Spring Valley News...2016
Delores Jean Peterson Asmus, Age 87
Delores Asmus, 87, of Thornton, CO, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on December 9, 2016.
Delores was born to Ben and Ella Peterson on December 24, 1928, in Pierce County, WI. She graduated from Spring Valley High School with the Class of '47. On March 25, 1961, Delores married Gil Asmus. They made their home in the Twin Cities until 1967 when they moved to Colorado.
She is survived by their children: daughter Debbie Asmus; daughter Lori Hosmer (Russ); son David Asmus (Katy); grandchildren Kyle Hosmer (Caitlin), Katelyn Leinweber (Toby) and Jillian Hosmer; three great grandchildren, Tristin and Coralie Leinweber, and Claire Hosmer; sister Karen Olson (Duane); numerous nieces and nephews.
Delores was preceded in death by her husband, Gil, in 2013, her parents, sister Mary Ellen (Lamar) Harris ('45) and Howard (Barb) Peterson ('50).
Private family service was held at Fort Logan National Cemetery. A celebration of Delores' life will be held in the Spring of 2017. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Helen Davis Sandve, Age 82
Helen Davis Sandve, 82, died peacefully November 21, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her family.
Helen Louise Davis was born to Kenneth and Harriett Davis on March 7, 1934 in Rochester, Minn. She was a 1951 graduate of Spring Valley High School and earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from UW-River Falls in 1955. She married Glenn A. Sandve on April 1, 1961 in Spring Valley, Wis.
Helen's adventurous spirit was matched by her curious mind. As a college student, she worked as a waitress at Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park. After teaching for two years in Rochester, she moved to the San Francisco Bay area and taught for a year. She then was hired as a teacher for the U.S. Department of Defense. Helen taught at base schools for the U.S. Army Air Corps, the forerunner of the Air Force, in Japan, England and Germany. Her job provided opportunities to travel to many countries, which she embraced with gusto.
After marrying, Helen continued her career in Spring Valley Public Schools, teaching in all the elementary schools the district then encompassed: Village, Cady-Wilson and Gilman. Well-liked and respected by colleagues, students and families, Helen instilled her love of history and good children's literature in students for three decades. An Anglophile, she participated in two teaching programs in England in the 1980s. She took early retirement to work with her husband in Sandve School Music Service.
Helen enjoyed reading, playing bridge and attending musical performances with her husband. Helen and Glenn traveled with their children as they were growing up and later together to destinations including England, Norway, France and Ireland. They journeyed to Uzbekistan to meet their daughter-in-law's family and visit sites there. In her later years, Helen enjoyed cruises to locations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Alaska. Glenn died in 2014; she missed him tremendously.
Helen's family mourns her passing, but shall always be grateful for her wisdom, warmth and generosity.
She is survived by her daughter Allison, St. Paul; son and daughter-in-law Bill and Rahima Hodzhayeva and grandchildren Thomas and Renata Sandve of Spring Valley; her granddog, Laika; sisters Eleanor Malmo, Ruth Barrington, Susan Hanson and Jane Culbert and her husband, Patrick; and many nieces and nephews.
Others preceding her in death include her parents and in-laws Lowell Hanson, Donald Malmo and Al and Marian Peer.
Special thanks go to Dr. Thomas Johnson of HealthEast Heart Care, Dr. David Wilhelm of Vibrant Health, and the team at St. Croix Hospice.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Annie Ladnier will officiate. Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Huepfel, Jay Arneson, Keith Larson, Bill Emerson, Gordy Wenum and Jim Wenum.
Helen donated her body to Mayo Medical School.
Keehr Funeral Home (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) handled arrangements.
Elaine Miklian Rau, Age 74
Elaine Miklian Rau, 74, Eureka, SD, died Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Bowdle Nursing Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Monday, October 31, 2016 at Zion American Lutheran Church, Eureka, with Pastor Lloyd Miller leading the service. Interment follows at the Church Cemetery. Organist will be Ronda Lapp and the congregation will sing “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “Amazing Grace”. Vocalist Margie Walker will sing “On Eagle’s Wings”. Ushers will be Don Kaul and Mervin Gab. Visitation will be at Lien-Straub From 5:00-9:00 PM Sunday.
Elaine Janice Miklian, daughter of Marjorie (Ginsbach) and William Miklian, was born March 6, 1942 near Elmwood, WI. As a young girl, she was brought up on a dairy farm and attended Waverly Rural School. She completed her education at Spring Valley High School in Spring Valley, WI, Class of 1960. Following her schooling, she gained employment at an insurance company in St. Paul, MN and later took a key puncher job at International Harvester in Minneapolis. It would be at International Harvester where she and Mert would meet for the first time. They were united in marriage in Minneapolis on August 27, 1966. Shortly after, Elaine left the work force and became a mother. They lived in Anoka and Coon Rapids, MN before relocating in 1972 to their current farm three miles south of Eureka. Elaine spent the next 3 plus decades devoted to her family and working fulltime until retirement in 2008. She was a member of Zion American Lutheran Church where she loved to sing in the choir. A favorite pastime of Elaine’s was mailing birthday and anniversary cards to a large list of people.
Elaine is survived by Merton, her husband of 50 years; four children, Melinda (Scottie) Hoff of Eureka, Morris (Amy) Rau of Maple Grove MN, Tracy Rau of Atlanta, GA, and Tonya (Dan) Willard of Fort Collins CO; her brother Wayne (Linda) Miklian of River Falls, WI; her sister Mary (Paul) Wenum of Bloomington, MN; and five grandchildren—Heather Hoff, Meaghan Hoff, Breanna Hoff, Taylor Rau and Abby Rau.
She was preceded in death by her father on February 18, 2007, her mother on August 3, 2013 and an infant sister in January 1955.
Casketbearers will be Warren Rau of Appleton, MN, Dan Willard of Ft. Collins, Bonnell Aman of Aberdeen, SD, Eric Rau of Cyrus, MN, Rick Rau of Starbuck, MN, and Paul Wenum of Bloomington.
The Rau family prefers memorials to Zion American Lutheran Church, PO Box 546, Eureka, SD 57437. They would also like to extend a special thank-you to the staff at the Bowdle Healthcare Center for their exceptional care. Arrangements by Lien-Straub Funeral Chapel of Eureka.
Don Thompson, Age 65
Don was born in Baldwin WI on September 28, 1951 a son of the late Gerhard J. and Nora H. (Hurtgen) Thompson. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1969. He worked as a COE installer having worked for many companies including the Army, various companies of Greenville OH and R.A. Telcom in East Liverpool.
Don was a Veteran of the United States Army having served during Vietnam and was a Lutheran by faith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding 4 wheelers and enjoyed his pole shed that was affectionately referred to as his “Toy Box.”
Don is survived by his wife Becky A (Turner) Thompson whom he married May 3, 1980; a daughter: Nicole Sara of WI; 2 brothers: Ron Thompson of Spring Valley WI and Harold Thompson and his wife Mary also of Spring Valley WI; a sister: Ellen Myers and her husband Steve Piertz MN; a brother-in-law: Lloyd Fisher; four very dear friends: Ralph Turner, Dave Shultz, Steve Bee and Rick Garfield; two grandchildren; many nieces and nephews as well as 2 dogs that Don called the two damn hair shedding mongrels; Ink and Dink.
In addition to his parents Don was preceded in death by a sister: Marilyn Fisher and a sister-in-law: Sue Thompson.
Family will be present to receive friends at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes on Friday October 21, 2016 for 1-4pm. Burial will take place in the United Presbyterian Cemetery of Calcutta at a later date.
Friends and Family may view this obituary and leave online condolences at www.martinmacleanaltmeyer.com or by visiting our facebook page.
Kyra Hayes, Age 16
Kyra Hayes, age 16, of Ellsworth, Wisconsin died Friday, October 21, 2016 as a result of an auto accident. Survived by parents: Luke and Ione Hayes; siblings: Rachel, Ethan and Cole; aunts and uncles: Valerie and Steve Johnson; Annette and Brian Kelley; Anna; Tom and Amy Knutson; Jim and Paula Knutson; God Mother Shari Owen; Tammy and Kenny Scamp; Zeb and Tiffany Hayes; grandfather Daniel (Jeanne Johnson) Hayes and grandmother Elaine Hayes; many cousins, other relatives and friends. (NOTE: Kyra is the granddaughter of Arnold and Iola Anderson Knutson - Iola graduated from SVHS with the Class of '55.)
Kyra’s story starts July 17, 2000 in River Falls, Wisconsin. The youngest child of Luke and Ione Hayes. She was welcomed into her family by her three older siblings: Rachael Hope Hayes, Ethan Wayne Hayes, Cole Charles Hayes. They fell in love the moment they saw her.
Mary L. Larson Nelson, Age 67
Mary L. Nelson, age 67, of Burnsville, Minnesota, formerly of Martell, Wisconsin, died Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
Mary was born August 20, 1949 in Red Wing, Minnesota to Erwin L. Larson and Lois A. (Hanson) Larson. She grew up in Martell, Wisconsin, graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1967, and attended Minneapolis Business College. Mary began her career as a secretary at Dayton’s Stores headquarters, was an insurance agent, and became a payroll specialist, retiring in 2014.
Mary was an avid reader, and loved to sew gifts for family and friends.
She is survived by her two sons: Even and Jacob Nelson; sisters: Connie (Harold) Fosmo and Letty Larson; nieces Victoria Fosmo (Truman) Johnson and Cori Fosmo; grand-nephews Brady and Torrey Johnson; aunt Carol Poff; cousins and many others.
Harold Kenneth Olson, Age 87
Harold Kenneth Olson was born on May 30, 1929 in Eau Claire, WI to Harold and Louise (Blegen) Olson. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1947. His first job was as a tour guide at Crystal Cave, in Spring Valley, at age 14. Soon after, he began hauling milk with his father. This lead to his life long career in the dairy business; working for Cherry-Burrell, Dairy Maid, and Land O’Lakes. He achieved roles of General Manager, Vice President and led a number of industry boards including AMPI. He was recognized as a pioneer in the development of aseptic packaging.
In 1950, he married Dorothy Elizabeth Aamodt, which he always claimed to be his very best decision. They lived in Spring Valley, Rochester, MN, spent 50 years in Eau Claire, finally settling in Clayton. Harold and Dorothy had five children, ten grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Family always came first with Harold. He spent many years telling his kids, grandkids, and any-one else who would listen, life stories with great lessons behind them.
Harold valued time with his family and friends. In 1971, he proudly purchased the favorite family gathering place called Lake Magnor. This provided many great memories of camping, fishing, boating, and sitting by the fire. After many years of traveling, they found their winter home and wonderful friends in Apache Junction, Arizona. No matter where he was, he never lost his love for the Green Bay Packers.
Harold is survived by his wife, Dorothy; three children: Steven Olson (Debbie) of Eau Claire, WI, Karen Buelow (Tom) of Pewaukee, WI, and David Olson (Robin) of Newport, MN: daughter-in-law Diane Olson of New Castle, CO, ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Julie, and son, Christopher.
Funeral service for Harold will be Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. prior to the service at church.
Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials are preferred to either St John’s Lutheran Church at 1804 Highland Ave in Eau Claire, or Gilman Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.
Karon A. Langer, Age 76
Karon A. Langer of Diamond Bluff, WI passed away on October 4th, 2016 at the age of 76 in the loving embrace of her husband Vic (Vic Langer, '55).
Karon was born in Cloquet, MN. Her adventurous spirit brought her to the big city, where she earned her LPN at University of Minnesota. After traveling and chasing her dreams, she returned to Minneapolis and met the love of her life, Vic. Eight months later they married and have been married for 54 years. Much of Vic and Karon’s bond was their shared spirit of adventure. This has been carried through all aspects of their life from the time they were newlyweds, raising children and into their retirement years.
She and Vic raised their 4 children in Pewaukee, WI. She was a loving wife, mother, friend and aunt and an inspiration to all that knew her. After staying home with their four children, she entered the insurance industry. She had a successful career at Cyganiak Planning, working with small business owners in the Milwaukee area. In her retirement years, she and Vic lived in Diamond Bluff, WI on the Mississippi River where they enjoyed many more adventures. Karon (Mimi) loved every one of her 10 grandchildren, showing them exactly how to live life to the fullest. Her positive spirit and love of life will carry on in her children and grandchildren.
Karon is survived by her spouse Vic Langer, her 4 children Tim (Kelly) Langer, Rick (Cindy) Langer, Kris (John) Fjellman and Teresa (Jarrett) Ruppenthal, 10 grandchildren Mitch Langer, Nick Langer, Maria Langer, Shelby Langer, TJ Langer, Ella Fjellman, Derek Fjellman, Sydney Ruppenthal, Ciara Ruppenthal and Ahna Ruppenthal, sister Patricia Meisner along with many other family and friends.
Visitation will be held on October 15th from 11 a.m-1 p.m. at Ellsworth Rod & Gun Club. An outdoor Memorial Service will be following the visitation on the premise.
Margaret “Peg” Madson Olson, age 80
Margaret “Peg” Madson Olson, age 80 of Clarksville, passed away Friday, September 16, 2016 at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September
22, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Robert Lueck officiating.
Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
Dale Jensen, Age 80
Dale D. Jensen, age 80, of Spring Valley, died Tuesday August 16, 2016 at his home (which is the same house where he was born) in the Township of Spring Lake, surrounded by his family.
Dale was born August 27, 1935 at home on the farm, in the Township of Spring Lake, rural Spring Valley. He was the son of Cyril and Myrtle (Chapman) Jensen Esanboch. Dale graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1953. He worked at the Elmwood Creamery during and after high school until joining the U.S. Army. Dale served for three years and was honorably discharged. After basic training the rest of his time was served in France as a heavy equipment operator. Dale married Mary Ann Smith in 1956 in Toul, France while he was stationed there during his time of service. After his discharge, he returned to work in the Elmwood Creamery until it closed. Dale then worked for Roy Meyer in Red Wing, MN as a welder. He also worked in Hagar City at the new plant as a Supervisor. Dale then worked for the Greenway family, where he hauled milk and drove their semi and ended up running the evaporator in the whey plant, retiring in February of 2007.
Dale loved his farm, where he grew up. He enjoyed being out in the woods, hunting, putting up wood or just walking. Dale could fix or build anything he set his mind to. He saved everything, because “you never know when you might need a spare part.” Dale will be deeply missed by his family.
Dale is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ann, seven children, Susan Johnson of Lakeville, MN; Randy (Chris) of Spring Valley; Jackie (Tom) Nellessen of Elk Mound; Gerald (Angelita) of Coon Rapids, MN; Anita Lisowski of Nelson; Todd (Kris) of Wheeler, Edward (friend, Phea Hein) of Eau Claire; 20 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; a sister Delores (Jay) Murphy of St. Paul, MN; a brother, Bruce (Kathi) of Ellsworth, a sister-in-law, Janice Jensen of Spring Valley, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, Roy Esanbock, a son Joe, a son-in-law, Keith Johnson, a brother Cyril Kenneth, a sister and brother-in-law, Nona Jean (Owen) DeLong.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Prince Raja officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Crain-Ottman American Legion Post 207 of Elmwood. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.rhielfuneralhome.com.
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Elmwood is serving the family.
Duane Foote, Age 76
Duane Foote, Age 76, of Blaine, MN, passed away July 21, 2016. Duane fixed transmissions and later worked for the US Post Office doing mechanical repair. Survived by loving wife of 51 years, Sharon (Jenson - '61); children, Jerry (Tami), Brent (Julie) and Chad (Becca); 6 grandchildren, 6 sisters, 4 brothers, many other relatives & friends. Memorial service Friday, July 29, 11 AM at Peace Lutheran Church, 20 Northdale Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids with visitation 1 hour prior. Washburn-McReavy.com Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000
Roger A. Wheeler, Age 79
Roger A. Wheeler age 79 of Elmwood, Wisconsin died Wednesday June 8, 2016 at the Baldwin Area Medical Center in Baldwin.
Roger was born March 13, 1937 at home, rural Elmwood. He was the son of Carl and Gladys V. (Ottman) Wheeler and grew up in the Elmwood community. He graduated from Elmwood High School in 1956.
After high school Roger began his career as a meat cutter at Armour’s in South St. Paul, Minnesota. Roger married Marlys M. Slocum ('58) July 26, 1958 in Spring Valley. After marriage they made their home in the Elmwood area and raised their family.
Roger worked at Armour’s for 23 years. He then worked at Countryside Coop and Elmwood Feed and Farm, both in Elmwood and also farmed, retiring in 1999. Roger also delivered prescription medicines for Spring Valley Drug for a number of years.
For the past nine months, Roger has been a resident of the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in Spring Valley.
Roger enjoyed fishing, hunting and going out for fish fries, but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Roger is survived by two sons, Dale of Elmwood, Mark of Hudson; a daughter, Becky (Gary) Anderson of Elmwood; two grandchildren, Christopher (Erin) Anderson of Elmwood, Nicole (Jeremy) Hannack of Spring Valley; two great grandchildren, Parker Hannack and Ella Anderson; a sister Mary Severson of Elmwood; a brother, David of Elmwood, one niece, Miranda Wheeler, four nephews, Jason and Jared Severson and Jordan and DJ Wheeler and a special friend, Val Vanderpool of Elmwood.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marlys in 2010, a sister Donna Van and an infant sister Rose.
Funeral services were at 11:00 am Thursday June 16, 2016 at United Methodist Church in Elmwood with Rev. Michael Weaver officiating. Burial was in the Poplar Hill Cemetery-Rock Elm, rural Elmwood.
Visitation was held from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhome.com
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Elmwood is serving the family.
Jean (Alton) Johnson, Age 70
Jean (Alton) Johnson, age 70 of Hammond, Wisconsin died Saturday, June 26, 2016 at the Baldwin Area Medical Center.
Visitation will be on Friday, July 1, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. An evening prayer service and Celebration of Life will be at 7 p.m. at the funeral home following visitation. Burial will be at a later date in Poplar Hill Cemetery, Rock Elm, Wisconsin.
Roy E. Littler, Age 79
Roy E. Littler, 79, of Nashwauk died surrounded by family and friends Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Virginia Essentia Health Hospital in Virginia.
Ask, Lavern A., Age 82
Lavern A. Ask, was born on June 14, 1933, and passed away on March 29, 2016. He was a retired Northwest Airline Mechanic.
Memorial Service was Tuesday, April 5 at the Kandt and Tetrick Funeral Home, 140 8th Avenue North, South St. Paul. Family will greet friends from 11:00 – 12:00pm. Interment at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Ernest W. Kidd, Age 79
Ernest W. Kidd, 79, of Holmen, WI, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center in Sparta. He was born March 6, 1936, to John and Rachel (Young) Kidd. Ernest enlisted in the United State Army as an MP on Oct. 9, 1956. He later met the love of his life, Joyce Vollmer of Mauston, and they married June 8, 1958.
Ernest worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad for over 33 years and the nicknames given to him during his time there, “Moon Baby” and “Cisco Kid,” would follow him for the rest of his life. Mill Bluff held a lifetime of amazing family memories, from his youth when his grandparents owned the land, passing it down to his father, John Kidd, who built the steps going up Mill Bluff State Park and built the shelter. Ernie spent the last 60 years of family picnics, swimming, late-night bonfires playing poker and fishing in the cranberry bogs. When he wasn’t working long nights on the road with the railroad, he was always ready to spend time with his family with little to no sleep. He loved playing basketball at Green Island with his sons, family volleyball picnics at Goose Island, on the golf course with his sons, to fishing for Northern with a cane pole on the Mississippi river. Ernie was also a huge Green Bay Packers fan.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce; a son, Michael Kidd of Holmen; three daughters, Debbie (Jerry) Aponte of Iowa, Paula Kidd of La Crosse, and Cheryl Kidd of Onalaska. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Travis (Courtney) Kidd, Eddie (Jenny) Wiese III, Tyler Wiese, Anna Kidd, Megan Kidd, Danyelle Simon, Joshua Simon, Jacob Kidd, Hannah Kidd, Jameson Kidd and Jordan Kidd; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty; a brother, Harold (Lana) Kidd of Blair; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sons, John Thomas Kidd and Gary Wayne Kidd; his parents; and 13 brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street, Onalaska. The Reverend Scott Skogen will officiate and burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the funeral home. Information and o-line condolences may be given to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com.
Betty Johnson Hagen, Age 86
Betty Hagen, age 86, of Woodville, died Friday, January 29, 2016 at Park View Home in Woodville. Betty was born November 4, 1929 to Ernie and Mae (Johnson) Leibke, in Cady Township, Wisconsin. She grew up in the Spring Valley and Wilson areas and attended Spring Valley Schools. She graduated with the Class of 1948. On November 4, 1948 she married Donald Hagen. She raised a family of 6 children. Betty loved baking and cooking and being mom and grandma. They spent many family vacations in the Hayward area.
Funeral service will be on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from noon until 1:30 at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Woodville, Wisconsin. Pallbearers were Betty’s granddaughters: Jenni Weyer, Brittany Porembo, Lindsey Hovde, Macy Johnson, McKenzy Johnson, Jenna Hovde.
Charlene S. Wasson Hoevel, Age 68
Charlene S. Hoevel, age 68 of Portage and formerly of Montello passed away Wednesday evening, December 16, 2015 at UW-Hospital in Madison. Charlene was born in River Falls on December 20, 1946 to Clarence and Edna (Simon) Wasson. She graduated from Spring Valley High School and later married Henry “Sonny” Hoevel on September 10, 1966 in Spring Valley; they were blessed with two children. Sonny preceded her in death on November 24, 2014.
H. Paul Howard, Age 93
H. Paul Howard, age 93 of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Paul was born November 25, 1922 to Harry and Rose (Noterman) Howard in Spring Valley. He attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1940. While in high school, he started dating Ardith Peterson. They dated all during high school and on June 5, 1942 were married in Taft, California. They would have celebrated their 74th anniversary this summer.
Lorne Hanson, Age 89
Lorne Hanson was born and raised in the Town of Gilman in Pierce County to Harvey and Lulu (Komisrud) Hanson on January 20, 1927. He attended Locust Grove School through 8th grade, then on to Spring Valley High School graduating in 1945. Lorne listed Don't Fence Me In as his favorite song in Spring Valley High School's 1945 Yearbook. Following high school he briefly worked in a factory in Hudson until realizing his life's passion lay in farming beneath God's blue sky cathedral. Lorne and his two brothers, Harland and Ivan, helped their parents run the family farm.
On May 22, 1948 Lorne married lifelong neighbor and school classmate Mary LaMoine Carr although they did not date until the night of their Senior Banquet. Lorne and LaMoine were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in El Paso. Lorne enjoyed telling the story of his and LaMoine's early school days when they were instructed to write their names on the blackboard. LaMoine wrote Mary LaMoine Carr so Lorne said he did marry LaMoine Carr. The newlyweds shared a home with LaMoine's parents, and became partners with them running the Carr Family farm. Lorne and LaMoine purchased the farm from Frank and Nellie Carr in 1955, renaming it Carrson Farm. They were still actively involved with farming the land purchased by LaMoine's grandfather, James Carr, in 1867. Lorne cooperatively farmed with his father Harvey and his brother Ivan for many years.
Steven Douglas Madson, Age 73
Steven Douglas Madson, 73, of Valrico, FL, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2016 at the LifePath Hospice House in Sun City. He was born in Spring Valley, Wisconsin to the late Olaf and Ethel Madson and had lived in Minnesota until moving to Florida almost 30 years ago. Steve is survived by Marilynn, his wife of 33 years, son Christian (fiancé Loren Hobbs), brother David, sister Cherie (Joe) Weber and many nieces and nephews.
Steve retired from teaching Economics at various colleges in the Tampa area. He loved to read, write and teach the younger generation. Many will remember his wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family.
Genie (Jean) Sebion Mohr, Age 73
Genie A. Mohr, age 73 of Columbus, died tragically in a head-on collision and went to meet her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. She is greeted in heaven by her parents; husband, Robert Mohr; granddaughter, Melinda Kristine Gardner. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her including her children, Sheila Carr, Laura (Mike) Kirkwold, Regina (Dan) Gardner, Lisa (Tony) Guinta, Angela Roberts, Robyn Owens, Annie (Tim) Forsman, Cory (Shelly) Mohr, Kelly Mohr, Tony Mohr, Jacob Mohr, Holly Mohr; 25 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; siblings, Robert (Dorothy) Sebion, Lynn (Carol) Sebion, John (Robyn) Sebion, Sonja Wilcox, Karen Sebion; beloved foster children; many other family and friends. Genie attended SVHS with the Class of '60 - but moved from the area before graduation and finished her education elsewhere.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Chisago Lakes Baptist Church, 9387 Wyoming Trail, Chisago City, Minnesota. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake; continuing one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the family.
Larry Aamodt, Age 72
Larry Amodt, age 72, was born February 3, 1943 to Raymond and Venita (Lansing) Aamodt in Baldwin. He attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1961. After high school he attended Dunwoody Institute and studied to become a mechanic. After working a few years in the cities, he returned to his home farm in Gilman Township where he has lived ever since.
A memorial service for Larry was on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Visitation was on Friday, January 15 from 4-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Burial will be in the Gilman Lutheran Cemetery. Honorary bearers were David Handrahan, Roger Lansing, Bob Holerud, Kent Nord, Mark Tamminga, Jeff Noe, Brian Joyner, Duane Werner and Dale Strom.
Richard H. Lowater, Age 80