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Fred H. Elhorn, 91
Fred Henry Elhorn, 91, of rural Hammond died July 17, 1999, at the Baldwin Care Center, where he had lived since April 15, 1998.
The son of Fred Otto and Mary Borner Elhorn, he was born May 3, 1908 in Prescott. He attended school in Prescott.
On June 16, 1937, he married Helen Lillian Bottolfson at Prescott. They lived in Prescott until moving to Cylon in 1940. In 1946 they moved to the River Falls area and then to rural Hammond in 1950.
Mr. Elhorn was a dairy farmer and carpenter most of his life. He enjoyed restoring furniture, going to auctions and watching sports on television and listening to the radio at the same time. He also enjoyed listening to old time music, reading and watching the old Johnny Carson show.
He is survived by Helen, his wife of 62 years; two daughters, a son, a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law: Joan and Bill Olson of St. Cloud, Minn., Donald and Nancy Elhorn of Hudson and Judith Chumley of Hammond; three grandchildren: Brent Elhorn of Hammond, Heidi Olson-Sopcinski of Minneapolis and Brad Olson of St. Cloud; and great grandchildren: Josh and Hannah Elhorn of Hammond.
Mr. Elhorn was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Theodore, Benjamin and Henry; and one son-in-law: Bobby Chumley, who died in 1983.
Services were held July 20 at the Murphy-Troyer Funeral Home in Baldwin with the Rev. Tanya Rist, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating.
Pallbearers were Brent Elhorn, Brad and Bill Olson and Kenneth Sopcinki.
Memorials are preferred to the Baldwin Care Center.

Thomas H. Segerstrom, 55
Thomas H. Segerstrom, 55, of Harmony Grove died July 19, 1999, at his home.
He fought cancer for eight months and passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.
The son of Conquer and Adeline Segerstrom, he was born Sept. 30, 1943 in River Falls. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1961 and then served in the U.S. Navy for four years.
In 1969 he graduated from UW-River Falls with a bachelor's degree in agriculture.
Mr. Segerstrom worked in the farm machinery business. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Segerstrom; his parents; and many aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife Lorene (Olsen); son and daughter-in-law: Dan and Sheila Segerstrom of Wrightstown; daughter and son-in-law: Katie and Mac Jackson of Oak Harbor, Wash.; step son and daughter-in-law: Phillip and Rachael Symes of Madison; step daughters: Cindy Symes and Samantha Symes of Minneapolis; his sister: Connie Rae Driscoll of River Falls; seven grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Cashman Mortuary. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ezekiel Lutheran Church. There will also be visitation at the church for an hour before the service.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at Lakeside in Harmony Grove.
Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, River Falls.
Pallbearers are Phil and Gary Deiss, Steve Singerhouse, Chuck Barber, Burton "Chainsaw" Mills and Carl Olsen.

Rose S. Penny, 89
Rose S. Penny, 89, of Ellsworth died Friday, July 30, 1999, at the Ellsworth Care Center in Ellsworth.
She was born June 3, 1910, in the town of River Falls in Pierce County, the daughter of John M. and Stella R. (Kaczor) Fox.
She attended school in Beldenville and worked most of her life at various jobs. She married Olaf Peterson and they later divorced. She also married Leo Penny and they later divorced.
She lived in River Falls until moving to Hudson in 1957. She moved to Ellsworth in 1987.
She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Olaf, and her husband, Leo; one daughter, Irene; three sisters and one brother.
She is survived by six sons: John and Kathy Peterson of Red Wing, Minn., James and Leona Peterson of Eagle Grove, Iowa, Jerome and Lola Peterson of Fon du Lac, Wayne and Rita Peterson of Ellsworth, Edward and Kathy Peterson of Beldenville, and Mike and Marcia Penny of River Falls; one daughter, Rosemary and Todd Christiansen of Ellsworth; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Catherine Buck of Beldenville.
Funeral was Tuesday at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth with the Rev. Edwin Knauf officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

John VandeVrede, 84
John VandeVrede, 84, of River Falls died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
He was born April 14, 1915, in Baldwin, the son of Martin and Helen VandeVrede. He married Eunice Bosman on Oct. 19, 1938. She died March 1, 1988.
He was employed in railroad car shops in Hudson and Lindquist Motors of River Falls. After retirement he drove a van for the Housing Authority of River Falls. He was a member of the River Falls United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Helen; his wife, Eunice; and two sisters.
He is survived by his sons: LeRoy and Lois of Menomonie, Gary of Minong and his friend, Lynn; daughters: Jan Malmer of River Falls and her friend, Dick, Darlene and Gary Hetrick, Joy and Terry Black of River Falls; a life-time friend, Irene Torkelson; a special friend, Millie Weiss of River Falls; several nieces and nephews; 15 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Thursday, Aug. 5, at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry McCann officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were his grandchildren: Troy Malmer, Justin Black, Lane Hetrick, Mark VandeVrede, Jim VandeVrede and Aaron Hetrick.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Douglas Van Damme, 51
Douglas Van Damme, 51, a doctor of veterinary medicine and partner of the Baldwin Veterinary Clinic, died Friday, July 30, 1999, as a result of a scuba diving accident in Lake Superior.
Funeral was Thursday at the First Reformed Church in Baldwin. A private interment was in the Baldwin Cemetery. 
Memorials are preferred to the American Red Cross or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Madeline Catherine Doetkott, 86
Madeline Catherine (Sieverding) Doetkott, 86, of River Falls and a longtime Main Street businesswoman, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at the Kinnic Long Term Care facility after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
She was born in Richmond, Minn., on Jan. 21, 1913, to George and Margaret (Backus) Sieverding. She married Paul Doetkott in St. Cloud, Minn., in 1934. She and Paul moved to River Falls in 1946 where they purchased the dry cleaning business located next to the theater on Main Street.
They ran the Ideal Dry Cleaning and Tailoring Shop for the next 30 years. The couple came out of retirement in 1982, purchased Cliff's Fix-it from Cliff Cole, and ran that for 8 years.
She will be missed for her sweet spirit, her love and generosity.
She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Margaret; four siblings; and her husband, Paul.
She is survived by her sister, Rita Burkhardt of Minnesota; her brother, Wally Sieverding of California; her sons: Richard and Pat, Gerald and Maggie and Robert and Laura; her daughter, Judy and Larry Agema; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bridget Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 12. Visitation will be prior to the Mass. The Rev. Gerald Harris and son-in-law Deacon Larry Agema will officiate.

Miriam Hendricks, 81
Miriam Hendricks, 81, of River Falls and formerly of California, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999.
She was a resident of The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Hendricks.
She is survived by a daughter, Jamie and Don Dinesen of River Falls; and grandchildren: Jason and Elizabeth.
Interment will be in Hayward, Calif.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home provided arrangements.

William J. Linehan, 59
William J. "Jim" Linehan, 59, of Stacy and formerly of Hudson, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Marie Linehan; and sisters: Dolores Weber and Joyce Roettger.
He is survived by his lifetime partner Audrey Durdin; children: Lisa and Mark Daly, Laurie and Steve Lerach, Theresa and Doug Peterson, Jennifer Linehan and Jim William Linehan; grandchildren: Krista, Kayla, Nick, Megan, Erin and Hannah; siblings: Robert and Janice, Mary Lewis, Donald and India, David and Karen and Jack and Kathy; many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Aug. 4, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Ann Brewer-Sampson, 88
Ann Dravis Brewer-Sampson, 88, of River Falls died Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
She was born Nov. 23, 1910, in Prescott, the daughter of Henry and Jane Dravis. She married Clyde Brewer on Feb. 22, 1940. She later married LeRoy Sampson on May 2, 1950.
She owned and operated the Dresbach Motel and was the postmaster in Dresbach, Minn., until her retirement. She was the Past Worthy Matron of the Evening Star Post #71, Order of the Eastern Star in LaCresent, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clyde and LeRoy; three brothers: Wallace, Herman and Bill Dravis; six sisters: Marry Hamman, Minni Edgar, Ethel Wirth, Pearl Hamman, Ella Schnack and Celia Miller.
She is survived by one daughter, Carel Hoskins of Ottumwa, Iowa; three grandchildren: Laurie Hoskins, Randall Hoskins and Michele Londrigan; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15, at the Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home in Prescott. Interment of her cremated remains will be in the Pine Glen Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 1-1:30 p.m. 
Memorials are preferred to donor's choice.

Timothy Wirshing, 48
Timothy Wirshing, 48, of the town of Pleasant Valley in Hammond died suddenly on Monday, Aug. 9, 1999.
He was born to Raymond E. and Marie K. Wheeler Wirshing in Milwaukee on Aug. 9, 1951. He was a special education teaching assistant at River Falls High School.
He is survived by his girlfriend, Jamie Marek; his brothers: Peter and Carol Wirshing and Tom and Marilyn Wirshing, both of Milwaukee; and nieces and nephews.
Visitation was at Cashman Mortuary on Tuesday evening. 
Funeral was at Cashman Mortuary at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11, with the Rev. Gerald Harris officiating.

Leon L. Pratt, 80
Leon LeRoy Pratt, 80, of Baldwin and formerly of Hammond died of cancer Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at the Baldwin Care Center.
He was born Sept. 11, 1918, in Glenwood City, the son of Levi A. and Minnie (Prochnow) Pratt. He was educated in Emerald, Knapp and Erin Prairie.
He joined the Civil Conservation Corps and later enlisted in the U.S. Army. On June 12, 1943, he married Alice Elizabeth Perrin at Camp McCoy.
They had three children and lived on a dairy farm in Turtle Lake. They later moved to Baldwin for a short time before moving to Hammond. They moved back to Baldwin in 1998.
In addition to farming, he worked at Bark's Bakery, receiving his on-site education from Oscar Bark. After working as a baker he did milk testing in Pierce County for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association.
He enjoyed fishing and collecting rocks. He and his family raised honey bees and Norwegian Elkhounds.
His favorite pastime was spending time with others. He enjoyed talking with people and sharing their company. 
He was also a member of the Hammond American Legion and was most recently awarded his 50-year certificate last year.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Minnie; his brother, Earl; and an infant brother, Warren.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Pratt of Baldwin; his son, Ron and Glenda Pratt of Hammond; his daughters: Cynthia and Lawrence Johnson of Hammond, and Sheila and Michael Kothbauer of Maplewood, Minn.; his grandchildren: Ann-Marie and Kevin Kirsch of Madison, Susan and Jesse Oliver of Freeland, Mich., Todd and Tara Johnson of Eau Claire, Ellen and Christopher Campion of Middleton, Peggy Johnson of River Falls, Sonja Johnson of Hammond, Jennifer and Brian Hughley of Duluth, Minn., and Terri Kothbauer of Maplewood, Minn.; a great-grandchild, Olivia Kirsch; his sisters: Eva and Lyle Schwartz of W. St. Paul, Dorothy Omen of Baldwin and Beth Marvin of Loyal.
Funeral was Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Hammond First Congregational United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Gary Swanson officiating. Organist was Gloria Fisk. Charles Anderson was soloist, with congregational singing.
Pallbearers were Leon's grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Kirsch, Jesse Oliver, Brian Hughley, Tara Johnson, Christopher Campion and Leon's great-grandchild, Olivia.
Burial will full military honors by the Hammond American Legion was in the Hammond Cemetery.

Joseph N. Hinderks, 67
Joseph N. Hinderks, 67, of River Falls died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at United Hospital, St. Paul, following complications from a bike accident.
He was a mainstay of the River Falls business district for many years at Friendly Drapery and Furniture, 107 N. Main St. He is a past member of the River Falls Park Board and was a friendly face on Main Street. He could be found visiting with people at Mel's, blowing the snow for the Main Street merchants, fishing the Kinni and sharing stories about his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Conrad Hinderks, who was killed in World War II.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Janice; three children: Mary Jo and Galen Pechacek, Michael and Kari Hinderks, and Sara and Patrick Schmitz; seven grandchildren: Erin and Jennifer Pechacek, Brian and Jillian Hinderks, Kayla and Cassidy Yoch and Erica Jo Schmitz; sister: Louise and Arnold Lecheler of Arcadia, and sister-in-law Lois and Bob Lindell of South St. Paul; three nephews and three nieces.
A private family service was held in South St. Paul. 
Memorials are preferred to the River Falls Public Library.

James T. Anderson, 73
James Theodore Anderson, 73, of Prescott died Aug. 18, 1999, at the River Falls Area Hospital. 
He was born Sept. 1, 1925, in Minneapolis, the son of Theodore Victor and Revena Ada Anderson. He graduated from Prescott High School in 1943. He farmed most of his life in the town of Oak Grove.
He was married Feb. 10, 1951, in St. Paul, to Arlene Jeanette Larson. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, a lifetime member of the River Falls Sportsman's Club and a past member of the National Guard in River Falls. He was also a past 4-H leader.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Revena; and a sister, Jean.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene; his sons: Ted and Joy of River Falls, Steve and Becky of Green Bay, Mark of Prescott, Peter and Karrie of Woodbury, Minn.; his daughters: Vicki Paul of Colby, Peggy and Scott Jensen of River Falls, Amy Anderson and Terry Beltrand of Princeton, Minn.; a brother, Darrell and Milda Anderson of Osceola; 19 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Saturday, Aug. 21, at St. John's United Church of Christ in the town of Oak Grove. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Monte Paul, Patrick Paul, Nicholas Anderson, Teddy Anderson, Jesse Jensen, Paul Jensen, Luke Jensen, Jim Anderson, Bryan Anderson, Tyler Anderson and Clayton Anderson.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Floyd B. Husfloen, 65,
Floyd B. Husfloen, 65, of Cumberland and formerly of Beldenville, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at Cumberland Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 3, 1933, in Watertown, S.D., the son of Pearley and Tilda (Bergan) Husfloen.
He attended the Morton Corner School. He worked various jobs until opening his own radiator repair business. He then worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural letter carrier for 21 years.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the H.E.C.K. Card Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pearley and Tilda.
He is survived by four children: Cindy and Clint Follansbee of Ellsworth, Brenda and Paul Peske of Circle Pines, Minn., Randy and Cheryl Husfloen of Ellsworth, and Lanie and Frank Goodwin of Hager City; his former wife, Mary Husfloen of Beldenville; and six grandchildren.
Funeral was Friday, Aug. 20, at the Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, with the Rev. Karna Baseman-Stark officiating.
Burial was in the Martell Lutheran Cemetery in Martell.

Patrick S. Gaynor, 38
Patrick S. Gaynor, 38, died as the result of an auto accident on Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, in Chicago, Minn.
He is survived by his wife, Leya; his children: Jonathan, Emily, Rachel and Anna; his parents: Dennis and Sara Lynn Gaynor of Superior; his grandmother, Erma Gaynor of Superior; his brothers: Timothy and Debbie Gaynor of Solon Springs, and Byron Gaynor of Superior; and his sister, Kelly and Kent Bergum of South Range.
Funeral was Monday, Sept. 6, at the River Falls United Methodist Church. Visitation was one hour prior to the service.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Floyd E. Weiss, 88
Floyd E. Weiss, 88, a resident of Croixview Apartments and recently the Christian Community Home in Hudson, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at the Hudson Medical Center in Hudson. He was admitted there Aug. 30.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1910, in River Falls, the son of Hugo and Clara (Nelson) Weiss. He attended the country school on the county line in River Falls and graduated from River Falls High School.
Throughout his working career he was an operator for heavy construction equipment for Caterpillar, Inc. He also farmed in the Roberts and surrounding areas, both crops and livestock.
He was never married. He enjoyed fishing, both for pan fish and walleyes. He will be remembered for his generosity and giving of himself to assist others.
He helped many with projects, providing rides for shopping or appointments. He is well-known for his Bible education works and the active role he took in his church, the Hudson congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
He was preceded in death by two brothers: Orval and Delbert.
He is survived by one sister, Joyce Schneider of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were Monday, Sept. 6, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses with Elder Howard Phillips officiating.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials are preferred.

Marie York, 85
Marie York, 85, of River Falls, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Cashman Mortuary.

Jeannette E. Brown, 87
Jeannette E. Benedict Brown, 87, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at Paradise Valley Hospital in Phoenix.
She was born July 25, 1912, in the town of Kinnickinnic, the daughter of Robert Frank and Mary Pearl Benedict. She married Edward H. Brown on Aug. 14, 1937.
In 1938 they left River Falls and moved to southern California. In 1987 they once again moved to Phoenix.
Jeannette, her husband, Edward, and daughter, Sharon, were known as the "Joyous Singers," serving the Lord in a gospel ministry.
Jeannette was gifted in making baby afghans and baby sweaters. She gave them away to families. She came to River Falls for a short visit and left some baby items to be given for new mothers and their babies at the River Falls Area Hospital.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Velloyce Joscelyn Brown; her parents, Robert Frank and Mary Pearl Benedict; and a sister, Virginia Niemann.
She is survived by her husband, Edward H. Brown; a daughter, Sharon V. Krukow; a son, Lowell F. Brown; and an adopted daughter, Lynnette Joscelyn Black; grandchildren: Brian, Ryan, Donald, Stacy and Kimberly Brown, Tara, Shianne and Rhiannon Black.
A memorial service was held at the Bell Gardens Assembly of God Church in Phoenix, with the Rev. Charley Hudspeth, the Rev. Phillip Sturgeon, the Rev. Mary Manning and the Rev. Jerry Manning officiating.
Her daughter, Sharon V. Krukow, sang "Whispering Hope" and brought a gift of love mentioned in the Bible verse John 14:1-6. Sharon felt her mother would have wanted to bring this gift from God to those she left behind.
A graveside service was held at Memory Gardens Memorial Park, officiated by the Rev. Charley Hudspeth.

George Korbel, 75
George Korbel, 75, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
He was born on "The Flats" near the Washington Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis on April 14, 1924. He was the oldest of six children born to George and Mary (Garay) Korbel - both immigrants from Czechoslovakia.
His family moved to Boyceville in 1926 to become farmers. He attended country schools near Boyceville and at the age of 15, he started working for farmers in the local area.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. He took his basic training in Florida and was sent overseas in the fall of 1944. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and held prisoner until April 14, 1945. He was taken to a hospital in Paris and then flown to New York.
He recuperated in a hospital at Fort Sheridan, Ill. After spending 90 days recuperating at home, he was sent to Camp Campbell in Kentucky. He re-enlisted in the Army for 1 year and received a 90-day furlough to marry Maryann Barstad of Boyceville on Dec. 15, 1945.
They lived in Clarksville, Tenn., until December of 1946 when George was discharged. Two years ago, on a trip to Europe, he had the opportunity to visit the location of a POW camp in Austria where he had been held. He also visited his parent's hometowns.
George and MaryAnn moved to Minneapolis where their three children - Gwen Paulette, Gary Allen and Kevin Wayne - were born. Through the next years, George drove truck, had a service station, worked at Flour City, Minneapolis Moline and Braniff Airlines. 
In 1962 the family moved to River Falls. He commuted to St. Paul to work until 1965, when George and MaryAnn bought a bowling alley and restaurant in Spring Valley. They moved back to River Falls in 1969. George did carpentry and worked for the city of Hudson until he retired in 1987.
He became interested in stained glass and kept busy with this hobby. He also enjoyed fishing, traveling, camping and the outdoors. He was lifelong member of the Ex-POWs, the VFW in Hudson, the River Falls American Legion, and the DAV of Menomonie. He did volunteer work at the Highground Memorial near Neillsville, Meals on Wheels and was active in his church. He served many terms as a member of different church councils.
He was preceded in death by his father, George, who died in 1973; and his mother, Mary, who died in 1996.
He is survived by his wife of almost 54 years, MaryAnn; his daughter, Gwen and Bill Couch; his sons, Gary and Paula (Ruder) and Kevin and Christine (Meyer); seven grandchildren: Kristi (Couch) and Joe O'Connell, Scott and Misty (Gerhardt) Couch, Michael Couch, Katrina Korbel, and Andrew, George and Danny Korbel; six great-grandchildren: Dallas, James, Katelynn and Maclain O'Connell and Brant and Sarah Couch; three brothers: John and Emma, Frank and Marvel, and Edward and Ann; two sisters: Bessie Tranby and Marie Kuzmik; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Monday, Sept. 13, at Cross Lutheran Church, Roberts, with the Rev. Dean Simpson officiating.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Pete Hyben, Mike Korbel, Jerry Johnson, Paul Barstad, David Korbel and Scott Couch.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

James C. Grandgaard, 78
James Cornell Grandgaard, 78, of River Falls, died at The Lutheran Home: River Falls on Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999.
He was born May 17, 1921, in Wild Rose, N.D., the son of Ingvald and Katinka Grandgaard. He was raised in LaCrosse. 
He married Dorothy Haukland in 1946. They moved to River Falls in 1954.
James farmed for a while and then went back to being a sheet metal worker in St. Paul. He retired in the early 1980s. He was in the Marine Corps, and was a gunnery sergeant during World War II, serving in the South Pacific.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Grandgaard, of River Falls; his sons, Richard and Rebecca Grandgaard of Osseo, John and Gail Grandgaard of Newark, Ohio, Robert and Sandra Grandgaard of Hayden, Idaho; his daughters, Karen and Les Larson of St. Paul, Christine and Victor Bradley of Mission, Tex.; grandchildren: Lorraine Rongstad, Aaron Grandgaard, James Bradley Grandgaard, Andrew Grandgaard, Daniel Grandgaard, Lisa Joliet, and Devon Bradley; great-grandchildren: Lindsey and Parker Rongstad; his brothers: Roger and Beulah Grandgaard of Fairfield Bay, Ark., Charles Grandgaard to Morongo Valley, Calif., and George and Betty Grandgaard of Winona, Minn.
A memorial service was to be held Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m., at Rush River Lutheran Church, with the Rev. John Sutherland officiating. Organist was to be Linda Simpson and Ione Hayes was to be soloist.
Visitation was to be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, at the church.
Interment was at Rush River Lutheran Cemetery.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home provided arrangements.

Melvin L. Sather, 55
Melvin "Mel" L. Sather, 55, of Beldenville, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at his log home in Grantsburg of an apparent heart attack.
He was born Nov. 2, 1943, in Appleton, the son of Clarence and Bernice (Shellito) Sather. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Beldenville. He graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1961 and attended UW-River Falls for 1 year. He served in the U.S. Naval/Air Reserve for 2 years.
He married Carol Johnson on Dec. 4, 1965. He was a charter member of the Eau Galle/Rush River Sportsman's Club and was a 4-H member and leader for 17 years.
He enjoyed hunting, participating in the Lawton Pool League and the El Paso Euchre League, traveling and spending time at his log home that was newly built in rural Grantsburg. He farmed all his life in Ellsworth and the town of Martell. He retired from milking jerseys 3 years ago.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Bernice; an aunt and uncle; and one niece.
He is survived by his wife, Carol, of Beldenville; two sons: Jody and Stephanie Sather of Beldenville and Gerald Sather of Chicago; one granddaughter, Leslie Wilkens; one sister, Marlene and Trent Schmotzer of Red Wing, Minn.; three nieces and two nephews.

Wilda M. Deis, 72
Wilda M. Deis, 72, of River Falls, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at St. John's Hospital, Maplewood, Minn.
She was born May 10, 1927, the daughter of Harold and Lydia (Leary) Wilson. She received her education in River Falls and is a graduate of River Falls High School.
She married Harold Deis on Dec. 1, 1970. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Lydia; and her brother, Pat.
She is survived by her husband, Harold, of River Falls; her daughter, Linda and Mike Kriel of Cottage Grove, Minn., her grandson: Ted Sitz of St. Paul; her step-sons: Dennis Deis of Milwaukee, Thomas Deis of Milwaukee, Dale Deis of Milwaukee; her step-daughter, Diana Avilo of Milwaukee; and a step-brother, Robert and Rose Leary of River Falls.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, at the River Falls United Methodist Church.
Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery. 
Memorials are preferred to the Wisconsin Heart Association, 795 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee, WI, 53202.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Funeral was Saturday, Sept. 11, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Beldenville, with the Rev. John Sutherland officiating. 
Burial was in the church cemetery.

Howard A. Nelson, 67
Howard Allen Nelson, 67, of Finlayson, Minn., died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at Hennepin County Medical Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born Jan. 22, 1932, the son of Fritz and Lillian Nelson in the town of Martell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz and Lillian.
He is survived by his wife, Rita; his sons, Tom and Allen; his daughters: Linda and Patty; his brother, Lawrence Nelson of Frederic; his sisters: Esther Lundgaard of Martell, Joyce and Kenneth Johnson of Ellsworth, Margaret and Tom Driscoll of Prescott, Florence and Howard Miller of River Falls and Grace and Greg Williams of Chicago; many nephews and nieces.
A private service will be held.


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