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Spring Valley News...2011


Lee Jorgenson, 68

   Lee Jorgenson, age 68 of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at his home in Gilman Township.

   Lee was born June 28, 1943, the son of Peter and Freida (Wilson) Jorgenson in Spring Lake Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He was baptized at his grandparents' home at Wilson and has been a long time member of Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley.

   Lee attended Gilman Mines Elementary School and Spring Valley High School graduating with the Class of 1961. He drove truck for the Valley Elevator for Floyd Klanderman and Jim Wall for 10 years. He went to work for Melgard Monument in River Falls, retiring after 32 years of service.

   On March 12, 1966 Lee married Karen Sumter at Gilman Lutheran Church. Lee has served a number of years on the Gilman Lutheran Cemetery Board. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time fishing and hunting with his children and grandchildren. He had a great sense of humor and always had a smile on his face.  

Preceding him in death were his parents, his mother-in-law Bobette Sumter and brother-in-law Larry Sumter.

   Survivors include his wife Karen of Spring Valley; son Tod (Mel) Jorgenson of Spring Valley; daughter Bobbie (Robby) Jaeger of Spring Valley; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren: Brandon (Cassie) Jorgenson of Spring Valley and their children Landon and Payton; Bradley Jorgenson of Spring Valley; Tyson, Mataya, and Addisyn Kado and Maci Jaeger; special 'grandson' Darrel Perry and his son Jackson; 2 sisters and 1 brother: Georgia (Lester) Britton, Chapel, South Carolina; Richard (Shirley) Jorgenson, Coolidge, AZ; Darlene (Tim) Schmaltz, Andover, MN; father-in-law Raymond Sumter of Spring Valley; brother-in-law Tom Sumter of Red Wing; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation is on Friday from 5 until 8:00 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Memorial funeral service will be on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating. Music will be provided by organist Risa Carlson with congregational singing. Burial is in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.

   Honorary bearers are Lee's grandchildren, great grandchildren, and Darrel Perry.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Published in the Spring Valley Sun/Argus

Thomas Lloyd (Tommy) Moldenhauer, 67
    Thomas Lloyd (Tommy) Moldenhauer, age 67 of Wilson, Wisconsin died Sunday, October 16, 2011 at Veteran's Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Tommy was born May 13, 1944 the son of Frederick and Margaret (Glampe) Moldenhauer at Baldwin, Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed and a lifelong member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley.
    Tommy attended Plainview Grade School and Spring Valley High School. He began working at a young age for Sweeney Brothers Construction and farming with his dad. He hauled cattle for many years and after his father's death, purchased the family farm. He later drove the whey truck for Cady Cheese.
    Tommy loved the outdoors and spent many hours on his 4-wheeler and at his camper at Iron River. He loved horses and attending horse pulls. Tommy served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam War and was a member of the Matson-Miller American Legion Post 330 of Wilson, Wisconsin.
    Preceding him in death were his parents; and brothers Gary "Bub" and Ronald "Ronnie" Moldenhauer.
    He is survived by 2 sisters: Darlene "Sis" (Harold) Wilk of Menomonie; and Dawn (Paul) Kangas of Spring Valley; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Funeral service was on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. Martin Wegner officiating. Sharleen Bammert was organist. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery, Spring Valley.
    Pallbearers were Chris Blegen, Christopher Blegen, Lance Peterson, John Lamb, Richard "Dutch" Spinner, Ray Kling and Brody Peterson. Military honors were performed by Matson-Miller American Legion Post 330 of Wilson.
Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Bernice Catherina Sebion, 94

   Bernice Catherina Sebion, age 94, of Spring Valley, Wis., died Monday, Oct. 17, at her daughter's home in Columbus, Minn.
    Bernice was born July 17, 1917, the daughter of Oscar and Gena (Nelson) Olson in Gilman Township, Pierce County, Wis. She was baptized at Martell Lutheran Church and confirmed at Gilman Lutheran where she was still a member. Bernice graduated from Spring Valley High School with the class of 1936. On Jan. 29, 1940, she married Maynard Sebion at the Spring Valley Parsonage. Maynard died Aug. 11, 1998.
After marriage, Bernice and Maynard farmed in Gilman Township. She worked at the Bobber Café at Baldwin for over 12 years and also worked at Connell's Apple Orchard. She refurbished and refinished furniture and antiques and worked at the UW-River Falls Food Service. As a young girl, Bernice claimed to have "the horse fever" which changed after she started raising her family. She was active in her church and could always be counted on to help a neighbor in need.
    Preceding her in death were her parents; sister Gladys Vanasse; brother-in-law Dick Vanasse; and sister-in-law Kai Olson.
    Survivors include three sons and three daughters, Robert (Dorothy) Sebion of Spring Valley, Gene (Robert) Mohr of Columbus, Lynn (Carol) Sebion of Burnsville, John (Robyn) Sebion of Spring Valley, Sonja Wilcox of Eagan, and Karen Stockman of Spring Valley; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister Alice (Bob) Rudesill of Seminole, Fla.; brother, Glen Olson of Hudson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating. Music was provided by organist Risa Carlson and vocalists Paul and Katie Vanasse and Kassy Johnson. Burial was in the Gilman Lutheran Cemetery. Pallbearers were Cory Mohr, Cody Sebion, Kelly Wallin, Tyler Wilcox, Andrew Sebion, Kristian Sebion, Josh Wilcox, and Jane Hamlin.
Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Eunice E. (Brooke) Dahms, 90

   Eunice E. (Brooke) Dahms, 90, died on October 15, 2011. Born on Octtober 11, 1921 to Arthur and Marie Brooke of Spring Valley, Eunice was one of 11 children.     

   Eunice married Elmer "Pete" Dahms on October 25, 1941. Together they had seven children. The family lived in Spring Valley until 1959, when they moved to River Falls. They purchased the Cozy Lunch Café and Greenwood Grocery, later known as the Falls Café. After selling the business in 1970, Eunice worked in food services at UW/RF until she retired in 1992 Not one to be idle, she continued to work part time at the River Falls Senior Center until 2003 when she retired at the age of 82.

   Eunice loved to share time with her family and friends and seldom refused an opportunity to play cards. She traveled whenever she could, enjoyed ballroom dancing when she was in her 60s, and was always up for a trip to the casino. Cooking and baking were lifelong passions, and she fed everyone who came to visit. The cookie jar in her home was always full, and the coffee pot was always on.

   Eunice is survived by her children, Bonnie Wheeler, Hudson; Wendy Schussler, W. St. Paul; Deb (John) Larson, River Falls; Margie (Kent) Miller, Steele, North Dakota and Peter (Connie) Dahms, River Falls. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jack Wheeler, Clint Delander, Ashley Stohl, Melanie Lebens, Mona Thompson, Molly Nolan, Donnie Dahms, Danielle Dahms, and six great grandchildren. Her sisters Adeline Langer, Ada Hughes, Gloria Duffy and brothers Dick, Bob (Margie) and Dale (Diane) Brooke, along with many nieces and nephews also mourn her passing.

   Eunice was preceded in death by Elmer Dahms, her daughter Sherrie Cosgrove, son Donavon Dahms, grandson Joey Wheeler , granddaughter Mindy Dahms; brothers John, Walter, Coburn and Byron Brooke.

   The funeral will be held at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. A private burial will be held at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Spring Valley on the same date.

   The family requests memorials to the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Pierce County, 412 W. Kinne St. P.O. Box 540, Ellsworth, Wisconsin 54011.

Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Marilyn Thompson Fisher, 75

Marilyn D. Fisher age 75 of rural Maiden Rock passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. She was born the daughter of Gerhardt and Nora (Hurtgen) Thompson on July 11, 1936 in Gilman Township, WI. On August 22, 1959, she married Lloyd Fisher at the Gilman Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.     After high school she worked at a creamery and Smeads in River Falls. Marilyn was a farm wife and a cook at the Plum City Grade School for 17 years. She retired in 2006.

   She is preceded in death by her parents; and an infant twin sister, Rosemary Thompson. Marilyn is survived by her husband, Lloyd; children, Melvin (Janice) Fisher, Kevin (Angie) Fisher, Linda (Lynn) Hanson; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings, Ron (Sue) Thompson, Harold (Mary) Thompson, Ellen (Steve) Meyer, Don (Becky) Thompson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

   A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock. Visitation will also be Sunday from 1:00-3:00 pm before the service. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.

Roger A. Raehsler, 72
    Roger Alan Raehsler, age 72 of El Paso WI, died on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at the Park View Nursing Home in Woodville. Roger was born May 30, 1939 in Saint Paul MN to parents Joseph and Lillian (Fischer) Raehsler. Roger attended high school at Ellsworth and Spring Valley before enlisting in the US Navy. On November 27, 1961, Roger would be united in marriage to Phyllis Olivia Gaustad. Though the union would later dissolve, their marriage would be blessed with five children.  

   Roger worked for years with the Andersen Window Corporation, and with St. Croix Manufacturing. Outside of work, Roger enjoyed woodworking, vegetable gardening, tinkering in his garage workshop, and running marathons. Roger enjoyed golfing, bowling, and playing card games such as euchre and sheephead. Roger especially liked watching football, and was an avid fan of both the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers.

   Roger is survived by daughters Teresa “Teri” (Jim) Sebion of Beldenville, Beth (Dale Caturia) Van Dien of Ellsworth, and Janet Raehsler of Woodville; grandchildren, Cody, Cory, Ashley, Jacob, Jordan and Brooke; siblings Doug (Dixie) Raehsler, Tim (Anne) Raehsler, Duane “Jake” (Susan) Raehsler, and Carol (Chuck) Gregg; special friend, Judy Peterson and her family; former wife Phyllis Raehsler; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

   Roger was preceded in death by his son, Richard Alan Raehsler; daughter Joan Carol Raehsler; his parents, Joseph and Lillian Raehsler; sisters Joyce and Arliss; and brothers Bill, Ronnie, and Gary.

   A memorial gathering and celebration of life for Roger Raehsler will be held from 4:00-7:00PM on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton Street, in Baldwin. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral home and Countryside Crematory of Baldwin WI. 715-684-3434

Lucille M. Aamodt, 74

   Lucille M. Aamodt, age 74, of Farmington, MN, passed away July 12, 2011. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lyle & Juliet Aamodt. Survived by siblings, Luverne (Hennerita) and Arland (Marlene) Aamodt; nieces, Luanne Sigmund and Teresa Bornbach; nephews, Bradley, Perrence, Timothy, Joel, Richard and Christopher Aamodt; aunts, Ada Ray, Martha and Mabel Peterson. Also by other loving relatives and friends.

   Memorial Service 2PM Saturday, July 16, 2011 at White Funeral Home 12804 Nicollet Ave S. Burnsville with visitation one hour prior to service.

George Theodore Gauvin, 100

   George Theodore Gauvin died on Saturday, June 11, 2011, in Kewaskum, WI, at the age of 100.

   George was born on February 21st, 1911, to Leah (LeGault) Gauvin and Daniel Gauvin in Eau Galle, WI. He was the 8th of 11 children. On November 19, 1938, he married Elaine Shafer, and together they had one son, Daniel. The Gauvins initially made their home in Pontiac, MI, where George worked for the Pontiac Motor plant, and then moved to Spring Valley, WI, in 1945. They would remain in Spring Valley until 2005, when the Gauvins moved to Kewaskum, WI, to be closer to family.

   Always a hard worker, George held many jobs in his lifetime, including work with the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s, working at the Pontiac Motor plant, and working on the construction of I-94 as a mechanic for Sweeney Brothers in Spring Valley. He also owned and operated a service station in Spring Valley. George retired in 1978 and spent his retirement years fishing, mowing the lawns and snow-blowing the walks of his neighbors, playing pool and cribbage at the Senior Citizen’s Center and Deb’s Cafe, and enjoying his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He and Elaine were married for 72 years until her passing in March of 2011. He will always be remembered for his kind heart, colorful stories, and love of his family and community.

   George is survived by his daughter-in-law, June Gauvin of Kewaskum, WI; two granddaughters: Kathryn (Shawn) Vele of Milwaukee, WI, and Suzanne (Thomas) Abarca of Honolulu, HI; four great-grandchildren: Morgan and Madeline Vele of Milwaukee and Gabriella and Antonio Abarca of Honolulu; as well as many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Elaine, his son Daniel, his parents and all his brothers and sisters.

   Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Spring Valley, WI. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Spring Valley. Visitation will take place from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church on Wednesday.

Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

Donavon A. Dahms, 61

   Donavon (Donnie) Dahms, of Hamilton, MT, and formerly of River Falls, died on Thursday, July 2, 2009. His death was due to cancer caused by Agent Orange exposure. He was 61 years old.

   The son of Eunice and Elmer (Pete) Dahms, Donnie was born in Spring Valley, and graduated from River Falls Senior High in 1965. A Vietnam veteran, Donnie served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968. He was part of the 2nd Armored "Hell on Wheels" Division and a member of the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, "Blackhorse."

   Donnie was a handyman who could fix or built just about anything. He enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, playing cards or shooting pool and spending time with close friends. He loved God, his family, home cooking, hunting and Montana. He will be remembered for his quick laugh and generous spirit. Those who knew him are grateful for having been part of his life.

   Donnie is survived by his mother, Eunice Dahms; his sisters: Margie Miller, Bonnie Wheeler, Deb Larson, and Wendy Schussler; and brother Peter Dahms. He is also survived by a number of relatives and friends including Mike Best and the clan at the "Rainbow" in Hudson.

   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mindy; father, Pete; and sister Sherri.

   A private service was held on Monday, July 6, 2009, at Fort Snelling.

   "Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand."

Linda Linn Garbitt Anderson, 62

   Linda Linn Anderson, age 62 of Hudson, died at her home in the early morning hours on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009.

   She was born the daughter of Leonard and Bette (Dix) Garbett on April 4, 1947, in Flint, Michigan. Linda and her family lived in many placess throughout the Midwest and in Florida during her youth. When she was older, her family moved to Spring Valley WI. It was there that she met Donald F. Anderson in 1963. They were united in marriage on March 21, 1964, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. They would be blessed with two children, Melanie and Kenneth. The family continued to move around northwest Wisconsin and Michigan before settling in Baldwin where they spent nine years. Then in 1977 the family made Hudson their home.

   In 1970, Linda had an experience that would change her life. She heard the gospel preached at the First Baptist Church in Woodville and became a born again Christian, making her faith public by believers baptism (immersion). She was a good Christian, strong in her faith and active in her church.

   Linda loved children, teaching Sunday school at church, and spending 25 years as an in-home child-care provider. She kept their house immaculate and liked to invite friends over for dinner; she was a wonderful cook. Linda was always willing to help others and her generout spirit will be missed by all.

   Linda was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Garbett, and sister, Cinda Weakley.

   She is survived by husband, Don; daughter, Melanie Liechti; son, Kenneth (Stephanie) Anderson; five granddaughters, Jordan and Jasmine Liechti, and Emily, Abby, and Lindsay Anderson; mother, Bette Schwirtz; brother, Michael Garbett; half-sister, Jackie Evans; many nieces, nephews and good friends.

   A funeral service for Linda was held at 12 noon on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Bible Baptist Church, 545 Sixth St., N., North Hudson, with Pastor Mark Shore officiating. Visitation was at the church for two hours prior to the service. Internment was in the Gilma Lutheran Church Cemetery in Spring Valley. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to the Bible Baptist Church in Linda's memory.

   Services have been entrusted to the O'Cnnell Family Funeral Home in Hudson.

Marval Klecker Peterson, 76
   Marval Lorraine (Klecker) Peterson, age 76 of Viroqua, died on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Vernon Manor Retirement Home after an extended illness. She was born on March 13, 1935 to Harry and Alice (Ingle) Klecker of Elmwood, Wis. She graduated from Spring Valley, Wisconsin High School in 1953 and continued her education at Stout Institute, graduating in 1958, with a major in Home Economics Education. Upon her graduation Marval taught High School Economics in the Viroqua School system for seven years. She then went to Monroe, Wis. where she served as a University Extension Home Economics Agent for Green County. In June of 1967 Marval married Edward Peterson of Viroqua, Wis. Marval helped Ed in his electrical contracting business as bookkeeper and storekeeper. She also kept busy with homemaking, various volunteer organizations and women's organization in her church. Ed and marvel did not have any natural children, but served as a foster home for emotionally disturbed young ladies for 17 years, working with the Vernon County Department of Social Services, and the local mental health agency.  

   Marval received the State Future American Homemaker Honorary Member Award, was a board member of the Vernon County Agricultural Society, superintendent of different divisions of the home economics exhibits at the Vernon County Fair. She was a member of the Vernon County Mental Health Association and served as chairperson for many charitable fund drives in the city of Viroqua. In her later years, Marval served as director of the Living Faith Church area food pantry, a position she held for seven years until her retirement in 2008 due to health reasons.

   She is survived by by her husband, Ed; three sisters: Lavonna Wiff, of Florida, Beverly (Ronald) Lynne of Rochester, Minn., and Judy (Robert) Steiner of Hudson, Wis.; numerous nieces; nephews; and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her parent, Harry and Alice Klecker; brother-in-law, John Wiff.

   Blessed be our memory of Marval Lorraine Peterson.

   A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Living Faith Church, 852 North Main Street, Viroqua, Wis. Pastor Fred Sindorf will officiate. A visitation will be held from 12:00 until time of service at 1:00 p.m.

The Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home of Viroqua is serving the family.

Sorenson, Wayne, 88
    Wayne Harold Sorenson of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, formerly of Spring Valley, Wisconsin, died on Thursday, April 7, 2011.
    He was born on January 24, 1923 to Henry and Myrtle Sorenson of Gilman Township.
    Wayne was baptized and confirmed at Gilman Lutheran Church where his parents were lifelong members. He attended Gilman Elementary and Spring Valley High School.
    Wayne farmed until 1944 when he entered the army in W.W.II. After his discharge, he lived in St. Paul, MN. He worked at Waldorf Paper Co. until his retirement.
    Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Harland and David ('59), and sisters Donna and Judy ('57).
    He leaves to mourn, his wife Marge of 62 years, daughter Linda and son David (Sandy), two grandchildren Ryan and Kelly Sorenson, brothers Jim-'48 (Marlene), Rollin-'52 (Sue) and sisters Arlene Nelson and Shirley Anderson.
    Memorial service is scheduled at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Stillwater, MN on Saturday, April 30th. Visitation 10:00 A.M. and service 11:00 A.M. Burial at Fort Snelling.

Nancy Kay Krause, 70

  Nancy Kay Krause, age 70, of Woodbury - January 13, 1941- February 1, 2011. Preceded in death by parents, Jeanne (Haster) & Glenn Krause; brother, John; granddaughter, Jenny. Survived by children, Kimberly (Jeff) Ellefson, James (Kim) VanSchoonhoven & Kristen Krause; grandsons, Ryan, Trevor (Kiana) & Corben; great granddaughter, Rylee Kay; brother, Joseph (Diane) Krause. Memorial Service Saturday 2 PM at WULFF WOODBURY FUNERAL HOME, 2195 Woodlane Dr., Woodbury. A gathering of family & friends 1 hour prior to service. A special thank you to Joyce Miller, friend of 52 years & also the ALS Foundation & St. Jude Hospice. Memorials preferred to the ALS Foundation. 651-738-9615

Elaine Carol Gauvin, 91

   Elaine Carol Gauvin, 91, formerly of Spring Valley, WI passed away on Friday, March 11, at Kettle Moraine Gardens in Kewaskum, WI.  

   She was born in Downsville, WI, on April 1st, 1919, to Archie and Grace (Kizer) Shafer. Elaine attended Menomonie High School, graduating with the class of 1936. On November 19, 1938, she married George Gauvin in Pontiac, MI. In 1945, the Gauvins moved to Spring Valley, WI, where they lived until 2005, when they moved to Kewaskum to be closer to family.

   Elaine is survived by her husband, George, daughter-in-law June Gauvin of Kewaskum, WI, granddaughters Kathryn (Shawn) Vele of Milwaukee, WI, and Suzanne (Tom) Abarca of Honolulu, HI, and four great-grandchildren: Morgan and Madeline Vele of Milwaukee, WI, and Gabriella and Antonio Abarca of Honolulu, HI. She is also survived by one brother, Jerry (Jane) Shafer of Menomonie, as well as several nieces and nephews.

   Preceding her in death were her parents, her son, Daniel, her brothers Darrell and Vaughn Shafer, and her sister Jeanne Olson.

   Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Spring Valley, WI with Father Kevin Louis officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. There will be visitation from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. There will also be visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

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Published in the Spring Valley Sun/Argus

Leonard P. Fuhrman, 98

   Leonard P. Fuhrman age 98 of Menomonie, died Friday, February 25, 2011 at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

   Leonard was born July 7, 1912 on the home farm in the Township of Spring Lake, in the Hatchville community. He was the son of Julius and Anna (Naseband) Fuhrman. Leonard took great pride in living on the home farm which his father started and he lived on the farm until 1982 when he moved to Menomonie. Leonard married Bertha Oebser January 14, 1933. Leonard was a "Jack of all trades", he did carpentry work, was a good mechanic, farmer, a milk hauler. Leonard enjoyed singing in the church choir and playing the fiddle in an old time band. He was a devout Christian and member of Faith Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

   Leonard is survived by a daughter Jule Skemp of Scottdale, PA; six grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Jean Fuhrman-Frank of Menomonie; Beverly Fuhrman of Spring Valley; one sister-in-law, Elsie Knospe of Menomonie.

   He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 70 years Bertha in 2003, three sons, Howard, Jerry and Wilber Fuhrman; a grandson, Randy Fuhrman and a brother Marcus Fuhrman.

   Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Faith Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Pastor Curtis Brooks will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Township of Spring Lake, rural Spring Valley. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

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

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Published in the Spring Valley Sun/Argus

Marlys Hanson Anderson's Granddaughter receives Award

Renee Tatzel (left) Director of Activity Services at SVHCC and Molly Greenshields, of Woodbury, MN, who has been working with Renee and SVHSCC for the past two years and just completed her Girl Scout Gold Award project, the ighest award in Girl Scouts. Molly made 50 'Welcome' bags for any new resident that calls the Spring Valley Health Cae Center home. Submitted Photo

Molly Greenshields 'welcomes' resident~ to SVHCC, earns Gold Award

By Kaye Bird Sun-Argus/MyGatewayNews .com/ Gateway Publishing
SPRING VALLEY, WI - The Boy Scouts have their Eagle Scout Award, and the Girl Scouts have their Gold Award. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award, and Molly Greenshields daughter of Mike and Julie Rist of Woodbury, Minnesota and granddaughter of Marlys (Hanson) and Larry Anderson, has found her way into this elite group. Julie Rist explained her daughter's accomplishment. "Molly made 50 'Welcome' bags for any new resident that calls the Spring Valley Health Care Center home. She spent more than 60 hours designing and implementing the project, which included the help of 20 teenage friends who she recruited to help decorate the bags. The bags are filled with activities for the new residents to enjoy (jig-saw puzzles, CD of church hymns, etc.)." Molly has family ties to the SVHCC, so choosing this particular health care center made sense. The late Stella (Hanson) and the late Elmer Everson are her great-grandparents. Stella and Elmer lived in Spring Valley their entire lives. Stella worked at the nursing home for 18 years during her younger years and ended up a resident in the later stage of her life. Elmer was a resident as well. The idea for Welcome Bags came from Renee Tatzel [Activity Director at SVHCC] and my mom," said Molly. "We were brainstorming ways to help the Spring Valley Health Care Center.
Friends from my community as well as every girl in my troop, helped me decorate the bags." Eighteen year-old Molly plans to study biology upon graduation from high school and then later attend medical school. Her hobbies include swimming and watching baseball, and of course, being involved in the Scouts - an experience she treasures. "Girl Scouts has given me great leadership skills and great friends for a lifetime," she said adding, "Nancy Schrimp and Val Meyer my Girl Scout leaders and my family have all made an impact on my life." Molly is hoping that she can personally give the bags to as many residents as possible. "It would be amazing to serve Spring Valley again," she said. It's a town she loves, one that holds wonderful memories for her. "She wanted to give something back to the small community we cherish. We know how proud Stella and Elmer would be right now to know that she has given so much time and effort to help the Spring Valley Health Care Center," said Julie. On the official website of the Girl Scouts of the USA, young women who earn the Gold Award are held in high esteem. From the website are these words, "By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award---the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador can earn --- you will be joining the ranks of generations of young women who have made a difference in their community both locally and globally." Congratulations Molly on this impressive achievement.