Miscellaneous Eau Claire County, Wisconsin Obituaries


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Juanita Cutsforth
Juanita E. Cutsforth, 84, a lifelong resident of Chippewa County, died Friday, May 22, 1998, at Lakeside South Nursing and Rehabilitation in Chippewa Falls.
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 the church.
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 Sabelko
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 brothers.
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 Smith
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 be appreciated.

Marjorie Solie
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 Walker
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 of teaching.
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 10, 1972.
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 Paul
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 Rauscher
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 their love.
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 Church.
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.

George Menzies
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.

Elmer Olson
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 Lee.
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 church.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the charity of your choice.

Rosemary Rosenbaum
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 Mausoleum.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and until the time of the service Tuesday at the funeral chapel.

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 16.

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 years.
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 and family.
Services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 17, 2000, at Osseo Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Lewis Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Osseo Cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Schiefelbein Funeral Home, Osseo, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Edith Boehm
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 Clark
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 family.

Bernard Johnson
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 Lions Club.
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, Stella Dahl.
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 Kressin
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 Ladwig
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 McIntyre
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 1998.
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 Church.
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, Hugh Littel.
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 Olson
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 her family.
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 Sanza
Mark A. Sanza, 38, of 735 Eddy St., died Nov. 24, 2000, at Marshfield Hospital.
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 Stahlbusch
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 council.
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 Church.

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