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Obituaries

Renee Jeane Larrieu, age 85

    Renee Jeane Larrieu, age 85, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the River Falls Area Hospital.

   Renee was born December 13, 1927, the daughter of Helmer and Ruth (Keyser) Waller in Spring Valley. She was baptized and confirmed and a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley.

   Renee grew up and attended school in Spring Valley and graduated with the Class of 1945. On November 16, 1946, Renee married Donald Larrieu at St. John's in Spring Valley. They farmed in Cady Township for about 20 years. In 1967, they sold the farm and moved to Spring Valley. Renee began her career as bus driver for the school and retired after 30 years. She enjoyed needlework and travelling. She was an avid sports fan and followed the Spring Valley Cardinals, the Packers, and the Badgers.

   Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Donnie who died in 2003; an infant son Timothy; nephew Larry Olstad; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lyle Olstad, Clifford and Dean Larrieu; and Irvin 'Shorty' and Signa Larrieu.

   Survivors include her three sons: Terry Larrieu of Philadelphia; Jeff (Margit) Larrieu of Walla Walla, Washington; and Paul (Judy) Larrieu of Severance, Colorado; one granddaughter Michelle Larrieu of Bozeman, Montana; sister Lucille Olstad of Elmwood; one grandson Cole (Kristin) Larrieu of River Falls; two nieces: Gail (Gene) Helmer of Elmwood; and Barb (Ken) Kelly of Great Falls, Montana; other relatives and friends.

   Pallbearers were Aaron Miley, Cole Larrieu, Bert Lansing, Cory Ducklow, Richard Johnson, and Dale Strom.

   Visitation was Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 1-3 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Funeral service was at 3 p.m. with Rev. Erin Nelson officiating. Mary Nelson was organist and Sharon Nelson vocalist. Burial was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.

Keehr Funeral Home, (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) Spring Valley handled arrangements.

John Alfred Krause, age 24

   John Alfred Krause, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Krause, was born March 11, 1945, in Minneapolis, MN, and met his untimely death in an auto-train accident, Saturday, October 6, 1969, near Rockford, MN, enroute home from his employment.
    He was baptized in the Lutheran faith in infancy, later confirmed in the Methodist faith, and presently attending Zion Lutheran Church at Buffalo, MN.
    After graduating from the Spring Valley High School he attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
    On August 10, 1963, he was united in marriage to Barbara L. Jones of Spring Valley at the Methodist Church in Knapp. This union was blessed with one son, Matthew. Following their marriage they lived in Minneapolis until about one and one half years ago when they moved to Buffalo, MN where he was employed as a Marketing Representative for the Standard Oil Company.
    Preceding him in death were his grandfathers, John Haster and Alfred Krause.
    Surviving are: His wife, Barbara, and son, Matthew, of Buffalo, MN; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Krause, of rural Elmwood, WI; one sister, Nancy (Mrs. Marlyn Van), St. Paul Park, MN; one brother, Joseph, Elmwood, WI; grandmother, Mrs. John Haster, Ellsworth, WI; grandmother, Mrs. Alfred Krause, Maiden Rock, WI; four nieces and nephews, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
    Visitation was held Monday afternoon and evening at the Geving and Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, with funeral services Tuesday, October 21, at the Rock Elm Methodist Church, Rev. Barnard Setterlund officiated. Burial was in the Poplar Hill Cemetery, Rock Elm. Bearers were: Roger Wermager, Charles Madson, Larry Hopwood, Richard O’Connell, Kenneth Timm and Kenneth Raasch. Members of the Standard Oil Company District Dealer Organization Group attended the funeral as honorary pall bearers.

Clarice “Toots” Leehe, age 93

   Clarice “Toots” Leehe, age 93, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Sunday, September 29 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

   Clarice Janet ‘Toots’ Leehe was born June 29, 1920 in Baldwin, Wisconsin to Einar and Mary (Jackson) Erickson of Wilson. She died September 29, 2013 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She reached the age of 93years and 3 months. Clarice was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong member of Wilson Lutheran Church, Wilson, Wisconsin.
Clarice grew up in Springfield Township and attended Wilson School through 10th grade. On December 23, 1937 she was united in marriage to Lyle E. Leehe by Rev J. Lewis at Woodville. They were blessed with three children; Lyle (Bud), Selmer (Sam) and Linda. They lived in Wilson and several Midwest and Western states traveling for Lyle’s road construction work. In the 1940’s they ran a grocery store in Wilson and then upon returning from California moved back to their farm south of Wilson in the 1950’s. In addition to raising their family, Toots worked as a waitress/bartender for many years, including for the Johnson’s and the Purple Door in Woodville.
Toots loved music. As a young girl, she and her brother Charlie sang and played the banjo, accordion, and guitar at a variety of events as they dressed in Western outfits made by their mom and traveled with their dad in his Model T in several area counties. Toots continued to play accordion for many years.
    Toots was a member of the Wilson Mother’s Club that took turns cooking meals for the Wilson School children and also earning money to purchase playground equipment. She was a member of the Ladies Aid at Wilson Lutheran. She loved cooking, gardening, and doing fine embroidery and cross stitch. As in her school years, she enjoyed reading, math and studying about the places she and Lyle had traveled. She was a very hospitable lady always comforting and serving her visitors coffee and refreshments. Above all, she cherished and took overwhelming joy in her children, grandkids and great grandkids who loving called her “Grandma Tootsie Roll”. She moved from Wilson and lived in Spring Valley since 1998 with her little dog, Teeko.
    She was preceded in death by her husband Lyle; parents; son Sam Leehe; daughter-in-law Celia Leehe; brother Charles Erickson; brothers and sisters-in-law: Robert Leehe, Loren Leehe, Frederick Leehe, Marvel Schlosser, Helen Fritz, Vera Peterson and Elsie Erickson.
Clarice is greatly missed by her son Lyle ‘Bud’ Leehe of Danbury, Wisconsin; daughter-in-law Janet Leehe of Amery; and daughter Linda (Dean) Rambo of Spring Valley; also six grandchildren: Steven (Tess) Leehe, Brenda James, Brent Leehe, Kristine Leehe Dodge, DeeAnn Rambo, Heidi (Darren) Rambo Peterson; thirteen great grandchildren: Derrick and Nathan Leehe; Sean and Emily James; Cody, Caileea and Brendan Leehe; Sawyer, Owen and Maren Dodge; Evan, Ryan, and Aran Peterson; and great great granddaughter Ciara Leehe; sisters-in-law: Patricia Leehe, Velta Trealoff, Marge Leehe, and Mildred King; brothers-in-law Hans Leehe and Jim Schlosser; many other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held for one hour prior to the funeral service which was on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Wilson Lutheran Church, Wilson with Rev Douglas Brandt and Vicar Bob Dahm officiating. Mary Brandt was organist and Mary and Joe Menter provided special music. Burial was at Spring Lake Public Cemetery, Spring Lake Township, Wisconsin.
Bearers were: Brent Leehe, Kris Dodge, Jeff Leehe, Dean Rambo, Darren Peterson, Brendan Leehe, and Steven Leehe.

Rosalie Moran, age 74

    Rosalie Moran, age 74, of El Paso Township died suddenly on September 19. Rosalie was born July 6, 1939, the daughter of Carroll and Myrtle (Thompson) Gaustad at Baldwin, Wis. She grew up and attended school at Baldwin, graduating with the Class of 1957.
    On Nov. 25, 1961, Rosalie married Barry Moran at Hammond, Wis. They have lived and raised their family in El Paso ever since. Rosalie worked at Smeads in River Falls and also at McMillan Electric in Woodville. She was a fun loving lady who was not afraid to speak her mind. In 1994 she suffered a stroke and was unable to continue working. Rosalie enjoyed reading, playing games, and visiting with family and friends. She had a lovely ability to connect with children and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    She has now been joined together with her parents; brother Peter Gaustad; and son Brendan who died just two months ago, on July 27.
    Rosalie will be greatly missed by her husband Barry of El Paso; her children: Cheryl (Randy) Husfloen of El Paso, Patricia (Mike Flett) of Ellsworth, Brian Moran, and Melissa Moran of El Paso; grandchildren: Luke (Emmy) Husfloen and Alex Husfloen, Morgan Christopherson, Ashtyn Moran and Cierra Kennedy; great-grandchildren Logan, Brianna, and Marley. Siblings: Marlys DeSmith of Hammond, Charlene Snyder of Azusa, Calif., Diane Jeske of Glenwood City, Janice Knipfel of Green Bay, Carolyn (Stanley) Hanson of Baldwin, Madolyn (Laurence) Vier of Baldwin, Phyllis Raehsler of Baldwin, Thomas (Sandy) Gaustad of Woodville. Sister-in-law Harriett Anderson of El Paso; many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, at Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley. Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley with Fr. Kevin Louis and Deacon Kevin Ray officiating.
    Music was provided by guitarist Tom Gaffe and the Sacred Heart Church Choir. Burial was at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, El Paso Township, Wis. Bearers were: Pete Gaustad, Tim Gaustad, Mike DeSmith, Mark Anderson, Brett Anderson, and Terry Sweeney. Honorary bearers were Randy Husfloen, Luke Husfloen, Alex Husfloen, and Mike Flett.

Emily Hampton, age 88

   Emily Hampton, age 88, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Sunday, August 11, 2013 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

   Emily Hampton, age 88, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Sunday, August 11, 2013 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
    Emily was born April 15, 1925, the daughter of Jayhu and Agnes (McMenamin) Hampton in Cady Township, St. Croix County, Wisconsin. She was baptized at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley. She was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church and been a lifelong member. From the age of 10, Emily lived with her Grandpa and Grandma Hampton to take care of them on the family farm. After her grandparents died, she took care of her Uncle Leon Hampton. She also worked at Park View Home in Woodville for many years, picked apples at Connell’s Orchard, and was a member of the Spring Valley Area Historical Association and the HoneyDoers Homemakers Club. She loved to scrapbook and write in her diary which she has kept up since 1936.
    Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers John, Bernard, Roger and Hugh; sister Joan Brunkhorst; sister-in-law Myrtle Hampton; brothers-in-law Gerald ‘Louie’ Brunkhorst and Everett Meyers; and nieces Donna Hampton and Jeri Brunkhorst and nephew Patrick Smith.
    She is survived by 3 sisters: Shirley Hampton and Carol Meyers of Spring Valley and Diane (Bill) Smith of Wilson; in-laws: Fran Hampton of Menomonie; Rita Hampton of Spring Valley, Mary Hampton of Spring Valley, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends..
    Visitation was on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Funeral service was on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, Wisconsin with Rev. Erin Nelson officiating. Organist was Linda Anderson and vocalist was John Terkelsen. Burial was in the Brookville Cemetery, Eau Galle Township,St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Pallbearers were Jay Meyers, Shane Meyers, Joe Hampton, Gary Hampton, Shelly Ninneman, Charlene Connell, Kathy Miller and Kari Hillstead.

Richard 'Rick' Boardman, age 47

   Richard 'Rick' Boardman, age 47, of Spring Valley, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire after a tough battle with cancer.

   Rick was born March 24, 1966, the son of Charles and Elaine (McArdle) Boardman in Janesville, Wisconsin. He grew up at Elkhorn and graduated from Elkhorn High School with the Class of 1984. He worked for Hibler Services in Elkhorn while in school and for a while after graduation. He moved to Spring Valley shortly after graduation where he met his future wife Theresa Whirry. They were married June 18, 1988 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. Rick and Theresa moved to Elkhorn and lived there from 1988 until 1992 when they moved back to Spring Valley.
    Rick worked at the grocery store in Spring Valley and for Timberline Construction. His expertise was as a large machine operator. He also worked as a carpenter doing commercial drywall installation. He was a member of the Union Local 563.
    Rick loved the outdoors and loved to hunt. Other hobbies and pastimes include spending time with his girls, loved to build things out of wood, he never sat still, and was always busy.
    Preceding him in death were his dad Charles G. Boardman; and grandparents: Charles H. Boardman; Amy (Larson) Boardman; William McArdle; and Catherine (McGowen) McArdle.
    Survivors include his wife Theresa of Spring Valley; 2 daughters: Nicky Boardman and Kaitlin Boardman of Spring Valley; his mother Elaine Boardman of Elkhorn; 2 brothers: Tim (Tracey) Boardman of Wilson and their children Jesse, Justine, and Tristan; and Bob Boardman of Elkhorn; father-in-law and mother-in-law Larry and Jane Whirry of Spring Valley; many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
    Visitation is on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Funeral service is on Sunday, June 2 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Johns with Rev. Erin Nelson officiating. Burial is in St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley. Pallbearers are: Jeff Peterson, Scott Maynard, Todd Peterson, Dean Shilling, Russ Hines, and Kevin Whirry.

Donald H. Sukowatey, age 61
    Donald H. Sukowatey, age 61, of Hudson, passed away Aug. 4. Don was born Nov. 2, 1951, in Plum City, Wis., the son of Herman and Carol (Webster) Sukowatey. Don graduated from Spring Valley High School, the class of 1969. Don furthered his education with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He became a licensed real estate broker in 1977. In 1980, he started his own firm and purchased the Sukowatey Professional Building, located in downtown Hudson, 126 2nd Street. Don worked as a broker of Coldwell Banker - First Choice Realty. He was united in marriage on Oct. 25, 1980, to Carol Jacobson. Their marriage was blessed with four daughters.
    Outside of his career, Don enjoyed being on his boat and skiing on the St. Croix River. He also enjoyed playing volleyball, basketball, and tennis. He was an outdoorsman and took pleasure in fishing and hunting. Don treasured his time with his family, especially lying out by their pool and taking weekend trips up to their cabin in Trego, Wis. Don truly enjoyed his life. He worked hard and played hard. He was an amazing husband, dad, grandpa, and uncle. Don was a good friend to others and was a father figure to many young people. His smile and caring heart will be dearly missed.
    Don is survived by his wife, Carol; daughters, Lisa (David) Linda, Yesna (Dave) Sukowatey, Melissa (Josh) Sukowatey, and Ashley (Kyle) Sukowatey-Simpson; grandchildren, Gregory, Matthew, Cassie, Shawn, Harlen, Brock, and baby girl Simpson on the way; great-grandchildren, Aaron, Jayden, and Chloie; mother, Carol; brothers, Alan, Tom, and Perry; sisters, Sue, Mary, and Judy; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Herman; uncles, Max and Bud; and aunt, Mary.
    Funeral services will take place 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, 520 S. 11th St., with a visitation from 12 noon until the time of the service. Interment will take place at Willow River Cemetery of Hudson.
    Funeral services are entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, 715-386-3725, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.

Brendan Moran, age 39

   Brendan Moran, age 39 of Ellsworth, Wisconsin died suddenly on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Mayo Health System, in Rochester, Minnesota.
    Brendan was born April 13, 1974 to Barry and Rosalie (Gaustad) Moran in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley. Brendan grew up in El Paso and attended Ellsworth Schools, graduating in 1992. After high school he attended Stout University at Menomonie and the Minnesota School of Drafting.
    Brendan married Kim Kennedy in 2003. The 'light of his life' was the birth of their daughter Ashtyn. Most of all, Brendan loved the time he spent with his daughters Ashtyn and Cierra.
    He was preceded in death by his grandparents Frank and Ida (Larson) Moran and Carroll and Myrtle (Thompson) Gaustad.
    Brendan will be greatly missed by his daughters Ashtyn Moran and Cierra Kennedy. His parents Barry and Rosalie, his siblings Cheryl (Randy) Husfloen, Patricia (Mike Flett), Brian and Melissa. His nephews Luke (Emmy) Husfloen and Alex Husfloen, niece Morgan Christopherson. Great nieces Marley, Brianna and great nephew Logan, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.   

   Visitation was on Thursday, August 1 from noon until 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley. Memorial funeral service for Brendan followed at 2 p.m. with Deacon Kevin Ray officiating. Urn bearers were Luke Husfloen and Alex Husfloen. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, El Paso Township, Wisconsin.

Myrtle Neidermyer, age 96

   Myrtle Neidermyer, age 96 , of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Friday, August 2, 2013 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
    Myrtle was born January 19, 1917, the daughter of Albert and Martha (Bengtson) Johnson in Trimbelle Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. She grew up in the Ellsworth area and attended Ellsworth Schools. Myrtle worked at a restaurant in Martel, Wisconsin and also milked cows for a few years. She was a seamstress and worked for various companies. Some of the things she made were draperies, coats, and stuffed animals.
    Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Ernest who died in 1995; 1 sister Mildred Johnson; and 4 brothers: Loren Johnson, Kenneth Johnson, Stanley Johnson, and Elroy Johnson.
Survivors include 2 daughters and 2 sons: Donna (Monte) Anderson of Spring Valley; Gerald (Margaret) Neidermyer of River Falls; Franklin Neidermyer of Spring Valley; and Patricia (Don) Bemis of Osceola; sister Irene Hilden of River Falls; 2 sisters-in-law Joyce Johnson of Ellsworth; and Dorothy Johnson of Pine Island, MN.; 14 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was on Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Funeral service was on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. Erin Nelson officiating. Organist was Linda Anderson. Special music was provided by the Gundersons. Burial was in Diamond Bluff Cemetery, Diamond Bluff, Wisconsin.
    Pallbearers were Clinton Anderson, Daniel Bemis, Paul Neidermyer, Bryan Neidermyer, Mark Neidermyer, and Jeff Neidermyer. Honorary bearers were Troy Neidermyer, Todd Neidermyer, and Scott Neidermyer.
Keehr Funeral Homes (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) handled arrangements.

Ralph Gavic, Age 88

   Ralph Gavic, age 88, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

   Memorial funeral service for Ralph will be on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. David Larson officiating. Memorial visitation will be on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran, and for one hour prior to the service on Monday.
Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.

   Ralph was born March 30, 1925, the son of Rudolph and Matilda (Timm) Gavic in Spring Valley, WI. During his youth, Ralph delivered groceries on his bicycle for Clifford Arneson. He often remarked that he had “been in every house in Spring Valley…at least, the kitchens.” He graduated as Valedictorian of the Class of 1943 from Spring Valley High School and subsequently enrolled at UE-Madison in the Navy College Training V-12 program.

   Ralph was honorably discharged from the Navy as Seaman Second Class on July 1, 1946. Upon graduation from UW-Madison, Ralph was asked by the university to teach introductory mechanical engineering classes to veterans returning from World War II. Prior to joining his brother Vern in the engineering business, Ralph taught mathematics at the University of Minnesota. Ralph and Vern were partners in Gavic & Gavic Consulting Engineers, designing and building commercial and residential structures in Spring Valley and surrounding areas. In 1963, Ralph purchased an ownership share of The Bank of Spring Valley. He served as President of the bank for many years and retired in 2002 as Chairman of the Board.

   Ralph married Patricia Weghorn on February 10, 1951, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, WI. He was a life-long member of St. John’s, frequently serving on the church council and in other volunteer capacities. Ralph was an ardent supporter of Spring Valley, serving on the village board and promoting the town in every possible way. His indomitable spirit was evident in any project or enterprise he touched.

   Ralph loved his children and grandchildren, taking an active interest in anything they did. He had a great sense of humor, loved his cars and always had a project to work on. Ralph was a very kind and gentle man who loved nothing more than to help or encourage someone else.

   Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Vernon, Robert and “Baby” Gavic.

   Survivors include his wife Patricia; daugher Jill (Bill) Klanderman; son Don (Diane) Gavic; and daughter Laurey Gavic; 7 grandchildren: Scott Gavic; Joshua (Amanda) Feist; Jessica (Rory) O’Sullivan; Drew Gavic; Michaela Krear; Gregory (Barbara) Klanderman; and Eric (Andrea) Klanderman; and 6 great-grandchildren: Alistair Feist; James O’Sullivan; Amy Klanderman; Jacob Klanderman; Andrew Klanderman; and Sophia Klanderman; sister-in-law, Janet Gavic; brothers-in-law: Jack (Gloria) Weghorn; Richard (Barbara) Weghorn; and Michael (Kathleen) Weghorn; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Allison Meier, Age 90

Allison Meier, Age 90
    Allison R. Meier, age 90, of Minneapolis, died July 24, 2013. Al was born June 20, 1923 in Eau Galle, Wisconsin, son of Edward and Constance Meier. He graduated from Spring Valley High School, the class of 1941.  He proudly served in the US Army Air Corps in WWII, volunteered for 38 years with the Boy Scouts of America, was a Minnegasco retiree and an avid outdoorsman.

    Al was united in marriage on December 25, 1946 to Eloise Bune. Their marriage was blessed with one son and four daughters. He was a much loved husband, father, and grandfather, and a strong Christian example. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

   Al was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Richard ('47), Edward ('50), and James Meier ('56), Gordon ('42) and Frank ('47) Cassel; and sisters, Shirley (Meier) Lanza ('41), Maybelle (Meier) Hanson ('43), Mary Lou (Meier) Peabody ('45), Ruth (Meier) Kne ('51), Rose Mary (Cassel) Timm ('39).

   Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Eloise; son, Chuck (Shari) Meier; daughters, Nancy (Thomas) Fjerkenstad, Jeanne (Charles) Walsh, Sandy (Gary) Rogalski, and Connie Hunt; 9 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert ('53) and Thomas Meier ('54); sisters, Kathleen Cassel (James) Larson ('47) and Lorraine Zauft ('42); many nieces, nephews and friends.

     Funeral services were July 29, 2013 at Hope Lutheran Church Minneapolis. Interment was July 30, 2013, Clearview Cemetery, Eau Galle, Wisconsin.

John R. Mathiesen, age 72

   John R. Mathiesen, age 72 of Menomonie, WI died Monday, July 8, 2013 after a lengthy illness at his home in Menomonie with his family by his side.

   John was born on "the home farm" near Spring Valley, WI to Raymond and Mabel (Hojem) Mathiesen. John was baptized and confirmed at Gilman Lutheran Church. He was a 1959 graduate of the Spring Valley School District. John married Connie Crownhart on June 22, 1963 and two sons were born, Scott and Tim. He later married Barb Holden on September 4, 1976 and they had one daughter, Jennifer.

   John worked on the Ivan Schafer farm all throughout high school. He started work with Sweeny Bros. Construction and then for Eugene Phillips in Durand driving truck. John found the job he loved driving truck for Dotseth Trucklines for over thirty years. In his "spare time", John farmed in the Eau Galle and Knapp area, raising miniature ponies, registered jersey cows, pigs and chickens. He and Barb also owned and operated Mathiesens Market in Knapp from 1979 - 1985, where they sold their prize meats and eggs.  

   He is survived by his wife, Barb; children, Jennifer (Jason) Mathiesen Buhr, Scott Mathiesen and Tim Mathiesen; step-children, Tim Metzger, Ron Metzger, Melanie (Tod) Jorgenson, Anna (Dale) Lien and their Minnesota daughter, Diane Schwering; grandchildren, Brooklynn and Bailey Danovsky, Brittany and Brody Buhr, Brandon and Bradley Jorgenson, Shantel, Cody and Danielle Metzger, Jaben Moore, Cach Metzger, Kyle and Amanda Meyer, Samantha Lien, Tyler and Tanner Mathiesen, Luke Bremer and Lance Schwering; great grandchildren, Landon and Payton Jorgenson and Micah Metzger; one sister, Mary (Bill) Jackson; other relatives and many friends.

   John was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Mabel Mathiesen; and one brother, Lloyd Mathiesen.

   Funeral Services will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Dave Whelan officiating.
    Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

   Burial will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery near Knapp, WI following the service.

   Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

Robert Melvin Mattison, Age 83
    Robert Melvin Mattison of Granbury, Texas, 83, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Robert served his country in the Air Force and retired as a Master Sergeant. He was born in Baldwin, Wis., to Melvin and Bertha Halverson Mattison.
Memorial service: Noon on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at The Estates, 916 E. Highway 377, Granbury.
    Survivors: wife, Ruth Mattison; daughter, Sherry Lindquist; sons, Robert, Rodney and Greg Mattison; brothers John ('56) and Mickey ('66); sisters Betty Camm ('47), Beverly Olson ('52, and Patsy Vance ('67).

Martin Funeral Home made arrangements.

Sue Thompson, age 74

   Sue Thompson, age 74, of Spring Valley died Tuesday evening, July 9, 2013 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
    Sue was born October 17, 1938, the daughter of Charles and Grace (Hendrickson) O’Connell at Baldwin, Wisconsin. She attended school at Valley View Elementary School by Hammond, Wisconsin and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1956.
    After high school Sue worked for about 20 years in St. Paul for ETNA and Travelers Insurance. On March 19, 1976 she married Ronald Thompson at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Baldwin. Around that time she began working for St. Croix DHIA testing milk along with Ron. She served as Gilman Town Clerk for 12 years and also worked for the Spring Valley Sun Newspaper.
    Sue was an avid Wisconsin sports fan and enjoyed watching the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers. She followed the Spring Valley Hawks Baseball team and was a successful ball player herself having played softball for over 20 years. She was active in the Spring Valley Community Choir and Stagehands. Several years ago Sue and Ron were honored by being presented Most Honored Senior Citizens in Pierce County. You might also find her spending time at Turtle Lake.
Preceding her in death were her parents Charles and Grace; brothers Pat O’Connell and Tom O’Connell and his wife Rosie; 4 infant siblings: Marcella, Patricia, Donald, and Joseph; and sister-in-law Marilyn Fisher, and brother-in-law Bernard Kinney.
    Survivors include her husband Ron of Spring Valley, 2 daughters and 2 sons: Margaret Volenec of Ellsworth; Mary (John) Muza of Menomonie; Charles (Rose) Mueller of Colfax; and Kevin Mueller of Spring Valley; 6 grandchildren: Allisson (Nate) Kral, Devon Volenec, Lauren Volenec, Mick (Jamie) Pagels, Briana Pagels, and Jason Pagels; 2 step grandchildren: John Muza Jr. and Mickey Muza; 2 great grandchildren: Connor and Hailey Kral; 1 step great grandchild: Alex Muza; 4 brothers and 3 sisters: Charles (Gladys) O’Connell of River Falls; Peggy Kinney of Hudson; Mike (Judy) O’Connell of New Richmond; Francis (Nita) O’Connell of Red Wing; Rich (Judy) O’Connell of North Carolina; Rosalie (Dick) Newton of Baldwin; and Mary (Barry) Anderson of Spring Valley; in-laws: Harold (Mary) Thompson of Spring Valley; Ellen (Steve) Meyer of St. Cloud; Don (Becky) Thompson of East Liverpool, Ohio; and Lloyd Fisher of Maiden Rock; special friends Brenden and Zachery Williams; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
    Funeral service was on Friday, July 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, lyWisconsin with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating. Music was provided by organist Michelle Schmitt and vocalists Cindy Kongshaug and Luanne Prochnow; Fran O’Connell; and Larry Knutson. Honorary bearers were Tom Gunderson, Dale Strom, Jim Traynor, Erling Lestrud, and Rand Bailey. Pallbearers were Craig Ingli, Tony Shafer, Tim Colbenson, Jim Pallin, Don Jensen, and Doug Rudesill.
Burial was in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Gilman Township, Wisconsin.

Harriette Holerud Sorenson, age 89

   Harriette Sorenson, age 89 of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Monday, June 17, 2013 at the River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls, Wisconsin.

   Harriette was born June 12, 1924 in Gilman Township to Herman and Jennie (Formoe) Holerud. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and a longtime member of Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Harriette grew up speaking Norwegian and learned to speak English while attending Highland Ridge School. Harriette graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1942.

   After high school she worked in Minneapolis for a while and on December 29, 1944 Harriette married Dale Sorenson at the Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. They lived in Gilman Township where Dale worked for Clarence Madson. They were part owners of the Spring Valley Dairy for several years and also farmed in Cady Township before moving to the Sorenson family farm in Eau Galle Township where they farmed and raised a family for over 37 years.

   Harriette loved getting together with family and friends and especially loved getting together and playing cards with her sisters. She enjoyed garage sales, the casino, and was an avid Twins fan, Kirby Puckett being her all-time favorite Twin. She was a wonderful cook. Many remember her milk gravy and homemade bread. She always had the coffee pot on to enjoy with her cookies, bars and other sweets.

   Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Dale who died in 2008; brothers Glenn (Delores), Raymond, James, and Merlin Holerud; brothers-in-law: Lyman Jensen, Virgil Gedatus, and Wayne Lorentson, Francis "Fritz' Bee, Bob and Stanley Sorenson, and Helen Sorenson.

   Survivors include her 6 children: Larry (Carolyn) Sorenson of Spring Valley; Shelby (David) Pittman of Burnsville; Karl (Cheryl) Sorenson of Spring Valley; Chuck (Dawn Schmitt) Sorenson of Baldwin; Dennis Sorenson of Spring Valley; and Tom (Arla) Sorenson of Wilson; 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren: Heather Hardy; Craig (Sara) Pittman and children Katie, Norah and Ellie; Chris (Laurah Sennes) Pittman and children Madison and Drew; Nathan Sorenson; Trisha (Jared) Forster and children Trevor and Landon; Carter, Ella, and Charlee Sorenson and Alex Schmitt; Jeremiah (Jessica) Turner and daughter Veronica Turner; Christopher (Jacquie) Schlosser; and Chasity and Jaden Sorenson, sisters: Judy Jensen of Spring Valley; Lucille Gedatus of Wilson; and Helen Lorentson of Wilson; sisters-in-law: Norma Bee, Betty (Paul) Rudolph, Esther Ann (Dick) Nelson, Virginia Holerud, Shirley Holerud, and Rose Holerud, many nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.

   Funeral service was on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, Wisconsin with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating. Visitation was on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Carole Lynum was organist and Charlotte Wentlandt was vocalist. Pallbearers were Harriette's grandchildren. Burial was in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley

   Keehr Funeral Home (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) in Spring Valley assisted the family with arrangements.

Loretta ‘Resh’ Tanberg, age 91

   Loretta ‘Resh’ Tanberg, age 91 of Spring Valley, died Tuesday, June 18 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her family.
Funeral service will be on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. Erin Nelson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, June 23 from 4-8 p.m. at St. John’s and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Monday.

   Loretta Jane was born September 24, 1921, the second of four daughters to Frederick and Violet (Mason) Newman at Menomonie, Wisconsin. She attended Menomonie Schools and graduated in 1940. On June 8, 1940, she married Dale Tanberg in Menomonie. They lived in Spring Valley their entire married lives, where Dale was a produce dealer with his brother Harvey. Resh worked at the Spring Valley Produce with Dale early in the marriage and later did retail for Stockman’s Store in Spring Valley. Resh worked for thirty years in the kitchen at the Spring Valley Nursing Home while caring for her children, especially Kathy Jane, who had cerebral palsy. In her later years, she worked at the Sunshine House Daycare, where she got the name “Grandma Resh.” She served coffee and food at the Spring Valley Senior Citizens Center, finally retiring from work at the age of 85.
    Resh was an expert knitter; she made everything from beautiful afghans to simple washcloths. She gave many hand-knitted items away to friends and family. Her home was decorated with her handiwork as well as her collection of chicken figurines and images--given to her by dear friends and family. Her greatest passion was spending time with family, especially her children and grandchildren.
    Resh enjoyed life and people; she always had stories to tell and she loved to laugh. Resh enjoyed traveling with her best friend Marian Carpenter. She loved dancing with Dale, reading, knitting, going out to eat with family and friends, going to movies, watching the Brewers and Packers play, drinking coffee, eating sweets, playing euchre, and brightening others’ days. She often visited her sisters in Mondovi and Menomonie.
    Resh was preceded her in death by her parents; husband Dale who died in 1994; daughter Kathy Jane; and sister Dorothy Steies.
    Survivors include her children: Diane (Jim) Duberke of Ladysmith, Wisconsin; Jon (Kristin Larson) Tanberg of Spring Valley and Laurie (Reece) Keehr of Spring Valley; seven grandchildren: Kathy (Alan Pooler) Duberke of Woodbury, Minnesota; Kraig Duberke of Hudson; Kelli (Tyler) Schlegel of Spring Valley; Kayla (Jeff) Thompson of Spring Valley; Kimmy (Jimmy Ehne) Keehr of Spring Valley; Kendra (Scott Thompson) Tanberg of St. Louis Park; and Elliot Tanberg of Spring Valley; three great grandchildren: Kemri and Tayson Schlegel and Madelyn Thompson; two sisters: Ann (Larry) Wagner of Menomonie and Delores Moore of Mondovi; many other relatives and friends.
    The funeral service was held on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, Wisconsin with the Reverend Erin Nelson officiating. Visitation was Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley and at church one hour prior to the service on Monday. Mary Nelson was organist and Joy Wilson was vocalist. Readers were Kelly Bauer and Kristin Larson. Ushers were Keith and Nina Larson. Pallbearers were Resh’s seven grandchildren. Burial was in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.

Jim Phernetton, Age 81
    Jim Phernetton, age 81, of Beldenville, WI, died on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the Lutheran Home in River Falls, WI. Jim was born the son of Russell and Clara (Zarbuck) Phernetton on October 1, 1931 in Spring Valley, WI. He grew up in Pierce County, WI spending most of his life near Beldenville, WI. He graduated from Spring Valley High School. Jim served in the Air Force and was stationed in Alaska and California. When he returned from service, Jim went to work for Bob's Litho Printing in the Twin Cities, retiring in the early 1990's. Jim loved flowers and could make anything grow. He enjoyed spending time visiting with family and friends. Jim was hard working and friendly.

   He is preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Clara Phernetton; brother, Lawrence (Connie) Phernetton; and sister, Doris (Dave) Sacket; brother-in-law, Robert Forton. He is survived by his brothers, Allen (Marion) Phernetton, Tom (Sue) Phernetton; sisters, Laurene (Lee) Kline, Beverly Forton; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

   A Memorial Gathering was held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 10am - 12 noon with a memory sharing service at 11:30 and a luncheon following at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home, River Falls, WI. Interment was in the Beldenville Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Parkinson's Research. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

NOTE: To see a video featuring photos of Jim's life, go to http://www.bakken-young.com. His name appears on the list of Recent Obituaries.

Selmer (Sam) Leehe, Age 67

   Selmer ‘Sam’ Leehe, age 67 of Amery, Wisconsin died Monday, May 20, 2013 at Veteran’s Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    Sam was born November 8, 1945 the son of Lyle and Clarice ‘Toots’ Leehe at Baldwin, Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed at Wilson Lutheran Church. Sam attended Spring Valley Schools graduating with the Class of 1963. On October 10, 1964 he married Janet Madson at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley.
    In 1967 Sam was drafted into the U.S. Army and served for a year during the Vietnam War. He received 2 Purple Hearts and the Army Commendation Medal “V” Device for participating in acts of heroism.
    Sam worked as a Quality Supervisor for Kolpak in River Falls for 36 1ŕ2 years. He and Janet moved to Tennessee from 2000 until 2010, where he worked at Kysor Panel Systems in Blountville.
    He is survived by his wife Janet of Amery; son Brent Leehe of Duluth; daughter Kris Leehe-Dodge of Amery; his mother Clarice ‘Toots’ Leehe of Spring Valley; 6 grandchildren.: Cody, Caileea and Brendan Leehe, and Sawyer, Owen, and Maren Dodge; brother Lyle ‘Bud’ Leehe of Danbury, Wisconsin and sister Linda (Dean) Rambo of Spring Valley; sister-in-law Carol (Bill) Rice of Ham Lake, Minnesota; brother-in-law Larry (Dianne) Madson of Spring Valley.
    Memorial Funeral service will be on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Pastor Keith Ruehlow officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from noon until 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
    Burial will be June 3, 1p at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spooner, Wisconsin.

NOTE: To see a video featuring Jim's life, go to http://www.bakken-young.com/  His name appears in the list of Recent Obituaries.

Lloyd Sundberg, Age 81
    Lloyd D. Sundberg, age 81, of Hudson, WI, passed away on May 15, 2013. Lloyd was born on January 11, 1932 to Salem and Hulda (Peterson) Sundberg in Cokato, MN. He attended Knapp Country School and Cokato High School, graduating in 1950.

   After working on the family farm with his brother, Arnold, he joined the army in 1954. He was stationed in Germany, and served until 1956. He spent most of his career as as customer engineer for IBM in the Twin Cities. He served on the Hudson Town Board, and was active in the community.

   Lloyd loved his family, fishing, and farming. His kindness and sense of humor will be missed by many.   

   Lloyd is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Anita (nee Larson); his children: Jeff (Lori), Kathy (Al Ickler), Kris, and Paul (Paula); grandchildren: Stephanie, Elaine, JonErik, and Adam; sister, Ruth (Paul) Edstrom; brother, Vernon; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

   Funeral Service for Lloyd will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1205 Sixth St., Hudson with a visitation starting at 9 a.m. at church. Interment will be held at North Crow River Lutheran Cemetery following the service on Monday.

   Services are in the care of the O’Connell Funeral Home of Hudson, WI. (715) 386-3725. www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com

Doris Anne Anderson, Age 64

   Doris Anne Anderson was born on August 26, 1948 at the Simon Maternity Home near Spring Valley, the daughter of Theodore O. and Esther (Osborne) Larson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. Doris attended Woodville Elementary School and graduated from Baldwin-Woodville High School in 1967. Following high school she attended Shirley's Beauty Institute in Eau Claire, and was employed at the Baldwin Beauty Shop for 7 years.

   On August 16, 1975 she was united in marriage to Byron Anderson at the Woodside Lutheran Church south of Baldwin. This union was blessed with a son Aaron. In October 1975 the Andersons moved to Necedah, Wisconsin where they lived until their retirement in June of 2011. During the 36 years they lived in Necedah, Doris operated "Doris's Kids," a home based family daycare, she thoroughly enjoyed caring for children and especially cherished babies. During these years she enjoyed the work of the Lutheran Church Women and sang in the choir at St. James Lutheran Church.

   Decorating their home was a family tradition for each holiday and especially for the Christmas Holidays. Baking and doing crafts were among her favorite activities.

   In June 2011 the Andersons retired and moved to Menomonie, Wisconsin. They cared for their grandchildren while in Menomonie and "Nana" enjoyed her most precious days. Doris loved to shop with friends and enjoyed spending time with her host of friends.

   Attending Christ Lutheran Church and participating in the work of the Lutheran Church Women was important and she found this group to be a welcoming family.

   Doris was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and passed away quietly at the American Lutheran Home on May 12, 2013.

   She was preceded in death by her parents Theodore and Esther.

   She is survived by her husband Byron of Menomonie, son and daughter-in-law Aaron and Stacie Anderson of Woodville; grandchildren Isaiah, Brayden, Malachi, Josiah, and Adysan; aunts Lelah Johnson of Woodville, and Leone Osborne of Baldwin; special friends Marc and Diane Erickson, many other relatives and friends.

   Visitation for Doris will be Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 10-1 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Menomonie, Wisconsin. Funeral service follows at 1 p.m. at Christ Lutheran with Heather Kistner officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Woodville, Wisconsin.

   Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) is handling arrangements.

Neil (Doc) Peterson, Age 83

   Neil (Doc) Peterson passed away March 18, 2013 at age 83 from heart disease. He is survived by his wife, Norma; daughters, Vicki (Tim) Barry and Terri (Tom) Branson; grandchildren, Laura (Adam) Quist, Tyler Barry and Corey and Travis Branson; great- granddaughter, Brooklyn.
    Neil grew up in Spring Valley and graduated from SVHS in 1948. His father owned Peterson’s Bar which was later owned and operated by Bill Rudesill. His nickname during those days was Peno.
Service at 2 PM Friday, March 22 with visitation two hours prior at Cremation Society of MN, 7110 France Ave. S., Edina, MN 55435 (952-924-4100). Burial at Ft. Snelling.

Idelle E. Gunvalson, Age 89

   Idelle E. Gunvalson is planned for Saturday, May 4, 2013 at noon at St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, Wisconsin. Mrs. Gunvalson died Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Seasons Hospice Rochester, Minnesota at the age of 89. She had been a resident of Sunrise Cottages, Rochester for four years.

   Idelle was born June 1 1923 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the daughter of Casper and Evelyn (Miller) Larson. She graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School in 1941. She married Russell Gunvalson on April 23 1947 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, Wisconsin. Russ and Idelle made their home in Spring Valley where they raised their two children, Deborah and J. Todd. She was a homemaker and worked part time at the school cafeteria, Duffy's Cleaners and the Huepfel Drug Store all in Spring Valley. In 1985 the couple moved to Rochester, Minnesota. Idelle worked at the House of the Crafty Mouse in Rochester until her retirement in 1994.

   She is survived by her husband Russell Gunvalson, Rochester; daughter Deborah and Paul Norrie, Rochester; son J. Todd and Marjorie Gunvalson of Elgin, South Carolina; grandchildren Jonathan and Katherine Norrie, Northfield, Minnesota; Andrew and Felicity Norrie, Rochester; Julie and Jim Shiver, Elgin, South Carolina and T.J. and Gwen Lanaghan, Acworth, Georgia; great-grandchildren Emmett and Wyatt Norrie; Caitlin and Sarah Geyer, Kaitlyn Shiver; and Liam, Claire and Norah Lanaghan. She is also survived by three sisters, Betty Bauch, Big Bear, California; Joanne Pederson, Boise, Idaho and Barbara Munson, Spring Valley, Wisconsin; her brother, Jim and Kathleen Larson, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota and a brother-in-law, Harlan Falde, Spring Valley, Wisconsin. She is also remembered by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Hollyce Falde.

   The family suggests memorials to St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, Wisconsin; Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Research; Seasons Hospice, Rochester or Sunrise Cottages, Rochester.

   Keehr Funeral Home (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) is handling arrangements.

Dorothy Brorson, Age 77

  Dorothy Brorson, age 77 of Spring Valley died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
    Funeral service was Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Visitation was Tuesday, April 23 from 4-8 p.m. at Gilman Lutheran and also at church on Wednesday for one hour prior to the service.

   Dorothy was born March 6, 1936, the daughter of Emil and Evelyn (Hanson) Timm in Cady Township, St. Croix County, Wisconsin. She grew up in Cady and attended Spring Valley School, graduating with the Class of 1955.
    On August 27, 1955 Dorothy married Arnold Brorson at the Wilson Lutheran Church. They were blessed with 3 children: Dawn, Duane, and Deanna. Dorothy loved music and sang in the Combined Choir and with the Flower Hat Ladies. Arnold and Dorothy enjoyed traveling, golfing, and especially spending time with their family. She loved to cook and would comment that it made her happy to see her family eating and enjoying her meals. She worked at the Spring Valley School as a cook for 27 years and was an active member of Gilman Lutheran Church.
    Preceding her in death were her parents; sister Mildred Timm; brother Dennis Timm; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Corvin and Evelyn Halvorson, Dale and Gladys Brorson, Audrey and Mike Grant, and Roy Johnson.
    Survivors include her husband Arnold of Spring Valley; her 3 children: Dawn (Steve) Wood of Elmwood; Duane (Elaine) Brorson of Spring Valley; and Deanna (Jeff) Powell of Spring Valley; 6 grandchildren: Lynnette Dahl; Nova Wood; Jason (Avril) Wood; Mandi (Corey Norby) Wood; Benjamin (Jacqueline) Brorson; and Pamela (Timothy) Gartmann; 12 great grandchildren: Amber, Jesse, Kloe, Kyra; Stephanie, Brittney; Jacob, Courtney; Cori; Kaydence, Brayden, and Emelynn; 2 brothers and 1 sister: Rodney (Mary) Timm of Wilson; Jerry (Sandy) Timm of St. Paul; and Arlys (Donald) Olson of Menomonie; sisters-in-law Jan Timm of Menomonie; and Joanne Johnson of Spring Valley; many other relatives and friends.
    Funeral service was on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, Wisconsin with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating. Visitation was on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Carole Lynum was organist and Joy Wilson was vocalist. Pallbearers were Dorothy’s grandchildren and their spouses. Honorary bearers were Dorothy’s great grandchildren. Burial was in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.
    Keehr Funeral Home (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) in Spring Valley assisted the family with arrangements.

Sharon Timm Johannsen, Age 43

   Sharon June Timm Johannsen, age 43, died early Friday morning, August 12, 1988, in the emergency room of Hudson Memorial Hospital where she had been taken earlier by ambulance. She had been ill for several years.

   She was born June 15, 1945, at Spring Lake, near Hersey, St. Croix Coounty, the daughter of Reinhart and Ella (Moldenhauer) Timm. She was educated in local schools and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1963 after which she was employed as a secretary at 3M Company in St. Paul.

   On October 16, 1965, she was married in St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Wilson to William G. Johannsen. Since 1967 the Johannsens have lived in Hudson.

   According to her husband, she worked steadily until 1985, when she was forced to take a disability retirement.

   Surviving are her husband, William G. (Bill) Johannsen; two daughters at home, Lynn and Jill; and a sister, Mrs. Jack (Betty) Colbourn of Hersey.

  Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother and a daughter.

   Services were Monday, August 15, 1988, at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Roger Stoehr officiating. Carol Dahle was vocal soloist and Jan Fredrick, organist.

   Interment was in Willow River Cemetery, where pallbearers were Kenneth Timm, Arden Timm, Thomas Redner, Martin Hafner, Robert Steiner and Daniel Roettger.

   Visitation was at OConnell's Valley Funeral Home in Hudson on Sunday, August 14 from 3 - 9 p.m. Memorials are preferred.

Daniel Edward "Mouse" Meisenhelder, Age 66

   Daniel E. Meisenhelder, age 66, Kaukauna, beloved husband, father, and grandpa, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2013, at home after a short battle with cancer. Dan was born in Antigo on April 25, 1946, and spent many of his adolescent years there. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in the 9th Infantry Division during Vietnam and returned safely to Antigo in 1968. He met his wife on New Year's Eve in 1968, but he didn't know her name until February of 1969. Daniel was united in marriage to Beverly Schwiesow on August 22, 1970, in Antigo. They moved to Little Chute where Dan was employed by Allis Chalmers in Appleton, and he remained with the company through many name changes for 30 years until Metso closed their doors in Appleton.

   Dan loved stock car racing and drove the #4 car on the quarter mile tracks at Wisconsin International Raceway and Francis Creek during the 1980's. He also loved deer hunting with his family and friends in the Antigo area. Dan also enjoyed wood working, camping, and campfires.

   Daniel is survived by his wife of 42 years, Beverly; daughters: Laura (Jeffrey) Taylor and Jill Goergen; three beloved grandchildren: Kylie and Colton Taylor, and Alli Goergen; a sister: Judy Wanca, Antigo; a brother: Steven (Ann) Meisenhelder; Pikeville, NC; and many other relatives and friends.

   Daniel is preceded in death by his mother and step-father: Mildred (Randall) Staves, and an infant daughter Janis Kay in 1971.

   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Verkuilen Funeral Home, 101 Canal St., Little Chute. Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Appleton, where full military honors will be performed by Kaukauna's VFW #3319 and active duty members of the U. S. Army. Visitation will be held Friday at the funeral home from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and again on Saturday at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. A memorial has been established in Daniel's name.

   Daniel's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the wonderful doctors and nurses that took such good care of Dan, and to the entire staff at ThedaCare at Home Hospice.

Ruth (Gilbertson) Lynum, Age 69

  Ruth E. Lynum, age 69 of Spring Valley, WI died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
    Ruth was born September 11, 1943 to Lester and Vera (Stratton) Gilbertson in Martell Township, WI. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley; was a member of Gilman Lutheran in Spring Valley for a while; and after moving to Trego, attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Spooner.
     Ruth grew up in Spring Valley and attended Spring Valley Schools, graduating with the Class of 1961. On June 17, 1961 she married Gail Lynum at St. John’s in Spring Valley. They farmed for many years in Gilman Township. Ruth was a farm wife who helped by driving tractor and caring for baby calves. She worked as a C.N.A. at the Spring Valley Nursing Home and for Indianhead Action Agency. She also worked at the Spring Valley School as a teacher’s aide for special needs children. It was her passion to care for others. In 1990 Gail and Ruth moved to Trego. Due to health issues, Ruth recently moved back home to Spring Valley.
    She was preceded in death by her parents.  Survivors include her husband Gail of Trego; 2 daughters and 2 sons: Connie (Eric) Otjen of Eagan, MN; Jill (Ken) Williams of Menomonie; Michael (Cathy) Lynum of Minneapolis; and Jeff (Michelle) Lynum of Blaine; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren: Brenden (April) Otjen, Jaeson Otjen, Jessica (Shaun) Rau and their son Colton, Joshua Williams and his son Tanner, Austin Lynum, Amber Lynum, Nathan Lynum, and Michael and Cathy’s 2 foster children; 1 brother and 2 sisters: Dennis (Claudia) Gilbertson of New Brighton, MN, Vivian (Leon) Mundt of Rice Lake, and Carol Bergum of Tampa, FL; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
    Funeral service was on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. Erin Nelson officiating. Visitation was on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at St. John’s and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.

Ralph Ducklow, Age 76

   Ralph Ducklow passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on March 9 at United Hospital in St. Paul.
    He was the first of eight children born to Merton and Esther (Beckwith) Ducklow on April 10, 1936, in Spring Valley, Wis. He spent his childhood growing up in Spring Valley, graduating from Spring Valley High School in 1955. He loved all sports, but basketball was his favorite. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Lake Champlain.

   In 1957, he married Joan M. Ingli. They made their home in River Falls, raising their three daughters. He spent his career working for the U.S. Postal Service delivering mail on the west side of River Falls, retiring in 1991 after 31 years. Joan passed away in 1996. In 2004, he married Virginia Lofgren.
    He enjoyed so many things including a good cup of coffee, fishing, old cars, old trains, his garden, bird watching, tinkering, woodworking, the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Twins, and spending time with his family and friends. His biggest passion and pride was the many years spent following his grandsons excel in wrestling. He was definitely the social butterfly of the family. There was no such thing as a stranger to him.
    Ralph was the "Jack of all Trades." There wasn't anything that he couldn't do. He was always right there to help anyone who needed help. He was a wonderful man, very fun-loving with a heart of gold, a great father and a terrific grandfather and great-grandfather, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
    He was preceded in death by his wife Joan; father Merton; stepfather, Adolph Norderhaug; brother Arlan; great-granddaughter Leilana; and best friend, Jim Rutherford.
    Surviving are his mother, Esther Norderhaug; wife Virginia and her daughter, Megan Lofgren (Paul Hanten); his daughters, Debra, Darla (Tom) Goulette, Deann Crain (Ed Cernohous); grandchildren, Stacia (Layne) Hetrick, Nathan Goulette, Shana Crain (Marshall Castano), Ross Crain, Kyle Crain, Shelby Ducklow; great-grandchildren Alexis, Peyton, Rosalyn; brothers Wayne (Mary Jo), Tom (Connie), Roger (Peggy); sisters, Janet (Michael) Crowell, Wanda (Victor) Strobush, Angela Ducklow (Michael Kopesky); many nieces and nephews; a countless number of friends; and his puppies, Brandy and Daisy.
    His memory will live on in our lives forever.
Please join us in a celebration of his life at 12 p.m. Saturday, March 16, with visitation from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the First Congregational Church in River Falls. The remains of Ralph and Joan will be buried together at 9 a.m. Saturday in Greenwood Cemetery per their wishes.

Frank Cassel, Age 84

   Frank Cassel was born on March 11, 1928 in Eau Galle, Wisconsin, the son of Gordon and Margaret Cassel (Gilmore) and passed away in Citrus Heights, California on March 4th, 2013 at the age of 84 years.

   A long time Sacramento area resident, Frank retired from the US Navy after 22 years of proud service. He was the Leading Chief of one of the Capsule Recovery Teams during the early years of the NASA Manned Space Program. In his second career, Frank worked for Pacific Bell as a Supervisor.

   Frank is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeanne Cassel, from Citrus Heights, CA, his sister, Kathleen Larson (James), from Inver Grove Heights, MN, brothers, Al Meier (Eloise), from Minneapolis, MN, Robert Meier (Carol), from Bloomington, IN, and Thomas Meier (Rosalie), from Prescott Valley, AZ, and many loving nieces and nephews, especially Terry and Jane. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Rosemary Timm, Nolan Cassel, Gordon Cassel, Shirley Lanza, Maybelle Hanson, Mary Lou Peabody, Richard Meier, Edward Meier, Ruth Kne, and James Meier. Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held on Tuesday March 12, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park, 8201 Greenback Ln, Fair Oaks, CA.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on March 10, 2013

Donna Lee Wilkens, Age 69

   Donna Lee Wilkens, age 69, of River Falls, died on Monday, December 10, at her home with herfamily by her side following a short but courageous battle with cancer.

   Donna was born on August 10, 1943, in Streator, Ill., the daughter of Earl and Marion (Dunlap) Bennett. At a young age, she and her family moved to River Falls where she graduated from high school. She married Jerry Wilkens on Dec. 29, 1962. They were blessed with two children, Susan and David. Donna worked side by side with her husband and son in their family business, Jerry Inc. of River Falls, for 50 years. Donna was on the Pierce County Board of Supervisors and was president of the City of River Falls Bid District. For many years, her real passion was the River Falls ambulance service.

   Donna was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and loved watching her grandchildren play sports and spending time with her family.

   Donna is survived by her husband, Jerry; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Bruce Robinson of Green Bay; son and girlfriend, David Wilkens and Genevieve Pelletier of River Falls; grandchildren, Lyndsey and Jordan Robinson, Landon Wilkens; brothers Dick (Mary) Bennett of Hudson, Dean (Patsy) Bennett of Luck, Wis., Jim (Nance) Bennett of River Falls; sisters, Betty (Ralph) DeRoy of River Falls, Jean Robey of River Falls; sister-in-law, Carol Bennett of River Falls; brother-in-law Ronald Wilkens and special friend, Roxanne Bowell, of Elmwood, Wis.; sister-in-law, Gloria (Doug) Smart of Bemidji, Minn.; and aunt, Dorothy Willer of Galesburg, Ill.; as well as many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.

   Donna was preceded in death by her parents; brother Robert "Bob" Bennett; and brother-in-law Howard Robey.

   A celebration of Donna's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the United Methodist Church in River Falls. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls, and on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Croix Valley Shrine Club or the River Falls Youth Hockey Association. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the River Falls Area Hospital along with a special thank you to the River Falls Cancer Center.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

Bonnie Wilk, Age 64

    Bonnie Wilk, 64, of Hudson, Wis., died on Saturday, June 27, 2009, at her residence after a battle with colon cancer. Bonnie Lee (Bowell) Wilk was born in Baldwin, Wis., on Oct. 7, 1944, to John and Vera (Glampe) Bowell. Bonnie was raised in Cady and attended Spring Valley Public Schools. Bonnie was a 1963 graduate of Spring Valley High School. On May 2, 1964, Bonnie was married to Gerald Lee Wilk at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley, Wis. Their union in marriage was blessed with two children: a daughter, Susan, and a son, Matthew. In the past, Bonnie served as the church secretary at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church under Father Peter. Most recently, Bonnie retired after 15 years from Milestone Materials and Mathy Construction. Outside of work, Bonnie loved to cook and sew, and collected all kinds of rooster items around her home. Bonnie held a great love for the outdoors, where she enjoyed hunting and fishing. She was an accomplished deer hunter and shot a 23-point buck in 1985 that registered just over 163 points.

   Bonnie also took great pleasure in gardening and her flower beds. Bonnie and Gerald enjoyed traveling with their camper to destinations such as Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Wherever they went, they enjoyed their travels the most when family was along to share in the good times.     

   Bonnie’s last seven years fighting colon cancer were fought with courage and a smile. Bonnie wishes to express her thanks and love to all. Bonnie is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Gerald; daughter, Susan (Mark) Brathol of Lake Nebagamon, Wis.; son, Matthew (Peggy) Wilk of Knapp, Wis.; grandchildren, Derrek Pedersen, William Pedersen, Megan Wilk and Mattie Mae Wilk; brothers, Bill (DeAnne) Bowell of Wilson, Wis., and Charles (Sharon) Bowell of Knapp, Wis.; sister, Betty (Fred) Bartko of Menomonie, Wis.; sister-in-law, Betty Hunter of Menomonie, Wis.; and brother-in-law, Harold (Darlene) Wilk of Menomonie, Wis.; special aunt, Agnes Lueders of Tucson, Ariz.; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and dear friends.

   Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Vera Bowell; grandson, Dyllon Pedersen; parents-in-law, Frank and Celia Wilk; and one brother-in-law, Frank Wilk Jr., and his wife, Colleen.

   Mass of Christian Burial for Bonnie Wilk was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Hudson. Visitation was held one hour prior to Mass at church and also Tuesday, June 30, in the evening at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Interment followed at the Oakwood Cemetery in Hersey, Wis. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family. Services were entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson.

Palmer Lynum, Age 82

   Palmer Lynum, age 82, died unexpectedly on Sunday, February 24 having been taken to the River Falls Hospital by ambulance.

   Palmer Eldon Lynum passed away suddenly on February 24th, 2013 at the age of 82 at his home. Palmer was born to Elmer and Bertha Lynum on February 12th, 1931. He was 4th of 11 children, and grew up surrounded by members of a large, extended family of proud Norwegian immigrants who settled in the wooded farmland of the Eau Galle area. Palmer loved the history and community of his childhood and through his storytelling, shared many stories with his family and friends of the people and times that had so profoundly shaped him.

   Family was important to Palmer and he is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Carole (Hulverson) Lynum; his children Sheila (Russ) Moore of Chattanooga, TN.; Scott (Christine) Lynum of L’anse, MI., Brad (Peggy) Lynum of White Bear Lake, MN., Becky (Brian) Erickson of Loveland, CO., Brenda Lynum of Louisville, CO., Mary (Jack Meredith) Lynum of Spring Lake, MI.; 17 grandchildren: Andrew, Matthew, and Alex Moore; Grayson, Mitchell, Jake, Caleb and Erika Lynum; Dan, Doug, and David Lynum; Sarah, Emily, and Connor Erickson; Micah and Kendall Hoffman; and Chloe Meredith; one great grandchild Zeke Lynum; his siblings Wanda Holle of Baldwin, Gail Lynum of Trego, WI., Larry Lynum of N. Hudson, and Steve Lynum of Woodville, plus many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson, Benjamin, sisters Beatrice, Delores, Loretta and brothers John, Robert, and Wayne.

   Palmer served in the Army during the Korean War as a Sergeant, in the 159th FA Battalion until his discharge in 1953. Following the war, he married and started his family, living in Minnesota where he studied electrical engineering and was employed at Honeywell where he worked on several NASA projects. His heart was always with his childhood home and he returned to the Spring Valley area where he bought and operated a dairy farm, and upon selling it, worked as an electrician.

   Palmer was a keen observer of nature and spent many hours on his front porch watching the various wildlife that inhabited the beloved pond in front of his house. He celebrated the waning of winter by planning his summer garden and laboring over a hot fire cooking down the syrup he tapped from his maple trees. He wove his interests and lifetime into stories that he shared, not only with his family, but with his friends - he was particularly fond of sharing them over a cup of coffee with his friends at Deb’s Café and Ray's Truck Stop.
    Palmer leaves a lasting presence with family and friends. He will be dearly missed.
Visitation was on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home. Memorial funeral service was on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating. Music was provided by organist Linda Anderson and vocalist Scott Lynum. Burial will be at a later date in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spooner, Wisconsin. Military Honors were performed by the Rickerd-Danielson American Legion Post 227 of Spring Valley.

John Mulhollam, Age 81

John Mulhollam, 81, who suffered from Parkinson's for a number of years, passed away on Feb. 3, 2013, in Fullerton, CA. John was born in Spring Valley, Wisconsin on 10/31/31. He was in the Air Force during the Korean War, followed by a career as a linotype operator. John worked for the Fullerton Daily News Tribune for 35 years. He also worked for the Placentia Courier for 11 of those years.

   John was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Freda Mulhollam, twin daughters, Mary and Theresa, and granddaughter, Candice. He is survived by his wife of 61 years and the love of his life, Beverly; daughter, Diane Collins (John); daughter, Lori Kaden (Mike); daughter, Patricia Larson (Greg); son, David Mulhollam (April); grandchildren, Michael (Melinda), Heather, Nicole (Klint), Jeffrey, Sean, Rachael, Ashley, Carla (Dennis); great-grandchildren, Caleb and Simone; brothers, Hugh, Edgar, Gail (Sandra), and many other extended family members.

   Services were held at St. Juliana Falconeri Catholic Church on Feb. 8, 2013. Interment at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to either the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, NY, NY 10163-4777) or the Parkinson's Resource Organization (74-090 El Paseo, Suite 102, Palm Desert, CA 92260). McAulay & Wallace Mortuary

Joshua A. Larrieu, Age 30

  Joshua A. Larrieu, age 30 of Menomonie, died Sunday, February 3, 2013 in the Township of Lucas, Dunn County as the result of an automobile accident. His father, Bill Larrieu, also died in this accident.

   Josh was born December 25, 1982 in Menomonie. He was the son of William and Linda (Bechel) Larrieu. Josh grew up in Elmwood. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Elmwood. Josh graduated from Elmwood High School in 2001. Josh loved ice fishing, playing pool, darts and softball and played in leagues for all three, but his most enjoyment was spending time with his sons, Braylon and Brinley. Josh was currently employed at Phillips Plastics Corp. in Menomonie.

   Josh is survived by two sons, Braylon & Brinley of Menomonie; his mother and stepfather, Linda and Bob ('61) Britton of Elmwood; fiancee, Andrea Mensing of Menomonie; three brothers, Shawn & Adam Larrieu both of Elmwood; Nate Larrieu of Menomonie; half sister, Sara Anderson of Baldwin; maternal grandparents, Bernard and Marjorie Bechel of Elmwood; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   He is preceded in death by father, William, and paternal grandparents, Ervin & Signa Larrieu.

   Funeral services were at 11:00 AM Thursday, February 7, 2013 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Rev. Martin Wegner officiating. Burial was in the Spring Lake Cemetery, Township of Spring Lake, rural Spring Valley.

Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuenralhome.com

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Elmwood is serving the famil

Gilbert Asmus, Age 84

   Gilbert Asmus, 84, Arvada, CO, passed away peacefully, after a short illness, surrounded by his family on February 15, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Delores Asmus; daughter, Debbie Asmus; daughter, Lori Hosmer (Russ); son, David Asmus (Katy); grandchildren, Kyle, Katelyn and Jillian Hosmer; sister, Nancy Nylander (Dick); sister-in-law, Karen Olson (Duane), numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held at Exempla Colorado Lutheran Home, 8001 W. 71st Avenue, Arvada, CO on March 11, 2013 at 1:30pm. Interment at Fort Logan National Cemetary.

NOTE: Gil passed away on February 15, 2013, at a hospice center in Arvada, CO, after battling bladder cancer for the past few months

   Gil was married to Delores Peterson ('47), sister of Karen Peterson Olson ('56). Delores is in a Colorado nursing home suffering from advanced Alzheimers disease.

Hans Eric Jensen, Age 80

Jensen, Hans E. 80, of Elgin, passed away on February 12, 2013 in Presence St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin. He was born on July 19, 1932 in Geneva, IL the son of Hans F. and Kirsten (Lycke) Jensen. Hans was a Veteran, and served in the US Army. He had worked for NICOR Gas CO. 37 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elgin and the American Legion Post #57. Survivors include his son, Craig (Bonnie) Jensen of South Elgin; his sister, Alice Barnes of San Diego, CA; nieces, nephews, cousins and family. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Loretta J. Jensen in 2008; his son, Paul Jensen in 2010. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 330 Griswold St., Elgin IL 60123 with Rev. Dave Daubert officiating. Burial will follow at River Valley Memorial Gardens, West Dundee, IL. Visitation will be on Friday from 4-8:00 P.M. in the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Memorials may be made to the church. For information, 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com .
Published in Courier News on February 14, 2013

Roy Johnson, Age 77

  Roy Philip Johnson, age 77, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Monday, February 11, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems - Menomonie.
    Roy was born November 30, 1935, the son of Philip and Mary (Olson) Johnson in Cady Township, St. Croix County, Wisconsin. He grew up in Cady Township, attended Summit Elementary School in Springfield Township, and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1953.
    On January 15, 1955, Roy married Joann Brorson at the Wilson Lutheran Church, Wilson, Wisconsin. They lived most of their life in Spring Valley where they raised five children. They were active members of Gilman Lutheran Church, where Roy served in numerous council positions. He also served his community as a Village board member, and proudly served the Spring Valley area as a volunteer fireman for over 50 years.
    He began his career as a plasterer serving an apprenticeship with Everett P. Brown in Spring Valley. He would continue this trade until his retirement in 2005. After his full-time day job, he often worked many evening and weekend side jobs. His most rewarding job was the reconstruction of the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis where he specialized in ornamental plastering. He was a member of Wisconsin and Minnesota Plasterers’ Unions.
    Roy loved woodworking and restoration. In the summer evenings, he could often be found tending his immaculate garden. He also loved music and sang in numerous venues. Roy was an avid sports enthusiast. He especially enjoyed pitching softball, bowling, throwing horseshoes, and supporting the Spring Valley Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. Roy has had numerous descendants attend the Spring Valley Schools continuously for 53 years and counting.
    Preceding him in death were his parents Philip and Mary Johnson; siblings Jeanette (Robert) Hannack, June (Leonard) Kado, Arlis Timm, Roger (Amy) Johnson, and Donald Johnson; grandson Lucas Johnson; nephews James Hannack and Mark Timm; in-laws Evelyn (Corvin) Halvorson, Dale (Gladys) Brorson, and Audrey (Mike) Grant.
    Survivors include his wife Joann of Spring Valley; two daughters and three sons: Marsha (Tony) Shafer of Elmwood, Gregory (Jackie) Johnson of Chippewa Falls, Joyann Wilson of Spring Valley, Gary Johnson of Chippewa Falls, and Jeremy (Brenda) Johnson of Woodville; fourteen Grandchildren: Melissa, Joshua, Eric, Lindsey; Elise, Zachary; Whitney, Mitchell; Jessica, Kaylee, Kirsten; Trevor, Torean and Tyra; nine Great Grandchildren: Collin, Isabella; Toby, Milo, Cora; Wyatt, Gunner; Caitlyn and Carson; in-laws: LaVern (Bud) Timm, Doris Johnson, and Arnold (Dorothy) Brorson; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
    Funeral service was held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating. Special music was provided by organist Linda Anderson, vocalists Joy Wilson, Joe Menter, and the Combined Lutheran Choir. Burial was in the Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley. Honorary bearers were Roy’s grandchildren, great grandchildren, and past and present Spring Valley Firefighters. Pallbearers were nephews Jack Hannack, Jerry Hannack, Jody Hannack, Jeffrey Hannack, Duane Kado, Dennis Kado, Todd Timm, David Johnson, Jay Johnson, Steven Johnson, and Scott Johnson.

Audrey Brorson Grant, Age 78

   Audrey Grant, age 78 of River Falls, formerly of Spring Valley, died Wednesday evening at The Lutheran Home in River Falls.
   Audrey was born Jan. 16, 1935, in Gilman Township, to Carl and Elvina (Anderson) Brorson. She grew up in Gilman Township, attended Spring Valley schools, and married Malcolm "Mike" Grant on March 16, 1953.

   They lived in the Elmwood and Spring Valley areas all their lives. Audrey worked at Smeads in River Falls for over 20 years. She was always up for a game of cards, especially euchre, and often did crossword puzzles. She loved to sew, crochet, and cross-stitch. She had a special place in her heart for her children and grandchildren.

   Preceded in death by parents; husband Mike; sister Evelyn (Corvin) Halvorson; brother Dale (Gladys) Brorson; three grandchildren, Mary and Jodi Bernhardt and Tara Grant; and one great-grandchild, Alex Brohman-Morgen.

   Survived by three daughters and two sons: Gwen (Bob) Huebel, Elmwood; Charlene Grant, River Falls; Gordon (Lisa) Grant, Spring Valley; Patrick (Gay) Grant, Ramsey, Minn.; and Christine Morgen, Red Wing; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one brother, Arnold (Dorothy) Brorson; one sister Joann (Roy) Johnson, all of Spring Valley; many other relatives and friends.

   Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 p.m. until time of services at the church. Burial is in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Spring Valley. Honorary bearers are her great-grandchildren and pallbearers are her grandchildren.

Keehr Funeral Home, www.keehrfuneralhome.com, Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Elmer Hanson, Age 79

   Elmer Siguard Hanson, age 79 of Hudson, formerly of Spring Valley, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Elmer was born on June 22, 1933, in Spring Valley; the son of Selmer and Esther (Odahlen) Hanson.

   While being raised in Spring Valley, he attended Locust Grove Elementary in Gilman Township. Elmer was married to Joanne Rasmussen to which his children were born. This union would later dissolve. He later married Delores Michels and then Laura Lee Fuller. Elmer was a devoted truck driver all of his life. He took great pride in driving every state in the Continental US for Balsam Lake Transfer where he worked 53 years! He was also a proud member of the American Legion Post in New Richmond following his service in the Korean War.

   Elmer is preceded in death by his parents, wife Laura Lee; siblings Granville, Sylvia, Kenneth, Willard, and Ordean.

   Elmer is survived by his children Vikki (Pat) Welch, Jerry (Sharon) Hanson, Gary (Robin) Hanson, Debra Sletten, Steve (Laura) Hanson, Tami Hanson, and his step-children Clarice Yassick and Joy (Jim) Roth along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   Elmer's life was celebrated with a memorial service from 2:00-4:00pm on Friday, January 4, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Memories; stories were shared at 3:30 pm. Military Honors at 4:00 pm concluded the gathering. Memorials are preferred. Services entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson.

Lorraine Turner, age 80

   Lorraine Turner, age 80 of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died suddenly on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Baldwin Area Medical Center. She had been a resident at Park View Nursing Home since July 26, 2012.
    Lorraine Carol Turner was born June 16, 1932, the daughter of Andrew Scott and Elsie Mary (Knerr) Rudesill in Pine Island, Minnesota. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in Spring Valley, WI in 1950. Lorraine attended college at University of Wisconsin – River Falls and received her 2 year Rural Teaching Certificate. She taught at the Cloverdale School for 2 years.
    River Falls is where Lorraine met her future husband, Harold Turner. They were married April 25, 1953 at the New Centerville United Methodist Church at New Centerville, Wisconsin. Lorraine and her husband, Harold farmed together in Gilman Township for 58 years where they raised their 6 children. Lorraine was active in the New Centerville United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She served as a UMW District Officer and taught Sunday School for years. Lorraine was active in 4-H as a Foods Leader. Lorraine & Harold were very active in the Pierce County Farm Bureau where Lorraine served as Women's Chairperson. Lorraine & Harold loved to fish and travel and had the opportunity to visit every state. They wintered in Mission, Texas for 16 years.
    Lorraine enjoyed reading including the Bible and devotions, collecting cookbooks & recipes, and sewing. Her true enjoyment were her grandchildren & great grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by all.
    Preceding her in death were her husband, Harold, her parents, Andrew & Elsie Rudesill, brother Troy Rudesill, sisters Judy Olson and Audrey Menter, and grandson Rollie Roquette.  Survivors include her 6 children: Sandra (Randy) Roquette, Baldwin, WI.; Bradley (Tricia) Turner, Spring Valley, WI.; Carter (Ann) Turner, Spring Valley, WI.; Eric (Linda) Turner, Spring Valley, WI.; Bruce (Carol) Turner, Baldwin, WI.; and Nancy (Brian) Lorntson, Coon Rapids, MN.; 20 grandchildren: Angela (Carl) DiLaura, Holly (John) Bazille, Wendy (Jon) Konchal, Joshua (Courtney) Turner, Brian (Megan) Turner, Jamie (Tony) Galgowski, Ryan (Bobbie) Turner, Adam (Erin) Turner, Tony (Danelle) Turner, Tyler (Phoebe) Turner, Lindsey (Jake) Koskie, Amy (David) Weikel, Scott Turner, Heidi Turner, Heather Turner, Bailey Turner, Chelsey Turner, Jaron Turner, Cameron Lorntson, Colin Lorntson; 2 siblings: Kent(Ann) Rudesill, Baldwin, WI.; Mary (Len) Place, Oshkosh, WI.; 2 brothers-in-law: Joe Menter, Knapp, WI.; Chuck Olson, Midland, MI; 1 sister-in-law: June Gwinn, Phoenix, AZ.; 18 great grandchildren: Garion, Holden, Kaylee, Jacob, Aden, Ethan, Brayden, Harper, Asher, Gwenyvere, Lindson, Sierra, River, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Christina, Bryn, Lily and 5 more on the way; many other relatives and friends.
    Funeral serivce will be on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1 p.m. at New Centerville United Methodist Church, Centerville, WI. Visitation will be on Saturday, January 26 from 2-6 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and also at church for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Rush River Township, Wisconsin. Pallbearers are grandsons: Ryan Turner, Joshua Turner, Brian Turner, Scott Turner, Jaron Turner, Cameron Lorntson, Adam Turner, Tony Turner, and Tyler Turner and Colin Lorntson.

Doris Alton
    Doris Alton, age 88, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

   Doris was born May 18, 1924 in Gilman Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin, the daughter of George and Hazel (Foss) Bune. She was baptized and confirmed at Gilman Lutheran Church, was a lifelong member there and active in the ladies aid.

   On August 6, 1947 Doris married Garland Alton at the Gilman Lutheran Parsonage in Spring Valley. They farmed at Olivet in Spring Lake Township and had two daughters: Beverly and Connie.

   Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Garland; brothers Forrest Bune and Bill Bune; in-laws: Helen Bune, Odell Bune, Sandy Bune, Valois (LaVerne) Reckin; and Gaylon Alton.

   She is survived by her daughter Connie of Winnebago, WI.; granddaughter Kari Alton of Chippewa Falls, Wi.; brothers Howard Bune of Hudson; Al Bune of Lindstrom, MN.; and Larry Bune of Spring Valley; other relatives and friends.

   Funeral service was on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating. Visitation was on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at church prior to the service. Pallbearers were Jack Bune, Jay Bune, Brian Bune, Brent Bune, Dustin Bune, and Andy Bune. Burial was in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley, Wisconsin.

   Keehr Funeral Home (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) in Spring Valley is assisting the family with arrangements.

Leroy 'Bud' Odalen, Age 91

   Leroy 'Bud' Odalen died Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

   Funeral for Bud will be on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10 a.m. St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. Erin Nelson officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 3-5 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and also one hour prior to the service at church on Monday. Burial will be at a later date in Lost Creek Cemetery.

   Bud was born November 2, 1921 in El Paso Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin, the son of Amund and Ida (Place) Odalen. He was baptized, confirmed, and married at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Beldenville, Wisconsin.
    Bud grew up on the family farm in El Paso Township where he also attended school. He farmed the home farm for a number of years. On September 17, 1942 he married Marion Steiner at Our Savior’s and continued farming until 1946. He went to work for Maple Island in New Richmond for about 3 years. Bud then took a job with the Ellsworth Creamery where he worked for 38 years. After retiring, he worked another 12 years at M.A.I. in Spring Valley.
Bud was an avid sports fan and loved attending the activities of his kids, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and watching the Packers. He and Marion were always together. They had good times with their many friends. They enjoyed going up north spending time at their son Ron’s cabin in Danbury.WI
    Preceding him in death were his parents; his daughter Ellie; son-in-law Larry Hoolihan; great grandson Benjamin Odalen; brothers John (Alpha) Odalen; Arnold (Hazel) Odalen; sisters Alma (Ed) Carlson Eleanor (Eric) Johnson, and Florence (Ed) Neiderhauser; and brother-in-law Canton Christopherson.
    He is survived by his wife, Marion; sons Ron (Janet) Odalen of Mendota Heights, MN.; Bill (Chris) Odalen of Bergenfield, N.J.; daughter Bonnie (Jim) Anderson of River Falls; son-in-law Gregg (Jane) Kado of Spring Valley; sister Mildred Christopherson of Ellsworth; sister-in-law Cecelia Mickelson of Wayzata, MN.; 10 grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 9 step great grandchildren; special friends Elna Cady, and Paul and Ardith Howard; many other relatives and friends.
    Funeral service was on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. Erin Nelson officiating. Visitation was on Sunday, January 13 from 3-5 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Monday. Pallbearers were Ron Odalen, Bill Odalen, Jim Anderson, Gregg Kado, Vic Langer, Bob Langer, Roger Langer, and Jay Langer. Burial will be at a later date in Lost Creek Cemetery, El Paso Township, Wisconsin.

Keehr Funeral Home, (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) Spring Valley is handling arrangements.

Meredith 'Bud' Woodmansee, Age 82

   Meredith "Bud" Woodmansee, age 82 of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died December 31, 2012 at his home in Spring Valley.

   Bud was born June 14, 1930 at Bruce, Wisconsin, the son of Jule and Lennie (Wilson) Woodmansee. In 1935, the family moved to Gilman Township. A few years later they moved to a farm in Eau Galle Township. Bud attended the Wildwood School and later Gilman School. In 1954 the family moved to Spring Valley. Bud worked at Madson Lumber Company where he stacked and graded lumber. He also worked as the night fireman there. Bud also worked at Carpenter Motors in Spring Valley for many years. He lived in Spring Valley with his sister Jane for many years before moving to the Chalet Apartments. He followed loved sports and was an avid Packer fan.

   Preceding her in death were his parents; one brother James and 1 infant sister Norma Jean.

   He is survived by 4 sisters: Jane Frye of Spring Valley; Virginia Holerud of Menomonie; Fae (LaVern) Ask of Inver Grove Heights, Mn., and Judy Woodmansee of Blaine, Minnesota; many nieces and nephews; grand nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

   Memorial visitation was on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 3-5 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Graveside services will be in the Spring in St. John's Cemetery, Spring Valley, Wisconsin.

   Keehr Funeral Home (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) in Spring Valley assisted the family with arrangements.

Jeremy Kim Barriault, age 41

   Jeremy was born in South Korea. He was given the name Kim Dong Won and a birth date of May 4, 1971. He arrived "home" in the U.S. on Dec. 28, 1975. He grew up in River Falls, Wis., and graduated from River Falls High School in 1990. He enlisted in the Army in 1993. He spent most of his time at Ft. Campbell, Ky., becoming a Pathfinder. He was honorably discharged in 1997. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and moved to Denver, Colo. He married Kim Phuong Thi Pham on March 27, 2007.

   Jeremy was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in April of 2012.

   He is survived by his wife, Kim, and three stepchildren, Trinh (David) Nguyen and Tommy of Denver, Linh of Portland, Ore., and two step-grandchildren, Avery and Christopher Nguyen; his parents, Gerald and Erlene Barriault of Hudson, Wis.; one brother, Darren (Sherry) of Grand Forks, N.D.; two sisters, Shelly (Mark) Sorenson of Hudson and Stacie (Tom) Muggli of North Branch, Minn.; his maternal grandmother, Kathleen Dahlman of Hudson; three nephews, Justin Barriault, Ryan Sorenson, Jasper Muggli; two nieces, Nikole Barriault and Coralee Muggli; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

   He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Delore and Marion Barriault, and maternal grandfather, Robert Dahlman.

   Jeremy died Saturday, Dec. 8, at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver.

   Services will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Aurora, Colo. Jeremy will be interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on Monday, Dec. 17.

   Arrangements were made with Horan & McConaty Family Chapel.