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Muirhead
Mary Louise Muirhead, 97, of Coronado, CA, and formerly of the town of Eisenstein, died Friday, March 31, 2000.
Services were held Thursday, April 6, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Internment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, San Diego.
She was born Sept. 13, 1902, in the town of Eisenstein. Her parents were Michael and Mary Hilgart.
She spent her early years on the family farm and worked several summers in Florida. She worked in Chicago, IL; the Twin Cities in Minnesota, at Glacier National Park, in Seattle, WA, and in San Francisco and Los Angeles before arriving in Coronado, CA, on Feb. 15, 1930.
She worked at the Hotel Del Coronado for many years and while there, she met her husband, Clarence. They were married for 46 years until he preceded her in death in 1976.
She was active as a volunteer and in many organizations, including the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Altar Society, Coronado Senior Association, Coronoado Senior Friendship Club and Coronado Historical Association.
She is survived by three sons, Clarence, Michael (Barbara) and Bruce (Denise; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lillian.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Mike and Albert; and two sisters, Ann and Irma. 

Kundinger
Dolores M. Kundinger, 70, of Park Falls, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at Park Manor Nursing Home, Park Falls.
Services were held Saturday, May 13, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Park Falls; Father James Jackson officiating.
Burial was in Nola Cemetery, Park Falls.
She was born Sept. 30, 1929, in Park Falls, and was a life-long resident of Park Falls. Her parents were Joseph and Catherine (Fenzl) Kundinger.
She is survived by three brothers, Raymond Kundinger, Charles Kundinger and James (Ilamay) Kundinger, all of Park Falls; three sisters, Catherine (Louis) Schwartz, Lorraine Taft and Betty (Phil) Nessman, all of Park Falls; a sister-in-law, Lucy (Jim) Nissen of Park Falls; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Leonard Kundinger; and a brother-in-law, Erwin Taft.

Kundinger
Judith Kundinger, 56, of Park Falls, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield.
Services were held Wednesday, June 14, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Park Falls; Father James Jackson officiating.
A parish prayer vigil was held Tuesday, June 13, at 7 p.m., at the church.
The body was cremated.
She was born July 17, 1943, in Park Falls. Her parents were George and Marie (Hyke) Turney.
She was a graduate of Park Falls High School.
She married Daniel Kundinger May 12, 1962, in Park Falls.
She was a rod winder at home for St. Croix Rod Company of Park Falls and the Brule Corporation since 1962, and also worked at Mikros Manufacturing from 1988 to 1989.
She is survived by her husband; four children, Natalie (Ron) Schoch and Tony (Carla) Kundinger, both of Park Falls, Danny (Renee) Kundinger of Phillips and Crystal (Jerry) Litwaitis of Hewitt; seven grandchildren; Adam, Adrian, Nathan, Rachal, Hunter, Devon and Sierra; her father; two sisters, Lois Lee and Brenda (James) Kronberger, both of Park Falls; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Marie Turney, in 1996.

Ratzlaff
Wayne Bruhn Ratzlaff, 74, of Park Falls, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at his home.
Services were held Monday, May 15, at Peace Lutheran Church, Park Falls; Rev. Stanley Bahn officiating.
Military rites were conducted by Dirrigl-Sawales American Legion Post No. 182 and Heisler-Mocker Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6903, both of Park Falls.
Burial was in Fassett Cemetery, Edgerton.
He was born Nov. 19, 1925, in Edgerton. His parents were Frederick and Emma (Bruhn) Ratzlaff.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He married Beverly Jayne Strouse Aug. 4, 1946.
The family lived in various communities in Wisconsin, moving to Park Falls in 1975.
The couple owned and operated the Montgomery Ward store in Park Falls. He served as national chairman of Montgomery Wards Sales Agents.
He was very active in the community.
He served two terms as mayor of Park Falls, was president of the Park Falls Area Industrial Corporation, was a member of Forward Park Falls and was past president of the Park Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
He served on the Northwest Wisconsin Private Industry Council for 13 years, including eight as chairman.
He was a lifetime member of The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He died surrounded by his loving family. The family wishes to acknowledge the care given by doctors, nurses and volunteers of the Hospice Care Unit.
He is survived by his wife; four sons, Stephen, Fred (Julie), Charles (Sarah) and Thomas (Shirley); two daughters, Leeann (Gene) Deering and Cara (Dan) Miller; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Gwenith Ann and Bernadine.

Henry
Robert G. Henry, 71, of Park Falls, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield.
A memorial service was held Monday, May 22, at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Park Falls; Pastor Loren Barker officiating.
A Masonic service was held at 6 p.m. Monday, May 22, at the Masonic Lodge in Phillips with members of F&AM Lodge No. 225 presiding.
He was born Oct. 19, 1928, in Independence, MO. His parents were Glenn and Lillian (Bailey) Henry.
He moved with his family as a child to Maywood, IL. He graduated from Proviso High School in Maywood.
He married Virginia Gaa July 17, 1948, in Antioch, IL.
He was employed for a number of years as a supervisor of financial services, which required him to move frequently. The family made its home in Boulder, CO, South Bend, IN, Sioux City, IA, Anoka, MN, and Madison prior to moving to Park Falls in 1969.
He was employed by St. Croix Rod. He and his wife then purchased Bridge Bait and Tackle in Park Falls, which they operated until their retirement in 1991.
He was a member of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church and Masonic Lodge No. 225, where he was active in all lodge affairs and was serving as Grand Master at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Virginia; a son, William (Patricia "Patti Jo") Henry of Platte City, MO; a daughter, Kathleen (Ronald Sr.) Yunk of Butternut; four grandchildren; and his mother.
He was preceded in death by his father.

Olsen
Alan Lee Olsen, 67, of Hayward, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at his home.
Services were held Thursday, May 18, at First Congregational Church, Hayward; Rev. David Perkins officiating.
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hayward, with military rites under the auspices of the Hayward Veterans Council.
He was born July 6, 1932, in Hayward. His parents were Philemon and Ardis (Thompson) Olsen.
He graduated from Hayward High School and received a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard for 29 years.
While in the National Guard, he worked for Hayward Consolidated Lumber in Hayward, Spooner and Grantsburg, for Tony's Candies in Hayward and for Telemark Lodge in Cable, where he helped in development of the new lodge.
He was recently working with the Fishing Has No Boundaries National Chapter in developing new chapters throughout the nation. He was an avid hunter.
He married JoAnn Anderson Sept. 12, 1954, in Park Falls.
He was an active member of First Congregational Church in Hayward, serving on many councils and as an officer. He was a member of The American Legion, Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn "Po", a son, David Olsen of Hayward; four daughters, Brenda (Jeff) Knudsen of Hamilton, MT, Linda Olsen of Hayward, Trina Gatch of Cincinnati, OH, and Lisa (Ken) Schmock of Hayward; six grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Lewis of Hayward and Philene (Warren) Clements of Arizona; and by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Eldon Olsen; and a sister, Mary Lou Olsen.

Perry
Marvin J. Perry, 83, of Park Falls, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Park Manor Nursing Home, Park Falls.
Services were held Tuesday, May 30, at the Novitzke Funeral Home Chapel, Park Falls; Deacon Chet Ball officiating.
Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery, Fifield.
He was born April 10, 1917, in Palatine, IL. His parents were Alva and Laura Perry.
He grew up and attended school in Palatine.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific.
He married Dorothy Milbratz March 6, 1948, in Arlington Heights, IL. She preceded him in death in 1988.
He was a supervisor at Fiat-Allis Machinery in Deerfield, IL.
After his retirement in 1979, he moved to the Park Falls area.
He was a lifetime member of The American Legion.
He is survived by a sister-in-law; three nieces; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers; two sisters; and a nephew.

Pritzl-Bruch
Mary Pritzl-Bruch, 99, of Park Falls, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Park Manor Nursing Home, Park Falls.
Services were held Wednesday, May 31, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Park Falls; Father James Jackson officiating.
Burial was in Nola Cemetery, Park Falls.
She was born Jan. 5, 1901, in Germany. Her parents were John and Pauline (Treml) Ernst.
She grew up and attended school in Butternut.
She married Alois Pritzl June 7, 1920. He preceded her in death in 1962.
She married Charles Bruch Nov. 7, 1964. He preceded her in death in 1988.
A homemaker, she was a cook at various logging camps and worked on the family farm.
She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, the Christian Women and the Senior Club and was a former Girl Scout troop leader.
She was an avid bowler and gardener, and enjoyed fishing.
She is survived by three daughters, Eleanor Wauro and Marilyn (Charles) Gustafson, both of Park Falls, and Agnes (Frank) Stasiak of Wheaton, IL; three sons, Arthur (Dorothy) Pritzl, Donald (Shirley) Pritzl and James (Coreen) Pritzl, all of Park Falls; three step-children, Charlotte (Delmar) Hilgart of Park Falls, Clifford (Lottie) Bruch of Butternut and Shirley (Tony) Logan of Arizona; 23 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; a brother, Joe (Annarose) Ernst of Park Falls; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; a sister, Bertha Kronberger; and four brothers, John, Bill, Ferdy and Max Ernst.

Bessey
Josephine E. Bessey, 93, formerly of Glidden, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at Park Manor Nursing Home, Park Falls.
Services were held Monday, June 12, at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Glidden; Father John Scheer officiating.
Burial was in Cemetery Park Cemetery, Iron Mountain, MI.
She was born Jan. 9, 1907, in Glidden. Her parents were William and Mary (Stangl) Wolf.
She grew up and attended school in Glidden and graduated from Glidden High School.
She atttended Stevens Point Teachers College and taught in Glidden, Iron Mountain and Kansas City.
She married Harold Bessey in June 1934 in Glidden. He preceded her in death in 1973.
The couple owned and operated the Highlands Motel in Kansas City for nine years.
She is survived by a sister, Lucy Eineichner of Glidden and by several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three sisters, Florence Wolf, Bernadine Wolf and Irene Zielke.

Ledvina
Eileen R. Ledvina, 68, of Butternut, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at her home.
Services were held Monday, June 12, at St. Paul’s Luthearn Church, Butternut; Rev. John A. Deitz officiating.
Burial was in Butternut Union Cemetery.
She was born Aug. 8, 1931, in Butternut. Her parents were Otto A. and Nora A. (Bentz) Thoms.
She married Glenn A. Walker Jr. Jan. 6, 1947, in Butternut. He preceded her in death Feb. 20, 1974.
She married Edward F. Ledvina Aug. 9, 1975.
She was a homemaker, devoted mother and loving wife and enjoyed spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband; 12 children, Grace (Donald) Wohlleben, Cheryl (Dennis) Wegner, Connie (Jerald) Wegner, Fred (Marilyn) Walker, Susan (Kenneth) Zierer, Darlene (James) Lynch, Kenneth (Sharon) Walker, Linda (John Jr.) Frydrych, John (Heather) Walker, Judy (Claus) Kraetke, all of Butternut, Scott (Kelly) Walker of Park Falls and Amy (Matt) Blessinger of Milwaukee; 39 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Harold (Helen) Thoms of Park Falls.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; two brothers, Ervin and Donald Thoms; a sister, Ida Niebauer; and a granddaughter, Kristi Frydrych.

Meindl
Ann Meindl, 82,of Park Falls, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at her home.
Services were held Saturday, June 10, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Park Falls; Father James Jackson officiating.
Burial was in Nola Cemetery, Park Falls.
She was born June 17, 1917, in Fifield. Her parents were George and Anna (Woodie) Koller.
She grew up and attended school in Park Falls.
She worked for the St. Anthony’s Parish Rectory for a time.
She married Richard Meindl May 14, 1941, in Park Falls.
The couple lived in Green Bay from 1954 to 1964, and in Michigan until returning to Park Falls in 1983.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Rita LaRock of Oconto Falls; two grandchildren; a great-grandson; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jerome Koller; and two sisters, Margaret Hoefferle and Edna Cole.

Bietka
Bruno Bernard Bietka, 80, of Springstead, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, June 22, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Park Falls; Father James Jackson officiating.
A parish prayer vigil was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at the Novitzke Funeral Home, Park Falls.
Burial was in Nola Cemetery, Park Falls, with military rites under the auspices of Dirrigl-Sawales American Legion Post No. 182 and Heisler-Mockler Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6903, both of Park Falls.
He was born Nov. 30, 1919, in Ashland. His parents were Frank and Rose (Swider) Bietka.
He grew up and attended school in Ashland.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II.
He married Ruth Grudzielanek June 5, 1948, in Milwaukee.
He was a maintenance supervisor at Allen-Bradley Company in Milwaukee for many years. He retired in 1978 and he and his wife moved to Springstead.
He was a volunteer on the Springstead Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Donna (Dale) White of Winchester and Shirley (Bob) Marsh of Lemoore, CA; three grandchildren; a great-grandson; two brothers, Stanley Bietka of Springfield, IL, and Joe (Rita) Bietka of Ashland; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and a sister.

Hanns
Bonnie L. Hanns, 50, of Little Canada, MN, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at her home.
Private internment will be held at Nola Cemetery.
She was born May 15, 1950, in Park Falls. Her parents were Lawrence and Dorothy (Oesterreich) Hanns.
She grew up and attended school in Park Falls and graduated from Park Falls High School.
In 1968, she moved to St. Paul, MN, where she worked for U.S. West Telephone for many years. She then worked at Electro Plate.
She is survived by her father; a brother, Richard (Helen) Hanns of Merrill; an aunt, Margaret (Harry) Schondelmaier of Park Falls; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother in 1996; and an infant sister, Cheryl, in 1945.

Jahn
Barbara T. Jahn, 86, of Park Falls, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at her home.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
She was born Dec. 4, 1913, in Springfield, MN. Her parents were Frank and Frances (Fuenffinger) Groebner.
She married Paul I. Jahn Dec. 4, 1913, in Springfield, MN. He preceded her in death in 1998.
The couple moved to Park Falls in 1955.
She is survived by a daughter, Sandy (Hal) Schultz of Mission, TX; a son, Paul (Leann) Jahnson of Three Lakes; a grandson; three sisters, Cel Abel of St. Peter, MN, Fran Bolstad of Austin, MN, and Maire Frederickson of Minneapolis, MN; a brother, Max Groebner of New Ulm, MN; and by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers, Leo, Albert, Paul and Frank Groebner; and a sister, Terese Wirsing. 

Behreandt
Lee D. Behreandt, 86, of Park Falls, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Park Manor Nursing Home, Park Falls.
Services were held Wednesday, July 5, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Park Falls; Father James Jackson officiating.
Burial was in Nola Cemetery, Park Falls.
He was born Nov. 30, 1913, in Park Falls. His parents were William and Rose (Young)Behreandt.
He was a life-long resident of Park Falls.
He married Verna Kundinger Sept. 14, 1940, in Park Falls.
He worked for the Hines, Roddis and Weyerhauser companies.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Arlene (Ed) Shrader of Park Falls; three grangchildren; five great-grandchildren; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and four sisters.

Linsmeyer
Robert J. Linsmeyer, 71, of Butternut, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at his home.
Services were held Tuesday, June 27, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Butternut; Rev. John A. Deittz and Rev. Michael Paholke officiating.
Burial will be in St. Cecelia Cemetery, Butternut, at a later date.
He was born Oct. 25, 1928, in Butternut. His parents were Fred and Minnie (Christian) Linsmeyer.
He attended school at the Little White School in the town of Agenda.
He married Darlene Holt May 5, 1962, in Butternut.
He was a farmer and logger, and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife; seven children: Bruce Nealey of Salem, Robert Nealey of Medford, Nancy Nealey, Brice (Cindy) Nealey and Larry (Robin) Linsmeyer, all of Butternut, Dennis (Lynn) Linsmeyer of Janesville, and Carol (David) Niehoff of Fifield; 14 grandchildren; a great-grandson; a brother, John (Marion) Linsmeyer of Butternut; a sister, Betty (Don) Miesbauer of Minocqua; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and by a sister Gertrude Dul.
Memorials may be made to Flambeau Home Health and Hospice.

Benson-Chvala
Helen Benson-Chvala, 84, of Park Falls, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at Linden Grove Health Care Center, Menomonee Falls.
Services were held Wednesday, July 12, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Park Falls; Father James Jackson officiating.
Burial was in Nola Cemetery, Park Falls.
She was born Nov. 4, 1915, in Park Falls and was a life-long resident of Park Falls. Her parents were John and Viola (Wandrey) Helbling.
She was a graduate of Park Falls High School.
She married Elmer Benson in 1934. He preceded her in death in 1945.
She married Frank Chvala July 8, 1972, in Park Falls. He preceded her in death in 1992.
A homemaker, she was employed for 25 years as an office clerk at Flambeau Paper company
She was a lifetime member of St. Anthony’s Christian Women.
She is survived by two sons, Gary (JoAnn) Benson of Germantown and William (Claire) Benson of Franklin; two step-sons, Thomas (Charlotte) Chvala of Greendale and Richard (Vicki) Chvala of Sun Prairie; six grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; and a sister, Ruth Wallace.

Ponshock
Robert W. Ponshock, 63, of Phillips, and formerly of Park Falls, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Phillips.
Services were held Saturday, July 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Phillips; Pastor Daniel Ahrens officiating.
Military honors were conducted by Heisler-Mockler Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6903 of Park Falls, Price County Chapter No. 25 of the Disabled American Veterans and Lane Kreiling American Legion Post No. 122 of Phillips.
Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery, Phillips.
He was born Aug. 5, 1936, in Park Falls. His parents were Andrew and Clara (Bendickson) Ponshock.
He grew up and attended school in Park Falls and attended Park Falls High School.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958, serving in Korea and North Africa.
He was employed as an electrician for AAA Electric in Park Falls and as an electrical supervisor at the Flambeau Paper Mill before owning his own business, Bob’s Electric, until his retirement.
He married Carol Obadol Cress Aug. 7, 1993, in Phillips.
He was a member of Heisler-Mockler Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6903 of Park Falls, Price County Chapter No. 25 of the Disabled American Veterans and Lane Kreiling American Legion Post No. 122 of Phillips.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed woodworking.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Jackie (Tim) Kennedy of Park Falls and Debbie (Barry) Trapp of Minocqua; a step-daughter, Lisa (Eric) Bergdahl of Marshfield; two step-sons, Wayne Cress of Menasha and Brian Cress of Oshkosh; eight grandchildren; and two brothers, Marvin Ponshock of Park Falls and Floyd (Marian) Ponshock of Birnamwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, June Rienow and Betty Ryan; and two brothers, Raymond and Merlin.

Schnautz
Mary J. Schnautz, 90, of Butternut, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Park Manor Nursing Home, Park Falls.
Services were held Monday, July 10, at St. George Church, Tinley Park, IL; Father Gerald Walsh officiating
Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL.
A parish prayer vigil was held Friday, July 7, at the Novitzke Funeral Home, Park Falls.
She was born Oct. 4, 1909, in East St. Louis, IL. Her parents were Karli and Rosalia (Lorenz) Thier.
She moved to Chicago at an early age.
She married William F. Schnautz June 17, 1933, in Chicago. He preceded her in death in 1994.
She was a homemaker.
In 1950, the family moved to Park Falls, where they operated a dairy farm until retirement in 1981, when the couple moved to Butternut.
She was a member of the Homemakers Club.
She is survived by three sons, William C. Schnautz of Butternut, Carl Schnautz of Park Falls and Michael (Susan) Schnautz of Butternut; two daughters, Marlene Fulfer of Tinley Park, IL, and Lorraine (William) Goudie of Darien, IL; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Marie Thier of Park Falls; and by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers; and three sisters.

Yoerin
Services for Connie Marie (Dane) Yoerin, 46, were held Monday, July 10, at Holy Apostles Catholic Church.
Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Milwaukee.
She was born Sept. 5, 1953, in Park Falls. Her parents were Leonard Dane and Marian (Pritzl) (Dane) Herbst.
She was employed for 20 years by Johnson Controls.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis K. Yoerin; two children, Sarah and Eric Yoerin; her step-father, Clarence Herbst; a sister, Janet Seefluth; a brother, Dan (Sandy) Dane of Park Falls; and a step-sister, Judi (Ralph) Collins.
She was preceded in death by her father; her mother; and two sisters, Delores (Ed) Griffin and Yvonne (Borris) Brockman.


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