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Spring Valley News...2014



Lucille M. Olstad, Age 96
    Lucille M. Olstad, age 96 of Elmwood, formerly of Spring Valley died Friday, October 10, 2014 at Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood.

   Lucille was born September 12, 1918, the daughter of Helmer and Ruth (Keyser) Waller in Spring Valley. She was baptized and confirmed and a lifelong member of St John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley.

   On June 15, 1941 Lucille married Lyle Olstad at St. John’s. Lucille worked at the Spring Valley Clinic for several years for Drs. Avestruz. She was an active member of St John’s where she served as organist for many years. She also taught piano and organ lessons. Lucille lived in Great Falls, Montana with her daughter Barb for 6 years before moving back to Wisconsin where she has resided at Welcome Home Assisted Living.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Lyle in 1995; son Larry Olstad; sister Renee (Donnie) Larrieu; and in-laws Harry (Jeanne) Olstad and Marilyn (Walt) Dusold.

   She is survived by 2 daughters: Gail (Gene) Helmer of Elmwood; and Barb (Ken) Kelly of Great Falls, Montana; daughter-in-law Diana Olstad of Moore, Oklahoma; 7 grandchildren: Dale W. (Pam) Olstad; Mike S. (Christi) Olstad; Elizabeth Smith; Steven Olstad; Shaun (Jacki) Miley; Aaron (Laura) Miley; and Amanda Kelly; numerous great grandchildren; many other relatives & friends.

   Visitation was on Monday, October 13, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Funeral service was on Tuesday, October 14 at 11:00 a.m. at St John’s with Rev Erin Nelson officiating. Mary Wenum was vocalist and Cassie Quinn was vocalist. Burial was in St John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Spring Valley.

   Pallbearers were Shaun Miley, Aaron Miley, Ken Kelly, Paul Larrieu, Rob Peterson, and Tom Gavic.

Keehr Funeral Home ( handled arrangements.

Carol Ann Knight Johnson, Age 68

   Carol Ann (Knight) Johnson, 68, of Oxford, entered into rest on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Hospice and Community Care. Born in Red Wing, MN, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Naoma (White) Knight. Carol was preceded in death by her longtime companion, Michael J. “Joe” Horner.

   Carol graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1964.

   Carol enjoyed cooking, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She had been a housekeeper for Birth Care and Family Health Services in Georgetown

   She is survived by four children: Jody Johnson, fiancé of Dana Cedeno of Conestoga; Jason, husband of Catina Johnson of Baldwin, WI; Jarrod Johnson, companion of Cheryl Miller of Oxford; and Jessica, wife of James Weicksel of Drumore. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In addition to Joe, she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Knight.

   Funeral Services will take place at Dewald Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. 227 W. 4th St., Quarryville on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM. There will be a viewing at the funeral home from 10-11 AM. Interment will follow in the Union Cemetery. Online guestbook at

Dale Brooke, Age 79

Age 79 of St. Paul Passed away peacefully after complications of Alzheimer's on December 17, 2014. Survived by wife, Dianne; daughters, Lisa (Mark) Manges and Nancy (John) Peck; granddaughters, Ashley, Grace, and Maggie; step-grandchildren, Jillian (Brandon) and Sam; siblings, Adeline Langer, Ada Hughes, Gloria Duffy, and Richard; brother-in-law, John Gensichen; many other relatives and friends. Celebration of life at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1465 Victoria St. N, St. Paul on December 22 at 11:00am with a visitation at 10:00am. Memorials preferred to or The Salvation Army Lakewood Adult Day Center. Crescent 651-315-8214
Published in Pioneer Press on Dec. 21, 2014 - See more at:

   Dale A. Brooke, age 79 of St. Paul passed away peacefully after complications of Alzheimer's on December 17, 2014. Survived by wife, Dianne; daughters, Lisa (Mark) Manges and Nancy (John) Peck; granddaughters, Ashley, Grace, and Maggie; step-grandchildren, Jillian (Brandon) and Sam; siblings, Adeline Langer, Ada Hughes, Gloria Duffy, and Richard; brother-in-law, John Gensichen; many other relatives and friends.

   Celebration of life at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1465 Victoria St. N, St. Paul on December 22 at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation at 10:00 a.m. Memorials preferred to Alzheimer's Association or The Salvation Army Lakewood Adult Day Center.
Published in Pioneer Press on Dec. 21, 2014

Larry Stein, Age 70

   Larry A. Stein, 70, Rockford, passed away Friday, November 28, 2014, in his home. He was born March 18, 1944, in Spring Valley, WI, the son of Einer Conrad and Mary Stein. Larry graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1962. He was a veteran serving in the Army.

   Larry married Lois Ellen Crawford in Rockford on July 17, 1971. She passed away January 28, 2008.

   He worked in electrical maintenance at Chrysler Corporation in Belvidere for 38 years and a member of UAW Local #1268. Larry is survived by his son, Donald (Kelly) Stein of Rockford; his daughter, Laura Stein of Loves Park; his grandchildren, Michael, Chloe, and K.C.; his brothers, Roger (Mary Rose) Stein of Maine, Gene (Nancy) Stein of Minnesota, and Jimmy (Kim) Stein of Minnesota; his sisters, Gail Stein and Dorothy Stein, both of California; many wonderful nieces and nephews.

   Larry was a "Dad" to many. He loved helping people whenever possible. Larry always had an opinion to share. He rarely knew a stranger, and was always willing to talk to anyone.           

   Predeceased by his parents and his sister, Patricia "Patty" Slezak. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, December 5, 2014, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mullford Rd. Rockford, 61108, with Pastor Wendell Maynard officiating. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, December 4, 2014, and from 10 a.m. until time of service on Friday.

Robert Brooke, Age 81


Robert O. Brooke, age 81 of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Monday, November 24, 2014 at United Hospital in St. Paul. 
Bob was born April 28, 1933 to Arthur and Marie (Ray) Brooke in Spring Valley.

   Bob was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. He grew up in Spring Valley where he attended school and graduated with the Class of 1952. He served in the U.S. Army. 
On October 31, 1966 Bob married Margie Bossman at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown, South Dakota. They lived in the home Bob grew up in.

   Bob was a carpenter all his life. He loved his family, friends and church. He also loved fishing, hunting, golfing and bowling. He was a member of Rickerd-Danielson American Legion Post 227 in Spring Valley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister Eunice Dahms; and 4 brothers: Walter, Colburn, John, and Byron Brooke. 
Survivors include his wife Margie of Spring Valley; son Steven Brooke of Newport, MN; daughter Susan (Judson) Hagstrom of St Louis Park, MN; 2 grandchildren: Lars and Henry Hagstrom; 2 brothers: twin brother Dick Brooke of Woodbury, MN; and Dale (Dianne) Brooke of St Paul, MN; 3 sisters: Ada Hughes of Spring Valley; Gloria Duffy of River Falls; and Adeline Langer of Ellsworth; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

   Funeral service for Bob was on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 2 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Pastor Erin Nelson officiating. 
Honorary bearers Mickey Traynor, Jay Langer, Vick Langer, Bob Langer, Roger Langer, and Mike Duffy. 
Bearers were Tom Langer, Wayne Langer, Jim Duffy, Tom Duffy, Jeff Brooke and Ronn Powell. 
Burial was in St John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Wisconsin. Military honors were provided by the Rickerd-Danielson American Legion Post 227 of Spring Valley.

Beverly Moldenhauer Erickson, Age 79

   Beverly Erickson, age 79, of Eau Claire (formerly of Wilson, Cady Township, Wisconsin) passed into the arms of her Loving Lord and Jesus Christ on October 14, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Eau Claire, with her loving daughter and son at her side.

   Funeral services took place at 2 pm on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at St. Katherine's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Pastor Shawn Kauffeld officiated. Burial took place in the St. Michael's Cemetery in the Cady Township at 5 pm on Saturday afternoon. Visitation took place on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin from 3-8 pm and Saturday at the church an hour prior to the service.

   Beverly was born May 10, 1935 to the late Edward and Clara (Timm) Moldenhauer in Cady Township. On April 7, 1953 she married Donald Erickson at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. From that union two loving children came, Cindy and Donald, Jr. “Donnie”.

   Her husband passed away on July 6, 2003 after 50 years of marriage. During her earthly life, Bev worked as a CNA and grill cook at Indianhead Motor Plaza in Wilson as well as caring for her parents until medical issues caused her to retire.

   Bev enjoyed watching her grandchildren, Jordan and Fallon, grow. She especially enjoyed canning and baking and keeping the pantry full. Bev enjoyed her crafts, embroidering, crocheting, making pillow cases, towels, and afghans.

   At Bev’s home the coffee pot was always on and you never left hungry. Bev loved having her pets around her. She enjoyed most of all being with her family. She was and always will be a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to all she met and will be greatly missed.

   Beverly is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Rod) Kongshaug of Spring Valley, Wisconsin; son, Donald, of Eau Claire, with whom she lived since 2003; special family friend, Dave Martinek; grandson, Jordan (Annie) Kongshaug of Elk Mound, Wisconsin; granddaughter Fallon (Nate) Schloemer of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; great grandchildren, Isabella “Belle” and Clara Kongshaug and Jule Schloemer; special pets, BG and Sniffs; sister-in-laws, Betty Moldenhauer of Menomonie, Louise (Russell) Roemhild of Knapp, Wisconsin and Norma Hellendrung of Knapp; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

   Beverly is preceded in death by her loving husband, Don; parents, Edward and Clara (Timm) Moldenhauer; brother, Erling Moldenhauer; sister, June (in infancy); her loving pets, Punkin and Tiny; mother and father-in-law, Edward and Amelia (Schafer) Erickson, sisters-in-law, Elaine (Junior) Timm and Eleanor (Rich) Bucholz; brothers-in-law, Robert, LeRoy (Barb) Erickson, and Byron Hellendrung and many special friends in her lifetime.

   Friends and family may offer condolences online at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home in Eau Claire assisted the family with the arrangements.

Michael N. Thome, Age 96

   Michael N. Thome, age 96, World War II POW, of Sacramento, CA, passed away peacefully September 23, 2014. Born in 1917, in Dobie, WI, he was inducted into Army in 1942, commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, trained in military intelligence & government; was assigned to 106th Infantry Div. in Europe. He was captured during the Battle of the Bulge; awarded 2 Bronze Stars. Upon his return to the U.S., assigned to the 8th Army, Yokohama, Japan and promoted to Captain in 1946. He worked for the State of MN in 1955; appointed CEO of the MN State Employees Retirement System. In 1968 he accepted the position as CEO of CA State Teachers Retirement System in Sacramento where he served for 16 yrs. He held high positions in professional and military organizations.

   He enjoyed retirement in Sacramento, gardening, reading, collecting antiques, attending cultural events, the company of good friends & family and his beloved dogs. He is survived by his two daughters: Andre M. Thome of St. Paul, MN and Terese K. Stein (Dr. William E. Stein, D.D.S.) of Aitkin, MN; grandsons: William and Benjamin; four sisters and one brother.

   A Memorial Mass is set for October 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church, Spring Valley, WI 54767. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, donations to charities or Memorial Masses.

Jo Ann Rodewald Hillstead, Age 72
    Jo Ann Hillstead, age 72, of Holmen, WI, died on Friday, August 8, 2014 at her home. She was born on December 28, 1941 in Spring Valley, Wisconsin to Irwin and Inez Rodewald. Jo Ann retired from the Dumore Corporation. She will be remembered for her love of plants and gardening.

   Jo Ann is survived by her 4 sons: John (Lisa), Jerry, Todd (Sandy) and Troy (Kari), thirteen grandchildren: John Jr., Aaron, Tyla, Danielle, Lindsay, Casey, Samuel, Sophia, Charlie, Gavin, Garrett, Gunnar and Gradyn; many great-grandchildren and lifelong friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

   A memorial visitation wase held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Crandall Funeral Home in Mauston.

Arlene Sorenson Nelson, Age 87
   Arlene T. Nelson died on August 17, at Coventry Village, Sebring Assisted Care Residence in Madison, Wis. She was born on November 25, 1926 in Spring Valley, Wis. Arlene was the daughter of Henry G. and Myrtle A. Sorenson. She grew up on a farm in Gilman Township and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1944.

   Arlene was joined in marriage to Edwin J. Nelson, son of Edwin and Emma Nelson, on November 20, 1948 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Together they had four children, Craig E. Nelson (deceased); Joanne Hill (Peter) of Wenatchee, Washington; Marilyn Traynor (Pat) of Belvidere, Illinois; and Janie Nelson Worel (Don) of Madison, Wisconsin. Arlene was blessed with seven grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Brooke Rufo Hill (James), Mariah Hill (Nick Lofing), Chase Hill, Megan Rooney (Chris), Mackayla Traynor, Katie Traynor, and Lee Alliet (John). She was also great-grandmother to Magdelena, Rosa, and Ines Rufo Hill, Peter and Josephine Lofing, and Henry Alliet.

   Arlene was preceded in death by Edwin and Craig, as well as her parents and in-laws; sisters Donna Butts and Judy Vanasse; brothers Harland Sorenson, Wayne Sorenson, and David Sorenson; several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

   Surviving her are daughters and their families, her brothers James Sorenson and Rollin Sorenson, and her sister Shirley Anderson.

   Family and friends will remember Arlene for her love of sharing stories and conversation. As the wife of a military officer, she accepted having to pack up her house and move her family often. With each move she made new friends, maintaining many of these friendships throughout her lifetime. Despite moving all around the country, Spring Valley was always special and considered home. In recent years she reminisced about many fun times at the Spring Valley Golf Club, outdoor band concerts, street dances and the Dam Days celebrations; she enjoyed card games, coffee and conversation with good friends. Arlene loved the white sand beaches of Florida where she and Ed wintered for many years and had great memories of vacations at the Hale Koa, the Armed Forces Retreat, in Honolulu, Hawaii as well as their trips to Washington to share Thanksgiving with the Hill family. Arlenes last big trip was a western Caribbean cruise, with her daughters, to help celebrate her 80th birthday.

   Arlenes Catholic faith was important to her. It was poignant that Arlene received the last sacraments on the Feast of the Assumption, the Catholic holy day that celebrates the Blessed Virgin Marys passing into eternal life in heaven. Arlene was well loved and cared for by the staff and families of Sebring Gardens. She will live on in the memories of her family who are grateful that she is now reunited with Edwin and Craig in the Kingdom of Heaven.

   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 602 Everglade Dr., Madison at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 26, with Father Bart Timmerman presiding. A reception at church will immediately follow the mass. Burial will be held later at 5 p.m., Tuesday, August 26th, at Sacred Hearts Catholic Cemetery in Spring Valley, Wis. Dinner will follow prayers at the cemetery. Please share your memories at

Quentin Edward Hurtgen, Age 77   

   Quentin Edward Hurtgen, father, grandfather, brother and veteran, died January 16, 2014. Quentin, of W. St. Paul, was born on July 21, 1936 to Carl and Melba Hurtgen in Martell, Wisconsin.   

   Quentin is survived by sons Brian and Mark (Cyndi), granddaughter Dallas; siblings Mary Laschinger, Donald, Carl (Wanda), Helen, and Robert Hurtgen; Aunt Joann Blewett; extended family Barbara Hurtgen and Audrey Bergseng; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by parents, first wife Linda, brothers John and Clarence, sister-in-law Sandy Hurtgen and brother-in-law Thomas Laschinger.   

   Graveside committal service, Friday, August 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Ave., S., Minneapolis, MN 55450. Please arrive no later than 10:00 a.m., Funeral Cortege entrance, Assembly Area 5 to wait for escort to the site. Kandt Tetrick Funeral Home, 651-455-5352.

Ronald Anthony Shafer, Age 77

   Ronald Anthony Shafer, 77 years, 11 months and 10 days old, of Beldenville, Wisconsin died Saturday morning at the Kinnic Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation Center in River Falls, Wisconsin.

   Ron was born at home, in the town of El Paso, Pierce County, Wisconsin to Carl and Marie (Weber) Shafer. Ron graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1954. He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1955 and was activated for the Gaddafi conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1958.

   Ron married Gladys Geldert on July 18, 1959; they recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. They were blessed with four children. Ron farmed on the family farm and did various mechanical jobs in and around the area. He worked as an aircraft mechanic for 33 years for Northwest Airlines, retiring in 1999. Ron continued farming on his own hobby farm while at Northwest; he also plowed the neighborhood driveways for 39 years.

   He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tractors, the Brewers, the Packers, playing cards, making maple syrup and joking around with everyone he met. Ron had an amazing faith in God. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed years at the camper and spending time with family and friends

   Ron was a member of Cross Roads Community Church in Ellsworth, Wisconsin.

   He is survived by his loving wife Gladys; four children: Michael and his wife Chris; Mark and his wife Lorrie; Nancy Shafer and her friend Jim Schunke; Patrick and his wife Alice. Grandchildren: Joshua Deden, Anthony Nelson, Chad Shafer, Stephanie Morales, Danielle Bennett, Benjamin Bennett, Amber Shafer, and Samuel Ngatia and Maryann Waithera; great-grandchildren: Alexis Nelson, Mikayla Nelson, and Wyatt Nelson, Sara Deden, and Noah Deden. Sisters: Jean Nelson; JoAnn (George) Brenner; Judy (Doug) Harer; Mary (Mike) Casey; Lana (Richard) Anderson; Bonnie (Ron) Drabowicz; and Kathleen Shinn; sister-in-law, Jean Shafer.

   Ron was preceded in death by a grandson Eric Schalow, parents Carl and Marie and brothers Robert and James.

   Services for Ron will be at 11:00 am on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Cross Roads Community Church in Ellsworth. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, El Paso, Wisconsin at a later date.

   Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Thursday at the Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Military honors will be accorded Ron by the veterans of Ellsworth, Wisconsin.

   Memorials are preferred to ADORAY Home Health and Hospice, Baldwin, Wisconsin, Virginia Piper Cancer Center, River Falls, Wisconsin or donor’s choice.

Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ellsworth is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Tim Schmaltz, Age 76

   Tim Schmaltz, age 76, of Andover, passed away peacefully July 3, 2014. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and enjoyed gardening and outdoor activities.

   Preceded in death by his mother, Frances; father, Michael; brother, Clem; sisters, Lucia, Dorothy and Helen. Survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Darlene (Jorgenson- '58); children, Mickie (Owen Schwalbe), Teri (Lee) Hill, and Mark; grandchildren, Bryant, Sara, and Creole; brother, Jerry; sister, Ann; and many other loving relatives and friends.

  Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 11 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 525 Jackson Street, Anoka, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

   Thurston-DeShaw Funeral Home, Andover, MN. 763-767-7373.

Gerald 'Bud' Falde, Age 79

   Gerald 'Bud' Falde, age 79, of Woodville, Wisconsin, died Friday, June 20, 2014 at his home.

   Bud was born on November 18, 1934, the son of Frederick and Mabel (Wahl) Falde in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. He was baptized, confirmed, and a lifetime member of Gilman Lutheran Church. Bud attended Wildwood Grade School and Spring Valley High School.

   On April 26, 1958 Bud married Laurel Ninneman at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Cady Township. After their marriage, Bud and Laurel lived on the family farm where he was born and raised. They also owned and operated the Spring Valley Mini-Storage. Upon retirement, they enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona.

   Bud is survived by his wife Laurel of Woodville; father to Paul (Kim) Falde, Kelly (Pam) Falde, Julianne (Don) Manteufel, and Brenda (Jack) Walkky; grandfather to Kristin (Christopher) Bates, Jenna Falde, Jessica (Ryan) Fritz, Dominic (Therese) Falde, Logan Falde, Jordan Walkky, Jack Walkky, and Luke Walkky; great-grandfather to Rylie Fritz, Kali Falde, Rachel Falde, Oliver Falde, and Olivia Bates; brother to Violet Lansing, Gordon (Vi) Falde, and Verlyn (Patricia) Falde; and brother- and sister-in-law Jack and Barbara Mattison; as well as many other relatives and good friends.

   Preceding him in death were his parents; brother Harlan; sisters-in-law Jean Falde and Hollyce (Ninneman) Falde; brothers-in-law Earl Lansing and Charles Ninneman.

   Visitation will be on Monday, June 23, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley and also for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Funeral service will be on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with Rev. D. Peter Friberg officiating. Burial is in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the American Cancer Society (

Orin B. Bjornstad, Age 84
Orin Bjornstad was born on November 25, 1929 in Spring Valley, WI, the son of Oscar and Emma Bjornstad. Orin grew up on the farm and attended high school in Spring Valley - Class of '49.

   He fought in the Korean War and received a purple heart.

   He was united in marriage on November 21, 1959 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in El Paso, WI to Deanna Bjornson. Their marriage was blessed with three boys: Daryl, Denny, and John.

   Orin started business in 1960 with his brother, Don (Bjornstad Builders.) Orin continued the family business until 1990, when he passed on the family heritage to his sons.  

   Orin’s true enjoyment was spending time at the family cabin with family and friends. He also enjoyed wood carving.

   Orin will remain in the hearts of his loving wife of 54 years, Deanna; children: Denny (Tracy) and John (Missy); grandchildren: Chad (Kerri), Bob (Ashley) Adam, Greg, Brandon, Corey, and Taylor; great-grandchildren: Madison, Brayden, Ava, and Lauren Bjornstad, and Mila Rogers; brother, Don Bjornstad; sister, Iolene Grant; and many nieces and nephews.

   Orin was preceded in death by his parents; son, Daryl Bjornstad; 2 sisters; 3 brothers-in-law; 1 sister-in-law; 2 nephews; and 1 niece.

   A visitation took place from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at Bethel Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 15. Interment was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery.

Glenn Arthur Sandve, age 79

   Glenn Arthur Sandve, 79, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Spring Valley on May 30.     He was born to Arthur and Thelma Sandve on their family farm outside of Cumberland, Wisconsin, on March 3, 1935. He was confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Section Ten Lutheran Church in rural Cumberland, a church his Norwegian immigrant grandfather helped found. On April 1, 1961, he married Helen Louise Davis at the Congregational Church in Spring Valley.   

   He graduated from Cumberland High School in 1953 and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1957. After college, Glenn served in the 4th Armored Division of the U.S. Army and was accepted into the Army band, where duty and performances took him throughout Europe.

   In 1959, he joined Spring Valley Schools as an instrumental music teacher. He remains revered as an educator by countless former students for his musical ability, teaching skills and commitment to youth and band program quality. In 1978, he began a new career, building Sandve School Music Service into a successful business that served school music programs throughout northwestern Wisconsin. He retired in 1998.   

   During their marriage, Glenn and Helen traveled frequently, first on family vacations with their children and later journeys to Uzbekistan, England, France and Ireland, as well Norway, where they visited the home of his ancestors. They also enjoyed cruises to locations in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexico. During the 1970s, he served on the Spring Valley Village Board and as mayor of the village. He conducted the St. John's Lutheran Church Choir for 30 years, an endeavor in which he took great pride. Glenn was a Mason and a Shriner; he enjoyed performances with the Zor Shrine Band in the Twin Cities. He loved flower gardening. He was an enthusiastic collector of antiques, an ice fisherman, a woodworker and an all-around handyman. On the day preceding his death, Glenn practiced his tuba and finished planting this year's flowers.

   Glenn was a kind, funny and wise man. He will be greatly missed by those who survive him: his wife, Helen; daughter, Allison; son Bill and daughter-in-law Rakhima Khodzhaeyva; grandchildren Thomas and Renata; sister Marian Peer; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Donald and Eleanor Malmo, Ruth Barrington, Susan Hanson, Patrick and Jane Culbert; many nieces and nephews; and "granddog" Laika. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Lowell Hanson and Al Peer.

   In accordance with his wishes, Glenn's remains have been donated to Mayo Medical School. Friends and family are invited to gather on Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. A Masonic funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall, with memorial visitation from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The memorial service will be at 7 p.m.

Karen Larson, age 70

   Karen Larson, age 70, of Baldwin, Wisconsin died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at her home.  

   Karen was born December 14, 1943, the daughter of Clifton and Evelyn (Bennett) Van Riper at Elmwood, Wisconsin. She grew up near Waverly and attended Spring Valley Schools graduating with the Class of 1962. During High School, she worked at Crystal Cave in Spring Valley. She continued her education in St. Paul where she attended beautician school. While in St. Paul, she worked at the front desk at the St. Paul Hotel.
    Karen was married to Leslie Larson on August 8, 1964 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. They lovingly celebrated 49 years of marriage. Karen and Les lived and farmed near Baldwin their entire life together. Karen also worked part time as a beautician at the Baldwin Care Center until the mid-1970’s.
    As a farmer, Karen was very devoted. She was actively involved in all areas of farming and truly enjoyed working with and caring for the dairy cows, calves, pigs and any other critter that may find its way onto the farm. She was always happy to share her wisdom and knowledge of farming with anyone who asked. After retiring from farming, she enjoyed raising chickens and selling her farm fresh eggs.
    Karen’s grandchildren were the love of her life. Karen would take each of them, individually, for ‘Grandma Day.’ She would spend the day shopping, going to lunch, and then have a sleep over. They recently spent a ‘Super Grandma Day’ together where Karen and all her grandchildren living nearby were able to spend the day together. She was an avid fan of NASCAR, football and online casino games. A trip now and then to a local casino was a favorite pastime.
    Preceding her in death were her father; brother Bill Van Riper; granddaughter Christine Larson; brothers-in-law Steven Larson and David Wolslegel; and sister-in-law Julie Lorentz.
    Survivors include her husband Les of Baldwin; 1 son and 2 daughters: Richard (Joan) Larson of Baldwin; Lisa (Tom) Meister of Menomonie; and Sally (Richard) Raushendorfer of Johnstown, Colorado; 6 grandchildren: Rachel and Kyle Larson; Brooke and Donavan Meister; and Tyler and Brandon Rauschendorfer; 1 great grandson Ashton Pulido; her mother Evelyn Van Riper of Woodville; brother Larry Van Riper of Woodville; sister Cindy (Scott) Gordon of Phoenix, AZ; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Patricia Van Riper of Eau Claire; Karen Wolslegel; Joyce (Jerome) Del Pino; Gary (Diane Johnson) Larson; and Kevin (Barbara) Larson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She will also be greatly missed by her four-legged children, Lucky the dog and Precious her cat.
    Memorial funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Woodside Place Chapel, rural Baldwin with Rev. Douglas Brandt, who was Karen’s High School classmate, officiating. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, rural Baldwin.
    Honorary bearers were Karen’s grandchildren: Rachel, Kyle, Brooke, Donavan, Tyler and Brandon.

Harlan Falde, age 92

   Harlan Falde of Spring Valley died Friday, February 21, 2014 at the River Falls Area Hospital. Arrangements are pending at this time.

   Nathan and his family will be returning home in March. Plans for Harlan's service will be made then.

Bernard Sherman Grant, Age 95
    Bernard Grant was born January 14, 1919, and died early Monday morning, March 3, 2014, at the River Falls Area Hospital. He lived a long fulfilling life in Pierce County reaching the age of 95 years. Bernard was the oldest of seven children born to Sherman and Agnes (McMahon) Grant in El Paso Township. He attended Olivet grade school and graduated as class Salutatorian of the class of 1937 from Spring Valley High School. He graduated with a 2 year teaching certificate from River Falls State Teachers College in 1939. Bernard taught at several rural schools, Cloverdale, Gilman Center and Carmichael.
    Bernard married Ioliene Bernice Bjornstad on August 28, 1942. Bernard and Ioliene shared 71 ½ years of love. They were a wonderful example of true love to all of their family. Seven children were welcomed into this union, Beverly, Judith, Mary Alice, Benedict, James, Mark and Barry. All the children helped with the farm work and gardening. Bernard returned to teaching after 14 years of farming. While farming and teaching he completed his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Wisconsin State University – River Falls, in 1966. He taught one year at Waverly and 26 years at the Gilman Elementary School. He taught 5th grade and was the Principal at Gilman for many of his teaching years. Many Spring Valley residents have said they had the pleasure to be a student in Mr. Grant’s classroom. He retired from teaching in 1984.
    After retiring from teaching and farming, Bernard started a new career as a volunteer. He devoted many years to Sacred Heart Parish as a Lector and Eucharistic minister. He served on the Human Services Board of Pierce County for 22 years, and was the President of the Spring Valley Senior Center for many years. He delivered Meals on Wheels, worked at the New & Used Store in Ellsworth and volunteered at the Spring Valley Nursing Home.
    Bernard was preceded in death by his son, Mark in 1997. No doubt he and Mark have already shared several games of UNO. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman and Agnes Grant, siblings Mary (Vilas) Raeder, Dorothy (Earl) Hartung, Ruth Grant, Robert (Marie) Grant, Brother Simon Grant SDS; father-in-law and mother-in-law Oscar and Emma Bjornstad; in-laws: Carol (Clarence) Ingli, Jeanette (Malcolm) Anderson, and Beverly Bjornstad. He is survived by his wife Ioliene; daughters, Beverly (David) Bibeau, Judith Wilson, Mary Alice (Charles) Woiwode, sons, Benedict (Barb) Grant, James Grant, and Barry (Pam) Grant. He has one surviving sibling, Edward (Shirley) Grant, Avon Park, FL. His surviving brothers-in-law are: Orin (Deanna) Bjornstad and Don Bjornstad.
    Bernard and Ioliene are blessed with 17 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Anyone who knew Bernard knew he was a friend to all, with strong Catholic faith. He absolutely loved to play cards (and WIN) and to tell stories. He kept a diary for 75 years and was a true Irishman. He was caring, sentimental, kind and generous and devoted to his wife and large family. His memory was extremely sharp. He never suffered a “Senior Moment” when it came to names, birthdates, marriages, births and deaths. May he rest in eternal peace.
    Visitation for Bernard will be on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley and also for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Mass and Christian Burial was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley on Saturday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Kevin Louis officiating. Bernard’s grandsons served as pallbearers: Mike Bibeau, Scott Bibeau, Tim Bibeau, Matt Woiwode, Jeff Grant, Pat Grant, Tony Grant, Andy Grant and Bryan Deneen. Honorary bearers were granddaughters: Patricia LaPorte, Kimberly Wilson, Melissa Welke, Jennifer Rock, Rebecca Grant, Jessica Geraghty, Kelsey Jo Grant, Brianna Persson.
    Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Spring Valley.  Memorials are preferred. Keehr Funeral Home, ( Spring Valley is handling arrangements.

James Koehler, Age 64

   James "Jim" T. Koehler, 64, of Ellsworth, died Feb. 22, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.
Jim was born on May 16, 1949, to Fredrick and Ruth Mary (McHattie) Koehler in Woodbury, Minn.
    Jim entered into the Navy, stationed in San Diego, Calif., and was honorably discharged in 1969. He worked at numerous places as a laborer throughout his life.
    He enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers, playing with his cat Gizmo, mowing his lawn, and most of all, spending time with his family and friends.
    Jim is survived by two daughters, Jennifer (Alan) Windsor, and Jessica (David) Townsend; five grandchildren, Vanessa, Brett, Angela, Allora, and Isaiah; two brothers, Fred (Peggy) Koehler, and David (Maryellen) Koehler; two sisters, Bonnie (Roger) DeLong, and Dorothy VanSchoonhoven; sister-in-law, Penny Koehler; many nieces; nephews and other relatives.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ruth Koehler; three brothers, Donald "Donnie" Koehler, William "Bill" Koehler and Kenneth "Mike" Koehler; and two nephews.
    Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, at English Lutheran Church. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Hill Funeral Home in Ellsworth, and again from 12 p.m. until the time of service on Friday, at the Church.
Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family.

John R. Jeffrey, Age 83
John R. 'Sir John' Jeffrey 83, of Estero, FL, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Joanne House at Hope Hospice. He was born October 6, 1930, a son of the late Walter R. and Mildred K. (née Honey) Jeffrey. He has been a resident of Southwest Florida for over 40 years.
    Chicago-born, Sir John has played many of the jazz clubs in and around the Chicago area. Noted for his vibe pyrotechnics, Sir John appeared with some of the greats such as Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, comedians, Frank Gorshen, Pat Henry, Jack Carter and actor, Dan Dailey.
    As a graduate of the Roy Knapp School of Percussion in Chicago, he played with show groups in the Chicago area and later in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Sir John is no stranger to Southwest Florida as he headlined at major clubs for over 40 years. He currently was playing with a group called, The Trio.
    Sir John is survived by his loving wife, Muriel A. Jeffrey of Estero, FL; son, John M. Jeffrey and his wife, Nancy of Elmhurst, IL; daughter, Jeri Lynn Else of Lombard, IL; and two grandsons, Thomas Else and Michael J. Else.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Judith Anne Jeffrey.
    A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home 28300 Tamiami Tr. So., Bonita Springs with Pastor David Yannatone of the First Assembly of God, Ft. Myers, officiating.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project 10150 Highland Manor Dr. #303, Tampa, FL 33610 or online at or the Lee County Animal Services 5600 Banner Dr., Ft. Myers, FL 33912 in memory of John.
Online condolences may be offered by visiting
Arrangements are being handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home.

Donald Wang, age 80

   Donald Wang, age 80, of Baldwin, Wisconsin died Friday, January 31, 2014 at United Hospital in St. Paul.
    Don was born February 10, 1933 in Cady Township, St Croix County, WI to Martin and Emma (Gilbertson) Wang. He attended Highland Ridge Grade School in Cady Township and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1951.
    Don’s mother Emma died accidentally in 1949. His father died just two years later. After their deaths, Don was on his own. He lived with his brother for a while and also for a while with his sister in Baldwin. Don continued his education at Rasmussen Business College where he studied bookkeeping. He worked for United Refrigeration in Hudson, for Goodwill and for the Erickson Oil Products. He retired in 1995.
    Preceding him in death were his parents; brother Kenneth Wang and sister Margaret Hanson.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
    A graveside funeral service will be held in the spring at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.
Keehr Funeral Home ( handled arrangements.

Teresa M. Gjovig Meyer, age 52
    Teresa M. "Teri" Meyer (Gjovig)age 52, of Andover, MN, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014. She fought a short battle with an unbeatable cancer. She died in the presence of her loving family. Teri is survived by her parents, Chuck and Marilyn Gjovig; brother, Mark (Maria) Gjovig; husband, Timothy Meyer; children, Chance, Chelsea and Chandra; sister- in-law, Julia Berry; brothers-in-law, Ken Meyer, Mike Meyer, Tom (Judy) Meyer, Jason Meyer; mother-in-law, Marlene Meyer; step sister-in-law, Kathy (Larry) Utterback; step brother, Gifford Kahler; many relatives and a world of friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Memorial service 1 PM Saturday, Feb. 1st at Grace Lutheran Church, 13655 Round Lake Blvd. NW, Andover. Friends and family may gather one hour prior to service at church. Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000

Judith Ann Faber, age 68

   Judith Ann Faber, age 68, of Menomonie, WI, formerly of Madison, WI, died Sunday, January 26, 2014, at the Mayo Clinic Health System, Menomonie, WI.
    Judy was born April 20, 1945 to the late Walter and Sylvia (Adams) Faber.  She was Valedictorian of the Spring Valley High School Class of 1963.
    At Judy’s request, there will be no formal services and her cremains will be scattered in the spring at the Faber Family Farm in Cady Township, Wilson, WI.
    She was preceded in death by her brother Thomas Faber on June 25, 1969.
    She is survived by: 2 sisters: Susan Faber of Menomonie, Laura (Don) Bergelin of Menomonie; 5 brothers, David (Arlene) of Glenwood City, Ron (Doris) of Colfax, Doug of Wilson, Robert (Shirley) of Colfax, and Allan (Tammy) of Wilson; special friend Wayne Federspiel of Green Bay; 14 nieces and nephews; many other relatives and friends.

Lyle K. Hagman, age 83

   Lyle K. Hagman, 83, a resident of Fond du Lac, died Friday, January 24, 2014, at his residence. He was born August 6, 1930, in Zumbrota, Minnesota, the son of Clarence and Louella Satrum Hagman. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1949. Lyle served with the US Navy during the Korean War from 1949 to 1953.

   On October 20, 1962, he married Sandra Genrich at Church of Peace in Fond du Lac. She died October 21, 2000. He was formerly employed by Tolibia Cheese as a cheese maker, retiring in 1985. Lyle started the Babe Ruth Baseball League in Fond du Lac, was State Commissioner for six years, and was Assistant Ohio Valley Regional Commissioner. He was also State Public Relations Director of the Babe Ruth League. Lyle was a member of Trier-Puddy American Legion Post #75 and the post firing squad. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, and collecting baseball cards. He was a member of St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church.
    Lyle is survived by two sons, Steven (Terri) Hagman of Neenah, and Thomas (Suzanne) Hagman of North Fond du Lac, two daughters, Lisa (Mike) Emerich and Julie (Fiancé Eugene Newton) Hagman both of Fond du Lac, four grandsons, Jonathan, David, Ryan, and Cody, four granddaughters, Nicole, Alyssa, Kelsey, and Emmi, three step-grandchildren, Jake, Luke, Eli Milner and three great-grandchildren, Edward, Elliott, and Marley. He is further survived by two sisters, Carolyn (Wally) Nelson of Baldwin, WI, and LaVonne Ellingson of St. Paul, MN, and two brothers, Kenneth (Nancy) Safe of Aurora, CO, and Carl Safe of St. Louis, MO. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Judy Rick of Fond du Lac, special friends, Gary Spiering of Florida, Ed Petrie and Phil Moses, both of Fond du Lac, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, step-father, Burt Safe, and his wife, Sandra.

Wesley C. Eaton, Sr. Age 72

   Wesley C. Eaton, Sr., 72, of Bruce, WI, died on Tuesday; December 31st, 2013 at The Ladysmith Care and Rehabilitation Center, Ladysmith, WI.

 Wesley was born on April 7, 1941, in Baldwin, WI, to Neil and Alice Eaton. He married Rosemary Lee Anderson in Hudson, WI, on Juy 20, 1979. Wesley granduated from the Spring Valley High School with the Class of 1959.

   Wesley is survived by his wife, Rosemary; his sons Wayne (Cassie) Eaton of Janesville, MN, and Wesley (Alia Hanson) Eaton, Jr., of Cameron, WI; 17 grandchildren; two great granddaughters; and his sister Lois Harshman of Menomonie, WI.

   He was preceded in death by his daughter Margie Palmquist and his parents.

   A funeral service was held Saturday, January 11, at the American Legion Post in Bruce, WI.

   The Nash-Jackan Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.

Irene Hinzman Miller, Age 83

   Irene Miller, age 83, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

   Irene Mae Miller, age 83 of Spring Valley, Wisconsin passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
    Irene was born February 20, 1930 in Menomonie, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Oscar Hinzman and Elsie (Block) Hinzman.
    Irene spent her early years living in the Menomonie area and in 1940 moved with her parents to her father's family farm in Hatchville, WI, where she was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church.
    She attended school in Spring Valley graduating in 1948. She then attended the Milwaukee Accredited Cosmetology School and worked as a beautician in Elmwood and Spring Valley. On March 7, 1951 she married her husband of 63 years, Elmer C. Miller. After her marriage she stayed home to raise her family and joined with her husband in ownership and operation of the Valley Fur Farm raising mink and fox. After her children were grown, she also worked for many years in the Dietary Department of the Spring Valley Heath Care Center as a cook.
    Irene was a long time member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Cady Township and of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an excellent cook, a hard worker, and a loving grandmother.   

   Her parents and brother-in-law Irvine Glampe preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband Elmer C. Miller of Spring Valley; two daughters: Debra Ulmer of Moses Lake, WA and Linda (Joel) Hartung of Spring Valley, WI; one son Terry (Lisa) Miller of Spring Valley, WI. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and one great great grandson; one sister-in-law Ethel Glampe of St Croix Falls, Wisconsin.
    Visitation was on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10 until 11 a.m. at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with a Memorial funeral service at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. Martin Wegner officiating. Honorary bearers were Irene's grandsons: Nathan and Justin Ulmer; Joshua Hartung; and Travis, Tristin, and Trenton Miller. Burial will be at a later date in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spooner, Wisconsin.
Keehr Funeral Home,, Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Janice Helen Budd, Age 81
    Janice Helen Budd, 81, passed away Nov. 1 at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne.
    She was born to Leslie Taylor Brinkman and Olga Sophie Jacobson Brinkman on June 18, 1932, in St. Cloud, Minn.
    On July 19, 1952, she married Bertel “Bert” O. Budd in St. Paul, Minn. They moved from Minnesota to Wyoming in 1955 and then to Cheyenne in 1964, where they would make their lifelong home.
    Janice worked at Buffalo Ridge and Bain elementaries, and as an administrative assistant for Dildine Elementary School for many years. She served as the church “temporary” choir director for 27 years and also sang with the Mother Singers.
    In her younger years, she enjoyed square-dancing. She was a talented seamstress, sewing dresses to match Bert’s square-dancing shirts. After retirement, she was a member of the Laramie County Retired Education Personnel and the Gideon’s Auxiliary.
    Janice had a passion for photography, winning several prizes at the fair for her work. She enjoyed traveling, especially to Minnesota. She was a greeting card queen, and in her spare time she also found time to play cards. She was a dedicated member of Sun Valley Community Church, formerly Calvary Baptist Church.
    She is survived by her beloved husband; son, Brian Budd (Penny Jo); daughters, Becky Casey (Marlin), Kim Reisner (Gregg), Pam Goodwin (James), Vicky Kmetz (Mike), Dawn Rimby (Ron) and Kristi Beyer (Thomas); 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joyce Brinkman.
    She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Glenn Allen Budd.
    A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sun Valley Community Church (14th and Cleveland) with Dave Stratton officiating. Please wear bright colors. Cremation has occurred at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.
    Memorial donations are suggested to Sun Valley Community Church. Visit the guestbook at

Gordon Brahmer, Age 79

   Gordon William Brahmer, age 79 of Amery, Wisconsin died Friday, November 29, 2013 at Willow Ridge Health Care Center in Amery.

   Gordon was born December 28, 1933, the son of William and lily (Dahms) Brahmer in Cady Township, St. Croix County, Wisconsin. He was a long time member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, rural Spring Valley.

   Gordon attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1952. On September 5, 1956, Gordon married Marvel Hellendrung at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. They purchased their farm in Cady Township and farmed and raised their family there until 1995 when they sold the farm and moved to Amery.

   Besides farming, Gordon hauled milk for Golden Guernsey for about four years and drove truck for Helgeson Trucking for over 20 years. After moving to Amery he worked for Countryside Coop for several years.

   Preceding him in death were his parents; brother Harvey (and Dora) Brahmer; sisters Irene (and Al "Burt") Anderson and Margaret "Peg" (and Harry) Wentlandt; and grandson Jaime Brahmer.

   He is survived by one daughter and three sons: Jan Olson of Bloomer, Wisconsin; Scott Brahmer (and Joy Wilson) of Glenwood City; Keith (Tammy) Brahmer of Spring Valley; and Tim (Cari) Brahmer of Menomonie; sister Bernice (Orville) Ryan of Woodville; 11 grandchildren: Jeremiah Olson, Joshua Olson, Stacey (Kevin) Clements, Brandon (Vanessa) Brahmer, Dustin Brahmer, Carrie (Scott) Williamson, Brent (Sarah) Brahmer, Cassondra Brahmer, Natalie (Paul) Close, Brianna Brahmer, and Travis Brahmer; nine great grandchildren: Blake and Drew Clements; Rayna and Riley Brahmer, Collin and Cashton Williamson, and Sierra, Britain, and Paige Close; many other relatives and friends.

   Funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St Matthew's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev Martin Wegner officiating. Visitation was on Monday, from 5-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Honorary bearers were Gordon's granddaughters. Pallbearers were Gordon's grandsons. Burial was in the St Michael's Cemetery, Cady Township, Wisconsin.

   Keehr Funeral Home ( in Spring Valley is assisting the family with arrangements.