Miscellaneous Pierce County, Wisconsin Obituaries


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Paul C. Burch, 52
St. Croix County Sheriff Paul Corwin Burch, 52, of Somerset, died suddenly at his home on Friday, Nov. 13, 1998, of an apparent heart attack.
He was born on Oct. 10, 1946, in the town of Sheridan in Dunn County, the son of Julian and Irene (Bydg) Burch. He attended grade school in Hawthorne, Calif., and Orono, Minn.
He graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1964. Following high school, he attended Eau Claire Technical College.
On Jan. 6, 1968, he married Connie Elaine Radunzel at the First Reformed Church in Baldwin. They had two children.
Shortly after his marriage, Paul was hired by the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department as a county deputy in March of 1968. He then went to the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy where he became fully certified in law enforcement.
During his career, he was promoted to investigator and was serving as sheriff at the time of his death. He was initially elected sheriff in 1994 and was recently elected to his 3rd term.
He had many accomplishments and achievements while working in law enforcement. He was the Police Officer of the Year in Wisconsin in 1984. He specialized in child abuse and sexual assault cases. He was a past-president of the Tri County Law Enforcement Association.
He was an influential member of the St. Croix County Drug Task Force and the Northeast Metro Drug Task Force. He also served on an Asian Gang Task Force.
He was a negotiator for the St. Croix County Emergency Response Unit. He also started the Counter Act Drug Awareness program and was a national instructor. He was a member of the Wisconsin's Sheriff's and Deputy Sheriff's Association and the Badger State Sheriff's Association. He was also on the advisory team for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) law enforcement curriculum.
He enjoyed attending auctions, as well as buying and collecting antiques. He enjoyed watching high school sports, especially wrestling and football. He was an avid Somerset Spartan supporter.
He loved the outdoors. He liked to go bear hunting and served on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Bear Hunter's Association. He raised dogs, which he took with him while hunting bear, and recently purchased a home on Bone Lake, where he spent time with his family and friends.
He served on the board of directors for the St. Croix County United Way Fund Drive. He was also a past member of the Somerset Fire Department.
He loved his family and was looked up to by them and others as a hero.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Richard, in 1993.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Connie; his daughters: Amy of Somerset and Marcy of Woodbury, Minn.; his parents: Julian and Irene of Hammond; his brother, David and Bonnie of Amery; his sister, Becky and David Fowler of New Richmond; his nieces and nephews: Joshua, Todd, Jamie, Ryan, Amy Lou, and Richard, Jr.; his in-laws: Glenn and Elaine Radunzel of Baldwin; his brothers-in-law: Roger and Cheri Radunzel of River Falls, Kent and Jeri Radunzel of Baldwin, Richard and Shauna Radunzel of Janesville, Jeffrey Radunzel of Federal Way, Wash.; sisters-in-law: Cathy Burch of Minong, Pam and Gordon Pribnow of Hammond, Lori and Paul Severson of Zumbrota, Minn.; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 17, at St. Anne's Church in Somerset, with the Rev. Donald Lindner of Christ Lutheran Church in Somerset. Organists Sharon Neuenfeldt and Janelle Sutherland accompanied Jerry and Jeanne Germain.
Interment was to be in Chimney Rock Cemetery in Connersville, near Boyceville. Visitation was Monday at the Somerset Middle School.
Memorials are preferred and the family will be using the funds to establish a scholarship fund.

James S. Boles, 67
James Stewart Boles, 67, died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, of complications resulting from congestive heart failure.
He was born Sept. 1, 1931, in River Falls, the son of Robert and Marie Boles. He graduated from River Falls High School and attended Westminster Choir College, obtaining a bachelor's degree in music in 1956.
A year later he became minister of music for John Knox Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Okla., overseeing some 10 choirs and producing visual and performing arts programs within that church. In 1968 he left full-time church music to work for American Airlines.
He continued his choral music vocation part-time from 1975-1981 as music director for College Hill Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. In 1975 he transferred his membership to that church and was elected an elder in 1976. During the early 1970s, he also directed and acted in musicals for Theatre Tulsa.
He married Suzanne Crawford Holcombe in September of 1971. In 1981 they moved abroad to work for the Arabian-American Oil Company. They returned to Grove, Okla., in 1992 where he organized the Grand Lake Arts & Humanities Council and began teaching voice and piano. He and Suzanne initiated the Playmakers and Jim reorganized the Community Chorale.
A memorial concert was held in his memory on Sunday, Nov. 15 at the First United Methodist Church in Grove.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; his daughter, Karen and Scott Knowles and their children, Matthew and Calvin and her mother, Carolyn McCright; and his uncle and aunts: Dean and Mamie Boles of Bloomington, Minn., Helen McKay of Carlsbad, N.M., and Mildred Cain of Niles, Mich.
Memorials may be made to the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 450236, Grove, Okla., 74345.

Lois J. Forehand, 70
Lois Jean Forehand, 70, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998, at United Hospital in St. Paul.
She was a native of River Falls and was born Nov. 24, 1927, to Richard and Rose Ward.
She enjoyed her childhood growing up on the family farm where she lived until graduating from the State Teacher's College in 1949 with a bachelor of science degree in English, French and Library Methods.
After graduation she set out to fulfill her lifelong dream of teaching and reaching out to others. She taught many years in New Richmond, Ellsworth, River Falls and Prescott.
On June 16, 1951, she married Roy Forehand, Jr.
She enjoyed baking, knitting, music and most of all, the time she spent with family and friends.
She was an active member of the Christian Book Club, Home Culture Club and many ladies bridge groups.
She was a lifelong member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ as well as being the church organist for many years in River Falls.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Rose Ward; and an infant brother.
She is survived by her husband, Roy; two daughters: Julie and Keith Hansen of River Falls and Jane and William Schaub of Lakeland, Minn.; and five children: Lindsay and Marissa Hansen and Justin, Alicia and Karina Schaub.
Funeral was Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ with the Rev. Delbert Permann and the Rev. Beth Faeth officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Dolores Marcott, 78
Dolores Marcott, 78, of Wilson died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home, Elmwood.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, with the Rev. Martin Wegner officiating.
Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Spring Valley.
Friends may call Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 5-8 p.m., at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley.

Marie E. Jacques, 80
Marie Elizabeth Jacques, 80, the eldest daughter of William and Elizabeth Jacques of Prescott, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1998, in Livermore, Calif.
She was born Aug. 12, 1918, in Neillsville. She was raised in Prescott. She was a detasseling foreman, a teacher, a traveler and a great mother. She loved the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers.
She graduated from Prescott High School as the valedictorian and UW-Madison.
She is the sister of William, Jr., Jean, Patricia, George and Charles Jacques. She is the mother of Mike, Patricia and Teresa. She is the grandmother of Luca, Rae Marie and Cole.
A memorial celebration will be held at the Steamboat Inn, Prescott, from 4:30-7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, hosted by her children and family members. Family, friends and former students are welcome to attend.

Charlotte Karastes, 96
Charlotte Karastes, 96, of Woodville, died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998, at Park View home in Woodville.
Funeral was Monday, Nov. 16, at Zion Lutheran Church, Woodville, with the Rev. Ralph Thompson and the Rev. Carmen Peterson officiating. Burial will be in the Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Woodville.

Ethel E. Herum, 94
Ethel E. Herum, 94, of River Falls, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1998, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
Services are pending at the Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home, River Falls. A complete obituary will appear in next week's Journal.

Hazel Nelson, 86
Hazel Nelson, 86, a long-time resident of the town of Kinnickinnic, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1998, at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond. She was admitted to the care center on Nov. 8.
She was born Dec. 28, 1912, in St. Croix County, the daughter of Edward and Minerva (Phernetton) Jackman. She attended grade school and graduated from River Falls High School.
On April 2, 1934, she married Stanley C. Nelson and they lived in the town of Kinnickinnic for the majority of their marriage. Although they had no children of their own, they looked on their nieces and nephews as their children, opening their home to them and offering them permanent residence there from time to time.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Minerva; an infant great-niece; and her husband, Stanley, who died in 1997.
She is survived by her sisters: Ruth Lulloff of Chippewa Falls and Eleanor and Floyd Blanchette of Danbury; her brother, Harold Jackman of River Falls; her nieces and nephews: John and Candy Bettendorf of River Falls, Steven Blanchette of Danbury, Pam and Steve Clemens of Danbury, Peggy and Rich Felipe of Woodbury, Minn., Lin and Sandy Blanchette of St. Paul, Jim and Joyce Jackman of River Falls, Julie and Richard Monson of Superior, John and Tammy Jackman of Stacy, Minn., Bonnie and Ronald Moe of Baldwin, Joan and Vern Kleinschmidt of Almena, and Robert and Sandra Lulloff of Chippewa Falls; 24 great-nieces and nephews; and eight great-great-nieces and nephews.
Memorial service was Saturday, Nov. 14, at Luther Memorial Church. Burial was in the Kinnickinnic Cemetery.
Memorials are preferred.

Thorild H. Nelson, 43
Thorild (Torri) Harriet Nelson, 43, of River Falls died at her home on Saturday evening, Nov. 14, 1998.
She was born Aug. 23, 1955, in Stockholm, Sweden, the daughter of Paul and Siv (Jungenstam) Wigsten. She was raised in Landsort Pilot Station, where she went to elementary school and then moved to Sodertalje in 1968 and received her advanced degree in nursing as a registered nurse.
She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Sweden. She was a lieutenant in the Swedish Army Hospital Corp. She served twice in the Gulf War as a nurse and spent 6 years in Rhodesia.
She moved to America and came to River Falls on Sept. 28, 1994. She married James Nelson on Dec. 5, 1994, in Stillwater, Minn.
She is survived by her husband, James, of River Falls; her son, Joel Goranson of Stockholm, Sweden; her parents: Paul Wigsten and Siv Pettersson, both of Sweden; her brothers: John and Britt-Marie Wigsten and Nils and Christina Wigsten, both of Stockholm; three sisters: Solvig and Bo Liljegren, Ingrid Andersson and Asa Wigsten, all of Stockholm; step-sons: James and Jackie Nelson, II, of Stillwater, Minn., and Nathan Nelson of River Falls; two step-daughters: Jennifer and Jeff Ackerman of Burnsville, Minn., and Kristen and Gaylen Paulson of Chicago; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, George J. and Elsie Nelson of River Falls; her brother-in-law, Robert and Penny Nelson of Ellsworth; three sisters-in-law: Jane and Jerry Schmidt of Ellsworth, Ann Dusek of River Falls and Ruth and Dave McWain of Cottage Grove, Minn.
Visitation was Monday, Nov. 16, at Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home and one hour before services on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church. The Rev. Tinka Bloedow officiated and served as the vocal soloist. The organist was Carol Prince.
Interment was in the Bethlehem Cemetery in the town of Trenton.
Pallbearers were: Joel Goranson, James Nelson, II, Nathan Nelson, Gaylen Paulson, Kristen Paulson, Jennifer Ackerman and Jeff Ackerman.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home provided arrangements.

Rodney J. Olson, Jr., 27
Rodney J. Olson, Jr., (Jason), 27, formerly of Prescott, was killed Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998, in a hunting accident near Durand. He has lived in Altoona for the past 5 years.
He was born Aug. 16, 1971, in LaCrosse, to Rodney J. and LaVonne L. Olson of Somerset. He attended River Falls High School. Krumenauer Builders of Eau Claire employed him as a carpenter. He was very active in hunting, fishing, and sports _ especially softball, where he played on three teams in Eau Claire.
He is survived by one brother, Shawn M. Olson, of Somerset; his fianc‚e, Teresa J. Richardson of Altoona; his grandparents: Norman and Betty Olson of Trempealeau, Henry Cordes of LaCresent, Minn., and Lorene Cordes of Hokah, Minn.; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home in Prescott.

Donald C. Pechacek, 77
Donald C. Pechacek, 77, of Ellsworth died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998, at his home with his family.
He was born on Oct. 8, 1921, in the town of Trimbelle, the son of Carl and Lenora (Teusaw) Pechacek.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, during World War II. He was assigned to the 28th Division Company G of the 109th Infantry. In 1944 he transferred to the Second Ranger Battalion, Company F of Rudders Rangers.
He was a participant in many major campaigns while with the rangers, most notably the scaling of the cliffs of Pointe de Hoc, and the liberation of Grand Camp. He was awarded a Purple Heart for a wound he received during the taking of Castle Hill in the town of Birdenstein, at the edge of the Battle of the Bulge.
He was recently awarded the Rangers Order of St. Maurice, which is granted to those who have exemplified bravery, gallantry, a high standard of morals and integrity in serving their country. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945, and then returned to Ellsworth.
It was during his training in Wales that he met his future wife, Elizabeth "Peg" Kinsella. They were married July 17, 1947, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. She died on July 18 of this year.
He farmed and worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural letter carrier for 25 years.
He will be remembered for his beautiful gardens and delicious sweet corn. He was a member of Kinne-Engelhart American Legion Post #204, Ellsworth, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus and an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lenora; and his wife, Peg.
He is survived by his eight children: Colleen Baker of Minneapolis, Rita L. and Jack Cudd of River Falls, Tracy Lee Pechacek of Maplewood, Minn., Donna A. Pechacek and Randy Witthus of Hudson, Donald Pechacek, Jr. and Lisa Radkey of River Falls, Maureen Pechacek and Maynard Howe of San Diego, Timothy Pechacek of Ellsworth and Angela and Len McMorrow of Robbinsdale, Minn.; grandchildren: Tessa, Tina, Brady, Jerod, Molly, Collin, Jacob, Logan, Kindra, Zachary, Connor, Quinn and Kara and Steve Simmons; two great-grandchildren: Sierra and Anna Marie Simmons; two brothers and two sisters: Gerald P. and Marie Pechacek of Ellsworth, Carl and Donna Pechacek of Ellsworth, Dorothy and Marvin Ottman of Ellsworth and Evelyn Bonte of New Richmond.
Funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 17, at St. Francis Catholic Church with the Rev. Justin Kane officiating.
Donald and Peg's cremated remains will be interred together at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, at 11 a.m., Thursday.

Sheldon O. Siebold, 80
Sheldon O. Siebold, 80, of River Falls and formerly of Hammond, died at The Lutheran Home: River Falls on Monday, Nov. 9, 1998.
He was born in Cottage Grove, Minn., on Dec. 23, 1917, the son of Edwin and Goldie (Cran) Siebold. He graduated from River Falls High School.
He married Dolores R. Frisk on June 12, 1941, at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He served in the U.S. Army for 8 years and was stationed in Europe during World War II. He was discharged from the Army as a First Sergeant.
During their 57 years of marriage, Sheldon and Dolores raised a family of six children. Sheldon owned a restaurant, was a dairy farmer for 18 years, was the Hammond Golf Course manager for several years, and owned and operated Siebold Realty in Hammond until his retirement in 1985.
Sheldon was also on the St. Croix Central School Board and was a member of the Board of Realtors, Hammond Lion's Club as a charter member, American Legion for 50 years and the Trinity Lutheran Church and Trinity Church Council.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Goldie; and one brother, Merritt.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores, of River Falls; his children: Wayne and Kay of Sarasota, Fla., Gary of River Falls, Bruce and Terry of Menomonie, Darryl of Stillwater, Minn., Brad and Janet of Andover, Minn., and Gwynne Jenson of Luck; 11 grandchildren; a brother, Claude Siebold of Prior Lake, Minn.; his sisters: Fern Taylor of Selah, Wash., and Viona Krager of Hudson; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Friday, Nov. 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond, with the Rev. Tanya Rist officiating. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary provided arrangements.

Wayne I. Stewart, 87
Wayne Irvin Stewart, 87, of River Falls died Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998.
He was born Jan. 16, 1911, in River Falls, the son of Irvin and Matilda (Wolf) Stewart. He married Delores Halverson on Sept. 16, 1935.
He was a Main Street businessman in River Falls from 1936-1966, owning and operating Stewart's Tire and Battery Service. His interests included boating, bow hunting and piloting small airplanes.
After retirement, Wayne and Delores spent winters in Orlando, Fla., and summers at their cabin in Minong.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Irvin and Matilda; his brother, Marshall; and his sisters, Irene and Genevieve.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Delores; his son, Charles; a nephew, Jim Stewart; a niece, Vonnie Hoel; and a sister-in-law, Peg Stewart.
Funeral was Saturday, Nov. 14, at Cashman Mortuary. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Dave Knott, Roland Baker, Jim Stewart, Harold Halverson, Howard Halverson and Danny Simonson.
Honorary pallbearer was Harry Knott.
Memorials are preferred. They can be mailed to the Heartland Home Care Network, P.O. Box 487, Hammond, Wis., 54015, or the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children.

Evelyn Barlow, 76
Evelyn "Evie" Barlow, 76, of Roberts died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, at Region's Hospital in St. Paul of complications following surgery.
She was born July 17, 1922, in Dundee, Minn., the daughter of Lloyd and Lillian (Courtright) Van Norman. She was raised and attended school in Dundee.
She lived and worked in St. Paul for many years. While there, she worked as a nursing attendant, caring for the health and personal needs of her patients. She also worked for Armour's meat processing plant in So. St. Paul.
She married Stanley Johnson and together they raised four children. They later divorced.
In 1967 she moved to Roberts when she bought a bar on Main Street. She operated the business for many years and was well known in the Roberts community. She sold the bar in 1980. Currently "Evie's Bar" is called L&M's. Upon her retirement, she was able to do some traveling and especially enjoyed time at her son Gary's cabin in northern Minnesota. She also bartended part-time until a few years ago.
She was active in the local darts league and was an excellent darts player and pool player. She frequently traveled to New Richmond, Baldwin, River Falls and Hudson to play, and as a result, developed many friendships in those communities. She also enjoyed fishing, especially at Elm Island Lake, and visiting the casinos and trying her hand at Black Jack.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Lillian; her brothers: Melvin and Eugene Van Norman; her sister, Helen Barnes; and her grandson, John A. Johnson.
She is survived by her sons: Gary L. and Hazel Johnson of St. Paul, Dennis M. and Diane Johnson of Cottage Grove, Minn.; her daughters: Judith A. and Clarence Shaw of St. Paul and Mary Lou and Terry Frederick of Roberts; her sisters: Pearl Hagen of Mankato, Minn., Ione Peterson of Sauk Center, Minn.; and her grandchildren: Kelly Jo and Nathan Hetrick, John R. Frederick, Joseph N. Frederick, Tom and Denise Johnson, David Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Tina Johnson, Mark Johnson, and Lisa Johnson; great-grandchildren: Justin Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Nicole Johnson, Brandy Johnson, Latishann M. Johnson, DeQuay A. Johnson, Destany M. Johnson-Yarborough and DaJoun M. Johnson-Yarborough.
Funeral was Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Roberts United Congregational Church of Christ in Roberts, with the Rev. James Burd officiating. Mary Fern accompanied on the organ with congregational singing.
Pallbearers were: Terry Dull, Todd Dull, Michael Kamm, Walt Johnson, Kyle Kempf, and Trevor Kempf. Honorary pallbearers were: Dick Colbeth, Emmett Polen, Kevin Kempf, Don Gillis, Leon Stork and Charlie Grupe.
Memorials are preferred.

Marie F. Ickler, 84
Marie Frances Ickler, 84, of Hammond, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul as a result of injuries received from an automobile accident that same day at the intersection of Hwy. 12 and Hwy. 63, north of Baldwin.
She was born on Feb. 15, 1914, in St. Paul, the daughter of Joseph and Wilamenia (Flaspeter) Brandeman.
She attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School in E. St. Paul. She was baptized, received her First Communion and was confirmed at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
She married Leonard Ickler on March 10, 1935, at the rectory of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in St. Paul. They farmed in Woodbury, Minn., until 1957, and from 1957-1987, they farmed in Roberts. Since 1988 they lived in the American Heritage Apartments in Hammond, where Marie had a garden.
When Marie was farming she raised chickens and sold the eggs in St. Paul. In later life she enjoyed socializing and feeding the birds at her apartment, traveling, collecting cookbooks, embroidering and dancing.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Joseph Brandeman; two grandchildren, Michelle Cernohous and Sharyl Ptacek.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard; two daughters: Delores and Herman Heinbuch of Hammond, and Carol and Paul Cernohous of Spooner; a son: Robert and Barbara Ickler of Roberts; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond with the Rev. Charles Murphy officiating. Mary Cody was organist and the St. Mary's Choir sang.
Renee Heinbuch was lector. Gift bearers were Megan and Jenna Heinbuch.
Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Pallbearers were her great-grandsons: Jason Heinbuch, Mitch Ptacek, Billy Volkert, Nate Ptacek, Andy Heinbuch and Danny Volkert.

LeRoy Sampson, 88
LeRoy "Sam" Sampson, 88, of River Falls died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, at the Kinnic Long Term Care center.
He was born May 22, 1910, in Minneapolis, the son of Samson and Margaret (Johnson) Sampson. He farmed and ran the LaCrescent Motel in LaCrescent, Minn. He also worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation until his retirement in July of 1975.
He was Past Master of Morning Star Masonic Lodge #29 F. & A.M. in LaCrescent and Past Worthy Patron of Evening Star Chapter #71, Order of the Eastern Star, also in LaCrescent.
He married Ann Dravis Brewer on May 2, 1950.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
He is survived by his wife, Ann, of River Falls; one daughter, Carel and Nelson Hoskins of Ottumwa, Iowa; three grandchildren: Laurie Hoskins, Randall Hoskins and Michelle Londrigan; and four great-grandchildren.
A Masonic memorial service was held Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home in Prescott. Interment of cremated remains was to be in Pine Glen Cemetery, Prescott.
Memorials are preferred to Heartland Home Care Network, Woodville, or Pine Glen Cemetery, Prescott.

Josephine B. Webster, 82
Josephine B. "Jo" Webster, 82, died Friday, Dec. 25, 1998, at the Columbus Health and Rehab Center, Columbus, Ind.
She was born Oct. 24, 1916, in Beardstown, Ill., the daughter of Charles Dann and Mary Barker. She graduated from high school in Beardstown. She was a nurse through the late 1940s, and then went into private nursing services. She attended IUPUI in New Albany and received a 4-year nursing degree in 1966. She worked in Columbus Regional Hospital while obtaining her RN degree.
She worked at Schnick Memorial Hospital in Seymour where she retired. She later worked for the North Vernon Extended Care Nursing Home.
She married Robert P. Webster on April 17, 1938, in Beardstown. He died in May of 1991.
She attended the First Baptist Church of North Vernon. She was a member and past matron of the North Vernon Eastern Star. She was also a member of the Rolling Hills Shrine ladies auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; and two brothers: Forest Dann and Charles Dann, Jr.
She is survived by a son, Charles C. Webster of Roberts; her grandchildren: James Webster and Robert Webster of North Vernon, Ind., Daniel Webster of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jeanna Marsh of Mobile, Ala.; a sister, Ruth Newbern of Beardstown; six great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Webster of Beardstown.
Funeral was Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Pickett Funeral Home, North Vernon, Ind. Connie Barr officiated.
Burial was in Vernon, Ind.
Memorials can be made to the New Bethel United Methodist Church Mission Fund.

Ethel I. McKahan, 90
Ethel Izora McKahan, 90, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998.
She was born to Fanny and George Dumond on April 22, 1908, in Ellsworth. She was baptized in 1908 and confirmed at Ezekiel Lutheran Church on Aug. 15, 1937.
Her step-mother was Jessie Dumond. Her brothers and sisters were Chester Dumond, Grace Heacox, Vivian Bratlie, Ermyne Collamore, Eunice Stehlow, Leo Collamore, Joyce Olson and Norval Dumond.
In 1925 she married Selmer Peterson. They had three children: Geniveve (Maurice) Reazin, Loretta (George) Most and David (Joanne) Peterson.
In 1964 she married George McKahan and the families of Ray (Betty), Bob (Joyce), and Melvin (Virginia) McKahan, and Donna (Jim) Killian, Doris Spear and Mary (Wayne) Olson joined her family.
She was a member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her children: Loretta and David; her step-children: Mary, Doris and Donna; her brother, Norval; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Monday, Dec. 14, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church with the Rev. William Montgomery officiating.
She was to be buried in the Hartland Presbyterian Cemetery, south of Ellsworth.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Gary L. Halverson, 50
Gary Lee Halverson, 50, died in his sleep on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, of heart failure.
He was born in St. Peter, Minn., on Oct. 20, 1948. He completed high school in Emerado, N.D.
He attended UW-River Falls and later graduated from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in New Richmond.
He served in the Strategic Air Command of the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict. He later served with the Wisconsin Army Guard.
He was employed by the S.B. Foote Company of Red Wing, Minn. He was an avid motorcyclist and enjoyed cross country rides.
His favorite pastime was bow hunting. He was a past member of Masonic Lodge #109. He was a current member of the Vietnam Veteran's Association, American Legion Post #121, and 40 et. 8 Voiture #904.
He lived with his parents on a farm in rural River Falls and assisted his father in the farm operation.
He is survived by his parents, Adolph J. and Marilyn Halverson; two brothers: Kurt and Kim; a sister, Adria Alamami; two sons: Chip Halverson of River Falls and Kevin Floyd of Milwaukee; and a daughter, Jamie Halverson of Fredric.
Visitation was Friday, Dec. 11, at Cashman Mortuary.
Funeral was Saturday, Dec. 12, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church with the Rev. William Montgomery officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Chip Halverson, Dave Halverson, Kevin Floyd, Kim Halverson, Mike Halverson and Royce Baar.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

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