Miscellaneous Pierce County, Wisconsin Obituaries


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Francis Baarley
Francis Baarley, 76, of Ellsworth, died Monday, March 8, 1999, at River Falls Area Hospital.
He was born Dec. 23, 1922, in Aurora, Ill., to Clark and Ida Baarley. At age 6, he moved to Red Wing, Minn. 
He entered the 2nd grade at Ellsworth and graduated in 1941. He was on the basketball team which went to state in 1941. After graduation, he was employed with Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Wash. 
He entered the U.S. Army on Jan. 15, 1943. He trained at Fort Hood, Camp Gruber, Fort Jackson and left for overseas from Camp Kilmer, N.J. On Feb. 12, 1945, while leading a patrol of seven men in Belgium, they stepped on a land mine. 
"Ponsie," as he was called, was the only survivor, but as a result of this action both legs were amputated. After spending 13 months in Bushnell Veterans Hospital, he was discharged and returned to Ellsworth. He later enrolled at the University of Washington in a program to counsel amputees. He worked with the veterans in Seattle.
In 1950, he returned to Ellsworth and was employed for 12 years by Thom's Jewelry Store, learning to repair antique clocks. For the next 32 years, he did work for Swanson's Jewelry Store and started to rebuild player pianos and coin-operated machines. He married Dorothy Imhoff on Oct. 10, 1980.
He liked to travel and spend winters at their home in Pahrump, Nev. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Zor Temple and the American Legion Post #204. He will be remembered for his player piano music at the Round Barn at the Pierce County Fair.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Curtis.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two stepdaughters, Linda and Gerald Christiansen and Vicki and Dale Nelson; four step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
There was a memorial service at English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth on Friday, March 12. A private burial will be at a later date at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ellsworth. 
Memorials are preferred to Hospice, English Lutheran Church or of your choice.

Robert A. Plahn, 52
Robert A. Plahn, 52, of River Falls died unexpectedly Friday, March 12, 1999.
He was born in Janesville on July 2, 1946, to Robert G. and Harriet Plahn.
After graduating from high school he served 2 years in the U.S. Army. He then attended and graduated from UW-River Falls.
He was married on June 20, 1981, to Kerry Bergseng and they have two sons, Alex and Mason. He was a financial investor. He enjoyed canoeing on the Kinnickinnic River, watching and coaching his son's soccer games, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Kerry; his sons, Alex and Mason; his father-in-law Stan Bergseng; his sister-in-law Audrey Bergseng; and many close friends.
His remains were cremated. An informal gathering for family and friends was held at Rush River Lutheran Church one hour prior to the service.
A memorial service was held Monday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the church with the Rev. John Sutherland and Intern Pastor Karna Baseman-Stark officiating.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Fannie S. Borgerson, 92
Fannie S. Borgerson, 92, of River Falls died Tuesday, March 9, 1999, at the Kinnic Long Term Care facility.
She was born March 1, 1907, to Wilbert and Fannie Griffey in Fort Atkinson. Her family moved to River Falls when she was very young and continued to farm east of town in the Fargo District.
She had four brothers: Alfred, Glen, Wilbert and Manley. She also had three sisters: Mildred, Emmeline and Ruth.
She married Rudolph A. Borgerson on Aug. 31, 1932. They had three sons: Roger, Wendell and Larry. They farmed on the Borgerson homestead east of River Falls on Hwy. 29.
She was best known for her friendly attitude and generosity. She loved gathering with friends and family. She took great pride in her reputation of being a great cook, baker, gardener, seamstress, wife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph; four brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her sister, Ruth and Allen Swenson of Dover, Fla.; three sons: Roger and Sharon of Vancouver, Wash., Wendell and Annette of River Falls, and Larry and Sandy of River Falls; six grandchildren: Sean and Jenny Borgerson of Portland, Ore., Brent Borgerson of Vancouver, Wash., Nicole and Bob Borgerson-Burge of Baldwin, Danielle Borgerson of River Falls, Jenny Borgerson of Alexandria, Minn., and Brian Borgerson of River Falls; one step-granddaughter Kelly and Mark Vitas and their daughters Sophia and Mira, of Milwaukee; one great-grandson, David Borgerson-Burge; two sisters-in-law: Alpha Soli of Scottsdale, Ariz., and June Borgerson of Marshaltown, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Saturday, March 13, at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry McCann officiating. Internment was at the Greenwood Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Rosalie M. Van Duren, 60
Rosalie Marguerite (Tobiassen) Van Duren, 60, died Thursday, March 11, 1999, at United Hospital, St. Paul, after a brief hospitalization due to pneumonia.
She was born Oct. 28, 1938, in River Falls, to Stanley H. and Rose Virginia (Roehl) Tobiassen. She attended grade school at River Falls and graduated from high school in Elk River, Minn.
She married Kenneth D. Van Duren at Elk River in 1966. The marriage ended in divorce in 1997. 
She owned and operated the Century 21-Van Duren Real Estate Agency in Prescott for many years. She retired in 1992 due to increasing debilitation from multiple sclerosis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Rose.
She is survived by her brother, Craig Bolivar; her aunts, Stella Tobiassen, Effie Tobiassen and Ruby (Roehl) Jankus; several cousins and her best friend, Sharon Berning.
A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. David Roberts on Sunday, March 21, at the United Church of Christ in Prescott, with 1 p.m. visitation, and a 2 p.m. service.
Private interment will be at the German Settlement Cemetery in Hudson.

Dana M. Witter, 67
Dana Martha Witter, 67, of River Falls, died Monday, March 15, 1999, at the Kinnic Long Term Care facility.
She was born March 5, 1932, in St. Paul and later moved to Maiden Rock. She married Meril Witter of St. Paul in November of 1952. They lived in St. Paul before moving to River Falls in 1989.
She retired from The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
She is survived by her mother, Mildred Johnson; her sister, JoAnne Wicklund; her brother, Sidney Mickelson; her half-brother, LeRoy Johnson; her children: Diane Wolfsteller, Debra Andrews, Allen Witter and LuAnne Steiner; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.
She was cremated. A memorial service was Saturday, March 27, at 3 p.m., at Cashman Mortuary.

Kenneth F. Dunn, 38
Kenneth Frank Dunn, 38, died suddenly on Thursday, March 18, 1999, at his home in the town of Erin.
He was born May 18, 1960, in Baldwin, the son of Douglas and Annie Dunn. He attended school in River Falls, where he graduated in 1978. After high school he farmed with his dad and brother on the family farm east of River Falls.
He married Sherry (Simon) Johnson on July 16, 1983. They had three children: Joseph, Rachel and Douglas.
They moved to their farm in the town of Erin in 1985, where the five of them worked the farm together. Ken also had a successful Northrup King distributorship which brought him recognition in the seed business. In 1997 he was elected to the Erin Township Board of Supervisors.
He loved farming. He loved animals, even the deer he faithfully hunted each year. He was an exceptional marksman. He loved the outdoors.
He was a great husband and father. He coached 4-H softball and helped his children prepare stock for the county fair each year. He was a happy, sensitive, kind man who loved God. He had many friends. All who met him loved him and his laugh; and he did it often.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, children, family members and friends. In his short time on Earth, he touched many lives in a good manner with that sparkle in his eyes and never-ending smile. His family and friends rest assured, through faith, that he now lies in peace in God's arms for eternity.
He was preceded in death by his father, K. Douglas Dunn; his step-father, Martin Paglusch; his father-in-law, Raymond Simon, Sr.; a brother-in-law, David Simon; and a nephew, Roger Douglas McKay.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry; his children: Joseph, Rachel and Douglas; his mother, Annie Dunn of Roberts; one brother, Darrell and Robin of River Falls; three sisters: Helen and Dale McKay of Bellechester, Minn., Karla and Daniel Solberg of Hudson, and Lisa and Kevin Knutson of Baldwin; his mother-in-law, Jeannette Simon of River Falls; his inlaws: Raymond and Virginia Simon, Jr., of River Falls, Nancy and Bob Muller of River Falls, Sandy and Gary Schommer of River Falls, Judy and Roger Graetz of River Falls, Sue and Terry Malmer of Atlanta, Debbie and Rollie Johnson of River Falls, Danny and Lorri Simon of River Falls, and Patrick and Marilyn Simon of River Falls; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral was Monday, March 22, at 11 a.m., at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in New Richmond. Interment was at Rush River Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Rachel V. Pearson, 99
Rachel V. Pearson, 99, died March 18, 1999, at the home of her daughter, Muriel Erickson, in Golden Valley, Minn.
Rachel and her husband, Peter, owned and operated the Pearson Floral Shop and Greenhouse for many years. She was a gifted pianist who gladly shared her talents. She was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church of River Falls and a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Peter; her sisters: Petronella, Ruth, Albeda, Marie, Rebecca and Evangeline; and her brothers: Randolph, Richard and Reuben.
She is survived by her son, Robert and Phillis of Roseville, Minn.; grandsons: Richard Pearson, Christopher and Luci Pearson of Prior Lake, Minn.; great-granddaughters: Rachel Ann Pearson and Luiza Victoria Pearson; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral was Saturday, March 20, at 1 p.m., at the United Methodist Church. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Marcella M. R. Fleischauer, 92
Marcella Margaret Ryan Fleischauer, 92, died Tuesday, March 2, 1999, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
She was born on Jan. 1, 1907, in Dempster, S.D., to Michael and Cora (Mitchell) Ryan. She married Gaylen S. Fleischauer on March 31, 1931. They lived in St. Paul until 1947 when they moved to a farm east of River Falls where they lived until moving to River Falls in 1955.
She worked at the UW-River Falls Food Service from 1956-1966. She lived at the Riverview Manor until Dec. 1995, when she moved to The Lutheran Home.
She was a member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church and enjoyed Lutheran Ladies Fellowship meetings in her retirement years. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, reveling in the joys or her family and their many activities over the years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gaylen; four brothers and a great-grandson.
She is survived by her daughter, June and Jerry Gibson of River Falls; a son, Larry Fleischauer of Paso Robles, Calif.; granddaughters: Karen and Jeff Rodewald and Diane and Chad Clark; and great-grandchildren: Dan, Eric and Elizabeth Rodewald, all of River Falls.
Funeral was March 5 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery in W. St. Paul.

Frances C. Weishaar, 81
Frances C. Weishaar, 81, died Saturday, March 20, 1999, at her home in Rockford, Ill.
She was born March 24, 1917, the 13th child of Andrew and Cecelia Bjork of Ellsworth.
She married John Ray on April 24, 1935. They had two daughters: Carol and Judy. John died Aug. 27, 1948.
On Aug. 9, 1950, she married Orville "Swede" Weishaar. They had one daughter, Betty.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Cecelia Bjork; 12 siblings: Nellie Wilson, Anton Bjork, Selma Metcalf, Agnes Meier, Edith Hill, Matilda Truax, Ruth Meier, Herbert Bjork, Ralph Bjork, Evelyn Hanson, George Bjork, and Olivia Ray; her first husband, John Ray; and one daughter, Carol Simpson.
She is survived by her husband, Orville "Swede" Weishaar; her daughters: Judy Durden and Betty and Curlee Percey; her son-in-law, Paul Simpson; her grandchildren: Jon and Cathy Simpson and Jodie Durden; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Her special nieces and nephews include: Nancy Lundgaard, Leslie Ray, Edway Ray and Ella Lundgaard, whom "Swede" and Fran took under their wings after the death of their parents; and Marvin and Olivia Ray, her sister and brother-in-law.
Funeral was at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 24, at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Burial was at St. Bridget Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Lenore C. Gibson, 85
Lenore Catherine (Engstrom) Gibson, 85, of River Falls, died Monday, March 22, 1999, at the Kinnic Long Term Care facility.
She was born in New Richmond on March 1, 1914, the daughter of Victor and Alma (Howe) Engstrom of Star Prairie. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
She graduated from New Richmond High School and then graduated from the State Teacher's College at River Falls in June of 1933.
She married Lester "Hoot" Gibson of Durand on Oct. 28, 1934. They farmed in Durand until 1937 when they moved to Clifton Hollow. In 1940 they moved to the town of Kinnickinnic where they farmed until "Hoot's" death in May of 1976.
Lenore worked in a variety of settings, including the UW-River Falls Food Services as assistant manager, in the offices of Volrath Refrigeration and the Ken Lee Agency. In retirement she worked as a hostess at Joy's Caf‚.
She loved an adventure and enjoyed taking trips around the United States and Canada.
She will be remembered for her great attention to detail when organizing the many social functions both at UW-RF and Ezekiel Lutheran Church. She was a member of the PTA, Tuesday Club, Kinnickinnic Ladies Aid, St. Croix County Homemakers. In later years she enjoyed the company of the members in "The Knitting Club."
She was always ready to have coffee or go on a ride to the city. She rarely missed an opportunity to socialize. She was a loving mother, grandmother and aunt, and will be remembered for her style and elegance. Her family and friends were her primary focus and she took great pride in teaching the importance of family heritage and tradition.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Alma; her step-father, Herbert Daye; her brother, Victor Engstrom; two nieces and a great-grandchild.
She is survived by her son, Jerry and June Gibson; granddaughters: Karen and Jeff Rodewald, and Diane and Chad Clark; great-grandchildren: Daniel, Eric and Elizabeth Rodewald, all of River Falls; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral was Wednesday, March 24, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Bill Montgomery officiating. Betty Lou Oppegard was organist. Vocalists were Karen Rodewald and Diane Clark.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Jeff and Karen Rodewald and Diane and Chad Clark.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Ruth I. Gartman, 89
Ruth Ida Gartman, 89, of Hudson died Saturday, March 13, 1999, at Hudson Medical Center, after being taken there earlier that morning by ambulance.
She was born March 30, 1909, in the town of St. Joseph, the daughter of William and Whilemena (Lietz) Wolf. She attended grade school at McKinley in St. Joseph and attended high school in Stillwater, Minn. Following school, she helped her family by working on the farm.
On Nov. 7, 1936, she was married to Max Francis Gartman in Hudson. They lived in the town of St. Joseph for many years prior to moving to Hudson in the early 1950s. Ruth was a homemaker most of her life. After her children were in school, she worked at Erickson's grocery store for 20 years until her retirement.
She enjoyed all sorts of gardening and grew vegetables, raspberries and strawberries. She also liked crocheting and reading and was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Max; two sisters, Dorothea Wolf and Myrtle Lindstrom; and a brother, Alfred Wolf. 
Surviving are a daughter, Virginia Gartman (friend David Pickard) of River Falls; a sister-in-law, Theresa Dierks of Hudson; and many nieces and nephews in the New Richmond, Baldwin and Woodville areas.
Funeral services were Tuesday, March 16, at Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater, with the Rev. Marcus Birkholtz officiating. Organist Michael Schmidt accompanied congregational singing. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial was in Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Stillwater. Casketbearers were Dean Lindstrom, Arthur Hawkinson, Robert Gartman and David Pickard.
Memorials are preferred.

Thelma J. Gunderson, 84
Thelma Jeanette Gunderson, 84, of Spring Valley died Saturday, June 12, 1999, at the Spring Valley Health Care Center after a battle with cancer.
She was born June 12, 1915, in the town of Gilman, the daughter of Adolph and Katherine (Wahl) Swenson. She was baptized, confirmed and married at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1934.
After high school she worked on the family farm and at Thompson's Caf‚ in Spring Valley. On June 9, 1938, she married Oscar Gunderson and they farmed in the town of Gilman.
She was an active member of Gilman Lutheran Church and served on various committees and offices there, as well as the church ladies group.
She began playing piano at the age of 5. She played by ear and at age 9 her father bought her a piano.
Giving to others was a big part of her life. She enjoyed playing the piano and keyboard, entertaining residents of many area health care and assisted living centers. She entertained with Carl Strom for 11 years. 
She also loved to garden, cook and bake. She liked being with her family and having family members around her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolp and Katherine; and a brother, Ben Swenson.
Survivors include her three sons: Tom of Spring Valley, Bruce and Glenna of Waupaca and Gail and Karen of Spring Valley; four grandchildren: Kara Gunderson of Spring Valley, Christine and Mark Kienbaum of Plover, Ginger and Steven LaCosse of Appleton and Craig of Waupaca; three great-grandchildren: Lindsey and Hanna Kienbaum and Luke LaCosse; two sisters: Alice Madson of Spring Valley and Sylva and Allen Anderson of Spring Valley; nieces and nephews: Beverly Gaard of Ellsworth, Donna Carter of Arizona, Audrey and Duane Erickson of Severn, Md., Gary and Mary Madson of Virginia, Nola and Dale Gehn of Hudson, Katherine and Robert Beeson of Peoria, Ariz., Dean and Sandy Madson of Spring Valley, Jon and Linda Anderson of Spring Valley, Steven and Bobbie Anderson of River Falls, Betty and Vince Driscoll of Bloomington, Gloria and Jack Weghorn of Spring Valley, and John and Barb Kirk of Barron; many other relatives and friends.
Visitation was Tuesday, June 15, at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley.
Funeral was Wednesday, June 16, at Gilman Lutheran Church with the Rev. Keith Holste officiating. Music was provided by organist Linda Anderson and pianist B. Craig Gunderson. 
Burial was in the church cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers were: Carl Strom, Irvin Larson, Ervin Gilbertson, Robert Cebulla, Ben Esanbock, Bob Esanbock and Millard Anderson.
Pallbearers were: John Kirk, Jack Weghorn, Dan Mulcrone, Jon Anderson, Gary Madson, Dean Madson and Dale Gehn.

Gordon Abair, 72
Gordon Abair, 72, of Deer Park died Tuesday, June 15, 1999, at Regions Hospital, St. Paul.
He was born Sept. 18, 1926, in Laona, the son of Lloyd and Beatrice (Alexander) Abair. He grew up mostly in the Park Falls area. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater. After the service he met his wife, Mary Shimmons, in Joplin, Mo. They were married in 1951 and lived in the Chicago area. Since 1969 they have lived in northern Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Beatrice; a son, Dan; and a brother, Lloyd E. Abair.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter, Cindy Abair of Seattle; three sons: Mike of St. Paul, Pat and Debbie of River Falls, and Tim and Barb of Wales; five grandchildren; three sisters: Marie Tricomi of New York, Betty Perry of Deer Park and Louise Leekley of San Francisco.
Funeral was Friday, June 18, at Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood with the Rev. Robert Weidameyer officiating. Burial was to be in Poplar Hill Cemetery in the town of Rock Elm, rural Elmwood.

Ruth M. Nelson, 76
Ruth Marie Nelson, 76, of Spring Valley, died Sunday, June 20, 1999, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
She was born May 13, 1923, the daughter of Emil and Ingaborg (Hermanson) Pederson in the town of Cady, St. Croix County. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Woodville, and has been a member of New Centerville United Methodist Church since 1950.
She attended school in Woodville and graduated from Woodville High School with the class of 1942. After school she attended River Falls State Teachers College for 2 years. During high school and college she and her sister, Mary, sang with the KSTP Sunset Valley Barn Dance traveling radio show.
On Oct. 14, 1950, she married Velmo Nelson at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville. She taught school at several rural schools and in Glenwood City Elementary School. After marriage she became a homemaker and a farm wife, raising her three children: Roland, Duane and Valerie.
She loved music and her family, and enjoyed gardening, animals and song birds. She served on the Martell Township Election Board for many years.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Emil and Ingaborg; and an infant brother, Ronald Eugene Pederson.
Survivors include her husband, Velmo, of Spring Valley; her children: Rollie and Debbie Nelson of Hammond, Valerie of River Falls and Duane of Spring Valley; four grandchildren: Angela, Marie, Johnathan and Michael; one sister: Mary Leon of Wilson; nieces and nephews: Elizabeth Leon of Wilson, Kari and Cyrus Leon-Irani of St. Paul, and David Leon of Wilson; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral was Thursday, June 24, at New Centerville United Methodist Church, rural Baldwin. The Rev. Gary Swanson officiated with music provided by organist Lenore Mercer and vocalists Elizabeth Leon and Kari Leon-Irani. 
Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, New Centerville.
Cyrus Irani was honorary pallbearer. Pallbearers were: Roland Nelson, Duane Nelson, David Leon, Robert Deiss, Terry Falde and Steve Nelson.

Glenn S. Gillihan, 82
Glenn Stephen Gillihan, 82, of Hammond, died Wednesday, June 23, 1999, at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.
He was born on Nov. 6, 1916, in Pipestone, Minn., the son of Thomas and Ethel (Williams) Gillihan. He attended grade school in Pipestone and in Hudson when his family moved there in 1926. His family lived in Hudson for a short time before moving to River Falls.
He graduated from River Falls High School in 1935. During World War II, he lived on a dairy farm in New Richmond. During most of his adult life he and his brother, Winfred, lived south of Hammond on their hobby farm.
He never married. He worked for the St. Croix Central Elementary School in Roberts with Green Thumb early in his life. He mostly worked for the American Breeder's Society as an artificial insemination technician. He worked there for nearly 35 years before his retirement in 1989.
He received the Outstanding Service Award from the National Association of Animal Breeders in 1972.
He loved all sports, but held a special place in his heart for high school athletics. He was a past president and treasurer of the Hammond Baseball Team. In 1998 he was awarded a jacket from the St. Croix Central High School Athletic Program for being their number one fan, an award that had great meaning to him.
He was also treasurer of the Hammond Business and Civic Association for many years. He was widely known for his participation in the local parades, as he would walk along with his miniature Shetland ponies. He also enjoyed going to garage sales and auctions, looking for antiques.
He and his brother, Winfred, were active in researching their family roots and compiling family history.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Maurice, in 1965, Winfred, in 1994, and Elwin in 1998. 
He is survived by his sister, Gail Slater, of St. Paul; nieces and nephews: Caryl and Burt Weaver of Fridley, Minn., Maxine and Kermit Ekstrom of Elmwood, Brian Gillihan of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Jack and Deb Gillihan of Lake Mills, Ruth and Tom Bynum of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Jane Jeager of Elkhorn, Jim and Char Gillihan of Elkhorn, Jeannine and Bob Uhrig of Black River Falls, Bill and Mary Jane Slater of N. Hudson, and Joanne Olsen of Vadnais Heights, Minn.
Funeral was Saturday, June 26, at O'Connell Family Funeral Home, Baldwin. The Rev. Gary Swanson officiated. 
Glenn's family and friends were pallbearers. Interment was in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the St. Croix Central High School or the United Methodist Church in Hammond.

Gertrude Isaacson, 84
Gertrude Isaacson, 84, died Wednesday, June 23, 1999.
The eldest of three daughters born to R.J. and Bertha Vietor on May 2, 1915, in Charles City, Iowa, she moved with her family to Amery in 1919.
She graduated from Amery High School and UW-River Falls in 1937, with a bachelor of education degree. In 1936 she married Iner Isaacson at Ezekiel Lutheran Church and lived in River Falls all of her adult life.
The Isaacsons were in the grocery business until 1985. They were members of Ezekiel Lutheran Church and were active in various church activities. Iner died in 1988.
She is survived by her son, John, of River Falls; her sister, Polly Hackbart of Charles City, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Sunday, June 27, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Calvin L. Plunkett, 51
Calvin Lee "Red" Plunkett, 51, of Big River, died Thursday, June 24, 1999, on his farm.
He was born July 6, 1947, in Superior, the son of Richard and Jeanette (Peterson) Plunkett. He graduated from Northwestern High School in Maple. He settled in River Falls, where he attended UW-River Falls and later purchased a dairy farm. He served 10 years on the Board of Directors for the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery.
On March 1, 1980, he married Gloria Paulsen. They raised eight children. In addition to farming, he enjoyed bowling, diesel mechanics and the company of his many friends and neighbors. A member of the River Falls United Methodist Church, he was of strong body and spirit.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria; his parents, Richard and Jeanette; his children: Jennifer, Joshua, Tami and James Klimpke, Tera and Glenn Wachtler, James Engstrom, Daniel Engstrom, Mark Engstrom and Jeff Engstrom; his brothers: Brian Plunkett and Keith and Jackie Plunkett; his sisters: Barb and Tom Kolodziej, Janice and Rick Oaksford, and Mary and Ralph Frostman; and his grandchildren: Matthew, Rachel, Sydney, Benjamin, Jack and Chelsea.
Funeral was Monday, June 28, at the River Falls United Methodist Church. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Francis E. Fassett, 72
Francis E. "Swede" Fassett, 72, of Joseph, Utah, died Friday, June 4, 1999, in Richfield, Utah. He was a former resident of River Falls.
No other details were available.

Guy E. Tyler, 36
Guy E. Tyler, 36, of Chippewa Falls and formerly of River Falls, died Monday, June 28, 1999, in Tunica, Miss.
He was born in Naples, Italy, on Aug. 26, 1962, the son of Jim and Sandra (Mills) Tyler. He graduated from River Falls High School and attended UW-River Falls.
He is survived by his parents, Jim and Sandra; two sisters, Pam and Scott, and Patrice; three nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral was Friday, July 2, at St. Bridget Catholic Church. 
Burial was in St. Bridget Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Orville L. Troxel, Sr., 73
Orville "Orv" Leroy Troxel, Sr., 73, of River Falls and formerly of Prescott, died Saturday, July 3, 1999, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
He was born Dec. 17, 1925, in Warren County, Ind., the son of George Dewey and Sarah May (Hinton) Troxel. He attended school in the town of Rankin, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944-46.
He married Betty Dommer on Aug. 20, 1950, in St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in the town of Waterbury, Minn. They lived in Illinois for 8 years following their marriage and then moved to Prescott in 1962. They have lived in River Falls since 1989.
He was employed as a lineman for Northern States Power Company, in the Red Rock Service Center in Newport, Minn. He retired in 1992, after 21 years of service with Northern States Power. 
He is a past member of the Jaycees. He was a member of the Prescott Volunteer Fire Department and the Ezekiel Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time at his cabin in the Minong area. He also loved to cook, both at home and for special functions for Northern States Power and for the Prescott Fire Department's pancake breakfasts.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Harold "Dewey," Chuck, Donald and Leonard; and one sister, Gladys Sargent.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty, of River Falls; his daughter, Lois and Harold Hatzenbeller of Newport, Minn.; two sons: Orville "Orv" and Rhonda, Jr., of Rosemount, Minn., and Ken and Julie of Prescott; three brothers: Billy and Margaret Troxel of Danville, Ill., Robert and Meryna Troxel of Maderia Beach, Fla., and Ronald and Darlene Troxel of Mt. Gilead, Ohio; two sisters: Grace Farney of Rankin, Ill., and Linda Troxel of Worthington, Ohio; five grandchildren: Brandi Troxel, Ryan Hatzenbeller, Reid Troxel, Abbey Troxel and Holli Troxel; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Tuesday at the Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home and one hour before services at Ezekiel Lutheran Church. 
Funeral was Wednesday morning at Ezekiel Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Kebschull officiating. Lois Michaelson was the organist and the Rev. Tinka Bloedow was the soloist.
Interment was in the Pine Glenn Cemetery in Prescott. The Prescott American Legion conducted military rites.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Elsie Smith, 88
Elsie Smith, 88, of River Falls died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls.
She is survived by a niece, a nephew, and friends.
The funeral was held Thursday, July 1, at The Lutheran Home. 
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Eleanor Newcomb Kreuziger, 99
Eleanor Newcomb Kreuziger, 99, of River Falls died Monday, July 5, 1999, at The Lutheran Home: River Falls, where she has lived for the past 6 years.
She was born April 13, 1900, to Oril and Hortense Newcomb in River Falls. She attended River Falls Normal School for grades kindergarten through 8th and then completed a 3-year high school course. For 2 years she attended the teacher's college in River Falls and then went on to UW-Madison. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in home economics.
She took several courses toward a master's degree at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Minnesota. She worked as a dietitian in a Minneapolis hospital and returned to River Falls to work as a nursery school teacher. That experience led her to a permanent job teaching elementary school.
For 15 years she taught 1st grade and kindergarten until she married Otto Krueziger in 1952.
She was a lifelong member of First Congregational Church where her family was affiliated since the mid-1800s. 
She was preceded in death by two infant siblings; a sister; and her husband, Otto Kreuziger, who died in 1976.
She is survived by her stepson, Vic and Pat Kreuziger of Edina, Minn., and their children: Laurie and Jeff; and a stepdaughter Dolores and Karl Schmitz of Florida and their children: Karl of Florida and Victoria of Milwaukee.
Funeral services are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home.

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