Juanita E. Cutsforth, 84, a lifelong resident of Chippewa County, died
Friday, May 22, 1998, at Lakeside South Nursing and Rehabilitation in Chippewa
She was born Sept. 17, 1913 in Eagleton, town of Eagle Point, to Emma
(Vesper) and Peter McCann. She grew up in the Eagleton and Jim Falls area,
graduating from Chippewa Falls High School in 1933.
Juanita married Vallie D. Cutsforth on November 16, 1933, at St. John's
Lutheran Church in Eagleton. Together they operated grocery stores in Clyde,
Pleasant Ridge and Gothom, Wisconsin. Following WWII, they owned and operated
Vallie's Tavern in Jim Falls for 23 years. Juanita retired from J.C. Penney
Company in Chippewa Falls in 1970.
Juanita was the last surviving grandchild of Daniel and Margaret McCann
of "Old Abe, the War Eagle" history. She had a lifelong interest in her
family history and Old Abe. She was an honorary member of the 101st Airborne
"Screaming Eagle" Division, Old Abe Chapter. She was a member of Our Savior's
Lutheran Church, Chippewa Falls.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Vallie of Chippewa Falls;
one son, Marshall (Donna) Cutsforth of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; one daughter,
Valita (Porter) Popple of Chippewa Falls, two grandsons, Christopher (Chonnie)
Cutsforth of Whitewater, Colo., Matthew Cutsforth of La Junta, Colo.; three
great-grandchildren, Karlyn Cutsforth of Reston, Va., Christopher Marshall
Cutsforth of Woodbridge, Va., and Whitney Cutsforth of Whitewater, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Olien McCann,
Della McCann, Nora Rudy; and five brothers, Herbert, Nathaniel, Howard,
Isadore, and James McCann.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Our
Savior's Lutheran Church, Chippewa Falls, with the Rev. Roger Skatrud officiating.
Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Pederson-Volker Funeral
Chapel, Chippewa Falls, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Chippewa
County Federation of Woman's Clubs for the "Old Abe Memorial" at 1424 Terrill
St., Apt. 37; Chippewa Falls.
Helen P. Sabelko, 84, of Durand died May 22, 1998 at the Heritage of
Elmwood Nursing Home, Elmwood. She was born July 3, 1913.
Helen was the daughter of Charles and Theresa (Vogler) Prissel. She
was born, raised and lived her entire life in the town of Lima, Pepin County,
rural Durand. She married Thomas Sabelko May 31, 1931 at Lima. After marriage
they farmed in the town of Lima. They moved to the city of Durand in October
of 1987. Thomas died May 29, 1990. She has been a resident of the Heritage
of Elmwood Nursing Home for the past seven years.
Helen is survived by five daughters: Thelma (Dick) Weisenbeck of Durand,
Milly (Floyd) Hubbard of Rice Lake, Betty (Frank) Albarado of Hagar City,
Theresa (Jim) Bilderback of Oshkosh, Rita (Randy) Brunner of Eau Claire;
two sons: Bob (Noreen) Sabelko of Eau Claire, Galen (Ellen) Sabelko) of
Eleva; 18 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; five sisters: Bernadine
Gilles of Durand, Gertrude Fedie, Freda Werlein and Leona Spindler, all
of Mondovi, Erma Sam of Arkansaw; one brother, Francis Prissel of Durand.
She was preceded in death by besides, her parents, four sisters and two
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday May 26, 1998 at the Holy
Rosary Catholic Church-Lima, rural Durand. Rev. Edward Shuttleworth will
officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Casket bearers will be
grandsons. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rhiel Funeral
Home, Durand, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Monday night.
Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home, Durand.
Edward D. Smith, 79, of 18734 54th Ave., Chippewa Falls, town of Lafayette,
died Friday, May 22, 1998, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls.
He was born January 23, 1919, in the town of Sigel, Chippewa County,
to Minnie (LaFaive) and Harry Smith. He grew up in the Cadott area where
he attended school. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Feb. 20, 1941, and
was stationed in California. He served with the 14th Field Artillery Battalion
in the European Theatre during WW II, where he fought in the Battle of
the Bulge. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 23, 1945.
Ed married Eunice V. Roycraft on April 27, 1944 in Tacoma, Washington.
He was employed at National Presto Industries until becoming disabled due
to a car accident on March 29, 1951.
He was a member of St. Simeon's Episcopal Church; a member and treasurer
of the Vestry; a member of the Society of Mary; and a member of Confraternity
of Christian Life.
Survivors Include his wife, Eunice Smith of town of Lafayette; two
sisters, Leila Hakes of Chippewa Falls, Dorothy (Rudy) Zimmerman of Elk
Mound; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Virgil,
James, Earl and Herman Smith.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, at
Christ Episcopal Church in Chippewa Falls with the Very Rev. Father G.
Randolph Usher, SSC as celebrant. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery,
town of Hallie.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and until the time of the
service Wednesday at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls.
Ed will always be remembered for his positive attitude in spite of
his disability, his warm smile, his genuine love for his family, church,
friends and especially children. He will be greatly missed by all who knew
him and loved him.
Contributions to St. Simeon's Episcopal Church in Ed's memory would
Marjorie E. Solie, age 75, of Eau Claire died Friday, May 22, 1998
at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Marjorie was born on March 20, 1923 in Miltonvale, Kansas to the late
Emery and Neva (Geist) Francis. She married Eugene Solie on December 3,
1974 in Stillwater, Minnesota. Marge was a very beautiful and special wife
and companion, mom, grandma, sister, aunt, and friend to many and will
be greatly missed by all.
She is survived by her husband Eugene; son Michael (Christine) Sipe
of Jacksonville, Florida; daughter Margo Wilde of Menomonie; stepsons,
James and William Solie of Eau Claire, stepdaughters, Patricia (David)
Lassek of Red Wing, MN, Kathy (Gary) Kressin of Eau Claire, Julie (Ray)
Warner of Eau Claire; grandchildren Skeeter, Sandy, Sonya and Tony; 4 great
grandchildren; 15 step grandchildren; and 2 step great grandchildren; brothers,
Elmer Francis of Silver Lake, Kansas, Dean Francis of Ames, Kansas and
Max Francis of Stillwater, Minnesota; sisters Betty Rhodes and Phyllis
Jackson, both of Clinton, Kansas.
She was preceded in death by her 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 1998 at St. Mary's
Catholic Church in Altoona with the Father Norbert Wilger officiating.
Visitation Monday 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Prock-Beede Funeral Home with a vigil
at 7:30 p.m.. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery. Prock-Beede Funeral Home
is serving the family.
Lawrence James Walker, 82, of 1427 Hayden Street, Altoona, WI, spent
his final days at the Clairemont Nursing Home, where he passed away at
the age of 82 on May 21, 1998, as a result of complications due to cancer.
He was born in Altoona, Wisconsin on December 27, 1915, the son of
the late Frank James and Catherine (Nowak) Walker. He was a long time member
of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Altoona and a charter member of the Altoona
V.F.W. Post 10405. Lawrence served in the United States Navy during WW
II. He was also a prisoner of war for several years during that time and
also received a purple heart.
He married Maxine Weaver in 1965. They shared life together for 28
years until Maxine's death on January 5, 1993. Lawrence was employed with
Uniroyal until his time of retirement.
One of Lawrence's greatest loves in his life was traveling and visiting
historic places throughout the United States. He was a great outdoors man
enjoying golf, fishing and camping.
He is survived by his son, Frank Walker (Janet), Appleton, WI; his
daughter, Nancy Hacker (Jeff), Appleton, WI; his step-daughter, Roxann
Jacobson of Elk Mound, WI; his sister, Marion Rusk of Eau Claire, WI; and
his grandchildren, Chadwick Walker, Caroline Walker, Nickolas Hacker, and
Kristen Hacker, all of Appleton, WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three brothers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 26,
1998 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1827 Lynn Avenue, Altoona, Wisconsin,
with Father Norbert Wilger officiating. Friends may call one hour before
the service at the church. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery following
the service. A memorial fund is being established. Fuller-Speckien Funeral
Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Vera Weltzin Zempel
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Vera Weltzin Zempel, 87, of Friendship Village,
8104 Highwood Dr. Bloomington, formerly of Menomonie and Eau Claire, died
Friday, May 22, 1998 at the Village.
She was born Sept. 3 1910, in Ludington Township, Eau Claire County,
to Emil and Edith (Pickett) Wiese. She graduated from the Augusta High
School in 1929, Eau Claire Rural Normal School in 1930, Wis. State College
in 1957 with a 2 year degree in Rural Education and in 1964 with a B.S.
Degree from Wisconsin State College in Eau Claire. Her teaching career
started at Pine View Country School in Ludington and later taught at Sherman
Creek Elementary School in Eau Claire. She retired in 1976 after 30 years
She married Joachim Weltzin on Aug. 6, 1933 in Ludington. She later
married Wm. Zempel on Oct. 7, 1967 in Eau Claire. He passed away March
Vera had lived in Menomonie for 18 years. She moved to Eau Claire in
1958 and lived there until moving to Bloomington in 1994.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Eau
Claire where she served as a Church Deacon. She was a member of its Library
Club, Ladies Circle and of the Keenager Group. She was also a member of
the Wisconsin Area Educator's Retirement Association.
She is survived by 2 daughters, Eleanor Merrill of Novato, CA and Alice
(Butch) Beihl of Inver Grove Heights, MN; 2 sisters, Elma Boyea of Cadott
and Vivian Lambrecht of Augusta; 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and brother, Clarence Wiese.
Funeral services will be held Tues. May 26, 1998 at 1 p.m. at the Lutheran
Church of the Good Shepherd in Eau Claire with Rev. John Hosmann officiating.
Burial will be in the West Lawn Cemetery in Augusta. Friends may call from
11 a.m. and until time of services Tuesday at the church. Anderson Funeral
Home in Augusta in charge of arrangements.
Alvina H. Paul, 87, 608 Mead St., died Friday at Dove Health Care.
She was born June 20, 1913 in Saskatchewan, Canada, the daughter of
Emil and Anna (Grams) Glenz. She moved to Fall Creek in 1924 and later
to Eau Claire and attended Eau Claire Senior High School. Years later she
attended the vocational school and received her GED. Alvina worked at Uniroyal
for 30 years retiring in 1960. She enjoyed gardening and fishing. She caught
a 50 pound muskie and had it mounted.
Survivors include her daughter, Luann Woodford, Eau Claire; a brother,
Emil Glenz, Alger, Mich.; and two sisters, Hilda Glenz and Wilma Hermanson,
both of Eau Claire. She was preceded in death by her parents,; two brothers,
Arthur Glenz and Arnold Glenz; and a sister, Emma Glenz.
Funeral Services are Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church,
in Eau Claire with Pastor Ned Lenhart officiating. Interment is at Rest
Haven Gardens, Town of Washington. Friends and relatives may call Wednesday
from 1 p.m. until time of services. Stokes and Mundt Funeral Chapel of
Eau Claire is serving the family.
Charles B. Rauscher, 66, of 325 Dwight St., Chippewa Falls, died Friday
at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls with hospice after a valiant
battle with lung cancer. Charles passed away surrounded by his family and
He was born Feb. 20, 1934 in Chippewa County, the son of Bernard C.
and Mary (Urban) Rauscher. He had worked at Uniroyal as a superintendent
for 40 years, retiring in 1992. He married Carol Bernier on Nov. 18, 1954
at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls. He was a member of Notre Dame
He is survived by his wife, Carol, whom he loved with all his heart;
two sons, Charles W. (Patti) of Altoona and Thomas, of Minneapolis, Minn.;
four daughters, Cathy (significant other, Dave Jensen), Connie (Bill) Schoch,
Sue (Dave) Bleskachek and Michele (Tony) Raycher, all of Chippewa Falls;
one sister, Rose Ann Leavens, of West Bend; 11 grandchildren, Erin, Christopher,
Matthew, Andy, Aimee, Jon, Christi, Sarah, Kattie, Adam and Sam and one
great granddaughter, Josie.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Notre Dame Church in
Chippewa Falls. Interment will be in North Catholic Cemetery in Bloomer.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and until 10 a.m. Tuesday
at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls. There will be a Christian
Vigil Service at 5 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Charles was a big man with a huge heart. He will be deeply missed by
his family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, polka
music, Packer parties and working in his woodworking shop. Most of all,
he enjoyed his family and grandchildren.
During his retirement, Charles was active in the Headstart program,
Family Health, helping out everyone and serving the Lord. In his family's
eyes he was a soldier and a hero, smiling and joking until his last days.
Dorothy M. Hansen
Dorothy M. Hansen, age 69, of Menomonie, Wis., died Friday, October
13, 2000, at American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Duane Hansen of Menomonie; a sister,
Gloria (Oliver) Blanchard of Gretna, La.; four nieces and one nephew and
other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.
Funeral services will be Monday, October 16, 2000, at 10:30 a.m. at
St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating.
Friends may call Sunday, October 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Olson Funeral
Home in Menomonie.
MOUNDS VIEW, MINN. -- George S. Menzies, age 83, of Mounds View, Minn.,
formerly of Spooner, died at Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis.
He is survived by a daughter, DeLoris Tomniczak and husband Edward;
grandsons, Geoffrey and wife Denise, James and wife Carolyn, Brian and
wife Valerie; granddaughter, Tina and husband Mike Herzog; great grandchildren,
Matthew, Jessica, Brianna, Kacie; sister, Beatrice Bibby of Ettrick, Wis.;
sister-in-law, Goldene Menzies of Calif.; nephew, Richard and wife Wilma;
nieces, Jean, Allen, Julie, Jan.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence; parents, Samuel and
Ida Menzies; brother, James; sister, Grace.
A celebration of George's life will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, 10/16/2000
at Washburn-McReavy Duschane Chapel, 4239 West Broadway, Robbinsdale, Minn.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the celebration.
Memorials to donor's choice.
INDEPENDENCE - Elmer Lester Olson, 85, of Independence, died Friday
(October 13, 2000) at Tri-County Memorial Nursing Home, Whitehall.
He was born April 14, 1915, in Trempealeau County, to Charlie and Minnie
(Olson) Olson. Lester was a WWII Army veteran, member of Sura-Wiersgalla
American Legion Post 186 of Independence and Trempealeau County Voiture
260, 40 et 8. He was a member of Chimney Rock Lutheran Church.
Lester worked on road construction throughout Wisconsin. Following
retirement, he enjoyed being a helping hand doing farm work, flowers, gardening,
visiting, sightseeing and traveling in the area.
Survivors include a niece, Lois (Jim) Walek of Milwaukee; six nephews,
Hans (Sue) Lee of New Berlin, Lonnie (Katie) Lee of Independence, Robert
(Jean) Olson of Osseo, Edward (Judith) Olson, Richard (Carol) Olson and
Jerry Olson all of Strum.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Margaret Lee
and infant Adelaide Olson; brother, Rudolph Olson and a nephew, Charles
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chimney Rock
Lutheran Church, rural Strum, with Rev. Ted Simpson officiating. Burial
with military rites will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at
Edison Funeral Home, Independence, and one hour prior to services at the
church on Tuesday.
Memorials may be directed to Chimney rock Lutheran Church or Tri-County
Memorial Nursing Home.
Margaret B. Ritsch
Margaret "Muggs" B. Ritsch, 87, of 815 Chapin St., Eau Claire died
Thursday, October 12, 2000, at the Fall Creek Nursing Home.
She was born February 24, 1913, in Eau Claire to Perl and Katherine
(Neary) Dickerson. She married Kenneth W. Ritsch on October 11, 1934.
She is survived by her two daughters, Nancy (Earl) Welch of Bremerton,
Wash., Janet (John) Schomisch of Lake Holcombe, Wis.; her four sons, Kenneth
Ritsch Jr. of Redding Calif., Mike (Kathy) Ritsch of Eau Claire, James
(Joyce) Ritsch of Eau Claire, and Larry (Ann) Ritsch of Galt, Calif.; 19
grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful Mother and
Grandmother and was truly loved by them all.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers,
Connie, Jack, Gene, Joe, Art and her sister Marion.
Funeral services will be 8 a.m. on Monday, October 16, 2000, at Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church with Father Eugene Klink officiating. Interment
will be at Rest Haven Gardens. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday
at the Smith Funeral Chapel and one-half hour prior to services at the
In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the charity of your
Rosemary Rosenbaum, age 71 of 1016 Water Street, Chippewa Falls died
Friday evening, October 13, 2000 at the Chippewa Manor Nursing Home, Chippewa
Falls. Rosemary was born January 30, 1929 in Chippewa Falls, the daughter
of Julia (Siegienski) and Joseph Sydejko. She grew up in Chippewa Falls
attending Notre Dame Grade School and graduating a salutatorian from McDonnell
High School in 1947.
Rosemary married Henry E. "Hank" Rosenbaum on July 8, 1950 at Notre
Dame Catholic Church, Chippewa Falls. She was employed as a legal secretary;
Griffin-Doege Auto Parts; UW-Eau Claire and then at the Northern Center
for 18 years before retiring in 1990.
Survivors include two daughters, Becki (Doug) Darrow of Chippewa Falls,
Shelli (Bruce) Manning of Eau Claire; one sister, Helen Sydejko of Chippewa
Falls; two brothers, Joseph Sydejko of Chippewa Falls and Louis (Verlene)
Sydejko of Glendale, Calif.; three grandchildren, Lisa (Dan) Webber of
Chippewa Falls, Alissa Manning and Noah Manning both of Eau Claire; and
her mother-in-law, Helen Rosenbaum of Chippewa Falls. She is also survived
by nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hank on April
15, 2000; and three brothers, Jon "Jack", Henry and Francis "Frankie" Sydejko.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 17, 2000
at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls with the Rev. Fr. Robert
Hoekstra, Chippewa Manor Chaplain officiating. Entombment will be in Hope
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and until the time of the
service Tuesday at the funeral chapel.
WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE BECOMES A MEMORY... THE MEMORY BECOMES A TREASURE.
Robert J. Ruppelt
Robert "Rupe" J. Ruppelt, age 69, of Fall Creek died suddenly Thursday
while enjoying the outdoors at home.
Bob was born on September 21, 1931, in Augusta, Wis., to Robert and
Esther (Piel) Ruppelt. He served our country in the Air Force as an electrician.
From the age of 12, Bob worked for Eau Claire Cycle. In 1957 he became
the proud owner of Eau Claire Cycle and has since supplied Schwinn Bicycles
and Yamaha Motorcycles to thousands of people. He loved his community and
enjoyed supporting it. Bob was a man who would do anything for anybody
and had a true heart of gold. He loved hunting trips with his friends and
especially being outdoors. He was a member of Brackett American Legion,
Water Street Merchants Association and the American Motorcycle Association.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Cory of Fairchild, Dusty
and Jim, both of Fall Creek; a daughter, Traci of Eau Claire; grandson,
Jacob Robert; mother, Esther of Eau Claire; sister, Pat (Gary) Jennings
of Eau Claire; brothers, Jack (Wendy) of Foster and Dale (Mary) of Eau
Claire; father and mother-in-law, Gary and Esther Vollrath of Greenwood;
aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, loyal employees and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert in 1981.
A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Monday, October 16,
2000, at Evergreen Funeral Home, Golf Road (1 block East of Hwy. 93). Visitation
is Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. Private interment. Memorials may be made to
United Cerebral Palsy. Evergreen Funeral Home is serving the family.
In memory of Robert, Eau Claire Cycle will be closed on Monday, October
Oscar A. Torpen
Oscar Arnold Torpen, of Osseo, died Saturday, October 14, 2000, at
Osseo Area Medical Center.
Oscar was a loving and kind man who enjoyed the years of his life as
they occurred, living a full life until 91 years of age.
He was born September 15, 1909, in Tracy Valley, rural Osseo, to Even
and Olga (Stenberg) Torpen. He was baptized on November 7, 1909, by Rev.
J.C. Hjelmervik at Osseo Lutheran Church and confirmed on August 5, 1923,
by Rev. A.C. Aune at King's Valley Lutheran Church, rural Osseo.
Oscar worked as a farm hand in the area before buying his own farm
in Tracy Valley. While farming he was employed at Osseo Condensary.
He married Lillian Windjue, of Whitehall, on June 28, 1939, to their
union five children were born; Karen (Lester) Thomley, Osseo, Kenneth (Flicka)
Torpen, Hayward, Ruth (Earl) Nelson, Osseo, Ann (Don) Shoemaker, Osseo,
Richard (Leona) Torpen, Osseo. Lillian died on February 17, 1963.
Oscar married Miriam Olson on June 12, 1966. After selling the farm
and moving to Osseo, Oscar worked at Si Johnson Hardware Store for many
Oscar is survived by his wife, Miriam; daughters, Karen, Ruth, Ann;
sons, Kenneth and Richard; grandchildren, Alan and Chris Thomley, Jack
(Angie) Torpen, Richard Shoemaker and Kathy (Richard) Guenther, Felicia
and Erika Nelson, Nathan, Matthew and Kendall Torpen; great-grandchildren,
Josh and Trevor Torpen, Samantha Guenther; many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Even (1947) and Olga (1973);
two sisters, Lillian Torpen (1917), Evelyn Hulberg (1966); brother, Perry
Torpen (1972); granddaughter, Lisa Marie Nelson (1965); wife Lillian (1963).
Oscar entered the Osseo Nursing Home in September 2000, where he enjoyed
the next phase of his life.
Oscar was a loving, kind man, showing the value of honest work, honesty
Services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 17, 2000, at Osseo Evangelical
Lutheran Church with Rev. Lewis Thompson officiating. Burial will be in
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Schiefelbein Funeral Home,
Osseo, and one hour prior to services at the church.
RED WING, Minn. -- Edith R. "Edie" Boehm, 49, went home to join her
Lord and Savior on November 18th. Her husband Rick, her brother, Bob and
his wife, Debbie, and good friends Lowell and Carol Peterson, were at her
bedside. Edie was at the University Hospital in Portland, Oregon, where
she was receiving treatment for the chronic myeloid leukemia that she courageously
endured for six years.
Edie was born January 26, 1951, in Charles City, Iowa, to Lindsay and
Virgene (Hartwig) Druschel. The family moved to Eau Claire in 1957, where
Edie graduated from Memorial High School and received a BS degree in elementary
and special education from UW-Eau Claire. After graduation, Edie taught
at the Northern Wisconsin Center in Chippewa Falls.
Edie and Rick were married on April 7, 1979, in Eau Claire and started
their life together in Prairie du Chien, Wis., where Edie worked for Social
Services. In 1980, they moved to Hager City, Wis., where she taught in
the Ellsworth Public Schools. In 1990, they moved to Red Wing, Minn., where
Edie worked for Zumbro Valley Mental Health Services until she was diagnosed
with Leukemia in 1994.
Edie's deep faith in God gave her the positive attitude and strength
that she needed. She enjoyed working in her church and visiting others
who were ill and needed comfort. Her Bible study group was very important
to her, as was her family, and the many friends that she made.
Her surviving loved ones include her loving husband, Rick; her mother,
Virgene; her brother, Bob (Debbie) and their daughter, Jessica; Rick's
parents, Harry and Rose Boehm; numerous relatives and in-laws.
Edie is joined in heaven by her father, Lindsay (January 26, 1996);
Herbert and Clara Hartwig, William and Edith Druschel, Fannie Druschel
and a special sister-in-law, Mary Anne Ganrude.
Edie was a loving and kind person who brought much joy to all who knew
her. Her warm smile radiated with friendship and comfort. Edie's strength
and optimism were an inspiration to many who had much less to endure. She
was so very special and will live on in all of us. Our precious Edie, you
brought sunshine and happiness to our lives. We love you and will remember
you always. Your time with us was truly one of God's blessings.
Memorial services are 1 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2000, at First Presbyterian
Church in Red Wing, Minn., with Reverend Gary Elg officiating. Visitation
is at the church on Friday evening from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and again one hour
prior to the Saturday service.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers a memorial of your choice.
Charles Joseph Clark, age 49, of Cameron, passed away Friday, November
24, 2000 at his home after a brief illness. He was born July 21, 1951 in
Menomonie, Wis., to Joseph and Audrey (Owens) Clark. He graduated from
Chetek High School in 1969 and Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake,
Wis., in 1970. He married Vicki Anderson on August 21, 1971 in Chetek,
Wis. He worked at Indianhead Rendering from 1969 until 1988. He was then
employed as plant manager at Darling International in New Brighton, Minn.
until 1998. He loved hunting, fishing, and gardening.
He is survived by his wife, Vicki; daughter Michelle; son, Joseph;
all of Cameron, Wis.; mother and step-father, Audrey and Melvin Samplawski;
sisters, Ginger Kell; Cathy Maatta; Cindy (Steve) Risberg; step-brother,
John (Chris) Samplawski; step-sister, Gayle (Dave) Pearson; step sister-in-law,
Patricia Samplawski; nieces and nephews, Melanie Kell; Marcy (Willie) Hansen;
Stephanie and Joshua Maatta; Riley and Lacey Risberg; Jeff and Jenny Pearson;
Spencer, Collette, and Collin Samplawski; Mitch and Andee Lynn Colby; great-nephew,
Nate Hansen; mother-in-law, Yvonne Anderson; brothers-in-law, Rod (Rose)
Anderson; Butch Kell; sister-in-law, Jo (Scott) Colby.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph; step-brother Michael
Samplawski; and brother-in-law, Ed Maatta.
A memorial service for Charles will be held at 4:30 p.m., Monday, November
27, 2000 at the Advent Christian Church, Chetek, Wis. with Pastor Norman
Phillips officiating. The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the
Bernard L. Johnson, 65, of Altoona, Wis., died Friday November 24,
2000, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Bernard Johnson, the son of Ivan and Selma Johnson, was born in Eau
Claire, Wis. Aug. 1, 1935, a graduate of Eau Claire Senior High School.
Joined the U.S. Marine Corp. at age 17 serving 14 years. He worked on the
Alaska Pipeline for 6 years and also was a painter.
He is survived by his mother Selma Johnson of Eau Claire; two sons,
Mark Johnson of Naples Fla., Matthew Johnson of New Jersey; one daughter,
Angela. Four Brothers, LaVerne of Arizona, Gene of California, Delmar of
New Auburn, Wis., Donald of Eau Claire; three sisters, Arlene Frank, Carol
Strassman, both of Eau Claire and Joyce Spaeth of Chippewa Falls. Four
grandsons and 1 granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews and his loving
companion Jean and family and best friend Marty Sell. Bernard loved to
camp, fish, play golf and play cribbage.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000 at 6:30 p.m. with
visitation from 4 to 6:30 Tuesday at Smith Funeral Chapel with Pastor Mark
Rogers officiating. Smith Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.
Ernest O. Knutson
Ernest O. Knutson, age 88, of Pleasantville, died on Thursday, November
23, 2000 in the Grand View Care Center in Blair.
Ernest was born on April 18, 1912 in Tamarack to Carl and Carrie (Lindem)
Knutson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Tamarack Lutheran Church.
Ernest and his family moved to Pleasantville in 1928.
On November 10, 1938, Ernest married Esther Hulberg in Pleasantville.
Together they farmed in the town of Hale. Ernest was a member of the Grace
Lutheran Church in Pleasantville and a past member of the Pleasantville
Ernest is survived by his wife, Esther, of the Grand View Care Center
in Blair; three sons, Donald (Barbara) of Pleasantville, Paul of Grygla,
Minn. and Mark of Osseo; two grandchildren, Chad (Shelley) Knutson of Minneapolis,
Minn. and Kara Knutson of Duluth, Minn.; eight step-grandchildren, Daniel,
Tammy, Laurie, Cindy, Richard, Debbie, Brenda and J.J.; two sisters, Ruth
(Raymond) Schaefer of Osseo and Celia (Hilman) Hanson of Eau Claire.
In addition to his parents, Ernest was preceded in death by a sister,
Funeral service will be held on Monday, November 27, 2000 at 1:30 p.m.
in the Grace Lutheran Church with burial in the Pleasantville Cemetery
both in Pleasantville. Rev. Ted Simpson will officiate.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 26, 2000 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the
Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall and also one hour prior to the services
at the church on Monday.
Maynard J. Kressin, 87, of Bloomer passed away Friday, November 24,
2000 at Hetzel Care Center, Bloomer.
He was born in Bloomer, Wisconsin to Harvey and Meta (Koepp) Kressin.
He married Ida Korger June 26, 1940 in Bloomer. He farmed in the Woodmohr
area all of his life. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
and served as an officer on the rural school board.
He is survived by his wife, Ida Kressin of Bloomer; son, Jack (Sandy)
Kressin; brothers, Delmar (Vollie) Kressin of Colfax and Eugene (Tillie)
Kressin of Chippewa Falls; sister, Margaret (Junior) Bateman of Chippewa
Falls; grandchildren, Jean Frion, Jackie (Tom) Young and Jennifer Rohl;
granddaughter-in-law, Wendy Kressin; 8 grandchildren; he is also survived
by nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, John Kressin.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2000 at Good
Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bloomer with pastor Robert Otto officiating.
Burial will be at Bloomer City Cemetery, Bloomer.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 27, 2000 at the
Schriver Funeral Chapel and one hour before the service at the church Tuesday.
Donald G. Ladwig, 67, of 3215 Ellis Street, died Friday, November 24,
2000, at Luther Hospital.
He was born on October 13, 1933 to Alfred and Irene Ladwig in Eau Claire.
He grew up on the north side, on Center Street, and he graduated from Eau
Claire Senior High School in 1951.
Don married Barbara Jean Roth in 1955. He won her heart on the day
that she was riding home from work on the bus, when he pursued her in his
blue 1951 Buick convertible with the red leather seats, honking all the
way. They would have celebrated 45 years of marriage in December.
He was drafted into the US Navy in 1955 (a somewhat unique circumstance)
and served aboard the USS Tanner in the Mediterranean Sea area.
He was a loyal Uniroyal employee for 40 years, where he was fondly
known as "Laddie" to his friends and co-workers.
He is survived by his wife Barbara; son Scott (Theresa), their children
Jessica, Jack and Elizabeth; son David (Kim) and David's children Jeremy,
Jordan and Elijah and Kim's son Josh; daughter Jennifer (Alex) DeLaPenã
and their children Alex and Adam. He is also survived by one sister Jean
Zehms of Riverside, Calif.
Before succumbing suddenly to lung cancer, he enjoyed reeling in lunker
bluegills at Prairie Lake in Chetek. He spent many wonderful summer days
at Lake Wissota in his speed boat. He loved the St. Louis Cardinals baseball
team, and enjoyed listening to KMOX and Harry Caray on an old AIWA radio
with his father and his sons. Donald will be greatly missed.
A memorial prayer service will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Nov. 28
at Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home. Officiating the service will be the Rev.
Philip Palser. Friends may call an hour before services at the funeral
home. A private burial for immediate family only will be Wednesday morning
at Forest Hill Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Lung Association.
Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Laurene L. McIntyre, 98, of Altoona, died Thursday, November 23, 2000
at Sacred Heart Hospital. She was a long time resident of 1428 Frederic
St. in Eau Claire and had lived at Oak Gardens, Altoona since February
Laurene was born on February 24, 1902 in Kenyon, Minnesota, the daughter
of John and Mary (Vallely) Littel. She lived in Kenyon until 1918 when
her family moved to Faribault, Minnesota, where she graduated from Bethlehem
Academy in 1919. She worked for Northern States Power Company in Faribault
and Minneapolis until 1930.
In 1930, Laurene married William D. McIntyre and they moved to Eau
Claire. She was one of the organizers of Sacred Heart Hospital Guild and
served as its first president in 1939. She was an early member of the League
of Women Voters and served two terms as its president. She was a life member
of the Eau Claire Women's Club, which she joined in 1931 and held several
offices in that organization. Laurene was a member of the First Congregational
Survivors include her daughter, Katherine V. McIntyre (and Gerald Strader)
of Eau Claire, and her son, William D. McIntyre, Jr. (and his wife, Ann)
of Fairbanks, Alaska; four grandsons, W. McIntyre Durning, Seattle, Washington,
Hugh Durning, New York, Duane McIntyre, Fairbanks, Alaska, and Michael
McIntyre, Missoula, Montana. She is further survived by nieces, Ann Forseman,
Hackensack, Minnesota, and Mary Leonard, Boulder, Colorado; nephews, Eugene
Delapenha, Tampa, Florida, Nils Peterson, Swampscott, Massachusetts,, and
Patrick McIntyre of Utica, New York. A very special cousin, Mary Sullivan,
Port Aransas, Texas, survives, as do her special friends in Eau Claire,
Carol Benning, Roger GroeneWold, and Robert Carr.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William McIntyre; three sisters,
Marguerite Peterson, Rose Peterson, and Vallery Delapenha, and a brother,
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Congregational
United Church of Christ, with Rev. Mark Pirazzini officiating. Burial will
be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at
Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home and an hour prior to services Tuesday
at the church.
The family asks that memorials be directed to the William D., and Laurene
L. McIntyre Fund (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation), Friends
of Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation, or First Congregational Church.
Stella Coretta Olson, 86, of Osseo, died Friday, November 24, 2000
at Osseo Area Medical Center.
She was born May 14, 1914 in the town of Hale, Trempealeau Co., to
John and Clara (Torpen) Evenson.
She married Curtis Olson on September 4, 1954 in Pigeon Falls, Wis.,
by Rev. E.B. Christopherson. Together they farmed in the town of Northfield,
Jackson Co., until they moved into Osseo.
She enjoyed quilting, raising African Violets and spending time with
She is survived by her children, Roger Christianson, Racine, Carmen
(Gordon) Clausing, Hartford, Charles (Debi) Christianson, West Allis, Sandra
(David) Sandelius, Nashville, TN, Sherri (Larry) Cable, Stillwater, MN,
Larry Olson, Sun Prairie; a sister, Ruth Johnson, Osseo; a brother, Clifford
(Alice) Evenson, Osseo; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2000 at Osseo Evangelical
Lutheran Church with Rev. Lewis Thompson officiating. Burial will be in
South Beef River Lutheran Cemetery, rural Osseo.
Friends may call from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Schiefelbein Funeral Home, Osseo, is assisting the family.
Mark A. Sanza, 38, of 735 Eddy St., died Nov. 24, 2000, at Marshfield
Mark was the son of Lazaro and Frances (Lancaster) Sanza, born on Jan.
2, 1962 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Married Lisa Mickelson Dec. 1, 1997
in Eau Claire, Wis.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Sanza of Eau Claire; one son, Mark
Allen Jr., -- Tommy and Kali, stepchildren of Eau Claire. One daughter
Cristina VanHorn Sanza, Cristina's half sisters, Kari Johns of Boyd, Wisc.,
and Carla Panzke of Chicago, Ill.; his father, Lazaro Sanza of Chicago,
Ill., one brother, Robert, Chicago, Ill., his mother-in-law, Ida Mickelson
of Eau Claire. Also Charles and Eleanor (the people who raised him) and
their family. Three grandchildren. Three brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.
He loved to fish. His nickname was Midget.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday November 28, 2000 at 11 a.m.
at Smith Funeral Chapel, with burial at Waneka Cemetery with Pastor Dwayne
Hinson officiating. Visitation will be Monday 4 to 7 p.m. and one hour
prior to service. Smith Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.
James W. Stahlbusch, 85, of 610 Gray St., and formerly of Elk Mound,
died Tuesday, November 21, 2000, at The Clairemont.
James was born March 14, 1915 to Louis R. and Charlotte (Ludvigson)
Stahlbusch in Elk Mound. He grew up in rural Elk Mound. On December 17,
1937 Jim married Arlene L. Larson in Elk Mound.
For five years, he operated a milk route in Chippewa County. He was
a mechanic for many years including over twenty years at Richartz Implement
in Menomonie. After retiring in 1978, he continued to do mechanic work
for Menomonie Transportation, Menomonie.
Jim was a member of Barum Lutheran Church, where he served on the church
Survivors include three sons, David (Phyllis), town of Union, Dick
(Judi) of Eau Claire, and Dennis (Connie) of Mound, MN; three daughters,
Janet Stahlbusch of Elk Mound, Judy (Tom) Atkins of Anchorage, AK, and
Joan (Tom) Munson, Rosenberg, TX; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Stahlbusch
of Eau Claire; 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; a brother,
Harold "Buck" Stahlbusch of rural Colfax; a sister, Eleanor (Bill) Tippet,
of Arapahoe, N.C.; a brother-in-law, Harland Hanson of Libertyville, IL;
a sister-in-law, Lenore Larson of Eau Claire; many nieces and nephews;
and his very special companion, Vicki Walby of Eau Claire, and her family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arlene in 1986; a son,
Dale, in 1977; two sisters, Marion Hanson and Jeanette Larson.
Memorial Services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Barum Lutheran Church,
with Rev. Hal Schroetter officiating. Burial will be in Barum Lutheran
Cemetery in the Township of Elk Mound. Friends and relatives may call from
5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home and an hour
prior to services Thursday at the church.
Family suggests that memorials please be directed to Barum Lutheran