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Spring Valley News...2021



Ada Brooke Hughes, Age 94

   Ada Hughes, age 94, of Spring Valley, died Monday, January 25, at the Baldwin Care Center.
    Ada was born February 18, 1926, at home in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. She was the 6th of 11 children to Arthur and Marie Brooke. Ada passed away on January 25, 2021, at the Baldwin Care Center where she had been a resident for the past three years.
   Ada was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and organist there from 1949 to 1955.
    Ada graduated from Spring Valley High School with the Class of 1944 as Salutatorian of her class. Ada had many interests in high school: singing, math and journalism. Ada was a member of the first journalism club of the Spring Valley High School called the “Pencil-Pushers”, and one of her writings was a murder mystery. Ada’s main goal was to become a secretary/bookkeeper, which she accomplished with employment at the Spring Valley Elevator, Village Clerk and Mid-America Dairymen in Baldwin. Ada also owned and operated the Pandora Dress Shop located on Main Street in Spring Valley.
    On July 6, 1954, Ada married John (Tom) Hughes at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Spring Valley and raised 3 children here: Ann, Brad and Craig. Tom and Ada spent their retirement years traveling, dancing, fishing, and spending time at the family cabin on Balsam Lake with kids and grandkids. Her favorite pastime was playing cards, especially with the grandkids and great grandkids. All the kids learned to play cards with Grandma Ada.
    Ada is survived by one daughter Ann Beyer; grandchildren Tonya (Craig) Maier, Twain (Tanya) Beyer; great-grandchildren Zach, Madison and Charlie Maier; Pride and Kalena Beyer, all from Spring Valley; one sister Gloria Duffy of River Falls; two sisters-in-law Margie Brooke of Cottage Grove, MN, and Dianne Brooke of St Paul, MN, and many nieces and nephews.
    Ada is preceded in death by her parents Art and Marie Brooke; husband John (Tom); Mother-in-law Ethel Hughes; 2 sons Brad and Craig; son-in-law Tom Beyer; 2 sisters and 7 brothers.
    Funeral service for Ada will Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. at church prior to the service. Burial will be in St John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley. Pallbearers are: Twain Beyer, Craig Maier, Zach Maier, Charlie Maier, Tanya Beyer and Pride Beyer. Burial will be at the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Roger Huebel, Age 71

   Roger Huebel , 71, of Cambridge, Wisconsin passed away peacefully Monday, Jan 18, 2021 with family by his side.
    Roger was born on June 26, 1949 in Red Wing, Minnesota, to Leo and Frances (Donnelly) Huebel. Roger grew up on the family farm in El Paso Township near Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Following graduating from Spring Valley high school in 1967 he then joined the Operating Engineers Local 139 from which he retired. He was immensely proud of all the work he was involved in over his long career. He would never miss an opportunity to talk about the many projects he worked on throughout southern Wisconsin. He could seemingly remember every detail of every job and would tell the story with his laid-back confident swagger that everyone knew and loved him for.
    Roger loved his family and very much enjoyed spending as much time as he could with them. He was always popular at family gatherings; everyone enjoyed spending time with him. With Roger you could bet that he would tell you exactly how he felt with all honesty. If there was any type of debate, he would always let his opinion be known. Whether he agreed with you or not he would use his witty sense of humor and gladly discuss your differences over a drink.
    Roger enjoyed watching NASCAR. There would very rarely be a Sunday during the season where he would miss a race. He also was a lifelong Vikings fan which always led to some friendly banter between his Packer friends and family. Over the years he was a regular at all of his grandchildren’s sporting events, concerts, or whatever activities they were involved in. You could hear in his voice how proud he was when he would speak of them.
    Roger will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Huebel; Daughter, Nicole (Will) Stelter, lake Mills; Step son, Jerome Cusick, Edgerton; Step daughters Charlotte Morrell, Edgerton and Nikki (Larry) Fredrick, Cambridge; Eight brothers and sisters, Gary (Vee) Huebel, Castle Rock, CO; Diane (Rich) O’Connell, Spring Valley; Robert (Gwen) Huebel, Elmwood; Steve (Vicki) Huebel, Ellsworth; Dan (Neth) Huebel, Mount Vernon, Ill; Julie (Dave) Ducklow, Spring Valley; Pat (Angie) Huebel, Columbus, IN; Mary (Mark) Hartman, Eau Claire; Eight grandchildren, Ava, William, and Maxwell Stelter, Elyse and Ian Cusick, Cody Morrell, Tanner Cusick, and Kylie Fredrick; Special aunts, Marlys Flynn, Hager City, and Olga Donnelly, Zapata, TX and many nieces and nephews.
    A visitation will be held at Nitardy Funeral Home in Cambridge on Thursday, January 28 from 4-7 pm. A private burial will be held on Friday, January 29. Online condolences may be given to the family at

Diane DeLong, Age 74

   Diane DeLong, age 74, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at United Hospital in St Paul, Minnesota
    Diane was born April 10, 1946 to Charles and Lylak ‘Lucky’ (Sandvig) DeLong in Plum City, Wisconsin. She attended Elmwood Schools and graduated with the Class of 1965.
    After school Diane moved to the Twin Cites for work. She later return to her community and worked as a CNA for the Spring Valley and Elmwood Nursing Home. Diane enjoyed living on the farm with mother and loved gardening and caring for the animals.
    Diane was a longtime member of the Congregational (Emmaus) Church in Spring and served as it’s custodian for many years. She has lived at the Valley Villas in Spring Valley since 2017.  Diane enjoyed being outdoors.
    She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Ken Larson.
Survivors include one sister Sharon Larson of Elmwood; 4 nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
    A service for Diane will be held at a later date.

Thomas Merton Lamb, Age 77

   Thomas “Tom” Merton Lamb, 77, of Somonauk, Illinois passed away Friday, January 15, 2021 at his home. He was born July 19, 1943 in Spring Valley, WI the son of Merton and Vera “Louise” (Beck) Lamb. Tom graduated from SVHS in 1961. He married Kathleen Ovren on August 15, 1964 in Elk Mound, WI, he then later married Sharon G. Kellogg on February 18, 1977 in Yorkville, IL. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He worked for Dairyland Insurance for the majority of his career, retiring in 1998 as President of Dairyland Insurance in Stevens Point, WI. Tom was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan. He was an avid woodworker and built many pieces of furniture for family and friends. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
    He is survived by his children; Jim (Beth) Garbelman of Wedron, IL, Tom (Michele) Lamb of Leland, IL, Jeff (Mary) Garbelman of Yorkville, IL, Scott (Erica) Lamb of Oswego, IL, Gina (Jeff) Conner of Yorkville, IL, and Jon Lamb of Columbia, MO; thirteen grandchildren, Jeremy, Katy, Brynn, Emily (Justin), Wyatt, Ben, Olivia, Claire, Ryan, Owen, Tyler, Chance, and Nora; one great grandchild, Gracelynn; three brothers, Charles (Barbara) Lamb of Spring Valley, WI, Douglas (Sherry) Lamb of Hudson, WI, and William Lamb of Menomonie, WI; and several nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; his two wives Kathleen and Sharon; one sister Judy in infancy.
    Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021 at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk, IL. Private Burial will be held at a later date with his cremains to be shared with his two wives in IL and WI. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021 until the service at 7:00 p.m. Due to Covid-19 restrictions please wear a mask and practice social distancing. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to

Note: Click here to read High School friend, Dean Blegen's tribute to Tom.

Kenneth Charles Safe, Age 81

An appreciation: written by Ken's brother, Carl, on 1/10/2011, Ken's birthday.

Ken was born on January 10, 1939 and passed away on December 22, 2020.


Kenneth Charles Safe


You would have known him as “Ken”.
He was born in Red Wing, MN in 1939.
His birth mother, Minnie, died when he was 1 year old.
He and his sister, LaVonne, quickly acquired the mother who raised them, Louella, when their father, Burt, married her in 1941.
“Lou” brought two children to the marriage.

Burt and Lou produced me, also in Red Wing, in 1942, so we were 5, Lyle, Carolyn, LaVonne, Ken and me.

Our “blended” family moved to Spring Valley in the fall of 1944 arriving at the start of a new school year.

Ken was 5, ready to take on kindergarten.
He was a proud product of the Spring Valley public school system, graduating in 1957.
It was the time of “Syver” Miss Kramer, Mr. Leach, Mr. Aamodt, Mr. Hanson, other long-termers and a few “newbies”.
He never lost his affection for the Valley and SVHS, regularly attending the fall all-school reunions in an effort to stay in touch.
Ken had a lot of friends and he valued those friendships, which in turn, made him a good friend to have.

On every phone conversation we had through the years, he never forgot to ask if I had any news about “the Valley”.

Not unlike many of his peers, Ken’s primary interest in school was social.
The quotation by his name in the ’57 MIRROR was, “For not to live at ease, is not to live.”
Following graduation, he didn’t immediately pursue more education, but like many of us, put in his “Sweeney time” and other jobs around the Valley, hauling milk and working at Cady cheese.
He also put in his time in the pubs up and down highway 12, The Grey Goose, Shady Grove, The Blue Diamond, the Fairground Ballroom in Ellsworth and others.
He was neat to a fault, meticulous in his physical appearance and cut a memorable figure in his white ’57 Cadillac convertible.
Those high sharp fins would be considered lethal weapons today.
In the pre-wash-and-wear era of high school, mom ironed everything for him, even his Levi’s.
From the ’57 MIRROR’s, “Senior Will” section, those Levi’s were bequeathed to
Bill Klanderman.

Ken didn’t lack for companionship.
It didn’t hurt that he was movie star handsome and got even better looking as years passed
After a few years of general employment in the Valley area he moved to Milwaukee where a friend, Vic Langer, encouraged him to enroll in a technical school.
He studied high-speed photography.
Most important, he met the love of his life, Nancy, in Milwaukee.
They married in 1969.
It was a perfect match.
She was as patient as Ken was not.

After completing his studies they moved to Detroit where he worked for General Motors photographing cars crashing into concrete walls that were used to improve vehicle safety.
In 1975 GM transferred them to a different facility in Denver where he was able to indulge his love of mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and other outdoor activities.
Work there involved testing auto pollutants at high altitudes.

His curiosity fueled his love of traveling.
We often traveled together, visiting France, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Mexico, Peru and Bolivia.
Watching him pack was a study in space-planning and order.
Martha Stewart could not have done it with more discipline.
On his own, for reasons I never understood, he loved cold weather and regularly spent time in Iceland and Montreal in the winter!

Ken and Nancy did not have children but were enthusiastic supporters of animal causes.
The adopted abused dogs (cocker spaniels) usually in pairs.
Lucky dogs!
Ken was tender hearted and could not abide animal abuse.
He padded the corners of their furniture to provide a safe environment when one of the cockers went blind at an advanced age.

I’m not revealing any secrets when I say, Ken liked beer.
He might have taken a sip of something else if it was offered, but he liked beer, often starting the day with it, what he called his “breakfast brewski” around 5:00 a.m.
There were times that meant shoveling a path through fresh snow to the hot tub in his slippers and robe with a “brewski” in the pocket.
That is an image you can ponder.

On a more personal level, Ken was a wonderful human being who loved his family and friends.
He was my protector, older, bigger and tougher, he always had my back.
If I was in a tight spot, Ken was there without asking questions.
Kind, caring, thoughtful, generous and dependable, all fit like a glove.

A wonderful man, A wonderful husband, A wonderful brother.

Ken died December 22nd, 2020 of complications from COVID-19.

Carl Safe -
If you have any interesting anecdotes about Ken, I would be very happy to hear them and pass them on to Nancy.

Karen Samuel Wisemiller, Age 77

    Karen Wisemiller, age 77, of Menomonie, Wisconsin died Sunday, January 3, 2021 at The Neighbors of Dunn County in Menomonie.
    Karen was born December 4, 1943 to Arthur and Esther (Glampe) Samuel at Baldwin, Wisconsin. She grew up in Hatchville and attended Spring Valley High School graduating in 1961. She was a homecare worker, enjoyed playing cards, dancing, and was organist at St John’s Lutheran Church, Hatchville for many years.
    She was preceded in death by husbands Dale Kuesel and Kenneth Wisemiller; daughter Cindy Kuesel; and sister Millie Johnson.
    She is survived by 2 sons: Brian (Michele) Kuesel and Jason (Emily) Wisemiller; 5 grandchildren: Nolan, Kelsey, and Garrett Kuesel; Elizabeth and Malory Wisemiller; brothers Ray and Wayne Samuel; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
    At Karen’s request, her body will be donated to the Mayo Clinic Bequest Program in Rochester, Minnesota. No services are being planned at this time.