Irene C. Creaser, 87, of Menomonie, Wis., went to be reunited with
her husband, Richard Creaser, on Monday, Nov. 13, 2000.
The former Irene Clara Severson was born June 25, 1913, to Olaf and
Louise (Johnson) Severson in the township of Menomonie, Dunn County, Wis.
She was raised in the Menomonie area and attended area schools.
On September 26, 1934, Irene married Richard D. Creaser in Menomonie,
Wis. They were married for 65 years until Richard's death in 1999.
Irene farmed with her husband in the Menomonie area until the age of
62 when they retired. Irene was a member of Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church.
She held several offices with the ELCW through the years and taught Sunday
School for a number of years.
Irene's hobbies included baking, quilting, her flower garden and spending
time with her family and friends.
Irene was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed
by her family, relatives and friends.
Irene is survived by one son and two daughters, Robert (Jewel) Creaser
of Elk Mound, Mary (Wayne) Weber of Menomonie and Sarah (Michael) Sol of
Menomonie; ten grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren;
and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; and her parents,
Olaf and Louise Severson.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at Little
Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the town of Red Cedar, Dunn Co., Wis., with
Rev. Richard Klabunde officiating. Burial will be in Little Elk Creek Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and at the church one
hour prior to the service on Thursday.
The family requests memorials to the Little Elk Creek Church or the
Little Elk Creek Cemetery.
Mary Sobcyak, 82, of 2203 Hayden Avenue, Altoona, passed away at Oakwood
Villa Nursing Home Saturday, November 11, 2000.
Mary was born April 8, 1918, in Altoona, the daughter of John and Maude
(Reed) Stahl. She graduated from Altoona High School as Salutatorian of
her class in 1936. Mary graduated from Eau Claire Teacher's College in
1940, and she taught school in Durand, Winter and Elmwood. On December
19, 1942, she married Raymond Sobcyak in Eau Claire.
Mary is survived by her husband, Raymond of 57 years; daughter, Jan
Bradison of Altoona; granddaughters, Kristin (Joe) Granberg of New Richmond
and Kari (Tim) Aldrich of Fall Creek; and four great-grandchildren who
were the delight of her life, Whitney and Alex Aldrich and Tyanna and Ayla
Granberg. She is further survived by two sisters, Emily Woodford and Gene
Pornat, both of Altoona; sisters-in-law, Frances Shaw of Beaver Dam, Margaret
Nicholson of Fairchild and Lucile Sobcyak of Fairchild; and numerous nieces,
nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Leah, Mae,
Joyce and Alene; and brother, Gordon.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2000, at
St. Simeon's Episcopal Church, 19058 190th Street, Hwy. J, Chippewa Falls,
Wis., with Father George Stamm officiating. Burial will follow in Forest
Hill Cemetery, Eau Claire.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the charity of
the donor's choice.
Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family.
NEENAH -- Albert O. Lund, 89, died unexpectedly Monday, December 11,
2000, at his home.
He was born October 28, 1911, in Stanley, Wis., son of the late Hans
and Marie (Sorenson) Lund. He married Dorothy Pfaffenroth on July 2, 1932,
in Chicago. She preceded him in death on January 29, 1992.
Albert was a Neenah resident since 1930. He was a former employee of
KC Corporation, retiring in 1974. He was a member of Elisha-Kent-Kane Lodge
#61 of the F.&A.M. of Neenah. Albert spent retirement years painting
wildlife and landscapes. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Neenah.
He served honorably in the Wisconsin National Guard as a Cavalryman in
Stanley, Wis., with the 105th Cavalry Regiment of the 53rd Cavalry Brigade
from 1926 to 1930, and with Company I of the 127th Infantry of Neenah from
1931 to 1933. Albert was a former leader at the Boy's Brigade where he
initiated their fly tying class. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his
Survivors include a daughter, Jana (Rick) Hagen, Eau Claire, Wis.;
two sons, Jerome (Susan) Lund, New London, Wis., and Todd Lund, Appleton,
Wis.; six grandchildren, Kirsten (Kirk) Brownson, Gretchen (Jeff) Barylak,
Eric and Steven Lund, Jessica and Emily Hagen; and two great-grandchildren,
Joseph and Devon Brownson. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.
Albert was preceded in death by a son, Roger A. Lund in 1953; four
sisters, Johana, Anna, Alda and Dora; and three brothers, Rudolph, Edward
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 15, 2000, at Neenah's
Westgor Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Nancy Krueger officiating.
Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah.
Friends may call on Friday at the funeral home from noon until the
hour of service.
Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Brigade.
Wilton Spiegelberg addition:
Wilton is also survived by one brother, Gleason (Ruth) Spiegelberg
of Omro, Wis.; and one sister, Jeanette Bringman of Oshkosh, Wis.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Sharon D. Allen, of St. Paul, Minnesota, formerly
of Eau Claire, died Saturday, December 2, 2000, at her residence.
She was born on February 2, 1947, in Centralia, Washington to John
and Marion (Nauman) Allen. Sharon moved to Eau Claire with her family in
1952, and graduated from Memorial High School in 1965.
She worked several years at the Minneapolis Art Institute. In 1971,
she moved to Sacramento, Calif., where she attended American River Community
College. Sharon later transferred to UW-Stout where she earned her degree
in Early Childhood Education. She was a pre-school teacher at Hallie Q.
Brown Pre-School in the Martin Luther King Center in St. Paul, Minn., until
retiring due to her health in February, 1998.
Survivors include her parents, John and Marion Allen of Eau Claire;
her brother, Michael of Minneapolis, Minn.; her sister, Cynthia (Eugene)
Bowe of Eau Claire; two nieces, Amanda and Alison Bowe of Eau Claire; aunts;
uncles; and cousins.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2001,
at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, Elk Mound, with pastor Dean C.
Brockmeier officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire.
Friends and relatives may call from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at
The family requests memorials be directed to Shepherd of the Hill Church.
Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral & Cremation Services is handling arrangements.
Hildegard Golly, Elk Grove, California, formerly of Eau Claire, died
Jan. 13, 2001.
Mrs. Golly was predeceased by her husband, Guenter. They came from
Germany in 1952, and moved from Black River Falls to establish their turkey
farm in Fall Creek in 1956.
After retiring, they lived in Eau Claire, until moving to California
She was very active in the Newcomers Club and a long-time volunteer
at a local nursing home.
She is survived by her children, Alex Golly of Florida and Andrea Stover
of California; grandchildren, Tara McFann and Evan Golly; and her nephew,
Gerd Golly of Wisconsin.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held Friday, Jan. 19, 2001 in Elk Grove,
James M. Ming, 68, of 1225 Pershing St., died suddenly this past week
at his home.
He was born August 29, 1932, in Eau Claire to Walter and Lilly (Hanson)
Ming. He graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School with the class of
He started working at Johnson Printing in 1951, and was employed there
until entering the service. Jim served in the U.S. Army in Korea during
the Korean Conflict with the Company B 84th Engineer Battalion, from December
13, 1952, until his honorable discharge on November 30, 1954. Jim returned
to work at Johnson Printing where he was a faithful and dedicated employee
for over 35 years, retiring as First Pressman in 1991.
Jim married Ruth Sly in Stillwater, Minnesota in September, 1958.
One of Jim's greatest joys was his grandchildren, who loved him dearly.
Jim was an avid fisherman. He was a life long resident of the Mt. Simon
area and an exclusive member of the "Mt. Simon Garage Boys."
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy (David) Quast of Wauwatosa and
their children, Anna and Julia; two sons, James (Mary) Ming of Eau Claire
and their children, Nicole, Natasha, Richay, Ariah, and great-grandson,
Darian; and David (Elvie) Ming of Eau Claire and their children, P.J. and
Kimberly; a sister, Bonnie (Hermie) Nowak of Eau Claire; three brothers,
LeRoy (Judy) Ming and Gary Ming, both of Eau Claire and Vernon (Dianne)
Ming of Fall Creek; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jeffrey; and a sister,
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 18, 2001,
at Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastor Frederick W. Theiste
officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn
Funeral Home and an hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
MONDOVI -- Lester K. Olson, 77, of Mondovi and formerly of Eleva died
on Monday, January 15, 2001, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.
He was born on March 7, 1923, in the town of Albion, Trempealeau Co.,
Wis., to Harvey and Jesse (Larson) Olson.
He married Violet Iverson on Sept. 23, 1944, at Trinity Lutheran Church
Lester farmed on the home farm in the town of Albion, Trempealeau Co.
He also was a trucker for various trucking companies. He moved to Mondovi
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Norden.
He is survived by one son, Mike (Lisa) Olson of Eleva, Wis.; one daughter,
Emily (Merlyn) Franson of Strum, Wis.; one son-in-law, Richard Prudlick
of Fairchild, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Dawn (David) Erickson, Becky (Matthew)
Johnson, Julie (Mike) Zingshiem, Jason (Michelle) Franson, Eric (Lori)
Prudlick, Nikki Olson and Neil Olson (special friend, Crystal Kennelley);
12 great-grandchildren, Kacie and Zachary Erickson, Ethan, Evan and Ryan
Johnson, Jenna Zingshiem, Dylan Franson, Tyler and Jacob Prudlick, Austin
Baynton, Ashlynn Solie and Alec Olson; two brothers, Wallace (Lucille)
Olson of Eleva, Wis., and Don (Monica) Olson of Eleva, Wis.; and two sisters,
Irene Wenaas of Altoona, Wis., and Leona (Morton) Christianson of Mondovi,
He was preceded in death by his wife; one daughter, Barbara Prudlick;
his parents; and one sister, Winnifred Lokken.
Services will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity
Lutheran Church of Norden, rural Mondovi, Wis., with Rev. David Bangert
officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. or on Friday from 8:30
to 11 a.m. at Kjentvet-Smith Funeral Home in Eleva. Friends may also call
at the church on Friday from noon until the time of services.
BOYD -- Marguerite M. Shock (Peggy Croasdale), 79, of rural Boyd, Wis.,
passed away Saturday, January 13, 2001, at the Augusta Area Nursing Home
in Augusta, Wis.
She was born April 28, 1921, in Superior, Wis., to John and Grace Rapp.
She worked as a cook in a nursing home and was a housewife and bartender
who tended bar in Ludington and Wilson townships for many years.
Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Phyllis
"Sue" Fagerstrom; one brother, John; and two husbands, Mark Croasdale and
She is survived by one daughter, Linda (Croasdale) and husband, Dale
Jaeger of rural Boyd; and two grandsons, Kenneth A. Arneson Jr. of Oklahoma
and Steven Telisczak Jr. of rural Boyd.
As per Marguerite's wishes, there will be no services. Burial will
be in the spring.
The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.
MENOMONIE -- Joel P. Wagner, 25, of Menomonie, Wis., died Monday, Jan.
15, 2001, at his home.
Joel was born Nov. 15, 1979, in Eau Claire, Wis., to Gary L. and Linda
(Groff) Wagner. He was raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie
High School in 1994. Joel was going to graduate Magna Cum Laude from UW-Stout
in May 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 6th
grade Menomonie All-Stars and 9th 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, 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 will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, at Christian
Life Ministries Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Mike Pilla and Rev. Jim
Crawmer officiating. Burial will be in Ford Cemetery in the town of Menomonie.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Christian Life Ministries
Church and one hour prior to the service Friday, also at the church.
Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.
Dr. Joseph Giordano, 42, of 3618 Kingswood Court, Eau Claire, died
Sunday, April 15, 2001, at home.
Joseph was born on June 3, 1958, to Joseph and Catherine (Clemente)
Giordano in Astoria Queens, New York. He graduated from Queens College-CUNY
in 1980, with a BA in Mass Communication and received his MA in Mass Communication
and Communication Theory from Fordham University in 1982. Joseph was a
Teaching Associate with the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Instructor
at Rutgers - the State University of New Jersey and Adjunct Assistant Professor
and Adjunct Lecturer with the City University of New York. After receiving
his Ph.D. in Organizational Communication and Interpersonal Communication
from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in 1989, he moved to Eau
Claire and served the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire as Associate
Dr. Giordano co-authored two textbooks and many publications. He was
the author of several award winning papers which were presented at many
national communication conferences. Joseph also served the UW-Eau Claire
as Senator-at-Large on the University Senate, a member of the Faculty Advisory
Committee for Information Technology and a member of the Communication
Search and Screen Committee. He served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Organizational
and Professional Communication Interest Group of the Central States Communication
Association. He was an advisor to the Indian Waters Girl Scout Council,
Grace Lutheran Foundation, Eau Claire Family Medicine Clinic and the Chippewa
A special thank you to St. Joseph's Hospice team of care givers.
He is survived by his partner, John W. Smestuen of Eau Claire; parents,
Joseph and Catherine of Pennsylvania; brother, Frank (Diane) Giordano of
Pennsylvania; nephew, Frankie; niece, Brianna; Irene Smestuen of Colfax;
Marlys Muszynski of Elk Mound; special friends, Judy Sims and Eleanor Larson,
both of Eau Claire; aunts, uncles, many friends; and his puppy, Simon.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2001,
at St. Olaf Catholic Church, with Father Frank Corradi officiating. Visitation
is Wednesday (today) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Evergreen Funeral Home, Golf Road,
1 block East of Hwy. 93, and also ½ hour prior to the service at
church. Interment will be in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Memorials may be directed to the Dr. Joseph Giordano Scholarship Fund
at UW-Eau Claire, Dept. of Communication and Journalism, Eau Claire, Wis.,
54702, Attn: Judy Gatlin.
Evergreen Funeral Home is serving the family.
Gilbert G. Kirchhoff, 84, formerly of the town of Pleasant Valley,
Eau Claire County, died Monday, April 16, 2001, at Dove Healthcare Nursing
& Rehabilitation in Eau Claire.
Gilbert was born January 30, 1916, in Waverly, Iowa, to Richard and
Ada (Hogberg) Kirchhoff.
As a young child, the family moved to a farm on Hwy. 93 and then to
a farm on Hwy. F, both in the town of Pleasant Valley, where he farmed
with his brother, Dale, until ill health moved them to Eau Claire.
Gilbert was in the United States Army in World War II and received
a Purple Heart. He was a member of the VFW and American Disabled Veterans.
He enjoyed fishing and playing cards with his family and friends.
He is survived by four sisters, Ardis Crowe of Eau Claire, Edna Pagenkopf
(Norman) of Danbury, Wis., Dorothy McQueen of Mound, Minn., and Arlene
O'Connor (Robert) of New Auburn; three brothers, Dale (Beverly) of Eau
Claire, Lawrence "Barney" (Shirley) of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Verlyn (Dolores)
of Eau Claire; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Hilda Baker and
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 19, 2001, at Our Redeemer
Lutheran Church at 1:30 p.m., with Reverend Joel Hoelter officiating. Burial
will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 18, 2001, from 5 to 7 p.m. at
Smith Funeral Chapel and from noon until the time of services at the church.
Gilbert will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
FALL CREEK -- John A. Peuse, 60, of Fall Creek, Wis., died Monday,
April 16, 2001, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
John was born November 2, 1940, to Mandus and Grace (Schanon) Peuse
who lived on a farm near Fall Creek. He had no siblings. His father died
in 1975, and his mother in 1994. For the past 10 or 12 years, he has worked
at Equity Livestock Co-op. Prior to that, he worked at Walters Brewery
for many years until their closing.
He is survived by several cousins. Local ones are Rachel Kaeding, Leatha
Dodge and Steve Kaeding, all of Fall Creek; and an uncle, John Schanon
of Eau Claire.
There will be no visitation.
A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.
ELMWOOD -- George F. Sperger, 86, of Elmwood, died Tuesday April 17,
2001, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.
George was born July 28, 1914, in the township of Eau Galle, Dunn County.
He was the son of Albert and Mary (Lecheler) Sperger. George was raised
in that community; he graduated from the Elmwood High School in 1934. He
worked for Dairy Herd Improvement Association in St. Croix County for several
years. In 1941, George joined the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific Theater
of WWII. George was discharged from the Army in 1945, in California. George
made his home in California, working as an electrician for several manufacturing
companies. George married Mary L. Krohn Nelson on June 29, 1951, in California.
George continued working as an electrician until he retired. Mary died
in 1989, and in the fall of 1997, George moved to Menomonie and lived in
Autumn Village. In 1999, he became a resident of the Heritage of Elmwood
Nursing Home in Elmwood, where he has remained the rest of his life.
George is survived by three brothers, Caroll (Marcy) of Red Wing, Minn.,
Herbert (Maria) of Roslyn, Pa., and Albert (Beth) of Eau Claire; two sisters,
Joan (Shafer) of Eau Galle and Lyn (Robert) Paradise of Minneapolis, Minn.;
a sister-in-law, Barbara Sperger of Durand; and 17 nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a sister, Sr. Mary
Jean "Bernie" Sperger; and two brothers, Joseph in infancy and Bernard
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2001, at Rhiel Funeral
Home in Elmwood, with Alfred Wolf officiating. Burial will be in Sacred
Heart Cemetery-Farm Hill, rural Elmwood.
Friends may call one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral
WHITEHALL -- John E. Colliton, lifelong resident of Whitehall, Wisconsin,
passed away suddenly at Gundersen-Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin,
on June 1, 2001, following a recent illness.
John was born June 22, 1944, to Edward J. and Harriet E. (Hegge) Colliton.
He was an all-around athlete, lettering in football, basketball, baseball,
track, and golf at Whitehall High School, where he graduated in 1962. John
attended UW-Eau Claire and worked with his father at E. J. Colliton Plumbing
& Heating, Inc. of Whitehall for several years. He also served in the
U.S. Army Reserves. John was employed as an Operating Engineer in pipeline
construction, primarily at Desco Construction, Inc. of Hayfield, Minnesota,
and North Central Pipeline of Iowa, until becoming partially disabled in
Prior to his disability, John was an active member of the Whitehall
community, especially the Whitehall Country Club, and a member of St. John's
Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He also served as Assistant
Coach for the Whitehall High School Girls Basketball Team in 1977-78. He
was a member of Operating Engineers Local 234 of Des Moines, Iowa, from
1969, until the time of his death and was a current member of the Whitehall
Country Club. John was an avid sports fan and exceptional golfer all of
his life. He had his first hole-in-one at age 16 and his fourth at age
46. He won numerous club championships and regional tournaments, including
a Chippewa Valley Golf Association (CVGA) Championship.
John will be missed and remembered by his family and the many friends
he made through the course of his life. He is survived by his mother, of
Whitehall; sister, Virginia (Joseph) Bogstad, Virginia Beach, Vir.; brother,
David (Sandra) Colliton, Fort Collins, Colo.; sister, Carolyn (David) Sorlie,
Tonto Verde, Ariz.; sister, Susan Colliton, La Crosse, Wis.; nephews, William
(Lenore), John, and Thomas Bogstad; nieces, Ann (Bogstad) Kelly, Debra
Bogstad, Jill Colliton, and Julie (Pat) Borroum; as well as many aunts,
uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father; paternal grandparents, James
and Rose (De Tamble) Colliton of Minneapolis; and maternal grandparents,
Sigvald and Emilia (Bensend) Hegge of Whitehall. John was formerly married
to Mary Kostner of Arcadia.
John wished to be an organ donor and his remains will be cremated.
A memorial service is planned for Monday, July 9, at 11:00 a.m. at
St. John's Catholic Church in Whitehall, with visitation at the church
starting one hour before the service. A lunch will be served in the church
following the service.
The Jack Funeral Home of Whitehall is helping the family with arrangements.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the John Colliton Memorial Fund.
Remember John when he was well and happy. Now he is wearing a Green
Jacket and swapping stories at the eternal Master's tournament.
A good woman has been called away,
DURAND -- Lila F. "Sue" Harmon, 72, of Durand died June 4, 2001, at
Oakview Care Center in Durand.
Sue was the daughter of Allen and Minnie (DeLong) Maxfield. She was
born November 8, 1928, in Dunn County and grew up in rural Elmwood. She
married Kenneth "Bullet" Harmon in 1946, in Eau Galle. After marriage,
they lived in Eau Galle. They moved to Durand in 1979, where she remained
the rest of her life. Her husband Bullet passed away September 18, 1992.
Sue is survived by three daughters, Lorraine Harmon of Baraboo, Brenda
(Dennis) Smith and Roxanne (Robert) Weishapple, both of Durand; one son,
Kenneth "Buzz" (Mary Sue) of Mondovi; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren;
one sister, Emma Hollingsworth of Buhl, Idaho; two sisters-in-law, Eilene
Anderson of Filer, Idaho, and LaVerle "Peggy" Maxfield of Baldwin; many
nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by, besides her husband, her parents; one
great-granddaughter, Jasmine Lorraine Harmon-Beaton; and two brothers,
Clifford and Robert Maxfield.
She was kind and understanding,
Her hands were strong and gentle,
Her smile and laughter filled
hearts with joy,
Though she never more will
walk among us,
The memories she left behind
Will give us joy and happiness
amid the sorrows and tears.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2001, at Rhiel Funeral
Home in Durand. Rev. Matthew J. Molinaro will officiate. Burial will be
in St. Henry's Cemetery, Eau Galle.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to services
on Friday at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand.
Marvin A. "Joe" Lemke, 75, of Altoona died Monday, June 4, 2001, at
Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born on May 4, 1926, in Almond, Wisconsin, the son of Max and
Mollie (Pomerenke) Lemke.
Joe married Lois Morgan on May 20, 1944, in Almond, Wis. He entered
the U.S. Army on January 30, 1945. He was a member of the 13th Field Artillery,
serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Following his honorable discharge
in October, 1946, Joe and Lois lived in Almond, the Stevens Point area
and Wausau before moving to Altoona in 1969.
Joe was an over-the-road truck driver for 24 years, retiring from Glenndenning
Motorways in 1976.
He was a member of the Mead-Rath-Gutke Legion Post #339 in Almond and
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Eau Claire.
Survivors include his wife, Lois; four children, Arlene (Jerome) Austreng
of Escondido, Calif., Sonja (David) Scott of Waynesville, Mo., Richard
(Theresa) Lemke of Illinois and Carol (William Hawke) Lemke of Eau Claire;
eight grandchildren, Collin (Laura) Austreng of Murrieta, Calif., Sheila
(Terry) Turner of Dublin, Ohio, Michael (Laura) Sowinski of Sun Prairie,
Wis., Laurie (Bruce Kapellen) Sowinski of Schofield, Wis., Mark Lambrecht
of Columbus, Ohio, Amy (Jerome) Martinek of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and Keith
and Brian Lemke of Calif.; six great-grandchildren, Amber, Tyler and Austin
Sowinski of Schofield, Wis., Andrew and Samantha Austreng of Murrieta,
Calif., and Keaton Martinek of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; two brothers, William
(Jackie) Lemke and Fred (Louise) Lemke; and one sister, Dorothy King, all
of Almond, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Geraldine Morgan of Weyauwega, Wis.;
many other relatives and friends, especially his walking and fishing pal,
Lovell Golden of Altoona, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Paulette Sowinski;
and two brothers-in-law, Donald King and LaVern Morgan.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2001, at Lutheran
Church of the Good Shepherd, with Pastor Paul D.L. Oppedahl officiating.
Burial will be in Rest Lawn Memorial Park in Wausau, where American Legion
Post #10 will conduct military graveside rites.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn
Funeral Home and an hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Thomas Francis Quirk, 84, of Lake Wissota died Monday, June 4, 2001,
at Luther Hospital.
Tom was born in Mineral Point, Wis., October 22, 1916, to Pierce Patrick
and Mary Jane (Jeffery) Quirk. He graduated from Mineral Point High School
in 1934, where he was class president, quarterback of the football team
and state championship basketball player.
He served in the United States Army Air Corps, "Blue Hornets" from
May, 1941, to May, 1945. These four years of service to his country were
a definite highlight of his life and grew evermore important to him with
each passing year. His tour of duty took him to England, Scotland, Italy,
Corsica and North Africa. In May, 1945, in Corsica, he found Pourquoi,
a long-haired Chihuahua, and smuggled her home in a barracks bag. They
were a popular team with their escapades well publicized.
The real love of his life was Eileen Julia Severtson whom he married
in Dodgeville, Wis., on February 16, 1946.
Tom graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Technology/UW-Platteville,
May 27, 1949, with a diploma in Mining Engineering. He worked as an Engineer
for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in Eau Claire from 1955,
until retirement in 1981. He was project engineer on several roads and
bridges including the original I-94. At the age of 55 years old, he obtained
his private pilot's license and received his instrument rating at 70 years
old. Tom and Eileen enjoyed many cross-country "adventures", coast to coast
and north to south. Tom was an avid Packer fan from the days of Lombardi
through thick and thin. To those who knew him, Tommy was a popular and
fun loving guy whose personality and good sense of humor were often called
upon to MC important gatherings throughout his lifetime. He will truly
Survivors include his wife, Eileen of Lake Wissota; daughter, Jane
P. Rafferty of West Bloomfield, Mich., son, Michael T. (Mary) Warwick,
N.Y., and daughter, Jean E. (Bryan) Liljander of Eau Claire; four grandchildren,
Joe Rafferty, Ann Tavolacci, Thomas Quirk and Carl Liljander; and many
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ruth; and three
brothers, "Shorty", Robert and Jeffrey.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2001, at
Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home, with Pastor Curtis Rohland officiating.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home
prior to the service. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire.
The VFW Post #305 will conduct military graveside rites.
The family requests memorials made out to Luther Development for the
Neuroscience Department, 1400 Bellinger St., Eau Claire, WI 54703-5211,
in lieu of flowers.
Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is handling arrangements.