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Spring Valley News...2010




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Obituaries

Alois Ducklow, Jr., 71

   Alois 'Al' Ducklow, Jr., age 71 of Menomonie, Wisconsin died unexpectedly on Friday, November 25, 2010 at his home in Menomonie.
    Al was born May 22, 1940, the son of Alois and Betty (Van Nortwick) Ducklow in Gilman Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He grew up in the Spring Valley area and attended Spring Valley Schools, graduating with the Class of 1958.
    After high school Al worked at Madson Lumber in Spring Valley until about 1963. He worked at Spring Valley Elevator for Floyd Klanderman for over 10 years and then worked for Standard Battery in St. Paul until retiring.
    On May 25, 1963 Al married Lorraine O'Bryan at the Elmwood Methodist Church. They were blessed with 2 children: Lori and Mike. They lived in the Spring Valley area until moving to Menomonie in 1993 after retiring. He and Lorraine were caretakers for Memorial Heights Apartments for 17 years.
    Al's favorite pastime was going to his brother's cabin at Grand Rapids, Minnesota and spending as much time as he could with a fishing pole in his hand. He also enjoyed reading, puttsin' around the garage, and most of all spending time with his kids and grandchildren who meant the world to him.
Preceding him in death were his parents and grandparents.
    He is survived by his wife Lorraine of Menomonie; his daughter and son: Lori (John) Songs and Mike (Yvonne) Ducklow all of Boyceville; 2 grandchildren: Michelle (Travis) Swenby of Wheeler and Troy Butler of Glenwood City; 3 great granddaughters: Emily, Amy, and Brandy Swenby; 2 step grandsons: Shane Songs and John Songs III; 4 step great grandchildren; 5 brothers: Richard (Shirley) Ducklow of Glenwood City; Gerald (Collette) Ducklow of Spring Valley; Steven (Bonnie) Ducklow of Amery; Robert (Mary) Ducklow of Spring Valley; and Duane (Mary) Ducklow of Spring Valley; 2 brothers-in-law: Bob (Bella) O'Bryan; Walter (Ann) O'Bryan Jr.; 1 sister Betty Bohn and her friend Randolf Firman; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was on Sunday, November 28, 2010 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. and followed by the service at the Congregation Church in Spring Valley with Rev. Jeff Holton officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Spring Lake Cemetery, Spring Valley. Pallbearers were his 5 brothers and cousin Fred Schmoker.
   Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Published in the Spring Valley Sun/Argus

Lavon Margaret Marie Keehr, 83

   Lavon Margaret Marie Keehr, age 83, died Tuesday evening, November 16, 2010 at her home in Spring Valley following a short battle with cancer.
    Lavon was born November 28, 1926, the daughter of Palmer and Gladys (Thompson) Geving in Baldwin. She was baptized December 25, 1926 at the home of her grandparents, Andrew and Mary Thompson. In 1934, the Geving's moved to Spring Valley and Lavon lived there the rest of her life.
Lavon attended Spring Valley Schools, graduating with the Class of 1944. She attended UW-River Falls for 2 years and Minneapolis Business College for one year. While attending school in Minneapolis, she met her future husband Donald Keehr. They were married July 11, 1948 at Gilman Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. They were blessed with 7 children.
    Don came to Spring Valley and began working for Lavon's dad, Palmer. They moved to Milwaukee in 1950 for a year while Don attended Mortuary School so he could return to Spring Valley to work for Palmer. Lavon worked for Donaldson's Department Store during her time in Minneapolis. She later worked with Don at the funeral home. After Don's death, she continued to help her son Ross at the funeral home.
    Lavon loved sports and was her children's and grandchildren's biggest fan. She attended thousands of sporting events and loved every minute. If not following the kids around, you could find her at a card table playing euchre or bridge. Don and Lavon loved to dance and spent many years on the local "Square Dance Circuit." At the 25th Pop Concert Anniversary she was recognized as the parent having the most participants with 6 children playing in the band.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald who died December 25, 1984; step father Carl DeJager; infant sister Rosalind; an infant son in 1954; and granddaughter Aryn.
    Survivors include her 3 daughters and 3 sons: Belinda (Jim) Foley of Beldenville; Benita (Tim) Gregg of Baldwin; Ross (Beth) Keehr of Spring Valley; Beatta Christoffersen of Hudson; Reece (Laurie) Keehr of Spring Valley; and Royce (Cathy) Keehr of New Richmond; 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren: Jeff Foley and his daughter Elise; Jenny Foley and her daughters Kelsi and Karli; Kari Gregg; Todd Gregg; Amanda (Tom Renteria) Keehr; Katie (Jon) Washington; Cristi (Bryan) Kinkel and their sons Wyatt and Benjamin Ross; and Samantha Perry and her sons Jackson and Dominic; Nic DeGross; Adam Christoffersen; Aly Christoffersen, Kelli (Tyler) Schlegel and daughter Kemri; Kayla (Jeff) Thompson; Kimmy (Jimmy Ehne) Keehr; Ryan Keehr and Katie Keehr; 2 brothers: Allan (Viola) Geving of Mesa, Arizona; Dick (Rosella) Geving of Osceola; many other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was on Friday from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley with funeral service on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. Erin Nelson officiating. Mary Nelson and Linda Anderson were organists. Special music was performed by Aarynn Deutsch and also by Belinda, Jenny and Kelsi. Burial was in the church cemetery. Grandchildren and great grandchildren were pallbearers and honorary bearers. Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.                                                      Published in the Spring Valley Sun/Argus

Juliet Aamodt Dandy, 98

   Juliet Agnes Aamodt Dandy, age 98 of Spring Valley died Monday, November 1, 2010 at the Spring Valley Health Care Center.
    Juliet was born February 2, 1912, the daughter of Albert and Estel (Ertel) Marker at Lawton, in Martell Township, Wisconsin. On October 15, 1931 Juliet married Lyle Aamodt at Minneapolis, Minnesota. They were blessed with 3 children: Arland, Luverne and Lucille.
    They farmed in Gilman Township from 1931 until 1957 when they left the farm and moved to Martell Township. Juliet then worked for Smeads in River Falls for several years. Lyle died in 1979. Juliet married William Dandy on November 2, 1986. They lived in Missouri for about 4 years before moving back to Spring Valley in 1990. Bill died in 1999. Juliet has been a resident of the Spring Valley Health Care Center for the past 12 years.
    Juliet was a member of Gilman Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School and was very active in the Ladies Aid. She was an excellent cook and made especially good donuts and lefse. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and making quilt tops for church and making quilts for family and friends. Juliet taught many how to make lefse and her special way of processing chickens.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husbands Lyle and Bill; and 3 sisters: Grace Nelson, Emily Leonard and Helen Peterson.
    Survivors include her 3 children: Arland (Marlene) Aamodt and Luverne (Henrietta) Aamodt all of Spring Valley, Lucille Aamodt of Farmington, Minnesota; 8 grandchildren: Bradley (Cindy) Aamodt of River Falls; Terrance Aamodt of Spring Valley; Timothy (Coleen) Aamodt of Menomonie; Joel (Jan) Aamodt of Plum City; Richard (Brenda) Aamodt of Spring Valley; Christopher (Kristine) Aamodt of Wilson; Luanne (Gene) Sigmund of Sarona, Wisconsin; and Teresa (Tom) Bornbach of Stratford, Wisconsin; 20 great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren; 3 sisters: Ada Ray of Ellsworth; Martha Peterson of Ellsworth; and Mable Peterson of Beldenville; sister-in-law Edna Aamodt of Prescott; many other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 1 - 2 p.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church Spring Valley with services following at 2 p.m. with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating. Carole Lynum was organist and Lori Kiefer was vocalist. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were grandsons: Bradley, Terrance, Timothy, Joel, Richard, and Christopher Aamodt.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Published in the Spring Valley Sun/Argus

Gordon Cole, 70

   The Lord called Gordy to his heavenly mansion on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, after he lost his battle with many health problems.
    Gordon Thornton Cole was born September 6, 1940, in Windom, MN, to Thornton and Mae (Anderson) Cole. He was baptized October 6, 1940, in Jeffers, MN. In the third grade he had polio. In 1950 his family moved to a farm in the Spring Valley area and he had treatment through Sister Kenny Foundation. He was confirmed in May of 1955. He attended Olivet Grade School and high school in Spring Valley, graduating in 1959. He attended Stout State College in Menomonie, WI, for one year.
    In 1958 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Minneapolis the greater part of his enlistment and was honorably discharged in 1964.
    Fresh out of the service he started work at FabriTek, in Amery, WI, as inspector of computer parts. There he met and later married his partner of 44 years, Janet Hahn, in Osceola, WI, in 1966.
    Gordy was accepted for management training with Midland Co-op and was in Hartford for training and later managed a store in Aitkin, MN. There a son was born. In 1972 he came to Strum, WI, and started work at Interstate Tire in Osseo, WI. There was a daughter born. Gordon then worked at London Square Undercarriage, Bauer Built and OK Tire in Eau Claire, WI. As he gained more knowledge in tires and mechanics, he was asked to manage the OK Tire store in Independence, WI, which he later bought in 1986 and ran along with an adjoining feed and animal health store. The business was closed in 1996 and Gordy went to work at two group homes in Arcadia, WI. A job opened up at Peterson Implement in Whitehall, WI, and he was there until his health problems set in.
    His work days were long and dedicated to the customer but he took part in some community events such as Strum Steam Engine Days, local talent shows and was a member of the Eleva-Strum School Board and Immanuel Lutheran Church council. His hobbies were camping with his family and family get-togethers, reading, family trips and woodworking projects.
    Gordon is survived by his wife, Janet; a son, Brian (Suzann) Cole of Stoughton, WI; a daughter, Angela (Rolf) Mosbach of Eau Claire; and his granddaughter, Sacha Rose Mosbach of Eau Claire. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, David Johnson of Amery, Leland Berg of Topton, NC, and Karl N. Hahn of St. Paul, MN; many nieces; nephews; friends and his furry friends the cats, which were a lot of company.
Gordon was preceded in death by parents; a sister, JoAnn Johnson; and a sister-in-law, Florence Berg.
    Gordy chose cremation, and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Strum.
    Friends may call at the church one hour prior to services on Tuesday.
    Schiefelbein Funeral Home, Osseo, is assisting the family.

Published in the Eau Claire Leader

Wayne Lynum, 73

Beloved Husband, Father, Papa and Brother

  Wayne Eugene Lynum was born to Elmer and Bertha (Anderson) Lynum on February 8, 1937. He died on October 4th from complications due to ALS at his home in Afton, MN. Wayne attended elementary school at Wildwood and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1955. He grew up on the family farm where he learned to work hard, something that carried over with him for the rest of his life. Shortly after his High School Graduation he joined the Army where he served for two years.     Wayne married Rita Traynor in 1959, and together they had four children, Todd, Perry, Kathryn & Lisa. They lived in St. Paul during their early years of marriage and then moved to Afton, MN where they have resided for the past 45 years.     Wayne worked at 3M for 34 years before retiring in 1999. Since his retirement he worked seasonally for a landscaping and nursery company. Wayne loved to be outside doing just about anything. He also enjoyed traveling and together with Rita visited many parts of the world plus most of the United States. He had a quick wit and a very good sense of humor. His friends and family, especially his beloved grandchildren, received the benefits of his humor. In 2008 Wayne was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). During his illness he was grateful for the support he received from his family and friends.
    His parents precede him in death also a brother, John and sisters: Deloris Russett, Elaine Bernice Lynum and Loretta Jensen.
    Wayne is survived by his loving family; wife Rita, sons: Todd (Pastor Naomi Mahler) Lynum, Willmar, Mn; Perry (Susan) Lynum, Apple Valley, MN daughters: Kathryn (Michael) Harris, Woodbury, MN, Lisa (Scott) Shaver, Crystal Lake, IL. Grandchildren: Abby, Paige & Phillip Harris; Matthew and Megan Shaver; Mariah, David, Sofia and Grace Lynum, his twin sister Wanda (Fredrick) Holle, Baldwin, WI; brothers Palmer (Carole) Lynum, Spring Valley, WI; Robert (Darlene) Lynum, River Falls, WI, Gail (Ruth) Lynum, Trego, WI; Larry (Sharon) Lynum, Hudson, WI, Steven (Peggy) Lynum, SV, WI. Brothers and sisters-in-law: Lamoine Russett, Newbury Park, CA, Hans Erick Jensen, Elgin, IL, Maureen (Tom) Crossett, Owings Mills, MD, Karen, (John) Cole, Whitby, Ontario, Canada, Teresa (Joseph) Sopko, Nassau, NY; Terry (Linda) Traynor, River Falls, WI and many nieces and nephews.
    Memorials preferred to the ALS foundation or to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Afton, MN.

James Holerud, 82

   James T. Holerud, age 82 of Wilson, Wisconsin died Saturday, October 2, 2010 at his home in Cady Township.
    Jim was born December 7, 1927, the son of Herman and Jennie (Formoe) Holerud in Cady Township, Wisconsin. He farmed with his father on the home farm and continued to farm there until 1964 when the Corp of Engineers bought the water rights to build the Eau Galle Dam. A short time later he purchased his farm on highway 128. Besides farming, Jim did some roofing with Merton Lamb, Junior Timm and Ray Holerud. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and still helped his son Bob on the farm. Up until last year you could find him out in the woods cutting firewood. He loved showing his antique car, a 1930 Model A, and was a lifetime member of the Sno Valley Riders Snowmobile Club.
    Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers Ray and Glenn; and infant granddaughter Tracy Holerud; brothers-in-law Wayne Lorentson, Lyman Jensen, Virgil Gedatus and Dale Sorenson; sister-in-law Delores Holerud.
    Survivors include two children: son Robert (Joy) Holerud of Wilson; and daughter Lillian (Rick) Place of Spring Valley; Virginia Holerud of Menomnie; 5 grandchildren: Adam (Jessie) Place of Clayton; Aaron (Mariah Thyssen) Place of Spring Valley; Keri Hollerud of Orlando, Florida; Craig (Cassie) Hollerud of Wilson; and Randie Hollerud of Wilson; 3 great grandchildren: Trevor, Tyler, & Hannah Place; 1 brother: Merlin (Rose) Holerud of Lodi, Wisconsin; 4 sisters: Harriett Sorenson, Judy Jensen, and Helen Lorentson all of Spring Valley; and Lucille Gedatus of Woodville; sister-in-law: Shirley Holerud of Baldwin; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

   Funeral service was held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. Erin Nelson officiating. Visitation was on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Organist was Linda Anderson. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were his nieces and nephews: Larry Sorenson, Rick Jensen, Steve Gedatus, Todd Holerud, Jenny Drinkman, Cecil Holerud, Patti Kerr, and Kathy House. Honorary bearers were Larry Aamodt, Bob Deiss, Gordon Anderson, Richard Hippauf, Hugh Hampton, Palmer Lynum, Verlyn "Sonny" Falde, Oliver Knoebel, and Jason Deiss.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Published in the Spring Valley Sun/Argus

Ardell Geraldine Harleth (Howe) Helgeson, 93

   Ardell Geraldine Harleth (Howe) Helgeson, age 93 of Woodville, formerly of Spring Valley, died Friday, September 17, 2010 at the Baldwin Area Medical Center, Baldwin, Wisconsin.
    Ardell was born June 24, 1917, the daughter of Melvin and Suzanna (Erlandson) Howe in Racine, Wisconsin. As an infant, her family moved to Clay Corner near Beldenville, Wisconsin. She attended Clay Corner Elementary School and Ellsworth High School, graduating in 1934.
    Ardell worked as a housekeeper in River Falls until her marriage. On April 18, 1938 she was married to Marvin Helgeson at the parsonage in Red Wing, Minnesota. They lived and farmed in Gilman Township for a number of years and then moved to Red Wing during the war. They later moved to the Spring Valley area and lived in Spring Valley for many years. She moved to Park View Home in Woodville in 2003.
    Ardell was an active member of the Martell Methodist Church until its closing. She was very involved in the Ladies Aid, always making Norwegian sunbakkels and celery seed dressing for the many suppers that were put on at church. She has since joined Zion Lutheran Church at Woodville. Besides raising her own family, Ardell was a mother to many in Spring Valley. She babysat and was housekeeper for many years and many different families. She was a Girl Scout Leader, worked at Thompson's Café for over 20 years, and also at Miller's Café, and Kenny Cain's Café. Music was an important part of her life as she and her brother used to sing duets at church.
    Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Marvin; brother Gordon Howe; 2 daughters: Mary Ann Lemke and an infant baby girl; son-in-law Gregg Iverson; grandson Bruce Bulmer; brothers and sisters-in-law: Evelyn Howe, Royal (Howe) Zuhlke; Esther (Norman) Hardy; Opal (Herbert) Branum; Bernice (Al) Muck; Floyd (Shirley) Helgeson; and Harlan Stark.
    Survivors include 3 daughters: Rose (Merlin) Holerud of Lodi, Wisconsin; Jane (Larry) Whirry of Spring Valley; and Linda (Joe) Stang of Woodville; 9 grandchildren: Bradley Bulmer, Brenda (Dave) Scherado; Bryan Bulmer; Todd (Lisa) Holerud; Theresa (Rick) Boardman; Shellie (Alan) Roberds; Tamara Iverson; Scott Iverson; and Tracey (Tim) Boardman; 12 great grandchildren: David and Jessica Scherado; Nicole and Kaitlin Boardman; Jesse, Justine and Tristan Boardman; Sydnie and Dylan Roberds; Kayla Iverson; and Ashley and Brianna Iverson; 4 step-grandchildren: Stephanie and Jeremy Loger and Nicholas and Benjamin Munson; 1 great great grandchild: Cybil Ann Scherado; 1 sister-in-law: Marjorie Stark; 1 niece: Vicky (Chuck) Howe; many other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley with funeral services on Monday, September 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Woodville, Wisconsin, Rev. Keith Anderson officiating. Music was provided by organist Judy Albrightson and vocalist Charlotte Wentlandt. Burial was in Martell Methodist Cemetery, Martell Township, Wisconsin. Pallbearers were Ardell's 9 grandchildren. Memorials are preferred to Park View Guild; Martell Methodist Cemetery Fund; or the Zion Lutheran Church Choir.
Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Published in the Spring Valley Sun/Argus

Richard E. Knight, 66

   Richard E. Knight, age 66, of Ellsworth, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the River Falls Area Hospital. He was born the son of Edward and Naoma (White) Knight on April 15, 1944, in Red Wing, MN.

   In 1962, Richard graduated from Spring Valley High School. After graduation, he worked for two years at Behrens Motor Supply in River Falls. On July 5, 1969, he married Gloria Ray in Hudson and in 1975 the couple purchased their farm in rural River Falls. While farming, Richard hauled milk for Mid-Am from local farmers in River Falls and Ellsworth until selling his route in 1981. After hauling milk, he became an over-the-road truck driver hauling loads of cheese to Seattle, WA.

   Richard loved to socialize on his milk route, taking his time to visit with his customers and even helping them with work and tractor repairs. His family said he could fix anything; he repaired tractors and farm equipment until the time of his death. He also enjoyed tractor pulls and eatiing; he knew the best places in the area to stop for doughnuts, pies and other favorite foods.

   Richard is survived by his wife, Gloria; sons, Steven (Kim) of Hager City, Scott (Gayle) of Ellsworth; daughter, Darla (Randy) Girdeen of Ellsworth; grandchildren, Quinn and Presley Girdeen, Luke and Alex Knight; sister, Carol Johnson, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Naoma.

   A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 2, at First Congregational Church in River Falls. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls and also Friday from 10-11 a.m. at church. The interment was in Greenwood Cemetary in River Falls.

   Arrangements were with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

Richard Wayne 'Dick' Odahlen, 65

   Richard Wayne 'Dick' Odahlen, age 65, of Spring Valley died Sunday, November 29, 2009 after a battle with cancer.

   Dick was born August 1, 1944, the son of Gehart and Lorraine (Harshman) Odahlen in Spring Lake Township, Pierce County, WI. He attended Spring Valley Schools, graduating with the Class of 1962.

   Dick loved sports and participated in football and baseball. After school, he worked for Geving and Keehr Furniture and Funeral Service in Spring Valley for 21 years. During this time he trained as a police office and also worked part time for the Village of Spring Valley. He later worked at Oakdale Hardwood in Spring Valley and Clopay in Baldwin. He was a volunteer fireman and an E.M.T.

Dick was an avid Packer fan, loved fishing and hunting and playing golf. He had a passion for trains and had a nice collection. His friends knew him as "Skeeter" and he spent many hours going for "adventurous" rides just to see the country.

   Preceding him in death were his parents and his brother, James.

   Survivors include 2 daughters and 1 son: Tracy Polk of Baldwin; Timothy Odahlen of Stanley, WI; & Tammy (Cliff) Meyers of Marengo, IL; 6 Grandchildren: Danielle Polk; Afton Polk; Morgan (Dan) Lansing; Michael Meyers; Payton Meyers; & Collin Meyers; 1 Great Granddaughter: Kalie Lansing; 1 Brother: Kyle Odahlen; many Aunts Uncles, Other relatives and friends

   Bearers are Orin Moore, Gerald Duclow and Howard Baillargeon.

Thomas C. Forthun (1935-2010)

   Tom Forthun, born in Stillwater, MN in 1935 to Stanley and Clara, passed away on September 2, 2010. As a loving husband, father, brother, friend and adviser, Tom touched countless lives. He taught for 50 years, teaching all subjects, including music, his passion. He retired last year from Bishop Montgomery High School as Band Director. Tom's life as a strong, dedicated man serves as a positive influence to all.

   In 1953, after high school graduation, Tom left Spring Valley, WI for California to pursue a career as a professional music arranger. He enrolled at Los Angeles Community College, and then enlisted in the US Army. While in the military, he played in the Army Band at Fort Ord, CA. He graduated in 1959 CSU San Diego, BA and in 1970 West Los Angeles School of Law, JD. He was an active member of the Catholic community and in recent years, Tom enjoyed playing trombone with both a swing band and jazz band.

   Tom is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Marlene; son, Mark; daughters, Monica, Paula, Amy, and Mary; brothers, Richard and Gerald; sister, Mary; and granddaughter, Francesca.

   Services include a 4-7 pm viewing and 7 pm vigil to be held at Gamby Mortuary, Lomita on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. Funeral mass will be on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 11:00 am, St. Margaret Mary Church, Lomita. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City.

   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Casa de los Angelitos, 954 Koleta Drive, Harbor City, CA 90710. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on September 8, 2010

Joanne Louise Rognholt Pittman, 71

   Joanne Louise Rognholt Pittman, Reeve, Wis., went to her Heavenly Father on Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Luther Midelfort Northland Hospital, Barron, following a courageous 3-month battle with cancer.

   She was born Nov. 19, 1938, at New Richmond, the daughter of Clarence J. and Clara S. (Hoff) Rognholt. The family later moved to Wilson, where she grew up and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1956.

   Joanne married Theodore "Ted" L. Pittman Jr. at Menomonie on June 1, 1957. They lived for a short time in St. Paul, Minn., where she was employed at St. Paul Fire and Marine. They returned to the Reeve area in 1960 and she worked various jobs, including time at Nova Tran and Franklin Signal in Clear Lake.

   Joanne also provided home day care and worked at Golden Age Manor, Amery, before becoming a cook for the Clear Lake School District. During this time, Joanne and Ted also raised five children, Ted III, Teresa, Troy, Trudy and Todd.

   When she wasn't busy working and taking care of her family, Joanne enjoyed gardening both flowers and vegetables, cooking, canning, camping, snowmobiling and motorcycling with Ted.

   Joanne was a member of the SnoJammers of Boyceville, Reeve Farmerettes Homemakers Club and was an active member of Reeve Evangelical Free Church for many years.

   She also loved to travel and took numerous trips with Ted and her family. Joanne's travels included vacations in Washington State; Arizona; California; the Black Hills and Badlands; Washington DC; Florida; Branson, Mo.; Michigan; Canada and Alaska. She took trips to Europe, including Italy, Norway and Spain.

   Joanne also loved to go to garage sales and auctions in search of bargains and antiques. She was especially fond of collecting pink Depression glass. She also enjoyed decorating for every holiday or season, both inside and outside her home.

   Joanne was proud of her Norwegian heritage and loved to attend church dinners in the area, especially if they were serving lutefisk. She also enjoyed attending plays, supporting CLHS sports and music programs, as well as those of her grandchildren.

   Joanne also was the caretaker of the Vance Creek Town Hall for many years.

   She especially loved visiting with her family and friends and was always ready to offer you to "have a little lunch."

   Her family best describes her with this quote: "A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take." -Cardinal Mermillod

   Surviving are sons and daughters Theodore L. (Lora Harms) III of Madison, Teresa (Ken) Barrick of Barron, Troy (Sandy Linkert) of Lakeville, Minn., Trudy (Isiaka) Pittman-Barrow of Madison and Todd (Kim) of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren Justin and Emily Schultz, both of Barron, BreeSean, Brendan and Braden Pittman, all of New Glarus, and Trevor Millsaps-Fair and Turner Pittman, both of St. Louis; brothers and sister Rodney (Bonnie) Rognholt of Cottonwood, Ariz., Lyman (Rose) Rognholt of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Lyla (Myron) Marlette of Boyceville; a sister-in-law Donna Rognholt of Boyceville; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

   Joanne was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers James, Harold, Harland and Conrad Rognholt; and sisters Harriet Mueller, Mildred Martell, Cleo Rognholt, Lucille Prantner and Norma Hillstead.

   Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, from Reeve Evangelical Free Church, Rev. Todd Groat officiating and interment at Reeve Cemetery.

   Pallbearers were Allen Libby, Alger Monson, Jeff Pittman, Doug Cahow, Robert Ludtke and Richard Moe. Joanne's seven grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.

Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Clear Lake, handled arrangements. Published in the Barron News Shield, Barron, WI

Peter Stonewall Jenson

Note from Laurel Falde: A lot of the people that worked at the Cave during our era will remember Pete Jensen. Pete was Friede's right-hand man and stood as a sort of buffer between us peons and the boss.


   Peter Stonewall Jenson, age 73, died June 20, 2010, at his home at Ceiba Tops near Iquitos, Peru, after a valiant nine month's battle with esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his Explorama friends.

   Peter was born September 25, 1936, in Ladysmith, Wisconsin to LeRoy (Stoney) Jenson and E. Berniece Jenson. The family lived in Bruce, Wisconsin, at the time but moved frequently. Peter went to school in Galesville (1-4th grade), Milwaukee's Tippecanoe (5-6th grade), Waupaca (7-8th grade), and Elmwood (9-12th grade). He then attended Hamline University in St. Paul and earned his Bachelor of Science degree (geology and archaeology) in 1957. During high school and college he was a guide in Crystal Cave, Spring Valley, Wisconsin. He then earned his Master's degree from The University of Minnesota, where he also did his PhD studies. He was employed at the St. Paul Science Museum as curator of geology and archaeology. In 1963, Peter volunteered for the Peace Corp and was especially interested in working in Peru. After his two-year service in the mountains of Peru, he went to Iquitos on the Amazon for a "short" vacation to see the river that had fascinated him as a child.
    In Iquitos, he renewed his great interest in the river and the people who lived near it. He became convinced that it must be economically feasible for the area to be preserved. He also believed in the importance of educating people throughout the world concerning the importance of the biodiversity of the Amazon River Basin. He started by becoming friends with the Yagua Indians and renting a boat to take tourists to visit their villages. This small start expanded to now encompass five separate lodges throughout the rain forest.
    Under the auspices of "Conapac" foundation, Explorama has purchased over 10,000 acres of the rain forest that cannot be logged, hunted, or burned. "Conapac" supports a number of Explorama-sponsored services including Dr. Linnea Smith's Yanamono hospital, the Amazon River Library, training of teachers in the adopt a school program which reaches over 4,500 students a year, the water purification project in jungle villages, and the maintenance of the Canopy Walkway. Explorama has over 150 employees, many who are local Yagua Indians. They are all highly educated in the importance of the Amazon wildlife and vegetation.
    In August of 2008 the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment recognized Peter's work and the President of Peru, Alan Garcia, personally presented Peter with an award for his contribution for the Preservation of the Environment. In 2009, Explorama was winner of Educational Travel Conference "Responsible Tourism Award", and in 2010, the Iquitos Board of Education recognized Peter with the "Amazon Educator" award for his great effort in Environmental Education both for local children, adults, and visitors to the rainforest.
    Peter's battle with cancer brought him to his sister, Pat Luehmann's home in Lewiston, Minnesota. He spent seven months there and at Mayo Clinic and its facilities in 2009 and 2010. When the cancer spread, he was ready to go home. His "velorio" (wake or visitation) was held on his large ship at his various lodges and the funeral was held in Iquitos. His ashes were spread from the Canopy Walkway into the jungle on July 4, 2010.
    Peter would be pleased if you would take a virtual tour of his beloved home at amazon@explorama.com

Vern Dahl Richardson, age 92

   Vern Dahl Richardson, age 92, of River Falls, Wis., formerly of Spring Valley, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at the Lutheran Home in River Falls.  

   Vern was born June 15, 1918, the daughter of David E. and Mary Eugenia (Bayer) Dahl in St. Paul, Minn. She attended St. Luke’s Elementary School in St. Paul. Her family moved to Hudson where her father was the first band director at the Hudson High School. Vern graduated from Hudson in 1936.

   After high school, Vern attended River Falls Normal School for two years and in 1938 married Lee Richardson. They were blessed with six children.

   After starting her family, she went back to college at River Falls and completed her degree in teaching in 1962. She enjoyed teaching 2nd grade in Elmwood from 1962 until 1981. Vern moved to River Falls in 1991 and resided at the Lutheran Home for the past year.

   Vern was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Vern was practical and wise; an outstanding role model. She was an exceptional seamstress, crossword puzzle enthusiast and avid baseball fan.

   Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Lee; daughter, Mary Jo Spence; and three sisters, Margaret O’Connell, Mary Strandberg and Carol Brandes.

   Survivors include four sons and one daughter, David L. Richardson of Madison, Robert J. (Mary Ann) Richardson of Spring Valley, Don A. (Mary) Richardson of Hot Spring Village, Ark., Susan L. (David) Reese of River Falls, P. William ‘Bill’ (Julie) Richardson of Spring Valley; son-in-law, Russell Spence of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one sister, Virginia Bertz of St. Paul; many other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. with Fr. Varkey and Fr. Harris officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers are grandsons Russell Morgan Spence Jr., David Lee Richardson Jr., R. Jay Richardson, Christopher M. Richardson, Peter D. Reese, and Justin P. Richardson.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Published in the Spring Valley Sun/Argus

Marlys Maxine SlocumWheeler, age 70

   Marlys Maxine Wheeler, age 70, of Elmwood died Friday, May 21, 2010 United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.

   Marlys was born on February 3, 1940 in River Falls. She was the daughter of William and Helen (Gunderson) Slocum. Marlys grew up in the Elmwood area and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1958. Marlys married Roger Wheeler on July 26, 1958 in Spring Valley. Marlys worked various jobs over the years, Ottman's Grocery and Sailer's Meat Market, both in Elmwood and for 30 years she worked Rivera Kitchens in Red Wing, MN. She retired in October of 2003 when she was medically unable to work.

   Marlys enjoyed woodworking, working on puzzles and spending time outside. Most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends.

   Marlys is survived by her husband of 51 years, Roger, two sons, Dale of Elmwood and Mark of Hudson, one daughter Becky (Gary) Anderson, two grandchildren, Christopher (Erin) Anderson and Nicole (Jeremy) Hannack of Spring Valley, two great grandchildren, Parker Hannack and Ella Anderson, her mother, Helen Slocum of Spring Valley, one brother, Jerry (Jackie) Slocum of Ellsworth, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her father, William Slocum and a nephew, Kevin Slocum.

   Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Elmwood. Rev. Martin Wegner will officiate. Burial will be in the Poplar Hill Cemetery in Elmwood. Friends may call from 5-8 PM Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

   Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Elmwood is serving the family.

Published in the Spring Valley Sun/Argus

Nona J. Traynor Schmidt, age 78

     Nona J. Schmidt, 78, of St. Paul, died Friday, April 30, 2010, at home in St. Paul, Minnesota, following a courageous battle with cancer.

   Nona was born on March 9, 1932, in Elmwood, the daughter of Archie and Clara (O'Connell) Traynor. She grew up on their farm in Spring Valley and attended Spring Valley High School, graduating with the class of 1950.

   After high school she moved to Fond du Lac where she worked briefly at Canvas Products Company, and at John Deere, working in accounting. Then she moved to the Twin Cities and worked at Greyhound.

   On November 28, 1953, she married Quentin Schmidt (from South Dakota) in El Paso, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and they made their home in St. Paul since that time. Mrs. Schmidt was preceded in death by her husband, Quentin; parents: Archie and Clara (O'Connell) Traynor; sisters: Colleen Wilk and Kay Traynor; and brothers, Gary and Dan Traynor.

   Mrs. Schmidt's family said she was a homemaker and committed Christian who enjoyed visiting with people and helping others. She loved children and being a grandmother. She also enjoyed watching hummingbirds out her window.

   She is survived by her children: Renee (Lane) Teigen of Maple Grove, Minnesota; Jay (Janet) Schmidt of Lino Lakes, Minnesota; Perry Schmidt of St. Paul; and Troy (Nancy) Schmidt of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren: Amanda Teigen, Kayla Schmidt, Natalie Teigen, Jonathan and Michael Schmidt; sister, Joan Budd of Bloomington, Minnesota; and sister-in-law, Laurene Traynor of Star Prairie, Wisconsin and many nieces and nephews.

   A celebration of Nona's life was held on Wednesday May 5, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home 1401 Arcade Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55106. Private interment was at El Paso Cemetery.

Published in the Spring Valley Sun/Argus

James Lyle DeMarce, age 70, Black Lung Program Director

   James DeMarce, 70, Director of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation at the Department of Labor,died April 12, 2010, at Virginia Hospital Center of a heart attack. He was a resident of Arlington, VA.

   He had served as Director since September 1983, having joined the Department of Labor in 1976 as an attorney with the Benefits Review Board. Prior to that, he served as assistant professor of history and humanities at Northwest Missouri State College, Maryville, MO.

   Lyle DeMarce was born October 2, 1939, in Pepin, Pepin County, Wisconsin. He graduated from Spring Valley, Wisconsin, high school and the Wisconsin State College - River Falls. He received a M.A. in modern European history from Stanford in 1963 and a J.D. from The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, in 1976.

   He was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Falls Church, VA.

   Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Virginia Easley, whom he married in Columbia, MO; three children, Karl (Brenda) of Memphis, MO, John (Melinda) of Arlington, VA, and Josephine (Brian Babcock) of Salem, VA; five grandchildren, and two stepgrandchildren.

Statement of US Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis regarding death of James DeMarce, Director of coal Mine Workers’ Compensation Division:

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement regarding the death of James L. DeMarce, director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation:

   “We at the U.S. Department of Labor are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Jim DeMarce, who served as the director of the department’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation for more than 25 years.

   “I extend my sincerest condolences to Jim’s wife, Virginia, and their three children, Karl, John and Josephine, as well as to their five grandchildren.

   “For many years, Jim has been the face and soul of the department’s black lung benefits program for everyone from union officials and mine workers, to members of the coal industry, to state workers’ compensation officials, to congressional staffers and to every Labor Department staff person who contributed to making this program work. All of them relied upon Jim’s encyclopedic knowledge of every aspect of the program, his rock-solid judgment and his unflagging support for coal miners facing black lung, a terrible, man-made illness.

   “Jim was the consummate civil servant, in the best sense of that term. He cared about the workers his program served and about his co-workers at the Labor Department. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”

   James DeMarce lived in Arlington, Va.

Helen Reucile (Gjovig) Cockerham, age 71    Note: the photo on the left is more recent than the one on the right.
    Helen Reucile (Gjovig) Cockerham passed away peacefully on Monday, March 8, 2010, at the Billings Clinic Hospital, due to complications from cancer.
    Helen was born Sept. 20, 1938, in River Falls, Wis., to Reuben Benjamin and Anna Helen (Larson) Gjovig. She graduated from Spring Valley High School, Spring Valley, Wis., in 1958.

   Helen married George Maynard Cockerham in 1961 and later divorced. They had four children together. In 1977, Helen and her children moved to Roundup, where she met David Max Treuthardt. They were together until he passed away in 2002.
    Over the years, Helen worked in a number of restaurants in Roundup and Billings and most recently worked at the Senior Center in Roundup, which she enjoyed immensely. Helen enjoyed a good game of pinochle and spending time with her children and grandchildren and her faithful feline companion, Tucker.
    Helen is survived by her children, David of Salem, Ore., Rick of Annandale, Va., Brian (Michelle) and their children Walker and Brittany, and Andrea (Pat) Anderson and their children Allie and Courtney; her brother, Charles (Marilyn) Gjovig of East Bethel, Minn.; and her sister, Betty Engstrom of Aurora, Minn. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and good friends.
    Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, March 15, at Zion Lutheran Church in Roundup, with inturnment to follow in at the Roundup Cemetery east of town.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Audrey Louise Menter, age 70

   Audrey Louise Menter, age 70, of rural Wilson, Wis., died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at her home in Cady Township, surrounded by her family. Audrey was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on May 22, 2009, and had been receiving hospice care for the last month.

   Audrey was born Dec. 15, 1939, the daughter of Andrew and Elsie (Knerr) Rudesill in Baldwin, Wis. She was baptized and confirmed at New Centerville Methodist Church and had been a member of Wilson Lutheran Church since 1978.

   On May 3, 1958, Audrey married Joe Menter at New Centerville Methodist Church.

   Audrey was bookkeeper for their business, Red Cedar Plumbing, in Menomonie, and later she and Joe operated A&J’s Amish Oak, also in Menomonie. Many will also remember the music she and Joe provided for many occasions.

   Preceding her in death were her parents; one brother, Troy Rudesill; and one sister, Judy Olson.

   Survivors include her husband, Joe of Knapp; two sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren: Joe (Kathleen) Menter Jr. of Slinger, Wis.; Dennis (Rachel) Menter of Eau Claire and their children, Shayla and Zachary; and Kathy (Jim) Mikla of Knapp and their son, Steven; one brother, Kent (Ann) Rudesill of Baldwin; two sisters, Lorraine (Harold) Turner of Baldwin and Mary (Len) Place of Oshkosh; one sister-in-law, Bernadine Menter of Wilson; one brother-in-law, Allen (Phyllis) Menter of Faith, S.D.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

   Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Wilson Lutheran Church with Rev. Douglas Brandt officiating. Burial was in Wilson Lutheran Cemetery, Wilson.

   Pallbearers were Doug, Andy and Kurt Rudesill, and Brad, Eric and Bruce Turner.

   Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Published in the Pierce County Herald



Do you Remember Lorraine's Bar?

Lorraine Langer, Duane Lowser's Father, Duane Lowser's Mother, Marion Odalen, Bud Odalen, Vic Langer, and Casey Preston

Bud Odalen, Otto Siegert (drinking a beer from the old Happy Birthday Mug with cigar and all), Duane Lowser and Duane Howser's Mother

Comments from John Kirk:

   Even though I was not on any of those pictures, I could have just as well have been since I was in their enough times.
    I especially remember Syver days when Jim Jacobson, Gayle Olson, Glenn Sandve, and oh so many more gathered there to renew times past. The stories were really flying and I was literally sore for days from laughing.
    I especially noticed a town drunk by the name of Casey.What a character he was. He was a quiet individual until he had a few beers under his belt.What a Jekyl and Hyde personality. I'm sure he was embarrassed when he sobered up when he was told of all the antics he participated in.
    We had some real "characters" in SV but I'm sure so do other towns. I could name many who are long forgotten that ranked right up there. Just some thoughts-- jk



Spring Valley News

A Conversation with George and Elaine Gauvin

by Kaye Bird, Sun-Argus/Gateway Publishing. March 24, 2010

Many of you remember the Gauvins from your days in Spring Valley:

Kewaskum - In a 2005 Sun-Argus article, the headline announced, “Spring Valley’s oldest street walker leaving town.” People who knew the Gauvins, and many people in the area did, understood and appreciated that headline.
    George and Elaine Gauvin were leaving the area they had called home for the past 60 years. For the past 40 years George had walked from their home on McKay Street to downtown Spring Valley every day. In 2005, he was still making the trip. In 2005, George Gauvin was 94 years old.
    The Gauvins were moving to southeastern Wisconsin to be near their family. It was a bittersweet moment for them and a truly sad time for the countless friends they would be leaving behind.
    Four and a half years later, we are pleased to report that the Gauviins are doing just fine. They live in a health care center in Kewaskum, Wisconsin – a building that houses both assisted living facilities and a nursing home. Kewaskum is a small town similar to Spring Valley. George and Elaine have a nice view of the woods outside their window.
    “We like it pretty well here,” said George. “There’s always something going on like crafts, Bingo and other games.” He also likes drinking coffee and talking to his new found friends. One thing Elaine really enjoys is not having to prepare meals. “I like not having to cook anymore,” she said.
    In the 2005 article, written by Paul Seeling, Elaine explained their decision to move to Kewaskum. “Dan talked us into moving because it’s too far away for them to come and see us,” she said. Sadly, soon after they moved, their son, Dan passed away on November 4, 2005. He was 65 years old.
    Still, George and Elaine receive regular visits from their eldest granddaughter, Kate who lives in Milwaukee (about an hour away) and her husband Shawn and their children. Morgan is seven and Madeline is five. Daughter-in-law, June visits every weekend. Morgan and Madeline love visiting and singing songs for their great grandparents. “We get a kick out of those little characters,” said George.
    The Gauvin’s other granddaughter, Suzanne, is a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy. She is stationed in Hawaii with her husband Tom and two children, Gabriella, age 4 and two-year-old Tony. They visit a few times each year.
    According to June, who conducted the interview, George isn’t as staeady on his feet as he used to be, so walking outside is a challenge. He does, however, use a cane and likes to walk the hallways of the building in which they live.
    Most importantly, both George and Elaine are in good health. “I still feel as strong as I ever was,” said George, Neither takes any medication at all! “We’re really lucky that we’ve stayed so healthy all these years. Must have good genes,” said Elaine.
    While it was certainly an adjustment to move from their big house to just one room in the health care center, they have adapted. They enjoy the people who live in the center with them, and they love being able to see their family more often.
    An adjustment that George is not particularly fond of, however, is no longer being able to drive. “I still feel like I could drive pretty good, but if I got in any little fender bender, everyone would probably say, ‘That old coot shouldn’t have been driving,’ so I guess it’s better that I sold my car and don’t drive anymore,” he said.
    Even though George describes the town of Kewaskum as “really friendly and easy to used to,” they miss their friends and neighbors in Spring Valley. “We lived in the Valley for 60 years, and for 40 of those we lived in that house right on McKay Street. We got to know almost everyone and had lots of close friends, so we miss them and think about them often,” said George.
    And it’s not only friends and neighbors they miss. “I miss sitting on the front porch and watching the Dam Days parade. We enjoyed being Grand Marshals for the parade one year and liked being able to visit with friends and neighbors,” said Elaine.
    George misses fishing at the lake, walking down to Sneakers for dinner and shaking dice at Deb’s country Inn with his buddies.
    George and Elaine have joined Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum. June writes, “George and Elaine have several friends who live in the building as well as some people they have met through church. As usual they have no trouble making friends!”
    George would like to pass this message along to his good friends in Spring Valley: “We’d just like to say that we miss everyone and think of you all often. We’ve had some good times there through the years and hope that everyone remembers us and thinks of us from time to time, too.”