Spring Valley News...2014
Lucille M. Olstad, Age 96
Lucille was born September 12, 1918, 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.
On June 15, 1941 Lucille married Lyle Olstad at St. John’s. Lucille worked at the Spring Valley Clinic for several years for Drs. Avestruz. She was an active member of St John’s where she served as organist for many years. She also taught piano and organ lessons. Lucille lived in Great Falls, Montana with her daughter Barb for 6 years before moving back to Wisconsin where she has resided at Welcome Home Assisted Living.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Lyle in 1995; son Larry Olstad; sister Renee (Donnie) Larrieu; and in-laws Harry (Jeanne) Olstad and Marilyn (Walt) Dusold.
She is survived by 2 daughters: Gail (Gene) Helmer of Elmwood; and Barb (Ken) Kelly of Great Falls, Montana; daughter-in-law Diana Olstad of Moore, Oklahoma; 7 grandchildren: Dale W. (Pam) Olstad; Mike S. (Christi) Olstad; Elizabeth Smith; Steven Olstad; Shaun (Jacki) Miley; Aaron (Laura) Miley; and Amanda Kelly; numerous great grandchildren; many other relatives & friends.
Visitation was on Monday, October 13, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Funeral service was on Tuesday, October 14 at 11:00 a.m. at St John’s with Rev Erin Nelson officiating. Mary Wenum was vocalist and Cassie Quinn was vocalist. Burial was in St John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Spring Valley.
Pallbearers were Shaun Miley, Aaron Miley, Ken Kelly, Paul Larrieu, Rob Peterson, and Tom Gavic.
Keehr Funeral Home (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) handled arrangements.
Carol Ann Knight Johnson, Age 68
Carol Ann (Knight) Johnson, 68, of Oxford, entered into rest on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Hospice and Community Care. Born in Red Wing, MN, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Naoma (White) Knight. Carol was preceded in death by her longtime companion, Michael J. “Joe” Horner.
Carol graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1964.
Carol enjoyed cooking, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She had been a housekeeper for Birth Care and Family Health Services in Georgetown
She is survived by four children: Jody Johnson, fiancé of Dana Cedeno of Conestoga; Jason, husband of Catina Johnson of Baldwin, WI; Jarrod Johnson, companion of Cheryl Miller of Oxford; and Jessica, wife of James Weicksel of Drumore. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In addition to Joe, she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Knight.
Funeral Services will take place at Dewald Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. 227 W. 4th St., Quarryville on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM. There will be a viewing at the funeral home from 10-11 AM. Interment will follow in the Union Cemetery. Online guestbook at www.dewalds.com
Dale Brooke, Age 79
Age 79 of St. Paul Passed away peacefully after complications of Alzheimer's on December 17, 2014. Survived by wife, Dianne; daughters, Lisa (Mark) Manges and Nancy (John) Peck; granddaughters, Ashley, Grace, and Maggie; step-grandchildren, Jillian (Brandon) and Sam; siblings, Adeline Langer, Ada Hughes, Gloria Duffy, and Richard; brother-in-law, John Gensichen; many other relatives and friends. Celebration of life at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1465 Victoria St. N, St. Paul on December 22 at 11:00am with a visitation at 10:00am. Memorials preferred to Tide.com 651-315-8214Published in Pioneer Press on Dec. 21, 2014 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/twincities/obituary.aspx?n=dale-a-brooke&pid=173543125#sthash.1RYxHswd.dpuf
Dale A. Brooke, age 79 of St. Paul passed away peacefully after complications of Alzheimer's on December 17, 2014. Survived by wife, Dianne; daughters, Lisa (Mark) Manges and Nancy (John) Peck; granddaughters, Ashley, Grace, and Maggie; step-grandchildren, Jillian (Brandon) and Sam; siblings, Adeline Langer, Ada Hughes, Gloria Duffy, and Richard; brother-in-law, John Gensichen; many other relatives and friends.
Celebration of life at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1465 Victoria St. N, St. Paul on December 22 at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation at 10:00 a.m. Memorials preferred to Alzheimer's Association or The Salvation Army Lakewood Adult Day Center.
Larry Stein, Age 70
Larry A. Stein, 70, Rockford, passed away Friday, November 28, 2014, in his home. He was born March 18, 1944, in Spring Valley, WI, the son of Einer Conrad and Mary Stein. Larry graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1962. He was a veteran serving in the Army.
Larry married Lois Ellen Crawford in Rockford on July 17, 1971. She passed away January 28, 2008.
He worked in electrical maintenance at Chrysler Corporation in Belvidere for 38 years and a member of UAW Local #1268. Larry is survived by his son, Donald (Kelly) Stein of Rockford; his daughter, Laura Stein of Loves Park; his grandchildren, Michael, Chloe, and K.C.; his brothers, Roger (Mary Rose) Stein of Maine, Gene (Nancy) Stein of Minnesota, and Jimmy (Kim) Stein of Minnesota; his sisters, Gail Stein and Dorothy Stein, both of California; many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Larry was a "Dad" to many. He loved helping people whenever possible. Larry always had an opinion to share. He rarely knew a stranger, and was always willing to talk to anyone.
Predeceased by his parents and his sister, Patricia "Patty" Slezak. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, December 5, 2014, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mullford Rd. Rockford, 61108, with Pastor Wendell Maynard officiating. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, December 4, 2014, and from 10 a.m. until time of service on Friday.
Robert Brooke, Age 81
Robert O. Brooke, age 81 of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Monday, November 24, 2014 at United Hospital in St. Paul. Bob was born April 28, 1933 to Arthur and Marie (Ray) Brooke in Spring Valley.
Bob was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. He grew up in Spring Valley where he attended school and graduated with the Class of 1952. He served in the U.S. Army. On October 31, 1966 Bob married Margie Bossman at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown, South Dakota. They lived in the home Bob grew up in.
Bob was a carpenter all his life. He loved his family, friends and church. He also loved fishing, hunting, golfing and bowling. He was a member of Rickerd-Danielson American Legion Post 227 in Spring Valley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister Eunice Dahms; and 4 brothers: Walter, Colburn, John, and Byron Brooke. Survivors include his wife Margie of Spring Valley; son Steven Brooke of Newport, MN; daughter Susan (Judson) Hagstrom of St Louis Park, MN; 2 grandchildren: Lars and Henry Hagstrom; 2 brothers: twin brother Dick Brooke of Woodbury, MN; and Dale (Dianne) Brooke of St Paul, MN; 3 sisters: Ada Hughes of Spring Valley; Gloria Duffy of River Falls; and Adeline Langer of Ellsworth; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral service for Bob was on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 2 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Pastor Erin Nelson officiating. Honorary bearers Mickey Traynor, Jay Langer, Vick Langer, Bob Langer, Roger Langer, and Mike Duffy. Bearers were Tom Langer, Wayne Langer, Jim Duffy, Tom Duffy, Jeff Brooke and Ronn Powell. Burial was in St John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Wisconsin. Military honors were provided by the Rickerd-Danielson American Legion Post 227 of Spring Valley.
Beverly Moldenhauer Erickson, Age 79
Beverly Erickson, age 79, of Eau Claire (formerly of Wilson, Cady Township, Wisconsin) passed into the arms of her Loving Lord and Jesus Christ on October 14, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Eau Claire, with her loving daughter and son at her side.
Funeral services took place at 2 pm on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at St. Katherine's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Pastor Shawn Kauffeld officiated. Burial took place in the St. Michael's Cemetery in the Cady Township at 5 pm on Saturday afternoon. Visitation took place on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin from 3-8 pm and Saturday at the church an hour prior to the service.
Beverly was born May 10, 1935 to the late Edward and Clara (Timm) Moldenhauer in Cady Township. On April 7, 1953 she married Donald Erickson at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. From that union two loving children came, Cindy and Donald, Jr. “Donnie”.
Her husband passed away on July 6, 2003 after 50 years of marriage. During her earthly life, Bev worked as a CNA and grill cook at Indianhead Motor Plaza in Wilson as well as caring for her parents until medical issues caused her to retire.
Bev enjoyed watching her grandchildren, Jordan and Fallon, grow. She especially enjoyed canning and baking and keeping the pantry full. Bev enjoyed her crafts, embroidering, crocheting, making pillow cases, towels, and afghans.
At Bev’s home the coffee pot was always on and you never left hungry. Bev loved having her pets around her. She enjoyed most of all being with her family. She was and always will be a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to all she met and will be greatly missed.
Beverly is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Rod) Kongshaug of Spring Valley, Wisconsin; son, Donald, of Eau Claire, with whom she lived since 2003; special family friend, Dave Martinek; grandson, Jordan (Annie) Kongshaug of Elk Mound, Wisconsin; granddaughter Fallon (Nate) Schloemer of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; great grandchildren, Isabella “Belle” and Clara Kongshaug and Jule Schloemer; special pets, BG and Sniffs; sister-in-laws, Betty Moldenhauer of Menomonie, Louise (Russell) Roemhild of Knapp, Wisconsin and Norma Hellendrung of Knapp; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Beverly is preceded in death by her loving husband, Don; parents, Edward and Clara (Timm) Moldenhauer; brother, Erling Moldenhauer; sister, June (in infancy); her loving pets, Punkin and Tiny; mother and father-in-law, Edward and Amelia (Schafer) Erickson, sisters-in-law, Elaine (Junior) Timm and Eleanor (Rich) Bucholz; brothers-in-law, Robert, LeRoy (Barb) Erickson, and Byron Hellendrung and many special friends in her lifetime.
Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com. Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home in Eau Claire assisted the family with the arrangements.
Michael N. Thome, Age 96
Michael N. Thome, age 96, World War II POW, of Sacramento, CA, passed away peacefully September 23, 2014. Born in 1917, in Dobie, WI, he was inducted into Army in 1942, commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, trained in military intelligence & government; was assigned to 106th Infantry Div. in Europe. He was captured during the Battle of the Bulge; awarded 2 Bronze Stars. Upon his return to the U.S., assigned to the 8th Army, Yokohama, Japan and promoted to Captain in 1946. He worked for the State of MN in 1955; appointed CEO of the MN State Employees Retirement System. In 1968 he accepted the position as CEO of CA State Teachers Retirement System in Sacramento where he served for 16 yrs. He held high positions in professional and military organizations.
He enjoyed retirement in Sacramento, gardening, reading, collecting antiques, attending cultural events, the company of good friends & family and his beloved dogs. He is survived by his two daughters: Andre M. Thome of St. Paul, MN and Terese K. Stein (Dr. William E. Stein, D.D.S.) of Aitkin, MN; grandsons: William and Benjamin; four sisters and one brother.
A Memorial Mass is set for October 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church, Spring Valley, WI 54767. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, donations to charities or Memorial Masses.
Jo Ann Rodewald Hillstead, Age 72
Jo Ann is survived by her 4 sons: John (Lisa), Jerry, Todd (Sandy) and Troy (Kari), thirteen grandchildren: John Jr., Aaron, Tyla, Danielle, Lindsay, Casey, Samuel, Sophia, Charlie, Gavin, Garrett, Gunnar and Gradyn; many great-grandchildren and lifelong friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial visitation wase held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Crandall Funeral Home in Mauston.
Arlene Sorenson Nelson, Age 87
Arlene was joined in marriage to Edwin J. Nelson, son of Edwin and Emma Nelson, on November 20, 1948 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Together they had four children, Craig E. Nelson (deceased); Joanne Hill (Peter) of Wenatchee, Washington; Marilyn Traynor (Pat) of Belvidere, Illinois; and Janie Nelson Worel (Don) of Madison, Wisconsin. Arlene was blessed with seven grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Brooke Rufo Hill (James), Mariah Hill (Nick Lofing), Chase Hill, Megan Rooney (Chris), Mackayla Traynor, Katie Traynor, and Lee Alliet (John). She was also great-grandmother to Magdelena, Rosa, and Ines Rufo Hill, Peter and Josephine Lofing, and Henry Alliet.
Arlene was preceded in death by Edwin and Craig, as well as her parents and in-laws; sisters Donna Butts and Judy Vanasse; brothers Harland Sorenson, Wayne Sorenson, and David Sorenson; several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Surviving her are daughters and their families, her brothers James Sorenson and Rollin Sorenson, and her sister Shirley Anderson.
Family and friends will remember Arlene for her love of sharing stories and conversation. As the wife of a military officer, she accepted having to pack up her house and move her family often. With each move she made new friends, maintaining many of these friendships throughout her lifetime. Despite moving all around the country, Spring Valley was always special and considered home. In recent years she reminisced about many fun times at the Spring Valley Golf Club, outdoor band concerts, street dances and the Dam Days celebrations; she enjoyed card games, coffee and conversation with good friends. Arlene loved the white sand beaches of Florida where she and Ed wintered for many years and had great memories of vacations at the Hale Koa, the Armed Forces Retreat, in Honolulu, Hawaii as well as their trips to Washington to share Thanksgiving with the Hill family. Arlenes last big trip was a western Caribbean cruise, with her daughters, to help celebrate her 80th birthday.
Arlenes Catholic faith was important to her. It was poignant that Arlene received the last sacraments on the Feast of the Assumption, the Catholic holy day that celebrates the Blessed Virgin Marys passing into eternal life in heaven. Arlene was well loved and cared for by the staff and families of Sebring Gardens. She will live on in the memories of her family who are grateful that she is now reunited with Edwin and Craig in the Kingdom of Heaven.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 602 Everglade Dr., Madison at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 26, with Father Bart Timmerman presiding. A reception at church will immediately follow the mass. Burial will be held later at 5 p.m., Tuesday, August 26th, at Sacred Hearts Catholic Cemetery in Spring Valley, Wis. Dinner will follow prayers at the cemetery. Please share your memories at www.cressfuneralservice.com
Quentin Edward Hurtgen, Age 77
Quentin Edward Hurtgen, father, grandfather, brother and veteran, died January 16, 2014. Quentin, of W. St. Paul, was born on July 21, 1936 to Carl and Melba Hurtgen in Martell, Wisconsin.
Quentin is survived by sons Brian and Mark (Cyndi), granddaughter Dallas; siblings Mary Laschinger, Donald, Carl (Wanda), Helen, and Robert Hurtgen; Aunt Joann Blewett; extended family Barbara Hurtgen and Audrey Bergseng; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by parents, first wife Linda, brothers John and Clarence, sister-in-law Sandy Hurtgen and brother-in-law Thomas Laschinger.
Graveside committal service, Friday, August 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Ave., S., Minneapolis, MN 55450. Please arrive no later than 10:00 a.m., Funeral Cortege entrance, Assembly Area 5 to wait for escort to the site. Kandt Tetrick Funeral Home, 651-455-5352. Kandt-Tetrick.com
Ronald Anthony Shafer, Age 77
Ronald Anthony Shafer, 77 years, 11 months and 10 days old, of Beldenville, Wisconsin died Saturday morning at the Kinnic Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation Center in River Falls, Wisconsin.
Ron was born at home, in the town of El Paso, Pierce County, Wisconsin to Carl and Marie (Weber) Shafer. Ron graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1954. He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1955 and was activated for the Gaddafi conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1958.
Ron married Gladys Geldert on July 18, 1959; they recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. They were blessed with four children. Ron farmed on the family farm and did various mechanical jobs in and around the area. He worked as an aircraft mechanic for 33 years for Northwest Airlines, retiring in 1999. Ron continued farming on his own hobby farm while at Northwest; he also plowed the neighborhood driveways for 39 years.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tractors, the Brewers, the Packers, playing cards, making maple syrup and joking around with everyone he met. Ron had an amazing faith in God. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed years at the camper and spending time with family and friends
Ron was a member of Cross Roads Community Church in Ellsworth, Wisconsin.
He is survived by his loving wife Gladys; four children: Michael and his wife Chris; Mark and his wife Lorrie; Nancy Shafer and her friend Jim Schunke; Patrick and his wife Alice. Grandchildren: Joshua Deden, Anthony Nelson, Chad Shafer, Stephanie Morales, Danielle Bennett, Benjamin Bennett, Amber Shafer, and Samuel Ngatia and Maryann Waithera; great-grandchildren: Alexis Nelson, Mikayla Nelson, and Wyatt Nelson, Sara Deden, and Noah Deden. Sisters: Jean Nelson; JoAnn (George) Brenner; Judy (Doug) Harer; Mary (Mike) Casey; Lana (Richard) Anderson; Bonnie (Ron) Drabowicz; and Kathleen Shinn; sister-in-law, Jean Shafer.
Ron was preceded in death by a grandson Eric Schalow, parents Carl and Marie and brothers Robert and James.
Services for Ron will be at 11:00 am on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Cross Roads Community Church in Ellsworth. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, El Paso, Wisconsin at a later date.
Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Thursday at the Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Military honors will be accorded Ron by the veterans of Ellsworth, Wisconsin.
Memorials are preferred to ADORAY Home Health and Hospice, Baldwin, Wisconsin, Virginia Piper Cancer Center, River Falls, Wisconsin or donor’s choice.
Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ellsworth is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Tim Schmaltz, Age 76
Tim Schmaltz, age 76, of Andover, passed away peacefully July 3, 2014. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and enjoyed gardening and outdoor activities.
Preceded in death by his mother, Frances; father, Michael; brother, Clem; sisters, Lucia, Dorothy and Helen. Survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Darlene (Jorgenson- '58); children, Mickie (Owen Schwalbe), Teri (Lee) Hill, and Mark; grandchildren, Bryant, Sara, and Creole; brother, Jerry; sister, Ann; and many other loving relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 11 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 525 Jackson Street, Anoka, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.
Thurston-DeShaw Funeral Home, Andover, MN. 763-767-7373. www.thurston-deshaw.com
Gerald 'Bud' Falde, Age 79
Gerald 'Bud' Falde, age 79, of Woodville, Wisconsin, died Friday, June 20, 2014 at his home.
Bud was born on November 18, 1934, the son of Frederick and Mabel (Wahl) Falde in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. He was baptized, confirmed, and a lifetime member of Gilman Lutheran Church. Bud attended Wildwood Grade School and Spring Valley High School.
On April 26, 1958 Bud married Laurel Ninneman at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Cady Township. After their marriage, Bud and Laurel lived on the family farm where he was born and raised. They also owned and operated the Spring Valley Mini-Storage. Upon retirement, they enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona.
Bud is survived by his wife Laurel of Woodville; father to Paul (Kim) Falde, Kelly (Pam) Falde, Julianne (Don) Manteufel, and Brenda (Jack) Walkky; grandfather to Kristin (Christopher) Bates, Jenna Falde, Jessica (Ryan) Fritz, Dominic (Therese) Falde, Logan Falde, Jordan Walkky, Jack Walkky, and Luke Walkky; great-grandfather to Rylie Fritz, Kali Falde, Rachel Falde, Oliver Falde, and Olivia Bates; brother to Violet Lansing, Gordon (Vi) Falde, and Verlyn (Patricia) Falde; and brother- and sister-in-law Jack and Barbara Mattison; as well as many other relatives and good friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother Harlan; sisters-in-law Jean Falde and Hollyce (Ninneman) Falde; brothers-in-law Earl Lansing and Charles Ninneman.
Visitation will be on Monday, June 23, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley and also for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Funeral service will be on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating. Burial is in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).
Orin B. Bjornstad, Age 84
He fought in the Korean War and received a purple heart.
He was united in marriage on November 21, 1959 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in El Paso, WI to Deanna Bjornson. Their marriage was blessed with three boys: Daryl, Denny, and John.
Orin started business in 1960 with his brother, Don (Bjornstad Builders.) Orin continued the family business until 1990, when he passed on the family heritage to his sons.
Orin’s true enjoyment was spending time at the family cabin with family and friends. He also enjoyed wood carving.
Orin will remain in the hearts of his loving wife of 54 years, Deanna; children: Denny (Tracy) and John (Missy); grandchildren: Chad (Kerri), Bob (Ashley) Adam, Greg, Brandon, Corey, and Taylor; great-grandchildren: Madison, Brayden, Ava, and Lauren Bjornstad, and Mila Rogers; brother, Don Bjornstad; sister, Iolene Grant; and many nieces and nephews.
Orin was preceded in death by his parents; son, Daryl Bjornstad; 2 sisters; 3 brothers-in-law; 1 sister-in-law; 2 nephews; and 1 niece.
A visitation took place from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at Bethel Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 15. Interment was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery.
Glenn Arthur Sandve, age 79
Glenn Arthur Sandve, 79, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Spring Valley on May 30. He was born to Arthur and Thelma Sandve on their family farm outside of Cumberland, Wisconsin, on March 3, 1935. He was confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Section Ten Lutheran Church in rural Cumberland, a church his Norwegian immigrant grandfather helped found. On April 1, 1961, he married Helen Louise Davis at the Congregational Church in Spring Valley.
He graduated from Cumberland High School in 1953 and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1957. After college, Glenn served in the 4th Armored Division of the U.S. Army and was accepted into the Army band, where duty and performances took him throughout Europe.
In 1959, he joined Spring Valley Schools as an instrumental music teacher. He remains revered as an educator by countless former students for his musical ability, teaching skills and commitment to youth and band program quality. In 1978, he began a new career, building Sandve School Music Service into a successful business that served school music programs throughout northwestern Wisconsin. He retired in 1998.
During their marriage, Glenn and Helen traveled frequently, first on family vacations with their children and later journeys to Uzbekistan, England, France and Ireland, as well Norway, where they visited the home of his ancestors. They also enjoyed cruises to locations in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexico. During the 1970s, he served on the Spring Valley Village Board and as mayor of the village. He conducted the St. John's Lutheran Church Choir for 30 years, an endeavor in which he took great pride. Glenn was a Mason and a Shriner; he enjoyed performances with the Zor Shrine Band in the Twin Cities. He loved flower gardening. He was an enthusiastic collector of antiques, an ice fisherman, a woodworker and an all-around handyman. On the day preceding his death, Glenn practiced his tuba and finished planting this year's flowers.
Glenn was a kind, funny and wise man. He will be greatly missed by those who survive him: his wife, Helen; daughter, Allison; son Bill and daughter-in-law Rakhima Khodzhaeyva; grandchildren Thomas and Renata; sister Marian Peer; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Donald and Eleanor Malmo, Ruth Barrington, Susan Hanson, Patrick and Jane Culbert; many nieces and nephews; and "granddog" Laika. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Lowell Hanson and Al Peer.
In accordance with his wishes, Glenn's remains have been donated to Mayo Medical School. Friends and family are invited to gather on Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. A Masonic funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall, with memorial visitation from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The memorial service will be at 7 p.m.
Karen Larson, age 70
Karen Larson, age 70, of Baldwin, Wisconsin died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at her home.
Karen was born December 14, 1943, the daughter of Clifton and Evelyn (Bennett) Van Riper at Elmwood, Wisconsin. She grew up near Waverly and attended Spring Valley Schools graduating with the Class of 1962. During High School, she worked at Crystal Cave in Spring Valley. She continued her education in St. Paul where she attended beautician school. While in St. Paul, she worked at the front desk at the St. Paul Hotel.
Harlan Falde, age 92
Harlan Falde of Spring Valley died Friday, February 21, 2014 at the River Falls Area Hospital. Arrangements are pending at this time.
Nathan and his family will be returning home in March. Plans for Harlan's service will be made then.
Bernard Sherman Grant, Age 95
James Koehler, Age 64
James "Jim" T. Koehler, 64, of Ellsworth, died Feb. 22, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.
John R. Jeffrey, Age 83
John R. 'Sir John' Jeffrey 83, of Estero, FL, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Joanne House at Hope Hospice. He was born October 6, 1930, a son of the late Walter R. and Mildred K. (née Honey) Jeffrey. He has been a resident of Southwest Florida for over 40 years.
Chicago-born, Sir John has played many of the jazz clubs in and around the Chicago area. Noted for his vibe pyrotechnics, Sir John appeared with some of the greats such as Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, comedians, Frank Gorshen, Pat Henry, Jack Carter and actor, Dan Dailey.
As a graduate of the Roy Knapp School of Percussion in Chicago, he played with show groups in the Chicago area and later in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Sir John is no stranger to Southwest Florida as he headlined at major clubs for over 40 years. He currently was playing with a group called, The Trio.
Sir John is survived by his loving wife, Muriel A. Jeffrey of Estero, FL; son, John M. Jeffrey and his wife, Nancy of Elmhurst, IL; daughter, Jeri Lynn Else of Lombard, IL; and two grandsons, Thomas Else and Michael J. Else.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Judith Anne Jeffrey.
A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home 28300 Tamiami Tr. So., Bonita Springs with Pastor David Yannatone of the First Assembly of God, Ft. Myers, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project 10150 Highland Manor Dr. #303, Tampa, FL 33610 or online at woundedwarriorproject.org or the Lee County Animal Services 5600 Banner Dr., Ft. Myers, FL 33912 in memory of John.
Online condolences may be offered by visiting shikanyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are being handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home.
Donald Wang, age 80
Donald Wang, age 80, of Baldwin, Wisconsin died Friday, January 31, 2014 at United Hospital in St. Paul.
Teresa M. Gjovig Meyer, age 52
Teresa M. "Teri" Meyer (Gjovig)age 52, of Andover, MN, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014. She fought a short battle with an unbeatable cancer. She died in the presence of her loving family. Teri is survived by her parents, Chuck and Marilyn Gjovig; brother, Mark (Maria) Gjovig; husband, Timothy Meyer; children, Chance, Chelsea and Chandra; sister- in-law, Julia Berry; brothers-in-law, Ken Meyer, Mike Meyer, Tom (Judy) Meyer, Jason Meyer; mother-in-law, Marlene Meyer; step sister-in-law, Kathy (Larry) Utterback; step brother, Gifford Kahler; many relatives and a world of friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Memorial service 1 PM Saturday, Feb. 1st at Grace Lutheran Church, 13655 Round Lake Blvd. NW, Andover. Friends and family may gather one hour prior to service at church. www.Washburn-McReavy.com Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000
Ann Faber, age 68, of Menomonie, WI, formerly of Madison, WI, died Sunday,
January 26, 2014, at the Mayo Clinic Health System, Menomonie, WI.
Lyle K. Hagman, age 83
Lyle K. Hagman, 83, a resident of Fond du Lac, died Friday, January 24, 2014, at his residence. He was born August 6, 1930, in Zumbrota, Minnesota, the son of Clarence and Louella Satrum Hagman. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1949. Lyle served with the US Navy during the Korean War from 1949 to 1953.
On October 20, 1962, he married
Sandra Genrich at Church of Peace in Fond du Lac. She died October 21,
2000. He was formerly employed by Tolibia Cheese as a cheese maker,
retiring in 1985. Lyle started the Babe Ruth Baseball League in Fond du
Lac, was State Commissioner for six years, and was Assistant Ohio Valley
Regional Commissioner. He was also State Public Relations Director of
the Babe Ruth League. Lyle was a member of Trier-Puddy American Legion
Post #75 and the post firing squad. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, and
collecting baseball cards. He was a member of St. Peters Evangelical
Wesley C. Eaton, Sr. Age 72
Wesley C. Eaton, Sr., 72, of Bruce, WI, died on Tuesday; December 31st, 2013 at The Ladysmith Care and Rehabilitation Center, Ladysmith, WI.
Wesley was born on April 7, 1941, in Baldwin, WI, to Neil and Alice Eaton. He married Rosemary Lee Anderson in Hudson, WI, on Juy 20, 1979. Wesley granduated from the Spring Valley High School with the Class of 1959.
Wesley is survived by his wife, Rosemary; his sons Wayne (Cassie) Eaton of Janesville, MN, and Wesley (Alia Hanson) Eaton, Jr., of Cameron, WI; 17 grandchildren; two great granddaughters; and his sister Lois Harshman of Menomonie, WI.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Margie Palmquist and his parents.
A funeral service was held Saturday, January 11, at the American Legion Post in Bruce, WI.
The Nash-Jackan Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.
Irene Hinzman Miller, Age 83
Irene Miller, age 83, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Irene Mae Miller, age 83 of Spring Valley, Wisconsin passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Her parents and brother-in-law Irvine Glampe preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband Elmer C. Miller of Spring Valley; two daughters: Debra Ulmer of Moses Lake, WA and Linda (Joel) Hartung of Spring Valley, WI; one son Terry (Lisa) Miller of Spring Valley, WI. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and one great great grandson; one sister-in-law Ethel Glampe of St Croix Falls, Wisconsin.
Janice Helen Budd, Age 81
Gordon Brahmer, Age 79
Gordon William Brahmer, age 79 of Amery, Wisconsin died Friday, November 29, 2013 at Willow Ridge Health Care Center in Amery.
Gordon was born December 28, 1933, the son of William and lily (Dahms) Brahmer in Cady Township, St. Croix County, Wisconsin. He was a long time member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, rural Spring Valley.
Gordon attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1952. On September 5, 1956, Gordon married Marvel Hellendrung at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. They purchased their farm in Cady Township and farmed and raised their family there until 1995 when they sold the farm and moved to Amery.
Besides farming, Gordon hauled milk for Golden Guernsey for about four years and drove truck for Helgeson Trucking for over 20 years. After moving to Amery he worked for Countryside Coop for several years.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother Harvey (and Dora) Brahmer; sisters Irene (and Al "Burt") Anderson and Margaret "Peg" (and Harry) Wentlandt; and grandson Jaime Brahmer.
He is survived by one daughter and three sons: Jan Olson of Bloomer, Wisconsin; Scott Brahmer (and Joy Wilson) of Glenwood City; Keith (Tammy) Brahmer of Spring Valley; and Tim (Cari) Brahmer of Menomonie; sister Bernice (Orville) Ryan of Woodville; 11 grandchildren: Jeremiah Olson, Joshua Olson, Stacey (Kevin) Clements, Brandon (Vanessa) Brahmer, Dustin Brahmer, Carrie (Scott) Williamson, Brent (Sarah) Brahmer, Cassondra Brahmer, Natalie (Paul) Close, Brianna Brahmer, and Travis Brahmer; nine great grandchildren: Blake and Drew Clements; Rayna and Riley Brahmer, Collin and Cashton Williamson, and Sierra, Britain, and Paige Close; many other relatives and friends.
Funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St Matthew's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev Martin Wegner officiating. Visitation was on Monday, from 5-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Honorary bearers were Gordon's granddaughters. Pallbearers were Gordon's grandsons. Burial was in the St Michael's Cemetery, Cady Township, Wisconsin.
Keehr Funeral Home (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) in Spring Valley is assisting the family with arrangements.