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Spring Valley News...2019



Richard Glen Forthun, Age 88
    Richard “Dick” Glen Forthun left us on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Phoenix, Arizona on April 14th, 2019. He was 88 years old. His wife was nearby and his sons Glen and Ken were able to spend some quality time with Dad shortly before his passing. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gloria; his sons Glen (Carla) of Phoenix, Richard of Thailand, and Ken (Donna) of Phoenix; his sister Mary, brother Jerry, and is predeceased by a brother, Thomas; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
    Richard joined us in Minneapolis, MN on July 24,1930, the oldest son and second child of “Doc” and Clara Forthun and was raised in Spring Valley, WI graduating from high school in 1949. He left Spring Valley to join the Air Force in January of 1951 and was eventually stationed at Luke AFB near Phoenix, Arizona where he was a member of the 547th Air Force Band. After leaving the Air Force and a short stay back in Wisconsin, Richard fired up his Studebaker and moved back to Phoenix. Within a few months of his return, he met his wife of 63 years, Gloria, at a dance at St. Mary’s church and they were married soon thereafter.
    Although Dick had many jobs and businesses over the years, his passion was his music. Introduced to the trombone in the 8th grade, he quickly became quite good at playing and before he finished high school he headed up “The Dick Forthun Orchestra” comprised of two trumpets, a trombone, bass horn, drums, and a piano. They played regularly at school parties, weddings, and various special events. Over his lifetime, he continued to play and enjoy his music and although the trombone was his favorite he also played the alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, ukulele, string bass, and keyboard/piano.
A family man, he always looked forward to getting together with the family and especially to family reunions over the years where he would get an opportunity to “jam” with his siblings who also had a love of music. Well loved by all his family, he will be truly missed but is in a better place now. Many of us believe he is playing now again with his younger brother in Rock ‘n’ Roll heaven...

Isabelle Agatha O’Connell, Age 99

   Isabelle Agatha O’Connell, age 99, peacefully passed away with family at her side on April 30, 2019 in The Deerfield Retirement Community at New Richmond, WI.

   Isabelle was the first, of 5 children, born to Benedict and Mae Donnelly Murphy on November 17, 1919. She grew up on a farm in Gilman Township, Pierce County, WI. She attended 8 years of school in Olivet, WI and graduated from Spring Valley High School, class of 1936. After 2 years of school at UW River Falls, she earned her teaching certificate and started teaching in rural schools in Pierce County in 1938. Later she attended night school and summer school classes earning her Bachelor of Education degree in 1960.

   She married Bernard O’Connell on June 29,1944. As they farmed together in rural Elmwood, WI they were blessed with 4 children; Richard, Jeanne, Brian and Sue Ellen. In 1954 Isabelle returned to teaching at South Hill, WI school and continued teaching in the Spring Valley school district as a fourth grade and reading specialist teacher a total of 38 years.

   While raising her family, helping on the farm and teaching, Isabelle continued to use the skills learned in her youth playing piano. She became the choir director at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in El Paso, WI. When that church closed in 1980, she joined the Ecumenical choir in Elmwood, WI. For many years she and Bernard would participate in those concerts throughout Pierce County. After Isabelle and Bernard retired, they enjoyed vacations in Ireland, Germany, and Peru. They also loved spending time at their cabin on Balsam Lake with their children and grandchildren.

   Upon Bernard’s passing in 1989 she moved to New Richmond. Later she married Joe Spindler who passed away in 2004. Isabelle continued her love of music and pursued a new hobby of painting. She created some award-winning paintings which hung in her home and were shared with her family. She also continued to travel with her family to Ireland, France, Venezuela, and Italy. As the years passed Isabelle suffered declining vision which halted her ability to travel, paint, and read music. That did not stop her from singing or enjoying music. Daily it played in her home. Isabelle was listening to music playing in the background as she peacefully passed away.

   Isabelle will forever be remembered by her children, Richard (Diane) O’Connell; Jeanne (Bob Hasewinkle) O’Connell; Brian (Kristie) O’Connell; Sue Ellen O’Connell; grandsons Daniel (Carlene) O’Connell, David O’Connell, John (Maggie) O’Connell, Micheil O’Connell; great grandchildren Alexis O’Connell, Shawn O’Connell, Ashley O’Connell, Abraham O’Connell, and Bernadette O’Connell; many nieces and nephews.

   Isabelle was preceded in death by her parents Ben and Mae Murphy, her husband Bernard; Joe Spindler; brothers John Murphy, James Murphy, Robert Murphy; sister Jean Joynt.

   The family wishes to sincerely thank the staff at The Deerfield and the St. Croix Valley Hospice for the kindness and care they showed Isabelle.

   A visitation will be held on June 4, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond, WI. The funeral mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served after mass.

   On June 5, 2019 A celebration of life will be held at the Brother Michael Center in Spring Valley, WI from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m. Inurnment will be held at the El Paso Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. for family members.

   In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to The Deerfield, 1127 W. 8th St. in New Richmond, WI 54017 or to St. Croix Hospice, 7200 Hudson Blvd, Suite 100 in Oakdale, MN 55128.

Arnold Brorson, Age 88
    Arnold Brorson, age 88, of Spring Valley, died Monday, April 15, 2019 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center. Arnie was born January 3, 1931 to Carl and Elvina (Anderson) Brorson in Gilman Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed and a lifelong member of Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Arnie attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1949.

   In 1951, Arnie entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served 2 years. On August 27, 1955 he married Dorothy Timm at Wilson Lutheran Church. They were blessed with 3 children: Dawn, Duane and Deanna.

   Arnie worked for Ray Hammond for a while, and then worked at the Spring Valley Elevator for 4 years. He worked for Everett Brown Plastering from 1957 until 1970. He then went to work for Ralston-Purina in Hager City and retired in 1993. He assisted at Keehr Funeral Home from 1995 until 2008.

   His favorite pastimes were golfing, hunting, fishing, and bowling. He served on Gilman Lutheran Church Council and was president for many years. He was a member of the Spring Valley School Board and volunteered for 25 years on the Spring Valley Fire Department, 12 of those years he served as fire chief.

   Preceding him in death were his parents; wife Dorothy in 2013; sisters: Evelyn (Corvin) Halvorson; Audrey (Mike) Grant; brother Dale (Gladys); and brothers-in-law Roy Johnson, Rodney Timm, and Dennis Timm.

   Survivors include his three children: Dawn (Steven) Wood of Elmwood; Duane (Elaine) Brorson of Spring Valley; and Deanna (Jeff) Powell of Spring Valley; 6 grandchildren: Jason (Avril) Wood, Ben Brorson, Pam (Tim) Gartmann, Mandi (Corey Norby) Wood, Lynnette Wood, and Nova Wood; 9 great grandchildren: Jacob and Courtney; Cori and Aubree; Kaydence and Brayden; Emelynn and Henry; Amber; Jesse; Kloe and Kyra; Stephanie and Brittney; 3 great great grandchildren: Theo and Ellie, and Claira; sister Joann Johnson of Spring Valley; in-laws: Mary Timm, Jan Timm, Don & Arlys Olson (all of Menomonie), Jerry & Sandy Timm of So. St. Paul, MN., many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

   Funeral Service is Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and also on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service. Military honors by Spring Valley American Legion Post 227. Burial will be in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.


Jack D. Mattison, Age 87

   Jack D. Mattison, age 87, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the Spring Valley Health and Rehab center of Spring Valley, WI. 

   Jack was born on September 7, 1931, the son of Glen and Edna (Esanbock) Mattison. Jack attended and graduated from Spring Valley High School; he left his home in service to his country during the Korean War as a member of the United States Army. On April 19, 1952, he was united in marriage to Barbara Ninneman in Camp Polk, Louisiana. 

   Jack began work as a laborer for Sweeney Brother Construction following his honorable discharge from the Army, as well as running the family farm along side his brother, Jerry, for many years. Eventually Jack’s hard-nosed work ethic granted him the opportunity to reach a buyout with Sweeney Brothers as he took over the company as its owner. Jack succeeded in merging Sweeny Bros. and Timme Construction who bought half interest in 1980. Jack retired from the industry in 1991. Because of Jack’s relentless desire to provide good business, the Mattison name has been well-known in the highway construction industry for over 60 years. 

   Aside from working “nine out of seven days per week,” Jack enjoyed his time fishing, occasionally gardening with Barb, spending time with his family, and frequently expanding on his fascination with nature, especially bald eagles.

   Jack will remain in the hearts of his children, Connie Anderson, Mark (Brenda) Mattison, Tammie (Jim) Anger, and Adam (Delaine) Mattison; grandchildren, April (Shawn) Miller, Aimee (Carter Nelson) Olson, Whitney Mattison, Brandon (Linsy) Margelofsky, Eric (Abby) Margelofsky, Tessa (Paul) Langer, Shalane (Adam) Wick, Jimmie Anger, McKenzie (Luke) Bakkum, McKenna (Adam Newton) Mattison, McKayla Mattison, and Jack Mattison; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry (Dianne) Mattison; his beloved King Charles dog, Buddy; as well as other extended family and numerous friends.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Barb; parents, Glen and Edna; and son-in-law, Orlin Anderson.

   A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 12 PM to 3 PM on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, WI, immediately followed by a Memorial Service for Jack at 3:00 PM. Military Honors will be held for Jack following the service, as well as a lunch. Interment will be held at a later date.

Gerald Ducklow, Age 74

Gerald Ducklow died Monday, April 1, 2019 at Promise Hospital in Mesa, Arizona. Gerald was born October 22, 1944 to Alois and Betty (VanNortwick) Ducklow at Spring Valley, Wisconsin. He grew up in Spring Valley where he attended Spring Valley Schools. He graduated with the Class of 1962.

   After high school, Gerald worked for Ryan Construction and Everett Brown Construction. He was drafted in 1965 and served in the U.S. Army. He served in Viet Nam and was trained as a surveyor. On August 10, 1968 Gerald married Colette Benson at the Congregational Church, in Spring Valley. They lived at Spring Valley for many years before moving to Woodville. Gerald retired from Ford Motor Company in 1998. They enjoyed spending their winters at Apache Junction in Arizona.

   Gerald had many passions in his life, but none as precious as his love for family and friends. He did enjoy working around his houses to make it a home for his family: their Spring Valley Country Home, Woodville twin home, Apache Junction winter home, and the most treasured place of all – his cabin in Remer, Minnesota. He loved deer hunting, putzing around the house and especially fishing with his fishing buddy Ryan. Most important was spending time with his family and friends.

   Preceding him in death were his parents; brother Alois ‘Jr’ and his wife Lorraine; in-laws Dick and Phyllis Standaert; and godson Bryan White.

   Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Colette; daughters Lisa Starwood and Kristin ‘Cricket’ (Jay) Gregory all of Woodbury, MN; grandchildren: Taylor, Christopher, Jaylen, Anna, and Ryan Gerald; brothers: Dick (Shirley) Ducklow of Glenwood City; Steven (Bonnie) Ducklow of Amery; Bob (Mary) Ducklow and Duane (Mary) Ducklow of Spring Valley; many other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville, Wisconsin. Funeral service will be on Sunday at 5 p.m. following the visitation at Zion with a dinner after the service.

Mary Anne Neisinger Timm, Age 85

   Mary Anne Timm​ passed away on March 30, 2019, at the age of 85. Preceded in death by daughter, Lori and granddaughter, Marissa. Dearly loved wife of Gerald for 65 years; beloved mother of Barb (Jim) Ylinen and Debbie (Chris) Brown; loving grandmother of Amanda, Natalie (Jack), Markie, Elizabeth, Mary, Rebekah (Tyler), and Nathan; sister, Maxine Larson; brothers, Daniel (Lois) Neisinger and Larry Neisinger; many nieces, nephews and friends.

   A very special thank you to her wonderful caregivers at The Gables at Boutwells Landing. A special and wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. We cherish every memory and will love you forever.

   Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019, at Simonet Funeral Home, 6429 Osgood Ave N., Stillwater, MN 55082. Visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2019, and also one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment at Fairview Cemetery. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mary Anne Timm please visit our Sympathy Store.

Kenneth A. Raasch, Age 73

   Kenneth A. Raasch, age 73, of Spring Valley, WI passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Hayward, WI.   Kenneth Allen Raasch was born July 5, 1945 in Eau Claire, WI, the son of Dale and Doris (Schueler) Raasch. He was raised in Spring Valley, WI and did his schooling there. Ken graduated from high school in 1963 and then worked with his parents at their car dealership in Spring Valley.

   Ken was married to Susan Kohn in 1966. On March 14, 1967, Ken joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed on the USS Coral Sea, a Midway-class aircraft carrier. He served during the Vietnam War and earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Ken was honorably discharged on January 12, 1969 and returned to Spring Valley and worked with his parents. He then began a career selling farm equipment for some time before going into dairy farming. He operated his dairy farm for several years and then began work as a over the road truck driver which he did until his retirement. Ken enjoyed going to the casino, smoking his pipe and watching football and college basketball.

   Ken is survived by his two sons, Chad Raasch of Hayward, WI, Brady Raasch of Cumberland, WI; granddaughter, Aivree Raasch; one sister, Sharon Strom of Balsam Lake, WI; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Judy.  

   Military honors will be held at 1:45 P.M. on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, WI.

Judy Holerud Jensen, age 87

   Judy Jensen, age 87, of Spring Valley died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood. She was born July 12, 1931 at the Holerud home farm to Herman and Jennie (Formoe) Holerud. She attended the Highland Ridge grade school and Spring Valley High School, graduating in 1950.

   She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. On June 10, 1950 she married Lyman Jensen at the Holerud home farm. They raised 6 children on the Jensen home farm.

   Judy loved going to Birthday Club, gardening, preserving and canning. Later on she loved growing flowers of all kinds. All of you who ever visited her in Elmwood would always find her playing cards somewhere. She also loved bingo, arts and crafts.

   Judy will be forever remembered by her children: Richard Jensen, Susan (Ralph) Raymo, Donald (Cindy) Jensen of Spring Valley; Julie (Glen) Rasmussen of Roberts; and Karen Wilson of Hayfield, MN; her precious grandchildren: Josh (Kelly) Werner, Nick (Liz) Raymo, Abby Jensen, Brock Jensen, Cole (Kylie) Jensen, Jessica (Issac) Sperstad, and Tyler Rasmussen; great grandchildren: Rodney, Danica, Taylor, Cameryn and Evan; siblings: Lucille Gedatus and Helen Lorentson; sisters-in-law: Virginia Holerud, Rose Holerud, and Mardell Lewis; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

   Judy is preceded in death by her adored husband Lyman; her dear son Roger; daughter-in-law: Nancy Jensen; son-in-law: Chris Wilson; her parents: Herman and Jennie Holerud; siblings: Glen, Raymond, James and Merlin Holerud and Harriette Sorenson; sisters-in-law: Delores Holerud, Shirley Holerud; brothers-in-law: Dale Sorenson, Virgil Gedatus, Wayne Lorentson, and Alfred Lewis Jr.

   Funeral service is Monday, April 1, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Spring Lake Lutheran Church, rural Spring Valley. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 2-6 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and also at church on Monday for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Spring Lake Lutheran Cemetery.

Leta Moore Powell, Age 79

   Leta Powell, age 79, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minnesota.

   Leta was born June 19, 1939 to Norman and Marjorie (McCulloch) Moore in Weston Township, Dunn County, Wisconsin. She grew up and attended school at Spring Valley with the Class of '58. On September 21, 1957 Leta married Virgil Powell. Together they raised 5 sons, Jeff, Greg, Rodney “Ron”, Brian, and Dan.

   Leta worked at Duffy’s Cleaners, Mark Anderson Industries, managed the Spring Valley Cenex Store, and did house cleaning for a few of years. She loved her boys and all her grandchildren and faithfully followed them through all their school and sports activities.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Norman Jr, Calvin, and John Moore; and sister Corrine Victoria.

   Survivors include her sons: Jeff (Deanna) of Spring Valley; Greg (Kathy) of Birchwood, WI; Rodney (Sandy) of Spring Valley; Brian of Spring Valley; and Dan (Kristine) of Coon Rapids, MN; 8 grandchildren: Jason, Brooke, Masen, James, Sydney, Adam, Jacob and Calli Mae; 1 great grandson Brantley; brother Orin (Linda) Moore of Spring Valley; sister Barbara Sackman of Terry, Montana;

   Visitation will be on Monday, March 18 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. A prayer service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Knapp, Wi at a later date. Leta’s grandchildren were honorary bearers.

Ronald R. Wilkens, Age 72
    Ronald R. Wilkens, age 72 of Elmwood, died January 1, 2019 at his home in Elmwood. Ron was born on October 25, 1946 in River Falls. He was the son of Edward and Erma (Wentlandt) Wilkens. Ron grew up in the Spring Valley area and graduated from Spring Valley High School, Class of '64. After high school, Ron joined the Army National Guard and was Honorably Discharged. Ron spent most of his career working on cars and selling retail auto parts for various businesses in the Menomonie area, most recently at Auto Value.

   Ron enjoyed horses, from raising them, training them and riding them. Over the years, he has owned and cared for Clydesdales and quarter horses. He also liked hunting, fishing and trail riding on ATVs. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

   Ron is survived by his children; Troy (Kristine) and their son Brock of Menomonie, Brady (Mary) and their son Sawyer of Wisconsin Rapids, one brother; Jerry (Carla) of River Falls, one sister; Gloria (Doug) Smart of Bemidji, MN, special friend; Betty Humphrey of Baldwin, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and Roxanne Bowell.

   Per Ron’s wishes, the family held a Celebration of Life in August with Ron. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Arnold "Arnie" J. Berendsen, Age 89

Mr. Berendsen, as

Spring Valley students

remember him.

   Arnold "Arnie" J. Berendsen, age 89, of Waukegan, IL passed peacefully on February 21, 2019 in the presence of his loving family. He was born on March 31, 1929 in Green Bay, WI, to Joseph Berendsen and Emma (Brockman) Berendsen. On November 26, 1953 he married Jeanne Ann Stein, and the two were happily married for 65 years. They had 5 children together.

   Arnie's lifelong career as an educator began as the principal and superintendent at Spring Valley High School in Wisconsin. In 1963, Arnie and his family moved to Waukegan, IL, where he served first as a guidance counselor and then, guidance director at Waukegan East High School.     "Mr B.", as he was known to students for 25 years, was a fixture at high school concerts and sporting events as well as class reunions, where he thoroughly enjoyed catching up with former students.

   After retiring in 1988, Arnie worked for a travel agency. He and Jeanne enjoyed traveling the world together, making frequent trips to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and meeting new friends at every stop.

   Arnie was an avid musician and music lover. As a young adult, he played in the University of Wisconsin Marching Band and the Green Bay Packer Lumberjack Band (yes, there was such a thing). He played clarinet and saxophone in the Waukegan Municipal Band and several local big bands, and was bandleader of the Last Dance Band.

   Arnie enjoyed musky fishing, watching the Cubs, and cheering on (or cursing) his beloved Packers. He served his parish, Immaculate Conception, and sang in the choir. He was also a private pilot who, much to the horror of his wife and children, could be found barnstorming northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin in a two-seater Cessna.

    He was known for his joy of life and quick wit, often bringing down the house with laughter (or groans) elicited from the frequent puns he inflicted on family and friends alike.

   Arnie was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his five children, Ann (Craig) Gagnon, Chris (Greg) Peterson, Kurt (Robyn) Berendsen, Peggy (Steve) Scuglik, and Mark Berendsen (Kristin Hitchcock). Grandchildren: Christopher Slavik, Stephanie Slavik, Brian Gagnon, David Gagnon (Courtney), Benjamin (Eve), Peterson Amy Peterson, Emma Hegarty (Sean), Gabriel Scuglik, and Sylvie Berendsen. Great-Grandchildren - Audrey, Solanus, and one on the way.

   The family expresses our deepest gratitude to Karessa and all the caregivers who cared for and comforted him during the last years of his life. Dad, you touched so many lives with your generous spirit. Thank you for always being there whenever we needed you, for teaching us that the rests between the musical notes are as important as the notes you play, and for showing us how contagious kindness and laughter can be.

   Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Peterson & Patch Funeral Home, 408 N. Sheridan Rd. Waukegan. Funeral mass will be 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Church 508 Grand Ave., Waukegan. A private interment will be at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association. Please sign our online guestbook at

Published in the Lake County News Sun from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2019

Judy Raasch, Age 76

   Judy Raasch, age 76, of Spring Valley died Thursday, February 21, 2019 at United Hospital in St Paul. Celebration of her Life will be on Friday, March 1, from 3-6 p.m. at Wilson Lutheran Church, Wilson, Wisconsin.

   Judy was born July 21, 1942 to Dale and Doris (Schuller) Raasch at Baldwin, Wisconsin.  She attended Spring Valley School, graduating with the Class of 1960 and was a longtime member of Wilson Lutheran Church. 

   On November 23, 1963, Judy married Robert Harbek. They had 4 children: Jeff, Kris, Mike and Cindy.

   Judy worked for many years at the Spring Valley Health Care Center as a cook and CNA.  She enjoyed knitting and cooking, and western and animated movies.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Doris. Survivors include her children: Jeff (Kelly) Harbek of Florida; Kris (Kevin) Smetana of Spring Valley; Mike Harbek of Ridgeland; and Cindy (Doug) Mace of Winneconne; sister Sharon Strom of Balsam Lake; and brother Kenny Raasch of Menomonie; 14 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

   A Celebration of her Life will be held on Friday, March 1 from 3-6 p.m. at Wilson Lutheran Church, Wilson, Wisconsin.

Jeannette Reid, Age 98

Jeannette Reid, age 98, of Bayport, Minnesota, formerly of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Croixdale Assisted Living in Bayport. MN. Jeannette was born November 19, 1920 to Oscar and Laura (Nauman) Jacobson in Glenwood City, Wisconsin.  Jeannette attended Glenwood City Schools, graduating with the Class of 1938.

   On July 20, 1940, Jeannette married Warren ‘Wayne’ Reid in Cresco, Iowa.  They lived in Spring Valley Wisconsin and owned and operated Reid’s Valley Hatchery.  She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Jeannette enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, knitting, card games, and MahJongg.

   Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Wayne, sister Margaret (McCall), Edith (Campion), Dorothy (McCall), Barbara (Gabrielson), brothers Carl, John, Duane, and Bill.  She is survived by her three sons, Mike (Judy) of Shoreview, Minnesota; Bob (Dianne) of Stillwater, Minnesota; Don (Jane) of Neenah, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; sister Nancy Bjornson of Menomonie, Wisconsin and many other relatives.

   A Celebration of Life service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Wisconsin on April 26th with Rev. Bob Bipes and Rev. Annie Ladnier officiating.  Visitation will be at 11:00 a.m., service at 12:00 noon with graveside service and lunch to follow.  Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Spring Valley, Wisconsin.

Eugene ‘Gene’ Geiger, Age 92

   Eugene ‘Gene’ Geiger, age 92 of Spring Valley, died Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

   Gene was born October 26, 1926 in Spring Lake Township, Pierce County to Robert and Marthine (Bjornstad) Geiger.  He was baptized and confirmed and a lifelong member of Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley.

  Gene attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of ‘44.  On September 5, 1948 Gene married Audrey Russell at Trinity Lutheran Church in Glenwood City. They farmed in Cady Township where they raised their 5 children. They owned and operated Geiger’s Grocery Store Spring Valley from 1967 until 1988.

   Gene worked briefly on the pipeline going through his land and also worked on the Spring Valley Dam (1965-1967); worked for Madson Lumber Mill (1945-1955); and worked for Genesis Company for 16 years (1999-2016) and stated that he “doesn’t plan to retire.”  He enjoyed playing pool at the Spring Valley and Ellsworth Senior Centers.  Gene enjoyed many meals at Sneaker’s Pub and visiting with others.  He made many visits to the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center and Park View Home in Woodville.

   He played on the Gilman Mines Softball team on Sundays for many years; loved his tractor collection and participating in ‘tractor-cades’; and loved showing his collection to anyone who asked. He built 3 sheds with some assistance from others, the last shed at age 83.  While working all the other jobs, he also farmed for many years until he sold the cows in 1998.  He continued farming the land, selling hay to many, up until his death.  He played the French Horn with Mckernon’s Band and the Chippewa Valley Symphony.  His favorite music was Strauss waltzes.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Audrey; son Robert “Bob”; son-in-law Bill Hinzman; sisters-in-law: Georgia “Jo” Hagen, Margaret Johnson; brothers-in-law: George “Steen” Russell, Bryce Russell, Kenneth Matter, Charles Johnson, Arthur Jersild and Gene Hagen; granddaughter Kim Hinzman; and nephew Alan Jersild.

   He is survived by daughters: Linda (Wayne) Miklian of River Falls; Chris (Randy) Jensen of Spring Valley; Sandy Bock of St Joseph, MN; and son Gary of Spring Valley; daughters-in-law Donna Abd El Malak (Amir) of Stillwater, and Marlene Backhaus of Menomonie; grandchildren: Josephine Geiger of St Paul; Nicholas Geiger Stillwater; Jason (Ashild Falch) Miklian of Norway; Jessica (Erik) Olson of River Falls; 2nd Lt. Mark Hinzman of Qatar/UAE; Jessica (Eric) Stark of Baldwin; Mary Jensen (Matt) of Hersey; great grandchildren: Emma Abbott (fiancé Michael Braun) , Orion and Elliot Miklian Falch, Gabe and Madelyn Olson, Amanda (Ben Struve) Leach, Danielle, and Katie Leach; Mya, Drew, and Jordyn Stark; Dylan, Kaylee, and Briley Eggen; sister Bertha ‘Betty’ Jersild of Milwaukee; sisters-in-law: Barbara Matter of New Richmond; Ann Russell of Rockford, IL; and Charlene Russell of Garrison, MN; many other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Funeral service will be on Friday, February 8 at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Pallbearers are: Wayne Matter, Jeff Matter, Brad Matter, Brian Matter, Myron Stark and Eric Duhnke. Burial will be at a later date in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley. Burial will be at a later date in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery.

Roger Ralph Brandt, Age 82
    Roger Ralph Brandt died peacefully at his home in Sonoma, California, surrounded by family, on January 8, 2019. Roger was born in Glenwood City, Wisconsin, on December 17, 1936, to Lucille and Ralph Brandt. He grew up on the Brandt family farm outside of Wilson, WI, attending the neighborhood elementary school and graduating from Spring Valley High School in 1954, where he played various sports and won the Scholar-Athlete Award his senior year. He attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse, where he majored in physical education and history.
    Between his junior and senior years of college, Roger served in the United States Army, specializing in cryptography work in Germany and was later re-called during the Cuban Missile Crisis to teach cryptography at a US Army base.
    Roger began his teaching and coaching career at Bloomington (Wisconsin) High School and later taught and coached at Melrose-Mindoro High School in Melrose, Wisconsin. He left teaching when he was recruited by New York Life Insurance Company, working first in the Milwaukee office, then in Philadelphia, New York City, and finally San Francisco. After retirement from NYLIC, Roger joined ABD, an insurance company in Redwood City, CA, where he worked as a lead underwriter until his second retirement, in May of 2002.
    Roger loved travel and was interested in learning about new places, starting way back at Cady Lane School, when he kept looking at that bold black line down the western coast of the United States map in the front of the room and decided he wanted to be there, in California. He had visited almost all of the United States, including Hawaii, and had traveled to Australia, New Zealand, most Western European countries, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and the Baltic countries, as well.
    Having enjoyed singing as a boy, Roger resumed singing in his retirement and sang with community chorales in both Hollister and Sonoma, California, where he lived in his retirement.
    Throughout his life, he enjoyed playing and watching sports, and played his last round of golf in July of 2018 at Glen Hills Golf Course. Roger had been living at Grand Oaks/Glenhaven, in Glenwood City, since April of 2018; he enjoyed being back in the area where he had grown up, among siblings and their families, taking in Spring Valley Cardinal athletic events and local music and theatrical events, as well. He was a member of Wilson Lutheran Church.
    Roger is survived by his partner of 28 years, Linda Scholer; by his daughter, Tracy (Tom) Heiner, and his son, Jason Brandt; by Linda’s son, Andrew (Amy) Scholer, and Linda’s daughter, Leah (Ben) Spero; by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; by his sisters, Beverly Brooke ('52), Barbara (John) Kirk ('53), and Klover (Dennis) Schafer ('65); by his brothers, Douglas (Mary) Brandt ('62), and Rex (Janet) Brandt ('74); and by numerous other relatives and friends.
    There will be a memorial service held in the Spring with the date and time yet to be determined. It will be at the Wilson Lutheran Church, rural Wilson, WI.

Barry Schafhauser, Age 85

   Barry Schafhauser, age 85, of Menomonie died Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Neighbors of Dunn County in Menomonie.

   Barry was born July 31, 1933 to Ignatius W. and T. Eleanor (Baierl) Schafhauser in St Croix County, Springfield Township. Barry spent his childhood in the town of Wilson. He attended Wilson School, grades 1-7. He spent 8th grade with his maternal grandmother in Blenker, WI where he attended St. Kilian’s. After 8th grade graduation, Barry returned to Wilson and attended Spring Valley High School graduating in 1951.

   After graduation Barry worked at the Wilson Garage. In 1953, Barry joined the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged in 1955. At this time, Barry moved back to Wilson and began working for the railroad in Hudson, WI. With layoffs imminent and railroad shops closing, Barry moved to St Paul in 1956 and began working for Montgomery Wards in their garage. In 1957, he started working for NSP (now Xcel Energy). At this time, he took many classes at Dunwoody Institute.

   On August 17, 1957 he married Linda Timm at St Matthew’s Lutheran Church. He served as head usher and Missions Funds treasurer for several years at St Matthew’s. The Schafhausers lived in South Minneapolis after their marriage, moving to New Brighton, MN in 1965. In 1989 Barry and Linda moved from the Twin Cities to Menomonie to enjoy country living once more.

   Barry held many positions during his 35 years at Xcel Energy. He retired Superintendent of Transportation in March 1992. After his retirement Barry became a farmer, helping Linda’s brother on the family farm. He also had more time to enjoy his Green Bay Packers.

   Barry and Linda enjoyed traveling, which included 2 trips to Europe, several trips to the Caribbean, and their dream trip to Australia and New Zealand in 1996. They also took many cross country car trips until Barry’s health began to fail. Barry liked the country living in Menomonie and remained there until the time of his death. Barry’s gentle spirit, kind and calm demeanor will be remembered.

  Barry is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Delores Grunow; and niece, Mary Hull. He is survived by his wife, Linda; nephews; Jerry (Sue) Grunow, Randy (Cathy) Grunow; nieces; Pat (Dale) Simonson, Theresa Grunow; brother in law, Alan Timm.

   Funeral service will be January 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with visitation from 9-11 a.m. at church prior to the service. Burial will be in St Michael’s Cemetery, Spring Valley. Memorials are preferred to St Michael’s Cemetery.