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Spring Valley News...2022



Rose Carr Hovde, Age 97

   Rose Hovde, age 97, of Spring Valley, died Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
    Rosie, as she was known to most people, went to school at Locust Grove and then to Spring Valley High School graduating with the class of 1943.
    In 1947 Rosie was united in Holy Matrimony to the love of her life, Glenn E Hovde at the St Joseph’s Catholic Church in El Paso, Wisconsin by Father George Hardy. This union was blessed with 10 children. She helped Glenn on the farm for many years. After selling the farm, they build a home on one corner of the farm where they lived until Glenn died in 1976. Rosie remained at the house and with Gods help took care of her family. She sold the house later and moved to Spring Valley.
    Over the years Rosie wore many hats She was active in her church on many committees, choir, quilting, pastoral council, Social justice, plus a eucharistic minister for the nursing homes for over 30 years. She had been a Welcome Wagon Hostess 20 years, active in many organizations such as the Locust Grove Community Club, American Legion Auxillary, Flower Hat Ladies, 4-H Extention Office, Office of Aging, and did a lot of volunteering.
    Rosie loved to bake and cook. She made many loaves of bread, and her specialty was doughnuts. She also enjoyed embroidery, reading, and word puzzles. She dearly loved her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed having a cup of coffee with family and friends when they dropped in for a visit. She loved dancing and her Irish Ancestry.
    Proceeding her in death were her parents, husband Glenn, son Glenn Jr, daughter Mary Ellen Platson, infant daughter; Sisters: Sister M. Murial Carr, Frances Merth and LaMoine Hanson, Brother-in-laws Frank Merth, and Lorne Hanson.
    Left to mourn: Rosalie (Raymond) Timm, David Platson, Charles (Cheryl) Hovde, Gerald (Marilyn) Hovde, Robert (Kay) Hovde, Elizabeth (Todd) Dull, David (Rita) Hovde, Kevin (Lisa) Hovde) 23 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.
    Bless be the memory of the Irish Lady.
    Visitation will be on Friday, July 22, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. Rosary service will be at 7 p.m. following visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Spring Valley.

Douglas D. Lansing, Age 79

   Douglas D. Lansing, age 79, of Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, died peacefully at his home, July 10, positioned on his couch with one foot on his coffee table, looking out at the view of Lake Pepin that he loved and in the home that he loved and helped build with his fiancee Dixie. Their life together was filled with happiness, travel and many fun gatherings with friends and family.
    Douglas was born, also at home, in Pierce County, El Paso Township, in February, 1943. He completed 8 years of elementary education in the one-room Waverly school, and four years of high school at Spring Valley, graduating in 1961. He then completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. In 1966 Doug was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two years in the Medical Company at Kenner Army Hospital in Fort Lee, Virginia. His time in the Medical Company launched a pharmaceutical sales career that lasted for 20 years. That work began in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he met and married Julie Bower. They moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1968 where they lived until they divorced in1987. That year Doug moved back to Pierce County where he purchased the Waterfront Cafe in Maiden Rock. He operated the Waterfront for more than a decade, specializing in great breakfasts and custom burgers. He was committed to the community and active in its civic life. He served for many years on the Maiden Rock Village Board and as Village President. He was interested in the history of the surrounding area and had an avid interest in antiques, particularly early and rare versions of National Cash Registers. This interest fostered his small business, "Anytyme Antiques.”
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Orvie and Annabelle [Roatch] Lansing, fiancee Dixie [Schneider] Brown, brothers-in-law Robert Sanford and Wesley Bol. He is survived by six siblings, Mary Ann Bol, Baldwin; Reta Sanford, River Falls; Peggy [Fred] Koehler, Rock Elm; Bert [Sharon] Lansing, Spring Valley; Harriet Lansing [Allan Klein], River Falls; Jane Lansing [JoAnn Haberman], River Falls; former wife Julie Bower, Vancouver, Canada; fiancee’s daughter, Dawn Boroff, Siren; many beloved nieces and nephews, cousins, and valued friends and neighbors. According to Doug’s express wishes, a brief graveside service will be held at the Poplar Hill Cemetery in Rock Elm on Friday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m. Bert Lansing will officiate, along with the Maiden Rock Post #158 Honor Guard. Doug faithfully participated in Honor Guard Activities, serving as a chaplain and loyal member of his Post. Anyone wishing to send a memorial should direct it there or to a charity of the donor’s choice in Doug’s name. Following the service, friends and family will gather at The Six String Saloon in Maiden Rock.
    We had not expected to have Douglas leave us this soon, but our entire family is deeply grateful for his life, his resolute self-reliance, his reflective independent thinking, his creative sense of humor and quick wit, his great cooking skills, and his deep and unwavering commitment to his family and to his country.

Norma Jean Larson, Age 89
    Norma Jean Michaelson Larson, age 89, of Oakdale, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2022. Norma was a loving wife and mother. She loved bowling, telling Ole and Lena jokes, and Casinos. Norma was a life member of the North St. Paul VFW Aux. #1350.
    Preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Esther Michaelson and 4 siblings. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Russell (Class of '50); 2 sons, Jeff (Debbie) and Jerry (Barb); grandchildren, Jon (Kelly), Bobby and Lisa Karpowicz; great – grandchildren, Joey Schwantes and Jayden Larson; brother, Denny (Nancy) Michaelson and many nieces, nephews and friends.
    Funeral service 11:00 AM Wednesday July 20 at Sandberg Funeral Home, 2593 E. Seventh Ave., North Saint Paul. Visitation Tuesday 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Funeral Home and 1 hour before the service Wednesday. Burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.

Sylvia Sandvig, Age 84
    Sylvia Sandvig, age 84, of Woodville, Wisconsin, passed peacefully Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at Park View Home in Woodville.
    Visitation will be on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 12:30-2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Woodville, in the fellowship hall.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran with a luncheon and time of fellowship following the service until 4 p.m.

Kathleen Dahlman, age 95
    Kathleen Dahlman, age 95, of Hudson, Wisconsin died peacefully on Monday, July 11, 2022 at The Estates At Greeley in Stillwater, Minnesota.
   Kathleen was born May 13, 1927, the seventh of nine children born to Jim and Emma (Moll) Harshman in Spring Valley, Wisconsin.  She attended Spring Valley Schools in the mid 40's.
    On December 7, 1944, Kathleen married Robert Dahlman at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.  They were blessed with 3 children: Erlene, Karen, and Robert.
    They lived at Middleton, Wisconsin for a short time, and lived in California for a couple years before moving back to Spring Valley.  They moved to Hudson in 1965.
    Kathleen was a bar tender in Spring Valley for several years.  She worked as a housekeeper at the Hudson House and Vittorio’s Motel in St. Paul.  She had also worked for about 20 years for Model Cleaners in St. Paul before retiring.
She was a big Packer fan, enjoyed several hot air balloon rides, and spending time with her family.
    Preceding her in death were her parents; daughter Karen Hudson; brothers: Virgil, Clinton, Vernon, Willis, Robert, and Ronald and their spouses; sisters: Lorraine (Gerhardt) Odahlen and Carol Johnson; grandson Jeremy Barriault; great grandson Austin Robert Hudson; and former husband Robert Dahlman.
    She is survived by daughter Erlene Barriault and husband Gerald of Hudson; son Robert Dahlman and wife Dawn of New Richmond; 11 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; brother-in-law Duane Johnson; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 4-6 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley with prayer service at 6:00 p.m.

Theodore ‘Ted’ or ‘Red’ Wellington Davis, Age 94

   Theodore Davis passed away peacefully on the morning of June 11, 2022 at the age of 92. Ted was being visited and comforted by family and friends at the Hammond Health Services care center in Hammond, Wisconsin, where he resided in an assisted living apartment for several years.
    Ted was born in Glenwood City in St. Croix County, Wisconsin on October 19, 1927. He was the second child and only son of Almeda (Wenum) Davis and Ralph Davis. As a skinny freckled auburn-haired boy growing up on Eau Galle Road in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, ‘Red’ attended St. John’s Lutheran Church with his parents and sister, although the pastor teased Red that he was a bit lax in attendance. Ted told many stories about his Spring Valley life, his school days, winter speed skating, swimming and diving in the Eau Galle River in summer, playing snare drums in the school’s marching band, his first job at age 12 nailing egg crates — and of course, the harrowing flood of 1942 when he was 15.
    In early 1945 at age 17, Ted joined the U.S. Navy and took part in the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign, serving his country as a seaman in the 23rd Naval Construction Battalion on the island of Guam. After the war, he finished high school and met his future wife at a dance in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Mavis Thompson, “the girl with the big brown eyes.” They married and traveled west, living and working in Oregon, Washington and Montana, then settled back in Pierce County, Wisconsin, with their 5 children. Ted worked for the M.A. Mortenson construction company as a carpenter, built a house for his family in Trimbelle Township, and retired at age 62.
    Ted loved nature, especially the majestic purple mountains of the American West. He took his young family often to Yellowstone Park, later the Black Hills, and raised his children in the country near hills, woods and streams. He loved horses, hunting trips, tours of Europe, drives along the Mississippi River, gardening, woodcrafts, and his riding lawn mower. He enjoyed funny TV shows, live theater, music of all kinds, and history. His favorite book was “Team of Rivals,” favorite movie “Lonesome Dove” and favorite music the soundtrack from “Amadeus” and his favorite football team was the Green Bay Packers. He passed on to his family his love for nature, his curiosity, his restlessness, and his humor. We’ll never forget his expressive curses, his struggles and resilience, his distinctive laugh over the funny stories he told, and his work and sacrifice for family.
    Ted was preceded in death by parents Ralph and ‘Mede’ Davis, wife Mavis, and sister Glydden Moskewitz.
    Ted is survived by his children Judy Davis, Leslie Jo Davis (Jim DeYoung), Jill Davis (Nick Reeder), Susan Davis and Theodore Scott Davis; grandchildren Brandon and Zachary Greenland and their families, Victoria Griffin and her children Dezeray, Izayah and Kaylib; Maddison Davis and son Khai; and niece Terre Moskewitz and family.
    Special thanks to the providers at the Hammond Senior Living for such compassionate and attentive care, all the loving people at Adoray Home Health & Hospice, and the graciousness of the folks at O’Connell Family Funeral & Cremation Services. Most of all, thanks to his cousin and godchild Jackie Davis Langer for her great help and friendship to Ted in his final years, and to cousin Andrea Burns, Geriatric NP, for her medical care and calm presence all the way to the end.
    A memorial service celebrating Ted’s life will be 11AM, Saturday July 23rd at St. John’s Lutheran Church, S520 Church Avenue in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at St. John’s. Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Memorial and cremation services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Homes.

Dorothy Hovde Cudd, Age 89

   Dorothy I. Cudd, age 89, of Hudson, WI, passed away on July 6, 2022 at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond.
    Dorothy was born on November 12, 1932 in Spring Valley, WI to Harris and Inga (Kjelmo) Hovde. Love at first site, at a high school dance, she met her soul mate, Thomas H. Cudd, and the two would be married on March 15, 1952 in River Falls. She graduated from Spring Valley High School, in the class of 1950. She went on to further her education at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, CA. Together, Dorothy and Tom owned and operated the Dairy Queen in Baldwin from 1955-57, a reupholstering business in North Hudson and later opening the Country Squire Furniture Store in downtown Hudson from 1966-86. After that, they continued to sell window coverings and did reupholstering until 1988.
    Dorothy and Tom were avid travelers, and cherished their many winters in Arizona. After retirement, most mornings, Dorothy could be found doing crossword puzzles, or out and about on the golf course with Tom. She was a wonderful baker, and spoiled her kids and grandkids with her delicious sweets. Above everything, faith and family were important pillars to Dorothy’s life.  She was a loving wife, supportive mother, doting grandmother, and caring sister, aunt, and friend.
    She is survived by her children, Patti Cudd (Nelson Zamora) and Phillip Cudd; grandchildren: Sabrina Cudd, Tere Cudd-Zamora, and Wade Cudd; along with many nieces and nephews.
    She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; parents; and siblings: Russell, Norma, Bobby, Bernice, Glen, Harlan, Helen and Jim.

   Visitation for Dorothy will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church – West Campus, 1205 6th St., Hudson. Funeral Service to follow at 3:00 p.m. at the church. The service will be livestreamed on Trinity’s YouTube page HERE. Interment at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson.

William Joseph Pence, Age 88

   William Joseph Pence (Bill or Doc to his friends) died on June 8, 2022, having enjoyed a wide-ranging chat with family members in his hospital room the evening before, where he expounded in his unique vernacular on the current state of the world, religion, and the magic of fly-fishing, among many other subjects with his last martini in hand. It brought him bittersweet joy in his final week of life to get the daily report about trout fishing on the Wolf River from his son Dick. How he missed fishing the river.
    Bill was born to Homer Orville Pence and Irene Katherine Pence nee Golden on December 17, 1933, in Menomonie, WI. After several moves, the family eventually settled in Spring Valley where Bill graduated from high school in 1952. He learned welding and machining from his father and worked in the two trades during the summers. Once his father had talked him out of following in his footsteps and becoming a machinist, he attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and then the University of Minnesota Dental School, graduating in 1958.
    As a teen in Spring Valley, Bill met Ruth Gueldner, they married in 1955 and had five children together. Their married life was flavored with fun, hard work, humor, and a shared commitment to family. They found fun everywhere they went, be it with their kids at the family cottage or socializing heartily with a wide variety of friends from all walks of life. Bill practiced dentistry in Neenah for over 30 years. Dentistry was a good fit, as Bill was extremely talented with his hands, whether he was modeling crowns and bridges, restoring Model A Fords, or building wooden row boats, radio-controlled airplanes, and violins. His craftsmanship was always near perfect.
    Bill and Ruth retired from Neenah to a house they had built across from the old family cottage on Sawyer Lake in Langlade County. In what he called "God's Country," Bill continued to enjoy the fishing and hunting of his younger self for as long as his health allowed, and took up golf, which he enjoyed mostly for its social aspect. But, he spent the bulk of his time in his shop, contentedly listening to classical music and building stuff through a permanent haze of cigarette smoke. Life at the lake was sweetened by several Labrador retrievers, kids and grandkids waterskiing, fish fries, bird and wildlife watching, and boisterous meals around the dining room table whenever any of the kids visited. Sharing a cocktail and meal with those he loved, capped off with spirited debate and good music on the stereo, was one of Bill's greatest joys in life. His sense of humor is legendary, and his stories will continue to be told for years to come, albeit without his unique flair. Bill was a complex man who loved music, literature, and WW2 history as much as he loved off-color jokes, clever pranks, and hunting adventures into the wilderness.
    Bill is survived by his children Lynn Leazer (Dick), Mary Pence (Chuck Croal), Jennifer Goodwin (Erik), and Richard Pence (Diane); 7 grandchildren Elizabeth Palvere (Justin), Steven Leazer (Erin), Sara Stanton, Katherine Pence, William Pence, Joseph Goodwin, Kelly Goodwin; and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard, wife Ruth, and daughter Kathrine.
    Prior to Bill's final hospital stay, he lived briefly at Assisted Living for Lakewood, and the family would like to thank Jackie and the staff there for their kind and caring attention to and appreciation of "Pence."
    Friends and family are invited to an Open House at Bill's home on August 6 from 3-7 pm to celebrate his life.
    For those wishing to make donations in Bill's memory, the family suggests two of his favorite organizations: Wolf River Trout Unlimited Chapter, P.O Box 156, White Lake WI 54491, and the ADRC-CW Meals on Wheels Program, 1225 Langlade Rd., Antigo WI 54409

Trisha “Pat” Nehring, Age 68

   Trisha “Pat” Nehring, age 68, of Hudson passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at her home. She was born the daughter to Melvin and Irene (Johnson) Everson on June 29, 1953. Trisha grew up on a small family farm in Spring Valley. She graduated from Spring Valley High School with the class of 1971. Following graduation, she moved to River Falls and then to Hudson to work at the Montessori School in North Hudson. Her love of children showed as she ran her own daycare in Hudson for several years. Trisha enjoyed traveling, garage sales, reading and just having fun.

   She is remembered by her family as an extremely kind person with a big heart. Trisha is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Irene; two brothers, Michael and Myron; and brother-in-law, Howard. She is survived by her siblings, Betty Baillargeon, Shelley (Michael) McGee, Lila (Gary) Dienger, Wanda (Fitzroy) Ambrose, Heidi (Todd) Freking, Laurie (Steve) Helgeson; many nieces and nephews.

   A celebration of Trisha’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Sharon Kay (Miley) Nelson, Age 77
   Sharon Kay (Miley) Nelson, Age 77
Sharon Kay (Miley) Nelson, age 77, of Spring Valley, died Monday, May 23, 2022 at Park View Home in Woodville.  Sharon was born on June 22nd 1944 in Eau Claire to George and Alta Miley.  Sharon grew up in Spring Valley with sister Sandy (Bune) and brother Pat.  She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1962.  After graduation she worked for St. Paul Title and Abstract.  Soon after she married Duane Nelson of Hammond, where they lived for two years. They were blessed with two children, Stacey Marie and Carter William.  In 1968 they moved to Spring Valley.  Over the years Sharon worked at Dunn County and Spring Valley Health Care Centers and was a stay-at-home mom where she did daycare for family and friends in her home.  In 1977 she was part of the first class of Spring Valley residents to complete the EMT training where she served the community for almost 10 years.  Sharon also worked in the business office at the River Falls clinic and the collections department at the Red Cedar Clinic in Menomonie where she retired after 17 years.
Sharon was President of Gilman Lutheran Church and a member of WELCA. She loved to sing and participated in the Spring Valley Community Choir, Gilman Lutheran Church Choir, and a small travelling women’s choir.  She played the accordion and was in a quilting group at church, but she is probably most fondly remembered for her performances in the Spring Valley Folliez with her sister as the infamous “Lollipop Sisters”. Friends and family were always welcome around the kitchen table on McKay Street for coffee, conversation, and lots and lots of laughs. Sharon was a second mom/grandma to all the neighborhood children, which she loved.
Sharon will be greatly missed by her husband, Duane, daughter Stacey (Mark), granddaughters Patti and Annika, son Carter (Tracy), beloved dog, Cookie, her large close-knit family, and many, many friends.
    She is predeceased by her father George, mother Alta, sister Sandy and her brother Pat. 
    Sharon’s funeral will be Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley.  Visitation will be Tuesday, May 31 from 5-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service at church.  Burial will be at Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Gilman Township, Wisconsin.

Vickie Lucking Huebel, Age 66
    Vickie Huebel, age 66, of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, died unexpectedly at her home in El Paso Township, on Friday, May 20, 2022. Vickie was born July 5, 1955 to Fran and Barb (Larson) Lucking in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The Luckings moved to Spring Valley in 1967 where Vickie attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1973. On January 25, 1975, Vickie married Steve Huebel at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley.  She lived almost all her married life on the Huebel family farm in El Paso Township.
    Vickie loved Jehovah God and Jesus, her Steve, her children and grandchildren, her family, her friends, her congregation, really humanity as a whole. She was like a mom to many, many people.
    She placed her confidence in Jehovah and talked to him daily. One of her favorite things to do was share the Bible’s promised hope of Gods Kingdom and that someday all of our tears and pain will be wiped away in Paradise on earth. She also loved to dance with Steve, sing, garden, and absolutely always take care of her babies and grandbabies!
    With Vickie, you could ALWAYS count on her to be there, ALWAYS see the good in people, ALWAYS open her home to help anybody, and ALWAYS have a ton of food for everyone.
    Preceding her in death were her parents.
    She will be greatly missed by the love of her life, Steven Huebel, and all their children and their families: Stephanie (Christopher) Coffman and their children: Aidan, his wife Alyssa and their son, great grandchild Eric; Brennen and Titus; David (Tanna) Huebel and their children: Devin and wife Nicole, Addisyn and husband Jake Hoadley, Paityn, Cohen, and Finn; Shawn (Stephanie) Huebel and their children: Sophia, Alex and Oliver; Matt Huebel and fiancé Laura; Melissa (Wade) Risler and their children: Bellamy and Wesley; Sarah (Bryce) Eno and their children: Lorna, Alayna and Freya; and Jeannette (Cory) Roed and their children: Xander, Roman and Emery.  She is also survived by her siblings: Shane (Mary) Lucking; Carrie Austin; Darcy (Mike) Webster; Cindy (Glenn) Sotona; Jaime ‘Butch’ (Julie) Lucking; and Tony (Angie) Lucking; many other relatives and friends.
    A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, June 19, 2022 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Phoenix Grill & Event Center in Baldwin, Wis. Memorial talk is scheduled 2 – 2:30 p.m.

Beverly Mulvaney Bune, Age 90

    Beverly Bune, age 90, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie.
   Bev was born Beverly E. Mulvaney to Matthew and Eva (Franklin) Mulvaney on April 18, 1932 in Elmwood, Wisconsin.  She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1950 and attended Minneapolis Business College where she earned a Secretary Degree.  She worked in Menomonie until 1953 when she married Bill Bune at the Gilman Lutheran Church.  They lived on a farm in Gilman Township where Bill farmed.
    Bev worked at the Bank of Spring Valley as a secretary and assistant cashier.  After 48 years, she retired and Bill and she moved to town.  They had a dance band called the Bevalaires and played for many wedding dances and other events.  They both loved to dance and sing.
    She loved spending time with her son Jack and wife Connie, her grandsons and 11 great grandchildren.
    Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Bill, siblings and in-laws:, Dolores and Kenneth Kongshaug, Joan and Harlen Stene, Loren and Molly Mulvaney.

   She will be greatly missed by her son Jack (Connie) Bune; grandsons: Beau and Sarah Bune; Ryan and Jenna Bune; and Trevin and Kristine Bune; her 11 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends..

   Bev’s funeral will be Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Visitation will be Thursday, May 26 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at church prior to the service. Burial will be at Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Gilman Township, Wisconsin. Honorary bearers were Pat Gavic, Donna Lien, Corrine Stockman, and Craig Kongshaug.  Pallbearers are Beau Bune, Ryan Bune, Trevin Bune, Brian Bune, Brent Bune, and Jeffrey Johnson. Honorary bearers were Pat Gavic, Donna Lien, Corrine Stockman, and Craig Kongshaug.  Pallbearers are Beau Bune, Ryan Bune, Trevin Bune, Brian Bune, Brent Bune, and Jeffrey Johnson.

Schuyler J. (Sky) Ofstie, Age 85

   Schuyler J. (Sky) Ofstie, age 85, of Spring Valley, WI died May 4, 2022 at Park View Home in Woodville, WI following a short battle with bladder cancer.
    Sky was born on July 9, 1936 in Spring Valley, WI to Harvey and Grace (Braford) Ofstie. He grew up in Spring Valley attending Spring Valley Schools, graduating with the class of 1954. He enlisted in the Air Force, spending 4 years in the US and Germany, was discharged in 1959 returning to Spring Valley. On November 24, 1967 Sky was united in marriage to Mary Ann Reynolds in Watertown, SD. They spent their entire 51 years of married life in Spring Valley until her death in 2018. To this union came 1 son Darin, along with Mary Ann’s 2 sons, Jeff & Steve Nelson, from a previous marriage.
    Sky was a jack of all trades and there was nothing he couldn’t do. He spent most of his life working in the trades, the last 13 years with CTS in Baldwin in maintenance and retiring in 1998. They spent their retirement years traveling, dancing, or tinkering…always doing something or helping someone with a project. He was a lifelong member of the Collins-Spring Valley Masonic Lodge for 59 years, Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Dept for 64 years, and very proud of his service to both. Sky was a talker and loved to socialize. He couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone he knew. He had been at Parkview Home since January 2021 due to failing mobility.
    Sky is survived by his son Darin (Kim) Ofstie of Baldwin, grandchildren Connor and Keegan Ofstie, step-grandchildren Luke and Amber Nelson, Tyler Palmer, brother Reece of Michigan and sister-in-law Judy Ofstie of AZ, brother in law Gary (Pam) Thom, many nieces, nephews, close cousins, friends, and special friend Angela Brunotte.
    Preceding him in death were his parents Harvey and Grace, wife Mary Ann, stepsons Jeff (Pam) and Steve Nelson, sister Barb, brothers Steve and Doug, sisters in law Vonnie, Kathy, and Ramona, brother-in-law Jim Alseth, mother and father-in-law Marian & Donald Thom and Everett Reynolds.
    No services are planned. Memorials are preferred in Sky’s name to Collins-Spring Valley Lodge or Spring Valley Fire Department.

Betty L. (Sorenson) Rudolph, Age 92

   Betty L. (Sorenson) Rudolph passed away April 9, 2022, at the age of 92 at Woodbury Care Center, Woodbury, MN. She was born July 3, 1929, to Norman and Eda Sorenson on the home farm in Eau Galle Township. She attended all 8 grades at one room country Wildwood School. Then to Spring Valley High School, graduating with the Class of '47. After graduation she worked short time at Waldorf Paper Factory, where she met Paul Rudolph (love of her life). She worked at Northwest Airlines, Paul went on to barber school, and Barber for many years. Betty and Paul married on May 7th. 1949, lived in Oakdale, MN, where they raised 6 children (Betty a stay at home Mom) having a big garden, and very involved in activities at Gethsemanee Lutheran Church. After children grown, she did alot of quilting, even teaching some quilting at church and headed up Funeral lunches for over 30 years. She lived a good and happy Christian life, loving her God and Family!!
    Betty was preceded in death by her Parents, 2 Sons-Michael and Robert, and 4 siblings, Dale, Stanley, Robert Sorenson and sister Norma (Sorenson) Bee. Leaves to mourn Paul - her husband of 72 years, Sons Richard and Steve, daughters Luanne (Jeff) Peltier and Jean Modrow, Granddaughters- Roxanne Modrow and Rachel (Logan) Brand, and Sister Esther '54 (Richard) Nelson. Services were held April 13th, 2022 at Gethsemanee Lutheran Church, burial at Union Cemetary, Oakdale, Mn.

Gloria Brooke Duffy, Age 94

   Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, opened Heaven’s Gates to our mother, Gloria Yvonne (Brooke) Duffy, on the morning of March 14, 2022. Gloria was residing at the Comforts of Home Assisted Living when she passed from congestive heart failure.
    Gloria was born to Arthur and Severina ‘Marie’ (Ray) Brooke on November 8th, 1927. She was the 7th of 11 children born to this pioneering family of Spring Valley, WI. Her parents and siblings Walter, Adeline (Langer), Colburn ‘Cub’, Byron, Eunice (Dahms); John ‘Sonny’, Ada (Hughes); Robert ‘Bob’, Richard ‘Dick’, and Dale have all preceded her in death.
    She met our father, Lawrence Duffy, in Spring Valley. They were married on August 29, 1947. She and Larry owned an A&W restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico before moving back to Spring Valley and Ellsworth, WI. Larry passed away in 1988 and Gloria continued with her job as a bookkeeper and store clerk for the Ben Franklin Store in Ellsworth. Upon her retirement, she moved to River Falls, WI.
    She enjoyed playing cards, reading, making the occasional trips to Treasure Island with her sister, Eunice Dahms, attending church at St. Bridget’s in River Falls, and she seldom missed an episode of Wheel of Fortune. Gloria was also a member of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Upon learning of her eligibility for membership in DAR, she remarked “Dad always told me we [the Brooke Family] had been here for a long time, I didn’t know it was that long ago!” Her apartment was often very busy with visits from friends, nieces and nephews, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. There were always treats, coffee, and coca cola.
    Her passing leaves an emptiness in our hearts but we have the blessed assurance of seeing her again and sharing in the eternal life that Jesus Christ offers us. Her love and family stories will stay in our hearts. She is survived by her children, Patricia Duffy of Fridley, MN; Gayle (Charles) Nelson of Ellsworth, WI; Julie (Michael) Daly of Northfield, MN; Mike (Allison) Duffy of Three Forks, MT; Tom (Cheryl) Duffy of Ellsworth, WI; Jim (Susan) Duffy of New Richmond, WI. She is survived by several grandchildren, Joleen Gutting, Jennifer Duglin; Larry Nelson; Shad Christenson; Nick and Brad Duffy; Nathan Duffy; Marissa Jourbert and Will Daly. One grandchild preceded her in death, Sara Christenson of Montana. Pictures of her great and great great grandchildren filled her apartment.
    A very special thank you to all the staff at Comforts of Home-The Falls in River Falls and St. Croix Hospice for their support, patience and loving care.
    Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church (211 E Division St) in River Falls. Lunch will be served following the mass.
Visitation will be on Friday, at the church, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Spring Valley.

Darlene Joyce Litzell Richards, Age 88

   Darlene Joyce Litzell Richards, age 88, passed away peacefully Wednesday March 16th, at the Kinnic Nursing Home in River Falls, Wi.

   Darlene was born to Bernard Litzell & Eleanor (Gunderson-Dahlberg) on September 15th, 1933 in Duluth, Mn. She spent most of her childhood in Spring Valley, Wi. where she attended Spring Valley schools, graduating with the class of 1951.
    On March 15th, 1951 she was united into marriage with Raymond Richards. They were blessed with 4 children Steve, Debra, Ronald and Jodine “Jody”. They raised their child in the River Falls area. In 1973 they moved to a farm home on highway 29 in River Falls. It was there that Darlene’s passion for gardening and canning began. They spent many years on the farm before moving to a Lake home in Amery, Wi in 1991.
    During her working career she spent many years at Armors in St. Paul, Mn. and 15 years at Nor-Lake, Inc in Hudson, Wi. where she was affectionately known as “Ma”. Darlene is described best as a hard working woman with a love of chocolate, gardening, knitting, crochet, bowling, canning and spending many weekends playing poker with her children and later grandchildren.      

   Darlene is survived by her children Steven (Beverly) Richards of Turtle Lake, Wi., Debra (Gary) Vindal of Hudson, Wi., Ronald of Mellen, Wi., Jody (Mark) Suchy of Hastings, MN;

grandchildren Lori (Jamie) Dezern, Jennifer (Brett) Slunaker, Lisa (Tom) Christensen, Michele (Travis) Bonse, Jeff (Rebecca) Grinnell, Jacky (Paul) Smith, Abby (Edwin) Sutton; 14 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren; brother David (Barb) Litzell, sister-in-law Cindy Litzell and many other family and friends.

   Darlene is preceded in death by her husband Ray, infant son, Parents, Brothers Donald Litzell and Darwin “Hap” Litzell, Niece Elizabeth “Lizzy” Litzell. 7 sister-in-laws and 4 brothers-in-law.   

   Visitation will be held Thursday March 24th from 1pm-3pm at O’Connell Funeral home in River Falls, WI. The funeral will be immediately following the visitation. Burial will be following the funeral at the Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers are Lori Dezern, Jennifer Slunaker, Lisa Christensen, Jeff Grinnell, Abby Sutton and Ashley Wolff.

Ramona Christopherson (Sorenson Sanders), Age 81

   Ramona Christopherson (Sorenson Sanders), age 81, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2022 with her children at her side after multiple courageous battles with cancer. Ramona was born on June 9, 1940 to Raymond and Edna (Taylor) Christopherson in Spring Valley, WI. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1958.
   Two of her proudest personal accomplishments were her decades long career at 3M and obtaining her bachelor’s degree acquired late in life from Metropolitan State University.

   She was a talented pianist and was the organist for Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater, MN for many years. She was an avid reader and a book club member. She also loved knitting and participated in a knitting group at St. Andrews Village in Mahtomedi, MN where she lived for the past 4 years. She had a strong faith and was a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN.
    Her world revolved around her family and friends and she will be dearly missed. Everyone always enjoyed her fantastic lefse that she made for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
    Survivors include sister, Judith Hoops (Marvin) of Duluth MN; brother, Lyle Christopherson of Spring Valley WI; children, Todd Sorenson (Susan) of Minneapolis, MN, Timothy Sorenson (Julie) of Minnetonka, MN, Kari Hallowell (Jim) of San Clemente CA, Scott Sorenson (Bonny) of Granite Falls WA; grandchildren, Celinda, Davin, Kyla, Tristan, Erik, Bryan, Jenna; and great-grandchild, Kyler. She was preceded in death by her parents.
    The family would like to thank both Lakeview Hospice and the Pillars Hospice Home for their kindness, love, and support.
    A celebration of life will be held 11 AM Saturday, May 21, 2022 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi, with visitation beginning one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society or The Pillars Hospice Home (please mail directly to 6025 Upper 35th Street North, Oakdale, MN 55128).

Bruce Jerry Larson, Age 58
   Bruce Jerry Larson, Age 58, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Sunday, Feb. 27th,2022.
    Bruce was born on September 29, 1963, the second of three children of Jerry & Joyce Larson. He was raised on the family farm, growing up doing daily chores- milking cows and baling hay. As a Spring Valley High School Cardinal, he lettered, won all-conference honors and was part of the Div. 5 1978 State Champion football team. He was also an outstanding heavyweight wrestler and competed in the state tournament twice. Being coached by the legendary Bob Thomas, Bruce’s love for sports and coaching took root. He graduated from Spring Valley H.S. in 1982 and moved on to UW- River Falls. He continued his football and wrestling career there and earned his degree in Physical Education. It was there that he met his sister’s college roommate, Kelly Christopherson. After they both graduated, they married on July 25, 1987. They moved to Somerset and began to raise their children and their football centered family.
    Bruce was hired in 1987 by Somerset (WI) High School. His Spartan coaching career included Girls Basketball (87-88), Wrestling (88-99) and Football as an assistant to his longtime friend, Brad Nemec from 87-1998 and took over as head coach in 1999 after Brad retired. He remained in this position through the 2021 season.  As head football coach, his teams claimed nine Middle Border conference championships, and went on to win state titles in 2002, 2012 & 2014, as well as state runner-ups in 2004, 2005 & 2011. In 2013 he was inducted into the UWRF Sports Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Wisconsin High School Coach of the Year in 2014 and the Don Shula National High School Coach of the Year in 2015. Most recently, he was honored with the inaugural Wisconsin Bell Cow Leadership award in 2021. Under Bruce’s guidance, Somerset H.S. has had several players reach the NFL. Bruce’s greatest accomplishment was all of the students he impacted daily at Somerset High school for the past 36 years. He affirmed this in a quote he shared: “I think we have made many good fathers [and mothers], some great employees, people that will look you in the eye and will do what is right and honest.”
   Bruce also founded and owned the Bumper to Bumper School of Driving and has trained thousands of drivers over the past 10+ years. He loved to cook- especially grilling meat to everyone’s delight. Bruce’s wardrobe color selection was small, black and red, and green and yellow, but growing. In recent years he added in blue and orange, but he would have never ever added in purple. Bruce was a dedicated Packer fan and could be found every Sunday cheering them on. After a 40 year wait, this Bruce finally got his Packer season tickets.
    He is survived by his wife, Kelly; sons, Rocky (Richell), granddaughter, Lettie, Mayville, ND, Reggie (fiancé’, Bailey Walz), New Richmond, WI. and daughter, McKell, Somerset. Gaelin (Micaela) and daughter, Laniah Elmore are also part of the Larson’s cherished extended family. Bruce and Kelly’s influence on education and coaching impacted their children’s future careers. Rocky is currently the Head Football Coach at Mayville State University, ND. Reggie is a Physical Education Teacher and Head Football Coach at New Richmond High School, WI. McKell is an 8th-grade Social Studies Teacher at Osceola Middle School, WI, and was at her dad’s side during every single game. Gaelin advocates for youth and foster care improvement. Parents, Jerry & Joyce Larson, Spring Valley (who rarely missed any Spartan games), brother, Fred (Lori), Spring Valley, and sister, Beth Carlson (Ross), Murdock. Nieces and nephews, Justin, Easten Larson and Mallory (Ryan Vos, fiancé), Regan Carlson. Mother-in-law, Kathy Christopherson, Ridgeland, WI. Brother-in-law, Jeff (Diana) Christopherson. Nieces and nephews; Austin, Lee, Beau and Veda.
    Bruce was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred & Grace Larson, Spring Valley, and Walter & Verna Larson, Minneapolis, MN; and his father-in-law, Larry Christopherson, Ridgeland, WI.
    None of us will ever forget that small spark of mischief in his eyes, infectious smile, and quick-witted one-liners.
    Visitation Friday, March 4, 2022, 4:00-7:00 P.M. at SOMERSET SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 645 Sunrise Drive, Somerset, WI with a celebration of Bruce's life at 7:00 P.M.  Spartan or Packers attire is encouraged.  Funeral service Saturday, March 5, 2022, 11:00 A.M. at CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 510 Germain Street, Somerset, WI with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Robert Freiberg, Age 78

     Robert Freiberg, age 78, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
    Bob was born August 6, 1943 to Arnold and Lillian (Aamodt) Freiberg in Spring Lake Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church-Hatchville, and presently a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Woodville.
    Bob grew up and attended grades 1-8 at Reed School and Spring Valley High School graduating with the Class of 1962. After graduating, Bob worked with his parents on the home farm.
    On October 5, 1968 Bob married Barbara Fritz. They were married at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church due to the fire at St. John’s-Hatchville. They purchased the home farm and lived and worked there until 1992 when they purchased a home south of Hatchville and Bob started his Welding & Repair business.
    Bob was well known for his goofy sense of humor and his love of talking to anyone that had the time. His family and his Christian faith were very important to him. His passion was welding, forging, and helping others.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; Brothers - Gordon, Leroy, & Dennis. Sisters - Joan Styer & Delores Afdahl.
    Survivors include his wife Barb of Spring Valley; children: Susan (Curt) Turner and Sara (Wally) King both of Spring Valley; Grandchildren: Kelsey (Adam) Barstad, Faith (Brandon) King, Austin (Jenna) Turner, and Hope King: Great Grandchildren: Blakely, Brylynn, & Brewer and Savannah, Mckenna, & Annabelle; Siblings: Sister, Marilyn (Charles) Gjovig of East Bethel, Mn. and Brother-in-law, Herb Afdahl of Anthem, Arizona; Sister-in-law and brother-in-law Brenda and Duane Kado: and, Many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.
    Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service at church on Thursday, March 17. A memorial service will be on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Woodville, Wisconsin. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery-Hatchville in Weston Township, Wisconsin.

   Barb and the family wish to thank the staff of Spring Valley Health & Rehab and St. Croix Hospice for their wonderful loving care. They made Bob's and our lives as easy and comfortable as possible during his stay.

William Wayne Kittleson, Age 73

   William Wayne Kittleson, age 73, of River Falls, WI passed away peacefully Saturday, February 19th, 2022 at his residence with his daughters seeing him off. William was born on August 31, 1948 in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, the son of Wayne and Pearl (Wenum) Kittleson. He was raised in Spring Valley where he graduated from high school in 1966.
    He would be married to the former Diane Huebel. To this union daughters Colleen and Aimee were born. This union would later dissolve. He would later marry Doris Field. To this marriage, daughters Nikki, Carrie, and Angie were born. William would later start up his own business, Kittle’s Mobile Repair Company, where he would help move, repair, and fix up mobile homes. He later worked for KolPak in River Falls for several years. Sadly, he injured his back with a work-related accident and was forced to retire.
    William’s greatest passion was jumping on his Harley Davidson and going for a drive. Unfortunately, his motorcycle was a complete loss as it was swept away in Hurricane Katrina when he was down south. He enjoyed going to the local classic car shows, grilling with his family, and cheering the Green and Gold to a victory. In earlier years, many great memories were made camping and fishing on the Red Cedar River with his kids.
    He is survived by his daughters, Colleen (Bob) Kittleson, Aimee O’Donnell, Nikki (Brandon) Backhaus of River Falls, Carrie Kittleson of River Falls, and Angie Kittleson of River Falls; grandchildren, Grace, Mariah, Madison, Evelyn, Kyleigh, David, Gabi, John, Emma, Jo and Cooper; mother, Pearl Kittleson of River Falls; siblings, Bonnie (Rich) Richardson of Menomonie, Kathy Starr of River Falls, and Mike (Patty) Kittleson of Spring Valley; many nieces and nephews, other family, and friends. His father, Wayne precedes him in death.
    Mass of Christian Burial for William Kittleson will be 2PM, Thursday, February 24th at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in River Falls. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at church. Memorials are preferred to the family. Funeral and cremation services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of River Falls.

Karen Dahlman Hudson, Age 73

   Karen Hudson, age 73, of Hudson, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at her home in Hudson, Wisconsin.

  Karen was born September 27, 1948 to Robert and Kathleen (Harshman) Dahlman in Baldwin Township, St. Croix county, Wisconsin. She grew up and attended school at Spring Valley until her Junior year in high school. Her family moved to Hudson and she graduated from Hudson High School in 1966. She worked many years as a stocker at Walmart. She was an avid Packer fan. Most important to her were her family and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her father Bob, grandson Austin.
    Survivors include her mother Kathleen of Hudson; 4 children: Shaun (Dana) Hudson of Glenwood City; Steven (Angela) Hudson of River Falls; Jamie Hudson of River Falls; and Jennifer Hudson of Bloomington; 11 grandchildren: Samantha Hudson, Hunter Lewis, Zach Marek, Haley Lewis, Kimberly Hudson, Mathew (Brittany) Evenson, Marne Lewis, Isabelle Hudson, Landon Moore, Michaela Hudson, and Abigail Hudson; 2 great grandchildren: Liam and Dakota Anderson; siblings: Erlene (Jerry) Barriault of Hudson and Robert ‘Butch’ (Dawn) Dahlman of New Richmond.

   A Celebration of Life will be on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley.

Timothy Louis Traynor, Age 62

   Timothy Louis Traynor, age 62, of Louisville, KY, passed away unexpectedly in his home on January 28, 2022.
    Tim was an amazing father, " grandpa", brother, son, and friend. He loved his children fiercely and absolutely adored his grandchildren. Tim was always smiling, always positive, he radiated happiness and that great cackle he had for a laugh was the best. He was intelligent, compassionate, loving, caring and would do anything to help anyone in need. He loved the beach, being by the water, golfing, and loved to cook, especially his favorite chicken salad.
    Tim graduated from River Falls High School in 1978 and joined the Air Force shortly after where he proudly served for 4 years at Reece Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas. Tim moved back to Wisconsin and started working at the Ford Plant in St. Paul, MN in 1992 and then transferred to Louisville, KY in 2012 to finish out his retirement.
    Tim is survived by his daughters, Tosha and Alicia "Steak Sauce" (Rory); son, Josh (Anna); grandchildren, Izaac, Elainna, Landon, Lilah, Kade, Gage and Skyla. His Mother, Sandy Mrozek; brothers, Tony(Bernice) Traynor and Tom(Nicole) Traynor; sister Tracie(Sonny) Poulin, many nieces and nephews and former spouse Cindy Jacobson.
    He was preceded in death by his father, James Traynor ('56).
    He will be greatly missed by his kids: mom, Sandy Mondor Mrozek ('58); family, Alicia "No Sauce", close friend Billy (Laura) Wiley, Sherry Valentino and the many other people he has touched the lives of.
    A celebration of his life will take place at a later date in Wisconsin to share favorite memories, stories, to laugh and to cry, and to remember a wonderful man. A memorial service will be held at the Ford Union Hall in Louisville, KY. Date to be determined.

Larry Hopwood, Age 79

   Larry Hopwood, age 79, of Elmwood, Wisconsin died Monday, January 31, 2022 at the Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin, Wisconsin.
     Larry was born May 29, 1942, to Will and Olive (O’Connell) Hopwood in El Paso Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1960. A year later, on June 10, 1961, Larry married Cathy Falde. They were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood. After marriage they lived in St. Paul for a while before purchasing their farm in Rock Elm Township. They were blessed with 4 children: Suzanne, Steve, Shawn and Sandra.
    Larry was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed fishing. He worked as a tool and die maker and kept busy on his hobby farm raising beef cows and hogs.
    Preceding him in death were his parents; stepmother Hazel; daughter Sandra Binkowski; granddaughter Amber Wheeler; brother Morris ‘Dick’ Hopwood; brother-in-law William Van; mother-in-law and father-in-law Gordon and Jean Falde.
    Survivors include his wife Cathy of Elmwood; children: Suzanne (Dave) Casey of Menomonie; Steve (Jamie) Hopwood of Elmwood; Shawn Hopwood of Roberts and sons-in-law: Corey Binkowski and Dave Wheeler; 9 grandchildren: Jordan (Hannah) Wheeler; Miranda (Tanny) Flowers; D.J. Wheeler; Justin (Tasha) Hopwood; Jesse Hopwood, Hunter Hopwood; Zac Binkowski; Hayley (Brandyn) Seipel; and Paige (Mike Erlitz) Binkowski; 6 great grandchildren: Braylon and Ellie Hopwood; Lydia Hopwood; Camdyn and Carter Seipel; and Donavin Erlitz; sisters: Marilyn (Robert) Slonecker, Sterling, CO.; Ramona Van, Plum City, WI.; Karen (Jim) Olek, Andover, MN.; sister-in-law Wanda Hopwood, Spooner, WI.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
   A private family service is planned.

Kent Rudesill, Age 91

  Kent Rudesill, 91, of Baldwin, died of heart failure on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at his home in Baldwin, Wisconsin.
    Kent was born on January 18, 1931, to Scottie and Elsie (Knerr) Rudesill in Martell Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He was a graduate of Spring Valley High School (Class of '48) and top graduate of United Electronics Laboratories in Louisville, Kentucky.
    Kent met his future wife, Ann Turner of Cedar Rapids, Iowa at a youth group roller skating party at the Hammond Hall. It was love at first sight for both of them. Kent served his country for two years during the Korean War. He did his basic training in Camp Chaffee, Arkansas and served in Heilbronn, Germany as a company clerk. Kent and Ann were married on October 11, 1953 at St. James Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa between basic training and deployment to Germany. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in 2021.
    Kent and Ann farmed with Kent’s parents from 1955 to 1968 and continued farming on the family farm in Gilman Township, Pierce County into the 1990s. His dream was to build a prized herd of registered Holsteins. By the early 1980s he accomplished that dream. He along with his sons continued to improve the herd and became a top butterfat producer in Pierce County for several years.
    In the 60s and 70s, Kent had a side job operating ‘Kent’s TV and Radio Repair’ for extra income. He installed many antennas and changed out tubes in many TVs in the area. In addition to farming and TV repair, he served as Gilman Township Clerk for many years.
    Kent was an avid sports participant, viewer, and coach. As a young adult, he played baseball for the well-known ‘Duffy’s Darlings’ in Spring Valley and also for Elmwood town team. He fondly told tales of playing against Bud Grant who was a pitcher for various town teams as a young man. Kent shared his knowledge by coaching youth in 4-H and church softball. He also enjoyed playing league golf and bowling. He even appeared on the TV show ‘Bowl-a-rama’ in the 1960s. His most memorable golf success was a hole-in-one at a Casa Grande golf course in Arizona.      

   Kent rarely missed watching the Twins and Vikings on TV. Fishing too was a passion as he and Ann, along with friends, made many trips to lakes in Northern Minnesota and Canada.Kent loved to play cards, especially bridge. He taught many people how to play the game he loved. He was always up for playing some kind of card game.
    Kent and Ann were fortunate to spend 35 winters in the Phoenix and Casa Grande Arizona area where they made many wonderful life-long friends.
    Kent is survived by his wife Ann, sons Doug (Sue) Rudesill of Shell Lake, Andy (Rose) Rudesill of Baldwin, Kurt (Becky) Rudesill of Menomonie and daughter Jane (Jeff) Ducklow of Maple Grove, Minnesota; Grandchildren: Ben (Suzannah) Rudesill, Greg, Jacob and Troy Rudesill, Tony (Lacey) Ducklow, Alex (Katie) Ducklow, Samantha Rudesill (Samuel Roesler), Vince (Tana) Rudesill, Heather Rudesill and Jenna (Brock) Sletner; 7 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in law Mary-'53 (Len) Place, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, brother-in-law, Charles Olson, Alden, Michigan and sister-in-law June Gwynn, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Kent was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-laws Lorraine-'50 (Harold) Turner , Audrey-'57 (Joe) Menter, sister, Judy-'61 Olson and brother, Troy Rudesill-'51.
    Kent was a life-long member of the New Centerville United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, New Centerville, Wisconsin after the celebration of life service in the spring.
    A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 11 a.m. at New Centerville United Methodist Church, located at: 36 County Rd Y, rural Baldwin. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Martell Township. Visitation will be on Friday, May 13, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. at New Centerville United Methodist Church.

   Special thanks to Pastor Tim Matthaei of New Centerville United Methodist Church and Adoray Home Hospice Care.

Duane Clarence Larrieu “Spook”, Age 74
   Duane Clarence Larrieu “Spook”, age 74, of Spring Valley, died Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at his son’s home in Spring Lake Township. With his family at his side.
   Duane was born February 26, 1947, to Ervin and Signa (Larson) Larrieu in Menomonie, Wisconsin.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Cady Township.   Duane attended Spring Valley Schools.  He worked all his life in Spring Valley for Gilbertson Lumber Company and Oak-Dale Hardwoods. He also worked for Elmer Miller skinning coon, foxes and mink as a side job for many years.  On June 21, 1969, Duane married Judy Gilbertson at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.
   Duane would give you his shirt off his back if you needed it. He enjoyed the company of everyone, always looking for the good in you. He enjoyed going to the bars and Cenex where he could have a drink and play some Lottery (I’m going to win big one day, wait and see!!). He enjoyed the outdoors (hunting, cutting wood and camping). He was a collector of many things, hats, stuffed animals, and whatever else he liked. (“it’s going to be worth something someday”) He always enjoyed going ‘thrift sailing’, especially with Darcie and Donna because they would let him buy anything.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Bill Larrieu; nephew Josh Larrieu; and niece Amy Larrieu.
   Survivors include his wife Judy; sons: Jim (Lisa) Gilbertson and Lloyd (Darcie) Larrieu; 4 grandchildren: Zach and Cody Gilbertson and Trenton (Jennifer) Larrieu and Alexzandria Larrieu; 3 great grandchildren: Addy, Brantley, and Harleigh;  Special niece Jamie (Michael) Hall; siblings: Bonnie (Gail) Mick; Timothy Larrieu; and Tina Cotts; several in-laws; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, and his beloved dog Bandit.

   Memorial service will be on Monday, January 10, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 9, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, and one hour prior to the service on Monday.