Miscellaneous Pierce County, Wisconsin Obituaries


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Mary Kathryn Brunner
Mary Kathryn Brunner of Ellsworth died on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998, at River Falls Area Hospital. She was 67.
She was born Aug. 6, 1930, in Salem Township, the daughter of Joseph H. and Sarah L. Ortwerth. She attended the Carpenter School in Maiden Rock and graduated in 1948 from Ellsworth Senior High School. She attended River Falls Normal School for two years and taught for one year at the Forest School.
She married Lloyd Langer June 8, 1950, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Clayfield. He died in September of 1970. She then married Calvin Brunner May 27, 1972.
She returned to college in River Falls and received her bachelors degree in 1973. Throughout her teaching career, she taught at Maiden Rock, Hillcrest school and she retired from Prairie View Elementary School in 1991. 
She loved working in her flower beds and getting ready for Christmas. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth.
Survivors include: her husband, Calvin Brunner, Ellsworth; children, Rita (David) Mountain of River Falls, Jerry Langer of River Falls, Greg Langer of Somerset, Sue (Steve) Ferkingstad, Robbinsdale, Minn., Annette O'Brien, Osceola, Al (Michelle) Langer of Ellsworth, Bob Langer of Ellsworth and Scott (Deb) Langer of Red Wing; her mother, Sarah Ortwerth of Plum City; brother, Jack Ortwerth of Ellsworth; two sisters, Frances (Frank) Lubich of River Falls and Edna Brunner of Elmwood; two sisters-in-law, Judy Ortwerth of Ellsworth and Judy Ortwerth of Hager City; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandson; many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her father, Joseph, and two brothers, Bud and Jim Ortwerth.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 10, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth with Father Thomas Donaldson officiating. Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date at Lost Creek Cemetery.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth, handled arrangements. 

Virgil Jessie Chilson
PRESCOTT - Virgil Jessie Chilson of Prescott died on Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998, at the St. Croix Care Center in Prescott. He was 72.
He was born April 24, 1925, in Warroad, Minn., the son of Herman and Anna (Roy) Chilson. He married Lorraine Jackson Sept. 22, 1943. She died in 1990.
He worked as a cook for the Green Parrot Restaurant in Rochester, Minn. He also worked construction for many years. He always welcomed those who were in need into his home, no one was turned away. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include: eight children, Virgil (Marilyn) Chilson of Oronoco, Minn., Sammy Chilson of Dodge Center, Minn., Wayne II (Charlotte) Chilson of Ellsworth, Edd (Wanda) Chilson of Chatfield, Minn., Karen (Bruce) Burgdorf of Waseca, Minn., Jim Chilson of Austin, Minn., Karla Olson of Red Wing and Jason Chilson of Ellsworth; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Loren (Marge) Chilson and Elton Chilson, both of Pine Island, Minn.; four sisters, Melva Eberhardt of Kasson, Minn., Venetta MacGowan of Buckley, Minn., Darlene (Rick) Tchrochet of Maple Valley, Minn., and Lorna (Richard) Bennett of Las Vegas; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife and one grandson, Sam.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 12, at the Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home in Ellsworth with Rev. David Roberts officiating. Burial was at the Othello Cemetery in Manor, Minn.

Elaine (Danielson) Empey
Elaine (Danielson) Empey died on Dec. 28, 1997. She was 81.
She was born in Ellsworth Township on Dec. 23, 1916 to Alvina and Edwin Danielson. She was baptized and confirmed at South Rush River Church. She attended school at Freier and Ellsworth High School. She worked as a nurse in Minneapolis before her marriage.
She married Clare Empey in Minneapolis on Nov. 2, 1947. They were married 33 years before his death in 1980.
She is survived by one daughter, Jan and her husband Dave Nelson; two grandchildren, Mandy and Tyman; three sisters, Yvonne Taylor of Seattle, Enid Davidson of Ellsworth and Nonnette Johnson of Ellsworth; two stepsons, Donald and Richard Empey.
A memorial services was held Jan. 3 in Ellsworth.

Roy Bartlett 
Roy Bartlett of Newburg, Mo., and formerly of Ellsworth, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998, at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo. He was 75.
He was born Sept. 4, 1922, in Ellsworth to Ralph and Alda Bartlett. He married Laura Bartlett Sept. 6, 1944 in St. Louis, Mo.
He is survived by: his wife; one son, Garry (Rose) of Linn, Mo.; five daughters, Sherry (Junior) of Newburg, Patricia (Donald) Gaehle of Mt. Sterling, Mo., Janice (Carl) Ruskaup of Florissant, Mo., Joyce (Roger) Heflin of Rolla and Anita (Clinton) Bartlett of Newburg; one sister, Lucille Thuman of Minnesota; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were: one sister, two brothers and one grandchild.
Funeral services were on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Null and Son Chapel in Rolla with the Rev. Danny Kemp officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Vida, Mo.

Gerald (Jerry) Rasmussen
Gerald (Jerry) Rasmussen of Maplewood, Minn., died on Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998. He was 61.
He is survived by: his wife, Beverly (formerly of Ellsworth); and sons, Scott and Jeff; sister, Doris (Luther Barness); brothers, Dick (Betty), Gordon (Eneeda), Robert (Janet) and Roger Rasmussen; many nieces and nephews in Northfield, Minn.
He was preceded in death by: his mother, Lillian and father, Anton; sister, Jeanette (Al Lewandowski).
Funeral services were at Sandberg Mortuary, 7th Ave. and Charles St., No. St. Paul, Minn. Interment was in St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery in Ellsworth.
Memorials are preferred for family in lieu of flowers. 

Scott Gilles
PRESCOTT - Scott Gilles of Prescott died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998 at United Hospital, St. Paul, Minn. He was 44.
He was born Jan. 13, 1954 the son of Marvin and Nina (Sweeney) Gilles. He was born and raised in the Plum City community. He graduated from Plum City High School in 1972. He married Connie Hartung Jan. 12, 1974 in Eau Galle.
He loved life. He was a very caring husband, father, son and brother. He loved music, hunting and fishing. He played bass guitar for the "Midnight Special" (formerly the "Soul Pipers") for over 25 years.
He is survived by his wife, Connie; two sons, Bryon (Roxanne) and Joe, both of Prescott, Amanda of Prescott; his parents, Marvin and Nina Gilles of Plum City; two sisters, Madrene (Neil) Nitikowski of Kansas City, Mo., Marsha (John) Paulbrick of St. Paul; two brothers, Kent (Diane) Gilles and Brad Gilles, all of Plum City. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, and his mother and father-in-law, Wayne and Dolores Hartung.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Prescott. Rev. Thomas Manion will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the church in Prescott.
Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home, Durand.

Gertrude Katherine Hines
Gertrude Katherine Hines of El Paso Township died Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998, at the Ellsworth Care Center, Ellsworth. She was 85.
She was born Sept. 12, 1912, the daughter of Jake and Lena (Dettling) Bechel at Plum City. She was baptized and confirmed at Plum City and a long-time member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley.
On Sept. 10, 1935, she married Edward Hines at Plum City. They were blessed with five children: Geraldine, Eldon, Marian, Robert and Joanne. They farmed near Plum City for a while and farmed most of their married life in El Paso.
Survivors include: two sons and two daughters, Eldon (Mary) Hines of Ellsworth, Robert Hines of Eau Galle, Marian (Vernon) Schoeder of Elmwood and Joanne (Scott) Gulbranson of Ellsworth; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were: her parents; her husband, Edward; one daughter, Geraldine Lynner; one granddaughter, Karla Mae Lynner; and two brothers, Ralph and Jake Bechel.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley. Father George Becker officiated the service, assisted by Sister Karen Freund. Music was provided by organist Ellen Rominski and the Sacred Heart Choir. Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Spring Valley. Bearers were: Justin Johnson, Keith Hines, Jeff Hines, Brad Johnson, Chad Johnson, Scott Schoeder and Steve Schoeder.
Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, handled arrangements.

John Ernest Kind, Jordan Tower II
John Ernest Kind, Jordan Tower II, Red Wing, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at Hi-Park Care Center. He was 94.
He was born Oct. 30, 1903, in Hartland Township, the son of Emil and Albertina (Greske) Kind. He attended Conroy School, Hartland Township. 
He married Hannah C. Nelson on March 2, 1929, in Red Wing. They owned and operated the Svea Store until 1940. They farmed in Trenton Township until moving to Red Wing in the winter of 1981. She died Feb. 2, 1997.
He was a member of Svea Lutheran Church, where he served on the church board. He served as clerk and supervisor of the Trenton Township board, on the Hager City Telephone Board, St. John's Hospital Board, Pierce County Welfare Board and Pierce County Board of Supervisors. He was a member of the U.S. FHA Committee. He worked for Goodhue County (Minn.) ASCS as a land surveyor. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and playing cards.
He is survived by: one daughter, Laura Waldron (Ronald) Anderson of Ellsworth; one son, Clifton (Joan) Kind of Mankato, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; several nieces and nephews; five sisters-in-law, Louise Kind of Hager City, Gladys Kind of River Falls, Lillian Nelson of Ellsworth and Ella Johnsen and Ann Nelson, both of Red Wing.
He was preceded by: two brothers, Albert and George Kind; and four sisters, Rose Kind, Clara Peterson, Irene Kind and Emma Lindquist.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 31, at Svea Lutheran Church, with Rev. Edward Groop officiating. Burial was in the Svea Lutheran Cemetery in Trenton Township. Pallbearers were: grandchildren, Capt. Timothy Strusz, Tracey Strusz, Thomas Strusz, Dan Kind, Charles Kind and Steven Kind. Honorary bearers were: grandchildren, Susan Sebion, Cathy Nordenskjold, Michael Strusz, Jeffrey Strusz, Todd Strusz, Arn Kind and John Kind.
Mahn Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Leone W. Douglas
Leone W. Douglas, formerly of St. Paul and Red Wing, Minn. died Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998 at Westminster Village in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was 89.
She was born July 10, 1908, in Red wing to Carl and Jenny (Carlson) Berger. She attended Red Wing schools and worked for the Electric Co. and Red wing Potteries. She married Donald Douglas June 9, 1932 in Red Wing.
She is survived by two daughters, Dixie Lee (Maurie) Schamens of Scottsdale, and Donnette (Jay) Gritzner of Tehachapi, Calif.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews including Sandie (Don) Pearson and Donna Halvorson, all of Red Wing, and Joyce (Carl) Pearson of Ellsworth.
Preceding her in death were her husband, one daughter and one brother.
A memorial service will be Saturday at Westminster Village in Scottsdale. Interment will be at Valley Presbyterian Church.

Marian F. Westfield
Marian F. Westfield of Red Wing, Minn., formerly of Ellsworth died on Monday, Feb. 2, 1998 at Fairview Seminary Home in Red Wing. She was 81.
She was born April 6, 1916 in River Falls, the daughter of Elmer and Mabel (Soli) Monson. She married Arnold L. Westfield Oct. 10, 1936 in River Falls. She farmed with her husband in Hartland Township and worked for the Ellsworth Care Center for nine years as a Dietary Aide.
She was an active life long member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School and as an officer in Lutheran Women.
Survivors include her husband, Arnold Westfield of Red Wing; three sons, Gordon (Sandy) Westfield of Ellsworth; Larry (Elizabeth) Westfield, Rubicon, and LeAlan (Linda) Westfield of McAllen, Tex.; one daughter -in-law, Ellen Westfield of Minnetonka, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one brother, Alton Monson, Hager City; one sister, Irene Boettcher of Cadott.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son, Donald Westfield.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ellsworth. Rev. Carol Peterson will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 5-7 p.m., and for one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.
Memorials are preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or to the charity of the donors choice. 

Armon D. "Sarge" Baker
TRIMBELLE TOWNSHIP--Armon D. "Sarge" Baker of Thurmont, Md., formerly of Red Wing, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, at his home. He was 71.
He was born July 18, 1926, in Trimbelle Township to Merle and Rosie (Downey) Baker. He attended St. Joseph's grade school. He graduated in 1944 from Central High School and served in the Navy during World War II.
He married Violet Schade of Red Wing April 12, 1947. He re-enlisted in the Army to serve during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired after 21 years of service. Following military service, he worked at Presto Industries, Eau Claire. He and his wife later relocated to Thurmont. He was a member of American Legion Post 168, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, both in Thurmont. 
He is survived by: his wife; three sons, Dale (Michelle) of Chester, Va., David (Debbie) of Mount Airy, Md., and Daniel (Valerie) of Houston, Tex.; three grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Zemke and Marlis Floen, both of Red Wing.
Memorial Mass was held Feb. 7 in Thurmont. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, "Heritage of Hope," 16150 St. Anthony Rd., Emmitsburg, Md. 21727, or to Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, Md. 21701.
Stauffer Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Harold C. Lunde
Harold C. Lunde, Green Bay, formerly of Oconto Falls, died Monday evening, Feb. 9, 1998, at a Green Bay hospital following a six-year illness with cancer. He was 86.
He was born March 10, 1911, in Trimbelle Township near Ellsworth to John and Lena (Thom) Lunde. He grew up in the Ellsworth area, where he attended rural schools, later graduating from Ellsworth Senior High School with the Class of 1929. He went on to attend UW-River Falls, where he majored in math and minored in music. Following graduation from college, he taught at Clayton and Trempealeau public schools.
In 1942, he entered the U.S. Army, where he was a Tech. Sgt. for the signal corps in Northern Africa and Europe during World War II.
On Aug. 28, 1945, he married Doris Crivits in Trempealeau. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Cable and Wycoff, Minn., where he was principal and music director of the public schools. For one year, the couple owned and operated a Western Auto Store in Berlin.
While superintendent and music director at Dorchester schools, he received his masters degree in school administration from UW-Superior. Then, as principal at Mindoro and Pepin schools, he became an accredited guidance counselor. As a guidance counselor, he worked in Blanchardville, Hollandale and Argyle schools and moved to Dodgeville and studied to become a school psychologist.
In June of 1972, the couple moved to Oconto Falls, where he worked as a school psychologist for CESA III and director of the Title I program in a four-county area. Following his retirement, he continued to work as a school psychologist supervisor for CESA III.
While living in Oconto Falls, he was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council and sang in the church choir. He was a charter member of the Oconto Falls area AARP and served as its president. He also served as treasurer of the Oconto Falls Senior Citizens Center and was a member of the American Legion Post in the communities in which he lived. He was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Green Bay.
He is survived by: his wife, Doris Lunde of Green Bay; one daughter, Luan Reese of Ridgeway; two grandsons, Brian and Matthew Lunde; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; one brother, Arnold; two sisters, Esther and Alice; and two infant granddaughters.
Funeral was Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Jones Funeral Home, with the Revs. Karl Diemer and Roland Harswick officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Oconto Falls. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Unity Hospice and the American Cancer Society.

Pearl Kroh
Pearl Kroh, a homemaker, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, in Oakley. She was 78.
She was born March 29, 1919. She is a native of Ellsworth and moved to Oakley one year ago from Jackson. She loved to travel and visit.
She is survived by: her son, Ralph H. Gilbertson of Wisconsin; one daughter, Inanda Mohr of Antioch; step-daughters, Janine Griffin of Antioch and Linda Barraras of California; sisters, Mary Wheeler and Dorothy Selaya, both of Oakley; brothers, Donald P. and Kenneth D. Sheldrew, both of Oakley; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George T. Kroh, in 1996.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 24, with a burial at San Joaquin National Cemetery. 
Higgins Funeral Chapel in Antioch handled arrangements. 

Maloy Monicken
RIVER FALLS - Maloy Monicken of Hammond died Friday, Feb. 13, 1998, at the Park View Home in Woodville. He was 74.
He was born Jan. 1, 1924 in Rush River, the son of John and Lena (Larson) Monicken. He married Betty Holman on June 1, 1948, in the old North Rush River Lutheran Church. He was a lifelong farmer and member of Rush River Lutheran Church in rural River Falls. 
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II and member of the American Legion. He enjoyed traveling and was a good steward of the land.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, Ole (Nola) of Baldwin, and John (Shelley) of Hammond; three daughters, Ellen (Arlen) Kunth of Eau Claire, Lue Ann (Michael) Croes of New Richmond, Rachel (Dan) Johnson of Knapp; one brother, Norris (Gertrude) Monicken of Baldwin; sister-in-law, Fran Monicken of Baldwin; grandchildren, Jessica, Katie, Amy, Emily, Andrea, Tim, Patrick, Angie, Carri, Betsy, Melinda, Dawn and Joshua; and three great-grandchildren, Ashley, Lindsay and Olivia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lena; two sisters; and two brothers.
Memorial services were Feb. 15 at Rush River Lutheran Church in the town of Martell with Pastor John Sutherland officiating. Burial was in the Rush River Cemetery.
Nelson Funeral Home provided arrangements.

Lois E. Peterson
PRESCOTT-- Lois E. Peterson of Prescott, formerly of Ellsworth, died on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998, at Regina Medical Complex in Hastings, Minn. She was 75.
She was born on April 16, 1922, in Cataract, the daughter of Frank and Zoe Ann (Smith) Johnston.
She married Darby Peterson July 25, 1942, at St. Paul Cathedral. She lived in the Ellsworth area for 17 years and most recently in Prescott. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in River Falls. 
She is survived by: one son, Bruce Peterson, Denver, Colo.; three daughters, Paulette Wolters, W. St. Paul, Minn., Diane (Tom) Gervais, North Branch, Minn., April (Pat) Loutsch, Prescott; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, James Johnston, Stillwater, Minn.; one sister, Zoe Ann (Gene) Roussopoulos, Lake City, Minn.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband Darby and brothers and sister.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, at noon at St. Mary's Catholic Church in River Falls. Father John Beckfelt will officiate. Burial of cremated remains will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church form 11 a.m. to noon.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Prescott, is handling arrangements.

Dorothy Magdalena Schiller
Dorothy Magdalena Schiller of Ellsworth, and formerly of Maiden Rock, died Monday, Feb. 9, 1998, at the Ellsworth Care Center, where she lived since Aug. 25, 1992. She was 76.
She was born June 28, 1921, in Hampton, Minn., to Paul and Philomena (Duerr) Endres. She attended school in Hampton.
She married Martin Schiller Sept. 9, 1953, in Hampton. They moved to rural Maiden Rock, where they farmed until moving in 1979 into Maiden Rock.
She was a homemaker her entire life and worked for a few years at the Maiden Rock School, where she served lunches. She enjoyed knitting and crafts. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Plum City.
She is survived by: one son, Ronald (Vicky) Schiller of Maiden Rock; two granddaughters; one sister, Mary (Anthony) Kasel; eight brothers, Sylvester, Eugene (Lee), the Rev. Gilbert, John (Marian), Donald (Joanne), Paul (Sharon), David (Sarah) and Robert (Diane). 
She was preceded in death by: her husband; two brothers, Wilfred and Ben; and one sister, Odelia Schiller.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 11, at St. John's Catholic Church, Plum City, with her brother, the Rev. Gilbert Endres, and the Rev. Ambrose Blenker officiating.
Swandby-Murphy Funeral Home, Maiden Rock, handled arrangements.

Joseph P. Springer, M.D.
ELMWOOD - Joseph P. Springer, M.D., of Durand died Saturday, Feb. 14, 1998. He was 81.
He was born June 27, 1916, the son of Frank and Vera (Doughty) Springer. He was born and raised in Elmwood. He graduated from Elmwood High School in 1933. He received his undergraduate degree from UW-Madison in 1942 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps that same year. He attended the University of Wisconsin Medical School and graduated in 1944. He did an internship in Phoenix, Ariz., and a residency in Pueblo, Colo. He then returned to Elmwood in 1951 to join his brother, Frank Springer, Jr., M.D., in a medical practice.
In 1957, he established his own practice in Durand. He took a leave of absence from his practice in 1964 to serve on the Hospital Ship Hope in Conakry, Africa. In 1966, he was a volunteer physician in DaNang, Viet Nam, where he ran a pediatric hospital. In 1969, Dr. Springer spent a year in Mound Bayou, Miss., in a clinic for indigent citizens run by Tufts University. He returned to Durand, where he practiced through 1973. In 1974, he worked on the island of Saipan in the Western Pacific. After completing a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Springer was the Medical Director at the Dunn County Health Care Center until he retired in 1987.
He is remembered as an avid outdoorsman and environmentalist who spent many hours canoeing the Chippewa River and Lake Eau Galle. He loved reading, music, tennis and maintained a healthy sense of humor throughout his life. He defined himself as a country doctor and was known by his trademark whistle.
He is survived by: two daughters, Sally Larson of Albuquerque, N.M., and Barbara Springer of Denver, Colo.; two sons, Joseph, Jr. of the Eau Claire area and Stephen of Vermillion, S.D.; four grandchildren, Brandon White, Martha, Eric and Joey Springer Udelhofen; and by his sister, Dorothy Estes of San Diego, Calif., and Frank Springer, M.D., of Elmwood.
He was preceded in death by: his parents and his two infant children, Frank Christopher and Martha.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Methodist Church in Elmwood. Burial will be at Spring Lake Cemetery in rural Elmwood. Friends were to call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home, Durand, and one hour prior to the funeral service in Elmwood. Donations in lieu of flowers should be made to the Durand Public Library.
Arrangements were by the Rhiel Funeral Home, Durand.

Lyle E. Sumter
Lyle E. Sumter of Ellsworth died Friday, Feb. 13, 1998, at the Lutheran Home, River Falls. He was 81.
He was born Jan. 27, 1917, in Spring Valley to George and Rose (Peterson) Sumter.
He married Margaret Fritz Jan. 5, 1941, in Red Wing. While in the Army during World War II, he served in the European Theater, participating in the Battle of the Bulge, Normandy Beach Invasion, Ardennes Forest Campaign and others. He received the Bronze Star for his service. He worked hauling milk for 35 years.
He is survived by: his wife, Margaret of Ellsworth; one sister, Dorothy Wolske of Menomonie; one brother, Ray (Bobette) Sumter of Ellsworth; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 16, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Ellsworth, with the Rev. J. Keith Trembath officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Spring Lake Township.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth, handled arrangements.

Marjorie E. Wedricka
Marjorie E. Wedricka of Red Wing died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998, at Fairview-University Medical Center, Minneapolis. She was 70.
She was born Oct. 16, 1927, in Lake City, Minn., to Charles and Blanche (Brock) Savage. She grew up and attended school in the Frontenac, Minn., area. She worked at Red Wing Shoe Company and married Tony Wedricka Aug. 12, 1978, in Red Wing. She enjoyed flowers, sewing, painting and crafts.
She is survived by: her husband; one daughter, Dianna Regenscheid of Red Wing; four sons, John (Linda) Newman of Pepin, Michael (Patricia) Newman of Red Wing, Dennis (Genelle) and Elmer (Marilyn) Newman of Bixby, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five sisters, Jeanette Wadewitz of Phoenix, Ariz., Evelyn (Gerald) Nelson of Missoula, Mont., Mary Jean Goyer of Frontenac, Shirley (Dave) Thoms of Hager City and Barbara Newman of Red Wing; three brothers, Charles (Pat) and Donald Savage of Red Wing, and Jack (Gertrude) Savage of Welch, Minn.
She was preceded in death by: two sisters, Ruth Ann Heineman and June Jablonske; and two brothers, Bill and Philip Savage.
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 13, at Christ Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Philip McNairy officiating. Pallbearers were: Dennis, Elmer, Jason, John and Michael Newman and Dianna Regenscheid. Burial was in Old Frontenac Cemetery. 
Mahn Family Funeral Homes, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, handled arrangements.

Orlande Phillipps
RIVER FALLS - Orlande Phillipps of River Falls died on Friday, Feb. 13, 1998, at University Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 79.
He was born on Dec. 7, 1918, in the Town of Kinnickinnic, the son of Carl and Verna (Knight) Phillipps.
He married Anna Cernohous on Sept. 5, 1959, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls. He was a farmer and worked at Lund's Machine Shop as a mechanic, and at NorLake, Inc., in Hudson.
He loved to fish on the Kinnickinnic River and was an avid deer hunter. He enjoyed the outdoors.
Survivors include: his wife, Anna of River Falls; his son, John of River Falls; his daughter, Maryann of Hager City; his brothers, Robert of River Falls and Glenn of Prescott; his sisters, Mae Sumner of River Falls, Lois Halls of Roberts and Pauline Wymer of River Falls; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Verna.
Funeral was Monday, Feb. 16, at St. Bridget Catholic Church with Fr. Gerald Harris officiating. Interment was in St. Bridget's Cemetery in River Falls. Pallbearers were: Randy Phillipps, Glenn Hall, Gary Sumner, Don Phillipps, Duane Hall and Ron Weishaar. Honorary pallbearers were: Stan Prochnow, Jack Larson, Vernon Waxon and Kenny Giske.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Donald L. Thibado
ELMWOOD-- Donald L. Thibado of Menomonie died Thursday, Feb. 12, 1998, at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood. He was 85.
He was born May 10, 1912, in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County, to Joseph and Mary (Stevens) Thibado. He attended the Kyle country school and then farmed.
He married Josephine Hubbard July 11, 1936, in Red Wing. After their marriage, they lived in the Town of Dunn.
He owned Thibado Trucking and hauled lime to farmers for many years. The past two-and-a-half years, he had resided at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home.
He is survived by: his wife, Josephine, Menomonie; six children, Virginia (Karl) Kunz, Hudson, William (Audrey) Thibado, Menomonie, Jerry (Julie) Thibado, Rathdrum, Idaho, Jack (Sharon) Thibado, Menomonie, Jeanine (Jack) Weick, Sunrise, Fla., and Steven (Barbara) Thibado, Menomonie; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; five brothers and four sisters; and one grandson, Duane Kunz.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Feb. 14, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville, with Rev. Richard Klabunde officiating. Interment of the cremains was in Riverview Cemetery.
Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Hilda Christine Vinge
Hilda Christine Vinge of Ellsworth, formerly of Maiden Rock, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998 at the Ellsworth Care Center. She was 84.
She was born Oct. 29, 1913 in New Effington, S.D. the daughter of Jens and Anna (Pedersen) Jensen. She attended school in New Effington.
She married Norman Vinge May 1, 1931 in Sisseton, S.D. They farmed in the Sisseton area until 1941 when they moved to Maiden Rock where they also farmed. He died March 8, 1997.
She is survived by two daughters, Lucille Wedrickas of Red Wing, Minn. and Delphine Kukuska of Maiden Rock; two sons, James (Beverly) vinge of Bay City; Mark Vinge of Red wing; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Andrew (Gladys) Jensen of Manitou, Okla., Alvin Jensen of New Effington; one sister, Mildred (Ted) Raaen of Apple Valley, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one daughter, Norma Duffy; four sisters, Carla Jensen, Dagney Vinge, Hazel Hultberg and Alvina Pakerney; three brothers, Clarence, Henry and Oscar Jensen.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Assembly of God with Thomas Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Burnside Cemetery in Red Wing. Visitation will be at Mahn Family Funeral homes, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and on Thursday one hour prior to the time of the services at the church.
Pallbearers will be Jeffery Kukuska, Richard Kukuska, Christopher vinge, Keith Vinge, Randy Wedrickas, Robert Wedrickas. Honorary bearers will be Daniel Duffy, Stacy Kukuska, Debra Ruiz, Jill Tharalson, Heather Vinge and Lisa Vinge.
Mahn Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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