Spring Valley News...2017
James V. Traynor, age 77
James V. Traynor, age 77, of Spring Valley died Monday, December 18, 2017 due to injuries from an accident in the woods. Jim was born June 5, 1940 to Victor and Evelyn (Petan) Traynor in Gilman Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley and had also attended St John’s Lutheran in Spring Valley for a number of years.
Farming was Jim’s life. Part of a busy family of ten, he grew up and farmed on the family farm in Gilman Township until 1972 when he purchased his own farm a few miles away. Through the years, while farming, he made time for and was passionate about 4-H and 4-H softball, bee keeping, social events, and farm auctions.
At age 77 he was still farming, raising sheep and beef cattle. He enjoyed hunting and working outdoors. Jim served on the Gilman Town Board for over 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew Dean Traynor; niece Rebecca Traynor; and brother-in-law Lauren Bonde.
He is survived by his wife Lynn; children: Tammie (Dale) Zahorik; Gregory Traynor; and Sara (Patrick) Nelson; 3 grandchildren: Kaelyn (Deanna) Traynor; Brian (Haley) Traynor; and Brandon (Shelby) Nelson; 5 great grandchildren: Taytum and Brayntton Traynor; and Braxton, Colton, and Peyton Nelson; 4 brothers and 3 sisters: Larry and Linda Traynor; Sharon ‘Sherri’ and Don Anderson; Pat Carmen and Bob Vogt; Joyce Traynor and Ken Peskar; Richard ‘Dick’ and Darlene Traynor; Robert ‘Bob’ and Kathy Traynor; and Michael ‘Mike’ and Claudia Traynor; in-laws Allan Bonde and Evon Brownlee; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial service is on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Visitation is Thursday from 3-8 p.m. at Gilman Lutheran and one hour prior to the service at church on Friday. Burial of cremated remains will be in East Bethel Cemetery, East Bethel, Minnesota at a later date.
Francis “Mickey” Traynor, Age 86
Francis “Mickey” Traynor, age 86 of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Friday, December 8, 2017 at Valley Villas Assisted Living.
Mickey was born November 3, 1931 to George and Belle (McCardle) Traynor. For 80 years Mickey lived in the same home he was born in, prior to moving to Spring Valley Villas. He was baptized in the Catholic faith and remained an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
As a youth, Mickey worked at the McCardle farm as well as giving tours of Crystal Cave. In high school, Mickey excelled in basketball and track, taking Spring Valley to the state track tournament. He remained an avid sports fan for Spring Valley, the Packers, Brewers and Badgers.
After graduation from Spring Valley High School in 1950, Mickey worked as a supervisor for Sweeny Brothers and Timme Construction until retirement and then worked as the caretaker of Scared Heart Cemetery. He treasured the peace and quiet of the cemetery, caring for those who had gone before him.
Mickey was very proud of his Irish heritage, enjoying much fun throughout his life.
Survivors include cousins Dan (Kitty) McCardle, Judy Ballard, Garda (Howard) Madsen, Dean Traynor, along with lifelong friends Jack and Barbra Mattison and their family, special friends Brother Michael Mandernach, Sr. Karen Freund , Jane and Dick Seifert , and many beautiful neighbors and friends.
The funeral will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Spring Valley at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, December 11th with Father Prince officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to mass. Interment will follow at the cemetery. Pallbearers will be Adam and Mark Mattison, Lloyd Larrieu, Mike Lansing, Pat McCardle and Dick Seifert. Honorary pallbearers are Dennis Dobson and Dan McCardle.
Special thank you to Amy Luther and all his caregivers at Valley Villas, along with the kind friendship and support of the staff at Indianhead/QuickTrip.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley. Family and friends may gather from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Spring Valley.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sacred Heart, Boys Town in Boys Town, Nebraska or St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota--all special charities to Mickey.
Kenneth Hoffman, Age 83
Lamoine (Boze) Edward Roatch, Age 72
Lamoine Edward (Boze) Roatch, age 72, passed away on November 30, 2017, at Comforts of Home in Baldwin, WI.
Lamoine was born on June 9, 1945, in Spring Lake, WI, the son of Alfred and Francis (Hines) Roatch. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1963. Boze became a member of the United States Armed Forces and served as a member of the Army Reserves. On March 23, 1968, he was united in marriage to Janet Faith Gunderson at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville, WI; this union would be blessed with two children, Troy and Wendy. Lamoine and Janet enjoyed many years of happiness and companionship until Janet’s passing in 2004. He worked for the St. Croix County Highway Department for over 30 years and retired in 2005.
Lamoine loved to be outdoors and thoroughly enjoyed any moment spent bow hunting. He enjoyed camping, boating and fishing with his family over the years. Lamoine had a selfless and dedicated work ethic. His generosity extended to anyone that needed a helping hand. He welcomed the challenge of physical work and labor-intensive projects, including construction, yardwork/landscaping, cutting wood, and farming.
Ronald “Ron” Thompson, Age 81
Ronald “Ron” Thompson, 81, passed away October 31, 2017 at his home in Tell City, Indiana. He was born in Wilson, Wisconsin on June 30, 1936, to the late Harry and Nellie (Eggman) Thompson. Also preceding him in death was his daughter, Robin Thompson; son, James Thompson; sister, Irene Engstrom; brother, Randy Thompson.
Ron graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1954. He was united in marriage on June 21, 1986 to the former Donna Kuebler, who survives. He retired in 1995 from Alcoa. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church. Known for his jokes and sense of humor, Ron loved being with his family and friends. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, hunting with his daughter, playing cards, traveling and his dog “Grizzy”.
Surviving are his wife, Donna Thompson, Tell City; children, Wendy Payne (Larry), Valrico, FL, Mike Thompson (Donna), Bay St. Louis, MS, Karen Shirrell (Bill), Carmel, IN, Roxanne Bratcher, Tara Schneider (Jason Burgess), Jenny Sabelhaus (Lloyd), Traci Newton and Dawnita McIntosh (Cory), all of Tell City, IN; sisters, Geraldine Ester, Elmwood, WI, Lillian Riedel, Hudson, WI, Carol Brown, Randolph, NY and Colleen Slama, Baldwin, WI; brothers, Thomas Thompson, St. Paul, MN and Galen Thompson, Roberts, WI; grandchildren, Bradley Bohn, Amber, Ashley and Michael “Buddy” Thompson, Brayleigh Risse, Brett Thompson Katherine, Kimberly, Nicholas, Christopher and Michael Shirrell, Bryan and Jonathon Bratcher, Marrisa Schneider, Kenzie and Brayden Burgess, Dane Sabelhaus, Kaycie Sabelhaus Thompson, Clint, Amanda, Tyler and Nick Albin, Logan, D.J. and Alex Newton, Madison Gilliland, Maison Gehlhausen, Rylee and River McIntosh; several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Noon on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at First United Methodist Church, 702 10th Street, Tell City. Rev. Samuel Padgett and Rev. Paul Alvey will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00-8:00 P.M. and Sunday 10:00-11:30 A.M at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church.
Marvin Francis Raehsler, Age 85
Marvin Francis Raehsler, age 85, died on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Baldwin Care Center in Baldwin, WI. Marv was born September 12, 1932 in St Paul, MN to parents, Francis and Edna Raehsler. He attended school in Spring Valley, WI, and graduated from Spring Valley High School with the Class of 1951. Marv served in the United States Army from 1953 until 1955. After his time in the military, Marvin hauled milk for years.
He would be united in marriage to Carolyn Marie Werline on Nov 17, 1956 in Hammond, WI. Marv worked for the Village of Spring Valley with the Street Dept, and also as a part-time police officer. Marv started as a Deputy for the Pierce County Sheriff on December 31, 1969, and retired from there in 1984.
After his retirement, Marv moved to Hayward, WI. Marv loved to garden, and do woodworking. After Carolyn's death, Marv married Maryann Thompson, and they resided in Earl, WI. Marvin is survived by his sons, Robert (Sheri) Raehsler of Ellsworth, David (Theresa) Raehsler of Menomonie, and Edward Raehsler of Menomonie; his daughter, Susan (Peter) Schlichting of Baldwin; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Vernon Raehsler; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both of his wives; his parents; and his sister, Ellen Hall.
Funeral Services for Marvin Raehsler will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, November 1st at the O'Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 130 N. Grant St. in Ellsworth, WI. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services, and also from 4:00-8:00pm on Tuesday, October 31st at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be held at the Hammond Cemetery in Hammond, WI. Casketbearers are Jenna and Heather Raehsler, Nick Raehsler, Wade Schlichting, and Nicole and Keith Nelson. Servies have been entrusted to the O'Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth, WI. 715-273-4421
Eugene Vernon Mulhollam, Age 85
Eugene Vernon “Geno” Mulhollam, age 85, of River Falls, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born the son of Vernon “Pat” and Leila Mulhollam on December 24, 1930 in Spring Valley, WI. Geno graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1949 and served his country in the U.S. Army. On June 9, 1951 he married Olive Esanbock ('49).
Over the years, Geno had a variety of miscellaneous jobs. In the 1950’s he owned and operated a chicken hatchery and owned the River Falls Bakery for 10 years alongside his son, Mike. Geno was an active member of St. Bridget Catholic Church and the River Falls American Legion. He served on the City Council from 1993-2002 and in 2008 was named River Falls High School Wrestling Booster Club fan of the year. Over the years he enjoyed fishing, bowling, hunting, playing cards, and especially putting puzzles together.
Geno loved his family and grandchildren. He attended many sporting and musical events, along with teaching his grandchildren to fish and taking his turn playing Santa Claus over the years. He will be missed by his wife, Olive; children, Cathy (Greg) Johnson, Mary (Dave) Boles, Tom (Diane) Mulhollam, Mike (Jody) Mulhollam, Pat (Jack) Meyer, Peggy (Todd) Foley, Paula (Boyd) Johnson; grandchildren, Selena (Todd) Schaefer, Shane (Nicci) Johnson, Trent Johnson, Austin Johnson, Emily (Larry) Corson, Tami (Jon) Longsdorf, Shelly (Aaron) Clay, Chad (Paula) Mulhollam, Cory (Erin) Mulhollam, Heather (Ryan) Vasser, Travis (Cassie) Meyer, John (Nikki) Meyer, Rachel Foley, Ryan (Jessica) Foley, Taylor Johnson, Peyton Johnson; 15 great-grandchildren with three more on the way; siblings, Bill Mulhollam, Janet Strusz; along with many relatives and friends. Geno is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Neil “Pistol” Mulhollam and half- sister, Maxine Goulet.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Visitation will also be Wednesday from 3-6 pm at the church. Private interment will be in St. Bridget Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St Bridget Catholic Church. Arrangements have been made with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Dean R. Aamodt, Age 71
He is loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. Dean R. Aamodt, age 71 of Menomonie, WI, went home to be with our Lord on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
Dean had a strong Faith and felt blessed by all that God had given him. His greatest blessing was his family and he held them closest to his heart. He loved being a husband, dad and papa. Watching his children and grandchildren’s activities was his favorite thing to do. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, cooking, gardening, carpentry, sports and going to the movies.
Dean was born February 27, 1946 in Baldwin, WI. He was the son of Russell and Sylva (Gunderson) Aamodt and grew up in the Spring Valley, WI area. Dean graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1964. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He also served in the U.S Army Reserves. Dean started his career with 3M in St. Paul, MN. He married Shelley L. Danielson June 23, 1975 in Custer, SD. After marriage, they made their home in Spring Valley. Dean then went to work for his father-in-law, Dale Danielson, at Oak-Dale Hardwood Products. In 1988 they moved to Menomonie. He eventually took over the family business and operated it until retirement. The last few years he enjoyed working for Korgers Decorating in Menomonie.
Dean is survived by his loving wife Shelley, two children, Eric of Hudson, WI and Siri (Andy) Benrud of Menomonie; five grandchildren, Haedyn and Kaeya Aamodt and Alexis, Allysa and Landon Benrud; his siblings, Steve (Ann) of Chippewa Falls, Jeri (Tom) Gavic of De Pere; his mother-in-law, Vivian Danielson of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Lisa (Steve) Schneider of Burlington, as well as nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held at 4:00 PM Tuesday, October 3, 2017 with Celebration of Life Service beginning at 7:00 PM at Oak Ridge Lutheran Brethren Church in Menomonie with Rev. Mike Shay officiating.
Kenneth J. Seifert, Age 87
On Sept. 17, Kenneth J. Seifert 87, of Sebastian went to be with our Lord and is at peace. He was born in Ellsworth Wisconsin to Ernest and Agnes Seifert. He was the youngest of four children. He graduated from Spring Valley WI High School 1948 and from Lee Barber School in 1949, barbering in Ellsworth for one year. He served in the US Navy from 1950-1954. He served on air craft carriers as Ship Serviceman. He married Catherine DeLonais Augusut 7, 1951. They had six children.
He started his Barber Supply business in 1955, having moved to Anoka MN. He called on Barbershops in MN, WI and N.D. He loved his career was respected in his field and made many long-time friends. On May 3, 1980 he married Gayle Olson. He worked 43 years before retiring in March of 1998.
Upon retiring they moved to Sebastian FL. built a new home and enjoyed life on the canal. Especially enjoying visits from family and friends. Ken was an avid card player, enjoyed traveling, movies and time with family and friends. They were soon involved in the community of Sebastian. Through Welcome Wagon Club they joined the Gourmet couples dinner club, started cooking at The Lord’s Table Soup Kitchen in Fellsmere and became team leaders, later Ken was President and then Treasurer. He and Gayle were Coordinators of the US Postal Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for ten years. He was a member of TOPS Unit 641. He was a proud member of Sebastian Honor Guard. He was a Korean War Veteran, member of American Legion Post 189, Life Member VFW and USS Tarawa Association.
Ken dearly loved his family and friends and found great joy in them. He was always giving encouragement, had a great sense of humor, such a positive attitude. He was a real “people person,” welcoming, friendly and enjoyed meeting and visiting with people and especially other Veterans.
Ken was a man of strong faith in the Lord which he lived out. He grew up in the Catholic faith and through the years worshipped in both Catholic and Lutheran churches. Ken lived a full and vibrant life being inspirational to all despite his years of lingering health.
Ken is survived by his loving wife Gayle of 37 years. Son Steve (Rochelle) of Highland Park, MN, Craig of Minneapolis, Ken B. (Michele) of Kenyon MN, Cathy Bickharry of St. Paul, MN and Larry (Judi) of Black Canyon City AZ. Eight grandchildren and four Great grandchildren; Brother Gordon (Dot) Birmingham AL, Brother- in-law Gary Olson (Jan) Sister - in-laws Connie Olson Delano, MN and Betty Olson Inver Grove Heights MN. and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased in death by his sister Lucille, his brother John, son Timothy, and brother-in-law Keith Olson.
Celebration of Life will be held Thurs. Oct 5 11:30A at Christ The King Lutheran church at 1301 Sebastian Blvd, Sebastian. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be gifted to Christ The King Lutheran Church, Building Capital Fund. Internment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.
Johnson, Mary Wood, Age 87
Mary L. Johnson, Ashwaubenon, passed away on Saturday, September 16, 2017. She was born on January 6, 1930, in Spring valley, WI, the oldest of six. On June 3, 1952, Mary married Dale E. Johnson. Mary was a dedicated teacher in the Ashwaubenon School District (Pioneer Elementary) for 27 years. She was a passionate reader, baker and life-long learner and gamer. Mary was active in Learning in Retirement at UWGB, patron of Neville Art Museum, Botanical Garden and Ashwaubenon Historical Society.
She is survived by her sons, Jeffrey (Karen) and Brian (Chris), Ashwaubenon; her daughters, Teri, Green Bay, Dawn, Denver, CO and Jackie (Robert) Armstrong, Beldenville, WI; son-in-law, David Olson, Tomah, WI; eight grandchildren, Billie (Jason Hills) Olson, Lebanon IL, Matthew (Shaundra) Olson, Boise, ID, Derek Johnson and Daniel Johnson, Ashwaubenon, Connor Johnson and Halle Johnson, Ashwaubenon, and Samantha and Logan Armstrong, Beldenville, WI; six great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Cohen Johnson, Ashwaubenon, Freya Hills, Lebanon, IL, Liam, Malcolm and Graham Olson, Boise, ID; her sister, Patricia Kane and brothers, Richard and David Wood; other well-loved sisters and brothers-in-law, family and friends.
Mary was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Dale, July 6, 1985; daughter, Bobbie Jo Olson, brother, Robert Wood and sister, Colleen Malm.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Nativity Catholic Church, 2270 South Oneida Street, from 8:30 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Mike Ingold, officiating. A light lunch will follow. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos may be shared with Mary's family on her tribute page at www.lyndahl.com.
Other than her one true passion, Dale, she loved Donald Driver, the Green Bay Packers and a rousing game of Hand & Foot with her grandchildren.
Eugene C. Stein, Age 81
Survived by wife, Nancy; children: Gene M., Marianne (Randy) Johns; grandchildren, Samantha, Allison and Jeremiah; step-children, Theresa Thomsen, Thomas, Richard, and Gregory Kuharski; many step-grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings, Gale, Dorothy, Roger, and James; many other relatives and friends.
Eugene attended school in Spring Valley, WI and graduated from the Spring Valley High School in 1954.
Memorial service to be held on Monday, August 28 at 11am with visitation at 10am at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 7110 France Ave. S., Edina, MN.
Alma Danielson Neiderhauser, Age 90
Leonard Zimmer, Age 79
Leonard graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1957. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Plasters and Cement Masons Union. He was formerly employed by Zignego's and then Wm. Beaudoin.
Leonard was a long time member of St. Jeromes Catholic Church. Leonard is survived by his loving wife Ruth Ann. His son Brian (Tracie) Zimmer and 3 grandchildren; Tyler, Brianna, Brittney, his brother Bernie Zimmer and his sister Rita Parsons. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters; Cyril, Ronald, Alfred, Edward, Esther, Thresa, Marie and Roseanne.
Friends may visit on Saturday July 1, 2017 from 9:00 am until time of funeral mass at 11:00 a.m., all at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc, WI. 53066. Final resting place at La Belle Cemetery. Memorials to Angels Grace Hospice or Froedtert Cancer Center appreciated.
Leonard was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and will always be remembered for his continuously smiling face, kind personality and his passion to live every day to the fullest.
Eugene Sebion, Age 74
Eugene (Dean/Gene) Earl Sebion, age 74, of Baldwin, WI, Member IUOE Local 49, died June 25, 2017, at his home.
Dean was born on February 12, 1943 in Los Angeles, California; the son of Earl and Anita (Larson) Sebion. He grew up in Spring Valley, and graduated from Spring Valley High School, Class of 1961. Dean enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a Torpedoman. He was united in marriage to Jean Wieberdink on May 27, 1967 at the Hammond United Methodist Church. Eugene worked as a crane operator with the Operating Engineers Local 49 in Minneapolis; and later in his career worked as a training instructor in Hinkley, MN for the Local 49.
Dean loved God and took the time to live by His teachings. He took great pride in being a loving husband and a father, and always placed a firm value in being a selfless, caring person. Dean loved spending time with his grandson Milo, who considered him his best friend and called him “Papa.” He enjoyed cheering on the Green Bay Packers and followed them to all their recent Super Bowl appearances. Dean was fond of his hobby farm and taking care of the Hereford cattle and all his other animals. He was at home on his Oliver tractor and collected anything and everything he could find related to Oliver Tractors.
Dean is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean; children, Troy (Jeanne) and Deanna; grandson, Milo; siblings, Julie (Toby) Tobiassen, Bonnie (Jack) Hannack, Kenton (Gloria) Sebion; sisters-in-law, Kay (Curt) Lindquist and Joan (Paul) Sawyer; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by an infant son, Arthur; and his parents.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 p.m., noon, on Thursday, June 29 at the New Centerville United Methodist Church, on County Road Y, East of the intersection of County Road Y and County Road M, New Centerville. Visitation will be held from 10:00-12:00 p.m. on Thursday at the church. Interment at the Greenwood Cemetery in Emerald, WI.
David B. Finch, Age 64
David B. Finch (Pops to many), age 64, born in Sparta, Wi, went to sleep, peacefully, and woke up in Heaven, with our Lord, on June 1, 2017, near Topeka, KS, where he enjoyed spending time near grandbabies during the summer.
Dave was a loving husband to Beth, cherished father of Suanne, Spencer, Joy, Courtney, and Bonus daughter Karen, grandfather of 5 Grands and 3 Greatgrands that could work him for whatever they wanted. He had too many siblings to list. Dave loved completely, and was loved, completely. He randomly would text/call family, or friends, just to say someone was thinking of them. He was cantankerous and had a love of a captive audience, especially anyone willing to listen to stories of his service in the US Army. He loved Jesus, and people who loved Jesus, joking around, and Republicans. He loved this country, his wife, and his children (grands/greatgrands). God, Guns, and Grandpop. He will be missed, greatly.
A simple service will be held at the US Department of VA Chapel 2200 SW Gage Blvd, Topeka on Friday, June 9 at 3PM.
John Randall, Age 84
John Kelly Randall, age 84, left us to join our heavenly Father on June 25, 2017. When friends try to describe John, the repetitive theme is “respected”. To his family, he was our ROCK. John was the second child of Lawn and Marion Randall. He was born on September 5th 1932. This was the same month that his parents bought what would eventually be the home farm on East Balsam Lake some eleven years later. John enjoyed school and athletics, played all sports, football, baseball and basketball. After graduating from Balsam Lake High School, Uncle Sam sent him to Korea. He never talked much about war, but fondly remembered the strong bonds of friendship. John froze his feet while serving in the regular army 3rd Division HQ 7th Regiment Sergeant 1st class CIB, this injury continued to plague him throughout his life.
After John was honorably discharged, he used the GI bill to attend University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He graduated with a double major in Applied Sciences. This is where he met his wife and lifelong partner Ann Eitland ('52). They married August 5th, 1956.
The young couple started life in central Wisconsin with John working as a veterinarian supply salesman. With the beginning of their family and Lawn’s declining health the couple returned to the farm east of Balsam Lake.
As in Paul Harvey’s, “So He made a Farmer”, John was a true steward of the land. He was an active member in numerous aspects of the farm and dairy industry. He was a board member of the Range Creamery. Shortly after changing milk companies, John and Ann were honored as “Young Dairy Couple of the Year” by MidAmerican Dairy. He helped support the farming profession through the UW extension and was one of the first to adopt many new programs. He also held the title of Director of the PCA and was involved with Farm Credit. The farm was always on display and visited by many groups including field trips for grade school classes, tours from foreign dignitaries, and Day on the Farm with Wisconsin Governor, where 400 people were served a sit-down meal.
Family was always the main focus of John’s life. He believed that education should be the foundation to his children’s success and life achievements. This lead to John serving 17 years on the Unity School board, he was also a member of CESA and various other national education committees. John and Ann were 4H leaders and active supporters of bible camp for many years. Some of John’s fondest memories were the family vacations spent with Ann, his children, grandchildren and extended family members.
Church and Country were also a lifelong devotion. John served as a board member of both Faith Lutheran and Holy Trinity Churches and spent time as Commander of Post 278 Legion, VFW and honor guard. Anyone that ever needed an listening ear, a sounding board or some genuine words of advice were welcome to join him as coffee and ice cream were being served at the house.
Though John “tried” to retire from farming when his son took the lead, you can say farming was in the blood. Even 4 days before his passing he wanted to take a drive by the fields, “just to check on things”.
John was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, four brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law. He is survived by his wife of almost 61 years, Ann Randall. Children: Faith (Ron) Goodroad, David Randall, Joy Randall and Gay Randall. The light of his life, grandchildren: Jason (Nicole) Randall, Matthew (Amber Schalke) Randall, Justin (Danielle Brust) Randall, Talena (Mike) Davis and Jahnna Randall. The hope of tomorrow, great-grandchildren: Raegan & Alex Davis, Jasmine & Jadynn Randall, Sawyer & Gideon Randall. Newest great-granddaughter: coming in September. Also, sisters Georgette Murphy and Marilyn (Paul) Score. Sister-in-law: Marilyn Jacobson.
For how much John gave to his family and friends, it was all of us that were blessed to have him in our lives. He was kind, honest and lead by example. Always believing in people’s abilities that they themselves did not believe they had. John’s last words were, “Remember to always SMILE”.
A Memorial Service for John will be held on July 6, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church. John’s family will greet visitors at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria on Wednesday, July 5, from 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. and then at the church on Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service.
Following the service Military Honors will be rendered at the church. The family invites their guests to join them inside the church for lunch and continued fellowship following the Military Honors. John will be laid to rest at the Balsam Lake Cemetery with a private ceremony.
The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.
Ruth Thompson Afdahl, Age 82
Ruth Ellen Afdahl, age 82, went "Home to Heaven" on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Residing at the Baldwin Care Center for nearly four years, she was tenderly cared for by many who loved her and spoke of her graciousness.
Ruth was born July 11, 1934 to Otto and Norma (Tubman) Thompson in River Falls, WI. She was baptized in Pickford, MI and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, WI. She started Elementary School in Pickford, MI followed by two years in Sioux Saint Marie, MI and one year in Fish Creek, WI. After graduating from Spring Valley High School in 1952, she attended one year of college at Luther College-Decorah, Iowa.
Ruth was united in marriage to David Afdahl on August 22, 1953 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. Their marriage was blessed with four children: Karn, Joel, Tom and Susan.
Ruth always abounded with optimism and her words of encouragement edified others in a powerful way. Beyond her words, she was an active "doer!" Sometimes referred to as "Super Mom," the image of her role embraced ALL that a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, neighbor and even independent business woman could entail! Cooking, cleaning, gardening, canning, freezing, baking, scheduling, packing orders, phoning, running, driving, traveling, whistling, singing, hugging, laughing, loving. She did it ALL!
SHARING SHAKLEE! Ruthie loved being a Shaklee Coordinator and enjoyed tremendous success as a Business Leader. She grew a huge Shaklee family with members across the United States. Ruth and Dave enjoyed Shaklee conventions in Hawaii, San Francisco and even Switzerland! Ruth was dedicated to wellness. She lived what she believed and was a shining light to every person who crossed her path.
Ruth was a great listener and encourager. The kitchen cupboard was a comfortable "perch" and hours of sharing were spent over dishes. Forenoon or afternoon coffee breaks with family and friends were regular and memorable.
On December 12, 2009 Ruth was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Wayne Voelker. Wayne and Ruth enjoyed a trip to Branson, a wedding in Colorado, Christmas parties with cousins, and many family gatherings.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Wayne Voelker of Woodville; Mike and Barb Voelker and family of Colorado; Ann Luther and family of Florida; Karn (Bob) Camp of Baldwin; Joel (Kathy) Afdahl of Baldwin; Tom (Judy) Afdahl of Ellsworth; and Susie (Mark) Titera of Bagley, MN; 10 grandchildren: Jason, Jenn, Aaron, Jennifer, Luke, Daigen, Jordan, Emily, Anna and Nathan; 9 great-grandchildren: Evelyn, Scarlett, Landon, Amaya, Addyson, Adeline, Isabella, Broderic and Silas; two sisters, Cathy (Bob) McSwain of North Carolina; Betty (Carl) Shuler of Florida; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial service for Ruth will be Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at The Historic Woodside Place, rural Baldwin. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 27, from 10-11:00 a.m. at Historic Woodside Place prior to the service.
Keehr Funeral Services has the information on their web page: http://www.keehrfuneralhome.com
Too Little...Too Big
Nothing is too big for God - This we know is true
We can ask Him for direction - In everything we do.
His mercy's fresh each morning - He's there throughout the day
Loving us and hearing us - Each time we kneel to pray.
He knows our needs before we ask - What assurance for us all
For nothing is too big for God - And...Nothing is too small!
by Ruth Afdahl
Ary Arneson, Age 94
Ary Corvin Arneson: Born April 3, 1923 and died on June 3, 2017. How do you describe such an honorable man who lived his 94 years to the fullest?
Mr. Arneson was a WWII veteran who served in the European theater as a bombardier in the 94th bomb group, 331nd squadron. Because of his courage he was awarded with the Air Medal and 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Legion of Honor.
Ary had a wonderful sense of curiosity and adventure which he shared with Elsie as they traveled the world together, but he lived his entire life in Spring Valley. He was passionate about his community and was looked upon with admiration and respect.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Memorial service will be Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church.
Douglas Dean Ofstie, Age 72
Douglas Dean Ofstie was born to Harvey and Grace Ofstie at the River Falls hospital on October 6, 1944, and passed away on May 5, 2017, in Florida. He was the youngest of five siblings.
Doug attended Spring Valley schools and graduated with the Class of 1962. After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force following his three older brothers. While stationed in England in 1965 his girlfriend, Kathy Krizan, from rural Baldwin flew there to be married. After being discharged from the Air Force they lived for some time in Minneapolis where he worked as a computer programmer. After a few years in Minneapolis they bought a home north of Baldwin. Kathy passed away around 2011 and Doug stayed in this home until he sold it in October, 2016. After driving to and from Minneapolis for awhile he purchased the Amoco service station and then he later managed the Natro Gas propane Company in Baldwin until his retirement. Doug purchased a mobile home in Winterhaven, Florida after the death of Kathy. It was there he met his second wife, Linda, a Canadian from the Toronto area. They were married February 14, 2016 in Winterhaven.
Doug was a man of many interests including golf, bowling, skeet, cards, etc. He was a member of Colins Spring Valley Lodge #192 for 28 years.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, brother Steve, of Phoenix, AZ, his sister, Barbara, of Spring Valley, his grandparents and all his aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife, Linda; brothers Schuyler (Mary Ann) of Spring Valley, Reese (Ramona), Hales Corners, WI; sister-in-law, Judy Ofstie (Steve's widow); numerous nieces and nephews.
Doug has several medical problems over the years, including cancer, ulcers, stroke, hear and othere. While on a cruise in January he came down with double pneumonia, ending up in the hospital in Tampa where he died. (Submitted by Doug's brother, Sky)
Russell Gunvalson, Age 93
Russell Gunvalson, age 93 of Rochester, Minnesota, formerly of Spring Valley, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at his home.
Russell died Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at home at the age of 93 years, 10 months. He was born July 11, 1923 in Spring Valley, Wisconsin to Hans Christian and Gurina (Anderson) Gunvalson. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1941. He worked for a time in Spring Valley until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. Cpl. Gunvalson was a forward artillery spotter in Battery A, 590th Field Artillery Battalion,106th Infantry Division. His location was overrun by German troops on December 19, 1944 and Russell was one of 6697 troops in the 106th captured by the Germans.
Russell spent from December 19, 1944 to March 30, 1945 in three different prisoner of war camps in Germany. His war experiences were published in a book he wrote. Russell was a frequent guest speaker to many high school history classes in Rochester and the surrounding area. He was also regularly interviewed by students for their historical research papers.
Russell was a member of the American ExPOW organization belonging to the Wisconsin Indianhead Chapter and a founding member of the Minnesota Hiawatha Chapter of the organization. He was a member of the ExPOWs, DAV, American Legion, and the 106th Division Association organizations at the time of his death.
On April 23, 1947 he married Idelle E. Larson at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, Wisconsin. They made their home in Spring Valley where Russ was a clerk in the Post Office and became a rural carrier until his retirement in 1977. In 1985 Russ and Idelle moved to Rochester, Minnesota. Russ ran a busy handiman business in Rochester until 1996. Mrs. Gunvalson died in 2013.
Russ is survived by their two children; daughter Deborah and Paul Norrie, Rochester; and, J. Todd and Marjorie of Elgin, South Carolina; grandchildren, Jonathan and Katherine Norrie, Northfield; Andrew and Felicity Norrie, Rochester; Julie and Jim Shiver, Elgin SC; and TJ and Gwen Lanaghan, Acworth, GA; great-grandchildren, Emmett and Wyatt Norrie; Eleanor and Amelia Norrie; CJ and Sarah Geyer, Kaitlyn Shiver; and, Liam, Claire, and Norah Lanaghan. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Russell was preceded in death by Idelle, his parents, four sisters and three brothers.
A Celebration of Life for Russell L. Gunvalson is planned for Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, S520 Church Ave, Spring Valley, Wisconsin. The family suggests memorials to the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.
The family also thanks the caregivers of Comfort Home Heath Agency for the loving care they took of Russell; the staff of Shorewood Senior Living for their friendship and support; and the staff of Seasons Hospice who made his last months comfortable.
David Samuel Gilstad, Age 83
David Samuel Gilstad, 83, of Stillwater, Minnesota passed away on May 22, 2017 in St. Paul, Minnesota as a result of injuries sustained in a recent car accident in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
David was a veteran of the US Army. He served in communications and was stationed in Alaska and Long Island, NY. He earned a Bachelor of Arts deree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and a Masters of Arts Degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He taught in the Durand school district and at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the early 1960's.
David was active in the theater and radio/TV/films during most of his life. As an actor, he played many supporting and lead roles in college productions and at several community theaters in and around the Twin Cities. He was also a player at the Green Ram Summer Theater in Baraboo, WI in the mid 1960's. David worked as a writer for WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, working with the likes of Aldy Swanson, Bob Dawson and Howard Tricky. In Chippewa Falls he was an on-the-air radio personality for WAXX radio. Later in life, he assisted in the production of several travel documentaries and civil war re-enactment films by independent filmmakers.
David was preceded in death by his parents; sister Audrey Roberts; brothers-in-law Elwyn Roberts and Harry Gibbs; and ex-wife Arlyn Zeller.
He is survived by his love of 35 years Mary Carlson; sister Marjorie Gibbs; and many nieces and nephews. All the family will miss David's engaging personality and colorful stories from his past.
A graveside ceremony and life celebration will be held at the Martell Methodist Cemetery on Saturday September 9th at 2pm. where his ashes ashes will be interred. Dave's parents are buried there.
Hill Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family. Please visit our online guestbook at hillfuneralservice.com.
Rodney Timm, Age 82
Rodney Timm, age 82, of Cady Township, died Friday, May 26, 2017 at Comforts of Home, Hudson, Wisconsin.
Preceded in death by parents; sisters Mildred Timm and Dorothy Brorson; and brother Dennis ‘Denver’ Timm.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Funeral service will be Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Wilson Lutheran Church, Wilson, Wisconsin. Burial in the church cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers were Becky Holman, Chrissy Druley, Dawn Wood, Duane Brorson, and Deanna Powell. Pallbearers were Dustin Timm, Delmer Blegen, Allan Faber, Trevor Palm, Derek Palm and Cody Palm.
Military Honors provided by Matson-Miller American Legion Post 330 of Wilson.
Laroy Hinzman, Age 84
Laroy “Lee” Hinzman, 84, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on April 28, 2017. Lee was born in Spring Valley, Wisconsin on September 4, 1932. Laroy graduated from SVHS in '50. He served in the U.S. Army and later lived in California. He retired from Coca-Cola after 29 years. Lee and Wilma enjoyed camping with the Good Ol’ Boys and Girls Camping Group of San Diego, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. After retirement, Lee and Wilma moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona. They became active members of several service organizations: the Lions Club, the American Legion and the Elk’s Lodge/BPOE 2065, where Lee was a lifetime member.
Lee is survived by his wife of 47 years, Wilma; their five children, Michael, Laura, Ruth (David), Amy (Dave), and Jim (Cindy); five grandchildren, Brittney, Jesse, Emily, Torrey, and Kelsey; and four great-grandchildren, James, Makayla, Elias and Jacob, who preceded Lee in death.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to LaTasha of Valor Hospice, Gail, of Trinity Nursing and Dr. Mark Hendrickson, of the VA Clinic, who cared for Lee and were so special to him.
Lee will be interned at the Veteran’s Cemetery on May 8, 2017 at 2 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service at the Elk’s Lodge, 1 Elks Lane, Sierra Vista, AZ.
Richard Gueldner, Age 81
Dr. Richard Charles Gueldner, 81, passed away April 10th in Charlotte, North Carolina, surrounded by his family. Dr. Gueldner grew up in the small farming town of Spring Valley, Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school in 1953, and paid for college by negotiating a loan with the local insurance salesman to fund his tuition. Dr. Gueldner received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1957. He earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 1964. He did postdoctoral research at the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy in Memphis where he assisted in the development of a drug used in treatment of high blood pressure. It was in Memphis where he met Sarah Hall, whom he married in 1967. He began his professional career as a chemist, working for G.D. Searle in Chicago and later worked with General Electric in Schenectady, New York. The majority of Dr. Gueldner's career consisted of his twenty-five years of work with the United States Department of Agriculture. Working first in Starkville, Mississippi, Dr. Gueldner and his colleagues conducted ground-breaking work that virtually eliminated the destructive economic impact of the boll weevil, which had exacted a devastating toll on cotton crops throughout the South. Then later in Tifton, Georgia and Athens, Georgia he performed research related to corn and tobacco crops. Over the years, Richard's work generated several patents and dozens of research papers in peer-reviewed journals. After retiring from the USDA, Dr. Gueldner later returned to work in the pharmaceutical industry as an analytical chemist with Johnson and Johnson, in Athens, Georgia. Richard had a curious mind that served him well as scientist, but also as a father, husband, and friend. His zest for learning also served him as a world traveler, drawing Richard into lasting friendships all over the globe. An avid fisherman and amateur farmer, Richard enjoyed being outdoors and studying the natural world, but also appreciated music, art, and poetry, delighting in wordplay. He was a big fan of bad puns.
Dr. Gueldner was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Dr. Sarah Hall Gueldner; his parents, Clarence and Viola Gueldner; and brother, Robert Gueldner. He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Gueldner Asbury; and son-in-law, Dr. Stephen Todd Asbury of Pasadena, California; son, Neil Richard Gueldner; and daughter-in-law, Karen Bennett Gueldner of Charlotte, North Carolina; sister, Ruth Gueldner Pence; and brother-in-law, Dr. William Pence of White Lake, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Dale Hall of Corryton, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15th at Mynatt Funeral Home, 2829 Rennoc Road in Fountain City. The Rev. Scobie Branson will lead the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at Mynatt. Interment will follow at Lynnhurst 2:00 p.m., Cemetery on Adair Drive. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Chemical Society, 1155 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA, www.acs.org, 1-800-333-9511 or The University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244, http://www.uifoundation.org/ways/, (800) 648-6973.
Sarah Hall Gueldner, Age 75
Dr. Sarah Hall Gueldner, age 75, passed away at her Isle of Palms, South Carolina home, October 4, 2016, surrounded by her family. Sarah was a native of Corryton, Tennessee, and a graduate of Gibbs High School. Following graduation from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing in Memphis, she went on to a life time career as a nursing scholar. She obtained her masters degree in nursing from Emory University, in Atlanta, and later completed her Ph.D. in nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, focusing much of her work on the gerontological issues of aging and well-being. Her career culminated with academic appointments as dean of the Decker School of Nursing, State University of New York at Binghamton and, prior to that, as director of the School of Nursing at Pennsylvania State University. She was later named the Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve School of Nursing, in Cleveland, Ohio. During her tenure at Case Western, she traveled twice to Africa as a visiting professor, first to The University of Botswana, and later to The University of Buea at Cameroon. Earlier in her career, she enjoyed appointments as professor and director of Doctoral Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing at Charleston as well as positions at Medical College of Georgia, The University of Georgia, Mississippi University for Women School of Nursing, and The University of Tennessee at Memphis. Over the course of her career, Sarah was a prolific writer, publishing many articles in professional journals, and authoring and co-authoring several books. She collaborated with nursing scholars all over the world, conducting research and advancing nursing education. Sarah is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, served as president and founding member of the Society for Rogerian Scholars, and served as first vice-president, Sigma Theta Tau International. Perhaps Sarah's favorite among her accomplishments was the success of the students she taught. She served on dozens of masters thesis and doctoral dissertation committees, chairing many. She enjoyed guiding and mentoring students through the graduate studies process. Many of her students remained life-long friends and associates. With a warm and inviting personality, Sarah never met a stranger, making friends with virtually everyone she met. Her joyful, whimsical, and larger-than-life energy lit up any room she entered. Sarah defined her life by helping others, both personally and professionally, whether that meant advocating for them, giving them a place to stay, or gifting them a phone call, a card, a seashell, or even a car.
Dr. Gueldner was preceded in death by her parents, Lillian Hill Hall and Joseph Charlton Hall; and brother, Joseph Briscoe Hall. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Dr. Richard Charles Gueldner, Charlotte, North Carolina; by her daughter, Cheryl Gueldner Asbury; and son-in-law, Dr. Stephen Todd Asbury, Pasadena, California; son, Neil Richard Gueldner; and daughter-in-law, Karen Bennett Gueldner, Charlotte, North Carolina; sister, Dale Hall, Knoxville, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 15th, at Mynatt Funeral Home Fountain City Chapel, 2829 Rennoc Road, Knoxville, TN 37918. The Rev. Scobie Branson will lead the celebration of life, at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Immediately following the service, family and friends will proceed to Lynnhurst Cemetery for interment. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing, (http://www.nursingsociety.org/why-stti/stti-foundation-for-nursing/make-a-gift), and The Martha E. Rogers Scholars Fund, Attn: Tina Reinckens, Treasurer, 7060 Bay Woods Lake Court #101, Fort Myers, Florida, 33908.
Robert Alfred Johnson, Age 81
Robert (Bobby) Alfred Johnson, passed away at home at age 81 on March 29, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born in St. Paul, and served proudly in the Army as a paratrooper and sharp shooter. He had many talents as an artist, musician, woodworker and was very creative and athletic. He loved nature, fishing and taking his dog, Rozie-O, for a swim in the Sunrise River.
He is preceded in death by parents, Torsten and Mary, brothers Eugene and Kenneth and sister Rose. Survived by wife of 58 years, Sharon (Wettleson - '53), daughters Joline (Perry) Leone and Britt Kinney, sister Susan (Ron) Viner, 3 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bob chose to donate his body to the University of Minnesota for research. No service at this time. Special thanks to Mary T Hospice, especially Sharon (RN) and Vanessa (aide). Burial pending at the VA cemetery in Little Falls, MN.
Barry Anderson, Age 72
Barry Anderson, age 72, of Spring Valley, WI. died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at his home in Gilman Township.
Barry was born April 19, 1944 to Andrew and Gertrude (Rood) Anderson in Los Angeles, California. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, WI. After graduating with the Spring Valley Class of 1962, he worked and attended college in the Twin Cities. He also served in the US Navy and Naval Reserve for 6 years. Upon his father’s death in 1969, Barry returned home to run the family farm. The Anderson Farm is a Certified Century Farm. On June 13, 1970, he married Mary Catherine O’Connell at St. Mary’s in Hammond, WI.
Barry was a true farmer, an inventive problem-solver, and his life was devoted to caring for his family, the land and animals. He enjoyed drinking coffee with his friends, reading the paper, exploring the Western Wisconsin region and beyond, and then drinking more coffee with friends.
Preceded in death by his parents; grandson Thorn Anderson; brothers-in-law Louis ‘Tom’ Anderson and Matthew Marvel.
Survived by his wife Mary; children; Matthew Anderson of Madison; Shannon (Ik) Enorense of Aurora, Illinois; Kimberly (Slim Evans) Anderson of Los Angeles, California; Wyatt (Katie) Anderson of Spring Valley; and Ivy (Ben) Gocker of Tupper Lake, New York; grandchildren: Nosa and Esohe Enorense; Ian Hakes and Finnley Anderson; siblings: Larry (Kate) Anderson, Barbara Anderson, Craig (Sandy) Anderson, Renee (Gary) Larson, and Gail (Dan) Anderson, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 2-6 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, WI. Memorial service for Barry will be Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 6 p.m. following visitation at St John’s. Burial will be at a later date in St John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.
Honorary bearers: Gene Geiger, Garland Fregine, Bob Freiberg, Curt Ronnander, Paul Anderson and Wayne Hojem.
Jean Stark Furuglyas, Age 66
Jean Stark Furuglyas, age 66, of Wilson, Wisconsin died Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Western Wisconsin Health, Baldwin, Wisconsin.
Jean and Jim both worked in law enforcement. Jean for the Menomonie Police Department and Jim for the Spring Valley Police department. They both retired at the same time, bought a motor home and set out to see as much of North America as possible. They enjoyed seeing friends and family as they traveled throughout the states and found great camping sites, fishing spots and friends from the tip of Florida to Denali National park in Alaska. There love of travel ended in 2011 when both became ill. They returned to Spring Valley to live. In June of 2013, Jean lost her beloved Jim. She then moved to Wilson to be closer to her sister Betty until the time of Jeans passing.
Preceded in death by her husband Jim Furuglyas, parents Harlan and Marjorie Stark, sister-in- law Patti Stark, brother-in-law Harold Bartel, and one nephew.
Survived by children Douglas (Yvonne) Field, Melissa Field and Nicholas Field, all of Menomonie; 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.; Step children: Sharon (Eric) Peterson of Sturgeon Bay, WI; Eric (Jessica) Furuglyas of Bloomsburg, PA; 8 step grandchildren and 1 step great grandchild; 4 brothers and 3 sisters: Harold (Jan) Stark, Myron (Ruth) Stark and Joel (Brenda) Stark of Spring Valley, WI; Wayne (Loretta) Stark of Elmwood, WI; Marlene (Dave Kautz) Bartel of Roseville, MN; Nita (Tim) Dougherty of Arden Hills, MN; Betty (Jim) Wall of Wilson, WI; 2 step brothers and 4 step sisters; many loving nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Memorial service for Jean will be on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at noon at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Burial will be in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley. Bearers were Jean’s son Douglas and Nicholas.
Gloria Ruth Coone Gilquist, Age 73
Ruth (Coone) Gilquist age 73, of Richfield, Minnesota, formerly Spring
Valley, Wisconsin, died Saturday, February 25, at Good Samaritan Society
in Waconia, Minnesota. She graduated from SVHS in 1961.
Craig Olson, Age 82
Craig Olson, 82, beloved Husband, Father and Grandpa Morfarwas peacefully called to his eternal resting place on March 4, at Woodland Hill in Hudson, WI.
He entered this world on June 28, 1934 in Minneapolis, MN, born to Dr. C.A. and Midge Olson. Craig grew up in Hammond and Baldwin, being called "Doc"; graduating from Baldwin High School in 1952 and UW-River Falls in 1960. He married Mary Louise Olson of Spring Valley on June 30, 1956. He entered the United States Army and proudly served actively and on reserve from 1956-1963. For 39 years he worked for 3M, holding various supervisory and management positions in Manufacturing, Laboratory, Product Development, Quality Control and Regulatory Affairs. He held one patent. He retired in 1996.
A patriotic citizen and committed member of his community, he belonged to Ezekiel Lutheran Church, Gideon's International, the American Legion, WI Conservation Congress, NRA, and Republican Party. He served on the WI State Emergency Response Board; MN/WI Boundary Waters Commission; River Falls Planning Commission; Kinnic-kinnic Priority Watershed Commission; and RF Library Foundation Board. For many years he was a competitive marksman (Fort Lee, 2nd Army, and 3M Rifle Teams). He taught CPR and announced for the UWRF Falcon hockey team for 20 years.
He was a proud Swede (who married a Norwegian) and a life-long fisherman, hunter, dog lover, card player and Packer fan. He was a very proud hockey and marching band dad. He welcomed his daughter and son-in-law into the family, and was an enthusiastic grandpa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. C.A. and Midge Olson; granddaughter, Vilt Louise Olson; brothers-in-law, Dr. John Brown, Harold Olson, Gayle Olson; nephews, Scott Olson, Chris Olson; and niece, Julie Seeley.
Craig is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Olson; children, Trygve (ErikaVeberyte) Olson, Kjersti (Brian) Duncan; grandchildren, Ula Olson, Kaja Olson, EspenDuncan, MaritDuncan; sister, Karin Brown; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Olson, Janice Olson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 10, at 11 a.m. at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, 202 S. 2nd Street, River Falls, Wis. Memorial Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 9, from 4-8 p.m. and on Friday, March 10, from 10-11 a.m. at Ezekiel Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls.
Rhynda Collyn Gunvalson Landt, Age 60
Rhynda (Gunvalson) Landt, age 60 of St Paul, formerly of Spring Valley died March 3, 2017 in St Paul.
Shafer, age 62
Robert Murphy, Age 85
Robert Murphy of Rockville, MD died January 31, 2017 in Suburban Hospital, where he was being treated for respiratory distress.
Robert was born in Wisconsin, the son of Benedict and Mae Donnelly Murphy and grew up on a dairy farm. A former graduate of Spring Valley High School class of 1950. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and began a lifelong passion for international development when he was selected for the first Peace Corps group to the Kingdom of Nepal in 1962.
His two-year Peace Corps stint stretched into nearly a decade in Nepal where he was the first manager of the Tiger Tops resort. He later served as a USAID contractor in a dozen countries – Peru, Nepal, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Haiti, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Albania and Sri Lanka.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Ballantyne; son John Ernesto Murphy; daughter-in-law Marisol; and granddaughter Estela; two sisters Isabelle O’Connell of Wisconsin and Jean Joynt of California; nieces and nephews stretching across Wisconsin and Minnesota.
A memorial mass was held February 18 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 7500 Pearl Street, Bethesda, MD.
Shirley Holerud, Age 83
Shirley Holerud, age 83, of Baldwin, Wisconsin, formerly of Spring Valley, died Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Park View Home in Woodville.
Shirley was born January 2, 1934 in Byron Township, Monroe County, Wisconsin to Earl and Lela (Nutting) Bennett. She and her family moved to the Spring Valley area when Shirley was 7 years old where she attended Spring Valley Schools.
On April 21, 1951, Shirley married Raymond Holerud at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. They were blessed with 4 children: Jennie, Joyce, Cecil and Charles, and lived in Cady Township. Shirley worked at Smeads in River Falls for 34 years. In 1997 she moved from Cady Township to Baldwin. Shirley was also a caretaker to many, especially her husband Ray, her father Earl, and her daughter Joyce.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ray; daughter Joyce; 3 sisters and their husbands: Evelyn and Clifton Van Riper; Beulah and Bernard Babcock; and Elizabeth and Wayburn Gedatus; also in-laws: Roy Traynor, Harriett and Dale Sorenson, Glenn, Jim, and Merlin Holerud, Wayne Lorentson , Delores Holerud, Lyman Jensen and Virgil Gedatus.
Survivors include her children: Jennie (Ken) Drinkman of Menomonie; sons Cecil Holerud of Menomonie and Charles Holerud of New Richmond; son-in-law Bill Hartung of Elmwood; sister Arlene Traynor of Baldwin; 4 grandchildren: Ann (Mike) Kouba; Andy Drinkman; Charlie Holerud Jr.; and Heather (Jake Wilson) Holerud; 5 great grandchildren: Jack and Raylee Kouba; Chase and Madelyn Drinkman; and Bella Wilson; in-laws: Judy Jensen, Lucille Gedatus, Helen Lorentson, Rose Holerud, and Virginia Holerud, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation is Friday, March 3, 2017, from 5-8 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. Funeral service is Saturday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m. at St John’s. Burial is in St John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.
Pallbearers are Bob Traynor, Dick Traynor, Duane Traynor, Robert Holerud, Rick Jensen, Jeff Traynor, Patty Kerr, and Lily Place.
Keehr Funeral Home (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) handled arrangements.
Linda Halverson Taylor, Age 70
Linda Halverson Taylor, formerly of Spring Valley, WI, died on February 7, 2017 at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA. Linda was born on November 10, 1946, in Spring Valley, WI, where she was raised by her parents, Howard and Hazel Halverson. After graduating from high school in 1964, she moved to St. Paul, MN, and met her husband, James Taylor. In 1976 they moved to Anchorage, Alaska, with their three young children. Linda retired from the U. S. Postal Service in 2011. In her retirement years, she enjoyed traveling and spending time with her friends and family. Linda will be sadly missed by her husband of 50 years, James; her two sons, Jeff and Chuck Taylor; daughter, Suzie (Taylor) Smith with husband Erick and grandson Brantley, all of Anchorage; granddaughters, Jourdan and Rienne of Seattle, WA; her brother, Roger Halverson and wife Gwen of Oklahoma City, OK; and twin sister, Luella (Halverson) Johnson and husband Bob of Mesa, AZ. Many nieces, nephews, family and friends will miss her beautiful smile and kind soul. Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Hazel Halverson. Memorial Services will be held at O'Malleys on the Green at 4 p.m. on March 24, 2017, in Anchorage.
Diane Hampton Smith, Age 70
Diane Hampton Smith, age 70, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Mayo Health System-Eau Claire. She was born on May 24, 1946 in Cady Township, St. Croix County, WI to Jayhu and Agnes (McMenamin) Hampton. She grew up in Cady and was baptized and confirmed at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1964.
Crystal Louise Dial Bloecher, Age 75
Crystal Louise Dial Bloecher, born January 12, 1942 and passed away on February 20, 2017. She was born to Hazel (Gesche) and Russel Dial in Minneapolis and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1959.
Crystal attended the U of M where she met Ulrich Bloecher, whom she married on May 18, 1963. Crystal was a lab pathologist for decades before retiring to run Hilltop Produce farm with Ulrich. She loved gardening, reading, classical music, and experiencing other cultures through travel. She passionately supported human and animal rights and was a volunteer for many years at the Science Museum of MN. She taught Norwegian and was a member of the Sons of Norway and Mindekirken.
She was preceded in death by parents and husband. Crystal is survived by her daughters, Brigitte (Richard Stambaugh) and Ellen (Robert Williams); granddaughters, Emma Stambaugh, Erica Stambaugh, Kaylee Williams; and siblings, Jeffrey (Kathleen) Dial and Wendy (Dale) Marcott. A private celebration of life to be scheduled. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.
Thomas Ryan, Age 94
Thomas Ryan, age 94, of Spring Valley died Sunday, February 19, 2017 at his apartment at Valley Villas in Spring Valley.
Survivors include 3 daughters: Jacquelyn (Jerry) Slocum of Ellsworth; Diana (Terry) Fischer of Beldenville; and Sheila Lacoier of Menomonie; 2 grandsons and 3 granddaughters: Jeff and Shawn Slocum; Michelle (Mike) Broderick; Kelly (Jason) Bundy; and Kari (Justin) Abrahamson; 6 great grandchildren: Taylor Kislenger, Bradley Fischer, Darren Abrahamson; Anessa and Dakaria Scherr, and Ryan Broderick; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Tom was born May 11, 1922, to John W. and Annie L. (Ward) Ryan in Belle Creek Township, Goodhue County, Minnesota. After grade school, he spent four years in a preparatory seminary in St Paul. On October 30, 1943, he married Gloria Vinge. They were married in South Carolina where Tom was serving in the U.S. Army.
Pallbearers are Jeff Slocum, Shawn Slocum, Michelle and Mike Broderick, Brad Fischer, Taylor Kislenger, Jason and Kelly Bundy. Funeral mass will be on Wednesday, February 22 at 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley. Visitation will be from 10-11:30 a.m. at church prior to the service. Burial will be at St Francis Catholic Cemetery, Ellsworth, Wisconsin.
Erlin LeRoy Nuessmeier, Age 85
Erlin LeRoy Nuessmeier, age 85, of Hudson, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2017 at the Comforts of Home Assisted Living in Hudson, WI.
Erlin is survived by his wife, Beverly (Brown -'56- Pankow); step-daughter, Cynthia (Rev. Dale) Schliewe; step-son, Cal (Ann) Blaksley; grandchildren, Matthew (Shawn), Mark (Shelly), Miriam, and Michael; great-grandchildren, Addison, Mollie and Greta Schliewe, and Alexander Moldenhauer; siblings, Eldon (Lyn) Nuessmeier and Lila (Frank) Roux; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; previous wives, Helen (White) and Sharon (Robbins); and step-son, Ricky White.
Erlin was born on July 22, 1931 in Gibbon, MN to Otto and Olga (Buerkle) Nuessmeier. He grew up in Gibbon and graduated from Gibbon High School in 1949. Erlin learned the skill of welding at a trade school in North Dakota. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his military service, Erlin returned to Gibbon where he assembled and repaired farm machinery. He worked in construction, starting as a carpenter building houses and making cabinets, and later worked for the DiaBond Company producing grinding wheels. Erlin was a devoted husband to his wife, Beverly, and was always there for his family.
Erlin was fond of tinkering in his shop and keeping his tools sharp. He was a gifted craftsman and a jack of all trades. Erlin liked making things out of wood and often refused to buy something if he thought he could make it himself. His workshop is full of the many hand-made tools that he had put together. Erlin found relaxation while feeding the birds and taking care of his vegetable and flower gardens. He enjoyed going to tractor shows and reading books about fixing things and home-made remedies, often retaining the knowledge until someone came to him with a problem.
Erlin was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hudson, where he had served on the church’s Building Committee, Maintenance and Finance Committee, and as a Chairman of the Board of Elders. He also volunteered with the Builders for Christ organization where he traveled and helped to erect churches and buildings for God’s use.
Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 712 Grandview Drive, Hudson, WI. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment at Willow River Cemetery.
James Brown, Age76
James Brown, class of 1958, passed away this last Tuesday, January 31, 2017. He was born on Christmas Day 1940. James is survived by wife Margaret, children Marianna (Greg), Hal (Amy), Chris (Kari), Suzie (Joe), and grandchildren Ingrid, Thorin, Tobin, and Laina.
Jim's funeral will be Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Eastern Heights Lutheran Church, 616 Ruth Street North, St. Paul, MN. Visitation is at 10 and the service is at 11. A lunch will follow and burial will be at Lebanon Cemetery on Highway 42 in Apple Valley, MN at 2 p.m. A notice will appear in Sunday's Pioneer Press.
Arrangements under the direction of Wulff Funeral Home, Saint Paul, MN.
A tribute to Jim, written by his brother, Frank:
James Ralph Brown 1940-2017
Bruce M. Isom, Age 76
Bruce M. Isom, age 76, of Woodbury, MN, formerly of Coon Rapids, MN, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN, surrounded by his family. Bruce is survived by his wife, Pat (Nelson) Isom; children: Mary (Rick) Lund, Linda Jones, Jeffrey (Christina) Isom, and Todd (Tammi) Nelson; grandchildren: Rayne (Jen) McCartney, Dustin (Taylor) Jones, Reise (Chelsey) Jones, Riley Jones, Tanner Jones, Kyle Isom, Shelby Isom, Taylor Nelson, Danielle Nelson, and Ella Nelson; brother, Harlan (Marna) Isom; sister, Eileen (Bruce) Nordhagen; nephews: Tony (Kelly) Isom, Christopher Isom, Leif (Amy) Nordhagen and their children; and many other extended family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Helen (Olson) Isom; and granddaughter, Ana Leigh Nelson.
Bruce was born on May 28, 1940 in Osseo, Wisconsin. He graduated from Osseo High School in 1958. Bruce continued his education at Northwestern Television & Electronics Institute, graduating in 1962 and furthered his education at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, graduating in 1972 with an Associate in Arts degree. Bruce spent 4 years working for Boeing on the missile sites in Great Falls, Montana. He returned to Minnesota and worked as a test engineer and test manager for the next 13 years at Sperry Univac (currently Unisys). He then pursued a new career as an agent with American Family Insurance. He retired after a very successful career at the age of 68. Bruce married Pat (Nelson) Isom on August 4, 1991.
Bruce was an active member of the Masonic Organization for 52 years. He earned his status of Master Mason and served three terms as the Master of Northeast Lodge #345. He continued his membership in later years at Anoka Lodge # 30. In addition, he was a member of the Scottish Right and the Zuhrah Shrine Club for many years. Bruce embraced the Fraternities beliefs in the eternal truths of friendship, morality, and brotherly love.
Bruce loved life, loved his family above all else, and was a friend to everyone he met. He was a kind, loving, honest and hard-working man. He also loved vacations, hunting, fishing, boating and the great outdoors. Bruce had great passion for the Green Bay Packers, the Timberwolves along with the Minnesota Twins. He was raised on a farm and embraced the ethics of hard work and humility. Bruce will be remembered with love by all for his contagious smile and generous soul. Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love. We loved him a lot, but God loved him more.
A visitation for Bruce will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the O’Connell family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, Wisconsin, followed by a Funeral and Masonic Service at 1:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment will be at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Baldwin, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. The family would like to thank Prelude Memory Care Cottages in Woodbury, MN and St. Joe’s hospital in St. Paul for their compassionate care and assistance.
Joyce May Peterson Souba, Age 80
Joyce May (Peterson) Souba, age 80, of Shawano, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 in Marshfield. Born in Spring Valley, WI on May 9, 1936, she is the daughter of the late Carl A. and Mabel A. (Grape) Peterson. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1954 and graduated from Minneapolis Business College. After college, she worked as a Treasurer at Pillsbury Mills in Minneapolis and bookkeeper for Theisen’s Grocery Store.
On April 25, 1959, Joyce was united in marriage to her soulmate, Frederick J. Souba at Spring Lake Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, WI. She took time off of work to raise their five children and returned to work in 1972 as a teacher’s assistant at Advance School, Lincoln School and Olga Brener before retiring in 1989. She was a member of the Wisconsin Education Retirement Teachers Association, Shawano Learn-A-Lot Homemakers and the American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years. Joyce loved traveling, attending Fred’s Navy reunions, playing cards and games. She spent countless hours volunteering at Maple Lane and making greeting cards and bookmarks for King Veterans Home. Joyce received the Carol award for outstanding leadership from the Shawano Community Foundation. More than anything, she loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren.
Joyce will be deeply missed by her husband of 57 years, Fred, who loved her dearly; their five children, Susan Souba of Blaine, MN, Ann (Randy) Steffen of Shawano, Carl (Beth) Souba of Ellicott City, MD, Pamela (Steven) Schmidt of Marshfield, and Carol (Jeff) Smiles of Manawa; grandchildren, Scott (Rachel Tennyson) Steffen, Ryan Steffen, Matthew (Erin) Schmidt, Andrea (Shawn) Nelson, Maria Smiles, Jessica Smiles, Lexi Smiles, Benjamin Souba and Hannah Souba; one brother, Gary L. (Roxann) Peterson of Spring Valley, WI; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Richard J. (Agnes) Peterson.
Funeral services for Joyce will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano with Pastor Lois Graper officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Swedberg Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm and again at the church from 10:00 am until the time of the service. A memorial fund is being established.
Orlin Anderson, Age 65
Orlin Anderson, age 65 of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died at his home on Thursday, January 19, 2017.
Orlin was born April 24, 1951 to Orin and Alice (Dewey) Anderson at Baldwin, Wisconsin. He attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1969. He attended WITC and received a Welding Certificate. September 8, 1973 Orlin married the love of his life, Connie Mattison, at the Gilman Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at church. Memorial Funeral service for Orlin will be on Tuesday, January 24 at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Honorary bearers are grandsons Luke Miller, Dylan Webb, and Samuel Miller.
LaMoine Hanson, Age 89
LaMoine Hanson, age 89, of Spring Valley died Monday, January 9, 2017 at United Hospital, St Paul.
Mary LaMoine was born and raised in the Town of Gilman in Pierce County to Frank and Nellie (Golden) Carr on May 26, 1927. She attended Locust Grove School through 8th grade, then on to Spring Valley High School graduating in 1945. On the night of the Senior Banquet LaMoine asked her neighbor Lorne Hanson if she could get a ride home after the banquet. Lorne obliged and a relationship that resulted in nearly 68-years of marriage began.
Always positive, always optimistic, and often heard singing or humming, LaMoine lived her life’s philosophy reflected in this poem she’d often recite: “Life is fleeting, make it pleasant. Think of nothing but the present. For the past is left behind us, and the future may not find us.”
Visitation will be on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 3-7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the church. Funeral service will be on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley. Burial will be in the church cemetery.