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LuVerne J. Burke, 67
LuVerne John Burke, 67, of Baldwin and a former St. Croix County Sheriff and St. Croix County Board Supervisor, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999.
He was born March 25, 1931, in the town of Little Falls near Amery, the son of Chester and Viola (Emerson) Burke. He attended elementary school in Amery and graduated from Amery High School in 1949.
Following high school, he joined the U.S. Marines. He then began an apprenticeship in mortuary science to become a funeral director as his father had done. The Korean Conflict recalled him to the Marines in the early 1950s.
He was honorably discharged from the Marines and was employed at the Arsenal in New Brighton, Minn., where he met his first wife, Jodi Fjerstad. They were married in November of 1952 in Forest Lake, Minn., and made their home in Amery. She died on April 24, 1990.
In June of 1953, he joined the Hudson Police Department. On Sept. 6, 1956, he joined the St. Croix County Traffic Patrol where he attained the position of captain in 1961. He was selected as chief of police in Amery for 2 years following his service with St. Croix County.
Following this term, he accepted a position in sales for Kanis Ford in Baldwin. In 1978, he developed the Emergency Communications Department where he served as chief dispatcher. In 1981, he ran for position of St. Croix County Sheriff and was elected to two terms ending with his retirement in 1987.
He was also elected to serve as a St. Croix County Board Supervisor from 1994-96.
On Oct. 31, 1998, he married Jean Vandeberg in Balsam Lake. They lived in Baldwin.
He enjoyed spending time with his friends. He loved to golf, enjoyed fishing and especially traveling. He was a member of the American Legion Cave Dahl Post #240, Collins Masonic Lodge and the St. Croix Valley Shrine Club.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jodi; his sister, Betty; and his parents, Chester and Viola.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Baldwin; his sister, Mary and Pat Crawley of Hudson; his brother, Dave and Barb Burke of Danbury; step-daughters: Linda and Loren Rochester of Sun Prairie and their children Jessie, Tony and Laura, Mary and Larry Haugen of Duluth, Minn., and their children Grant, Curt and Laura and Ardy Marzhari; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 30, at the First United Presbyterian Church in Baldwin with the Rev. Matthew Glascow and the Rev. Ronald Stanley officiating.
The American flag was presented by the American Legion Post of Baldwin. Jan Hanson was the organist, accompanied by soloist Mark Willink.
Private burial will be in the Willow River Cemetery in Hudson.
Memorials are preferred.

Donald A. Nitz, 67
Donald A. Nitz, 67, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999, in Fairfield, Iowa.
He was born Jan. 19, 1932, in Bozeman, Mont.
Nitz joined the music department at UW-River Falls in 1964, retired in 1995, and was subsequently granted emeritus status by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.
Prior to teaching at UW-RF, he spent 5 years teaching music to middle and high school students in Idaho and Montana. He also taught at Northern Montana College and Boston University.
At UW-RF he taught numerous courses in the music department, including introduction to music, music in American culture, composing, woodwind ensemble, honors courses and double reed. He was an accomplished bassoonist, as well as pianist and harpsichordist. He also conducted the university band and orchestra.
Nitz believed strongly in bringing music to people outside the campus borders. He was a regular leader of excursions to opera and orchestral performances at the Ordway Theater and Minnesota Orchestra.
Early at UW-RF, he was engaged as a conductor with the St. Croix Orchestra, and he was guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for orchestras and competitions across Wisconsin.
At his retirement, Nitz said his career highlights included 7 years serving as department chair, conducting the University/Community Orchestra, supervising the accreditation process for the National Association of Schools of Music, and participating in both the University of Wisconsin/Copenhagen project and the University of Wisconsin in Scotland program.
Nitz was active in department, college and university governance. He provided a leadership role in the development of the music education program. 
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Nitz also established his own education and music software business, Trimbell Software. He held the distinction of earning a Fulbright Scholarship as a student and spent a year studying music at the State Academy of Music in Germany as a Fulbright student scholar in 1953.
His degrees were in music education, with a bachelor's from Carleton College, his master's at Montana State University, and his doctorate from Boston University.
Nitz joined the UW-RF Department of Music in September, 1964, and remained here until his retirement at the end of 1994-95 academic year. 
Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Lori, at 1006 So. 8th Street, Fairfield, Iowa, 52556-4037. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be sent to a scholarship being established by the UW-River Falls Foundation.
A memorial service in River Falls will be announced at a later date.

Harold K. Yates, 76
Harold Kenneth Yates, 76, of Elmwood, died Monday, Jan. 25, 1999, at his home in the town of El Paso.
He was born Feb. 9, 1922, the son of Robert and Olga (Lindaas) Yates at Lake Benton, Minn. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Beldenville.
He entered the U.S. Army and served as a rifleman in France during WWII. He was a member of the Crain-Ottman American Legion Post #207 in Elmwood. On Feb. 9, 1946, he married Rosa Mae Hanson in St. Paul. They had three children: George, Kathryn and Debra.
He worked most of his life as a herdsman for local farmers. He worked for Jack Webb at Baldwin and for Sukowatey Farms from 1958-65. He then worked for Cassellius Farms from 1965-74 when he returned to Sukowatey Farms, where he was employed at the time of his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Olga; his wife, Rosa (Rosie); his step-father, Walter Sorenson; twin grandsons, Brian Michael and Brad Allan Duval; three brothers-in-law: Lloyd, Harry and Floyd Hanson; and one sister-in-law, Ruth Hanson.
He is survived by his children: George and Kathy Yates of Somerset, Kathryn and Jack Duval of New Richmond, and Debra and John Doran of White Bear Lake, Minn.; three sisters-in-law, Alice "Toots" Faber of Baldwin, Ruth Hanson of Baldwin, and Phyllis Hanson of Forest Lake, Minn.; one brother-in-law, Earl Hanson of Hudson; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral was Friday, Jan. 29, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, with the Rev. John Sutherland officiating. Music was provided by organist Georgia Menk and vocalist the Rev. Richard Ulvilden. 
Burial was in Baldwin Cemetery, Baldwin.
Pallbearers were: Tammy Yates, Scott Yates, April Duval, Karen Duval, Jill Duval, Michael Cloutier, Sharron Doran and Shannon Doran.

Audrey L. Phillipps, 71
Audrey L. Phillipps, 71, of Prescott died Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
She was born Feb. 25, 1927, in the town of Oak Grove, the daughter of Byron and Emma (Brooks) Corcoran. She graduated from Prescott Public School and Wisconsin State Teacher's College in River Falls.
She married Glenn (Bud) Phillipps on Aug. 10, 1948, in River Falls. They lived for a brief time in the town of Kinnickinnic before moving to the town of Oak Grove in 1954.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Byron and Emma; and one sister, Violet, who died in infancy.
She is survived by her husband, Glenn, of Prescott; four children: Randy and Deb Phillipps of Glenwood City, Sharon Phillipps, Sandra and Bob Lulloff of Chippewa Falls, and Terry Phillipps of Prescott; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was at Cashman Mortuary on Monday, Feb. 1. Funeral was Tuesday, Feb. 2, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Prescott.
Interment was to be in the church cemetery.

William A. Schmidbauer, 62
William Anthony Schmidbauer, 62, of River Falls died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
He was born in Sheboygan on July 1, 1936, the son of Frank and Rose (Groh) Schmidbauer. He married Pauline Cachia on April 8, 1967, in Toronto, Canada.
He graduated from St. Francis Seminary High School in Milwaukee in 1954. He was in the U.S. Army for 3 years following high school He was employed by Kolpak Refrigeration (formerly Vollrath Refrigeration) for 39 years. He retired in 1998.
He was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church and a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. He was also a former president of the River Falls Utility Commission.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Rose Schmidbauer.
He is survived by his wife and best friend, Pauline (Cachia) Schmidbauer of River Falls; a daughter, Kathryn and Brad Robole of Oshkosh; a son, John and Janice Schmidbauer of Kenosha; many nieces and nephews. He was the loving grandfather of Sarah, Rachel and Barbara.
Friends may call at Cashman Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 4-9 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerald Harris officiating.
Burial was to be at Calvary Cemetery, Sheboygan, at 2 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 5.

John B. Marsh, 73
John B. Marsh, 73, died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, while at his home in Florida.
He was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Beldenville, to John and Olga Marsh. He married Frances Bradley on Sept. 4, 1943. She preceded him in death.
He spent many years working on the road and as a farmer. In 1967 he bought John's Sanitation and worked it until his retirement.
He enjoyed fishing, golfing and being surrounded by family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances; his brothers: Coyde, Clyde and Rex; and his sisters: Gladys, Irene Peterson and Hazel Davies; and a sister-in-law Nancy Marsh..
He is survived by a son, David, from Ellsworth; his daughters, Cheryl and Al Ciche of Kiel, and Gail and Randy Baar of River Falls; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a beloved friend, Marie Rofitzhi.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley.

Sylvester F. Marek, 85
Sylvester F. Marke, 85, of River Falls, died at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, on Monday, Feb. 1, 1999.
He was born Oct. 11, 1913, in Big River, in the town of Oak Grove, the son of Frank and Agnes (Dusek) Marek.
He and his wife, Alvera (Killian) farmed in the Big River area until his retirement when they moved to River Falls.
He was preceded in death by his son, Donald; and his brother, Jerome.
He is survived by his wife, Alvera; his children: Bill and Mary, and Bob and Kitty; six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; his sisters: Marion and Marvin Pechacek and Doris Langer.
Funeral was Wednesday, Feb. 3, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, at 10:30 a.m.
Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Big River.
Cashman Mortuary provided arrangements.

Dorothy M. Kusilek, 92
Dorothy M. Kusilek, 92, of River Falls died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
Funeral was Monday, Feb. 1, at St. Bridget Catholic Church. 
Burial was in St. Bridget's Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

John B. Marsh, 73
John Barney Marsh, 73, of Spring Valley died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, at the Hendry Regional Medical Center, Clewiston, Fla., from injuries received in an automobile accident.
He was born Feb. 13, 1925, the son of John and Olga (Komisrud) Marsh in Beldenville. He was baptized and confirmed and a lifelong member of Martell United Methodist Church, Spring Valley.
He grew up in the Spring Valley area and attended Forrestville School. On Sept. 4, 1943, he married Frances V. Bradley in Red Wing, Minn. They had three children: David, Cheryl and Gail.
He farmed in the town of Martell until 1979. He also worked on the road during that time. In 1979 he bought into John's Sanitation and owned and operated the business until about 1989.
He loved fishing, golfing and his home in Florida. He has been spending winters there for a number of years. He had served on the United Martell Methodist Church Council and various committees.
Preceding him in death were his parents, John and Olga; his wife, Frances, who died in 1979; his daughter-in-law, Nancy Marsh; three brothers: Coyde, Clyde and Rex; and three sisters: Gladys Marsh, Hazel Davies and Irene Peterson.
Survivors include his children: David Marsh of Ellsworth, Cheryl and Alan Ciche of Kiel and Gail and Randy Baar of River Falls; his beloved friend, Marie Rositzki of Spring Valley; 11 grandchildren: Brian, Nathan and Danny Baar; Dean and Nicole Marsh, Troy Marsh; Todd, Ryan and Angela Ciche; Lori and Bill Bierne, Kris and Chris Bartch and Nikki Kohlman; one great-granddaughter, Samantha Bartch; two brothers-in-law: Bill Davies of St. Paul and Roger 'Huns' Peterson of Prescott; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral was Friday, Feb. 5, at Rush River Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gary Swanson officiating. Music was provided by organist Heather Johnson and vocalist Nancy Montgomery.
Burial was in Beldenville Cemetery in Beldenville.
Pallbearers were John's grandsons: Brian Baar, Nathan Baar, Danny Baar, Dean Marsh, Troy Marsh, Todd Ciche and Ryan Ciche.

Theodore J. Highe, 44
Theodore Joseph Highe, 44, of River Falls and formerly of Michigan, died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, at Fairview Riverside Hospital in Minneapolis, where he had been a patient for the past 6 months. He died as a result of injuries received from an automobile accident in June of 1998.
He was born Aug. 14, 1954, in Detroit, the son of Stanley and Lottie Frances (Bienkowski) Highe. He graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1972.
He also graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor of science degree and received his master's degree from Eastern Michigan University. From 1988-90 he was employed as a business systems consultant for Delta Dental Plan of California and for Foundation Health Corporation in Sacramento, Calif. Since 1990 he has been employed by Health Partners Inc. in Minneapolis as a senior systems analyst supervisor.
He enjoyed pottery, photography and since 1991, his 20-acre hobby farm outside of River Falls. He also enjoyed spending time with his dog companion, Chuck.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Lottie.
He is survived by his sister, Veronica Bartlett of Redford, Mich.; three brothers: Stanley and Carla Highe of Redford, Albert and Sheila Highe of Redwood City, Calif., and George and Debbie Highe of Redford; nieces and nephews: Joann and Nick Paglia, Cheryl and Steve Stephens, Christine, Edward, Veronica, Christopher, Timothy, Alan, Scott and Ian; great-nieces, Maddalena and Dante; a special family, the Daniels, from Wisconsin; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Visitation was Friday, Feb. 5, with a scripture service at the Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home.
His remains were cremated. Mass of Christian burial was Saturday, Feb. 6, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, with the Rev. Gerald Harris officiating. Darla Wolf was organist and Anne Borchardt was cantor.
Pallbearers were: Stanley Highe, Albert Highe, George Highe, Ian Cozine, Adam Etlicher, Sam Gholson, Paul Skare and Greg Wolfe.
Memorials are preferred to the Muscular Dystrophy Society.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Ebba C. Hoffman, 87
Ebba C. Hoffman, 87, chair of the board of Smead Manufacturing Company, headquartered in Hastings, Minn., died on Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, following a brief illness.
She assumed ownership of the office filing supply manufacturing company after the death of her husband, Harold, in 1955. Under her leadership, the 100% women-owned company grew from annual sales of $4 million and 350 employees, to $315 million and nearly 2,500 employees.
On July 1, 1998, she turned leadership responsibilities over to her daughter, Sharon L. Avent, by naming her president and CEO. In August of 1998, the company acquired Atlanta-Hoogezand B.V., a privately held office products manufacturer headquartered in the Netherlands.
After that acquisition, Smead Manufacturing has annual revenues in excess of $400 million with approximately 2,900 employees at 10 manufacturing and 15 distribution facilities in North America and Europe.
During Ebba's years as president of the company, Smead won numerous awards from its customers as an outstanding vendor and she was named "Boss of the Year" by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. In 1977 she was honored as the first woman inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame.
Under Ebba and her daughter, Sharon, Smead Manufacturing has been listed by Working Woman magazine as one of the top women-owned businesses in America for the past several years. In 1998 Smead was listed as 44th on the list of the top 500 women-owned businesses.
Smead was founded in 1906 and is a leading manufacturer of home and office filing and records management supplies including Smeadlink, the software product line introduced in 1995. Smead Manufacturing Company has an office at 702 N. Troy St., River Falls.
Ebba was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; and her son, John Peter.
She is survived by her daughter, Sharon and Terry Avent; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral was Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hastings.

Eunice B. Klein, 97
Eunice B. Klein, 97, of River Falls and formerly of Ellsworth died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
She was born Dec. 22, 1901, in Ellsworth, the daughter of August and Sarah E. (Muehleis) Buettner. She was a 1918 graduate of Ellsworth High School and later the Lutheran Ladies Seminary in Red Wing, Minn., where she earned a certificate in stenography.
She was also a June, 1923, graduate of the Gregg School of Shorthand in Chicago. She married Alfred Nordgren on Aug. 5, 1933, in Washington County, Iowa. He died June 22, 1959. She later married Walter Klein on Nov. 6, 1970, in Ellsworth. He died Nov. 23, 1976.
She was employed as a legal secretary in Ellsworth and Galesberg, Ill. She was also a court reporter in Galesberg. Later she was a deputy clerk of court for Pierce County for many years.
She was an active member of Hartland United Methodist Church, a 4-H leader, Hartland town treasurer for many years, and an active member of the Ellsworth Senior Citizens.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Alfred Nordgren, and Walter Klein; one daughter, Patricia Hauschildt; a son-in-law, Ervin Hauschildt; and 10 brothers and sisters.
She is survived by one son, James and Barbara Nordgren of River Falls; four grandchildren: Jane and Keith Hauschildt, Jim and Diane Hauschildt, Steve and Lisa Nordgren, and Tom Nordgren; five great-grandchildren: Amanda, Hanna and Hayden Hauschildt and Sara and Alison Nordgren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Hartland United Methodist Church in Bay City with the Rev. Bruce Stunkard officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery in the spring.
Friends may call at the Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home in Ellsworth from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, and one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.
Memorials may be given to the Hartland United Methodist Church.

Sylvester F. Marek, 85
Sylvester F. Marek, 85, of River Falls, died at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, on Monday, Feb. 1, 1999.
He was born Oct. 11, 1913, in Big River, in the town of Oak Grove, the son of Frank and Agnes (Dusek) Marek.
He and his wife, Alvera (Killian) farmed in the Big River area until his retirement when they moved to River Falls.
He was preceded in death by his son, Donald; and his brother, Jerome.
He is survived by his wife, Alvera; his children: Bill and Mary, and Bob and Kitty; six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; his sisters: Marion and Marvin Pechacek and Doris Langer.
Funeral was Wednesday, Feb. 3, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, at 10:30 a.m.
Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Big River.
Cashman Mortuary provided arrangements.

Lucille M. Bauer, 79
Lucille M. Bauer, 79, of River Falls died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at the American Heritage Nursing Home in Hammond.
She was born Aug. 12, 1919, in Eau Galle, the daughter of John and Myrtle (Webb) Lieffring. She married Lawrence A. Bauer on May 1, 1941. She was employed at Malmer Red & White as a meat wrapper, as a clerk at Fox's Ace Hardware, as a cook at UW-River Falls, and at Smead Manufacturing Company in Hastings, Minn.
She was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church and was a charter member of the Women of the Moose. She was also a member of the Good Sam Club.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Marjorie; one granddaughter, Samantha Reese; one brother, Frederick; and two sisters: Rosalie and Veronica.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence; two sons: Larry and Loriann of River Falls, and Randy and Teddi of River Falls; three daughters: Sharon and Marvin Utecht of Woodville, Linda and Tom Price of Boyceville, and Christine Bauer of N. Hollywood, Calif.; six sisters: Sister Helen Lieffring of LaCrosse, Delores Cornellier of Menomonie, Elizabeth and Ronald Darsie of Coon Rapids, Minn., Annabel Bozille of Woodville, Jean Ovsak of River Falls, and Mary and Sherman Kiekhofer of Emerald; two brothers: John and Cecelia Lieffring of Clear Lake and Frances and Norieda Lieffring of Ellsworth; 12 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and 5 step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Wednesday, Feb. 10, at St. Bridget Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Interment was in St. Bridget Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Laverne B. Wolf, 73
Laverne B. Wolf, 73, of River Falls died Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
He was born March 5, 1925, in the town of Oak Grove, to Albert E. and Martha (Belter) Wolf. He was baptized, confirmed and a lifetime devoted member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Oak Grove.
Entering the U.S. Navy in February of 1943, he served in the South Pacific until his honorable discharge in March of 1946. Marrying Sylvia Pfluger on Jan. 1, 1947, he farmed in St. Croix and Pierce counties. They had three children: Richard, Ronald and Sheryl.
He joined the U.S. Postal Service in 1963, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Pierce County VFW and the Costello-Madsen American Legion Post #61, where he held numerous post, county and district offices. He also served many years on the Prescott School Board, as a founding board member of the St. Croix Care Center, and a member of many other civic organizations.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Martha; his brother, Lewis Wolf; and his sisters: Lucille Mausolf and Lorraine Bredahl.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; his brother, LeRoy Wolf of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; his sister, LaVelle Wolf of River Falls; two sons: Richard and Mary of Menomonie, and Ronald of River Falls; a daughter, Sheryl and Dana Turner of Burnsville, Minn.; four grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.
Services were to be held Thursday, Feb. 11, at St. John's United Church of Christ in of the town of Oak Grove, at 11 a.m.
Burial will be in Pine Glen Cemetery, Prescott.
Visitation was to be at Cashman Mortuary on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.


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