for many years where
held various offices. She helped out on the family farm and worked in several
restaurants and in a motel in Menomonie while she was raising her family
and caring for her elderly mother.
Goldie will be remembered for her wonderful hospitality and the many
delicious meals she served for friends and relatives. Goldie loved her
family, was always there when they needed her, and enjoyed babysitting
her grandchildren. Her family was the recipient of some of her needlework
and sewing projects.
Goldie is survived by one son, Kenneth, and two daughters, Connie (Forest)
Bixby and Norma (Brian) Gabriel, all of Menomonie; seven grandchildren,
David Larrabee, Rick (Barb) Larrabee and Vicki (Tom) Anderson, all of Menomonie,
Randy (Karen) Larrabee of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Scott (Toni) Bixby, Brian
(Tamara) Bixby and Evan Gabriel, all of Menomonie; 11 great-grandchildren,
Hannah, Ben, Rachael and Emily Larrabee, Zachary, Alaina and Gabriel Anderson,
Samantha and Jessica Larrabee, and Lindsey and Sawyer Bixby; nieces and
nephews; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two infant sons, Donald and
Richard; her parents; seven brothers, three infants and Tom, Ben, Melvin
and Raymond Braselton; and three sisters, one infant and Nettie (Harold)
Larrabee and Ada (Charles) Larrabee.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002, at Oak Ridge Church
in Menomonie with the Rev. Jim Folz officiating. Burial was in Forest Center
Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook.
Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.
Charles "Charlie' Mattison
Charles "Charlie" Mattison, age 75, of Elk Mound, died Sunday, Jan.
14, 2001, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.
Charlie was born May 2, 1925, in Menomonie to Arnold and Cora (Wold)
Mattison. He attended school in Menomonie and at age 15 moved to Milwaukee.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Nov. 12, 1943, and served for three and
one-half years during World War II in the Aleutian Islands. He was discharged
on April 15, 1946.
On Oct. 21, 1949, he married Marjourie Brown at Barum Lutheran Church.
Charlie was employed with Uniroyal for 32 years, did construction, and
worked at Pope and Talbot, both in Eau Claire, and had the Mattison Berry
Farm in Elk Mound. He was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Marjourie of Elk Mound; children, Daniel
(Cindy) and John (Sherry) Mattison and Kathleen (Thomas) LaPean; grandchildren,
Joseph, Sena, Benjamin and Christy; and four lifelong friends, Juleen Tiller
and Allyn Pracht, both of Menomonie, Bob Kausrud of Portland, Ore., and
Gerald Weiman of Fond du Lac.
Funeral services for Charlie were Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, from the
Barum Lutheran Church with Pastor Hal Schroetter officiating. Burial was
in the church cemetery.
Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax was in charge of arrangements.
Laverne William "Bud" Scheel
Laverne William "Bud" Scheel passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, in
Menomonie at the Dunn County Health Care Center after a very long illness.
He was born June 14, 1914, in Menomonie, the second child of Herman
and Bertha (Sager) Scheel. He grew up in Menomonie and married three times,
having two daughters with Mary E. (Kottke) Scheel. He did a short time
in the Army and traveled to Spain and England.
He returned to Menomonie and did a milk route for the Teegarden Cheese
Factory. Then he helped build the dam at Menomonie and his construction
career began. He helped build several dams in South Dakota, Arizona, Oregon
and Washington. He retired in 1974 and returned to Wisconsin in 1977 where
he enjoyed his gardening. He loved to grow tomatoes.
He is survived by his daughters, Sue Scheel and Lorna (Verne "Woody")
Redwood; grandsons, Travis and Daniel Redwood of Everett, Wash.; a stepson,
Eliot Johnson; granddaughter, Toni Johnson; great-grandson, "Little" Eliot
Johnson; and nieces, nephews and cousins in Washington, Oregon and Wisconsin.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Bertha (Sager)
Scheel, and two sisters, Viola Lemon and Hazel Godferson.
The family of Laverne "Bud" Scheel would like to say the following:
"We want to thank every one of you for your friendship to our father.
As we all know, Bud could be a very trying person at times. We all loved
Bud and did everything we could for him. Bud had been sick for several
years. After his tracheotomy, the doctors said he could no longer live
alone. He always told us how he did not want to stay at the health care
"We brought him out to Washington to be with his family, so we could
take care of him. He was doing wonderfully out here. But unfortunately,
he got very upset with us because he could not eat what he wanted. The
doctors had him on a very strict diet and we made sure he followed it.
The alternative of a colostomy was not acceptable. We all know how Bud
loved to eat. It was truly amazing the amount of food he could consume.
That was his greatest pleasure in life. To add to his displeasure, Woody
was so sick with cancer. Bud was no longer the sole center of attention.
"He chose to go back to Wisconsin, thinking he would be able to live
on his own and eat what he wanted when he wanted. But this dream did not
come true. It was heartbreaking when he left, but we honored his right
to. Friends and distant family members only see parts of what goes on in
a family. Only people close know the whole truth. We have lost our father
and grandfather. For this we grieve deeply. But it helps us to know that
the people he cared most about were with him the last 16 months of his
"We want to take this time to thank Jerry Cinker and his family for
all that they have done for Bud and us. You are a good man and a true friend
to Bud until the end. We will never forget everything you did. Thank you
so very much."
Memorial services were 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at the Olson
Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. There
was no visitation. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.
Carol Tremble Barresi
Carol L. Barresi, age 50, of Chandler, Ariz., died Thursday, Feb. 7,
2002, at her home after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer.
Carol Louise Tremble was born Dec. 20, 1951, in Menomonie to John and
Jean (Score) Tremble. She was raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie
HIgh School in 1970 and attended Lawrence University. She worked for EDS
for many years and during her career was based in Madison, Dallas, Texas,
Alexandria, Va., Fort Lunderdale, Fla., and Phoenix, Ariz. Carol left EDS
and joined Viasoft Software as a contract manager for several years, and
was an independent contractor working with them for the last two years.
Carol married Louis Barresi on June 19, 1993, in Fort Lauderdale. Carol
enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gourment cooking, swimming and traveling.
She never went anywhere without a project in her hands. She especially
loved trips to the Caribbean where she was able to swim with the dolphins
for the last time in November.
She will be in our hearts forever.
Carol is survived by her husband, Louis Barresi of Chandler; her mother,
Jean Tremble of Menomonie; two sisters, Linda (Bill) Schwartz of Ann Arbor,
Mich., and Julie Norton of Republic, Wash.; a brother, John (Holly) Tremble
of Hudson; two stepdaughters, Charny (Randy) Beck of McKinney, Texas, and
Kristy Barresi of Dallas; four nephews, John Prechel of Menomonie, Jacob
and Carol Tremble of Hudson, and Ted (Tracy) Schwartz of Round Rock, Texas;
a niece, Liz Schwartz of Chicago; two aunts, Beverly Waller and Dorothy
Score, both of Menomonie; and other cousins, relatives and friends.
Carol was preceded in death by her father, John Tremble; grandparents,
Sig and Esther Score and Carmen Laws Tremble Brown and John E. Tremble;
two uncles, Lee Score and Norman Waller; and an infant sister.
A memorial service to celebrate Carol's life will be held at 1 p.m.
on Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at the Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma
School Road, Chandler, AZ (480) 963-3997, with the Rev. Randy Beck presiding.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie in the spring.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.
William "Bill" R. Jorgenson
William "Bill" R. Jorgenson, age 60, of Knapp, died Saturday, Aug.
17, 2002, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002, at Gospel Mission Baptist
Church in Knapp with the Rev. LeRoy Nelson officiating. Burial was in Teegarden
Cemetery in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County, with military honors by the
Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.
Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.
Francis M. "Fritz" Grimme
Francis M. "Fritz" Grimme, age 85, of Menomonie, died Monday, Jan.
22, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie where he resided
the last eight years.
Fritz was born Dec. 8, 1915, in Menomonie, the son of Louis and Daisy
(Stratton) Grimme. Fritz grew up in the Irvington area. He graduated from
the Dunn County School of Agriculture where he played football and was
a Golden Gloves boxer.
Fritz married Lucille Eunice Webster on May 15, 1937, in Stillwater,
Minn. After marriage, they farmed in the Irvington area. In 1946, they
purchased the home farm and farmed until 1964.
In 1964, they moved to Kenosha where he worked for Jacobson Textron,
Inc. in Racine until retiring in 1980. After he retired, they moved to
Downing in 1980. Lucille passed away in 1980, and shortly after, Fritz
moved to Menomonie.
Fritz is survived by three sons, David (Kathy) of Eau Claire, Dennis
(Sandra) of New Auburn, and Corey of Chippewa Falls; a daughter, Suzanne
(Virgil) Robinson of Boyceville; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren;
and two sisters, Nellie Norrish of Mondovi and Rose Ziehl of Marshfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lucille; two sisters,
Becky Goodrich and Edna Hein; a brother, Pat Grimme; and two great-grandchildren,
Kandas Grimm Anderson and Andrew Grimm.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at St. Paul's Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel
Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the
Doris Jean Decker
Doris Jean Decker, age 79, of Racine, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001,
at The Heritage in Appleton.
She was born July 26, 1921, in Menomonie to Nels and Clara Scapple.
She married Lawrence E. Decker on Sept. 6, 1944. She resided in Racine
more than 40 years - from 1958 through 1998 - and was a member of Emmaus
She is survived by her children, John (Kathryn) Decker of Grand Rapids,
Mich., Pamela (Wayne) Connors of Klamath Falls, Ore., Joe (Julie) Decker
of Wautoma, Dana Decker of Omaha, Neb., and Mariann (David) Belknap of
Appleton; 11 grandchildren, Matt, Brad, Katie, Dustin, Joe, Drew, Ross,
Jake, Samuel, Hannah and Micah; a sister, Harriet Iverson of Minneapolis,
Minn.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence E. Decker.
Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at the Emmaus Lutheran
Church with the Rev. Mary Janz officiating. Burial was in West Lawn Memorial
In lieu of flowers, please sent memorials to the American Cancer Society
or Emmaus Lutheran Church.
Hanson Funeral Home in Racine was in charge of arrangements.
Avanell M. Frieburg
Avanell M. Frieburg, age 92, of Knapp, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002,
at the Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.
Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at the United
Methodist Church in Knapp with the Rev. Goldie Bundy officiating. Burial
will be in Teegarden Cemetery, Town of Lucas, Dunn County.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Everts Funeral Home
in Glenwood City and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
James E. Amundson
James E. Amundson, age 68, of Boyceville, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2002,
at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
James was born March 20, 1934, in Prairie Farm to Ray and Myrtle Agnes
(Helgeson) Amundson. He was baptized and confirmed at West Akers Lutheran
James served in the United States Army from 1954 until 1956. He later
married Genevieve Loretta Rosholt on April 30, 1960, in Milwaukee. James
worked for Allis-Chalmers in West Allis for many years until retiring.
In his retirement, James enjoyed repairing and collecting tractors,
lawn mowers, watches, typewriters, sewing machines, etc.
James is survived by one daughter, Kim Amundson (John Castillo) of
Kenosha; two stepdaughters, Ginger (David) Klug and Robin Langenbach (George
Sweet), both of Milwaukee; three sisters and one brother, Ardath Clickner
of Wabasha, Minn., William Duane Amundson of Big Flats, N.Y., Muriel (Joseph)
Evan of Prairie Farm, and JoAnn (William) Dehn of St. Francis, Minn.; one
sister-in-law, Martha Amundson of Menomonie; special friends, Mike (LaVera)
Larson of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Genevieve, and one
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at West Akers
Lutheran Church, Town of New Haven, Dunn County, with the Rev. David Almlie
officiating. Burial will be in Vanceburg Cemetery, Town of Sheridan, Dunn
County, with military honors provided by the American Legion.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral
Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
Stella J. Swenson
Stella Josephine Swenson, age 103, of Prairie Farm, died Monday, Feb.
26, 2001, at Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm where she resided since
She was born May 2, 1897, in Viroqua, the daughter of John and Sanna
(Hanson) Berg. Stella grew up near Viroqua and attended country school
there. She latter attended two years of Normal School and taught school
in the Coon Valley/Viroqua area.
While teaching in Coon Valley, she met Nordahl Swenson and they were
married on Feb. 26, 1920, in Westby. They farmed in the Westby area until
1930 when they moved to Prairie Farm. She and her husband farmed there
for many years. Following her husband's death in 1965, she stayed with
one of her sons for several years before moving to her own apartment in
She is a member of the United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm. She
enjoyed many activities at the Pioneer Home, including church, bingo, Bible
study and movies. She enjoyed crocheting, needlepoint, reading, and crossword
puzzles in her spare time.
She is survived by a son, Richard (Ardis) Swenson of Centuria; a daughter-in-law,
Eleanora Swenson of Prairie Farm; two granddaughters, Shirley (Bill) Hopp
and Kelley (Tim) Chrouser; five great-grandchildren, Keith Carlson, Bradley
Carlson, Colin Chrouser, Clay Chrouser and Samatha Hopp; and five stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nordahl Swenson in 1965;
one son, Harlan Swenson; five brothers, Martin, Carl, Willie, Victor and
Chris; and four sisters, Julia, Hilda, Dena and Emma.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2001, at the United
Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm with the Rev. Oz Twedt officiating. Burial
will be in Akers Cemetery in Barron County.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be given to the Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm.
Rausch-Rockman Funeral Service in Barron is handling arrangements.
Kenneth E. Hayden
Kenneth E. Hayden, age 71, of Elk Mound, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001,
at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.
Ken was born Feb. 23, 1930, in the Town of Lima, Pepin County, rural
Durand, the son of Robert and Lucille (Kern) Hayden. He married Marie Weissinger
on Oct. 3, 1950, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima, rural Durand.
After marriage, Ken served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
After service, they farmed in the Mondovi area for five years. In 1958,
they moved to a farm near Elk Mound, where they farmed until he retired
Ken was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk Mound. He served
nine years on the Eau Claire Co-op Board, and was a member of Eau Claire
Moose Lodge #1408. Ken enjoyed traveling, bowling and playing cards. He
enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and neighbors.
Ken is survived by his wife, Marie; six children, Donald (Dottie) of
Menomonie, Betty (friend, Al) Hayden of La Crosse, and Joyce (Greg) Price,
Robert (Myra), Dale (Jackie), and Thomas (Laura), all of Elk Mound; 12
grandchildren, Mark Price, Trevor (Erika) Lindberg, and Michael, Jonathan,
Stephen, Adam, Christopher, Anthony, Laura, Daniel, Terrick and Latasha
Hayden; one great-granddaughter, Anna Marie Lindberg; one brother, Glenn
Hayden of Hartland; three sisters, Evie Schoenoff of Hudson, Sally Whitman
of Amery, and Elaine Hoff of Knapp; an aunt, Dorothy Stevens of Bloomer;
and many nieces and nephews.
His parents and a brother, Vernon, preceded him in death.
Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2001, at St. Joseph's
Catholic Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Henry Hoerburger officiating.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel
Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the
Minnie Becker Hengel
Minnie (Wilhelmina) Becker Hengel, age 84, of Menomonie, died Wednesday,
Feb. 7, 2001, in Pharr, Texas.
She was born April 17, 1916, in Phelps, the daughter of William and
Eva (Pavloff) Becker.
She lived in Menomonie since 1938 when she began state employment as
secretary to four presidents/chancellors of The Stout Institute, Stout
State College, Stout State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
She married Thomas Arthur Hengel in 1975 in Menomonie. After retiring
in 1977, she and her husband spent their winters in Pharr and their summers
She was included among 14 women in the 1991 publication, "Women at
Stout - A Centennial Retrospective," and on Dec. 17, 1977, she received
the WCCO Good Neighbor award.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Nina (Donald) Becker of Belleville,
Ill.; three nieces, Judith (Richard) Litschauer of Wales, Donna (Joseph)
Ernst of Pontoon Beach, Ill., and Doris (Robert) Schons of Bonita Springs,
Fla.; two nephews, Bill Becker of New York City and Robert Becker of Baltimore,
Md.; other relatives; and many dear friends in Wisconsin and Texas.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Thomas Hengel; her
parents, William and Eva Becker of Antigo; six brothers, Anton of Baltimore,
Fred of Crandon, George of Detroit, Mich., Alexander of West Allis, Donald
of Belleville, and John of King; and one sister, Mary (Alfred) Behling
of Waukesha. Also preceded in death by three sisters-in-law, Jeanette (Anton)
Becker, Louise (Fred) Becker, and Goldie (Alex) Becker; and two nephews,
Bruce Becker of Milwaukee and Timothy Becker of Belleville.
Memorial services for Minnie Becker Hengel are 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb.
19, 2001, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Ninth Street and 11th Avenue,
Burton D. Enersen
Burton "Burt" Dale Enersen, age 77, 2126 Ohm Ave., Eau Claire, passed
away Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Lakeside Nursing & Rehabilitation in
He was born May 28, 1923, in Eureka to Carl G. and Alma C. (Anderson)
Enersen. After graduating from Menomonie High School, he attended The Stout
Institute in Menomonie and the University of Michigan in Ipsalanti, Mich.,
and received his banking degree from the University of Wisconsin School
of Banking in Madison.
He served as a rifleman with Company F, 417th Infantry, 76th Division
of the United States Army in the European Theater during World War II.
Burt was a recipient of the Bronze Star for his service during the Battle
of the Bulge. After the war, he served 17 months as a finance clerk for
the Army in Europe.
Burt married Betty Brensdal on Jan. 29, 1949, at Our Savior's Lutheran
Church in Menomonie.
He worked 35 years as a banker, including vice president of the Bank
of Menomonie and vice president of Security Bank in Algona, Iowa. He retired
in 1988 as CEO of the Peoples State Bank of Bloomer.
Burt is survived by his loving wife, Betty; one daughter, Susan Ratka
of Appleton; three sons, Dale (Marla) of Maple Grove, Minn., and David
(Kathy Hall) and Carl, both of Eau Claire; one brother, Gerald (Flo) Enersen
of Chetek; nine grandchildren, Kristen (Jeff) Marshall of O'Fallon, Mo.,
Nicole Helmkamp of Eau Claire, Andrew and Aaron Ratka of Appleton, Shawn
(Kristy) Wood of Frisco, Texas, Rayne (Byron) Carlson of Corrales, N.M.,
Sarah (Sonny) Apodaca of Las Cruces, N.M., Travis Hall of Pleasant Hill,
Calif., and Jackie Hall of Eau Claire; five great-grandchildren, Jordan
and Connor Marshall, Brenton and Davis Carlson, and Trevor Wood; nieces,
nephews and cousins; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Carole Marie.
Throughout his life he was active in many community service organizations.
He was a member of American Legion Post #0295 of Bloomer, a lifetime member
of VFW Post #1039 of Menomonie, and a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran
Church. Burt enjoyed golfing, bowling, was an avid reader, and had a passion
He left us with many fond memories and a smile in our hearts. We will
remember him for his quick wit and sense of humor, his strict but kind
nature, his unbelievable strength and courage, and his love of family.
Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2001, at St. John's
Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. Burial will be in the spring in Evergreen
Cemetery in Menomonie.Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fuller-Speckien
Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, and one hour prior to services
Friday at the church.