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Marie C. Denissen, 93
Marie C. Nimsch Denissen, 93, of Maplewood, Minn., died Oct. 5, 1998.
She is survived by two children: Marlene Denissen and the Rev. Dan Denissen of River Falls; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister Pauline Bidon.
She was born March 31, 1905.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at River Valley Christian Church, 5900 Lake Elmo Ave. North (Hwy. 36 and CTH 17), Lake Elmo, Minn.
Visitation will be an hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are preferred.

Rebecca Hoffmeyer, 46
Rebecca E. "Becky" Hoffmeyer, 46, River Falls, died Sept. 30, 1998 at United Hospital in St. Paul following a long illness.
The daughter of Frank and Edith Hoffmeyer, she was born July 3, 1952.
She is survived by her father and stepmother, Frank and Leona Hoffmeyer of River Falls; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Elmer Perkins Sr. of Ellsworth; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Crystal Hoffmeyer of Lake City, Minn.; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, her sister Pamela, her nephew Gordon Gibbs and her grandparents.
The funeral was Sunday at First Baptist Church of River Falls with the Rev. Robert Lillo officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Al Kraft, 88
Al (Elias John) Kraft, 88, of River Falls and formerly of Aberdeen, S.D., died Oct. 5, 1998 in River Falls.
The son of Fred and Rosalia Goetz Kraft, he was born Oct. 13, 1909 in Aberdeen. He grew up there and graduated from Central High School and the Aberdeen School of Business.
He married Bessie Ann Niesen on Oct. 30, 1931 in Miller, S.D.
As a young man, he worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and was stationed in Chicago. He longed to return to South Dakota, and he became the state purchasing agent in Pierre, setting standards that are still in use. He returned to Aberdeen and worked for the Internal Revenue Service, eventually becoming field division chief.
He then worked for Midland Distributors of Sioux Falls where he was Salesman of the Year several times.
He retired in 1971 to spend more time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed sports, crossword puzzles and novels of the early West.
At age 35 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged with the rank of yeoman 2nd Class at the end of the war.
Mr. Kraft was a life-long Democrat, and as a young man worked, through many public speaking engagements, to build the party in South Dakota.
He held chief ranger positions with the Catholic Order of Foresters of the Aberdeen Court where he spearheaded many fundraisers.
Mr. Kraft worked to build the American Legion baseball program in South Dakota.
As a youth he was a member of St. Mary's Church in Aberdeen, acting as altar boy at the dedication of the new church. He later was a member and served as an usher for many years at Sacred Heart Church in Aberdeen.
He also was affiliated with the Elks, United Commercial Travelers and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son Kenneth, who died in 1962; a grandson; two brothers; a sister; and a brother-in-law.
Mr. Kraft is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law: Alan and Denise of rural Hammond and Dennis and Ruth of Jamestown, N.D.; three daughters and sons-in-law: Marlyce and Edward Stader of Sturgis, S.D., Jackie and Jake Vezzoli of Burnsville, Minn., and Mayren and Jack DeCrans of Blaine, Minn.; 20 grandchildren; and 25 great grandchildren.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Interment will be at St. Bridget's Cemetery.
Visitation was set for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Cashman Mortuary.
Pallbearers are grandsons Chris DeCrans, Tony and Rick Vezzoli and Steven, Kendall, Scott, Ken and Al John Kraft.

Matthew Leier, 28
Matthew Leier, 28, Star Prairie, died Sept. 30, 1998.
The son of Ronald and Claudia (Christenson) Leier, he was born Dec. 13, 1969, in River Falls.
He graduated from St. Croix Central High School in 1989 and attended Indianhead Vocational Technical Institute in Rice Lake for two years, earning a degree in small business administration.
He had been working for 3 1/2 years for Scientific Molding Corporation in Somerset.
He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the St. Croix Harley Riders. He enjoyed country western concerts, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, hunting and especially motorcycling. He particularly enjoyed listening to WIXK and Allan Cooper.
Mr. Leier is survived by his parents, Ron and Claudia Leier of New Richmond; son, Michael of Rice Lake; one sister and brother-in-law, Christina and Robert Ennis of New Richmond; grandparents, Wesley and Donnalda Christenson of Amery and August and Dorothy Leier of Somerset; and three nephews, Joshua, Zachary and Andrew.
The funeral was held Oct. 4 at the United Methodist Church in New Richmond with the Revs. Patricia Asp Zealley and Alan George officiating. Jerry Rang was organist, and Paul Gavic played guitar and sang.
Casketbearers were Bryan Johnston, Chris Rick, Jeremy Hohler, Jason Standert, Dan Fuller and Joe, Cory, Greg and Ted Leier. Rob Ennis was honorary casketbearer.

Clifford E. Mayer, 79
Clifford Eugene Mayer, 79, of Hastings, Minn., and formerly of Hudson, died Oct. 3, 1998 at his home in Hastings of cancer.
The son of Ernest and Edna (Nye) Mayer, he was born Aug. 28, 1919 in Upham, N.D. He attended school systems in North Dakota and Wisconsin.
He worked on the family farm helping his father support the family. Later he worked as a railroad engineer. He worked for the Soo Line for 10 years and then for Hudson Memorial Hospital for another 10 years. He worked at St. John's Hospital for 17 years before retiring in 1984.
On Jan. 23, 1943, he married Effie Nelson in River Falls. They had four children.
Mr. Mayer enjoyed fishing and doing yard work at his home.
He was preceded in death by his son James, sister Dorothy and brother Donald.
He is survived by his wife Effie of Hastings; two daughters, Barbara Tri of Cottage Grove, Minn., and Diane Mayer of Denver, Colo.; son Michael Mayer of Hudson; sister Donna Coulter of Hudson; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
The funeral was Tuesday at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson with Pastor Keith Lueneburg officiating. Cheryl Forester sang and played the organ.
Casketbearers were Jeannie Tri, Brian Kelly, Matt Graetz, Arthur Coulter and Neil Wilcoxson.
Burial is in the Willow River Cemetery in Hudson. Memorials are preferred.

Margaret Ann 'Peg' Tolzman, 52
Margaret Ann "Peg" Tolzman, 52, Amery, died Sept. 29, 1998, at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, Minn.
The daughter of Ernest Barr and Gladys Johnson Barr, she was born Oct. 11, 1945 in Hudson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Patrick's Church, Hudson.
She graduated from Hudson High School.
On Aug. 19, 1967 she married Donavon Tolzman. They had three children.
Mrs. Tolzman spent most of her life in Hudson but moved to Amery in July.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband: Donavon of Amery; her sons and daughters-in-law: Joe and Tammy Tolzman of Comstock and Ernie and Stephanie Tolzman of Roberts; her daughter: Amy Jo Tolzman of New Richmond; two brothers and sisters-in-law: Bernie and Corrine Barr of Danbury and Chuck and Audrey Barr of Webster; a sister and brother-in-law: Ann Marie and Jerry Bridges of Webster; and four grandchildren.
The funeral was held Oct. 3 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Amery with Fr. John Drummy and Deacon Bud Heiser officiating. Mark Meyer was vocalist.
Casketbearers were Vince Seidling, Darren and Larry Tolzman, Colin and Nic Peterson and Craig Lund.
Honorary casketbearers were Tom Tolzman, Rick and Tom Barr and Ed Flanum Jr.
Interment was in the Balsam Lake Cemetery.

Margaret Ann 'Peg' Tolzman, 52
Margaret Ann "Peg" Tolzman, 52, Amery, died Sept. 29, 1998, at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, Minn.
The daughter of Ernest Barr and Gladys Johnson Barr, she was born Oct. 11, 1945 in Hudson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Patrick's Church, Hudson.
She graduated from Hudson High School.
On Aug. 19, 1967 she married Donavon Tolzman. They had three children.
Mrs. Tolzman spent most of her life in Hudson but moved to Amery in July.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband: Donavon of Amery; her sons and daughters-in-law: Joe and Tammy Tolzman of Comstock and Ernie and Stephanie Tolzman of Roberts; her daughter: Amy Jo Tolzman of New Richmond; two brothers and sisters-in-law: Bernie and Corrine Barr of Danbury and Chuck and Audrey Barr of Webster; a sister and brother-in-law: Ann Marie and Jerry Bridges of Webster; and four grandchildren.
The funeral was held Oct. 3 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Amery with Fr. John Drummy and Deacon Bud Heiser officiating. Mark Meyer was vocalist.
Casketbearers were Vince Seidling, Darren and Larry Tolzman, Colin and Nic Peterson and Craig Lund.
Honorary casketbearers were Tom Tolzman, Rick and Tom Barr and Ed Flanum Jr.
Interment was in the Balsam Lake Cemetery.

Hope Joyce, 87
Hope Joyce, 87, of River Falls and formerly of Hammond, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
She was born Oct. 15, 1911, the daughter of Thomas P. and Barbara (Mark) Joyce at Osage, Iowa. She graduated from River Falls High School and from the River Falls State Teacher's College, now UW-River Falls. She taught in a rural school in St. Croix County and in Viroqua, Villa Park, Ill., and Oconto Falls. She taught 3rd grade in Cumberland many years before retiring in 1969.
She made her home at the Golf View Apartments in Hammond for 23 years before moving to the Kinnic Long Term Care facility in May of 1998.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Barbara; her sister, Ellen (Mrs. Mark) Kinney; and a nephew, Mark J. Kinney.
She is survived by her sister, Faith and Donald Conrad of River Falls; and by several nieces and nephews: Mary Ellen Coulson, Joyce Talsky, George Kinney, Paul Kinney, Thomas and Catherine Conrad.
Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Cashman Mortuary. The funeral was Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Bridget Catholic Church.
Burial was to be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Hammond.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Regena E. Zorn, 86
Regena E. Zorn, 86, of Brookfield and formerly of River Falls, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998, in Brookfield.
She was born March 3, 1912, the daughter of Eugene Sullivan and Mary (Morris) Sullivan.
Funeral was Sunday, Oct. 18, at St. Bridget Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerald Harris and the Rev. Bill Sullivan co-officiating.
Burial was in St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials are preferred to the St. Bridget Catholic Church.

Ione E. Christenson, 82
Ione E. Christenson, 82, of Ellsworth, died on Friday, Oct. 30, 1998, at her home.
She was born on Oct. 7, 1916, in the town of Ellsworth, the daughter of Axel and Alice (Larson) Christenson. She attended Freier School and started her freshman year at Ellsworth High School.
Due to her mother's illness, she left school to help out at home. She did housework for the Waller and Oscar Halls families before marrying Leland C. Christenson on Nov. 25, 1938. She helped her husband with the duties of treasurer for the town of Ellsworth for many years. After her husband died in 1988, Ione became the town treasurer.
She enjoyed sewing, needlework, baking and most of all, her family. She was a lifelong member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Beldenville, as well as being church organist for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Axel and Alice; her husband, Leland; four grandchildren; two brothers: Raymond and Irwin; and a son-in-law, Gaylen Leonard.
She is survived by three daughters: Kay and Lemoine Baker of Ellsworth, Joan and George Lantz of Ellsworth and Ann Leonard of Ellsworth; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-grandson; one brother, Marvin Christenson of Ellsworth; two sisters: Florence Kline of Ellsworth and Clara Henry of Hot Springs Village, Ariz.; many nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law, Cora Christenson and Florence Christenson, both of Ellsworth.
Funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, with the Rev. John Sutherland and Intern Pastor Karna Baseman-Stark officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials are preferred.

Henrietta M. Hansen, 73
Henrietta M. Hansen, 73, of Prescott, died Oct. 13, 1998.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Adolph and Henrietta Hanken; her husband, Vincent; her brothers: Ralph Hanken and Arvin Hanken; her grandchildren: John Kelly and Nicky Hansen.
She is survived by her children: Kathleen Kelly of Prescott, Ralph and Sandy Hansen of Prescott, Tom and Michele Hansen of Woodbury, Minn., Richard and Margy Hansen of Marshfield, Vincent and Johanna Hansen of Cottage Grove, Minn., Randy Hansen of Prescott, Shannon Hansen of Prescott; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her brothers: Raymond and Margaret Hanken of Prescott, and Bud and Joyce Hanken of Prescott; her sisters: Tillie Most of River Falls, and Mary Ann Bollman of Prescott.
Memorial services were Saturday, Oct. 17, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Prescott. Burial was in Pine Glen Cemetery in Prescott.
Memorials are preferred to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1048 Campbell St., Prescott, Wis., 54021.

Barbara Ritts, 47
Barbara Ritts, 47, creator and host of the popular River Falls area public access cooking show "Barb's Kitchen" died Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, at the River Falls Area Hospital following a 4-year battle with melanoma.
Ritts was a native of Boulder, Colo. She earned a bachelor's degree in art at UW-River Falls in 1974. She was an accomplished pianist and singer, taught art and music for several years after college in Kenosha, and performed as a singer with the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.
In 1995, Ritts produced "Barb's Kitchen," which became very popular in the River Falls and Hudson areas.
Several thousand people watched her show, which included guest appearances from local professors and chefs. She had a special recipe for meatloaf, which she called Magic Meatloaf, and it became a favorite recipe for many of her viewers.
She was a fun-loving person. She often did goofy things on her show, such as wearing goggles when cutting onions, and bringing a blow-torch on the set.
In addition to her husband Jim, Ritts is survived by a daughter, Alison of River Falls; her mother, Doris Pollock of River Falls; three sisters: Mary Jane Pollock and Nancy Pollock, both of River Falls, and Susan Pollock of St. Paul.
Funeral was Monday, Nov. 2, at Trinity Episcopal Church. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary provided arrangements.

Lynette M. Meyer, 32
Lynette Marie Meyer, 32, of Baldwin, and formerly of Roberts, died Friday, Nov. 6, 1998, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls, where she had resided for the past 2 weeks.
She was born Feb. 21, 1966, in St. Louis Park, Minn., the daughter of Steven Allen and Janice Irene (Stawicki) Meyer.
She lived in group homes in Wisconsin since she was 18 years old. Since April, 1988, she has lived in Baldwin. She loved playing with her beads and enjoyed swimming.
She is survived by her mother and step-father, Janice and Michael Hermerding of Roberts; her father and step-mother, Steven and Diana Meyer of Maple Grove, Minn.; her sister, Janica and Jeremy Cernohous of River Falls; her brother, Ross Meyer of Grand Rapids, Minn.; her grandparents: Marvin and Delores Hermerding of Duluth, Minn.; and two nieces: Stephanie and Trinity Cernohous.
Her body was cremated. Memorial services were held Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Murphy Funeral Home, Hudson, with the Rev. James Burd, pastor of the United Church of Christ Congregational Church, Roberts, officiating.
Betty Fyksen was organist. Visitation was one hour before the service.

Sheldon Siebold, 80
Sheldon Siebold, 80, formerly of Hammond, died Monday, Nov. 9, 1998, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, at Cashman Mortuary. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond.

Sharon P. Smith, 36
Sharon P. Smith, 36, of River Falls died Friday, Nov. 6, 1998, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
She was born Feb. 10, 1962, in Chicago Heights, Ill., the daughter of Martin and Margaret (Tegetmeyer) Piepenbrink. She graduated from high school in New Lisbon in 1980.
On July 14, 1984, she married Brian Smith in Hustler. They lived in various communities including Mauston, Rockford, Ill., Harvard, Ill., Sharon, St. Paul, Columbia Heights, Minn., and New Lisbon. For the past 4 years they lived in River Falls.
She was employed at The Lutheran Home: River Falls as a housekeeper. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband, Brian, of River Falls; two sons: Andrew and Jeremy at home; her father, Martin Piepenbrink of Camp Douglas; one brother, Victor and Rita Piepenbrink of Crete, Ill.; four sisters: Suzanne Piepenbrink of Camp Douglas, Theresa and John Kazort of Harvard, Ill., Joyce and Ed Mniszewski of Carmel, Ind., and Gail Severson of Mauston; six nephews and three nieces.
Funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Faith Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul Schmeling officiating. Beth Schmeling was the organist and Ruth Stern was the soloist.
Pallbearers were: Joe McCune, Pat Lawrence, Michael Kazort, Eric Pettis, Steven Pettis and Tom Trautt.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Glenn O. Nelson, 78
Glenn O. Nelson, 78, of Danbury died Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998, at Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minn.
He was born on March 24, 1920, in Beldenville, the son of Arthur and Nora Nelson. He married Mabel Mehrkens on June 27, 1942, at Grace Lutheran Church in Goodhue, Minn.
He and his family moved to River Falls in 1956, where he helped raise three children while working in the Twin Cities area. In 1978 he and his wife moved to Webster, where he retired.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Nora; two brothers: Harley and Clifford; one infant daughter, Charleen; one daughter, Marilyn; one grandson, Brian; and a son-in-law, Jerry.
He is survived by his wife, Mabel; his daughter, Karen Kielas; his son, Ronald and Linda Nelson; five grandchildren: Sandra, Stacy, Joshua, Timothy and Jeremy; four great-grandchildren: Lowein, Tyson, Winston and Serena; sisters: Arlene and Don Beale, Florence and Randolph Hanson, and Grace Nelson; a brother, Robert Nelson; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church with the Rev. William Montgomery officiating.
Pallbearers were nephews: Dale Olson, Brent Mehrkens, Mark Mehrkens, Corey Nelson, Alan Nelson and Chuck Nelson.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Joseph R. Dusek, 77
Joseph Roman Dusek, 77, of River Falls died Saturday, Nov. 7, 1998, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
He was born on Aug. 9, 1921, in River Falls, the son of Joseph and Mary (Andrle) Dusek. He attended Clifton Hollow School. He farmed in the Mann Valley area until 1974 and then worked for the River Falls School District. He retired in 1987.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary; his son, Dale; his brothers: Clarence, Leonard, Ganus and Edward; and his sister, Adeline Warnberg.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Grace (Langer); his sons: Roman and Marilyn of River Falls, Gerald and Onnalee of Arkansaw; Randy and Barb of River Falls, and Ron and Lisa of Houston; his grandchildren: Sean, Traci, Lori, Geri Marie, Kelly, Nathan, Christopher, Ashley, Aimee, Brett and Lexie; and his great-grandchildren: Josh, Katie, Danielle, Chas, Ali and Brian.
Funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 10, at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Burial was in St. Bridget Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Peter Zugschwert, Roger Curtis, Dean Langer, Tom Dusek, Greg Dusek and Dennis Dusek.
Cashman Mortuary provided arrangements.

Leanne Melvin, 78
Leanne Melvin, 78, of Baldwin died at the American Heritage Nursing Home in Hammond on Saturday, Nov. 7, 1998.
She was born in Kentucky on Feb. 13, 1920. She married Donald Melvin. He died in 1986.
She was a past member of the Assembly of God Church. She was active with Senior Statesman, was a transportation volunteer and was a member of the Council on Aging.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents; two sisters and two brothers.
She is survived by her daughters: Nona Marquart of Forest Lake, Minn., and Deanne Ashoff of Woodville; sons: Don Melvin and Terry Melvin, both of Baldwin; her sisters: Pearl Nicholson of River Falls, Mary Nagle of Lake Forest, Calif., Helen Bowen of River Falls, and Lorraine Scherick of Arizona; a brother, Max Kokott of Utah; a special friend, Mary Bond; five grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be Thursday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 p.m., at Cashman Mortuary. Visitation will be at Cashman Mortuary from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Don Melvin, Terry Melvin, Larry Marquart, Robert Shoff, Duane Smith and Robert Theese. Honorary pallbearers will be: Nathaniel Marquart, Justin Vandermeuse, Ron Theese and Anthony Marquart.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Hazel M. Beebe, 87
Hazel M. Beebe, 87, of River Falls, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
She was born July 14, 1911, on the family farm outside of Houlton, the daughter of Christian and Wilhemine (Strutz) Wanner. When she was 3 months old, the family moved to Almena. She graduated from Cumberland High School in 1929.
From 1929 to 1933, she attended Minneapolis Business School, Hamline University, and River Falls State Teachers College.
She married Nolan Beebe, the son of Clinton and Ethel Beebe, on Jan. 16, 1933, and lived in River Falls for the rest of her life. She worked several years as a sales clerk in Skogmos Clothing Store and the Ben Franklin Variety Store.
Following her retirement in 1985, she attended Senior Outreach Studies classes at the university, continued to support high school sports and music activities and was active in Ezekiel Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nolan, who died on Nov. 19, 1980; three brothers: William, Robert and Kenneth Wanner; and her parents, Christian and Wilhemine.
She is survived by two sons: Daniel and Barbara Beebe of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Wayne and Kathye Beebe of River Falls; one daughter, Marion Beebe of Tomah; one brother, Edgar and Irene Wanner of Almena; three grandchildren: Susan Beebe of Prior Lake, Minn., Sharyl Beebe of Jackson, Wyo., Holly and Jeff Pizzi of River Falls; and sisters-in-law Mrs. Robert Wanner and Mrs. Kenneth Wanner.
A memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 23, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary provided arrangements.

Gordon L. Nelson, 75
Gordon LaVerne Nelson, 75, of Maiden Rock, died in his apartment on Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998.
He was born in Maiden Rock on May 17, 1923, the son of George N. and Ellen (Olson) Nelson. He attended Plum Creek School. He farmed in the Maiden Rock and Plum City areas until 1972.
He was employed at the Farmers Union Elevator in Ellsworth from 1974-1984. He owned and operated the Nelson Watkins and Gift Shop in East Ellsworth from 1984-1986, then moved his business to Maiden Rock, where it was called the SeaWing Gift Shop, which he operated until his death.
He enjoyed hunting when he was younger. He enjoyed family gatherings and reading newspapers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ellen; two brothers, Clinton and Eldon; and one sister, Josephine Stockwell.
He is survived by his sister, Ruth and Doyne Anderson of River Falls; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Sunday, Nov. 22, at Swandby-Murphy Funeral Home in Maiden Rock, and one hour prior to the services at the United Methodist Church on Monday.
Memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 23, at the United Methodist Church in Maiden Rock with the Rev. Bernie Setterlund officiating. Organist was Luella Dettling, accompanied by congregational singing.
Interment was in the Maiden Rock Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Lyle Stockwell, Donald Stockwell, Calvin Stockwell, Daniel Anderson, David Anderson and Douglas Anderson.

Agnes Dodds, 84
Agnes Dodds, 84, of Rochester, Minn., and formerly of Hudson and River Falls, died at the Bear Creek Care Center in Rochester on Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998.
She was born on June 2, 1914, in Tony, the daughter of Lewis and Nellie (Havorka) Vanderlinden. She went to elementary and high school.
She married Grover Dodds on June 12, 1932. They lived in Minneapolis. In 1959 they moved to River Falls.
In 1982 they moved to Hudson and in 1992 she moved Rochester, where she was living at the time of her death.
She was a homemaker all of her life. She volunteered for the American Legion and was recognized for her work. She was presented an award on Veteran's Day earlier this month.
She loved playing the organ, traveling and boating on the St. Croix River.
She loved her family and made many friends with her cheerful smile and joyous personality. She will be missed by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover; and two brothers.
She is survived by her daughter, Darlene and Austin Jorgenson of Rochester; her son, David and Doris Dodds of Payneville, Minn.; her brothers: Lewis and Marie Vanderlinden of San Diego, Thomas and Jean Vanderlinden of Harbor, Ore., and Richard and Nancy Vanderlinden of Portland, Ore.; sister-in-law, Adeline Vanderlinden of Antiock, Calif.; 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Monday, Nov. 23, at O'Connell Family Funeral Home, Hudson. Special services were provided by her grandson, Scott Jorgenson, vocalist daughter-in-law Doris Dodds, and organist Cheryl Forester.
Burial was in Mann Valley Cemetery.
Memorials are preferred.

Ethel E. Herum, 94
Ethel Elizabeth (Corcoran) Herum, 94, of River Falls, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1998, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls, where she had been a resident since July of 1997.
She was born Nov. 1, 1904, in River Falls, the daughter of William Patrick and Anna Bell (Carruthers) Corcoran. She began her education at the Glass Valley rural school and finished her 8th grade education at the Gertrude rural school. After graduation she was hired by various neighbors as a housekeeper.
She married Clarence Devine Herum on Oct. 15, 1925, in Sioux City, Iowa. She and Clarence had six boys.
Clarence and Ethel moved to his parents' 80-acre farm in the town of Martell where they raised their family. She started working at Smead Manufacturing in 1947 and continued for a little more than 20 years.
They sold the farm and moved into River Falls in the fall of 1957. She lived there until 1987 when she moved into the new Moundview Apartments, now WelLHaven senior apartments. She then moved into The Lutheran Home in July of 1997.
She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Anna; her husband, Clarence, in 1963; two brothers: Charles and Wayne; three sisters: Jessie Griffey, Anna Lansing, and Edra Rouna; a son, Clayton, in 1984; and Clayton's wife, Mary Ann, in 1988.
She is survived by five sons: Merle and Pauline of rural River Falls, Vernon and Carole of Hendersonville, N.C., David and Delores of River Falls, Gary and Barbara of Dubuque, Iowa, and Eldon and Joan of River Falls; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home.
Funeral was Friday, Nov. 20, at First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, with the Rev. Paul Martin officiating. Audrey Gilbertson was organist and Ed Holdorf was soloist.
Pallbearers were: Robert Herum, James Herum, Joel Herum, Timothy Herum, Michael Herum and Jeffrey Herum.
Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

George Ammann, 45
George Ammann, 45, of St. Paul died Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998, at United Hospital in St. Paul.
He was born Jan. 30, 1953, in Hudson. He attended grade school at St. Bridget Parish School. He graduated from high school at St. John's Prep of St. Cloud, Minn. He later attended technical college to become a master chef. He worked at various country clubs and enjoyed skiing, fishing, golfing and spending days with his son, Tedd.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen; his father, Anthony; and his brother, Timothy.
He is survived by his son, Tedd, of Woodbury, Minn.; his brothers and sisters: Janice Culbreth, Tony and Dora Ammann, Rita and Maynard Swanson, James Ammann, Frank and Pat Ammann, Susan Ammann, Mary Odman, John Ammann, Helen Amman, Antoinette Johnson, Duane and Kim Ammann, Robert Ammann, and Ted Ammann; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral was Monday, Nov. 23, at St. Bridget Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerald Harris officiating. Burial was in St. Bridget's Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

LaVerne Auchampach, 87
LaVerne Auchampach, 87, of River Falls, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1998, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
He was born in Wisconsin, the son of Leonard and Alia Best. He married Alma Moe in 1934.
For many years he worked at a lumber yard.
Visitation was at the Cashman Mortuary.
Funeral was Friday, Nov. 20, also at the mortuary, with the Rev. Carol Heckman officiating.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Delite H. L. Baker, 86
Delite Helen Leona (Peterman) Baker, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1998.
Born Nov. 21, 1911, in Foley, Minn., she was the daughter of Otto Wilhelm Peterman and Leona (Schwandt) Peterman. She had two brothers: William Frederick and Fredrick Otto Peterman. She was known to her friends as "Petie."
She graduated from Foley High School in 1929 and received her degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota in March of 1933. She went on to become a registered nurse in August of 1933. She served her internship at General Hospital in Minneapolis and her residency at St. Croixdale in Prescott, where she was a nurse for 7 years.
She married Leo William Baker at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Nov. 12, 1940, a marriage that lasted 45 years. They had six children: James, Joseph, Robert, Richard, Mary and William.
Shortly after their marriage they moved to Blythe, Calif., in 1940, so Leo could work at the telephone company and the U.S. Army's Desert Training Center (DTC).
Delite worked at Riverside Hospital in Blythe until the birth of her first child. From 1944-45 they also ran a gas station, Baker's Oil Company, where Delite helped out by pumping gas and washing cars.
In 1945 they moved to Mayville, N.D., as Leo was offered a job in the telephone company there. In 1947 they moved back to Prescott for the remainder of their lives.
Leo purchased the St. Croix Boat Works in 1949 and Delite was the bookkeeper until 1956, when the Boat Works was sold. Leo started his own business, Baker Construction Company, in 1962, where Delite prepared the payroll and billing until Leo retired in 1974.
Delite did seasonal work at Jacque's Seed Company before becoming the nurse/receptionist at Dr. Howard Laney's office from 1960-1978.
The couple rented a house on Young Street until December of 1950 when they bought a house on the corner of Gibbs and Cherry streets, where they lived until August of 1964, when they moved into their new home on Linn Street, built by Leo and their sons.
Delite was a Cub Scout den leader for Troop #133 from 1953-55. She was also involved with Girl Scouts as a leader for Troop #100 from 1955-61. She was an active member of the PTA for many years. She was also a member of the TOPS and KOPS organization for over 20 years, during which time she held various positions of leader, co-leader and secretary.
She enjoyed many crafts throughout her life: candle-making, cake decorating, knitting and beadwork, making sure that each new addition to her extended family received one of her beadwork bells, complete with a name plaque. She gave many of her handmade candles to her large number of friends with whom she shared enduring friendships.
She was a member of the Congregational Church of Christ in Prescott and was a member of the Rebecca group.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo; her parents, Otto and Leona; and her brothers.
She is survived by her children: James and Joan of Prescott, Joseph and Inez of San Diego, Robert and Kathleen of Prescott, Richard and Sheri of Sycamore, Ill., Mary and David Thoen of River Falls, and William and Virginia of Prescott; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends.
Visitation was Friday, Nov. 13, at Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Prescott.
Services were Saturday, Nov. 14, at Prescott United Church of Christ.


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