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Donald Armstrong
BRYAN, OHIO -- Donald L. Armstrong, age 79, of Bryan, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2000 in the Harborside Healthcare Center-Bryan after an extended illness.
He was a Sales Manager for Nationwide Insurance of Northwest Ohio, also was a Senior Sales Representative of Countrymark, a member of the First Church of Christ-Bryan, Church elder for 32 years, past treasurer of the Williams County Historical Society and was an army veteran of World War II.
Born in Williamsport, Indiana on February 1, 1921 the son of Samuel and Edna (Vanest) Armstrong. On June 25, 1943 he married Doris McClain and she preceded him in death on May 13, 1994.
Surviving are two sons, Michael and wife Louise Armstrong of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Doug (Jeanne) Armstrong of Port Clinton, Ohio; two grandsons, Brian Armstrong of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chad Armstrong of Madison, Wisconsin; a brother, Arthur Armstrong of Columbia, Indiana; two sisters, Eileen Boll of Columbus, Indiana and Jean Breen of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Services for Donald L. Armstrong will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. in the Rice Funeral Home-Bryan with the Revs. Larry Snavely and Dean Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Shiffler Cemetery.
The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m..
Contributions in loving memory of Donald I. Armstrong may be made to the First Church of Christ, Community Hospital Hospice or to an agency of the donor's choice.

Arnold Hassemer
BLOOMER -- Arnold Hassemer, 68, of Bloomer, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at his home in Bloomer.
He was born January 7, 1932 in the Town of Woodmohr, Wisconsin to Joseph and Mary (Schwab) Hassemer. He married Alvera "Viola" Scritsmier May 17, 1952 in Chippewa Falls. They farmed in the Town of Woodmohr for numerous years, then moved to Bloomer where he was the owner of Arnie's Shoe Land, and also worked for A J Manufacturing. In his retirement he drove truck for Glass Products and River States Truck and Trailer. He enjoyed ice fishing and hunting.
He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and former member of the Parish Council, Bloomer Chamber of Commerce and served on the Chamber board; he was secretary and treasurer of the Cooks Valley Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Veda Hassemer of Bloomer; daughter, Kate (Dale) Ludwigson of Bloomer; son, Michael (Bonnie) Hassemer; one grandson, Kristopher Hassemer, all of Cadott; and 29 nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Delvin Hassemer; and his wife Bernice.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2000 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Bloomer, with Father Norman Boneck officiating. Burial will be at St. Catherine's Catholic Cemetery, Bloomer.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Schriver Funeral Chapel, Bloomer, where there will be a 7:30 p.m. Christian Wake Service.

Benjamin Wellstein
KNAPP -- Benjamin Wellstein, age 83, of Knapp, Wis., died Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
Benjamin was born February 27, 1917 in the Town of Lucas, Dunn Co., Wis. to Valentine and Mary (Laubenstein) Wellstein. He was raised in the Town of Lucas and attended Knapp School. He married Elvira Lausted on November 7, 1942 at the Tainter EUB Church.
Together Elvira and Ben farmed in the Town of Lucas until retiring in 1980. They moved to the Village of Knapp and resided there until December of 1998. Benjamin enjoyed his family and his life on the farm. Benjamin was enriched by the people who surrounded him. He believed in the value of friendship. He was challenged by the changing world around him and kept focused to the future.
After retirement Elvira and Benjamin enjoyed traveling. They especially enjoyed the travels back to Germany and Europe to the birthplace of his father. Benjamin was blessed with the love of his grandchildren and the special time with his great-grandchildren.
He is survived by one son, Wayne (Marge) Wellstein of Menomonie; one daughter, Shirley (Michael) Kuhn of Knapp; grandchildren, Robin (Dan) Scharlau, Michelle (Douglas) Faber, Chad (Rhonda) Kuhn, Bill Casper and Kathy Casper; great-grandchildren, Dalton, Trenton, Sarah, Austin and Christopher; sisters, Mable Jaeger and Violet Casper; other relatives and friends.
Benjamin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elvira; brothers, William, Paul and Daniel; sisters, Minnie Schaefer and Ruth Casper.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2000 at United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Marilynn Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in the town of Stanton, Dunn Co.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Rachel Davis
Rachel H. Davis, 87, of Merrillan died Tuesday at Pine View Care Center in Black River Falls.
She was born on October 25, 1913, in Garden Valley, Jackson County, to parents Albert and Emma (Janke) Jacobson. She graduated from Eau Claire Teachers College and worked as an elementary school teacher in several rural schools in the county. She married Sidney C. Davis on June 28, 1941, in Alma Center. She was a member of the Women of Grace Lutheran Church and the Wrightsville Homemakers group. Her hobbies included flower gardening and collecting ceramic roosters.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Davis, on July 31, 1977; and by five brothers, Rudolph, Arnold, Milton, Harold and Vernon.
She is survived by her husband, Sidney of Black River Falls; three sons, Roger (Betty) Davis of Eau Claire, John (Corrine) Davis of Beloit and Carl (Donna) Davis of Bloomington, Illinois; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Alison, Michelle and Renee; and six great-grandchildren, Micheala, Morgan, Margo, Maclain, Zoe and Reid; besides other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2001, at Grace Lutheran Church, Alma Center, with Rev. Ricky Bertels officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery, Alma Center.
Friends may call at the church one hour prior to services.
Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton, is assisting the family.

Lloyd Gomsrud
Lloyd P. Gomsrud, 90, 2120 Heights Drive, died Tuesday, February 6, 2001, at The Clairemont.
He was born on November 29, 1910, in the town of Garfield, Jackson County, Wisconsin, to Edd and Lena (Christenson) Gomsrud.
Lloyd farmed in the Northfield area until moving to Eau Claire in 1948. He worked for the railroad for a time and retired from Uniroyal in 1973.
He is survived by his family, Larry (Darliene) Gomsrud of Osseo, Jerry Gomsrud of Eau Claire and Donna (Roderick) DeVoe of Sarona; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his sister, Edna Olson of Northfield; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vema; and two sisters, Mildred Held and LaVerne Fleming.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2001, at Forest Hill Cemetery, with Pastor Howard Fehr officiating.
Friends and relatives may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to The Salvation Army or the donor's choice.

Leonard Joles
Leonard Joles, 85, of the town of Hallie, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001.
He was born June 5, 1915, in Greenwood to Isaac and Mary Joles. After moving to Hallie with his parents, he met and married Lorraine Schunk on Feb. 13, 1937, in Chippewa Falls. Leonard and Lorraine lived in Hallie all of their life together. He dearly loved his wife of almost 64 years.
Most of Leonard's life was spent doing what he enjoyed most, landscaping and tree trimming. He also worked at Uniroyal in Eau Claire and at Tschopp-Durch Camastral Company in Chippewa Falls.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Lorraine of Chippewa Falls; son, Gary (Linda) of Chippewa Falls; daughter, Lorraine (Donald) Cripe of Eau Claire; four grandchildren, Amy (Don) Martineau, Don, Garry and Dan Cripe; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson, Alex. He is also survived by one brother, Isaac "Ike" (Florence) Joles of Luck.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Faye Heideman and Louise Hoehn; and two great-grandchildren, David and Amy Jo Cripe.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls, with the Rev. Tim Vanden Langenberg of Hallie United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Eau Claire.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and until the time of services Friday at the funeral chapel.

Helen Linderman
Helen "Bobbie" Linderman, 92, of Eau Claire died February 3, 2001, at Syverson Lutheran Home.
She was born May 16, 1908, the youngest of eight children, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, to John and Mary Parent. Helen attended grade school in Chippewa Falls and was a graduate of Wisconsin State Teachers College in Eau Claire. She taught first grade in area schools and married Glenn Otis Linderman. She lived in Chippewa Falls until after World War II, when they moved to Eau Claire.
Glenn preceded her in death in 1979.
Helen is survived by their two sons, James of Fitzwilliam, N.H., and John of Berkeley Heights, N.J.
She was an active member of St. Patrick's Parish and a volunteer at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2001, at St. Patrick's Church.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church.
Burial will be private on Saturday at Calvary Cemetery.
The family requests memorials in Helen's name to the charity of the donor's choice.
Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Charles Olson
OSSEO -- Charles Eric Olson, 39, of Osseo, died Wednesday, February 7, 2001, at Osseo Area Medical Center.
He was born August 18, 1961, in Eau Claire to Erwin and Virginia (Trantow) Olson.
He graduated from Osseo-Fairchild High School in 1980.
Charles was a member of the Boy Scouts, receiving the Order of the Arrow and Eagle Scout Awards. He was a dedicated Packers and Badgers fan.
He was employed by NAPA Auto Parts, C.J.'s Restaurant and the Norske Nook Restaurant in Osseo.
He is survived by his parents, Erv and Virginia; three brothers, Randolph (Julie) Olson, Milwaukee, Christopher (Lynne) Olson, Ellsworth, Jeffrey (Lynn) Olson, Eau Claire; one sister, Jeanne (Jeff) Thatcher, Austin, Minn.; two godchildren, Latitia and Angelica Olson; nieces and nephews, Macy and Tyler Olson, Molly, Ian, Robert Thatcher.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Jamie Olson.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2001, at Osseo Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Rev. Lewis Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Elk Creek Lutheran Cemetery, rural Osseo.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Schiefelbein Funeral Home, Osseo, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
The family prefers memorials be directed to Osseo Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Schuyler Otteson
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Schuyler F. Otteson, 83, of Bloomington, Indiana, died Monday, February 5, 2001, at Meadowood Retirement Center (Indiana University) in Bloomington.
He was born July 17, 1917, in Mondovi to Hans and Elizabeth (Meyer) Otteson. He was Professor Emeritus of Business Administration and past Dean of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business from 1971 to 1982. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bloomington.
Survivors include his wife, Marie (Rothering) Otteson of Bloomington; three daughters, Judith Lawrence and Martha Lubarsky of Bloomington and Karn Lucero of Indianapolis; son, John of Indianapolis; sister, Helen Bullard of Plainville, Conn.; brother, Paul Otteson of Owatonna, Minn.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Norma Lurndal and Wilma Anderson.
Services will be Thursday in Bloomington. Allen Funeral Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.
Local graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2001, at Modena Cemetery in Modena, with Rev. Ron Stelzleni officiating.
Memorials may be made to Indiana University Kelley School of Business or First United Methodist Church of Bloomington.
Kjentvet & Smith Funeral Home in Mondovi is in charge of local arrangements.

Ila Thompson
FALL CREEK -- Ila Ree Thompson, 92, of Fall Creek passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2001, at Fall Creek Valley Nursing Home, Fall Creek, Wis.
Ila was born July 30, 1908, in Gwinette County, Georgia to James and Maude (Fowler) King. She was one of thirteen children. She married Delbert V. Thompson on November 22, 1926, in Chicago, Ill.
She is survived by her one son, Ralph (Dorothy) Thompson; two daughters, Pauline (Ron) Juderjahn and Irma "Terry" (Stan) Sandulak; seven loving grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two brothers; one sister; and other loving relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert; parents; grandson, John Albert; great-grandsons, Jeffrey Ward and David Tolk; and nine siblings.
A funeral service for Ila will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2001, at Prock Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Tim Vanden Langenberg officiating.
Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
There will be a private family interment at Highland Memorial Park, Milwaukee, Wis.
Prock Funeral Home is serving the family.

Verna Williams
Verna M. Williams, 88, of Oak Gardens, Altoona, died Tuesday, February 6, 2001, at Dove Healthcare Center.
Verna was born on December 8, 1912, in River Forest, Illinois, to the late Albert VanDyke Hatch and Emily Eva Maas. She married Robert F. Williams on November 5, 1936, in River Forest, Illinois. Verna loved traveling, reading, gardening and being with her family. She was cherished by her family and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Robert K. (Laura) Williams of Lindenhurst, Ill., Lee D. (Lily) Williams of St. Albans, England, and Elizabeth C. (Richard) Ryberg of Eau Claire; grandchildren, Kathleen (Mark), Arlene (Adolph), Jessica, Alexander, Kathryn and Erik; great-grandchildren, Robert, Natalie, Kendrick, Austin, Alec and Adalynn; sister, Carol Dorwin of Saint Germain, Wis.; and brother, Edmund Hatch of Sedona, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Robert F., in 1978; brothers, Walter, Harold and Donald; and sister, Sylvia.
Funeral services will be held in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to your local library, the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Evergreen Funeral Home is serving the family.

Bonnie Lynn
Bonnie J. Lynn, 67, of 901 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire, formerly of the town of Wheaton, Chippewa County, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.
She was born April 19, 1933, in Sparta to Bess (Standiford) and Henry Wood. She grew up in the Sparta area.
Bonnie married Bernard J. Lynn on Sept. 24, 1949, at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Chippewa Falls, and she and her husband farmed in the town of Wheaton. They also owned and operated the White Owl Tavern in the town of Wheaton. They retired in 1981, and moved to Eustis, Florida, where they lived until moving to Eau Claire in 1998.
She was a member of St. Olaf Catholic Church, Eau Claire; and the Moose Lodge in DeLand, Florida.
Survivors include her husband, Bernard Lynn of Eau Claire; four daughters, Joyce (Paul) McNallan of Kellogg, Minn., Antoinette (Dan) Bjork of Stevens Point, Bernadette (Duane) Hull of Eau Claire and JoAnne (Eugene) Woolever of Colfax; one son, John (Shirley) Lynn of Orfordville; five sisters, Gloria (Glenn) Thorpe of Spooner, June (Steve) Perrenoud of Cadott, Sandra Liebowitz of Pembrooke Pines, Fla., Jackie Powers of Las Vegas, Nev., and Rita Erickson of Costa Mesa, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Lynn in 1969; and her parents.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2001, at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Eau Claire, with the Rev. Frank Corradi officiating. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.
Friends may call on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls and on Monday one-half hour prior to the service at the church.

Agnes Mowers
MENOMONIE -- Agnes M. Mowers, 92, of Menomonie, Wis., died Monday, April 9, 2001, at Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.
Agnes was born July 17, 1908, to Peter and Ida Johnson. She attended Ideal School and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1925. After attending Dunn County Normal School, she taught for three years in rural schools. Following a year at River Falls Normal, she taught 7th and 8th grades for two years at Boyceville. In 1932, she became a County supervising teacher for Dunn County Schools. She held this position until her marriage to Arthur Mowers on July 29, 1938. Following her husband's death in July, 1951, she returned to teaching, first at Central and then at River Heights. After her return to teaching, she earned a degree from Eau Claire University and a master's degree in guidance from Stout University. She retired in 1973.
She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Retired Teachers and Delta Kappa Sorority.
She is survived by her daughter, Judith (Kenneth) Cropp; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Esther Rae; and other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son; one sister; and two brothers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the library and/or quilting at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
There will be no visitation.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 14, 2001, at 2 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, with Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.
Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family with arrangements.

God looked around his garden,
And he found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this earth
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you,
And lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering,
He knew that you were in pain,
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw that the road was getting rough,
And the hills are hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered, "Peace Be Thine."
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn't go alone.
For part of me went with you,
The day God called you home.
I Love You Mom!

John Barsamian
John Barsamian, 79, of 13661 47th Ave., Chippewa Falls, town of Hallie, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls.
He was born December 6, 1921, in So. Milwaukee, Wis., the son of Hazar and Georgia (Harling) Barsamian. He married Cecelia Hayes on June 26, 1946, at Holy Ghost Church, Chippewa Falls. He was a member of Holy Ghost Church.
He was employed at Uniroyal in 1946. He was President of Local 19 Rubber Workers for 13 years. He called the first meeting that resulted in the formation of Royal Credit Union. He served on the Board of Directors for RCU as Vice Chairman and was still an honorary member. He was an Army sergeant in World War II. He was a board member of the Eau Claire County Council on Alcoholism, Area Manpower Planning Board, Red Cross and Health Systems Agency. He was a chairman of the Democratic Party in Chippewa County. He served on the Eau Claire United Fund and the Eau Claire Area School Safety Patrol. He was on the Policy Committee for the International Union. He served on the Area Labor Council. He served on the Group Health Cooperative. He developed Wisconsin's 1971 Labor Day Holiday safety campaign.
He is survived by his wife, Cecelia; two sons, Larry (Theresa) and Leslie (Nadine), both of Chippewa Falls; seven daughters, Jackie (Nick) Cigan, Deb (Bill) Nandory, Cindy Barsamian, Elizabeth (Ronald) Schmidt, Kimberly Powers and Mary Barsamian, all of Chippewa Falls; and Christine (Tom) Bell of Ladysmith; and Sandi Barsamian; one sister, Dorothy Tessmer of Chippewa Falls; 19 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl and Ray; and his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2001, at Holy Ghost Church, Chippewa Falls. Please meet at church. Rev. Edmund Doerre will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Entombment will be in Hope Mausoleum, Chippewa Falls. Military rites will be conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2001, at Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls. There will be a Christian Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
He was the greatest man that ever lived. We will always love him and he will be sadly missed. He will be in our hearts forever.

Robert Bergquist
Robert M. Bergquist, 76, of Eau Claire died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at Luther Hospital.
He was born in Kimball, Minn., to Carl and Blanche (Burchette) Bergquist. He was a graduate of Washburn High School in Minneapolis, attended the University of Minnesota and was a graduate of the Minnesota School of Business.
Bob served in Italy during World War II in the Army Air Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Donna (Healy); a son, Lee (Leigh) of Whitefish Bay; two daughters, Mary Kay (Daniel) Sullivan of Eau Claire and Lynn (Norman) Falch of Fall Creek; three grandchildren, Anne and Daniel Falch of Fall Creek and Bennett Bergquist of Whitefish Bay. He is also survived by a sister, Audrey Hanson of Richfield, Minn.
Bob and Donna were married in Minneapolis in 1949, and lived in California and the Twin Cities before moving to Eau Claire in 1956. Bob spent his career in the dairy industry, and at the time of his retirement he was a sales representative for A&L Laboratories Inc. of Minneapolis.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Lila Harmon
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.

A good woman has been called away,
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. today and one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand.

Walter Katz
Walter C. "Wally" Katz, 64, of 792 Bluff View Lane, Chippewa Falls, died peacefully surrounded by his family Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.
He was born August 16, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois to immigrant parents, Bertha M. (Gaiser) and Gustav Katz. He grew up in Chippewa Falls and graduated from Chippewa Falls Senior High School. In 1961, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire with a Bachelor's Degree in Science. He served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
Wally married Marlene Glasshof on July 11, 1959, in Chippewa Falls. He and his wife were co-owners and operators of the Falls Bowl in Chippewa Falls for ten years. He presently was employed at Spectrum Industries in Chippewa Falls.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene of Chippewa Falls; two daughters, Cheryl (Donald) Vogler of Chippewa Falls and Tammi (Jon) Hautala of Shakopee, Minn.; a son, James (Stacy Schneider) Katz of Chippewa Falls; two grandchildren, Zoe Christine Vogler and Jacob Walter Vogler.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Herbert Katz; and two grandchildren, Elizabeth Marie Vogler and Logan James Katz.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2001, at Zion United Methodist Church, Chippewa Falls. The Rev. Fr. Robert B. Hoekstra, Chaplain from the Chippewa Manor Retirement Community, will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.
Wally enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, traveling, a great game of golf, and he loved to hit the Royal Flush.

Veronica Mandelholm
Veronica M. Mandelholm, 88, of Eau Claire passed away Monday, June 4, 2001, at PALS Community Home in Eau Claire, Wis.
Veronica was born on August 1, 1912, to William and AnnMarie (Arseneux) Moore. She married Russell O. Mandelholm on December 17, 1949. She worked as a food service cook doing large quantity cooking.
Survivors include one daughter, LucyAnn (Gene) Couch of Cupertino, Calif.; niece, Sue (Garren) Hesketh of Eau Claire; and their children, Diana (John) Schaller of San Ramon, Calif., and David and Melissa Hesketh, both of Eau Claire. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Russell in June 1992; and four brothers, Bill, Nathan, Ken and Cletus Moore.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to PALS Community Home, 1616 Folsom St., Eau Claire, WI 54703.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Father Eugene Klink officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Eau Claire.
Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Leo Sleeter
MILWAUKEE -- Leo H. Sleeter, 79, of Milwaukee died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at St. Francis Hospital.
He was born August 11, 1921, in Fairchild, where he received his education. He served in Germany during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Edna; a daughter, Doreen (John) Horrigan; three stepchildren, David Strupp, Dale Strupp and Dawn Meyers; a sister, Leona (Hibbard) Krumholz of Humbird; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Martha (Hovland); two brothers, Harold (LaVina) and Curtis; three sisters, Angeline (Art) Peterson, Gladys (George) Thornburg and Doris (Loren) Bilderback; and one stepson, Danny Jo Strupp.
Services for Leo H. Sleeter were Saturday, May 12, 2001, at noon at Wisconsin Memorial Park South Chapel. Interment was in Wisconsin Memorial Park, with full military rites.

Howard Stewart
MILWAUKEE -- Howard C. Stewart, 82, 8608 W. Keefe Ave., Milwaukee, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospice Center in Milwaukee after a lengthy illness with diabetes.
He lived in Eau Claire until approximately 40 years ago and he worked at the Silhouette Inn in Lake Hallie, the Hub Bar and Wally's Swiss Chalet.
He and his wife, Eileen Elletson Stewart, were blessed with three children, Connie, Gary and Jayne, all of Milwaukee. Other survivors are grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Chapel of the Chimes, 13235 W. Capitol, Milwaukee, with visitation at 1 p.m.

Nona Stewart
Nona May Stewart, 71, of Eau Claire, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at The Clairemont in Eau Claire.
Nona was born May 20, 1930, in Lodi, Wisconsin to Walter and Venita (Ferdon) Gage. She married Glenn Stewart in 1964, and was a waitress in Marshfield and at Stafnes in Eau Claire.
She is survived by her three sons, Alan, Robert and Thomas; five stepchildren, Mary, James, Suzanne, Corinne and Carol; 23 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four sisters, Jessie, Patricia, Bernadette and Linda; and three brothers, Ronald, Gerald and Randy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; son, Richard; stepson, Andrew; her parents; and sisters, Joan and Donna.
A memorial service for Nona will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2001, at Prock Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Oliver Schultz officiating. Private family interment.
There will be a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Prock Funeral Home is serving the family.

Russell Yarrington
STRUM -- Russell Wilmer Yarrington, 80, of Strum died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at his home.
He was born April 6, 1921, in the town of Modena, Buffalo County, Wis., to Charlie and Emma (Sande) Yarrington.
He married Esther Nelson on October 8, 1949, in Osseo and together they farmed and raised their family in the town of Clear Creek, Eau Claire Co.
Russell is survived by his wife, Esther; a daughter, Barbara (James) Klug of Alexandria, Minn.; four sons, James (Betty Jo) Yarrington of Pinellas Park, Fla., Donald (Mary) Yarrington of Eleva, Gregory Yarrington of Eleva, and Thomas (Dori) Yarrington of Strum; 14 grandchildren, Shannon and Brian Klug, Kelly Isham, Jamie Dyall, Lauri Plante, Wendy Westermann, Emily Williams, David and Jeanie Yarrington, Ryan and Justin Yarrington, Cheyenne Bilderbeck, and Krystal and Amanda Yarrington; two foster grandchildren, Tabitha and Sabrina; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Irven (Mary Ann) Yarrington of Nelson and Kenneth (Doris) Yarrington of Racine; five sisters, Helen Krueger of Eau Claire, Violet Yarrington of Eau Claire, Rosella Jensen of Racine, Doris Cuilherrier of Duluth, Minn., and Marlene (Bill) Gourie of Sacramento, Calif.; six sisters-in-law; and three brothers-in-law, on Esther's side.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Lucille Bardill.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2001, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Strum, with Rev. Steven Edmiston officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Eau Claire.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Schiefelbein Funeral Home, Strum, and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.


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