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Spring Valley News...2020



Arlo D. Johnson, Age 85

   Arlo D. Johnson, age 85, of Hudson, formerly of Hammond passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at his home in The Villages, Florida.
    Arlo was born on May 23,1934, in Sioux Rapids, Iowa, to parents Floyd and Gladys (Doyle) Johnson. Arlo was the second child of four children. He spent his childhood on the farm in Peterson, Iowa, and during his Junior year in high school moved to Spring Valley, Wisconsin, where he graduated High School in 1951.

   Arlo was just a teenager when he met the love of his life, Darlene Alton. They were married in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa on April 21st, 1952. Together they had 5 children; Julie, Bruce, Pamela, Randall ,and Shari. They raised their young family in Bayport, MN, St. Croix Beach, MN, Hudson WI, and finally settled in Hammond WI where all five children graduated from High School. During their time in Hammond WI they owned 4 homes including a farm that he later sub-divided into the “Heartland Estates”. They also owned and operated a drug store called the Johnson Sundry. Arlo served on the Village board for 10 years and later served as the Mayor of Hammond in 1990 and was the Grand Marshal of the Hammond Heartland Days parade in 2003. Arlo accomplished all of this while working in the factory at Andersen Windows and attending Dunwoody Technical Collage to become the Electrical Supervisor. He later retired from Andersen Windows after 37 years.
    Arlo had a love and knack for buying and selling real estate. During their 67 years of marriage they moved 16 times, in addition to buying and selling of 4 cabins, 4 vacation homes in Arizona, 4 vacation homes in Florida, 2 house boats and 6 rental properties. Let’s just say Darlene became a “master packer”. Arlo always had to be on the go, loved the Green Bay Packers, loved to travel, visiting the nearest casino and most of all spending time with family and friends.
    Arlo will remain in the hearts of his wife Darlene of 67 years; his children Julie (deceased) (Jerry) Hopkins, Bruce (Cris) Johnson, Pamela (Barry) Grant, Randy (Nanci) Johnson and Shari Schultz; grandchildren Keri (Tim) Thurmes, Bryan (Alissa) Deneen, Brianna (Mattias) Persson, Jessica (Landen) Geraghty, Kelsey (Danny) Bruesewitz, Amy Johnston, Mike Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Cody (Taylor) Johnson, Cassi Boumeester, John Schultz, Jeff (Rachel) Schultz, and Gina Schultz. Along with 20 great grandchildren and 3 great- great grandchildren. Siblings; Jocile Peterson and Eldon (Sharon) Johnson, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Arlo is preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Gladys Johnson, daughter Julie Hopkins, grandson Jeffrey Hopkins, sister Jeannine Hansen, brother- in- laws Gerald Bibler and Sheldon Peterson, In-laws Forrest and Carol Alton, and his sister-in-law Jean Johnson.
    Memorial service for Arlo will be 3pm, Sunday, January 26th at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of HUDSON. Visitation will be two hours prior, from 1pm to 3pm at O’Connell’s. Interment will be at a later date in the Hammond Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the discretion of the family. To honor Arlo’s love of the Green Bay Packers, you are encouraged to wear your green and gold!!

Edith Swenson Hojem, Age 85
    Edith LaVonne (Swenson) Hojem,  age 85, of Baldwin, formerly of Spring Valley for over 50 years, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, the 15th of January at the Baldwin Care Center.   Edith was born in River Falls, WI on June 20, 1934 to parents Walter & Nettie Swenson. She married Minnard LeRoy Hojem on September 19, 1952 in Decorah, Iowa.
    Edith was the cherished spouse of Minnard LeRoy Hojem for 67 years. She loved doing things with her family. Edith sewed, cooked & traveled to every state except Hawaii. She visited Europe twice, & Alaska eight times. Edith also loved to play cards, spoil the grandchildren, & watch birds. Edith’s favorite saying to her loved ones was always, “Love you more.” She will always be remembered for her loving spirit, sweet humor & big smile.
    Edith is survived by her husband, Minnard; six children, Suzie (Pete) Reishus, Greg (Jenny), Eldon (Patty), Randy (Kathee), Judi (Tim) Blegen and Tammy (Mark) Heller; sister, Norma (Lloyd) Nelson; 21 grandchildren; & 26 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, & six siblings.
    A Memorial Service for Edith will take place at 2:00 P.M, Friday, January 31st, 2020 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, 1010 Newton Street. A Visitation will precede the service at the funeral home from 1:00-2:00 P.M. Arrangements are entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, 715-684-3434.

Margie Marie Dahms Miller, Age 77
    Heaven welcomed a beautiful soul, Margie Marie (Dahms) Miller, as she passed away surrounded by her loving family on January 7, 2020. During the past 2 years, she resided at St. Gabriel’s Community in Bismarck, North Dakota, where she made many new friends. Margie Miller, 77, Bismarck formerly of Steele, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at St Gabriel’s Community, Bismarck. A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, at St. Gabriel’s Community, 4580 Coleman St, Bismarck.
    Margie was born in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, on August 13, 1942, in her Grandma and Grandpa Brooke’s home where she spent many happy times. It was here where she first learned to cook and learned nature skills from her grandpa. As a girl scout, she learned a deep appreciation for the outdoors. Margie loved to swim and worked every summer as a lifeguard at the local pool. Margie also enjoyed many other sports, including archery, biking, shooting targets, and skating. She had many friends and was involved in numerous church and school activities. She graduated from Spring Valley High School, class of 1960. She attended the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, until she married her high school sweetheart, Kent Miller, on April 7, 1962. Margie and Kent made their home on a farm near Spring Valley, Wisconsin, where they raised their three daughters, Melanie Jo, Mona Rhee, and Molly Lyn.
    In 1977, Margie went back to school to become a dental assistant. She loved her job and all the patients for whom she cared. She worked for the same dentist (Dr. David Nelson) for 25 years. Upon retirement, Kent and Margie moved to Steele, North Dakota, to be active in and share in the lives of their grandchildren.
    Margie found great joy in making others feel loved and special. She loved her grandchildren (Baby, JJ, TC, and Cubby) dearly and was so proud of them. Her other loves included: cooking fantastical meals, reading and collecting recipes, gardening, finding treasures at Saturday auctions and thrift sales. She also enjoyed spending time outside with her family, going traveling, camping, and fishing.
    Margie loved animals, and they loved her. Her daughters always knew they never had to question whether or not they could bring in strays, because they always had a home with the Millers.
    Margie had a tremendous love for the outdoors and nature. She loved berry and apple picking, and mushroom and rock hunting. In her later years, Margie found a renewed love for crafting and would often be burning the midnight oil finishing her projects. Her charm (and GLITTER) will forever be remembered at St. Gabriel’s.
    Margie’s favorite song, “You Are My Sunshine,” described her well. She had such a huge heart for others. Her care and concern were so genuine that everyone who knew her, loved her.
    Margie is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Kent; daughters Melanie (Matt) Lebens, North St. Paul, MN, Mona (Stuart) Thompson, Steele, ND, Molly (Tim) Leer, Bismarck, ND; grandchildren Catelin Nolan, James Thompson, Thomas Thompson, Jacob Nolan; son-in-law Leigh Nolan; sisters Bonnie Wheeler, Debbie (John) Larson, Wendy Schussler; brother Peter Dahms; brothers-in-law Brian (Elaine) Miller, Boyd (Stephanie) Miller; and several nieces and nephews.
    Margie was preceded in death by parents Elmer and Eunice Dahms; mother- and father-in-law Orion and Gen Miller; sister Sherrie Cosgrove; brother Donavon Dahms; sister-in-law Connie Dahms; niece Mindy Dahms; and nephew Joey Wheeler.

Stephen Croes, Age 77
 Stephen James Croes passed away on Jan. 4, 2020 at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho. He was also known by nicknames Sam and Papa Smurf.
    Born on April 25, 1942 to Joseph and Emily Croes of Spring Valley, WI Steve grew up and graduated from High School in Spring Valley in 1960, and went on to work road construction, farming and cattle until he found his passion in beadwork and leather tooling.  He traveled the country doing his crafts at Rendezvous markets and made countless friends on his travels. He enjoyed visiting friends, playing dice, tractors and working with cattle and horses. 
  Steve was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Judith Seiffert and Frances Schaffner.
    He is survived by one sister: Mary Kay (Jim) Schaffner of Spring Valley, one brother: Donald (Arlene) Croes of River Falls, two daughters Tania Piper of Fall Creek, WI and Tammy Miller-Janke of Fort Atkinson, WI and 11 grandchildren.  No services will be held.

Margaret Wesson, Age 95
    Margaret Irene Johnson Wesson, age 95, of Baldwin was born on July 22, 1924, and died January 4, 2020 at the United Hospital in St. Paul. 
    Margaret was a 1943 graduate of Spring Valley High School and started at the School of Hairdressing in the fall of 1943. She graduated and worked at one of the elite salons in St. Paul until opening and running her own salon until 1956. During this time, Margaret traveled extensively to New York, Cuba, Chicago, and adventured with the St. Paul hiking club.  
    In 1955, she married the “love of her life”, Jacques Wright Wesson II. She left her career to become a mother and homemaker. They lived in Minneapolis and brought four amazing children into the world.  Larry, Linda, Patti, and Barb were their pride and joy. In 1966, the family moved to what would become “the Wesson family farm” on Highway 63. Jacques died in 1968 and Margaret returned to work, first at the Bobber Café/Pine Cone/Brownwood and then to the Baldwin Care Center as a seamstress.  She received her final pin for “30 years of service” from the care center at the age of 85. 
    Her sewing was more than a career; it was her passion.  From sewing folk dance costumes, to clothes for her children, to custom patterned quilts, to her, now famous, bowl holders --- Margaret could sew.
    On the occasion of her 90th birthday, Margaret became famous when the video of her Skydiving adventure went viral on YouTube. At the time of her passing, she had close to 4 million views from 50 countries, with thousands of viewers who were inspired by this amazing woman.
    Margaret was devoted to the Martell Methodist church from the age of 7 years old. She was active in choir, fund raising, the ladies’ aide, and was often called to serve others in their time of need. The Wesson’s always attended services in the 3rd pew, on the right.  
    Margaret was also devoted to garage sales. She and her best friends would sometimes stop at over 50 in a day. She was a supreme maker of baked goods, as many as 17 different goodies on a table. Lefse was one of her best, but the Krumkake, and the sticky buns…..
    She will be deeply missed by her children; Larry and wife Julie, of Woodville, WI; Linda and husband John, of Baldwin, WI; Patti and husband Jeff, of Cottage Grove, MN; Barb and husband Paul, of Milwaukee, WI; and step-son, Dex and wife Pissamai, of Thailand; grandchildren; Amanda (Nelson), Matt, Greg, Sarah, Tim, Victoria (Alan), Jennifer, Marisa, Gabriel (Marketa), Jonathon (Jennifer); great grandchildren, Anabelle, Christopher, Chase, Aspen, Eli, Ezra, Charlotte, Avery, Logan, and many other relatives and friends.  
    She is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar Johnson and Helma (Olson) Johnson; two sisters, Helen Forseth and Dorothy Cummings; one brother, Earl Johnson; one step-son, Jacques Wesson; her granddaughter, Sheri Jahner; and her husband of 13 years, Jacques Wright Wesson II. And, at her age, by many other relatives and friends.
    The memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church/United Church of Christ in River Falls, WI on January 11, 2020. Visitation with the family is from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. with a formal service at 12 p.m. Please stay for a luncheon following the service. 
    Funeral service is on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at noon at the First Congregational Church in River Falls. Visitation will be on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10 a.m. until noon at the church prior to the service.
    In lieu of flowers, you may contribute in Margaret’s memory to CORE El Centro, 130 W. Bruce St, Suite 300, Milwaukee, WI 53204. CORE is a natural healing center and Margaret was a supporter of their mission to offer acupuncture, massage, and her daughter, Barb’s, dance fitness classes to people on a sliding scale fee that everyone can afford. Margaret had benefited from these types of services and enjoyed supporting her daughter’s passion. She attended several fund raisers; you can see her at the 2012 Groov-a-thon in this link: