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Clarence T. Matzek, 81
Clarence Thomas Matzek, 81, of Hudson, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Verona; his children: David and Andrea Matzek, DyAnn and Roger Neumann, and Lynda Matzek; his sisters: Margaret, Lucille, Florence and Marcella; his brother: Vince; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Bridget Catholic Church.
Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

William F. Merriman, 84 Louise Merriman 
William F. Merriman, 84, of Hayward died Dec. 31, 1999, at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee following a brief illness.
His wife of 58 years, Louise Thelaner Merriman, died Jan. 7, 2000 at the Mequon Care Center in Mequon.
The Merrimans are survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Jane and Jack Derr of West Bend and Carol and Skip Scwind of Hubertus; four grandchildren: Lynn Derr, Wende Prucha, William Scwind and Carrie Scwind; and one great grandchild: Carson Prucha.
Mr. Merriman is survived by five siblings and their spouses: Everal and Donna Merriman, Max and Betty Merriman, Maxine and Laverne Buck, Monnie Merriman and Merlin and Bonnie Merriman; and a brother-in-law Gene Rudiger.
Private services will be held at Berndt Funeral Home in Hartford.

Stanley J. Heiberg, 83
Stanley John Heiberg, 83, of Amery and formerly of Hudson and Roberts, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000 at the St. Croix Valley Memorial Hospital in St. Croix Falls.
The son of Matthew and Ella (Tubbs) Heiberg, he was born on June 19, 1916, in Virginia, Minn. He attended elementary and high school in International Falls, Minn.
On Nov. 27, 1943, he married Mary B. Dennison in Chicago, Ill. They had six children.
In the early 1940s, Mr. Heiberg was drafted and served in the Army during World War II and in the Civilian Conservation Corp.
The couple lived in Chicago until 1949 when they moved to New Lisbon. They lived there until 1965, when they made Hudson their home. Following this, they lived in Roberts for an extended period of time.
Mr. Heiberg worked as truck driver for over 40 years for Glendenning Motor Ways. He enjoyed traveling to Florida, Texas, and especially to Kenosha or International Falls to visit family.
He also enjoyed fishing and cheering the Green Bay Packers to victory and could fix most anything. His greatest love, however, was spending time with his family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, who died Nov. 16, 1994; and his grandson Scott Heiberg.
Mr. Heiberg is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law: Patricia and Clayton Iverson of Amery, Kathleen and Ronald Grass of Hudson and Diane and Bruce Johnson of North Hudson; sons and daughters-in-law: Gary and LuAnn Heiberg of Kenosha, Stanley Jr. and Beverly Heiberg of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., and Glenn and Brenda Heiberg of River Falls; and 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A private family visitation will be held at the funeral home prior to cremation.
Friends may gather in celebration of Mr. Heiberg's life 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. Officiating is Pastor Gregg Heinsch.
Honorary casketbearers are Gary Heiberg Jr., Heath Heiberg, Cade Heiberg, Rick Erdman, Patrick Erdman, Jon Grass, Randy Grass and Scott Heiberg (in memory).
Music was provided by Cheryl Forester.
Private burial of cremated remains will be in the Willow River Cemetery in Hudson.
Memorials are preferred.

Lyle W. Hanvelt, 79
Lyle Wayne Hanvelt, age 79, formerly of Spring Valley, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000 in Colfax at Area Nursing Home
He was born April 21, 1920, the son of Alvin and Eunice (Cole) Hanvelt in Spring Lake Township. He was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church and recently a member of Elmwood United Methodist Church.
He grew up near Olivet where he attended the Olivet school. He worked for Valley Dairy; then for Dolly Madison. Lyle delivered milk for many years in the Spring Valley and Elmwood areas and, in later years worked at the Spring Valley Golf Club.
On July 28, 1956, he married Bernice Brooke at Ono Methodist Church in Grange Hall. Lyle lived in Spring Valley until moving to Colfax.
He was a member of the Spring Valley Masons. He loved bowling and playing softball much of his adult life and loved to visit with others.
Mr. Hanvelt is survived by nephews: David (Sally) Hanvelt and Robert Hanvelt, both of Eau Claire; niece: Judy Sewell of Alaska; step-daughter: Dawn (Lyle) Brooke of Whitewater; step-grandsons: Kyle and Andrew Hunter; sisters-in-law: Elaine Noterman, Signe Larrieu and Della Larson, all of Spring Valley; brother-in law: Henry Larson of Spring Valley; and other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife: Bernice, who died in 1995; and brother: Lloyd, who died in 1978.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at Elmwood United Methodist Church in Elmwood. The Rev. Joel Certa-Werner will officiate.
Burial of cremated remains will be in Poplar Hill Cemetery, in Rock Elm Township.
Arrangements are made by Keehr Funeral Home.

Mae F. Reynolds, 90
Mae F. Reynolds, age 90, of Ellsworth, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at Ellsworth Care Center.
She was born Nov. 6, 1909 in the town of Gilman, the daughter of John and Hilda (Tollefson) Wenum.
She married Wilbur Reynolds on Oct. 15, 1932 in Ellsworth. They farmed in Pierce County for many years. Mae worked for Smead Manufacturing for several years.
She enjoyed reading, baking, going for car rides, puzzles, dancing and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Reynolds is survived by her son: Larry (LaVona) Reynolds of Bay City; daughter: Barbara (Bill Tronnier) Hoyer of Elmwood; four grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one son: Jim; three brothers; and one sister.
Services were Sat., Jan. 8, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ellsworth, the Rev. Carol Peterson officiating.
Interment will be in Beldenville Cemetery.
Hill Funeral Home and Cremation Services handled arrangements.

Hartland W. Lubich, 83
Hartland William Lubich, age 83, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000 at United Hospital in St. Paul. 
The son of William and Augusta Lubich, he was born Oct. 27, 1916 in the town of Kinnickinnic.
On April 12, 1939, he married Rhoda Daniel at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls. To this union nine children were born.
Mr. Lubich farmed in the River Falls area and also worked for the River Falls Creamery, Twin City Milk Producers, UW-RF and most recently at the River Falls Township Recycling Center.
He is survived by his wife, Rhoda; nine children: Marcella (Jerome) Rodewald of River Falls, Ida (Steve) Feyereisen of Hudson, Barbara (Buck) Nielsen of Hammond, Julia Cernohous of Hudson, Kenneth (Joanne) Lubich of Verona, Daniel (Jean) Lubich of Marshall, Mo., Patricia Lubich of River Falls, Mark (Sherry) Lubich of Bay City, and Jerry (Cinda) Lubich of Litchfield, Ill.;30 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers: Ethel Kusilek, William Lubich, James Lubich, Frank Lubich, Roman Lubich and Vicky Schorn; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother: Ed Lubich; sister: Marie Schrank; son-in-law: Virgil Cernohous; and great-grandsons: Nicholas Stephen Feyereisen and Thomas Ryan Rodewald.
Visitation will be at Cashman's Mortuary on 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, and one hour prior to Mass at church.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 Thursday, Jan. 13, at St. Bridget Church, with burial in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Don Rodewald, Dean Rodewald, Dave Feyereisen, Phil Cernohous, Jason Lubich and Nathan Lubich
Memorials preferred to St. Bridget Church, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or a charity of the donor's choice.

Linda Cram, 51
Linda Cram, age 51, of Wyoming, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, as the result of an auto accident.
She is survived by husband, Hank; daughters: Michelle, Christina and Jessica; sons: Tim, Paul, Joe and Isaiah; and her mother, Mabel Rohl.
Funeral service was held Sat., Jan. 8, at Emanuel Christian Center in Fridley, Minn.
Interment was in Scandinavian Cemetery in Forest Lake, Minn.
Grandstrand Funeral Home handled the funeral arrangements.

Jeffrey W. Deiss, 43
Jeffrey William Deiss, 43, died Feb. 19, 2000.
The son of William and Pat (Kealy) Deiss, he was born Nov. 1, 1956 at Hudson Hospital.
He attended St. Bridget Catholic School and River Falls High School.
He married Melanie Owens on Oct. 1, 1988 at St. Bridget Catholic Church. They have two children.
Mr. Deiss was an avid sportsman and enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and friends. He was employed by Cemstone Concrete Products of Hastings, Minn.
He is survived by his wife Melanie; children: Cody (9) and Kelly (7); parents: William and Pat Deiss of Danbury; three brothers and sisters-in-law: Randy and Polly Deiss of River Falls, Gary and Kathy Deiss of River Falls and Phil and Kim Deiss of Ellsworth; nieces and nephews: Jason and Jennifer, Emily and Nathan and Corey and Katie Jo; mother-in-law: Ann Lee; and sister-in-law: Gail Owens.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday at St. Bridget Catholic Church with Father Gerald Harris officiating.
Burial was at St. Bridget Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Cashman Mortuary.

Ruth Ann Benrud, 46
Ruth Ann Schaefer Benrud, 46, died Feb. 17, 2000 at United Hospital in St. Paul.
She was born Sept. 19, 1953 in Madison and married Bruce Benrud on Sept. 23, 1972.
She was employed by Northwest Airlines and has lived in the River Falls/Hudson area for the past 27 years.
Ms. Benrud is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Amy and Jeromy Sell of Coon Rapids, Minn.; two sons: Heath and Brian of Hudson; and her parents: Rolland Schaefer of Shell Lake and Peggy Shaefer of Chatham, Ill.
She is also survived by her two granddaughters: Tahneal and Tiffanie Sell; a sister and brother-in-law: Sharon and Gary Demos of Milwaukee; three brothers and sisters-in-law: Bruce and Marlene Schaefer of Eagan, Minn., Chris and Daniello Schaefer of Minneapolis and James and Nicole Schaefer of Marshfield; maternal grandmother: Emily Engel of Spooner; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bruce Dean Benrud, sister Kathryn, brother Brian, paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.
Services were held Monday at Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall, Hudson. The funeral talk was given by Brother Steve Senrick. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Gary Demos, Curt and Al Benrud and Bruce, Chris and Jamie Schaefer.
Arrangements were by Cashman Mortuary.

Marie A. Dusek, 83
Longtime River Falls resident Marie Anna Holmquist Dusek died Feb. 17, 2000 at the Kinnic Long Term Care nursing home. She was 83.
Services were Tuesday at St. Bridget Catholic Church.
The daughter of Mary (Danbury) and Victor Holmquist, she was born May 24, 1916 on the family farm near Elysian, Minn. She attended country school.
In 1920 the family moved to Wisconsin, where she met Norman Joseph Dusek. They were married on Sept. 28, 1943.
The couple moved to Minneapolis where Mrs. Dusek was a homemaker and her husband worked for the city sanitation department. They raised three children and were active in the Catholic church.
In 1968 the Duseks moved to Hastings, Minn., and Mrs. Dusek worked at a hospital. They lived in Lake Elmo and Woodbury, Minn., before moving to River Falls after Mr. Dusek's retirement.
When Mr. Dusek's failing health required him to move into a nursing home, Mrs. Dusek moved into WelLHaven Senior Apartments, where she frequently participated in community events. She moved to Kinnic Long Term Care in October.
Mrs. Dusek enjoyed baking, sewing and spending time with family.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and six brothers.
Mrs. Dusek is survived by her husband: Norman Dusek Sr.; one son: Norman Dusek Jr. of Roberts; two daughters and their husbands: Yvonne and Wayne Brouillard of Littleton, Colo., and Karen and Robert Grubb of River Falls; two brothers: Ernest Holmquist of Waseca, Minn., and Clifford Holmquist of Ellsworth; two sisters: Irene Bennett of River Falls and Elizabeth Miller of Coon Rapids, Minn.; four grandchildren: Shelley Croes of Mankato, Minn., Valerie Frary and her husband John of Littleton, Colo., Cheryl Grubb of River Falls and Chris Brouillard and his wife Michelle of Denver, Colo.; one great-grandchild: Brittany Frary of Littleton; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by Cashman Mortuary.

Esther Bowen, 94
Esther Bowen, 94, of River Falls died Feb. 14, 2000 at Kinnic Long Term Care nursing home.
The daughter of Oscar and Alma Ryberg, she was born March 7, 1905 in Shell Lake.
She married Alexander Green in October of 1921, and he died in 1943.
The Greens had five children: Gene; Marie; Marion; Joyce Catherine, who died in 1939; and Reuben Willard, who died in 1940.
Esther married Maynard Bowen in February of 1964. He died in May of 1980.
Mrs. Bowen is survived by three children and their spouses: Gene and Arline Green of Winona, Minn., Marie and James Leonard of Eau Claire and Marion and Don Robey of River Falls; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Pearl Capra of Cumberland and Adeline Kohl of River Falls; six step-children; 13 step-grandchildren; 19 step great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, two children and five brothers.
The funeral was held Friday, Feb. 18, at Apostolic Church with the Rev. Melvin Thacker officiating.
Interment is at Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Scott and Thomas Green, Ted and Jim Bowen and Jeff, Todd, Darren and Ryan Robey.
Arrangements were by Cashman Mortuary.

Evelyn M. Miller, 85
Evelyn M. Miller, 85, of River Falls died Feb. 18, 2000 at the River Falls Area Hospital.
The daughter of James and Myrtle Krupp, she was born March 11, 1914 in Michigan.
She is survived by her husband Walter, son Robert, daughter Kathryn Kramber, brother James Krupp, sister Myrtle Krupp and granddaughters.
Services were Tuesday at Cashman Mortuary with Father Gerald Harris officiating. Interment will be at St. Bridget's Cemetery, River Falls.

Tom Alton, 81
Tom Alton, 81, died Friday, Feb. 18, at River Falls Area Hospital.
The son of Clara Wallin Alton and Thomas "Roy" Leroy Alton Sr., he was born Aug. 29, 1918 on a farm in Mann Valley near River Falls.
When he was two years old, the family sold the farm and moved to a house on Elm Street. He worked in his father's grain elevator business during the Depression years and recalled later that young people of that time accepted things as they were and didn't realize they were poor.
After graduating from high school in 1936, he went to Alaska and worked at many jobs, including gold mining and road construction.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in March of 1942 and trained as a pilot. He flew 72 combat missions from North Africa to Italy and then was assigned to air transport in the Pacific for the rest of the war.
On Sept. 1, 1947 he married June Tweed, whom he had met when she attended college in River Falls and boarded in his parents' house. After their marriage, Tom and June lived in Portland, Ore., where he worked in sales for Durkee Foods.
In 1950 they move to Prairie Farm, where he worked as a partner in his wife's father's hardware store.
In 1955 Mr. Alton bought the Dodge Hardware in River Falls. He operated that store until the early 1960s when he sold the business and went to work at A.W. Lund Hardware. He retired in 1982 and June died in 1983.
He married Audrey Luberg Black in February of 1987.
Mr. Alton was an active Mason and was named Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Wisconsin in 1978.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife.
Mr. Alton is survived by his wife: Audrey Black Alton; children: Barbara Alton Stein, Tom Alton Jr. and Brian Alton; son-in-law: Duane Stein; daughters-in-law: Katherine Alton and Bonnie Alton; sisters: Joyce Pell, Betty Fuqua and Joan Alton; and grandchildren: Thor Daniel Stein, Mari Stein, Jessica Stein, Amanda Alton, Jack Alton, Joseph Alton and Charlie Alton.
Services were held Monday at United Church of Christ with the Rev. Del Permann officiating. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Pierce County Historical Society or Greenwood Cemetery Association.

Maynard 'Sam' Clymer, 79
Maynard "Sam" L. Clymer, 79, of Stillwater, Minn., died Feb. 1, 2000 at Stillwater Good Samaritan, where he had been a resident since September of 1998.
The son of Milbert and Lillie (Nelson) Clymer, he was born July 4, 1920 in Afton, Minn. He attended elementary school at the Afton School House and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1938.
After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged a couple of years later.
He worked for his parents, who owned the Bungalow Station in Lakeland until 1953 when they sold the business.
On June 21, 1943 he married Agnes Langlois.
Mr. Clymer worked in the shipping department of Andersen Windows for many years. He was a member of the company's Quarter Century Club and retired in 1985 at age 65. Mr. Clymer also drove flag man, overseeing oversize/overweight freight to the border. He would often take one of his girls along for company.
Mr. Clymer was a sports enthusiast. He enjoyed watching sports on television and was an avid Vikings and Twins fan.
He was preceded in death by his wife Agnes, son George, one brother and two sisters.
He is survived by four daughters and three sons-in-law: Nancy and Stanley Mueller of Lakeland, Betty and James Hilpert of Roberts, Carol Widmyer of North Hudson and Cheryl and Thomas Morrow of River Falls; two sisters: Mae Burnell of Oak Park Heights, Minn., and Mable Meissner of Oakdale, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
The funeral was held Monday at Memorial Lutheran Church in Afton, Minn. Burial was in the Lakeview Cemetery in Lakeland.
Casketbearers were Michael Mueller, Joel and John Hilpert, Kyle Morrow, Ronald Widmyer and Eli Aliabouni.
Arrangements were by the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Memorials are preferred.

Tom Petersen, 48
Tom Petersen, 48, died Feb. 24, 2000, in Madison.
He was the son of Austin and Vera Petersen, who have lived in River Falls since 1972.
He was born Oct. 20, 1951 in Wisconsin Rapids and attended high school there. He earned a bachelor's degree in math and theater from UW-Green Bay in 1974 and did graduate work at Florida State University.
Mr. Petersen worked as technical director at the Guthrie II Theatre in Minneapolis in the late 1970s. He was lighting designer for the Jekyll Island Musical Theater in Georgia from 1979-80 and director of the Wisconsin Arts Project from 1980 to 1984.
He directed the restoration and re-opening of the Barrymore Theater in Madison from 1984 to 1988.
He was head of a small business consulting program for the School of Business, UW-Madison, 1988-92.
Mr. Petersen was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1991. He was dismissed by the university. He became one of the first test cases of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a judge ruling that his dismissal was illegal.
Since 1992 to the present, Mr. Petersen was owner of Brave Hearts Theater in Madison.
He is survived by his wife: Lou Ann Erickson Petersen, Madison; son: Andrew Austin Petersen, Madison; parents: Austin and Vera Petersen; sisters: Dr. Sally Karioth, Tallahassee, Fla., and Dr. Christina Petersen, Nashville, Tenn.; and niece: Amanda Karioth, Tallahassee, Fla.

Theresa E. Jacobsen, 88
Theresa E. Jacobsen, 88, of Oakdale, Minn., died Feb. 22, 2000, at Linden Health Care Center in Stillwater, Minn.
Survivors include her daughter Diane McLaughlin of River Falls.
The daughter of Nicholas and Josephine DeRose, she was born May 6, 1911, in St. Paul.
She attended school in St. Paul and upon finishing her education, traveled to California where she managed households for such stars as Lucy and Desi Arnaz.
After returning to the Midwest she married Wilbert C. Pechuman. They made their home near Afton, Minn., where they raised five girls and one boy.
Several years after her first husband's death, she married Frederick Jacobsen. They made their home in Oakdale.
Mrs. Jacobsen was preceded in death by her husbands and her son Donald Henry.
She is survived by her daughters and three sons-in-law: Betty and George Mitchell of Palm Desert, Calif., Shirley Frederick of Stillwater, Carol and Dennis Price of Loomis, Calif., Diane McLaughlin of River Falls and Barbara and Bob Conrad of Boulder City, Nev.; sisters: Cathy and Josephine; brother: Jim; 16 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass will be held at noon March 11 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Bayport, Minn. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor's choice.

Barbara B. Perry, 50
Barbara B. Perry, 50, of Lyle, Minn., died Feb. 25, 2000 at her home.
The daughter of Fredrick and Shirley (Elliott) Kurtz, she was born July 26, 1949 in River Falls. She graduated from River Falls High School in 1967. She then went to Wisconsin State University, Stout, in Menomonie and graduated in December of 1971 with a degree in home economics.
During her college years, she met Roger Perry, and they married on Aug. 15, 1970 at Luther Memorial Church in River Falls. They moved to Lyle in January of 1972.
Mrs. Perry was a substitute teacher in Lyle until she accepted a position as a home economics teacher. She taught until her health compelled her to take a medical leave.
She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle. She was an advisor for the FHA and enjoyed quilting, cooking, embroidery work and teaching.
She is survived by her husband: Roger Perry of Lyle; two sons and a daughter-in-law: Matthew and Kerri Perry of Austin, Minn., and Scott Perry of Owatonna, Minn.; grandchildren: Brittany and Emily Olsen and Natalie Perry, all of Austin, Minn.; parents: Fred and Shirley Kurtz of River Falls; two sisters and brothers-in-law: Karen and Moises Hernandez of Mesa, Ariz., and Gayle and Paul Fesperman of Duncan, S.C.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle.
Interment will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls. Following that service, lunch will be served at Luther Memorial Church.
Visitation will be held 1-3 p.m. Thursday at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.
Matt and Scott Perry and Kyle and Jason Hernandez will be honorary pallbearers.

Vernon D. Hansen, 72
Vernon Douglas Hansen, 72, of River Falls died Feb. 26, 2000, at his home after a battle with cancer.
He was born July 29, 1927 in St. Croix Falls to Hans and Sophie Hansen of Cushing.
He was a 1945 graduate of Luck High School. He enjoyed sports and excelled in basketball and softball.
He attended college in River Falls for a year. He then entered the U.S. Army Air Force for three years, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. He served in the Pacific Theater, Philippine Islands.
He married his high school sweetheart, Melba Petersen, at the Luck Lutheran Church in 1949. They lived in Minneapolis for several years and then moved to Scobey, Mont., where Mr. Hansen managed a dry goods store.
He moved to River Falls in 1960 and managed Hagberg's Department Store. In 1965 he went to work at Midwest Stores Inc. in Minneapolis. He retired from there as president after 25 years.
During his semi-retirement years, he worked at Snyder's Drug Store and Ben Franklin in River Falls.
He enjoyed sports, including basketball, football, golf and fast-pitch softball. He umpired, coached and played. He also spent many hours outdoors tending his lawn and garden.
He taught youth at Ezekiel Lutheran Church.
His family said he will be remembered for his warm smile, kindness, compassion and patience.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Margaret Warndahl.
He is survived by Melba, his wife of 50 years; his children and their spouses: Wendy and Bernard Westendorf of River Falls, Jon and Sue Hansen of Hudson, Jeff and Janine Hansen of Englewood, Fla., and Darcy and Roger Crandell of River Falls; four grandchildren: Joe and Jenna Hansen and Rebekah and Ashley O'Brien; and two sisters: Lucille Paulson of Cushing and Lorene McFaggen of St. Croix Falls.
Visitation was held Tuesday at Cashman's Mortuary. The funeral was held Wednesday at Ezekiel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dave Kebschull officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.

James F. Dollahon, 38
James "Jim" F. Dollahon, 38, died suddenly Feb. 25, 2000, at his home in River Falls.
The son of Dr. Jim and Kathryn Dollahon, he was born Sept. 7, 1961 in Hudson.
On Sept. 26, 1987 he married Julie Miller.
He graduated from River Falls High School in 1980 and attended UW-River Falls.
He was hired by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department in 1984. He worked as the recreation/ water patrol officer and was an investigator at the time of his death.
He was a member of the River Falls United Methodist Church, River Falls Lions Club and Theta Chi Fraternity. He was a former president of the Lions Club and received its Outstanding Leader award.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife: Julie; mother: Kathryn Dollahon of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law Grace: and David Bartholet, Golden Valley, Minn.; and niece: Katy.
Visitation was held Monday at Ezekiel Lutheran Church. The funeral was Tuesday at Ezekiel with the Revs. Larry McCann and Jenny Arneson officiating.
Pallbearers were Kevin Gehler, Jack Sondergard, Darrel Waldera, Dave Bartholet, Scott Brownell, Neil Gulbranson, Phil Deiss and Erick Roeske.
Memorial donations may be made to the James F. Dollahon Memorial Fund.

Helen Foster Naylor, 91
Helen Foster Naylor, 91, died Feb. 25, 2000 at the River Falls Area Hospital following a series of illnesses.
The daughter of Effie B. and John W. Foster, she was born June 14, 1908 in Smithfield, Ohio. She was raised on the family farm.
She graduated from Smithfield High School and then attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. Her professional interests included teaching literature, librarianship and vocal music.
In August of 1930 she married Charles Loring Naylor. They lived in Smithfield, Ohio, until 1976 when they moved to River Falls. They raised one daughter, Marilyn.
Charles Naylor died in River Falls in 1980.
Mrs. Naylor was a member of the River Falls United Methodist Church and the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Her hobbies included reading, sewing, music, gardening and travel.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Joseph B. Foster; her parents; and her husband, Charles.
She is survived by a sister: Ruth Murray of Arizona; and a daughter: Dr. Marilyn Naylor of River Falls.
Services were Sunday, Feb. 27, at the United Methodist Church. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cashman Mortuary.

The Rev. John C. Fritzmeier, 81
The Rev. John C. Fritzmeier, a former pastor of the First Congregational Church of River Falls, died Jan. 26, 2000, in Blair, Neb. He was 81.
He is survived by his children and their spouses: Lloyd and Sandy Fritzmeier of Atlanta, Ga., Dorothy and Ron Kennedy of Omaha, Neb., Bob Fritzmeier of Mapleton, Iowa, and David and Char Fritzmeier of Beatrice, Neb. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date at the Congregational UCC Church in Blair. For more information, call the River Falls Congregational Church at 426-2785.
Memorials are preferred to Crowell Home or the Congregational Church, Blair.


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