Miscellaneous Pierce County, Wisconsin Obituaries


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Todd F. Snyder, 33
Todd Fredrick Snyder, 33, formerly of Rochester, Minn., died in a traffic accident Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, on Interstate 55, south of Chicago, near Pontiac, Ill.
The son of Norma (Swenson) Nelson, formerly of River Falls, and Frederick Charles Snyder, he was born June 15, 1966, in River Falls, St. Croix County.
He grew up in River Falls and Rhinelander, Chaplin, Conn., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Rochester. He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1984.
He attended the Big Sandy, Tex., campus of Ambassador College for 2 years. In 1987 he transferred to the Pasadena, Calif., campus and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1990, spending a year overseas in Jordan working with children with special needs.
He was employed by Ambassador Television from 1990-1995. He moved to London, England, and worked as a technician for Creative Technology from 1995-1997. He returned to the United States and began working as a computer consultant for Software Spectrum in Chicago, where he was employed until his death.
On July 14, 1991, he married Catherine Elizabeth Brown of Chelmsford, England, in Rochester. Although they were later divorced, they remained close friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Charles Snyder; his grandparents: Walter and Nettie Swenson of River Falls, Charles "Tod" Snyder and Emma "Babe" Snyder Vance of Hastings; and an uncle, David Swenson of Fresno, Calif.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Norma and Lloyd Nelson of Rochester; a brother, Brad Snyder, of Oneida, Ill.; a sister, Mary Snyder of Cincinnati; two step-brothers: Peter and Tadd Nelson of Rochester; three step-sisters: Kathy Lausted of Menomonie, Peggy Moss of Bluffton, Ind., and Amy Nelson of Stewartville, Minn.; four uncles: John and Roger Swenson of River Falls, Richard Snyder of Weyerhaeuser, and Harry Snyder of Hastings, Minn.; four aunts: Arlene Odbert of North Platte, Neb., Shirley Sitz of River Falls, Verda Grefe of Prairie Farm and Edith Hojem of Spring Valley; 18 nieces and nephews; and one grand-nephew.
Funeral was Sunday, Sept. 5, at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, with the Rev. Steve Myers of the United Church of God officiating.
He was buried alongside his father in Lakeside Cemetery, Hastings.

Barbara D. Dopkins, 84
Barbara Dorothy Bruegger Dopkins, 84, of Brainerd, Minn., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at St. Mary's Villa Care Center in Pierz, Minn.
Barbara Dorothy Bruegger Dopkins was born Oct. 6, 1914, to the late George and Carline Bruegger in Bowman, N.D. She and her family moved to the Beldenville area as children and attended the Forestville School and later, River Falls High School.
She met Stanley B. Dopkins at a Fargo School community play and after courting, they were married on Aug. 15, 1935. They farmed in that community.
She was a 4-H leader for Hill and Dale 4-H Club for over 25 years. She belonged to the Fargo Mission Guild and Homemakers Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Carline; her husband, Stanley; and a daughter, Dorothy Pruitt.
Survivors include Lew Walker of Brainerd, Minn., a very special friend for over 32 years; her son, Duane and Janice Dopkins of River Falls; her daughters: Ruth and Bill Moran of Gypsum, Colo., and Muriel and Clinton R. Mercord of Prescott; brothers: George Bruegger of Florida, Usher Bruegger of Albuqueque, N.M., Robert Bruegger of New Jersey; a sister: Edith and Bob Barber of Woodbury, Minn.; a son-in-law, Harold Pruitt; 21 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Friday, Sept. 17, at First Congregational United Church of Christ with the Rev. Delbert Purmann officiating.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Dana Pruitt, David Mercord, Ronald Mercord, Michael Dopkins, Daniel Mercord and Wade Eggers.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Ronald R. Shortreed, 57
Ronald R. Shortreed, 57, of River Falls died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, following a 2-year battle with cancer.
He was preceded in death by his father, Albert; and a sister-in-law, Judie Bacigalupo.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Anita; his son, Jim; his grandson, Jordan; his mother, Dorothy; his brother, Russell; and Kathryn, his sister. Diane and Bob Klein; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral was to be Wednesday, Sept. 22, at noon, at Maple Oaks Funeral Home, 2585 Stillwater Rd., between Century and McKnight roads, St. Paul, with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Interment was to be in Union Cemetery.

Teddy Traynor, 71
Teddy Traynor, 71, of Elmwood died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at United Hospital, St. Paul.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine, of Elmwood; four sons: John and Helen Traynor of River Falls, Phillip and Debbie Traynor of Beldenville, Peter and Karen Traynor of Ellsworth, and Michael Traynor of Ellsworth; seven grandchildren; one sister: Norma Bjornson of El Paso; other relatives and friends.
Reviewal was Sunday at Sacred Heart Church in Spring Valley.
Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, is providing arrangements.

Randall S. Stacy, 38
Randall Scott Stacy, 38, of Alexandria, Va., died in his sleep on Friday, Aug. 6, 1999.
He was born June 12, 1961, in Beloit. He traveled frequently throughout his life, living in Orlando, Philadelphia and San Diego, among other places.
He worked for a time as a flight attendant for United Airlines, until HIV-related health problems forced him to go on disability in 1986.
He met his life partner, Raoul Anderson, in Washington, D.C. They moved together to San Diego in 1988, where Randall worked in the home renovation field. He was adept at carpentry and electrical work, in addition to having a passion for gardening and landscaping. His other hobbies included drawing, painting and collecting knick-knacks.
Randall and Raoul returned to the Washington, D.C. area in 1991 and settled in Alexandria.
He was preceded in death by his beloved dog, Rusty. 
He is survived by his partner, Raoul Anderson; many close friends including Ken Winslow, Phillip Bryson and Caroline and Zachary Phan; his parents: Charlotte Kay Bodette-Stacy and Marvin Stanton Stacy; and his German Shepherd, Erin.
Condolences can be sent to Ken Winslow at 1-703-451-8552, or mailed to 9831 S. Park Circle, Fairfax Station, Va.

Merl A. Youngren, 95
Merl Albert Youngren, 95, of Baldwin died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at the Baldwin Care Center.
He was born May 29, 1904, the son of Frank and Alice (Waldren) Youngren in the town of Verona in Faribault County, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a long-time member of Gilman Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.
At age 11 his family moved to Brooten, Minn., and at age 16, they moved near River Falls. On May 29, 1929, he married Alice Herum in River Falls. They farmed in the town of Martell and the Spring Valley area until 1966.
After retiring the couple moved to Hammond and Merl worked for Green Thumb of Wisconsin for 13 years. In 1995 Merl entered the Baldwin Care Center.
Preceding him in death were his parents: Frank and Alice; his wife, Alice; and his twin brother, Earl Youngren.
Survivors include one son and one daughter: Orlan and Rita Youngren of Stillwater, Minn., and Mavis Hawkins of Maplewood, Minn.; five grandchildren: Kathryn Hawkins, Mark and Julie Youngren, Bradley Hawkins, Deborah and Michael Peterson and Eric Youngren; four great-grandsons: Sterling Just, Conner Youngren, Calvin Youngren and Keller Peterson; one brother, Carl and Ruth Youngren of Riverside, Calif.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral was Monday, Sept. 20, at Gilman Lutheran Church with the Rev. Keith Holste officiating. Music was provided by organist Carole Lynum and vocalist Dorla Holm. 
Burial was in the Gilman Lutheran Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: David Youngren, Terry Youngren, Darren Youngren, Ronald Haas, Douglas Haas and Robert Raehsler.

Wilda M. Deis, 72
Wilda M. Deis, 72, of River Falls, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at St. John's Hospital, Maplewood, Minn.
She was born May 10, 1927, the daughter of Harold Wilson and Lydia (Wilson) Leary. She received her education in River Falls and is a graduate of River Falls High School.
She married Harold Deis on Dec. 1, 1970. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Wilson and Lydia (Wilson) Leary; and her brother, Ed "Pat" Leary.
She is survived by her husband, Harold, of River Falls; her daughter, Linda and Mike Kriel of Cottage Grove, Minn., her grandson: Ted Sitz of St. Paul; her step-sons: Dennis Deis of Milwaukee, Thomas Deis of Milwaukee, Dale Deis of Milwaukee; her step-daughter, Diana Avilo of Milwaukee; a brother, Robert and Rose Leary of River Falls; and a sister, Lydia (Leary) Deans of Boyceville.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Sept. 16, at the River Falls United Methodist Church.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. 
Memorials are preferred to the Wisconsin Heart Association, 795 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee, WI, 53202.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Edwin G. Morrow, 79
Edwin G. Morrow, 79, of Luck and formerly of River Falls, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at his daughter's home in River Falls.
He was born Sept. 10, 1920, in River Falls, the son of Cecil J. and Martha (Mueller) Morrow. He attended River Falls High School. He married Lorraine Gelo on July 1, 1941. He worked most of his life farming and sold real estate.
He was a veteran of World War II and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners.
He was preceded in death by his brothers: LeRoy and Lymann; and his parents: Cecil and Martha.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, of River Falls; his sons: Thomas and Cheryl of River Falls, and Daniel and Mary of River Falls; his daughters: Sandra and Gordon Gieseke of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Lana Flynn of Rochester, Minn., Roxanne Shaide of River Falls and Susan Bass of Rochester, Minn.; a brother, Deforrest Morrow of River Falls; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral was to be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the River Falls United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry McCann officiating.
Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jim Olson, Sr., Jim Olson, Jr., Kyle Morrow, Jim Gelo, Roger Shaide, Jr., and Joelle Murphy.
Cashman Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Benjamin L. Torkelson, 8
Benjaminin Lee Torkelson, 8, of River Falls, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, where he had been a patient since Friday, Sept. 17.
He was born April 22, 1991, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, the son of Dennis and Kris (Bestul) Torkelson.
He was at the third grade level. From birth he dealt with health problems, but that did not stop him from experiencing life. He was learning to play the piano, loved watching and participating in sports and enjoyed the game of Nintendo.
He was intelligent and liked school subjects, especially math; his father nicknamed him, "Professor Ben." He touched many hearts and was loved by his family and many friends.
Preceding him in death were his grandfather, Lloyd Torkelson and a sister, Abigail.
Surviving are his parents, Dennis and Kris Torkelson of River Falls; two sisters, Sarah and Hannah; his paternal grandmother, Marlys Torkelson of Baldwin; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Lola Bestul of Viroqua and six uncles and seven aunts.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at the Abundant Life Church of River Falls, with the Rev. Kevin Humphrey officiating. At the service music was provided by the Music Ministry of the Abundant Life Church and Ben's mother, Kris Torkelson, sang a special song. The scripture reading was by Sharon Handrahan and the eulogy was given by Ann Finstad.
Visitation was Thursday, Sept. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin and one hour prior to the church service.
Burial was in Woodside Cemetery in the town of Rush River where pallbearers were Kurt Bestul, Gary Torkelson, Jim Torkelson and Rod Torkelson.
Memorials to the family are preferred.

Clemens J. Denzer, 84
Clemens J. Denzer, 84, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at St. Michael's Lutheran Home in Fountain City.
He was born May 5, 1915, in the town of Trimbelle in Pierce County, the son of Henry and Helena (Hauth) Denzer. On July 3, 1940, he married Shirley Green in Iowa. She died April 10, 1990.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; his parents: Henry and Helena; five brothers: Barney, Henry, Jr., John, Ferdinand, and Frank; and a sister, Helena Kullman.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia and Bruce Spriggle of Cochrane; two grandsons: Bill and Bart; one granddaughter, Roberta; two great-granddaughters; and one sister, Margaret Hartwig of River Falls.
A Memorial Mass was Friday, Sept. 24, at St. Bridget Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerald Harris officiating.
Burial will be at a later date at the Bay City Cemetery in Bay City.

John "Buster" Branigan, 73
John "Buster" Branigan, 73, of River Falls died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at the Kinnic Long Term Care Center.
He was born Sept. 10, 1926, in Milwaukee, the son of Ed and Mildred Branigan. He graduated from River Falls High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He is retired from 3M Chemolite Company.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Barb; two sons: Mike and Pat and Deb Branigan, all of River Falls; one granddaughter, Hope; one brother, Bud and Marc; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A private service was held Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Mann Valley Cemetery.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Douglas D. Luepke, 34
Douglas D. Luepke, 34, of Glenwood City, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, in a motorcycle accident.
He was born July 24, 1965, in Menomonie, the son of Sherman and Donna (Maes) Luepke. He was raised in the Glenwood City area, where he graduated from high school in 1993.
He worked in construction since high school and the past several years for Opus Construction. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved the outdoors. His smile, laugh and sense of humor will be sadly missed. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Sherman; his brother, Danny; his paternal grandparents, Anna and Herman Luepke; and his maternal grandfather, August Maes.
He is survived by one daughter, Amanda Peabody of Oshkosh; his mother, Donna and Dwight Reese of Cumberland; four sisters and two brothers: Sandy and Rodney Holldorf of River Falls, Cindy and Armon Hetzel of Downing, Deb and Jim Gese of Withrow, Minn., Duane and Ellice Reese of Cumberland, Lisa and Dan Smith of Glenwood City, and Jason Luepke of Tennessee; his grandmother: Rosella Maes of Glenwood City; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Glenwood City with the Rev. Ralph Thompson officiating.
Burial will be in the Glenwood City Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Everts Funeral Home on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 5-9 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Thursday.
Memorials are preferred.

Brandon "Brandy" Brenna, 28
Brandon "Brandy" Brenna, 28, of River Falls, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis, the result of injuries sustained in a car accident that occurred on Friday, Sept. 24. He was a passenger in a company truck and traveling to a work site when the accident happened.
He was born Aug. 31, 1971, in River Falls, the son of Bob Brenna and Debbie (Erickson) Huppert. He graduated from River Falls High School in 1989.
He attended St. Cloud University and Winona State before moving to San Diego for 3 years where he worked for Doors Etc. and as a cabinet maker and remodeler.
He returned to River Falls last August and worked at Earthworks until his recent job with a roofing company.
Brandon loved painting, writing poetry, playing music with his friends and hiking in the woods by the Kinnickinnic River. People will remember him as an honest, kind and caring person - one who loved to be surrounded by family and friends.
As a tribute to Brandy's caring ways, many of his organs were donated and are now giving the gift of life to others.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Brenna, Sr.; and his step-grandfather, Myron Morrow.
Survivors include his mother and step-father: Debbie and Pat Huppert; a brother, Travis; a sister, Maggie; his father and step-mother: Bob and Ginny Brenna; his step-brother, Jeff Hesselman; his step-sister, Heidi Olson; his grandparents: Loretta Brenna, Paul and Helen Erickson, Romaine and Walter Cudd; his step-grandmothers: Peg Huppert and Betty Morrow; his aunts and uncles: Sandy (Erickson) McTie, Cathy and Matt Most, Theresa and Eugene Jonas, Wally and Mary Cudd, Mick and Louise Huppert, Tim and Linda Huppert, Lenny Brenna, Steve and Char Brenna, David Brenna, Jeff and Cheryl Brenna, Randy Brenna, and Tom Morrow; many cousins and friends.
Funeral was Monday, Oct. 4, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Bill Montgomery officiating.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Travis Huppert, Jeff Levi, Brian Hanson, Ryan Brenna, Jason Schrank, and Pat Kealy.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Duane C. Paulson, 77
Duane C. Paulson, 77, of River Falls, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Aug. 18, 1922, in Seymour, the son of Levi and Alma (Halvorson) Paulson. He was raised in the River Falls area and graduated from River Falls High School in 1939.
On May 13, 1950, he married Laurine Tresselt at the First Congregational Church of River Falls.
Duane's love of farming and raising cattle are reflected in one of his favorite pastimes: showing Angus cattle during the 1940s at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls, the Minnesota State Fair, or several other county fairs.
He owned a 230-acre farm just north of River Falls where he raised a variety of feedlot cattle. That led to his becoming station manager for the St. Croix Valley Bull Testing Station for the past 16 years.
Duane was honored this past weekend with a dinner at the Coachman in Baldwin for his outstanding contributions to the beef industry. The honor was given by the Board of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Beef Improvement Association.
He is remembered for his smile, his sense of humor and telling stories about life's lessons of patience, tolerance and understanding others.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Alma; and his brother, Leslie Paulson.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Laurine, of River Falls; his daughters, Phoebe and Lee Shourds of River Falls, Suzanne and Tom Sherry of River Falls, and Ila and Richard Holman of Baldwin; his son, Jeffrey Paulson of Chetek; six grandchildren: Adam Denn of Hastings, Minn., Cassandra and Levi Denn of River Falls, Jodie, Sarah and Krista Holman of Baldwin; nine step-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, with visitation one hour before the service at the church.
Memorials are preferred.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Harris Albertson, 86
Harris Albertson, 86, of Hammond died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond. He had been a resident at the care center since May of 1999.
He was born on Nov. 19, 1912, in Deer Park, the son of William and Anna (Oak) Albertson. He attended grade school in Deer Park and later Cloverleaf School north of Baldwin.
On March 30, 1934, he married Eleanor Albrecht at Zion Lutheran Parsonage by the Rev. Lewis in Woodville. They had two children: Donald and Pat Albertson and Patty and Donald Brathol.
Harris and Eleanor farmed for 39 years north of Woodville. He also did mechanical work at the Pontiac garage in Woodville and did carpentry work.
He worked for his brother, Norman, who had the River Falls Insulation business. He was a hard worker, always giving of himself and willing to lend a helping hand.
In the fall of 1973 Harris and Eleanor sold the farm and moved to Hammond. He accepted the job of area supervisor for the Green Thumb Program, a federally funded program that helped people over the age of 54 with general improvements in the 9-county area. He enjoyed it very much.
He was an area supervisor for 14 years. He enjoyed all sports and was the time-keeper for the Baldwin-Woodville basketball team for 17 years. He also served on the Parkview Board for a number of years.
He was preceded in death by two sisters: Ina and Henry Price, and Emily and Woodrow Wilson; two brothers: Norman Albertson and Willard and Thelma Albertson; and a half-sister: Alice and Score Young.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eleanor; his daughter, Patty and Donald Brathol of Hammond; his son, Donald H. and Pat Albertson of River Falls; nine grandchildren: Mike and Kendra Albertson of Mondovi, Randy and Pam Albertson of Altoona, Dennis Albertson and Michelle Lubinski of Hudson, Sherri Albertson of River Falls, Donald W. Albertson of St. Paul, Brian Johnson of Menomonie, Daniel and Marci Johnson of Des Moines, Barry and Kara Brathol of Somerset, Adam Brathol of Hammond; seven great-grandchildren: Nicki, Peter, Jason and Missy Albertson, Patrick and Breanna Johnson and Meghan Brathol; a sister-in-law, Pearl Albertson of River Falls, and one half-brother, Alfred and Ferris Landaal of River Falls.
Funeral was to be Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m., at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church north of Woodville with the Rev. Wayne Hilgendorf officiating. Organist was Jeanne Steffen and vocalist was grandson Mike Albertson, with congregational singing.
Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Harris' grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorials are preferred.

Clara E. Killian, 101
Clara Elizabeth Killian, 101, of Prescott died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at the St. Croix Care Center in Prescott.
She was born March 2, 1898, in rural Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank and Anna Pechacek Hrdina. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Anna; her husband, Raymond Killian; her sister, Millie Motl; and her great-grandson, Joshua Eggers.
She is survived by her daughters: Leona and Dwight Eggers of Cuba City, and Joan and Louis Thom of Prescott; her son: Norman and Donna Killian of Prescott; and her sister: Anna Johnson of Prescott.
Funeral was Saturday, Oct. 2, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prescott, with the Fr.Thomas Mannion officiating. 
Pallbearers were: Jerry Killian, Thomas Killian, Kim Eggers, Dick Gile, Randy Eggers and Butch Luedke.
Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Prescott.

Joan E. Hartenstein, 39
Joan E. Hartenstein, 39, of River Falls, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at the River Falls Area Hospital following a year long battle with melanoma skin cancer.
She was born Feb. 10, 1960, in Albany, N.Y., the daughter of Norman E. and Vivian (Folsom) Olson.
She graduated from River Falls High School in 1978. She married Wade Hartenstein.
She was a senior systems analyst at Minnesota Life since 1980.
She enjoyed jogging, cross-country skiing, in-line skating, all outside activities and family activities.
Survivors include her husband, Wade Hartenstein; her son, Dustin Hartenstein; her daughter, Taryn Hartenstein; her brother, Tony and Roxanne Olson of River Falls; her sisters: Kathy Singleton of Manassas, Va., Deina Walsh of Rochester, N.Y., and Linda Jimenez of Omaha, Neb.; and many other relatives.
There was a time of remembrance on Friday evening, Oct. 1, at the Cashman Mortuary, and also at her home, on Saturday.

Robert G. Geiger, 49
Robert G. Geiger, 49, of Lafayette, La., died of cancer on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Lafayette General Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 25, 1950, in Baldwin, the son of Eugene and Audrey (Russell) Geiger. He grew up on a farm in Spring Valley and was baptized and confirmed at Gilman Lutheran Church. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1968 and attended UW-Stout in Menomonie. Most recently he was self-employed as an independent construction contractor.
He married Marlene Weiman in Menomonie in 1969. They separated in 1979. They had one daughter, Josephine Ann.
He married Donna Quellhorst in Lafayette in 1996. They have one son, Nickolas Connor.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Robert and Marthine Geiger and George and Astrid Russell.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Geiger, and his son, Nickolas, both of Lafayette; a daughter, Josephine Geiger and a granddaughter, Emma Abbott, of St. Paul; his parents: Eugene and Audrey Geiger of Spring Valley; his sisters: Linda and Wayne Miklian of River Falls, Christine and Bill Hinzman of Spring Valley, and Sandra Bock of St. Joseph, Minn.; a brother: Gary Geiger of Sandwich, Ill.; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral was held at Delhommer Northside Chapel on Saturday, Sept. 25, with the Rev. Spiller Milton, pastor of First United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Lafayette.
Pallbearers were Larry Sikes, Emile Henley, Todd Rayburn, Gary Geiger, Eugene Geiger and David Quellhorst.

Elaine N. McCann, 74
Elaine N. McCann, 74, of Chandler, Ariz., formerly of River Falls and Webster, died Oct. 6, 1999.
She was born in El Paso on Oct. 23, 1924, the daughter of George and Hilda (Nelson) Holden.
She was a bank teller at the First National Bank for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Richard, of Chandler, Ariz.; her children: Rosemary McCann of Hudson, Pat and Bruce Wisse of Wausau, and Jack and Jayne McCann of Chandler, Ariz.; five grandchildren: Matt Wisse, Kate and Mark Reineking, Laura Eastman, Brandon McCann and Aaron McCann; and one sister: Rosalie Meier of Arizona.
Funeral was Tuesday, Oct. 12, at St. Bridget Catholic Church.
Burial was to be in the Martell Methodist Cemetery in Martell.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Douglas O. Schweizer, 77
Douglas O. Schweizer, 77, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999, at home on the family farm following a long battle with emphysema.
He was born Oct. 17, 1922, in River Falls, to Fred and Rose (Gunter) Schweizer. He worked his land in River Falls his entire life, along with working a full-time job at Con-Agra Flour Mill in Hastings, Minn.
He was a devoted husband to his wife, Margaret, and a loving father to his children: Jerry, Carol, Diane, Larry, and Gary.
He enjoyed teasing his nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was a hard-working, proud man and was loved by everyone. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his children and their spouses: Jerry and Carol, Carol and Jay, Diane and Arnie, Larry and Marty, and Gary and Kathy; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his sister, Evelyn of San Antonio.
A memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, with a rosary service beginning at 9 a.m.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Mann Valley Cemetery.
The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

Vera L. Schmidt, 73
Vera L. Schmidt, 73, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at the Kinnic Long Term Care facility.
She was born March 26, 1926, in Bass Lake, Minn., the daughter of John and Hulda (Nimz) Hinz. She married Louis Schmidt on March 3, 1942, in Ellsworth. He died in 1995.
She worked for the Red Wing Shoe Company for a short time and for Smead Manufacturing in Hastings, Minn. She and Louis lived in the Big River area until moving to rural Ellsworth, where they farmed together.
She enjoyed crocheting, flowers and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Hulda; her husband, Louis; one daughter, Donna Mae; and one brother, Floyd.
She is survived by five children: Mary Lou and Wendell Kubera of Lublin, Jerry and Jane Schmidt of Ellsworth, Jim and Kathy Schmidt of Hager City, Margaret and Ron Haugen of Ellsworth, and Arlene Schmidt and Jim Belmore of Menomonie; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four brothers: Kenneth and Betty Hinz of River Falls, Keith and Bettie Hinz of Ellsworth, Lester Hinz of Minneapolis and Gilbert Hinz of Monticello, Mo.
Funeral was Saturday, Oct. 30, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Ellsworth, with the Rev. J. Keith Trembath officiating.
Interment was in the Pine Glen Cemetery in Prescott.

Violet L. Gavic, 67
Violet Lorraine Rame Gavic, 67, known by her family and friends as "Vonnie," died Thursday, Oct. 26, 1999, at her home in Woodbury, Minn., following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born in Frost, Minn., and attended country grade school. She moved with her family to Bricelyn, Minn., and was confirmed at North Blue Earth Lutheran Church. She graduated from Bricelyn High School in 1949 and attended Mankato Commercial College in Mankato, Minn.
She was employed as a secretary for the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Omaha Railway in St. James, Minn. She then joined the staff of KYSM Radio in Mankato and worked as director of continuity for 2 years.
She married Robert Gavic in 1954. She lived in Spring Valley from 1954-95, where she raised four children. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, was active in the community and enjoyed participating in community theatre.
She joined Durand Federal Savings and Loan in 1979 and was assistant branch manager until 1984. She was administrative assistant for the Cooperative Educational Service Agency #11 in Elmwood from 1988-92.
She moved to Woodbury in 1995. Until her recent illness she enjoyed serving as a volunteer in the nursery at United Hospital, St. Paul.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lars and Lena Rame; her sisters and brothers-in-law: Alida and Cleve Eldred, Bertha and Dee Hargrave, Donald Flo, and Dick Earl.
She is survived by her children: Jorv and Jaci Gavic of River Falls, Jeri and Sam Quy of Woodbury, Minn., Jean Gavic of Woodbury, Minn., and Kari and John Delaney of Stillwater, Minn.; 12 grandchildren: Kaci, Brandon, Collin, and Mackenzie Gavic, Olivia Quy, Lindsey and Kathryn Anderson, Kiandra Trealoff, and Kevin, Megan, Walker, and Ayden Delaney; her siblings: Midge and Troy Franusich, Helge and Lucille Rame, Astrid Earl, Signe and John Beaty, and Art and Barb Rame; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Friday, Oct. 29, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, with the Rev. Reinhold Markwart officiating.
Music was provided by organist David Goulette and vocalist Lindsey Anderson. 
Burial was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.
Pallbearers were: Roy Earl, David Flo, Neil Rame, Paul Gavic, James Gavic, and Derrick Rame.

Eva J. Wichman, 74
Eva Jean Wichman, 74, of River Falls, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at the Kinnic Long Term Care center after a series of illnesses.
She was born Jan. 19, 1925, in River Falls, the daughter of Dan and Florence (Fierce) Linehan. She grew up in River Falls and graduated from River Falls High School. She attended college in River Falls for one year, where she met and then married Carl Wichman on Dec. 27, 1944, at the St. Paul Cathedral.
Her athleticism started at 6 weeks of age when she was able to stand in her father's palm, which earned her a place in Ripley's "Believe It or Not," column. She earned numerous medals in diving competitions in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her coach said she was Olympic caliber.
She combed many a head of hair in helping her husband with school pictures.
She will be mostly missed because of her genuine goodness, sweetness and infectious Irish sense of humor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Florence Linehan; her husband, Carl; her sister, Jenny; and her brothers, Ed, John, Howard, Harry, David, Dickie, and Tom Linehan.
She is survived by her sisters: Harriet Mueller and Helen Ann Holmes; her brothers: Jim and Dan Linehan; her children: Pat and Dean Bennett of Luck, Carla of St. Croix Falls, Phil of River Falls, Jane and Jeff Hinz of Star Prairie and Sandy and Roger VanBeek of Roberts; her six grandchildren: Jay and Teri Bennett, Jennifer and Joe Hinz, Travis Wichman and Luke VanBeek, who honored her as pallbearers; and a great-granddaughter, Kallie Jo Hinz.
The funeral was Nov. 2 at St. Bridget Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerald Harris officiating. Burial was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to the River Falls Chapter of the American Legion Auxiliary of which she was a member.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.

Guy K. Phernetton, 97
Guy "Pete" Kenneth Phernetton, 97, of Red Wing, Minn., died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Fairview Seminary Home.
He was born May 24, 1902, in Centerville, the son of James and Mary (Hampton) Phernetton. He attended schools in Pierce County and then married Myrtle Olson in 1926. They farmed a number of years in Pierce County. Myrtle died in 1947.
On Aug. 26, 1948, he married Agnes Clobes at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Red Wing. They lived in Red Wing, where he was employed by Baystate Mill, retiring in 1967. Agnes died Jan. 24, 1986.
He traveled with his brother, Rob, after retiring and enjoyed gardening. He also enjoyed the love of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Myrtle and Agnes; one daughter, Shirley Goulette; one granddaughter, Dawn Latzke; and one great-grandson, Steven Riegelman; six brothers: Melvin, Rob, Russell, Silas, Ray and Tommy; three sisters: Alice, Zilda and Minerva; and two step-daughters: Avery Stapel and Joan Risberg.
He is survived by one son, Kenneth E. and Delores Phernetton of Hastings, Minn.; one step-daughter, Joyce and Dick Carter of Denver; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Peace Lutheran Church in Baldwin with the Rev. John Hanson officiating.
Burial was in the North Rush River Cemetery, rural Baldwin.
Pallbearers were Chad Perry, Kenny and Jason Phernetton, Dan, Danny and Lance Poellinger, Lee Rogers, Chad and Duane Swanson.

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